Sunday February 25, 2018 01:51 PM

  • 4,778 new police recruitments get Finance Ministry nod

    The Finance Ministry has recently given its nod to a Home Ministry proposal for creating 4,778 posts in the police force.

    Officials said this is part of a plan to recruit 50,000 police personnel to improve the law and order situation in the country.

    The approved recruitments and the associated pays and allowances would cost the state coffer around Tk507 crore every year. If all the 50,000 personnel are to be appointed, the government will have to spend Tk10,000 crore annually.

  • Police officer suspended for assaulting JU teacher

    Sergeant Imran dragged Prof Rakib by the collar to a police box and beat him upDhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) authorities yesterday temporarily suspended sergeant Imran for assaulting Assistant Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication Department of Jahangirnagar University (JU) Rakib Ahmed.

    “Sergeant Imran was temporarily suspended and closed to DMP control room,” SM Jahangir Alam Sarker, acting deputy commissioner of DMP, said. 

    Jahangir said two separate probe bodies were also formed to investigate the incident and the committees were asked to submit their reports within three working days.

  • Tigress loses three cubs in Cox’s Bazar safari park

    Tigress loses three cubs in Cox’s Bazar safari park

    Tragedy struck at the Dula Hazra Safari Park in Cox’s Bazar as a tigress lost three cubs in the span of two days, supposedly for her lack of experience in the wilderness.

    Among the three cubs, two died on Saturday near their mother and one died yesterday at the hospital, sources at the Forest Department said.

    The authorities concerned have yet to find a plausible reason behind the sudden death of the newborn cubs, but they suspect their mother's inexperience of the wild may be a reason.

  • Is this all police are good for?

    Is this all police are good for?

    Police charged truncheons, hurled tear gas cannisters and used a water cannon in Dhaka yesterday to disperse a group of unarmed leftist students who were protesting the force’s inaction regarding assaults on women during the Pohela Boishakh celebrations.

  • Consular team to interview 92 ‘Bangladeshis’

    A consular team from the Bangladesh Embassy in Thailand will interview 92 reportedly Bangladeshi nationals who have been kept in Rathaphum police station in Songkhla Province.

    The embassy confirmed that the Thai authorities rescued 123 more individuals from the jungle in Thailand on May 8 near the Thai-Malaysian border.

    Of the rescued, 92 claimed that they were Bangladeshi nationals.

    The team will interview those 92 to gather more information about them to make sure if they are from Bangladesh.

  • Inu: Media can destroy democracy

    Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu has said failure of politicians may damage democracy, but the media’s failure could destroy it.

    He called upon the media not to evaluate development builders with arsonists.

    The minister was speaking at a function yesterday at Karwan Bazar to celebrate 10 years of the founding of Bangla daily Bhorer Pata.

  • PM: Resolve existing problems of private EPZs

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday directed the authorities concerned to undertake steps in order to resolve the existing problems of two private export processing zones (EPZs) to make them functional.

    The prime minister gave the directives at the 18th meeting of the board of governors of Bangladesh Private Export Processing Zone (BPEPZ) held at the Prime Minister’s Office yesterday, which she chaired herself.

  • Goods worth Tk60 crore seized, 12 firearms recovered by BGB in April

    Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) seized a huge amount of contraband, including drugs worth Tk60.77 crore and 12 firearms, during several operations throughout the country last month.

    Illegal goods worth more than Tk45.65 crore were confiscated as they were traded within the country while goods worth more than Tk15.12 crore were seized while they were being smuggled, said a press release issued by the BGB.

  • Rajuk likely to hand over flats in December 2016

    The Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) will start handing over its flats to the allottees from December next year, Minister of Housing and Public Works Engineer Mosharraf Hossain said yesterday.

    The minister made the statement while visiting Rajuk project area at Sector 18 in Uttara Residential Model Town Third phase in the capital.

    Although satisfied over the progress of the construction work, Mosharraf asked high-ups of the Rajuk and the Public Works Department to quicken the work and complete it as soon as possible.

  • Khaleda concerned about rule of law in country

    BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday expressed concern over rule of law in the country.

    She wondered if any rule of law was really in place. “Nobody is accountable to anyone and nobody takes any responsibility.”

    “If a state and its administration can remain silent after the disappearance of an important leader like Salahuddin Ahmed then where is the security of the common citizens?” she questioned.

    She said this in a press release signed by party spokesperson Asaduzzzaman Ripon.

  • Sluggish progress in gold smuggling cases

    The Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport continues to be a sieve for smuggled gold, as corrupt employees and authorities collude together to sneak in the product, evading the eyes of the law.

    Their causes are being helped as many gold smuggling cases remain in limbo in the courts, while the majority of detained smugglers are allowed to go free on bail.

    Despite regularly catching smugglers red-handed, the failure to identify and arrest the ring leaders have also allowed the illegal business to flourish and grow over the years.

  • HC: Stop pornography in social media, mobile service

    The High Court yesterday directed the government to stop the spread of pornography contents by mobile phone content providers and in social media within seven days.

    The bench of Justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury and Justice Md Ashraful Kamal issued the order following a writ petition filed by Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh.

    The court also asking the government to explain in four weeks why its inaction to stop such activities should not be declared illegal.

  • DB uniform found at Ashulia robbers’ den

    Ashulia police have busted a “safe home” of robbers that was used allegedly for hiding out after committing robbery.

    The police also found several jackets used by the Detective Branch of police, along with fake medicine and a large amount of bottles of energy-boosting oil in the house, owned by Shajahan Mia at Aragaon village.

    The house is situated only two and a half kilometres from the Bangladesh Commerce Bank branch that was robbed on April 21.

  • Minister: Country’s assets grow but not utilised properly

    Terming the upcoming budget optimistic, State Minister for Finance MA Mannan yesterday said it would mainly focus on implementing the new pay scale that requires around Tk14,000 crore.

    The junior minister also mentioned that country’s assets had grown gradually but “we are not utilising it properly. Most of the time we are investing in the wrong sectors from where we will never get anything in return.”

  • Mayor urges PPP investment for Dhaka infrastructure

    Mayor urges PPP investment for Dhaka infrastructure

    DSCC Mayor Sayeed Khokon urged businesspeople to invest in public-private partnership ventures to develop Dhaka’s infrastructure and make the capital a liveable city.

    “There are a lot of opportunities in PPP investment and your investment will be secure,” said the newly-elected mayor of Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) at a reception accorded by the trade bodies the BGMEA, BKMEA and the BTMA.

    Even though Dhaka is a problem-prone city, the root of its troubles were known and would be solved with everyone’s cooperation, he added.

  • Seven-murder accused Nur Hossain sacked as councillor

    The government has dismissed Narayanganj City Corporation councillor of ward 4 Nur Hossain from the position for his conviction in a case under the Wildlife Conservation Act 2012.

    A circular, signed by Senior Assistant Secretary Jasim Uddin Haider of the Local Government Division, yesterday also requested the Election Commission to take measures for filling the vacant position within 90 days.

    Nur, a charge-sheeted prime accused in Narayanganj seven murders, was removed from his post in line with section 12 of the City Corporation Act 2009.

  • HC orders arrest of wife-beating man in Lohagara

    The High Court has ordered Narail police to arrest the man who tortured his wife by tying her up to a tree in the district’s Lohagara upazila.

    The bench of Justice Quazi Reza-Ul Hoque and Justice Abu Taher Md Saifur Rahman passed the order yesterday and told police to arrest the accused within 48 hours.

    The court also directed the deputy commissioner of Narail and the OC of Lohagara police station to submit a report on May 18 on whether the accused have been arrested or not.

  • Yemen’s Houthis accept Saudi truce

    Yemen’s Houthis accept Saudi truce

    Yemen’s dominant Houthi group accepted yesterday a five-day humanitarian ceasefire proposed by its adversary Saudi Arabia but said it would respond to any violations of the pause.

    Neighboring Saudi Arabia had said on Friday that the ceasefire could begin on Tuesday if the Iranian-allied militia agreed to the pause, which would let in badly needed food and medical supplies.

  • Typhoon lashes northeast Philippines, landslides feared

    Typhoon Noul crashed ashore on the northeastern tip of the Philippines yesterday, as officials warned of landslides and called on residents along the coast to evacuate to

    safer ground.

    The category five storm packed winds of up to 185 kph (115 mph) near the center, with gusts of up to 220 kph. It made landfall in the rice-producing province of Cagayan about 400 km (250 miles) north of the capital, Manila, the weather bureau said.

  • Rohingya boat people rescued off Indonesia

    Rohingya boat people rescued off Indonesia

    Boats carrying more than 500 members of Myanmar’s long-persecuted Rohingya Muslim community washed ashore in western Indonesia yesterday, with some people in need of medical attention, officials and a nonprofit organization said. They warned that thousands more are believed to be stranded at sea.

    Steve Hamilton, deputy chief of mission at the International Organization for Migration in Jakarta, Indonesia’s capital, said his teams were racing to the Aceh province sub-district of Seunuddon, where the boats landed.

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