Wednesday February 21, 2018 09:17 AM

  • More electricity than ever, but at a cost

    Each year, the power sector remains at the top of the list for subsidies. Experts point out that the main reason behind this is the country’s dependency on fuel oil to produce its electricity, adding that the sector will not see sustainable development unless such reliance is reduced.

    Like previous budgets, the upcoming one is also reportedly seeing an increase for power sector subsidies. Sources said, subsidy allocation for the 2015-16 budget might reach Tk8,000 crore, compared to Tk7,200 crore for the ongoing fiscal year, a 10% increase.

  • PM: Action against those trying to go abroad illegally

    Those who are trying to leave the country in illegal way will be brought to book, along with the middlemen involved in human trafficking, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said yesterday.

    “They are tainting the image of the country along with putting their lives in danger,” she said  at a meeting with senior officials of the Labour and Employment Ministry at the Secretariat, the BSS reported.

    “I think such an unlawful trend may stop if the fortune-seekers who are moving from the country illegally are punished as well as the middlemen.”

  • Khaleda likely to appear in court today

    BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia may appear before a Dhaka court today to attend hearings in two graft cases – Charitable Trust and Zia Orphanage Trust cases.

    Khaleda’s lawyer Md Sanaullah Miah confirmed this to the Dhaka Tribune.

    On May 5, Dhaka’s Third Special Judge Abu Ahmed Jamadar fixed May 25 for the hearing in the graft cases and asked Khaleda to be present during the hearing.

    On that day, Khaleda’s counsel Masud Ahmed Talukder assured the court that the BNP chief would appear before the court on the fixed date.

  • DMP team to oversee microbus rape case

    The Dhaka Metropolitan Police has formed a committee to monitor the case filed by an indigenous woman after she was gang raped in a running microbus in the capital on Thursday night.

    Deputy Commissioner (north) Sheikh Nazmul Alam will lead the three-member team, Jahangir Alam Sarker, deputy commissioner of DMP (media), told the Dhaka Tribune.

    Other members of the committee are Gulshan zone’s Additional Deputy Commissioner Mahbub Hassan and Assistant Commissioner (DB police) Obaidul Haque. The victim works at a shop in Jamuna Future Park as a sales person.

  • Awami League to hold two meetings today

    The Awami League will hold two meetings – one with the party’s different levels of leaders and the other with the two city mayors of Dhaka North and Dhaka South – to discuss the celebration meant to honour Sheikh Hasina on May 29.

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, also the president of the Awami League, will be given a warm reception for her successful diplomatic negotiation over the 1974 Land Boundary Agreement (LBA) ratified by the Indian parliament on May 7.

  • BTRC to release 700MHz spectrum band for 4G

    Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission gears up to release 700MHz spectrum band for 4G or long-term evolution auction, as the government wants to introduce the latest technology to the mobile industry in 2016.

    As part of its plan, the regulatory body cancelled 700MHz spectrum allocation to AlwaysOn Network Bangladesh Limited, an internet service provider (ISP).

    The BTRC made the announcement through a press release yesterday.

  • JU teachers warn against mockery of punishment

    Teachers and students of Jahangirnagar University (JU) yesterday called upon the university administration to effectively implement the lifetime expulsion of five Chhatra League men.

    Those five were expelled for life time from the university after they harassed and mugged a female indigenous student on the night of Pohela Boishakh.

    The teachers at a press conference warned of a dire consequence if the expulsion is withdrawn.

  • DU, CU teachers protest against new pay scale

    Teachers at Dhaka University and Chittagong University have rejected the Eighth National Pay Scale and demanded its revision immediately.

    Members of Dhaka University Teachers Association (DUTA) formed an hour-long human chain at Aparajeyo Bangla yesterday in protest against the new pay scale, terming it disgraceful and discriminatory.

    Professor ASM Maksud Kamal, general secretary of the DUTA, said: “The planned pay scale has downgraded salary structure of university teachers by two grades, which is disgraceful.”

  • ADB to lend $12m to improve primary edu

    Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $120m loan in additional funding for a six-year government-led programme to improve the quality and reach of primary education in Bangladesh, said a press release yesterday.

    The loan will be complemented by co-financing from the European Union, the Global Partnership for Education, the United Nations Children’s Fund, and the World Bank. 

    The government of Bangladesh will provide the remaining $1.7bn for the country’s $9.8bn Third Primary Education Development Programme, which was launched in 2011. 

  • Latif Siddique denied bail

    Sacked minister Abdul Latif Siddique was denied bail yesterday in one of the seven cases for hurting religious sentiments of Muslims.

    Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge Kamrul Hossain Mollah passed the order after a hearing the bail petitions placed by his counsel.

    The defense counsel argued that since maximum punishment in case Latif is proven guilty is two years in jail, and since he has been jailed for around six months, the bail can be allowed.  

  • No significant progress in investigation

    Eight months have passed since the crude bomb attack on the buses carrying Chittagong University teachers, but other than arresting seven people, police have not made any significant headway in the investigation of the incident.

    Asked about the slow progress of the case, Inspector (investigation) Md Salauddin Chowdhury of Hathazari police station said: “The people, whose names the arrestees gave us during interrogation, went into hiding when police started conducting drives to arrest them. But we hope to finish the investigation soon.”

  • Khokon: Clean Dhaka a top priority

    Clean Dhaka is a top priority for the new Dhaka South Mayor Sayeed Khokon, who said he has already started working on it.

    “I have made a list of top-priority tasks, and clean Dhaka is one of them,” the mayor said at a press meet in his office at the DSCC headquarters yesterday.

    “We need 57 waste transfer stations, but we only have seven. We have already asked Rajuk, Bangladesh Railway and the Roads and Highways Department for land to establish the stations,” he said. 

  • Man shot, Tk33 lakh snatched in capital

    Unidentified muggers shot a man in the capital’s Moghbazar and snatched Tk33 lakh yesterday.

    Md Selim Akhter, an accountant of medicine distribution company Aqua Marine Distribution Limited, was shot around 1pm when he and a colleague were heading for Brac Bank’s Moghbazar branch to deposit the money.

    Selim’s colleague Pintu Ranjan Das said: “Some five to six men swooped on us and tried to snatch the money when we were halfway between the bank and our office.

  • DU to open 3 new departments

    Dhaka University is going to introduce three new departments from the 2015-16 session.

    A press release said the three new departments are Electronic Engineering and Mechatronics under Engineering and Technology Faculty; Printing and Publication Studies under Social Sciences Faculty; and Public Health under Biology Faculty. 

  • HC orders exhumation of woman killed after alleged rape in India

    The High Court yesterday ordered the government to exhume and run an autopsy on the body of a Bangladeshi woman who was killed after allegedly being raped in India two months ago.

    The court asked the government to submit the autopsy report of the victim – Nargis Begum – by June 16. The authorities would also have to submit relevant documents regarding the victim’s body that had previously been handed over to Sonadanga police station in Khulna.

  • Grabbers eat up govt land worth Tk300 crore

    About Tk300 crore worth government lands have been encroached, grabbed on the two banks of Kumar River at Tekerhaat port in Gopalganj. The river is losing its flow as local influentials are erecting new structures on encroached lands every day.

    Tekerhaat port, located at the borders of Muksudpur upazila of Gopalganj and Rajoir upazila of Madaripur and an important land-river port, has become a popular industrial area. New factories and businesses are being established one after another. The value of the nearby lands have also increased many folds.

  • Five killed as nor’wester hits Dinajpur, Joypurhat

    Five killed as nor’wester hits Dinajpur, Joypurhat

    At least five people were killed and 50 others injured as a nor’wester swept over Dinajpur and Joypurhat districts early yesterday.

    In Dinajpur, four people, including two of a family, were killed and 50 others injured as the violent storm hit four upazilas of the district.

    The deceased were identified as Mitu Roy, 22, wife of Mukul Chand Roy of Khayerpukur village in Phulbari upazila, Sirajul Islam, 60, his grandson Sabbir, 8, of Hatishal village in Nababganj uapzila and

  • 11 killed in road accidents in 4 districts

    At least 11 people were killed in road accidents in Sirajganj, Satkhira, Natore and Rangpur districts yesterday.

    Our Sirajganj correspondent reports: Three people were killed and four others injured as a truck hit a mini truck on the Bangabandhu Bridge West Link road in Konabari area of Kamarkhanda upazila in the morning.

    The deceased were identified as mini truck driver Shofi, 52, son of late Meher Kha, a resident of Ramchandrapur of Pabna district, his helper Dudu, 48 and his son Hridoy, 9, a resident at Madhabpur

  • Doctors visit Tungipara Hospital as strike continues

    A delegation of doctors yesterday visited Tungipara Upazila Health Complex, which was wrecked in a massive attack on Friday.

    Dr Sheikh Abid Hossain, president of Bangladesh Medical Association’s Gopalganj unit who led the delegation, told reporters it would take four to five months to resume operations at the hospital in full swing.  

    He also said doctors at all the government and private hospitals in the district were on strike for the second day. “Patients suffered because of the strike but doctors will return to work soon.”

  • BRTA analyst: Overtaking, overload, overspeed cause most accidents

    The accident data analyst at Bangladesh Road Transport Authority has identified overtaking, overload and overspeed as the major causes of road accidents.

    Speaking at a workshop at Shaheed Abul Hossain auditorium yesterday, ABM Abu Bakkar Siddique also said engineering, enforcement and education could prevent road casualties.

    The two-day workshop was organised by the BRTA in association with the district administration to raise awareness of road crashes among motorists.

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