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  • Gazipur RMG factory fire under control after 20 hours

    Gazipur RMG factory fire under control after 20 hours

    Excess heat collapses five floorsAfter frantic efforts for about 20 hours at a stretch, firefighters have finally managed to extinguish the blaze that broke out in a seven-storey readymade garment factory in Sreepur upazila of the district on Sunday afternoon.

    However, no casualty was reported from the large fire, claimed unit authorities, adding that all of the workers were out to lunch at the time.

    The factory authorities declared a seven-day holiday, though it started giving out wages to the workers from yesterday afternoon.

  • Export to India to become less complex

    Exporting Bangladeshi goods to the Indian market would become hassle free as complexity over testing the standard of goods will be made easier.

    Previously India did not accept the standard tests done by Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institutions (BSTI). To export goods Bangladeshi traders had to send samples to Bureau of Indian Standard (BIS), after which the goods could be exported if BIS gave the nod.   

  • Suranjit: BNP leadership proved earlier it is anti-Indian

    The remarks of the BNP leadership have exposed and also proved earlier that it is an anti-Indian political party, remarked Awami League Advisory Council member Suranjit Sengupta yesterday.

    Referring to a statement of BNP international affairs Secretary Asaduzzaman Ripon, Suranjit further said it could be easily realised from statements of the BNP leadership that they opposed India in the past, are opposing at present and would oppose in the future. However, BNP leader Asaduzzaman at a recent BNP press conference refuted all the claims by Suranjit.

  • Human smuggling gang busted in city, 18 rescued

    Detectives yesterday busted a human trafficking gang who lured people with false promises of high-paid jobs before smuggling them to countries in Southeast Asia or Oceania.

    The traffickers charged their clients around Tk7 lakh each to be smuggled into Indonesia, Australia, or Malaysia. But prior to reaching their destination, the clients were flown to the island of Palau, located northeast of Indonesia, as the country offered on-arrival visa.

  • A school on the verge of extinction

    Teachers and students of KBN Bahumukhi High School located in Basail upazila of Tangail are in grave anxiety as 200 decimals land of the educational institution, including a playground, has already devoured.

    Currently, one building, one tin-shed building, six tin-shed houses and a mosque situated on the campus are under serious threat of erosion.

    Teachers and students demanded construction of an embankment to protect the school from erosion.

  • BU student to die for killing female student

    A court yesterday sentenced a student of Barisal University (BU) to death for killing a female fellow classmate.

    The condemned convict is Russel Mia, a student of Management department.

    According to the prosecution, Sawda, the female student ,who came for higher studies at Accounting department of the university from the remote coastal area of Patharghata of Barguna district was hacked on September 4, 2013 by management department male student Russell of the upazila over breaking up of love their affairs.

  • Girl raped by lover and his friends

    A schoolgirl, who has passed SSC examinations this year, was raped by her lover and his friends yesterday at Char Padmabila village in Kashiani upazila of the district.

    The girl sat for SCC exams from Bathan Bhanga High School and scored  good result.

    On the day, she went out from home with her lover Hridoy and his two friends of the village to share the feelings of her result.

  • Illegal billboards pulled down in Ctg

    A mobile court of Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) yesterday pulled down nine illegal billboards in Chittagong city’s Sholoshahar area.

    The mobile court also fined six advertisement farms with Tk26,000 during the drive.

    Executive Magistrate of the CCC Nazia Shirin led the drive at Sholoshahar, Biplob Udyan and Chittagong Zila police office areas.

  • Landslide kills two workers, one injured

    Two workers were killed and another was injured in a landslide while cutting hills in Banshkhali upazila of Chittagong yesterday.

    The deceased were identified as Mohammad Liakot, 27 and Mir Kamal, 32, both hailing from Choroti of Satkania upazila, said Officer in-Charge (OC) Swapan Kumar Majumdar of Banskhali police station.

    The injured, Helal, was admitted at Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH), said Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) Pankaj Barua of CMCH police outpost.

  • Drowning among leading child death causes

    On March 10, housewife Runa was busy with her household chores and her two-year-old daughter Mehzabin was playing with toys in the bedroom. The bathroom door was open.

    After finishing her cooking for the day, Runa went to their bedroom but could not see her daughter. She searched the entire house but little Mehzabin was nowhere to be found.

    It did not occur to her that Mehzabin might have gone into the bathroom. But finally, when she looked, Runa was horrified to find her daughter in a bucket of water with her head deep in it.

  • New office hours announced for Ramadan

    The government has announced new office hours for the month of Ramadan.

    All government, semi-government and autonomous offices will be open from 9am until 3:30pm, with a 15-minute break from 1:15pm to 1:30pm.

    The schedule was finalised at a regular cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday.

    Cabinet Secretary M Mosharraf Hossain Bhuiyan briefed the reporters after the meeting at the Secretariat.

  • 400 shops evicted in DSCC drive

    Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) yesterday evicted around 400 makeshift shops set up on roads and footpaths in the capital’s Gulistan area.  

    The drive was conducted in areas near Baitul Mukarram mosque,  Bangabandhu National Stadium, Maulana Bhashani Hockey Stadium, Kaptan Bazar, Awami League’s office in Bangabandhu Avenue and Gulistan intersection.

    DSCC Executive Magistrate Mamunur Rashid told the Dhaka Tribune the stalls were evicted as part of a special drive against illegal occupation of roads.

  • FY16 export target set at $33.56bn

    FY16 export target set at $33.56bn

    Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) initially has set $33.56bn as export target for the financial year 2015-16.

    In the outgoing fiscal year, the target was $33.2bn. 

    The primary decision was made at a meeting with the stakeholders yesterday, said official sources.

    The meeting was attended by representatives from Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association, Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association, Bangladesh Textile Mills Association, jute goods and leather goods manufacturers and exporters.

  • CID submits charges in Rana Plaza cases

    Investigators term Rana, factory owners, officials cold-blooded murderersAfter more than two years of investigation, police have finally submitted charge sheets in two cases filed over the April 2013 Rana Plaza collapse – one of the deadliest industrial disasters ever – that killed over a thousand people.

    The charge sheets in the cases accused 42 people including Sohel Rana, the owner of the factory building.

    Investigators termed the owner of the nine-storey building and the officials of five garment factories cold blooded murderers for sending their workers in despite knowing of cracks in the building and the risks involved.

  • CPD: Statistical mismatch deteriorates fiscal planning

    CPD: Statistical mismatch deteriorates fiscal planning

    ‘If there is any law about it, revenue income will be increased and transparency will be established’A marked difference in statistics among government key agencies concerned has deteriorated the quality of fiscal planning over the last four years, says Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) yesterday.

    Resultantly, targets of fiscal framework of all indicators, including revenue mobilisation, public expenditure and deficit financing, remained largely unattained, it said in a media briefing on the upcoming national budget and state of the economy in the city. 

  • New budget to be 19% bigger

    The budget for the next fiscal year has been finalised at Tk2.97tn, a greater than 19% rise over the outgoing year’s budget, finance ministry officials said.

    The budget outlay of the fiscal year 2014-15 is Tk2.5tn.

    Finance Minister AMA Muhith is scheduled to place the national budget for fiscal year 2015-16 in parliament on Thursday.

    Officials said the main reason behind the increase in the budget is the implementation of the new pay scale for public servants from the upcoming fiscal year.

  • DSCC: Sundarban, Panthapath out of danger

    DSCC: Sundarban, Panthapath out of danger

    Almost a week after the initial land subsidence at a Karwan Bazar construction site, city corporation authorities announced that the nearby Hotel Sundarban and the adjacent Panthapath street were now out of danger.

    While inspecting the site yesterday, Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Chief Engineer Md Habibur Rahman made the remark, adding that almost 80% of their efforts are now finished while the rest of the work would take only a couple more days.

  • CPD study: 60% entrepreneurs agree money laundering taking place through banking system

    More than 60% large entrepreneurs strongly agreed that money laundering was taking place through formal banking system in Bangladesh extensively, according to a Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) survey.

    Nearly 61% entrepreneurs feared that the investment environment could deteriorate further in coming days, said the survey made between January and April this year.

  • Cabinet okays two bus service protocols with India

    The cabinet has approved the drafts of the protocols of Kolkata-Dhaka-Agartala and Dhaka-Sylhet-Guwahati passenger bus services.

    The protocols are expected to be signed during the upcoming Dhaka visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This will be Modi’s first visit to Dhaka after his Bharatiya Janata Party won the 2014 Indian general elections by a landslide.

    The approval came at yesterday’s cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the Secretariat.

  • RAB: Verify purchased phones’ ownerships

    RAB yesterday said mobile phone buyers should verify whether the devices they were purchasing were stolen.

    RAB 2 Commanding Officer Lt Col SM Masud Rana also suggested keeping receipts of purchased phones for any possible future use. He was talking to reporters after raiding a cell phone store at Bashundhara City shopping mall in connection with a complaint about a stolen phone. 

    Mahbub Hasan lodged the complaint on February 2 and RAB used the IMEI number to trace the phone on Sunday afternoon.

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