Thursday March 22, 2018 11:54 PM

  • Public servants’ provident fund management authority coming

    The government has decided to create separate authorities to manage public sector provident and pension funds, according to a Finance Division official.

    Finance Division Senior Secretary Mahbub Ahmed said: “We want to create two separate authorities to manage government employees’ provident and pension funds.”

    There will be more emphasis on the use of the provident fund for commercial purposes like share market investments and investments in the country’s infrastructure, he said.

  • 37 more migrants return from Myanmar

    37 more migrants return from Myanmar

    Myanmar’s immigration officials yesterday handed over another 37 Bangladeshi migrants, who were rescued from the country’s waters in May, to Border Guard Bangladesh.

    Of them, five are from Sirajganj, one from Madaripur, four from Sunamganj, eight from Kishoreganj, 11 from Habiganj, one from Jamalpur and seven from Bogra.

    They were handed over after a 1.5-hour flag meeting between officials of both countries which was held at Ghumdhum zero point on Bangladesh-Myanmar border. 

  • Detectives: DU lab staff supplied explosives to militants

    Detectives: DU lab staff supplied explosives to militants

    Members of the Detective Branch of police early yesterday arrested four people including a lab assistant of Dhaka University for selling and supplying explosives to different militant outfits and saboteurs.

    The DB officials, however, are yet to confirm whether the arrestees have been involved with any radical Islamist group or sell those to anyone in exchange for money.

  • 8 muggers arrested in capital

    Police yesterday advised people to maintain caution while hiring private cars on road, in the wake of the arrest of a four-member gang who would use a car to rob passengers. 

    The four – Md Oli Ullah, Md Mahidul Islam alias Momin Bokshi, Md Habibur Rahman alias Kana and Md Nayeb Ali – were arrested from the capital’s Shahbagh area on Thursday.

  • 20 villages submerged by tidal waves

    At least 20 villages of Patharghata upazila of Barguna have been inundated by tidal waves caused by the new moon.

    Already the rivers in the upazila are overflowing with water due to the monsoon and the tidal waves have caused additional damage. Burishwar, Baleshwar and Bishkhali rivers swell during the new moon.

    Thousands of people of villages of Padma, Ruhita, Jintola, Badurtola, Koralia, Nij Lathimara, Chhoto Tengra, Gabbaria, Jhopkhali, Bholanathpur, Jogaikhali, Kalikabari, Gabtoli, Aliyabad, Jowarkoruna and Gremordon are now water-locked.

  • Bangladesh-China high-speed rail link proposed

    As part of its “Southern Silk Route,” China plans to establish a high-speed railway link between Kunming and Kolkata through Dhaka and Chittagong, according to reports reaching Dhaka from Kunming, the capital city of China’s southern Yunnan province.

    The proposal, which was mentioned at the recently held Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) meeting in Kunming, plans to boost the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar (BCIM) multi-modal transport system.

  • Policemen among 9 hurt in Jessore gunfight

    Nine people, including four policemen and five suspected robbers, were injured during a gun battle in Jessore’s Khajura early yesterday, said police.

    The four police officials are Masudur Rahman, sub-inspector of Khajura police camp, Constable Tuhin Khan, Constable Dipu and Constable Akimul Islam while the five suspected robbers are Abdul Hai of Munshiganj, Faruq alias Badshah of Khulna, Anisur Rahman of Savar, Hasan Abdullah of Jhalakati and Rajib Hossain of Sylhet. 

    All nine injured were sent to Jessore General Hospital.

  • Law minister for strengthening rule of law in cyberspace

    Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs
    Minister Anisul Huq yesterday put emphasis on strengthening the rule of law in cyberspace.

    He also sought international cooperation against cybercrime while addressing the closing ceremony of the three-day Octopus Conference, the international event on cybercrime, organised by the Council of Europe at Strasbourg, France.

  • PM to host iftar today for wounded FFs, orphans

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will host an Iftar party for the wounded freedom fighters, orphans, disabled children and alem ulemas today. The Iftar party will be held at the Banquet Hall of the PM’s official residence Gonobhaban.

    The month of Ramadan, the ninth month in the Islamic lunar calendar when Muslims are meant to fast from dawn to dusk, began in the country on Friday. 

  • Abducted schoolboy rescued in Rajbari

    A school boy, who was abducted from the capital on Thursday, was rescued from Padmar Mor on Daulatdia-Khulna highway in Goalando upazila of Rajbari district yesterday morning.

    The rescued was identified as Jihadul Islam, 10, son of Ziaur Rahman, a resident of Baten Nagar area of Mirpur Darus Salam Mazar road of the capital and a class V student of Notunkuri Adarsha Bidya Nikaton.

  • JUST teacher accused of raping student

    A rape case was filed against a teacher of nutrition and food science department of Jessore Science and Technology University Syed Mahfuz Al Hasan by one of her female students yesterday.

    The student filed the case with Kotwali police station in the afternoon.

    According the case,  Hasan used to visit the house of the girl. Promising to marry her, he raped the girl on June 27, 2013.  The girl gave marriage proposal to Hasan on 16 February this year, but he refused to marry her.

  • Construction wastes a major reason behind waterlogging

    Indiscriminate release of wastes from construction sites has been blamed for blocking drain and causing waterlogging in the port city.

    Piling wastes have been clogging the drains, canals and water bodies in the city which is usually inundated even by a small downpour.

    Sources at Chittagong Development Authority (CDA) said the companies construction high-rise buildings have been releasing piling waste into the narrow drains at different parts of the city due to lack of monitoring.

  • International kidnap gang member held in city

    Anonymous Pakistani caller proposes to exchange arrestee for abductee, forgoing ransomThe Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of police yesterday arrested a woman for alleged involvement in the abduction of a Bangladeshi man in South Africa.

    Aleya Akhtar was arrested by CID officers as she attempted to withdraw money, paid as ransom, from a commercial bank in the capital’s Lalbagh area.

    Police declined to name the bank but said the account in question showed a history of very large transactions followed by rapid withdrawals.

  • Chawk Bazar: The to-go place for iftar

    Chawk Bazar: The to-go place for iftar

    With the arrival of Ramadan, the age-old Chawk Bazar area in Old Dhaka has once again turned into the iftar hub in the city, bringing in food lovers from all over the capital with its offering of Ramadan-special delicacies.

    Just after the Jumma prayers yesterday, hundreds of people were found gathering in the traditional iftar market to purchase mouthwatering items to break their first day of fasting in a different way.

    Until 4pm, sellers hardly had time to breathe, serving the eager customers with kababs, rolls, roasts and naans.

  • Ramadan pushes prices up

    Ramadan pushes prices up

    Despite the government’s assurance that commodity prices would stay stable during Ramadan, the prices of essentials skyrocketed on the very first day of the holy month.

    The prices of eggplants, a popular element in preparing iftar meals, went up by around 130% to become Tk100-110 per kg, which was only Tk40-45 last week. The price of green chilli, another much-needed ingredient in iftar dishes, jumped to Tk50-60 per kg compared to its last week’s prices of Tk30-Tk35 per kg.

  • When academic pressure kills

    What drives a child to think there is no way out?Meet Sadhona Biswas. The daughter of a farmer, she was a student of humanities at a local school in Gopalganj’s Kashiani upazila. On the night of May 30, hours after the SSC test results were published, she committed suicide by taking poison, apparently because she had failed in mathematics.

    In Fedi village of Narail, 16-year-old Tahidul Islam, a student of Birshreshtha Noor Mohammad Secondary School, died after he hanged himself from a mahogany tree near his house on the same day.

  • Terminated army, police officials run abduction gang

    It was around 8pm. Abid Hossain, not his real name, was waiting for a bus on Mirpur Road to return home after office.

    A black car stopped in front of him and before he could understand anything, two people came out, took him inside and left the spot immediately. The incident took place within 30 seconds, leaving the locals and bystanders puzzled.

    Soon after taking Abid inside, they started beating him up with a hammer on the legs and hands. They took him to a quiet place somewhere in Gazipur, tortured him again and snatched Tk14,000 from his pocket.

  • Police: Bullets were fired from gun of MP’s son

    The ballistic report of the gun belonging to an MP’s son proves that the weapon was used to shoot the bullets found in the bodies of those killed in a shooting spree at New Eskaton.

    DMP Joint Commissioner Monirul Islam made the disclosure at a press briefing in the DMP media centre yesterday, adding that they received the report on Thursday afternoon.

    “The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) confirmed that the calibres of the bullets found in the bodies and those of Rony’s 7.65 calibre pistol – were the same.”

  • The soul of Bengal in Baul music

    The soul of Bengal in Baul music

    Within the tradition lies a haunting expression of what it means to be BangladeshiIt may be no accident that the Indian subcontinent has produced, over millennia, such a diversity of religious groups. And there seems little doubt that the wealth generated by both early industrialisation in the Ganges basin, and the very early crossroads of trade that resulted in the Ganges delta, lie at the foundation of, at least, some, if not all, these developments.

  • Road accident kills three in capital

    At least three people were killed and three more sustained injuries in a head-on collision between a mini truck and a pickup van in the capital’s Banani area yesterday.

    The deceased were Mizanur Rahman, 32, driver of the pickup van, Arif, 22, mini truck driver and Shamim, 23, Arif’s helper.

    Police, quoting witnesses, said the incident took place near the Army Stadium on the New Airport Road of Banani around 5:30am when the airport-bound pickup van collided with a Kakoli-bound mini truck.

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