Sunday February 25, 2018 02:01 PM

  • Govt takeover of Grameen Bank still in legal tangles

    The board has not been able to appoint a full-time managing director as the selection committee could not be formed because of the pending High Court writ petitionLegal challenges continue to thwart the government’s attempts to take control over the board of directors of the Nobel-laureate micro-credit organisation Grameen Bank.

    On March 30, the Bank and Financial Institutions Division sent a notice to the GB which said that the posts of the nine elected female directors of the micro-lender had become vacant since their three-year tenure had expired on February 7.

    The notice also said that the chairman along with the two other directors nominated by the government would be sufficient to hold board meetings.

  • Khan Jahan Ali Group chairman sued

    Police yesterday filed a case against Khan Jahan Ali Group Chairman Nur Mohammad on charges of his company’s connection with the import of liquid cocaine in the name of sunflower oil at Chittagong port.

    Chittagong Port police station Sub-Inspector Osman Gani lodged the case while another arrestee, Khan Jahan Ali Group employee Sohel, was shown arrested in the case.

  • Protest against VC continues at SUST

    A section of teachers of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) under the banner of ‘Mohan Muktijuddher Chetonay Udbuddho Shikshokbrindo’ brought out a procession on the campus yesterday demanding removal of Vice-Chancellor Professor Aminul Haque Bhuiyan.

    Meanwhile, Awami League Sylhet city and district unit leaders sat in a meeting with agitating teachers in Amborkhana area aimed at resolving the crisis on Saturday.

  • Flood situation improves

    People are still suffering especially for pure drinking water. Local people said relief in most of areas of the district are yet to reachThe flood situation has improved in Cox’s Bazar as the water started receding after the shower declined on Saturday after six days of non-stop downpour. But about 500,000 people are still marooned.

    People are still suffering especially for pure drinking water. Local people said relief in most of areas of the district are yet to reach.

  • 42 families remain without power for 3 months

    Some 42 families in Hiran Uttarpara village in Kotalipara upazila have been living without electricity for about three months as an influential former UP member there did not allow to set up the electricity poles on his land to establish the connection.

    Earlier, the electricity connection to the families remained continued for about 18 years.

    Though the sufferers have already raised the matter to the local Palli Bidyut authorities against former UP member Modasser Khan, their move finally failed to see any light.

  • UPDF man shot dead in Khagrachhari

    An activist of the United Peoples Democratic Front (UPDF) was shot dead in Buddadhan Karbari Para, Guimara upazila, Khagrachhari yesterday morning.

    Officer-in-Charge of Guimara police station Muhammad Mustafizur Rahman said a group of miscreants numbering four to five had attacked  Ranjan Chakma, 50, son of Namiya Chakma of Hazachhara, Laxmichhari upazila, at his Buddadhan Karbari Para’s residence around 9:30am and shot him from a close distance.

  • SC upholds Fakhrul’s bail order

    The Appellate Division yesterday upheld the High Court order that granted bail to BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir in three separate cases of vandalism and arson attacks.

    A four-member bench headed by Chief Justice SK Sinha passed the order yesterday morning, disposing of the state plea that sought stay on Fakhrul’s bail.

    The apex court granted bail to Fakhrul until police submit the probe report before the lower court in any of the three cases. 

  • Hearing on accepting Rana Plaza charge sheets July 8

    A Dhaka court yesterday set July 8 for a hearing on whether it would accept the charge sheets in two cases filed over the 2013 Rana Plaza collapse that killed over 1,135 people.

    Dhaka Senior Judicial Magistrate Md Shahinur Rahman set the date after scrutiniying case documents.

    He also issued a show-cause notice to Kashimpur Jail Super for not producing prime accused Sohel Rana, owner of the collapsed building, before the court during the hearing. However, other accused in the cases appeared in the court.

  • 10 muggers held in city

    Police in separate drives arrested 10 muggers from the capital’s Motijheel and Mirpur area early yesterday.

    The muggers arrested by Motijheel police were identified as Saidur Rahman, Rabiul Islam and Amanur Rahman.

    “These people have been involved in car lifting for a long time. A machete, a knife and an old blue-coloured private car were recovered from their possessions,” said BM Forman Ali, officer-in-charge of Motijheel police station. 

  • Hearing of DB’s remand plea for AL MP’s son Rony tomorrow

    A Dhaka court yesterday fixed tomorrow to hear a petition filed by the Detective Branch (DB) to take Awami League lawmaker Pinu Khan’s son Bakhtiar Alam Rony on seven-day fresh remand.

    Metropolitan Magistrate Aminul Haque fixed the date after DB Inspector Dipok Kumar Das, also the investigation officer of the case, produced Rony before the court and pleaded for the remand.

  • Deadline extended for bidding in 250MW power purchase from India

    For the ninth time, the Power Development Board has extended its deadline for request of proposals (RFP) to purchase 250 megawatt electricity from India’s open market for 15 years through tender.

    The initial deadline was on February 26, but it has now been extended up to July 13 as there was poor response regarding the invitation of bids. 

    The decision was revealed in a notice, dated June 25, signed by PDB Secretary Md Zahurul Haque. 

  • Court to decide on Khaleda charge sheet August 31

    A Dhaka court has fixed August 31 to decide whether the charge sheets submitted against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and 37 others in two cases filed over Jatrabari arson attack would be accepted or not.

    Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Shahriar Mahmood Adnan set the fresh date after a hearing on it yesterday.

    If the charge sheets are accepted, the hearing on charge framing against the BNP chief and others will continue while arrest warrant will be issued against the fugitives.

  • Nasrul: Gas reserve may last until 2031

    State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid yesterday said the country’s gas reserve will last till 2031 if the use of it remain the same as it is now.

    He told parliament that the current gas reserve as of June 2015 is 14.16 TCF. The initial probable production of gas was 27.12 BCF out of which some 12.96 BCF has been extracted till May, 2015, he continued.

  • Pallabi SIs among 18 sued for extortion

    A case was filed yesterday against 18 people including two sub-inspectors of Pallabi police on charges of extortion.

    Laboni, wife of hotel owner Minal from Uttar Kalshi in the city’s Pallabi area, filed the case with the Dhaka’s Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court.

    The two SIs are Zahidur Rahman and Jubair Hossain. The others include locals Saiful Islam, Amanullah, Md Rubel, Siraj Box and Harun.

  • BTV, BTV World, Sangsad TV viewed in 60 countries

    Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu yesterday said people in 60 countries around the world watch programmes of BTV, BTV World and Sangsad TV.

    In response to a question during the budget discussion in the parliament, he said viewers in neighbouring India can also watch programmes of the three channels.

    “BTV and private television channels are airing programmes in different parts of the world through cable networks and also on the internet,” said Inu.

  • New Army chief meets President, PM

    Newly appointed Chief of Army Staff General Abu Belal Muhammad Shafiul Huq met with President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday.

    During the meeting with the president at Bangabhaban, Shafiul Huq expressed his gratitude to the government for appointing him as the army chief and sought the president’s cooperation in developing and modernising the army.

  • Bangladesh in talks with WB for BBIN-MVA project funds

    Bangladesh is in talks with the World Bank to finance the country’s multi-modal connectivity projects, which is being considered would be key to facilitating trade and investment at low cost in the South Asia region.

    The country that has entered motor vehicle agreement (MVA) with Bhutan, India and Nepal on June 15 wants to develop infrastructure within its territory for movement of vehicles, goods and people for unlocking economic potentials in the region.

  • Food Minister Kamrul challenges critics of ‘rotten’ wheat

    Food Minister Kamrul Islam, who has been blamed for importing “rotten” wheat from Brazil, has challenged critics saying the quality of the grain is absolutely fine.

    In an unofficial press briefing at the secretariat yesterday, the minister showed reporters two separate test reports conducted on the imported wheat.

    The government imported 600,000 tonnes of wheat earlier this year under 12 international tenders. Of them, Singapore-based contractor Olam International supplied 200,000 tonnes of wheat, procured from Brazil, in February and March.

  • HC: Halt work on Lalbagh Fort car park

    The High Court has ordered the authorities concerned to stop within 24 hours the ongoing construction work of a car park demolishing part of a wall of the historic Lalbagh Fort.

    The bench of Justice Quazi Reza-Ul Hoque and Justice Abu Taher Mohammad Saifur Rahman passed the order yesterday following a writ petition filed by Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh.

  • Tk50 lakh in fake notes already in circulation

    Tk50 lakh in fake notes already in circulation

    Arrested gang planned to disseminate a further Tk1 crore counterfeit moneyAs law enforcers continue to bust an increasing number of counterfeiting gangs ahead of Eid, the latest round of arrest has revealed an alarming fact: around Tk50 lakh in fake money has already been disseminated in the market.

    Rapid Action Battalion disclosed the information following the arrest of five counterfeiters from the capital’s Banasree early yesterday, seizing Tk1.4 crore in fake notes from their possession. The gang reportedly planned to circulate another Tk1 crore in fake notes before the upcoming Eid-ul-Fitr.

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