Tuesday February 20, 2018 05:43 AM

  • Studies find rotten wheat in sealed samples

    The wheat imported from Brazil in February and March is of sub-standard quality and a significant volume is found to be rotten, a couple of studies have concluded.

    One of those studies was conducted by the Bangladesh Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (BCSIR) and the other by the laboratory at the Directorate General of Food – both arranged by the government.

  • Ilish catching ban extended to 15 days

    The government has extended the duration of a ban on catching mother Ilish to 15 days – up from the existing 11 days – to ensure safe spawning and protect mother fish.

    On June 25, Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock published a gazette, signed by its secretary Shelina Afroza, regarding the decision.

  • Nahid for separate commission to appoint teachers

    Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid yesterday said the secondary education sector has 53% girl students and 47% boy students while the percentage is just the reverse in the higher secondary education sector.

    The government has a plan to form a separate commission like public service commission to bring transparency and accountability in appointing teachers in private educational institutions, the minister told parliament.

    Responding to a question, the minister said already a seven-member committee was formed to scrutinise the proposal of separate commission.

  • Probe committee formed to find out native and foreign smugglers

    The Directorate of Customs Intelligence and Investigation yesterday formed a four-member probe body to find out the culprits who were behind the alleged import of liquid cocaine in guise of sunflower oil.

  • High Court rejects plaintiff testimony cancellation plea

    The High Court yesterday rejected a petition filed by BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s counsel seeking a directive to record fresh deposition of the plaintiff in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.

    The bench of Justice Md Moinul Islam Chowdhury and Justice JBM Hassan rejected the petition.

    Anti-Corruption Commission lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan said no new deposition of the plaintiff would be recorded in the case as the court had rejected the petition. “The defence counsel will have ample opportunity to cross-examine the plaintiff.”

  • Commuters suffer due to indefinite transport strike

    Indefinite transport strike in Kishoreganj, enforced by the district’s Transport Owners’ Association continued for the two consecutive day yesterday, causing immense sufferings to the commuters.

    The transport owners enforced the strike on Sunday morning demanding punishment of the leaders of the Road Transport Workers’ Union for enforcing a transport strike on Saturday. The strike called by the union was later postponed.

  • Mystery shrouds death of grocer

    A grocer was hacked to death by unidentified miscreants in the capital’s Kadamtoli area yesterday morning. However, police detained his wife and the son for questioning over the murder.

    The deceased Md Abu Zafar, 42, son of Abu Hanif Khlifa, hails from Haziganj area of Chandpur district.

    Sources said Zafar had been living with his family at Merajnagar in Rayerbagh of the area and he went out for Fazar prayers.

  • Export source tax, Vat on private varsities cut

    Finance Bill 2015 passed with 23 revisions to proposed fiscal measuresThe export tax at source remained unchanged at 0.60% for the fiscal 2015-16 as the parliament yesterday passed the Finance Bill 2015.

    The tax has, however, been increased by 0.30% to 0.60% in case of exporting readymade garments.

    That means the rate becomes flat at 0.60% for all the export items – down 0.40% from the 1% as proposed in the budget for the fiscal starting on July 1.

  • Supplementary duty on mobile internet use reduced

    Mobile phone users will now have to pay 3% supplementary duty for using internet services instead of 5% as was proposed in the budget for 2015-16 fiscal year.

    Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday in parliament announced the reduction for mobile internet use although he had earlier proposed the 5% supplementary duty for both mobile internet use and voice call.

  • Tension still at SUST, syndicate meeting postponed

    A tense situation is still prevailing on the campus of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST), as a syndicate meeting supposed to be held yesterday was not held due to absence of many teachers.

  • Pilot missing after BAF fighter jet crashes in Bay

    Pilot missing after BAF fighter jet crashes in Bay

    Pilot of a Bangladesh Air Force fighter jet has gone missing after the aircraft crashed into the Bay of Bengal in Chittagong yesterday.

  • Housewife’s body recovered from reserve tank in capital

    Police yesterday recovered the body of 22-year-old housewife from a reserve water tank at a house in the capital’s Mirpur Area.

    The deceased Brishti Aktar, 22, hailing from Malpara, Louhojong area of Munshiganj, was living with her husband Mohammad Mahiuddin in a two-storey house at 6/7, Block-H, Road 5/1 of Gudaraghat area under Shah Ali police station. 

  • Unidentified girl’s body gets 2 claimers 3 days later

    The body of a 19-year-old girl remained unidentified for three days before the emergence of two different persons, who both claimed that the deceased was their sibling.

    One of the two persons – Anisur Rahman of Majhail village in Magura – on Sunday afternoon claimed that the deceased was his sister named Juena Khatun. He also claimed that the girl was the wife of Saidur Rahman, who hails from Gazipur.  

    The body of the girl was recovered from Uttara sector 4 in the capital on June 25.

  • Bahrain to legalise 40,000 Bangladeshis

    The Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) of Bahrain has announced a general amnesty period for the illegal expatriates, including Bangladeshis, living there to become legalised to live and work in Bahrain.

    The announcement was published on the LMRA’s website on Sunday.

    Labour Councillor at Bangladesh Embassy in Bahrain Mohidul Islam confirmed the matter over phone as well.

  • Karnaphuli tunnel deal with Chinese firm today

    The government of Bangladesh is set to sign a deal with a Chinese state-owned company for the construction of the much talked about two-lane tunnel underneath the Karnaphuli River in Chittagong.

    The commercial agreement between Bangladesh Bridge authority and China Communications Construction Company Ltd (CCCC) will be signed at a ceremony in Beijing, China, around 3pm (local time) Tuesday.

  • KSA unhappy for delay in processing visas of 3,000 housemaids

    ‘It will take one or two days more to give clearance to the first batch from the BMET’The National Recruitment Offices of Saudi Arabia blamed the Bangladesh ministry concerned for delay in processing over 3,000 visas for housemaids already stamped by the Saudi Embassy in Dhaka, reports the Saudi Gazette on its front page.

    The Bangladesh Ministry of Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment responsible for the task denied its negligence and said the process is going on as per the time schedule.

  • Time will stop June 30 but just for a second

    Just as leap years keep our calendars lined up with Earth’s revolution around the sun, leap seconds adjust for Earth’s rotation.

    Cesium-based clocks, one kind of atomic clock, measure time more precisely than those based on the rotation of our planet, so adding a leap second allows astronomical time to catch up to atomic time.

  • PM seeks people’s support for budget implementation

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has sought people’s cooperation in implementing the proposed budget for 2015-16 fiscal year.

    “There is a 5% deficit in the budget. But there is nothing to worry about. We will be able to implement it. This budget will take the country forward,” she said while taking part in the budget discussion at parliament yesterday.

    Hasina said people expect a lot from the Awami League and that is Awami League men have been working round the clock.

  • Raushan apologises for Ershad’s words

    Raushan Ershad, opposition leader in parliament, yesterday apologised on behalf of her husband HM Ershad, who had made a derogatory remark about female leadership.

  • Raushan: There is uncertainty over revenue collection

    Leader of the opposition Raushan Ershad has told parliament that there were uncertainties over achieving revenue and GDP targets in the next fiscal year because of slow investment and an unstable banking sector.

    While discussing the budget for the upcoming 2015-16 budget, she said: “Politicians are being recruited in the board of directors of the banks. They provide loans and waive interest rates on political consideration. The banking sector will have to be brought under regulation as people are losing confidence on it.”

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