- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
At least 40kilometre stretch of Dhaka-Chittagong highway in Mirsarai upazila is in tattered condition due to the incessant rain of the last few days.
A number of small and large potholes created on this major highway, which is being upgraded to a four-lane one, have been causing immense sufferings to the commuters, who fear that the situation would get worse during the up coming Eid.
Complaints against police officials are on the rise despite repeated warnings from top bossesPolice high-ups are embarrassed as many officials of the force have now been found involved in serious crimes including smuggling, human trafficking and rape, apart from the most common allegations of bribery and extortion.
Data of the Police Headquarters also shows that the number of complaints against officials ranging from superintendents to constables have been on the rise, despite repeated warnings issued by the home state minister, police chief and the Dhaka Metropolitan Police commissioner against such incidents.
Students, teachers and staff of Dhaka University celebrated its 94th anniversary yesterday amid much enthusiasm and festivity.
The day-long celebration was inaugurated by Dr Gowher Rizvi, adviser to the prime minister, following which a discussion was held at the TSC auditorium, presided over by DU Vice-Chancellor Prof AAMS Arefin Siddique.
Speaking on the occasion, Rizvi urged DU students to make themselves skilful and efficient for the competitive world.
The High Court has directed the government to form a high-power commission tasked with recommending maximum and minimum standard house rents for different areas in the capital city.
The commission, to be formed by the cabinet secretary, will first identify the problems that exist by holding discussions with both house-owners and tenants. It will also put through recommendations for updating the Premises Rent Control Act 1991.
The court also asked police to take steps regarding house rent-related complaints in all the cities including Dhaka.
Fifteen large business groups that have defaulted repayment of Tk12,500 crore loans have applied for restructuring their debts under a Bangladesh Bank policy issued in January to aid top defaulters on grounds of prolonged political crisis.
Bangladesh Bank received the applications from these large borrowers in a weeklong deadline that expired on June 30.
“We have received applications from 15 groups that have sought loan restructuring facilities,” said Rup Ratan Pine, deputy general manager of Bangladesh Bank.
From now on, mobile phone users will have to pay 3% supplementary duty, instead of the original proposal of a 5% duty, to make voice calls and use the internet on their phones.
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) yesterday issued a Statutory Regulatory Order (SRO) to this effect, following the passage of the finance bill on Tuesday.
In the parliament on Monday, Finance Minister AMA Muhith announced that duty would be reduced for mobile internet use, even though he had earlier proposed the 5% supplementary duty for both internet use and voice call.
Sir Nicholas Winton, who organised the rescue of 669 children destined for Nazi concentration camps, has died aged 106.
Winton was a stockbroker when he arranged for trains to carry Jewish children out of occupied Prague.
His son-in-law Stephen Watson said he died peacefully in his sleep at Wexham Hospital, Slough. He died on the anniversary of the departure of a train in 1939 carrying the largest number of children – 241.
Ignoring state-owned gas and oil exploration company Bapex to drill five gas wells at several gas fields, the government proposes to use Russian energy giant Gazprom – at double the cost.
The job will be awarded under the Speedy Supply of Power and Energy (Special Provision) Act, 2010, without going through a tender procedure.
The cabinet committee on public purchase yesterday approved the proposal of digging five new wells in different gas fields for improving supply capacity at a cost of Tk750.58 crore.
The decision came at a meeting at the Secretariat, with Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith in the chair.
“Russian company Gazprom will dig the new wells,” Mostafizur Rahman, additional secretary of the cabinet division, told reporters after the meeting.
The government yesterday declared around Tk11 crore as agricultural incentive for the farmers of seven districts in the north-eastern part of the country, known as haor region.
Under the incentives, rice trans-planter, reaper and training for farmers, mechanics and field-level agricultural extension officers will be provided for the next boro season.
The districts are Sunamganj, Netrokona, Kishoreganj, Sylhet, Moulvibazar, Habiganj and Brahmanbaria.
BNP’s Joint Secretary-General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi secured interim bail in four cases of violence from the High Court yesterday.
However, he will not be released from jail as he stands accused in eight other cases of similar charges.
The HC bench of Justice Rezaul Haque and Justice Mohammad Khasruzzaman gave the order after hearing his plea for bail. Rizvi was represented by Jainul Abedin while Deputy Attorney General Fazlur Rahman argued for the state.
The International Crimes Tribunal 1 will start the trial of four alleged razakars of Kishoreganj in absentia, as the accused did not appear before court even after public announcement.
The tribunal led by its Chairman Justice M Enayetur Rahim made the decision yesterday and appointed Abdus Shukur Khan as the defence counsel for the accused who remain at large.
The court fixed July 28 for hearing the charges brought against them.
Barisal townspeople are suffering everyday as road digging is going on in many areas for installation of water supply lines.
Digging up of roads in the rainy season worsens city’s traffic congestion and makes movement of commuters difficult, said city residents.
Ambulance carrying patients and fire brigade vehicles even cannot move quickly due to grid locks caused by the excavation.
Just like every year, as yet another Eid-ul-Fitr draws near, incidents of street mugging have started rising in Dhaka.
There has not been a single day since Ramadan began on June 19 that at least one mugging victim has not been admitted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH).
These people usually come to hospital with injuries from sharp weapons, even sometimes from gunshots. However, in recent times, there have been several incidents when the criminals killed the victims for no apparent reason after robbing them.
A report on the eighth pay scale for public servants is set to be placed when the cabinet meets again next Monday, sources have said.
The cabinet members are expected to discuss the report of a secretary-level review committee which excluded the provisions of time scale and selection grade.
A Finance Division official said Finance Minister AMA Muhith, on June 29, gave his permission to the implementation wing to place the review committee report at Monday’s cabinet meeting.
With the Eid-ul-Fitr coming up, Baburhat Bazar at Shekherchar of Narsingdi, one of the main hubs of local apparel in the country has been seeing an increased flow of buyers.
The market, situated on the Dhaka-Sylhet highway, has become a popular destination for wholesale traders and buyers for the availability of a wide range of home-grown textiles and easy access from major cities like Dhaka, Chittagong and Sylhet.
An attack for extortion by Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists on a student-mess adjacent to the Government Michael Madhusudan College in Jessore left 15 students injured on Tuesday night.
Of the injured, four were admitted to Jessore 250-bed General Hospital in a critical condition. They are Shahnewaz, Fazlur Rahman, Shamimur Rahman and mess owner Rubel.
The injured students alleged that the miscreants blessed by a political party have long been demanding extortion from them and they denied to meet it as usual.
Gone are those days when muggers were happy to snatch valuable from their victims.
They are now gradually getting involved in killing people in exchange for money as it helps them to make some quick bucks beside their old profession just ahead of Eid.
The number of such snatchers-cum-killers are on the rise in the capital, said law enforcers.
Law enforcers revealed this information gleaned from six criminals arrested on Tuesday afternoon from a house of Munsibari of Badda, said DB Joint Commissioner Monirul Islam at a press briefing at the DMP media centre.
To ensure hassle free, save and smooth journey ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr police would shows zero tolerance against rampant extortion in three highways in Chittagong division.
Beside, the movements of truck, covered van and lorry except emergency items carrying traffic on Dhaka-Chittagong, Chittagong-Cox’s Bazar and Chittagong-Rangamati Highways will remain halted from prior to and after the Eid day, said Chittagong District’s Superintendent of Police (SP) AKM Hafiz Akhtar yesterday.
Bangladesh cricket captain Masrafe Bin Mortaza has reactivated his Facebook fan page.
The Narail Express revived the page around 11:20pm Wednesday.