Tuesday February 20, 2018 05:48 AM

  • Ershad: Raushan cannot apologise for my words

    Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad has said in parliament that his wife Raushan Ershad, leader of the opposition in Jatiya Sangsad, does not have the jurisdiction to seek apology for his comments.

    The former military dictator yesterday also asked the parliament speaker to expunge that part of Raushan’s recent speech in which she sought the apology.

    In his speech during a budget discussion on June 29, Ershad said that the prime minister, deputy leader of the house, speaker, and opposition leader, who are all women, are “showpieces.”

  • Titumir college BCL men go on rampage

    Titumir college BCL men go on rampage

    Activists of Chhatra League’s Titumir College unit yesterday took to vandalism following an intra-party clash in the capital’s Mohakhali.

    They vandalised dozens of vehicles and blocked the road in front of the college, creating a traffic congestion.

    The BCL members alleged that one of their activists had been beaten by the local members of Jubo League. Some 50 activists took to vandalism on the main road.

  • Closure of schools make future blurry for 5,000 students

    Teachers of 83 schools will also lose their jobsThe fate of over 5,000 school-going children in Bandarban have become uncertain after their schools – which are run under a UNDP project – are soon expected to shut their doors.

    As funding has run out, teachers of the 83 schools concerned will also be out a job, unless the United Nations Development Programme assures to continue the project – which expired this June.

  • Kamal claims some Boishakh assaulters held, police decline

    Junior home minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal yesterday said in parliament that several culprits of the Pohela Boishakh assault on women had been arrested, although police said they had not yet made any arrests in this connection.

    “We have arrested some of them. I can tell you that those who have done this have been identified and some of them have already been handed over to the law enforcement agencies … Others will face the same action,” Kamal told the house in response to a query.

  • Sold into slavery for a few thousand taka

    In the wake of the Asian boatpeople crisis, the Dhaka Tribune’s Abid Azad travels down the migration routes along Bangladesh’s jagged coast in search of answers.

    On the quayside alongside migrant smuggling boats he finds desperation and ambition in equal measure, and finds menacing eddies that portend far more trouble for the migrants than they bargained for.

    Beyond the horizon, in foreign waters, a vast network of human traffickers lies in wait.

    For Bangladeshis looking for a back door to a better life, a vast tide of greed and cruelty threatens to sweep away naïve hopes and whole communities with it.Teknaf, which has the Bay of Bengal on its south and west, and Arakan state of Myanmar on the east beyond the beautiful Naf River, could have become a beautiful tourist zone in the country.

    Instead it has now become a hub for human traffickers and human smugglers, and has gradually become a threatening place for tourists and local inhabitants.

  • 54 deals signed with India since 2009

    Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali told parliament yesterday that Bangladesh had singed a total of 54 agreements, memorandums of understanding and protocols with India since 2009.

    Responding to a query in the Jatiya Sangsad, the minister said that Bangladesh had so far signed a total of 87 agreements, MoUs and protocols.

  • Bonya identifies blogger Avijit’s killers

    Investigators say seven Ansarullah men were involved in the murderSeven members of Ansarullah Bangla Team were involved in the murder of Avijit Roy, investigators said, adding that two of them had been positively identified by the blogger’s wife.

    Two of the culprits directly carried out the attack on Avijit and his wife Rafida Ahmed Bonya, while the other five reportedly tracked the blogger’s movement and helped the killers flee the scene. All the perpetrators have now been identified.

  • Tigers looking to bounce back

    Following a comprehensive defeat in the first Twenty20 international, Mashrafe bin Mortaza and his troop need to fire from all cylinders if they are to salvage something against South Africa in the second and final match today at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.

  • Weavers working round the clock to meet Eid demand

    Weavers in Tangail are toiling hard ahead of Eid, the largest Islamic holiday, to meet the demand of Tangail sari lovers.

    Taant saris are largely produced in Pathrail, Chandi, Nalua, Mangolhor under Delduar Balla, Rampur, Chati Hati, Alenga under Kalihati upazila and Bajitpur, Korotia, Santosh and Kagmari under Tangail sadar upazila.

    Hasan, a resident of Mongolhor area and also a weaver, said: “We produce saris from early in the morning to midnight, as demand for the home-made sari has increased extensively.”

  • Charge framing in Kibria killing July 14

    A Sylhet court yesterday adjourned until July 14 the framing of charges in former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria killing case. 

    Charges were scheduled to be framed yesterday but Judge Makbul Ahsan gave the adjournment order as the majority of the accused did not appear in court.

    He also ordered the jail authorities to produce all the accused before the court on that day.

    Only five of the 32 people accused in the case were present in the court yesterday. Among the 32, 14 are in jail, eight have been granted bail and the remaining 10 are in hiding.

  • Acid attack burns woman in Gazipur

    A woman has been burnt in an acid attack in Boktarpur area under Kaliganj upazila in Gazipur. Shumoti Rani Das came under the acid attack early Monday. She is the wife of Komol Chondro Das.

    Kaliganj Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) Abdul Alim said: “Shumoti was sleeping in her room when unidentified miscreants threw acid on her from the window around 2am Monday.”

    “Hearing her scream, the family members went to her room and took her to upazila health complex,” he said. 

  • Khaleda asks leaders to stand by the repressed activists

    BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has asked her colleagues to go to their respective constituencies and strengthen organisational activities by standing beside the repressed leaders and activists of the party.

    She gave this instruction in a meeting with the senior leaders of the party at her Gulshan office late last night.

    The meeting also decided to strengthen the reorganisation process of the party after the Eid vacation.

  • Online shopping gains ground

    Online shopping is gaining popularity day by day among the youth in the port city of Chittagong, as Eid-ul-Fitr knocks at the door.

    Famous brands and companies are using online shopping to digitally introduce their products to customers as online sales have seen an upsurge in comparison to average times.

    Young people who want unusual, innovative and fashionable products, who wish to avoid hassles and not waste their time buying dresses or other products from the market are the primary customers, said online businessmen.

  • Mobile court fined Tk3.6 lakh, three factories sealed

    Mobile court fined Tk3.6 lakh, three factories sealed

    Mobile courts yesterday sealed three polythene-making factories in the capital and fined four restaurants and food product factories. The courts in separate drives fined them Tk3,60,000.

    A mobile court of Rab 1, led by Magistrate Md Firoz Ahmed and Sub Adjutant Md Haliuzzaman in the city’s Uttara Model Town area, fined the owners of Safe the City, Falguni Restora and Broccoli Restora Tk1,10,000.

    The drive took place around 1:30pm to 3:30pm. The court gave a fine of Tk20,000 to Safe the City, Tk30,000 to Falguni Restora and Tk60,000 to Broccoli Restora.

  • Six held with 26 gold bars

    Police in a drive arrested six persons along with 26 gold bars worth about Tk1 crore from Forest Gate area in the port city’s Sholoshohar yesterday noon. The arrestees are Safiul Azam, 24, Nejam Uddin, 26, Md Sahajahan, 21, Md Bahdur, 30, Kaisar Bin Yusuf, 24 and Md Hasan, 32, confirm police sources.

    Being tipped-off, police intercepted a private car and a CNG-run autorickshaw carrying two and four people respectively from Ruby Gate area and detained the six, said Chittagong Metropolitan Police (North Zone) Deputy Commissioner (DC) Paritosh Gosh.

  • Fake food factories busted in Joypurhat; 7 held

    Police in an overnight drive have sealed off two counterfeit food factories in Nisabazar and Panchim Amtta areas in Akkelpur upazila sadar.

    During the drive that continued till early yesterday starting from Sunday evening, the law enforcement personnel detained seven people including the owner on charge of the illegal activities and they seized goods worth about Tk7 lakh.  

  • Enclaves survey kicks off

    A joint team of Bangladeshi and Indian officials started a joint survey of the 162 enclaves yesterday by conducting a headcount and gathering the citizenship options.

    The programme kicked off at Kalir Hat Bazar of Dashiar Chara — the biggest Bangladeshi enclave. The census began with the enlistment of Razzak and Shahida.

    Local Deputy Commissioner Khan Mohammad Nurul Amin assured the enclave residents that there was no reason for uncertainty. The has allocated Tk200 crore for the 111 Bangladeshi enclaves.

  • Export records lowest growth in 13 years

    The country’s export earnings posted a 3.35% growth in the just concluded fiscal year, which is the lowest in last 13 years.

    Back-to-back political unrest in the last two years, economic slowdown in the export destination countries and devaluation of Euro against dollar are attributed to the fall of export growth.  

    According to the provisional data of Export Promotion Bureau (EPB), Bangladesh earned $31.19bn in the financial year 2014-15, which is 3.35% higher compared to $30.18bn in FY2013-14. 

  • Deposit rate falls below 7% in May

    The weighted average interest rate on deposit came down to four-year low at 6.99% in May due to lack of credit demand, and increased foreign loan inflow.

    The deposit rate was 6% in 2010 and the weighted average rate stood at 6.08% at the end of the year, according to the Bangladesh Bank data. 

    The lending rate also continued to fall for the past one year, but the falling rate was relatively less than the deposit rate.

  • 1,200kg bomb-making chemicals recovered

    1,200kg bomb-making chemicals recovered

    In one of the biggest hauls of chemical products in recent times, the police have recovered around 1,200kg of chemicals they suspect were being used to make crude bombs.

    In separate drives in Dhaka and Chittagong early yesterday, the police also arrested four people suspected of using the chemicals to create crude bombs and supplying it across the country.

    However, no links have so far been found between any militant organisations and the arrestees: Saidul Islam, 45; Md Awal, 38; Sharif Alam, 28; and Jahangir Alam, 42.

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