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  • Subsidy disbursements to quick rental plants drop to below 60%

    A drop in subsidy disbursements to purchase power from quick rental power plants over the last seven months has eased the pressure on the public exchequer, Finance Division officials said. 

    Disbursements to quick rental plants decreased to below 60% of total credit, from a seven-year average of 80-92% of total Bangladesh Power Development Board (PDB) credit, because of increased power purchases from lower cost public and independent power plants.

  • Verdict on second chance at DU admission today

    The High Court is to deliver its verdict today on a rule over giving students a second chance to take the Dhaka University admission tests.

    The bench of justices Farah Mahbub and Kazi Md Ejarul Haque Akondo set the date after final hearing yesterday on the rule as to why students would not be given the second chance.

    The High Court’s verdict would decide whether thousands of students who failed last year in the entrance exam will get another chance to get into Dhaka University (DU).

  • ‘Collect tolls from bus stations not roads’

    Dhaka range police Deputy Inspector General Mahfuzul Haque Nuruzzaman has advised bus owners and transport workers to collect their tolls from the long-haul buses at the stations in order to avoid traffic congestion.

  • Bangladesh’s crime coast

    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 wide of greed and cruelty threatens to sweep away naive hopes and whole communities with it. This is the fourth part of the Dhaka Tribune’s multi-part investigative report on human trafficking in BangladeshFor fortune-seekers, Teknaf is the place to be. Money is everywhere, and there are dozens of ways to get involved in the illegal trafficking trade, the mainstay of the local economy.

  • Embroidery work turns boon for dropout girls

    Shefali Akhter and Rima, two minor madrasa students are passing busy hours in making embroideries on sarees to earn some money ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr at Lakuhati village under Hossainpur upazila of Kishoreganj.

    Like these two sisters, thousands of women in Daliarchar, Nodar, Gangatia, Lakuhati and Gabindapur villages under the upazila have taken up the task of doing embroideries on ladies wear to earn extra for their families prior to Eid.

  • Salahuddin’s appeal verdict July 29

    After the end of arguments, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court has fixed July 29 for delivering verdict on an appeal filed by BNP leader Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury, challenging his death penalty awarded for committing genocide and systematic killings during the Liberation War in 1971.

    A four-member bench headed by Chief Justice SK Sinha set the date yesterday. Other members of the bench are Justice Nazmun Ara Sultana, Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain and Justice Hasan Foez Siddique.

  • Clinical Proteas get the better of Tigers again

    The way Shakib, Mushfiq and Nasir made their way to the dressing room was deplorableHeading into the two-Twenty20 international series against Bangladesh, South Africa were the sure favourites. And, the inevitable happened as the Proteas, aided by their determined batsmen and disciplined spinners, claimed the second and final T20I by 31 runs at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday to clinch the series 2-0.

  • Locals take initiative to check erosion

    Locals take initiative to check erosion

    Local people have set up a unique example with their voluntary work to save different places from the Kirtankhola River erosion at Charbaria point area of the district.

    According to sources, recently the erosion took serious turn at different places along the bank of the river at the point rendering hundreds of families homeless and landless.

    Rapidly advancing erosion endangered surface water treatment plant, ferry ghat, ice-factory, shipyard in Beltala, Singherkathi, and Taltali-Lamchhari road under Charbaria union.

  • Underground power lines pull back metro rail’s stride

    Underground power lines pull back metro rail’s stride

    The Dhaka metro rail project has run into a tough obstacle as authorities are now faced with the challenge of shifting underground power lines that intersect the planned routes for the mass transit system.

    Although there had been a feasibility study in 2008, four years later the Power Grid company Bangladesh (PGCB) set up a 33kV high-voltage underground transmission line stretching between Agargaon and Dhaka Cantonment – which fall under the proposed metro rail route.

  • ‘Robber’ killed in Chittagong gunfight

    A suspected ringleader of robbers’ gang succumbed to his bullet injuries early yesterday after being shot during a gunfight with police in Bashbaria area of Sitakunda upazila in Chittagong.

    Besides, seven policemen of Sitakunda police station were injured during the gun battle.

    The deceased was identified as Nazim Uddin, 35, son of Ishak Chowdhury, a resident of Kottabazar of Uttar Bashbaria area of Siakunda upazila, said Officer-in-Charge (OC) Iftekhar Hasan of Sitakunda police station.

  • The old ways no longer pay

    Most of the land which were once used for salt cultivation in Teknaf, some 80km south of Cox’s Bazar, are now to be found vacant.

    “Almost seven years ago, the price for 40kg salt was Tk250-300 which is now Tk100. The salt cultivators are left counting huge losses,” said Mizanur Rahman.

    Teknaf was once also famous for betel leaf cultivation, but now for many years the farmers have had a hard time making a living from it.

  • Quader: No public sufferings on highways during Eid

    Road Communication and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader yesterday home-bound people would not suffer on highways while going to their native homes to celebrate the upcoming Eid-ul-Fitr.

    Engineer, contractors and sub-engineers of respective areas would not be spared if people suffered during their travel, the minister said at Chandra intersection, Gazipur after visiting the Dhaka-Tangail Highway.

  • CP Gang member arrested in capital

    Police early yesterday arrested a member of the Crack Platoon (CP) Gang, a pro-government online platform, in a case filed for creating offensive Facebook posts.

    The arrestee, Arup Ratan Pal, 27, was picked up by a joint team of the Rampura and Charghat police from the capital’s Rampura area around 5am.

    SI Khairul Islam of Charghat police station in Rajshahi, also the Investigation officer of the case, said a person named Tapash Sarker filed the case, alleging that the Facebook page, CP Gang, had harassed him by making offensive and false posts.

  • WB: Bangladesh spends 1% of GDP on SSN

    Bangladesh is spending little over 1% of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in different social safety net programmes, says a new World Bank report.

    It said several countries have fuel subsidies that account for a substantial portion of government spending, including Bangladesh. Bangladesh spends nearly 4% of GDP in energy subsidies while the spending in social safety net is 1.09% of GDP, revealed the report titled “The State of Social Safety Nets 2015” released in Washington yesterday.

  • DB: Avijit killers inspired Oyasiqur’s murderers

    Seven Ansarullah Bangla Team members, who the Detective Branch of police claims killed science writer Avijit Roy, had also allegedly instigated the murder of secular activist Oyasiqur Rahman Babu.

    “In our investigation, we have so far found that these seven people are not directly involved in Babu killing. But they motivated the killers to do it,” DB Joint Commissioner Monirul Islam told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday.

  • Arrested human trafficking gang smuggled over 400 women to Middle East

    Arrested human trafficking gang smuggled over 400 women to Middle East

    A Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) spokesperson yesterday at noon said they RAB arrested five members of a human trafficking gang who had confessed to trafficking more than 400 women in Middle Eastern countries.

    The gang was planning to traffic women in Saudi Arabia using the government’s current announced plan to send female workers to the country. Eying the market, the gang had also gathered nine victims to traffic in the KSA.

  • Ecnec approves Tk20cr per non-city MP for dev work

    Every lawmaker who does not represent a city corporation constituency will get Tk20 crore over the next five years to spend on development work, the country’s apex planning body has decided.

    The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) yesterday approved the allocation under the Tk6,076 crore Important Rural Infrastructure Development Project.

    “The MPs cannot spend the money directly. They must select projects and the Local Government Ministry will implement them,” Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal said.

  • Syed Humayun Kabir no more

    Syed Humayun Kabir no more

    Syed Humayun Kabir, the chairman of Renata Ltd and founder of SAJIDA Foundation, has died. 

    He was chairman and managing director of Pfizer Laboratories Ltd (Bangladesh), before becoming chairman of Renata Ltd, the successor to Pfizer’s Bangladesh operations. He was chairman of Renata for 21 years, until his passing.

  • Khaleda Zia cautions BNP leaders against foul remarks

    BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has expressed her grievances over various comments made by senior party leaders that went viral on social media in recent months.

    “If the party is not run by Zia’s ideologies, is it being run by [Sheikh] Hasina’s ideologies?” Khaleda told her senior colleagues at a meeting in her Gulshan office on Monday night.

    “If you want to stay in the party, stop making foul comments, or you can leave the party and join Hasina’s cabinet,” she said.

  • ACC ready to sue ex-BASIC chair

    Finance Minister AMA Muhith said the Anti-Corruption Commission had completed necessary works to initiate legal proceedings against former BASIC Bank chairman Sheikh Abdul Hye Bacchu over his alleged irregularities.

    But the bank would not take any departmental action against him, Muhith told Dhaka Tribune yesterday after a meeting with the bank’s board of directors at the finance ministry auditorium.

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