Tuesday February 20, 2018 05:59 AM

  • DB collects samples for further lab tests

    Investigators of the Chittagong cocaine haul seizure case yesterday collected samples from all 107 drums of the container in which the existence of liquid cocaine was found in a lab test conducted by the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Directorate (CIID).

    The team that collected samples was headed by Chittagong Metropolitan Police’s Detective Branch Assistant Commissioner (north) Md Kamruzzaman, also the investigating officer (IO) of the case.

  • Low-lying areas submerged in Bagerhat

    Low-lying areas of Bagerhat have been submerged due to heavy downpour caused by a depression formed over the northwest Bay.

    The situation has made life of people miserable in the low-lying areas where their houses are now under knee-deep water.

    Moreover, main thoroughfares of the district town went under water disrupting communication and hampering people’s daily activities.

  • A matter of equality

    A matter of equality

    There is another inequality in Bangladeshi marriage law that arguably has better prospects of being eliminated in the near future, as it concerns couples that enjoy a slightly higher degree of societal acceptance than same-sex couples. Every reader probably knows a person who has married outside his or her religionLast month, the United States Supreme Court made same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states of the Union and the District of Columbia, adding the US to the list of nearly two dozen countries, mostly in Europe and the Americas, that recognise marriage between a man and a man and between a woman and a woman. The decision, which is nothing short of historic, made waves around the globe, including in Bangladesh, and is a cause for celebration for everybody who believes in equal human dignity.

  • Arrest warrant issued against 28 BNP men

    A Dhaka court yesterday issued arrest warrant against the BNP-led 20-party alliance’s 28 leaders and activists, including BNP’s standing committee member Barrister Rafiqul Islam Miah and its Joint Secretary General Amanullah Aman, for torching a bus in the city’s Mirpur area on January 30.

    Dhaka Metropolitan Special Court-1 Judge Kamrul Hossain Mollah issued the arrest warrants after accepting the charges against the leaders and activists, who were not present during the hearing.

  • How modern slavers prey on Bangladeshis

    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 fifth part of the Dhaka Tribune’s multi-part investigative report on human trafficking in BangladeshBangladesh and Myanmar supply the manpower to meet the huge demand for forced labour, prostitution, fishing business, and other dangerous work in both Thailand and Malaysia.

  • 74% people under electricity network

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday told parliament that currently 74% people of the country are now under electricity facility coverage.

    “Seventy-four percent people are now under power supply network across the country while it was 42% in 2006.”

    Some 11.68 crore people are now enjoying electricity facility in the country. Apart from this, around 40 lakh families are now using solar home system,” she told parliament in response to a query.

    The premier also said system loss has now come down to 13.03% which was 21.25% in 2006.

  • Wage board for electronic media

    Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the government had taken initiatives to formulate wage board for the electronic media.

    “Wage board for the electronic media would be formed as per the existing law,” she told parliament responding to a query.

    The leader of the house also said her government had also taken steps to establish Journalists Welfare Trust. She also said Bangladesh Press Council Act-1974 would be updated.

  • City’s transport system to be split into 5 zones

    The prime minister said the government is trying to reorganise the capital’s public transport system to ease traffic congestion and ensure public safety.

    Responding to a query of a lawmaker, the premier told parliament that the city would be divided into five zones and road communications would be restructured for smooth bus service under management of different companies.

  • HC: Don’t force consumption of Brazil wheat

    The High Court yesterday said that the government should not force anyone to consume the wheat imported from Brazil, and take it back if anyone wants to return though the food department report says it is safe for human consumption.

    The bench of Justice Quazi Reza-Ul Hoque and Justice Abu Taher Md Saifur Rahman observed there is no report before the court that the wheat, which has already been distributed, caused illness or harm to anybody’s health.

  • BCL factional clash leaves 10 hurt

    At least 10 members of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) were injured as activists of the district unit of BCL and its Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) unit got locked in a clash at Kewatkhali WAPDA intersection in the district town on Tuesday night.

    Locals said a group of activists of the district BCL unit torched the motorbike of BAU’s BCL president Morsheduzzaman Babu and carried out attack on a house on the campus.

  • 2 escape police custody

    Two alleged criminals escaped while being taken to police station in Moksudpur, Gopalganj yesterday.

    Ilahi Miya, 30, and Babul Hossain, 28, both hailing from Chondibordi village under Moksudpur upazila, managed to flee after being held around 2am.

    Through different drives, police arrested four – Shahdat, Yasin, Ilahi and Babul – from two spots in the village. They were accused in different cases for drug peddling and robbery, said Moksudpur police station Officer-in-Charge Md Azizur Rahman.

    Drive was on to trace the two, he said. 

  • Syed Ashraf: BNP will not exist if they boycott polls again

    The BNP would cease to exist if it chooses to boycott elections in the future, LGRD Minister Syed Ashraful Islam has said, adding that the next national polls would be held under the existing constitution.

    Addressing an Awami League programme at the Kishoreganj Circuit House yesterday, he said everyone should be aware about participating in the next elections, which he hoped would be enthusiastically contested by all the political parties.

  • Injured Samakal journalist dies

    Police yesterday arrested a person for his alleged involvement in the fatal attack on journalist Abu Sayem in Jibonnagar of Chuadanga.

    Rajib Rahman, 26, was arrested from Jibonnagar bus stand area in the morning, while he is now being interrogated under custody.

    Sayem, 35, the daily Samakal correspondent in Jibonnagar, was attacked on Tuesday at his house in Peyaratola. His father Abul Khayer Bachchu Molla was also injured, Jibonnagar police OC Humayun Kabir said.

  • Two arrested for forging driving licence

    Detective Branch of Dhaka Metropolitan Police arrested two persons for forging driving licences from the capital’s Khilgaon area yesterday.

    The two arrested – Masum Parvez and his associate Al Amin – used to make identity cards for school goers in Nilkhet area, however, later, they got involved with a gang who supply fake driving licenses to drivers of light vehicles like CNG autorickshaw and human hauliers.

  • Overpriced plots out of reach for middle-income buyers

    It took almost 18 years for the Khulna Development Authority (KDA) to begin a new residential project in the city. When the KDA announced it in 2010, many buyers with limited income were thought they would be able to finally own a house. However, the high price and quota system have shattered their dreams.

    According to the KDA officials, the Ministry of Housing and Public Works approved the guidelines of selling the plots on May 13. Once the land acquisition procedure is completed, a total of 700 plots will be up for sale.

  • BIWTA decides not to allow overloaded vessels

    Bangladesh Inland Water Transport (BIWTA) of the district has decided that it will not allow overloaded vessels on the waterway in the days of upcoming Eid ul-Fitr.

    The BIWTA came up with the demand yesterday noon in a meeting at conference room of Barisal Port building with the representatives of launch owners, workers’ associations and law enforcing agencies.

    The meeting was called for nsuring safety for the Eid special vessels and passengers.

  • BCL men attack mobile court in Chittagong

    A group of activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League, the student wing of the ruling Awami League, attacked a mobile court of Chittagong Port Authority in the Port North Colony area of Chittagong yesterday.

    The court led by Executive Magistrate Mohammed Abul Hashem conducted a drive in the area around 11am where it demolished around 100 structures including several local offices and clubs of different political parties illegally erected on roads 1 to 5 in the port area.

  • Rampal power plant bid deadline extended again, amid scant enthusiasm

    The company that is developing a controversial coal-fired power plant near the Sundarbans forest has extended its bid submission deadline a second time, because earlier invitations for bids have met with scant enthusiasm.

    The Bangladesh-India Friendship Power Company Pvt Ltd (BIFPCL) extended, for the second time, the deadline to submit bids to set up the 2 x 660MW Maitree Super Coal-fired Thermal Power Project in Rampal on an Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract basis.

  • Reckless driving claims two young lives

    Reckless driving claims two young lives

    Two teenage boys were killed in separate accidents that were the results of reckless driving in the capital’s Mohammadpur and Dhanmondi areas yesterday.

    The deceased were Nuruzzaman, 15, from Baufal in Patuakhali, and Md Fahim Ahmed, 12, from Sreepur in Gazipur.

    In Mohammadpur, a human haulier tried to overtake another human haulier in Dhaka Udyan area around 7am, and while doing so hit and ran over Nuruzzaman who was crossing the road at the time, his friend Sirajul Islam told the Dhaka Tribune.

  • HC: No second chance for DU admission

    Admission seekers will not get any second chance to enrol at Dhaka University, as the High Court yesterday upheld the university’s decision to bar any student from taking the admission test twice.

    The High Court bench of Justice Farah Mahbub and Justice Md Ejarul Haque Akondo yesterday rejected a previous rule on the matter and came up with the verdict after rejecting a writ petition challenging the legality of the DU decision.

    Several of the petitioners who were present at court broke down in tears when the judges upheld the DU decision. 

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