- February 18, 2018
14 special trains for home-bound people ahead of EidAdvance railway ticket sale to home goers ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr have started in Dhaka and Chittagong railway stations from yesterday morning. The tickets would be available both online and the counters till July 13.
The tickets for the July 13 journey were sold yesterday. Long queues of passengers were seen in the morning at Kamlapur Railway Station while many of them took position there just after Sehri.
LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Syed Ashraful Islam was relieved of his duties and made a minister without portfolio yesterday, after three days of rumours over his position in the council of ministers.
The Cabinet Division made the disclosure in a gazette notification yesterday afternoon.
Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Khandker Mosharraf Hossain has been given the LGRD Ministry as an additional charge.
The decision to relieve Syed Ashraful Islam of the duties of the LGRD Ministry and making him a minister without portfolio was made to engage Ashraf more in party activities, Awami League insiders have said.
Political analysts, however, have opined that yesterday’s move has proved to be embarrassing for the government and shown that the cabinet was not cohesive.
A senior Awami League leader told the Dhaka Tribune that Syed Ashraf held a one-on-one meeting with Sheikh Hasina at her office yesterday, shortly before the announcement was made regarding his removal.
Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday said corruption swallows 2 to 3% of the country’s total GDP (gross domestic product) while political unrest 1%.
“So, corruption and political unrest impede the economic growth of the country,” said the minister while delivering his speech at a meeting with development partners at the NEC yesterday.
With the aim of continuing their recent surge in 50-over cricket, Bangladesh will lock horns with South Africa today in the first of three one-day internationals at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium. The Tigers’ primary goal, however, will be to not repeat the mistakes they had committed in the 2-0 series loss in the Twenty20 internationals.
A Chittagong court yesterday again put an employee of Khan Jahan Ali Ltd on a five-day remand, who was arrested in connection with the import of liquid cocaine in the name of sunflower oil at Chittagong port.
Chittagong Metropolitan Police Additional Deputy Commissioner Kazi Muttaki Ibn Minan told the Dhaka Tribune the court of Metropolitan Magistrate Farid Alam remanded Golam Mostafa Sohel after the investigating officer of the case produced him before the court with a five-day remand plea in the afternoon.
Members of Border Guard Bangladesh have seized drugs and smuggled items worth around Tk79.73 crore in countrywide drives conducted last month, said a press release issued by BGB headquarters yesterday.
The release said among the seized drugs, there were 1.63 lakh pieces of yaba, 42,158 bottles of phensidyl, 875kg of marijuana, 18,104 bottle foreign liquors, 1.5kg of heroin, 1.54 lakh pieces of stimulant tablet, 10,562 ampoules of drug injection and 13.45 lakhs intoxicating tablets.
A young woman was found with her throat slit inside her own home in the capital’s Mirpur area yesterday afternoon.
The victim, Amena Khatun Reshma, 18, was a second-year student at BCIC College in Mirpur.
Police said Reshma’s body was found inside the first-floor flat in an under-construction five-storey building in Mirpur’s Rainkhola area; Reshma lived with her mother Mariam Begum and step-father Alamgir in the flat.
The Supreme Court has deferred the Bangladesh Bar Council election until August 26.
Responding to a writ petition filed by the council authorities, a four-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha issued the order and asked the authorities to publish the voter list by July 30. The court set August 3 as deadline for resolving any dispute over the voters’ list.
It also ordered voters to carry their national identity cards or passport while casting votes.
Biman Bangladesh Airlines has reduced fare by Tk200 to Tk500 for different domestic routes on the occasion of Eid ul-fitr.
The offer will remain valid until July 31, said a statement from the national airlines yesterday.
Many choose air travel to reach home to celebrate Eid-ul-fitr with near and dear ones.
If the BNP is wiped off the face of the Earth, I think the chances of it being replaced by a similar, saner right of centre political party (that many would hope for) are far lower than the chances of that space being occupied by a much more hard-core right-wing partyWith the announcement that Khaleda Zia is likely to be brought to trial for the fire-bombing deaths during the BNP anti-government campaigns in the first few months of this year, and with arrest warrants issued against 28 BNP leaders and activists in association with a bus burning on January 30, it is clear that the government is heading towards a final solution to the BNP problem.
A shortage of specialised doctors at Joypurhat Mother and Child Care Centre has been disrupting sophisticated medical services for a year, compounding the woes of financially insolvent patients.
A doctor of another hospital has been deputed to dispense primary medical services to mothers every Monday and Thursday but there is no one to perform complex operations on patients.
A girl was gang-raped yesterday at Umedpur village in Akhaura of Brahmanbaria.
According to sources, auto-rickshaw driver Robin, son of Mohmmad Ali of Hirapur village took the girl to bordering Umedpur village while she was going to her brother’s in-laws’ residence.
Later, he along with his four associates raped the girl at a jungle near the village.
Hearing her scream, on-duty Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) personnel rushed in and rescued the girl in critical condition.
The BGB members also detained Robin in this connection.
A large portion of the Ghorasal-Palash Road in the district has been lying in dire state for long time due to lack of maintenance.
According to local sources, the road has turned unfit for vehicular movement as no repair work was done in last 2 years.
The unpaved road dotted with numerous potholes has turned into virtually a ditch for thousands of passengers who travel on the road every day. During the dry season, the road is covered in dust, but in rainy season, commuters’ sufferings have no bound.
The government has new plans to set up two more land-based liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals at Moheshkhali in Cox’s Bazar and Paira Seaport area.
According to the fresh plans by the Energy and Mineral Resources Division (EMRD), Petrobangla – the state-owned oil company under the Ministry of Power, Energy, and Mineral Resources – will implement the projects.
The newly invented varieties have already got their nod from the Seed Certification Board and are now waiting for final approvalWith an aim to boost rice production, the government is planning to introduce five more paddy varieties soon for the Aman season.
Four of those new varieties have been developed by Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI), while the other one has been developed by Bangladesh Institute of Nuclear Agriculture (BINA).
Local traders hoped of a big sale centring Eid-ul-Fitr have been upset as a continual two-day rain has battered the city life pushing the shoppers to stay in home.
Besides, repeated load-shedding has worsened the situation vastly although local power office authorities claimed falling of tree branches on their wire amid rain in line with strong wind ensued it.
The High Court yesterday granted anticipatory bail to BNP leaders MK Anwar, Tariqul Islam, Abdul Awal Mintoo and Amanullah Aman in 56 arson and vandalism cases.
The bench of Justice Syed Md Ziaul Karim and Sheikh Md Zakir Hossain granted bail to the BNP leaders for four weeks after they filed separate bail petitions.
“Anwar secured bail in nine cases, Tariqul in four cases, BNP Chairperson’s adviser Mintoo in one case and Aman in 42 cases,” said one of their lawyers AKM Ehsanur Rahman.
The Appellate Division has asked the BSMMU authorities to form a new medical board to examine the health of BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam.
A four-member bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, gave the order yesterday.
It asked the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) authorities to form a five-member medical board consisting a cardiologist, two vascular surgeons, a respiratory medicine specialist and a general surgery specialist to conduct a full-fledged check up.
‘We do not want press conferences or news reports full of falsehoods’Neither the Bangladesh Police nor the US agency Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have ever contacted with Rafida Ahmed Bonya regarding the probe into the murder of her husband Avijit Roy, founder of Mukto-Mona blog, since she had returned to the US four days after the attack.