Sunday February 18, 2018 07:29 AM

  • Power Division rubbishes reports that foreign banks spurned Rampal

    The Power Division yesterday denied seeking financing from several French banks which reportedly declined to invest in the Rampal power project on environmental and social grounds.

    The Bangladesh-India Friendship Power Company Pvt Ltd (BIFPCL) is setting up the 2 x 660MW Maitree Super Coal-fired Thermal Power Project in Rampal, Bagerhat. The mega plant, sited close to the Sundarbans, a Unesco World Heritage Site, has drawn strong opposition from environmentalists.

  • RAB wins Bangabandhu Award for Wildlife Conservation

    Rapid Action Battalion has won the Bangabandhu Award for Wildlife Conservation 2015.

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina handed over the award at the inaugural ceremony of the national forestation campaign and tree fair held at the National Agronomist Institute in the capital yesterday, on the occasion of World Environment Day.

    RAB Director General Benazir Ahmed and Additional Director General Col Ziaul Ahsan received the award.

    Hasina thanked and praised RAB for activities in wildlife and environment conservation and raising public awareness of these two issues.

  • Tenacious Tigers resume hunt

    Tenacious Tigers resume hunt

    Bangladesh confirm Champions Trophy berth, end eight-year droughtAll-rounder Nasir Hossain and paceman Mustafizur Rahman elevated Bangladesh to the driving seat after skittling out South Africa for a paltry 162 in 46 overs. And the elegant Soumya Sarkar simply put the finishing touch as the Tigers levelled the three-ODI series, courtesy of their comprehensive seven-wicket win in the second match at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday. This is Bangladesh’s biggest margin of victory against any Test nation in terms of balls remaining.

  • Study finds river management projects off course

    Study finds river management projects off course

    Water Development Board must plug leaksProjects undertaken by the Water Development Board (WDB) are not compatible with the silt-dominated hydrogeomorphology of a lower riparian country like Bangladesh, a study has found.

    A joint baseline study by Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) and the Bangladesh Water Integrity Network (BAWIN) has found that the WDB’s existing water management system does not adequately allow for the effects of sedimentation.

    As a result, river flow systems have been broken and water-logging has been caused in some areas.

  • Sadistic killers upload video of child beaten to death

    Humanity was defeated once again on July 8 when a group of men took immense pleasure in torturing a 13-year-old boy to death and later uploading a video of the beating to the internet.

    The horrifying incident took place around 7:30am on Wednesday, July 8, in Kumargaon on the outskirts of Sylhet city.

  • Indian ‘Kiranmala’ popular among Eid shoppers in Sylhet

    Sales have increased significantly especially after Ramadan 15Eid shopping frenzy is intensifying in Sylhet as Eid-ul-Fitr approaches – shoppers are crowding at the malls and markets to find the perfect attire for the biggest religious festival in the country.

  • Five new Aman varieties released

    The government released five new Aman varieties including two stress-tolerant paddy varieties yesterday with an aim to boost the country’s rice production.

    Of the varieties, Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) has developed four and Bangladesh Institute of Nuclear Agriculture (BINA) developed the other one.

    Each of the BRRI varieties bear different specialities including saline-tolerance, drought- tolerance, aromatic and zinc-enriched qualities.

  • Trader found dead after four days

    A businessman, picked up in Dhaka by men identifying themselves as detectives on July 8, was found dead early yesterday. Police recovered the body of Momin Box, 45, in Kalshi area of Pallabi. The body was sent to Dhaka Medical College Hospital morgue for autopsy.

    Pallabi police station OC Dadon Mia said Momin might have been strangled to death as there were no injury marks. Momin was a criminal and accused in at least 12 cases, including murder, extortion and subversion.

  • Freedom fighter, wife killed

    A freedom fighter and his wife have been killed by unidentified assailants at Parshaingol village under Singra upazila in Natore.

    The deceased are Noni Gopal Kundu, 75, and his wife Chitra Rani Kundu, 65. Noni was the son of Baku Kundu of the village.

    Locals said unidentified assailants might have entered their house and suffocated the couple to death sometime early Sunday.

    On information from the locals, police went to the spot and sent the bodies to Natore Sadar morgue for autopsy in the morning.

  • Banks to remain open on July 15

    Bangladesh Bank has asked the banks to keep open their branches on July 15 located in apparel industrial areas to facilitate getting salary and allowances by the garment workers.

    Banks have been advised to keep their branches functioning in Dhaka City, Ashulia, Tongi, Gazipur, Savar, Narayanganj and Chittagong industrial area on Wednesday ahead of Eid ul-Fitr, said a circular issued yesterday.

    The banks have also been advised to pay proper allowances to the officers who will attend the office on the government holy day, according to the circular. 

  • Markets bustling with Eid shoppers

    CMP has undertaken security measures to ensure hassle-free shopping for the upcoming Eid-ul-fitr in the cityAs Eid-ul-Fitr is approaching fast, people from all walks of life are now having busy time in last moment’s shopping.

    In the last few days, sellers even forget the time of meals as they have to deal with customers almost round the clock. 

    Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) has undertaken security measures to ensure hassle-free shopping for the upcoming Eid-ul-fitr in the city.

    Police and RAB personnel have been deployed at the key points of the city along with the markets, said CMP sources.

  • 7 girls trafficked to India return home

    Seven Bangladeshi girls who were trafficked into India over the last three years were handed over to their families during a programme at the office of a non-governmental organisation in the capital yesterday.

    The girls hail from Dhaka, Bagerhat, Khulna, Jessore, Comilla and Barguna.

    Non-governmental organisation Light House organised the reunion programme at its Banani office.

    Recalling how his daughter was trafficked, the father of a victim of Comilla said he married off the girl to a man in Jessore three years ago.

  • Mosharraf: New charge a big challenge

    Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Khandker Mosharraf Hossain formally joined the office of the Local Government, Rural Development (LGRD) Ministry yesterday.

    Before joining the office, Mosharraf met Awami League General Secretary Syed Ashraful Islam at the latter’s residence yesterday morning.

    Mosharraf, father-in-law of Hasina’s daughter Saima Wazed Hossain Putul. Came to the ministry around 11:30am.

  • Zafrullah contempt hearing begins

    The International Crimes Tribunal began fresh contempt proceedings against freedom fighter and Gonoshasthaya Kendra founder Zafrullah Chowdhury yesterday. 

    The three-member second tribunal, led by Justice Obaidul Hassan, asked him to explain why he should not be punished for contempt and fixed July 22 for delivering further orders. Zafrullah will have to appear before the court on that day.

    This is the third time the Magsaysay-winner has been implicated with contempt charges for demeaning the trial of war crimes.

  • Police to take immediate action against extortionists

    Police yesterday said they would show zero tolerance to extortionists and take immediate action against them to ensure maximum security ahead of Eid-ul-fitr.

    Inspector general of police and Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) commissioner while attending two separate programmes in the capital came up with such statement.

    DMP Commissioner Asaduzzaman Miah said this while attending a clothes distribution programme among poor people in front of Azimpur Girl’s School and College.

  • Tainted Zakat

    Tainted Zakat

    In 2015, when starvation is no longer a major problem in the country, why do people have to go into a state of delirium when something is handed out free of cost?The latter part of Ramadan is preserved for charity; the wealthy coming to the aid of the less fortunate. This has been the norm for centuries and I am not mistaken in stating that helping the poor during a religious festival is integral to all faiths.

    However, the evolution of how society interprets faith, vis-a-vis the prevalent credo, gives us a diluted form of spirituality laced with sleaze. I am sorry if I have hurt anyone, but religion in modern-day society seems more tilted towards PR rather than inner satisfaction.

  • Turag grabbing continues as re-demarcation yet to start

    Encroachment on some parts of the Turag River in the northwestern part of the capital continues as re-demarcation has not yet been carried out and the authorities concerned have turned a blind eye to the problem.

    Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) last year decided to re-demarcate the river and recover the encroached land this monsoon with the help of the Shipping Ministry and the offices of the deputy commissioners in Dhaka and Gazipur.

  • Nakhalpara residents still facing water crisis

    Annisul asks Wasa to solve crisis within 10 daysMayor of Dhaka North City Corporation Annisul Huq asked officials of Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority to solve ongoing water crisis of West Nakhalpara in the capital within next 10 days.

    The mayor gave the order to concerned officials while visiting the area with Wasa officials and ward councillors. 

    During the visit the mayor also talked with local people over the problems.

    Local people told the mayor that they had been facing water crisis everyday as Wasa was repairing water supply pipelines in the area for last one and half month.

  • PM to inaugurate Thanchi-Alikadam Road

    Prime Minister (PM) Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the Thanchi-Alikadam Road in Bandarban on July 14, the  highest road of the country,  2,500 feet above from sea level.

    Sources said,  PM will inaugurate the 33 kilometer-long and 18 feet wide road,  through video conference at the Gono Bhaban.

  • Security guard killed

    A security guard of Chittagong Port Authority was killed and three others were injured as a speedy truck ran them over inside a dockyard in Chittagong Port yesterday afternoon.

    The dead was identified as Mohammed Ali, 40, while identity of the injured could yet to be ascertained immediately, said Sub-Inspector Ahmed Ullah Bhuiyan of Bandar police station.

    He said the security guard died on the spot around 12:30am when a speedy truck hit four people.

    The body was sent to Chittagong Medical College Hospital morgue for autopsy. 

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