Wednesday February 21, 2018 01:57 AM

  • A lure too good to be true

    Nirmol Tonchonga, a 20-year-old day labourer from Ukhiya of Cox’s Bazar, had no idea what fate had in store for him when he decided to try his luck as an illegal migrant in Malaysia.

  • DB impersonators on the prowl

    DB impersonators on the prowl

    Detectives will soon be asking the Home Ministry to come up with appropriate measures that would prevent criminals from impersonating DB officials and from using utilities similar to those used by the DB forces.

    The Detective Branch of Dhaka Metropolitan Police will also request the ministry to formulate new laws or modify existing policies to protect the reputation of the DB.

  • DMP boss: Over 1,000 criminals arrested in last one month

    Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Chief Asaduzzaman Miah yesterday said police had arrested over a thousand seasonal criminals in the last one month.

    The criminals include fake DB police, fake RAB personnel, dope gang members, muggers, snatchers, extortionists and robbers,” the DMP commissioner said.

    The drive is still on to arrest other criminals and recover illegal arms.

    Asaduzzaman said this at a clothes distribution programme among poor people ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr in front of the High Court Mazar Gate.

  • Eid brings no joy for sugarcane growers

    I supplied sugarcane to Modhukhali Sugar Mill about one year back. But mill authorities are yet to pay my bill of Tk10,000Magura sugarcane growers are apprehending that they would not be able to enjoy the up comming Eid-ul-Fitr with families as mill authorities are yet to pay their dues.

    Six sugarcane farmers of Shrikunthi village under Magura sadar upazila, nine of Chandpur viilage, 11 of Ghoramara village and 22 farmers of Shatrijitpur village under Magura sadar upazila supplied sugarcane to Modhukhali Sugar Mill last year. But mills authority is yet to pay their outstanding bill of Tk13 lakh.

  • Authorities keep mum over hill cutting

    Local administrations there have allegedly been turning a blind eye to the overt illegal activities of Jamaat-blessed Naikkangchhari upazila chairman Tofail Ahmed for long.

    The chairman is also a local leader of Jamaat-e-Islami, who is main accused in the cases launched for sensational arson attacks on the Buddhist temples and houses in Ramu of Cox’s Bazar in September 29, 2012.

  • Teen girl raped after being drugged with sleeping pills

    Two criminals raped a teenaged girl after drugging her with sleeping pills at Beltoil village in Sreepur upazila of the district yesterday.

    The father of the girl said Mozammel Haque,28, son of Abdul Majid of Beltoil village and Alam, 28, of son of Abdul Hamid of Bartopa village raped his daughter.

    He said the duo took her daughter in the jungle nearby their house and made her unconscious by doping sleeping pills and raped her brutally during the night.

    In the morning, locals rescued the girl in critical condition and sent her to local clinic.

  • 3 ‘robbers’ lynched in Barisal

    Three alleged robbers were beaten to death by a mob at Baherchar in Hizla, Barisal in the early hours of yesterday.

    The deceased were identified as Miraz Molla, Harun Bepari of Khulna and Hanif Sardar of Hizla upazila.

    Golam Sarwar, officer-in-charge of Hizla police station, said local people caught three robbers around 3am while they were allegedly taking preparation to commit robbery at the village.

  • How many roads must a city lay down?

    How many roads must a city lay down?

    To some extent, congestion is part of the price for living in a successful, densely populated mega-cityUrban legends tend to lie at two extremes.

    The most common rely on a compelling comic or horror element. Thomas Pynchon used one of these myths in his novels to spin tales of alligators prowling the sewers of Manhattan. He drew on an air of believability surrounding the idea that people might keep baby alligators as pets and later flush them down toilets when they grew too big. The popularity of this tale says a lot about New Yorkers’ self-image.

    At the other end of the spectrum are memes that flourish because they seem to have some basis in fact.

  • Six new inclusions likely in the cabinet today

    Six new inclusions likely in the cabinet today

    Six new ministers are likely to be inducted into the cabinet today, sources in the Cabinet Division and the ruling Awami League said.

    The new faces are former commerce minister and Gopalganj 1 lawmaker Faruk Khan, former foreign affairs minister and Chandpur 3 lawmaker Dipu Moni, Nurul Islam, Tarana Halim, Awami League Organising Secretary Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury and AFM Bahauddin Nasim.

    According to Nurul Islam, the oath-taking ceremony will be held at Bangabhaban this evening.

  • Ctg highways under IP camera surveillance

    Chittagong district police administration has taken an initiative to bring the highways under the surveillance of internet protocol (IP) digital cameras with a view to checking criminal activities and traffic congestions.

    A total of 32 IP cameras have been installed at 16 points of Dhaka-Chittagong Highway, Chittagong-Hathazari-Fatickchari Road and Keranirhat, Amirabad and Adhunagar points under Satkania upazila of Chittagong-Cox’s Bazar Highway, police sources said.

  • Seven hijackers held

    Seven hijackers held

    Members of Detective Branch (DB) of police arrested seven alleged hijackers in different areas of the capital on Sunday night.

    Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Joint Commissioner of DB Monirul Islam said at a press briefing in DMP’s media centre yesterday that police arrested Toufiqul Islam alias Ronti, Md Alam Bhandari,Saiful Islam Munna, Meer Md Masum, Md Rasel, Md Sadek Fakir and Md Yusuf.

    Among them, two were involved in car lifting at Capital’s Tejgaon area few days ago.

  • 12 business establishments fined, two sealed off

    Mobile courts of Chittagong District Administration, Rapid Action Battalion, Bangladesh Standard and Testing Institute and Directorate of Environment yesterday fined 12 business establishments with Tk365,000 and sealed off two factories for violating the existence rules and laws.

    Executive Magistrates of Chittagong District Administration Md Anisul Islam, Asraful Alam, Tahmilur Rahman and Habibul Hasan led the mobile courts in city’s Asadganj, Rahmatganj and Riajuddin Bazar areas.

  • One of Rajon’s killers caught in Jeddah

    Bangladeshi expatriates living in Jeddah yesterday informed embassy officials that one of the suspects in the brutal beating to death of a Sylheti boy was hiding in the Saudi Arabian city, leading to his capture.

    Kamrul Islam, one of the four accused for killing 13-year-old Rajon in Sylhet five days ago, was caught and handed over to local police by Bangladeshi embassy officials and expatriates in Jeddah.

  • Another arrestee put on 5-day remand

    A Chittagong court yesterday granted five-day remand of Mehedi Alam who was arrested for importing liquid cocaine under the guise of sun flower oil.

    Chittagong Metropolitan Police Additional Deputy Commissioner (Prosecution) Kazi Muttaki Ibn Minan told Dhaka Tribune that the court of Metropolitan Magistrate Farid Alam passed the five-day remand order of Mehedi around 3pm.

    DB police arrested Mehedi from the Agrabad area on Sunday evening. Mehedi is an official of a security company and the cousin of another arrestee Golam Mostafa Sohel in the cocaine haul case.

  • Greece faces tough conditions under deal with euro zone

    Euro zone leaders made Greece surrender much of its sovereignty to outside supervision yesterday in return for agreeing to talks on an 86 billion euro bailout to keep the near-bankrupt country in the single currency.

    The terms imposed by international lenders led by Germany in all-night talks at an emergency summit obliged leftist Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to abandon promises of ending austerity.

  • Train schedule likely to collapse during Eid rush

    Authorities at Bangladesh Railway are fearing a collapse in the train schedule as the Eid rush reaches its peak, due to faulty and overused locomotives.

    The problem is going to be worse for people travelling to the western zone, which covers districts such as Rangpur, Dinajpur, Lalmonirhat, Khulna and Rajshahi, because most of the train services there are run by unfit locomotives.

    “The locomotives went out of date years ago; they run really slow and it takes more time than before to prepare them for a trip,” a Railway official told the Dhaka Tribune.

  • Speaker sends letter to CEC over Latif’s JS membership

    Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury yesterday sent a letter to Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad over the parliament membership dispute of former Awami League minister Abdul Latif Siddique, who was stripped of his primary membership in the party.

    “The letter sent by the Speaker reached the Commission around 3:30pm,” CEC personal secretary Mazharul Islam told UNB without elaborating.

  • From malls to the web

    With more and more people getting access to internet-powered devices, the Eid tradition of heading out for hours of window shopping is being replaced by consumers now choosing to buy products from the comfortable confines of their homes, thanks to the wonderful realm of e-commerce.

    The ever-worsening traffic congestion situation has also lent a boost to online shopping portals as consumers are finding the organised webpages more convenient than the chaos of traffic tailbacks formed around the popular shopping malls.

  • Export target likely to be $32.8bn in FY16

    The government may set the current fiscal year’s export target at $32.8bn with a 5.13% growth amid economic slowdown in destination countries.

    The target in the FY2014-15 was $32.2bn and Bangladesh earned $31.19bn with 3.35% growth from the previous fiscal. 

    “As per the EPB recommendation, $32.8bn will be the export target for the fiscal year 2015-16 with 5.13% growth,” said a commerce ministry source preferring anonymity. 

  • Vietnamese firm gets VAT automation job

    The government is going to appoint a Vietnamese IT firm to implement a project under value added tax online project to raise revenue earning.

    Cabinet Committee on Public Purchase is set to approve the proposal from Vietnamese firm FPT Information System Corporation.

    The project works include establishment, operation and maintenance of integrated VAT administration system (IVAS) through delivery of commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) software, hardware, networking and support services. The works will start after Eid-ul-fitr.

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