Friday March 23, 2018 12:05 AM

  • Flood situation likely to worsen in next 24 hours

    Flood situation likely to worsen in next 24 hours

    Flooding in the country’s southeast caused by incessant rain over the past few days is likely to get worse, weather experts said yesterday.

    The Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC), under Bangladesh Water Development Board, said flood in some areas of Feni, Bandarban, Chittagong and Cox’s Bazar districts may further deteriorate in the next
    24 hours.

  • Public salaries to cost exchequer extra Tk12,212.29cr

    The government is expected to implement the Eighth Pay Scale for civil servants by October, incorporating a new provision for 5% annual increments, official sources said.

    It is estimated to cost the government an additional Tk12,212.29cr above what it spent on basic salaries last fiscal year. This is an increase of 59.5% in allocations for the payment of basic salaries.

    The new pay scale does away with time scales and selection grades, replacing these two provisions with annual cash increments instead.

  • APJ Abdul Kalam dies

    APJ Abdul Kalam dies

    Former Indian president APJ Abdul Kalam has died of cardiac arrest at a hospital in Shillong, Meghalaya. Dr Kalam, 84, breathed his last around 6:30pm yesterday, the Hindustan Times reported.

    According to Press Trust of India, he was giving a lecture at the Indian Institute of Management Shillong when he collapsed on the stage. He was rushed to the Bethany Hospital, where the on-duty doctors declared him dead on arrival.

  • Indian exclave residents choose to become Bangladeshi

    Long ignored and neglected, exclave residents are in the spotlight as they make choices about their livelihood, identity and future. The third part of this report explores why some exclave residents are choosing to become BangladeshisConfident that he will receive the basic rights that he has been deprived of living in an Indian exclave, Shri Rajkumar Ovidash is opting to become a Bangladeshi.

    “I want to live in Bangladesh because I grew up in this culture despite living on Indian land,” Ovidash, a resident of the Indian exclave of Bans Pachai in Lalmonirhat district, told the Dhaka Tribune.

    Bans Pachai contains 152 families, numbering a total of 556 people, of whom not a single one wants to go to India.

  • Corrupt police officials to face action

    ‘A list of officials accused in cases filed by the department was sought from an intelligence agency. Stern action will be taken if anyone is found guilty’Police officials who have been in service for 25 years and were accused of being involved in corruption will be disciplined by the police department, say sources.

    Such policemen could be forced into retirement in order to make the force more dynamic.

    Besides, any police official found guilty of any accusation will be expelled from the force as per the existing law, according to sources.

    A list of 500 such police officials was said to have been sent to the Home Ministry and a response is now awaited.

  • New police recruits to take on intensive anti-cyber crime training

    Police high-ups yesterday afternoon decided to provide newly-appointed police officers with thorough anti-cyber crime training during their compulsory training period after joining the force.

    Previously, recruits were given introductory knowledge about the crime during training.

    The decision was taken at a meeting of senior police officials chaired by Inspector General of police AKM Shahidul Haque at police headquarters.

    During the meeting, he said, besides violent crimes, police have to deal with cyber crimes that have been increasing rapidly.

  • Cabinet nods draft petroleum, ship recycling laws

    The Cabinet has approved the final draft of two laws formulated to better regulate the country’s petroleum and ship recycling industries.

    The proposed laws, Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation Law 2015 and Bangladesh Ship Recycling Law 2015, were approved at the Cabinet’s regular meeting at the Secretariat yesterday, with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in chair.

    Cabinet Secretary M Mosharraf Hossain Bhuiyan briefed reporters after the meeting.

  • 12 get life term in BCL man Raju murder case

    A court here has sentenced life term of imprisonment to 12 people for killing local Chhatra League activist Arif Hasan alias Raju about nine years ago.

    The convicts are Abdur Razzak Sheikh, Hossain Sheikh, Lavlu Sheikh, Nazrul Sheikh, Abdur Sattar Sheikh, Sheikh Faroque, Shawkat Sheikh, Nuru Sheikh, Kamrul Sheikh, Ziarul Sheikh, Abdul Kader Sheikh and Sheikh Tipo Sultan.

  • PM: Revive confidence in student politics

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked the newly elected office bearers of Bangladesh Chhatra League to revive public trust in student politics.

    “You will have to regain the people’s confidence in student politics so that everyone can see that they can deliver something for the nation. This is how the Chhatra League can show the path to others,” she said at a meeting with the new Chhatra League central committee at Ganabhaban in the afternoon, UNB reported.

  • Relentless rain threats farming in Chandpur

    Continuous heavy showers of the last few days have become a threat for the Chandpur Irrigation Project (CIP), one of the largest projects of its kind in the country.

    Stagnant water has submerged vast areas of Aman seedbeds creating panic among the farmers. Fish cultivation within the project area is also under the risk of being affected.

    Moreover, the irrigation system is also falling apart as the water level of Meghna River has been on the rise. If this continues, a huge area of region is expected to be flooded affecting lives of thousands of people.

  • ‘Drug trader’ killed in gunfight in Patuakhali

    A drug trader was reportedly killed in a gunfight with Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in Bisic area near the Laukathi Riverbank of Patuakhali district town early yesterday.

    Dead Toriqul Islam Taru, 30, was listed criminal and drug trader accused in at least 28 criminal cases, said Major Adnan Kabir, deputy director of RAB-8 headquarters, Barisal.

    He said a gang of miscreants opened fire on a patrol car of the elite forces in the area in the morning, forcing them to fire back that triggered a gun battle.

  • 5 die in Cox’s Bazar landslide

    5 die in Cox’s Bazar landslide

    At least five people from two families have been killed as incessant heavy downpour caused massive landslide in Dakkin Baharchhara Kabarstan area of the district town yesterday.

    Besides, two people were rescued from the accident spot and they got admitted to the Sadar hospital in a critical condition.

    The sorrowful incident took place around 3:30am yesterday.

  • Man held with Yaba pills in Chittagong

    Police arrested a physically challenged man along with 1,000 Yaba tablets from Shah Amanat Bridge area under Bakalia police station in Chittagong city early yesterday.

    The arrestee was identified as Abul Hossen,38, hailing from Teknaf upazila of Cox’s Bazar, said police sources.

    Quoting the arrestee, Officer-in-Charge (OC) Mohammed Mohsin of Bakalia police station said Abul’s two legs were cut off in 1991 when he was suffering from cancer.

  • SQ Chy verdict leak case deferred again

    The indictment hearing against convicted war criminal Salauddin Quader Chowdhury’s family members and lawyers for leaking a part of the draft verdict in the BNP leader’s war crimes case has been adjourned again.

    Dhaka Cyber Tribunal Judge KM Shamsul Alam gave the order accepting a defence petition, and set September 20 for further hearing in the case.

    Counsel for the war criminal’s wife Farhat Quader Chowdhury filed the time petition mentioning that his client could not appear before the court due to illness.

  • Inclement weather hampers transportation across country

    People across the country get stuck in several places as road communication has remained suspended due to inclement weather.

    Road communication in Rangamati, Chittagong and Cox’s Bazar remained suspended yesterday for the third consecutive day as many roads have been inundated by rainwater and landslides at many places.

    Local sources said Lama, Ali Kdam, Naikhangchhari, Thanchi upazila’s low-lying areas had been submerged causing suffering for local residents.

    Moreover, tourists who are visiting the hilly district get stuck as they cannot move.

  • BSF firing kills one on Naogaon border

    Indian Border Security Force (BSF) has shot dead a Bangladeshi cattle trader on Adatala border in Shapahar upazila early yesterday.

    The trader is Ziaur Rahman, 35, son of Motiur Rahman, from Dakkin Patari village of the upazila.

    When asked, Naogaon 14 Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) Commanding Officer Rafiqul Hasan acknowledged the killing, saying the incident took place around 5am.

  • GK Gaus attacker confesses

    The man who attacked former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria killing accused GK Gaus in Habiganj jail on the day of Eid-ul-Fitr has made a confessional statement.   

    Ilius made the statement under Section 144 to Judicial Magistrate Kaushik Ahmed in the latter’s room yesterday.

    What Ilius said in his statement could not be known exactly as it was made in private but Habiganj Sadar Model police station Officer-in-Charge Md Nazim Uddin said he had learned that Ilius confessed to attacking Gaus following an altercation over
    a contract.

  • SC to pass order on Zafrullah’s petition today

     The Supreme Court is set to pass an order today on the petition filed by public health activist and freedom fighter Zafrullah Chowdhury against a verdict of the war crimes tribunal that fined him for contempt.

    A four-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha fixed the date after hearing petitioner’s arguments yesterday.

  • 7 held over Jisan murder case

    Decetive Branch of Police arrested seven youths from different parts of the capital on Sunday night in connection with the killing of Aminul Islam Jisan.

    The detectives also recovered the mobile phone, used by the victim, from the possession of the arrestees.

    The arrested were identified as Mehedi Hasan, Sharif Hossain, Md Imon, Md Hasan Ahmed and Md Asif Iqbal alias Anik, Md Amit Hasan and Md Wasif Ullah alias Gourav.

    A gang of unidentified miscreants beat Jisan with iron rods on the bank of Dhanmondi 32 lake in the evening on May 12.

  • Supreme Court cancels BNP leaders’ bail

    The Supreme Court canceled bail for three BNP leaders and asked them to surrender before a lower court within a week in 52 separate violence cases yesterday.

    The High Court had granted bail to BNP standing committee member MK Anwar, Adviser to chairperson Abdul Awal Mintoo and Joint Secretary General Aman Ullah Aman.

    The cases were filed against them with different police stations in and outside Dhaka during the movement enforced by BNP-led 20-party alliance after January 5. 

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