Wednesday February 21, 2018 08:50 AM

  • Erratic rainfall damages crop yields

    Erratic rainfall damages crop yields

    Farmers, especially in the southern region of the country, counting heavy lossesThe flood-like situation triggered by unusual rainfall in July in different parts of the country, including the south-eastern region, has caused an extensive damage to agricultural produce.

    According to a draft calculation of the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE), about 144,000 hectares of agricultural land of Aman, Aush and vegetables have been submerged by the flood.

  • Draft law: Illegal presidents won’t get pension

    The cabinet has approved the draft of a new law that proposes cancelling pensions and other  benefits to the former presidents whose tenures have been declared illegal by the High Court.

    The draft of the “Presidents Pension, Gratuity and Other Privileges Law 2015” got the nod at the regular weekly meeting of the council of ministers yesterday with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.

  • The ‘one-day’ Test ends South Africa’s tour of Bangladesh

    Even a sunny day was not enough to erase the gloominess rain had left in South Africa’s tour of Bangladesh as the bilateral series ended without any action on the last day of the second Test yesterday.  Bangladesh were 246/8 in 88.1 overs after the first day’s play before heavy downpour washed away the second, third and fourth day of the Dhaka Test leaving the outfield in no condition to hold play on the last day.

  • BB asks banks to disburse farm loans in former exclaves

    The central bank has asked the commercial banks to disburse farm loans among the residents of the former Indian exclaves.

    In a statement issued yesterday, the Bangladesh Bank (BB) said that it had decided to make farm loan available among the dwellers of the former exclaves just like what the farmers from other parts of the country get.

  • HC orders removal of unfit vehicles

    HC orders removal of unfit vehicles

    The High Court yesterday ordered the government to stop allowing unfit motor vehicles to ply on the road across the country and also to seize around 19 lakh fake driving licences.

    In a ruling, the High Court bench of Justice Quazi Reza-Ul-Haque and Justice Abu Taher Md Saifur Rahman also asked the government to find out and take legal action against those in possession of fake licences.

    The chairman of Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) was asked to submit a report to the court within 30 days.

  • Court to journos: Uphold ethics while covering Khaleda’s graft cases

    A special court in Dhaka yesterday termed the cases against BNP chief Khaleda Zia “unprecedented” and warned journalists to maintain journalistic ethics while covering the trials. 

    ‘The verbatim of the cross-examinations [of complainant] of the last date [July 23] were published in different media. It seems that it was recorded… You [the journalists] will have to maintain ethics,” the Special Judge’s Court 3 judge, Md Abu Ahmed Jamadar, said at the start of hearing in two cases against Khaleda and eight others.

  • Muhith: New pay scale proposals before cabinet in August

    The new pay scale proposals would be placed before the cabinet this month, the finance minister has assured, adding that the finalised recommendations would appease all public servants.

    The government employees have been wrongly worrying about the exclusion of time scale and selection grade, as suitable alternatives regarding promotions and annual increment would replace those provisions, AMA Muhith said yesterday after meeting with representatives from the Bangladesh Sarkari Karmachari Samannay Parishad (BSKSP).

  • Finally mother sees the bullet-hit baby

    Ten days into her birth mother of the bullet-hit baby Nazma Khatun could finally see her daughter.

    Though for a brief 20 minutes perhaps it was the best moment in her life.

    As soon as she had a glimpse of her injured baby Nazma burst into tears. She, however, was not allowed to take her baby into her lap.

    At present Nazma is undergoing treatment in the Ward 212 while Suraiya, her daughter, had been transferred to the Ward 211 for better treatment three days ago.

  • UN adopts 15-year sustainable development blueprint

    The blueprint for sustainable development over the next 15 years was adopted by the United Nations on Sunday evening.

    After a hectic three-day negotiation, the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) were adopted by the 193 member states of the United Nations in New York City.

    “Now we have the text which will transform the world,” said Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque at the foreign ministry.

  • Oil refinery expansion faces bureaucratic delays

    The construction of a proposed 3.5 million tonne per year refining unit that will quadruple the country’s crude oil refining capacity has dangled indefinitely for over a year, due to a lack of initiative by the Energy Division.

    The government still has not appointed a project management consultant (PMC) for the second unit of the Eastern Refinery Limited (ERL) even though the minister in charge of the Energy Ministry, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, approved the installation of the second unit on June 12, 2014.

  • ACC probes ex-BNP MP Nur Mohammad

    The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) is probing allegations that former Rangpur 6 lawmaker and current Pirganj upazila Chairman Nur Mohammad Mondal illegally amassed wealth.

    ACC Rangpur district Assistant Director Jahangir Alam is carrying out the inquiry, an ACC official confirmed.

    The official, who asked not to be named, said complaints against the former lawmaker had been received in 2012, 2013 and 2015.

  • One arrested for threatening Annisul

    The Rapid Action Battalion yesterday arrested a man for allegedly making a death threat against Dhaka North City Corporation Mayor Annisul Huq.

    The arrestee, SA Nahid Happy, 41, son of Hazi Nazrul Islam, is from the capital’s Gabtoli area. He was taken into custody in the FDC gate area in Karwan Bazar around 4pm together with 121 yaba pills and a motorbike.

  • Renewable energy R&D grants awarded

    The Infrastructure Development Company Limited (Idcol) yesterday signed an agreement with six entities to improve existing renewable energy technologies and explore other viable renewable energy options.

    The government-owned financial institution selected six of 79 research and development proposals submitted.

    The awardess are Brac University, United International University, Solar E Technology Australia Pty Ltd, Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission and Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology.

  • Contempt hearing against Janakantha on Aug 9

    The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court has adjourned until August 9 hearing on a contempt ruling against the Daily Janakantha editor and its executive editor.

    A four-member bench headed by Chief Justice SK Sinha passed the order yesterday rejecting a three-month time plea from the defendants, Janakantha Editor and Publisher Atiqullah Khan Masud and Executive Editor Swadesh Roy, who appeared before the court yesterday.

    The court asked the two journalists to come up with an answer to the ruling on August 9.

  • No luck for the families of missing victims

    One year ago, 21 unnamed dead bodies were buried at a local graveyard in Shibchar of Madaripur.

    All of them died in one of the deadliest ever maritime mishaps on August 4 last year, when heavily loaded ferry Pinak 6 capsized in Padma River killing over a hundred passengers.

    Rescuers retrieved 49 dead bodies at the time. Official count shows that 61 people are still missing from that accident, although many more families have claimed to have lost members.

  • Rapist’s death penalty commuted to life sentence in review

    The Appellate Division, in a review judgement, reduced a man’s death penalty to life imprisonment yesterday. 

    A four-member bench headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha gave the order after reviewing the appeal of Shukur Ali, who has been in jail for 14 years for violating and killing a seven-year-old. Shukur, from Shibrampur village of Manikganj, will now spend the rest of his life in jail.

  • Maya seeks review on SC’s scrapping of acquittal

    Seeking review of a Supreme Court order that scrapped his acquittal in a corruption case,  Disaster Management and Relief Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya has filed a petition with the apex court.

    In the petition filed yesterday, he said the earlier acquittal by the High Court had been correct and the judgement lawful. The Supreme Court will now fix a date to hear the matter, said Maya’s lawyer Advocate Sayed Ahmed Raja.

    On Sunday, the Supreme Court permitted the minister to file a review petition against its order.

  • Three teachers among nine held over question leak

    Detectives on Sunday night arrested nine people from Dhaka and Jessore on charges of leaking question papers.

    Among them, three were arrested in Dhaka for a HSC question paper leak and six in Jessore for a Polytechnical Diploma question leak.

    Those arrested in Dhaka are Nazmul Huda, Hasan and Kamrul Islam; all teachers of Demra’s Golam Mostafa College.

    In another drive, detectives arrested Suman Ahmed, Abdur Rahman, Abdur Rahman Liton, SM Tanvir Alam, Johni Rahman and Arafat Hossain in Jessore, all students of a private polytechnic college.

  • Revenue earning from open water bodies slumps

    Revenue earning from the open waterbodies in the nine upazilas of Khulna district has been declining in the last couple of years due to cases, illegal leasing and corruption.

    According to the Office of the Revenue Deputy Collector of Khulna (RDS), a total of Tk38.79 lakh was collected during the Bangla calendar year 1422, whereas the amount was Tk47.91 lakh in 1421. The open water bodies, which are commonly known as Jalmahal are usually leased out in the beginning of a Bangla year and the whole amount is taken as advance revenue.

  • Auto-rickshaw workers continue demonstrations

    Auto-rickshaw workers continue demonstrations

    10 people injured in police action in Narayanganj CNG-run auto-rickshaw owners and drivers continued their demonstrations across the country for the third consecutive day yesterday, protesting a government decision that banned plying of such kinds of vehicles on highways.

    A clash ensued between transport workers and police personnel in Narayanganj when workers blocked the Dhaka-Chittagong Highway for two hours.

    At least 10 people were injured when police charged baton on a group of CNG-run auto-rickshaw drivers during their demonstrations.

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