Monday February 19, 2018 11:51 PM

  • Ctg Mayor Nasir calls for city government system

    Chittagong Mayor AJM Nasir Uddin has stressed on the need to introduce the city government system, adding that he would request the prime minister’s initiative on this regard.

    “I will meet Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today [Tuesday]. When meeting her, I will request the premier to take necessary steps and issue directives for introducing the city government system in all city corporations of the country,” said Nasir.

  • IO testifies in Oishee case

    The investigation officer yesterday gave deposition against three accused including Oishee Rahman in a case filed over the killing of her parents SB inspector Mahfuzur Rahman and Swapna Rahman in the capital on August 16, 2013.

    Judge Sayeed Ahmed of the Dhaka’s Speedy Trial Tribunal 3 recoded the deposition of Abul Khair Matubbar, an inspector of Detective Branch (DB) of police, in the case. The court also fixed today for his cross-examination.

  • ANUB urges govt to withdraw 7.5% VAT

    ANUB urges govt to withdraw 7.5% VAT

    The Association of Non-Government Universities of Bangladesh (ANUB) yesterday urged the government to withdraw the 7.5% value added tax (VAT) on private tertiary education.

    The call was made at a press conference organised by the association at the National Press Club.

    At the conference, Sheikh Kabir Hossain, chairman of ANUB, said: “Around four million students are enrolled in 83 private universities across the country. And of them, 70% comes from the low-income group.”

  • Modalities not yet finalised

    The newly appointed Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Nurul Islam has asked aspiring migrants not to attempt to go to Malaysia at this time because the modalities of manpower export to the country had not yet been finalised.

    The minister said: “Discussions are in the preliminary stages. I request aspiring migrants not to deal with brokers to go to Malaysia.”

  • HC wants govt to fix weight of schoolbags

    The High Court yesterday asked the government to explain why it will not be directed to enact a law, guideline or a set of rules fixing the maximum weight of a kid’s schoolbag.

    The HC bench of Justice Moinul Islam Chowdhury and Justice Ashraful Kamal asked the law secretary, education secretary, director general of the Directorate of Primary Education and the National Human Rights Commission to respond within two weeks.

  • Woman raped inside Ctg training centre

    A 24-year-old woman was raped inside the premises of Chittagong Women’s Technical Training Centre by two of its security guards on Monday night.

    Police held the alleged rapists – Md Sumon, 24, who also works at the cafeteria, and Md Zahirul Islam, 35 –  from the training centre yesterday morning after the victim filed a complaint with Khulshi police, said OC Nezam Uddin.

    The victim was sent to the One-Stop Crisis Centre at Chittagong Medical College Hospital for forensic examination.

  • Key accused in Rakib killing confesses

    One of the main accused in the killing of Rakib, the 12-year-old who was killed earlier this month when air was pumped into his rectum, has confessed before a Khulna court.

    Md Sharif, the owner of the garage where the victim previously worked at, gave his confessional statement to the court of Khulna Metropolitan Magistrate Faruk Iqbal yesterday. The magistrate then sent the accused to jail.

  • 24th BCS cadres to get ‘scrapped’ selection grade

    The twenty-fourth batch of the Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) began receiving selection grade financial benefits from July 2 despite the new pay scale scheduled to come into effect on July1 that abolished selection grades, official sources said.

    The Public Administration Division issued a circular yesterday announcing selection grade benefits for around 350 BCS officials of the 24th batch, who will receive the first tranche of the payouts.

  • Bangladesh a transit hub for fake rupee smuggling

    Over the last few years, Bangladesh is being used as a transit for smuggling counterfeit Indian currencies. Syndicates based in a number of countries, especially Pakistan, have been doing this, intelligence agencies have said.

    To find out more about this and ways to tackle the smuggling, a team from an Indian state intelligence agency has come to Bangladesh.

  • Niloy killers bought four SIM cards

    The killers of secular blogger Niladri Chatterjee Niloy bought four new SIM cards without proper documents just six days before the murder at his rented flat in the capital’s Goran on Friday, detectives said yesterday.

  • Death for Siraj the Butcher

    Death for Siraj the Butcher

    A war crimes tribunal in Dhaka has awarded death penalty to Bagerhat razakar leader Sheikh Sirajul Haque alias Siraj Master and imprisonment until death to another razakar leader Khan Akram Hossain for genocide, murder, abduction and forceful conversion of Hindus into Islam in 1971.

    Former Muslim League leader Siraj Master, who was also known as Siraj the Butcher, was sentenced to death on five charges and acquitted of one charge. Three charges were brought against Akram Hossain of which he was found guilty in one.

  • Contempt of court against 10 tannery owners

    The High Court yesterday issued a contempt of court rule against ten Hazaribagh tannery owners for failing to relocate their units to Savar as per the court order.

    An HC bench of Justice Md Ashfaqul Islam and Justice Zafar Ahmed issued the rule in reply to an appeal submitted by Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh (HRPB).

    The bench asked those 10 tannery owners as to why the contempt of court rule proceedings should not be started against them.

    The HC also asked them to give reply to it within two weeks.

  • Bleak job prospect for seafarers

    Job prospect for Bangladeshi seafarer are diminishing due to rampant use of false documents to get employment in ships.

    Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong, Singapore, India and other countries are reluctant to provide jobs to Bangladeshi seafarers.

    These countries also do not issue visas to Bangladeshi job seekers who aspire to work for different flag carriers.

    The issue was discussed at a meeting at the Foreign Ministry yesterday where Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali and Shipping Minister Shahjahan Khan were present.

  • Ekattor TV asked to submit talk show footage

    The Supreme Court yesterday ordered private television channel Ekattor TV to submit video footage of a talk show and a news item it aired on Monday on a sub-judice matter.

    The four-member Appellate Division bench led by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha passed the order yesterday on its own volition and asked Attorney General Mahbubey Alam to contact with the authorities of the TV channel to submit the footages by August 16.

  • Unknown disease causes Jessore fish farmers Tk50cr loss

    The affected farmers urged the government to help them tackle the loss by cancelling loan interests, providing subsidies to cover for the loss, and introducing easier loan schemesFish farmers in Jessore’s Chanchra area are facing huge financial loss due to an epidemic of an unknown disease that is attacking a particular species of fish.

    Sources said the species, Vietnamese climbing perch, was introduced in the hatcheries at the beginning of the season, but the fungal disease has killed nearly 80% of the population since it broke out four and a half months ago.

    Chanchra, known as the capital of fish farming in the country, has around 80 fish hatcheries producing fish that are supplied to the rest of the country.

  • Ruet students go on strike

    Ruet students go on strike

    Students of 2013-14 session of Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (Ruet) went on strike yesterday demanding the cancellation of the ’33 credit’ system.

    They confined the Vice-Chancellor (VC) of RUET Prof Rafiqul Islam Beg to his office from 10am to 1:30pm, as part of their strike.

    RUET sources said according to the ’33 credit’ system, which was introduced in the 2013-14 academic session, a first-year student will be promoted to the second year only if he/she gets 33 credits out of 40 in two semesters.

  • Three homeopathy pharmacies sealed off in Chittagong

    A mobile court of Directorate of Drug Administration in Chittagong  yesterday  sealed off three homeopathy stores and fined two other stores for  running   bussiness without licenses and  selling adulterated medicines.

    Assistant Commissioner and also Executive Magistrate Ruhul Amin of Chittagong District Administration led the mobile court in Hazari Lane area under Kotwali police station.

    Superintendent of Drug KM Muhsinin Mahbub said the mobile court conducted the drive around 11:30am.

  • Your mini fire station on the go

    Your mini fire station on the go

    Every time there is a major fire incident in Dhaka, especially in the densely populated older part of the city, firefighters regret how they could have minimised damage if the streets were a bit broader for their trucks.

    During political demonstrations over the last few years, torching vehicles such as buses  and trucks emerged as the most ‘popular’ way of showing dissent. Almost all the vehicles  set on fire by the protesters were eventually burned beyond redemption because the big firefighting trucks take time to move out of the stations.

  • Social activists threatened on Facebook

    Assuming the status to be a threat from Islamist hardliners, the activists have filed a General Diary with Kotwali police stationA group called “Ansar BD” that joined Facebook this year, have declared their stance against six Barisal-based writers and social activists in their most recent status.

    The status put along with the picture of the six persons read: “Masallah, we are successfully start work in division. There are three anti Islamic poet & three organizer if blogger. They are the enemy of Islam. We should do what will our aim.”

    The group first sent friend requests to the six persons and later put up the status along with a collage of their photos.

  • Conflict with humans blamed for declining Asian elephant population

    Conflict with humans blamed for declining Asian elephant population

    Over the last 12 and a half years, at least five Asian elephants, a critically endangered species in Bangladesh, are being killed on an average every year.

    These causalities were recorded as the elephants faced obstructions in movement corridors and engaged in conflicts with humans.

    The expansion of agriculture and human settlement, unplanned government and private establishments and destruction of corridors have all contributed to human-elephant conflicts and resulted in the decline.

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