Sunday February 18, 2018 07:51 AM

  • Army, BGB raid Myanmar separatists

    Army, BGB raid Myanmar separatists

    A BGB naik named Zakir Hossain was injured in an early morning gunfire exchange between the Bangladesh border security force and Myanmar separatist group the Arakan Army in a remote area of Bandarban yesterday.

    Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) believes that the Myanmar separatists opened fire when its troops and the personnel from Bangladesh Army were on a joint patrol at the Barha Madok border area in Remakri union of Thanchi upazila in the hilly south-eastern district.

  • Inu for AL-JaSaD unity

    Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal President and Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu yesterday expressed his firm conviction that the alliance between the Awami League and his party would remain intact for long.

    “The unity is necessary to consolidate victory after defeating militancy so that the tragic incidents of August 15 and August 21 cannot recur and militancy reemerge in Bangladesh,” he said in a statement.

    His comments follow recent remarks by AL leaders criticising JaSad’s post-1971 role.

  • S Bashu Das, Bandarban

  • Turkey and the case for a care-taker government

    Turkey and the case for a care-taker government

    In theory, free and fair elections can be held under either both elected and unelected governments. However, Bangladesh may have good reason to need a care-taker government systemSome interesting news for our politics has recently come from Turkey. The country had elections in June. However, it left no party with a clear majority. The prime minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, from the Justice and Development Party, tried within the mandatory 45 days to put together a coalition, but failed. Thus, President Tayyip Erdogan, on his advice, called new elections on November 1.

  • Swechchhasebak League leader dies in police custody

    A Swechchhasebak League leader has died in police custody, with his family claiming that he had been killed over political rivalry.

    Forty-five-year-old Farhad Hossain, the organising secretary of Swechchhasebak League Dhaka City North unit, allegedly fell ill at the Dhaka Central Jail during the early hours of yesterday and was declared dead after being rushed to the DMCH around 6am.

  • Power, gas price hike announcement any day

    The last time the price of gas was increased in November 2008. After coming to power in 2009, the Awami League-led government only increased the price of compressed natural gas (CNG) several timesThe energy regulator may announce increased prices of electricity and gas today, or next week, but the decision to adjust fuel oil prices with falling global trends is still pending.

    The bulk price of electricity is being raised after three years, retail price after one year and that of gas after seven years.

  • Petition, legal notice seek revoking section 57

    A writ petition was filed and a legal notice served yesterday asking the government to scrap section 57 of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Act, amid severe criticisms regarding its alleged abuse by the law enforcement agencies.

    Recently, some government high-ups too advocated for revising the “vague” section that can be used to bar freedom of speech and expression of the citizens. Journalists, rights activists and bloggers have also demanded that the controversial section be scrapped.

  • Indictment hearing in Fakhrul case October 1

    A Dhaka court yesterday set October 1 to hold a hearing on charge framing against BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and 25 others in a case filed on charges of vandalising and torching vehicles.

    Metropolitan Magistrate Atiqur Rahman set the date, accepting a time petition by defence counsel Zaynal Abedin Mesbah.

    The hearing was supposed to be held yesterday, but the defence filed a time petition mentioning that Mirza Fakhrul could not appear before the court as he was now abroad for medical treatment.

  • Ex-Customs official jailed for illegal wealth

    A Chittagong court yesterday sentenced a former Customs official to eight years in jail on charges of amassing wealth illegally and concealing information in his wealth statement.

    Chittagong Divisional Special Judge Mir Ruhul Amin passed the order in presence of the convict – former superintendent Sheikh Akram Hossain of Customs, Excise and VAT Commissionerate at Teknaf. Court sources said the convict – who had previously been out on bail – was sent to jail following the verdict.

  • Two former BTTB officials jailed

    A Chittagong court yesterday sentenced two former officials of Bangladesh Telephone and Telegraph Board to 10 years in prison for embezzling Tk64 lakh in 1993.

    Fines of Tk32 lakh were also handed to the convicted: former divisional engineer Kamrul Hasan and former section officer Mohammad Hossain of the BTTB, currently known as BTCL.

    Chittagong Divisional Special Judge Mir Ruhul Amin passed the order in absentia of the convicts as they are on the run, the sources said.

  • Flood situation likely to improve

    Though water level rose in  46 rivers and fell  in 35 rivers, flood situation across the country remained unchanged till yesterday evening.

    The Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre said the overall flood situation would improve within short time.

    According to the centre, the Brahmaputra is in falling trend which may likely to continue in next 60-hour.

    The Jamuna River has started falling which may likely to continue in next 60-hour.

    The Ganges-Padma river systems are in rising trend which may likely to continue in next 12 hours.

  • 2 poachers held with tiger skin

    Members of Rapid Action Battalion have arrested two poachers with a tiger skin from a house in Khulna customs gate area.

    The arrestees are Abdul Jalil Gazi and Md Ashraf Fakir.

    Major Adnan, deputy commander of RAB 8 : “Acting on a tip-off, we conducted a drive at the house and arresting them on Tuesday night. The skin is seven feet long.”

    In the interrogation, the arrestees confessed about their involvement with tiger skin smuggling.

  • Shakila, 2 others again dismiss militant link

    The three arrested lawyers charged with financing a Chittagong-based militant group gave confessional statements yesterday under section 164 of the Criminal Procedure Code in a case lodged with Hathazari police.

    Senior Judicial Magistrate Shahidul Islam recorded the statements at noon and later sent them to jail rejecting the bail petitions in the case filed under the Anti-Terrorism Act.

  • Fresh erosion hits Padma Bridge site

    Fresh erosion hits Padma Bridge site

    A nearly 80 metre area of the Padma Bridge site was devoured by the mighty Padma River at Kumarbhog point in Lauhojong, Munshiganj yesterday morning, only three days after 200 metres of the area collapsed into the river.

    On Sunday, a jetty, link road, and a temporary concrete plant were washed away.

    An official said about the collapse: “A portion of the project site has been eroded due to strong currents and a rise in the water level of the Padma River.”

    He said appropriate measures would be taken to curb erosion in the area.

  • China reluctant to give special treatment to Bangladesh

    China has ruled out a proposal to give special treatment to Bangladesh on providing assistance.

     “We requested them to provide us with special treatment in interest rate, loan down payment and loan mechanism but Beijing is reluctant to do so,” said a government official.

    The issue was discussed during the visit of Chinese Commerce Minister Gao Hucheng who came to Dhaka Tuesday on a two-day visit.

  • Traders protest trade license fee hike

    Traders laid a siege to the Khulna Nagar Bhaban yesterday protesting hike of trade license fee.

    They submitted a memorandum to the Khulna City Corporation Mayor Md Moniruzzaman Moni in this connection.

    Led by Khulna Chamber of Commerce and Industries Co-Chairman Advocate Md Saiful Islam, the group of traders kept the Nagar Bhaban besieged for an hour in the morning.

  • BCL leader accused of demanding toll

    The vice-president of Chhatra League’s Sylhet district unit has been accused of threatening and demanding money from the caretaker of a house owned by an expatriate. 

    Harunur Rashid, who takes care of the east Shaplabagh house of his relative Yasin Ali, an expat in America, told a press briefing at Sylhet Press Club yesterday that Chhatra League leader Hossain Ahmed Chowdhury and three others rented a flat in April for Tk9,000, identifying themselves as students.  

  • Body formed to evict illegal religious structures on riverbanks

    The government has formed a body tasked with recommending relocation or eviction of 30 establishments of religious and religion-based institutions on banks of the rivers in and around Dhaka city.

    The 17-member committee is headed by the Shipping Ministry’s Additional Secretary Nasir Arif Mahmud.

    Shipping Minister Shahjahan Khan yesterday held a meeting with the leaders of the religious communities and authorities concerned.

  • Biman Bangladesh among low-rated airlines

    The airline has long been ill-reputed for its notoriously inconsistent scheduling, lack of organisational skills and poor customer serviceBiman Bangladesh Airlines has been rated one of the worst among 21 airlines in a UK-based airline ranking system, according to reports.

    Australian travel news agency Traveller.com.au published the report yesterday, which entailed details of world’s worst airlines based on Skytrax rankings, a web-based airline and airport rating and review platform.

  • Stopping unsafe chemical use in food stressed

    The country needs to stop the use of hazardous chemicals in food production and processing in order to ensure safe food for all, speakers said at a seminar yesterday.

    They also urged the government to enforce the existing laws to protect food items from being adulterated and launch comprehensive campaigns to raise awareness about the consequences of taking adulterated foods.

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