- February 16, 2018
Chinese company HydroChina Corporation has signed an agreement with Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) to finance the construction of Dasherkandi sewerage treatment plant.
Chen Guanfu, vice-president of HydroChina, and Taqsem A Khan, managing director of Dhaka Wasa, signed the contract at a hotel in the capital yesterday.
The much-awaited project, part of the Hatirjheel-Begunbari development project, will also be funded by Dhaka Wasa and the Local Government Division (LGD), sources told the Dhaka Tribune.
The High Court yesterday finished hearing BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s appeal to scrap the proceeding of Barapukuria coal mine graft case filed against her.
The bench of Justice Md Nuruzzaman and Justice Abdur Rob put aside the judgment for another day after concluding argument on her petition.
The court will deliver the verdict any day.
The court also extended its previous order that stayed the proceedings of the case until delivery of the verdict.
Three more prosecution witnesses yesterday gave depositions in the case filed over the killing of Gonojagoron Moncho activist Ahmed Rajeeb Haider murder in the capital.
Judge Syeed Ahmed of Dhaka Speedy Trial Tribunal-3 recorded the deposition of Md Mostafa, Akram Hossain Mithu and Abdul Mannan.
The tribunal also fixed September 8 for the next hearing.
With this, a total of eleven witnesses including Rajeeb’s father Dr Nazimuddin, younger brother Newaz Mortaja Haider, cousin Kazi Galibul Islam gave depositions in the case.
A gang of muggers took away about Tk1 crore shooting three people in Mithachara area, Mirsarai upazila, Chittagong yesterday morning.
The bullet-injured people – petrol pump owner Emran Uddin, 40, Jahangir, 45, and Barun Chowdhury, 46, – were admitted to Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH), said Officer-in-Charge of Mirsarai police station Imtiaj Md Ashsanul Kader.
Emran, owner of Gangchil Filling Station, went to Pubali Bank, Mithachara branch with his two staff to deposit Tk1 crore, said the OC.
At least 50 female students were injured as criminals yesterday attacked a human chain programme that was organised demanding arrest and punishment of the perpetrators who tease the female students of a school in the district.
Sources said a group of miscreants at Pukurpar area under Bahubal upazila teased the students of Faizabad High School while they went to school.
The managing committee of the school held arbitration several times over the issue. But the problem could not be solved.
Left ideologue and former vice-chancellor of Hampi University, Prof MM Kalburgi, was shot dead on Sunday morning by an unidentified gunman at the doorstep of his home in Karnataka’s Dharwad city, as reported in the Hindustan Times.
MacGyver was a cultural icon in Bangladesh in the 80sThe word “MacGyver” is now included in the English dictionary and all credit for it possibly goes to the eponymous TV series from the mid-80s where a man resorts to brain power rather than brawn to wriggle out of difficult situations.
MacGyver, for many of us who were in their late teens in the 80s, was the ultimate TV hero.
Activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League yesterday assaulted a group of Shahjalal University teachers who were protesting the vice-chancellor’s corruption and irregularities.
After the attack, Prof Muhammed Zafar Iqbal, noted educationist, a secular figure and a popular science-fiction writer who had played a key role in founding the university 30 years ago, sat in the rain in front of the VC office for several hours in protest.
He spent a lifetime in promoting the spirit of the Liberation War and secularism through his writings and played a pioneering role in popularising science fiction in Bangladesh.
He gave up a highly-paid comfortable job in one of the world’s most reputed science laboratories in the US to come back home and build the first science and technology university.
Yesterday, Prof Muhammed Zafar Iqbal saw the students of the university that he dedicated his life for beat up and harass their teachers.
At least 24 Bangladeshis are believed to have been buried in Libya following the capsize of two boats in the Mediterranean Sea off the Libyan coast three days ago.
“The bodies recovered so far have already been buried, including Bangladeshi victims,” said Mozammel Haque, counsellor (political) and charge d’affairs of Bangladesh Embassy in Libya.
“The Libyan Coast Guard has so far recovered over 150 bodies from the Mediterranean. They did not allow anyone to identify the bodies,” he said.
Teachers of public universities across the country went on work abstention yesterday morning demanding a separate pay scale.
Dhaka University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) joined the programme organised by the Federation of Bangladesh University Teachers’ Association (FBUTA).
Teachers of all the 37 public universities in the country began the three-hour abstention at 10am threatening to go for “tougher programmes” if their demands were not met.
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has demanded international probe under the supervision of the United Nations into all killings, abduction and forced disappearances in Bangladesh.
“I know this illegal government will not investigate the incidents of abductions and killings. That is why we demand an international probe under the supervision of the UN,” she said.
The former premier also demanded that neutral persons from Bangladesh be included in the international probe committee for authentic investigation.
Students at Jessore University of Science and Technology (JUST) protested unfair meal-charge on Saturday night.
Sources said a group of female students of Sheikh Hasina Student Hall came out on the street around 9pm chanting slogans against its provost Nigar Sultana on charge hanging a notice demanding over meal-charge.
On information, 5-6 teachers went to the spot to bring out the situation under control. But the protestors confined them.
They also vandalised the provost room, its windows and furniture.
City dwellers yesterday saw terrible traffic congestion on several roads caused by a procession of the Awami League, which was brought out in observance of the National Mourning Day.
There was gridlock from Suhrawardy Udyan, from where the procession was brought out at 4pm, to Dhanmondi as people on both public and private transports remained stuck for hours.
Traffic jam was severe at Matsya Bhaban, Shahbagh, Paltan, Kakrail, Farmgate, Elephant Road, Kalabagan, Panthapath, Green Road and Mirpur Road.
The BNP-led 20-party alliance has decided to announce demonstration programme protesting the hike of gas and electricity tariff.
The opposition alliance held a meeting at BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s Gulshan office last night, where the leaders discussed various programmes to protest the price hike, alliance leaders said.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police have banned any sort of procession and public gathering in Jatiya Sangsad area ahead of the seventh parliament session, until the end of session.
A press release signed by DMP Commissioner Asaduzzaman Miah in this regard was circulated yesterday afternoon.
The release said: “According to article 28 and 29 of the DMP ordinance, the DMP commissioner can ban procession, public gathering, carrying arms and explosive substance in the Jatiya Sangsad area during session.”
Bus service owners in Dhaka have asked the government to increase the fare of CNG-run bus services and vowed not to raise the fare until the government gives the nod.
“We have proposed a fare hike in Dhaka and Chittagong cities following the fuel price hike, as the local bus services in these cities operate CNG-run buses,” said Khandakar Enayetullah, secretary of Dhaka Bus Owners’ Association.
A High Court bench yesterday rejected a writ petition filed by a lawyer challenging the legality of Sections 57 and 86 of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Act terming it premature.
The bench of Justice Quazi Reza-Ul-Haque and Justice Abu Taher Md Saifur Rahman said that the government had already begun considering some changes in section 57.
Supreme Court lawyer Yunus Ali Akhand filed the petition on August 27 since as the authorities did not respond to his legal notice served on the matter the previous day.
The Indian government is working on an ordinance to amend the Citizenship Act to grant citizenship to “persecuted” Hindu refugees from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan, Time of India reports.
While the ordinance will cover refugees from three nations, it is primarily aimed at Hindu migrants from Bangladesh who have crossed over into Assam and West Bengal in large numbers over the years.
Analysts say Bidhansabha (state assembly) elections are due in both eastern states next year and the ruling BJP hopes the move will brighten its electoral prospects.
A Dhaka court yesterday issued arrest warrants against BNP Standing Committee Member Mirza Abbas, now fugitive, and 38 others in two cases filed for torching buses during a party programme at Mirpur in 2010.
Metropolitan Magistrate Md Mahbubur Rahman passed the order after framing charges against 86 leaders and activists of the BNP led-alliance including the 39 accused.