Monday February 19, 2018 11:54 PM

  • Govt to employ 19-point plan to control Eid traffic

    The government has made an elaborate plan to control the rush of highway traffic and avoid hazardous situations on Eid-ul-Azha holidays later this month.

    The 19-point plan has already been sent to all the relevant departments and transport organisations, as well as law enforcement agencies.

    “We have made 19 decisions to make travelling during the Eid holidays hassle-free for people,” said MAN Siddique, secretary at the Road Transport and Highways Division, yesterday.

  • DMP sets Eid security in motion

    Apart from usual security measures ahead of Eid-ul-Azha, the DMP is preparing to conduct raids in crime-prone areas and ensure evening banking services around cattle markets.

    In a written order dated September 3, DMP Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia directed all police officials to take necessary steps to ensure security ahead of the second biggest religious festival of Muslims.

  • Court sends pregnant schoolgirl to support centre

    A Chandpur court has ordered a six months pregnant girl, 13, to be placed in a victim support centre yesterday after she spent three days in police custody.

    District Joint Sessions Judge Mamunur Rashid issued the order after Hajiganj police produced her before the court. She will be taken to the victim support centre in Gazipur, said Chandpur Superintendent of Police Shamsunnahar.

    Earlier on Thursday, another court, of Judge Taslima Sharmin, had ordered that the 13-year-old be placed under police custody.

  • History’s villain now the valiant

    History’s villain now the valiant

    Syrian refugees have found an unexpected saviour in the form of GermanyWonder what Churchill would have said if he had been alive today. After all, he wrote the history of the WW2, a work which is the perfect example for the aphorism: History is actually the perspective of the victors.

  • SQ Chy’s son Humam gets bail

    A Dhaka court yesterday granted bail to detained Humam Quader Chowdhury, son of convicted war criminal Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, in an attempted murder case filed seven years ago.

    Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Md Kaisarul Islam passed the order after hearing the bail petition filed by Humam’s counsel Md Fayekuzzaman Firoz.

  • Month of talks to boost Bangladesh-US bilateral ties

    Bangladesh and the United States will hold a series of meetings this month to boost bilateral relations between the two countries, focusing on political, security and trade ties.

    Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque will visit Washington, DC from September 21 to 22 where he will meet with Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman.

    On September 11, the fourth Bangladesh-US Security Dialogue will be held in the US capital.

  • 7-murder accused to get counsels

    The charge-sheeted accused in sensational seven murders in Narayanganj, now behind bars, will be able to have lawyers from the next scheduled date in the case, October 7.

    Around 10 lawyers wanted to take part in yesterday’s hearing on behalf of two sacked officials of RAB 11 – Tareq Sayeed Mohammad and SM Rana. But they could not take part in hearing for not completing the due procedures.

    Twenty-two accused among the 32 charged in the case were brought before the court of Senior Judicial Magistrate HM Shafiqul Islam amid tight security.

  • REB subscription stands at 12.6m

    Bangladesh Rural Electrification Board (REB) has brought a total of 12.6 million people under its service until August this year.

    In line with the Vision 2021, REB has taken up a number of activities at hand including construction of 0.13 million new power distribution lines, 1,107 sub-centres, implementing five new projects, construct 25,000km electricity lines each year, and install pre-paid meters for 5.4 million subscribers.

  • HC bans fish farming in Syedabad lagoons

    The High Court yesterday banned fish farming in the lagoons of Syedabad sewage treatment plant of Dhaka Wasa and also issued seven directives in this regard.

    The bench of Justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury and Justice Md Ashraful Kamal gave the order while delivering the verdict on a 2011 writ petition.

    According to the court directives, the Wasa authorities will have to erect boundary walls around the lagoons within two years, and use medicine to kill poisonous fishes in the water bodies in every two months.

  • Court orders further test on cocaine drum

    A Chittagong court yesterday ordered the Department of Narcotics Control (DNC) to conduct further laboratory tests of an oil drum that is suspected of containing liquid cocaine.

    The court instructed the DNC to send samples from the drum – marked as number 59 out of 107 drums of imported sunflower oil – to the DNC’s lab in Dhaka to determine whether there was truly liquid cocaine inside.

  • Million people marooned as flood situation worsens

    As flood situation continued to deteriorate in different parts of the country, it has brought misery to northern districts leaving a million people marooned and damaging crops, houses and other infrastructures.

  • Case filed against Shahadat, wife for torturing housemaid

    A case was filed Sunday night against National team cricketer Shahdat Hossain and his wife for allegedly torturing their 11-year-old housemaid.

    The case was filed with Mirpur police around 11pm. The case file says the minor had been abused earlier in the day.

    Mirpur police Inspector (investigation) Shafiqur Rahman told the Dhaka Tribune that journalist Khandkar Mozzamel Haque had found the injured girl, who told him she had been tortured by the cricketer and his wife, in Pallabi Journalist Colony.

    Mozzamel then took her to Pallabi police station.

  • Abducted schoolgirl rescued

    Police rescued a schoolgirl from Rajnagar upazila of Moulvibazar yesterday, 14 hours into her abduction.

    The girl, Afrin Sweety, is a student of sixth grade at Kulaura Girl’s High School. She is daughter of Alfu Miya, a resident of Danapur village under Kulaura upazila of Moulvibazar district.   

    Her family members and Kulaura police said Sweety was abducted on Saturday evening. A local youth named Sohel Miya, 22, and his associates abducted Sweety while she was returning home after taking coaching classes. 

  • Kurigram Sadar Hospital in poor state

    Treatment seekers in Kurigram are undergoing tremendous sufferings as the Kurigram Sadar Hospital has been limping with insufficient staff strength for long.

    Hospital sources said posts of medicine specialist and ophthalmologist  have been lying vacant at the hospital creating a setback for the locals.

    Moreover, no one has been appointed in the posts of resident medical officer, radiologist and hematologist leaving the health centre almost of no use.

  • Court accepts Rakib murder charge sheet

    A court in Khulna yesterday accepted the charge sheet in child worker Rakib killing case filed early last month.

    Khulna Metropolitan Magistrate Md Faruq Iqbal took cognisance of charges pressed against three people – Sharif, his mother Beauty Begum and Mintu – in the case, and said the next hearing would be held on September 22.  

    The investigating officer of the case, Sub- Inspector Kazi Mostak Ahmed, submitted the charge sheet against the three people on August 25.

  • Bapex to sign Halliburton to troubleshoot drilling problems

    US-based oil field services company Halliburton, better known for controversial bidding and pricing practices during the Iraq war and for allegedly destroying evidence after the Deepwater Horizon explosion, will sign an agreement with Bapex next week.

    The US company of which former US vice president Dick Cheney was once the CEO, has been brought on board by state-run Bangladesh Petroleum Exploration and Production Company (Bapex) to resolve drilling snags at two onshore gas wells.

  • Disappearing vulture population worries experts

    Environmentalists and bird experts voiced concern over the fast disappearance of vultures in the country and called for initiatives to protect the scavenging bird.

    Speaking at a discussion in the capital yesterday, they said vultures were an important part of nature and their absence would severely affect not only the environment, but human health as well.

  • Hunger stalks flooded districts

    Hunger stalks flooded districts

    Food shortages threaten more than a million people in the country’s north and north-east after seasonal flooding put vast tracts of the country under water for a fortnight.

    Food scarcity is especially acute in the flood affected districts of Kurigram, Gaibandha, Bogra and Jamalpur.

    Our district correspondents report that food scarcities had resulted from high water levels disrupting transportation networks.

    Relief supplies provided by the district administrations to flood affected people were insufficient to meet demand, they added.

  • Militant financing: RMG owner deposited Tk16 lakh

    Although Md Enamul Haque is an RMG businessman, he hid his real identity while depositing Tk16 lakh last year into a bank account of Moniruzzaman Masud alias Don, leader of militant outfit Shaheed Hamza Brigade.

    Enamul wired the deposit on August 16, 2014 from Islami Bank’s Uttara branch although his account was with Mohakhali branch.

  • RMG export shines in volume, pales in value

    RMG export shines in volume, pales in value

    Bangladesh’s RMG export in terms of volume has registered over 58% rise in last fiscal year, but the value was affected by retailers’ low price offer and devaluation of euro.

    According to Export Promotion Bureau data, the country exported 1.57bn units of apparel products to global market in FY2014-15 with 58.17% up from 993m units a year ago.

    Of the total RMG exports, woven products were 757m units compared 485m in the previous year and knitwear products amounted to 815m units compared to 508.67m units a year ago.

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