Sunday February 25, 2018 01:38 PM

  • Four Hamza Brigade members remanded

    A Chittagong court yesterday placed on a three-day remand four members of militant outfit Shaheed Hamza Brigade who were arrested in February in a case filed with Hathazari police.

    The court of Senior Judicial Magistrate Mosaddek Minhaj passed the order when Investigation Officer Ruhul Amin, also assistant superintendent of police of RAB 7, produced the accused before it with a five-day remand prayer.

  • High Court rejects state religion petition

    The High Court yesterday rejected a writ petition that questioned the legality of the constitutional provision that recognises Islam as the state religion of the country.

    The bench of Justice Md Emdadul Haque and Justice Muhammad Khurshid Alam Sarkar passed the order upholding Islam as the state religion, Deputy Attorney General Khorshedul Alam said.

  • Govt struggling to lower drop-out rate at primary schools

    At least one-fifth of the primary students are dropping out of school and the government is having difficulties to lower the drop-out rate.

    Speaking at parliament yesterday, Primary and Mass Education Minister Mustafizur Rahman said the government has not been able to stop the trend despite adopting a number of measures.

    Replying to a question, the minister said the current dropout rate in the country’s primary schools is 20.9%, while enrolment rate is 97.7%.

  • Minister: 4,500 illegal houses in Dhaka

    The government has identified 4,500 houses in Dhaka city that either lack Rajuk’s approval or had violated the city development authority’s approved design, Housing and Public Works Minister Mosharraf Hossain has said.

    Addressing the parliament yesterday, the minister said illegal sections of 70 buildings have been removed and fines and cases filed against their owners.

  • Protesting SUST teachers accused of not obeying ministry directives

    A faction of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology teachers yesterday brought accusations of non-compliance with the Education Ministry’s directives against another faction of teachers which has been calling for the vice-chancellor’s resignation.

    The convener of Mohan Muktijuddher Chetona O Muktochintai Oikkoboddho Shikkhokbrindo Forum, Dr Md Akhtarul Islam, told a press briefing that all teachers excluding those belonging to Mohan Muktijuddher Chetonai Udbuddho Shikkhok Forum had welcomed the Education Ministry’s directives.

  • IGP: Conflict over cattle market to lead to its closure

    Any kind of clash over cattle market ahead of Eid-ul-Azha will lead to the closure of the market, warns AKM Shahidul Haque, inspector general of police.

    The chief of police yesterday said any cattle market that becomes the centre of conflict and clashes will be immediately shut down.

    Addressing a media briefing at the force’s headquarters in Dhaka yesterday the IGP said every year deadly clashes take place over cattle markets, he said.

    Very often the clashes between two or more politically-backed groups lead to the incidents of murders.

  • HC rejects writ on bar council polls

    The High Court has rejected a writ petition seeking a stay order on a gazette notification on the results of August 26 Bangladesh Bar Council polls.

    The High Court bench of Justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury and Justice Md Ashraful Kamal rejected the petition yesterday after hearing arguments from both the petitioner and the state counsel. Deputy Attorney General Motaher Hossain Sazu said the bar council had already issued the gazette notification on Thursday.

  • Policeman, taxman under scanner

    The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has launched an inquiry into corruption allegation of a police super and a former deputy income tax commissioner of National Board of Revenue.

    The commission has recently taken up the initiative at a meeting in its headquarters based on specific allegations, officials said.

    The accused are Khagrachhari Police Super Sheikh Mizanur Rahman and former NBR deputy income tax commissioner Golam Kibria.

  • Eighth pay scale now good to go

    * Highest monthly basic pay Tk78,000, lowest Tk8,250 * MPO teachers come under new pay scale * Fixed compounding increment * Increments on July 1 every year * Class system abolished * Special bonus for Bangla New Year * Pension 90% of basic pay * Equal salary for army, air force, navy chiefsThe government yesterday finally approved the much-awaited Eighth Pay Scale for public servants, keeping Tk78,000 as the highest basic pay and Tk8,250 as the lowest.

    State employees will get the hiked salary with effect from July 1, 2015 but their increased allowances will come into effect on July 1, 2016.

    The approval came in the weekly cabinet meeting at the Secretariat with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.

    The cabinet also approved recommendations from the Armed Forces Pay Committee with effect from July 1.

  • Nasir’s first budget donation-heavy

    Development sector gets importance in CCC budget for 2015-16Chittagong Mayor AJM Nasir Uddin announced his first budget yesterday, two months past the scheduled deadline and heavily dependent on donations like previous years.

    Development is getting the highest priority in the FY2015-16 budget for Chittagong City Corporation (CCC), as well as canal digging and repair and construction of city roads.

  • ‘Legal water connection to all Dhaka slums by December’

    The managing director of Dhaka Wasa yesterday said all slum dwellers in the capital would be provided with the amenity of legal water supply by this December.

    Taqsem A Khan was talking to reporters after a total of 304 legal water supply points were installed at Saat Tala slum in the capital’s Mohakhali.

    He said there had been tremendous progress in ensuring sufficient water supply for Dhaka residents as per the instruction of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

  • Finance Division explains problems

    The Finance Division has said that the two existing provisions known as time scale and selection grade have been obstructing the process of increasing the salaries and benefits of the 2.1 million government servants.

    Obstructions came in the form of irregularities, corruption, complications, and intra- and inter-cadre discriminations.

  • 2 ex-Jamaat MPs held with bombs

    2 ex-Jamaat MPs held with bombs

    Members of the Detective Branch (DB) of police yesterday arrested two former lawmakers of Jamaat-e-Islami and 11 other party activists from the capital’s Pallabi area with explosives.

    They were attending a secret meeting at a house in block C of section 11 with an aim of waging violent activities ahead of Eid-ul-Adha by instigating garments workers, DB officials said.

  • UK to take 20,000 more Syrian refugees

    Prime Minister David Cameron pledged yesterday to take in up to 20,000 Syrian refugees over the next five years, responding to public clamour for his government to help those fleeing civil war in the country.

    “We are proposing that Britain should resettle up to 20,000 Syrian refuges over the rest of this parliament. In doing so, we will continue to show the world that this country is a country of extraordinary compassion,” he told parliament.

    He said the refugees would be taken from camps in Syria and neighbouring countries.

  • Cricketer Shahadat, wife on the run after beating house help

    National cricket player Shahadat Hossain and his wife Nitto Shahadat are on the run after their 11-year-old domestic help complained of physical abuse in their hands.

    The child is now undergoing treatment at One-Stop Crisis Centre (OCC) of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH).

    A Dhaka court directed police yesterday to submit its report about the allegation against the cricketer and his wife by October 12. Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Md Waiyes Kuruni Khan Chowdhury passed the order yesterday after accepting the case.

  • BTRC boss: SIM re-registration only for fake and faulty ones

    Chairman of the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission Sunil Kanti Bose yesterday said mobile phone subscribers who have already registered their SIMs in a proper way do not need to re-register those again.

    “All the SIMs will not be registered anew. Those who have already registered their SIMs in a proper way do not need to go through the process again,” he said.

    Observing that some distributors and retailers are using SIMs with fake registration, he said those using SIMs without or with fake registration have to re-register those again.

  • Court scraps Huda’s acquittal

    The Supreme Court yesterday scrapped a High Court verdict that had acquitted BNP leader Nazmul Huda in a corruption case.

    The four-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha passed the order in response to a petition filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission.

    The court also sent the appeal to the High Court for its fresh hearing to examine whether the lower court verdict that acquitted him was correct or not.

  • Army recovers arms, ammunition in Dighinala

    Army personnel early yesterday recovered arms and ammunition from the cache of criminals in a remote area under Dighinala upazila of the district.

    Officer-in-charge of Dighinala police station Md Mizanur Rahman said that the army personnel from Dighinala zone raided Sadhokchhara area under Boalkhali union on a tip-off and recovered two SMGs, one SMC, 300 rounds of bullets, one grenade and a number of military uniforms.

    The OC said that two alleged criminals had also been arrested during the drive, but he could not give details about their identities.

  • No plan yet to cut mobile internet price

    Mobile phone operators have not planned yet to reduce internet prices at the end-user level despite the government has cut the wholesale bandwidth price.

    Operators said they had already reduced data prices several times considering the increasing trend of data use.

    According to them, any cut in the tariff would ultimately result in the necessity of more investment on network capacity and coverage.    

    Most operators think the prices offered to customers are one of the lowest in both Bangladesh and global markets.

  • Pay scale, energy price double trouble

    Pay scale, energy price double trouble

    The increase in public servants’ salaries is feared to disturb common people’s budget as consumers are already reeling from the recent gas and power tariff hikes.

    Economists suggest the government should strongly monitor the situation to check inflation as house rent, transport cost and other service costs tend to rise following hike in energy prices and wage.

    The cabinet yesterday approved the eighth pay scale for public servants – six days after the new tariffs had been announced.

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