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  • Dreams shattered in Tangail firing

    Dreams shattered in Tangail firing

    Probe committee formed and seven policemen, who allegedly opened fire, closedThirty-five-year-old Md Shamim Mia was all set to fly to Saudi Arabia in a few days’ time with hopes of ensuring a better livelihood for his family.

    All his papers were ready and the family had started dreaming about the solvency that many Bangladeshi families have achieved over decades by sending one or more members to the oil-rich Middle East country.

    But on Friday, in just a few decisive moments, some rubber bullets from police’s guns turned those lovely dreams into nightmares for Shamim’s family.

  • Foreign exchange reserves to be invested in Padma bridge project

    The country’s foreign exchange reserves will be invested in infrastructure development, including the Padma Bridge Project, said Bangladesh Bank Governor Atiur Rahman.

    “The central bank took preparation for investing reserves since the government announced to build the Padma Bridge with its own fund,” he told the launching ceremony of the central bank’s five-year Strategic Plan for 2015-2019, the second of its kind.

  • Public uni teachers wants separate pay commission by September 22

    Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid yesterday assured the public university teachers of a quick solution to their demands – mainly a separate pay scale and elimination of salary discrepancies.

    “The Prime Minister is very sympathetic to the teachers’ demands,” he told reporters after a meeting with public university teachers at his Mintu Road residence in the capital. “I hope the problem will be resolved soon as a cabinet committee is working over the issue.”

  • Khaleda sends eid card to Sheikh Hasina

    BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, now in London, yesterday greeted Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha by sending a card.

    On behalf of Khaleda, BNP’s Assistant Office Secretaries Abdul Latif Jony, Asadul Karim Shahin and Shamimur Rahman Shamim handed over the card to Awami League president’s Dhanmondi office around 11am. Awami League leader Sikandar Ali received the card, reports UNB.

  • Non-cadre officials demands selection grade

    Non-cadre first and second class government officials yesterday demanded reinstatement of selection grade and time scale in the national pay scale for eliminating discrimination.

    Bangladesh Swammilito Shorkari Kormokorta Parishad (BASSKOP) came up with the demand in a press conference at the Jatiya Press Club in Dhaka, reports UNB.

    Chaired by BASSKOP President Shafiul Azam, among others,Parishad Secretary General Md. Zinnat Ali Biswas were present on the occasion.

  • BNP slams govt for reducing transhipment customs fee

    The BNP yesterday alleged that the government, sidetracking the National Board of Revenue, has unilaterally reduced customs fee to Tk580 from Tk1,000 for transit or transhipment of each tonne of Indian goods through Bangladesh.

    Addressing a press briefing, BNP spokesperson Asaduzzaman Ripon urged the government to reconsider NBR’s proposals on the transit fess of Indian goods, reports UNB.

  • Buyers, sellers differ on high cattle prices

    Buyers, sellers differ on high cattle prices

    Prices are unlikely to go down before the Eid day, say tradersCattle markets in the capital officially opened yesterday but sales have not yet picked up, with buyers and sellers explaining the reason differently.

    Traders said animal prices were higher than the previous year because of the rising costs of transport and cattle feed but customers claimed that the unavailability of Indian cattle is the reason why prices had gone up.

  • JU admission test registration begins today

    Registration for honours first year admission test at Jahangirnagar University (JU) under the academic year 2015-16 will begin today.

    Aspirants can start applying using mobile phone from 10am today till midnight of October 8, according to a press release sent from the university’s public relations office signed by JU Deputy Registrar Mohammad Ali, also the secretary of university’s central admission test committee.

    Applicants can send SMS through Teletalk prepaid numbers, the press release added.

  • Three currency counterfeiters arrested in Dhaka

    Detectives yesterday arrested three people in Dhaka for their involvement in circulating counterfeit money and fake revenue stamps.

    The arrested are Abdur Razzak, Ramjan Munshi and Sentu Islam alias Taslim.

    Such arrests are common as currency counterfeiter gangs become active before the two Eids every year when the country experiences a surge in economic activities centring the two biggest religious festivals.

  • Truck snatched, cattle traceless

    The law enforcers until last night could not trace the truck loaded with 15 cattle which was snatched by some miscreants from Manik Mia Avenue of the capital early yesterday.

    Instead, they arrested Sujon Mondol, the driver of another truck – both came from Jhenaidah – for questioning, Officer-in-Charge of Sher-e-Bangla police GG Biswas said. They were headed for the Merul Badda cattle market.

    The arrest was made after one of the affected cattle traders, Dhandu Miah, filed a case. “We are conducting operation to rescue the cattle,” the OC said.

  • Dhaka flags fair price issue with Washington

    The US model of labour practice that it wants to impose on Bangladesh was termed punitiveDhaka and Washington had a lengthy meeting yesterday where the Bangladesh side flagged its concern about the declining price of readymade garment products and enquired as to when the US would talk about fair price.

    The meeting took place at the state-guesthouse Meghna in the capital which Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque, Commerce Secretary Hedayetullah Mamun and Labour Secretary Mikail Shippar attended. Assistant US Trade Representative Michael J Delaney, who arrived in Dhaka yesterday, led the US side.

  • Three remanded in Banik Barta staff murder

    A Dhaka court yesterday placed three people on four-day remand in a case filed over the murder of Bangla daily Banik Barta employee Jahangir Alam in the capital.

    Metropolitan Magistrate Md Jahangir Hossain passed the order after Sub-Inspector Abdul Jalil, also investigation officer of the case, produced them before the court seeking 10-day remand.

    Opposing the remand plea, defence counsel filed bail petitions which were rejected after hearing.

    The remanded are Raihan Sarwar, Fahim Khan and Nazmul Islam Rakib.

  • Govt asked to hold fresh entrance test for med schools

    A Supreme Court lawyer has sent a legal notice to the government, seeking fresh admission tests for the medical and dental colleges.

    Younus Ali Akhand, who is known for filing a number of public interest litigations in the past, yesterday sent the notice to the secretaries to the Cabinet Division, law, education ministries in the afternoon by post.

    The notice said that the question papers of the admission tests held on Friday matched with leaked questions and therefore authorities should cancel the test within 24 hours.

  • Potholes make journey on highways difficult

    Potholes make journey on highways difficult

    Around 50 kilometers of the Dhaka-Khulna and Dhaka-Barisal highways in Faridpur pose serious risk for movement of vehicles and pedestrians due to develop cracks and potholes.

    According to sources, although the Roads and Highways Department did repair works at the points spending Tk40 lakh in May this year, the two important roads, linking the capital with the southern-western part of the country, became unfit again for vehicular movement due to heavy rainfall in the last three months.

  • Four killed in road accidents

    At least four people were killed in road accidents in Rajshahi and Natore districts yesterday.

     Our Rajshahi correspondent reported that three members of a family were killed and another injured when a speeding truck knocked down their auto-rickshaw at Kharkhori crossing under Matiher police station in the city.

    The deceased were Ibrahim Hossain, 45, his wife Babita, 40, and their daughter Raima, 3.

    The injured auto-rickshaw driver Siddique Hossain, 40, was admitted to Rajshahi Medical College Hospital (RMCH) with serious injuries.

  • Karam festival celebrated in Thakurgaon

    Karam festival celebrated in Thakurgaon

    The two-day “Karam Festival,” a major festival of the Orao (an indigenous community living in the northern districts of Bangladesh) has started in Thakurgaon district.

    On Friday night, hundreds of members of the Orao community engaged into singing and dancing to the beats of tam-tam to mark the festival in Salondar Paanchpirdanga of Thakurgaon sadar upazila under the arrangement of National Adivasi Parishad. 

    Children and teenagers also joined the programme.

  • Ratargul forest under threat

    Ratargul Swamp Forest, the only freshwater swamp forest at Gowainghat, Sylhet, a potential tourist spot located 16 km off the city, lies under threat due to unplanned tourism.

    According to locals, tourists from different parts of the country and abroad visit the forest round the year to enjoy its natural beauty, but their flow marks a sharp rise during the dry season.

    So the excessive pressure of tourists and their noise disturb the calm and quiet environment of the forest forcing the wildlife and birds to flee it, said Saidur Rahman, a boatman who carries tourists.

  • Two policemen suspended

    Two police officials in Chittagong were suspended yesterday as an arrestee, who was undergoing treatment at Chittagong Medical College Hospital in the custody of police, escaped on Friday noon.

    Chittagong Superintendent of Police AKM Hafiz Akhter ordered the suspension of Assistant Sub-Inspector Foyzur Rahman and Constable Faisal Ahmed.

    Additional Superintendent of Police (Special Branch) in Chittagong Naimul Hasan said the two were also attached to the district police lines.

  • Dope gang busted near cattle market

    Police arrested six members of a dope gang from near Sagarika Cattle Market in Chittagong yesterday.

    Assistant Commissioner ABM Foyzul Islam of Detective Branch of Chittagong Metropolitan Police said a DB team arrested them around 5am.

    The arrested – Sohag, Rubel, Pavel, Anwar, Ajmal and Joynal – were involved with mugging in the port city and adjoining areas and were accused in cases lodged with different police stations. They had gathered near the cattle market targeting cattle traders ahead of Eid-ul Azha.

  • Nasir exudes confidence in series decider

    The visiting Bangladesh A team will take on India A today in the series-deciding third and final unofficial one-day international at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.

    Nasir Hossain’s unbeaten hundred and five-wicket haul enabled the second-string Bangladesh side to square the series 1-1 last Friday. 

    Bangladesh A will be confident of claiming the series and they will take a lot of heart from the second match. The tourists were in deep trouble at one stage but vice-captain Nasir rescued his side to clinch a scintillating 65-run win.

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