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Thursday November 23, 2017 02:19 AM



  • NHRC chief: Withdrawal from job for causing death no punishment

    Merely withdrawing an official responsible for someone’s death is not a disciplinary measure at all, said National Human Rights Commission Chairman Dr Mizanur Rahman yesterday.

    He said officers whose firing without instructions from high-ups led to deaths of commoners could be considered to have committed criminal acts.

    Mizanur was talking to reporters after offering condolences to the family members of those who died as police fired on a demonstration against Friday’s assault on a local man and his mother in Tangail’s Kalihati upazila.

  • BRTA act for control on transport sector approved

    The cabinet has approved the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority Act-2015 keeping the provision of forming a company under the act which will ensure control over transport sector.

    The approval came from a regular cabinet meeting held at the secretariat yesterday with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.

    The cabinet also approved the draft of the Bangabandhu Science and Technology Fellowship Trust Act- 2015 and Paira Bandar Project (land acquisition) Act-2015.

  • Nuclear Power Plant Company Ltd set to begin operations

    At its second board meeting yesterday, Nuclear Power Plant Company Bangladesh Ltd finalised the company organogram to recruit manpower and advisers to develop the 2,000 MW Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant.

    “An auditor will be appointed to scrutinise the accounts of FY2015-16, the possible budget for the fiscal year was also approved at the meeting,” the company’s first managing director, Mohammad Shawkat Akbar, told the Dhaka Tribune.

  • Petition filed with HC for judicial probe into Tangail deaths

    A petition was filed with the High Court yesterday seeking a judicial inquiry into the deaths of four people in Tangail on Friday.

    Bangladesh National Women Lawyers’ Association (BNWLA) filed the writ petition saying that  a judiciary inquiry could trace the people responsible for shooting people protesting the alleged rape of a woman.

    The investigation by the police itself may not be fair, the petition doubted.

  • Rain keeps away cattle buyers

    Rain keeps away cattle buyers

    Even though Eid-ul-Azha is only a few days away, frequent spells of rain have been reportedly keeping buyers away from the muddy market grounds.

    City dwellers who have visited the cattle markets since they started on Saturday also told the Dhaka Tribune that this year the cattle traders were asking for exorbitant prices for the animals.

  • Seized Indian Rs2.7cr believed to be counterfeit

    Authorities do not yet know whether nearly three crore in Indian currency seized in Chittagong Port is genuine, but officials said the rupees were likely fakes.

    Bangladesh does not have the technology to determine whether or not the Indian currency is genuine.

    The face value of the seized notes is Rs2,71,76,590, according to a Bangladesh Bank team led by Executive Director Md Mizanur Rahman Joddar, CIID and Customs officials, which counted the seized cash.

  • Witnesses to testify in Kibria killing case Sept 30

    A Sylhet court will record witness depositions in the former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria murder case on September 30. 

    Makbul Ahsan, judge of Sylhet Division Speedy Trial Tribunal, gave the order yesterday in the presence of the accused.

    The tribunal’s Special Public Prosecutor advocate Kishor Kumar Kar said 22 accused, including former state minister for home Lutfozzaman Babar, Sylhet City Corporation’s dismissed mayor Ariful Haque Chowdhury and Harkat-ul-Jihad leader Mufti Hannan, out of the 32 were present in the courtroom.  

  • Cricketer Shahadat’s housemaid states torture

    Mahfuza Akter Happy, domestic help of the national cricket team player Kazi Shahadat Hossain, yesterday gave her statement before a Dhaka court narrating how she was tortured by the cricketer and his wife.

    Metropolitan Magistrate Snigdha Rani Chakraborty recorded the judicial statement of the domestic help under section 22 of the Women and Children Repression Prevention Act 2000 in the case.

  • Gas shortage hits Gazipur residents

    People living in ward 15 of Gazipur City Corporation have been suffering from a severe gas crisis for the last two months, as the authorities concerned have failed to provide sufficient gas to the city dwellers.

    Local residents have become frustrated at not receiving gas on time. They said they had informed Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Ltd authorities about the crisis, but the residents’ attempts have proved futile as the authorities concerned are yet to take any measures to ease their suffering.

  • BIWTC starts 10-day Eid special service

    Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) yesterday started a 10-day Eid special steamer services for home-bound passengers.

    The special service will continue till September 30 with regular service, said Azmol Hossain, deputy general manager (commercial/ passenger), Barisal BIWTA. 

  • Community clinic yet to be functional in 2 years

    Despite having passed two years after the completion of the construction works, the authorities concerned have failed to start the activities at a community clinic in Rajnagar upazila there because of not handing over it by the contractor.

    Consequently, about 6,000 people under the purview of the clinic have long been deprived of health service amid the state.

  • BSF beats up Bangladeshi farmer

    Indian Border Security Force (BSF)  beat up a farmer entering in the territory of Bangaldesh at Bhrugimari upazila under Kurigram district yesterday.

    Sources said two BSF members entered in plain clothes by Kachakata frontier and tortured a farmer named Azizul Haque Khalifa while he was cutting grass in the field.

    The sources said the BSF members ordered the farmer to help them to cross the nearby river by boat. But he denied their order. The BSF members became agitated at the incident and started to torture him.

  • Almost 1,000 aspirants fail to make the hajj

    Almost a thousand hajj aspirants are being denied the chance of making the pilgrimage this year as many of them are yet to secure airline tickets while some have not yet received their visas.

    The failure to get air tickets has shattered the hopes of at least 500 hajj aspirants, even though they all received visa from the Saudi Embassy and have already paid for their accommodation in Saudi Arabia along with muallim fee.

  • Trade licence renewal deadline extended

    Under the new rates, some traders have to pay six times the current amount to renew their trade licencesTraders and businesses now have until November to renew their trade licences – a two-month extension –  while businesses and city corporation authorities try to resolve a dispute over a steep rise in renewal fees.

    In addition to an up to 500% hike in fees for some categories of trade, the dispute centres on an attempt by Dhaka’s two city corporations to collect a four-year backlog of VAT charges that it has neglected to collect since 2011.

    Normally, the deadline for renewing trade licences ends on September 30.

  • Another boy brutally tortured

    Under the new rates, some traders have to pay six times the current amount to renew their trade licencesLess than three months after the brutal death of 13-year-old Rajon from inhuman torture in the hands of adults, another teenage boy experienced similar barbarity in Sylhet.

    The incident happened in the district’s Jaintiapur upazila last week. Fortunately, the 15-year-old was rescued before the torture
    became too much for him to handle, locals said.

  • Broadband coverage far from broad

    Broadband coverage far from broad

    Bangladesh may have formulated the National Broadband Policy six years ago, but making a significant improvement on current internet coverage is still a steep challenge.

    According to a report titled “The state of Broadband 2015,” published by the global monitoring body Broadband Commission for Digital Development, Bangladesh is one of the 148 countries to have a policy of that kind.

    But in most of the parameters of that report, Bangladesh is ranked among the worst of performers in terms of broadband internet penetration and proliferation.

  • PM Hasina rejects accusation of authoritarian rule

    PM Hasina rejects accusation of authoritarian rule

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has rejected allegations that Bangladesh’s democracy and rule of law are being undermined by her increasingly authoritarian behaviour and by extensive human rights abuses by the law enforcement agencies.

  • Sound investment stressed to make MFS competitive

    Mobile Financial Service market requires a large amount of investment and new skills to create more competition among service providers, observed analysts.

    The observation came at a training workshop on “Mobile Financial Services in Bangladesh” held in the capital yesterday.

    Senior Executives from several banks participated in the workshop organised by Financial Excellence Limited.

  • France hopes for $100 billion climate fund by 2020

    France hopes for $100 billion climate fund by 2020

    French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said he expected there to be a global consensus to fulfil the ‘famous promise of a $100 billion’ climate fund by 2020.

    “Now we have the feeling that really it will be achieved, which is the key for confidence,” he told a press conference in Dhaka yesterday.

    Fabius and his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier together arrived in Dhaka yesterday morning, and left the city the same night.

  • Tarana: Nothing illegal about Italy bandwidth export deal

    There is nothing illegal or unlawful about the bandwidth export deal with the Italian company, State Minister for Post and Telecommunication Tarana Halim has said.

    “I will not let anything happen that may go against our interest. If we find that the decision of exporting bandwidth is illogical, the whole process will be reviewed for the sake of the country,” she assured.

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