Tuesday February 20, 2018 06:00 AM

  • Welcome to the Hotel Cattlefornia

    Welcome to the Hotel Cattlefornia

    To a stranger, the people of Bhuapur upazila in Tangail might like to say proudly that they have the second biggest cattle market in the country.

    What they would probably not tell him – because more than 200 families are involved with this and hence it is a common thing for them – that they also have hotels for cattle.

    On the surface, one of these looks like a giant cowshed. People can be seen feeding grass or hay to scores of cows tied with ropes inside bamboo cubicles.

  • 13 indicted in Rajon murder case

    A court in Sylhet yesterday framed charges against 13 people in connection with the murder of 13-year-old boy Rajon two and a half months ago.

    However, main culprits Kamrul Islam, now is Saudi Arabia, his brother Shamim Alam and Pavel Islam are all on the run.

    The remaining 10 accused were all produced before the court of Sylhet Metropolitan Sessions Judge Akbar Mridha yesterday. After charge framing, the court ordered for commencing trial in the Rajon Murder Case.

  • Rakib murder case indictment October 5

    A Khulna court yesterday took cognisance of charges in Rakib murder case and set October 5 to frame charges against three accused.

    Metropolitan Sessions Judge’s Court acting judge Dilruba Sultana passed the order. The court also rejected the bail petitions filed in favour of the accused, said Md Mominul Islam, counsel for the plaintiff.

    The accused – Sharif Motors owner Md Sharif, his mother Beauty Begum and so-called uncle Mintu Miah – were produced before the court yesterday. They earlier confessed to killing Rakib.

  • Cattle markets gather momentum

    With Eid only a couple of days away, cattle traders are demanding inflated prices for moderately-sized cows, buyers have alleged.

    Although price trends were different at separate cattle markets in the capital, the Dhaka Tribune received reports of unusual asking prices set by cattle traders.

    In the city’s largest cattle market in Gabtoli, the last few days saw asking prices reportedly going up as far as Tk22 lakh for a single cow, while a Rajshahi trader named Matin Miah yesterday put a Tk13 lakh tag on his cow.

  • Highway respite for holidaymakers

    Highway respite for holidaymakers

    The mad rush to village homes is still there ahead of Eid celebrations, but the sufferings of holidaymakers have been reduced this year, thanks to a number of initiatives by the authorities concerned.

    Bus drivers and passengers said they were still experiencing traffic jams during their long-distance journeys, but appreciated how highway congestions were now forming in fewer locations and were brief in duration compared to previous years.

  • Importer among six sued over Indian rupee seizure

    The authorities yesterday lodged a case accusing six persons including the importer and the clearing & forwarding agent of a consignment, seized on Sunday for smuggling in a large amount of Indian currency that are presumably counterfeit.

    Revenue Officer of the Directorate of Customs Intelligence and Investigation (CIID) Bidhan Kumar Barua filed the case with Bandar police under the Customs Act, the Special Powers Act and the Baggage Act, police said.

  • Blacksmiths doing brisk business ahead of Eid-ul-Azha

    As only two days left for Eid-ul-Azha, the blacksmiths in Chittagong city are doing brisk business as sale of knives, machetes and choppers has increased remarkably.

    While visiting several blacksmiths’ shops in Chittagong city’s Chowuhuny, Riazuddin Bazar, Muradpur, Bakalia-Kalamia Bazar, Halishahar-Boropul and EPZ areas in the district, this correspondent found that all blacksmiths were very passing busy time in making tools.

    In addition, the demand of people who sharpen knives, machetes and slaughtering tools has reached in peak.

  • Clients pay as banks fail to curb counterfeit circulation

    According to reports, finding fake currency notes in the stacks of money given by banks to clients when they make withdrawals is becoming increasingly common, exacting a heavy toll on clients.

    Clients say the circulation of counterfeit notes seems to rise ahead of the two Eid festivals.

    Depositors withdrawing cash say they frequently spot one or two counterfeit notes in the stacks they are given at the cash counter, but only after they have taken the money home. They say it is virtually impossible to check each and every note manually right at the counter.

  • Road accidents take lives of 9

    Four people were killed and three others injured in a head-on collision between a truck and a CNG-run autorickshaw near Shamolipara bus stand under Ullapara upazila in Sirajganj.

    Officer-in-Charge of Ullapara police station told the Dhaka Tribune that a Pabna-bound onion-laden truck had collided head on with a autorickshaw coming from the opposite direction on Monday night, leaving seven people critically injure.

    He said locals took them to a local clinic at night. Later, they died when shifted to Sirajganj Sadar Hospital in the early hours of yesterday.

  • Mega project taken to reduce water stagnation in Dhaka

    The government has taken up a mega project to dig a canal in the north of Dhaka to ease water stagnation problem of some of the posh areas of the city.

    The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) approved the Tk5,530-crore project for digging a 100-foot canal from Kuril to Balu river beside the Kuril-Purbachal Link Road.

    An Ecnec meeting, with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair, gave the approval yesterday.

  • Patients suffer as doctors on strike in Satkhira

    Hundreds of patients suffered immensely as doctors of both public hospitals and private clinics in the district went on an indefinite strike yesterday, demanding the withdrawal of a murder case filed against doctors and Ekota Hospital.

    The physicians also vowed to continue private pactrices until their demand are met. Their other demands include ensuring security for doctors and nurses.

  • Water plant encourages people to reforest in Cox’s Bazar

    Before August this year, Ayesha Akhtar had to make do with salt water to drink and do household chores because there was no source of fresh water in her village, Nuniarchhara.

    But now Ayesha as well as 6,000 other residents of the village, in Cox’s Bazar Sadar upazila, has access to fresh drinking water, thanks to a brand-new solar power-based water desalination plant.

  • PM flies to New York today

    PM flies to New York today

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina flies to New York today on a nine-day tour to attend the 70th United Nations General Assembly.

    She will give a number of speeches at different events, hold bilateral meetings with Chinese President Xi Xinping, Dutch PM Mark Rutte and Nepalese PM Sushil Koirala.

    She will co-chair two events – one on peacekeeping operations hosted by US President Barack Obama and the other on sustainable economic growth hosted by Belgian PM Charles Michels.

  • Nasim: Stern actions against extortion on highways

    Awami League presidium member and Health and Family Welfare Minister Mohammad Nasim said if anyone was seen realising toll from cattle traders on highways would be arrested.

    The minister said this while addressing as the chief guest at the meeting of district coordination committee on law and order and development at the Deputy Commissioner’s Conference room yesterday morning.

    Later, the minister addressed a rally at his Kazipur where he said as a political party BNP would be be ruined if it does not take part in the national polls of 2019, reports BSS.

  • Rampal gets bids from construction majors

    ‘The companies which are interested in building the power plant have convinced banks in their home countries to invest in the project’Three top-tier international companies yesterday submitted tender documents to set up the 2 x 660MW Maitree Super Coal-fired Thermal Power Plant in Rampal on an Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract basis.

  • 23 more cases against BASIC Bank officials

    The Anti-Corruption Commission yesterday filed 23 more cases regarding the much-talked BASIC Bank loan scam.

    The cases were filed with Motijheel, Paltan and Gulshan police stations, said an official of the commission adding that it would lodge 15 more cases very soon.

    The anti-graft body on Monday filed 18 cases regarding the alleged embezzlement of Tk747.13 crore against 153 accused including the bank’s former managing director Kazi Fakhrul Islam.

    None of the cases mentioned former chairman Abdul Hye Bacchu as an accused.

  • ADB: Domestic demand drives up growth

    ADB: Domestic demand drives up growth

    Bangladesh economic growth is expected to grow slightly in the current fiscal year due to strong domestic demand backed by better exports and remittances, Asian Development Bank (ADB) said yesterday.

    The bank in its latest outlook for Asian countries, published yesterday, forecast that Bangladesh’s GDP growth is projected to further accelerate at 6.7% as both exports and remittances – the two main growth drivers – are expected to perform better in FY16 than in FY15.

  • Domestic air tickets sold out ahead of Eid

    With only two days left to Eid-ul-Azha, domestic tickets of almost all airlines, including Biman Bangladesh, have been sold out.

    When inquired, airline companies yesterday said they had added extra flights considering the demand of home-bound passengers but tickets to those flights were also sold out.

    Airlines sources said nearly all tickets from Dhaka to Sylhet, Jessore, Rajshahi, Syedpur, Barisal and Chittagong for September 23 and 24 have been sold out.

  • BGMEA gets new boss

    BGMEA gets new boss

    Siddiqur Rahman has been officially declared as the president of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) for the next two years.

    The chairman of Sterling Group, Siddiqur, also former vice-president of the organisation, was elected from Sammilito Parishad Panel.

    “Bangladesh will stay well if our sector runs well,” he said.

    “The garment industries of Bangladesh will do the best in next two years with the help of every body,” he hoped.

  • China rate cuts bypass business heart of economy

    China rate cuts bypass business heart of economy

    For Wu Yinghua, an executive at a mid-sized optical disc company in China, business has never been so bad.

    The problem is, conditions for Wu’s company and others like it in the small and medium business sector are only getting worse – despite government efforts to lift the economy.

    Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are already the heart of China’s economy, providing 80% of urban employment and 60% of GDP. But the country’s financial infrastructure is largely geared to state firms.

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