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  • Govt mulling waste-based power plant in Keraniganj

    The government is doing a feasibility study for building a waste-based power plant in Keraniganj, just on the outskirts of the capital.

    “The government has initiated a pilot project for a waste-based power plant in Keraniganj,” Power Division Joint Secretary Siddique Zobair told a workshop at the Bidyut Bhaban yesterday.

  • Mujahid, SQ Chowdhury conveyed death warrants

    Mujahid, SQ Chowdhury conveyed death warrants

    Dhaka Central Jail authorities yesterday received the death warrants issued against convicted war criminals Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid and Salauddin Quader Chowdhury.

    Jail Super Jahangir Alam said that they had received the death warrants in the afternoon. “The tribunal staff entered the jail with the warrants at 3:05pm and left the jail premises at 3:17pm,” he told the Dhaka Tribune.

  • Mina death toll of Bangladeshi hajis now 41

    The death toll of Bangladeshi Hajj pilgrims in Mina stampede climbed to 41, said a Foreign Ministry press release yesterday.

    “As per the updated report received from Bangladesh Consulate General in Jeddah, 41 dead bodies of Bangladeshi pilgrims have so far been found, who had lost their lives in the Mina incident on September 24, 2015,” said the statement issued by the ministry in the afternoon.

    Out of 41 bodies, identities of 18 pilgrims has been confirmed, names of 12 have been found and the remaining 11 are unnamed.

  • Two to walk gallows for Chittagong mother-daughter killings

    Two to walk gallows for Chittagong mother-daughter killings

    A Chittagong court yesterday sentenced two persons to death for killing a mother and her daughter in the city’s Agrabad area in March last year.

    The convicts are Abu Raihan, 27, son of Chittagong district police Havildar Abul Bashar, and Md Shahid, driver at a rest house at Khulshi area in the city. 

    Chittagong Speedy Trial Tribunal’s Judge Muhitul Haque Enam Chowdhury handed down the verdict.

    Public Prosecutor advocate Md Ayub Khan said the two convicts were present in the courtroom when the verdict was pronounced.  

  • DB looking for third-party involvement if any

    DB looking for third-party involvement if any

    Four days after the murder of Italian national Cesare Tavella in Dhaka’s Gulshan and no breakthrough in probe as yet, investigators say they are now trying to find out if there is any “third interest” apart from the killers and the victim.

    Investigators have been saying since right after the murder that the killers had cleverly chosen the crime scene – the area was dark as the street lights were out and there was very little or no CCTV surveillance.

  • BCB boss lambasts ‘unfortunate’ Australia decision to cancel tour

    Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hassan called Cricket Australia’s decision to postpone their visit to Bangladesh for a two-match Test series “unfortunate”. CA, following a series of meetings with the board and delegates from the government of Australia, decided to postpone their visit to Bangladesh on security grounds.

  • Foreign NGO forums condemn Tavella killing

    Ingo Forum Bangladesh, a forum of 51 international NGOs working in Bangladesh, has condemned and expressed concern over Monday’s killing of Italian national Cesare Tavella in the capital’s Gulshan.

    In a statement on Wednesday, it said it was deeply shocked over the murder of Tavella.

    Tavella worked for Project Manager of Profitable Opportunities for Food Security (Proofs), a project of Netherlands-based organisation ICCO Cooperation.

  • Two witnesses testify in Rajon murder case

    The trial of 13 accused including Kamrul Islam, arrested in Saudi Arabia, for the brutal murder of 13-year-old boy Sheikh Samiul Alam Rajon in torture began at a Sylhet court yesterday.

    Sylhet Metropolitan Sessions Judge Md Akbar Hossain Mridha recorded the statements of plaintiff of the case SI Aminul Islam, who was suspended after the incident for negligence in duties, and Rajon’s father Sheikh Azizur Rahman.

    In his testimony, Azizur demanded exemplary punishment of the accused.

  • Sudden rise in price of rice puts poor in misery

    Mossadek Hossain, president of Dinajpur Silpo O Bonik Samity, told the Dhaka Tribune that now the market of rice remained stable. The price has increased slightly due to poor supplyRice market has become unstable in the northern district Dinajpur with a sudden surge in price of the food grain after remaining stable for a long time.

    Local sources said price of per sack (50) of rice had increased by Tk200 to Tk250 at wholesale markets in the last 15 days. The prices of per kilogram rice has increased Tk4 to Tk5 in the wholesale markets while price of per kilogram rice has increased by Tk10 to Tk20 in the local markets.

  • Six killed in road accidents

    At least four people were killed in road accident in two separate spots in Sirajganj yesterday.

    Rashedul Islam Biswas, officer-in-chrage of Raiganj police station, said a passenger bus of Shamoli Paribahan coming from Joypurhat rammed into a pickup van leaving two people dead on the spot including the van driver. 15 people were also injured in the incident, our district correspondent reported.

    Later, critically injured Munnaf Ara,26, a garments worker of Bogra died while she was being taken to hospital. The identity of one of the deceased could not be known.

  • Bangladesh elected LDC chair at UN

    Bangladesh elected LDC chair at UN

    Bangladesh has been elected as chairman of the LDCs (Least Developed Countries) at the United Nations for three years.

    State Minister for Foreign Affairs Mohammed Shahriar Alam posted the information on his Facebook wall yesterday.

    The election was held at the annual meeting of the ministers of LDCs at the UN headquarters in New York, USA.

    UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon addressed the meeting, Shahriar said.

    The 70th UN General Assembly, began on September 28, will end tomorrow.

  • Foreign tourists’ presence in Cox’s Bazar on the wane

    The number of foreign tourists in Cox’s Bazar has been declining gradually over the past few years and this year’s Eid-ul-Azha was no exception.

    Only a small number of tourists from foreign countries arrived in the coastal town during the Eid and tourism business owners say irregularities from the government’s side should be blamed for this.

  • President asks NHRC to gear up its activities

    President Abdul Hamid yesterday asked the National Human Rights Commission to gear up its activities to make people aware about human rights and increase spot investigations.

    He said this when an eight-member NHRC delegation, led by its Chairman Prof Dr Mizanur Rahman, submitted its annual report for 2014 to the president at Bangabhaban.

    Hamid urged the commission to ensure transparency and accountability in its all activities and hoped that it would work independently not being dependent on others, President’s Press Secretary Joynal Abedin told the UNB.

  • Three muggers held in Barisal

    Three men were arrested while trying to mug a man at Bogra Road Crossing in Barisal yesterday.

    The arrested are Emdadul Huq, 50, Iqbal Hossain, 52, and Nurul Islam, driver of the micro-bus carrying the alleged muggers.

    They were residents of different areas of the capital, said Assistant Police Commissioner of Kotwali police station Ansaruddin.

    He told the Dhaka Tribune that around 2pm, a man named Rajib Haoladar, assistant of deed-writer Babul Haoladar, was on his way to Sonali Bank Barisal branch for depositing Tk94,800 in the account of Babul.

  • 45 candidates to vie for one seat at CU

    Chittagong University has received a record number of undergraduate applications this year as a total of 45 candidates will be competing for a single place. 

    University officials said they received 211,952 applications, submitted online and through text messages in 23 days, against 4,653 positions under 10 faculties in the academic year 2015-16.   

    Deputy Registrar (academic affairs) SM Akbar Hossain, also the member secretary of the admission test committee, told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday that a stiff competition lies ahead for the candidates.

  • Diesel-run buses charging extra fares

    Yesterday was the first day after new fares of CNG-run buses came into effect in Dhaka. But already passengers are alleging that diesel-run buses are also charging them higher fares without any reason and notice.

    Until yesterday, almost none of the intra-Dhaka transport companies put up fare-charts – which are mandatory – in their vehicles.

    Debashish Nag, an executive magistrate of Bangladesh Road Transport Authority, said that he had fined three buses for collecting excess fare without having fare-charts.

  • The man who was Cesare Tavella

    The man who was Cesare Tavella

    Cesare Tavella used to go for jogging every morning, would come back home, change and leave for work. He usually came back home again late at night. He never cooked and always bought his dinner on his way home. Sometimes he would order home delivery from restaurants such as Pizza Hut.

    No one visited Tavella in the last one month.

    The 51-year-old Italian citizen, who was gunned down by assailants still to be identified in the capital’s Gulshan area four days ago, was apparently a loner.

  • Body to negotiate home loan for public servants

    The government has recently formed a committee tasked with recommending the modalities under which government employees can avail home loan from state-run and private commercial banks.

    The body, named “Loan Negotiation Committee,” has been formed following special directives from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

  • British MPs moving safely despite travel alert

    British lawmakers have been travelling safely around Bangladesh in the recent days, despite a latest travel alert issued by their own
    country.

    Four British lawmakers and their delegation of 23 members came to Dhaka on September 25 on an eight-day trip, and have since been enjoying a “wonderful time” travelling to different regions in the country.

  • PM returning home via London

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina left New York for London yesterday, concluding her eight-day tour of the USA where she attended the 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.

    A British Airways flight carrying the Prime Minister and members of her entourage departed John F Kennedy International Airport Thursday morning local time. Bangladesh Ambassador to the USA M Ziauddin and Bangladesh Permanent Representative to the UN AK Abdul Momen saw the prime minister off at the airport.

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