Wednesday February 21, 2018 03:21 AM

  • Six BBIN routes to operate next Jan

    Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal (BBIN) have finalised six routes for passenger-carrying and personal vehicles to travel across each other’s borders from next January.

    The vehicles will cross borders in accordance with the BBIN motor vehicle agreement.

    One route goes from Kolkata to Chittagong via Benapole-Jessore-Dhaka while another from Chittagong to Shiligurhi via Dhaka-Hatikumrul-Bogra-Rangpur-Burhimari.

  • Bangladesh accepts proposal for safer reactor tech

    After a long debate, Bangladesh has finally agreed to the Russian contractor’s decision to change the reactor technology for better safety for the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant.

    It was originally planned that 3rd generation VVER 1000 reactor, with a capacity of 1,000MW, would be installed at Rooppur. But now, VVER 1200 reactor, with around 1,200 MW capacity, will be used.

    VVER, which stands for Water-Water Energetic Reactor, is a series of pressurised water reactor designs for nuclear power plants originally developed in the Soviet Union, now Russia.

  • Abducted girl rescued from Mymensingh

    Police rescued a female college student from Mymensingh after one day of abduction from Sirajganj. Nilantika, 21, resident of Mukundogoti Professor Para area of Belkuchi upazila of Sirajganj, is daughter of Amirul Islam and an honours first year student of Political Science at Belkuchi Degree College.

    Acting on a tip-off, police conducted a drive at Christian Missionary School in Mymensingh to trace the abducted girl. Nilantika went missing from Mukundogoti area of Belkuchi on Thursday evening.

  • ‘Bangladeshis are always near and dear to my heart’

    Bangladesh is always beautiful and the people are friendly, said a US Navy official who was born in Bangladesh.

    Shuva Chowdhury, who went to America after winning the diversity visa as a tenth-grader at St Gregory’s High School in Dhaka in 1995, said Bangladesh’s beauty never changes and appears in different ways in different seasons. 

  • PM: Murders committed to tarnish country’s image

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said that the recent murders of the foreign nationals had been staged by a vested quarter to tarnish the country’s image to the world.

    She made the remarks at the Sylhet Osmani International Airport during her brief stay yesterday afternoon on her way back to Dhaka from the USA.

    “When the country is on track to gain importance to other nations, a vested interest has been staging some unpleasant incidents in the country to tarnish the country’s dignity.

  • Hospital staff flee after deaths of three newborns

    Panicked parents demonstrated and locked the gate of a city hospital in the capital’s Lalmatia area after three newborns died within two hours early yesterday allegedly due to wrong treatment.

    Almost all the other patients were shifted to other hospitals after the incident came to light. However, nurses and staff at the hospital – Asian Cardiac and General Hospital – claimed that the newborns had been too weak to survive.

  • Patients suffer due to shortage of doctors, dearth of medicine

    Patients at 250-bed Noakhali General Hospital are derived of medical facilities due to manifold problems including  absence of doctors, certificate business, bribes for seat or bed allotment, supply of low-quality food, paucity of water and dearth of medicine.

    Dr A B M Ahsan Ullah Khan, in-charge of the hospital, who is vocal against all these irregularities, remains helpless since he can hardly address the problems of the hospital, according to hospital sources.

  • Sheep farming attracts massive interest

    Sheep rearing in four upazilas of the district is gaining popularity as it has become profitable business among the framers.

    Sources said many youths and marginal farmers changed their fortune through rearing the sheep for the last few years.

    Live Stock Department sources said a total of 128 registered sheep farms are rearing sheep in the district now.

    Of them 53 farms  have been set up in  Sadar,18 farms in Alamdanga, 35 in Damurhuda and 22 farms in Jibannagar upazilas.

  • Riverine People observe World Rivers Day

    Riverine People, a voluntary organisation, observed the World Rivers Day yesterday on the Ghaghot River bank on the outskirts of Rangpur city.

    A discussion organised by Begum Rokeya University, Rangpur (BRUR) unit of the Riverine People was held.

    Students and teachers of the university and leaders of Riverine People participated in the eight-kilometre-long walkathon from the BRUR campus to the Ghaghot riverbank at Nisbetganj area on the fringes of the city.

  • Sonali Bank official sued

    A case was filed yesterday against a senior official of Bagerhat district branch of Sonali Bank (SB) Limited on charge of embezzling Tk3.5 crore in the name of loan distribution.

    Police sources said Sheikh Mahfuzur Rahman, a senior official of the branch, had been made accused in the case filed by its newly appointed manager Khan Bablur Rahman with Bagerhat Model police station on Thursday.

    The case was transferred to Anti-Corruption Commission, Khulna for further investigation, the police sources said.

  • US for quick probe into murder of Japanese

    The US has called upon Bangladesh to probe every aspect of the shooting death of Japanese citizen Kunio Hoshi, the second foreign national killed in a week.

    US Ambassador-designate in Bangladesh Marcia Stephens Bloom Bernicat made the call yesterday in a statement posted on the official Facebook page of US Embassy in Dhaka.

    The statement reads: “I urge the Government of Bangladesh to investigate every aspect of this crime and to bring the perpetrators to justice as soon as possible.

  • PM accorded mass reception

    PM accorded mass reception

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was accorded a heartiest and warm welcome when she arrived after ending her eight-day New York visit to attend the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

    A flight of the Biman Bangladesh Airlines carried the premier and members of the premier’s entourage landed at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the capital around at 1pm after making a one-hour stopover in Sylhet at 11:40 am yesterday.

  • BNP concerned over murders of foreign citizens

    Expressing concern over the killings of two foreign nationals, BNP yesterday said the country’s citizens are not safe now due to authoritarian rule and deterioration of law and order.

    The party also demanded arrest of lawmaker Manjurul Islam Liton for allegedly shooting a minor boy in Gaibandha on Friday morning.

    “One Japanese citizen was killed in Rangpur as the law and order situation has deteriorated. Earlier an Italian citizen was killed in Dhaka. People are not safe both inside and outside their houses.”

  • India, Pakistan lag behind Bangladesh on personal security

    Bangladesh has made a significant progress than its next door neighbours India and Pakistan in terms of personal security, says a recent study.

    According to the recently released 2015 Gallup law and order index, Bangladesh fares better than India and Pakistan when it comes to the “personal security.”

    Bangladesh has scored 78 points in the index while India and Pakistan scored 67 and 60 respectively. Another South Asian neighbour Sri Lanka gained better position than Bangladesh by scoring 79 points.

  • Where is Gaibandha MP Liton?

    Sourov’s father has filed an attempted murder caseThe controversial ruling party lawmaker from Gaibandha’s Sundarganj remained traceless until last night since he shot an eight-year-old boy in his area on Friday morning allegedly under the influence of alcohol.

    Local police and members of Rapid Action Battalion went to the Bamondanga residence of Manjurul Islam Liton MP several times.

    “We did not see anyone there. I have heard that he is now staying in Dhaka. He cannot be communicated since his phone is found switched off,” Sundarganj OC Jinnat Ali said.

  • Adversity grips Bangladesh tourism after foreigners’ killings

    Tourism business owners say the recent killings of two foreign nationals have been a blow to the industry as many tourists of different countries have cancelled hotel bookings. 

    They say they were hoping for doing a good business in the upcoming winter and were expecting that a large number of foreign tourists would arrive at that time but the killings of an Italian and a Japanese citizens in less than a week have ruined prospects.

  • Bringing MFS providers under a platform remains a challenge

    Bringing MFS providers under a platform remains a challenge

    The Bangladesh Bank move to integrate a total of seven business entities including four commercial banks into Mobile Financial Services platform poses challenge. 

    According to the MFS revised guidelines, mobile phone operators will now enjoy beneficial ownership. 

    Led by four commercial banks, each Mobile Financial Services platform will incorporate two non-bank entities, plus one mobile phone operator as share holders into its business. 

  • Telecom sector loses market cap crown to pharma

    Telecommunication sector has lost its market cap crown to pharmaceuticals for the first time on Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) as share values of heavyweight Grameenphone (GP) tumbled last week.   

    The sector recently came under pressure due to latest development on merger talks of two non-listed telco firms—Robi and Airtel.

    The market capitalisation is calculated by multiplying a company’s floating shares by the current market price of one share.

  • Shaky China, Asia activity surveys leave world outlook vulnerable

    Factories in Asia cut more jobs and throttled back output in September as domestic and export demand shrivelled, adding to fears that cooling growth in China and emerging markets will jeopardize an increasingly fragile global recovery.

    At the heart of Thursday’s flurry of releases were official and private surveys on China’s factory and services sectors that largely pointed to a further deterioration in the world’s second-largest economy despite a flurry of stimulus measures.

  • Schoolboy among nine held for suspected IS link

    Detectives arrested eight suspected Islamic State supporters from Ishwarganj of Mymensingh since Friday based on information given by a class X schoolboy, held for pasting leaflets in support of the international militant group.

    They were being interrogated at the Detective Branch of police office in Mymensingh town, police said yesterday.

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