Wednesday February 21, 2018 08:56 AM

  • Full security for foreigners unrealistic

    A large number of foreign nationals living in Bangladesh, mainly those staying illegally, are still unsafe because law enforcement agencies do not have adequate information on their whereabouts.

    Following the murders of two foreign nationals in the last couple of weeks, law enforcement agencies have began a headcount of the those living in Bangladesh legally.

    But no steps have yet been taken to find out exactly how many foreign nationals are living here beyond the tenure of their visas.

  • 14-party members to assist law enforcers during Durga Puja

    The Awami League-led 14-party alliance yesterday said law enforcement personnel and alliance workers would jointly provide safety at this year’s Durga Puja which began today.

    Public representatives of the ruling alliance, including members of parliament, have been asked to attend the festivities in their constituencies.

  • Payra coal power plant to be commissioned in 2019

    Officials implementing a 1,320MW coal-based power plant near Patuakhali’s Payra maritime port hope that it will start generating electricity in 2019.

    The joint venture company formed to execute the plan has already invited international tenders from interested bidders for the engineering, procurement, construction (EPC) and commissioning of the ultra super-critical plant having two 660MW units on turn-key basis.

    The tenders will be opened on December 21 at the office of the company secretary in Dhaka.

  • Myanmar border police detain six Bangladeshi fishermen

    Myanmar’s Border Guard Police (BGP) detained six fishermen from the Naf River in Cox’s Bazar’s Teknaf upazila yesterday.

    The detainees are Mohammad, 30, son of Abul Hossain of Jaliapara area, Alamgir, son of late Emdad, Abdullah, 25, son of late Quader Hossain, Md Akbar, 30, son of late Kala Mia, Abdul Amin, 32, son of Md Yunus and Syed Ullah.

    Locals said BGP members detained the fishermen and seized three of their trawlers when they were fishing in the river.

  • ACC summons Dhaka council administrator Hasina Doula

    The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday summoned Dhaka District Council administrator Hasina Doula for alleged involvement in embezzling Tk100 crore in the name of different projects.

    ACC Deputy Director M Towfiqul Islam served the notice and asked Hasina Doula to appear before the commission on October 21, said an official of the commission requesting anonymity.

    The notice says that if she fails to appear, legal actions will be taken against her.

  • Rolls Royce, StanChart big shots in town

    Senior executives of two famous British companies are here in Dhaka amid the travel alert for Bangladesh.

    Eugene Leong, director of sales of Rolls Royce, and Andrew Beer, executive director of Standard Chartered Bank, came here to explore business opportunities with Biman Bangladesh.

    British High Commissioner to Dhaka Robert Gibson had a meeting with acting foreign secretary Khorshed Alam yesterday in which he sought the Foreign Ministry’s help in fixing an appointment with the Civil Aviation Minister for the visiting executives.

  • Medical admission protesters seek public support

    Agitating medical and dental college admission seekers are seeking the support of people of all walks of life to make their mass gathering, set to be held today, a success.

    The students distributed leaflets at different educational institutions and on some streets in the capital seeking support for the gathering to be held today at the Central Shaheed Minar from 10am.

  • Not-so-golden years

    Not-so-golden years

    Our elderly population deserves to be treated betterSince Dhaka is consistently ranked as one of the worst cities in the world to live in, it isn’t much of a surprise to see Bangladesh win the distinction of being the second-worst country in the world to die in.

    The quality of death index — released by the Economist Intelligence Unit, the same folks that labelled Dhaka as the world’s least liveable city — showed that only Iraq was a worse place in which to die.

  • Civil servant closed over bribery allegations

    A Commerce Ministry official has been closed and again attached to the ministry as he allegedly took bribes from job candidates.

    Md Shahidul Haque, controller at Dhaka office of the Office of Chief Controller of Imports and Exports under the ministry, was seen receiving bribes on a number of occasions from people seeking employment in a video.

    The video, recorded at Shahidul’s Motijheel office in the capital, was recently uploaded on Facebook anonymously.

  • Witness deposition starts in Rakib murder case

    A Khulna court has started recording witness deposition in the murder case of 12-year-old Rakib, who died after the alleged murderers pumped air into his stomach on August 3.

    During almost four hours of proceedings yesterday, acting judge Dilruba Sultana of Khulna’s Metropolitan Sessions Judge’s Court heard testimonies and cross-examinations of seven witnesses.

  • Bangladeshi death toll now 79

    The government has now updated the Mina stampede death toll of Bangladeshi Hajj pilgrims to 79, while 70 more are said to remain missing.

    “As per the updated report received from the Bangladesh Consulate General in Jeddah, 79 bodies of Bangladeshi pilgrims, who had lost their lives in the Mina incident on September 24, 2015, have so far been found,” said Religious Affairs Secretary Chowdhury Md Babul Hassan.

    “Some 70 Bangladeshi devotees are still missing,” he told journalists at his secretariat office yesterday.

  • AL leaders echo chief to blame Khaleda for foreigner killings

    Senior Awami League leaders have urged the government to take legal action against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia for hatching conspiracy against the country and the recent killings of foreign nationals.

    “The government should take legal steps when BNP chief Khaleda Zia returns home from London. She [Khaleda] and her son [Tarique Rahman] have led the killings from London to create anarchic situation in the country,” Publicity and Publication Secretary Hasan Mahmud said at a programme in the capital yesterday.

  • 10 submit nominations for Tangail by-poll

    A total of 10 candidates submitted their nomination papers yesterday to the returning officer, the last day of submission, for contesting Tangail-4 (Kalihati) by-poll.

  • Passengers complain of being ill-treated by bus conductors

    Passengers complain of being ill-treated by bus conductors

    Ever since the new bus fares came into effect, bus conductors have been misbehaving with any passenger who was vocal against being forced to pay more than the government-fixed rate, commuters in Dhaka have told a public hearing.

    There have even been occasions when bus drivers and conductors went as far as physically assaulting their passengers, agitated commuters told the hearing organised by Bangladesh Passengers’ Welfare Association (BPWA) at the capital’s Farmgate yesterday.

  • IGP: Police need more time to solve foreigner murders

    The authorities concerned yesterday gave different versions regarding the progress of investigation into the murders of Italian citizen Cesare Tavella and Japanese national Hoshi Kunio.

    Inspector General of Police AKM Shahidul Islam said that the law enforcers needed more time to solve the cases.

    “The motives will be unearthed and the killers held if any of the cases is solved. Before that it will be difficult to make a comment on the matter,” he said at a programme in Savar.

  • Suspect in Krishna Kaberi murder remanded

    A Dhaka court has placed KM Zahirul Islam Palash, lone suspect in the murder of a BRTA official’s wife Krishna Kaberi Biswas, on a two-day remand for questioning.

    Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Md Rashed Talukder issued the order yesterday after Detective Branch Inspector Delwar Hossain, the investigation officer of the case, produced Palash before the court seeking a 10-day remand.

    Palash surrendered before another Dhaka court on Thursday and sought bail in the case. But the court sent him to jail rejecting his plea.

  • Three doctors put on one-day remand

    A Dhaka court yesterday placed three doctors of Asian Cardiac General Hospital on one-day remand for alleged negligence in the death of three newborns at the hospital on October 2.

    Metropolitan magistrate Muhammad Rashed Talukdar passed the order after Sub-inspector Krishno Kamol Saha of Mohammadpur police station, also the case investigation officer, produced them before the court seeking seven-day remand for interrogation.

    Opposing the remand plea, defence counsel Kaji Md Najib Ullah Hiru filed bail petitions seeking bail for the accused.

  • Study on in abandoned school building

    The students of two state-run primary schools in Kalai upazila here have long been participating in the classes amid a great risk of possible collapse of the abandoned establishments.

    They were compelled to go through the bad situation in absence of any alternative way in Shibsamuddra and Chakalmua Government Primary Schools and the school authorities are yet to get positive reply despite several appeals to the authorities concerned.

  • Irregularities mar Sirajdikhan Health Complex affairs

    Turning down patients with the excuses of unavailability of necessary services at Sirajdikhan Upazila Health Complex has turned out to be a money-making opportunity for a quarter of its staff as it provides them with a chance to force the patients to spend excessive money for availing of the facilities.

    Many patients have alleged that the hospital staff are more interested in charging excessive fees arbitrarily rather than attending their medical needs.

  • Water level rise puts Kaptai dam at risk

    Excessive rain has put Kaptai dam at risk as water at the hydroelectric centre has reached the highest level.

    On Saturday, the water level was 109 mean sea level (MSL), which is the highest the hydroelectric centre can contain.  

    Sixteen gates of the dam were opened six inches each on Friday morning but were opened two and a half feet on Saturday when the situation did not improve. Around 75,000 cusec water is being released every second in order to keep control of the dam.

    Some 240MW electricity is being produced every day.

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