Wednesday February 21, 2018 03:00 AM

  • Coal power projects urged to stay on schedule

    The Prime Minister’s Principal Secretary Abul Kalam Azad yesterday directed the Power Division to complete planned coal-based power projects on time.

    Abul Kalam expressed dissatisfaction that visible progress had not been made at most projects, according to a Power Division official, who asked not to be named.

    He was speaking at the “Coal-based Power Plant Project Implementation Progress Meeting” held at Bidyut Bhaban and chaired by State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid yesterday.

  • One jailed over DU admission test forgery

    A mobile court yesterday sentenced an undergraduate candidate taking the “Ga” unit admission test at Dhaka University to a year in jail over admit card forgery.

    The candidate, Sanjay Kumar Shahani, passed higher secondary certificate exams from Khulna.

    Shahbagh police detained another person named Mehedi on charge of assisting Sanjay in forging admit card.

    Executive Magistrate of Dhaka district administration Sharmin Sultana awarded the jail term at the proctor’s office at noon.

  • Rajon’s father: Punish cops who let Kamrul escape

    The father of the slain teen Rajon has demanded that maximum punishment be served to the police officials who had assisted one of the key murder suspects – Kamrul Islam – to flee the country.

    The comment from the father, Sheikh Azizur Rahman, came as Kamrul was sent to jail yesterday by a Sylhet court following his extradition from Saudi Arabia.

    Sylhet Metropolitan Magistrate 2 Anwarul Haque sent Kamrul to jail after police produced him before his court yesterday.

  • Arms recovered during terrorist den bust in Bandarban

    Joint forces have recovered a large amount of arms and ammunition during a drive against terrorists in Bandarban.

    Led by the Army in Bandarban’s Ruma zone, joint forces conducted the drive in the early hours of Thursday in a remote area of Ruma where terrorist hideouts are located, read an ISPR press statement issued yesterday.

    Signed by ISPR Assistant Director Rezaul Karim Shammi, the statement added that gunfire was exchanged between the joint force and terrorists during the drive. The weapons were found after the terrorists retreated from their hideouts.

  • Lack of repair puts Sylhet-Tamabil Highway in deplorable state

    The number of accidents have increased alarmingly on the Sylhet-Tamabil Highway as the thoroughfare lies in a poor state due to lack of repair and maintenance, much to cause sufferings for travelers.

    Vehicles are often seen get stuck in the potholes that creates long tailbacks and blocking traffic for hours together on the highway, a crucial road for business and tourism.

    During a visit on a 60 kilometres area of the highway, the UNB correspondent found about its 20km stretching from Jaflong to Sarighat, two major tourist spots of the country, in a very bad shape.

  • What really happened last Monday

    What really happened last Monday

    ‘Everything happened within a few seconds … It was like what we see in films’In the last couple of days, rumours spread across social media sites claiming that a child was killed and four others injured in an accident involving an under-aged SUV driver racing with another vehicle at Gulshan on October 12.

    The role of police has also been questioned for avoiding reporters and giving them minimal information on the teenaged suspect as he is from a rich and influential family linked to the ruling party.

  • Three held with yaba pills in Chittagong

    Police, in separate drives, arrested three persons with 1,542 contraband yaba pills in Chittagong city’s Bakalia area early yesterday.

    The arrestees were Md Shahjahan, 21, of Teknaf upazila, Imam Hossen, 38, of Cox’s Bazar and Kamrul Islam, 40, of Bagerhat.

  • Kader Siddiqui appeals against nomination cancellation

    Krishak Sramik Janata League (KSJL) President Abdul Kader Siddiqui and his wife Nasrin Siddiqui have appealed at the Election Commission against the cancellation of their nomination papers for Tangail 4 by-poll.

    The KSJL issued a press statement yesterday, according to which the KSJL president and his wife went to the Election Commission yesterday afternoon to submit their petition challenging the commission’s decision. There is a possibility of a hearing in this regard at the EC tomorrow, the press statement said.

  • Police: Tavella killers ID’ed

    The killers of Italian citizen Cesare Tavella have been identified, police have said, but added there was no evidence suggesting any militant link to the murder.

    Footage from 155 CCTV cameras along with eyewitness accounts was analysed to identify the suspects – who would soon be arrested, said senior officials of the Detective Branch of police yesterday.

    However, a senior DB official, on condition of anonymity, told the Dhaka Tribune last night that one of the suspects known as Shooter Jewel was arrested yesterday evening from the capital’s Baridhara.

  • Quader charges BRTC bus

    Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader seized three public transports including one government run BRTC bus in Rupganj, Narayanganj yesterday while inspecting a drive against unfit vehicles.

    The buses were seized for charging extra fare to commuters and running without licenses and fitness certificates, the minister told reporters. He spoke with passengers and drivers of public transports regarding additional fare and seized papers of the three buses.

  • Indian court order on Nur’s deportation brings relief

    After an Indian court yesterday ordered repatriation of Narayanganj seven-murder accused Nur Hossain, now detained in a West Bengal jail, family members of the victims hoped that the motives and the plotters behind the gruesome act would be unearthed soon.

    Judge Sandwip Chakrabarty of the Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Court in North 24 Parganas of West Bengal gave the order accepting a prosecution plea.

  • 2 motorbike riders killed in road crash

    Two motorbike riders died and two others were injured in a head-on collision with a mini-truck on the Chittagong-Cox’s Bazar Highway at Lohagara upazila in Chittagong yesterday evening.

    The deceased are Tanzir, 16, the son of Abdul Malek, and Md Sakil, 16, the son of Hachi Mia, said highway police sources. The two teenagers are from the Ahmedabad area of Lohagara, while the identity of the injured could not be immediately ascertained, said Officer-in-Charge (OC) AKM Kawsar Chowdhury of Dohazari Highway Police Station.

  • No new gas lines for CNG stations

    The country’s dire energy crisis has caused the government to suspend all future gas connections to CNG (compressed natural gas) filling stations.

    The Energy and Mineral Resources Division (EMRD) issued the order on October 7.

    New CNG filling stations have been waiting for gas connections since 2009, according to EMRD data.

  • Wise land stewardship crucial to human progress

    Wise land stewardship crucial to human progress

    Interview with Adriana Dinu, executive coordinator, Global Environment FacilityOn the sidelines of the 12th Conference of Parties (COP12) of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) held in Ankara, Turkey, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Global Environment Facility (GEF) Executive Coordinator Adriana Dinu spoke to the Dhaka Tribune in an exclusive interview.

    Dinu said the UNDP regards land degradation as a barrier to sustainable development that destabilises communities.

  • Child drowns in deep well in Ashulia

    A seven-year-old boy drowned in a 30-feet well on Thursday afternoon in the capital’s Ashulia area. His body was pulled out of the well after nearly four hours of rescue efforts by the fire service of Dhaka Export Processing Zone (DEPZ), witnesses told the Dhaka Tribune.

    The child, Yeasin, lived with his family in a rented flat at Dakkhin Bhadail area in Ashulia, said his father Jashim Uddin.

  • 80 Bangladeshi asylum seekers start hunger strike in Texas prison

    More than 80 Bangladesh nationals, detained for illegal crossing of the border to the US, have started a hunger strike unto death in a Texas prison to protest alleged deportation back home, rights activists said.

    The border-crossing migrants at El Paso county detention facilities in Texas began the strike on Wednesday, Newsnextbd reported.

    The authorities have also dismissed their cases they filed to seek political asylum in the US citing a dangerous situation in Bangladesh.

  • EU agrees to new migration measures

    EU leaders agreed Thursday on new measures aimed at addressing Europe’s migration crisis, including a tentative cash-for-cooperation deal with Turkey and a push to boost protection of the Union’s external borders, Politico reported.

    It was the fourth time in six months that the leaders gathered in Brussels to forge a European response to the massive influx of refugees from the Middle East. Once again regional and political divisions made finding consensus difficult before the summit wrapped up a few minutes after midnight on Friday morning.

  • MSF: US tank entered Kunduz hospital compound without permission

    Medical aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres on Friday said a US tank entered the grounds of its hospital in the Afghan city of Kunduz without permission, damaging the compound that was hit in a US air strike earlier this month.

    The group said in a statement that the vehicle was carrying a team from a joint investigation being conducted by the United States, Nato and Afghan government into why a US aircraft fired on the hospital, killing at least 22 staff and patients.

  • Sacks of gold

    Sacks of gold

    The jute industry is no doubt a major contributor to the growth of BangladeshNot for nothing has jute been called “the golden fibre.” Both its colour, and its cash value, over centuries, to growers, manufacturers, and retailers of products finished from the threads, justify that soubriquet.

  • Declassifying Netaji files may embarrass Nehru dynasty

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi says he will seek to unravel one of India’s most enduring mysteries surrounding the independence struggle, the latest salvo in a growing history war that could undermine the opposition Congress party.

    The fate of Subhas Chandra Bose, leader of the Indian National Army which collaborated with the Japanese and Germans against the British in World War Two, has remained a riddle for seven decades.

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