- February 18, 2018
Rejecting the concerns expressed by various quarters, State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid has said that he will take environmental activists and journalists to the Rampal power plant site.
At a press conference in the city, Hamid said that he would sit with the opposing parties, environmental activists and journalists, and also take them to the construction site to assess whether the plant would affect the Sundarbans mangrove forest.
Police and ruling party men yesterday again obstructed the road march activists on their way to Bagerhat’s Rampal launched in protest against the proposed 1,320MW coal-based power plant beside the Sundarbans.
Communist Party of Bangladesh and Bangladesher Samajtantrik Dal (BSD) along with individual green activists began the road march on October 15 from Dhaka urging the government to cancel the joint venture power project for the sake of the world’s largest mangrove forest. They managed to reach Khulna yesterday afternoon.
Members of banned militant outfit Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), who were unpopular for systematic attacks on secular groups and individuals a decade ago, have now resorted to targeted killings, detectives said yesterday.
In the last two years, they killed at least 13 religious scholars, pirs and shrine followers across the country by forming a number of small units of sleeper cells, a high official of the Detective Branch of police told the Dhaka Tribune.
The government has decided to invite fresh bidding for 2D multi-client seismic survey for offshore hydrocarbon hunt.
Nasrul Hamid, state minister for power, energy and mineral resources, made the disclosure to journalists in a programme at the Dhaka Reporters’ Unity yesterday.
“After receiving some instructions from the Prime Minister’s Office, we are going to have a fresh bidding for 2D multi-client seismic survey,” Nasrul said in reply to questions during yesterday’s Meet the Reporters programme.
At least 10 people were hurt in a factional clash of the ruling Awami Ulama League in front of the National Press Club yesterday morning.
The clash was between the supporters of one faction’s president, Ilias Hossain Bin Helali, and another faction’s president, Md Delowar Hossain. Supporters of one faction had chased and assaulted supporters of the other in the presence of police, who at first had watched as spectators.
Another member of Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) confessed before a Chittagong court yesterday to being involved in a mugging incident in Sadarghat, Chittagong last month.
Chittagong Metropolitan Magistrate Abdul Kader recorded the confessional statement of Minhajul Islam Sajid, 24, following which Sajid was sent to jail, said Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Kazi Muttaki Ibn Minan of Chittagong Metropolitan Police.
Sajid was produced before the court around 3:30pm, and the session ended at 6:30pm, the police official told the Dhaka Tribune.
Ruling Awami League Publicity and Publications Secretary yesterday said BNP leaders and activists are upset with party chief Khaleda Zia for having rented a house in London under the guise of getting treatment.
The ruling party leader further blamed her and Tarique Rahman for plotting conspiracies at secret meetings with terrorists and militants after having reached London.
Hassan Mahmud made these remarks at a meeting organised by Bangabandhu Projonmo League at Dhaka Reporters Unity in the capital yesterday.
Knorr, a brand from Unilever, is partnering with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to create a brighter future where nutritious food is accessible to more people globally.
In partnership with SOS Children’s Village, Bangladesh, Knorr Bangladesh, observed the World Food Day on October 16, 2015 by hosting a #shareameal event in SOS Children’s Village, Dhaka, said a press release.
To inspire others to get involved, many who took part shared their experience on social media, using the hashtag #shareameal.
Durga Puja, biggest religious festival of the Hindu community, begins with the incarnation (Bodhon) of the Goddess Durga at temples across the country today.
Centring the festival, devotees and artisans are busy taking last moment preparations and tastefully decorating the temples and mandaps across the country, reports the BSS.
The government has said that it has appointed a top lawyer to fight the legal battle in the Niko compensation case in an international tribunal.
Nasrul Hamid, state minister for power, energy and mineral resources, made the remark to the Dhaka Tribune as a reaction to a recent order of an international court that asked Bangladesh keep aside a huge sum of money for paying Niko’s overdue bills.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday formally released a commemorative postage stamp, a first day cover and a data card, on the occasion of 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Bangladesh and China.
The postage stamp and the first day cover is of Tk10 denomination each while the data card is of Tk5 denomination. A special canceller was used on the occasion.
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) picked up two Bangladeshi nationals from Shamsernagar border in Patgram upazila of Lalmonirhat district early yesterday.
The Bangladeshis were identified as Abdur Rashid, 35, and Liton Miah, 33, both residents of Danga village in Patgram. A patrol team of 35 BSF Battalion of Buraburi camp detained them as they went to the border area to bring their cattle in the morning, said Lt Colonel Ahmed Bazlur Rahman Hayati, commanding officer of 15 BGB Battalion.
At least 10 students were injured as Bangladesh Chhatra League activists attacked members of Pahari Chhatra Parishad on Rangamati College campus yesterday.
The PCP activists brought out a procession and held a rally on the campus at noon protesting against the government’s move to set up Rangamati Medical College and Rangamati Science and Technology University.
Police attacked the activists of Gonotantrik Bam Morcha (Democratic Left Alliance) marching towards Sunderbans demanding stoppage of construction of a thermal power plant at Rampal at they reached Magura yestewrday.
Sources said the police obstructed the marchers to bring out a procession in the district town but defying the barricade, they reached near the office district unit of motor workers union.
Khagrachhari district administration has taken strict security measures in the district ahead of Durga Puja, the biggest religious festival of Hindu people.
Around 3,000 people, including police, Ansar-VDP and volunteers, will be deployed to maintain law and orders, our Khagrachhari correspondent reported.
Preparations are in full swing and the local Hindus are in a joyous mood, said Taran Kumar Bhattacharya, general secretary of Bangladesh Puja Ujjapon Parishad’s Khagrachhari unit.
The 51st birth anniversary of Sheikh Russel, youngest son of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, is observed today.
On this day in 1964, Sheikh Russell was born at Bangabandhu’s Dhanmondi residence.
Russel was killed along with most of Bangabandhu’s family members on August 15, 1975, when he was a fourth-grader at University Laboratory School.
Awami League, its associate bodies and socio-cultural organisations have chalked out various programmes to observe the day.
The lone X-ray machine at the Matiranga Upazila Health Complex has been lying idle for long nine years as it cannot be operated due to the low voltage of electricity.
Matiranga Health Complex sources said the X-ray machine was installed in 2005 and could be operated till 2006.
Since then it had been remaining idle due to the low power supply, said Health Inspector of the upazila health complex Tapon Kumar Sarker.
The agenda of the upcoming 7th Joint Economic Commission meeting between Bangladesh and the European Union will include issues like strengthening democratic governance, skill development of Home Ministry officials, foreign donation act and support for power sector.
The JEC meeting will be held during November 11-12 at the Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel in Dhaka. It will also discuss the progresses made after the 6th JEC meeting, officials said.
A suspected robber, who was injured in a gunfight with cops at Komorgram village in Sadar upazila on Friday night, died early yesterday at Shaheed Ziaur Rahman Medical College Hospital in Bogra.
The dead was Rezaul, 37.
Farid Hossain, officer-in-charge of Sadar police station, said on a tip-off, a team of police launched a drive at the village around 9pm while a gang of robbers were taking preparation to commit robbery in the area.
Durga Puja, one of the biggest festivals of the Hindu people, will be celebrated through 152 mandaps in the district, which kicks off on October 19.
President of the Puja Udjapan Parishad Ratan Lal Saha said that 152 puja mandaps would be erected in the nine upazilas of the district this year.
“Artists are passing busy time giving final touch to idols of Hindu goddess Durga and decorating the different puja mandaps,” he said.