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  • Eighth Pay Scale Order likely in November

    Finance Minister AMA Muhith said civil servants will be promoted under the cumulative increment system in the 8th Pay Scale, instead of the old time scale and selection grade system.

    Sources said the order will likely be issued in the first week of November.

    He told reporters yesterday that some public servants, especially second class employees, do not understand cumulative increment system.

    “We hope that public servants will understand the cumulative increment system when it is implemented,” Muhith said.

  • Fresh remand prayer for barrister Shakila rejected

    A court in Chittagong yesterday rejected a remand prayer of Rapid Action Battalion for Supreme Court lawyer Shakila Farzana, a suspected militant financier, in a case filed with Hathazari police station.

    Barrister Shakila was produced before the court of Senior Judicial Magistrate Shiplu Kumar Dey by RAB 7 with a five-day remand petition. The court rejected the plea and sent her to jail, Shakila’s lawyer Abdus Sattar said.

    Earlier, Shakila was remanded in the case filed under the Anti-Terrorism Act and she gave confessional statement before the court.

  • Mandatory jute packaging deadline extended

    The government has extended a deadline, allowing the rice-making sector a few more days to shift from polythene to jute for packaging.

    As part of the implementation of the Jute Packaging Act 2010, which makes use of jute mandatory in packaging across businesses, October 25 was the last date for the shift.

    However, considering a request from businessmen, who said they were not ready, the government has extended the deadline until the end of November, said Mohammad Kefaetullah, director of the Department of Jute.

  • Kamrul at court on last day of deposition

    A Sylhet court yesterday completed recording of testimonies of prosecution witnesses and set tomorrow for cross-examination of the 13 accused in teenager Rajon murder case.

    The court of Metropolitan Sessions Judge Akbar Hossain Mridha set October 25 for the prosecution and the defence arguments, following which the court will set date for delivering verdict in the sensational case.

    The verdict would be pronounced shortly, public prosecutor Misbah Uddin told reporters.

  • 2 more JMB men held in Sirajganj

    Another two members of banned militant outfit Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) were arrested in Sirajganj early yesterday, bringing the total number of such arrests in the district to seven in a week. 

    Detectives arrested Md Motaleb Hossain, 22, son of Md Abul Kashem of Karigar Para in Sirajganj Sadar upazila, and Md Hazrat Ali, 33, son of late Shukur Mahmud of Baraitali village in Kazipur upazila, from their own houses.  

  • JMB man under 3-day remand

    A Chittagong court yesterday placed an alleged JMB member in three-day remand in connection with an arms recovery case.

    Metropolitan Magistrate Abdul Kader granted the remand against Minhajul Islam Sajid.

    The case was lodged with Karnaphuli police station, said ADC Kazi Muttaki Ibn Minan.

    Earlier on Saturday, Minhaj was arrested from Tangail’s Nagarpur; on the same day he gave a confessional statement admitting his involvement in a recent mugging that killed three men in Sadarghat.

  • Murders of foreigners cannot create instability

    Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan said incidents of two foreigners killing could not create instability in development work of the country.

    He came up with the remark at a press briefing at Patgram in Lalmonirhat yesterday after a meeting with the members of of Burimari Land port Development advisory committee.

    The minister said the recent killings of an Italian and a Japanese citizen in the country had raised concern from foreign governments about the danger of violent attacks against their citizens abroad.

    But it could not keep any impact on our business.

  • Two passport officials to face corruption charges

    The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has decided to run an inquiry into the alleged corruption of two Dhaka Regional passport officials.

    The commission at its regular meeting decided to look into the involvement of those two officials with amassing illegal wealth.

    The officials are Deputy Director Abu Said and Majharul Islam who are now working in Chittagong and Noakhali passport offices respectively.

  • Queen Mary interested in collaborating with BD unis

    Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) is interested to establish academic and research collaboration with leading universities in Bangladesh.

    A four-member QMUL delegation led by its Vice-Principal (International) Prof David Sadler expressed the interest when they called on University Grants Commission (UGC) Chairman Prof Abdul Mannan at his office yesterday, according to a (UGC) press release.

  • Illegal ISPs active in Khulna

    At least five of the 14 internet service providers in Khulna are operating without any licence from the government, the Dhaka Tribune has learnt.

    In the Khulna metropolitan area, four nationwide providers – ISN, Ispahani, Link3, and BD dot com – are working with proper licensing. Five others – BK Online, Fast Com, Red Network, Green Communication and Cyber Cafe – also claim that they have been granted permission to provide internet connections in the area.

  • Nasim addresses anti-dengue procession in the capital

    Health Minister Mohammad Nasim has called upon people to remove broken particles from their houses to decrease the risk of being affected with dengue fever.

    “Throw away abandoned and broken particles from your house as rainwater can be accumulated there. Aedes mosquitoes, the bearer of the fever, is known to breed in places where rainwater collects,” he said while addressing a procession of Dhaka North City Corporation yesterday. DNCC brought out the procession to aware people about the measures to prevent dengue fever yesterday.

  • 5 members of CNG-theft gang held

    Police in a drive arrested five members of a CNG-run auto rickshaw theft syndicate from Bayezid area early yesterday.

    The arrestees, Imtiaj Uddin Saimon, 21, Alauddin, 20, Shaheen, 22 and Yasin Arafat, 24, have been involved in the stealing of vehicles in the district for long.

    Officer-in-Charge of Bakalia police station Mohammed Mohsin said the members of the gang had snatched a CNG-run auto rickshaw fastening CNG driver from Bakalia’s Kolpolok area in August.

  • Minor boy tortured in Barisal

    Another minor boy was tortured by some youths at Harta Bazar, Wazirpur upazila in Barisal.

    Although the incident took place 10 days back, the heinous act came to the light yesterday after footage of the torture was leaked.

    A case was filed in this connection with Wazirpur police station against five identified persons and three to four unidentified men.

    Police arrested a man identified as Yunus Akon, 22, son of Aziz Akon in this connection.

  • Dysfunctional tools hampering Habiganj hospital services

    Some important medical instruments at Habiganj Sadar Hospital have been out of order for six months, forcing patients to seek diagnosis at expensive private facilities.  

    Services such as taking X-ray or undergoing ultrasonogrpahy are not available at the hospital because of the breakdown of necessary equipment. The dysfunctional apparatus have not been repaired. 

    Many patients ironically said the hospital itself had become sick and need treatment.

  • Killer of Lipi yet to be arrested

    Killer of Sonia Rabbi Sultana Lipi, daughter-in-law of former MP Mollah Jalaluddin of Khulna 4 constituency, could not be arrested yet after 11 days she was shot dead.

    Sub-Inspector Zahirul Islam, investigation officer of the case, said the police conducted drives in many areas of the city to arrest Molla Hedaet, brother-in-law of Lipi and main accused of the killing. But he could not be arrested yet.

    Lipi was shot dead by miscreants at her South Central Road residence in Khulna city on October 7.

  • Shahriar Alam: No new information on travel alerts

    State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam yesterday said the government did not have any new information on travel alert issued by foreign countries.

    “We did not receive any new information from anybody. They [embassies] told us that they were issuing alert for their citizens on the basis of previous information,” he said while speaking at a press briefing at the ministry.

    The US Embassy in Dhaka issued a security message on Saturday while the British updated its travel advice on October 9.

  • Investigators close in on Tavella and Kunio killers

    Though the investigators claimed to have identified the killers and masterminds behind Italian citizen Cesare Tavella and Japanese Hoshi Kunio murders, the law enforcers are yet to disclose the information due to a lack of concrete evidence.

    The planner, who belongs to an anti-government political party, chalked out both the killings from a hideout somewhere in the capital, sources in the police’s Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) and Detective Branch (DB) said.

  • Armed Mro group set to surrender by October 22

    Around 100 armed activists of Mro National Party are likely to surrender their arms this week, the largest ever incident of surrender after the 1997 Peace Accord.

    A list of 70 MNP activists was prepared on Friday during a meeting at Alikadam. Army’s Alikadam zone chief Lt Col Mizanur Rahman, former hill district council member Aung Pru Mro, Sualok Union Chairman Ranglai Mro and four MNP representatives attended the meeting, sources said.

  • Woman dies as hostage of mentally ill father

    Victim, along with younger sister, lived in confinement for years; no one ever raised alarmA woman was found dead in her house in Sylhet city yesterday after spending years confined and isolated in the house because of her mentally deranged father.

    Police broke into the house yesterday morning following a tip-off and recovered the body of Safia Khatun Koli, 37, said Gausul Hossain, OC at Airport police station.

  • Private sector credit growth back to slower pace

    Private sector credit growth back to slower pace

    Private sector credit growth came back to slower pace again in recent months due to lack of credit demand.

    The authorities concerned claimed that investment barriers including lack of electricity and gas supply still exist, resulting in slow credit inflow.

    The credit growth dropped to 12.7% in August compared to 13% in July this year, according to the Bangladesh Bank statement.

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