Wednesday February 21, 2018 09:21 AM

  • New bill to scrap facilities for illegal ex-presidents

    A bill regarding the privileges enjoyed by a retired president of the country was placed in the parliament yesterday, keeping a provision barring any pension, gratuity or other facilities for a president who had taken over power illegally.

    The President Pension, Gratuity and Other Privileges Act, 2015, was sent to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs for scrutiny, after Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury placed it before the parliament.

  • Another Tk100cr for research

    Over the years, the words “research” and “development” have come to be associated in pairs, showing the importance of research as a precursor of development activities.

    Initially, for the ongoing 2015-16 fiscal year, the government of Bangladesh allocated a total of Tk655.01 crore to four ministries for facilitating research work in order to enhance the country’s economic status for the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

  • Asma Kibria no more

    Asma Kibria, wife of slain former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria, died in the capital yesterday at 78.

    Asma, who had been suffering from cancer, breathed her last at United Hospital around 9am.

    She is survived by son Dr Reza Kibria and daughter Nazli Kibria.

    Asma’s first namaz-e-janaza was held at Gulshan’s Azad Mosque, and her second namaz-e-janaza at Banani graveyard, where she was buried beside Kibria’s grave.

    President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed deep shock at Asma’s death. 

  • Nasrul invites protesters on a Rampal trip

    State Minister for Power Nasrul Hamid has invited some of the top leaders of the Rampal power plant protesters on a visit to the project site.

    Recently, copies of a letter signed by the junior minister have been sent to the leading protesters including the National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports, environmental activists, academicians and journalists.

  • Religious affairs minister admits Hajj rules were breached

    The minister for religious affairs on Monday admitted that a rule stating that a person performing Hajj at state expense was disallowed from bringing spouses or children with them – even if they bear their family's expenses personally – had been breached during this year's Hajj.

    This year 268 government functionaries and high officers of state travelled to Saudi Arabia to perform the Hajj at state expense, and 50 brought their spouses and children with them.

  • Hasina to have envoy conference in Paris to engage with Europe

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is going to hold an “envoy conference” in Paris to strengthen its relationship with mainland European countries.

    “We have already been instructed to come to Paris to attend the conference,” said a Bangladeshi ambassador posted in a European country.

    14 Bangladeshi mission chiefs posted in European countries will take part in the conference.

    Hasina is traveling to France on November 15 to hold a bilateral meeting with French President François Hollande and attend the Unesco General Conference.

  • Warrant for Khoka’s arrest

    A Dhaka court issued an arrest warrant against BNP Vice-Chairman Sadeque Hossain Khoka in a sedition case against him for urging his party men to stage demonstration in the capital with machetes and axes.

  • Khaleda: Plot on to exile democracy

    BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday alleged that country’s democracy is shackled and a conspiracy is going on to exile democracy permanently from the country.

    “Noor Hossain sacrificed his life for his dream to come true but the democracy that was freed in 1990 has been shackled again,” she said in a press release to mark the Noor Hossain Day.

    The BNP chief alleged that it had become clear that a conspiracy was hatched to establish one-party system through a partial election.

  • MPs: TIB’s report on parliament seditious

    Lawmakers from both the ruling alliance and the opposition yesterday criticised Transparency International Bangladesh, demanding an apology from TIB for its recent report on the effectiveness of the parliament.

    Veteran Awami League MP Suranjit Sengupta warned the corruption watchdog that failure to apologise within the next three days would result in the organisation’s suspension.

  • 9.94% pass DU ‘Gha’ unit admission test

    Dhaka University “Gha” unit admission test results were published yesterday with only 9.94% passing the exam.

    The university’s Vice-Chancellor Prof AAMS Arefin Siddique announced the results around 1:30pm at the central admission office.

    Only 6,981 of the 62,078 aspirants who sat for the exam passed the test. A total of 90,131 students had applied for the test which was held on Friday.

  • Tareq Sayeed denied bail again

    Lt Col Tareq Sayeed, former RAB 11 camp commander who was chargesheeted in the sensational Narayanganj seven-murder case, has been denied bail again.

    The court of Narayanganj Judicial Magistrate Ashiq Imam rejected his bail petition yesterday.

    Tareq is the son-in-law of Disaster Management and Relief Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya. His lawyer advocate Sarwar Miah said the legal battle for his client would be continued.

  • Two get 10 years for killing minor

    A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced two young men to 10 years’ imprisonment each for killing a schoolboy in Kashiani upazila of Gopalganj district in 2012.

    Dhaka Speedy Trial Tribunal-4 Judge Abdur Rahman Sardar pronounced the verdict.

    The convicts are Mehedi Hasan, 18, and Saddam Hossain, 18. Both of them are from Barattur village in Kashiani of Gopalganj.

  • Ctg Wasa to raise water tariff by 5%

    Consumers have to buy every 1,000 litre of water at Tk6.25
    Chittagong Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (CWASA) is going to increase water tariff by 5% which will come into effect from January 1, 2016.  

    At present the domestic consumers have to buy every 1,000 litre of water at Tk6.25 (1 unit). On the other hand, the industrial and commercial users now have to spend Tk20.53 for consuming same quantity of water.

    The decision to raise the tariff by 5% was taken at a meeting of the water supply authority on Saturday.

  • More APBn members sought at Chittagong airport

    Chittagong Metropolitan Police yesterday sought deployment of more Armed Police Battalion personnel at Chittagong Shah Amanat International Airport to beef up its overall security.

    At present, the airport has around 100 APBn members stationed, along with police and Border Guard Bangladesh members to avert any kind of untoward situation.

  • Fire at furniture factory

    A Taiwan-owned furniture manufacturing factory at the Karnaphuli Export Processing Zone (KEPZ) in Chittagong caught fire yesterday morning.

    However, none was reported to have received injuries from the fire.

    Chittagong Fire Service and Civil Defence sources said the factory caught fire at 6:50am. On information, six vehicles of the fire service rushed to the spot and managed to doused the flame after two hours of frantic effort.

  • Construction of school building incomplete even after 3 years

    The construction of Kutubkathi Govt Primary School in Jhalokathi is incomplete even after the work was started almost three years ago when the government had announced a grant of Tk6 lakh for the institution.

    According to sources, the construction of the building was given to Aminul Islam Liton, local Awami League leader and also Ramchandrapur UP chairman in 2012. He completed only 40 percent work of the building. Now, the institution is lying in dilapidated condition hampering the education of the students.

  • Woman kills herself after killing son

    A woman committed suicide by hanging herself after strangulating her minor boy to death at Bashbazar village in Pabna Sadar upazila yesterday morning.

    Abdullah Al Hasan, officer-in-charge of Sadar police station, said Poly Khatun, 20, wife of Jalal, firstly strangled her 10-month-old boy and kept the body under a quilt and later she committed suicide. 

  • Satkhira Medical College students on strike

    Students of Satkhira Medical College have been on strike for 10 days demanding completion of the construction of 250-bed Medical College Hospital.

    Sources said they staged demonstrations and blocked the Satkhira-Kaliganj Highway yesterday morning where among others, student leaders Aurin Akter, Salman Ameer, Abdul Mamun and Alamgir Hossain spoke on the occasion.

  • Are narco-politicos really above the law?

    To protect high-value and high-risk drug consignments, official emblems, official vehicles and even officials themselves are pressed into the service of drug trafficking syndicates.

    Symbols of officialdom are frequently used to speed drugs across the border from India and Myanmar – sometimes with the connivance of government officials and political elites, law enforcement agencies have said.

  • ‘91% exporters see difficulty with NTMs’

    A total of 91% exporters in the country reportedly experience difficulty with Non-tariff Measures (NTMs) applied by the destination markets or by Bangladesh.

    The fact came into light while sharing a survey findings aimed to shed light on regulatory and procedural obstacles to trade faced by Bangladeshi firms.

    The survey, which interviewed 998 companies, found that 832 of the companies are afraid of NTMs.

    The survey was implemented by SRGB Bangladesh Limited (SRGB) on behalf of International Trade Center.

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