Thursday March 22, 2018 10:09 AM

  • Five killed in Comilla road accident

    At least five people including two college girls were killed in a road accident at Fatehpur in the district yesterday.

    Monowar Hossain Chowdhury, officer-in-charge of Laksam police station, said a Noakhali-bound truck hit a CNG-run auto-rickshaw 7:30am, leaving three auto-rickshaw passengers dead on the spot and three injured. Later, two others died on the way to hospital.

    The deceased were auto driver Jashim Udiin, 30, Nasrin Akhter, 24, wife of

  • Trafficking victims sent to Dhaka with police escort

    The police could not confirm whether the rescued 20 women were accumulated on trafficking purpose. However, the women were sent to Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka with police escort as they claimed that they have a flight for Saudi Arab yesterday night.

    Earlier, police yesterday detained a suspected human trafficker and rescued 20 women from a Dhaka-bound Shyamoly Paribahan bus in the city’s City Gate area under Akbarshah police station.

  • Salda gas well drilling to start today

    US-based oil field services company Halliburton will commence directional drilling side-tracking at Salda 4 gas well in Comilla today.

    Halliburton has been brought in to undo snags hit by state-owned Bangladesh Petroleum Exploration and Production Company (Bapex) whose rigs have become stuck while drilling two onshore gas wells. 

    Drilling work at the two wells has ceased completely due to various problems, leaving the rigs idle for around 10 months.

  • BD-Pak foreign secy-level talk unlikely

    Dhaka feels it is very less likely that there would be any foreign secretary-level talks between Bangladesh and Pakistan in January.

    “We proposed to hold foreign office consultation with Pakistan in January next year but given the situation, it is very less likely that it would happen,” said an official of the foreign ministry.

  • Third batch of exclave residents leave Panchagarh

    A third batch of former exclave residents in Panchagarh district left the country to move to India yesterday.

    Thirty families comprising 152 people, all residents of the now absorbed Dahla Khagrabari exclave in the district’s Debiganj upazila, left their old lives in Bangladesh behind to start a new one in India.

    The residents gathered at the premises of Debiganj Degree College on Monday evening, where their belongings were checked by Customs and Border Guard Bangladesh officials.

  • Google, Apple can unlock unencrypted mobile devices if asked

    Google and Apple will unlock smartphones and tablets when ordered to do so by a court, if the devices are not encrypted, a report Manhattan district attorney’s office revealed.

    Quoting the report, The Guardian says it details methods for extracting information from smartphones and other Android or iOS devices for law enforcement purposes when the owner does not give permission, explains that Apple can reset a locked phone with physical access to the device and Google can do similar remotely.

  • BIMUN Conference 2015 ends

    Planning is everything and a better plan can lead to a better future, said Planning Minister AHM Mostafa Kamal.

    He made the comment at the closing ceremony of this year’s Bangladesh International Model United Nation (BIMUN) Conference yesterday in the capital’s Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel.

    The  four-day long programme was jointly organised by Ministry of Foreign Affairs and UN Youth and Student Association of Bangladesh (UNYSAB). This year, the focus was on Climate Change and Sustainable Future.

  • IS top brass considers fighters from South Asia inferior

    Jihadist terrorist group Islamic State does not consider South Asian Muslims good enough to fight in conflict zone of Iraq and Syria and so treat them as inferior to Arab fighters often tricking them into suicide attacks.

    The Times of India says, quoting a report prepared by foreign intelligence agencies, fighters from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh as well as certain countries like Nigeria and Sudan are considered inferior to Arab fighters.

  • Turkey downs Russian warplane, Putin warns of serious consequences

    Turkey downs Russian warplane, Putin warns of serious consequences

    Turkey shot down a Russian warplane near the Syrian border on Tuesday, saying it had repeatedly violated its air space, one of the most serious publicly acknowledged clashes between a Nato member country and Russia for half a century.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said the plane had been attacked when it was 1km inside Syria and warned of “serious consequences” for what he termed a stab in the back administered by “the accomplices of terrorists.”

  • Rizvi urges businessmen to depict Bangladesh’s real business scenario

    Gowher Rizvi, International Affairs Adviser to the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, has urged the businessmen to depict the real scenario of doing business in Bangladesh for attracting foreign investors here.

    Rizvi came up with the call while addressing a seminar on “Investment Climate in Bangladesh: Looking Ahead” organised by Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) in the city yesterday.

  • 2015 Turkish-Russian aerial disputes

    The Turkish-Russian aerial disputes this year describe a series of Russian incursions and violations into Turkish Airspace over the Syrian border sparking an interception and armed confrontation between Turkish Air Force and Russian Air Force fighter jets. The incident so far is seen as one of the most serious and escalating of the Syrian Civil War. The first two incursions happened on October 3 followed by a third incursion on October 4 and a prevented incursion on October 5 witch was later revealed by Nato to possibly be a Syrian Air Force Jet according to military analysts.

  • Biman to hire new CEO

    Biman Bangladesh Airlines Limited has invited applications from deserving Bangladeshi and foreign nationals for appointment to the company as managing director & chief executive officer.

    The national flag carrier has been struggling over the past few years to come to terms with the lack of skilled managing director and foreign carriers’ influence in the local aviation market. 

  • Grameen Bank exempted from tax till 2020

    The National Board of Revenue has decided to give tax-break benefit to Grameen Bank for another five years till 2020 following a request from the microcredit institution.

    The tax authorities made the decision at its regular board meeting held yesterday at its headquarters.

    NBR officials said the bank will be exempted from paying any type of taxes including income tax, super tax and tax on profit.

    The Grameen Bank has been enjoying tax exemption facility since its inception in 1983m, and this will expire in December 2015.

  • WB: Forestation raises income of coastal and hilly people

    The Bangladesh Climate Change Resilient Fund has allocated US$33.8m to implement the project to be completed by next yearIncome of people in the country’s nine coastal and hilly areas has increased after launching a project funded by the World Bank nearly two and a half years ago. 

    The project titled Climate Resilient Participatory Afforestation and Reforestation is being implemented in Cox’s Bazar, Chittagong, Noakhali, Lakshimipur, Barisal, Pakuakhali, Barguna, Bhola and Feni.

    The World Bank is supporting Bangladesh Forest Department to reduce forest degradation and increase forest coverage in a participatory way in above nine coastal and hilly districts.

  • Mashrafe bats Comilla to victory

    Mashrafe bats Comilla to victory

    Unbeaten half centuries from Marlon Samuels and Mashrafe bin Mortaza guided Comilla Victorians to their maiden win in the Bangladesh Premier League after they beat Chittagong Vikings by seven wickets at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday.

    The Samuels-Mashrafe pair added a match winning 123 runs in the fourth wicket to chase down the target with seven balls to spare after Chittagong had posted 176/4 riding on a blistering 16-ball 39 from Ziaur Rahman.

  • HSBC: Asia set to drive global trade surge to $68.5tn

    Asia is poised to ignite a decade of global trade growth and be the starting point for a quadrupling of worldwide exports to an estimated $68.5tn by 2050, according to new forecasts in HSBC’s landmark Trade Winds report.

    Led by a burst of intra-Asian trade that will lift the region’s share of global exports to 27% by 2050 from 17% at present, the surge will mark a third wave of globalisation anchored by new technologies and increasing economic integration, the report said.

  • Al Amin hat-trick seals low-scoring thrillier for Bulls

    Al Amin hat-trick seals low-scoring thrillier for Bulls

    Pacer Al Amin Hossain’s five-wicket haul, including a hat-trick, allowed Barisal Bulls defend 108 runs and win the low scoring thriller against Sylhet Super Stars by just one run yesterday. With Ravi Bopara and Owais Shah available for selection, Sylhet fielded a strong team compared to Barisal but had no answer to the heroics of Al Amin who finished with figures of 5-36.

  • Atiur calls for humane banking

    Atiur calls for humane banking

    Bangladesh Bank Governor Dr Atiur Rahman has called upon the bankers to develop humane banking coming out of the conventional method to achieve an inclusive economic growth.

    “We want to operate banking business making sure that the poor come under banking services,” the governor said while addressing the
    inaugural session of a five-day-long Banking Fair Bangladesh 2015.

  • Oil rises on Middle East tensions, weaker US dollar

    Oil prices rose yesterday as tensions in the oil-rich Middle East escalated following the downing of a Russian-made fighter jet near the Syrian-Turkish border and a weaker US dollar provided incentive for investors to buy more oil.

    Brent futures for January were up 67 cents to $45.50 a barrel at 0909 GMT, up 1.5% on Monday’s close. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude was up 68 cents at $42.43.

  • Italy’s zero-cost bailout is too good to be true

    Italy’s zero-cost bailout is too good to be true

    Italy’s zero-cost bank bailout is too good to be true. The Italian bank resolution fund will cough up 3.6bn euros to restructure four failing lenders. Officially, public funds won’t be used, but the burden will hit a sector already struggling with low rates and weak demand. Italy could find itself on the hook too.

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