- February 18, 2018
The government yesterday finalised the $12.65bn Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant – the biggest ever investment project in the country – by inking an MoU with Russia for the construction and commissioning of the plant.
Out of the total amount, $10bn was fixed as the base price, $1bn for soil stabilisation and additional cost and the remaining $1.65bn for price escalation.
The government yesterday published the gazette of the Eighth Pay Scale for civil servants after two years of its announcement.
Finance Minister AMA Muhith confirmed this to journalists at his ministry last night, saying the public servants will receive the salaries of December under the new scale. Allowances will be given from July next year while the arrears will be provided in two phases.
The new pay scale will be effective from July 1 this year. “Now the standard of services by the public servants will be ensured by the government,” he said.
At least 24 people were killed and 58 others injured in road accidents in the capital, and Sirajganj, Rajshahi, Jessore, Rangpur and Bagerhat districts yesterday.
Of them, nine lost their lives in a single road crash in Sirajganj while seven more in Rajshahi.
In Sirajganj, nine people, including five women and a child, were killed and nine others injured in a collision between an oil tanker and a three-wheeler at Garadah on Bogra-Nagarbari highway in Shahzadpur around 6:15am.
An Awami League candidate almost got himself declared “elected uncontested” by flexing political muscles in a municipality in Chandpur district. He, however, eventually failed to hold on to the status after senior election officials intervened.
This happened on Monday – the day the Election Commission allocated symbols to the contestants – at the Chhengarchar Municipality.
The High Court yesterday ordered the Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) chairman to make a list of all illegal structures built at roadside car parking areas in the capital.
The HC bench of Justice Zinat Ara and Justice AKM Shahidul Huq asked to submit the list before it within two months, being moved by a writ petition filed by Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh.
The court also issued a rule upon the government and Rajuk to explain in four weeks as to why they should not be directed to remove the illegal structures.
A wanted criminal, also a member of radical Islami Chhatra Shibir, was shot dead when his associates tried to snatch him from the police along with a shotgun during his arrest at Chittagong’s Sitakunda yesterday noon.
Deceased Md Osman, 25, was accused in 17 cases filed with Sitakunda police for sabotage and attack on police, said Senior Assistant Superintendent of Police Md Tarikul Islam of Sitakunda circle.
A team of Sitakunda police raided the house of Osman in Dakkhin Rahmat Nagar area under the upazila around 2:30pm on a tip off.
The 10th Ministerial conference (MC10) of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) began in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi yesterday, with a call to the members to show flexibility in negotiation on the Doha Development Agenda (DDA) that continued for a period of over 14 years without conclusion.
President of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta announced the opening of the four-day conference amid wide differences among the members.
The Bangladesh government has welcomed the Paris Agreement adopted by the COP21 on December 12 in France for tackling the negative impacts of climate change.
Referring to Article 9 of the agreement, Environment and Forests Secretary Kamal Uddin Ahmed yesterday said that the developed countries would provide financial support for the developing countries to implement the projects on mitigation and adaptation.
Five-year-old Nirob died after falling into a sewer through an open manhole in the capital’s Shyampur area on December 8The High Court has asked the government to explain why it should not be directed to give Tk30 lakh in compensation to the family of Ismail Hossain Nirob.
The High Court bench of Justice Farah Mahbub and Justice Kazi Md Ejarul Haque Akondo issued a ruling in this regard yesterday after hearing a writ petition filed by Children’s Charity Bangladesh Foundation.
A Dhaka court yesterday accepted a charge sheet against 11 alleged militants in a case filed over the killing of eight people during a bank robbery in Ashulia in April.
After accepting the charge sheet, Dhaka Senior Judicial Magistrate Syed Siraj Zinnat also issued an arrest warrant against fugitive Palash alias Sohel Rana.
The court also directed Ashulia police to submit a report on December 21 regarding the execution of the arrest warrant.
Ten out of the 11 accused in the case were produced before the court during the hearing.
Voters of Sreepur municipality in Gazipur district have demanded election manifesto from the candidates, a written statement by them, saying what they believe in and what they intend to do, in upcoming election.
According to local sources, discussions among the residents of the municipality in the run-up to the municipal polls are dominated by frustration over the lack of a number of facilities.
Election campaign is gaining momentum at 10 municipalities in Chittagong as mayor and councilor aspirants are passing busy time at voters’ door to door seeking votes.
The aspirants are now distributing leaflets, holding rallies and conducting campaign through loudspeaker in a bid to demonstrate their strength.
A mayoral candidate of Madhabpur municipality in the district was fined with Tk30,000 yesterday for violating electoral code and conduct in the upcoming polls.
Local sources said the supporters of Habibur Rahman Manik, the mayoral candidate from the Bangladesh Nationalist Party, had brought out a procession in the district town with live sheaf of paddy violating the code and conduct.
Returning Officer Rashedul Islam fined the candidate the money for the offence.
Saudi Arabia is part of the US-led coalition against the IS and is also leading a military intervention in Yemen against Shia Houthi rebelsBangladesh has joined a new military alliance consisting of 34 mainly Islamic nations to fight terrorism, BBC reported quoting Saudi Arabia’s SPA state media yesterday.
The alliance emerged amid international pressure for Gulf Arab states to do more in the fight against the so-called Islamic State, says the report.
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal yesterday said steps would be taken against Pakistan High Commission official Fareena Arshad if her alleged involvement in militant activities was proved.
“The names of many people can be surfaced. But, we do not want to do anything in a rush unless we could be sure about that. If we get sure about it [Fareena’s militancy involvement] we will take every necessary action against her through the Foreign Ministry,” the minister told reporters after attending a programme in the capital.
Just like every year, the entire country is celebrating the anniversary of the historic day that marked the emergence of a new sovereign state on world map 44 years ago, and the end of a bloody war, which makes the nation sad and proud at the same time.
The nation will celebrate the 44th anniverary of Victory today commemorating its glorious victory in a nine-month war against Pakistan occupation forces in 1971.
On this day in 1971, the chief of the Pakistani occupation forces, Gen AAK Niazi, along with his 93,000 Pakistani troops, surrendered at Ramna Racecourse, now Suhrawardy Udyan, in Dhaka following their miserable defeat to the joint forces of Mukti Bahini and Mitra Bahini.
The nation is celebrating the 44th anniversary of its independence, but the Hossainpur killing field which bears the evidence of the brutality of Pakistani forces and their collaborators Razakar, Al-Badr and Al-Shams during the Liberation War, has remained been neglected for long.
As the memorial site located on the bank of the Brahmaputra River in , Hossainpur area, Kishoreganj has not been preserved properly, the place has now become a garbage site and a place for anti-social activities.
Bodies of three people of a family, who went missing after a boat capsized in the Buriganga River on Saturday morning, were recovered from different of the river.
Police handed over the bodies of Selim Khan, his daughter Mousumi Akter, and son Emon Khan in the afternoon, said Sub-Inspector of Boktaboli police outpost Abdul Razzak.
The SI said bodies of Selim and Emon were found in Rajapur and Mousumi’s in Alir Tek of Narayanganj Sadar in the morning.
The triumphant Comilla Victorians team pose with the 2015 Bangladesh Premier League Twenty20 trophy following their dramatic three-wicket win over Barisal Bulls in the grand finale at Mirpur’s Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday PHOTO:MAINOOR ISLAM MANIK