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Saturday December 16, 2017 08:47 PM



  • Muhith: No separate BB pay scale

    Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday said Bangladesh Bank staff would not get a separate pay scale, adding that the eighth pay scale had already given civil servants a massive pay hike.

    Muhith expressed dissatisfaction with comments made by BB officials over not getting a separate pay scale. “A separate pay scale has not been announced for Bangladesh Bank staff … There will not be one and there is no need for a separate pay scale for the country’s financial institutions regulator.

  • Bangladesh hopeful although WTO deal still uncertain

    Bangladesh is expecting to bag some points for the LDCs from the WTO Ministerial Conference in Nairobi although the trade negotiations are facing challenges on the whole.

    Bangladesh Commerce Minister and the LDCs Coordinator Tofail Ahmed spoke of the hopes yesterday. WTO spokesman Keith Rockwell expressed frustration saying negotiation was impressive but there are fears it could be turned down anytime due to a huge number of
    contentious issues.

  • Mandatory online pay fixation begins

    The process for the fixation of salaries and pensions of civil servants and pensioners under the Eighth Pay Scale began yesterday.

    Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith launched the website www.payfixation.gov.bd at the Finance Division auditorium. 

    After launching the site, he said the new pay scale fixation is a breakthrough after 268 years of rules by the British, Pakistan and the last 44 years of Bangladesh governments.

  • PSC, JSC, JDC results on Dec 31

    The results of Primary School Certificate (PSC), Junior School Certificate (JSC) and Junior Dakhil Certificate (JDC) examinations will be published on December 31.

    “Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will publish the results on December 31, and they will be available on the ministry website soon after that,” said Subodh Chandra Dhali, deputy secretary at the Ministry of Education, yesterday.

    The JSC and JDC examinations were held on November 1-18, while the PSC examinations were held on November  22-30.

  • Councillor aspirant’s mother beaten to death

    A woman was beaten to death in her home by the followers of a councillor candidate in Gafargaon municipality area in Mymensingh on Wednesday.

    The victim, Rabeya Khatun, was the mother of Azizul Islam, another councillor aspirant in Ward 3 of the municipality and general secretary of the Awami League in the ward.

    Police have arrested two men in connection with the attack – Iqbal and Shohag, nephews of  Anisul Haque, Azizul’s opponent in the municipal elections in Ward 3 and the president of the Awami League in the ward.

  • Khokon: Remove all political billboards, banners within 72 hours

    During a clean-up drive yesterday, Dhaka South City Corporation Mayor Sayeed Khokon pulled down all political billboards, banners and festoons carrying images of him and his father at Shuritola in the capital.

    The Awami League leader, son of the first Dhaka city mayor Mohammad Hanif, also asked his supporters to remove all campaigning materials related to him.

  • New textbooks on Jan 2

    The process to distribute free textbooks among students on the second day of the New Year is on, said Shahid Serniabat, president of Bangladesh Mudran Shilpa Samity (BMSS), yesterday.

    Subodh Chandra Dhali, deputy secretary of the Ministry of Education, said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina would inaugurate the distribution of new books on December 31, after the results of the Primary School Certificate, Junior School Certificate and equivalent examinations are published.

  • Voters want competent candidates, not bribe

    “In the previous elections, I used to take cigarettes, money from the activists of mayoral and councillor candidates. When a people take bribe, he is compelled to cast vote to that candidate from whom he took bribe and in this way a bad person is got elected,” said Shahidul Islam, a voter at ward 9 of Sripur municipality, Gazipur.

    Shahidul who is a garment worker said he would prefer to vote for a good person instead of taking any kind of facilities from candidate during the municipality election.

  • BNP candidate places manifesto, AL terms it bogus

    The civil society leaders and others contestant in Khagrachhari municipality are criticising the 23-point election manifesto placed by the Bangladesh National Party (BNP) backed mayoral candidate Advocate Abdul Malek Mintu to attract voters.

    They termed Malek’s election manifesto ‘non-realistic’.

    Awami League (AL) candidate Md Shane Alam termed BNP candidate’s manifesto bogus and false one. Shane Alam pointed 5-number pledge where Abdul Malek pledged to ensure electricity connection in entire Khagrachhari municipality.

  • Candidates’ battle to woo voters on

    Candidates’ battle to woo voters on

    Candidates for the upcoming municipality polls in the district on December 30, are spending the better part of the day hunting for votes.

    According to sources, heated arguments can be heard in buses, markets, tea stalls and even drawing rooms as people argue over their candidates, present their analysis and forcefully make their predictions in three municipalities of the district.

    Five mayoral candidates, 44 councillors and 14 women for reserved seat candidates are battling in Narsingdi municipality.

  • 7 die as bus plunges into ditch

    At least seven day labourers were killed and seven others injured as a truck fell into a roadside ditch at Yeangcha in Lama upazila, Bandarban yesterday morning.

    The deceased were M Aftab Hossain, 55, M Amjad Hossain, 45, M Robin, 32, M Rajib, 40, Alek Hossain, 2, and Rakib Hasan, 32, residents of Ishwardi upazila in Pabna and Hasan Ali, 45, a resident of Satkhira.

  • Land records to be digitised soon

    Land records in the district will be digitised soon and general public can view status of any parcel of land at the record room of Chittagong administration.

    State Minister for Land Alhaj Saifuzzaman Chowdhury Javed MP came up with the statement while he was speaking as chief guest at the inaugural function of the Record Room Digitization of the district administration.

    “There are 40 lakh khatians at 1064 Moujas in the district. It will be digitized soon,” he said.

  • Jamaat man among 20 held

    Joint force’s teams in separate drives from Wednesday night to early Thursday arrested 20 people, including one Jamaat activist, from different areas in the district on various charges.

    Enamul Haque, sub-inspector of Satkhira district police, said a team comprising members of police, Rapid Action Battalion and Border Guard Bangladesh conducted the drive in seven upazilas of the district and arrested the 20 people, including one of Jamaat.

  • A freedom fighter from a former exclave

    A freedom fighter from a former exclave

    Freedom fighter Sirajuddin, now aged 75, fought for the independence of Bangladesh in 1971. He is now a tea stall owner at Tekorpara Bazar in Panchagarh.

    Born in a now-extinct exclave, Garati, Siraj came to Mofijar Rahman College ground yesterday to celebrate the Victory Day, for the first time as a Bangladeshi, thanks to the exchange of exclaves in August this year.

  • Female DU student attempts suicide

    A female Dhaka University student yesterday attempted suicide by setting herself on fire.

    Acting proctor Amzad Ali confirmed the incident. The woman was a third year student of the Persian Language and Literature department.

    Witnesses said she locked herself in a toilet on the first floor of the Teacher-Student Centre (TSC). Later, other students got her out of there by breaking the door and took her to the Dhaka Medical College Hospital. She is currently undergoing treatment at the hospital’s High Dependency Unit.

  • PM: BD will have no cohort of defeated forces

    Hinting that Khaleda Zia will one day be tried for patronising war criminals, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said there would be no existence of the cohorts of the defeated forces in Bangladesh.

    “It hurts us that the cohorts of anti-liberation forces still dream of Pakistan despite living in Bangladesh. They have not yet forgotten their ‘Pyaare Pakistan’. But we have to force them to do so.”

  • Dhaka College students in pitched battle with traders

    Dhaka College students in pitched battle with traders

    At least seven people were injured as a section of Dhaka College students, linked to ruling party’s student wing Bangladesh Chhatra League, locked in a clash with the shopkeepers of Dhanmondi Hawkers Market yesterday.

    Traffic movement was suspended for over two hours since 3:30pm when the clash broke on the busy Mirpur Road. Additional police were deployed in the area to avert further clash.

  • Prof Shafiul murder charge sheet accepted

    Police have submitted a “fictitious” charge sheet in Rajshahi University sociology department teacher Prof AKM Shafiul Islam murder accusing 11 people including Jubo Dal leaders and activists.

    Although the police filed the charge sheet on November 30, they disclosed the matter to the media yesterday. A Rajshahi court accepted the charge sheet on December 12.

  • Sholakia Khatib pledges anti-terrorism fatwa

    The Khatib of Sholakia Eidgah, which hosts the largest Eid congregation in Bangladesh, has said he hopes to get 100,000 Islamic religious scholars to sign a groundbreaking fatwa against terrorism. 

    The clerical initiative to curb terrorism in Bangladesh will be publicised in mosques, madrasas and on social media, he said.

    Fariduddin Masuud, secretary general of Jamaat-e-Ulema Maulana and Khatib of the historic Sholakia Eidgah, said the signatures of 100,000 Imams and scholars would be collected in support of the fatwa.

  • WTO members conclude $1.3tn IT trade deal

    The members of World Trade Organisation representing major exporters of information technology products have agreed to eliminate tariffs on a total of 201 products worth over $1.3tn per year.

    The items account for approximately 10% of total global trade.

    The members have agreed on the timetable for implementing the deal at the WTO’s 10th Ministerial Conference in Nairobi on Wednesday evening.

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