Tuesday February 20, 2018 05:45 AM

  • Five diagnostic labs fined Tk12 lakh in Mirpur

    A mobile court fined five diagnostic cenres in Mirpur 1 intersection area in the capital yesterday, charging them more than Tk12 lakh of fine in total.

    Sarwar Alam, a magistrate of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), conducted a drive in the area and fined them for having expired licences and not maintaining hygiene, said sources.

    They were also fined for using out-of-date products and issuing false test reports.

  • No case filed over Navy mosque attacks

    Until last night, no case was filed over the bomb attacks on two mosques inside the Issa Khan Base of Bangladesh Navy in the port city on Friday afternoon.

    The Navy authorities were conducting investigation into the incident, according to a press release issued by the Inter Service Public Relations (ISPR) Directorate on Friday evening.

    When contacted, several senior officials of Chittagong police and RAB yesterday said that they had no idea about the two civil staff members detained from the spot after the blasts and the investigation process.

  • Report: Bangladesh makes significant progress in primary education

    Bangladesh has made significant development – from increasing student enrolment to reducing dropout rates – in primary education sector in the last 16 years, according to a recent report.

    The report, titled “Moving from MDGs to SDGs: Accelerate Progress for Quality Primary Education,” is based on the findings of a study on the state of primary education in the country during 1998-2014.

  • Adarsh Swaika acting Indian HC

    Newly appointed Indian Deputy High Commissioner to Bangladesh Dr Adarsh Swaika has been made acting High Commissioner.

    He will function as the acting High Commissioner till the arrival of High Commissioner-designate Harsh Vardhan Shringla in mid-January next, according to Indian High Commission in Dhaka.

  • Govt plans to popularise LPG as motor fuel

    The government has taken initiatives to popularise the use of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) in motor vehicles instead of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) as the reserve of the latter is depleting.

    “LPG will be used in motor vehicles and households as the reserve of CNG is limited in the country,” said an additional secretary of the Energy and Mineral Resources Division.

    “It is costly to run cars using octane or petrol, which is why car owners in the developed countries are using LPG,” he added.

  • Hanif: No friendly ties exist with Pakistan

    Bangladesh and Pakistan do not share a heartfelt relationship since the Liberation War ended in 1971, said Awami League Joint General Secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif yesterday.

    He said Bangladeshis had cut ties with Pakistan since 1971 as the Pakistani occupation forces perpetrated mass killings at the time of the war.

    “This is why the government of Bangladesh is not concerned about the existing diplomatic crisis between the two countries,” Hanif told reporters after a programme arranged by Dhaka University Udayan School Bangabandhu Shikkha Foundation.

  • RU shut opportunity to sit twice for entry test

    Students will not get the opportunity to appear twice in the admission examinations of Rajshahi University from the 2016-17 academic session.

    The authority of Rajshahi University took the decision at an academic council yesterday with Vice-Chancellor (VC) Professor Muhammad Mizanuddin in the chair.

    Rajshahi University Registrar Entajul Haque told the Dhaka Tribune about the decision.

    The decision came at a time when the university saw a mass irregularities and illegal involvement of students in second time intake tests, he said.

  • Police to involve religious scholars in the anti-militancy fight

    The police are now laying out a plan to involve religious opinion leaders across the country in the fight against militancy.

    Islamist militant groups and organisations often wash the brains of mainly young people by using dubious interpretations of the religion.

    Taking a leaf out of that, the Police are now planning to counter militant groups’ spreading of misinformation with appropriate and scripture-based messages and statements issued by the opinion leaders.

  • Mild cold wave sweeps over country

    A mild cold wave has started to sweep across the northern part of the country, as well as the Srimangal region, bringing the temperature down several notches.

    According to Bangladesh Meteorological Department, the cold wave started yesterday and the lowest temperature in the country was recorded at 8.5 degrees Celsius in Dimla, Nilphamari.

    The cold wave will continue for the next few days and sweep over Rajshahi, Dhaka and Khulna divisions, the met office added.

  • Speakers concerned about global rights abuse, insecurity

    Noted speakers at a discussion yesterday expressed concerns at the state of insecurity and human rights abuses in various parts of the world.

    Former caretaker government adviser Mainul Hosein, former ambassadors, scholars, policy analysts and human rights activists spoke at the seminar titled “Security and Human Rights: Why is the UN Helpless?” at a city hotel.

  • Most Chittagong industrial units do not have ETPs

    Around 250 million litres of polluted water released by 5 million city dwellers find its way directly into riversMost of the industries in Chittagong pose a serious threat to the environment as they release untreated solid and liquid waste into canals and rivers.

    Environmentalists and green activists said most of the industries in the port city had not complied with the rules of installing and operating effluent treatment plants (ETPs).

    Karnaphuli Paper Mills, the country’s largest state-owned paper manufacturer which has been in operation since 1953, has not yet set up an ETP.

  • Jamaat skips 20-party alliance’s strategic meeting

    The BNP and its key ally Jamaat-e-Islami have still not sorted out the seat-sharing issue for the upcoming municipality elections.

    Yesterday, Jamaat skipped a secretary-general-level meeting of the 20-party alliance held at BNP chief Khaleda Zia’s Gulshan office. The meeting was mainly aimed at discussing and finalising strategies for the elections.

  • Minister for ensuring countrywide safety

    Emphasising the importance of ensuring building safety across the country, Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal yesterday said Bangladesh does not want to see any death due to man-made disasters.

    “We do not want to see any death due to man-made disasters. All will have to follow building code in constructing buildings both in urban and rural areas,” he said.

  • PM to unveil Simanto Bank logo today

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will unveil the logo of Simanto Bank, a bank for Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) members, today during a visit to the BGB headquarters in the capital’s Pilkhana on occasion of Border Guard Bangladesh Day.

    Bangladesh Bank Governor Dr Atiur Rahman will be present at the programme, and is expected to hand over the letter of intent to BGB Director General Major General Aziz Ahmed.

    The BGB director general will hoist the national flag at 7am at the force’s headquarters.

  • Municipal poll campaigns in full swing in Jamalpur

    With the municipal elections only days away, campaigning for the candidates is in full swing in Jamalpur municipal area.

    However, only candidates backed by the Awami League and the BNP seem to be out and about running their campaigns. Candidates of other political parties are still absent from the field, sources said.

  • Top BNP leaders conduct campaign in Sitakunda

    The senior leaders of Bangladesh Nationalist Party yesterday conducted electoral campaign at Sitakunda municipality in Chittagong in favour of the party nominated mayoral candidate.

    During the mass contact, the top brass urged the residents of Sitakunda municipality to vote for the party nominated mayoral candidate Syed Abul Monsur.

    This time, a total of 449 mayor and councillor aspirants are vying for the municipal polls slated for December 30. Of them, 34 are mayoral, 77 are in reserved seats for women and 338 are contesting as the general councillor candidates.

  • ‘BNP men will guard polling centres’

    Standing committee member of the BNP ASM Hannan Shah said the  upcoming municipality election was not a trivial matter. BNP would  guard polling centres so that peoples’ right to vote would not be shattered.

    He said: “We want to prove through victory in the upcoming municipality election that the government has lost its popularity.” 

    He said this while talking to journalists after conducting election campaign in favour of BNP mayoral candidate Shahidullah Shahid at party office located at Sripur Bazar, Gazipur yesterday.

  • Voters leave home fearing arrest after murder

    Panic has gripped the voters, mainly the male persons, in Gafargaon municipality after the murder of mother of a ward 3 councillor candidate on Wednesday and the subsequent arrest of several accused in the case.

    Locals said most of the male persons in the area have left their houses to evade arrest. Even the women are not coming out of the houses, they said.

    The people are scared to stay at home, especially after the sunset, as the plaintiff made accused some 30-35 unnamed persons in the case alongside 19 named.

  • Community-based food bank potential for food security

    Community-based food bank helps ultra poor people of Kaharole upazila in Dinajpur ensuring their food security and reducing their poverty.

    Women of the poor households of Sondoil village at Katharine upazila save a little amount of rice everyday while cooking their daily meals, and at the end of the month, they deposit the rice to the food bank. About 37 households are currently depositing two kilograms of rice each in every month.

  • Private teachers demand 8th pay-scale salary

    An association of private school and college teachers has demanded salaires in line with the recently enacted 8th pay scale for government employees.

    Bangladesh Shikkhok Samity, the platform of teachers, placed the demand at a press conference in Dhaka yesterday.

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