Tuesday March 20, 2018 04:07 PM

  • Slum residents, the ones living in endless peace

    Slum residents, the ones living in endless peace

    Thousands of people made homeless in an eviction drive in Kalyanpur slum on January 21,2016. The homeless peoples occupied the open spaces around the shanty town that they called home, after bulldozers razed their dwellings to the ground. More than 22,000 people in the nine slums in Dhaka’s Kalyanpur area.

  • JaPa leadership dispute heating up

    The leadership brawl among the Jatiya Party’s top brass have become more prominent after a meeting of the party’s presidium council yesterday.

    After the meeting in which HM Ershad was present, GM Quader, new co-chairman of the main opposition party in parliament, announced that most members have agreed to quit the Awami League-led cabinet, but the decision was up to Chairman HM Ershad.

  • Jagriti, Shuddhashar to bring fewer new books

    As the law enforcers remain clueless regarding the attacks on publishers and writers, Jagriti Prokashoni and Shuddhashar will publish fewer books during the Amar Ekushey Boi Mela this year due to persistent security concerns.

  • 1.6 million to sit SSC tests today

    The Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and equivalent examinations under ten education boards will begin today.

    A total of 1,651,523 students from 28,119 educational institutions will take the tests this year. Of them 842,933 are males and 808,590 females.

    Compared to the previous year, the number of examinees increased by 172,257.

    For the first time, seven autistic students will be taking the examinations and they will be allowed an additional 30 minutes in each test.

  • Ekushey Boi Mela begins today

    The month-long Amar Ekushey Boi Mela begins in the capital today amid foolproof security.

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the book fair on the Bangla Academy premises at 3pm.

    British poet and Jibanananda translator Joe Winter and Czech Republic writer-researcher Ribek Martin will be present at the programme as distinguished guests while Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor as a special guest.

    The Bangla Academy Award will also be distributed at the opening ceremony.

  • Govt to eradicate child labour by 2019

    The government is now aiming to eradicate child labour from the country within 2019, after failing to meet the 2015 target set under the National Child Labour Policy.

    “We are accepting the fact that we have failed to fulfil our promise to remove child labour, but we are hopeful to achieve the target within 2019,” said Abul Kashem Masud, joint secretary to Labour Ministry, yesterday.

  • Pohela Boishakh accused sent to jail

    A Dhaka court yesterday sent Md Kamal Hossain, the lone arrestee in Pahela Baishakh sexual assault incident, to jail after he refused to give confessional statement in the case.

    Metropolitan Magistrate Md Nuru Miah passed the order.

    Earlier, DB Sub-Inspector Dipak Kumar Das, also investigation officer (IO), produced Kamal before the magistrate with a petition to record his confessional statement.

  • 5 companies drop seismic survey papers

    Five international geophysical companies yesterday submitted tender documents for conducting  a 2D multi-client seismic survey to hunt offshore hydrocarbon reserves of Bangladesh’s areas.

    On December 10, Petrobangla, on behalf of the government, invited re-tender to conduct the survey. Sector insiders said the invitation for re-tenders would delay the exploration and extraction of oil and gas in the country’s offshore areas.

  • Draft of new citizenship law goes to cabinet today

    The government has decided to formulate a new citizenship law to keep pace with the complex world of immigration.

    According to Home Ministry officials, the proposed law will allow dual citizenship but restrict the number of citizenships awarded to those born in Bangladesh to non-Bangladeshi parents.

    A ministry official said: “We have amended the 65-year old Citizenship Act of 1951 to help future  citizens in the complex immigration world.”

  • Indictment hearing against 51 Destiny officials ends

    The hearing on charge framing against Destiny Group Managing Director Rafiqul Amin, Destiny 2000 President Lt Gen (retd) Harun-Ar-Rashid, and 49 others in two money laundering cases filed concluded yesterday.

    The cases were filed for their alleged involvement in swindling around Tk4,200 crore.

    Judge Md Kamrul Islam Molla of Dhaka Senior Special Judge fixed February 11 to pass the order on the indictment.

  • Hortex DGM Mesbahuddin no more

    Hortex DGM Mesbahuddin no more

    Mesbahuddin Mahmood, deputy general manager of HRD, finance and accounts, and logistics at Hortex Foundation under the Ministry of Agriculture, died on Friday night. He was 71.

    He was undergoing treatment at the Apollo Hospitals Dhaka in the capital’s Bashundhara  Residential Area when he passed away, sources close to the family said.

    Mesbah was the younger brother of Kafiluddin Mahmood, former finance adviser to Shahabuddin Ahmad’s caretaker government.

  • Police: Special security for bloggers at book fair

    Dhaka Metropolitan Police authorities are going to provide special security for bloggers and writers at Amar Ekushey Boi Mela.

    “We have list of bloggers and we are ensuring security for them. Even after that if any blogger feels insecure, we will arrange special security for him as well,” said DMP Commissioner Md Asaduzzaman Miah.

    For the first time, there will have a four-tier security arrangement for the visitors in the fair.

    The commissioner said this at a press conference held in the DMP Media Centre yesterday morning.

  • Bandit killed in a ‘gunfight’ with RAB in Sundarbans

    A forest bandit was killed in a “gunfight” with a team of Rapid Action Battalion 8 (RAB) members in Chandpai range of the Sundarbans in Bagerhat yesterday morning.

    The deceased was identified as Moshiur, 35, one of the leaders of Moznu Bahini, an infamous gang of bandits active in the Sundarbans.

    When contacted, RAB 8 Deputy Commander Major Adnan Kabir said the team was patrolling Chandpai range when they noticed human activity in a particular spot. It later turned out to be a den of bandits.

  • ‘Militant financiers to face music’

    The government would soon take legal action against the persons and organisations responsible for funding militants in the country, Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu said yesterday.

    “We held a series of meetings on militant financing and identified a number of financiers. Soon we will take punitive action against some of them based on the proven allegations,” Amu, also the chief of the cabinet committee on law and order, told reporters.

    He said that details of the financiers would be made public later.

  • SC upholds stay on Kallyanpur slum eviction

    The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court yesterday upheld the High Court stay order on the eviction of Kallyanpur slum in the capital.

    It also issued an order to dispose of the High Court ruling on the eviction within four weeks. A High Court bench led by Justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury will dispose of the ruling.

    A four-member bench headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha gave the order.

  • Meter use mandatory for CNG-run auto-rickshaw in Ctg from today

    The newly-fixed fare of CNG-run auto-rickshaws is coming into effect from today in the port city. 

    Authorities of Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) said around 13,000 registered CNG-run auto-rickshaws would have to charge fares from commuters as per metre from today. 

    The afresh fare for CNG-run auto-rickshaws was fixed at Tk40 for the first two kilometres and Tk12 for each additional kilometre. The waiting charge for the CNG-run auto-rickshaws has been fixed at Tk2 for per minute. 

  • ‘Appearance of Ctg to be changed after 3yrs’

    Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal yesterday said Chittagong city would be developed to such an extent that people would find it difficult to recognise the city after three years.

    The minister also stressed the need for building tunnel, LNG terminal, special economic zone, Matarbari Energy Hub, deep sea port, Chittagong-Cox’s Bazar rail link and eco-friendly ship-building industry in Chittagong.  

  • Government mulling over defamation law

    The government is actively considering enactment of the Liberation War defamation law.

    Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Anisul Huq yesterday told parliament replying to a starred question from Awami League MP Waresat Hussain Belal, Bir Protik (Netrakona-5).

    Tendency of distorting history of the Liberation War has turned into a habit of some irresponsible politicians after the gruesome killing of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his family members in 1975,” the minister said.

  • Five SUST students suspended for ragging

    Five students of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology  have been suspended by SUST authorities in connection with an incident which saw a female student fainting while being ragged on the campus.

    The suspended students are: Nazrul Islam Rakib, Mosharraf Hossain and Mahmudul Haque from mathematics department, Mosharraf Hossain Raju from chemical engineering department, and Asim Bishwash from social work department.

  • Family alleges doctor’s negligence for newborn’s death

    A new born baby died on Saturday hours after its birth at Memon Maternity Hospital, run by Chittagong City Corporation (CCC),  due to alleged negligence of doctors.

    Al Amin, father of the victim said he had admitted his wife Rokeya Begum to the hospital in the morning for delivery.

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