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  • Fourth Rooppur plant deal due next week

    Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC) is to sign the fourth deal at a cost of $45 million next week with Russian joint-stock company JSC Atomstroyexport for completion of the preparatory stage work of the country’s first nuclear power project in Pabna’s Rooppur.

    “We hope that we will sign the deal in the second week of this month,” Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant (RNPP) Project Director Mohammad Shawkat Akbar told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday.

  • BNP braces for political death, says Imran H Sarker

    Gonojagoron Moncho spokesperson Imran H Sarker yesterday said the BNP braces for political death with Khaleda Zia’s remarks about the number of martyrs in the 1971 Liberation War.

    He came up with the remarks at a rally before a protest march in the capital’s Shahbagh area. The BNP has been producing such statements with an intention to protect the interests of Pakistan, Jamaat-e-Islami and the war criminals, said Imran.

  • AL again plans to dominate city streets on January 5

    The Awami League has planned to be in control of the streets in the capital on January 5, the second anniversary of the 10th general elections, like it did last year, sources in the party said.

    Awami League Publicity and Publications Secretary Hasan Mahmud told a press conference yesterday that his party would chalk out programmes to mark the second anniversary of what was described as the victory day for democracy.

    “We have not yet decided on the programmes. We will inform the media later,” he said.

  • Medical student blockade Mirpur Road

    Medical student blockade Mirpur Road

    A group of students from Suhrawardy medical college yesterday blockaded the Mirpur Road demanding immediate trace of a missing trainee doctor.

    They kept the busy road in front of the college campus blocked for one and a half hours from 12 noon. A long traffic tailback was created on the adjacent roads during the blockade. Later they moved away from the road after getting assurance from the administration.

    Tejgaon zone Deputy Commissioner of police Biplob Kumar Sarker last night said they had recovered the doctor from a place in the capital.

  • Public uni teachers threaten indefinite strike from Jan 11

    The public university teachers have threatened to stop working completely if the government does not fulfil their demand for a separate pay scale by January 11.

    Federation of Bangladesh University Teachers’ Association (FBUT) President Prof Farid Uddin Ahmed made the dire
    warning at a press conference held in Dhaka University’s Teachers’ Club on Saturday afternoon.

  • Govt officials flock to EC for amended NIDs

    Above 200,000 government officials and employees have applied for amended version of National Identity (NID) cards to ensure the salary of December under the new pay-scale.

    The high figure was recorded in last month at the Election Commission (EC).

    In November, the government issued a circular that all government employees must submit their online salary payment slip while the process makes the NID number mandatory.

    The information they provided during entrance to jobs and the information in the NID must be identical, otherwise it would not be accepted.

  • BNP seeks permission for January 5 rally

    The BNP has sought permission from Dhaka Metropolitan Police to hold a rally in the capital’s Suhrawardy Udyan on January 5 to mark what the party calls “democracy killing day.”

    BNP’s acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir informed reporters about this in a press conference at the party’s Nayapaltan office yesterday.

    Before that, a meeting was held among the party’s joint and associate organisations there.

  • Rally demanding trial of 195 Pakistani war criminals today

    Antorjatik Juddaporadh Gonobichar committee will hold a rally and procession today demanding trial of 195 alleged Pakistani war criminals.

    The rally will be held at Motijheel Shapla Chattar in the capital around 3pm.

    The committee will also stage a sit-in in front of Jatiya Press Club on January 6 demanding upholding of death penalty to war criminal Motiur Rahman Nizami by the ICT and execution of the verdict.

  • ‘Jamaat planned subversive activities on January 5’

    Rampura police yesterday said they had received information about a Jamaat plan for conducting subversive activities on January 5.

    Police received the information after arresting five Jamaat-e-Islami leaders in the afternoon with Tk1.47 crore and radical books from the city’s Banasree area. They are Jamaat Rokon and Principal Accountant Gias Uddin, 55, and supporters Aminur Rahman, 57, Abul Hashem, 32, Osman Gani, 40, and Shahidur Rahman, 40.

  • Showdown on January 5

    Showdown on January 5

    BNP insiders say the party has gained huge popularity after the municipal pollsPolitical situation of the country is heating up once again ahead of the second anniversary of the much-talked January 5 general elections, as both the ruling Awami League and its arch-rival BNP have announced programmes for that day in the capital.

    Last year, the BNP announced to hold a rally at Suhrawardy Udyan on January 5 to mark “Democracy Killing Day” but could not do so as its Chairperson Khaleda Zia was allegedly “barred” from leaving her Gulshan office to attend the event.

  • Smugglers den in Dinajpur

    The pullovers they had on them have secret chambers where they carry the smuggled goodsParbatipur, a sleepy little town near the Indian border in Bangladesh’s northern district Dinajpur, is very important.

    It is important not because it is a tourist attraction or a major regional administration hub or a mining town. It is important because smugglers use this place as a depository for all kinds of goods brought over from India illegally.

    Geographically, the location is very convenient – Parbatipur is just two hours by train from the border railway station at Hili Land Port.

  • Saudi Arabia executes 47, including Shi’ite cleric al-Nimr

    Saudi Arabia executed a prominent Shi’ite Muslim cleric alongside dozens of al Qaeda members on Saturday signalling intolerance of jihadism and minority Shi’ite Muslim violence and stirring a rise in sectarian tensions across the region.

    Most of the 47 executed were convicted of al Qaeda attacks in Saudi Arabia a decade ago, but four, including prominent cleric Nimr al-Nimr, were Shi’ite Muslims accused of shooting policemen during anti-government protests in recent years.

  • Moghbazar-Mouchak Flyover pesky project to get another extension

    Having been prone to delays, the Moghbazar-Mouchak Flyover irritating project is likely to get extension by another 18 months to June 2017, with a fresh proposal of raising the overall project cost by another Tk 446.20 crore to Tk 1218.90 crore.

    A proposal in this regard was placed at a project evaluation committee meeting held at the Planning Commission recently, said a Planning Commission official.

    The Moghbazar-Mouchak flyover project office put forward a proposal seeking extension of its deadline and increasing the length of the flyover.

  • Road dust makes city life miserable

    Road dust has become the biggest source of pollution in the capital, especially during the dry season, for various unplanned construction works, posing a severe health threat to city dwellers, say experts.

    According to them, the air pollution originating from construction work-related processes like concrete crushing, cement batching and road stone plants, is destroying the environment and clean air, depriving the city dwellers of breathing in fresh air.

  • BNP men clash with ‘Ashol BNP’

    BNP men clash with ‘Ashol BNP’

    Leaders and activists of BNP’s associate bodies yesterday clashed with a group, who called themselves the “real” BNP, in front of the party’s Nayapaltan office.

    Around quarter to four in the afternoon, several hundred activists of “Ashol BNP” – ashol meaning real – brought out a procession from the Fakirerpool intersection and headed towards the Nayapaltan office of the BNP.

    Witnesses said they there chanting slogans and holding placards in the name of Ziaur Rahman, the founder of BNP.

  • Tarana to visit Singapore to negotiate Facebook deal

    State Minister for Posts and Telecommunications Tarana Halim is scheduled to visit Singapore in the middle of this month to negotiate a deal with social network website Facebook, as per the government’s initiatives.

    “I want to reach to a conclusion regarding the set up of an administrative panel of Facebook in Bangladesh so that we can benefit from that particular establishment,” she told the Dhaka Tribune recently.

  • Three Ctg JMB men sent to jail after remand

    A Chittagong court yesterday sent three members of banned militant outfit Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) to prison after they were interrogated during a five-day remand in a case filed under the Anti-terrorism Act.

    Metropolitan Magistrate Rahmat Ali sent Naimur Rahman Noyon, Shawkat Rasel and Faisal Mahmud to jail as police produced them before the court after the end of remand.

  • Strawberry farming makes many people happy in Rajshahi region

    Many people including some amateur ones have become happy through strawberry farming as its commercial farming has started gaining momentum in Rajshahi region during the last couple of years.

    Strawberry, a succulent fruit popular in different parts of the globe, is also gradually becoming popular among the local people. Farmers’ level extension of strawberry farming can bring a new horizon to the agriculture sector in the region.

  • Farmers busy with extracting date juice

    Farmers busy with extracting date juice

    The date-tree farmers, locally known as gachhis at Bagha upazila in the district are passing busy times in collecting date-juice and processing molasses in the winter months.

    According to sources, the upazila is famous for gurh (date-molasses). The season of winter is going on in full swing with the trade of date-molasses.

    An estimated shows Tk8 crore is earned from this sector in each winter here.

  • Bank official killed in road accident

    A bank official was killed and 10 other people were injured as a bus plunged into a ditch in Sadar upazila yesterday.

    The deceased was Rafiqul Islam, 28, a field officer of Mercantile bank, Jessore branch and a resident of Omedpur village in the upazila.

    Ajmal Huda, officer in-charge of Magura police station, said the Jessore-bound bus from Magura fell into the ditch in front of Magura textile mill around 8am after its driver lost control over the

    steering, leaving Rafiqul dead on the spot and 10 other passengers injured.

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