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  • 28 special trains, 228 buses for Ijtema

    28 special trains, 228 buses for Ijtema

    Bangladesh Railway authorities yesterday said that they would operate 28 special trains for the devotees joining this year’s Biswa Ijtema while the organisers say they have completed all necessary preparation to hold the congregation on the bank of the Turag River from Friday.

  • Paris climate deal a big step forward

    The Paris Agreement on climate change is a big step forward as it opens the door to further discussion on the issue, said members of Bangladesh delegation to the recently held climate conference in Paris.

    Terming the agreement a great success, Bangladesh team coordinator, Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad, said more than 190 countries reached a common understanding at the conference  making the climate negotiation a success – a negotiation that has been going on since 1995.

  • Khokon seeks tax powers to bail out Dhaka South

    Feeling the pinch after the division of Dhaka into two city corporations gave the lion’s share of revenue earning areas to the northern half, Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) is seeking fiscal powers to pay its bills.

    In a letter to Finance Minister AMA Muhith, Dhaka South City Corporation Mayor Sayeed Khokon said he was seeking powers to impose city taxes, in addition to NBR taxes, on the consumption, export and import of commodities in his city corporation.

  • Three wells inaugurated for studying methane reserves

    State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid yesterday inaugurated three wells at Jamalganj Coalfield to study methane gas reserves there.

    This is the first time ever that the government has pursued such an initiative. The study will be carried out under the ‘Feasibility study for the extraction of coal-bed methane at Jamalganj Coalfield project.’

  • Charge sheet accepted in Kibria murder case

    A Habiganj court has set February 29 to start indictment hearing in the explosives case filed over the killing of former finance minister and four others in 2005.

    The District and Sessions Judge’s Court of Md Atabullah fixed the date yesterday after accepting the charge sheet filed against 32 persons including former home state minister Lutfozzaman Babar and banned militant group Huji leader Mufti Abdul Hannan.

  • Chittagong University students fear session jam

    Students of several departments at Chittagong University (CU) fear that the problem of session jam could worsen as the teachers have been continuing their abstention programme for last three days protesting the Eighth National Pay Scale.

    The teachers under the banner of Chittagong University Teachers’ Association (Cuta), member of Federation of Bangladesh University Teachers’ Association (FBUTA), observed work abstention programme yesterday for the third consecutive day of their seven-day long demonstration against the pay scale.

  • Mohiuddin: Khaleda should be driven out of country

    Chittagong city unit Awami League President and former mayor of Chittagong City Corporation ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury yesterday said Chairperson of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) Khaleda Zia should be driven out of the country as she made derogatory remarks over the Liberation War martyrs.

    He made the remark while addressing a rally on the premises of Chittagong Central Shaheed Minar.

    Chittagong city Awami Legue organised the rally titled “Victory Day for Democracy” to celebrate the second anniversary of January 5, 2014 general elections.

  • Amir Khasru: People assisted illegal polls will be tried

    Adviser to BNP Chairperson Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury yesterday said a special tribunal would be formed for trying all the people who assisted the illegal elections under ruling party Awami League.

    “We are preparing a list of the people who aided the farcical polls. Highest form of punishment will be handed out to the people who assisted the government for holding the illegal elections. None will be spared from the punishment,” said Khasru while addressing a rally on BNP’s Nasiman Bhaban office premises at Kazir Dewri in the city.

  • Schoolboy killed slitting throat

    Police recovered a slit-throat body of a fifth grade student from a house in Chittagong city’s Shershah-Banglabazar area under Bayezid police station yesterday evening.

    Local spotted the slit-throat body of Azim Hossen, 12, a student of Shershah Government Primary School, and informed police about the matter, said Officer-in-Charge of Bayezid police station Mohammed Mohsin. The deceased’s mother is a garment worker and his father is a vegetable vendor, added OC.

  • A peaceful January 5 at last

    It is not that the two political parties did not break any of the conditions against which the Dhaka Metropolitan Police let them hold rallies in the city on the same day.

    The usual traffic congestions and public sufferings in the streets of the capital city that are caused by major political programmes were also very much there.

    Despite prohibition, Awami League and BNP supporters came in processions to join their respective rallies, disrupting traffic in the process. Hundreds of loudspeakers – way above the permitted number – were used.

  • Narail-Lohagara-Kalna road in run-down state within two years of repair works

    The road is very important to go to other parts of the country from Benapole land port. We have been compelled to use the road amid great dangerThe Narail-Lohagara-Kalna road has turned into dilapidated condition surprisingly within two years passed after the completion of its repair works.

    Consequently, repeated fatal road accidents appear on the 19km road.

    Sources at Narail Roads and Highways Department (RHD) office said they had completed the road’s carpeting works at a cost of Tk5.5 crore two years ago.

    A construction firm named Messrs Shafique from Pabna got the work order and the local RHD gave green signal after the end of its works in 2013.

  • Another injured in AL attack dies; 3 held

    Another landless man, who was critically injured in an attack by local Awami League leader’s men over land grab at Zibonnagar upazila in the district on Monday, died at Jessore Sadar Hospital yesterday.

    The deceased was Shahbuddin, 60,  son of late Kader Sheikh at Gangadaspur village in the upazila.

  • Nizami’s appeal verdict today

    According to the case, Nizami headed al-Badr force during the war as the head of Islami Chhatra Sangha, Jamaat’s erstwhile student wing. He was sentenced to death by the International Crimes Tribunal on October 29, 2014The apex court is all set to deliver its judgement today in the appeal case of former minister and Jamaat-e-Islami chief Motiur Rahman Nizami filed challenging his death penalty given by a war crimes tribunal.

    The judgement will be pronounced by the four-member Appellate Division bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, according to the court’s cause list. The date was reserved on December 8 by the bench after it concluded hearing on the appeal.

  • Man dies of smoke inhalation

    A septuagenarian man died of smoke inhalation and three others were injured as a fire broke out at a flat of a six-storied building in Sugandha residential area in Chittagong city.

    The man, Abu Taher, 78, died while he was undergoing treatment at Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) in the early hours of yesterday, said Nayek Hamidur Rahman of CMCH police outpost.

  • AL asks Khaleda to return to constructive politics

    AL asks Khaleda to return to constructive politics

    The ruling Awami League yesterday urged BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia to return to the politics of democracy shunning the path of violence in the name of movement.

    The party’s General Secretary Syed Ashraful Islam made the call while addressing a rally at the south gate of Baitul Mukarram mosque on Bangabandhu Avenue in the capital yesterday.

    Syed Ashraf chaired the rally to observe the second anniversary of the 10th parliamentary polls held on January 5, 2014.

    The Awami League observes the day as “Democracy Protection Day.”

  • Teenager beaten to death in Tongi

    A 16-year-old boy was allegedly beaten to death by his employer in Tongi, Gazipur on Monday morning.

    Police recovered the body of the victim, Mozammel Hossain Maju, yesterday morning and sent it Gazipur Shahid Tajuddin Ahmed Medical College Hospital for an autopsy.

    Maju was from Uttar Tarar Char in Narsingdi district’s Shibpur upazila, police said. He used to live with his parents in a rented house in Tongi.

  • Khaleda reiterates her call for political talks

    Khaleda reiterates her call for political talks

    BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday called upon the government to hold talks to resolve the prevailing political crisis and to work together for the restoration of democracy in the country.

    “We want to work together by resolving the problem through talks and holding a fair election and restoring democracy in the country,” she said.

  • NCTB targets presses printing substandard textbooks

    The National Curriculum and Textbook Board (NCTB) is taking action against the printing press owners who provided substandard textbooks this year.

    “Our investigation team is already working on this issue. So far, we received complaints only over the phone. The team is going to the field and taking action against substandard textbook printers,” said Ratan Siddique, the chairman in-charge of the NCTB.

  • Government increases Padma Bridge cost by 29%

    The government has increased the cost of Padma Bridge project by almost 29% to over Tk28,793 crore for adding new components in the project.

    It would be the second revision of the country’s largest infrastructure project that pushed up the cost by Tk8,286 crore.

    The soaring cost was approved by the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) at the NEC conference room yesterday, with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.

  • The unfamiliar streets of Dhaka

    The unfamiliar streets of Dhaka

    Whenever there are major political events in the capital, Dhaka dwellers prepare themselves for a day of chaotic gridlock, road rage, and lengthy commutes on the city’s streets.

    Yesterday, however, the residents were welcomed by surprisingly empty streets, even though separate rallies were being staged by both the Awami League and the BNP at different points in the afternoon.

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