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  • Muhith: Banking Commission likely in June

    Muhith: Banking Commission likely in June

    Finance Minister AMA Muhith has said that the government will soon form a banking commission to bring back discipline and good governance in the sector.

    “A couple of years have passed since the big fund embezzlements were unearthed in Sonali Bank and BASIC Bank. But we still see a lack of good governance in the country’s banking sector,” the minister said in an interview with Dhaka Tribune on January 11, the eve of the second anniversary of taking power by the Awami League government.

  • Illegal saw mills turn Sharankhola barren

    At least 50 unauthorised saw mills have been carrying out their operations in Bagerhat’s Sharankhola for years, indiscriminately cutting trees from the Sundarbans and other social forestation projects in the area.

    The owners of these unlicensed mills are allegedly bribing unscrupulous officials from the Forest Department and local administration to avoid getting shut down. In the process they are also flouting the rule against setting up any saw mill within 10km of the Sundarbans.

  • NU students lay siege to main campus in Gazipur

    Hundreds of students of National University yesterday laid siege to its main campus in Gazipur yesterday demanding enrollment of 2009-10 sessions’ students, who become fail in a few subjects in the honours final year examination, into masters.

    The students also got engaged in scuffle with the members of Ansar and VDP during their agitation. 

  • Work on new court begins in Barisal amid protest

    The foundation laying ceremony of the Judicial Magistrate Court building in the compound of St Peter’s Church in Barisal city was held yesterday amid protest by local Christians as a historical pond has been filled up for this purpose.

    Law, Justice and Parliament Affairs Minister Anisul Huq laid the foundation for the 10-storey building yesterday afternoon.

    The infrastructure of the judiciary will be strengthened by repairing and constructing court building around the country, the minister said while addressing the ceremony.

  • Sale of Tangail shawl decreases

    The demand of shawl is very low this year because of still prevailing comparatively high temperature across the country during the winter as a result of climate changeThe trade of famous Tangail shawl has experienced a decrease this year as the country is yet to see cold wave despite passing the peak period of winter. Data available in the met offices shows that winter this year has been warmer and less foggy than last year.

    Generally the demand of winter clothes like shawl sees gradual increase on the eve of cold wave. The traditional value of the stuff is the key element behind its popularity.

  • Hefazat to hold confce in Ctg on Jan 14, 15

    The Hefazat-e-Islam Bangladesh has announced to hold a two-day conference in the port city’s Laldighi Maidan from tomorrow and day after tomorrow.

    Organising Secretary of Hefazat-e-Islam Azizul Haque Islamabadi told the Dhaka Tribune that they had obtained permission from Chittagong Metropolitan authorities for the holding the conference.

  • Charge framed against Jamuna Group chairman

    A Dhaka court yesterday framed charges against four people, including Jamuna Group chairman and his wife, in a case filed for illegally producing and marketing alcohol.

    Those who were indicted are Jamuna Group Chairman Nurul Islam Babul, his wife Salma Islam, the couple’s son Shamim Islam and Hunter and Crown Beer’s General Manager Md Shuruj Rahman Sheikh.

    Salma Islam is present lawmaker of Jatiya Party.

  • Shah Nawaz: UP polls by end of March

    Elections to the union parishad will be held by the end of March, Election Commissioner Md Shah Nawaz yesterday said.

    He said the first phase of UP elections would be held in the 600 union parishads where officeholders’ tenures expire in March.

    The Election Commission is drafting amendments to the rules governing UP elections to allow seats to be contested along party lines, Shahnewaz told journalists at the EC Secretariat yesterday afternoon. The amendments would be ready within a day or two before being sent to the Law Ministry for vetting.

  • Charge sheet accepted against Shahadat, wife

    A Dhaka court yesterday accepted a charge sheet against cricketer Shahadat Hossain and his wife Jesmine Jahan Nitto in a case filed over torturing their 11-year-old domestic help.

    Metropolitan Magistrate Nuru Miah accepted the charge sheet after the general recording section of Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court produced it before the court.

    The court later sent the case documents to the chief metropolitan magistrate for his approval to transfer the case to Dhaka Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal 5 and start the trial in the case.

  • India to sponsor friendship police building in Sardah

    India will sponsor the construction of a “friendship” building at Bangladesh National Police Academy.

    According to official sources, the Bangladesh-India Friendship Building at the police academy in Sardah of Rajshahi will cost Rs8.09 crore or Tk9.49 crore.

    Bangladesh’s Home Ministry has recently taken consent for the proposal from the Finance Division and the draft contract in this regard. Construction of the building is likely to start in March.

  • DPDC: Better power services in five years

    Within the next five years, electricity subscribers of Dhaka city will get improved services similar to developed European and Asian countries, the chief of Dhaka Power Distribution Company (DPDC) has said.

    Brig Gen (Retd) Md Nazrul Hasan, the managing director of DPDC, said this yesterday while speaking at a mass hearing on consumer services and new electricity connections at the city’s Motijheel area.

  • Moosa suffers from fear of death, asks ACC for more time

    Controversial businessman Moosa Bin Shamsher requested the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC)  yesterday to defer his cross-examination by two months, claiming that he was suffering from the fear of death, hypertension and diabetes.

    ACC Director Mir Jainul Abedin Shibly summoned Moosa for the third time on January 4 for questioning. He was scheduled to appear before investigators yesterday.

    Moosa submitted his application through his employee, DATCO Deputy General Manager ATM Mahbub Morshed, with a doctor’s certificate. 

  • Death of madrasa student sparks violence in Brahmanbaria

    Death of madrasa student sparks violence in Brahmanbaria

    Brahmanbaria town tuned into a battle field after the death of an eighth grade madrasa student early yesterday while undergoing treatment at the sadar hospital.

    Deceased Masudur Rahman, 25, son of Elias Miah from Nabinagar area of the district, was a student of Jamia Islamia Yunisia Madrasa in the town. He sustained injuries during clashes with the police and local traders on Monday night.

  • Apex court summons Tarique Rahman

    The High Court has directed its registrar to issue a notice summoning BNP Senior Vice-Chairman Tarique Rahman to surrender before the trial court in a money laundering case.

    The bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Amir Hossain came up with the order yesterday after accepting an appeal filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) challenging Tarique’s acquittal given by a trial court.

  • PM opens school-cum-cyclone centres in Barguna

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday inaugurated newly constructed seven school-cum-cyclone shelter centres built at Amtoli in Barguna under the “Fael Khair” programme of King Abdullah Bin Abul Aziz International Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation of Saudi Arabia.

    The prime minister inaugurated the cyclone shelters through a videoconferencing from her official residence Ganabhaban.

  • State seeks death for war criminal Sayedee

    The state has filed a review petition with the Supreme Court against its judgement that reduced the death penalty of notorious war criminal Delawar Hossain Sayedee to imprisonment until death.

    The attorney general’s office submitted the petition yesterday to the Supreme Court registrar’s office seeking Sayedee’s capital punishment handed down by the International Crimes Tribunal in 2013.

    This is the first case of war crimes trial in which the state has sought review to maintain the tribunal’s verdict.

  • Public university teachers to continue strike

    Public university teachers around the country said they will continue observing work abstention until their demand for a revised pay scale is met.

    At a press briefing yesterday, Prof ASM Kamal, secretary general of the Federation of Bangladesh University Teachers’ Association (FBUTA) made the announcement on the second day of the continuous work abstention programme.

  • PM: Country on development highway

    PM: Country on development highway

    Bangladesh, a role model of development in the world, is now on the highway to development, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said.

    In a nationally broadcast address to the nation yesterday evening, the prime minister highlighted her government’s success stories on the second anniversary of assuming state power.

    She slammed the BNP-Jamaat alliance’s violent politics and asked people to counter those who raise questions about the glorious Liberation War and the freedom fighters.

  • Bad weather speed limit to reduce highway fatalities

    Bad weather speed limit to reduce highway fatalities

    The government has decided that all vehicles on the highways must limit their speed to 50km/h in foggy weather. 

    The decision was made at a meeting of the National Road Safety Council (NRSC) held at the Secretariat yesterday.

    The NRSC also formed a 15-member monitoring committee headed by BRTA Chairman Nazrul Islam to work against sexual harassment on public transportation. The committee will also monitor transport workers’ behaviour with female passengers.  

  • Bangladeshi scientist Rubab discovers 5 super giant stars

    Bangladeshi scientist Rubab discovers 5 super giant stars

    A team of scientists led by Bangladeshi astrophysicist Rubab Khan of Nasa Goddard Space Flight Centre has discovered five supersize stars in other galaxies on a par with the monstrous stellar system in our own Milky Way.

    At the American Astronomical Society’s annual meeting Wednesday, Rubab Khan, a researcher at Nasa’s Goddard Space Center in Maryland, reported on the discovery of five “Eta twins”, reports AP.

    The Hubble Space Telescope and Nasa’s Spitzer Space Telescope helped identify them, he said.

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