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  • Khaleda lays wreath on Zia’s grave

    BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia along with senior party colleagues laid wreaths at the grave of BNP founder Ziaur Rahman to mark his 80th birth anniversary.

    Khaleda reached the gravesite in the capital’s Sher-e-Bangla Nagar at 11:45am.

    After placing floral wreaths at her husband’s grave, the BNP chairperson offered prayers for his departed soul.

    BNP standing committee members and activists of the party’s associate and front organisations also placed wreaths at Zia’s grave.

  • HC order on SI Masud yet to reach police

    Police yesterday said they were yet to get a certified copy of the High Court order directing them to accept central bank official Golam Rabbi’s complaint against Sub-Inspector Masud Sikder as FIR.

    “We will follow the court’s direction once we get the copy,” Mohammadpur police station’s Officer-in-Charge Jamaluddin Mir told Dhaka Tribune.

  • Flyover fiasco runs up costs

    Built for wrong side of road, among other major flawsThe under-construction Moghbazar-Mouchak flyover has major design flaws and may turn out to be detrimental for vehicles once it is opened to traffic, a team of experts have found.

    There are two major flaws: first, the upward ramps are shorter than the downward ramps instead of being the other way round; and second, the design has been made for left-hand-drive traffic, but all vehicles in Bangladesh drive right-hand and the roads are also designed that way.

  • Moghbazar flyover project cost rises 58%

    The cost of the Moghbazar-Mouchak flyover has gone up by nearly 58% or Tk446 crore, as the government yesterday decided to grant the extra fund and extend the project deadline to June 2017.

    The approval came at a meeting of the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the NEC conference room in the city yesterday.

  • Hefazat leaders sign fatwa against militancy

    Several top leaders of radical Islamist platform Hefazat-e-Islam and teachers of its Hathazari Madrasa in Chittagong have signed on to an initiative of 100,000 clerics issuing a fatwa against militancy.

    Fatwa committee chief Maulana Md Fariduddin Masud, also the Imam of Sholakia Mosque, said that they had already collected around 15,000 signatures since January 2. He said that they would also collect signatures of scholars engaged with various political parties.

  • IMEI registration from February 3

    From February 3, the government is planning to start the registration of IMEI numbers, a unique number assigned to each mobile phone, and build a central database to catch criminals who use illegally imported phones.

    The Posts and Telecommunication Division and Bangladesh Mobile Phone Importers Association (BMPIA) have jointly taken the initiative, which will allow authorities to easily verify whether a mobile phone had been legally imported.

  • PMO seeks civil servants’ opinion on salary disparity

    In accordance to a directive from the Prime Minister’s Office, civil servants are now submitting applications to the Implementation Wing of Finance Division with their opinions on salary disparities under the new pay scale structure.

    An official from Youth and Sports Ministry said they have submitted their demands to the finance secretary after the PMO asked top officials of ministries and divisions to present their grievances.

  • Syed Ashraf Ali passes away

    Syed Ashraf Ali, former Director General, Islamic Foundation Bangladesh, and renowned scholar on Islam, breathed his last yesterday, 19 January 2016, at Eden Multicare Centre in Dhaka.

    He was admitted to hospital a fortnight earlier with complications of the lungs and was in a coma for the two days prior to his death.

  • Three JMB men put on 5-day fresh remand

    A Chittagong court yesterday granted a five-day fresh remand for each of three members of the banned Islamist outfit JMB in two arms cases lodged with Hathazari police station.

    The JMB men are Naimur Rahman Nayan, 25, Faisal Mahmud, 26, and Md Shawkat Rasel, 26 – all students of Chittagong University  who were suspended for their militant links.

    Senior Judicial Magistrate Mosaddek Hossain Minhaz granted the remand after the trio were produced before the court with a ten-day remand plea, said Inspector (court) of Chittagong police Md Mashiur Rahman.

  • 5-murder accused Nazma remanded

    A district court yesterday granted the police five days to question Nazma Akter, an accused in the five-murder case, in custody.

    Detectives produced her before the court of Judicial Magistrate Ashek Imam at noon and sought seven days’ remand in the case. The court granted the police five days after a hearing.

    Nazma, who lives in Kalabagan area, was arrested yesterday from Damudya of Shariatpur.

  • No school for 20 villages

    More than 30,000 school-going children of 20-remote villages in Cox’s Bazar district are deprived of basic education due to absence of educational institutions.

  • And the drama continues …

    And the drama continues …

    Drama was the order of the day for the Jatiya Party yesterday after the party’s parliamentary committee rejected Chairman HM Ershad’s reshuffle of the party leadership.

    In a hurriedly-called press briefing around 2pm yesterday, the dictator-turned-democrat appointed ABM Ruhul Amin Hawlader general secretary, relieving Ziauddin Ahmed Bablu of the post.

    On Sunday Ershad made younger brother GM Quader co-chairman of the party. Observers say the move signalled Quader as Ershad’s favoured political successor.

  • Road link between Lama and Alikadam may suspend anytime

    Road communication between Lama and Alikadam upazilas may collapse anytime as a bailey bridge which connects the two upazilas with Bandarban district town lies in a vulnerable state.

    According to local sources, Kumari bailey bridge located on the bordering areas of Chokoria and Lama was the essential medium of communication for the residents of Lama and Alikadam upazilas.

  • Two siblings to die for killing in Chittagong

    A Chittagong court yesterday morning handed down death sentence to two brothers for killing a business five years back.

    Judge of Chittagong Divisional Seedy Trial Tribunal Muhitul Hoque Md Anam Chowdury passed the order in absentia of Hesham Uddin and Mohammod Shahid as they went into hiding following the killing.

    The court also acquitted six other people as they were not found guilty during the prosecution, said Public Prosecutor Aiyub Khan.

  • What’s going on with the BNP?

    After two years outside of active politics in parliament and a disastrously ineffective political programme in the streets, the BNP appears fractious, rudderless and spent. Is that really the case? What is the Asol BNP?

    Asol BNP is an offshoot of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party led by Kamrul Hasan Nasim, who gained notoriety on January 9 last year when he declared the BNP of Khaleda and Tarique Rahman “illegal.”

    The little known outsider claims he is restoring the BNP to the original principles of founder Ziaur Rahman.

    Nasim, sometime spokesperson of Saheda Obayed’s Gorbo Bangladesh, came to the spotlight during BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia largely self-imposed confinement to her Gulshan office last year.

  • Charge sheet against Tarique’s mother-in-law

    The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday submitted a charge sheet against the mother-in-law of BNP Senior Vice-Chairman Tarique Rahman in a case filed against her for not submitting wealth statement to the commission.

    ACC Deputy Director Abdus Sattar Sarker, also investigation officer of the case, submitted the charge sheet against Syeda Iqbal Mand Banu to the court of Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Shamsul Arefin for taking next course of action in the case.

  • ‘I will quit if I fail to simplify investment process’

    Promising to resign if he fails to simplify the investment process, Expatriates’ Welfare Minister Nurul Islam has called on Bangladeshi expatriates living abroad to invest in the motherland.

    In a sign that nos-resident Bangladeshis (NRB) were being wooed into taking a bigger financial stake in the country, the government yesterday awarded Commercially Important Person (CIP) status to 10 non-resident Bangladeshis.

  • Agami and Bangladesh Computer Council sign MoU

    Agami, a non-profit organisation, yesterday announced a partnership with Bangladesh Computer Council (BCC) in their initiative to localise the Khan Academy in Bangladesh. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the parties to this effect.

    The initiative was launched in July last year through a partnership between Agami and Grameenphone with the goal of launching the Bangla website of Khan Academy, a non-profit educational organisation created in 2006 by educator Salman Khan to provide “a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere,” this year.

  • Shamsul made PDB Chairman

    Engineer Md Shamsul Hasan Miah took over the charge as new Chairman of Bangladesh Power Development Board (PDB) yesterday.

    Prior to his new appointment, he was the member (company affairs) of PDB, said a press release. He was born on 1957 in Narsingdi district.

    Shamsul joined Power Development Board as Assistant Engineer in 1980. Later, he served the PDB as executive engineer, superintendent engineer, and chief engineer.

  • Zero preparation on rescue efforts in Dhaka

    Zero preparation on rescue efforts in Dhaka

    Read the fifth instalment of a series of Dhaka Tribune reports on earthquake preparedness that have found that rescue agencies are ill-prepared to handle the type of damage a strong tremor can cause The city authorities in Dhaka have no preparation or training to successfully and effectively run rescue missions if an earthquake of any magnitude hits the capital city.

    Both the Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) and the Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) lack the equipment required to run rescue operations should a disaster – natural or man-made – occurs in the capital, city corporation officials told the Dhaka Tribune.

    Nor do these authorities have sufficiently trained manpower to run such rescue drives, the added.

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