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Wednesday November 22, 2017 11:11 PM



  • Messy start to Ekushey Boi Mela

    Messy start to Ekushey Boi Mela

    Preparations of Amar Ekushey Boi Mela 2016 were still incomplete when the fair was inaugurated yesterday; with the construction of at least 100 stalls still incomplete.

    The pathways inside the fairgrounds were seen strewn with bamboos, wood and other construction materials.

    Though the fair was inaugurated at 3pm, it did not open for public until 6pm.

    Publishers claimed that the fair authorities had yet to complete providing power supply to a number of stalls as well as other important places.

  • Biman mulls joint venture for ground handling at Dhaka airport

    Biman Bangladesh Airlines has planned to manage ground handling on a partnership basis with an aim to better serve the passengers.

    M Asaduzzaman, acting managing director and CEO of Biman, said it was also an initiative to ease the troubles of passengers. 

  • RU law teacher gets death threat

    A Rajshahi University professor has filed a general diary after receiving an anonymous death threat.

    Hasibul Alam Pradhan, a professor of law who recently authored the book “Bangabandhu Muktijuddho Bangladesh”, filed the general diary with Motihar police station yesterday seeking security. 

    In the diary, he mentioned that someone called him at his home number on the night of January 24 but his housemaid received the call as he was outside the country at the time. 

  • Govt fails to enforce metered-fare system for autorickshaws

    I charge extra fare because the owner of my autorickshaw demands more money as deposit than the government rateThe government has failed to enforce the revised metered-fare system for CNG-run autorickshaws in the capital which was introduced only three month ago.

    A survey by Passengers’ Welfare Association Bangladesh (PWAB) has found that none of the CNG-run autorickshaw drivers are following the government-fixed fare rate.

    The survey report, released by the PWAB yesterday, says around 62% of
    the autorickshaw drivers take passengers only on a contract basis, and the rest of the drivers ask for Tk20-Tk40 extra than the meter fare.

  • Dhaka SI accused of sexually harassing university student

    A police sub-inspector was suspended yesterday for the alleged sexual harassment of a university student.

    Two separate police teams are investigating the allegation against Adabar police station Sub-Inspector Ratan Kumar while a Dhaka court ordered judicial probe.

    Dhaka Metropolitan Police’s Tejgaon Division Deputy Commissioner Biplob Kumar Sarkar said he was unaware of the incident and added that the victim, an ASA University student, had not lodged any police complaint.

  • Mother flings newborn from 4th floor

    A newborn baby has allegedly been thrown out from the fourth floor of an apartment building in the capital’s Bailey Road area.

    Surprisingly, the boy survived the incident and is undergoing treatment at Ad-din Hospital, said SI Aminul Islam of Ramna police station.

    He said: “Being informed, we rushed to the spot and rescued the newborn boy from the roof of an adjacent tin-shade shop. After a few hours of hectic effort, the police identified the boy’s mother, Beauty Akhter, 17, who threw him out of the fourth floor of the building.

  • DU launches Mechatronics Engineering Department with 16 students

    A new department named “Mechatronics Engineering Department” was opened at Dhaka University yesterday, said a press release issued by the university.

    Vice-chancellor Professor Dr AAMS Arefin Siddique formally inaugurated the new department as the chief guest.

    The programme was held at his office lounge.

  • Mandatory meter use falls flat in Ctg

    The initiative of mandatory meter use in CNG-run auto-rickshaws in Chittagong city fell flat yesterday as about half of the CNG auto-rickshaws have not installed meters yet.

    Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Sunday reiterated that no CNG-run auto-rickshaw could ply in the capital and port city without meter from yesterday.

    The CNG auto-rickshaw drivers were given a deadline for calibration (installation of metres) till January 31 and the newly-fixed fares of CNG-run auto-rickshaws were scheduled to come into effect from yesterday in the port city.

  • Khan Jahan Ali Group’s chairman put on 2-day fresh remand

    A court in Chittagong yesterday placed Nur Mohammad, chairman of Khan Jahan Ali Group, on two-day afresh remand in connection with much-talked about cocaine haul case.

    Assistant Commissioner (AC) (prosecution) of Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) Nirmalendu Bikash Chawakrabarty told the Dhaka Tribune that the court of Metropolitan Magistrate Jalak Ray had passed order after Nur Mohammad was produced before the court in the evening with three-day remand plea.

  • SSC examinee among 2 killed in M’singh road accident

    Two people, including a female SSC examinee, were killed and 15 others injured in separate road crashes in Haluaghat and Bhaluka upaizlas of the district yesterday.

    Abdul Haq, officer-in-charge of Haluaghat Police Station, said when SSC examine Merina Nokrek, daughter of Gagan Majhi, was retuning home at East Gobrapukur from Dhara High School examination centre on a rickshaw van.

  • Pakistan High Commission staff freed after detention

    A Pakistan High Commission official was detained by the police yesterday afternoon, only to be released some three hours later.

    Abrar Ahmed Khan, a Pakistani national working as an assistant private secretary in the press section of Pakistan High Commission in Dhaka, was picked up by the police around 2pm in the capital’s Gulshan.

    The police detained Abrar as he was suspiciously roaming around on a motorcycle near the Agora departmental store in Gulshan 2 area, said DMP Detective Branch Additional Deputy Commissioner (North) Mahfuzur Rahman.

  • Large cache of weapons recovered in Sherpur

    Large cache of weapons recovered in Sherpur

    RAB has recovered a large cache of arms and ammunition from Sherpur’s Nalitabari upazila, saying that the weapons were similar to those found during a drive in Satchari of Habiganj in 2014.

    Commander Mufti Mahmud Khan, spokesperson for the Rapid Action Battalion, told a press briefing that a team from RAB 5 made the find during an operation early yesterday near the border with India.

  • Militants get bail and just disappear

    Law enforcement and intelligence agencies do not have information on the whereabouts of at least 192 militants – some of them trained explosives experts – who got bail in the last few years.

    As part of the efforts to dig the reason behind the recent spike in militancy in the country, law enforcers have been trying to trace these militant leaders and activists.

    Unofficial sources suggest that many of them have illegally crossed the border and fled to India’s West Bengal.

  • Bangasonahat port yet to be fully functional in 2yrs

    The government in the first four months earned Tk8 crore in revenue from local traders who imported only coal and rockBangasonahat, the 18th landport of the country in Kurigram , lies in rundown state as the infrastructre work yet to be completed after it was opened on April 28, 2014.

    When visited, it was found that some tin-shed houses were made by locals in the port area. But the initiative taken by the government was totally absent.

    The port sources said traders fear that the port might collapse anytime as the concern authoriies did not take steps to develop it.

  • BD High Commission official missing in Pakistan

    An official of the Bangladesh High Commission in Pakistan has been missing since Monday evening.

    Bangladesh High Commissioner to Pakistan Suhrab Hossain told the Dhaka Tribune that Personal Officer of Press Section Jahangir Hossain left the high commission after 6pm to pick up his daughter from a coaching centre.

    “As he did not reach there, his daughter phoned her mother,” the High Commissioner said.

    “Jahangir’s mobile phone is switched off,” he added.

  • Man killed in clash over sand quarry domination

    A man was killed in a clash between two groups over the control of a sand quarry in Sirajganj yesterday.

    Babu Sheikh, 30, son of Akbar Ali of Dhanbandhi Puthiabari area, was a supporter of a group named Bakkar Pradhan.

    The clash left another 10 people injured.

    Manikul Islam, sub-inspector of Sirajganj Sadar police station, said the clash erupted between Bakkar Pradhan group and Uzzal Sheikh group in the backdrop of a longstanding conflict over the control of a sand quarry on the char of the Jamuna River.

  • Verdict in Noni-Taher war crimes case today

    The International Crimes Tribunal is scheduled to deliver its verdict in a war crimes case filed against alleged razakars Obaidul Haq Taher and Ataur Rahman Noni of Netrokona today.

    A three-member Tribunal 1 headed by Justice Anwarul Haque fixed the date yesterday.

    On January 10 this year, trials were concluded and the verdict was kept waiting. The state sought capital punishment for them while the defence sought acquittal from the war crimes charges.

  • Video shows boy being tortured in Habiganj

    The video footage of a minor newspaper vendor being tortured after having been tied with a tree in Nabiganj upazila on a petty theft charge has triggered an angry outcry.

    Police detained three people for interrogation after the video clip of the incident that occurred on Friday went viral on the social networking site Facebook.

    The video footage showed a Misbah Chowdhury beating Dabir Hossain, 13, after tying him to a tree.

    On information, local UP chairman and others rescued the minor boy.

  • Post and Telecommunication Division fears revenue shortfall

    Post and Telecommunication Division fears revenue shortfall

    The Post and Telecommunication Division will miss the revenue target in this fiscal year as BTRC fails to sell its unused 15 MHz 3G spectrum in 2,100 band and 10.6 MHz in 1,800 band, official sources said.  

    But Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission hoped that it would be able to achieve the revenue target in the next fiscal year from one time spectrum assignment fee for 4G from six mobile phone operators. 

    The Post and Telecommunication Division recently made the observation in a letter addressed to Senior Finance Secretary Mahbub Ahmed.

  • Bangladesh 137th in economic freedom index

    Bangladesh has been ranked 137th among 178 economies in the 2016 Index of Economic Freedom, released by the Heritage Foundation yesterday.

    Last year, Bangladesh was ranked 131st, scoring 53.9 points.

    The US think tank termed the country’s economic freedom status “mostly unfree,” saying there are concerns over rule of law and open markets in the country.

    The country scored 53.3 points, down 0.6 points compared to the last year’s ranking, according to the report jointly prepared by Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal.

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