DhakaTribune
Tuesday November 21, 2017 11:41 PM



  • Ecnec nods BSMMU development project

    The government yesterday approved a super specialised hospital project of Tk1,366.34 crore to modernise and expand healthcare facilities at the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU).

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina chaired the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) meeting that cleared altogether nine developments projects worth Tk4,858.77 crore.

    Of the expenditure, Tk2,477.49cr will come from the national exchequer, Tk173.93cr from project related public agencies’ own fund and Tk2,207.35cr from project assistance.

  • One held over Bangladeshi expat’s abduction in S Africa

    The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) arrested a suspected member of an international human trafficking gang from Dhaka’s Jatrabari yesterday over the abduction of an expatriate Bangladeshi in South Africa.

    CID’s special police superintendent Mirza Abdullahel Baqui identified the man as Akther Hossain, 29.

  • Indian companies to start offshore 2D seismic survey

    Indian state-owned ONGC Videsh Limited and Oil India Limited will start a two-dimensional seismic survey in the 5,550 line-kilometre area of the hydrocarbon blocks 4 and 9 in the shallow parts of the Bay of Bengal from February 8.

    “They selected Chinese geophysical service firm BGP as a third party for the survey to determine the volume of reserves in two blocks,” a Petrobangla official said.

    Bangladesh signed deals with ONGC Videsh and Oil India on February 17, 2014, to search for oil and gas in two offshore blocks in the Bay of Bengal.

  • Mir Quasem’s appeal hearing deferred till February 9

    The Supreme Court has deferred until February 9 the hearing on an appeal by Jamaat-e-Islami’s key financier Mir Quasem Ali, seeking review of his death penalty for war crimes.

    A four-member bench of the Appellate Division led by Chief Justice SK Sinha fixed the date yesterday, responding to a time plea filed by the defence lawyers.

    Earlier, the apex court set February 2 for commencing the appeal hearing.

    On November 3, 2014, Mir Quasem, a commander of al-Badr during the war, was awarded capital punishment by the International Crimes Tribunal 2.

  • Court frames issue in Dandy Dyeing case

    A Dhaka court yesterday framed issue against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, her son Tarique Rahman and 13 others in Dandy Dyeing loan default case.

    Acting judge Fatema Ferdous of Dhaka Artha Rin Adalat 1 (money loan court) framed the issue against Khaleda and others rejecting their time petition and fixed March 1 for recording depositions of witnesses in the case.

  • BD-Pak diplomatic dust-up

    Bangladeshi diplomat says he has been harassed by plainclothesmenThe relationship between Bangladesh and Pakistan has been strained further as Dhaka strongly protested harassment of its staff in Islamabad and a press release issued by the Pak high commission.

  • No plan yet to cut ties with Pakistan

    Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali has ruled out any possibility of cutting ties with Islamabad amid diplomatic tensions running high between Bangladesh and Pakistan.

    “It is not like diplomatic ties have to be cut if there is any tension,” the minister said.

    “In many cases we have seen that diplomatic ties remain in tact even at times of war. We are observing the situation. Time is very important. We are not thinking about cutting ties right now,” he told in parliament in reply to a query.

  • Aamra to provide 1,500 free WiFi hotspots

    More than 1,500 free WiFi hotspots provided by Aamra Companies will be available across the country within this year.

    With no caps, no restrictions, no conditions, and no fair usage policy (FUP), the internet service is going to be absolutely free.

    Currently, the service is available in more than 350 locations in Dhaka, Chittagong, and Sylhet. Users with smartphones are automatically eligible for the free WiFi service.

  • 8 Jamaat men, 100 others arrested

    Police in an overnight drive arrested 104 people including eight activists of Jamaat-e-Islami and its student wing Islami Chhatra Shibir on different charges in different areas around the Chittagong district yesterday.

    Police also recovered 1,010 yaba pills, 105 litres of liquor and around 200 grams of marijuana during the drive.

    Kazi Abdul Awal, assistant superintendent of police in Chittagong, confirmed the matter to the Dhaka Tribune.

  • Cruz tops Trump in Iowa polls, Clinton and Sanders tie

    Republican Senator Ted Cruz beat billionaire Donald Trump in Iowa on Monday while Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders remained virtually deadlocked in the first presidential nominating contests of the 2016 White House race.

    Cruz, a conservative lawmaker from Texas, won with 28% of the vote compared to 24% for businessman Trump in the Republican contest. Marco Rubio, a US senator from Florida, came in third with 23%, easily making him the leader among establishment Republican candidates.

  • Gazipur sweater factory fire hurts four

    Gazipur sweater factory fire hurts four

    At least four people received burns when a blaze erupted at a sweater factory in the city’s Boardbazar area yesterday. The injured were admitted to a local hospital.

    However, none could not confirm the reason behind the fire and whether anybody was stranded inside the factory during the blaze.

    Joydevpur Fire Service Station Officer Md Hasibur Rahman said: “The fire ensued on the top floor of an eight-storied building housed the sweater factory around 7:30am.”

  • Tourists, guide whereabouts still in the dark

    ‘We could not be able to talk directly with the victims. But we are keeping track of them, they are alive’Two tourists and their guide are yet to be traced even four months after they have been kidnapped from Bandarban border area.

    But Bandarban district administration is still hopeful that the two tourists  are still alive.

    Two tourists –  Jakir Hossain Munna, 35, and Abdullah Al Jubayer, 28, and their guide Mangsai went missing from Ruma upazila of Bandarban on October 3, last year.

  • 158 autos seized, 91 cases filed on second day

    The Bangladesh Road Transport Authority and Chittagong Metropolitan Police yesterday conducted joint drives against the unregistered CNG-run auto- rickshaws in the city.

    The BRTA and CMP authorities decided to go tough on the errant CNG-run auto-rickshaws after the deadline for installing metres expired on January 31.

    The newly-fixed increased fares of CNG-run auto-rickshaws were scheduled to come into effect from Monday in the port city Chittagong.

  • Rice, wheat to be sold in OMS at reduced prices

    The Food Planning and Monitoring Committee has proposed selling out about 1.5m tonnes stock of rice and wheat at reduced prices through open market sale programme as Irri harvest time nears.

    The reduction of prices will add a subsidy of Tk300 crore to the country’s food sector.

    The committee made the proposal at a meeting yesterday as a new harvest of Irri rice would hit the market in next two and half months, said an official who attended the meeting.

  • DMCH doctor: Beauty deeply scarred

    Beauty Akhter, who allegedly threw a newborn baby out of the fourth floor of a building, was mentally scarred, doctors said.

    She was undergoing treatment at One-Stop Crisis Centre (OCC) of the Dhaka
    Medical College Hospital (DMCH). OCC Co-ordinator Bilkis Begum told the Dhaka Tribune on Tuesday that they had ran forensic tests on her.

    “We will provide her counselling as we found her deeply scarred both mentally and physically,” Bilkis said adding that they would run DNA tests to determine Beauty’s age and relationship with the newborn.

  • Officials’ absence hampers services at Sirajganj municipality

    Three senior officials at the Sirajganj municipality have been absent for the last three days without notice, hampering administrative activities and causing suffering to people seeking various services.

    Secretary Abdul Halim, Executive Engineer Abu Hena Mostofa Kamal and Chief Accountant Anisuzzaman also skipped the scheduled last meeting of municipality’s outgoing council.

    Panel Mayor Ataur Rahman said he suspected the trio had fled with “confidential documents” and added that they were not showing up despite repeated requests.

  • Khaleda receives invitation from India

    BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has received an invitation from the World Cultural Festival to attend the two-day programme at New Delhi in March, said party sources.

    The BNP, however, did not disclose anything formally about the trip. Party leaders said the former premier is yet to make up her mind.

    The World Forum Ethics in Business and The Art of Living Foundation will jointly organise the festival on March 12-13.

    The invitation from the organisers reached Khaleda on January 20, said a source in the BNP chairperson’s office.

  • Domestic help found dead

    A domestic help, who used to work at the residence of Senior Sub-Judge Lutfor Rahman in Panchgarh, died yesterday mysteriously.

    The victim was Ambia, 12, daughter of Jamshed Ali, of Gayabari village in Dimla upazila of Nilphamari. Mokarama Marzi Meem, wife of the judge, said Ambia went to her room at night after watching television.

    In the morning, there was no response from the room while she was being called. The room was locked from inside.

  • Rony’s charge framing hearing deferred

    A Dhaka court yesterday once again deferred the hearing on the charges framed against Awami League MP Pinu Khan’s son Bakhtiar Alam Rony in a case filed over killing of two people in New Eskaton Road of the capital.

    Judge Shamsun Nahar of Second Additional Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judges’ Court fixed February 28 for the next hearing following a time petition sought by Rony’s lawyer over his sickness.

    Rony was shortly produced before the court, however, as he fell sick in the court he was sent to Dhaka Medical College Hospital for treatment. 

  • Students deprived of quality education

    More than 500 students at Budda Shishugorh School and College under Mohalchhari upazila in Khagrachhari district are deprived of quality education due to manifold reasons.

    Remrachai Marma, a villager, said the institution had been established on 1.40-acre land in remote Maischhari area in 1993 while the college section including Arts and Commerce sections were opened in 2013.

    But no development work had been completed yet, he said.

    Many students were deprived of quality education as there are not enough classrooms and others facilities, he added.

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