Thursday March 22, 2018 11:46 PM

  • Adults not impressed by children’s books

    The collection of children’s books at Amar Ekushey Boi Mela 2016 has failed to impress parents, writers and literature experts due to its lack of variety and quality.

    The stalls carrying children’s books are flooded with ghost and horror stories, children’s comics and cartoon stories, complained several parents who brought children to the fair.

    Eminent author Syed Manzoorul Islam said he was horrified by the amount of mistakes in children’s books at the fair this year.

  • Rana Plaza murder case 2 accused get bail

    A Dhaka court yesterday granted bail to two accused men in the murder case filed over the Rana Plaza collapse that killed at least 1,136 people in April 2013.

    Dhaka Senior Judicial Magistrate Shahajadi Tahmida passed the order after Shahidul Islam and Md Yusuf Ali, two factory inspectors of the Labour Ministry, surrendered before the court and their counsel Sheikh Baharul Islam filed the bail petition.

  • BPC stops relying on G2G to import fuel oil

    Bangladesh has floated an international tender to import petroleum products, doing away with the government-to-government (G2G) negotiations, to profit on a slumping global oil market.

    “We want to procure of 9.875 million barrels (13,20,000 tonnes) of GASOIL and 1.440 million barrels of Jet A-1,” Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation Chairman AM Badrudduja told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday.

  • JCD men embezzle money for slain comrade’s family

    Local Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leaders in Mymensingh have allegedly misappropriated money given to the family of a slain activist by BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia.

    The family of former Gafargaon municipal unit JCD general secretary Ibne Azad Komol claimed they were threatened by Chhatra Dal leaders for asking them to return the money.

    They wrote to Khaleda on February 8, complaining against the district’s JCD President Rukonuzzaman Rukon and the upazila’s Convenor Mahibur Rahman Nasim.

  • Nahid: Dhaka University is no Oxford of the East

    Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid has rued the state of education at the Dhaka University, popularly called the “Oxford of the East”.

    “It is the largest and oldest university in Bangladesh. But over the last 50 years, I have only heard that the education quality has declined,” he told the Parliament yesterday replying to a question by Opposition Leader Rawshan Ershad.

  • Hasina to Ansar & VDP: Protect public life

    Hasina to Ansar & VDP: Protect public life

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked members of Bangladesh Ansar and VDP to perform their duties with utmost sincerity and courage to protect public life and property.

    The prime minister was addressing the 36th National Rally of Bangladesh Ansar and Village Defence Party (VDP) at Yead Ali Parade Ground at Ansar-VDP Academy in Shafipur, Gazipur, reported UNB.

  • Energy sector research needs spark

    Participants at seminar on access to energy called for research to be conducted by universities to fulfil an array of needs, from basic information on energy poverty to innovation in renewable energy products and services.

    Tawfiq-E-Elahi Chowdhury, energy advisor to the prime minister, yesterday said Bangladesh is the only country in the world to cover access to electricity in its constitution, but added: “The time has come to define the accurate energy demand and energy access situation through research.”

  • Narayanganj repulsive with stinky, filthy water

    Residents of some parts of Narayanganj have been suffering immensely for the last four months due to stinky and filthy water supplied by the Narayanganj Water Supply and Sewerage Authority. 

    The worst affected areas of the city are Don Chamber, Khanpur, Missionpara, Deobhog, Netaiganj, Jamtala and Masdair. 

    Many residents of the city alleged that water supplied by the Wasa was not drinkable at all as it was stinky and had turned yellowish.

  • Tk50 lakh of Pubali Bank goes missing

    About Tk50 lakh of Publai Bank reportedly went missing yesterday afternoon while the money was being transported to Chittagong from Sitakunda branch by a micro-bus. However, none was arrested in connection with the incident.

    Abdus Sabur Mia,  manager of Sitakunda Branch of Pubali Bank, said: “The micro-bus was transporting two sacks of money amounting Tk1.30 crore. However, a sack containing Tk50 lakh went missing on the way suddenly.

  • 15 BCL men sued for assaulting constable

    At least 15 activists of the Bangladesh Chhatra League, the students front of the ruling party, were accused in a case filed in connection with assaulting a constable.

    Nasima Begum, mother of constable Razu Sarkar, filed the case with Rajpara police station on Wednesday night.

    Moinul Islam Bappi, president of BCL New Government Degree College, are among the accused. Officer-in-Charge of Rajpara police station Mahmudur Rahman told the Dhaka Tribune that they yet to arrest any accused of the case. But they were conducting drive to arrest the culprits.

  • 43 acres to be acquired for Parky, Patenga beaches

    Chittagong district administration took a decision to increase the facilities of Patenga and Parky beaches in Chittagong by acquiring 43 acres of land.

    Deputy Commissioner of Chittagongr Mesbah Uddin made the disclosure in a meeting of Beach Management Committee held in DC office yesterday.

    “Five acres of land in Patenga beach and 38 acres of land in Parky beach under Anwara upazila in Chittagong will be acquired and the procedure will be completed within next two months,” said the deputy commissioner. 

  • 2 ‘outlaws’ killed in Kushtia ‘gunfight’ with RAB

    Two people believed to be members of an outlawed party were killed in a reported gunfight with members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) at Swastipur in Sadar upazila early yesterday.

    Mosaddek Ibne Mujib, commanding officer of RAB 12, said they had information that a group of members of the outlawed party were staying in the area for holding a secret meeting, a team of the elite force conducted a drive there at about 3am.

    Sensing the presence of Rab members, the party members opened fire on the elite force forcing them to fire back that triggered a gunfight.

  • DMP to clean up its act

    DMP to clean up its act

    Dhaka Metropolitan Police has formed a four-member committee to select responsible and sincere police officials from outside Dhaka for appointing in the DMP.

    The decision to form the committee was taken at a recent conference in the wake of some of the recent incidents of harassment and assault by police that caused a stir. The inspector general of police was present at the conference held at Rajarbagh Police Lines. 

  • Road collapses just 10 days after inauguration

    The Marea-Debiganj Road in Panchagarh collapsed after opening 10 days earlier.

    Sources said a large portion of the road in the district became unfit for vehicles as potholes developed at several points of the road due to use of low quality materials for construction.

    Brick-chips, sand and bitumen got damaged on 17 kilometre of the road in Sugar Mill area as the substances had not been set up firmly, said sources.

    Roads and Highways Department sources said Dhrubo Construction Ltd, a construction farm, was given the work in contact of Tk6.81 crore.

  • BNP to hold first elections to its top posts

    The BNP has decided to change the party charter to hold elections to the top two posts during its upcoming national council.

    Chairperson Khaleda Zia approved the proposed changes in a meeting of the party’s highest policymaking body – the standing committee – on Wednesday night.

    Tarique Rahman, son of Khaleda Zia and party founder Ziaur Rahman, is currently the senior vice-chairman – the other top post that will see election for the first time during the council slated for March 19.

  • 6 robbers held with arms, ammo

    Police have detained six suspected robbers with a pipe gun and two rounds of bullet from Homna upazila in Comilla yesterday.

    The detainees are Akash, 23, Shofiqul Islam, 24, Sumon, 25, Kobir Hossain, 25, Md Alam, 35, and Rabiul Hassan, 29.

    Officer-in-Charge of Homna police station Abul Foisal said: “We signalled two CNG-run autorickshaws to stop at Gouripur, but they attempted to speed away ignoring the signal.”

  • Union parishad polls to be held in six phases

    The Election Commission yesterday announced that the first phase of Union Parishad elections would be held on March 22 in 752 unions.

    The commission also stated that the UP elections, which will be in partisan line for the first time in history, will be held in six phases in 4,275 unions of the country.

    Election Commissioner Md Shah Nawaz said: “The UP polls will be held in over 4,500 union parishads but initially, the commission has decided to hold the polls in 4,275 union parishads.”

  • Nahid: Chhatra Sangsad will aid student politics

    Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid yesterday told parliament that necessary steps would be taken to establish Chhatra Sangsad in all colleges and universities in the country.

    An active Chhatra Sangsad – student parliament – in academic institutions will aid constructive student politics, which helps create good political atmosphere in a country, the minister said in reply to a question.

  • HC for criminal case against Japan Bangladesh hospital

    The High Court yesterday issued a rule asking the government as to why a criminal case should not be initiated against the authorities of Japan Bangladesh Friendship Hospital for keeping a toddler’s lifeless body on life support and other irregularities.

    The court also wanted to know why an order should not be given to compensate the family members of the 16-month-old baby girl, Sumaiya Sabah.

  • Now sedition case filed against Mahfuz Anam

    A sedition complaint was filed against Daily Star Editor and Publisher Mahfuz Anam yesterday on charges of publishing corruption stories without verification against Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina based on information provided by the DGFI.

    Mostafizur Rahman Dulal, an assistant public prosecutor of the Dhaka’s Special Judge’s Court, filed the case with the Dhaka’s Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court under sections 123 (A), 124 (A) and 500 of the Penal Code.

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