- November 19, 2017
Top oil exporters Russia, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Venezuela agreed yesterday to freeze output levels but said the deal was contingent on other producers joining in – a major sticking point with Iran absent from the talks and determined to raise production.
The Saudi, Russian, Qatari and Venezuelan oil ministers announced the proposal after a previously undisclosed meeting in Doha. It could become the first joint Opec and non-Opec deal in 15 years, aimed at tackling a growing oversupply of crude and helping prices recover from their lowest in over a decade.
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has expressed concern over the cases filed against The Daily Star Editor Mahfuz Anam for carrying “confusing” and “defamatory” reports in his daily about Awami League President Sheikh Hasina during the 2007-08 military-backed caretaker regime.
In a statement issued yesterday, IFJ said the attempts to pursue coordinated legal proceedings against the editor was a clear attempt to intimidate the media and muzzle press freedom in Bangladesh.
A Narayanganj court yesterday issued a warrant for the arrest of The Daily Star Editor Mahfuz Anam in a defamation case.
Narayanganj Senior Judicial Magistrate Saiduzzaman Sharif passed the order after taking the case into cognisance yesterday afternoon.
Mohsin Mia, joint secretary of Narayanganj District Lawyers Association, filed the Tk10 crore defamation case against Mahfuz Anam for carrying “confusing” and “defamatory” reports in his daily about Awami League President Sheikh Hasina during the 2007-08 military-backed caretaker regime.
The proposed 612-megawatt imported coal-fired power plant in Banshkhali of Chittagong is all set to become the biggest private sector investment in the country’s power sector.
A joint venture of Bangladesh’s S Alam Group, and China’s SEPCO-3 Electric Power Constitution Corporation and HTG Group will build the ultra super critical thermal power plant with a net capacity of 1,224MW at a cost of $2.4bn (over Tk188.4bn).
A Dhaka court yesterday issued a warrant for the arrest of Ratan Kumar Hawlader, a sub-inspector of Adabor police station, in a case filed for sexually harassing a female student of a private university.
Dhaka Fourth Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal's Judge Saleh Uddin Ahmed passed the order after taking the probe report of the case into cognisance.
The court also directed the officer-in-charge of Adabor police station to submit report on the execution of the arrest by March 16.
A sub-inspector of the Banani police station Ashraful Islam was closed yesterday for his reported involvement in snatching gold bars from a person in Old Town area of the city.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police Deputy Commissioner Maruf Hossain Sarder confirmed the withdrawal of the sub-inspector.
Meanwhile, Bangshal police station Sub-Inspector Helal Uddin yesterday filed a case with the station against Ashraful and Abdur Razzaq, an informer of police.
The police yesterday launched the Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crimes (CTTC) unit, the latest move in the government’s effort to put down militancy and terrorism.
Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Monirul Islam will head the 611-member strong specialised unit, which will include an additional deputy inspector general-level officer, four police superintendents, ten additional superintendents and 20 assistant superintendents.
Three members of Gazipur Detective Branch (DB) of police were closed yesterday on charge of assaulting a nurse of Shaheed Tajuddin Ahmad Medical College (STAMC).
The DB police officials are Assistant Sub-Inspector Mushfiqur Rahman, Constable Anwar and Fazlul Hoque.
Gazipur Superintendent of Police (SP) Mohammad Harun-ur Rashid closed the DB police officials yesterday morning after visiting the hospital. During the visit, the SP assured of ensuring justice for the victim.
Charge sheets will be produced before the Dhaka metropolitan magistrate on March 6
Police yesterday submitted two separate charge sheets against 49 BNP leaders and activists including barrister Rafiqul Islam Miah and Amanullah Aman in a case filed for arson with Paltan police station.
The cost of Dhaka-Chittagong four-lane highway project, one of the first-track projects, has gone up by around 77% to Tk3,817 crore from the original cost estimated nine years ago.
The cost was revised upward by Tk626cr from the third revised cost of Tk3,190cr in 2013 and by Tk1,656cr from the initial estimated cost of Tk2,161cr in 2006.
The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) yesterday approved the upward revised cost of the project in a meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair at the NEC conference room.
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday alleged that the government was harassing the media and journalists by filing cases against them to hide its misdeeds.
“The government continues to take anti-democratic steps against the freedom of speech. The ruling party closed down the publications of many newspapers including Amar Desh and some private television channels,” she said.
The Indian union home ministry has agreed to sign an agreement with Bangladesh to open the borders to allow a cross-border natural elephant corridor between the two countries so that wild elephants can have an easier and safer passage.
Indian newspaper New Indian Express ran a report on January 26, which said the Indian home ministry had cleared the proposal after getting the approval from the country’s forest department.
Making common people aware about the negative impacts of excessive sound is the only way to reduce sound pollution in the country, speakers said at a discussion yesterday.
“As usual, there is an act in place to curb sound pollution in the country, but it is not properly implemented,” said Prof Dr Pran Gopal Datta, former vice-chancellor at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University. “If we cannot make people aware of the effects of sound pollution, no law will have a significant impact.”
Critically ill Bir Pratik Taramon Bibi has been admitted at Mymensingh Medical College Hospital (MMCH).
She was brought in to the hospital on Monday afternoon and was admitted at the hospital's Coronary Care Unit (CCU), where she is currently on breathing support. Sources said she had been suffering from respiratory disease.
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced a man to life in prison for raping a physically challenged young girl.
The Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal 5 Judge Tanjina Ismail delivered the verdict after she found fish trader Md Jahangir Alam Mujahid, son of Malam Miah of Charshibpur village in Banchharampur upazila of Brahmanbaria, guilty in the trial of the case.
The court fined him Tk2 lakh with another three years of rigorous imprisonment if he failed to pay the fine.
The court also asked the authorities concerned to give the money to the victim.
Singapore will provide training to 1,150 teachers and officials of technical education sector of Bangladesh at Nanyang Poliytechnic International (NYPi) in Singapore.
A partnership agreement was signed in this regard in Singapore between Bangladesh and Singapore yesterday in presence of Minister for Education Nurul Islam Nahid, says an education ministry press release.
Ashoke Kumar Biswas, director general of the Directorte of Technical Education, Bangladesh, and Foong TzeFoon, chief executive officer of NYPi signed the agree-ment on behalf of their respective sides.
A leader of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) of Chittagong Medical College (CMC) unit was hacked and two others were injured in an attack by unidentified miscreants in Nasirabad area under the city early yesterday.
The injured were CMC’s BCL organizing secretary Nahid, its cultural affairs secretary Anik and activist Mehraj, said police sources.
Police and campus sources said the incident took place in Nasirabad Housing Society area around 3:30am while miscreants stabbed Nahid with sharp weapons.
A Chittagong court yesterday sent Mahbub Ali Khan Dany, an accused of gruesome Himadri Majumdar Himu murder case, to jail after he was arrested from Chittagong city’s Panslaish area.
Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP)’s Assistant Commissioner (AC) (prosecution) Nimalendu Bikash Chawakrabarty said the court of Additional Metropolitan Session Judge Nurul Islam
had given order to send him to jail after he was produced before the court.
A mobile court yesterday sentenced a madrasa teacher to one year’s imprisonment and fined four other teachers for helping some Dakhil examinees with unfair means at an exam centre in Wazirpur upazila.
Omar Faruk, a teacher of Sakrail Alim Madrasah, was jailed for one year while four other teachers – Ibrahim, principal Ramijuddun, Rafikul Islam – of the same institution and Moktar Hossain, a teacher of Kalihata Madrasah, were fined Tk20,000 each.
Three persons were beaten to death by locals in Rajshahi, Narshingdi and Narayanganj yesterday.
An alleged burglar was beaten to death by a mob in Dorshonapara area, Poba upazila, Rajshahi in the early hours of the day.
Senior Police Super of Rajshahi district Abdur Rashid told the Dhaka Tribune that locals had caught Hasan Ali, 25, son of Tafjur Ali of Darshanpara area in the upazila, around 2am while he was stealing goods from the grocery shop of one Deljan Begum.