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  • ‘Expose BDR Mutiny masterminds’

    ‘Expose BDR Mutiny masterminds’

    Family members of the slain BDR officers have demanded that the plotters of the 2009 mutiny be identified and brought to trial immediately.

    They also urged the government to execute the verdict in the murder case at the soonest.

    They made the demands after placing wreaths at the graves of the deceased army officials at Banani graveyard yesterday morning, on the seventh anniversary of
    the carnage.

  • Police claim three killers identified

    Investigators claim to have identified three assailants who took part in the killing of writer-blogger Avijit Roy on the Dhaka University campus a year ago.

    So far, eight persons have been arrested over the murder. Among them, investigators said they had found no evidence against one while another had confessed to instigating killers.

  • Bangladesh urges quick release of climate fund

    A high official yesterday complained that the release of global climate fund (GCF) meant for supporting the adaptation projects in vulnerable countries remains slow, hindering the implementation activities.

    “It needs to be expedited. The approach should not be like a banker,” said Dr Nurul Quadir, joint secretary of the Ministry of Environment and Forests, giving a reference to the sorry state of financing approach to eight climate adaptation projects Bangladesh has so far adopted to fight the impact of climate change.

  • PMO requires closer evaluation for big ticket G2G projects

    The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has asked for careful scrutiny of big ticket development projects that are to be implemented under government-to-government (G2G) schemes, official sources said.

    Officials said the move towards careful coordination and cost evaluation was necessary to implement projects identified as national priorities, sustain the growth rate of Bangladesh economy and retain Bangladesh’s excellent credit rating.

  • Tigers hoping to rectify mistakes against UAE

    Following a 45-run loss in their Asia Cup Twenty20 opener against India, Mashrafe bin Mortaza and his troop will be looking to rectify their mistakes and post their first points on the board when they lock horns with the UAE today at Mirpur’s Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium. The match begins at 7:30pm and Star Sports 1, Maasranga TV and GTV will transmit it live.

  • Firms express interest in deep-sea hydrocarbon hunt

    Two international oil companies (IOCs) yesterday submitted expressions of interest (EOIs) to explore and develop oil and gas resources in Bangladesh’s deep sea blocks DS 12, DS 16 and DS 21.

    On February 4, state-owned Petrobangla invited expressions of interest to explore and develop three deep-sea blocks in the Bay of Bengal under the Speedy Supply of Power and Energy (Special Provision) Act, 2015.

    Unlike usual bidding rounds, the government will purchase oil and gas in the Bay of Bengal at a competitive price, to be quoted by the IOCs in bids.

  • Bangladeshi Osama among Forbes 30 young social entrepreneurs in Asia

    Bangladeshi Osama among Forbes 30 young social entrepreneurs in Asia

    Osama Bin Noor is the only Bangladeshi to have made it on the list of Forbes Asia 30 under-30 social entrepreneurs.

    The annual list by Forbes Magazine features the 30 youngsters from Asia who are leveraging business tools to solve the world’s problems.

    Osama and Makshud Manik co-founded Youth Opportunities with the goal of tackling unemployment. 

  • Kader Siddique files leave-to-appeal

    Krishak Sramik Janata League President Kader Siddique yesterday filed a leave-to-appeal petition with Supreme Court against a High Court order rejecting his pleas for participating in the Tangail 4 by-election.

    On February 4, the HC rejected a petition filed by Kader challenging legality of the Election Commission’s decision cancelling his candidature in the Tangail 4 by-election.

  • Chief Justice: Don’t drag judiciary into politics

    It would be better not to drag the judiciary into politics, Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha said yesterday.

    While hearing an explanation submitted by BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on his own recent comment on the judiciary, the chief justice said: “You are politicians. It is better not to comment on the judiciary. We become shocked hearing your comments.”

    “Do politics.. We have no objection. But it is better not to drag judiciary into politics,” he added.

  • BCL men attack Titumir College students again

    Chhatra League activists yesterday beat up agitating students of Government Titumir College again for their protests against the sudden hike in tuition fees.

    Activists of the college unit of Chhatra League swooped on protesting students at Shaheed Akkasur Rahman Ankhi Hall, leaving at least 15 students injured, witnesses said.

    Among the injured, seven were sent to Dhaka Medical College Hospital and they are Idris, Shah Alam, Abdul Motaleb, Asif, Aynal, Didar and Maheshwar.

  • Businessmen let ATM forgers use their point-of-sale terminals

    Investigators have found the link of at least 20 top businessmen and several officials of private banks with the card forgery scam in exchange of shares of the illegal cash.

    Several jewellery shops, fashion outlets, merchant houses and hotels have let the forgers use the point of sale (POS) machines at their establishments to use cloned cards.

  • Court seeks report on Khaleda’s remark

    A Dhaka court yesterday asked the police to submit their probe report against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia by March 23 in a case filed for allegedly making false and instigative remarks on religious issues, involving the ruling Awami League.

    Metropolitan Magistrate Md Zakir Hossain Tipu fixed the fresh date as the Shahbagh police did not submit the probe report before it on the day. The submission was deferred 14 times.

  • Ex-minister Enamul Haque dies

    Former social welfare minister Enamul Haque Mostafa Shahid died at Square Hospital in the capital yesterday while undergoing treatment. He was 82.

    He will be buried at his family burial ground in Shayestaganj of Habiganj district today, said an Awami League press release.

    Enamul Haque, a five-time lawmaker of Jatiya Sangsad and Ekushey Award laureate, was suffering from many old-age ailments including kidney related problems.

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has expressed deep shock at the death of the former minister.

  • AL’s March 28 council deferral unlikely

    There is no possibility that the Awami League’s 20th triennial national council scheduled for March 28 will be rescheduled, party sources told the Dhaka Tribune.

    It was earlier reported that the council was likely to be rescheduled because of the union parishad elections beginning from March 22.

    Denying such reports, an Awami League leader yesterday told the Dhaka Tribune on condition of anonymity that the union parishad polls would not be an obstacle to March 28 council.

  • Government mulls changing fuel price

    The government is considering to re-fix fuel prices in the local market as international prices have decreased, State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid told the parliament yesterday.

    He said changes in prices would mean changes for prices of kerosene, diesel, furnace oil and octane.

    A few days ago, however, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina told parliament that the government would not reduce fuel oil price until the debt of Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation was paid.

  • Women UP candidates threatened in Khulna

    A record number of female candidates have joined the fray for the Union Parishad elections at Khulna’s Dakopa Upazila. But many of them have been allegedly threatened to pull out of the race by rival male candidates.

    As many as 37 women are vying for ward councillors while another has filed nomination for Tildanga Union chairman’s office, the election office said, adding that the number of female candidates was a record for Dakopa.

  • PM opens Tongi-Bhairab double-track railway

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday inaugurated the 64km Tongi-Bhairab Bazar double-track railway on Dhaka-Chittagong route.

    She opened it through a video conference from Gonobhaban, her official residence.

    The rail track is expected to reduce the travel time between Dhaka and Chittagong by at least an hour and a half.

    Trains will run at a speed of 100 kilometres per hour on the track. A train journey between Dhaka and Chittagong currently takes around six hours, but the new track will cut it to four and a half hours.

  • Unicef: Children Act 2013 execution satisfactory

    The United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) has appreciated the role of government authorities in successfully implementing and executing the Children Act 2013.

    However, the UN organisation also expressed concern over the recent outbreak of violence on children and the proposal of lowering the minimum age for marriage for girls.

  • Deal signed for specialised hospital at Uttara

    Bangladesh Aichi Medical Group has inked a deal with Japan’s Ship Healthcare Holdings Inc to set up a 600-bed specialised hospital at Uttara.

    The agreement was signed yesterday in Dhaka.

    Health Minister Mohammed Nasim said the government encouraged hospitals  to provide better services to the people. “Our government is committed to providing better health services to the people from grassroots level.”

  • Accused Bachchu killed in gunfight

    Bachchu Miah, one of the accused in the killing of four children in Habiganj district on February 12, was killed in an alleged gunfight with the members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in Chunarughat upazila of the district early yesterday

    Rab 9 Srimangal camp commanding officer Kazi Maniruzzaman Monir said on a tip-off, a team of elite force conducted a drive at Deorgach village around 4:30 am when Bachchu was trying to flee into India through Deorgach border point.

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