Monday February 19, 2018 11:45 PM

  • Two ministers face contempt ruling

    The Supreme Court yesterday issued a contempt ruling against two cabinet members for expressing diatribes towards Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, a move believed to be unprecedented in the country's history.

    Food Minister Qamrul Islam and Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque have been asked to reply by March 14 as to why they should not be prosecuted for the highly contemptuous comments they made recently.

  • ‘PM’s comment lacks political etiquette’

    The BNP has reacted sharply to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s comment on electing Khaleda Zia and her son Tarique Rahman to its top posts.

    Acting Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir condemned the comment, saying it violated political norms.

    At a March 7 rally, Hasina quipped at the BNP election, dubbing it a drama. “The party has re-elected two accused in the top posts,” she said.

  • PM to open Moghbazar flyover in March

    Though construction work on the Moghbazar-Mouchak flyover project remains incomplete, a part of the project, from the Satrasta intersection to Ramna Thana will open this March.

    Local Government Division (LGD) has decided to send a project summary to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to inaugurate the aforementioned part, which is nearly complete, by this week.

  • Police: JMB leader killed in city gunfight

    Police’s Detective Branch says it has killed a suspected militant in a gunfight in Dhaka.

    Pias, a member Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), became a leader of its Dhaka unit military wing in January, DB (south) Deputy Commissioner Mashrukur Rahman Khaled said, claiming that Pias had planned major attacks in the capital.

  • 2 injured as police open fire on Jamaat rally

    Two Jamaat-Shibir supporters were injured when police opened fire on a procession at Moghbazar in the capital.

    The Jamaat-Shibir men brought out the procession around 11am yesterday, in protest of the apex court verdict that upheld Jamaat-e-Islami leader Mir Quasem’s death penalty for war crimes.

    Ramna police station OC Mushfiqur Rahman said: “The Jamaat-Shibir men hurled bricks and tried to vandalise some vehicles as law enforcers barred their procession.

    Then police fired four rounds of shotgun bullets in self-defence.

  • HC verdict on tenants’ info Sunday

    The High Court will pass its order on Sunday on the petition filed challenging legality of the police move to collect personal information about tenants and landlords in Dhaka.

    The bench of Justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury and Justice Iqbal Kabir fixed the date after hearing the petition yesterday, petitioner Jyotirmoy Barua told the Dhaka Tribune.

    He filed the petition on March 3, two days after he had sent a legal notice requesting the government to refrain from seeking the information.

  • Murder trial resurrected after being on hold for 9 years

    Proceedings to resume the trial of the brutal murder of Jahanara Begum, who was killed by her husband for giving birth to five daughters, has started after the trial was put on hold for nine long years.

    The barbaric murder happened nearly 11 years ago, on June 30, 2005 in Shaymnagar upazila of Satkhira. Shortly after Jahanara, 47, gave birth to her youngest daughter, her husband Mujibur Rahman slaughtered her with the help of his family members in the couple’s bathroom.

  • Lighter vessel capsizes, 2 still missing

    Two persons went missing when a lighter vessel with 12 people onboard capsized during a collision between two mother vessels at the Chittagong Port’s outer anchorage on Monday night.

    Master Saiful and Greaser Md Saiful of the ship were missing after it capsized, and their detailed identification could not be known immediately, said Water Transport Cell Joint Secretary Ataul Kabir Ranju. He added that coast guard personnel were conducting a search operation to rescue them.

  • Army officer accused of torturing two boys suspended

    Sergeant Nasir Hossen, an accused of torturing two boys in Paba upazila was reportedly suspended from his job yesterday.

    Shariful Islam, officer-in-charge of Paba police station, said he had been informed about the incident.

    Sources said two minors were allegedly tortured brutally tied up by ropes for at least seven hours in suspicion of theft in district`s Paba upazila on February 12.

  • Mir Quasem’s death penalty upheld

    Quasem was the al Badr’s third most important functionary after Jamaat chief Motiur Rahman Nizami and Secretary General Ali Ahsan Mohammad MujahidThe apex court yesterday upheld the death sentence of Chittagong al-Badr kingpin Mir Quasem Ali, who had earned titles like Bangali Khan and Sarder for leading the militia group to collaborate with the Pakistani occupation forces against the pro-liberation people in 1971.

    The order paves the way for Quasem's walk to gallows for the crimes against humanity he had committed during the Liberation War including abduction, torture and murder of freedom fighters at torture cells in the port city.

  • Over 200 roadside tress cut down at Gobindaganj

    Over 200 roadside tress cut down at Gobindaganj

    Showing thumbs to district administration, two chairmen of upzila parishad have been cutting hundreds of roadside trees at Katabari and Sapmara union parishads, Gobindaganj upazila, Gaibandha over last couple of weeks.

    According to Katabari and Sapmara union parishad offices, about 500 eucalyptus tress has been planted along Hausipara-Kotalpur road from Hausipara to Sapmara union 10 years back.

  • Panchhari rubber dam brings hope among hill farmers

    Panchhari Rubber dam, constructed on the Chengi River in Shantipur area under Panchhari upazila in Khagrachhari district has brought hope among the hill farmers.

    According to local sources, at least 1500 acre uncultivated land has become under cultivation during dry season due to the rubber dam constructed with Tk10 core in 2012-2013.

    Thousand of farmers became benefited and got more than three times higher production then they had got in the past.

  • 17 Chhatra League men sued over Sylhet MC College clash

    At least 17 activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) including a general secretary of Sylhet district BCL, were sued by one of their fellow activists in connection with a clash that broke out at in Sylhet MC college on Monday.

    Rubel, himself a BCL leader, filed the case with the Shah Paran police station, said Nizam Uddin Chowdhury, officer-in-charge of the station.

  • Rights activists demand gender equality

    Rights activists demand gender equality

    A platform of women rights organisations has put forth a proposal to ensure gender equality in Bangladesh by 2030.

    The “Samajik Protirodh Committee”, formed in 2002 to protect women rights, yesterday placed the proposals while observing the International Women's Day in Dhaka. It currently has 70 members.

  • Housemaid’s suspicious death raises several questions

    The suspicious death of Jonia, 15, a housemaid who died after falling from the roof of an 11-storey residential building in Kafrul, Dhaka on Sunday morning, has raised several questions as the statements given by the victim’s family and the accused family contradict each other.

    Jonia’s father Usman Goni filed a supplementary complaint with Kafrul police station on Monday accusing her employer Ahsan Habib, his wife Naznin Akhter and their elder son Rummon Bin Ahsan, claiming that Rummon, 26, had raped and then killed her.

  • Mustafizur still out as Tigers face Dutch in World T20

    Bangladesh could not have possibly been in a better shape heading into the 2016 ICC World Twenty20. The shortest format of the game was a worry even weeks ago but the Tigers' level of confidence seemed to have increased in significant proportions following a brilliant campaign in the just-concluded Asia Cup T20.

    And they will be expecting to continue their recent improvements in the shortest format when they face the Netherlands today in their first-round opener in Dharamsala. The match begins at 3:30pm and BTV, GTV, Maasranga TV and Star Sports 1 will telecast it live.

  • Bangladesh, India to ink new $2bn LoC today

    Dhaka and New Delhi will sign a final deal today on the new Indian $2 billion Line of Credit (LoC) offered to Bangladesh by India around nine months back.

    The agreement delayed due to disagreements over some terms and conditions like procurement of goods and services from both the countries, consultant appointment, seller selection, tax, VAT and procurement guideline to execute 13 projects under the LoC.

  • BB conducts internal probe into fund hacking

    Bangladesh Bank is carrying out an internal investigation to find out whether any loophole in its own system had allowed the hacking of money from its foreign exchange reserve in the US.

    The central bank also suspects that the money transfer order had originated from Bangladesh, a senior Bangladesh Bank official yesterday told the Dhaka Tribune on condition of anonymity.

    Those who had access to the bank's swift codes – used for transferring money overseas – are now being considered as suspects, the official added.

  • Teletalk rebranding begins

    Teletalk rebranding begins

    The rebranding of the state-run mobile operator, Teletalk, with its new logo started in the capital yesterday.

    Tarana Halim, state minister for Post and Telecommunications, formally unveiled the new logo of Teletalk at the International Convention City, Bashundhara. 

    Foyzur Rahman Chowdhury, secretary, Post and Telecommunications Division, Dr Shahjahan Mahmood, chairman, BTRC, and Gias Uddin Ahmed, managing director of Teletalk, were present on the occasion.

  • Feb inflation hits 41-month low

    The declining price of food items and imported goods pulled down inflation to nearly a three-and-a-half-year low in February, according to an official data released yesterday.

    This is the lowest level of inflation since September, 2012 when it was 4.97%.

    As per the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS), inflation significantly fell to 5.62% in February from 6.07% in January.

    During the period, food inflation also moved down to 3.77% from 4.33% and non-food inflation declined to 8.46% from 8.78%.

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