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  • Court orders Khaleda to appear on April 7

    A Dhaka court yesterday ordered the four accused in Zia Charitable Trust corruption case including BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia to appear before it on April 7 to defend themselves.

    Judge Abu Ahmed Jamadar of Dhaka's Third Special Judge's Court passed the order after the defence completed cross examining the last prosecution witness.

    The court recorded the depositions of 32 out of 36 prosecution witnesses including ACC Deputy Director Harun-ur-Rashid, also the investigation officer and complainant of the case.

  • Kolkata flyover collapse kills 17

    Kolkata flyover collapse kills 17

    A flyover under construction in the bustling Kolkata city collapsed on Thursday on to vehicles and street vendors below, killing at least 17 people with more than 100 people feared trapped, reports ANI.

    Residents used their bare hands to try to rescue people pinned under a 100-metre length of metal and cement that snapped off at one end and came crashing down in a teeming commercial district near Girish Park.

    “The concrete had been laid last night at this part of the bridge,” resident Ramesh Kejriwal said while talking to Reuters.

  • Committee formed to find Moghbazar flyover plan fault

    The Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Planning Ministry has decided to find out if Moghbazar-Mouchak flyover's plan contains any structural fault.

    The committee has also formed a three-member sub-committee in this regard.

    A press statement issued by the Parliament Secretariat said Md Tajul Islam, a member of the Parliamentary Standing committee on the Planning Ministry, is the convener of the sub-committee, and the two other members are Samshul Haque Chowdhury and Muhibur Rahman Manik.

  • Committee formed to find Moghbazar flyover plan fault

    The Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Planning Ministry has decided to find out if Moghbazar-Mouchak flyover's plan contains any structural fault.

    The committee has also formed a three-member sub-committee in this regard.

    A press statement issued by the Parliament Secretariat said Md Tajul Islam, a member of the Parliamentary Standing committee on the Planning Ministry, is the convener of the sub-committee, and the two other members are Samshul Haque Chowdhury and Muhibur Rahman Manik.

  • NHRC chief: Evidence may have been tampered with

    National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Chairman Mizanur Rahman yesterday said a visit to the site where Sohagi Jahan Tonu’s body was found led him to suspect that there might have been attempts to damage evidence.

    “It could potentially alter the course of the trial and hinder identification of the culprits,” he told reporters in Comilla. “In that case, those trying to alter evidence should be brought to book.”

  • NHRC chief: Evidence may have been tampered with

    National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Chairman Mizanur Rahman yesterday said a visit to the site where Sohagi Jahan Tonu’s body was found led him to suspect that there might have been attempts to damage evidence.

    “It could potentially alter the course of the trial and hinder identification of the culprits,” he told reporters in Comilla. “In that case, those trying to alter evidence should be brought to book.”

  • Petrobangla inks deal to use LNG terminal

    Bangladesh Oil and Gas Corporation, commonly known as Petrobangla, has signed an initial agreement with Excelerate Energy Bangladesh Limited (EEBL) to use their liquefied natural gas (LNG) processing terminal.

    Under the agreement, the EEBL, a subsidiary of US-based Excelerate Energy, will build the country’s first floating storage and re-gasification unit (FSRU) – popularly known as LNG terminal – to process imported LNG into natural gas on a build-own-operate-transfer basis.

  • Petrobangla inks deal to use LNG terminal

    Bangladesh Oil and Gas Corporation, commonly known as Petrobangla, has signed an initial agreement with Excelerate Energy Bangladesh Limited (EEBL) to use their liquefied natural gas (LNG) processing terminal.

    Under the agreement, the EEBL, a subsidiary of US-based Excelerate Energy, will build the country’s first floating storage and re-gasification unit (FSRU) – popularly known as LNG terminal – to process imported LNG into natural gas on a build-own-operate-transfer basis.

  • BASIC official remanded

    A Dhaka court yesterday granted the Anti-Corruption Commission time to interrogate BASIC Bank Assistant General Manager Ikramul Bari and three businessmen in seven cases filed over loan forgery at the state-run bank.

    Others remanded are Syed Hasibul Gani Galib, owner of Emerald Oil industry, Md Akbar Hossain, owner of Asian Shipping BD, and Fayezunnabi Chowdhury, managing director of Farsi International.

  • Government cuts furnace oil price

    The government reduced the price of furnace oil, used mainly to generate electricity, by Tk18 per litre, effective from yesterday midnight.

    A gazette notification announcing the price cut – from Tk60 to Tk42 – was issued by the Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry.

    According to the Power Development Board, furnace oil is used to produce 21.56% or 2,508MW of the total power; 7.97% or 927MW is generated using diesel and 61.62% or 7,169MW comes from gas.

  • ‘$34 million can still be recovered’

    The Philippines government can recover 40%, or about $34 million of the $81 million stolen by hackers from Bangladesh bank and laundered through its banking system, said the country's Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto on Wednesday.

    When interviewed over radio, Recto urged law enforcement agencies to move swiftly to recover portions of the loot still in the country following testimony on Tuesday’s Senate blue ribbon committee hearing that not all of the amount was laundered successfully through the casinos, reports Inquirer.net.

  • Ministry raises issues with Rooppur loan

    The Finance Ministry has raised several objections on the draft credit agreement for the $12.65 billion loan from the Russian government for the Rooppur nuclear power plant construction.

    In a letter to the Economic Relations Division, which is negotiating the deal, the ministry has asked to reduce the interest rate, amend advance payment clauses and include an unavoidable accident clause.

  • Minor among seven killed in violence

    Minor among seven killed in violence

    Seven persons, including a minor boy and a Dhaka University student, were killed in violence during the second phase of union parishad elections in different parts of the country while sporadic clashes left many injured.

    The victims are Shubho, 10, of Keraniganj area in Dhaka, Rafiqul Islam, 50, of Jamalpur, Sanaullah, 26, Md Ibrahim, 25, and Jamal, 50, of Chittagong, food vendor Mujibur Rahman Bishey of Jessore, and Sujan Mridha, 22, of Madaripur.

    Shubho sustained bullet injuries when two rival candidates fired at each other, and died on the way to hospital.

  • Three held with arms and ammo in capital

    The Detective Branch of police and Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime Unit (CT) arrested three alleged arms dealers from the capital's Bangshal area on Wednesday with foreign-made pistols and ammunition in possession.

    Monirul Islam, additional commissioner of DMP and head of CT, disclosed the matter at a press conference yesterday held at DMP Media Centre in the capital's Minto Road.

  • BTCL to change 10,000 telephone numbers in Ramna

    The Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Limited (BTCL) yesterday said it would change about 10,000 telephone numbers under the Ramna Telephone Exahange to provide the customers enhanced facilities of the NGN technology.

    Telephone numbers beginning with ‘711’ and ‘712’ will be replaced by new eight-digit numbers starting with ‘471’ and ‘571’, the BTCL said in a statement.

    It said the conversion process would start from April 3.

  • BB team to visit the Philippines

    Bangladesh Bank has decided to send a team to the Philippines to assist the Bangladesh ambassador in Manila provide information to the country's Senate committee.

    The two-member team consists of Jaker Hossain, deputy general manager of the central bank's accounting and budgeting department, and Mohammad Abdur Rab, joint director of Bangladesh Financial Intelligence Unit.

    They would fly for the Philippines on Saturday for a week-long visit, according to a source.

  • Lankan in BB heist claims she was set up

    When Hagoda Gamage Shalika Perera, a small Sri Lankan businesswoman, got a deposit of $20m in her account last month, she said the funds were expected but had no idea they were stolen from Bangladesh's central bank in one of the largest cyber heists in history.

    Unknown hackers breached Bangladesh Bank's systems between February 4 and February 5 and tried to steal nearly $1bn from its account at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

  • WI chase down 193 to reach WT20 final

    Late replacement Lendl Simmons led a charmed life to blast 82 not out and carry West Indies to a nail-biting seven-wicket win in the last over against India in the second semi-final of the World Twenty20 on Thursday.

    Simmons was caught twice at the Wankhede Stadium, on 18 and 50, but both times the bowlers had overstepped for no-balls and he made the hosts pay dearly for their mistakes as West Indies set up a final against England on Sunday.

  • SC upholds bail for Mirza Abbas

    The Supreme Court yesterday upheld the bail order issued by the High Court for senior BNP leader Mirza Abbas in a graft case, allowing his release from prison.

    The four-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha scrapped an appeal filed by the ACC against a previous High Court order that granted Abbas bail.

  • Study: 25% city residents suffer from lung disease

    Nearly 25% of Dhaka residents suffer from lung disease owing to the extreme level of air pollution, a study said.

    The air pollution has abnormalised the pulmonary function of one-fourth of the residents, and they have been infected with all sorts of lung diseases.

    Bangladesh University (BU) Urban Lab carried out the study, titled “Impact of Air Pollution on Public Health,” in a bid to continue research on man-made problems of the capital.

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