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  • Tk12cr flower bonanza ahead of Falgun, Valentine’s Day

    Tk12cr flower bonanza ahead of Falgun, Valentine’s Day

    Flower farmers of Jessore are enjoying a flourishing business surrounding their three biggest sale days – Pohela Falgun, Valentine’s Day and Language Movement Day.

    With no political instability like past years and a surge in demands, flower farmers in Jhikargachha upazila have already sold flowers worth Tk12 crore for Falgun and Valentine’s Day, which fall consecutively on February 13 and 14.

    Farmers in Gadkhali and Panisara unions grow 11 variety of flowers around the year, including roses, rajanigandha, gerbera, gladiolas, gypsy and marigold.

  • Dhaka grapples with illegal parking

    Dhaka grapples with illegal parking

    DMP’s ordinance prohibits parking on the street or public places and imposes a Tk100 fineMore and more people are parking vehicles on busy city streets, arguing that there is inadequate or no parking space available, subsequently contributing to anguishing traffic congestion in Dhaka. In most cases, illegally parked vehicles occupy almost half of the road, particularly in front of shopping malls, markets, offices and schools.

    A 2014 study by capital’s development authority Rajuk observed that Dhaka’s transport and traffic management system had no discipline which cost a commuter 10 minutes on an average at each busy intersection.

  • DU VC: Tigers to be conserved for protecting nation’s pride, existence

    Dhaka University Vice-Chancellor Prof AAMS Arefin Siddique has called for raising awareness to protecting tigers, Bangladesh’s national animal, for ecological balance.

    He described tigers as Bangladesh’s symbol while addressing a programme on DU campus yesterday. “Our pride and existence will be lost if tigers do not exist,” he said.

    The programme was part of Bagh Activity, a joint project of the government and the USAID, implemented by Wild Team with support from Smithsonian Institution and Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies.

  • BBS launches Rohingya census in six districts

    The first-ever census of unregistered Rohingya population in Bangladesh began in six districts yesterday.

    Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) has engaged 100 supervisors and 1,090 enumerators to conduct the census in Cox’s Bazar, Bandarban, Rangamati, Chittagong, Khagrachhari and Patuakhali districts.

    In Cox’s Bazar, enumerators started the counting from the Rohingya camp at Pahartoli of the district town and Kutupalang of Ukhiya in the morning, and managed to include over 800 Rohingyas.

  • Nasim to Mahfuz Anam: Resign from Daily Star

    Health Minister Mohammad Nasim has said the Daily Star Editor Mahfuz Anam should resign from the newspaper now that he has admitted to running “false corruption stories” against Sheikh Hasina based on information provided by the DGFI.

    “He has already lost his credibility by publishing those fake stories and now he should quit the newspaper as the readers have lost their faith in him,” Nasim said at a joint meeting of the Jubo League in Dhaka yesterday.

  • Europe wants responsible buying from RMG brands

    Europe wants responsible buying from RMG brands

    An RMG product was being sold for $4, but later slapped with a price tag of $45; so it was normal that workers would question where the $40 had goneClothing brands and buyers have to ensure consumers that their products were made in safe workplaces and that the workers were paid reasonably, visiting European Parliament member Jean Lambert has said.

    Lambert made the call at a media briefing after leading an EU delegation to a meeting with BGMEA leaders in the capital yesterday. There, the delegation learnt about the latest status of safety standards and labour rights in the country’s RMG sector.

  • Jamaat, militants planning attacks in CHT

    Cyber Crime Unit finds dozens of websites, social media platforms instigating communal attacksMembers of Jamaat-e-Islami and several outlawed Islamist militant groups have built up a strong base in the Chittagong Hill Tracts to carry out massive attacks on the indigenous peoples and their establishments.

    Intelligence agencies and law enforcement agency sources have said that they already foiled some plans, recovered arms and bombs meant for conducting the attacks, and kept under watch at least 32 websites instigating communal attacks.

  • EU MPs: It’s time to discuss how power should be transferred

    Now is the time to start a discussion on how power should be transferred from one government to another, a visiting EU delegation has said.

    “Whatever the mechanism is, [it] is something that really does need to be discussed now,” visiting European Parliament delegation leader Jean Lambert said at a press conference yesterday.

    The four-member delegation came to Dhaka on a three-day visit and had meetings with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, her cabinet colleagues, the speaker, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and civil society members.

  • Dhaka for int’l cooperation to achieve SDGs

    Bangladesh has emphasised the need for international cooperation in addition to efforts by LDC governments for ensuring that the LDCs would be able to meet the target of graduation within the stipulated deadlines and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

  • 5 held over missing Pubali Bank money

    Police have arrested five people, a day after about Tk50 lakh of Publai Bank went missing while being transported to Chittagong City from its Sitakunda branch on a microbus.

    The arrestees are Sitakunda branch Cashier Rajibur Rahman, security personnel Ashiqur Rahman, Tanjur Rahman, Majharul Islam and microbus driver Bijoy Kumar Das.

    Assistant General Manger of Chittagong CDA Corporate branch of Pubali Bank Toufiqur Rahman lodged a complaint with Sitakunda police on Thursday night. However, the law enforcers are yet to recover the missing money.

  • SoBs to recruit manpower through fresh test

    The state-owned banks (SoBs) will recruit manpower through fresh tests, not from those who passed in the written test held previously, Bangladesh Bank (BB) announced yesterday through a press release, reported UNB.

    Referring to an official note of Finance Minister AMA Muhith which he gave on the letters of the SoBs to the Bankers Selection Committee, the central bank said the committee has been instructed to recruit manpower for Sonali Bank, Janata Bank and Rupali Bank through fresh exam and not from those who passed the written test in 2013-14.

  • AL grassroots to select UP candidates

    The ruling Awami League has instructed its grassroots-level leaders to propose names of possible candidates for the upcoming Union Parishad (UP) elections on party tickets.

    A media statement issued yesterday said the party sought lists by February 15.

    The selection board consists of presidents and general secretaries of Awami League’s district, upazila and union units.

    Sources said the Awami League Central Working Committee will scrutinise the lists and finalise candidates for the polls. 

  • Airfares fail to drop even as fuel prices plummet

    Airfares fail to drop even as fuel prices plummet

    Bangladeshi air passengers are not benefiting from the nosedive taken by international jet fuel prices, which have hit their lowest levels in 11 years.

    Globally, the slump in oil prices has been manna from heaven for flyers, allowing them to pay significantly less than before for airline tickets.

    As Brent crude, the benchmark in oil prices on the international market, fell to an 11-year low at around $35 per barrel from previous highs of $120 per barrel, most American and European airlines reduced airfares by 11-14% last year.

  • Community radio: Voice of rural Bangladesh

    As the country celebrates the Fifth World Radio Day along with the rest of the world today, the significance of community radio in the rural, remote areas of the country in terms of development and raising awareness is being recognised by all stakeholders.

    Community media are widely recognised by governments, international development agencies, and civil society organisations alike as key agents of participatory development. Their reach and practices are a unique way of reaching and involving people.

  • Newborn rescued while being sold in Dhaka

    The Rapid Action Battalion has rescued a two-day-old baby from Dhaka's Banani when it was being sold.

    Four persons were detained from a flat on the first floor of MashAllash Mansion, building number 137 of Shantibagh Chairmanbari area yesterday afternoon for their alleged involvement in the incident, RAB 3 operation officer Rabiul Karim said.

    The detainees are Salma Begum, 33, her husband Saiful Islam, 34, Anowara Begum, 46, and one Babu, 36.

  • Woman dies after falling on the road

    A woman was killed in an accident after her scarf wrapped around the wheels of an easybike, pulling her down on the road in the capital’s Badda yesterday.

    The dead was identified as Anamika Sarker, 30, wife of Polash Sarker.

    Anamika along with her neighbour Uzzala Banik hired an easybike, a battery-run three-wheeler, around 4pm to go to Suvastu Tower to buy school dresses for her twin sons.

    Describing the incident, Uzzala said Anamika suddenly fell on the road as her scarf got stuck with the wheels of the vehicle.

  • No measure yet to prevent spread Zika through of Sonamasjid port

    No measure has yet been taken at Sonamasjid land port in Chapainawabganj to prevent the transmission of Zika virus.

    In spite of directives from the Health Ministry, the local health office has not yet formed any medical team to deal with the issue.

    The lack of preventive measures has caused panic among locals living in the border areas. 

    Also, passengers arriving from India are entering the country without undergoing any health check-up.  

  • Most CCTV cameras in Ctg city remain dysfunctional

    More than half of the CCTV cameras installed by Chittagong Metropolitan Police in the port city is now out of service posing a serious threat to the security of the city dwellers.

    Fifty-four out of the 99 CCTV cameras set up in the city are now dysfunctional as they were installed on the pillars of the removed billboards during the anti-billboard eviction drives in January by Chittagong City Corporation.

  • Illegal stone extraction threatens Bandarban

    The illegal extraction of stones and boulders from streams and hills has been going on unabated in Bandarban. As a result, many brooks and streams have already started to dry up.

    Dying streams will severely impact local agriculture where streams are the only water source. Moreover, many are dredging hills in search of stones.

  • Housewife sets herself on fire to get rid of torture

    Being frustrated by continuous torture of in-laws a housewife attempted to commit suicide setting her on fire at Chandkarim village, Sadullapur upazila, Gaibandha in the early hours of yesterday. 

    Several parts of the body of Rumi Begum, 22, was burnt and she admitted to Rangpur Medical College Hospital in critical state.

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