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Update : 25 Apr 2014, 02:41 AM

Here is a brief recap on newsworthy events that took place at home and abroad until Friday morning

Dhaka experiences highest temperature in 54 years

Dhaka city on Thursday experienced the highest temperature in 54 years as mercury reached 40.2 degrees Celsius. The country’s highest temperature was recorded 42.4 degrees Celsius in Jessore.

The previous highest temperature in the capital was recorded 42.3 degrees on April 30, 1960, according to Bangladesh Meteorological Department. The highest temperature on April 24 last year in Dhaka was 34.2 degrees.

JS body to probe gold crest scam

A parliamentary body has formed a three-member sub-committee to enquire allegations surrounding the quality of gold used in the crests awarded to foreign friends of Liberation War.

The parliamentary standing committee on Liberation War Affairs formed sub-committee in its meting at the parliament on Thursday.

Former primary and mass education minister Afsarul Amin was made convener of the committee.

Chittagong University teacher sacked over fake publication 

Chittagong University authorities on Thursday sacked an associate professor of the Arabic Department on charges of resorting to forgery during submitting articles for promotion.

The decision was made at the 492th Syndicate meeting with Professor Anwarul Azim Arif, vice-chancellor of the university, in the chair.

Imran Hossain, dean of Arts and Humanities Faculty and also a Syndicate member, said Dr SM Rafiqul Alam had presented a forged publication to the university authorities during his promotion.

Only one company responds Padma bridge tender

The Bridges Division of the government has not got expected response from the pre-qualified international construction companies for the tender floated for building the proposed Padma bridge, with two companies seeking more time to submit proposal.

Only the China Major Bridge Engineering Company Ltd responded to the tender for the work order for building the main structure of the bridge.

Communications Minister Obaidul Quader made the disclosure on Thursday afternoon as the deadline for submitting official proposals expired.

Foreign envoys hail RMG reforms

Ambassadors and high commissioners of different countries at a programme on Thursday praised the Bangladesh government for its efforts to reform the readymade garment sector and stressed the need for implementation of the pledges which still remain unfulfilled.

The Labour and Employment Ministry and the International Labour Organisation jointly arranged the programme titled “One year after Rana Plaza: Progress and the Way Forward” at Ruposhi Bangla Hotel in the capital marking one year of the Rana Plaza collapse.

Immediate rescue of eight missing persons demanded

Family members of eight people allegedly picked up by the members of Rapid Action Battalion from the capital’s Bashundhara area several months ago demanded that the government let them know the whereabouts of their missing relatives.

They said they just wanted to know if their missing relatives were still alive or dead. They were picked up allegedly by the RAB members on December 4 last year.

They made the demand from a press briefing at the National Press Club on Thursday.

Govt planning solar-based power plants

The government has a plan to set up solar-based power plants in a bid to meet growing demands of electricity in the country.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said this when Austrian Ambassador to Bangladesh Bernhard Wrabetz called on her at her office on Thursday morning.

The New Delhi-based non-residence ambassador expressed his country's support to set up solar-based power plants in Bangladesh.

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