Motive for Lalbagh killing still unclear

January 31, 2009

Versions differ as alleged killer’s house attacked
Staff Correspondent
Detained Sheikh Zahurul Islam Zahir confessed to his involvement in the gruesome murder of Asgar Ali of Lalbagh during police interrogation yesterday.
Quoting Zahir, detective police said the accused called Asgar to Zahir’s residence at DND road around 9:00 Wednesday night and strangled him with a scarf.
Zahir in connivance with two of his associates then cut the body into pieces with a kitchen-knife in absence of Zahir’s wife, the Read more

Unscientific use of obsolete ships spoils coastal environ

January 31, 2009

Chittagong Correspondent
Environment pollution at Sitakund coast here in Chittagong has allegedly been mounting to an alarming level mainly due to unscientific recycling of obsolete ocean-cruising vessels, dumping of toxic substances and unused bunkers in the seawater.
Obsolete ship scrapping, one of the emerging sectors and major source of raw iron supplies to the steel re-rolling mills in the region, has been causing air pollution by emitting toxic gases into the air mainly come from frequent burning of different types of industrial and chemical garbages and water contamination by discharging soluble Read more

Formalin use in food items rampant

January 31, 2009

Mahbubur Rahman Khan
Consumtion of formalin mixed milk carries the risk of Kidney troubles, cancer, liver diseases and gives rise to any other health problems according to medical experts.
A syndicate of milk traders uses formlain in domestic liquid milk to preserve milk and milk products for a long period.
Sweetmeat producers and sellers across the country are the main buyers of the artificially preserved milk, according to some wholesaler.
In Dhaka city there are 15 wholesale milk outlets. These are mainly located at Keraniganj, Narayanganj, Demra, Fatulla, Merul Badda, Read more

Shibir leader stabbed to death in city

January 31, 2009

Staff Correspondent
Muggers stabbed an Islami Chhatra Shibir leader to death in front of the Aziz Cooperative Supermarket at Shahbagh early yesterday.
The deceased was identified as ATM Fazlullah, son of Fazlul Karim in the city’s Purana Paltan and assistant publication secretary of Shibir.
Another Shibir activist Shafiullah, a BA (pass course) student of Kabi Nazrul Islam College, was also injured in the incident.
Family members of the deceased claimed that he was a fourth year student of statistics department at Dhaka University (DU) and resided at Read more

CCC plans to house 2 girls’ schools in commercial complex

January 31, 2009

Move sparks protests
Dwaipayan Barua and Abdullah Al Mahmud, Ctg

Chittagong City Corporation plans to bulldoze these two schools aged over 80 years and erect a 16-storey building, which will house the schools along with commercial establishments. Photo: STAR

Chittagong City Corporation plans to bulldoze these two schools aged over 80 years and erect a 16-storey building, which will house the schools along with commercial establishments. Photo: STAR

Students and guardians of city’s two reputed girls schools and civil society members expressed resentment at Chittagong City Corporation’s (CCC) plan to demolish the schools and construct a 16-storey multi-purpose building to Read more

Khatib leads prayers amid tight security

January 31, 2009

Staff Correspondent

People had to leave their shoes in front of Baitul Mukarram before entering the mosque for Juma prayers as three consecutive Fridays saw devotees fight with shoes over the appointment of a new khatib. Photo: STAR

People had to leave their shoes in front of Baitul Mukarram before entering the mosque for Juma prayers as three consecutive Fridays saw devotees fight with shoes over the appointment of a new khatib. Photo: STAR

Recently appointed khatib of the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque, Principal Salauddin Ahmed, yesterday led the Juma prayers amid tight security with the presence of a huge contingent of law enforcers and intelligence Read more

Political committee to face recession-effect to be in place anytime, awaits cabinet nod

January 31, 2009

UNB, Dhaka
Finance Minister AMA Muhith on Friday said the proposed high-powered political committee would be in place anytime now to face the possible affects of the global recession on the country’s economy.
“It’ll be there anytime. It’s awaiting cabinet approval,” he told reporters on the sidelines of a 3-day Bangladesh Chemical Congress that began on Friday morning at the auditorium of Teacher-Student Centre (TSC) of Dhaka University.
On January 21, Muhith said the government would announce the committee within 15 days. As per the proposal, the Finance Minister would head the committee to be represented by political leaders, trade body leaders and stakeholders of Read more

PM inaugurates Ekushey book fair tomorrow

January 31, 2009

Staff Reporter
The “Amar Ekushey Book Fair 2009” will begin tomorrow (Sunday) at the Bangla Academy premises in the city in memory of the historic Language Movement of February 1952.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the month-long festival at 3:00pm at the Bangla Academy as chief guest. National Professor Kabir Chowdhury and Information and Cultural Minister Abul Kalam Azad will be present as special guests. Chairman of Bangla Academy Prof Mohammad Harun-or-Rashid will preside over the function.
The venue of the country’s largest book festival and outside will be decorated with banners, festoons and placards upholding the spirit of Read more

Database work of jobless members begin

January 31, 2009

UNB, Dhaka
Labour and Employment Minister Engr Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain yesterday said the government started work to create a database of the unemployed members of every family to give job to one member of each family as per the pre-election pledge of the government.
“We’ve already started to create a database of unemployed members of every family… we plan to make them skilled through various training programmes,” he told reporters after attending seminar at the BIAM auditorium in the city.
International Labour Organization (ILO), Dhaka area office and Bangladesh Institute of Labour Studies (BILS) jointly organized the daylong Read more

Saraswati Puja today

January 31, 2009

Staff Reporter
Hindu community, the second largest religious community of the country, will celebrate Saraswati Puja today.
The Puja is celebrated every year on the fifth day of the bright fortnight of the month of Magh, as Goddess Saraswati was born on this day. The day is called ‘Vasant Panchami’. As Saraswati is considered the Goddess of wisdom and knowledge, Hindu devotees, especially students, celebrate the Saraswati Puja in different educational institutions and temples.
Traditionally, the students of Dhaka University’s Jagannath Hall celebrate the puja setting up 35-40 mandaps, which every year Read more

Call to raise RMG incentive to 15 per cent from 5 per cent

January 31, 2009

Staff Correspondent
Leaders of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) and Bangladesh Knitwear Manu-facturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA) have urged the government to raise cash incentive in Ready Made Garment (RMG) sector to 15 per cent from existing 5 per cent to face the adverse effect of the global meltdown.
Talking to The Bangladesh Today, the industry people said all US and EU apparel importers, hit hard by financial crisis, are pressuring for price cuts. So, they urge the government to make a contingency support package. Pointing out the Indian and Chinese suppliers who are backed up by huge devaluation of their currency, RMG Read more

BNP, allies keep off JS as seat row drags on

January 30, 2009

Staff correspondent
Lawmakers of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party-led main opposition refrained from attending the parliament session Thursday as the speaker, Abdul Hamid, kept pending a decision on their demand to return their front row seats.
A BNP parliamentary delegation met the speaker at the latter’s office Thursday morning and demanded that the previous seating arrangement in the house be restored giving them back the five front row seats to the left of the chair.
‘We met the speaker in the morning and requested him to give back the front row seats to his left to the opposition bench,’ opposition chief whip Jainal Abedin Faruk told New Age. ‘He told us that he would make a decision after Read more

JS unanimously okays war crimes trial move

January 30, 2009

Hasina terms it a national demand
Staff Correspondent
Parliament on Thursday night approved unanimously, in the absence of the opposition lawmakers, a resolution seeking speedy prosecution of the 1971 war criminals.
‘The resolution seeking trial of the war criminals has been approved unanimously,’ pronounced the speaker, Abdul Hamid, after the house voted ‘yes’ to the proposal moved by Mahmud us Samad Chowdhury, a ruling Awami League lawmaker for Sylhet 3 constituency.
The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, and a number of senior ruling party lawmakers termed the private members’ proposal very important saying that trial of the war criminals had become a national demand and that it was Read more

Barapukuria coalmine project: Affected people to get due compensation

January 30, 2009

Staff Reporter
The government will take steps to resettle and compensate the affected residents of several villages covering a area of three square kilometres at Barapukuria Coalmine project in Dinajpur.
“We requested the locals to form committee and submit their report about the compensation due to subsidence of their agricultural land and crack occurred in their residential houses,” Adviser to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Energy, Power and Mineral Resources Dr Towfiq-e-Elahi yesterday said this at a press conference at Secretariat. State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Shamsul Alam Tuku and State Minister for Read more

Bishwa Ijtema begins today

January 30, 2009

Our Correspondent
The annual three-day Bishwa Ijtema, the second largest Muslim congregation after Hajj, begins today on the bank of the River Turag at Tongi, 20 kilometres off the capital, amid heightened security.
Hundreds of people from across the country have already reached the place and many others are on their way to attend the congregation.
Preparations have all been made for the holding of the gathering of the Muslims. Besides the law enforcement agencies and local administration, various local organisations and agencies have taken up programmes for a successful Read more

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