Ultimate motive of BDR carnage: Killing army officers, giving disciplined forces bad name

April 28, 2009

The ultimate motive of the Peelkhana carnage on 25 and 26 February last was to simply kill Army officers commanding BDR as a result of which 54 Army officers were killed.
The actual planners of the massacre instigated common BDR soldiers and generated heat against Army officers.
The geo political securities analysts said that the killing behind that was initially a sweet revenge against few army officers as perpetrators of 1/11.
Financed and inspired by affected political party members from position and/or opposition benches that was well exploited by Read more

Boat-chain in Ctg to save Karnaphuli

April 28, 2009

Boatmen on the Karnaphuli River yesterday formed a boat-chain with a call to save the river from pollution and illegal encroachment.
Environmentalists at a rally on a boat during the programme at 11:30am urged the government to improve navigability of the river through capital dredging on which the premier seaport, the lifeline of the country, is located.
Lack of regular maintenance Read more

All Dhaka rivers left ‘dead’

April 27, 2009

Industrial pollution goes unabated on docile action
Soft attitude of the government towards polluters and lack of awareness among city dwellers have literally left dead all the rivers and other surface waters in and around the capital.
Over the years the government agencies conducted small-scale drives against the polluters without yielding any major success. The polluters have meanwhile continued polluting the rivers side by side with city dwellers linking excreta discharge to the storm sewerage that ultimately falls into the rivers.
The immediate past caretaker government had earlier directed industrialists to install Read more

Dhaka gone crazy

April 27, 2009

Heat, outage, water crisis cripple city life
Life in the capital has become utterly miserable over the last ten days due to a severe heat wave accompanied with repeated load shedding, an acute water crisis, shortage of gas supply, infestation of mosquitoes, and the resultant near epidemic of diseases like diarrhoea.
Other diseases like typhoid, jaundice, and heatstroke are also on the rise.
Residents of Dhaka city experienced a 14-year record high temperature of 38.7 Read more

Paddy Tk 14, rice Tk 22 per kg: Boro procurement price announced

April 27, 2009

The government will procure Boro rice at Tk 22 per kilogram and paddy at Tk 14 from May 1.
The Food Planning and Monitoring Committee (FPMC) yesterday fixed the procurement price of boro rice and paddy at a meeting. Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury, Finance Minister AMA Muhit, Food and Disaster Management Minister Dr Abdur Razzaque and senior officials of the Finance, Planning, Food and Agriculture ministries were present at the meeting.
“The government will procure 11 lakh tonnes of rice and 1.5 lakh tonnes of paddy this boro season,” Food and Disaster Management Read more

People wilt in searing heat

April 27, 2009

People huffed and puffed in the sweltering heat as meteorologists on Sunday warned the heatwave might hang on for another day or two.
They said that there were little chances of rain in the next two or three days.
The day’s highest temperature of 42.2 degrees Celsius was recoded in Jessore, while Dhaka Met Office recorded 38.7 degrees Celsius over the capital.
With diarrhoea and other Read more

Jobseekers return home dead

April 27, 2009

Crooked agents to blame for woes
A large number of Bangladeshi workers are still being subjected to inhuman torture in different countries.
Hundreds of the Bangladeshi youths who went to different countries like Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and other Middle East and European countries spending big money returning home empty-handed many of them dead.
Falling prey to unscrupulous recruiting agencies and their employers at home and abroad, life of the job-seekers has now become Read more

Travellers to be screened for swine flu

April 27, 2009

The government is likely to start testing travellers for swine flu, particularly those who are coming from the newly infected countries.
The decision may be enforced from tomorrow in all the three international airports of the country, and within the next seven days at the seaports, said a high official of the health and family welfare ministry on Sunday.
In response to the recent outbreak of the swine influenza (H1N1), that killed at least 81 people mainly in Mexico and the United States, the director of the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research on Sunday held Read more

Jalil issue: All eyes fix on Hasina

April 27, 2009

Party unlikely to take action against him
All eyes are fixed on Awami League President Shiekh Hasina as to whether or not any action would be taken against party’s sidelined General Secretary Abdul Jalil for his volatile remarks made recently against some senior AL leaders as well as and some cabinet members.
The government and ruling AL, in absence of the Prime Minister and AL chief, was in trouble with the recent statement of Abdul Jalil who alleged that some four AL presidium members had worked as agents of an intelligence agency to remove Sheikh Hasina from the party leadership during the erstwhile emergency rule Read more

Atiur made BB boss

April 27, 2009

Noted economist and Dhaka University teacher Dr Atiur Rahman is going to be appointed governor of Bangladesh Bank.
Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday told journalists that an announcement in this regard might be made today. Finance ministry sources also said an order in this regard is likely to be issued today.
The tenure of Bangladesh Bank Governor Dr Salehuddin Ahmed expires on April 30.
Dr Atiur Rahman completed his Honours and Masters in Economics from Dhaka University in 1973 and 1974. He obtained Read more

Public spaces are dens of criminals

April 27, 2009

Parks, gardens and other public places in the capital Dhaka have turned into dens of criminals as law and order situation there remains in the doldrums.
There are around 54 parks under the DCC, a zoo under fisheries and livestock ministry and a botanical garden under the environment & forest ministry in the capital.
Parks have been constructed for recreation of city dwellers specially children and exercise of elderly people but these are usurped by criminals, touts and unsc-rupulous businessmen.
A section of local musclemen are engaged in realising tolls from all kinds of vehicles including buses, private cars, taxicabs, Read more

Grameen America gives NY women a boost

April 27, 2009

Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus, known as the ‘microfinance guru’, is now doing business in the centre of capitalism — New York City.
In the past year the first US branch of his Grameen Bank has lent $1.5 million, ranging from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars, to nearly 600 women with small business plans in the city’s borough of Queens.
People around the country Read more

Ruet reopens today amid tight security, restrictions

April 26, 2009

RU likely to reopen after summer vacation
Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (Ruet) reopens today amid tight security and restrictions imposed by the authorities on rallies, processions and activities of the student bodies.
Campus sources said the students have started returning to their respective halls as those were reopened yesterday. The hall authorities are checking identity cards of the resident students at the Read more

Consultants breach terms in preparing DAP survey report

April 26, 2009

The four consulting firms responsible for preparing a survey report on the detailed area plan for Dhaka city have breached the terms of reference in carrying out their tasks, said experts and DAP review committee report.
‘The four consultants did not make specific proposals to implement the DAP guidelines on city’s development control, which is a complete violation of the terms of reference of the project,’ said the DAP review committee report submitted recently to the RAJUK authorities.
The review committee in its report identified nine aspects where the four consultants have breached the TOR. ‘There is no Read more

Classes resume at SBMC tomorrow

April 26, 2009

Classes at Sher-e-Bangla Medical College will resume on Monday, nine days after closure of the institution.
The college principal said halls of residence would reopen today.
The decision was taken at a meeting of the academic council held on Thursday with Professor Syed Zahid Hossain in the chair. Thirty senior teachers attended the meeting.
The principal also said the five-member inquiry committee, led by Abu Taher, head of anatomy department, would submit Read more

Traders dump milk in Ctg to protest low price

April 26, 2009

Several dairy farm traders at West Patiya under Patiya upazila here poured huge quantity of dairy milk onto the street yesterday protesting low price of milk.
Sources said traders of several dairy farms staged a demonstration at Shikalbaha intersection on the other bank of the Karnaphuli at around 11:00am demanding the government interference in saving the dairy milk sector from ruin.
They said over 200 dairy farms located at different unions at West Patiya have been facing huge losses in the last few weeks following poor sale of the product.
The sale has marked a sharp Read more

400 women, children being trafficked every month

April 26, 2009

The rate of human trafficking, estimated at 400 per month, across the border is alarming, experts viewed at an workshop attributing the reason as lack of coordinated efforts of the law enforcing agencies.
The workshop on Anti-Trafficking Interventions in South Asia was jointly organised by Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM) and Concern Universal in the city today where UNICEF report was quoted as saying 400 women and children are trafficked to Pakistan, India and Middle East per month.
The lessons sharing workshop was supported by European Commission and Read more

NGO officials sued for ‘cheating’ job seekers

April 26, 2009

Police arrested one person following a case filed with Patkelghata Police Station yesterday, accusing three officials of a so-called NGO of defrauding scores of unemployed youths of more than Tk 10 lakh.
Victim Enayet Ali of village Tailkupi in Tala upazila sued Afaj Uddin Sardar, son of Ata Ullah Sardar, Dalim Morol, son of Salek Morol and Mohammad Ali, son of Sher Ali of village Dhamrail in Paikgachha upazila in Khulna district.
Police later arrested Dalim in this connection and sent him Read more

BCL, Shibir clash at Dinajpur medical

April 26, 2009

At least four students of Dinajpur Medical College were injured in a clash between the activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) and Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) on the campus yesterday.
Campus sources said both sides equipped with sharp weapons clashed over taking control of the medical college campus, leaving three BCL and one Shibir activists injured.
The injured are BCL activists Abu Raihan, Dipanker Roy and Md Moshiur Rahman and Shibir activist Masud Rana. Of them, Dipanker was admitted to the medical college hospital in a critical condition.
During the clash, BCL Read more

Half of the 74 privatised SoEs closed down

April 26, 2009

Almost half of the 74 state-owned enterprises divested in the past were closed down that raised question about the quality of ‘so called privatisation’.
A total of 74 state-owned enterprises belong to textiles, jute, manufacturing, chemicals, food, leather and banking sector were sold out since the establishment of the Privatisation Board in 1993 and thereafter the Privatization Commission in 2000.
Of them, 54 were divested Read more

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