SC dismisses ACC plea for appeal against HC stay order

July 31, 2009

Niko scam case against Khaleda Zia
SC dismisses ACC plea for appeal against HC stay order
The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) plea for leave to appeal against the High Court orders concerning the quashing of Niko scam case against former Prime Minister and BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia.
On July 9 last year, the High Court upon a quashing petition stayed the proceedings of the Niko graft case and issued a rule upon the Read more

Mixed reaction in CHT over big army pullout

July 31, 2009

The government’s decision to withdraw a brigade of the army and their 35 temporary camps from Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) by September this year, drew quite opposing reactions from the local indigenous communities and Bangalee settlers.
The indigenous people are welcoming the government move that came in line with the CHT peace treaty of 1997 while many Bangalee settlers of Khagrachhari are critical of the decision expressing concerns about their security in Read more

India won’t divert water from Tipai

July 31, 2009

Bangladesh team assured in 2nd day’s talks; site visit today
India yesterday assured Bangladesh that there would be no diversion of water flow due to the Tipaimukh hydropower project on the Barak river in Manipur.
The assurance came during a meeting between Indian Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde and the 10-member Bangladesh parliament delegation at the Shram-Shakti Bhawan that houses the Indian power ministry. India also said no construction work has started at the dam site in Manipur.
During the nearly 45-minute meeting, Indian officials shared with the Bangladeshi lawmakers data regarding water flow in the Read more

JS panel wants Matin to be sued for shady deal in CPA

July 31, 2009

A parliamentary panel on Thursday recommended legal measures against a former adviser to the military-backed interim government, MA Matin, and eight shipping ministry officials for their alleged involvement in hastily awarding a contract for container handling at Chittagong Port to an obscure company in a fishy manner.
‘We have suggested that cases be filed against the former adviser and a few other officials who were involved in the shady deal. Administrative Read more

Total withdrawal of troops from CHT ‘depends on situation’

July 31, 2009

The withdrawal of the rest of the troops from the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) will depend on law and order there, the state minister for CHT affairs said Thursday, reports bdnews24.com.
“The withdrawal of the remaining army troops will depend on the improvement of law and order in the region,” Dipankar Talukder said after a meeting with the deputy commissioners at the Secretariat on the concluding day of the conference of DCs.
The government Wednes-day announced the “biggest withdrawal” of army troops from the CHT since a peace accord was signed over a Read more

Rural areas face more power outages than urban areas: DCs

July 31, 2009

The deputy commissioners on Thursday alleged that rural areas are having more power outages than the urban areas and that they are under constant pressure from the ruling partymen seeking lease of the sand and stone quarries in their districts.
The heads of the district administration made the allegations at a meeting with the power ministry high ups who included prime minister’s adviser Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury and state minister for power and energy Shamsul Haque Read more

Ctg still reels from power shortage

July 31, 2009

Diverting gas supply from CUFL to power station fails to improve situation
The port city and its suburbs continue to suffer from acute power shortage despite the move to increase power generation in two units of Raozan power plant by diverting gas there from the Chittagong Urea Fertiliser Ltd (CUFL).
The government indefinitely suspended the operation of the CUFL on April 26 to save 54 million cubic feet (MCF) gas to be diverted to the two units for smooth power generation. Each unit has the capacity of generating 210 megawatt (MW) Read more

Restore canals, wetlands to stop waterlogging

July 30, 2009

Suggest experts as water bodies being lost due to unplanned urbanisation
Mindless destruction of natural water bodies in and around Dhaka coupled with flagrant disregard for urban planning of successive governments have brought the capital to its knees, said noted urban Read more

Indian officials brief Bangladesh team on Tipai

July 30, 2009

Indian officials Wednesday held briefing discussion with the Bangladesh parliamentary delegation on the controversial Tipaimukh Dam project after the fact-finding mission arrived in New Delhi en route to the dam Read more

Cut emission level by 45pc within 2020

July 30, 2009

Vulnerable countries urge developed ones
The most vulnerable countries (MVCs) demanded the developed countries to reduce their emission by 45 percent in aggregate against 1990 levels by 2020 and make available fund of $150 billion a year to help protect the Read more

One drowns and another goes missing after police chase

July 30, 2009

A teenage boy drowned and another went missing when police chased a group of people who allegedly stormed into a house at Kamrangirchar on early Wednesday.
Police arrested nine young men, allegedly for attacking the house’s Read more

CNG pump owners postpone strike

July 30, 2009

CNG pump owners have postponed their proposed countrywide strike till August 16 in response to the call from the government to resolve their grievances through discussion, reports Read more

No financing available for migration of the poor: WB

July 30, 2009

Projects around 10pc remittance growth despite recession
Poverty reduction in Bangladesh will be accelerated significantly if the poor are provided with the opportunity to be employed abroad, said the World Bank, which projected around 10 per cent growth in remittances this fiscal Read more

NCTB asked to insert ‘creative’ questions in HSC textbooks

July 30, 2009

The education ministry on Wednesday ordered the National Curriculum and Textbook Board authorities that each chapter of the compulsory Bangla textbooks for class XI and XII should end with a set of ‘creative’ Read more

WASA drainage covers 37pc in Dhaka city

July 30, 2009

The WASA drainage system covers only 37 percent area in Dhaka City leaving the most of the metropolis vulnerable to severe waterlogging particularly during the monsoon.
Concerned experts say ensuring free flow of water to all the existing 26 canals, freeing those from encroachers, extension of drainage Read more

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