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

Only 5pc farmers under agri credit coverage: Muhit asks BKB, RAKUB to expand branch network

July 30, 2009

Finance Minister AMA Muhith Wednesday asked the state-owned banks specialized and dedicated to agriculture credit to expand their branch network to reach farmers of the areas that still remained out of the Read more

Titas MD sued for bribery

July 30, 2009

A CNG filling station and conversion workshop owner yesterday sued the managing director and two others of Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Ltd for demanding Tk 1 lakh bribe from Read more

Micro-credit programme with a difference

July 30, 2009

Chinta Rani, 32 and Maloti, 35, both housewives and living at the village of Kutubpur under South Sunamjganj Upazila in Sunamganj, are no more taking loan from any NGO or Mohajan.
Now, they can take loan from their own organisation formed comprising 30 others families of the village three years ago in association with a government project.
Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) under its Read more

Bangladesh beat Windies, win ODI series

July 30, 2009

After their magnificent first-ever overseas test-series victory in West Indies last week, Bangladesh again proved their worth clinching the maiden ODI series against a test nation abroad when the tigers chased down the galloping Caribbean hosts to beat them by 3 wickets at Windsor Park in Dominica Tuesday.
They were doubly crowned through making a record of chasing their highest target in more than 200 ODI matches to reach the requisite 275 runs for the first time with six balls to spare and three wickets in hand.
The previous record of Bangladesh chasing high target was Read more

Biggest pullout from CHT

July 30, 2009

Govt decides to withdraw one brigade, 35 temporary army camps by Sept; 200 camps already withdrawn in phases as per the 1997 peace accord
In a major development towards implementation of the Chittagong Hill Tracts Peace Accord 1997, the government has decided to withdraw one brigade of troops and 35 temporary security camps from CHT areas by this September.
As part of phasing out of military from the three hill districts as per the agreement, the announced withdrawal will start immediately, says an official statement disclosed yesterday. A few more steps are also being taken to implement Read more

Rid’s syrup unauthorised, toxic element found

July 30, 2009

Says probe report on paracetamol tragedy
The government-formed probe committee has found presence of poisonous Diethylene Glycol in the paracetamol syrup of one pharmaceutical company after examining 300 samples of paracetamol and vitamin syrup of 10 companies.
The seven-member body submitted its report to Health Minister AFM Ruhal Haque yesterday.
The committee headed by Joint Secretary (hospital) Abdul Jalil was formed on July 21 following the deaths of about 25 children due to renal failure in the last one and a half months. It was supposed to submit its report within five Read more

Parts of the city still submerged in rainwater

July 30, 2009

Much of the low-lying areas in and around the city and many of its roads were still inundated on Wednesday as rainwater was taking time to recede due to lack of adequate drainage system.
Meanwhile water, gas and electricity connections which were snapped at many parts of the city during Tuesday’s record downpour were yet to be restored, lingering public sufferings.
Titas Gas managing director Aziz Khan told New Age that they were receiving complaints till Wednesday from different parts of Read more

DCs ask govt to define duties of upazila reps, officials

July 30, 2009

Deputy commissioners from across the country on Wednesday called on the government to bring an end to the conflict between the local representatives and the administrators at the grassroots level by defining their responsibilities more specifically.
At the working session on the local government ministry on the second day of the deputy commissioners’ annual conference, they recommended redefinition by the government of the position of upazila nirbahi officers in the Read more

Mega plan to generate 5000 mw electricity

July 30, 2009

The Ministry of Power and Energy has been mobilising Tk 40,000 crore to generate 5,000MW of electricity to reduce load shedding into a tolerable level within next four and half years during the term of the present government.
The ministry has placed its mega plan of power generation to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her office yesterday.
Under the plan, the Power Development Board (PDB) would produce 500MW gas-fired electricity between July and December this Read more

Padma Bridge: Bonds to mobilize fund locally

July 30, 2009

Finance Minister AMA Muhith on Wednesday said the resource gap for the construction of Padma Bridge would be around US$ 500 million, as an inter-ministerial meeting reviewed the proposed mega project. “We’ll have to mobilize funds locally to meet the resource gap locally. I think there will be no problem to meet the gap.” he told reporters after the meeting at the Finance Ministry.
Asian Development Bank (ADB), the World Bank, Islamic Development Bank (IDB) and Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) are among the donors who have already pledged for funding the Padma Bridge project estimated to Read more

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