Chevron to pump $500m into Bibiyana gas field expansion

July 31, 2012

Production capacity to rise by 300m cubic feet per day
US oil major Chevron announced, on Monday, that it would invest $500 million in the expansion project of Bibiyana gas field, in the north-west of the country. The new project would include expansion of the gas plant, to process increased natural gas volumes from Bibiyana, three additional development wells, and an enhanced gas liquids recovery unit. Chevron Bangladesh Read more

Crime goes unchecked

July 31, 2012

The Pallabi-bound human hauler came to a sudden stop just before the Sheorapara bus terminal. Nearby, five youths were waiting, ominously. They were armed with steel pipes, bamboos and bricks.
There were ten to twelve passengers, including three women, in the human hauler city shuttle plying from Gulshan to Pallabi via Mahakhali Read more

Quirkiness the charm of Olympic football

July 31, 2012

“He is a lizard,” spits the beefy gentleman sitting a few rows over from the press tribunes. It’s a cold, wet summer afternoon at an almost full Wembley, and the atmosphere is surprisingly raucous at the home of football. Mexican waves do the business and boos ring out every time a wiry player in a blue shirt gets a touch of the ball. The player is Luis Suarez Read more

Indian train fire kills 32

July 31, 2012

Thirty-two passengers were burnt to death and 25 injured as a fire tore through a coach of a train in southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh yesterday.
The accident, on a long-distance service from New Delhi, occurred in the early hours of the morning near the town of Nellore with an electrical short-circuit seen as the most likely Read more

Guidelines for safe disposal of CFLs not yet framed

July 31, 2012

The government is yet to frame any guidelines for safe disposal and recycling of Compact Fluorescent Lamps which contain environmentally hazardous mercury though millions of CFLs have been marketed, said concerned officials.
Experts said that each CFL contains at least 5 milligrams of mercury, a toxic Read more

DCC official draws flak from locals

July 31, 2012

Jatrabari Road
DCC official draws flak from locals
The Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) administrator was severely rebuked by transport workers and local people at Jatrabari in the capital yesterday while he was accompanying the communications minister to check the condition of roads.
Such a situation ensued after a Chittagong-bound luxury bus of Saudia Paribahan Read more

Comedy at city kitchen market

July 31, 2012

Guided and controlled by business and shop owners’ associations, a parliamentary body yesterday expressed “deep satisfaction” over price of essentials following visits to two major kitchen markets in the capital. Consumers and even sellers at these wholesale markets termed the Jatiya Sangsad body’s visit “farcical”. They said such visits in motorcade accompanied by police force, market Read more

Bus operators worried about highway traffic management

July 31, 2012

Long-distance bus operators expressed concern about the current state management of highways and urged the government to improve it to make Eid time journeys comfortable for millions of passengers during the country’s biggest religious festival.
They said that millions passengers would face problems reaching home unless Read more

Fresh edn ministry meeting fails to end BUET stalemate

July 31, 2012

Another meeting of the education ministry, held on Monday on the crisis bedevilling the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, ended without making any major headway to end the stalemate.
The BUET teachers, agitating for removal of vice-chancellor Professor SM Nazrul Islam and pro-vice-chancellor Habibur Rahman, decided to continue their sit-in programmes until their Read more

HC overturns Mamun, wife sentences

July 31, 2012

The High Court on Monday overturned a special court verdict that had sentenced businessman Giasuddin Al Mamun to 10 years and
his wife Shahina Yesmin to three years in 2008 for amassing property of Tk 111.3 crore illegally.
The bench of Justice AKM Asaduzzaman and Justice Abu Taher Md Saifur Rahman Read more

400 workers cheated by manpower agent

July 31, 2012

Job Regularisation in Malaysia
400 workers cheated by manpower agent
Around 400 Bangladeshi workers in Malaysia were allegedly defrauded by an employment agent in the job regularisation process.
The victims said as per an agreement, they paid Malaysian Ringgit (RM) 3,000 (Tk 90,000) each to an agent earlier this year and were supposed to pay RM 500 more after securing work permits, Read more

A prerequisite for sustainable development

July 30, 2012

Natural Resource Governance
A prerequisite for sustainable development
Rukshana Sultana
The constitution of Bangladesh — article 143– illustrates that all natural resources on land and underground minerals and other things of value underlying the ocean within the territorial waters, or the ocean over the continental shelf of Bangladesh, are the properties of Bangladesh. In general, natural resources include oil and gas, minerals and metals, forests, fish, land and water. In Bangladesh, some 83% of the total population explicitly depends on natural resources. Therefore, to ensure sustainable use of these resources Read more

Shopping malls, markets abuzz with Eid shoppers

July 30, 2012

Shoppers have started thronging shopping malls and markets in the capital, with the biggest religious festival for the Muslims, Eid-ul-Fitr, still more than three weeks away.
All the major markets in the city are now experiencing huge rush of customers and salespersons are passing very busy time coping with the rush of customers.
‘Shoppers are arriving in large number at a time,’ said Khandaker Titu, a salesperson at Benarashi Emporium of Dhaka Read more

Export to India drops in FY12

July 30, 2012

Bangladesh’s exports to India declined to $498.41 million in the just concluded financial year of 2011-12 from $512.51 million in the financial year 2010-11 despite slight increase in apparel exports.
Export Promotion Bureau officials said that exports to the neighbouring country declined by 2.75 per cent in FY12, after year-on-year growth in two previous years, mainly because of fall in Read more

BB asks banks to take measures against fake notes

July 30, 2012

Bangladesh Bank on Sunday asked commercial banks to take necessary measures against fake currencies so that the counterfeiters cannot operate ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr.
The BB issued a circular to managing directors and chief executive officers of all commercial banks asking them to guard against counterfeit notes as significant amount of money would be Read more

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