10-Truck Arms Haul in Chittagong

January 31, 2014

Babar, Nizami, 12 others sentenced to death
A decade after the country’s biggest arms haul, a special court in Chittagong on Thursday handed down death sentence and life term to former ministers Matiur Rahman Nizami and Lutfozzaman Babar, 11 senior and influential civil-military bureaucrats and Indian separatist leader Paresh Baruah in two arms and smuggling cases. The judge of Chittagong Metropolitan Special Tribunal 1, Read more

No approval needed to sue govt officials: HC

January 31, 2014

The High Court yesterday declared Section 32(Ka) of the Anti-Corruption Commission (Amendment) Bill, 2013 “illegal” and “unconstitutional”. This section incorporated the provision that makes it mandatory for the ACC to take prior government approval to initiate any graft case against government officials and lower court judges. A HC bench comprising Justice Read more

Bishwa Ijtema second phase begins today

January 31, 2014

The second phase of Bishwa Ijtema begins today on the bank of River Turag at Tongi in Gazipur. In this phase, the people from 32 districts will join the Ijtema and the entire ground has been divided into 38 sections (khitta) for allocation to the devotees. The second phase is scheduled to end with an Akheri Munajat on February 2. According to the district administration Read more

Bangla Academy literary award announced

January 31, 2014

Bangla Academy, the organiser of month-long Amar Ekushey Book Fair, on Thursday announced Bangla Academy Literary Award 2013.
The academy director general, Shamsuzzaman Khan, at a press conference at the academy premises announced the names of ten authors who won Read more

Nat’l poetry festival begins Saturday

January 31, 2014

The 28th National Poetry Festival will begin on the Dhaka University campus at 9:00am on Saturday with the slogan ‘Kabita Sahena Danab Jatana.’
Poet Syed Shamsul Huq will inaugurate the two-day programme in front of the DU central library, organised by the National Poetry Council. Read more

DU English deptt alumni meet today

January 31, 2014

Former English Department students of Dhaka University will have a meeting at their annual get-together today. The reunion will begin at 3:00pm at the Teachers-Students Centre (TSC) where the graduates are expected to get together. This will be the 28th reunion of the English Department Alumni Society (EDAS) since its inception in December, 1986. Organisers said Read more

Exhibition depicts relation between people, Padma

January 31, 2014

Exhibition depicts relation between people, PadmaThe life of the people depending on the mighty river Padma are on display at a photography exhibition at the La Galerie, Alliance Française de Dhaka.
The two-week exhibition titled Life and Struggle of Padma displays 20 black and white photographs captured by noted photographer Sumon Yousuf.
Yousuf has beautifully captured the happiness, sorrow, struggles and simplicity of the people living near Read more

Two films to hit cinemas today

January 31, 2014

Two films to hit cinemas todayTwo romantic films will hit the cinemas across the country today.
Both the films, Mahmud Hossain Murad’s Maner Moddhe Lekha and Wajed Ali Sumon’s Ki Darun Dekhte, will be released in more
than sixty cinemas across the country.
Murad’s romantic thriller Maner Moddhe Lekha is produced by Merina Movies. The film stars new duo Read more

Rash batting dooms Tigers again

January 31, 2014

Bangladesh’s fragile batsmen caved in for the second time in the game to hand Sri Lanka a massive innings and 248-run victory inside four days in the first Test in Dhaka on Thursday.
Tired after spending nearly two days in the field, the Tigers appeared numb in their thinking, evident in their mindless batting performance in the Read more

It cannot get any worse: Mushfiq

January 31, 2014

For Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim it was a Test match to forget. Not only did Bangladesh go down in defeat by a whopping innings and 248-run margin against Sri Lanka in the first Test in Dhaka, the Tigers also suffered the ignominy of conceding their highest-ever opposition score when the visitors racked up 730-6 declared in their only innings. To make matters Read more

IHF chief due today

January 31, 2014

International Hockey Federation president Leandro Negre will arrive in Dhaka today to inaugurate the First Security Islami Bank School Tournament, which will get underway on Saturday at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium. Negre will also visit the Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protishthan before meeting the State Minister of Youth and Sports, Biren Shikder, Read more

Nazmul blasts, thanks media

January 31, 2014

Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hasan took contrasting views on the media upon his arrival in Dhaka from the ICC meeting on Thursday, first blaming them for creating an outcry before thanking them for outstanding support.  The ICC meeting discussed a proposal put forward by cricketing giants India, Australia and England, who wanted to effectively Read more

Pre-activated SIM card sales rampant

January 31, 2014

Retailers-telcos nexus alleged
Retailers allegedly in association with the country’s mobile phone companies are selling pre-activated subscriber identification module cards in the capital, violating laws.
Stores across the Dhaka city were found selling pre-activated SIM cards and retailers there do not demand any documents although proper Read more

Default agri loan rises by 28pc as farmers suffer for political unrest

January 31, 2014

The default loans in the agriculture sector increased by 28.79 per cent as of December 31, 2013 from that of the same month in 2012 as the farmers failed to repay their loans for not getting fair prices of their products due to a supply chain disruption amid political unrest.
According to the latest BB data, the default Read more

Monetary policy lacks directive on bank rate cut: FBCCI

January 31, 2014

The monetary policy statements declared by Bangladesh Bank for next six months have no directives on reduction of high bank interest rate, the Federation of Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Thursday observed. Commenting on MPS for January-June period declared on Monday, FBCCI said that higher bank interest rate kept adverse impact of Read more

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