Govt goes for 4-lane Dhaka-Ctg highway

January 28, 2009

Restarts the project, fresh tender likely today
M Abul Kalam Azad and Hasan Jahid Tusher
The project for upgrading Dhaka-Chittagong Highway to a four-lane road is about to get a new lease of life, as the Awami League (AL) government is scheduled to publish an international invitation for pre-qualifying tender for it today, following cancellation of the immediate past bids. Initiated in September 2006, tender for the much needed project were cancelled twice, first in April and then in July of 2007.
The first tender was scrapped by the last caretaker government reportedly due to various loopholes in the procedure while the second one was also Read more

Students-cops fierce clash: 100 injured: Jagannath Varsity closed sine die

January 28, 2009

Staff Reporter

A scene of the clashes between police and Jagannath University students at the University area on Tuesday. NN photo

A scene of the clashes between police and Jagannath University students at the University area on Tuesday. NN photo

Jagannath University was closed sine die after massive campus violence that left nearly 100 people, including 25 policemen, injured Tuesday. The university authority also asked the residents to leave the dormitories immediately as tensions gripped the Read more

PM seeks UN support to try war crimes

January 28, 2009

bdnews24.com, Dhaka

UNDP resident representative Renata Lok Dessallien calls on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday. Photo: PID

UNDP resident representative Renata Lok Dessallien calls on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday. Photo: PID

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina has sought assistance from the United Nations in holding trial of war criminals, the PM’s office said on Tuesday. “Prosecuting the war criminals has become a national demand and we have included the issue in our election manifesto,” said the prime minister in a meeting with UNDP’s resident representative Read more

Administration cringes at lobbying

January 28, 2009

Promotion, Posting, Contract
Administration cringes at lobbying
M Abul Kalam Azad
The government officials, including those who were ‘deprived of due promotion and postings’ during the BNP-led coalition government are now lobbying frantically at the secretariat for getting better postings and promotion in the administration.
Some retired bureaucrats, who maintained close contacts with Awami League (AL) president Sheikh Hasina and other AL leaders in the last seven years, are also in the frantic race of getting contractual appointments, sources at the secretariat said. A group comprised of both serving and retired officers, is involved in the overall reshuffling process and is influencing the administrative shake-up, according to the Read more

US not your enemy

January 28, 2009

Obama tells Muslim world
Afp, Washington
US President Barack Obama Monday told the Muslim world that “Americans are not your enemy” and renewed his pledge to travel to make an address in the capital of a major Muslim nation.
Obama noted that he had lived in Indonesia for several years while growing up, and said his travels through Muslim nations had convinced him that regardless of faith, people had certain common hopes and dreams.
“My job to the Muslim world is to communicate that the Americans are not your enemy — we sometimes make mistakes — we have not Read more

HC asks Jamaat, EC to explain registration as political party

January 28, 2009

Staff Correspondent
The High Court on Tuesday asked the Election Commission, Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami amir Matiur Rahman Nizami and the party’s secretary general Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojahid to explain in six weeks why the registration of Jamaat as a political party would not be declared illegal.
The High Court bench of Justice ABM Khairul Haque and Justice M Abdul Hye passed the order after hearing a writ petition filed by 25 people, including Tarikat Federation general secretary Syed Rezaul Haque Chandpuri, Zaker Party secretary general Munshi Latif and Sammilita Islamic Jote vice-president Maulana Read more

Ijtema begins Jan 30

January 28, 2009

Talha Bin Habib
The three-daylong annual Biswa Ijtema, the second largest congregation of Muslims, is going to be held from January 30 at the bank of Turag river at Tongi in Gazipur.
Tabligh Jammat sources said all preparations for the ijtema are almost near complete. Devotees of local and different countries started coming to the venue.
The district administration has taken some measures to make the Ijtema a success. Army personnel are assisting the preparatory work of the annual mammoth gathering.
Mussallies of different ages and professions have been putting their efforts and working shoulder to shoulder voluntarily for ensuring Read more

MIU teams also to work in other divisional cities

January 28, 2009

Asif Showkat
The government on Tuesday decided to form Market Intelligence Unit teams for the divisional cities of Chittagong, Rajashahi and Khulna also to monitor the market prices of essential commodities, said official sources.
On Monday the commerce ministry issued a circular announcing the revival of the MIU after 16 years, and formed three teams to monitor a number of markets in the capital. The MIU teams will monitor the prices of nine essential commodities — rice, wheat, flour, soybean oil, powdered milk, onion, potato, salt and sugar — in Read more

Govt to engage 1,500 BADC dealers to distribute fertiliser

January 28, 2009

Porimol Palma
The government has decided in principle to incorporate around 1,500 seed dealers of Bangladesh Agriculture Development Corporation (BADC) temporarily into the fertiliser distribution system for ensuring uninterrupted supply of the agri-input during the current boro season.
“We are examining the procedures because agriculture production should not be hampered by any means, even if a fertiliser dealer fails to cooperate,” Agriculture Secretary Sheikh Enayet Ullah told The Daily Star yesterday. The move comes in line with the government’s commitment to bring down the prices of food commodities shortly by Read more

Global meltdown downs revenue

January 28, 2009

14pc less income at import level in December
Rejaul Karim Byron
Revenue income at import level dropped by about 14 percent in last December due to the impact of the global economic recession creating an apprehension whether the country’s revenue target will be achieved or not in the current fiscal year.
Due to the meltdown, the overall revenue collection stood at 13.24 percent against the target of 19 percent in the first six months of the current fiscal. The National Board of Revenue (NBR) in a report sent to the finance minister said achieving the revenue target is the biggest challenge in the backdrop of the negative Read more

Law to compensate coal mine affected people soon

January 28, 2009

Shamim Jahangir
The government is going to prepare a law for compensation of the affected people at coalmine projects.
“The Government is thinking to compensate the affected people at coalmine areas. For this, the government is going to prepare a law styled ‘Compensation Act’,” Adviser to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Energy, Power and Mineral Resources Dr Towfiq-e-Elahi yesterday said at a meeting with the affected people of Barapukuria coalmine project in Dinajpur yesterday. “The law will prepare with the consent of Read more

Govt-Opposition talks inconclusive: Speaker opts for new seat plan

January 28, 2009

Staff Reporter
Speaker Abdul Hamid has decided to make a new sitting arrangement for the Members in the House after his futile effort to resolve the row over the seating plan made by former speaker Muhammad Jamiruddin Sircar.
The Speaker held a meeting with treasury and opposition benches over the rearrangement of the House’s seating order yesterday afternoon that ended inconclusively.
Representatives from both ruling and opposition parties, including ruling party Chief Whip Abdus Shahid and opposition Read more

Ctg mayor reiterates call for giving transit to neighbours

January 28, 2009

Staff Correspondent . Chittagong
The mayor of Chittagong city corporation, ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury, has made a fresh call for giving transit facility to the neighbouring countries through the Chittagong port for spearheading the nation towards economic prosperity.
Mohiuddin made the call while addressing a reception as chief guest in the port city, which was hosted by the Indian high commission office in Chittagong, on Monday night marking the 59th anniversary of the republic day of India.
‘Bangladesh can earn huge revenue through giving transit facility to the neighbours and spearhead its economic advancement,’ he Read more

Tarique’s bail in bribery case extended for 5 months

January 28, 2009

Staff Correspondent
The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Tuesday extended bail for five months to Bangladesh Nationalist Party’s chairperson Khaleda Zia’s eldest son, Tarique Rahman, in connection with the Tk 21 crore bribery case.
The four-member Appellate Division bench, chaired by Chief Justice MM Ruhul Amin, passed the order after hearing a petition filed by Tarique’s counsel, Rafiqul Islam.
The court on August 28, 2008 granted bail for six months to Tarique in the case involving the murder of Bashundhara Group’s Read more

ACC doesn’t have anything against political bigwigs, says Hanif Iqbal

January 28, 2009

Staff Correspondent
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has nothing to do with the corruption charges against the top brasses of different political parties including incumbent Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and former Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia due to the stay order issued by respective courts on cases against them.
“Many top leaders of different political parties including Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and BNP Chairperson and former Prime Minster Begum Khaleda Zia were accused in several graft cases during Read more

Most passengers’ sheds in city grabbed by occupants

January 28, 2009

Staff Correspondent
Most passengers’ sheds in the capital have been occupied by a section of hawkers, drug traders, shopkeepers, floating people and counter men of bus services in the absence of steps by the authorities concerned to evict them.
As a result, passengers and pedestrians have to suffer a lot mainly during the rainy and summer seasons.
Though the number of the passengers’ sheds at different points in the city is inadequate, Dhaka City Corporation has no plan now to construct more sheds to mitigate the sufferings of passengers, officials of estate Read more

Two held, 2250 Yaba tablets seized in city

January 28, 2009

Staff Correspondent
The Rapid Action Battalion arrested two suspected drug traders at a flat in the city’s Shyamoli area early Tuesday and seized 2,250 Yaba tablets from their possession.
The battalion said that a RAB-3 team raided the flat on Shyamoli Ring Road upon information about trading of the contraband drugs at about 1:30am and arrested Shukkur Ali, 18 and Farid Alam, 37, of Teknaf in Cox’s Bazar.
Ringleader Mohammad Rafiq had rented the flat at Ring Road and was doing the drug business for a long time, the Read more

Slum dwellers passing inhuman life in city

January 28, 2009

“It is not a life”
Staff Correspondent
The rootless people now living in city’s at least 4200 slums have been passing days without food, pure drinking water, sanitation and treatment.
“We don’t have any land in our village. We want to do work. We have lost everything due to various natural disasters like flood, storm and river erosion. We don’t get any job or work opportunities in our villages. For what, shall we stay in our villages? So we have come to the city for our livelihood. Earlier, I along with my family members was living on the footpath. Later one of my relatives arranged a house in this slum which is Read more

5,500-years-old cave houses found in China

January 27, 2009

Indo-Asian News Service
Xi’an: Archaeologists have unearthed the earliest man-made cave houses and privately-owned pottery workshops in China which date back 5,500 years.
After four years of excavation, a row of 17 cave houses were found on a cliff along the Jinghe River in northwest China’s Shaanxi Province, said Wang Weilin, deputy director of the Shaanxi Archaeology Institute and chief archaeologist of the excavation.
They were built between 3,500 to 3,000 BC, near the Yangguanzai village of Gaoling county, 20 km away from the Read more

Hydraulic horns of 13 vehicles seized

January 27, 2009

Noise Pollution
Hydraulic horns of 13 vehicles seized
Staff Correspondent

A mobile court removes hydraulic horns from a vehicle at Malibagh in the capital during a drive yesterday. Photo: STAR

A mobile court removes hydraulic horns from a vehicle at Malibagh in the capital during a drive yesterday. Photo: STAR

Department of Environment (DOE) yesterday filed cases against 24 vehicles in the city and realised Tk 19,000 in fines for violating sound pollution rules. The DOE team also seized hydraulic horns of 13 Read more

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