Country loses 20,000 km river routes

June 23, 2009

The waterways of Bangladesh now come under threat due to losing river routes over the years.
The waterways are still considered as a cheap, safe and comfortable communication system in the country.
According to the sources in the Ministry of Shipping, about 20,000 km out of 26,000 km of river routes of the country has already disappeared due to silt in the river beds.
Besides, a number of rivers having strong current died due to lack of dredging on time, sources said. Referring to a World Bank report, a Read more

Trains collide head-on at Kamalapur

June 23, 2009

One dies, 20 hurt; wrong signal blamed
Two passenger trains collided head-on in outer signal area of Kamalapur Railway Station in the city yesterday afternoon due to wrong signal.
The accident caused a huge damage to two carriages and engines of the trains, killing a security guard of the railway and injuring 20 people, six from railway.
Following the mishap, the rail communication remained suspended for five and half hours on the four railway tracks from 1 to 4 at Kamalapur station. Trains began plying on the numbers 5,6,7 and 8 tracks of the station after one Read more

Law to protect Hasina, Rehana to be enacted

June 23, 2009

SSF, other forces to provide full-time security blanket
The government is going to enact soon a new law titled Father of the Nation’s Family Members’ Security Act, 2009 for ensuring security to the two daughters of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her sister Sheikh Rehana.
The Home Ministry has already prepared a draft of the Act upon getting instruction from the Cabinet Division recently, sources in the ministry Read more

Schoolchildren confused over two versions of war’s history

June 23, 2009

The students of primary schools across the country are studying two versions of history of the War of Independence as more than half of them were supplied with textbooks bearing the old version of history while new books with certain corrections have been made available to others.
The teachers said that such a situation has been created as about only half of the schoolchildren have been supplied with the newly printed Read more

Indian HC’s contention challenged by Bangladeshi water expert

June 23, 2009

Ganges water sharing and Tipaimukh Dam
Indian HC’s contention challenged by Bangladeshi water expert
Tauhidul Anwar Khan, a veteran water expert of the country and former executive member of Joint Rivers Commission and DG of Water Resources Planning Organisation, has contested and rebuffed Indian High Commissioner Pinak Ranjan Chakravarty’s contention on Ganges water sharing and construction of Tipaimukh dam as well as derogatory remarks about Bangladeshi water experts.
He was talking to The Bangladesh Today in an exclusive interview on Monday. Read more

3 battalions to find no room in Pilkhana

June 23, 2009

BDR reform proposals handed to Faruk Khan
Against the backdrop of last February’s bloody mutiny, three out of the four BDR battalions now based in its headquarters at Pilkhana are likely to be moved outside the capital.
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) sources said a set of proposals for BDR reforms was prepared by a sub-committee, formed earlier and led by the BDR’s director general (DG). The committee in a meeting at Pilkhana placed the set of proposals Read more

RAB nabs JMB IT chief, 3 others

June 23, 2009

The Rapid Action battalion (RAB) on Sunday night arrested banned Jama’atul Mujahidin Bangladesh’s (JMB) information technology (IT) chief and three other members of the wing in separate drives in the capital and Mymensingh areas.
RAB seized five detonators, two grenade covers, a binocular, a laptop and a number of books from their possession, official sources said yesterday.
A Rab team raided city’s Pallabi area on Sunday night and arrested IT chief Mohammad Emranul Haque, also an explosive expert. He is also known as Rajib, Mainul, Abu Toba and Iqbal. Rab also Read more

IDB to provide US$1.3b for Padma bridge

June 23, 2009

The Islamic Development Bank (IDB) has agreed to provide Bangladesh with US$1.3 billion for construction of the proposed Padma Bridge.
The government of Bangladesh has also signed a loan agreement with the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) under which IDB would disburse 18 million US dollars as project loan for harnessing renewable solar energy.
Finance Minister Abul Mal Abdul Muhith said this in a report to the regular weekly cabinet meeting yesterday on the participation of a Read more

Load-shedding continues despite daylight saving

June 23, 2009

Residents of both city and rural areas have been facing severe load shedding despite saving of 205MW of electricity on an average after introduction of daylight saving measure from June 19 midnight.
State Minister for Power and Energy Advocate Shamsul Hoque Tuku yesterday told the reporters at his Secretariat Office that the power division had saved 205MW of electricity through the daylight saving measure in the first day after Read more

Students go on rampage as car kills DU teacher’s wife

June 23, 2009

Students went berserk following the death of Anima Rani Saha, wife of Professor Parimal Saha of Dhaka University, when a car hit her in front of Jagannath Hall of the university early Monday.
The students set fire to the car that hit the victim and damaged a number of other vehicles after the incident on the campus.
Witnesses said the car hit Anima, aged Read more

SQC talks to BBC, denies he gave wrong info to EC

June 23, 2009

BNP MP Salauddin Quader Chowdhury has said, he did not give wrong information in the nomination paper. He said, during state of emergency the joint forces took his educational certificates. That is why he marked ‘no’ in the space provided in the nomination form for noting educational qualification and certificate. The Election commission has taken initiative to scrap BNP lawmaker Salauddin Quader Chowdhury’s membership alleging that Read more

Maa Boro Na Bou Boro to release June 26

June 23, 2009

Bengali feature film ‘Maa Boro Na Bou Boro’ is going to be released under the banner of KN Films on June 26 (this Friday) across the country.
Sheikh Nazrul Islam has directed the film where Razzak, Dolly Zahur, Aliraj, Amin Khan, Nipun, Kabila, Nasrin, Misha Shawdagar, Mizu Ahmed have performed in various roles. Sheikh Nazrul has written story of the film and also Read more

Dolly in Gaanalap

June 23, 2009

If we listen the song titled ‘Hey Jubok,’ we can imagine singer of that song. She is Dolly Shayontoni. This popular singer will be present as tonight’s guest at the music related show ‘Gaanalap,’ which will be aired at 9:05pm on Banglavision. Lyricist and music composer Milton Khondaker will be also present along with her in the programme. In the programme, Dolly will render some of her popular number songs like ‘Rongchota jeans-er Read more

Shorolikaran tonight

June 23, 2009

Drama serial ‘Shorolikaran’ will be aired tonight on Desh TV at 9:30pm. Rizwan Khan and Yusuf Ali Khokon have jointly scripted the drama, while AK Azad has directed the serial. Mosharraf Karim, Rawnak Hasan, Nadia, Wahida Mollik Jolly, Nova, Pran Roy, Al Mansur, among others, have performed in different roles in the Read more

Chhoto Chhoto Kosto on ATN Bangla

June 23, 2009

The 23rd episode of drama serial ‘Chhoto Chhoto Kosto’ will be aired tonight on ATN Bangla at 11:30pm. Moni Haider and Aminul Islam have jointly scripted the drama, while Abdul Wahab Pasha has directed the serial.
Munira Yusuf Mamy, Pijush Bondopaddhya, Adnan Faruk Hillol, Runa Khan, Joyoshree Kar Joya, Abdul Bari, Tofa Hossain, Jesmin Parvez, Read more

Dhaka Fashion Week begins tomorrow

June 23, 2009

The three-day Dhaka Fashion Week 2009 is scheduled to kick off from June 24 at the Dhaka Club with all the leading fashion designers of the country, rolling their fall collections. The event aims to take Bangladeshi fashion brands in the high end global market.
The event organised by Tupa Associates in association with Dhaka Club will have Moons Boutique, Kuhu, Roxana Salam, Sharukh Shahid, Emdad Haque, Virgo, Sadakalo, Paera, Blusa stitch, Farzana Yusuf, Kimaya, Anyamela, Soma and Pride.
The fall collection themed under Rejuvenation will have 14 fashion shows. The designers feel that the nation needs to be rejuvenated in almost every sphere of our life; ranging from the activism of Saving Rivers to adapting an environment friendly Read more

Mango, Silk and Gambhira galore

June 23, 2009

The ‘Mango, Silk and Gambhira Festival 2009’ ended on June 21 at Green Plaza, in Rajshahi City, according to a press release. The three-day festival was sponsored by Banglalink.
A.H.M Khairuzzaman Liton, Mayor of Rajshahi City Corporation was the chief guest at the programme. Also present as special guests were Md. Nowsher Ali, police commissioner, Rajshahi; Alhaj Manzur Faruq Chowdhury, advisor, Bangladesh Read more

DCC asks owners, authorities to preserve 93 city heritage sites

June 23, 2009

The Dhaka City Corporation is issuing letters asking the owners or the authorities of 93 city heritage buildings or sites, listed earlier for preservation, not to bring any changes to the structures.
‘The DCC is issuing letters to the owners or the authorities of 93 heritage sites the list of which was prepared by the City Development Committee,’ Marzia Begum, research officer of Urban Planning Division of the corporation, told Read more

Ash to lose top job

June 23, 2009

BCB announces team today
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is all set to announce the name of the new captain in place of under-fire Mohammad Ashraful when the Test squad for the tour of West Indies is declared today.
It is none other than Ashraful’s long-term deputy Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, the 25-year old, dubbed as Narail Express, who so far played 35 Tests and 103 ODIs, who is all set to take the hot job.
World’s number one all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan and wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim are in the race for the vice-captain post but Read more

Hockey team off to Moscow

June 23, 2009

Bangladesh national hockey team flew to Moscow on Monday to participate in a four-nation invitational hockey tournament, also involving Canada, South Africa and hosts Russia. Bangladesh are playing the tournament as part their preparation for the upcoming SA Games, to be held in Dhaka in January next year.
The national hockey team has travelled beyond the Asian region apart from the Olympic qualifiers back in 1994. The Russian mission Read more

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