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Sundarbans seen as resource waiting to be exploited

Sundarbans seen as resource waiting to be exploited

The government and the people responsible for the recent oil spill regard the Sundarbans as a source of resource waiting to be exploited, said leaders of the National Committee for Protection of Oil-Gas and Mineral Resource, Electricity Sector and Ports yesterday. They fail to realise that hundreds of thousands of people's lives will be...

Maligning Bangabandhu

4 more cases filed against Tarique

Following the three of Thursday and Sunday, another four defamation cases were filed against BNP Senior Vice-Chairman Tarique Rahman yesterday of which two saw issuance of warrants for his arrest while a third summons to appear in court on January 28 next year for terming Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman a “big Razakar”. Meanwhile, demanding that he be brought back to the country and punished, Muktijoddha Central Command Council and its Chittagong unit organised rallies and formed human chains before the...

BNP trips in Dhaka city reorganisation bid

A tottering BNP which is planning to breathe new life into its grassroots units in Dhaka city for a renewed anti-government movement yesterday saw two factions clash over formation of the Lalbagh thana committee in the capital, which left at least seven people injured, including a cop. Supporters of BNP assistant organising secretary Nasiruddin Ahmed Pintu and former Dhaka City Corporation ward commissioner Mir Ali Azam clashed before the start of a meeting on formation of the committee at the...

Grabbing Of Primary School Lands

JS body blames negligence, inaction of govt authorities

Utter negligence and lack of measures, including the absence of a separate wing, division or arrangement of the primary and mass education ministry or its directorate to deal with issues of land and relevant laws, led to different quarters and individuals illegally occupying for years and grabbing partially or completely land of the capital's government primary schools. The sub-committee 3 of the ministry's parliamentary standing committee made the observations after starting to visit schools, five yesterday, in an effort to...

Road crashes kill five

Five people died and 13 others were injured in separate road crashes across the country on Sunday night and yesterday. In Jhalakathi, two people died and one was injured when a bus collided with an auto-rickshaw in Nalcity on the Khulna-Barisal highway yesterday, reports our Jhalakathi correspondent. The dead were Mafuza Begum, 20, wife of Hasan Ahamed, and Mostafa Sharif, 45, driver of the auto-rickshaw, said police. Hasan and his wife were going to their home village when a bus coming from...

Sweet mango turns sour for SP

Mango is one of the delicious fruits having a unique flavour, fragrance and taste, but for a police officer it has finally turned sour for receiving it in bribe. Allegations have it that police super of Chapainawabganj M Bashir Ahmed received some 160 baskets of mango from a section of people in bribe to help them avail of undue government facilities, an official at the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) told the news agency. He said the ACC received an allegation against...

Kishoreganj War Crimes

Fifth witness reveals Hasan-led torching of his house

A fifth prosecution witness yesterday stated how Razakars led by fugitive Syed Md Hasan Ali set fire to his house in Kishoreganj's Sachailpurbopara on April 27 during the 1971 Liberation War, just four days after he had left for combat training in India. The Pakistani occupation army and one of their auxiliary forces, Razakars, set up camps across Kishoreganj while he took part in the Liberation War in Sunamganj following a 28-day training with 10-12 locals, Nurul Haque alias...

Bigger dictator than me emerged

Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad yesterday said bigger dictators than him emerged in the country after he was relinquished from power in 1990. The former president was addressing a cultural programme organised by Amra Surjamukhi at The Daily Star Centre in the capital where his son Eric performed. Pointing to his position in society, Ershad said, "When the announcer uttered former president and army chief while inviting me for speech, I though that she would call me a former dictator, too." "After...

SC clears way for NCCI polls tomorrow

The Supreme Court yesterday cleared the way for holding an election to Narsingdi Chamber of Commerce and Industries (NCCI) tomorrow. Chamber judge of the apex court stayed for six weeks a High Court order that had halted the process for holding election to NCCI. There is no legal bar to hold election to NCCI tomorrow following the SC order, AM Aminuddin, a lawyer for three candidates of the election, told The Daily Star. Yesterday, Justice Md Imman Ali, chamber judge of the...

Dhanmondi to get Indian visa centre from Jan 1

Indian High Commission in Dhaka will open another Indian Visa Application Centre (IVAC) at House No. 24, Road No. 2 in the capital's Dhanmondi on January 1. The State Bank of India (SBI) as the agent of the commission will accept all categories of visa applications and deliver visas, said a press release yesterday. It will receive the applications from 8:00am to 1:00pm and deliver visas from 3:00pm to 6:00pm. Such facilities are now available in Gulshan, Motijheel, Chittagong, Sylhet, Khulna and...

Bheluar Dighi shrinking, losing allures

Bheluar Dighi shrinking, losing allures

In the 1980s, people had a full view of Bheluar Dighi from all four sides from a distance. Its panoramic beauty drew visitors from far-flung places. Three decades later, only one bank is free. In violation of law, small shops were built one after another surrounding the five-century-old pond. Bangladesh Railway (East Zone), its...

Cross-border Electricity Trade

South Asian energy regulators finalise plan

South Asian energy regulators in a two-day meeting that concluded in Dhaka yesterday finalised a plan to promote cross-border electricity trade and agreed to remove the regulatory barriers in this regard. “We had a very successful meeting, and all the regulators finalised a plan of action to address regulatory issues to enhance cross-border electricity trade,” said Chairman of Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission AR Khan. He was briefing journalists on the proceedings of the meeting at a hotel in the capital. The first-ever...

News In Brief

USA hands over 8 boats to Coast Guard Staff Correspondent, Ctg The USA yesterday handed over eight more metal shark boats and a Coastal Crisis Management Center (CCMC) to Bangladesh Coast Guard (East Zone). The CCMC, funded by the US government, took around seven months to be constructed in Matsyabandar. Maj Joshua D Madlinger, director of Office of Defense Co-operation team of the US embassy, handed over the keys of the boats to M Shahidul Islam, zonal commander of the Coast Guard (east),...

Death anniversary

Death anniversary

Today is the seventh death anniversary of Language Movement hero Mahbub Ul Alam Chowdhury, who wrote the first poem on Amar Ekushey, “Kandte Ashini, Phashir Dabi Niye Eshechhi”. He died on this day in 2007 at the age of 80. He participated in the “Quit India” movement as an activist of the student congress in 1942 and was the convener of Sarbadolio Rastrobhasha Sangram Parishad in Chittagong in 1952. He was the editor of the prestigious monthly literature magazine "Shimanto" from 1947 to 1952. Mahbubul Alam was awarded Bangla Academy Fellowship in 1986. The government conferred the Ekushey Padak on him posthumously in 2009.

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