• Saturday, October 25, 2014


Be Prepared


Be Prepared

Most of us living in the city yearn for nature: peace and quiet, perhaps a forest, a lake or just a serene rural setting. With the approaching winter, there will be many opportunities to take that nature trip you always wanted - the mangroves of Sundarban; the remote lakes and waterfalls of Chittagong...

Ongoing Barisal-Dhaka Highway Renovation

Uneven surfaces pose accident risks

Uneven surfaces pose accident risks

Renovation of a two-lane 30-kilometre stretch of the Barisal-Dhaka highway is ongoing without keeping adequate space for overtaking, putting vehicles at risk of accidents and damage and leading to tailbacks. Till date, around two kilometres of a single lane of the 18-feet wide stretch, from Barisal town's Goriar Par to Barisal's end point at...

Health dept keeping eye on Dulu's Gopalganj residence

Ebola fear now in Munshiganj village

Now panic has gripped the villagers of Kalinagar in Sirajdikhan upazila of Munshiganj over the arrival of an Ivory Coast returnee, who passed through Shahjalal International Airport without being screened on October 16, there. Mohsin Ullah, 26, of the village, however, said he was not infected by Ebola virus. Kazi Shariful Alam, civil surgeon of Munshiganj, said Mohsin had suffered from fever in Ivory Coast but he was sent back to Bangladesh following recovery. Local administration yesterday collected his passport and relevant...

Rana Plaza Collapse

Victims want compensation, punishment for culprits

Victims want compensation, punishment for culprits

Survivors and family member Survivors and family members of those who died in the Rana Plaza collapse formed a human chain at the site of the collapse in Savar yesterday, demanding compensation for all victims of the tragedy. They also organised a short march demanding punishment for those responsible for the collapse of the nine-storey building on April 24 last year. The tragedy left 1,136 people dead and hundreds injured. Several hundred demonstrators under the banners of “Bangladesh Garment Workers' Solidarity”, “Textile Garment Workers' Federation” and “Garment Workers Front” marched on the Dhaka-Aricha highway from the site to Sobhanbagh, said witnesses. Addressing the human chain, Nurul Islam, a garment worker, who sustained injuries...

Shirin, Saber Elected to Lead CPA, IPU

Win doesn't mean int'l community accepted polls

BNP yesterday claimed that the election of Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury and lawmaker Saber Hossain Chowdhury as chairperson and president of CPA and IPU respectively did not mean that the international community had accepted the January 5 polls. “They (voters of the international parliamentary bodies) have expressed their stance independently in all parliamentary associations at international level including Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) and Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU),” claimed BNP Vice Chairman Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury. “They did not take any suggestion from the...

Khaleda's remark irresponsible

Foreign Minister AH Mahmood yesterday blasted BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia for her remarks on the government's legitimacy and the January 5 national elections, describing those to be “completely a childish act and irresponsible” and expressing doubt over her knowledge on international affairs. Addressing a rally at the Nilphamari Government Boys' High School ground on Thursday, Khaleda, also chief of the BNP-led 20-party alliance, said not a single country has recognised the “illegal” Sheikh Hasina government which came to power through...

Medical admission tests held

Medical admission tests held

The admission tests for medical and dental colleges for the 2014-15 academic session were held at 23 centres simultaneously across the country yesterday. A total of 69,477 candidates sat for the one-hour long tests against 10,299 seats, said ABM Abdul Hannan, director of Medical Education and Health Manpower Development at the Directorate General of...

UNDP asst secy general due today

UNDP asst secy general due today

Michael O'Neill, assistant secretary general and director at the Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy of UNDP, arrives in Dhaka today on a three-day visit to Bangladesh. After assuming office, this is his first visit to the country, said a press release. During the visit, O'Neill is scheduled to meet senior government officials, development partners and civil society members. He will also join a thematic discussion jointly organised by the Economic Relations Division, and UNDP Bangladesh. O'Neill will look at projects supported by UNDP in and outside Dhaka, which focus on climate resilience, poverty reduction and public service delivery. He will travel to Barguna and speak with communities involved in the projects there. O'Neill will...

Sanaul Huq takes charge as Caab chairman

Sanaul Huq takes charge as Caab chairman

Air Vice-Marshal M Sanaul Huq has become the chairman of Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (Caab). He took the charge of the civil aviation regulatory body from Air-Vice Marshal Mahmud Hussain at a simple ceremony on October 22, said a press release. Sanaul Huq was born on July 21, 1962 in Kishoreganj. He joined Bangladesh Air Force in 1980 and was commissioned with Sword of Honour. The new Caab chairman served in different important positions in the Air Force in his long career before becoming chairman of Caab. He also rendered his services as a UN military observer in Bosnia.

Collection Of Rent Through Banks

NBR to get tough with landlords for defying law

As the rule for landlords to receive house rent through banking channels got a low response, the National Board of Revenue (NBR) has decided to get tough to enforce the rule. "We are waiting for the deadline for the income tax return submission to pass. After that, we will launch our drive in this regard," an NBR official told the news agency. The last date for submitting the income tax return is November 2, 2014. The government, from July 1, made it...

Giving Proxy In Recruitment Test

DU, JnU students jailed for one year

A mobile court of Rajshahi district administration yesterday sentenced two university students to one year imprisonment for appearing in the recruitment test for Rajshahi Krishi Unnayan Bank as proxies. The students are: Monirul Islam, a fourth year student of Dhaka University, and Aktaruzzaman, a master's student at a Jagannath University. The court also fined them Tk 1,000 each. Executive Magistrate Jyosri Rani Roy, who led the mobile court, passed the order at Rajshahi University where the test was held. Both the students participated...

Trader dies after being 'doped'

A cotton trader died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital yesterday a day after he had allegedly been doped by a gang in Tongi of Gazipur. Arabindra Roy, 40, was also a textile engineer. His widow Shawpna Roy told The Daily Star that her husband left their Tongi residence for Motijheel for business purpose on Thursday morning. He might have been doped in Tongi College Gate area while returning home by a bus, he quoted the people, who took him to DMCH, as...

Abducted Dhaka trader rescued in Jamalpur

A vegetable trader was rescued from Bhatikolkihara village in Bakshiganj upazila of Jamalpur on Thursday a day after he had been abducted from Turag area in Dhaka. Police also arrested Sharif Uddin, Piru Mondol, Jahidul, and Samrul on the charge of kidnapping Alfaz Uddin, 65, on Wednesday morning. The gang took him alluring him to give dollars at cheap rate, said Mostasinur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Bakshiganj Police Station. After reaching the area, the culprits called the victim's family over the cellphone demanding...

News In Brief

A woman committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan in her house in the capital's Pallabi yesterday, said Dhaka Medical College morgue sources. The deceased was Tania Akter, 22, wife of Raton Mijhi, a Bangladeshi expatriate in Bahrain. As Tania did not respond to repeated knocks at her room's door, her in-laws broke open the window and saw the hanging body, said Pallabi police. But deceased's uncle Jahir Uddin claimed that Tania, claimed that the in-laws killed her and then hanged her from the fan.

Memorial Meeting on Language Hero Matin

State failed to accord due respect to him

Language movement hero Abdul Matin, who had also fought in the 1971 Liberation War, was not accorded due respect by the state, speakers told a national commemorative meeting on him yesterday. Speaking at the meeting Abdul Matin Swaran Jatiya Committee organised in the capital's Central Shaheed Minar premises, they also called upon leaders and activists of left-leaning political parties to follow the ethics and ideals maintained by Matin throughout his life as many deviate from the spirit of communism. Matin, popularly...