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Countrywide mass hunger strike if talks don't start in a week

Bikolpodhara Bangladesh President AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury yesterday said his party would embark on a countrywide mass hunger strike if the Awami League (AL) and BNP chiefs fail to hold dialogue within a week. “There is no alternative to dialogues...to save democracy as well as the economy,” the former president told a press conference at his Baridhara office in the capital. He stated to have taken the move not only as a politician but also as a senior citizen of the country...

Highschool principal on 14-day remand in Jatrabari arson cases

A highschool principal was placed on a 14-day remand by a Dhaka court yesterday in three cases filed centring Friday's arson attack on a bus in Jatrabari that left 28 people seriously burnt. Meanwhile, 25 people were arrested after Jatrabari, Demra and Kadamtali police raided some 100 houses and establishments centring the attack. The charges were over subversive activities, assault and obstruction on police from discharging duties, and the torching and injuries. Apart from being a teacher at AK High School in...

Judiciary to see major changes

Major changes will be brought to the judiciary to ensure justice for all, said recently appointed Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha yesterday. “I hope the changes will be visible within a month,” he said while talking to reporters after paying his respect to Saraswati, the deity of knowledge and the arts, at the Supreme Court Bar Association auditorium. The chief justice said there are irregularities and anomalies in many sectors of the society, and time is needed to change the situation. SK...

Lower power tariff

Two left parties yesterday urged the authorities concerned to lower the tariff on electricity rather than hiking it, reasoning that its production cost had gone down due to a drop in global oil prices almost by one third. The call came at a sit-in organised by the Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) and Bangladesher Samajtantrik Dal (BSD) before the capital's Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) where the fourth and concluding day of a public hearing on the issue was being...

Akram, Latif killed Bagerhat freedom fighter

Akram, Latif killed Bagerhat freedom fighter

A freedom fighter yesterday told International Crimes Tribunal-1 how war crimes accused Khan Akram Hossain and Abdul Latif Talukder shot dead a fellow at Bagerhat's Teligathi Bazar and dumped the body in a canal on December 13, 1971 during the Liberation War. In the afternoon of that day he and six other freedom fighters...

Dhaka-mymensingh 4-lane Highway

Army to get another contract: Obaidul

Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader yesterday told the parliament that another contract for the Dhaka-Mymensingh four-lane project would be given to Bangladesh Army next month to complete the long-delayed work by June. Bangladesh Army's Special Works Organisation (West) has already been implementing the project's two packages, which is about 30-kilometre in length and covers from Joydebpur to Nayanpur, since 2012. The third package which is being implemented by China Major Bridges Company in association with local firm Project Builder's...

National help line assisting thousands of distressed women

Amjad Hossain of Mirpur faced a predicament that his granddaughter, whom he accompanied to school, was being threatened with kidnapping. He called 10921, the National Help Line. The local police responded immediately and the problem was resolved. Far away in Taraganj, Rangpur, 10th-grader Banya was faced with the humiliating prospect of being shown in a porno film after she had gone to a studio to be photographed. She, too, called the Help Line and was bailed out. Similarly, thousands of people, mostly women...

Sundarbans Oil-spill

Rain may wash sludge back into environment

As the authorities are yet to destroy the huge amount of oil-spill sludge, dumped in bamboo enclosures in Chandpai area of the Sundarbans following the huge oil-spill in December last year, experts and locals raise concerns that rainfalls may spread the waste again anytime. The remnants of furnace oil in waste, which consist mostly of oil-stained water hyacinth and shrubs, have already taken a dark hue and started seeping into the soil around the bamboo enclosures. During a visit to Chandpai...

Mosharraf contradicts media reports on MRP

Amid growing concern over distribution of Machine Readable Passports (MRPs) to around 60 lakh Bangladeshi expatriates, Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Khandker Mosharraf Hossain yesterday claimed that migrant workers would get the passports on time. “There is no problem in issuing MRPs to migrants. They will get their passports on time. The government has already taken necessary measures in this regard,” he said at a press briefing at his office in the capital. With his claim, the minister has refuted...

EC plans DCC polls in June

Hinting that the long overdue elections to the bifurcated Dhaka city corporations might be held in June, the Election Commission (EC) in a letter to the finance ministry sought an increase in this fiscal year's budgetary allocation for election expenses by Tk 45 crore, bringing it to Tk 95 crore. The voter list might be finalised by January 31 and the dispute over the North and South Dhaka city corporations' demarcation by March, for which the election schedule will hopefully...

Matia for plan to check loss of arable land

Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury yesterday stressed working out an effective plan to check the country's fast-shrinking arable land and thus maintain the momentum in its food grain production. “Decrying the loss of agricultural land will help little… we'll have to find out a proper solution to deal with the problem,” she told a seminar organised by Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation at its Dhaka office. The agriculture minister said the government alone could not put an end to unplanned construction of dwelling houses...

Rampal power project runs into equity funding snag

Equity funding of the Bangladesh-India joint venture coal-fired power plant in Rampal has run into complexities as the existing policy does not support such a venture. According to an official document obtained by the news agency, an inter-ministerial meeting convened by the Power Division on December 28 witnessed a heated debate between its officials and officials of the Finance Division and the Planning Commission, but failed to resolve the “equity-funding related problem”. Official sources said the proposed 1,320 MW power plant...

News In Brief

Road crash kills 2, injures 20 Staff Correspondent Two persons were killed and 20 others injured as a bus ploughed through a footpath after being hit by another bus in the capital's Ramna last night. Mosharraf Hossain Biltu, 32, and Asad Mir, 45, were declared dead at Dhaka Medical College Hospital where the injured were undergoing treatment. Police said the Gulistan-bound bus of Tanzil Paribahan hit the other vehicle from behind near Ramna Chinese Restaurant around 9:00pm.   JU BCL distributes blankets Ju Correspondent Bangladesh Chhatra League...

Death anniversary

Death anniversary

Today is the 1st death anniversary of Anwarul Karim, a former managing director of Eastern Lubricants Ltd. He had also worked as a managing director of Bangladesh Diesel Plant Ltd, and retired from Eastern Tubes Ltd as a managing director as well.

Obituary

Obituary

Dr Md Anowarul Islam, an architect from the first batch of the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet), died on January 10 in his Manchester residence in the UK, aged 79. He left behind a son, a daughter and three grandchildren. His funeral was held in Manchester graveyard, says a press release. Anowarul, who obtained a PhD from the University of Warwick, was a senior lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University. “The Inception of 'Prayer' in Islam - A Chronological Study” is one of his publications.