• Tuesday, September 30, 2014

City

Transport for Puja, Eid Rush

Desperation grows

With Durga Puja and Eid-ul-Azha holidays knocking on the door, hundreds of Dhaka city dwellers are still in a desperate search for train, bus and launch tickets so as to make it in time to celebrate the festival with near and dear ones. As in the past couple of days, many ticket-seekers yesterday thronged Kamalapur Railway Station, Sadarghat Launch Terminal and bus counters around the capital. Most returned empty handed as the operators claimed to have run out of tickets. Private...

Forget 1971

The people who believe in the country's independence must get united against this government to free the nation from its misrule forgetting who did what in 1971, BNP chairperson's adviser Khandaker Mahbub Hossain said yesterday. “The country is now facing only one problem--an illegal administration is weighing heavily on the shoulder of the people. So, there's only one solution--this illegal government must be dislodged through a decisive movement,” he told a discussion, "The impeachment law and the independence of the...

Jamaat in league with int'l extremists

The Jamaat-e-Islami is in league with different international extremist groups that have waged a war against humanity across the globe, Awami League General Secretary Syed Ashraful Islam said yesterday. “This war won't take much time to come to our country,” he said at a programme at Jatiya Press Club where he unveiled a DVD titled “Blood-stained Bangladesh: a saga of BNP-Jamaat terrorism”, brought out by the ruling Awami League. “Here they [extremists] are known as Jamaat while elsewhere they are known...

Enact law against discrimination

Bangladesh Dalit Parishad (BDP) yesterday urged the government to immediately implement the proposed anti-discrimination law to protect their rights. Rajshahi divisional unit of BDP in association with Parittran, an NGO assisted by the European Union, held a press conference at Rajshahi Press Club to press home their demands. Raghunath Das, president of the divisional unit, said, “We cannot force people to love us, but the law will shield us from their hatred.” The Law Commission and National Human Rights Commission have already...

RTI Act

BIWTC official fined for denying info

The Information Commission yesterday fined the designated information officer at the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) Tk 2,000 for denying information to a contractor seeking the details of an investigation on a construction project. Nazrul Islam Misha has repeatedly ignored the application of Tarikul Islam Linkon, the contractor, said Mohammed Farooq, the chief information commissioner (CIC). The commission penalised Misha after the final hearing yesterday on Linkon's complaint.  “We announced the verdict... following Article 27 of the Right to Information Act...

Women benefit least from dev projects

Women always benefit the least from any development project, said women's rights activists at a seminar yesterday. Political parties make pledges and the government adopts policies, but the plight of women at grass roots level remains unchanged, they added.  The seminar titled “Women's Political Empowerment in Bangladesh: Prospects and Challenges” was held in Cirdap auditorium in the capital.   The event was organised by Steps Towards Development in association with Democracywatch, Prip Trust, and Khan Foundation.   Pointing out that female local government representatives enjoy...

Cops shoot snatchers in capital

Two snatchers and Dhanmondi police came up with contradictory claims yesterday, with the former alleging that they were shot in legs point blank in custody while the latter briefing journalists that they shot the two to stop them from fleeing in the capital's Shankar. The snatchers are Shaheed Mia alias Sourav, 38, and Saidur Rahman, 28. Abdul Baten, deputy commissioner (Ramna division) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, said at a press briefing that the two were escaping in a silver car after...

Govt Staff Inside Secretariat, Outside

End inequalities

Calling for an end to the discriminations in promotions and salaries between government employees stationed inside the Secretariat and outside, Bangladesh Sarkari Kormochari Samannay Parishad placed a seven-point demand at a press conference at Dhaka Reporters Unity yesterday. A press release signed by Rezaul Mostafa, secretary of the government employees' association, read that the Parishad with 12 lakh government employees who work outside the Secretariat would launch a movement if the demands remain unfulfilled by October 30. The demands include replacing...

3 Hindu idols desecrated in Sylhet

Three Hindu idols were desecrated in the house of a female ward councillor of Sylhet City Corporation in Jatarpur yesterday. Councillor Diba Rani Dey from the reserved seat of wards no 16, 17 and 18 alleged that her neighbour Abdul Matin damaged the idols of Goddess Durga, Saraswati and Ganesha, kept in her prayer room in the yard, after having a heated exchange with her driver. She filed a general diary. However, Matin claimed Diba's husband Manindra Dey vandalised the idols...

BSTI to provide online services

Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI) has taken an initiative to provide online services to its clients. To this effect, it signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with International Finance Corporation (IFC) at BSTI's office in Tejgaon of the capital yesterday.     Kyle F Kelhofer, IFC country manager for Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan; and Iqramul Haque, BSTI director general, signed the MoU on behalf of their organisations. IFC will help BSTI launch e-payment systems, issue certification marks licences online, and enrich the institution's...

Road crashes kill five

Countrywide road accidents killed five people and injured one person yesterday and Sunday. A correspondent from Ctg reports, two people died when a truck hit a bicycle and ran then over on Anwara-Borkol road in Anwara upazila of Chittagong. The deceased were Jakir Hossain, 25, and Abdul Hamid, 18, of Banshkhali. Our Netrakona correspondent report, Nirob, 4, son of Mozammal Haque of Nashibpur village died when an auto-rickshaw ran him over at Nashibpur intersection in Purbadhola upazila. In Netrakona Sadar upazila, Ashish Kumar...

News in Brief

Three arms traders arrested, arms recovered Staff Correspondent Three arms traders were arrested and arms were recovered in separate drives on Sunday. On information, a team of detectives arrested Md Rakibul with four pistols and 12 bullets in the capital's Motijheel, said police. Based on his information, they arrested Md Zaman, 28, and Abdul Hakim, 34, from Mogbari area of Comilla. During primary interrogation, the arrestees admitted their involvement in arms trading. Man arrested with heroin in Ctg Staff Correspondent, Ctg Police arrested a person with 60...

Death anniversary

Death anniversary

Today is the 5th death anniversary of Shamsul Alam, former chief executive of Burma Eastern Ltd and Berger Paints Bangladesh Ltd. Relatives, friends and well wishers are requested to pray for the departed soul, said a press release.

Bangladesh lost sloth bears

Bangladesh lost sloth bears

Last sighted around 70 years back, the reclusive sloth bear was declared extinct yesterday by a group of scientists and conservationists working to update the conservation status of seven animal groups in Bangladesh. “We are sure,” said Mohammed Shahed Mahabub Chowdhury, project manager of Updating Species Red List of Bangladesh at the “1st Preliminary...

Tongi Juvenile Development Centre

Five 'attempt suicide'

Five teenage boys of Tongi Juvenile Development Centre in Gazipur yesterday allegedly tried to commit suicide by slashing their bodies with sharp objects. The injured are Nayeem, 16, Iqbal, 16, Panjas, 16, Faruk, 17, and Asad, 17. They were sent to Tongi Government Hospital for treatment. Mahbubur Rahman Chowdhury, residential medical officer of the hospital, said a medical assistant of the correctional centre, Helal Uddin, brought the boys to the hospital around 1:15pm. "The boys hurt themselves with sharp weapons like blades...

Govt destroying education system by increasing pass rates

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia last night said the government had destroyed the education sector by increasing the pass rates in public examinations in order to get compliments from others. "...the inside story is the knowledge level of students is going down. They did not qualify in the admission tests," she said. Because of this, meritorious students are getting upset day by day, the former prime minister told a discussion at her Gulshan office in the capital with Buddhist leaders, who called...