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PM's caution goes in vain

PM's caution goes in vain

The housing and public works ministry has approved the filling up of over 8,000 acres of flood flow zones and farmlands around the capital, ignoring the caution voiced by the prime minister.    A seven-member ministerial committee headed by Housing Minister Mosharraf Hossain approved the destructive plan on Monday, virtually to help illegal private housing...

Dhaka division home to highest number of poor

Dhaka division home to highest number of poor

Dhaka division has the highest share of the country's poor population, followed by Chittagong, as people from impoverished areas have migrated to these economic hubs in search of employment. Of a total of 4.94 crore poor people of the country, 1.59 crore or 32.3 percent live in Dhaka and 82.99 lakh in Chittagong. This means nearly half of the country's total poor population live in these two regions. Interestingly, these two divisions make the highest contributions to the national GDP, with Dhaka metropolis alone contributing 36 percent and Chittagong 11 percent. These figures were revealed in Poverty Maps of Bangladesh 2010 released yesterday jointly by the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS), World...

Beximco in severe cash crunch

An extreme liquidity crisis has brought Beximco Ltd, the largest company of Beximco Group, on the verge of collapse. So says Salman F Rahman, vice chairman of the group, in a letter to the central bank governor early this month. “Beximco Ltd is facing an extreme liquidity crisis and is on the verge of closing down,” Salman said in the letter. He blamed the situation on two factors -- politically motivated credit restrictions on the group between 2001 and 2008 and repayment...

Brutal murder in the capital

Brutal murder in the capital

Unidentified assailants slit the throat of the chief imam of the Supreme Court mosque and a presenter of Islamic programmes in two private television channels at his East Rajabazar house in the capital last night. Shaikh Nurul Islam Faruki, aged around 60, was also international affairs secretary of Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat, an Islamist group. He also owned a hajj agency, Faruki Tours and Travels Private Ltd. The motive behind the murder was unclear. Faruki's wife Lubna, his mother-in-law, nephew Maruf Hossain and a domestic help were tied up. Of them, Maruf was in Faruki's room while the others were in another room on the first-floor of the four-storey building. Two of the assailants...

Baby Stealing at DMCH

Published Date: August 27, 2014
Culprit fled as CCTV went off

Culprit fled as CCTV went off

None of the 53 CCTV cameras at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital was in use when a baby was stolen on August 21. The server station for the cameras remained shut for almost 12 hours from around 9:00pm on August 20, according to hospital employees. And the baby has been missing since around 7:30am on August 21. Since its instalment in 2009, this was the first time the surveillance system went down.  The Power Development Board officials posted at the country's premier public hospital yesterday told The Daily Star that the electricity supply to the server station was disconnected because of a short-circuit.  It took an hour from around 9:00am on August 21...

Published Date: August 27, 2014
Drive to free Turag almost futile

Drive to free Turag almost futile

The first day of a three-day eviction drive to make parts of the Turag river encroachment-free yesterday turned out to be another futile attempt due to lack of proper equipment and poor planning. Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) along with Dhaka and Gazipur district administrations launched the drive following a July 24 High...

Published Date: August 27, 2014
Major rivers swelling

Major rivers swelling

With the situation worsening in at least five districts, the Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC) yesterday said that the floods might be prolonged as the water levels of three major rivers are likely to remain unchanged for three more days. Hit hard by the weeklong floods and resultant crisis of drinking water, several...

Published Date: August 27, 2014
Big boost for Bhola

When natural gas was discovered in Shahbazpur of Bhola two decades ago, everyone thought the energy- and job-starved island would flourish, but despite various efforts almost no major changes came to make that dream come true. However, things are finally set to take a giant leap as a 195-megawatt power plant is scheduled to begin partial operation in December. The full plant is likely to be operational in August next year. This would make this island rich with availability of natural...

Published Date: August 27, 2014
Rejoinder, our reply

The BNP sent a rejoinder to our report published on August 15 under the headline, “Zia's civil posting: History would have been different.” Following is the full text (unedited) of the rejoinder, undersigned by BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir: I refer to the article in the front page of the 15th August 2014 issue of Daily Star by Shakhawat Liton captioned "Zia's foreign posting-History would have been different". In his article, Mr Liton has insinuated that Maj. Gen. Ziaur Rahman,...

Published Date: August 26, 2014
Black money flying abroad

Black money flying abroad

When money laundering is as easy as slicing a cake and the money is safe abroad, why anyone would want to legalise his black money is a question that seems to have no answer. And even if one wants to do so, he is discouraged by the complex legal structure and the vengeful political culture in the country. This is evident in the black money holders' lukewarm response to the government's repeated declarations of amnesty to them. In the fiscal 2013-14, only Tk 237.78 crore was whitened, with the government getting Tk 45 crore in taxes. The response was slightly better in the previous four fiscal years -- Tk 451 crore...