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Southwest may turn wasteland

Southwest may turn wasteland

India's decision to build 16 barrages, one in every 100 kilometres of the Ganges, would ultimately kill the river and spell disaster for ecology in Bangladesh, say green campaigners. The Indian government plans to construct the barrages under the Ganges waterway Project to ensure three-metre navigability for plying of vessels in 1,620 kilometres of...

33 killed as 2 buses collide

33 killed as 2 buses collide

In one of the country's deadliest-ever road crashes, at least 33 people were killed and scores injured in Natore yesterday. The accident occurred around 3:30pm at Rijur Intersection on Bonpara-Hatikumrul highway when a Rajshahi-bound Keya Paribahan bus from Dhaka overtook a truck and rammed a Gurudaspur-bound local bus of Othoi Paribahan coming from the...

HC Directive for Blanket Ebola Screening

Airport operations likely to collapse

Airport operations likely to collapse

The High Court yesterday ordered the government to immediately take steps to screen all incoming passengers for Ebola infection at all international ports and border areas with the help of armed forces. The court also issued a rule asking the government to explain as to why it should not be directed to provide humanitarian...

Fake Freedom Fighters

8 more officials under probe

The Anti-Corruption Commission is going to probe the allegedly forged freedom fighter certificates of eight top bureaucrats. The ACC decision follows allegations that the officials managed the certificates during the 2009-2013 tenure of the then Awami League-led grand alliance government in a bid to extend their service tenure, said sources. The certificates of five secretaries, one additional secretary and two joint secretaries will be under scrutiny. The graft watchdog has already started collecting information about the officials. Earlier, the ACC probed such...

Mugger or enemy?

Mugger or enemy?

A man was shot in the legs in the capital yesterday by a police sub-inspector who has an “extramarital affair” with his wife, claimed the victim's family. Police, however, claimed the injured is a “mugger” and they detained him during a raid and recovered an illegal firearm and three bullets from his possession. Bullet-hit Shah...

Published Date: October 20, 2014
Over 200 trips for 'pleasure'

Over 200 trips for 'pleasure'

While the planned urbanisation of the capital remains in absolute disarray, the Rajuk has arranged some two hundred pleasure trips abroad for its officials since 2010 in the name of urbanisation study tour. The tours have cost around Tk 10 crore of public money but yielded no visible result. On the contrary, Dhaka has...

Published Date: October 20, 2014
JCD trouble intensifies

JCD trouble intensifies

Aggrieved JCD leaders at a meeting with Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir yesterday alleged that two BNP leaders had included many in the student body's new central committee in exchange of money. They categorically brought the allegation against Shahiduddin Chowdhury Anee and Sultan Salauddin Tuku, who were assigned by BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia to form...

SAARC'S 8 Development Goals

Published Date: October 20, 2014
Dhaka second to Colombo

Bangladesh is the second best performer in achieving the Saarc Development Goals (SDGs) and tops the list of Saarc nations in reducing fertility rate, according to a government report. Among the members of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation, Sri Lanka has done the best in pursuing six of the goals, says the Bangladesh planning ministry report released yesterday. The ministry evaluated the performance of Saarc countries in poverty alleviation, health, education and environment in 2011 compared to that in...

Published Date: October 20, 2014
Families unaware of Thai voyage

Till yesterday, Nasreen, a housewife in Shankarpur of Sathkira, was unaware that her husband has become a victim of modern-day slave trade after being lured with the enticement of jobs abroad. The man on September 16 left his home in Kalaroa upazila, saying he was going to Dhaka for a work but never returned. “My husband [Abul Kalam Azad] is a mason and he used to go to different districts every now and then [to work],” Nasreen said yesterday, adding that,...

Police vs Local Administration

Published Date: October 20, 2014
Home steps in to resolve conflict

Alarmed by an intelligence report of possible disorder and conflict between police and local administrations, the home ministry yesterday instructed the inspector general of police (IGP) and senior secretary of the public administration ministry to take steps in this regard. The move came a week after the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) expressed fear of disorder in the local administration due to the conflict between superintendent of police (SP) and deputy commissioner (DC) at district level, and officer-in-charge (OC) and upazila...