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Deals signed to build mega power plant

Deals signed to build mega power plant

Bangladesh yesterday signed two memoranda of understanding with Malaysia to set up a 1,320-megawatt coal-based power plant in Maheshkhali at a cost of around $2 billion. The final cost of the thermal power plant in the country's future energy hub in Cox's Bazar will be known after a feasibility study.  The plant on 550 acres...

Zia Orphanage, Charitable Trust

Khaleda's trial in graft cases begins

Khaleda's trial in graft cases begins

A Dhaka court yesterday opened the trial of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, her elder son Tarique Rahman and seven others in two cases on charges of raising fund illegally for two charities and embezzling the amount. The Anti-Corruption Commission had filed the cases in 2008 and 2011. According to the charge sheet in the...

Sporadic clashes mark hartal

Sporadic clashes mark hartal

Sporadic clashes between hartal supporters and policemen across the country marked yesterday's dawn-to-dusk shutdown enforced by the BNP-led 20-party alliance. Except for a few incidents of picketing and processions by local leaders, no top or mid-level BNP leaders were seen on roads for demonstration in support of the hartal. The presence of activists of the...

President gives nod to 16th amendment

President gives nod to 16th amendment

The constitutional changes empowering parliament to remove Supreme Court judges on grounds of misbehaviour and incapacity came to effect yesterday as President Abdul Hamid gave his assent to the 16th amendment bill. With the president signing the bill passed in parliament last Wednesday, the provision for the chief justice-led Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) also ceased to exist after more than 35 years of its introduction. Thanks to the amendment, now parliament is also vested with the authority to remove the chief election commissioner and other election commissioners; chiefs and members of the Public Service Commission, the Anti-Corruption Commission and the National Human Rights Commission; and the comptroller and auditor general on...

Household gas to get costlier

Household gas prices are likely to shoot up more than twofold. The government has prepared a proposal in this regard with a view to, as it touts, reducing consumers' reliance on piped gas and encouraging them to use liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). The proposal will be sent to Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) this month, said Nasrul Hamid, state minister for power, energy and mineral resources. A household currently has to pay Tk 450 a month for a double burner stove. "It might...

Number Plates and RFID Tags

Published Date: September 22, 2014
Taxpayers get no service

Taxpayers get no service

Zillur Rahman lost his car minutes after he parked it at the TSC on Dhaka University campus on June 8 evening. He rushed to Shahbagh Police Station nearby, and a wireless message was dispatched about the theft. He also talked to a few top police officials until midnight asking for help to find the car. Zillur, a consultant at the World Bank, tried to contact the BRTA (Bangladesh Road Transport Authority) Elenbari office in Tejgaon, which is equipped to track vehicles, but failed as the office was closed by then. The next morning, he went to the office again. But BRTA officials were of no help; they suggested that he ask...

PM To Address UNGA on Sept 27

Published Date: September 22, 2014
Focus on global peace, climate

Focus on global peace, climate

In her speech at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will highlight international peace and security, democracy and good governance, empowerment of women, poverty alleviation and climate change. Hasina, who left Dhaka for the United States last night to attend the 69th session of the UNGA with a 185-member delegation,...

Published Date: September 22, 2014
BB seeks account information of 13

Bangladesh Bank has asked banks to send account information of 13 people, including that of Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad's son Rahgir Al Mahi Ershad and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's son Arafat Rahman Koko. Disaster Management and Relief Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya's son Sajeul Haque Chowdhury (Dipu) was also on the list. The list was sent by the central bank's Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU), which deals with money laundering, financing criminal activities and suspicious transactions.  "We usually ask banks for account...

Published Date: September 22, 2014
KEPZ 'failed to use land'

Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday said the government would take back part of the land it had given to YoungOne Corporation for industrial development. The Korea-based company was allocated about 2,500 acres 17 years ago to set up Korean Export Processing Zone (KEPZ) but it couldn't use even 500 acres, the minister said. “This is wasteful.” These remarks came as Muhith was talking to journalists at his secretariat office and his attention was drawn to The Daily Star reports on government...

Published Date: September 22, 2014
Hartal affects education, transport

Education, businesses, transport and public life brace for more disruptions as yet another countrywide hartal, this time from dawn to dusk, starts with the Jamaat-e-Islami's 24-hour shutdown drawing to a close this morning. The BNP-led 20-party alliance on Saturday called the 12-hour hartal from this morning to protest the constitutional amendment that empowered parliament to impeach Supreme Court judges for misbehaviour and incapacity. The Jamaat, a key component of the BNP-led combine, observed hartals on Thursday and yesterday, protesting the SC...