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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...

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

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...

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

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...

Tarique sued for calling Bangabandhu 'Pakbandhu'

Tarique sued for calling Bangabandhu 'Pakbandhu'

A sedition case has been filed against BNP Senior Vice- Chairman Tarique Rahman for calling Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman  “Pakbandhu” (Friend of Pakistan). Advocate Moshiur Rahman Malek, president of Bangabandhu Foundation, yesterday lodged the lawsuit with the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court of Dhaka. After hearing, Metropolitan Magistrate Asaduzzaman Nur recorded statements of the complainant and ordered the Detective Branch of police to submit a probe report on the issue on October 30. The court also asked Moshiur to seek necessary permission from the home ministry as it is a mandatory for bringing any sedition charge. In his case statement, Moshiur alleged that Tarique recently called Sheikh Mujibur a “Pakbandhu” at a discussion in...

Detained Bangladeshis

No hope of release soon

The Bangladeshi nationals recently rescued from a jungle in Thailand will have to languish in a detention centre there for weeks or even months, before they can come home. Of the 171 people rescued by Thai authorities in three phases, at least 118 are Bangladeshis, said Bangladesh Embassy officials in Thailand, quoting the victims. They were all confined by human traffickers in a rubber plantation. Verification of the Bangladesh nationals will take weeks, officials said. “The Thai authorities will take one to two...

Presidential Clemency

Law minister for changes to constitution

Law Minister Anisul Huq yesterday underscored the need for an amendment to the Constitution so that convicted war criminals cannot get presidential clemency. “It is no possible for us to accept in future that a president of Bangladesh pardons a convict of the 1971 crimes against humanity exercising article 49 of the Constitution,” he said while talking to reporters after inaugurating a training course of the joint district judges at BIAM auditorium in the capital. The article 49 of the Constitution...

Muhith praises Yunus for ending default culture

Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday praised Nobel laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus for pioneering a culture free of loan defaults in the microcredit sector. "Microcredit borrowers in Bangladesh have proved that they are trustworthy, take loans and return loans in time," Muhith said. "For freeing us from the default culture, I think, the nation is really grateful to Prof Poverty Alleviation and Social Development: The Role of MFIs” at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the capital. Yunus launched the Grameen Bank project in...

National prof Salahuddin passes away

National prof Salahuddin passes away

National Professor and renowned historian Salahuddin Ahmed passed away yesterday at the age of 92. He was laid to eternal rest at Banani Graveyard with state honour after Maghrib prayers. Earlier, his namaz-e-janaza was held at Dhaka University's central mosque after Asar prayers. Prof Salahuddin, who was awarded the Ekushey Padak and had helped the...