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Dhaka-Chittagong Highway

15 workers hurt in clash with cops

15 workers hurt in clash with cops

At least 15 people were injured when Partex Group workers, who blocked Dhaka-Chitagong highway demanding a hike in their salaries, clashed with the law enforcers in Bandar upazila of Narayanganj this morning. Transport movement on the highway remained suspended for an hour following the clash, reports our Narayanganj correspondent Several hundreds of workers put barricade...

Sinohydro's poor show in road job

Disappointed with Sinohydro's performance in the Dhaka-Chittagong highway expansion job, its project director expressed concerns about the Chinese company getting the river-training work for the Padma Bridge. In a letter to the communications secretary on June 22, Project Director (PD) Ebne Alam Hasan pointed out that                both the nationally important projects might be in jeopardy if a company with a poor record of performance was given the river training job. He urged the government to take steps so that Sinohydro completes...

Road crashes kill 6, injure 9

Six people were killed and nine others injured in road accidents in the country yesterday. Our staff correspondent from Chittagong reports, Md Shah Alam, 52, was killed as an unidentified vehicle ran him over while he was crossing Dhaka-Chittagong highway near Khumira Islamic University in Sitakunda upazila yesterday morning, said police. In another incident, Thakur Prashad Das, 55, son of Niranjan Das, of Anwara, died as a CNG-run auto-rickshaw crashed into a parked truck on Chittagong-Cox's Bazar highway in Patiya early...

Editorial

Highways in a dire strait

PRESSURE has been mounting on the government to address the state of disrepair of many of the highways connecting different parts of the country. Reports have surfaced showing that as much as 50 kilometres of the Dhaka-Chittagong highway is very badly damaged, causing unbearable amounts of distress to commuters. The paltry state of the roads is a source of suffering for both the passengers, who are forced to sit through long tailbacks, and vehicles, which face the brunt of...

Failed company to get $0.78b Padma job

Chinese company Sinohydro Corporation, which has kept the Dhaka-Chittagong Highway Expansion project stalled for two years, may bag the Padma Bridge River Training Project by offering a questionably lower price. The Chinese company is supposed to be ineligible to take part in this massive tender as it is facing the World Bank's “early temporary suspension” for suspected wrongdoings. As per tender rule, the government is supposed to disqualify such a bidder. Sinohydro, Korean Hyundai and Belgian Jan De Nul submitted financial...

Quader slams Sinohydro

The communications minister now himself criticises the Chinese contractor firm responsible for the expansion of Dhaka-Chittagong highway for delaying the work. Alleging that the firm has breached the contract, Obaidul Quader yesterday said China's Sinohydro Corporation does not work during rainy season, hartals and blockades. “According to the contract, the firm is supposed to repair the existing road [as well]. But it is declining to do so,” Quader said while speaking at an opinion-exchange meeting at Sarak Bhaban in Chittagong on...

40km tailback on Dhaka-Ctg highway

40km tailback on Dhaka-Ctg highway

Thousands of passengers have remained stuck in 40km tailbacks on the Dhaka-Chittagong highway since this afternoon due to heavy rush of traffic. A large number of vehicles were seen stranded on the highway stretching from Putia in Daudkandi upazila to Burirchang upazila of Comilla, reports a Comilla correspondent. The tailback has been created due to...

Arson, Vandalism Cases

Hearing on charge framing against SQ Chy deferred

A Chittagong court yesterday deferred till August 3 the hearing on charge framing in two cases filed for vandalism and arson on Dhaka-Chittagong highway in 2010 against condemned war criminal Salauddin Quader Chowdhury. The defence moved a petition requesting the court to relieve Salauddin from the charges, while the prosecution lodged a no-confidence petition against the charge sheets.   According to court sources, on November 7, 2010, a group of people vandalised and set fire to vehicles in Bansbaria and Salimpur...

3 killed in Comilla road crash

3 killed in Comilla road crash

Three people were killed and two injured as a covered van rammed a CNG-run auto-rickshaw on Dhaka-Chittagong highway in Comilla Sadar upazila this morning. Two of the deceased were identified as Sharif Ahmed, 27, son of Abdus Sattar of Gopalpur village in Brahmanbaria; and Shagor, 35, a resident of Chittagong. Moshiur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Moynamati...

Another Abduction Allegation

Ex-Rab 11 chief asked for Tk 2cr?

Ex-Rab 11 chief asked for Tk 2cr?

Members of Rapid Action Battalion-11 picked up an Awami League activist in Narayanganj over three months ago and demanded Tk 2 crore from his family members for releasing him, alleged the victim's family members. Yesterday, the family members formed a human chain in front of the Siddhirganj Power Station in the port city demanding the law enforcers return him safe and sound. The allegation comes hot on the heels of the claims that some Rab-11 members were involved in the recent abduction and murder of seven people in Narayanganj. Introducing themselves as Rab members, some unidentified men picked up Mohammad Ismail, 42, from Painadi area near the Dhaka-Chittagong highway under Siddhirganj Police...

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