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Sundarbans seen as resource only to be exploited

Sundarbans seen as resource only to be exploited

The government and people responsible for the recent oil spill regard the Sundarbans as a source of resource waiting to be exploited, said leaders of the National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports yesterday. They fail to realise that hundreds of thousands of people's lives will be at peril if...

Costly healthcare adds to poverty

Costly healthcare adds to poverty

The government should give special attention to ensuring quality healthcare for the poor who become the worst victims of weak governance in the health sector, a number of experts said yesterday. Around 6.4 million or 4 percent people of the country get poorer every year due to excessive costs of healthcare, they said referring...

Pakistan to hang 500 militants

Pakistan plans to execute around 500 militants in coming weeks, officials said yesterday, after the government lifted a moratorium on the death penalty in terror cases following the school massacre. Six militants have been hanged since Friday amid rising public anger over Tuesday's slaughter in Peshawar, reports AFP. "Interior ministry has finalised the cases of 500 convicts who have exhausted all the appeals, their mercy petitions have been turned down by the president and their executions will take place in coming...

4.2kg gold seized at Dhaka airport, 1 held

4.2kg gold seized at Dhaka airport, 1 held

Customs officials detained a man along with 4.2 kg gold hidden in his shoes and undergarments from Dhaka’s Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport today. The 36 gold bars worth about Tk 2.2 crore were found from Anis Mia, 23, a resident of Chittagong, after searching his body, said Umme Nahida Akter, an assistant director of...

Sundarbans disaster for govt negligence: BNP

Sundarbans disaster for govt negligence: BNP

After visiting the Sundarbans, BNP today alleged the negligence of the government in preserving the world’s largest mangrove forest. “Though the foreign aid agencies have expressed their concerns and eagerness about preserving the Sundarbans, the government is seen careless about it,” said Maj (retd) Hafizuddin Ahmed, a vice-chairman of the party. Hafiz, who is heading...

Commission for doubling pay of civil servants

Commission for doubling pay of civil servants

The Eighth Pay and Service Commission recommended doubling the salary for civil servants on the average in its report submitted to the finance minister today. Minimum basic wage Tk 8,200, maximum basic pay Tk 80,000 Government’s total expenditure may increase by up to 63% if implemented Suggestion to lower budget for expense in payment of civil...

Free wi-fi internet for Secretariat

Free wi-fi internet for Secretariat

The government today brought the Bangladesh Secretariat under open wi-fi blanket under its aim to achieve the vision of Digital Bangladesh by 2021. State minister for ICT Division of Ministry of Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology, Junaid Ahmed Palak, launched the wireless internet service today, reports Bangla daily Prothom Alo. The programme was taken under...

Medical colleges, dist hospitals to get cardiac units

Concerned over the rising number of deaths from heart diseases, the government is mulling to set up cardiology departments in all public medical colleges and district hospitals, Speaker of National Parliament Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury said yesterday. The health ministry has already been asked to take initiatives in this regard so that the large number of patients suffering from cardiovascular ailments can be provided adequate and effective treatment, she said. Shirin Sharmin was addressing as chief guest the inauguration of the...

LPG subsidy goes down the drain

LPG subsidy goes down the drain

Government subsidy of up to Tk 75 crore a year, meant to support LP gas (cooking gas) consumers, is being eaten up by a few middlemen for years. Though these middlemen (dealers) are thriving at the expense of taxpayers' money, the government has done little in the last five and a half years to correct the price of the Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC)-produced liquefied petroleum gas in line with the market rate. State-owned BPC sells a 12.5kg LP gas cylinder for Tk 700, while private companies sell a 12kg cylinder for Tk 1,450. This price gap of over 100 percent has been encouraging unscrupulous dealers to sell the entire lot of...

Graft Cases Against Khaleda

Judge transferred

The government yesterday transferred the judge, who had been dealing with two corruption cases against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and eight others, midway through the trial after she expressed no confidence in him. The BNP chief filed two no-confidence petitions with the High Court in October, seeking orders on the government to transfer the cases from the Special Judge Court-3 of Dhaka that had Judge Bashudev Roy as its head. Justice Bashudev has been transferred to the position of a special...

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