Sunday, February 25, 2024

Boat-chain in Ctg to save Karnaphuli

Boatmen on the Karnaphuli River yesterday formed a boat-chain with a call to save the river from pollution and illegal encroachment. Environmentalists at a rally on a boat during the programme at 11:30am urged the government to improve navigability of the river through capital dredging on which the premier seaport, the lifeline of the country, ... Read more

All Dhaka rivers left ‘dead’

Industrial pollution goes unabated on docile action Soft attitude of the government towards polluters and lack of awareness among city dwellers have literally left dead all the rivers and other surface waters in and around the capital. Over the years the government agencies conducted small-scale drives against the polluters without yielding any major success. The ... Read more

Dhaka gone crazy

Heat, outage, water crisis cripple city life Life in the capital has become utterly miserable over the last ten days due to a severe heat wave accompanied with repeated load shedding, an acute water crisis, shortage of gas supply, infestation of mosquitoes, and the resultant near epidemic of diseases like diarrhoea. Other diseases like typhoid, ... Read more

Paddy Tk 14, rice Tk 22 per kg: Boro procurement price announced

The government will procure Boro rice at Tk 22 per kilogram and paddy at Tk 14 from May 1. The Food Planning and Monitoring Committee (FPMC) yesterday fixed the procurement price of boro rice and paddy at a meeting. Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury, Finance Minister AMA Muhit, Food and Disaster Management Minister Dr Abdur Razzaque ... Read more

People wilt in searing heat

People huffed and puffed in the sweltering heat as meteorologists on Sunday warned the heatwave might hang on for another day or two. They said that there were little chances of rain in the next two or three days. The day’s highest temperature of 42.2 degrees Celsius was recoded in Jessore, while Dhaka Met Office ... Read more

Jobseekers return home dead

Crooked agents to blame for woes A large number of Bangladeshi workers are still being subjected to inhuman torture in different countries. Hundreds of the Bangladeshi youths who went to different countries like Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and other Middle East and European countries spending big money returning home empty-handed many of them dead. Falling ... Read more

Travellers to be screened for swine flu

The government is likely to start testing travellers for swine flu, particularly those who are coming from the newly infected countries. The decision may be enforced from tomorrow in all the three international airports of the country, and within the next seven days at the seaports, said a high official of the health and family ... Read more

Jalil issue: All eyes fix on Hasina

Party unlikely to take action against him All eyes are fixed on Awami League President Shiekh Hasina as to whether or not any action would be taken against party’s sidelined General Secretary Abdul Jalil for his volatile remarks made recently against some senior AL leaders as well as and some cabinet members. The government and ... Read more

Atiur made BB boss

Noted economist and Dhaka University teacher Dr Atiur Rahman is going to be appointed governor of Bangladesh Bank. Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday told journalists that an announcement in this regard might be made today. Finance ministry sources also said an order in this regard is likely to be issued today. The tenure of Bangladesh ... Read more

Public spaces are dens of criminals

Parks, gardens and other public places in the capital Dhaka have turned into dens of criminals as law and order situation there remains in the doldrums. There are around 54 parks under the DCC, a zoo under fisheries and livestock ministry and a botanical garden under the environment & forest ministry in the capital. Parks ... Read more

Grameen America gives NY women a boost

Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus, known as the ‘microfinance guru’, is now doing business in the centre of capitalism — New York City. In the past year the first US branch of his Grameen Bank has lent $1.5 million, ranging from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars, to nearly 600 women ... Read more

Ruet reopens today amid tight security, restrictions

RU likely to reopen after summer vacation Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (Ruet) reopens today amid tight security and restrictions imposed by the authorities on rallies, processions and activities of the student bodies. Campus sources said the students have started returning to their respective halls as those were reopened yesterday. The hall authorities are ... Read more

Consultants breach terms in preparing DAP survey report

The four consulting firms responsible for preparing a survey report on the detailed area plan for Dhaka city have breached the terms of reference in carrying out their tasks, said experts and DAP review committee report. ‘The four consultants did not make specific proposals to implement the DAP guidelines on city’s development control, which is ... Read more

Classes resume at SBMC tomorrow

Classes at Sher-e-Bangla Medical College will resume on Monday, nine days after closure of the institution. The college principal said halls of residence would reopen today. The decision was taken at a meeting of the academic council held on Thursday with Professor Syed Zahid Hossain in the chair. Thirty senior teachers attended the meeting. The ... Read more

Traders dump milk in Ctg to protest low price

Several dairy farm traders at West Patiya under Patiya upazila here poured huge quantity of dairy milk onto the street yesterday protesting low price of milk. Sources said traders of several dairy farms staged a demonstration at Shikalbaha intersection on the other bank of the Karnaphuli at around 11:00am demanding the government interference in saving ... Read more

400 women, children being trafficked every month

The rate of human trafficking, estimated at 400 per month, across the border is alarming, experts viewed at an workshop attributing the reason as lack of coordinated efforts of the law enforcing agencies. The workshop on Anti-Trafficking Interventions in South Asia was jointly organised by Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM) and Concern Universal in the city ... Read more

NGO officials sued for ‘cheating’ job seekers

Police arrested one person following a case filed with Patkelghata Police Station yesterday, accusing three officials of a so-called NGO of defrauding scores of unemployed youths of more than Tk 10 lakh. Victim Enayet Ali of village Tailkupi in Tala upazila sued Afaj Uddin Sardar, son of Ata Ullah Sardar, Dalim Morol, son of Salek ... Read more

BCL, Shibir clash at Dinajpur medical

At least four students of Dinajpur Medical College were injured in a clash between the activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) and Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) on the campus yesterday. Campus sources said both sides equipped with sharp weapons clashed over taking control of the medical college campus, leaving three BCL and one Shibir activists ... Read more

Half of the 74 privatised SoEs closed down

Almost half of the 74 state-owned enterprises divested in the past were closed down that raised question about the quality of ‘so called privatisation’. A total of 74 state-owned enterprises belong to textiles, jute, manufacturing, chemicals, food, leather and banking sector were sold out since the establishment of the Privatisation Board in 1993 and thereafter ... Read more