Thursday, February 29, 2024

Tk 10000 cr mega power fund likely

GAZIPUR, Jul 2: Prime Minister”s Adviser Dr Taufiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury Birbikram Thursday said the government is considering mobilising a mega-fund of Tk 10,000 crore to finance the power sector to resolve the nagging electricity crisis, reports UNB. “We hope if Tk 2,000 crore comes from government”s public-private partnership (PPP) allocation, then the rest Tk 8,000 crore ... Read more

3-6 new faces to get ministerial job

Govt to expand, reshuffle cabinet soon Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina may bring in a few more ministers and state ministers in her cabinet and redistribute portfolios of those of some important ministries for their unsatisfactory performance. “She [Hasina] will induct three to six ministers and state ministers in her cabinet anytime soon,” a highly placed ... Read more

Flood signs appear as rivers keep swelling

Rain may continue, flash flood hits NE region Signs of flood in the country are becoming visible as rains are feared to remain heavy this month, which is more than usual, to be accompanied by 2 to 3 monsoon depressions. Some parts in the north-eastern region of the country have already been gripped by a ... Read more

Landslide spectre looms over port city once again

Authorities least concerned July 2: More than 5,000 people in the port city are now living in different slum areas that have mushroomed on the slopes and foots of mostly denuded hills. Comfortably oblivious of the past catastrophic mudslides, these slum dwellers are exposing themselves once again to monsoon mishaps that have, in the recent ... Read more

Insecure Kat needs a new home!

MUMBAI: Katrina was more than happy living alone in the house, which she had bought four years ago with her hard-earned money. But of late, she is scared because of the increase in the number of intruders barging into her house. Katrina confirmed the news and said, “I don’t feel safe any more. I’m a ... Read more

Forgotten JS pledges

BNP, Jamaat remain absent from House for 38 out of 59 working days already; Khaleda attends only 3 sittings; no effective initiative of ruling party to make JS functional The main opposition BNP and its key ally in four-party alliance Jamaat-e-Islami remain absent from joining the House proceedings, paying no attention to their electoral pledges ... Read more

Dhaka to do whatever needed in its interests: FM

TIPAIMUKH DAM PLAN Dhaka to do whatever needed in its interests: FM The foreign minister, Dipu Moni, on Wednesday said Bangladesh will do whatever it needed to protect its own interest. ‘Our ties with India are very significant and we will maintain the relations, upholding our national interest,’ she said in reply to a question ... Read more

New govt pay scales finalised

The secretary committee to scrutinise of the seventh pay commission report has finalised its recommendations for increasing the maximum salary to Tk 35,000 from the existing Tk 25,000 and the lowest basic to Tk 4,000 from the existing Tk 2,300. The committee finalised the recommendations at its seventh meeting held at the cabinet division with ... Read more

Information Commission formed

Commissioners appointed, but no office The government on Wednesday formed the three-member Information Commission, with retired secretary M Azizur Rahman as chief information commissioner, under the Right to Information Act 2009 that came into effect in its entirety on the day. The other commissioners are retired secretary Mohammad Abu Taher and Professor Sadeka Halim, teacher ... Read more

No possibility of withdrawal of cases against Tarique, Arafat: law minister

State minister for law Quamrul Islam on Wednesday brushed aside any possibility of withdrawal of any cases filed against BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s two sons, Tarique Rahman and Arafat Rahman, during the military-backed interim government’s tenure. ‘There is no reason to think that the government will recommend withdrawal of cases against Tarique and Coco [Arafat] ... Read more

Political fate of Sircar, Akhter, Delwar hinges on parliament decision

JS probe committee likely to place report on July 6/8 The ‘All-Party Parliamentary Probe Body investigating corruptions during the 8th parliament’ will finalise its recommendations in connection with the graft charges against former Speaker Jamiruddin Sircar, Deputy Speaker Akhter Hamid Siddiqui and former Chief Whip Khandaker Delwar Hossain on July 5 and is likely to ... Read more

Overloaded trucks ruining roads

Country forks out Tk 300cr a year on fixing damaged roads Almost all the 40,000 trucks running throughout the country carry weights more than twice the capacity, causing colossal damage to the roads and bridges. Sources at the Roads and Highways Department (RHD) said the trucks bring about severe traffic congestion, pollution and lead to ... Read more

UN begins Bhutto killing inquiry

A United Nations inquiry into the assassination of former Pakistani PM Benazir Bhutto has formally began. It is headed by Chile’s ambassador to the UN, Heraldo Munoz, and includes a former Indonesian attorney general and a former senior Irish police officer. The inquiry will last six months and investigate the “facts and circumstances” of Ms ... Read more

China moving fast to break unipolar

New Long March China moving fast to break unipolar world The skeptics are now convinced that China rightly embarked on the second long march in the year 1978 after successfully blending socialist political system with market economy. The historic long march brought political independence for the Chinese people and the new China emerged in the ... Read more

Khas land to be brought under housing schemes

Plan to build 4 satellite towns outside Dhaka State Minister for Housing and Public Works advocate Abdul Mannan Khan invited all local and foreign firms to invest in the country”s housing sector hugely under Public-Private Partnership (PPP), the newly-conceived development paradigm, to rid the capital city of unplanned urbanization that creates what is sardonically called ... Read more

Michael Jackson to be buried in Muslim tradition: Report

The family of Michael Jackson is considering a traditional Muslim burial for the pop icon who had converted to Islam months prior to his death, says a new report. X17 online, a celebrity Website reported quoting sources close to the family that Jackson’s new found will states that he will be buried in the traditions ... Read more


THE secret sex life of Michael Jackson has been revealed by one of his closest pals. J. Randy Taraborrelli, who knew Jacko for more than 40 years, told how his pal was a ladies’ man who had his girlfriends begging for more. But he also said his pal’s sexuality was “ambiguous”, with people accusing him ... Read more

Gay sex ‘not criminal’ in India

A court in the Indian capital, Delhi, has ruled that homosexual intercourse between consenting adults is not a criminal act. The ruling overturns a 148-year-old colonial law which describes a same-sex relationship as an “unnatural offence”. Homosexual acts were punishable by a 10-year prison sentence.

Photography show on Bangladesh in Nepal begins June 3

One hundred photographs taken by the members of Bangladesh Photo Journalists’ Association (BPJA) will be displayed at the exhibition organised by the Nepal Forum of Photo Journalists, the BPJA informed the media at a press conference at its office in Dhaka on Tuesday. According to the Association, they will take part in the three-day photography ... Read more

Dhaka University turns 88

The University of Dhaka, the premier university of the country, becomes 88 years old today. Its birthday will be celebrated by colourful celebrations by the students, teachers and employees. The university will observe the day as ‘Dhaka University Day’ through colourful processions, hoisting of flags, cutting the cake, friendly football matches, debates, concert, voluntary blood ... Read more