Wednesday, December 6, 2023

People under poverty line up by 5-6 pc: Minister

A number of people live under the poverty line rose to about five to six percent on account of frequent natural calamities during the last few years in the country, Food and Disaster Management Minister Dr Abdur Razzaque said in the city on Wednesday, reports BSS. Bangladesh has become most vulnerable to any disaster and ... Read more

Microsoft, Yahoo agree on ad partnership

Microsoft Corp and Yahoo Inc have agreed to an online search and advertising partnership, in an attempt to rival Google Inc, that will be announced within 24 hours, a source familiar with the situation said on Tuesday. Microsoft will not pay an upfront fee to Yahoo, and the focus of the deal is on sharing ... Read more

BTRC moves to break monopoly

The telecoms watchdog is set to make ‘competition regulations’ by September this year to restrict monopolisation, aiming to ensure a level-playing field in the rapidly growing Bangladesh telecoms market. The telecoms regulator has followed the recommendations made by International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations agency for information and communication technology, which recently reported on ... Read more

Shades of rain

Underground parking turns underwater parking; upper floor apartments get wet treatment; fishes glide through streets Following the overnight torrential rain, some city dwellers realised that reality sometimes may really beat their wildest imagination. For instance, when the residents of an apartment building on Green Road woke up in the morning

Poor coordination blamed for law and order slide

DC conference begins Districts’ administrative chiefs have identified lack of coordination among different authorities in field administration as major reason for recent deterioration in law and order situation. A number of deputy commissioners came up with the observation on Tuesday as their annual conference began in

BNP blasts govt for sending one-party team

Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) yesterday said that the government has failed to stand above narrow party politics on the issue of Tipaimukh dam. “It is disappointing that the parliamentary delegation is going to neighbouring India to visit the Tipaimukh dam site sans the

Rain disrupts work at PMO, secretariat

Overnight torrential rain inundated many important government establishments including the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and Bangladesh Secretariat yesterday. Activities at the secretariat could not begin till noon as a large number of officials and employees failed to turn up at their offices

53-yr record rain

Torrential overnight rain broke a half-century record, said the met office on Tuesday morning as the city half submerged ground to a halt, reports The Met office said 333mm of rain was recorded in the capital over the 24 hour period to 7am, breaking a 53-year-old record in

Obama praises Bangladesh for women empowerment

US President Barack Obama has praised Bangladesh’s role in women empowerment, democracy, and poverty alleviation through micro-credit. “Many countries in the world can follow Bangladesh’s role toward the issues,” he said adding, “Bangladesh as a tolerant

No rain in Rajshahi, Naogaon

Farmers in Rajshahi, particularly in the Barind area where a drought-like situation is prevailing, still remain frustrated for lack of rainfall this season. Although many parts of the country experienced heavy rainfall from early hours of Tuesday, officials at the Meteorological Office in

18 inches rainfall swamps capital

Six electrocuted, life paralysed, millions marooned, drinking water polluted The Monday’s overnight very heavy downpour, triggered by a monsoon low, has inundated different parts of the country mounting misery of people, especially the inhabitants of the capital city and its low-lying suburbs, putting the normal life and business in complete disarray. At least six people ... Read more

Clogged drains, filled up canals blamed

Waterlogging in Capital Clogged drains, filled up canals blamed Clogged and inadequate drainage system and filling up of most of the city canals are mainly responsible for waterlogging in the city. The city drainage system has not improved with the pace of rapid growth of urbanisation while most of the canals out of around 50 ... Read more

Bangladesh’s demand: no water withdrawal from Barak

Parliamentary team leaves for Tipaimukh today The Bangladeshi parliamentary delegation leaving for the site of the proposed Tipaimukh dam on Wednesday will ask India for assurances that it will not withdraw water from the Barak River through any irrigation project. The delegation, headed by former water resources minister Abdur Razzak, is also scheduled to visit ... Read more

Paddy procurement: middlemen eat up cream, farmers suffer

The marginal farmer, who is supposed to be benefited by the government’s paddy procurement drive, is hardly welcome at the procurement centres where he has to face numerous difficulties and usually has to leave without selling his stock of paddy. He has no alternative but to sell the paddy in the markets where the prices ... Read more

JS body for forming Maritime Cell

To move demarcation case in UN JS body for forming Maritime Cell The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Foreign Ministry Tuesday recommended immediate formation of a permanent Maritime Cell to determine Bangladesh’s sea boundary with India and Myanmar – the two contending neighbors who claim some extended parts of the Bay of Bengal – taking up ... Read more

Dry monsoon blights farmers’ hopes

Low rice yield feared as vast tracts remain uncultivated Little or no rains in monsoon and power supply shortage have taken their toll on paddy crops, already weighed down by low prices of earlier harvests, leaving thousands of acres of lands uncultivated in northern districts. Farmers in the northern region, known as the country’s rice ... Read more