Thursday, April 18, 2024

Darkness deepens

Patients suffer as DMCH, other hospitals face severe load-shedding The ongoing electricity crisis took heavy toll on the patients as Dhaka Medical College Hospital experienced three hours of power cuts yesterday, causing halt to services and immense sufferings to patients. The hospital authorities were forced to suspend surgeries and pathological tests. As daylight barely

HSC exams begin tomorrow

The Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) and equivalent examinations- 2010 under the country’s 10 education boards will begin tomorrow (Thursday) across the country. The government has completed all preparations to hold the HSC examination smoothly and in a peaceful manner across the country, Education minister

Subscribers suffer as 5 operators still shut

Illegal VoIP Subscribers suffer as 5 operators still shut More than 6.5 lakh customers of five private landline operators have remained offline till yesterday despite the Prime Minister’s directive not to shut down their services. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday directed the authorities concerned to fine telephone operators involved in “illegal” VoIP business instead ... Read more

Aila affected dam collapses again

25,000 people marooned, 15 villages inundated At least 15 villages in Padmapukur, an Aila affected union under Shyamnagar upazila, were inundated again as water entered breaching a ring embankment at eight points on the river Kholpetua on Monday. Over 25,000 people of the Padmapukur union were marooned and gripped by panic they were

Blockade call by UZ chairmen, Vice-chairmen

Bangladesh Upazila Chairman-Vice Chairman Oikya Parishad has announced a two-hour road, rail and waterways blockade on April 15. The road, rail and waterways blockade programme across the country will be held from 10.00 am to 12.00 pm on the day to protest against not fulfilling their 10-point charter of demands. To realise their demands, the

IIDFC signs deal with Indian company over ICT village

Industrial and Infrastructure Development Finance Company (IIDFC) Ltd yesterday signed a deal with India’s National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC) Ltd to get technical support to help set up the first private sector ICT village in Bangladesh. Also, IIDFC, a non-bank financial institution, plans to provide financial support to ICT

BGMEA signs two MoUs for assisting poor, people with disabilities

Assistance to the poor and the people with disabilities and philanthropic activities by garment manufacturers may help the country attain duty-free access to the United States market, a function was told on Tuesday. The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association hosted the signing ceremony of two memoranda of understanding to offer

Ctg UK visa centre closed from tomorrow

The UK Border Agency yesterday announced the closure of the UK visa application centre in Chittagong with effect from tomorrow, said a press release of British High Commission in Dhaka. All customers in Chittagong are invited to apply for UK visas at the visa application centres in Dhaka or Sylhet. Full contact details and addresses ... Read more

Bangladesh squad for World Twenty20

Bangladesh Cricket Board on Tuesday revealed a 15-member squad for the ICC World Twenty20 in the West Indies in April-May with young batting prospects Jahurul Islam earning call-ups for the first time. Incumbent captain Shakib Al Hasan will lead team with wicketkeeper batsman Mushfiqur Rahim as

Khoda Bakhsh Mridha passes away

Sports commentator Khoda Baksh Mridha died in Rajshahi on Tuesday morning. He was 65. He had been suffering from typhoid and pneumonia. As condition deteriorated, he was rushed to Rajshahi Medical College Hospital at about 8:30am where he breathed his last after

Penalise, but let companies run

Illegal VoIP Operators Penalise, but let companies run PM asks telecoms regulator Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday directed the authorities concerned to fine telephone operators involved in ‘illegal’ VoIP business instead of shutting those down. “Penalise those instead of shutting them down so that people get the services,” the premier

RTI there, not delivering fully

Seminar told Inadequate publicity for the Right to Information Act, inability of the information commission and slow pace in making necessary rules and regulations have delayed implementation of the act, observed speakers at a discussion yesterday. They were very critical of the government for not providing the three-member commission,

No electricity connections in next 3 months

The government on Monday asked power agencies to keep suspended for three months the process of giving new electricity connections across the country including the Dhaka city. The order was issued following severe power crisis persisting over the last one month, said a

Army to be deployed April 1 to tackle water crisis

The government has decided to deploy army troops on April 1 to help Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority tackle the capital’s severe water crisis. In a cabinet meeting on Monday, the prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, gave the directive to deploy army personnel from April 1 to maintain security at water pump

Service extended to 60 years

The Cabinet on Monday approved the draft of ‘Bangladesh Labour (Amendment) Act 2010’ allowing the extension of service tenure of labourers working with the government organisations. “As per the decision, labourers would retire from their services at the age of 60 instead of 57,”

Project to dredge 11 major rivers

The Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) plans to dredge 666 kilometres of 11 important rivers so that passenger vessels and cargo vessels could navigate the rivers smoothly.   The 11 river routes are-Munshiganj-Taltala-Dohuri, Laharhat-Veduria, Shahaberhat-Tongibari-Laharhut,

Feni BDR mutiny verdict on Apr 18

A special court has fixed April 18 for delivery of verdict in a BDR mutiny case against 58 jawans of 19 Rifles Battalion in Feni. The three-member Special Court-3 headed by BDR Director General Maj Gen Md Mainul Islam fixed the date after holding a hearing on the

Another youth arrested

Gulshan Murders Another youth arrested Another youth was arrested yesterday in connection with the Wednesday’s gruesome double murder of a couple at Kalachandpur in capital’s Gulshan. Identified as Nazmul Islam Babu, 23, of Joarsahara under Badda, he is a friend of prime suspect