Wednesday, November 29, 2023

‘Team is in a good shape’

All members of the Bangladesh team will leave together today for Trinidad after captain Mushfiqur Rahim along with Tamim Iqbal and Nasir Hossain returned home yesterday after playing the Sri Lanka Premier League (SLPL). Vice-captain Mahmudullah Riyad and Mohammad Ashraful earlier returned home as their teams made an early exit from the competition. The three other

Three mobile cos deposit Tk 2,372cr in fees, VAT

Licence renewal fee installment  Three mobile cos deposit Tk 2,372cr in fees, VAT Mobile companies Grameenphone, Robi and Banglalink on Thursday gave a total sum of Tk 2,372 crore to the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission as the second instalment of licence renewal fee, spectrum charge and VAT. However Citycell submitted an application to the BTRC ... Read more

17 Sonali Bank officials suspended

Hallmark Loan Scam 17 Sonali Bank officials suspended State-owned Sonali Bank Limited on Thursday suspended 17 officials for their alleged links to the biggest financial forgery in recent times by Hallmark Group. The suspended officials include six officers of the Rupashi Bangla branch of Sonali Bank from which Hallmark Group siphoned off more than

ACC grills five more Sonali Bank officials

Hallmark Loan Scam ACC grills five more Sonali Bank officials The Anti-Corruption Commission on Thursday interrogated five more officials of Sonali Bank about the alleged misappropriation of Tk 3,500 crore by the Hallmark Group. They are Sonali Bank’s deputy general managers Hadayet Ullah, Sabita Seraj, HM Ghulam Nabi Manik, Ashraf Ali Patwari, and senior executive

Hallmark thrived on Sonali loan

An ex-manager found to be in thick of scam Sonali Bank’s Agargaon branch in Dhaka has helped Tanvir Mahmud to turn Hallmark into a business giant through misappropriating the bank’s money, bank officials have said. M Khairul Alam, manager of the branch for 2004-08, gave Tanvir, his associates and a cooperative society of Agargaon over ... Read more

Strengthen Nam for lasting peace

Urges Hasina at summit plenary Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has called for a strong and effective Non-Aligned Movement (Nam), saying the 120-member alliance today needs to be a united, strong and effective body to ensure sustainable global peace and security. “The founding fathers of Nam envisaged a world order based on mutual respect, sovereign

Court accepts Limon’s mother’s objection

Police bid to prove RAB innocent Court accepts Limon’s mother’s objection A Jhalakathi court on Thursday, after accepting ‘no-confidence’ (Naraji) petition of the complainant vis-à-vis the police report declaring RAB innocent of maiming Limon, asked the police to submit the case documents. The same court, while correcting a previous order, asked for fresh investigation before ... Read more

BNP wants to go to power with people’s mandate: Khaleda

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson, Khaleda Zia, on Thursday said her party did not want to go to power by enforcing ‘arson and oar-and-scull programmes’ like that of Awami League but with people’s mandate after a democratic movement against the government’s ‘misdeeds’. But, she warned, her party would give a befitting reply to whatever language the Awami League

WB still silent

Padma Bridge Project WB still silent Co-financier ADB extends time for loan, Jica not yet Since hope is still there regarding the World Bank’s taking the lead in the financing of the Padma bridge project, the Asian Development Bank has extended its loan effectuation deadline by another month. Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica), another partner ... Read more

Power price to go up again from Sept 1

The Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission on Thursday decided to raise both the bulk and retail prices of electricity for the third time this year with effect from 1 September, said officials. The BERC, however, has not yet fixed the new rate. It will announce the new price of electricity between September 7 and September 10 ... Read more

120 Bangladeshi students face deportation from UK

LMU license for non-EU students revoked Some 120 Bangladeshi students would have to drop out of London Metropolitan University and face deportation in 60 days after the UK Border Agency revoked the university’s license to teach non-European Union students, a Bangladesh high commission official in London told New Age on Thursday. The agency gave the ... Read more

South Korea introduces skills test

Migrant Workers South Korea introduces skills test South Korea has introduced a skills test aimed at assessing and improving the competence of Bangladeshi migrants to that country, officials of the country’s human resources development (HRD) said yesterday. The test involves evaluating Bangladeshi workers at three different levels — intelligence, physical fitness and language competence

Withdrawal of case against 13 RU students demanded

Rajshahi University teachers and students observed “Student-Teacher Repression Day” yesterday, calling upon the government and authorities concerned to withdraw the case filed against 13 RU students over the August 22, 2007 unrest on the campus. That day, law enforcers assaulted RU teachers, students and staff who were protesting

Deal ‘as soon as feasible’

Manmohan assures Hasina of Teesta waters; Nam summit starts today Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday assured his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina of India’s firm commitment to ink the proposed Teesta water-sharing deal “as soon as feasible”. During their meeting at Grand Azadi Hotel in Tehran ahead of the Non-Aligned Movement (Nam) Summit, Manmohan also ... Read more

Enforced disappearance goes unabated

Int’l Day of the Disappeared today Enforced disappearance keeps taking place, with 67 cases reported in Bangladesh after the assumption of office by the Awami League-led government. International Day of the Disappeared will be observed today in Bangladesh as elsewhere in the world. According to rights group Odhikar, although the number of people who disappeared ... Read more

Adviser’s shadow in Hallmark scam

Modasser Ali denies allegation; anti-graft body quizzes 5 Sonali Bank officials The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has information that Syed Modasser Ali, an adviser to the prime minister, allegedly influenced Sonali Bank authorities into granting a huge amount of loan to the controversial Hallmark Group illegally, said ACC sources. “The information came from different sources and ... Read more

SC’s no to Hallmark industrial park

The Supreme Court yesterday upheld a High Court order that had directed Hallmark Group not to set up an industrial park in Savar for the next four months. Chamber judge of the Appellate Division of the SC passed the order after hearing a petition filed by the firm seeking stay on the HC’s July

ACC to quiz Abul

Padma Graft ACC to quiz Abul The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) will quiz former communications minister Syed Abul Hossain on September 3 on the alleged corruption and irregularities regarding appointment of a consultant for the Padma bridge project. The ACC issued a notice on Sunday asking him to appear before its two-member investigation