Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda has said that Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) will not be used putting additional pressure in the election. The CEC made the opinion while addressing an inaugural programme at the training institute in capital's Agargaon on Saturday. KM Nurul Huda said there would be question in people's mind over EVM. Voters have to know about EVM. It will be used in the next parliamentary election after legal basis. He also said there is no much time for the next national election. The preparations have already begun. EC Additional secretary Mokhlesur Rahman, Election training institute director general Mostafa Faruq and others attended the function.
Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs on Wednesday approved a proposal to award a contract to Bangladesh Navy-run Khulna Shipyard to protect the Zajira and Naria upazilas from river erosion at a cost of Tk 1077.58 crore. The committee approved the proposal placed by Water Resources Ministry at a meeting in the Secretariat, with Finance Minister AMA Muhith in the chair. Briefing newsmen the Cabinet Division additional secretary Nasima Begum said under the proposal, the Khulna Shipyard will implement project of the Water Development Board to protect 8.90 km of riverbank of Padma at Zajira and Naria upazilas of Shariatpur district. The contract work includes 9.75 km dredging, 0.089 km end-termination and construction of 8 RCC concrete ferry terminals. The cabinet body’s approval came at a time when thousands have been rendered homeless in scourge of Padma erosion in Shariatpur’s two upazilas over the past three months.
Maritime ports of Chattogram, ***’s Bazar, Mongla and Payra have been advised to hoist local cautionary signal number three as steep pressure gradient persists under the influence of a well marked low over the North Bay and adjoining areas. According to a bulletin of the Met office issued on Thursday, it has intensified further and moved in East-central direction. Squally weather is likely to affect the maritime ports, the North Bay and adjoining coastal areas of the country. All fishing boats and trawlers over the North Bay have been advised to come close to the coast and proceed with caution till further notice. They are also advised not to venture into the deep sea.
The committee formed to evaluate the quota system has recommended for abolishing the existing quota from ninth grade to 13th grade (first and second class) government jobs. More to follow…
The Chamber Court has upheld a High Court order that directed the government to give first-class division facilities in jail to photographer Shahidul Alam. The court also ordered the government to file live-to-appeal petition. Chamber Judge Mohammad Iman Ali passed the order on Monday. Earlier, the High Court directed the government to give first-class division facilities in jail to photographer Shahidul Alam. The HC bench of Justice Borhanuddin and Justice Md Mostafizur Rahman passed the order following a writ petition filed by Shahidul Alam's wife Prof Rahnuma Ahmed. The division facilities will include a bed, a table, a chair, a mosquito-net, a newspaper and better food, a jail official said. The 63-year-old internationally acclaimed photographer is now in Dhaka central jail in a case filed under the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Act for “spreading propaganda and false information against the government”. Shahidul was picked up by law enforcers from his home in the capital's Dhanmondi area on the night of August 5. The following day, police filed the case against him.
The Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh, Harsh Vardhan Shringla, is now visiting Rohingya camps in ***’s Bazar. A 10-member delegation led by the Indian high commissioner arrived at ***’s Bazar Airport around 9.15am on Monday. During the visit, the Indian envoy talked to Rohingya people in the camps and heard their pain and sufferings for himself. They will also distribute relief materials among the Rohingya people.
A microbus plunged into Hatirjheel Lake in the city breaking the railing of a bridge on Saturday morning. Driver of the microbus was injured in the incident. Officer-in-Charge of Hatirjheel Thana Abu Mohammad Fazlul Karim said a microbus plunged into Hatirjheel Lake breaking the railing of a bridge as the driver lost control over it. Only driver was in the car. He managed to come out of the vehicle and swim ashore. He was admitted to a hospital. Ershad Hossain, duty officer of Fire Service and Civil Defence headquarters, on information, two fire-fighting units rushed to the spot and pulled out the sunken vehicle around 10.00am.
At least seven people were killed and two others injured as a bus collided with a Leguna (human hauler) in Boroitola area under Chakaria upazila of the district on Tuesday noon. Identities of the deceased could not be known immediately. The accident took place around 12:00pm. Confirming the matter, Chiringa Highway police member Nur Uddin said the injured were sent to Chakaria Health Complex.
A Dhaka court has granted bail to Mozammel Hoque Chowdhury, secretary general of Bangladesh Jatri Kalyan Samity, in an extortion case. Metropolitan Magistrate Md Mazharul Haque passed the order on Tuesday. Barrister Jyotirmoy Barua and Ripon Kumar Barua moved for Mozammel in the court. Police arrested Mozammel Hoque Chowdhury from his Sanarpar house in Narayanganj around 3:00am on September 6, two days after the extortion case was filed with Mirpur Police Station. In the case statement, complainant Md Dulal alleged that Mozammel, claiming to be a transport leader, demanded Tk 2 lakh from him, and he gave Mozammel Tk 10,000 in front of Sony Cinema Hall in Mirpur on September 3. Mozammel was placed on a day's remand for interrogation hours after he was arrested.
The government has directed all the news media, including electronic media and news agencies, to provide dearness allowance to their staff, including journalists and other employees, under the 9th wage board. Information Ministry issued a gazette in this regard on Tuesday. According to the notification signed by the ministry secretary Abdul Malek, the order would be effective since March 1, 2018. The interim benefit will be adjusted with the salary structure later, the notification read.
At least four people were killed and 40 others injured in a head-on collision between two buses in CO Bazar area of Rangpur city on Sunday noon. Identities of the deceased could not be known immediately. Rangpur Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) Saifur Rahman Saif confirmed the matter. According to source, a Panchagarh-bound bus of BRTC collided head-on with a Rangpur-bound bus around 12.00pm, leaving four people dead on the spot and 40 others injured. The injured have been admitted to Rangpur Medical College Hospital. The number of death toll can increase.
A probe committee has been formed after a bus and train collided in Baryarhat rail crossing area under Mirsarai upazila of the district. Chittagong Railway Divisional Transport Officer Firoz Iftekhar made the disclosure after visiting the spot this morning. However, the railway officials and locals blamed gateman in the rail crossing for his negligence of duty. Railway and local sources said that a Chattogram-bound Bijoy Express Train hit a Khagrachhari-bound bus of S Alam Paribahan bus, leaving two people dead and injured 20 more. The top officials of railway department visited the spot around 10:30am and formed a four-member probe committee. After the incident, gateman Mohammad Arif fled the scene, said railway officers. The probe committee will submit their reports within one week, said Firoz Iftekhar.