Dhaka, Aug 30 (UNB) - Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Thursday interrogated eight more officials of Petrobangla in connection of the mysterious disappearance of a huge stack of coal from Barapukurua Coal Mine.
With these eight, ACC completed interrogation of as many as 32 Petrobangla officials in total in connection of coal disappearance probe.
Earlier on August 13, ACC asked 32 officials of Petrobangla to be present for interrogation at ACC on different dates in phases.
The last phase of the interrogation began at 9 am today at the ACC office in the city, ACC's public relations officer Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya told UNB.
The petrobangla officials who faced the questioning of the ACC on Thursday are -Deputy Managing Director (Coal Handling and Management) Khalilur Rahman, former Managing Director (Finance) Abdul Mannan Patwari and Gopal Chandra Saha, Manager (Accounting) Sarwar Hossain, Manager (Sales and Revenue Collection) Kamrul Hasan, Deputy Manager (Marketing and Customer Services) Mohammad Noman Pradhaniya, former General Manager (Administration) AKM Sirajul Islam and Shariful Alam and Assistant Manager (Security) Al Amin.
ACC Deputy Director Shamsul Alam, who is serving as the investigation officer, quizzed the eight officials.
Barapukuria Coal-fired Thermal Power Plant had to be shut down for the mysterious disappearance of a huge volume of coal from the Barapukuria Coal Mine.
The disappearance of coal came to light on July 22, when a team from the Power Development Board visited the coal mine and found that there was no adequate reserve of coal in the yard of the mine. As per the official investigation, the stock was found to have a shortage of 148,000 tonnes of coal.
A case was filed with Parbatipur Police Station on July 24 against 19 officials. The case was later transferred to the Anti-Corruption Commission for investigation.
Chattogram, Aug 30 (UNB) - Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in a drive arrested a member of banned Islamic outfit Hizb-ut-Tahrir from Kazir Dewri area in the port city on Thursday afternoon.
An elite force team in a drive detained Md Amiruz Zaman Parvez, 39, from a shop in the area, said Mimtanur Rahman, senior assistant director (media) of Rab-7.
The Rab members also recovered leaflets, jihadi books, a laptop and a mobile phone from him.
Earlier, a case was filed against him in Kotwali Police Station for his alleged involvement with the militancy.
Dhaka, Aug 29 (UNB) – Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) on Tuesday night arrested five suspected members of an international gold smuggling gang along with around 11 kg of gold from Gabtoli area in the city.
The arrestees are—Rejaul, 35, Md Waliur Rahman,30, Ohidul Islam, 34, and Md Billal Hossain, 35.
Briefing reporters at Rab’s Karwan Bazar media centre in the city on Wednesday afternoon, Commanding Officer of the Rab-2 Lt Col Anwaruzzaman said the five smugglers were arrested from an ‘Eagle Paribahan’ bus at Gabtoli bus terminal around 9:30 pm on Tuesday.
The elite force members also recovered 96 gold bars worth around 4.5 crore from their possessions.
During preliminary interrogation, the arrestees revealed that they usually collect gold bars from Old Dhaka and then go to Jashore concealing those in shoes in a unique way, said the Rab-2 Commanding Officer adding that the gold bars were being taken to smuggle those to India.
The arrestees also revealed that they usually carry gold consignment from Dhaka to Benapole eight times in a month and for this, they are given Tk 7000 each time, he added.
Replying to a question, the CO of the Rab-2 said the elite force has been trying to arrest the main culprit involved in the incident.
Dhaka, Aug 29 (UNB) – BNP on Wednesday said it got permission from the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) to hold a rally in the city on Saturday, marking the party's 40th founding anniversary.
Talking to UNB, party publicity affairs secretary Shahid Uddin Chowdhury Anne said they got the verbal permission to hold the rally in front of their Nayapaltan central office.
The BNP leader said DMP Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia gave them the permission as he and two other party leaders met him at his office around 1:30pm.
On August 14, BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi announced to hold the rally either at Suhrawardy Udyan or in front of their Nayapaltan central office on the occasion of their party’s founding anniversary.
On September 1, 1978, late president Ziaur Rahman founded the party wooing leaders and activists from different parties with a 19-point programme to build as a ‘self-reliant Bangladesh’.
Dhaka, Aug 29 (UNB) – Finance Minister AMA Muhith on Wednesday ruled out the possibility of raising the age limit to 32 years for entry into government jobs.
“Before the election, I believe, there’ll be no change in the age limit,” he told reporters after a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Public Purchase at the Cabinet Division.
His comments came amid media reports that the government might move to raise the age limit to 32 years for entering government service.
Currently, the age limit for entry into government jobs is 30 years while the retirement age is 59 years.
A parliamentary panel in June this year recommended increasing the age limit for entering government jobs to 35 years and retirement age for public servants to 65 years.
The parliamentary standing committee on Public Administration Ministry made the recommendation at a meeting and the parliament secretariat later issued a media release in this regard.
The recommendation came at a time when students and jobseekers had been demonstrating for raising the age limit for public service, apart from reform in quota system.
However, Public Administration Minister Syed Ashraful Islam told parliament on June 6 that the government has no plan at the moment to increase the age limit for the entry into government jobs.
Responding to another question, the Finance Minister also said the election-time government might be formed in the middle of October and he might be a Cabinet member in that government.