Dhaka, Jan 23 (UNB) – Announcing zero tolerance against corruption and irregularities at Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA), Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Wednesday said a new journey has to be launched to make it a corruption-free organisation.
“There should be a fresh journey to build a corruption-free BRTA,” he said while exchanging views with BRTA officials, including its depot managers, at its newly constructed Bhaban at Banani.
Quader, also Awami League general secretary, said the menace of brokers in and outside its offices must be stopped to make the BRTA free from corruption, warning that if any official or employee is found involved with any broker, stern action will be taken following investigations.
He also underscored the need for increasing manpower to enhance the quality of service and improve the skills of the existing workforce to turn BRTA into an effective and dynamic organisation.
Responding to a query from reporters, the minister said 63 percent work on the Padma Bridge project has already been completed. “One kilometre of the Padma Bridge is now visible following the installation of 7th span,” he said.
Dhaka, Jan 23 (UNB) - The long-pending elections to the Dhaka University Central Students’ Union (Ducsu) and its hall unions will be held on March 11.
Dhaka University (DU) Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Md Akhtaruzzaman announced the Ducsu election date on Wednesday.
According to a DU press release, the university students will be able to cast their votes from 8 am to 2 pm on the day.
Earlier, the university authorities held several meetings with its hall provosts and Ducsu election advisory panel over holding the overdue polls.
The last election to Ducsu was held on July 6, 1990. In the last 28 years, the Dhaka University students could not cast their votes for selecting their representatives as the election process was closed.
On January 17, 2018 the High Court ordered Dhaka University authorities to take steps to organize DUCSU elections in six months.
Earlier on January 6, the Supreme Court vacated its earlier order that stayed a High court order asking the Dhaka University authorities to take necessary steps within the next six months to hold the Ducsu election.
On November 1,2018, the DU authorities published the draft voter list for elections.
VC Prof Md Akhtaruzzaman published the draft voter list at Abdul Matin Chowdhury Virtual Classroom of the university.
"A total of 38,493 regular students --23, 984 male and 14, 509 female -- will be able to exercise their voting right during the Ducsu and hall union polls," said the VC.
"Students of different evening master’s courses, training courses and seven affiliated colleges of DU won’t have the voting right in the polls," Prof Akhtaruzzaman added.
Earlier, the Dhaka University authorities announced dates for holding Ducsu election for at least seven times, but they failed to hold the polls every time.
Dhaka, Jan 23 (UNB) - Bangladesh-Malaysia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BMCCI) President Syed Moazzam Hossain on Wednesday laid emphasis on a comprehensive information policy for disseminating information among the people through mass media to ensure sustainable development.
He also urged the government to take necessary initiatives for branding Bangladesh abroad.
The BMCCI Board of Directors led by its President met Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud at his secretariat office and discussed the issues.
Moazzam Hossain also talked about a Free Trade Agreement with Malaysia which is under discussion for signing.
The Information Minister said policy reforms, policy simplification and need based policy formation are necessary for conducive business environment, according to BMCCI.
He said RMG is the biggest export earning sector undoubtedly but Bangladesh needs diversification of products finding other potential export items.
The Minister suggested framing out a sector-specific policy demand.
BMCCI Vice Presidents Raquib Mohammad Fakhrul (Rocky), and Syed Almas Kabir, Hon. Secretary General Shabbir Ahmed Khan, Directors Md. Showkat Ali, Syed Moinuddin Ahmed, Jamilur Rahman, and Secretary Hasanur Rahman Chowdhury were also present during the meeting.
Dhaka, Jan 23 (UNB) - The fourth death anniversary of Arafat Rahman Koko, the younger son of BNP founder Ziaur Rahman and current chairperson Khaleda Zia, will be observed on Thursday.
BNP and its associate bodies have chalked out various programmes to mark the day.
As part of the programmes, BNP will arrange a milad mahfil at its Nayapaltan central office at 11am, said BNP chairperson’s media wing member Sayrul Kabir Khan.
Besides, he said, BNP leaders and activists, led by its secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, will offer fateha at Koko's grave at Banani Graveyard in the capital around 9:30am.
Sayrul said BNP’s different associate and professional bodies will observe the day with holding various programmes, including discussion and milad mahfil, across the country.
On January 24, 2015, Koko died of cardiac arrest at the age of 45 at his rented house in Malaysia. His body was brought back home on January 27 and buried at Banani Graveyard.
Koko’s mother and BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia used to visit his grave every year and pass some time beside it. But she has been now in jail since February 7 last year.
Dhaka, Jan 23 (UNB)- Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested two suspected members of a syndicate involved in selling stolen handsets from the city’s Gulistan on Tuesday night.
This gang changes International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) numbers before selling the stolen phones. Rab recovered 37 handsets, 13 IMEI changing devices, three tools boxes and other electronic devices from their possession.
“A Rab-3 team raided Gulistan underground mobile market acting on a tip-off and arrested Md Shakil Ahmed, 25, owner of ‘Asha Telecom’, and Prabir Roy, 30, owner of ‘ Prabir Telecom’,” said Additional Superintendent of Police Bina Rani Das.
During primary interrogation, they reportedly confessed about buying stolen handsets and selling them after changing covers, screens and IMEI numbers.