Some 55 government agencies posted the worst ADP implementation performance in four years, at only 2 percent for the first month of the current fiscal year. Some 18 implementing agencies could not even spend a single penny in July, while 22 other could manage to achieve only 1 percent, latest data released by the Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division (IMED) show. This performance was even worse than the 3 percent ADP progress posted in July last year amid violent street protests waged by opposition allies demanding election under a caretaker government, which severely disrupted development activities planned by the government. ADP implementations reached its peak at 4 percent during the... more ›
Ruposhi Bangla Hotel (RBH), the state-owned oldest five-star hotel in the capital, will be closed down today for two years for its renovation work as per the suggestion of Intercontinental Hotels Group. Intercontinental Hotels Group, a multinational company, will take over Ruposhi Bangla Hotel for a 30-year period from the government for its commercial operations. State-run company Bangladesh Services Ltd (BSL) which owns the five-star hotel has started removing furniture and fixtures from the establishment on Saturday. The BSL authorities will sign an agreement with the employees of the hotel today on confirmation of their jobs... more ›
Police on Saturday detained two men and a woman from Narayan-ganj and Comilla districts in connection with the murder of Shaikh Nurul Islam Faruqi, the Imam of Bangladesh Supreme Court Masjid. The detainees are Mahmuda Khatun, Shariful Islam, and Yusuf, police said. A joint team of Sher-e-Bangla Nagar and Rupganj police arrested Mahmuda and Shariful from Rupganj upazila of Narayanganj. Another team of detective police arrested Yusuf from Chauddagram upazila of Comilla. Mahmuda, the mystery woman, introducing herself as Asma and an admirer of the slain Imam, met him several hours before his murder on Wednesday night. Police had been looking for the woman after the family members informed that... more ›
Education minister Nurul Islam Nahid on Saturday said a few students and teachers are engaged in creating unrest at public universities, thus vitiating the campus situation which often forces the authorities to suspend academic activities. “Some students get engaged in ill politics on the campus in the name of student politics. A section of teachers is behind them. They instigate students to take to the streets against their rival colleagues. Universities often face closure because of such activities,” he said. The minister made the comment while addressing a seminar titled ‘Engineering Education in Public and Private... more ›
Islami Chhatra Sena, student wing of Ahle Sunnat Wal, Jamaat, called a countrywide half-day hartal for today in protest against the brutal killing of Maulana Nurul Islam Faruqi, a presenter of Islamic programme ‘Kafela’. Islami Chhatra Sena president Nurul Huq Chishti announced the strike from a press conference in Fakirapool area of the capital on Saturday. “The flood-affected areas of the country would remain out of the purview of the strike,” he said in his announcement. Addressing the conference, Chishti further said that the hartal would be peaceful. But if any vested quarter creates any anarchy like car vandalism during hartal, the Chhatra Sena would not be liable for it, he said.... more ›
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