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Thursday, February 8th, 2018


Public outrage over proposed VIP lane

When the frustrated city dwellers are eagerly waiting for a solution to the perennial traffic congestion, the government high-ups have come up with a bizarre idea of a separate lane for the VIPs. That is what the Cabinet Division has proposed to the Ministry of Road Transport and Bridges. According to a proposal, emergency services like ambulance, fire service and police can also use the dedicated lane. Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam said, “A normal request was sent from the Cabinet Division for vetting.” Some countries have such lanes and the proposal was sent to examine if the same could be introduced in Bangladesh, he added. Explaining the rationale for the move while replying to a query, Shafiul Alam after a cabinet meeting yesterday said the vehicles carrying VIPs take the wrong sides of the road, creating traffic chaos.


Lead in Milk Powder: Samples of 15 brands to be tested abroad

Bangladesh Food Safety Authority has decided to have milk powder of 15 brands tested in at least two internationally-recognised laboratories abroad, its chairman Mohammad Mahfuzul Hoque said on February 5. Early last month, the BFSA had milk powder of 15 local and foreign brands tested in three laboratories of Bangladesh Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (BCSIR), the Atomic Energy Centre and the Institute of Public Health (IPH). The laboratory tests found excessive level of lead in products of six local brands that import milk powder in bulk quantities and repack those locally. Scientists say if children consume excessive level of lead, they may become stunted. This can even result in growth failure, learning difficulties and also behavioural problems.


Mominul, Liton save the day

Mominul Haque’s second century of the match and a Test-saving 180-run fourth-wicket stand with Liton Das helped Bangladesh overcome their second-innings hoodoo on way to securing a draw on the fifth and last day of the first Test against Sri Lanka at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury stadium in Chittagong on February 4. Mominul became the first Bangladesh batsman to score centuries in both innings of a Test match, adding 105 in the second innings to the mammoth 176 in the first innings. In the process he also tallied the highest total in a single Test match among Bangladesh batsmen, going past opener Tamim Iqbal’s 231 runs against Pakistan in Khulna in 2015.


Ex-WB chief Zoellick was a bad guy: Muhith

Finance minister AMA Muhith on February 4 criticised former president Robert Zoellick of the World Bank over allegations of Padma Bridge corruption conspiracy. At a function held at the National Board of Revenue (NBR), the finance minister said: “A past president of the WB Robert B. Zoellick was a very bad man and worthless”. Muhith also said: “This past president of the WB on the last day of his job cancelled the Padma Bridge loan. The WB did not mention any exchange of money, they cancelled the loan on allegations of a corruption conspiracy”.

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