15 July 2011 Pretoria Portland Cement (PPC) expects its new US$102-million (R699-million) mill in Pretoria to increase capacity by 30 percent, Business Report reported on Friday.The news followed even as the firm battled flagging sales due to an industry-wide slump.PPC, South Africa’s biggest cement maker, is under pressure in its home market, where the construction industry is struggling to bounce back after a 2009 recession.Managing director of the company’s cement operations, Salim Kader, said that PPC, which has the capacity to produce eight-million tons of cement, expected the new mill at its Hercules plant to boost capacity by 30 percent.The mill was commissioned last year.PPC, which said in May that it was eyeing expansion elsewhere in Africa to compensate for weak sales at home, said it would upgrade its other plants within three to five years.South African Press Association
BNP Chairperson Khaleda ZiaThe Supreme Court on Monday cleared the way for a lower court to continue trial proceedings of the Gatco graft case against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, reports news agency UNB.The three-member bench of Appellate Division led by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha dismissed a leave to appeal filed by Khaleda.The Supreme Court concluded the hearing of the appeal on Sunday.Earlier, on 10 May 2016, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia filed an appeal with the Supreme Court against the High Court order that rejected her two petitions challenging the legality of the Gatco graft case and its inclusion under the Emergency Powers Act.On 5 August 2015, the HC rejected the two writ petitions.On 2 September 2007, the ACC filed the Gatco graft case against Khaleda, her younger son Arafat Rahman Koko, Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Motiur Rahman Nizami and 10 others for causing a loss of Tk 145.64 crore to the national exchequer by allegedly awarding the contract of container handling at the Chittagong port and the Dhaka’s Inland Container Depot to Gatco.Khaleda on 27 September, 2007 filed a petition with the HC challenging the legality of the inclusion of the case under the Emergency Powers Act and seeking a stay order on the trial proceedings.In 2008, an HC bench issued a rule and stayed the trial proceedings after hearing the petition of the BNP chief.In the same year, the proceedings of the graft case were stayed again as Khaleda filed another petition challenging the legality of the case.
BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir hands over party letter to GM Siraj nominating him as a candidate for Bogura-6 by-polls. Photo: UNBBNP has finally kept trust in its former MP GM Siraj by allocating the party election symbol ‘Sheaf of Paddy’ for him to contest the by-election to Bogura-6 parliamentary seat, reports UNB.BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Sunday handed over a party letter to GM Siraj at BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office nominating him as the candidate of ‘Sheaf of Paddy’ for the by polls. Siraj, also BNP’s Bogura district unit convener, got the party’s letter just a day before the schedule for the distribution of symbols by the returning officer. On 30 April, the parliamentary seat was declared vacant as Fakhrul did not to take oath of office though he was elected MP from the constituency in the 30-December polls.The by-polls to the Bogura-6 constituency will be held on 24 June, according to a schedule announced by the election commission on 8 May.As per the by-polls schedule, the deadline for the submission of nomination paper is 23 May, while the date for scrutinising nomination paper is 27 May and the last date for the withdrawal of candidature is 3 June.The eight-hour balloting period will begin at 9:00am instead of 8:00am in the by-election while Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) will be used in all the polling stations of the constituency.