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Thursday August 17, 2017 03:55 AM



  • ‘Illegal’ structures still on playground

    ‘Illegal’ structures still on playground

    Green activists slam Dhanmondi Club authorities for ‘abusing’ the public spaceA section of green activists lashed out at the Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club authorities and Local Government Engineering Department again yesterday for the “illegal” establishments occupying the Dhanmondi playground. 

    They protested against the powerful group of vested interests that had erected the structures using the name of Bangabandhu’s family and without Rajuk’s approval.

    The activists blamed the officials of Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club Ltd, who they said were “abusing” the playground.

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    Narine to miss NZ Test series after putting Windies second

    Narine has played six tests claiming 21 wickets, 18 of them coming against New ZealandWest Indies spinner Sunil Narine will miss next month’s three-test series against New Zealand after opting to stay with his Indian Premier League team, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has said.

    The “Windies First Policy” of the WICB required the 26-year-old spinner to join the training camp by Sunday, also the day when his Twenty20 team plays the final.

    “The onus of the WICB is to protect the integrity of international cricket at all times,” the board’s Director of Cricket Richard Pybus said in a statement.

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    Narine to miss NZ Test series after putting Windies second

    Narine has played six tests claiming 21 wickets, 18 of them coming against New ZealandWest Indies spinner Sunil Narine will miss next month’s three-test series against New Zealand after opting to stay with his Indian Premier League team, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has said.

    The “Windies First Policy” of the WICB required the 26-year-old spinner to join the training camp by Sunday, also the day when his Twenty20 team plays the final.

    “The onus of the WICB is to protect the integrity of international cricket at all times,” the board’s Director of Cricket Richard Pybus said in a statement.

  • Nadal powers on at French Open

    Nadal powers on at French Open

    Nadal next faces Serbian Dusan Lajovic, who beat American Jack Sock 6-4 7-5 6-3 and also has yet to drop a setRafa Nadal put down an attempted coup at the French Open as the eight-times champion saw off Argentine Leonardo Mayer 6-2 7-5 6-2 to reach the fourth round in commanding fashion on Saturday.

    Mayer went for his shots in a tense second set and broke the world No.1 back for 4-4, only for the Spaniard to show why he is still the man to beat in Paris.

    “It is for me very emotional thing when I am on (court Philippe) Chatrier, a lot of memories come to my mind,” said Nadal, who made only 10 unforced errors with just two coming in a masterful opening set.

  • Sri Lanka clinch thriller to level series

    Sri Lanka clinch thriller to level series

    They were put into bat by England and notched exactly 300 from their 50 overs, with Kumar Sangakkara top-scoring with 112England and Sri Lanka’s one-day series will go to a deciding fifth game after Sri Lanka recorded a seven-run win at Lord’s despite a scintillating innings from Jos Buttler.

    After scoring just 67 and suffering a demoralising 10-wicket defeat in Manchester on Wednesday, Sri Lanka fought back in the fourth ODI today.

    They were put into bat by England and notched exactly 300 from their 50 overs, with Kumar Sangakkara top-scoring with 112.

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    World Cup city gripped by dengue fever

    Workers in Campinas have embarked on a huge operation to eradicate mosquitos, which spread the disease, before the Portuguese and Nigerian teams arriveThe Brazilian city where Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Nigeria’s John Mikel Obi will train for the World Cup is in the grip of a crippling dengue fever epidemic.

    Workers in Campinas have embarked on a huge operation to eradicate mosquitos, which spread the disease, before the Portuguese and Nigerian teams arrive.

    Some 32,384 people have been infected by dengue this year in the southeastern city about one hour from Sao Paulo. At least three people have died.

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    EC to announce polls schedule this month

    The Local Government and Rural Development Ministry has already completed the demarcation of these upazilasThe Election Commission is set to announce this month the schedule for the first phase of polls to reserved posts for women members in 127 upazilas.

    The Local Government and Rural Development Ministry has already completed the demarcation of these upazilas.

    The commission will send a letter to the ministry this week, asking it to demarcate the boundaries in the rest of 360 upazilas as soon as possible, a senior assistant secretary told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday.

  • World No Tobacco Day observed

    World No Tobacco Day observed

    The theme of this year was ‘Raise taxes on tobacco.’The World No Tobacco Day was observed in the country yesterday as elsewhere across the globe.

    The theme of this year was “Raise taxes on tobacco.”

    The government, different anti-tobacco, socio-cultural, health and other organisations observed the day with elaborate programmes.

    The national programme was held at the Institution of Engineers in the capital in the morning.

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    No regulatory body for physiotherapy graduates

    Although physiotherapists are not doctors, they are allegedly introducing themselves as doctors, causing confusion among patientsOver a thousand physiotherapists across the country have been practicing in the healthcare sector without valid certification from any legal authority.

    In 1973, Professor RJ Garst, an American Orthopaedic Surgeon, introduced the BSc in Physiotherapy programme at the National Institute of Traumatology & Orthopaedic Rehabilitation. No regulatory body, however, has yet been formed to provide registration for the graduates.

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    Government interested to take loan from China

    China will continue facilitating Bangladesh’s three fast-track high-profile projects including the deep-sea port, Padma Bridge and metro rail for communicationsThe government is showing interest in taking out a loan from China at a lower rate to build mega coal-based power plants in the country.

    “We are interested in China as it has invested a lot in coal power plant construction. If other countries come forward we will welcome them,” State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid told the Dhaka Tribune.

  • Please, no hullabaloo about Jamaat trial

    Please, no hullabaloo about Jamaat trial

    Mid-term poll will not happen, Dissolving RAB not possible
    Echoing Law Minister Anisul Huq’s statement that Jamaat-e-Islami cannot be tried now under the tribunal law as it lacks a provision, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said yesterday that her cabinet colleague was correct on legal grounds.

    “Our minister has said the right thing. A writ [on Jamaat’s registration] is pending with the higher court. And the government has nothing to do until judgement of the case is delivered. Two similar cases cannot run simultaneously,” Hasina said, adding that there was no reason to create a hullabaloo over the matter.

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    Husband kills wife and daughter in Shiddhirganj

    Police recovered the bodies and the murder weapon from the sceneA man killed his wife and daughter over a family feud early yesterday at Hirajheel in Shiddhirganj, Narayanganj.

    Beauty Begum, the murderer’s sister-in-law, said Yasin Ali Shumon, the accused, had been sharing rent and living in her house with his wife, her sister Moyna Begum, their 12-year-old daughter Nur Jahan Akhter Swapna and their five-year-old son Emon. Shumon had been jobless for the past four months due to his drug addiction and could not pay the rent. The household costs were paid by Moyna’s sisters.

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    ‘Bangladesh for resolution through dialogues’

    Myanmar envoy was summoned for the second time over the recent tensions at the borderBangladesh wants to solve all border related disputes with Myanmar through mutual discussion and more engaged manner, the foreign secretary says.

    “We want to settle all disputes peacefully as stability in the area is extremely crucial for development in future,” Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque told the Dhaka Tribune.

    Bangladesh does not want Myanmar to allow any action which might disrupt bilateral relationship and evil elements take advantage of it, he added.

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    ‘Bangladesh for resolution through dialogues’

    Myanmar envoy was summoned for the second time over the recent tensions at the borderBangladesh wants to solve all border related disputes with Myanmar through mutual discussion and more engaged manner, the foreign secretary says.

    “We want to settle all disputes peacefully as stability in the area is extremely crucial for development in future,” Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque told the Dhaka Tribune.

    Bangladesh does not want Myanmar to allow any action which might disrupt bilateral relationship and evil elements take advantage of it, he added.

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    One killed in Dhaka, 3 in Pabna, 2 in Madaripur

    A schoolboy was stabbed to death in the city’s Rayerbag areaA gang of armed men shot three persons to death in Pushpopara Bazar under Ataikula upazila in the district yesterday evening.

    The dead were identified as Sultan Mahmud, Fazlur Rahman and Shamim.

    Akram Hossain, officer-in-charge of Ataikula police station, told the Dhaka Tribune that the gang stabbed the three indiscriminately and shot them afterwards around 8:45pm leaving them dead on the spot.

    Rashed Ali Masum, organising secretary of Pabna Sadar upazila Awami League, claimed that the three individuals were ruling party activists.

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    Separatists’ camps on Bangladesh land blamed

    Several BGP personnel were also reportedly killed in the gunfights with Rohingya-led rebel groupsThe alleged reluctance of Bangladesh authorities to prevent the assembling of several Myanmar Muslim separatist groups along the zero point of the Bangladesh-Myanmar-India borders, triggered the recent gunfights, say sources.

    These Rohingya-led rebel groups and the Border Guard Police (BGP) of Myanmar exchanged several thousand rounds of bullets between May 6 and 18 in an area opposite to bordering Ashartali in the district’s Naikhyongchhari upazila, raising concerns among the local people.

    Several BGP personnel were also reportedly killed in the gunfights.

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    Patuakhali coal-based power plant protested

    The programme was held at village Madhupara under Dhankhali union of the upazilaCoastal people of Kalapara upazila of Patuakhali yesterday formed a human chain and held a rally protesting construction of a coal-based thermal power plant in the area.

    The programme was held at village Madhupara under Dhankhali union of the upazila and participated by a large  number of people from Madhupara, Char Nishanbaria, Nishanbaria areas in the district.

    The speakers said the government approved a project to construct a coal-based 1320 MegaWatt thermal power generation plant at the cost of two billion dollars.

  • Myanmar’s Border Guard Police hands over BGB member’s body

    Myanmar’s Border Guard Police hands over BGB member’s body

    Myanmar’s Border Guard Police hands over BGB member’s bodyMyanmar’s Border Guard Police at last handed over the body of slain Border Guard Bangladesh member yesterday evening, three days after the killing by the Myanmar forces in an onslaught on May 28 on the Paanchhari frontier in Bandarban.

    But tension runs high along the frontiers of both countries as both Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and Border Guard Police (BGP) intensified patrolling through the deployment of additional forces.

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    Gonojagoron Ghore Ghore campaign begins

    The Moncho had started the programme with a six-point demandGonojagoron Moncho, a youth platform, carried out its “Gonojagoron Ghore Ghore,” a month long programme to raise mass awareness, for the fifth day yesterday, in the capital’s Mohammadpur, Dhanmondi 27, Shankar, Asad Gate and Lalmatiya areas.

    The Moncho had started the programme with a six-point demand, including speeding up the war crimes trials, placing a ban on Jamaat-Shibir politics, starting special drives against terrorism across the country and forming an independent probe commission to look into the financial organisations controlled by war criminals.

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    ‘Zero tolerance to question papers leak’

    Nahid said the ministry would stop the examination process forthwith on certain information of question leakEducation Minister Nurul Islam Nahid yesterday said the ministry would show zero tolerance to the recent incidents of question papers leak, which drew widespread criticism from all walks of life.

    “We have already taken tougher steps against question leak that leaves us in an image crisis. We must bring the culprits to book who are responsible for the misdeed,” Nahid said while addressing a programme in the Teachers and Students Centre of Dhaka University.

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