DhakaTribune
Wednesday November 22, 2017 05:00 PM



  • 35 teachers in search of two students

    35 teachers in search of two students

    No department has the luxury to say that our students do not exist in Bangladesh, however close to reality that may beThe title of this piece may suggest that I intend to make fun of the situation that the Department of English of the University of Dhaka now finds itself in. God forbid! I was myself a student of the department and spent the best years of my life teaching there.

  • Can slaughter be religion?

    Can slaughter be religion?

    We should look for alternative ways to celebrate Eid-ul-Azha, and make it a joyous time not only for humans, but all animalsA few days ago, on September 22, a group of Indian animal rights activists went to the Taj-ul-Masjid in Bhopal, one of the largest mosques of the subcontinent, and tried to persuade Muslims to celebrate a vegan Eid ul-Azha this year, by pointing out the many benefits of a plant-based diet for human health, the environment, and the welfare of non-human animals. One of the activists, a Muslim woman named Benazir Suraiya, wore a green hijab and an Islamic dress covered with lettuce leaves, and held a sign that said: “Make Eid happy for all: Try vegan.”

  • NID card facilities at local offices from November

    Facilities like getting new cards and applying for lost cards will be available at the server stations from NovemberVoters are going to get a range of facilities regarding National Identity Card in their respective districts and upazilas across the country from November as the Election Commission has almost completed installing area-wise server stations.

    Facilities like getting new cards and applying for lost cards will be available at the server stations from November, a senior EC official told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday.

  • Public hospitals gearing up for the Puja and Eid holidays

    Keeping a week-long celebration in mind, the authorities have been preparing a full-fledged medical team, ambulances, and medical equipment to handle any kind of emergency during that periodPublic hospitals across the country are preparing in order to ensure healthcare services before and after the holidays of Durga Puja and Eid-ul-Azha.

    Keeping a week-long celebration in mind, the authorities have been preparing a full-fledged medical team, ambulances, and medical equipment to handle any kind of emergency during that period.

    All public hospital outdoor units will remain open throughout except Eid day and the day before. The hospitals have already made duty rosters for doctors, nurses, technologists and other employees.

  • Khulna cancer institute yet to open

    The hospital authorities built a separate building on the premises to launch the cancer instituteThe warranty of a cancer therapy device imported from China has expired as the cancer institute at Khulna Medical College Hospital is yet to begin operation.

    The hospital authorities built a separate building on the premises to launch the cancer institute. 

    Supervisor of the hospital Dr Md Abdus Samad said the warranty of the device was valid for two to three years.

  • Coexistence of different communities stressed

    Government to patronise traditional artisans with enlistment, giving professional recognition and social status for maintaining religious harmonies in the societySpeakers at a programme underscored the need for maintaining peaceful coexistence and harmonies among different religious communities.

    They also called upon the government to patronise traditional artisans with enlistment, giving professional recognition and social status for maintaining religious harmonies in the society.

    The speakers made the call while speaking at a reception. To accord reception idol makers artisans and sculptors of Barisal region the programme was arranged at Ashwini Kumar hall yesterday.

  • Traders block Dhaka-Aricha highway protesting eviction

    Protesting the demolition, traders took to the street and started vandalising buses, trucks and human hauliers in which 15 comuters injuredSmall traders put up barricade on the Dhaka-Aricha highway and vandalised at least 25 vehicles yesterday protesting eviction.

    Locals said Savar district administration had conducted a drive in the bus stand area around 3pm to demolish about 300 illegal structures along the Dhaka-Aricha highway.

    During the drive, a team of the administration demolished a good number of illegal establishments from there.

    Protesting the demolition, traders took to the street and started vandalising buses, trucks and human hauliers in which 15 comuters injured.

  • Health care providers not paid for 3 months

    The salaries were stuck because of a mistake of the ministryCommunity Health Care Providers (CHCP) of Sadullapur upazila’s Government Community Clinic have not been getting their monthly salary for the last three months. As such, they have been leading an inhumane life with their families.

  • 50km traffic jam on Dhaka-Chittagong highway

    50km traffic jam on Dhaka-Chittagong highway

    Thousands of people suffered as traffic got stuck on both sides of the highwayA 50-kilometre long tailback was created yesterday on the Dhaka-Chittagong highway following a road accident in Chandina upazila in Comilla that killed a truck driver.

    Thousands of people suffered as traffic got stuck on both sides of the highway.

  • BCL men block road in protest at detention of their activist

    Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Kotwali police station Inamul Haque detained activist of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) when he took his wife to the passport office to apply for a passport for herJessore district unit of BCL blocked a road in the Monihar area in the city after police arrested one of their activists who, police claimed, was a middleman at the passport office. Police charged baton to disperse the protesters.

    The detained was one Abu Said Samrat, a student of Electric department in Jessore Polytechnic Institute and an activist of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL).

  • AL says Latif Siddique removed

    AL says Latif Siddique removed

    Cabinet Division reportedly asked to stay prepared to carry out the decisionThe ruling Awami League yesterday said Post, Telecommunications and IT Minister Latif Siddique had been fired over his controversial US speech, although the Cabinet Division said they were yet to receive any official instruction.

    During a press conference at the Awami League president’s Dhanmondi office yesterday, ruling party Joint General Secretary Mahbub-Ul-Alam Hanif said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had instantly removed Siddique from his post after she learned about what he said.

  • Extortion from vehicles carrying cattle rampant

    The toll given to those people varies in amount and the lowest of which is Tk50 while the highest one is Tk1000Before Eid-ul-Azha every year political groups, criminals and law enforcers come up with innovative ideas to earn millions by extorting vehicles carrying sacrificial animals. This year too is no different.

    Junab Ali, a cattle trader, came to the capital’s Gabtoli cattle market with 17 cows from Chapainawabganj district. He told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday despite paying Tk33,000 as truck fare, he had to pay additional Tk5,600 at 16 spots on the way to capital.

  • Telecom regulator moves ahead with plans on IGW cartel

    The BTRC even dropped the state-owned operator BTCL from the tier 2 list, which is also known as the IGW Operator’s Switch (IOS)The government is moving forward with a plan to form a cartel of international gateway (IGW) operators – a move that would allow a handful of companies to form a two-tier clearing exchange for gaining control over the pricing of international incoming call termination.

    The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has already formed a panel to that effect, containing only seven out of the 23 active IGW operators.

  • ASK: Abduction rose sharply in nine months

    In the nine-month period, a total of 119 people were killed in so-called ‘crossfire’ or ‘gunfights’ with the law enforcement agencies or while under custodyIn the first nine months of the current year, incidents of abduction and forced disappearance by members of different law enforcement agencies increased alarmingly compared to the same period last year, rights body Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK) says in a report.

    Family members of 82 people claimed that their relatives had been abducted by the law enforcers. Of the victims, 23 were found dead while 10 people luckily escaped death.

  • BNP: Government creating smokescreen over Latif’s removal

    Fakhrul said they have decided to wage a countrywide month-long campaign after Eid to drum up public support in favour of their demand of election under a non-partisan governmentThe BNP-led 20-party alliance yesterday alleged that the government has created a smokescreen regarding the expulsion of Posts and Telecommunications Minister Abdul Latif Siddique, in order to save him from public wrath.

    The coalition also demanded that the minister be expelled from the parliament, arrested and handed exemplary punishment for his derogatory comment on prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) and Hajj.

  • UN: At least 1,119 Iraqis killed in September

    Iraq has been facing an unprecedented crisis The United Nations said Wednesday that at least 1,119 Iraqis died in violence in September but that the real figure was likely much higher since the reported death toll did not include killings in areas controlled by the Islamic State group.

    Iraq has been facing an unprecedented crisis — the worst since the withdrawal of US troops in 2011 — after the Sunni extremist group seized a third of the country in a lightning offensive over the summer.

  • PM to visit Italy, Nepal and Malaysia in next 3 months

    She is scheduled to attend the 10th ASEM Summit in Milan this month while the 18th SAARC Summit in Nepal in November and expected to visit Kuala Lumpur in DecemberPrime Minister Sheikh Hasina will visit Italy, Nepal and Malaysia in the next three months.

    She is scheduled to attend the 10th ASEM Summit in Milan this month while the 18th SAARC Summit in Nepal in November and expected to visit Kuala Lumpur in December.

    Hasina is scheduled to attend the 10th ASEM Summit of Heads of State and Government to be hosted by Italy from October 16-17 and chaired by the European Union.

  • Shundarganj mayor suspended for irregularities

    Jamaat-e-Islami activist Saju is a charge-sheeted accused in a case filed with the local police station for killing four police constables during the widespread violence perpetrated by the Jamaat-Shibir men in Bamandanga last yearThe government has suspended Nurunnabi Pramanik Saju, the Jamaat-backed mayor of Shundarganj municipality in Gaibandha, after allegations of financial irregularities found to be true in preliminary investigation.

    Jamaat-e-Islami activist Saju is a charge-sheeted accused in a case filed with the local police station for killing four police constables during the widespread violence perpetrated by the Jamaat-Shibir men in Bamandanga last year. He is now in jail.

  • Three more held over Keraniganj murders

    The arrestees are Sumon alias Dakat Sumon, his wife Afsana and alleged associate Chan MiaRapid Action Battalion personnel arrested three more people from Dhaka and Mymensingh yesterday in connection with the killing of four of a family in Keraniganj.

    The arrestees are Sumon alias Dakat Sumon, his wife Afsana and alleged associate Chan Mia, said Flight Lt Md Kawsar Hossain, operations officer of RAB 10.

    Sumon and his wife were picked up from Chukaitola in Mymensingh and Chan Mia from Dhaka. RAB also seized a car from Jatrabari which they used to flee after committing the murder.

  • Detectives analysing Samiun’s phone records

    ‘The detectives are trying to track the people in Bangladesh with whom Samiun contacted since he came to Bangladesh in February’Detectives said they had amassed a lot of information by analysing the SMS and call history from the six mobile phones of Samiun Rahman, a Bangladeshi-British arrested in Dhaka earlier this week on suspicion that he has been recruiting on behalf of international militant organisation Islamic State.

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