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  • 32 decimals of land grabbed in Gazipur

    32 decimals of land grabbed in Gazipur

    The owners questioned the role of police about thisInfluential people have allegedly grabbed around 32 decimals of land worth around Tk7crore and a CNG-run filling station at Sripur upazila in Gazipur.

    The owners questioned the role of police about this.

    Locals Shahidullah Khan and Saleka Parvin said they purchased 31.35 decimals of land from the documented inheritors of locals Abdul Khaleq and Abdus Sobahan in 2003.

    Taher and Sons Filling Station was then built on the land beside Dhaka-Mymensingh highway at the upazila’s MC Bazar area, they said.

  • Cattle trader’s body recovered after 1.5 months

    Police held seven people in connection with the killingPolice yesterday afternoon recovered the decomposed body of a cattle trader from a pond in Comilla, who was killed one and a half months ago.

    Tota Mia, 18, son of Mona Mia of Sharifpur village, was beaten to death over a trade dispute, and the body was dumped in the pond in Dhulipara.

    Police also held seven people in connection with the killing.

    Family sources said local meat trader Azad took Tota out of the house on October 3 and he remained missing since then.

  • 80 injured in clashes in three districts

    They locked into an altercation and attacked bothAt least 80 people were injured in clashes in Brahmanbaria, Faridpur and Habiganj districts yesterday.

    Our Brahmanbaria correspondent reports: At least 10 people were injured during a clash between two groups of villagers at Pirbari area in Sadar upazila over eve teasing incident.

    Police detained eight people from the spot in this connection. The incident took place around 10am. ASP Tapash Ranjan GHosh of Sadar police station said, the people of Pirbari and Sharifbari arranged a village arbitration over teasing a girl.

  • Bullet-hit Rajbari vice-chairman dies

    Pangsha upazila vice-chairman, who sustained bullet injury at Kacharipara village on Friday, died at Faridpur Medical College Hospital yesterday.

    The victim was identified as Munshi Nader Hossain, 60, who was also the district unit Krishak League president.

    Pangsha police station Officer-in-Charge Abul Bashar said, a group of armed miscreants fired aiming at Nader when he was going to Pangsha upazila headquarters around 9am, leaving him critically injured.

    He was rushed to Faridpur Medical College where he died. 

  • Locals block highway over killing schoolboy

    Angered by a road accident that killed a school student, local people blockade the Dhaka-Mawa Highway and vandalized over 100 vehicles yesterday.

    Witnesses said, a private car ran over Raju, 10, a Class IV student of Somospur Primary School, at Uttar Medinimondon in Louhajang upazila around12 noon.

    Raju, alongwith his brother Siam, 12, and father was waiting on the roadside to cross the road when the Mawa-bound car from Dhaka ran over them, leaving the siblings seriously injured. Raju died on the way to Mitford Hospital in Dhaka.

  • Muhith inquires about default loan

    ‘I want to know what the real situation is and how we are operating this’ Finance Minister AMA Muhith has asked Banking Division Secretary M Aslam Alam to let him know about default loan situation in the country’s banking sector.

    Reading newspaper reports on the matter, he wrote a demo official letter to the secretary on Thursday, asking for the information, official sources said.

    “The rise in default loans caused uproar in the press. I want to know what the real situation is and how we are operating this,” reads the finance minister’s letter.

  • Bali Package makes hardly any progress in one year

    Bali Package makes hardly any progress in one year

    There was hardly any progress in implementation of the decisions declared under the “Bali Package” one year ago, particularly for safeguarding interest of least developed countries (LDCs), trade analysts said in Dhaka yesterday.

    They, however, see light at the end of the tunnel once LDCs takes initiatives to narrow down the differences within them and continues to negotiate with the world economies to yield positive results. 

  • Space for radicalism?

    Space for radicalism?

    We are witnessing a trend that confirms Bangladesh to be a crucial cog of the global terrorist agendaWith the murkiness surrounding the death of Rajshahi University Professor AKM Shafiul Islam, the credibility of the entire investigation process seems to have come under public scrutiny. While Rajshahi Metropolitan Police (RMP) is labelling the brutal hacking to be a well-planned crime implicating members of Jamaat and its student wing Chhatra Shibir, a rather obscure Islamic group called the Ansar al Islam Bangladesh-2 has claimed responsibility for this murder.

  • Be nice to your neighbours

    We expect a positive outcome for the simple reason that retired high commissioners are now free senior citizensDhaka University’s International Relations Department, in collaboration with India- Bangladesh Foundation, arranged the first meeting of former high commissioners of India and Bangladesh for two days, which concluded on November 15, 2014. A nine-point recommendation was presented to improve the bilateral relationship between the two bordering countries.

  • Attitude problem a bar to SME development

    Attitude problem a bar to SME development

    Attitude problem, lack of specialised bank and implementation of existing rules are major challenges to development of Small and Medium Enterprises (SME), speakers observed at a programme.   

    The observation came at a discussion titled “Financial inclusion: challenges of SME and start ups” held yesterday in the capital. The discussion programme was organised in association with Brac Bank.

    The English daily, Dhaka Tribune, hosted the programme in association with the Rotary Club of Dhaka Mahanagar. 

  • Call for formation of MSME association

    Bangladesh Bank (BB) and Bangladesh Institute of Bank Management (BIBM) jointly organised the seminarThe country’s SME business have called for formation of an effective association of the micro, small and medium entrepreneurs (MSME) to contribute more to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

  • The past is not a foreign country for us

    As people do not see the benefits of change in the future, going back to the past may not be unacceptableThe op-ed piece “The past is a foreign country” (November 17, Dhaka Tribune) by William B Milam was a very well-thought-out article on the changing nature of governments all over the world. Citing changes in the political culture emerging in the UK, the USA, and Russia, Mr Milam wrote: “Democracy, where it is truly practiced, appears to be failing. The democracies are surely not meeting the needs of their citizens, neither their material and/or their psychic needs. In both of these failings, onrushing globalisation plays a larger role.”

  • GP uses half the internet bandwidth alone

    The operator has 1.4 crore internet users – over 95 lakh 2G and over 44 lakh 3GGrameenphone, the market leader mobile phone operator in the country, uses more than half the total bandwidth
    being consumed in the country every day, suggests figures compiled by the Dhaka Tribune.

    Of the total 127 Tara Bites (TB) bandwidth consumed every day by the four operators – Grameenphone, Robi, Banglalink and Airtel – the market leader company shares 65 TB bandwidth.

    Though GP crossed five crore landmark in terms of active SIM users in September with 42% market share, it loses market share in terms of internet use.

  • ‘March-April to see change in power’

    BNP claims game-changing movement in the offing to seal fate of governmentAs the BNP rank-and-file have long been irritated at its empty threats of launching a vigorous movement it is now telling them to wait until March-April.

    “Everybody – from shopkeepers to rickshaw pullers – is saying the government cannot stay in the office after March or April,” Goyeshwar Chnadra Roy, standing committee member of the party, told the Dhaka Tribune.

    “If people do not want to see them in office then how will they cling to office?”

  • Khaleda slams Jamaat inertia

    The meeting was called to analyse the political situation of the country and plan the next course of actionBNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday slammed key ally Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami for its inactivity in the BNP-led 20-party alliance programmes.

    The alliance chief scolded the Jamaat representative saying: “You [Jamaat] talk big but are absent on the field of action. You have called hartals but your people did not enforce it; life went on as normal.”

    Redwanullah Sahedi, the Jamaat leader present at the alliance meeting yesterday night at Khaleda’s Gulshan office, remained silent during the reproof.

  • ISIS kills 25 in Iraq’s Ramadi

    The bodies were found scattered around with no signs of weapons next to them, suggesting they were not killed during fightingIslamic State militants yesterday killed 25 members of a Sunni Muslim tribe during their assault in Ramadi, 130km west of Baghdad, said local officials, in apparent revenge for tribal opposition to the radical Islamists.

    They said the bodies of the men from the Albu Fahd tribe were discovered after the army launched a counter-offensive against the Islamic State in a village on the eastern edge of Ramadi, capital of Anbar province, reports Reuters.

  • Al-Shabab kills 28 in Kenya

    Al-Shabab, which has been mounting attacks in Kenya since 2011, said it carried out the attackSomali militant group al-Shabab claimed that they killed at least 28 people in an attack on a bus in northern Kenya.

    The bus was travelling to the capital, Nairobi, when it was stopped in Mandera county, near the Somali border.

    Gunmen separated out those they thought were non-Muslim before killing them, officials and witnesses said, reports BBC.

    Al-Shabab, which has been mounting attacks in Kenya since 2011, said it carried out the attack.

  • HT Imam a BNP man!

    Rafiqul Islam Miah said his party would not indulge in corruption and criminal activities once it assumes officeBNP chief’s Press Secretary Maruf Kamal Khan yesterday claimed that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s Political Adviser HT Imam was a part of the BNP. He also asked the government not to harass Imam.

    “HT Imam is our man. Do not touch him. We have our people everywhere. He [Imam] and Abdul Latif Siddique [a former Awami League minister who was sacked for his derogatory comments on Hajj and the premier’s son] said the truth,” Maruf said while addressing a discussion at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh.

  • Stocks stay bearish with rough ride past week

    Bearish spell swept over the stock exchanges in the past week, as investors went for selling spree amid ongoing weak sentiment.

    The benchmark index of Dhaka Stock Exchange, DSEX, dipped below the “psychological” threshold of 4,900-mark and closed the week at 4,899, dropping 85 points or 1.7%. It extended losses for the third consecutive week.

    The comprising blue chips DS30 index lost 45 points or 2.5% to 1,814. The DSE Shariah Index fell 29 points or 2.5% to 1,146.

  • Obaidul warns BCL against committing crimes

    He also criticised the BNP and said it would be tough for BNP to survive attacking Bangabandhu and the Liberation WarIn the wake of growing infighting in Sylhet within the student wing of the ruling Awami League, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Saturday said stern action will be taken against members of the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) found involved in crimes.

    “None will be spared, if found involved in any crime,” he warned, while talking to reporters after visiting the under-construction Patgati Bridge on the Madhumati river under Tungipara upazila in Gopalganj.

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