DhakaTribune
Wednesday November 22, 2017 08:55 PM



  • Buthpara, a safe haven for Jamaat

    Rajshahi University is no stranger to Jamaat-Shibir violence; they operate from a sanctuary cultivated for decadesButhpara is like any other village of Bangladesh by day. By night, it turns into a guarded bastion, where even law enforcers do not dare to venture.

    Sharing a common wall with the Rajshahi University (RU) campus, Buthpara is a safe haven for Jamaat-e-Islami’s student cadres — Islami Chhatra Shibir members.

    Rajshahi University has come to be known as a stronghold of Jamaat and Shibir for decades. But nowhere are they more firmly rooted than at Buthpara village. The head of the local Jamaat unit runs the area as if it were his kingdom.

  • AL units run by RSO-trained Rohingyas

    RSO operatives engaged in fierce battles with the Myanmarese Lutin Force (riot police) in September last year and May this year in NaikkhyangchhariBanned Myanmarese insurgent group Rohingya Solidarity Organisation (RSO) has gradually placed their key figures in the ruling Awami League’s Naikkhyangchhari unit in bordering Bandarban.

    Their dominance has risen so high that the different units of the Awami League (AL) including Chhatra League, Jubo League, Sechchasebak League and Krishak League are led by the Rohingyas, who are allegedly involved in anti-state activities, locals and a number of AL leaders told the Dhaka Tribune.

  • ‘Controversial and unnecessary’ new zebra crossing

    ‘Controversial and unnecessary’ new zebra crossing

    The new zebra crossing is also the site of a scuffle in which a female jaywalker earned a month in jail for biting a police officer on the second day of the driveWithout coordinating with the traffic division of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP), Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) has marked a controversial zebra crossing just north of the Saarc Fountain at Karwan Bazar intersection in the capital.

    The new zebra crossing, barely one hundred feet from an underpass, has caused pedestrian traffic to increase at the busy intersection, making it difficult for traffic police to control jaywalkers who tend to cut a diagonal line through traffic, a police official, asking to remain anonymous, told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday.

  • Journo Zaglul Ahmed Chy dies in road accident

    As he was getting off the bus began to move and Zaglul hit his against the closing door and fell on to the road.
    Senior journalist Zaglul Ahmed Chowdhury was killed in a road accident in the capital’s Karwan Bazar area last night. He was 69.
    Police said the accident happened around 8:05pm. Zaglul was about to get off a bus at Karwan Bazar intersection. The bus was heading towards Farmgate from Bangla Motor. 

    As he was getting off the bus began to move and Zaglul hit his against the closing door and fell on to the road.

  • Egyptian court drops case against Mubarak over 2011 protest deaths

    Many Egyptians who lived through Mubarak’s rule view it as a period of autocracy and crony capitalism and considered it a victory to see him behind barsAn Egyptian court has dropped its case against former President Hosni Mubarak over the killing of protesters in the 2011 uprising that ended his 30-year rule and symbolized hopes for a new era of political openness and accountability.

    Mubarak, 86, was sentenced to life in prison in 2012 for conspiring to murder 239 demonstrators, sowing chaos and creating a security vacuum during the 18-day revolt, but an appeals court ordered a retrial.

  • ‘Limited access puts energy security at risk’

    As regards price, the research organisation says that the retail price of electricity in the country has undergone a seven-time hike during the period from 2010 to 2014The Unnayan Onneshan (UO) in its Bangladesh Economic update cautions that limited access to available, affordable and reliable sources of energy puts energy security at risk.

    According to the multidisciplinary think tank, shortage of power supply, depletion of gas reserve and frequent price hikes in energy are not only exerting pressure on current production, but also posing a threat to energy security.

  • Nazmul: Nobody matters except Hasina and past BCL bosses

    The BCL also announced ‘Clean Campus Save Campus,’ a seven-day long programme at the press conferenceThe general secretary of the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) yesterday rubbished the need to pay heed to any opinions other than those of AL chief Sheikh Hasina and former leaders of his organisation.

    “Chhatra League is never embarrassed by the remarks of anyone except those of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and former BCL leaders,” BCL general secretary Siddiqui Nazmul Alam said at a press conference at Madhu’s canteen on the Dhaka University campus yesterday.

  • ‘Climbing in Chittagong needs patronage’

    Despite Chittagong being a hilly region, mountaineering will not get popular unless climbers receive patronage here, said organisers of Chittagong’s first climbing club yesterday.

    With the aim of popularising mountaineering among local youths, organisers of the club “Vertical Dreams” held a press conference at Chittagong Press Club.

    Addressing the conference, President of the club Debashish said the club was formed considering the need of a platform for those who love to climb mountains.

  • Shafiul murder: Police term Facebook page claims baseless

    Police and Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) have so far shown 17 people arrested for their suspected involvement in the murderOfficials at Rajshahi Metropolitan Police now say that Facebook page “Ansar Al-Islam Bangladesh 2,” members of which claimed to have killed Rajshahi University teacher Prof AKM Shafiul Islam Lilon, made a false announcement.

    Police and Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) have so far shown 17 people arrested for their suspected involvement in the murder.

  • Menon seeks changes to all but government

    Bangladesh Workers Party President Rashed Khan Menon said he wants changes to everything but government in the country.

    The condition of the people would not be changed only by bringing change of the government, he said. 

    Menon, also the minister for civil aviation and tourism, was addressing a meeting at the capital’s Suhrawardi Udyan arranged by the party for pressing a twenty-point demand.

  • Krishak Samity threatens road-railway blockade

    Samity leaders issued the threat from a human chain programme formed in front of the Jatiya Press Club in the cityBangladesh Krishak Samity yesterday threatened to block road and railway in January next if its 12-point demand, including ensuring fair prices of the produces, is not met.

    Samity leaders issued the threat from a human chain programme formed in front of the Jatiya Press Club in the city.

    The other demands include procuring produces directly from farmers, establishing government purchase centre at union level, reducing the prices of agricultural inputs and making BADC active.

  • Chemists, druggists threaten to go on two-day strike

    Chemists and druggists yesterday threatened to go on strike unless the government stops operations of unregistered medicine companies in the country.

    Bangladesh Chemists and Druggists Samiti (BCDS) made the threat at a convention titled “In Protests against Fake and Adulterated Medicines” at Bashundhara Convention Centre 2 in the capital yesterday.

    They said they would keep their pharmacies shut from December 16 to 17 if the government does not shut down all illegal medicine companies by December 15.

  • Former Jamaat MP arrested

    Police yesterday arrested former Jamaat-e-Islami lawmaker Shakhawat Hossain in connection with crimes against humanity he had allegedly committed during the 1971 Liberation War.

    Shakhawat was arrested at a house near Masterkhanpara Mosque area at Uttarkhan of the capital last evening, Uttarkhan police Officer-in-Charge Yunus Ali told the Dhaka Tribune

  • Demo continues for Khilgaon stalking victim Ritu; key accused gets bail

    Demo continues for Khilgaon stalking victim Ritu; key accused gets bail

    The victim Ritu used to live with her family at Nandipara in Khilgaon. She was the eldest among three brothers and sistersDespite continual demonstration from Umme Kulsum Ritu’s family members, her classmates and teachers of East Point Education School and College and neighbours in the capital’s Khilgaon area, the main accused of three defendants in the case has secured bail from the High Court.

    Hundreds of people including teachers and students staged a demonstration in the national press club area yesterday and formed a human chain protesting bail of the main accused, namely Simul Chandra Mondal, in the case filed with Khilgaon police station.

  • Nazmul Huda again floats new political party

    The declaration came at a press briefing at his Topkhana road officeFormer minister Nazmul Huda, who was expelled from the BNP, has again launched a new political party, ‘Bangladesh Manabadhikar Party’ or BMP.

    The declaration came at a press briefing at his Topkhana road office yesterday.

    Nazmul had earlier formed a party named Bangladesh Nationalist Front (BNF) and been expelled from his own brain child.

    He had also formed a political alliance named Bangladesh National Alliance (BNA). The BMP will use the logo of BNA and its symbol is Golden Fibre.

  • Three held with 3,800 yaba

    Two separate cases have been filed in these connections A total of three persons, with possession of 3,800 pieces of yaba tablets, were arrested by the police yesterday from Firingi Bazar and Pahartali areas in Chittagong city.

    The arrestees were Safiqul Islam Safi, 25, Md Riaz, 24, from Bhola and Rasheduzzaman Rashed, 30, from Jessore district, said police sources.

    Sub-Inspector Sanjay Kumar of Kotwali police station said a patrol police barred a CNG-run autorickshaw on Mariner Road at Firingi Bazar area around 5am. Police seized 800 pieces of yaba from Safiqul and Riaz after searching them.

  • Water-proof cement in Bangladesh

    Ahmed Amin Group will market the product of Slovakia based Izonil Group across countryThe world’s first water-proof cement “Izonil” and environment friendly as claimed by the owner was launched in Bangladesh yesterday.

    Ahmed Amin Group will market the product of Slovakia based Izonil Group across country.

  • Listed criminal held

    The Rapid Action Battalion on Friday arrested a listed criminal in possession of four firearms and 28 bullets in Jessore.

    Criminal Abu Sayeed alias Sayeed Mir’s possession was captured from the airport area, RAB officials told reporters. 

    Sayeed Mir faces 18 cases, including murders, abductions, extortion. He is jailed for life in a case and for 10 years in another case. 

  • Diarrhoea affects 50 in Natore

    Some 50 persons were affected with diarrhoea Diarrhoea has suddenly broken out in Natore district.

    Some 50 persons were affected with diarrhoea for two days until Friday in Natore.

    The Sadar hospital struggled to accommodate them.

    Most of the patients received treatment lying on the floor and so suffered severely for the cold weather.

    Residential Medical Officer Abul Kalam Azad said the patients were from Borgachha and Station Bazar areas in the municipality. They might have been affected with this disease after drinking water.

  • BOU, IUBAT sign MoU on cooperation

    Bangladesh Open University (BOU) Registrar Prof Dr Abul Hossain Ahmed Bhuiyan and International University of Business Agriculture and Technology (IUBAT) Prof Registrar Dr MA Hannan Registrar have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on bilateral cooperation on the former’s campus recently.

    The MoU is particularly aimed to facilitate all exchanges and co-operative initiatives between the two universities in the area of Educational Research Development, Instruction, Community Service Student and Staff exchanges.

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