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Sunday December 17, 2017 12:11 PM



  • Public-private coordination suggested for minimising road crash

    ‘Officials only focus on those sustaining injuries in accidents while families of the deceased are overlooked’Different government bodies, NGOs and social organisations should make concerted efforts to bring down the number of road accidents in the country, said experts, civil society members and professionals working in a range of fields.

    While addressing a discussion, they also emphasised taking creative initiatives to ensure safe journeys.

  • BCL to carry out clean and safe campus campaign

    The programme will be carried out from December 1 to December 7 in all educational institutions across the countryBangladesh Chhatra League, the student wing of ruling Awami League, will conduct a seven-day-long campaign titled “Clean Campus and Safe Campus” as part of their programme to create social awareness. 

    The programme will be carried out from December 1 to December 7 in all educational institutions across the country.  

    “We will start our campaign from Dhaka University to build awareness among the people about environmental pollution,” said BCL President

  • Tareque-Mishuk memorial unveiled

    Tareque-Mishuk memorial unveiled

    ‘The drivers as well as the victims are responsible for the accidents’A memorial to noted personalities Tareque Masud and Mishuk Munier was opened to public at Dhaka University yesterday. It is part of the Road Accident Memorial Installation.

    Dhaka University Vice-Chancellor Professor AAMS Arefin Siddique unveiled the memorial, the white painted art form of the wrecked micro bus with registration number – Dhaka Cha 13-0302.

    Tareque, a famed filmmaker, Mishuk, a media personality, and three others died in the afternoon of August 13, 2011, when a bus rammed into their micro-bus from the opposite direction.

  • 6th National Undergraduate Mathematics Olympiad begins

    ‘To face the contemporary world equipped with modern technology, mathematical knowledge is indispensable’Mathematics, also known as the mother of Science, can be used as a key component for interpreting, analysing and solving daily life problems, speakers said at the inauguration of the 6th National Undergraduate Mathematics Olympiad (NUMO) 2014 at the Jagannath University yesterday.

    The event was organised by the Department of Mathematics of Jagannath University.

    Jagannath University Vice-Chancellor Professor Mizanur Rahman said: “To face the contemporary world equipped with modern technology, mathematical knowledge is indispensable.”

  • Dalit, Harijan people demand permanent housing facilities

    ‘We the Harijan people are leading our lives like animals. Because of our cast identity, we are neglected by the society’Although the country’s constitution promises equal rights for all citizens, people of the Dalit and Harijan communities have been experiencing immense sufferings to secure shelters or adequate housing facilities in the country, a programme was told.

    People of the communities are treated as “untouchables” and are “ostracised” by the society, said speakers at a programme in the capital yesterday.

  • Prime minister opens Bibiyana expansion project

    1,200mmcf gas to be added to national gridPrime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the Bibiyana Gas Field Expansion Project and the newly constructed Bibiyana-Dhanua Gas transmission pipeline, expressing hope that these projects would reduce the gap of gas between demand and supply.

    The premier said the Bangladesh Petroleum Exploration and Production Company Limited (Bapex) has been organisationally strengthened for the purpose while modern drilling rigs and heavy equipment have been procured.

  • Hasina: Khaleda Zia wanted to create Thailand-like situation

    ‘She (Khaleda) had actually wanted to create a situation in the country like the one in Thailand obstructing the January-5 election’Renewing her party’s allegation that Khaleda Zia boycotted the January-5 election sensing defeat, Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the BNP chief had actually wanted to create a Thailand-like situation where martial law was declared amid the opposition’s movement.

    “She (Khaleda) had actually wanted to create a situation in the country like the one in Thailand obstructing the January-5 election,”she told a mammoth public rally at Habiganj New Field.

  • Khaleda says Hasina should have faced corruption cases too

    Khaleda says Hasina should have faced corruption cases too

    ‘Only responsibility is to give her bad advice and hatching conspiracy to keep Hasina in the power’Striking back against Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s remark on facing cases in court, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has asked the Awami League president to face the corruption cases filed against her during the army-backed caretaker government.

    “Eight thousand cases were filed against them [Awami League leaders and activists]; 15 against Hasina. Hasina bought Mig 29 [fighter planes]. It was a corruption…Hasina might have been convicted in those cases.

  • Acquaintance suspected in Bhatara minor girl killing

    ‘She went out but did not come back in 20 minutes. So, we went to the shop to search for her. The shopkeeper said Liza had bought a pencil from him and headed towards home. Another nearby shopkeeper also said he had seen her on the road but that was it. She just vanished afterwards’Investigators are suspecting that Farzana Akhter Liza, who was found dead in a sack floating in a pond in the capital on Tuesday, was raped and killed by someone known to her.

  • Chinese firm to get the work for Kurigram 30MW solar power plant

    The government’s renewable energy policy says there is a plan to account for 5% of the total power generation using renewable energy sources by 2015 and 10% by 2021A Chinese consortium is likely to get the job for building a solar energy-based 30 megawatt power plant in Kurigram as part of the government’s initiative to promote use of renewable energy.

    Sources said the proposal for awarding the contract to the ETERN-CCCE (China)-Hareon Consortium will be placed before a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Public Purchase today, to be chaired by Finance Minister AMA Muhith.

  • US Asst Secy: Next election depends on ‘people’s decision’

    ‘We have continued to advocate on strong and inclusive democracy, and we will continue to work with Bangladesh. But in terms of elections – it is for the people of Bangladesh to determine the timetable’US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal yesterday said it is up to the people of Bangladesh to decide when the next elections would be held.

    “We have continued to advocate on strong and inclusive democracy, and we will continue to work with Bangladesh. But in terms of elections – it is for the people of Bangladesh to determine the timetable,” she said during a press briefing held at the American Club yesterday.

  • Malaysian Gobinathan new hockey coach

    Malaysian Gobinathan new hockey coach

    The BHF earlier failed to land a foreign coach after several attempts were madeIn an extraordinary turn of events the Bangladesh Hockey Federation yesterday confirmed appointing former Malaysian assistant coach K Gobinathan as the chief coach for Bangladesh in the Hockey World League Round Two in Singapore on Jan 17-25.

    The appointment of Gobinathan, who will arrive at the capital today, means Mamunur Rashid, who was named as the national coach just couple days back, will work as the Malaysian’s deputy for two months until the end of the international tournament.

  • Courageous Jubair dreams big

    Courageous Jubair dreams big

    On his ODI debut, Jubair scalped 2/42 from his six overs and even though he proved to be expensiveFollowing an impressive debut in the Test matches, Bangladesh’s first specialist leg-spinner Jubair Hossain proved his mettle once again, this time in the limited-over format. Having taken 11 wickets in three Tests against Zimbabwe, the 19-year old picked up two more on his ODI debut against the Southern African nation in the fourth match last Friday.

  • Soumya added to roster for fifth ODI

    Soumya added to roster for fifth ODI

    The national selection panel has been looking to experiment keeping the 2015 ICC World Cup in mindThe Bangladesh Cricket Board yesterday announced a 14-member squad for the fifth and final ODI against Zimbabwe scheduled for tomorrow in Mirpur. Seamer-allrounder Soumya Sarker is the only addition to the previous 13-man squad.

  • Rony, Darboe send Sheikh Jamal to King’s Cup final

    Rony, Darboe send Sheikh Jamal to King’s Cup final

    Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club’s never-say-die attitude powered them to the King’s Cup final as the Bangladesh giants sealed a dramatic late win to knock defending champions Manang Marshyangdi Club out of the tournament in Thimphu, Bhutan yesterday.

    The Bangladesh Premier Football League champions came back from a goal down to go 2-1 up with national striker Shakhawat Hossain Rony and Gambian midfielder Landing Darboe scoring timely goals to upset the Nepal A-Division League champions.   

  • Indo-BD Bangla Games next year

    This time there will be 10 disciplines as usual – athletics, shooting, swimming, volleyball, boxing, badminton, kabaddi, football, weightlifting and gymnasticsThe upcoming edition of the Indo-Bangladesh Bangla Games will commence on April 2 next year in Dhaka. The date was finalised yesterday in a joint meeting between the Bangladesh Olympic Association (BOA) and the Bengal Olympic Association at BOA house. The last edition of the bilateral games was held in 2010. 

    This time there will be 10 disciplines as usual – athletics, shooting, swimming, volleyball, boxing, badminton, kabaddi, football, weightlifting and gymnastics. Among the 11 disciplines, football will only feature the women. The games conclude on April 12.

  • No headmasters in primary, 20 high schools and five madrasas in Natore

    Appointment of headmasters in primary schools has long been suspended following a case filed by the assistant teachersAll the 52 primary schools, 20 high schools and five madrasas in Natore have been run by acting headmasters for at least two years. This has led to a stagnant administration where teachers do not feel accountable and follow the guidance of the headmasters. Such informal approach has resulted in a poor performance of the educational institutions.

  • The real threat of global warming

    The real threat of global warming

    Continuing our current policies of exploiting all fossil fuels available will literally ensure the end of the Earth as we know itMany people have a false perception of an ongoing “debate” regarding the dangers of global warming and climate change. In particular, elected politicians intent on avoiding unpopular carbon taxes and higher fuel prices continue to assert that the relevant scientific issues are doubtful.

    Unfortunately, until now, the non-scientist public has been deceived by a large number of books and newspaper articles by misinformed “sceptics” of climate science who themselves have no understanding of the science involved.

  • Walk the walk

    Walk the walk

    To be honest, it is a pragmatic step towards prohibiting passersby from crossing busy roads by taking enormous risksOn Novermber 22, Dhaka Metropolitan Police Commissioner Benazir Ahmed announced stern actions against pedestrians who crossed the roads without using an underpass or foot over-bridge.

  • Bad education

    Today’s student-run politics are dominated by outside forces that do not speak for the students’ benefit at allI once dreamed about and took pride in being a student of the University of Dhaka, an institution that contributed to the language movement, the liberation war, and the democracy movement of the country. However, reading the claims of a certain party of “owning” the campus, I can’t help but worry about my younger sister as she prepares to start her dream journey in the university which was once known as “Oxford of the East.”

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