Sunday February 25, 2018 01:55 PM

  • Killing the goose that lays the golden egg

    ‘Experience clearly teaches us that over extraction is bad for gas fields’The government may feel safe about its energy policy and Chevron may make a profit, but Bibiyana gas field, whose production expansion was inaugurated by the prime minister on November 29,  is being pushed to the brink of disaster.

    Bibiyana gas field in Habiganj is capable of remaining in service until 2032, but if Chevron’s extraction plans go into full effect, the field will be exhausted by 2024. Chevron data, presented to Petrobangla recently, warns of production declines as early as 2018.

  • Banglawash featuring Taijul hat-trick

    Banglawash featuring Taijul hat-trick

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was present at the home of cricket and added colour to the elated occasion as she handed over the trophies of the Test and ODI series to the respective captains of the format – Mushfiqur Rahim and Mashrafe bin MortazaDebutant spinner Taijul Islam’s hat-trick enabled Bangladesh to maintain their clinical and consistent performance before the World Cup as the home side handed Zimbabwe a five-wicket defeat in the last ODI to complete the five-nil drubbing at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday.

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was present at the home of cricket and added colour to the elated occasion as she handed over the trophies of the Test and ODI series to the respective captains of the format – Mushfiqur Rahim and Mashrafe bin Mortaza.

  • PM: Take action against foreigners staying illegally

    The duration of visa and work permit of every foreign national should also be verified by the authorities concerned, the prime minister saidPrime Minister Sheikh Hasina has directed the authorities concerned to make a list of the foreign nationals illegally staying in the country and take legal action against them.

    The premier gave the directive to the ministries and divisions concerned at a cabinet meeting yesterday, a cabinet member told the Dhaka Tribune, requesting anonymity.

  • Poor facilities scourge for HIV patients

    Poor facilities scourge for HIV patients

    ‘The patients lose self-respect and gradually become isolated from their families and society’The dearth of adequate healthcare services has left AIDS patients in the country helpless as they continue to suffer from the incurable disease.

    Besides, discrimination and negligence that HIV patients frequently face at public and private hospitals in the country heighten their woes as there is still a social stigma attached to the disease.

    The Health Ministry on January 1 this year introduced a free healthcare service in public hospitals for HIV-positive people, but it has not been much fruitful.

  • Defence says court can’t record deposition

    Prosecution says the High Court hasn’t barred recording deposition eitherA special Dhaka court yesterday failed to fully record a witness submission in a graft case against BNP chief Khaleda Zia and five others amid hullabaloo by defence counsels who said the court did not have the right to do it.

    Hearing both sides for several hours, Bashudev Roy from the Dhaka Special Judge’s Court 3 started recording the deposition of Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Deputy Director Harun-or-Rashid, plaintiff of the Zia Orphanage Trust Corruption case.

  • Petition against Ershad’s JS membership dropped

    Ershad had withdrawn his candidature before the January 5 election but the EC did not accept it since it was not submitted following rulesThe High Court yesterday dropped a plea from the cause list that sought scraping of the parliament membership of Jatiya Party Chairman and Prime Minister’s Special Envoy HM Ershad.

    Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal leader Sabbir Ahmed, who had contested the January 5 poll from Rangpur 3 constituency, filed the writ petition alleging that Ershad had concealed information about his educational certificate and wealth in the affidavit submitted to the Election Commission.

  • Rights groups warn against new inclusion in vested properties list

    Some corrupt officials at the AC land or union level or schedule offices are applying tricks so that the original owners do not get back their landsRights groups warned the government against any new inclusion in the vested properties list through amendment of the related law or publication of gazette saying it would be “illegal”.

    From a press conference yesterday at the Dhaka Reporters’ Unity, nine rights groups also threatened tougher movement if an amendment proposal tabled recently in the cabinet was passed.

  • PM to visit Malaysia Dec 2-4

    Hasina will meet with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak with an aim to discuss manpower export and human resources development, trade, investment, culture, travel, and higher education among other issuesPrime Minister Sheikh Hasina will be visiting Malaysia from December 2 to December 4.

    Briefing reporters at the Foreign Ministry yesterday, Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali said she would be accompanied by a delegation of 30 members.

    Hasina will meet with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak with an aim to discuss manpower export and human resources development, trade, investment, culture, travel, and higher education among other issues.

  • HC orders action against illegal liquor selling

    The court also ordered the commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, director general of Drug Administration and director (operation) to submit a report in this regard within 10 daysThe High Court has ordered to take necessary action within 48 hours to stop illegal liquor selling at the minibars and restaurants in the capital’s Gulshan and Banani areas.

    The HC bench of Justice Salma Masud Chowdhury and Justice M Khasruzzaman passed the order yesterday following a writ petition filed by Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh.

  • ‘Sick’ Sayedee brought to Dhaka

    ‘His illness was not that serious. Doctors have prescribed some medicines and asked him to take rest’Convicted war criminal Delawar Hossain Sayedee was transferred to Dhaka Central Jail from Kashimpur early yesterday as he was feeling ill. The matter was not serious, authorities say.

    Jamaat-e-Islami Nayeb-e-Ameer Sayedee, who was sentenced to jail for the rest of his life, felt chest pain and was rushed to BSMMU around 3:45am. Earlier he was taken to Gazipur Sadar Hospital.

    Following a check-up, he was shifted to Dhaka Central Jail around 10:30am, Senior Jail Super Forman Ali said.

  • Court orders probe report by January 22

    ‘We have urged the court to take steps and fix a date as the investigators have failed to submit charge sheet although it has been quite a while’A Narayanganj court has ordered investigators looking into the seven-murder to submit charge sheet within January 22.

    Senior Judicial Magistrate HM Shafiqul Islam passed the order when police produced 24 arrestees including three ex-officials of RAB.

    Earlier, prosecution blamed police for delaying the submission of charge sheet although seven months have been passed after the gruesome murders.

  • Three Rohingyas arrested in Bardhaman blast incident

    ‘We are sure whether Noor and Yasir have connections with militant organisations of Myanmar like Rohingya Solidarity Organisation (RSO), Aro Rohingya Units Voice for Human Rights and the Netherlands-based Global Rohingya Center (GRC)’Detectives arrested three Rohingyas in the capital on Sunday night who are believed to have links with the suspects and arrestees of West Bengal’s Bardhaman blast incident.

    Names of two of them are mentioned in the lists of India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) and the Bangladesh law enforcers, prepared to fight cross-border militants. India had requested the Bangladesh officials to arrest them on priority basis, police say.

  • Magical Taijul inspires Bangladesh

    Magical Taijul inspires Bangladesh

    He made it an occasion to remember by grabbing a hattrick Left-arm spinner Taijul Islam became the 116th player to represent Bangladesh in one-day internationals, and 2207th overall in the history of 50-over cricket, when he made his debut in the fifth and final match of the series against Zimbabwe in Mirpur yesterday. 

    And he made it an occasion to remember by grabbing a hattrick – the very first in ODI history by a debutant. The 22-year old ended with miserly bowling figures of 4/11 in seven overs as Bangladesh defeated Zimbabwe by five wickets and subsequently whitewashed the visitors.

  • Former MP’s son denied bail again

    The case in brief is that Sumi was tortured to death by her husband and in-laws. It was a premeditated murderA Dhaka court yesterday again denied bail for Humayun Sultan, son of ex-MP Khan Tipu Sultan in a case filed in connection with the murder of his wife Dr Shamarukh Mahjabin Sumi.

    Acting Metropolitan Sessions Judge KM Imrul Kayes passed the order in response to a bail plea filed by defence counsel Jesmin Chowdhury.

    Twenty-four year-old Sumi was found hanging in the bathroom of her in-laws’ Dhanmondi residence in the capital on November 13. After completing her MBBS at Holy Family Red Crescent Medical College, she was preparing for FCPS.

  • Zim coach Mangongo hails clinical Bangladesh

    Zim coach Mangongo hails clinical Bangladesh

    He thinks it was disappointing to lose the series 5-0The visiting Zimbabwe cricketers without any doubt are deeply disappointed having lost all matches across both formats – Test and one-day international – in their 45-day tour of Bangladesh but the side’s coach Stephen Mangongo believes it’s not the end of the world.

    Mangongo credited the home side who he thought played exceptional cricket throughout the tour, but also acknowledged the effort from his charges, especially the bowlers.

  • Jamal a step away from glory

    The club have exhibited impressive football throughout the tournamentSheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club are just a step away from becoming the first Bangladesh outfit to clinch the King’s Cup title as the premier football league champions take on Indian League side Pune FC in the final at Changlimithang Stadium in Thimphu, Bhutan today.

    The Dhanmondi-based club have exhibited impressive football throughout the tournament. After remaining unbeaten in the group stages with two wins and a draw, Jamal edged Nepalese club Manang Marshyangdi 2-1 in the last four last Saturday.

  • Spirited Bangladesh thrash Chinese Taipei

    Spirited Bangladesh thrash Chinese Taipei

    Bangladesh piled up a considerable amount of pressure but due to their misfiring forwards had to wait till the 27th minute for their first goalBangladesh made a rollicking start in their Men’s Junior AHF Cup campaign with a resounding 7-0 win over Chinese Taipei at Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium yesterday. In the other match of the day, Oman thumped Thailand by the same margin. 

    The Bangladesh youngsters began the match in a rusty manner having missed a number of good chances before eventually netting their first goal in the opening half. The hosts, however, came out in the second half with all guns blazing firing in another six goals.

  • Operation of Mohona Hospital suspended

    ‘We have also asked them to submit a report on the incident and we will take a final decision after that’Mohona Hospital in the capital’s Panthapath area was temporarily shut down yesterday by the government for allegedly operating without license and neglecting treatment to eminent journalist Zaglul Ahmed Chowdhury.

    The decision came a day after the death of Zaglul Ahmed Chowdhury, who was taken to the hospital after falling victim to a tragic road accident on Sunday. 

  • Jubilant Mash hails teamwork, Mushy happy to contribute

    Jubilant Mash hails teamwork, Mushy happy to contribute

    Mashrafe bin Mortaza earned full marks in his first assignment as Bangladesh one-day international captain after the Tigers completed a convincing turnaround in the fate of their results this year by securing a whitewash against Zimbabwe.

    The 31-year-old hailed the team’s overall professionalism while he also praised Taijul Islam for his heroics on debut yesterday.

  • Abahani, Brothers, Victoria post wins

    Abahani, Brothers Union and Victoria defeated Old DOHS, Partex and Kalabagan Krira Chakra respectively in the seventh round of the Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League at different venues yesterday.

    At Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium in Fatullah, Abahani trounced Old DOHS by 166 runs. Abahani posted a challenging 297/5 in 49 overs with Liton Kumar Das scoring the highest 66 while national discard Nasir Hossain chipped in with 60. Rakibul Hasan also registered a half-century.

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