Monday February 19, 2018 11:53 PM

  • The Sundarbans in big trouble

    The Sundarbans in big trouble

    Oil spill from a massive capsized tanker severely jeopardising biodiversity in the forestThe Sundarbans is now facing a major environmental disaster, after a vessel carrying over 350,000 litres of furnace oil capsized in Sela River, as spill particularly jeopardises a dolphin sanctuary, the local food chain and the entire local ecology.

    With various authorities, who neither have the experience nor the capability to handle such a case, trying to pass the responsibility on to each other instead of making a move, the situation is getting worse by the minute since the capsize took place in the early hours yesterday.

  • TIB implements others’ agenda, alleges ACC

    Shahabuddin said 2013-14 was the year of the commission’s achievementsWithout mentioning who they are,
    acting chairman of the Anti-Corruption Commission M Shahabuddin Chuppu yesterday claimed that the Bangladesh chapter of Berlin-based Transparency International was working to implement some others’ agenda.

    Criticising the TIB for questioning the accountability of the ACC in its Corruption Perception Index 2014, Shahabuddin said 2013-14 was the year of the commission’s achievements.

  • RAB report denies HQ involvement in Narayanganj seven murders

    The probe report will be submitted to the HC bench of Justice Md Rezaul Haque and Justice Gobinda Chandra Tagore todayA RAB committee has denied that its top officials at the headquarters were involved in the Narayanganj Seven Murders, contradicting the testimony of three sacked RAB officials who said Additional Director General (ADG) Col Ziaul Ahsan ordered the killings.

    The probe team, led by Additional Director General (administration) Aftab Uddin, which recently handed over its investigation report to the attorney general’s office, blamed the three sacked RAB 11 officials for the abductions and killings, saying they acted on their own.

  • Report details sexual threats, other methods as CIA braces for change

    CIA Director John Brennan is weighing a dramatic overhaul of the leading US spy agencyThe CIA used sexual threats, waterboarding and other harsh methods to interrogate terrorism suspects and all were ineffective at eliciting critical information, according to a US Senate report due to be released on Tuesday.

    The report on government-sanctioned interrogation at sites around the world for questioning captured al Qaeda and other militants prompted the United States to warn its facilities abroad to shore up security in case of violent reactions, reports Reuters.

  • Concerns against use of gas development fund

    ‘Now government is going to take a wrong decision to hamper the progress of gas exploration’The government is wrong in deciding to change the name of the gas development policy and use the country’s gas development fund to conduct feasibility studies on coal extraction, LNG, shale gas and other minerals resources, energy specialists have observed.

  • Pay commission to submit pay scale upgrade report on Sunday

    The finance minister reaffirmed last week that the upgraded pay scale would come into effect on July 1 next yearThe chairman of National Pay and Service Commission will submit the report on possible pay scale upgrade for government employees on Sunday instead of tomorrow.

    Official sources said the submission has been moved to Sunday as Finance Minister AMA Muhith is not available on tomorrow.

    The finance minister will stay in Sylhet tomorrow for his official visit, so he will meet the pay commission Chairman Mohammad Farashuddin at 9am on Sunday, the sources said.

  • CEC: DCC polls not possible in January

    The cabinet meeting also sent back a proposal that sought extension of the tenure of the Dhaka South City Corporation Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad yesterday said it was not possible to arrange polls to the bifurcated Dhaka City Corporation in January next year.

    “Why should I hold election in January? We will need more time to prepare. We need time to print [updated] electoral rolls and declare the election schedule,” he said at a press conference at the Election Commission, UNB reported.

  • Court tells investigation officer to present all probe-related documents

    Sagar, news editor at Maasranga, and his wife Runi, senior reporter of ATN Bangla, were killed at their rented flat in the capital’s Rajabazar on February 11, 2012A Dhaka court has asked RAB’s investigation officer in journalist couple Sagar Sarwar and Meherun Runi murder case to appear before it in person on December 30 with all the probe-related documents, and clarify how much time the elite force needed to complete the task.

    The IO, Assistant Superintendent of Police Wares Ali, neither attended the case proceedings yesterday nor submitted the progress report, through any representative, as per the court’s previous order.

  • HC orders electing Viquarunnisa’s board of directors within 90 days

    The court sought a report over the implementation of the order The High Court has ordered the authorities of Viquarunnisa Noon School and College to fix its board of directors through election within 90 days.

    The bench of Justice Quazi Reza-Ul Hoque and Justice Abu Taher Md Saifur Rahman came up with the order yesterday after hearing of a writ petition.

    The court sought a report over the implementation of the order by March 11.

  • Amnesty: Israeli strikes on Gaza buildings ‘war crimes’

    It called for an independent and impartial investigation to be openedIsraeli air strikes on four high-rise buildings in the final days of this summer’s conflict in Gaza amounted to war crimes, Amnesty International says.

    Evidence suggested the destruction was “carried out deliberately and with no military justification,” a new report by the human rights group found.

    It called for an independent and impartial investigation to be opened.

    Israel said the report made unfounded allegations and ignored Hamas’ use of the buildings for military purposes.

  • More than 150 arrested in California during police killing protests

    Large crowds have demonstrated daily in several U.S. cities since a grand jury decided last week not to bring criminal charges against a white police officer over the death of GarnerMore than 150 protesters were arrested in California overnight after shutting down a major freeway in another outbreak of nationwide demonstrations against police use of deadly force on minorities.

    Across the other side of the country late on Monday, basketball stars in New York including Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James joined the protests by wearing shirts emblazoned with “I can’t breathe” — the last words of Eric Garner, a black man who died after a police chokehold.

  • New York police shoot, kill man who stabbed person in synagogue

    New York police shoot, kill man who stabbed person in synagogue

    New York police shot and killed a man armed with a knife early yesterday after he stabbed a rabbinical student from Israel in the head in a Brooklyn synagogue, police and the synagogue said.

    The man who was shot was black and the officer who did the shooting is Hispanic, a spokesman for the New York Police Department said. Several recent police killings of unarmed African-American men, and grand jury decisions not to indict the police officers involved, have triggered racially tinged protests over police use of force.

  • French-American software start-up to launch automatic password changer

    Dozens of similarly featured programmes exist, with LastPass, RoboForm and Dashlane among the most popular across both computer and phone systemsA French-American software start-up is to launch the world’s first mainstream automatic password changer in an attempt to remove the all-too-human frailty that has rendered the phrase “computer security” a worrying oxymoron.

    For most people, properly managing passwords verges on impossible, given the dizzying array of devices and websites on which we have all become increasingly reliant. But Dashlane.com is stepping up its offering to counter hackers.

  • Sedition case filed against Tuhin Malik

    ‘All the stories of Mujib and his family have been included in the constitution, and if anyone tries to exclude those, he or she will be hanged’Two separate cases were filed yesterday against Supreme Court lawyer Tuhin Malik on charges of sedition and hurting religious sentiment by making statements on the constitution and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

    Golam Rabbani, deputy international affairs secretary of Bangladesh Chhatra League, filed the cases with Dhaka’s Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court.

  • ‘Sixty Nine’ stabs Shibir activist

    Proctor said investigations were onA Jamaat-e-Islami-backed student wing activist was stabbed at the Social Science Faculty of Chittagong University yesterday.

    Injured Islami Chhatra Shibir activist Nurul Karim Bitu is a third year student of the Department of Anthropology.

    Quoting witnesses, police said he was attacked by five to six Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists on the corridor of the department at around 1pm. They firstly beat him with sticks and then stabbed with machetes.

  • ISIL and Iran to dominate Gulf Arab summit

    The meeting of the foreign ministers from the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) kicked off in Doha yesterday eveningGulf Arab leaders have gathered in the Qatari capital for a summit expected to push forward plans for a unified military command and an Interpol-like agency to counter regional foe Iran and armed jihadist groups.

    The meeting of the foreign ministers from the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) kicked off in Doha yesterday evening.

    The annual meeting comes after an eight-month diplomatic spat in the bloc which pitted Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain against Qatar over its alleged support for the Muslim Brotherhood.

  • ‘Apathy biggest bar to ending child slavery’

    ‘Apathy biggest bar to ending child slavery’

    Apathy is the biggest obstacle to eliminating forced child labour and the world needs more secular education to reduce intolerance, Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi said yesterday.

    In Oslo, where he will receive the award today, Satyarthi told Reuters the problem was not religion itself but people who hide behind it for economic and political gain.

    “Education brings tolerance to societies, which brings peace, global brotherhood and mutual respect for each other,” Satyarthi, 60, from India, said.

  • BNP: DCC poll issue raised to divert attention

    Fakhrul told journalists that the BNP’s decision on joining the polls would be informed once the election time cameThe BNP yesterday alleged that the government had raised the issue of the Dhaka City Corporation elections in a bid to divert the people’s attention from the BNP’s ongoing anti-government movement.

    “The illegal government has been devising all sorts of evil designs to get legitimacy and to repress the opposition’s movement. Now they are talking about the DCC elections to divert people’s attention. In the past, such attempts were failed as movements were not stopped,” Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, acting secretary general of the party, said.

  • Passport office building in Agargaon at risk

    ‘The situation is also hazardous for the lives of 150 employees who work at the central passport office’The central passport office in the capital’s Agargaon area has become hazardous as several cracks appeared in the building following the installation of a machine readable passport (MRP) processing equipment on its first floor.

    An official of the passport office revealed the information during a meeting of the evaluation committee for a project to construct a new, personalised complex for the central passport office, which took place at the Planning Commission on December 3. Arosto Khan, member of the commission, presided over the meeting.

  • Padma bridge work well in progress

    ‘The area of the bridge construction has increased. It needs time to give a point-to-point description’The construction of the country’s biggest bridge project over the Padma river is well underway, and the work including soil testing, dredging and river training, is moving quite fast.

    Project Director Shafiqul Islam told the Dhaka Tribune: “The area of the bridge construction has increased.   It needs time to give a point-to-point description.”

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