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  • First dead dolphin spotted

    First dead dolphin spotted

    Minister Shajahan Khan says no major damage likely from Sundarbans oil spillWith the ship’s salvage taking more than two days and authorities failing to clean up the spill – now spread over an 80km swathe of the Sundarbans – in over five days, the first of what is expected to be a myriad of dolphin corpses came to the surface yesterday.

    Dhaka Tribune photojournalist Syed Zakir Hossain, who has covered a wide area of the forest in the last 24 hours, located the first dead body of an Irrawaddy dolphin in the Harintana-Tambulbunia channel of the Sela River yesterday, some 25km from where the tanker capsized.

  • Khaleda: We will not wait any longer

    Khaleda: We will not wait any longer

    The BNP chief said the Sundarbans mangrove forest had been destroyed in a planned waySeemed more desperate than previous occasions, BNP Chairperson and the 20-party alliance Chief Khaleda Zia yesterday said they had already given the ruling government much time to hold a mid-term election under a non-partisan government.

  • Martyred Intellectuals Day today

    By December, 1971, Pakistan knew that the game was up. The brutal war it had unleashed on unarmed civilians that it claimed were its citizens, the genocide it had begun against the Bangalee nation – all of it, in the face of indomitable resistance, was coming to nought.

    Throughout the war, Pakistani forces had murdered intellectuals and persons of culture whenever the opportunity arose, in a bid to destroy the repository of the nation’s intellectual capital, its most inspiring thinkers and its most eloquent voices.

  • India on alert after Sundarbans oil spill

    Officials say it is already harming the region’s wildlifeOfficials say it is already harming the region’s wildlife, which includes two endangered dolphin speciesEnvironmental authorities in India are on alert after thousands of litres of oil spilled into a nature reserve in neighbouring Bangladesh.

    Conservation chief Pradeep Vyas said “precautions” were being taken in West Bengal’s coastal region, reports BBC.

    Oil leaked into waterways in the Sundarbans area after a collision involving a tanker three days ago.

    Officials say it is already harming the region’s wildlife, which includes two endangered dolphin species.

  • BD signs deal with CERN

    Bangladesh Ambassador and Permanent Representative in Geneva M Shameem Ahsan signed the instrument of cooperation Bangladesh has moved one major step closer towards the advanced science and technology, particularly in the field of research of quantum and fundamental physics, by signing an ‘International Cooperation Agreement’ with CERN in Geneva.

    Bangladesh Ambassador and Permanent Representative in Geneva M Shameem Ahsan signed the instrument of cooperation on behalf of Bangladesh with Director General of CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) Dr Rolf Heuer on Friday.

  • Enacting of an acting cream

    Enacting of an acting cream

    This was what the Bangladeshi model wanted to doPriota Farelin Iftekhar is an actor in the making. She started her acting career when she first appeared in Airtel’s telefilms, “Impossible 5” in 2013.

    This was what the Bangladeshi model wanted to do, she continued pursuing what later became “the Bollywood dream.”

    Like any person who sets forth on a field never ventured upon, Priota too had many questions she wanted answered before embarking on her journey, a quest to become a big-time, professional actress.

  • Star Wars character names revealed in trading cards

    Star Wars character names revealed in trading cards

    Director JJ Abrams confirmed the names via some old school trading cards, in a humorous nod to when the films were first released in the 1970s.

    Boyega’s card showed his character to be called Finn, with Ridley’s named Rey and Isaac’s known as Poe Dameron.

    The football-like droid, seen in the recent trailer, was revealed as BB:8.

    The trading cards also feature a Sith warrior named Kylo Ren.

  • Padatik Bangladesh’s Poramati premieres today

    Padatik Bangladesh’s Poramati premieres today

    Theatre troupe Padatik Bangladesh’s latest production, Poramati, which is set in 1971 premieres today at the Experimental Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy at 6pm.

    Written by Babul Biswas and directed by Dr Irin Parvin, the production, the troupe’s thirty-first, portrays the torture and killing of intellectuals by Pakistani forces and their collaborators towards the end of the 1971 Liberation War.

  • Aamir Khan to direct Baraf

    Aamir Khan to direct Baraf

    Aamir Khan Productions has bought the rights of a script titled Baraf written by Aditi Rao and none other than Aamir Khan is interested in directing it.

    Aamir’s brother Faisal Khan who works with Aamir Khan Productions said, “I think at one point Aamir had expressed his interest in directing it. He will not act in it but I think he might still be interested in directing it though when it will happen I don’t know. Aamir works at his own pace. But he is definitely excited about the script.”

  • Inu: Government returning to non-communal secular spirit

    No one imagined that the razakars and war criminals could ever be tried, punished and executed, the minister said. When these events happened, it came as surprise to the people of the countryThe Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina-led coalition government is cleaning up the garbage that has piled up during the regimes of military dictators and communal forces, Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu said yesterday.

    He said the people of the country were accustomed to live with military dictatorship, autocracy, communalism.

  • Farooki wins APSA-MPA Award

    Farooki wins APSA-MPA Award

    Celebrated Bangladeshi film director Mostofa Sarwar Farooki has been awarded with a grant of $100,000 for his next directorial venture  “No Land’s Man”, a dark satirical drama about religious persecution.

    The “No Land’s Man” was also named as the best project at the Film Bazaar co-production market in Goa, India last month. 

    On Thursday, the The MPA APSA Academy Film Fund announced the grants of US$25,000 for this year at the 8th annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards ceremony in Brisbane, Australia.

  • Mozena hopeful of restoring GSP for Bangladesh

    ‘We hope both the nations will consider their views and try to give them comfort. Not only in the US, but in the other countries as well’Bangladesh may get back the trade privileges in the US market, if it brings some positive changes in the apparel sector as well as progresses in the shrimp sector, said US Ambassador to Bangladesh Dan W Mozena yesterday.  

    “I hope, as Bangladesh transforms the apparel sector and also makes progress in the shrimp sector that GSP can be restored at some point, because that’s a necessary stepping stone,” he said.

  • PM: Poverty to be reduced to 10% within 4 years

    PM: Poverty to be reduced to 10% within 4 years

    Hasina stressed constant research on agriculture in order to achieve the goal of eradicating hunger and povertyPrime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the government had reduced the country’s poverty rate to 24.4% in the last six years and would bring it down to 10% within the next four years.

    Describing agriculture as a major source of income, Hasina said Bangladesh would become a middle-income country if more agricultural products could be developed, adding that the country would be able to get out of poverty by 2041.

  • Shirin Sharmin: Taking refuge in the law can ensure human rights

    Shirin Sharmin said due to lack eduction and financial supports, and social-political pressures people often do not seek the refuge in the lawJatiya Sangsad Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury said the country’s people should take refuge in the law to secure their human rights.

    She, however, admitted that the people face various obstacles in taking the refuge in the country. 

    Shirin Sharmin was speaking as the chief guest at a programme titled “Recognition to Grassroots Human Rights Activists” in the capital yesterday.  

  • Student leader killed in road accident

    The victim Iftekhar Alam Khan Rupon, 25 A student leader was killed and another injured in a road accident in Ramgopalpur area on the Mymensingh-Kishoreganj Road under Gouripur upazila in Mymensingh district yesterday.

    The victim Iftekhar Alam Khan Rupon, 25 was convener of Iswarganj upazila unit of Jatiya Chhatra Samaj, the student wing of Jatiya Party. Atiqur Rahman Sujon 24, convener of Iswarganj

    Municipal unit of Chhatra Samaj sustained injuries in the accident, reports BSS.

  • DU campus turns unsafe for female students

    Girls fear being on the campus especially in the evening and beyondFemale students of Dhaka University say they feel insecure on the campus amid the rising number of harassment cases in the recent time.

    They say male students of the university, especially the freshers, harass them, an allegation which has been raised by female outsiders as well.

    In the last six months, a number of female students complained to the university proctor and police about harassment they had faced but nothing has been done to stop such acts. 

  • DU campus turns unsafe for female students

    Girls fear being on the campus especially in the evening and beyondFemale students of Dhaka University say they feel insecure on the campus amid the rising number of harassment cases in the recent time.

    They say male students of the university, especially the freshers, harass them, an allegation which has been raised by female outsiders as well.

    In the last six months, a number of female students complained to the university proctor and police about harassment they had faced but nothing has been done to stop such acts. 

  • Teachers observe work abstention, threaten tougher movement

    No class was held from 10am to 12pm because of the abstention but pre-scheduled examinations were heldRajshahi University (RU) teachers observed a two-hour work abstention yesterday and threatened to carry out a tougher movement to demand the punishment of the killers of Prof AKM Shafiul Islam Lilon.

    The sociology teacher was hacked to death on November 15 on his way home from campus.

    No class was held from 10am to 12pm because of the abstention but pre-scheduled examinations were held, RU Teachers’ Association General Secretary Prof Pranab Kumer Panday confirmed.

  • Non-government teachers demand inclusion in national pay scale

    Apart from the new pay scale demand, their other demands included quick implementation of the National Education Policy 2010, increase of house rent, medical and festival allowances and annual increment for the teachers and employeesTeachers and employees of non-government educational institutions organised a rally in Barisal yesterday afternoon, demanding inclusion in the national pay scale and job nationalisation.

    The rally in front of Ashwini Kumar Hall was held after a procession organised by Jatiya Shikkhak Karmachari Front, Barisal unit, marched the city roads. It was addressed by Zia Shahin, Gouranga Kundu, Sultanul Arefin, Aminur Rahman Khokan, Mujibor Rahman, and Mohsin-ul-Islam Habul, leaders of JSKF.

  • 2-day Buddhist Youth Festival 2014 begins on December 18

    Junior Land Minister Saifujjaman Chowdhury Javed is scheduled to inaugurate the festival organised by Buddhist Youth Festival Group (BYFG)The two-day-long Buddhist Youth Festival of this year is set to begin in Chittagong city’s Muslim Hall with full enthusiasm and colourful arrangements on December 18.

    Junior Land Minister Saifujjaman Chowdhury Javed is scheduled to inaugurate the festival organised by Buddhist Youth Festival Group (BYFG).

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