DhakaTribune
Wednesday November 22, 2017 04:54 PM



  • Security tightened in capital ahead of Victory Day

    Vehicles are asked to take alternative routes because of a special programmesDhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) and RAB have ramped up security in the capital ahead of the 43rd Victory Day, which will be celebrated tomorrow. 

    Motor vehicles were asked to take alternative routes because of a special programme to be attended by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, other ministers, diplomats, political leaders and freedom fighters. It is scheduled to be held at the Bangabhaban at 12 noon.

  • Contract to be signed for Bibiyana South plant

    The gas-based power plant project was planned considering the availability of gasThe state-owned Power Development Board (PDB) is set to sign a contract with two companies from Spain and South Korea for the construction of the 400MW gas-based combined cycle Bibiyana South Plant in Habiganj.

     “We will sign the companies  [Isolux Ingenieria SA of Spain and Samsung C&T Corporation of South Korea] up as EPC contractors on Monday,” PDB Chairman Md Abduhu Ruhulla told the Dhaka Tribune.

  • Toll on wildlife rises in the Sundarbans

    Toll on wildlife rises in the Sundarbans

    Shipping Ministry turns down request to permanently shut down Sela route The shipping minister must have been in a mood of denial when he said the oil spill would not hurt too much, because it is now becoming clearer with time that what is happening in the Sundarbans is nothing short of a major disaster.

    A day after the first sighting of an Irawaddy dolphin corpse, hundreds of marine birds, small fishes and otters could be seen struggling with their lives looking for food in the oil-mixed mud on the banks of Sela River.

  • CU Chhatra League infighting kills one

    CU Chhatra League infighting kills one

    These two groups locked in clashes on the campus at least seven times in the last three monthsAn activist of the ruling party’s student wing Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) was killed and four others injured during a factional clash at Chittagong University yesterday, ensued over placing wreaths on the Martyred Intellectuals’ Day.

    Tapos Sarker died at Chittagong Medical College Hospital. He was a fiqrst year student of the Sanskrit department, Sub-Inspector Jahirul Islam of the hospital police outpost said. He used to stay at room 235 of Shah Amanat Hall. “Tapos had bullet injury in his chest,” he added.

  • Martyred Intellectuals Day observed

    The nation yesterday observed the Martyred Intellectuals Day yesterday by paying tribute to the brave sons of the soil who were killed by Pakistani soldiers and their local collaborators
    in 1971.

    President Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia paid tribute to the martyred intellectuals by placing wreaths at the Martyred Intellectuals’ Memorial at Mirpur in the capital.

  • Land acquisition problem holds back start of construction

    Land acquisition problem holds back start of construction

    Construction company Ital-Thai has recently sent a letter to the Bridges Division saying they could not start work unless they got final confirmation about land acquisitionHaving already missed three deadlines in starting construction, the proposed Dhaka elevated expressway is facing uncertainties again centring land acquisition.

    Construction company Ital-Thai has recently sent a letter to the Bridges Division saying they could not start work unless they got final confirmation about land acquisition, sources said.

    On September 29, while visiting the Shahjalal airport point of the expressway, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quder said land acquisition problems have been solved and the construction would start soon.

  • UN talks agree building blocks for new-style climate deal in 2015

    Most of the tough decisions about how to slow climate change were postponed until thenAbout 190 nations yesterday agreed the building blocks of a new-style global deal due in 2015 to combat climate change amid warnings that far tougher action will be needed to limit increases in global temperatures.

    Under the deal reached in Lima, governments will submit national plans for reining in greenhouse gas emissions by an informal deadline of March 31, 2015 to form the basis of a global agreement due at a summit in Paris in a year’s time.

  • BNP: AL shatters dreams of martyred intellectuals

    The spokesperson of the party also alleged that conspiracy was hatched in 1971 to kill the intellectuals in a bid to turn it into a merit-less country and the same effort is still onThe BNP yesterday alleged that the ruling Awami League had destroyed the dreams of the martyred intellectuals by driving democracy into exile.

    Murders, abductions and enforced disappearances have plagued the country like 1971, said Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, acting secretary general of BNP.

    Martyred intellectuals dreamed of an independent and democratic Bangladesh. “But what are we experiencing today? Awami League assumed the office by force without any voting,” said Fakhrul. 

  • PM: BNP movement with killers of intellectuals doomed to fail

    Khaleda Zia is threatening to wage a movement during victory monthPrime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said a BNP movement together with the killers of the intellectuals to save war criminals from facing justice would not be successful.

    “Khaleda Zia is threatening to wage a movement during victory month. But her movement with the killers of the illustrious sons of the soil to protect 1971 war criminals will not be successful,” she said.

  • HC summons 26 school heads for charging extra SSC fees

    The High Court has summon the heads of 26 schools in Dhaka to appear before it on January 6 for charging additional examination fees from the SSC candidates.

    The bench of Justice Quazi Reza-Ul Hoque and Justice Abu Taher Md Saifur Rahman passed the orders during the hearing of a suo motu ruling.

    The headmasters or principals of these schools and the chairpersons or managing directors of their governing bodies have to appear before the court to explain why they have charged the excess fees in addition to the amount fixed by the government.

  • Case filed against MP Badi’s brothers

    Police have filed a case against two brothers of Cox’s Bazar lawmaker Abdur Rahman Badi for giving shelter to illegal Rohingyas.

    The accused are Md Shafique and Md Foysal. Badi and five of his brothers including the duo are named as yaba traders by the Home Ministry.

  • PM Abe’s coalition cruises to big win in Japan election, turnout feeble

    PM Abe’s coalition cruises to big win in Japan election, turnout feeble

    Most media exit polls showed Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party and its junior partnerJapanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling coalition cruised to a big election win yesterday, but feeble turnout could weaken his claim of a mandate for policies including reflationary steps to revive the economy.

    Most media exit polls showed Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party and its junior partner, the Komeito party, winning more than 317 seats in the 475-member lower house, enough to maintain its “super-majority” that smoothes parliamentary business.

  • Afghan president vows security shake-up after Taliban attacks surge

    ‘These acts are not Islamic and are inhuman,’ he saidAfghanistan’s new President Ashraf Ghani vowed to shake up security in the capital Kabul in an angry speech yesterday and denounced a recent surge in Taliban attacks on civilian and military targets as “un-Islamic.” In recent weeks, Afghanistan has seen waves of suicide bombings and commando-style assaults by the Islamist insurgents, who are seeking to make territorial gains and to spread uncertainty as most foreign troops withdraw this month.

  • ‘Vietnam’s sea dispute arbitration case vs China promotes peace’

    Beijing claims almost the entire energy-rich South China Sea but Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Taiwan also have claimsVietnam has helped ensure peace in the South China Sea dispute with Beijing by following the Philippines in seeking UN arbitration, Manila said, despite the fact that Beijing has refused to take part.

    Beijing claims almost the entire energy-rich South China Sea but Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Taiwan also have claims. Only Brunei has not occupied and garrisoned territory in the potential flashpoint in the region.

  • Iran hackers may target US energy, defense firms, FBI warns

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation has warned US businesses to be on the alert for a sophisticated Iranian hacking operation whose targets include defense contractors, energy firms and educational institutions, according to a confidential agency document.

    The operation is the same as one flagged last week by cyber security firm Cylance Inc as targeting critical infrastructure organisations worldwide, cyber security experts said. Cylance has said it uncovered more than 50 victims from what it dubbed Operation Cleaver, in 16 countries, including the United States.

  • EU funds help Poland build ‘ghost’ airports

    Poland is not the only country in Europe to have built airports that struggle to attract flightsThe European Union has given Poland more than 100 million euros ($125m) to build at least three “ghost” airports in places where there are not enough passengers to keep them in business.

    The result is gleaming new airport terminals which, even at the peak of the holiday season, echo to the sound of empty concourses and spend millions trying to attract airlines.

  • MSC, Doleshwar, Rupganj seal Super League places

    MSC, Doleshwar, Rupganj seal Super League places

    Prime Bank and Abahani earlier sealed their berth in the Super League while Kalabagan Cricket Academy will also join them irrespective of their result against Victoria today in SavarMohammedan, Prime Doleshwar and holders Legends of Rupganj all confirmed their places in the six-team Super League phase of the Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League yesterday after winning their respective matches in the 11th and final round. 

    Mohammedan defeated Kalabagan Krira Chakra by 22 runs in Fatullah, Prime Doleshwar beat Partex by eight wickets in Savar while Rupganj inflicted a six-wicket defeat on Sheikh Jamal in Mirpur.

  • Tamim not delving into distractions

    Their presence would have been better but we are focused on our duties for the club. We had a meeting where we decided not to focus on the other issues and keep concentrating on our gamesDefending champions of the Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League, Legends of Rupganj have been going through a tough time lately. Their owner Lutfur Rahman Badal was slapped with a lifetime ban from all kinds of cricket activities for disparaging comments against the Bangladesh Cricket Board and a few directors.

    The club’s joint secretary Tarikul Islam Tito was handed a five-year ban while manager Sabbir Ahmed Rubel was banned for three years.

  • Negre to inaugurate school hockey

    Negre to inaugurate school hockey

    During his four-day visit, Negre will also inaugurate the First Security Islami Bank National School Hockey ChampionshipInternational Hockey Federation (FIH) president Leandro Negre will inaugurate the installation of a sand-based hockey turf at BAF Shaheen School today. This will be the Spaniard’s third official visit to Dhaka.

    During his four-day visit, Negre will also inaugurate the First Security Islami Bank National School Hockey Championship and commence the installation work of the blue turf at Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium.

    The FIH president was scheduled to land in the capital yesterday night.

  • Sk Jamal want to play Busan IPark

    Following South Korean top flight club Busan IPark’s interest to play in Bangladesh, professional football league champions Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club have confirmed that they want to face the former AFC Champions League winners in a friendly on December 27. 

    Sheikh Jamal, the King’s Cup champions, forwarded their interest to the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) yesterday. All that remains now is for Busan IPark to finalise the friendly. 

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