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Wednesday November 22, 2017 04:48 PM



  • Change of heart delays deep sea exploration deal

    ConocoPhillips and Statoil jointly submitted bidding documents to explore for oil and natural gas in three deep-sea blocks in the Bay of Bengal A new government decision to limit the award of oil and gas exploration rights to two deep sea blocks per company or venture, has stalled the signing of production sharing contracts (PSCs) with a joint venture of ConocoPhillips and Statoil.

    “We have observed their previous activities when signing for the blocks. We have taken a decision that we will only sign two instead of three blocks with them,” Secretary of Energy and Mineral Resources Division (EMRD) Md Abu Bakar Siddique told the Dhaka Tribune.

  • Pranab tells Abdul Hamid: India maintains her commitments

    Hamid thanked the Indian people and its army for their support and cooperation during the Liberation WarIndian President Pranab Mukherjee has said India always maintains its commitments.

    The Indian President made the comment regarding Bangladesh’s eagerly waiting for a solution to the much-awaited Land Boundary Agreement (LBA) and Teesta water sharing issues between the two countries.

    Pranab said this during a meeting with Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid, who is now in New Delhi on a 6-day state visit, reports BSS.

    Appreciating Bangladesh’s achievement in social and economic sectors, Pranab Mukherjee said Bangladesh is going ahead remarkably.

  • 4-day BGB-Myanmar Police Force meeting ends

    The conference started on December 21 and ended yesterday with signing a Joint Record of Discussion A four-day border conference between Border Guard Bangladesh and Myanmar Police Force ended at BGB’s Pilkhana headquarters yesterday.

    The conference started on December 21 and ended yesterday with signing a Joint Record of Discussion (JRC).

    BGB Additional Director General and M Latiful Haidar led the 16-member Bangladesh delegation while Myanmar’s Deputy Chief of Police Brigadier General Thein Oo led the six-member Myanmar delegation.

  • 13 killed, 35 injured in road accidents

    In Mushiganj, two people were killed under in a road accident on Dhaka-Chittagong Highway in Gozaria upazlaThirteen people were killed and 35 others injured in road accidents in Chittagong, Kishoreganj, Jessore and Mushiganj yesterday.

    In Chittagong, six people were killed in a road accident on Chittagong-Cox’s Bazar highway at Satkania upazila, reports our Chittagong correspondent.

    The deceased are Soyeb, 22, Omullo, 55, Sahriar, 15, Jasimuddin, 25, Syed, 35, Shamsul Alam, 80.

    Satkania police said the accident took place when a bus and a CNG auto-rickshaw collided head-on around 6:10pm.Police seized the bus, but the driver fled.

  • Antarctic photo science archive unlocked

    Antarctic photo science archive unlocked

    ‘We want to use these pictures to work out volume and mass-balance changes in the glaciers through time’Aerial photos from the 1940s and 1950s are being used to probe the climate history of the Antarctic Peninsula.

    UK scientists are comparing the images with newly acquired data sets to assess the changes that have occurred in some of the region’s 400-plus glaciers.

    The old and modern information has to be very carefully aligned if it is to show up any differences reliably.

    And that is a big challenge when snow and ice obscure ground features that might otherwise act as visual anchors.

  • Farmers incur losses as radish prices fall dramatically

    ‘I spent Tk34,000 to cultivate radish on a 2-bigha land and the yield topped 500 maunds. I expected to make Tk50,000 but had to sell it all at Tk7,000 because of the sharp fall in prices in the past few weeks’A bumper yield of radish in Katiadi upazila has failed to make farmers happy as excessive harvest has led to a big fall in prices.

    In many markets of the upazila, radish is being sold at as low as Tk1 per kg. Despite the nominal price, sellers find it hard to sell their products even after waiting for the whole day as buyers are reluctant to buy the vegetable.

    Many farmers chose to abandon their unsold products in the markets in order to save transport costs. The abandoned products are also used as cattle feed in many areas.

  • Dr Kamal: Dialogue a must as election is not the last word for effective democracy

    Dr Kamal: Dialogue a must as election is not the last word for effective democracy

    ‘Dialogue should not only be held between the Awami League and the BNP but also among all the parties. Accepting the basic principles of the constitution, all should sit for talks’Asserting that the country was passing through an abnormal time, speakers at a discussion programme said election was not the last word for upholding democracy. Dialogue was a must to overcome any political crisis. However, as a prerequisite to that, effective democratic institutions should be set up, they opined.

    The programme participants also said economic and political development should march together and political parties must do away with the culture of blame-game.

  • Speakers: Climate news should not serve NGO interests

    ‘It is the duty of journalists to write about climate issues in a way that the people will easily understand’Journalists at a seminar yesterday said climate issues should not be reported to justify the goals of any donor agency or NGO.

    They said producing news on climate should be aimed at benefitting the country, which would also help the state to face climate threats more effectively as awareness would grow.

    Speaking at the daylong seminar titled “Building critical mass awareness of climate change”, they also said journalists working on climate issues should maintain professional integrity and have to plan their stories accordingly.

  • Pay body for rationalising staff size

    A national pay commission report, likely to be submitted to the finance minister today, has recommended slashing the number of third and fourth-class government employees.

    A member of the National Pay Services Commission (NPSC) told the Dhaka Tribune that around two-thirds of the government’s total fund is spent on the salary of low-level employees.

  • At Pilkhana Darbar Hall, Hasina lauds BGB role

    At Pilkhana Darbar Hall, Hasina lauds BGB role

    She spoke to the BGB men and heard their demandsFor the first time in six years, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday took salute at the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) parade at its Pilkhana headquarters and attended assembly at the Darbar Hall, where the 2009 mutiny had broken out.

    Amid tight security, the premier attended the parade of the uniformed forces and took salute marking the BGB Day 2014. She later attended the Darbar, spoke to the BGB men and heard their demands.

  • Fast-track all CU student murder cases, SP orders Hathazari police

    ‘We are also asked to arrest those who are accused of killing Tapos’Hathazari police have been ordered to swiftly deal with all the cases filed over murdering students at Chittagong University.

    Superintendent of Police AKM Hafiz Akhtar yesterday gave the order during a meeting with the university vice chancellor at the latter’s office yesterday noon.

    Hathazari police station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Md Ismail Hossain confirmed this to the Dhaka Tribune.

  • Case filed over murder of two brothers in Chittagong

    On Friday around 11pm, some miscreants attacked the two siblings with wooden planks on Khaja roadA case was filed with the Chandgaon Police Station yesterday in connection with the killing of two brothers on Friday night in Chandgaon area of Chittagong city. 

    The deceased are Faridul Alam, 45, and Abu Siddique, 42.

    The victims’ elder brother Md Moinuddin Mohsin filed the case against 20 people by name and eight other unnamed, said Chandgaon Police Station Officer-in-Charge Abdur Rauf.

    Yesterday,  police arrested two accused—Ziaur Rahman and Lokman—from Khaja Road area where the murder took place.

  • Pakistan executes militants and bombards tribal areas

    The Taliban threatened earlier on Friday to kill more children if executions were carried out as promisedPakistan hanged two convicted militants Friday in the country's first executions in years, while warplanes and ground forces pounded insurgent hideouts in a northwest region bordering Afghanistan –part of a stepped-up response to the Taliban slaughter of scores of schoolchildren, reports The Times of India

    Unchastened by criticism from all corners of the globe, the Taliban threatened earlier on Friday to kill more children if executions were carried out as promised.

  • Deal likely with French firm to implement Smart NID project

    As a lowest bidder, the French company quoted a read out price at Tk 658.80 crore to produce 70 million Smart NID against the requirement of 90 millionOberthur Technologies, a French company, is likely to get contract for production and distribution of Smart National Identity Card (Smart NID) under an Election Commission project.

    The tender evaluation committee has already made the recommendation in this regard for preparing 9 crore Smart NIDs involving Tk 796.26 crore, according to official sources. Meanwhile, the EC has put forward the bidder’s tender offer to the Cabinet Purchase Committee (CPC) for its approval.

  • Militancy cases filed hastily, trials delayed

    Out of over 1,800 witnesses in the cases, around 300 are police personnelThe authorities concerned were quick in filing a large number of cases and pressing charges against suspected militants after they had carried out series of subversive activities since 2005.

    However, the trial courts have failed to conduct the cases in a similar pace apparently due to non-appearance of the prosecution witnesses that also include members of the law enforcement agencies.

    Court sources say trial proceedings of 31 sensational cases against hundreds of militants have been underway at snail’s pace in different Dhaka courts and speedy trial tribunals.

  • PM receives blanket contributions from banks

    The banks contributed the blankets to the prime minister’s Relief and Welfare Fund for distributing those to the cold-hit people across the countryPrime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday directed the authorities concerned to distribute blankets in the cold-hit areas by giving priority to the people above 60 years, orphan children and the people with disability.

    She gave the directives while receiving 3.70 lakh pieces of blankets from 19 member banks of Bangladesh Association of Banks (BAB) at her official Ganobhaban residence in the afternoon.

    The banks contributed the blankets to the prime minister’s Relief and Welfare Fund for distributing those to the cold-hit people across the country.

  • DB draws up terror ties list in hunt for militant financiers

    Intelligence agencies had compiled the list of seven private banks, 11 insurance companies, a number of educational institutes as well as several foreign and local NGOs reportedly involved in funnelling funds to militant groupsIntelligence agencies have prepared a list of organisations red-flagged for possible ties to terrorism, as a task force to track down terrorist funding in Bangladesh commenced operations, law enforcement sources said.

    An official of the Detective Branch of Police, speaking on condition of anonymity, said intelligence agencies had compiled the list of seven private banks, 11 insurance companies, a number of educational institutes as well as several foreign and local NGOs reportedly involved in funnelling funds to militant groups.

  • Muhith: Govt committed to women empowerment

    According to the minister, the rate of women employment rose from 7% to nearly 30% in the past three decadesFinance Minister AMA Muhith said the present government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, is committed to empowering women for the development of the society and the country.

    Addressing the platinum jubilee celebration of Sylhet Government Women’s College yesterday, the finance minister said the government allocated Tk100 crore in every fiscal year for empowering women.

    As a result, he said the rate of women employment rose significantly in the recent years with increasing number of female working in almost all sectors of the job market.

  • After NDTV Interview, Diplomat Devyani Khobragade Loses Post

    ‘The reports are not incorrect. It is true that she has been placed on compulsory wait’Diplomat Devyani Khobragade at the centre of a bitter row with the United States has been stripped of her duties over unauthorised statements to media, a government source and reports said on Saturday.

    Ms Khobragade was arrested and strip-searched in New York last December while serving as India’s deputy consul-general on charges of mistreating her servant.

    She had denied the charge and subsequently returned to India, but the incident triggered fury in New Delhi and led to the resignation of then US ambassador Nancy Powell.

  • Bangladesh opposes Chicago street sign for Zia

    A group of Bangladeshi citizens sued, seeking to have the Ziaur Rahman sign pulled down on the grounds he does not deserve the honourBangladesh has opposed the putting up of an honorary street sign for ex-president Ziaur Rahman on North Clark Street in Chicago’s Rogers Park, the Chicago Tribune reported.

    Ambassador Mohammad Ziauddin said Zia was unfit to be given a street sign in his honour, citing what he said was his complicity in the 1975 assassination of then President Sheikh Mujib Rahman and members of his family during a coup.

    It is Bangladesh’s official government position to oppose the Chicago recognition for Ziaur Rahman, Ziauddin said.

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