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Tuesday November 21, 2017 11:41 PM



  • Study: Sundarbans food chain broken by oil spill

    The presence of primary food producers like phytoplankton and zooplankton had decreased sharply in the contaminated waterThe food chain of aquatic species living in the world’s single largest mangrove forest, the Sundarbans, has been severely disrupted by the Sela River oil spill, a study report says.

    The study report conducted by Khulna University (KU) said the presence of primary food producers like phytoplankton and zooplankton had decreased sharply in the contaminated water.

  • Volunteers retrieve Jihad’s body from the well

    Volunteers retrieve Jihad’s body from the well

    He was found at depth of 256ft after fire fighters called off operation; probe body to file report in 24 hoursThe body of four-year-old Jihad was found yesterday afternoon inside the nearly 500-foot abandoned well in the capital’s Shahjahanpur Railway Colony, around 23 hours after the boy had fallen into it.

    The body was found at a depth of around 258ft by the use of a handmade tool produced by five volunteers.

    Local people were able to bring the child out just 10 minutes after the fire service had suspended its rescue operation formally around 2:50pm as it failed to trace and rescue the boy although they were using various methods since Friday afternoon.

  • As if losing a son wasn’t enough

    As if losing a son wasn’t enough

    Jihad’s father, Nasiruddin, and Manzur, the boy’s maternal uncle, were taken to the police station around 4am by Shahjahanpur policeSoon after State Minister for Home Affairs Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal pooh-poohed claims, early yesterday morning, that a boy had fallen down a well in the capital and dismissed it as likely a rumour, police detained the stricken boy’s father and uncle.

    Jihad’s father, Nasiruddin, and Manzur, the boy’s maternal uncle, were taken to the police station around 4am by Shahjahanpur police. Nasiruddin was held for over eleven hours and claims he was accused by the police of kidnapping his own child.

  • BNP backtracks from Gazipur because of January ‘big plans’

    BNP-led 20-party alliance calls countrywide dawn-to-dusk hartal for MondayThere have been a lot of speculation yesterday on why the BNP and its partners had backtracked after having announced that they would hold a rally at Gazipur “at any cost.”

    Considering how things have been unfolding, the BNP-led 20-party alliance’s countrywide hartal for Monday and leaving today free on the back of yesterday’s local shutdown in Gazipur, also comes as a bit of a surprise.

  • Slack hartal ends in Gazipur

    Local BNP alleged that the law enforcers did not allow them to take to the streets and raided the houses of its leadersYesterday’s dawn-to-dusk hartal in Gazipur district called by the BNP-led 20-party alliance, protesting a ban on public gatherings, was observed peacefully with no major incident of violence taking place in the area.

    Local BNP alleged that the law enforcers did not allow them to take to the streets and raided the houses of its leaders. Police picked up nine picketers during hartal hours.

  • Promoting jute-based handloom industries stressed

    Small and Medium Industries Foundation (SMIF) from Dhaka has been extending technical cooperation in conducting the training course Speakers at the inaugural ceremony of a training course yesterday stressed for promoting the jute-based handloom industries for enhancing exports of quality jute products to earn more foreign exchange.

    The Women Entrepreneurs Association of Bangladesh (WEAB) has been organising the five-day training course on “Methods for Production of Diversified Jute Products and Marketing Strategy” at Panchagarh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) auditorium in Panchagarh district town.

  • Art critic Bartelik presents emerging trends in artworks at Asian Art Biennial

    Marek Bartelik, president of International Association of Art Critics (AICA), discussed about the changing trend of the Asian arts  at Shilpakala Academy in the capital yesterday.  

    He brought together the evolution of the Asian Biennials in a 20 minute presentation on “Emerging Paradigm Derived from Asian Biennials” at a seminar titled  “Visiting Art Critic Talk”.

    Liakot Ali Lucky, the director general of the Shilpakala Academy, delivered the welcome speech at the seminar.  

  • MP’s nephew arrested with arms

    Police arrested a nephew of Tangail 3 constituency MP Amanur Rahman Khan Rana in possession with firearms and ammunitions at Akur Takur Para area of the district town.

    Rezowan Khan Punom, who is known as an Awami League cadre in the area, was arrested from his residence around 2pm yesterday.

    Officer-in-Charge Golam Mahfizur Rahman of Detective Branch of Police in Tangail said: “Police conducted a raid at Punom’s house around 2pm and arrested him from his room.”

  • North Korea blames US for Internet outages, calls Obama a ‘monkey’

    North Korea blames US for Internet outages, calls Obama a ‘monkey’

    Obama was responsible for Sony’s belated decision to release the action comedy ‘The Interview’North Korea called US President Barack Obama a “monkey” as it blamed Washington Saturday for Internet outages that it has experienced amid a confrontation with the United States over the hacking of the film studio Sony Pictures.

    The National Defence Commission, the North’s ruling body, chaired by state leader Kim Jong Un, said Obama was responsible for Sony’s belated decision to release the action comedy “The Interview,” which depicts a plot to assassinate Kim.

  • Russia says to supply coal, electricity to Ukraine

    The move comes a day after Kiev said it would suspend train and bus services to CrimeaRussia has agreed on a new deal to supply coal and electricity to Ukraine, which is struggling with a lack of raw fuel for power plants due to a separatist conflict in the industrial east, Russian officials said on Saturday.

    The move comes a day after Kiev said it would suspend train and bus services to Crimea, effectively creating a transportation blockade to and from the region annexed by Moscow in March this year. Kiev has briefly cut off electricity to Crimea before.

  • Mourners gather for slain New York policeman

    Police officers in dress uniform and other mourners joined a somber, four-block line outside a New York City church on Friday for the wake of one of two officers shot by a man who said he was avenging the killing of unarmed black men by police.

    Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were slain last Saturday afternoon while sitting in their patrol car in Brooklyn.

  • Chevron proposes to set up compressor in Bibiyana, Petrobangla yet to nod

    This is bigger than the last assessed figure of the country’s oldest producing field, Titas, the reserves of which are currently being reassessedThe international oil company Chevron has proposed the setting up of a centrifugal compressor at the Bibiyana gas field under Production Sharing Contract (PSC) aiming to boost gas pressure from the field.

    “Chevron proposed to set up a compressor at the Bibiyana gas field. We have examined the proposal and trying to reach a decision,” Director (PSC) of Petrobangla, the state-run oil, gas and mineral corporation, Md Quamruzzaman told the Dhaka Tribune.

  • BCL factions threaten to enforce nonstop strike

    ‘We will enforce nonstop blockade at the university if the VX men are allowed to return to the campus’A tense situation prevails on the Chittagong University (CU) campus as two factions of the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) of the CU unit have threatened to enforce a nonstop strike demanding immediate arrest of the “main” accused and exemplary punishment to the killers of Tapos Sarkar.

    Members of Choose Friend with Care (CFC), a shuttle train based faction of BCL of CU unit, yesterday demanded that the authorities concerned form a judicial committee to probe the murder.

  • Govt attaches importance to capacity of professionals: FM

    The foreign minister urged the statisticians to play the pioneering role to promote socioeconomic development in the country and meet the global challenges of 21st centuryForeign Minister AH Mahmood Ali yesterday said the government is putting adequate emphasis on improving local capacity of both the institutions and professionals involved in applied statistics to rightly provide inputs in programmes and policy formulation ensuring proper allocation of resources.

    He was addressing as the chief guest the inaugural session of three-day

    the International Conference on Applied Statistics (ICAS) 2014 at Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban at the DU.

  • NU forms committee to discuss decentralisation with PM

    The committee, which will also discuss with the prime minister the ways to remove session jam at National University and to improve the quality of education, was formed at a special senate session of National University at the institution’s senate hall academy building in GazipurA seven-member committee comprised of National University’s Senate members was formed yesterday to meet Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to discuss her recent decision to decentralise the institution.

    Former vice-chancellor of Jahangirnagar University Dr Shariff Enamul Kabir was made the convener of the committee, which is expected to be approved in the next senate meeting.

  • NU forms committee to discuss decentralisation with PM

    The committee, which will also discuss with the prime minister the ways to remove session jam at National University and to improve the quality of education, was formed at a special senate session of National University at the institution’s senate hall academy building in GazipurA seven-member committee comprised of National University’s Senate members was formed yesterday to meet Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to discuss her recent decision to decentralise the institution.

    Former vice-chancellor of Jahangirnagar University Dr Shariff Enamul Kabir was made the convener of the committee, which is expected to be approved in the next senate meeting.

  • Severe flooding hits southeast Asia

    Severe flooding hits southeast Asia

    Malaysians have vented their anger at Prime Minister Najib Razak after the release of photosSevere flooding has killed 13 people and left at least 180,000 displaced in Malaysia and neighbouring Thailand, officials said.

    In Malaysia, rescue teams on Saturday were struggling to reach inundated areas in the northeast as victims accused the government of being slow to provide aid and assistance after the country’s worst flooding in decades.

    Malaysians have vented their anger at Prime Minister Najib Razak after the release of photos which went viral on social media showing him playing golf with US President Barack Obama during the storms.

  • China tries to pacify Vietnam over the South China Sea dispute

    Senior Chinese and Vietnamese officials have agreed to settle their maritime disputes without resorting to “megaphone diplomacy,” the official Xinhua news service said on Saturday.

    The agency’s report follows a meeting in Hanoi on Friday between Chinese political advisor Yu Zhengsheng and Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, and it comes as Beijing backs off from aggressive attempts to press its territorial claims in the South China Sea.

  • Democracy triumphed thru’ Jan-5 polls, says Nasim

    ‘The country would have gone under martial law and its economy jeopardised had the election not been held on that day’Health Minister Mohammad Nasim yesterday said the country’s democracy triumphed through the election on January 5.

    “The country would have gone under martial law and its economy jeopardised had the election not been held on that day,” he said while addressing a discussion at the Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College and Hospital (SOMCH).

    The SOMCH and the Sylhet chapter of Bangladesh Medical Association jointly organised the programme.

  • Withdrawal of cases against admission seekers and their release demanded

    Shahbagh police, led by Proctor Amjad Ali, arrested eight of them from the altar of Raju Sculpture and four from the TSC area and seven from Suhrawardi Uddyan. They later released three, detaining 16 othersDhaka University Progotishil Chhatra Jote, a platform for the leftist student bodies, yesterday demanded the release of arrested admission seekers and withdrawal of all “false and fabricated” cases against them.

    They made the demands at a press conference at Madhur Canteen of Dhaka University (DU) at noon. DU unit Chhatra Union President Liton Nandi read out a written statement at the conference. 

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