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  • How not to carry out a rescue

    How not to carry out a rescue

    Firefighters made every decision wrong as time ran out for Jihad A lack of coordination among rescuers and an absence of proper training and equipment to conduct an operation of such kind led to Jihad’s death, professionals have concluded.

    Dhaka’s Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) has a borehole camera which it uses to inspect the depths of narrow water supply or sewerage shafts in the ground.

  • China proposes FTA with Bangladesh

    The Chinese side indicated that they are considering a big investment in the economic zoneChina has proposed signing a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Bangladesh to promote trade between the two countries and reduce trade-gap tilted against Bangladesh.

    The proposal was made at the bilateral talks between the two countries at the Foreign Ministry yesterday.

    “China wants to start negotiation on FTA. We will explore the proposal,” Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque told reporters after meeting his visiting Chinese counterpart Wang Yi.

    He said no decision was made yet whether Bangladesh would start the negotiation right now.

  • Autopsy says Jihad drowned

    Autopsy says Jihad drowned

    The well was around 500 feet deep, but the boy did not fall to the bottom right away, said a firefighter seeking anonymityFour-year-old Jihad, who was trapped and killed inside an abandoned water pipe in the capital on Saturday, drowned and also suffered a head injury, a forensic report has concluded.

    A three-member forensic team led by Professor Dr Habibuzzaman Chowdhury, head of the Dhaka Medical College forensic department, conducted the autopsy yesterday morning.

    Dr Habib told the Dhaka Tribune: “We have found injury marks outside and inside Jihad’s head. Those injuries also affected him, but he actually drowned after falling into water inside the pipe.”

  • State minister defends government rescuers

    ‘They can’t be blamed for the failure, they tried hard till the end and by the grace of almighty Jihad’s body could be recovered,’ he saidThe state minister for home defended the government rescuers who failed to rescue Jihad even after a 23-hour hectic effort.

    However, shortly after they called off the search operation a group of untrained volunteers pulled Jihad out of the deep well using an improvised devise.

    “They can’t be blamed for the failure. They tried hard till the end and by the grace of almighty Jihad’s body could be recovered,” State Minister for Home Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said yesterday.

  • BNP-led nationwide dawn-to-dusk hartal today

    The BNP-led 20-party alliance called a countrywide dawn-to-dusk strike for todayA woman and her two children received burn injuries in the capital’s Mirpur area yesterday as alleged supporters of today’s hartal set fire to the CNG-run auto-rickshaw they were riding.

    Shamun Nahar, 55, was going to Mirpur with her son Tazibul Haque, 23, a student of Jahangirnagar University, and daughter Anika. The family were on the way to a relative’s place after their appointments at a Shantinagar pathology centre.

  • Weak diplomacy blamed for limited labour market

    The most popular overseas employment destinations were Oman and Qatar, while around 84% manpower was exported to Middle EastDespite government statistics claiming that the country was now exporting manpower to 160 countries, a recent study has claimed that the actual number of manpower destination was as low as only 13 to 14 countries.

    The figures were found in a study titled “International Labour Migration from Bangladesh 2014: Achievement & Challenges,” carried out by Dhaka University-affiliated research group Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit (RMMRU).

    It also showed that migration from the country was still limited to the already established markets.

  • AL: Country will reject hartal

    Leaders and activists of the party and its student wing and other associated organisations were instructed to remain alert during the hartal to ‘prevent anarchy in the capital’The Awami League yesterday said the people would reject BNP’s hartal today, and the ruling party would politically resist the hartal as well.

    In an emergency meeting of the party’s Dhaka city unit at its Bangabandhi Avenue office yesterday afternoon, leaders and activists of the party and its student wing and other associated organisations were instructed to remain alert during the hartal to “prevent anarchy in the capital.”

  • Police brawl with New Age journos in alleged raid attempt

    20 police officials attempted to force their way into the newspaper office around 8:30pm, without any prior notice or warrantHot words were exchanged yesterday between journalists of the English-language daily newspaper New Age and officials of Tejgaon police station at the newspaper’s offices, in what newsmen are calling an attempt at forced entry.

    Reporters of the national English daily claim some 20 police officials attempted to force their way into the newspaper office around 8:30pm, without any prior notice or warrant.

  • Chinese foreign minister stresses on talks

    Visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has stressed on talks among the major political parties in Bangladesh to resolve misunderstandings and divisions, a BNP leader told reporters yesterday.

    “China believes political stability and negotiation are very crucial among the major parties to keep the continuation of economic development,” BNP Vice-Chairman Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury quoted Wang Yi as saying after the latter’s meeting with BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia at her Gulshan residence.

  • Hundreds trapped as ferry burns in heavy seas off Greece

    There were no confirmed reports of casualties and differing accounts of how many people had been rescued from the ferryAir crews began lifting passengers off a burning ferry adrift in the Adriatic Sea yesterday, racing to rescue as many of the hundreds trapped on board as possible before nightfall as storms hampered seaborne
    operations.

    Helicopters were taking passengers off the Italian-flagged Norman Atlantic in pairs and transferring them to a nearby vessel, officials said.

  • Airbus says missing AirAsia plane was delivered in 2008

    Indonesia AirAsia Flight QZ8501, an Airbus 320-200 with 162 people aboard, lost contact with Jakarta air traffic control at 6:17 a.m.The AirAsia aircraft that went missing yesterday on its way to Singapore from Surabaya in Indonesia was delivered to its operator in 2008 and had recorded 23,000 flight hours on 13,600 flights, manufacturer Airbus said in
    a statement.

    Indonesia AirAsia Flight QZ8501, an Airbus 320-200 with 162 people aboard, lost contact with Jakarta air traffic control at 6:17 a.m. (6.17 p.m. ET), officials said. The pilots had asked to change course to avoid bad weather.

  • Russia must influence separatists to end crisis, says Merkel

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel appealed to the Russian government yesterday to use its influence on separatists in eastern Ukraine to implement a ceasefire plan agreed in Minsk in September aimed at ending the conflict.

    Planned talks involving Russia, Ukraine and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe to further the ceasefire arrangements have not yet taken place.

    “(Merkel said) A stabilisation of the situation can only come if the agreed contact lines are finally implemented,” said a spokeswoman in a statement.

  • John Paul II gunman lays flowers at Vatican tomb

    John Paul II gunman lays flowers at Vatican tomb

    The Turkish gunman who shot and wounded John Paul II in 1981 laid white flowers Saturday on the saint’s tomb in St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican officials said.

    The surprise visit by Mehmet Ali Agca, believed to be his first time in the Vatican since the assassination attempt, lasted a few minutes, a Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Ciro Benedettini, said. As with other flowers left by visitors to the tomb, the blossoms were later removed by basilica workers.

  • Chief selector Faruk terms himself lucky

    Former national captain to select his second World Cup squadThe upcoming 2015 ICC World Cup in Australia-New Zealand will be the second time national chief selector Faruk Ahmed will be responsible for picking the final squad.

    The first instance of Faruk forming the Bangladesh squad for a World Cup was back in 2007. On that occasion, the Tigers had a great time under his stewardship. In the first round, Bangladesh recorded a memorable win against neighbours India before trouncing powerhouse South Africa in the Super Eights. 

  • Muktis’ new Italian coach wants to prove himself

    Muktis’ new Italian coach wants to prove himself

    The new Italian coach of Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra, Flavio Raffo, wanted commitment, discipline and a good positional sense in a lively and humourous introductory session with his charges at the Army Museum ground yesterday.

    A product of the AS Roma academy, Raffo played for Roma Juniors in 1985-86 and 1987-88 before going on to feature for a number of Serie B teams till the end of the 1998-99 season.

  • Committee prepares proposal to end DFA, DSA conflict

    BFF president and vice president were present during the meetingThe 12-member committee formed by National Sports Council (NSC), in a bid to bridge the gap between District Football Association (DFA) and District Sports Association (DSA), is all set to propose to provide fields to the DFA for the last four months of the year.

    A meeting of the committee, led by convenor and NSC’s director of sports Narayan Chandra Devnath, was held yesterday where they outlined a procedure of proposal to the NSC for making football run regularly and smoothly at the root levels.

  • Flats rented to outsiders illegally

    There are 300 flats in the colony, of which 50 were allotted to Grade-1 officialsOfficials and staff of Bangladesh Railway are illegally renting out their allotted flats to outsiders in a bid to getting easy money, thanks to lax monitoring and inaction of the authorities concerned.

    Visiting the colony recently, these correspondents hardly found any railway staff living there. Most of them are outsiders, living in apparently a sorry state.

    Mainly the inhabitants of the A, B and C type buildings rent out their flats. The A-type flats consist of two bedrooms and one living room, while the B and C types have three large rooms.

  • Rampant Ronaldo looking to improve on outstanding 2014

    The Portugal captain continued where he left off in 2014-15 as the world’s richest club by income claimed the European Super Cup and Club World CupNot content with four titles in 2014, including his second Champions League, prolific Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo is determined to make next year an even bigger success.

    Ronaldo netted 51 goals in 47 appearances last season, setting a record of 17 goals for one edition of Europe’s elite club competition, as Real secured a record-extending 10th continental crown and the King’s Cup.

  • BNP: Public will resist AL rallies if it impedes BNP’s

    ‘As the government fears being ousted from the office, it is following the age-old tactic of repression and suppression’BNP said yesterday it expects the public to resist Awami League’s political events if it impedes BNP’s upcoming rallies in the capital.

    The statement came a day after Awami League threatened that BNP will not be allowed to hold the rallies planned to be held on January 3 and 5.

  • Watchdog suggests job cuts for a profitable Biman

    ‘Every carrier at an international level makes a profit but Biman cannot do it despite the massive support it enjoys from the government, and the committee has expressed its dissatisfaction’A parliamentary body has recommended that Biman Bangladesh Airline cuts its manpower to a reasonable level in order to make the national flag carrier a profitable venture within a short time.

    After going through a 2008-09 audit report by the Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General, the Public Accounts Committee of parliament said Biman needs to trim its manpower within three months.

    Sources said Biman lost around Tk50 crore in 2008-09 fiscal year because of its oversized staff numbers.

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