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  • Amar Ekushey Boi Mela begins today

    Amar Ekushey Boi Mela begins today

    The fair will remain open from 3pm to 9pm every day except holidaysThe month-long Amar Ekushey Boi Mela 2015 begins on Bangla Academy premises and in a portion of Shuhrawardy Uddyan in the capital today. 

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to inaugurate the fair at 3:00pm. The “Bangla Academy Sahitya Award” 2014 will be given at the inaugural ceremony where Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor and Bangla Academy Director General Shamsuzzaman Khan will be present.

  • 13 killed, 3 injured in Mirpur plastic factory fire

    13 killed, 3 injured in Mirpur plastic factory fire

    Thirteen people, including 10 men and three women, died and another three received burn injuries in a fire that broke out at a plastic factory in the capital’s Mirpur area yesterday.

    Of the dead, four could be identified – Rashia Begum, 40, Shabnam Parvin, 27, Billal Hossain, 26, and Mokhlesur Rahman Bachchu, 40.

    The three injured – security supervisor Towhidul Islam, 50, security guard Kamal Hossain, 35, and worker Robiul Islam, 35 – were admitted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital and were said to be in a critical condition.

  • First tender for metro rail floated

    The Jica has committed to provide Tk16,594.59 crore for the projectThe first tender for the per-qualification of rolling stock (coach and locomotive) and equipment of Uttara depot for the 20-km-long much-expected metro railway project have been floated yesterday. 

    The tender have already been published on the website of the Dhaka Transport Coordination Authority (DTCA) website, and it will be published in the national dailies on the next Monday and Tuesday, said Dhaka Mass Rapid Transit Development Project Director Mofazzel Hossain.

  • SSC examinees, guardians feel insecure, victimised

    SSC examinees, guardians feel insecure, victimised

    The education minister has called for the BNP alliance to suspend its programmeAround 1.5m students across the country are set to sit for the SSC and equivalent examinations tomorrow amid fear of sudden violent attacks by the blockaders, as the BNP-led 20-party alliance has not yet lifted the indefinite blockade.

    Students as well as the guardians express fear despite the government’s assurances of providing adequate security. The government is adamant not to reschedule the exam dates.

  • Rizvi under DB custody

    Rizvi under DB custody

    Rizvi had been living in an unknown place since January 7BNP Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi was taken to the DB police headquarters yesterday afternoon, nearly 15 hours after his arrest by the Rapid Action Battalion from a hideout in the capital’s Baridhara area.

    The arrest was made few hours after Rizvi had announced another 72-hour hartal amid the BNP-led alliance’s indefinite blockade, disregarding calls from different quarters to suspend the movement ahead of the SSC exams that begins tomorrow.

  • Atiur: BB salvaging banks, not big entrepreneurs

    You have to do your business and I am just your referee. If there is a foul, I have to blow my whistleBangladesh Bank Governor Atiur Rahman yesterday came down hard on bank directors after they expressed anxiety over the central bank’s new move to restructure big loans.

    He clarified that the central bank was restructuring the loans not rescheduling them, at a seminar titled “Revisiting Corporate Governance Regulations for Banks in Bangladesh” organised by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) at the Westin Hotel in the capital.

  • Rights activists urge politicians to stop violence

    Human rights activists yesterday urged political leaders to immediately restrain party activists from perpetrating violence and not to ruin people’s lives in the name of politics.

    They called on the government to ensure public safety.

    Addressing a rally under the banner of National Human Rights Commission on Shaheed Minar premises, the rights activists urged political leaders to observe peaceful programmes and to call off all sort programmes that could bring troubles for Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinees.

  • Plan for nuclear infrastructure development adopted

    An action plan detailing the infrastructure development of the country’s first nuclear power plant has been recently adopted by the Bangladesh-Russia working group of the joint coordination committee for implementing the nuclear power programme.

    A statement released by the coordination committee said two documents –  action plan for the nuclear infrastructure development and Bangladesh nuclear power communication strategy – were signed in this regard.

  • BNP’s vice-president, 7 others arrested in Rajshahi

    Police yesterday arrested eight activists of BNP and Jamat-Shibir, including BNP’s Rajshahi city unit vice-president Hosrat Mohini.

    Spokesperson of Rajshahi Metropolitan Police (RMP) Assistant Commissioner (AC) Ifte Khayer Alam told the Dhaka Tribune police nabbed Mohini yesterday at around noon from in front of Bangladesh Bank in Rajshahi city.

    Mohini, also the central vice-president of Swechchhasebak Dal, was accused of a petrol bomb attack on a bus at Vodra area of the city at midnight on January 19, Ifte Khayer has said.

  • ‘Kids Read’ event launched in Chittagong

    With a view to developing the reading skill and book reading habit among the infants, a programme titled “Kids Read” was launched in the port city’s Chandgaon area yesterday morning.

    British Council hosted the event with the slogan of “Reading is Fun” in Naziria Naymia Mahmuda madrasha of BSCIC industrial area, where education secretary Md Nazrul Islam Khan was as the chief guest.

    The BC launched it under its worldwide pilot project financed by Hong Kong and Sanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC).

  • 1,400kg of jatka seized in Barisal

    Law enforcers yesterday seized 1400 Kg of jatka (hilsa fry) worth Tk2.8 lakh from two retail markets in Barisal.

    The juvenile hilsa fishes were caught by violating eight-month restriction against netting jatka.

    Maksudul Ahsan, spokesman of the zonal commanding office of Bangladesh Coast Guard, Barisal Zone, said: “Coast Guard members seized the huge amount of jatka after two separate drives at two local markets.”

  • 30,000 slum families enjoying sanitation facilities in Rajshahi city

    The slum households have also come together in an anti- poverty savings scheme to raise more than Tk9.5 croreMore than 30,000 poor and slum households are enjoying sanitation facilities by dint of commissioning of 11,000 hygienic latrines in the metropolis.

    Similarly, they are getting facilities of safe drinking water from 2,300 tube wells installed in the slum areas besides different other settlement improvement privileges like footpath and drains.

  • Navy, coastguard seize Tk1.78 crore worth yaba

    Bangladesh Navy and Bangladesh Coast Guard yesterday seize a total of 32,500 yaba tablets in separate drives from Chittagong Port’s Outer Anchorage and Teknaf upazila’s Jaliyardwip in Cox’s Bazar district respectively.

    However, no was detained during the drives, said navy and coastguard sources. The yaba tablets was worth a total of worth Tk17,750,000.

  • Land feud leads to college student’s murder

    Police early yesterday found the dead body of a HSC first year student who has been missing since January 23.

    Initial investigation revealed that he was strangulated by hired killers after being kidnapped over a land ownership dispute between the victim’s father and a local.

    The victim, Riyad Rahman Shourov, 16, was son of Chittagong Port Employee Mohammad Mostafa and a student of Chittagong Port Authority Boys School and College. He resided in Nilachol Residential area of the city.

  • ‘Violence against indigenous women, children went up in 2014’

    The number of acts of violence perpetrated against indigenous women and children last year rose a little more than 1.5 times compared to the 2013 figure, according to a report of Bangladesh Indigenous Women Network (BIWN).

    The report, which was unveiled at a press conference at Dhaka Reporters Unity auditorium yesterday, showed there were 75 such cases in 2014, up from 48 the previous year.

  • Gynae ward cries out for healing

    New and expectant mothers are not finding a healthy environment at the gynae ward of the Modern Sadar Hospital in Habiganj.

    The labour ward reeks of bad odour, making it difficult for them to live there with newborns. Besides, bathroom and toilets have not been repaired for so long. They too are not cleaned regularly.

    Accommodation problem is very much high as the ward remains fraught with patients around three times its capacity every day.

  • Bangladesh debates its way up

    Bangladesh debates its way up

    Bangladeshis make national debating history at Malaysia Worlds 2015. Mubarrat Wassey, the first Bangladeshi to make it to the top 10 in the international tournament, shares his debating secretsOn the last week of December, more than a dozen university teams from Bangladesh flocked to Kuala Lumpur to participate in World Universities Debating Championship (WUDC), the world’s most prestigious debate tournament, with 400 teams taking part in the competition.

    Following days of rigorous discourse over several rounds of debate on contentious topics such as Israel-Palestine and policies of international community with participants from more than 86 countries, Bangladesh was overwhelmed with the outcome of their performances.

  • 5 Things to avoid during any interview

    5 Things to avoid during any interview

    Almost every single candidate, regardless of country, ethnicity or position, is unnerved by any sort of interview. Be it for a position at a multinational firm or admission into a university, an interview is the only part of the application process that can truly distinguish you and highlight your actual talents and interpersonal, analytical and rational-thinking skills.

  • Enough is enough

    Both parties owe it to the nation to take a step backWe condemn the BNP alliance’s insistence on calling a further 72-hour hartal from Sunday.

    Over 35 people have been killed and hundreds injured by political violence in the past month. Each day the blockade continues brings the prospect of more unconscionable injury to innocent members of the public and harm to the economy.

    The last month has shown once again that no matter what political leaders say about only supporting peaceful protests, calls for blockades  and strikes invariably lead to violence.

  • Parliament must protect Sundarbans

    Hold to account those responsible for December’s oil spillWe welcome the important questions being asked by the parliamentary standing committee on the Ministry of Forest and Environment about the resumption of shipping on the Sela river barely a month after December’s catastrophic oil spill.

    The committee is right to criticise the government for allowing the resumption of vessel movements last month without waiting for a full study of the long-term effects of the accident.

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