Wednesday February 21, 2018 03:18 AM

  • New books, new class, new year

    New books, new class, new year

    Record highest 326m books distributed among over 44.4m studentsA joyful Ilina Jahan went to the capital’s Motijheel Government Boys’ High School premises with her parents yesterday morning to receive new textbooks for her new class distributed for free by the government.

    To Ilina, getting new books at the start of every new class has been a matter of festivity since 2010. “I am so happy to get the new books in hand. I was eagerly waiting for this day since completion of my final examination last year,” she said.

  • Padma bridge project well on track

    ‘Although technologies are being used, we are taking some added time for soil testing’The construction of the Padma bridge – the biggest development project in the country’s history – is well underway with soil testing, dredging and river training progressing fast.

    According to the Bangladesh Bridges Authority (BBA), around 24% of the project has been implemented until November this year; but physical progress has been 15%. The processes of awarding work orders to consultants and contractors for the six key components of the much-awaited bridge over Padma River have been finished.

  • JCD gets permission but cancels today’s rally

    The BNP alleges that the administration has not been allowing it or any of its associate bodies to hold rallies in DhakaDespite getting the permission, BNP’s student wing Chhatra Dal has decided not to hold a rally in the capital today saying the permission given was too late for them to make preparations.

  • BCL grabs billboards, owners lose Tk50cr

    BCL grabs billboards, owners lose Tk50cr

    In November last year, The Awami League youth wing, the Jubo League, took over 75% of the city’s billboards to celebrate its 42nd birthdayWith two days to go until the 67th anniversary of the founding of the Chhatra League, the group has illegally commandeered the use of a quarter of the capital’s billboards in a flurry of self-promotion.

    The hijacking of billboard space by the ruling party’s student wing in the run up to January 4 defies both the prime minister’s instructions not to do so and an earlier decision by the group to abstain from using billboards and posters for the event.

  • Man gunned down in hotel room

    Two young men came to the hotel yesterday evening looking for HamidA businessman was killed at the capital’s Motijheel area yesterday when unidentified assailants entered his hotel room and gunned him down.

    The murder of Abdul Hamid took place at Hotel Motijheel – located near the Dainik Bangla intersection – at around 7pm, said Proloy Kumar Saha, officer-in-charge (Investigation) of Motijheel police station.

    Doctors declared him dead after he was taken to the Dhaka Medical College Hospital. Inspector Mozammel Haque of DMCH police camp said Hamid had a gunshot wound to his head.

  • Maya: Many BNP activists joining Awami League

    Hanif warns that Khaleda may be dropped from politics tooSenior Awami League leader Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya yesterday claimed that many BNP leaders and activists were switching the side being disgruntled with the destructive political practices of their party.

    Maya, also the disaster management minister, said they were scrutinising the BNP activists’ political records before inducting them in the Awami League.

  • Contempt of court proceedings sought against Jamaat

    The prosecution yesterday filed a petition with the International Crimes Tribunal-1, seeking the initiation of contempt of court proceedings against the Jamaat-e-Islami for calling ‘hartal’ programme over the verdict of war crimes convict ATM Azharul Islam.

    They also sought such proceedings against Azhar’s defence counsel Tajul Islam, the Jamaat’s acting ameer Maqbul Ahmed, acting nayeb-e-ameer Mohibur Rahman, acting secretary general Shafiqur Rahman and its student wing Chhatra Shibir President Abdul Jabbar and General Secretary Md Atikur Rahman.

  • Three killed in road accidents

    Three people were killed and four others injured in road accidents in Comilla and Naogaon yesterday.

    Our Comilla correspondent reports, two people were killed and four others injured a road accident in Burichang area.

    The deceased are Roni,32, an auto-rickshaw driver; and Ibrahim Khalil,40. While the injured are Nilufar Aktar,27; her daughter Ankhi Aktar,13; Shurovi,13, daughter of Ameer Hossain of the same village. But the identity of another injured could not be known immediately.

  • Workers’ Party to observe Jan 5

    Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Rashed Khan Menon yesterday said Bangladesh avoided a Thailand-like situation through the January-5 election last year.

    He called upon all to observe the day as “Protection of Liberation War Achievements and People’s Rights Day.” 

  • Education west of the border

    Education west of the border

    The disproportionate focus on Delhi-sponsored institutions and its undesired results – a cautionary tale for Bangladesh’s education culture
    It is always an interesting experience to watch televised “national news” beamed from National Capital Region (which is a short-hand for Delhi and the areas around Delhi that have been appended to meet the ravenous appetite for “cosmopolitan” living at the cost of devastating long-existing rural communities) studios, with “national” experts telling the viewers the most important issues of the day for the “nation.”

  • First of nine bodies from AirAsia crash identified

    First of nine bodies from AirAsia crash identified

    Hayati Lutfiah Hamid’s identity was confirmed by fingerprints and other meansA passenger aboard AirAsia Flight 8501 became the first victim of the crash to be returned to her family yesterday, one of many painful reunions to come, as search crews struggled against wind and heavy rain to find more than 150 people still missing.

    Hayati Lutfiah Hamid’s identity was confirmed by fingerprints and other means, said Col. Budiyono of East Java’s Disaster Victim
    Identification Unit.

  • Shanghai New Year’s Eve stampede kills 36

    Shanghai New Year’s Eve stampede kills 36

    A stampede killed at least 36 people during New Year’s Eve celebrations in Shanghai, authorities said, possibly caused by people rushing to pick up fake money thrown from a building overlooking the city’s famous Bund waterfront district.

    The government in China’s gleaming business capital said large crowds started to stampede in Chen Yi Square on the Bund just before midnight in the cosmopolitan city’s worst disaster since 58 died in an apartment building fire in 2010.

  • The human cost of hartals

    If the true cost of hartals is taken into account, it becomes clear that there are no winnersThe BNP’s day-long general strike last month – called in protest of the government’s decision to deny permission to the opposition for holding a rally in Gazipur – once again brings to light the true cost of political agitation.

  • Get a grip on road accidents

    If trends are not reversed, road accidents threaten to become the country’s biggest cause of deathBangladesh’s road accident rate is among the highest in the world, with around 85.6 fatalities per 10,000 vehicles each year.

    It is shocking that more is not being done to address this national crisis, as if trends are not reversed, road accidents threaten to become the country’s biggest cause of death.

  • There can be only one

    There can be only one

    The AL plan for the coming year is therefore straightforward: Continue to squeeze the life out of the BNPOne way or the other, this coming year is going to be the big one. Things will never be the same again. You heard it here first.

    We are entering uncharted territory, and the relative peace and quiet of the past year will soon seem like nothing more than an aberration from the reality of political instability that has come to characterise our everyday lives in recent years.

    2014 marked the end of the compact of co-existence that was forged between the AL and BNP at the end of the 1980s, and that has provided the pattern for the past quarter century of political life.

  • China steps in as world’s new bank

    China steps in as world’s new bank

    Beijing’s move to bail out Russia marks the beginning of the end for America’s linchpin role in the global economyThanks to China, Christine Lagarde of the International Monetary Fund, Jim Yong Kim of the World Bank, and Takehiko Nakao of Asian Development Bank may no longer have much meaningful work to do.

    Beijing’s move to bail out Russia, on top of its recent aid to Venezuela and Argentina, signals the death of the post-war Bretton Woods world. It also marks the beginning of the end for America’s linchpin role in the global economy and Japan’s influence in Asia.

  • Sheikh Hasina’s year

    We salute Sheikh Hasina for her courage, despite threats to her government and her lifeThe year 2014 has been an eventful one, concluding with an ineffective nationwide general strike called by the fundamentalist Jamaat-e-Islami to protest the death penalty handed down by a court to one of their leaders, for crimes during Bangladesh’s 1971 War of Independence. That was one more score for the ruling Awami League-led alliance as the year ended.

    The year also ended with BNP chief Begum Khaleda Zia’s press conference. There was nothing new in her statement or any directives for her followers.

  • BFF still unsure of Bangabandhu Gold Cup date

    BFF still unsure of Bangabandhu Gold Cup date

    The Bangladesh national football, began their preparation camp for the Bangabandhu Gold CupThe official announcement of the Bangabandhu Gold Cup International Football schedule will be made once Bangladesh Football Federation president Kazi Salahuddin returns after attending the Asian Football Confederation Extra Ordinary Congress in Melbourne, Australia on January 9.

  • Mushfiq-less Doleshwar must win to keep Prime Bank at bay

    Mushfiq-less Doleshwar must win to keep Prime Bank at bay

    Prime Doleshwar SC skipper Mushfiqur Rahim injured his shoulder and was ruled out ahead of the crucial fourth round of the Dhaka Premier League’s super league stage starting today. The wicketkeeper-batsman collided with a teammate while playing football in their club practice session at the BCB Academy ground yesterday.

  • Ashraful in mix of trouble again

    Ashraful had made a witness statement Banned Bangladesh national cricketer Mohammad Ashraful was pictured for his match fixing crimes by the Daily Mirror Sri Lanka who exposed his involvement in wrong doings in the short-lived Sri Lanka Premier League in 2013.

    Ashraful had made a witness statement on May 23, 2013 to the Anti Corruption and Security Unit (Acsu) of the ICC confirming that he had been involved in fixing in the SLPL match between Ruhanu Royals and Wayamba United played on August 26, 2012.

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