DhakaTribune
Tuesday November 21, 2017 11:44 PM



  • Operation ‘Dhoro’ netting top BNP-Jamaat leaders

    DMP sources said the drive would continue until all the listed persons were put in jailIn the face of rising political turmoil, the Dhaka Metropolitan Police has adopted a new technique to keep under control the law and order in the capital – arresting the leaders and activists of the opposition parties.

    The specialised operation titled “Dhoro” (catch) was initiated on Saturday so that the members of the opposition parties, especially the BNP and its key ally Jamaat-e-Islami, cannot take control over the city streets.

  • Khaleda will not appear before the court today

    ‘How will she go to the court? She has been kept confined in her office since Saturday night. Cases have been filed against her lawyers and a countrywide blockade programme is going on. She will not go to the hearing’BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia will not appear for hearing on the Zia Charitable Trust and Zia Orphanage Trust graft cases as she is “confined” in her Gulshan office, her defence counsel said.

    “How will she go to the court? She has been kept confined in her office since Saturday night. Cases have been filed against her lawyers and a countrywide blockade programme is going on. She will not go to the hearing,” Sanaullah Miah, defence counsel of Khaleda, told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday.

  • Awami League claims blockade failed

    ‘Why did BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia call the countrywide blockade and for whom? The party leaders and activists have remained absent on the streets as they feel the blockade valueless’Terming the programme “unethical,” the ruling Awami League yesterday claimed that the people of the country had outright rejected the BNP’s countrywide indefinite blockade.

    The party leaders also criticised the pro-BNP journalists for providing shelter to BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir inside the National Press Club.

  • ETV boss sent to jail in pornography case

    ETV boss sent to jail in pornography case

    A woman from Matikata area under Cantonment police station of the capital filed the case on November 7 last year Hours after his arrest, a Dhaka court yesterday sent Ekushey TV Chairman Abdus Salam to jail in a case filed under “Pornography Control Act” with the cantonment police.

    Metropolitan Magistrate Meher Nigar Sultana set tomorrow to hear the remand and bail pleas as the prosecution failed to present case document.

  • Fear-gripped Dhaka streets see light traffic

    ‘When the situation becomes normal and when our owners feel safe, then the inter-district service will be resumed’On the first day of the BNP’s non-stop countrywide blockade, road communication links with the capital stayed disrupted as almost no bus left or entered Dhaka. Local bus services inside the city, however, regained normalcy along with inter-district launch services from Sadarghat.

    The city’s streets stayed relatively empty and transport terminals saw fewer passengers as those who could afford it chose to stay indoors fearing any sudden outburst of street violence surrounding the existing turbulent political scenario.

  • Nasim: Saving helpless Khaleda government’s duty

    ‘She can resolve her mistake only by participating in the election in 2019 and by taking movement-related training from Awami League and its front organisations’Health Minister Mohammad Nasim has said it is the duty of the government to protect BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in her “helpless situation.”

    Also a Presidium member of the Awami League, Nasim said: “The leaders and activists of the BNP have left Khaleda Zia alone. It is the duty of the government to assist her in her helpless situation, especially when she has sought security.”

    He made the statement yesterday while inaugurating a blood donation campaign to mark the 67th founding anniversary of Bangladesh Chhatra League at Dhaka University.

  • Materbari mega power project set to go into fast track list

    Under the project, there will be two coal-based power plants each having power generation capacity of 600 MWThe third meeting of the Fast Track Project Monitoring Committee would be held today, which is likely to include the “Matarbari 2×600 MW ultra super critical coal-fired power project” as a fast track project in addition to the existing six fast track projects.

    According to sources at the Economic Relations Division (ERD), this mega project is set to be included to the fast track list in the today’s meeting to be chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, also the chair of the committee. The meeting will be held at the Prime Minister’s Office around 11am.

  • Ijtema puts BNP in a dilemma

    Khaleda advised to call rally for Jan 8 so that govt cuts off Dhaka and be blamed for public sufferings during IjtemaThe BNP is in a dilemma regarding whether to carry on with or relax the ongoing indefinite blockade for the upcoming Ijtema because the party now believes that its movement has gained quite a bit of momentum.

    Then again, there are also fears that if Ijtema – the second biggest global religious congregation of the Muslims – gets hampered because of political programmes, the party will have to
    pay for it.

  • A boy’s dreams shattered by a bomb

    A boy’s dreams shattered by a bomb

    Less than a month before he was to sit his SSC examsOne dreadful moment is all it took to fling 15 years of love and hope in the balance.

    One moment, a boy is struggling for the fruits of life’s labours, a flash of light and an ear-splitting explosion later, he is struggling for very survival.

    Less than a month before he was to sit his SSC exams, fifteen-year-old Anik was maimed, possibly for life, by the treacherous work of a bomb maker.

  • Explain measures taken to screen pilgrims of Ebola-affected countries

    Around 20 lakh devotees, including 10,500 foreign devotees from 105 Muslim countries, had joined the gatheringThe High Court yesterday sought explanation from the government about which measures it has taken to screen the pilgrims of Ebola-affected countries who are going to attend the upcoming Biswa Ijtema from Ebola affected African countries at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka to prevent Ebola contamination.

    The HC bench comprising Justice Kazi Rezaul Haque and Justice Abu Taher Md Saifur Rahman issued a rule in this regard following a writ petition filed by the Children’s Charity Bangladesh Foundation (CCBF).

  • Press Club drama ends with Fakhrul arrest

    A 24-hour political drama at the National Press Club finally reached its climax yesterday afternoon with the arrest of BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.

    The second-in-command of the party had taken refuge at the press club since Monday afternoon amid tensions over the BNP and Awami League’s parallel and confrontational programmes to mark the anniversary of the January 5 general election.

    The drama started on Monday when Fakhrul was at the press club to observe the anniversary of the general election as the Democracy Killing Day.

  • No presence of BNP men in enforced hartal

    261 arrested sent to jail, numerous sued The dawn-to-dusk hartal enforced by Chittagong city unit BNP and its allies yesterday ended in relatively relaxed  fashion as no pro-hartal activists were seen on the streets picketing in favour of their programme.

    Police said no untoward situation took place during the hartal in the city as additional law enforcers were deployed in key points to fend off any unrest. Police were also kept on alert in front of the city BNP office, Nasiman Bhaban, in the city’s Kazir Dewri area.

  • Hefazat day was the most challenging, says outgoing DMP boss

    ‘While serving as a commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) for four years, two months and 27 days, the most challenging task was tackling the day of Hefazat-e-Islam violence’Tackling the Hefazat-e-Islam’s rampage in the capital on May 5, 2013, was the most challenging and memorable task during the four years of service as the Dhaka city police chief, the outgoing DMP commissioner has said.

    “While serving as a commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) for four years, two months and 27 days, the most challenging task was tackling the day of Hefazat-e-Islam violence,” said Benazir Ahmed on his final day in a DMP uniform before moving on to become the new RAB chief.

  • Day 1 of blockade passes amid arson, vandalism

    At least 12 people were injured and many vehicles vandalised in blockade-related incidentsArson, vandalism and sporadic clashes across the country marked the first day of the BNP-led 20-party alliance’s countrywide indefinite blockade programme.

    Reports of violence came in from across the country, showing that at least 12 people were injured  and many vehicles vandalised in blockade-related incidents. One person in Chandpur, who was attacked by pickets on Monday night, also succumbed to his injuries yesterday.

  • Art critic Bartelik shares global experience

    The second part of the “Visiting Art Critic Talk” with acclaimed art critic Marek Bartelik was held at the Goethe Institute auditorium in the capital yesterday evening.

    Also president of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA), he shared his experience through a brief presentation titled “A Critic’s Experience in the Global Arena.”

  • HC: Refund extra SSC fees by Jan 20

    The High Court has ordered the government to make schools across the country that charged additional fees from SSC candidates to refund them by January 20.

    The bench of Justice Quazi Reza-Ul Hoque and Justice Abu Taher Md Saifur Rahman gave the order on its own volition yesterday on the basis of a report in a Bangla daily that some schools charged as much as eight times the fee fixed by the authorities concerned for registering an SSC candidate.

  • Owners fear heavy toll on the transport sector

    Pickets often set fire on buses or lorries, which add much to the lossesWith the latest spell of political turmoil in the country, transport owners are worried as the indefinite blockade enforced by BNP-led 20 party alliance could take a heavy toll on the sector.

    “We have to incur loses about Tk300 crore a day due to hartal or blockade enforced by any political party,” said Kondoker Anayetullah, secretary of Dhaka Sarak Poribohan Malik Samity [Dhaka Road Transport Owner’s Association].

    Moreover, pickets often set fire on buses or lorries, which add much to the losses, he said.

  • Devotees suffer for want of a bridge at Solakia

    The LGED fails to build a concrete bridge over the Narsunda River to ease sufferings of local peopleOver 50,000 people of Charsolakia, Ekrampur, Boila, Tarapasa, Satal, Puranthana and Gachbazaar areas of Kishoreganj Sadar upazila have been suffering for long time for want of a bridge.

    Thousands of devotees, who come to perform Eid-ul-Fitr’s prayers at Solakia Eidgah, the largest congregation ground in the sub-continent, face much sufferings every year.

    Kishoreganj municipality with the voluntary services of local people has constructed a 50-metre long bamboo bridge over the Narsunda River adjacent to the historical Solakia Eidgah around 30 years back.

  • Setting up reaction force in Europe

    Leaving combat operations in Afghanistan behind, Nato is shifting its focus to Europe in 2015 and the creation of its new ultra-rapid-reaction force, designed as a deterrent to Russia.

    The priority for the 28-member alliance will be to get the new agile expeditionary force into operation, but also settling the question of who will pay for it, analysts say.

  • Finally AL council after 10 years

    A total of 155 councillors would select their leadership for the next three yearsAfter an unusual long gap of ten years, the much-awaited council of the district unit Awami League is going to be held today.

    Panchagarh unit AL President advocate Nurul Islam Sujan disclosed outline of the programme in a press briefing held in the party office yesterday, saying a total of 155 councillors would select their leadership for the next three years. 

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