Monday February 19, 2018 11:54 PM

  • Experts: Price hike hearings ‘violated the law’

    Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation is expected to benefit from the dramatic fall in global oil pricesHolding public hearings on proposed electricity price increases was wrong on two counts – the halving of international fuel prices and the failure to uphold a legal requirement to precede hearings with open meetings, experts said.

    The Consumers Association of Bangladesh, the BNP-led 20-party alliance and the left-leaning parties, all requested the Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) not to hold the hearings in light of falling international oil prices.

    The oil price is now at $58 per barrel, down from highs of $147 per barrel.

  • Big defaulters blessed more

    BB approves restructuring policy for loan default of over Tk500crThe Board of Directors of the Bangladesh Bank has approved a separate loan restructuring policy for the big defaulters.

    The decision corresponds with an aim to recover bad loans in the wake of the ongoing political crisis. Only those who have defaulted loans worth over Tk500 crore will be able to enroll with the new package.

    Emerging from a board meeting yesterday, Bangladesh Bank Deputy Governor SK Sur Chowdhury made the disclosure.

  • Koko buried at Banani Graveyard

    Thousands of people have paid their final respects to the BNP chairperson’s youngest son Arafat Rahman Koko, who was laid to rest yesterday at the Banani Graveyard after a namaz-e-janaza at the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque.

    After Asr prayers, people from all walks of life attended the namaz-e-janaza, led by the national mosque’s khatib, Moulana M Salauddin Ahmed.

  • A tearful farewell

    A tearful farewell

    Not one to weep in public, the widow of slain army strongman and sometime president Ziaur Rahman has been recorded shedding tears only thrice

    BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia was publicly seen crying after the assassination of her husband in 1981, after her release from imprisonment by the military-backed caretaker government in 2008, and after her eviction from her residence of thirty years in 2010.

  • Bomb victims continue fight for life

    Bomb victims continue fight for life

    Six victims of Molotov cocktail attacks have been undergoing treatment at the ICU of burn institute at Dhaka Medical College Hospital in critical condition.

    Of them, truck driver Jahangir received 46% burns, mechanic Niranjan 42%, autorickshaw driver Abdur Rashid 39%, service holder Bilal Hossain 25%, furniture trader Saju 20%, and car driver Nazmul 14%.

    Forty-two more victims with different degrees of injuries are now taking treatment at different wards of the National Institute of Burns and Plastic Surgery.

  • Two more arson attack victims die

    The 20-party alliance calls shutdown in Sylhet division for Thursday and 48-hour hartal in Bogra from todayTwo more arson attack victims died yesterday at the burn units of Dhaka and Rangpur medical college hospitals raising the death toll in the ongoing rail-road blockade to 36.

    Truck driver of Sylhet Bakul Debnath, 38, died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital a week after he had received the burn injuries.

    He suffered 35% burn on his face, hand and chest. He was first admitted to a hospital in Sylhet and then shifted to the DMCH.

  • ACC moves to revive Gatco case against Khaleda

    The anti-graft body appoints a new lawyer to try the Gatco case at courtThe Anti-Corruption Commission has moved to revive the Gatco corruption case against Khaleda Zia, under which the BNP chairperson and 22 others were accused of illegally causing losses worth Tk1,000 crore to the state exchequer.

    The commission yesterday prayed to the High Court to start hearing on a previous ruling which questioned the legality of filing the case under the emergency power rules (EPR) of 2007.

  • AL: Khaleda Zia’s leaders will leave her

    The ruling Awami League leaders have asked BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia
    to shun the path of violence; or else, the party’s responsible leaders would leave her.

    “The BNP leaders are financing the ongoing destructive activities including violence, sabotage and secret attacks with Molotov cocktails. If they continue such acts, they should be sued,” Food Minister Quamrul Islam said at a programme yesterday.

  • Inu: No dialogue with BNP

    The government will not hold any dialogue with the BNP to resolve the ongoing political crisis, Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu said yesterday.

    “Dialogue cannot be held with such an undemocratic party. The ongoing political crisis will be resolved on the streets; not by holding a dialogue,” he told a meeting organised by Bangladesh Secretariat Reporters’ Forum (BSRF) at his office. 

  • BNF: Shift Khaleda’s office by February 2

    The lone lawmaker of Bangladesh Nationalist Front, Abul Kalam Azad, yesterday demanded that the government shift BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s political office from Gulshan diplomatic zone by February 2.

    Taking floor on point of order in parliament, he said the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examination begins on February 2. “At this time, the academic activities of Gulshan School and College have been hampered as it is situated only 50 yards from the BNP chairperson’s office.”

  • Mithila: I need time to prepare for big screen

    Mithila: I need time to prepare for big screen

    Sumaiya Anjum Mithila recently won the title of Channel i Veet Top Model 2014, beating four other finalists and thousands of others scouted across the country. In a conversation with the Dhaka Tribune, the new face of Veet Top Model talked about her life after winning the title, future aspirations and much more.

    How did winning one of the most compelling pageants in the country feel like? “I was overwhelmed.” Mithila said. “It was my dream to win the crown. I really cannot describe how I felt after I won.”

  • Obama seeks close, candid ties to Saudi king

    Obama seeks close, candid ties to Saudi king

    US President Barack Obama sought to cement ties with Saudi Arabia as he came to pay his respects yesterday after the death of King Abdullah, a trip that underscores the importance of a US-Saudi alliance that extends beyond oil interests to regional security.

    Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes told reporters Obama wanted to discuss with the new Saudi King Salman the fight against Islamic State, the volatile situation in Yemen and talks on ending a long-running dispute about Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

  • Snowstorm sweeps northeast US

    Snowstorm sweeps northeast US

    A blizzard swept across the northeastern United States yesterday, dropping as much as 2 feet (60 cm) of snow across Massachusetts and Connecticut even as its impact on New York City fell short of dire predictions.

    The governors of New York and New Jersey lifted travel bans they had imposed a day earlier and New York City’s subway system restarted after being closed for 10 hours, though officials urged people to stay off snow-covered roadways.

  • In parting shot, Obama prods India on religious freedom

    US President Barack Obama weighed in on one of India’s most sensitive topics as he wound up a visit yesterday, making a plea for freedom of religion to be upheld in a country with a history of strife between Hindus and minorities.

    Hours before boarding a flight to Saudi Arabia, Obama warned India not to stray from its constitutional commitment to allow people to freely “profess, practice and propagate” religion.

  • Hollande to French Jews: Your place is here

    Hollande to French Jews: Your place is here

    President Francois Hollande appeared to rebuff Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s invitation for French Jews to emigrate, by promising yesterday to protect them from anti-Semitism and telling them: “Your place is here”.

    “You, French people of the Jewish faith, your place is here, in your home. France is your country,” Hollande said in a speech to mark 70 years of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp.

  • After 5 years of coalition, UK faces even messier govt

    ‘The taboo has been broken and whatever the electorate thinks of coalitions, they don’t actually regard the prospect of another one as a complete nightmare’When Britain’s coalition government of Conservatives and Liberal Democrats took power in 2010, bookmakers put its chances of surviving a full five-year term at little more than 50-50.

    The alliance – Britain’s first coalition since World War Two – survived battered but intact in the run-up to this year’s election. But the country now faces more complicated scenarios after May 7.

  • Malaysia arrive first for 20oz Gold Cup

    Malaysia arrive first for 20oz Gold Cup

    Malaysia’s intent after arriving in Sylhet yesterday was very clear as the Southeast Asian side wasted to time and focused on training for their clash with the hosts Bangladesh in the opening match of the Bangabandhu Gold Cup at the Sylhet District Stadium at 5pm tomorrow. The Under-23 Malaysian Olympic team are the first of the foreign teams to reach the capital yesterday noon before boarding in a chartered flight to Sylhet.

  • Dramatic win for ULAB in Fair Play Cup Cricket

    Dramatic win for ULAB in Fair Play Cup Cricket

    Defending champions ULAB survived a big scare before winning by just four runs against a charged up United International University in the ULAB Fair Play Cup Cricket at the ULAB ground yesterday.

    Batting first, ULAB posted 148 for the loss of eight wickets in their stipulated 20 overs and later restricted UIU for 144 for six wickets to snatch a dramatic victory.

    It was the third consecutive victory for the defending champions. Earlier, they beat State University Bangladesh and Eastern University respectively.

  • Tigers begin World Cup mission

    Tigers begin World Cup mission

    Bangladesh cricket team officially started their 2015 ICC World Cup mission yesterday through their first training session at Allan Border Ground in Brisbane.

    The most interesting part of the Tigers’ first day of training in Brisbane was the usage of the batting simulator facility by Nasir Hossain. This was the first time a member of Bangladesh availed the technology.

  • Sean Lee: Photography is a part of me

    Sean Lee: Photography is a part of me

    Sean Lee is a talented photographer who lives and works in Singapore. In his photography career, he has already garnered awards and solo shows, including the Discovery Award at the Arles Photo Festival, the Special Jury Prize at the Angkor Photo Festival, and the Icon de Martell Cordon Bleu, a photography prize that recognises the most outstanding artist in Singapore.

    His work titled “Two People” is on exhibit at the ongoing photography festival Chobi Mela VIII. In a conversation with the Dhaka Tribune, Lee shared how he was drawn to this specific form of art.

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