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  • Fate of 1.5m expats in KSA uncertain

    Fate of 1.5m expats in KSA uncertain

    Issuance of machine readable passports crippled by corrupt embassy staffIn about 10 months time, Bangladeshi expatriates in Saudi Arabia, especially those without machine readable passports, may find themselves in big trouble.

    Several years ago, global regulator International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) decided that travellers and expatriates from all countries must have machine readable passports by November 2015. Otherwise, they will not be able to travel and their stay abroad will be illegal.

  • ‘Gunfight’ with police kills college teacher and ‘robber’

    Local Jamaat said Shahin’s death was a cold-blooded murder by the policeIn separate incidents of “gunfights” with the police, a college teacher in Rajshahi and an alleged robber in Satkhira were killed in the early hours of yesterday.

    The deceased in Rajshahi – Nurul Islam Shahin, 45 – was a teacher of Rajshahi’s Islamia College and also the former president of Jamaat’s ward 30 unit, said Jamaat’s Rajshahi city unit Secretary Jahangir Alam.

  • PM to police: Do whatever necessary to stop violence

    ‘You will have to ensure the security of public life and property’Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked police to take whatever steps they deem necessary to stop violence unleashed by the BNP-Jamaat alliance across the country in the name of blockade and hartal.

     “I will take the responsibility for whatever happens (for the action). But, you’ll have to ensure the security of lives of common people and their property – there is no need for you feel hesitant,” UNB quoted Hasina as saying.

  • Shutdown called in Dhaka, 8 other adjacent districts

    The BNP-led 20-party alliance yesterday called a 24-hour shutdown in the capital from today.

    The opposition combine also called a 12-hour shutdown in the districts adjacent to the capital today.

    The shutdowns were called protesting cases filed against party Chief Khaleda Zia and repression of opposition leaders and activists.

    Earlier, the shutdown was called in Dhaka, Gazipur, Narsingdi, Manikganj, Munshiganj, Narayanganj, Tangail, Mymensingh and Kishoreganj.

  • Govt appoints consultant firms to prepare fresh DAP for Dhaka

    Over 100 real estate companies have illegally developed projects by destroying conservable flood plains, retention areas in DhakaThe government has decided to appoint three consultant firms for drawing up another 20-year detailed area plan (DAP) for Dhaka city under the Dhaka Metropolitan Development Plan (DMDP) project.

    The Cabinet Committee on Government Purchase approved the proposal, placed by the Ministry of Housing and Public Works, yesterday at a meeting headed by Finance Minister AMA Muhith.

  • Tofail: Khaleda will have to face trial

    Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed yesterday warned BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia that she would have to face trial for her directives to create sabotage in the name of a movement.

    “You [Khaleda] will be charged with crimes against humanity as per the charter of the United Nations, if you do not stop the nationwide terror. Your trial for the crimes will also be held in the people’s court,” he said.

  • Khaleda grateful for condolences

    BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has expressed her gratitude to all the people who offered their condolence after the death of her youngest son Arafat Rahman Koko.

    In a press release yesterday, she also apologised for not being able to meet those who came to her office to console her.

    “I hope all will look at it with grace and forgiveness considering the situation,” she said at a press statement signed by her Press Secretary Maruf Kamal Khan.

  • 14-party to hold Gayebana Janaza tomorrow

    Awami League-led 14-party alliance will hold a Gayebana Janaza tomorrow after Jumma prayers, seeking eternal peace for those killed in recent blockade violence.

    The Janaza will be held in all divisions, districts and upazila headquarters across the country while in Dhaka it would be held at the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque after Jumma prayers, Home Minister Mohammad Nasim, spokesperson of the 14-party combine, made the announcement yesterday.

  • RMCH struggling with burn victims

    Hospital sometimes fail to provide healthcare service for lack of proper logistics The authorities of Rajshahi Medical College and Hospital (RMCH) have plunged into a great trouble with the increasing number of burn patients who fell prey to recent arson attacks.

    Hospital sources said sometimes they failed to render proper healthcare services to burn victims for lack of logistical supports. The burn unit was launched in the hospital on July 14 last year.

    Chairman of RMCH Management Board Fazley Hossain Badsha, MP, opened the unit as the chief guest.

  • Blockade, hartal hit hotel business in Chittagong

    Authorities of different hotels said customers have been cancelling their bookings every day due to the political unrestResidential hotels in Chittagong city are suffering financial losses as hartals and the non-stop nationwide blockade by BNP-led 20-party alliance is hurting their business.

    Authorities of different hotels said customers have been cancelling their bookings every day due to the political unrest.

    Owners of many hotels will have to shut down their business if this situation persists, they added.

  • Dhaka Central Jail to be shifted to Keraniganj by June

    Dhaka Central Jail, now located at Lalbagh in the capital, would be shifted to Keraniganj by June this year as the construction work of the new central jail has already been completed.

    “After shifting of the old central jail, a park and two museums will be set up on the nine-acre area,” said M Maniruzzaman, deputy assistant engineer of Dhaka Public Works Division.

    He said six out of eight buildings of the new central jail have already been completed and the remaining work will end within the scheduled time.

  • Call for properly addressing global warming victims’ rehabilitation

    Speakers at a discussion yesterday urged the international community to decide on the future of people displaced by the impacts of global warming.

    They said nations responsible for causing climate change should address rehabilitation measures of the affected people as the victim nations, including Bangladesh, alone cannot do so for such a large number of displaced people.

  • Farmers in North face huge losses

    Economic activities in rural areas of the country’s northern districts, including Nilphamari,  have badly been affected by BNP-led 20-party alliance enforced countrywide blockade and hartals that paralysed transports across the country.

    Farmers in the areas are incurring huge amount of losses as they cannot sell their newly harvested perishable products in the market due to lack of buyers and necessary transports.

  • Camera is my sole lover: ANWAR HOSSAIN

    Camera is my sole lover: ANWAR HOSSAIN

    “The first day, the first role I took picture 8 frames and the last frame got me a National Award”Legendary photographer Anwar Hossain has recently received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the eight edition of Chobi Mela, Asia’s largest photography festival. Throughout his illustrious career as a photographer, cinematographer and a teacher, he made an extraordinary contribution in the field of photography in Bangladesh.

    Talking to the Dhaka Tribune, Anwar Hossain shared his experience about his professional journey.

  • Nadia: I will wait for good scripts

    Nadia: I will wait for good scripts

    Lux-Channel i Superstar 2014 Nadia Afrin is set to appear in a Valentine’s Day special TV drama titled “Valentine Otopor Bhalobasha.” Directed by veteran film actor Parveen Sultana Diti, Nadia will play the role of Oishee.

    “I am quite excited about working with Diti on this TV play; she is one of my favourite actors,” the Lux Channel i Superstar said.

  • Bangla Kheyal Festival to be held on Saturday

    Bangla Kheyal Festival to be held on Saturday

    Private television channel Channel i has arranged an Indian musical programme titled Bangla Kheyal Festival 2015 at the Channel i premises in the capital’s Tejgaon area. 

    The 15 hour-long programme is the first of its kind which will begin at 6:00pm on January 31 and continue till 9:00am next day.

    Shykh Seraj, the director and head of news of Channel i,  announced the details of the programme at a press conference on January 27.

     Azad Rahman, eminent music exponent, and Ustad Yasin Khan were also present on the occasion.

  • HRITHIK ROSHAN starts shooting for Mohenjo Daro

    HRITHIK ROSHAN starts shooting for Mohenjo Daro

    Bollywood actor Hrithik Roshan has finally started shooting for his much talked about film “Mohenjo Daro.” It has been reported that the actor has reached Bhuj, Rajasthan and has begun his shooting for the upcoming period drama which has finally started after much stalling.

  • Two persons burnt, trucks torched in blockade

    Locals in Barisal catch two Shibir men while blasting bombs and hand them over to policeTwo people were severely burnt while two trucks and three stores were set on fire in different districts yesterday, the 23rd day of the ongoing blockade.

    The two men – a trucker and his helper – sustained burn injuries when arsonists set the truck ablaze early in the morning in Magura.

    The driver, Milon Hossain, 35, and the helper, Imrul, 18, were sent to Dhaka Medical College Hospital and Jessore Medical College Hospital respectively.

  • Education minister: SSC exams to begin as per schedule

    Amid tensions over continued political violence, Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid yesterday said the upcoming SSC examinations will begin across the country in due time despite the non-stop blockade enforced by the BNP-led 20-party alliance.

    The minister came up with the remarks while talking to reporters after a meeting over holding the upcoming SSC examinations properly and timely at the ministry in the morning.

  • Kepler telescope identifies ancient solar system

    Kepler telescope identifies ancient solar system

    An ancient solar system similar to our own has been discovered by scientists.

    Studying data from the Kepler telescope, the team, led by the University of Birmingham, found a star orbited by five planets similar in size to Earth.

    The system, 117 light-years away, is the oldest known of its kind, formed 11.2 billion years ago.

    Dr Tiago Campante said it could provide a clue to “the existence of ancient life in the galaxy.”

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