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Wednesday November 22, 2017 03:58 PM



  • Security beefed up on DU campus

    Police have tightened security measures on and around the Dhaka University (DU) campus by deploying additional forces to avoid untoward incidents on the campus.

    The additional security measures were employed yesterday afternoon, several hours after two DU students were beaten up by a mob after blasting crude bombs near Jagannath Hall on the campus around 9am, and handed over to the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB).

    Earlier on Sunday, another crude bomb was exploded near the mass communication and journalism department where the DU vice-chancellor was delivering a speech.

  • Tourism suffers losses caused by political turmoil

    An astounding silence continues in the tourism sector of Sylhet because of the ongoing political turmoil across the country.

    As businessmen involved in the sector have fallen in trouble, people who are working in the area are in fear of losing job.

    Sources in the sector said Sylhet was one of the attractive tourist spots in the country and every year, especially during winter season, natural lovers from home and abroad came to the district to enjoy the panoramic beauty of tea gardens as well as water falls.

  • Raffle organisers plan to rake in Tk400 crore

    The prizes are attractive and include cash, motorcycle and easy bikeA local influential group in Shibchar has been accused of running raffles at a trade fair with the intention of bilking people out of a staggering sum of money. 

    Locals alleged that the organisers were working in collusion with the local authorities, and set a target to make Tk400 crore from raffles.

    Raffle tickets, each costing Tk20, are sold every day at Shibchar municipal trade fair, which began on December 28 last year.

  • AL council gears up party activities in Jessore

    AL council gears up party activities in Jessore

    District leaders are contacting with the party high-ups to get better positionLeaders and activists of the Jessore district unit Awami League having busy time because after an unusual long gap of 12 years, the much-awaited council of the district unit Awami League is going to be held the day after tomorrow. 

     Centring the council the town has turned into a festive look as colourful banners and festoons of the candidates have been set up at different points of the town. Moreover, hundreds of arches have been erected at several key points of the district town.

  • New research publications attract many at Boi Mela

    New research publications attract many at Boi Mela

    The total number of all new arrivals at the book fair since its beginning is 1,139Amid publications of a lot of novels, poetry and short stories, some new research books have shone light at the Amar Ekushey Boi Mela, although they are very few in numbers.

    Stall attendants say those interested in research books, students and teachers can find them easily and buy them at a discount of 25% at the fair. They have so far sold a reasonable number of such books.

  • Inhaling poison

    Inhaling poison

    The causes of air pollution, the susceptibility of the urban population of Bangladesh, and possible ways out of this looming epidemicWe take the air we breathe for granted. The average adult breathes over 15 cubic metres of air every day. But little do we realise that we are inhaling millions of harmful substances each time we breathe in.

    The International Agency for Research on Cancers (IARC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have found that when it comes to cancer, air pollution is more dangerous than smoking. In a city like Dhaka, where the majority of its population resides in areas with extensive commercial use, the air quality is very poor.

  • Discipline police who act unlawfully

    Senior officers should reinforce the imperative of rule of lawWe deplore the remark reportedly made by Dhaka range Deputy Inspector General SM Mahfujul Haque Nuruzzaman that police should shoot saboteurs and their family members.

    He is said to have told a meeting at Gazipur Police Lines on Saturday that police should “do whatever necessary against those who will carry out sabotage activities and kill people. Shoot them and their family members should also be annihilated.”

  • City elections better late than never

    Give the Dhaka city corporations a fresh startThe chief election commissioner said last week the EC is now in a position to hold elections for the two Dhaka city corporations, provided it recieves gazette notification confirming demarcation of their boundary areas.

    With this week’s report suggesting government support for holding these elections in March, we hope these can now go ahead. 

    It is inexcusable that no local government elections have been held in Dhaka for over 12 years.

    Lack of elections has cost the capital’s residents and businesses dearly.

  • The trophy goes to the public

    The trophy goes to the public

    The recent tournament has shown that people love the game and they are willing to pour their hearts out when the national team takes the fieldIt was a brave effort by all means; in front of a full house, something unseen and almost forgotten, Bangladesh football team played out a cliffhanger with Malaysia at the Bangabandhu Gold Cup Football Tournament final.

    Unfortunately, it did not end the way we expected!

    Everyone who saw the game will admit it was Bangladesh who deserved to win since match end stats show 60% possession for the home side. But, in games, like many events in life, the deserving often do not have the last laugh.

  • Prayers of a CNG-wallah

    Prayers of a CNG-wallah

    We are held hostage by our hunger, our fears, our politiciansAm I afraid? Of course I am afraid. Jaan bachanor jonno jaaner jhuki niye CNG chalai (In taking my CNG out, I risk my life to make a living). I am afraid, but time after time, hunger makes me put on this shirt and return to the streets. But why do I have to choose between death by hunger and death by petrol bombs?

    I sat at home for three days, because my family begged me not to go onto the streets to work. “Abbu, tomakeo puriye felbe! Tumi jeo na.” On the fourth day, I had to return to work, because I couldn’t let my children go hungry.

  • City elections better late than never

    Give the Dhaka city corporations a fresh startThe chief election commissioner said last week the EC is now in a position to hold elections for the two Dhaka city corporations, provided it recieves gazette notification confirming demarcation of their boundary areas.

    With this week’s report suggesting government support for holding these elections in March, we hope these can now go ahead.  

    It is inexcusable that no local government elections have been held in Dhaka for over 12 years.

    Lack of elections has cost the capital’s residents and businesses dearly. 

  • A way out of this mess

    A way out of this mess

    While it’s a little counterintuitive, it’s Sheikh Hasina, our prime minister, who is running out of real options real fastThe current political problem in Bangladesh is primarily one of imagination. Obviously, neither Khaleda Zia nor Sheikh Hasina will accept an option that is total defeat for them. However, a study of the priorities of the two leaders may allow us to glimpse what a solution to the current, bloody impasse may look like.

  • Abbott weakened after surviving party challenge

    Australia’s beleaguered Prime Minister Tony Abbott emerged politically wounded after withstanding a leadership challenge from within his own party yesterday, with many analysts doubting he can survive to lead his conservative government to next year’s elections.

    The polarising leader’s grip on power has slipped since last month when he drew widespread criticism for making Queen Elizabeth II’s 93-year-old husband, Prince Philip, an Australian knight on Australia’s national day. Many saw it as an insult to worthy Australians.

  • Senior Afghan militant with suspected IS links ‘killed in drone attack’

    A missile-firing drone killed six people in Afghanistan yesterday including a veteran militant believed to have defected to Islamic State (IS) from the Taliban, Afghan officials said.

    The senior militant, former Guantanamo Bay detainee Mullah Abdul Rauf, was killed in the violence-plagued southern province of Helmand, officials there said.

    Police chief Nabi Jan Mullahkhel said Rauf was travelling in a car when the drone attacked. The other casualties included his brother-in-law and four Pakistanis, Mullahkhel said.

  • Merkel to urge caution in US as pressure builds to arm Ukraine forces

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel is set to argue against arming Ukraine in its conflict against Russian-backed rebels in Washington yesterday in the face of intense US Congressional pressure.

    Merkel’s message that sending Western weapons to Kiev risks escalating the conflict is likely to get a sympathetic hearing when she meets President Barack Obama later in the day.

  • Old questions about Saudi Arabia, 9-11 raised anew

    The lawsuit argues that Saudi rulers were playing a double game in the years before the attacks, declaring opposition to al-Qaida, while secretly funding it to assuage the kingdom’s conservativesFor years, some current and former American officials have been urging President Barack Obama to release secret files they say document links between the government of Saudi Arabia and the Sept. 11 attacks.

    Other officials, including the executive director of the Sept. 11 commission, have said the classified documents do not prove that the Saudi government knew about or financed the 2001 terrorist attacks, and that making the material public would serve no purpose.

  • Vietnam likely to overtake Bangladesh in apparel exports

    Vietnam likely to overtake Bangladesh in apparel exports

    Political unrest might help the forecast be achieved faster than expected Vietnam is likely to overtake Bangladesh in the global apparel export market share in next 10 years once the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) takes shape, according to a new study.

    The TPP is a proposed freed trade agreement, US-led trade pact involving 12 countries – Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the US and Vietnam that collectively account for 40% of the world GDP. It is currently under negotiation and is likely to take effect in 2015.

  • Default loan growth slows to single digit

    The growth rate of default loans has come down to single digit in the fourth quarter of last year from double digit that continued in the previous three quarters, thanks to the measures taken by the central bank.

    The gross default loan rate stood at 9.69% in October-December quarter of the year 2014 from 11.60% in the previous quarter (July-September). 

    The total default loan amount stood at Tk50,000 crore at the end of December, dropped by Tk7,000 crore  from Tk57,290 in September last year, according to the Bangladesh Bank data. 

  • Garment owners to observe  hunger strike against unrest  on Feb 14

    Garment owners to observe hunger strike against unrest on Feb 14

    Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) will observe a day-long hunger strike on February 14 protesting the current political unrest.

    It will urge government and opposition BNP  to find a solution to the deadlock immediately, BGMEA vice president Reaz Bin Mahmood said told Dhaka Tribune. Besides, the BGMEA will hold an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) tomorrow to finalise the details of the programme.

    The EGM will set agenda for the next course of action. 

  • Grameenphone crosses Tk10,000 crore mark in annual revenue in 2014

    Last year we touched several milestones and out of them the most significant one is crossing the hundred billion taka revenue markMobile phone operator Grameenphone has achieved its targeted revenue of Tk10,000 crore in 2014.

    Data showed the total revenue in the year amounted to  Tk10,270 crore, which was 6.3% higher than the last year.

    The market leader has disclosed annual financial figures yesterday at a press conference in the city, where its newly appointed chief executive officer Rajeev Sethi said, “Last year (2014) we have touched several milestones and out of them the most significant one is crossing the hundred billion taka revenue mark.”

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