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Wednesday November 22, 2017 05:05 PM



  • Free talk with indigenous people barred

    Foreign visitors, diplomats need permission before visiting CHTThe Home Ministry decision to restrict direct communication between any local or foreign person, or an organisation, with indigenous people in the Chittagong Hill Tracts has drawn severe criticism from citizens’ platforms.

    The government directives, already sent to the administrative bodies in the three hill districts, mention that the presence of a representative of the local administration, whether the military or the Border Guard Bangladesh, is mandatory if any local or foreigner or an organisation wants to meet any indigenous person.

  • Tension in CHT may escalate due to mistrust

    Recent incidents of attacks on and rape of indigenous people, and impunity to the attackers together with the government’s “unilateral” move to establish education institutions and tourist spots allegedly by evicting locals have adversely affected the process of
    bringing peace in Chittagong Hill Tracts.

  • UPDF-backed PCP slams government

    The leaders and activists of Pahari Chhatra Parishad, students’ wing of the United People’s Democratic Front, yesterday criticised the government for patronising land grabbing in the Chittagong Hill Tracts through its agencies and the Bangali settlers.

    They alleged that the settlers backed by the army had launched arson attack on three villages in Naniachar of Rangamati on December 16 as part of the government conspiracy to uproot the hill communities from their lands systemically.

  • Probe begins into Sylhet hospital deaths

    Separate probe committees by the Health Ministry and hospital authorities have started working to find out whether mismanagement or negligence was to be blamed for the “unusual” series of 32 deaths at the Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital.

    After inspecting the paediatrics and cardiology wards, the three-member committee from the Health Ministry, headed by Joint Secretary (hospitals) Md Mosharraf Hossain, said it would make its recommendations after reviewing all the details.

  • Prime minister: No dialogue with murderers

    Prime minister: No dialogue with murderers

    I feel a lot of pain when I see that innocent people burnt to death in petrol bomb attacks, she saysCalling the BNP-Jamaat alliance “murderers, terrorists and militants” yesterday, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina once again rejected the possibility of holding any dialogue with them.

    She said: “The BNP-Jamaat people are militants. We cannot sit with them.”

    When asked at a briefing at Dhaka Medical College Hospital whether she would sit for a dialogue with the BNP, Hasina placed counter questions: “Talks? With whom? With killers, with those who are burning people? Question does not arise.”

  • Costs of enforcing law rise with continuing blockade

    With no end in sight for the ongoing political stalemate, the continuing cost for maintaining law and order across the country is taking its toll on the government, Finance Ministry sources have said.

    As funding requests from different government agencies keep piling up at the Finance Division, officials said only around half of the requests had been granted so far.

  • Aspiring migrants throng expat office in Dhaka

    Most applicants do not know that forms can be collected from district officesThousands of migration seekers have been congregating at Probashi Kallyan Bhaban in Dhaka’s Eskaton everyday since the government announced that Saudi Arabia will recruit workers free of cost.

    Every morning, job seekers wait in long queues for getting registration, hoping that they will get enlisted. Sometimes they would even push others to stay in the queue.

  • No drive against violation of rule at book fair

    No drive against violation of rule at book fair

    Unlike in previous years, Amar Ekushey Book Fair authorities have not yet taken steps to curb rule violations as of the 11th day of the fair.

    The last few years saw the fair committee conduct a drive against stalls that breached regulations by selling books published abroad and selling titles published by other publishers at their stalls.

    The Dhaka Tribune learned last week many stalls had been selling books published by foreign publishers, as well as pirated books and titles sold by other publishers from the start of the month-long fair.

  • Day 4 of hartal passes with minor incidents

    The fourth day of the ongoing BNP-led 20-party alliance hartal was relatively peaceful yesterday, without any major incidents in the capital, or elsewhere. 

    Vehicular movement inside Dhaka was routine, but only a few buses left the terminals for intercity and inter-regional travel. 

    There were a few attacks outside the capital and a few were injured, but none in Dhaka.

    Police detained three people – Abdul Kuddus Fakir said the detainees are Farukh, 30, Mamun, 17, and Kawsar, 17, from different areas in Bangshal with five petrol bombs.

  • Tk5 crore lost as 4,500 cars stuck at Mongla port

    Car importers say they incurred a loss of around Tk5 crore in the last one month for not unloading cars at Mongla port because of the ongoing blockade and frequent general strikes.

    Some 4,500 reconditioned cars are waiting to be unloaded at the port as the importers fear that the vehicles might be damaged in blockade violence while being taken to showrooms.

    However, they had to bear miscellaneous expenses for keeping the cars at the port.

  • Five JMB militants get death penalty

    A trial court in Jhalakathi has sentenced to death five militants of banned Islamist outfit Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) for killing district public prosecutor Haider Hossain eight years ago.

    Muhammad Abdul Halim, the additional district and sessions judge of Jhalakathi, handed down the verdict yesterday in presence of three JMB men. Two other convicts are on the run.

  • SSC, equivalent exams postponed

    SSC, equivalent exams postponed

    The SSC and equivalent examinations scheduled for today were postponed due to the hartal enforced by the BNP.

    Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid made the announcement at a press briefing at Bangladesh Secretariat yesterday. The fresh date for holding the exams has not been announced, however.

    “We waited 24 hours with hope that the BNP-led alliance would withdraw their hartal in the interest of the examinees,” Nahid said. “We also hoped they would show compassion.”

  • Legal status of employment bonds

    Legal status of employment bonds

    In the utmost competition, it is getting harder day by day to get a job in any profession even after having a set of degrees or top qualifications. After passing every stage, ie a written examination and couple of interviews, a person is offered a job with a bundle of terms and conditions. Now a days one of the terms is signing an employment bond for a specific period. Finding no alternative,  a person accepts the job with all the terms and conditions.

  • Juridical excellence through conferences

    The all-embracing criminal code as titled Criminal Rules and Orders (CrRO) in addition to Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) prescribes the necessary rules for smooth functioning of criminal justice administration in the subordinate judiciary in Bangladesh. It also stipulates package of strategies to be adopted for thriving judicial excellence. Apart from strategies to be adopted in the court procedures, some out-of-court strategies are also prescribed therein.

  • A new horizon in legal education

    A new horizon in legal education

    DIU Law Department is comprised of dedicated full-time and adjunct faculty members, who are committed to provide quality teachingFounded in 2007, the Department of Law, Daffodil International University is one of the fastest growing law schools in the county with accomplished faculty members and state-of-the-art facilities featuring classrooms, a moot court room and a rich library equipped with the latest technology. DIU Law Department fosters close interactions among students and faculty, creating a lively intellectual community.

  • Pakistan may have shared bin Laden location with US

    Former director general of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Lt-Gen (retd) Asad Durrani has said that Pakistan had ‘most likely’ revealed the position of former al-Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden to the US, a report published on the al-Jazeera website said.

    In an interview on al-Jazeera’s Head to Head show, the former ISI chief cast doubts over the intelligence agency’s official line that it was unaware of the al-Qaeda chief’s whereabouts prior
    to his killing.

  • Kejriwal refuses security cover, presses for Delhi’s statehood

    Delhi chief minister-designate Arvind Kejriwal yesterday refused to take security cover, said a party source.

    “Through newspapers, we came to know that he (Kejriwal) will be given Z-plus security. But, he is a man of the masses and doesn’t need any security,” a party source said after Kejriwal met Union home minister Rajnath Singh.

  • A fierce battle for survival

    At the Trudovskoi bus station in Donetsk, the gossip these days focuses on whose house has been hit by shelling and where you can get food handouts.

    Day and night, mortars and rockets rain down on the rebel stronghold in eastern Ukraine — mainly in the city’s outlying districts, where the poorest people live.

    “One shell fell, then another, and then yet another. One hit the Azerbaijani family’s house, remember?” 64-year-old Nikolai Skripko told his 38-year-old neighbor, Sveta Banina, counting the damaged houses on his fingers.

  • The real test for our hospitals

    Bring all Bangladeshi hospitals up to world standardsWe hope the official inquiry into the unusual deaths of 32 people, including 10 children and newborns, within a 24-hour period at Sylhet’s MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital will provide lessons that lead to major improvements in the state of  the nation’s hospitals.

    If any of these deaths are found to be attributable to negligence, this must be addressed as a matter of urgency.

  • Free campuses from intimidation

    End impunity for lawless student politicians to revive our universities The verdict and sentences given to 11 BCL members found complicit in the murder of Jahangirnagar University student Zubair Ahmed should be used to set an example that impunity for political thuggery on campuses will no longer be tolerated.

    Our public universities are blighted by the institutionalisation of a culture of intimidation and lawlessness by student political organisations. Successive governments of all shades share the blame for this through their indulgence of criminal acts by their student supporters. This culture has to change.

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