- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
Atomproekt, a sister concern of Russia’s Rosatom State Nuclear Energy Corporation, are examining the technical and economic aspects of natural draft and ventilation cooling towers to select the optimum option for Rooppur nuclear power plant.
Atomproekt designers and engineers are designing ventilation cooling towers for the emergency raw cooling water system of the Rooppur plant, which will allow for a considerable reduction in the area covered by cooling equipment and an increase in water cooling efficiency.
Special Envoy to the Prime Minster, former President and Jatiya Party (JP) Chairman Alhaj Hussein Muhammad Ershad yesterday directed authorities of Rangpur Medical College Hospital (RMCH) for improving quality of Medicare services. He also paid patient hearing to the problems prevailing in RMCH and assured of taking necessary steps for resolving those to improve health and Medicare services in the biggest government hospital in the region.
Ershad said this while presiding over a monthly meeting of the RMCH Management Committee at the auditorium of the hospital.
A Dhaka court yesterday asked police to launch an inquiry against The Daily Star Editor Mahfuz Anam and two of his colleagues for publishing the photograph of a poster on February 11, released by banned Islamist outfit Hizb ut-Tahrir, calling upon the armed forces to topple the ruling government.
Metropolitan Magistrate Muhammad Anwar Sadat passed the order in response to a complaint filed yesterday by lawyer Shahjalal Kibria.
The High Court yesterday sought explanation from the government as to why the latter should not be directed to give the family of Jihad, who died after falling into an abandoned well in the capital in December, Tk30 lakh in compensation.
The bench of Justice Farah Mahbub and Justice Kazi Mohammad Ejarul Haque Akondo came up with the ruling in response to a writ petition filed by Children’s Charity Bangladesh Foundation.
Children beaten by mob cleared of wrong-doing, vendors at the Suhrawardy Udyan now claim they saw nothingPolice have determined that three minors, beaten up yesterday by a mob of adults at Suhrawardy Udyan on suspicion of “hurling crude bombs,” are innocent.
Commentators have come down hard on the culture of violence that allowed the victimisation of the three young boys to happen.
Hossain, Manik and Ripon – all around 12 years old – were freed by the police after being quizzed and interrogated, Shahbagh police station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Shirajul Islam said.
AG: Saving people’s lives is more important than preserving democratic rightsThe High Court has ordered the government to take effective steps to stop the violence that has been going on across the country in the name of blockade and hartal.
The court also asked the government to ensure holding of the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinations in a safe environment and take stern actions against those who have been creating obstruction to the SSC and equivalent exams.
The HC bench of Justice Quazi Reza-Ul Hoque and Justice Abu Taher Mohammad Saifur Rahman passed the order after hearing two petitions.
‘Those who talk about a dialogue are enemies to the people of Bangladesh’There should be no dialogue held with criminals, speakers at a roundtable said yesterday, also urging the government to go for immediate stern steps instead against the BNP-led alliance’s acts of terror across the country.
Claiming that there was no end in sight to the violence that had been taking place since the blockade began on January 6, they also demanded all culprits be brought to justice as soon as possible.
The Sundarbans oil spill did not have any visible impact in the forest floor and long-term monitoring is needed to know the actual extent of damage, an assessment report jointly prepared by the United Nations and the Bangladesh government has concluded.
However, the report said oil contamination in the aquatic ecosystem may hamper physiological activities including breeding of aquatic organisms and disrupt food chain or the food web.
Yesterday, the Dhaka Tribune got a copy of the report, which was published last month.
The grand and glittering strokes were sprayed all over the ground in a fascinating cocktail of graceful dominance and silken brutalityVirat Kohli was accorded the loudest cheer by a predominantly Indian crowd in Adelaide before their crucial match against archrivals Pakistan yesterday. As expected, the 26-year-old batsman, who arrived at the centre following the departure of Rohit Sharma in the eighth over, dominated proceedings with relentless stroke-making and orchestrated India’s sixth win in a trot against Pakistan in the World Cup.
Nutrition specialists at a seminar yesterday said the Bangladeshis consume 26 grams less chicken than the daily intake recommended by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations and the World Health Organisation, describing it as the main obstacle to overcome the problem of physical unfitness.
They also said the deficiency in the daily intake of egg was 23 grams, stressing the need for a rapid growth of the country’s poultry industry which will ensure regular supply of animal protein, and will eventually help build a healthier and brighter nation.
‘This is the first time official talks are being held at such a level’Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali will travel to Portugal next week at the invitation of his Portuguese counterpart Rui Machete, so as to improve bilateral relations with the European country.
“This is the first time official talks are being held at such a level,” said a foreign ministry senior official.
Trade, investment, and migration are expected to be the major areas of discussion between the two ministers, the official said.
The team will submit a report to the sub-committee after going back to BrusselsA three-member European Union Parliamentary delegation will arrive in the capital tomorrow to observe the human rights situation in Bangladesh amid the ongoing violence around the country.
“They wanted to visit Dhaka, and we facilitated the official engagement as far as possible,” said a senior official at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Sent by the human rights sub-committee of the EU parliament, the delegation will visit from tomorrow until Friday, he said. This is the first time the sub-committee is dispatching a team to Bangladesh.
The administrative building, proctor’s office, campus main gate under lock and keyAt least four activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) of the Chittagong University (CU) unit were injured yesterday in clashes between two BCL factions on campus over who would occupy a student dormitory.
The injured – Md Rasel and Kawsar of the History department, Shohel of the English department, and Md Niaz of the Education Research Training Institute – were admitted to CU Medical Center, police said.
BNP yesterday said it would welcome any initiative to hold a dialogue, build consensus or formulate a national charter for holding free and fair general elections.
The party, however, did not specifically clarify how such initiative could be taken.
A few days back the ruling party leaders had trashed such a call of a civil society platform, saying that the mastermind of the army-backed caretaker government became active once again.
Students, teachers, Human Resource professionals and training managers got the opportunity to seek advice on undergraduate and postgraduate studies, scholarships and livelihood opportunities in the UK at the day-long Education UK Exhibition 2015 held in Chittagong yesterday.
Chittagong City Corporation Mayor M Manjur Alam inaugurated the fair as the chief guest at 10:30am at the Zinta Hall of the Peninsula Hotel.
It is a case of either driving with caution or having one’s driving license permanently confiscated with the new draft law that the government has unveiled expected to come down hard on reckless drivers.
With added compensation clauses and a point cut system, the draft Road Transport Act has already been posted on the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority’s (BRTA) web site.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said her government would take all necessary measures to tackle the ongoing political unrest and stop the 20-party alliance from harming the SSC candidates.
“She [BNP chief Khaleda Zia] never thinks about the safety of 1.5 million students who are facing major obstacles during the ongoing exams; that is why we cannot put our children through this…We need to tackle this situation and ensure all protective measures to make them [the BNP alliance] stop,” Hasina told parliament yesterday.
The Awami League-led 14-party alliance will hold a nationwide mass rally on February 20 to protest violence, terrorism and militancy allegedly committed by the BNP-led 20-party alliance.
In the capital, the procession is scheduled to begin at 4pm from Awami League’s central office on Bangabandhu Avenue and end at Shika Chirantan, the eternal flame, in the Suhrawardy Udyan.
Freedoms fighters (FFs) at a human chain arranged at Panchagarh district town yesterday termed the blockade and hartal of the BNP-Jamaat-led 20 party alliance as non-ethical and demanded for stopping violence, killing and anarchy.
They also demanded for establishing peace through immediately stopping terrorism, militancy, torching vehicles and killing of innocent people by hurling petrol bombs and hindering SSC examinations in the name of democratic political movement.
‘We have written to the government to fill up the empty posts. Also, creation of new courts, such as the land survey court, has added to the misery’Judicial activities of Chandpur District and Sessions Judges’ Court and Chief Judicial Magistrate Court are being hampered to a great extent due to the shortage of judges and inadequate infrastructure.
This has hindered access to justice and caused a huge backlog of cases for the district residents, especially the poor. Many people have been waiting for years to get their cases settled.