Sunday February 18, 2018 07:38 AM

  • Speakers for scrapping draft child marriage restraint act

    Speakers for scrapping draft child marriage restraint act

    Speakers at a seminar yesterday demanded scrapping the draft of the Child Marriage Restraint Act 2014, which proposed that parents could marry off their daughters at the age of 16 for any logical reason or by the approval of court.

    Though the previous draft of the act kept the minimum age of marriage for girls at 18, the revised draft added that any girl marrying at 16 with parental permission or with the court’s approval would not be considered a minor.  

  • Manna now remanded in sedition case

    Manna now remanded in sedition case

    A Dhaka court has placed Nagorik Oikya Convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna on a 10-day fresh remand in a sedition case filed against him and BNP leader Sadeque Hossain Khoka.

    Metropolitan Magistrate Ataul Haque passed the order yesterday, responding to a plea of the investigation officer of the case. Manna was produced before the court on completion of his 10-day remand in another case filed for his alleged involvement in inciting the army to grab power.

  • Stipend for madrasa students embezzled

    Despite an affirmative probe report on the embezzlement of stipends allocated for madrasa students of various upazilas in Bhola, authorities are yet to take any action against the perpetrators.

    The Ebtedayee Madrasa authority of Charfashion upazila has allegedly swindled a large amount of money by showing hundreds of fake students in 18 madrasas.

  • Activists observe Int’l Women’s Day

    Hundreds of women, including Dhaka University students, gathered at Central Shaheed Minar on Saturday at midnight to observe International Women’s Day 2015.

    The “Amrai Pari” campaign was jointly organised by Amrai Pari Paribarik Nirjaton Protirodh Jot and Dhaka University.

    The women held up candles to advocate violence-free humanitarian politics and equal partnership of men and women at all levels. 

  • Power sector security boost lacks spark

    A Power Division directive to beef up security at key power sector installations is suffering from a lack of energy, as companies slowly work out how to make improvements.

    The parliamentary standing committee on the Power‚ Energy And Mineral Resources Ministry recently asked the government to improve security at power sector offices and installations.

    But outside the entrance to the state-owned Power Development Board (PDB) headquarters, Bidyut Bhaban, security guards do not even bother to conduct body-searches. They just sit idle.

  • Road accidents kill 5 in Bogra, 2 in Mymensingh

    Five people, including a mother and her son, were killed and eight others were injured when a truck driver lost control over the steering wheel in Baghopara Bazar area in Bogra sadar upazila yesterday morning.

    The dead are Afroza Akhter, 30, and her son Nurul Islam, 8, Loya Mia, Shanto, 40, and Ahmad Ali.

    Bogra Sadar police station Officer-in-Charge Abul Basher said the driver of an iron rod-laden truck rammed a rickshaw and ploughed into a roadside fruit shop on the Bogra-Rangpur Highway around 10:30am.

  • Journalist beaten up

    A local journalist of daily Kaler Kantho, who reported a graft allegation against the ruling party men in the district received severe injuries after the miscreants beat up him yesterday.

    According to sources, local Awami Legue leader Mostofa Kamal, also   Moisatua UP chairman and his supporters beat up Abdur Rahman brutally ,the correspondent of the daily for a news on corruption of Monohorganj upazila published on the day.

    When contacted, Monohorganj police station Officer-in-Charge Abdul Hi confirmed the incident. 

  • Youth crushes under train wheels

    A youth was killed when he came under the wheels of a train at a level-crossing in Jorarganj of Mirsarai, Chittagong yesterday morning.

    The dead Md Mostafa, 25, was son of Abul Kalam of Chinkirhat area of Jorarganj.

    When inquired, Hinguli union’s Chairman Iftekhar Uddin Bhuiyan Pintu told Dhaka Tribune that the youth was crushed under train wheels at College Gate level-crossing around 8am.

    “He could not hear the train’s whistle as he was wearing earphones. The train ran him over, leaving him spot dead,” said the union chairman. 

  • 19 injured in political violence

    Railway authorities suspend CU shuttle train after arson attackAt least 17 people along with a doctor of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) and a police constable were injured in separate crude bombings in the capital yesterday.

    Mazharul Islam, officer-in-charge of Tejgaon police station, said minutes after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s motorcade crossed Karwan Bazar underpass area a number of crude bombs were blasted. Assistant Sub-Inspector Mahbub was hit by splinters in the blast and was taken to a hospital.

    The premier was on her way to Suhrawardy Udyan to address a rally marking the historic day of March 7.

  • SUST students face serious session jam

    The ongoing blockade and general strikes of the BNP have largely hampered studies at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology in Sylhet.

    No classes and examinations have been held at the university for quite a long time, which have subjected the students to a long session jam.

    The length of the session jam at some departments has reached as many as four months, with the six-month semesters remaining incomplete even after 10 months.

  • Wheat cultivation exceeds target

    With an expectation of getting bumper productions like previous years, farmers in Thakurgaon have cultivated wheat in their lands this season, exceeding target in the district. 

    The Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) took up a plan to farm wheat on 58,427 hectares of lands in the district with production target of 1,63,596 tonnes.

    Around 65,500 hectares of land have been brought under cultivation of the wheat, one of the high value crops, this year, according to sources at the DAE.

  • Rights organisations demand eviction of Bangali settlers

    To stop rape and torture on the women in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangalee settlers and army personnel should be evicted immediately, opined different rights organisations yesterday.

    Chittagong Hill Tracts Nari Sangha Chairman Sonali Chakma and Hill Women’s Federation Chairman Nirupa Chakma made the remark referring to the recent gang rape of a pregnant housewife in Rangamati’s Kaukkhali upazila.

  • Making democracy more functional

    Political commentators, former bureaucrats and thinkers have called for a lasting solution to the recurring problem that Bangladesh faces before and after every national election.

    The observations came evidently with the current political context in mind. A bitter two-month political standoff between BNP-led anti-government campaigners and the Awami League-led government has hemorrhaged commerce and manufacturing.

  • The difference in five years

    The difference in five years

    Five years ago at Lord’s, the Bangladesh cricketers copped heavy criticism from outspoken English legend Geoffrey Boycott during the first Test match. England, asked to bat first, posted a massive 505 all-out in their first innings with Jonathan Trott leading the way with a fine knock of 226. A loyal patriot, Boycott, who is staunchly proud of his Yorkshire roots, was having a field day in the commentary box, praising his country and at the same time criticising the Tigers for their apparent lack of ability.

  • Smashing the boundaries

    Smashing the boundaries

    Making great strides for Bangladeshi women, the steady and solemn Salma Khatun is a national treasure.

    Captain of the Bangladesh National Women’s Cricket team, she is also the top all-rounder in the ICC T20 rankings.

    Hailing from a village in Khulna, the 24-year-old is a bold refutation of the stereotype people have of women from rural Bangladesh – not only because of her world-class performance on the field, but also because of her broad-minded perspective on life, leadership and gender politics.

  • SSC exams of today, Tuesday postponed

    The government postponed the SSC and equivalent examinations scheduled for today and Tuesday due to fresh hartal called by the BNP-led 20-party alliance.

    BNP-led 20 party alliance called a fresh 72-hour nationwide hartal beginning today.

    The hartal will be enforced from 6am and will continue till 6am on Wednesday, BNP Joint Secretary General Salahuddin Ahmed said in a press release issued yesterday in the afternoon.

  • Nagaland mob victim identified as Indian

    The nationality of Syed Farid Khan, the man lynched by a mob of thousands in Nagaland, is now beyond doubt.

    Farid Khan, also known as Sarif Uddin, was from Bosla village in Karimganj district in southern Assam.

    “The Khans have been there for generations, like many Bengali-speaking Muslims in the Barak Valley [of south Assam],” Sanjib Gohain Baruah, the deputy commissioner of Karimganj, told the Hindustan Times.

  • Encourage equality all year round

    Much remains to be done to empower women and help everyone reach their potentialWe welcome the platform provided by International Women’s Day to celebrate the accomplishments of women all over the world and to reflect on the challenges every country faces in achieving equality and closing the gender gap.

    However, it is vital that government and policy-makers keep in mind that supporting equality needs to be a year round practice, not an annual aspiration.

    If Bangladesh is to ensure gender equality, much more needs to be accomplished in improving women’s particpation and authority in public and business life.

  • Government must act to save our ilish

    Enforce the law properly in fish markets. Conservation will benefit consumers and fishermen alikeConsumers and fishermen have no reason not to be aware of the well established restrictions on the catching of jatka, the young ilish fish that spawns each October.

    The law provides clear fines and the possibility of up to 2 years imprisonment for anyone  found catching, storing, transporting or selling jatkas between November and June.

    However, it is still the case that markets at this time of the year are full of people openly buying and selling jatka (ilish fry)which are less than 10 inches in length.

  • ‘Rise up against the queen of militants’

    ‘Rise up against the queen of militants’

    On the 44th anniversary of her father’s rousing 19-minute speech, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina spoke for 35 minutes yesterday mostly harping on political rhetoric at the Suhrawardy Udyan.

    The premier had little to say about how the ongoing political crisis might end. But she made a call to the people urging them to resist violence.

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