Sunday February 18, 2018 07:51 AM

  • Savar gas pipeline crack yet to be fixed

    The crack found in the gas pipeline on the Turag riverbed in Savar is yet to be fixed even though three days have passed since the identification of the fault.

    Necessary cautionary steps have not also been taken to avert possible accidents. Thus, residents of the nearby areas have expressed grave concern and fear of an imminent accident.

  • Shyamoli RMG factory catches fire

    A fire broke out at a garment factory housed in a multi-storey building in the capital’s Shamoli area.

    The fire broke out on the 8th floor of the factory of Bilash Garments at around 11.30pm Tuesday. 14 units of fire fighters brought the fire under control around 12am.

    Fire Service and Civil Defence control room Inspector Muhammad Ali endorsed the information to the Dhaka Tribune.

    The operation was underway and it will take some more time to compile the report, said the official.

  • 2 arrested with 14 guns in capital

    Police last night arrested two arms dealers from the capital’s South Keraniganj area and recovered 14 one-shooter guns from their possession.

    On information, a team of police and detectives set up a check post on South Keraniganj Link Road of the Dhaka-Mawa Highway and made the arrests, OC Jamal Uddin Mir of South Keraniganj police said.

    The arrestees are Mizanur Rahman, 30, and Faruque, 32.

  • Manna hospitalised

    Indoor medical officer suggests blood test for MannaDetectives last night took Nagorik Oikya Convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna, now on remand in a sedition case, to Dhaka Medical College Hospital for treatment as he complained of chest pain.

    A team of Detective Branch of police admitted Manna to the emergency unit around 11:05pm. Following primary check-up, he was shifted to the Coronary Care Unit (CCU) of the hospital.

    Dr Tawsif, the indoor medical officer at the unit, said he had checked blood pressure of the former Awami League leader and suggested that his blood be examined.

  • ACC to sue 3 Sonali Bank officials

    The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) is set to file two cases against five people, including three officials of Sonali Bank, for allegedly swindling out over Tk26.5 crore from the bank.

    The commission at its regular meeting yesterday decided to file the cases against them, ACC Public Relations Officer Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya said.

  • Govt takes afforestation programme on 6,538 hectares in coastal belt

    The government has undertaken a plan to bring 6,538 hectares of land and 621km from nine coastal districts under the social afforestation programme.

    Environment and Forest Minister Anwar Hossain yesterday told Jatiya Sangsad that the aforementioned land would be brought under the social afforestation programme during the current financial year.

  • Interdisciplinary scholar to head BUFT’s FDT

    Interdisciplinary scholar to head BUFT’s FDT

    With the inclusion of interdisciplinary US scholar and researcher Anna Troupe as the head of the Department of Fashion and Technology, the BUFT has now grown much stronger in its efforts to reach global standards.

    Troupe, based in the North Carolina State University in the USA, holds a MS degree in textile technology, specialising in product design.

    Off late, she has been doing a research on the readymade garment sector in Bangladesh with special focus on comprehensive sustainability.

  • Women’s care work still remains unvalued

    Women’s most of the work hours go unvalued as women work more hours in a day in terms of unpaid care work than men do, a study said.

    The study found that men spend far less time in care work (1 hour) and more time in productive work (8 hours) compared to women (almost 6 hours in unpaid care work and 5 hours in productive work).

  • Gunfight over tender submission at Bidyut Bhaban

    Rival groups opened fire and blasted several crude bombs over submission of tender documents at Bidyut Bhaban in the capital’s Shahbagh yesterday. A youth was hurt in the clash.

    Police said the incident took place around 11:30am, which was the last day for dropping tender for the extension work of the Tejgaon power sub-station and the Madartek sub-station costing Tk42 lakh and Tk31 lakh respectively under the Dhaka Power Distribution Company.

  • Francophone week to start tomorrow

    Francophone week to start tomorrow

    A week long Francophone festival will begin tomorrow in Dhaka and Chittagong to celebrate French language and the International Organisation of La Francophonie.

    The French ambassador to Bangladesh Aubert Sophie made the disclosure at a press conference in the capital’s Alliance Francaise yesterday morning. The theme of the event for 2015 is ‘le Francais, langue hospitaliere’ which means ‘French, a hospitable language.’

  • 72 hrs given to remove OC of Boalia police station

    Leaders of transport workers in Rajshahi issued threat with unidentified transport strike in western part of the country if the officer-in-charge of Boalia police station Alamgir Hossain is not withdrawn within 72 hours for his alleged extortion and corruption.

    Leaders issued the threat yesterday afternoon after a protest rally followed by a procession at Shiroil bus terminal in the city.

  • Pit coal found in Kishoreganj riverbed

    Pit coal found in Kishoreganj riverbed

    Locals in Nilganj of Kishoreganj Sadar upazila are using a type of black soil found in the bed of the Narsunda River as fuel.

    Masudul Hasan, associate professor of geography at Gurudayal Government College in Kishoreganj, identified the soil as pit coal.

    He said the soil could be used for a range of other purposes, including organic fertiliser. “It could lead to better harvest if used as fertiliser.” The soil was found in almost two kilometres of the riverbed during the ongoing dredging.

  • Two Bangladeshis kidnapped in Libya

    Fundamentalist Islamic State militants are believed to have kidnapped two Bangladeshis among the nine foreigners they took hostage in Libya on Friday.

    The Foreign Ministry confirmed the identities of the Bangladeshis as Helal Uddin from Jamalpur and Mohammad Anowar Hossain from Noakhali.

    A press release said Anowar was at first mistakenly identified as a Sudanese national with a similar name. However, his identification was later confirmed by a Bangladeshi working at a neighbouring oil field.

  • Madaripur farmers turning their back on betel

    Many farmers who would grow betel in Shibchar now produce turmeric, eggplant, chilli, white radish, tomato, rice, jute and some other cropsFarmers in Madaripur are losing interest in growing betel for lack of financial assistance and not getting fair prices.

    Nearly 5,000 families of the district’s betel growers are in financial hardship. Many betel farmers have switched to another crop and even changed their profession.

    Increased prices of required materials has also caused farmers to stop growing betel in Madaripur, where it used to be widely grown in the seventies.

    There were vast tracts of betel fields in Kalkini and Shibchar, and production was satisfactory till the eighties.

  • Can Bonya identify Avijit’s killers?

    Can Bonya identify Avijit’s killers?

    At least five youths in jeans pants and T-shirts hacked writer-blogger Avijit Roy to death on Dhaka University campus. His wife, who was severely injured while trying to defend herself, also says she will be able to identify them.

    In their mid-20s, the youths were clean-shaven, Avijit’s wife Rafida Ahmed Bonya told her father-in-law Prof Ajoy Roy over the phone recently.

  • 4 get life term for murder

    A court yesterday in the district awarded life term to four people for killing a youth in 2009.

    The convicts are Abdus Salam, 26, son of Hazrat Pramanik, Rakibul Islam, 28, son of Ayen Sarkar, Jewel Ahmed, 30, son of Sohrab Ali, and Abdul Jabbar,22, son of Yeasin Ali, of Shumadhyamarich village in Ullahpara upazila.

    Additional District and Sessions Judge Fazle Khoda Najir handed down the verdict, acquitting two other accused of the case as allegations brought against them were not proved.

  • 400 trees illegally axed; sold by UP chairman

    Around 400 trees on both sides of the Basin Road under Kamadia Union in Gobindaganj upazila of the district were felled and sold off yesterday.  

    According to sources, Mosahed Chowdhury Bablu, the UP cahirman cut down the trees and sold it illegally with the help of Santosh Chandar, a local influential person, also the president of Basin Samity in the union.

    Locals and the UP member Majidul Islam Putul said the chairman cut down the trees and embezzled Tk4 lakh by selling it.

  • Rubel: This World Cup itself was a challenge for me

    Rubel: This World Cup itself was a challenge for me

    Rubel Hossain simply put the icing on the complete team effort on Monday as Bangladesh knocked out the inventor of cricket England from the World Cup to reach the quarterfinals for the first time in five editions. It was a pressure game no doubt and the stage was even difficult for the fast bowler Rubel who has been in the headlines for “personal reasons” and is only part of the Tigers World Cup squad because a local court granted him bail until the end of the tournament.

  • Small traders suffer the brunt of continuous blockade, hartals

    More than two months into the on-going blockade and hartal enforced by the BNP-led 20-party alliance, the situation seems to be getting worse for the small traders in Savar.

    Lack of customers, shortage in raw materials supply and hike in the transportation fare have resulted in huge loss for these traders who operate with only a small capital.

    Many businesses have been shut down due to the losses and many traders are also contemplating to close down.

  • Adivasi girl raped

    A 13-year old adivasi girl was raped by a gang of miscreants at Nunchchari village under Dighinala upazila of Khagrachari on Monday night.

    The victim, a student of class X at Babuchchara High School, was undergoing treatment at the Khagrachari Adhunik Sadar Hospital, police said.

    Tighinala police station officer-in-charge M Shahadat Hossain Tito said they have arrested a man named M Shahriar Sohel, 29, on charge of his involvement in the incident.

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