Sunday March 25, 2018 11:36 AM

  • Padma Bridge budget slashed by Tk235 crore

    Allocation for the Tk20,507 crore fast-tracked Padma Bridge project has been cut by Tk235 crore in the revised FY 2014-15 budget because of delays in project implementation, officials said.

    According to the latest Bridges Division review,  just 5% of main construction work had been completed as of March.

    The revised FY2014-15 budget, including supplementary approvals and allocation demands, was published yesterday by the Finance Division.

    A Finance Division official said because the project is politically sensitive, larger reductions were not made.

  • 15 shot by police in eviction drive

    15 shot by police in eviction drive

    DNCC official with magistracy power wanted to penalise unauthorised shops in BananiAt least 15 people sustained bullet injuries when police opened fire on traders after an altercation with a Dhaka North City Corporation official, acting as magistrate, during an eviction drive in the capital's Banani Super Market yesterday morning.

    The injured include traders, two pedestrians and a security guard of the market. Of them, 10 were admitted to Kurmitola Hospital, four to Dhaka Medical College Hospital, while critically injured Al-Amin was taken to the National Institute of Ophthalmology.

  • Has BNP won by losing?

    Has BNP won by losing?

    While justifying the half-way boycott of the Dhaka and Chittagong city elections, BNP Standing Committee member Moudud Ahmed alleged that armed ruling party activists occupied all polling centres, excepting one or two, by 8:30am and finished voting by 9am. All polling agents of the BNP-backed candidates were driven out of the polling centres to allow for the casting of false votes, he claimed.

    But the final results published by the EC show that the BNP claim that polling in all centres ended essentially by 9am is not credible.

  • Sherman meets PM, seeks tips to deal with global terrorism

    The United States yesterday sought tips from Bangladesh to deal with global terrorism and extremism saying that many countries in the world can replicate the experiences of Bangladesh in addressing the issue.

    US Under Secretary of States for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman said this during a meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her Ganabhaban residence in the evening. PM’s ICT Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy and US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Desai Biswal was present.

  • 65 Jamaat-Shibir men indicted for vandalism in Motijheel

    A Dhaka court has indicted 65 leaders and activists of Bangladesh Jamaat-e Islami and its student wing Islami Chhatra Shibir in a case of vandalism and arson at Motijheel area in the capital.

    Metropolitan Magistrate Tariq Moinul Islam Bhuiyan framed the charges against the accused yesterday and fixed June 10 to start the trial.

    The accused include Jamaat’s Nayeb-e-Ameer Prof Mojubur Rahman, Central Publicity Secretary Tasnim Alam, former lawmaker Golam porwar, and three former Shibir presidents Dr Shafiquel Islam Masud, Dr Fakhruddin Manik and Delwar Hossain.

  • Poll officials held at gunpoint as votes were rigged

    Holding officers at gunpoint, ruling party men snatched ballot papers, stamped on the symbols of their candidates indiscriminately, while law enforcers watched silently, several election officers, stationed in the capital during Tuesday’s city polls, have told the Dhaka Tribune.

  • Polling officers recount how it happened

    The huge number of votes that BNP-sponsored candidates polled in the three recently-concluded city corporation elections has caused a few raised eyebrows.

    People are wondering how the BNP-backed candidates could poll such a large number of votes when the party pulled out just four hours after the voting commenced.

    Many believe if BNP-backed mayoral candidates would not have pulled out midway through the voting the result could have been otherwise.

  • Nasim: BNP regrets quitting city corporation polls

    Health Minister Mohammad Nasim yesterday said the BNP was now regretting its decision to quit the city corporation election.

    BNP leadership including Khaleda Zia is now regretting its pulling out of the race as its mayoral aspirants polled over three lakh votes within a few hours of voting, he said.

    The minister said this while speaking as the chief guest at a discussion organised by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) on its premises marking its 17th founding anniversary.

  • Labour rights matter for everyone

    It is an occasion to take stock of efforts and improve fundamental rights relating to employmentToday’s May Day public holiday is celebrated to mark International Worker’s Day.

    It is an occasion to take stock of efforts around the world to protect and improve fundamental human rights relating to employment.

    For Bangladesh, the Rana Plaza disaster has served as a watershed moment to improve working conditions and draw more attention to labour rights. It has rightly focused huge attention on improving factory safety in the  RMG industry.

  • Heritage is not just about the past

    Restoring sites in a way that makes visitors’ experience more appealing is a great way to stimulate new interest in culture and historyWe applaud the remarks made by the Korean ambassador about the importance of preserving historic sites and celebrating the rich heritage of Bangladesh.

    Speaking during a visit to the Folk Arts Museum to see the progress of the Baro Sardar Bari restoration projects at Sonargon, the ambassador commented that the works would not only boost cultural appreciation, but also help to attract more tourists from both Bangladesh and overseas.

  • Quod erat demonstrandum

    Quod erat demonstrandum

    Until the city corporation polls in Dhaka and Chittagong on Tuesday it had been more or less conventional wisdom among the chattering classes that the BNP had made a huge blunder by boycotting the January 5 national elections last year.

    The BNP argued that elections held under the supervision of the ruling AL were bound to be rigged and thus they refused to participate, handing the elections to the AL in what essentially amounted to a walk-over.

    The difficulty the BNP faced was that they had no way to prove their hypothesis.

  • Workers, not slaves

    She could barely keep her eyes open. She’d been cleaning the house since dawn, chopping produce for the festivities of the following day. She’d been washing the utensils alone for hours. She was worn out. But now she had to prepare a special dinner for her employer’s extended family coming to celebrate the night before Eid.

  • US to Cuba, finally

    President Obama made history recently when he met with Cuban President Raul Castro one-to-one at the Annual American Summit. This is the first time, in more than 50 years, that a US president has sat with his Cuban counterpart since, for the last five decades, the US has been at loggerheads with Cuba.

  • Khulna’s joy turns into despair

    Khulna’s joy turns into despair

    The city of Khulna was absolutely joyous. After all, the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium was hosting the first of two Test matches between Bangladesh and Pakistan. Bangladesh performed incredibly in the 2015 ICC World Cup and in the limited-over leg of the ongoing bilateral home series against Pakistan and the Tigers’ form only added to the fans’ excitement. The roads were decorated, road-side concerts were hosted regularly and everyone went crazy after getting their hands on a prized ticket.

  • Tigers eighth in ODIs for very first time

    Bangladesh have jumped into the number eight position for the very first time as the International Cricket Council released the latest one-day international team rankings. The Tigers have left Pakistan, Ireland, Zimbabwe and Afghanistan in their wake. The West Indies are a place above Bangladesh in seventh although both the teams have 88 rating points each. England are a further six rating points ahead in sixth.

  • Disappointed Mushfiq lambasts wayward bowlers

    Disappointed Mushfiq lambasts wayward bowlers

    Bangladesh Test captain Mushfiqur Rahim blasted his bowlers for dishing out too many bad deliveries. The wicketkeeper-batsman termed this as the chief reason behind the home side’s miserable state in the ongoing Khulna Test against Pakistan at Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium.

  • Bobita in Singapore

    Bobita in Singapore

    Currently, actress Bobita is in Singapore getting a health check-up. She went there about eight to ten days ago. Apart from her visit at the doctor’s, she also wants to see different places and get some of personal things done while she is at it.

    In an interview, she mentioned that it was Afzal Chowdhury who came up with the screen name Bobita for her. Actress Boby’s actual nickname is Poppy and she was born in an educated family.

  • Helmut Dietl, 70, dies

    Helmut Dietl, 70, dies

    Bavarian-born director, writer and producer Helmut Dietl  recently passed away from lung cancer. He was 70.

    Once described as “the German answer to Woody Allen”, Dietl was known to international audiences largely for his send-up of the fake Hitler diaries saga in the 1992 film Schtonk!, which was subsequently nominated for a best foreign language film Academy Award.

  • Distribution Rewired: helping filmmakers explore new distribution channels

    The Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) has taken up an initiative to launch a two-day long event called Distribution Rewired to support filmmakers and help them connect with online distributors. This “market” is one that is solely dedicated to emerging distribution models that include “direct” and “self-distribution.”

  • Google ‘should be allowed in examinations’

    It is inevitable search engines such as Google will be allowed in public examinations, including GCSEs and A-Levels, the head of an exam board says.

    OCR chief Mark Dawe told the Today programme allowing internet use in exam rooms reflected the way pupils learned and how they would work in future.

    He said students would still need a basis of knowledge and would have limited time to conduct searches.

    The Campaign for Real Education condemned the idea as "dumbing down".

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