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Wednesday November 22, 2017 01:06 AM



  • BNP: Interpol red alert a government drama

    The BNP has alleged that the Interpol red alert against its Senior Vice-Chairman Tarique Rahman is a drama and misleading propaganda.

    “Interpol does not issue any red alert, rather it only publishes the information given to it by the member countries. Interpol only published whatever information Bangladesh has provided,” said Asaduzzaman Ripon, international affairs secretary of the party.

  • Pro-BNP platform unveils election manifesto

    An electoral platform backed by pro-BNP professionals yesterday came up with a common manifesto for its two mayoral aspirants in the Dhaka city elections, promising a liveable, safe and clean city for all.

    Leaders of the platform, Adarsha Dhaka Andolon (ideal Dhaka movement), said the 17-point manifesto was announced for Mirza Abbas and Tabith M Awal who are contesting the April 28 elections for the mayor positions of Dhaka south and north city corporations.

    Several other mayoral aspirants have already announced their manifestos.

  • Ctg hills to be evacuated to avoid landslide casualties

    The Hill Management Committee of Chittagong Division has decided to immediately remove families living in three hilly areas to avoid casualties due to potential landslides during monsoon.

    The decision came at the committee’s 14th meeting held at Chittagong divisional commissioner’s office yesterday from 2:30pm to 4:30pm.

    The areas in question are Motijharna and Batali Hill and the adjoining hills, Probortok Hill and Ispahani Hill, Divisional Commissioner Mohammad Abdullah told reporters after the meeting.

  • Dhaka Tribune photographer wins BPJA photo contest

    To celebrate the Bangla New Year 1422, Bangladesh Photojournalists’ Association organised Ruposi Bangla National Photo Contest and Exhibition 2015, inaugurated at the National Press Club in the capital last Monday.

    Syed Zakir Hossain, chief photographer of the Dhaka Tribune, won the first prize in the contest participated by 70 photographers from all over the country. Kamrul Hasnat Jashim of the daily Janakantha won the second prize. The third prize was jointly won by Sourav Laskar of the New Age and Kamrul Islam Ratan of the Daily Sun.

  • MP Faruk threatens RU VC over a fine

    Omar Faruk Chowdhury, MP of Rajshahi 1 constituency, allegedly threatened to depose Rajshahi University VC Prof Muhammad Mizanuddin at the VC’s office yesterday over a fine of Tk25 lakh to a medical college.

    Sources at the VC’s office told reporters that MP Faruk, the president of Rajshahi district unit AL, threatened the VC after being denied a meeting.

    The VC was busy in a selection board meeting. At 1:15pm, after the meeting ended, MP Faruk along with his secretary entered the VC’s office and started berating Mizanuddin using abusive language.

  • HC defers order on Salahuddin’s disappearance

    The High Court has fixed April 20 for delivering its order on a writ petition filed over the disappearance of BNP Joint Secretary General Salahuddin Ahmed.

    Responding to a time petition, the High Court bench of Justice Quamrul Islam Siddiqui and Justice Gobinda Chandra Tagore yesterday deferred the date for delivering its judgement. Earlier on April 9, the same bench had fixed April 15 for the hearing.

  • Order on Jamaat men’s contempt next Monday

    A tribunal has fixed April 20 for passing an order on whether contempt of court proceedings will be initiated against Jamaat lawyer Tajul Islam and five Shibir leaders for  their statements to the media following a verdict.

    Justice M Enayetur Rahim, chairman of International Crimes Tribunal 1, passed the order yesterday after hearing arguments from the prosecution and the lawyer of five accused Jamaat-Shibir leaders.

    A defence counsel told the court that his clients have apologised unconditionally to the tribunal. 

  • Jute workers continue protests

    Jute workers continue protests

    Workers of state-owned jute mills in Khulna and Jessore formed human chains yesterday to continue protests as part of an 11-day programme announced to highlight their five-point demand.

    Yesterday’s protests held in front of the factories demanded a 20% dearness allowance for the workers, adequate allocation in jute sector and payment of overdue wages. 

    Yesterday was the sixth day of the 11-day programme announced by CBA-Non CBA Oikya Parishad, and the workers also staged demonstrations and held rallies from 10am to 11am.

  • 12 killed in road accidents

    At least 10 others have also been injuredAt least 12 people were killed in road accidents in Gazipur, Sylhet, Bagerhat,Narsingdi, Gaibandha and Narayanganj districts yesterday.

    Our Gazipur correspondent reports: Four people including a woman were killed and 10 others injured in a collision between a bus and a truck at Kodda in the city.

    Police said a Dhaka-bound bus of Ajmeri Paribahan collided head on with a truck coming from opposition direction around 6:45am, killing four on the spot.

  • Tension at SUST over dept heads’ resignation

    Trouble continued at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) yesterday as students of physics and geography and environment science departments observed another sit-in programme in front of Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Aminul Haque Bhuyan’s office.

    Protesting the resignation of the two departments’ heads, the agitating students started their demonstration around 11am and continued until around 3:30pm, sources said.

  • Jubo League activists vandalise BNP office

    Activists of Jubo League on Tuesday allegedly vandalised Sonatola municipality BNP office and ripped the party’s banners in different areas.

    The untoward situation after the attack persisted in the area yesterday till the filing of this report.

    According to witnesses, the activists vandalised the BNP office in madrasa intersection of the area around 12:30pm after Jahangir Alam Nannu, who has warrants against him, was seen with Selim Hossain, officer-in-charge of Sonatola police station, during the Pohela Boishakh procession organised by New Renesa Club.

  • Number of leprosy patients on the rise

    The number of leprosy patients in Kurigram is increasing as the leprosy identification and rehabilitation programme is being going at a snail’s pace.

    The leprosy eradication programme in the district is not being successful due to lack of skilled human resources and fund crisis.

    As leprosy is contagious, no one including family members wants to get close to such patients for fear of getting infected; the patients are avoided even after getting cured of the disease.

  • Housewife strangled to death for dowry

    A housewife was strangled allegedly by her husband for dowry at Shreepur union of Boalkhali upazila in Chittagong on Tuesday night.

    The victim Priyanka Dey, 24, wife of Riton Dey, 37, who is an expatiate and returned from abroad a few months back,  said Officer-in-Charge of Boalkhali police station Shamsul Islam.

    Police arrested Riton, his father Doyal Hari Dey and mother Jorna Rani Dey from a private hospital in Chittagong city in this connection, added the OC.

  • Tiger bites off visitor’s hand in Gazipur park

    A tiger at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Safari Park in Sreepur bit off a hand of a young visitor yesterday noon.  

    Mahmudul Hasan Onkon, 26, son of Daud Hossain of Kurmitola, was rushed to a local hospital after he lost his hand. 

  • Pohela Boishakh celebrated around country

    Pohela Boishakh celebrated around country

    The nation celebrated Pohela Boishakh, first day of Bangla New Year 1422, on Tuesday amid much festivity and fanfare.

    The day was celebrated in the capital as well as the rest of the country with traditional festivity and fervour. Fairs, colourful processions, cultural events, poetry recitation sessions, dramas and discussions took place marking the day.  

  • Number of pay grades to stay 20

    The proposal to reduce the number of public servants’ pay grades from 20 to 16 – will not be implemented as the process of amending the service rule would be too long, a member of the government review committee has told the Dhaka Tribune.

    The secretary-level committee, tasked with reviewing the National Pay and Service Commission recommendations, has also reportedly decided to disburse the recommended basic salaries and a 5%  yearly increment from the first day of the 2015-16 fiscal year.

  • Iran: Nuclear deal depends on lifting of sanctions

    Iran said yesterday it would only accept a deal over its contested nuclear program if world powers simultaneously lifted all sanctions imposed on it.

    The comments by President Hassan Rouhani came the day after US President Barack Obama was forced to give Congress a say in any future accord – including the right to veto the lifting of sanctions imposed by US lawmakers.

  • EU charges Google in Internet search anti-trust case

    The EU has filed a complaint against Google over its alleged anti-competitive behaviourThe European Union accused Google Inc yesterday of cheating competitors by distorting Internet search results to favor its shopping service, and launched another antitrust investigation into its Android mobile operating system.

    Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said the US tech giant, which dominates Internet search engines worldwide, had been sent a Statement of Objections – effectively a charge sheet – to which it can respond. She also said other probes into Google’s business practices would continue.

  • German air controllers urge remote control of planes

    In response to the Germanwings crash last month, the German air traffic control authority has called on the aviation industry to consider technology that would allow people on the ground to take remote command of a passenger plane and safely land it.

    Voice recording and flight data indicate Germanwings pilot Andreas Lubitz locked his captain out of the cockpit and deliberately steered the Airbus A320 into a mountainside on March 24, killing all 150 passengers and crew on board.

  • Libya’s Haftar ‘betting on military solution’

    The military chief of Libya’s UN-recognised government has expressed doubt about UN-backed talks in Morocco aimed at ending the country’s political split and said that he is “betting on a military solution” if a deal remains elusive.

    General Khalifa Haftar’s comments in a TV interview on Tuesday underscored the obstacles to any agreement between rival governments in Libya.

    Haftar, who commands forces loyal to the Tobruk government, separately told the Associated Press news agency that he does not oppose negotiations outright.

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