DhakaTribune
Wednesday November 22, 2017 04:59 PM



  • Evening Brief

    UN concerned over BNP's city polls withdrawal

    UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has expressed concern over BNP's withdrawal from the polls to Dhaka and Chittagong City Corporations in the middle of the voting day.

    7-storey building tilts in Jatrabari 

    A seven-storey building has tilted at Lichubagan Dholpur area in capital's Jatrabari.

    Record opening stand stuns Pakistan 

  • UN concerned over BNP’s city polls withdrawal

    UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has expressed concern over BNP's withdrawal from the polls to Dhaka and Chittagong City Corporations in the middle of the voting day.

    The UN chief expressed concern during a telephonic conversation with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday afternoon, reports BSS.

    PM's Press Secretary AKM Shameem Chowdhury briefed reporters after 14-minute conversation between Hasina and Ban Ki-moon.

    Talking about the recently held city polls, the UN secretary general said BNP's participation in the polls was relieving.

  • ‘US to remain engaged in Bangladesh’s uplift strides’

    Visiting US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman has renewed her government's commitment to remain engaged in Bangladesh's development strides in the days ahead as she highly appreciated its impressive socioeconomic development.

    Wendy Sherman's assurancement came when she called on Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali at the State Guest House Padma in Dhaka on Friday.

    The under secretary is in Dhaka to participate in the 4th Round of Bangladesh-US Partnership Dialogue.

  • PM vows to defeat poverty

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has vowed to reduce poverty in Bangladesh.

    She came up with the vow at her May Day speech at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in Dhaka Friday afternoon.

    She said in the rest of her tenure, more 10% poverty will be curbed.

    While addressing the programme marking the historic May Day, the prime minister also said the government is working on to ensure the proper facilities for women workers.

    “The government has taken several steps to ensure the rights of the workers in its tenure,” she said.

  • Sherman meets Khaleda

    US Under Secretary of States for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman has met BNP Chairperson Kheleda Zia at her Gulshan office in the capital.

    Sherman, accompanied by US envoy in Dhaka Marcia Stephens Bloom Bernicat, went to the office of BNP chief at 4:30pm on Friday, Khaleda’s press wing official Syrul Kabir Khan Sohel told the Dhaka Tribune.

    The current political situation including recently held city corporation polls in Dhaka and Chittagong was discussed during the meeting, Syrul added.

  • Dhk-Ctg-Sylhet rail services resume after 7 hours

    Rail communications on Dhaka-Chittagong, Dhaka-Sylhet and Chittagong-Sylhet routes have been restored after about seven hours halt as a freight train derailed at Comilla Sadar South Upazila.

    Loksham Railway Junction Locoshed In-charge Md Mizanur Rahman said rail communications started at 4pm on Friday.

    The rail communications has been cut off after two wheels of a goods-laden train derailed in at Alishor Comilla around 8:45am.

    A salvage train from Loksham went to the spot around 10:30am.

  • Pakistan denies beef food allegations

    Pakistani Embassy in Kathmandu has refused media reports that some food items sent by Pakistan as relief aid to Nepal contain cow meat, reports Kathmandu Post.

    This is out-rightly untrue as the facts are different, said the embassy.

    The embassy said Pakistan’s assistance contains food bags in which the contents are clearly mentioned.

  • Midday Brief

    7-storey building tilts in Jatrabari 

    A seven-storey building has tilted at Lichubagan Dholpur area in capital's Jatrabari. Fire Service headquarters duty officer Inspector Shahajadi Sultana told the Dhaka Tribune the building, holding no 35/5, has tilted on Friday afternoon.

    Chittagong’s rail link snapped 

  • 7-storey building tilts in Jatrabari

    A seven-storey building has tilted at Lichubagan Dholpur area in capital's Jatrabari.

    Fire Service headquarters duty officer Inspector Shahajadi Sultana told the Dhaka Tribune the building, holding no 35/5, has tilted on Friday afternoon.

    She said: “Fire rangers have already evacuated everyone and sealed the area off."

    She said Rajuk authorities have been informed to carry out inspection of the building.

    None has been injured in the incident, she added.

  • Record opening stand stuns Pakistan

    Both Bangladesh openers – Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes – scored centuries, against the touring Pakistan on the fourth day in the second innings of the first test in Khulna. 

    After 61 overs of batting on the fourth day Bangladesh trail by 23 runs with 10 wickets remaining. 

  • Chittagong’s rail link snapped

    The rail communication of Chittagong with Dhaka and Sylhet has been cut off after two wheels of a goods-laden train derailed in Comilla.

    The incident took place at Alishor around 8:45am Friday.

    Loksham Railway Junction Locoshed In-charge Md Mizanur Rahman said: “A salvage train from Loksham went to the spot around 10:30am.”

    Comilla Railway Station Assistant Master Md Abu Taher said: “Chittagong-bound Jalalabadh Express have got stuck in Comilla due to the derailment.”

  • May Day today

    The historic May Day is being observed today in the country as elsewhere across the world with a pledge to establish the rights of workers.

    The May Day, also known as International Workers’ Solidarity Day, commemorates the historic uprising of working people in Chicago, USA, at the height of a prolonged fight for an eight-hour workday.

    The day is a public holiday.

  • BEZA wants 5% interest be paid by Govt against EZs loan

    Bangladesh Economic Zones Authority (BEZA) has demanded the government pay 5% extra interest against the loan to be taken from the Bangladesh Infrastructure Finance Fund Limited (BIFFL) for acquiring land for three economic zones.

    The actual interest rate against the loan will be the bank rate plus 5%, which may be 13%. BEZA wants the 5% interest be paid by the government to BIFFL.

  • DSE places proposals to fix market

    Dhaka Stock Exchange has put forward a set of proposals, including removal of confusions, to the securities regulator in an effort to save the market from the brink of collapse.

    DSE proposals include proper categorisation of newly listed companies and re-fixation of charge of the Central Depository Bangladesh Limited (CDBL).

    The proposals were placed at a meeting with the Bangladesh Securities and Exchange Commission (BSEC) at its office yesterday.

  • Banks asked to remain cautious about harassment of female bankers

    All the banks have been asked to remain watchful about any sort of harassment against their female employees for ensuring a woman-friendly working atmosphere in the country’s banking sector.

    The central bank came up with the advice at the bankers’ meeting held at its headquarters in the city yesterday with its governor AtiurRahman in the chair.

  • Three cops shot during clash between councilor contestant supporters

    At least 13 people including three policemen were injured in a post-election clash between two groups of ruling Awami League (AL) men at Shershah area in Chittagong city yesterday afternoon.

    The injured law enforcers – Sub Inspector Sayem, Assistant Sub Inspector Sanjib of Bayezid Police Station and Constable Manik of Chittagong Metropolitan Police Line – were admitted at Chittagong Medical College Hospital with stray bullet injuries, police said.

  • Labourer crisis hits boro harvest in Rajshahi

    Rajshahi farmers are now worried as they could not harvest Boro paddy due to acute crisis of farm labourers.

    Traditionally, farm labourers harvest paddy in exchange of paddy, but this year they are not interested to harvest paddy because of lower price compared to previous years, said local sources.

    Farmers while talking to the Dhaka Tribune said generally labourers from nearby districts come to cut their paddy during harvesting period, but this year farm laboureer are not coming due to lower price of paddy.

  • PM: Construct quake-tolerant buildings

    ’25 polytechnic institutions, 3 for women, to be launched’Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday urged the country's engineers to make sure that quake-tolerant infrastructures and buildings are built in the country following the building code.

    "Since Bangladesh is a quake-prone area, you [engineers] will have to give special attention so that quake-tolerant infrastructures and buildings are built in the future and everyone follows the building code," she said.

  • Lecturer arrested on rape charge in Gazipur

    Police have arrested a college teacher from the district in a case booked by one of his students on charge of molestation.

    Later, the law-enforcers made the arrest yesterday and placed Abdul Ali Swapan, 30, English lecturer of Kazi Azim Uddin College, before a local court that sent him to jail. He is son of late Edris Ali, from Noiyanpur area of Joydevpur upazila.

    On the other hand, the victim was sent to Shaheed Tajuddin Ahmad Medical College Hospital for physical test. The college girl launched the case with Kaliganj police station around 12:30am.

  • Zia’s grave partially damaged, 6 PWD men quizzed

    The decoration of late president Ziaur Rahman's grave in the capital's Sher-e-Bangla Nagar was partially damaged by unidentified miscreants.

    The damage was first noticed by Mizanur Rahman, a cleaner of the grave appointed by BNP, yesterday morning.

    Visiting the place, it was seen that 11 out of the 118 pieces of marble slabs at the grave of the BNP founder were damaged – six were demolished completely and five were partially broken.

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