DhakaTribune
Saturday November 18, 2017 04:22 AM



  • Bangladeshis in the UK general election

    Six are running with Labour tickets and one each for Conservatives and Liberal DemocratsEight British citizens of Bangladeshi origin are running in today’s general elections in the UK, with blessings from the three major political parties.

    Of them, six – the highest – are running with the opposition Labour Party’s banner and one each under the banners of ruling coalition partners the Conservative Party and the Liberal Democrats.

  • Al-Qaeda proxy in Bangladesh

    New video strengthens suspicion of Ansarullah’s terror linksDetectives suspect that local militants Ansarullah Bangla Team may be linked with the international Al-Qaeda and has been working as a proxy of “Al-Qaeda in the Indian Sub-Continent” – AQIS, in Bangladesh and Myanmar.

    According to the investigators, the plan to set up Al-Qaeda in the sub-continent to establish an Islamic state was first exposed in September last year.

  • New mayors vow liveable cities

    New mayors vow liveable cities

    The newly-elected mayors and councillors of the three city corporations in Dhaka and Chittagong have promised to implement their pledges at their oath-taking ceremony yesterday.

    Annisul Huq, Sayeed Khokon and AJM Nasir Uddin – the pro-Awami League mayors of Dhaka North, South and Chittagong – were sworn in yesterday morning, six days after the Election Commission declared them winners.

  • Rescue operation begins to salvage ship

    Department of Forests started to remove fertiliser yesterday from the cargo vessel which capsized in the Bhola River at the Swarankhola area of the Sundarbans on Sunday.

  • Indian bill paves way to LBA

    The map of Bangladesh could be in for changes as the Indian parliament has passed a constitution amendment bill paving the way for ratifying and implementing the decades old Land Boundary Agreement between the neighbours.

    The implementation of the agreement would lead to Bangladesh relinquishing enclaves within India of over 7,000 acres with a population of 17,000. India would have to give up enclaves with a total area of over 17,000 acres with 37,000 people.

  • Alleged robber killed in ‘gunfight’

    A suspected robber and three police personnel were killed in a gunfight at Bagmara upazila in Khulna.

    Additional Deputy Commissioner of Khulna Metropolitan Police SM Moniruzzaman Mithu said a team of police had gone to the Burir Bagan area along with AL-Mamun, who was arrested earlier in connection with a robbery, to recover arms and ammunition on Tuesday night, when his accomplices opened fire on law enforcers, triggering a gun battle.

  • Two crushed under wheels of train in Gazipur

    Two unidentified people were killed under the wheels of a train in the Gazipur district yesterday.

    ASI Dadon Mia of Joydebpur police station said a man was killed near the Mouchak railway station when a train coming from Lalmonirhat hit him.

    In another incident, an unidentified man was critically injured in the Dhirasrom area on the Dhaka-Mymensingh Railway when a train coming from Mymensingh hit him.

    Later, he was sent to Dhaka Medical College Hospital where he died.

  • Two international human traffickers arrested

    The Rapid Action Battalion has arrested two members of an international gang of human traffickers running business in the country.

    One of the accused, Faisal R Rashid alias Reyal, 30, was apprehended in East Baniya area, Khulna around 12:30am, and the other, Md Mujibur Rahman, 50, was nabbed in front of the IDB Bhaban at Agargaon in the capital around 11am yesterday.

    RAB 2 Commanding Officer Lt Col SM Masud Rana revealed the information at a press conference yesterday.

  • Joy urges media to serve impartial news

    Sajeeb Wazed Joy, speaking at a seminar yesterday, urged the media to remain impartial in delivering news, regardless of whether the matter favours the government or not; he alleged that a fraction of journalists practice yellow journalism and denigrate the achievements of the government.

    Referring to a news from a Bangla national daily that listed 40 complaints regarding alleged rigging in the April 28 city polls, the prime minister’s ICT affairs adviser said that certain media organisations are bringing government and the election commission into disrepute.

  • 38 BNP leaders, including Khaleda Zia indicted in Jatrabari arson case

    Two separate charge sheets were submitted against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and 37 leaders and activists of the BNP-led 20-party alliance in an arson attack on a bus on January 23 in the capital’s Jatrabari area.

    Sub-Inspector Bashir Ahmed of the Detective Branch (DB) of police, also the investigation officer of the cases, submitted the charge sheets yesterday to the Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrates’ court (CMM).

    The charge sheets were submitted in two separate cases – one for killing and the other under the Explosive Substances Act.

  • Water, power crisis add to the brunt of summer heat

    A rampant water and power crisis along with the excessive heat this summer has made life almost intolerable in Chittagong and its adjoining areas.

    People of residential areas are the worst sufferers of the water and power crisis; industrial and business sectors are also being affected due to the shortages, allege the city residents. However the concerned authorities claimed water and power supply conditions across the city are currently better than before.

  • Turmoil again at SBMC as BCL factions face off

    A tense situation has again appeared at Sher-E-Bangla Medical College and Hospital (SBMC) as two rival groups of Chhatra League showed their presence with different activities in last two days.

    Followers of one group, led by Imran Hossain and Anup Das, demonstrated on the campus yesterday morning demanding immediate action against their rivals Monjurul Islam Rafi and Mostafizur Rahman Tuhin.

  • Militant network in bordering areas worries NIA

    Officials of India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) have expressed concerns over the spread of banned militant outfit Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) in its seven-sisters and their taking shelter crossing the porous border.

    At several meetings during their visit to Dhaka since Saturday, the NIA officials asked the Bangladeshi law enforcers to work jointly with a view to uprooting the militant dens in both the countries.

  • Controversy over CU VC intensifies

    The Bangladesh Muktijodha Sangshad, Satkania upazila unit in Chittagong, yesterday protested the allegations which was brought against Chittagong University (CU)’ Vice-Chancellor (VC) Professor Anwarul Azim Arif by another platform of freedom fighters Muktijoddha Odhikar Sangrakkhon Parishad.

    The Bangladesh Muktijodha Sangshad protested derogatory comments, told against CU VC, at a press conference held at Engineer Abdul Khalek auditorium of Chittagong Press Club.

  • Contract prices raised for well drilling by Gazprom

    The government has increased contract prices for the drilling of four wells by Russian energy giant Gazprom under the Energy Division’s fast-track measures.

    The Cabinet Committee on Public Purchase yesterday gave its consent on an Energy Division proposal on increasing the price. The meeting was presided by Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu in the absence of Finance Minister AMA Muhith.

  • Bangladeshi student kidnapped and killed in Malaysia

    At least one Bangladeshi university student was recently killed by kidnappers in Malaysia.

    The body of 22-year-old Raisul Hasan Rabbi, who arrived in Kuala Lumpur only a month ago to study at Lincoln University College, was flown back to Dhaka on April 30, as media reports of Bangladeshi expatriates being abducted and buried in mass graves continue to come in from Thailand.

  • Dhaka-Guwahati bus service yet to begin

    Trial bus service between Dhaka and Guwahati – the largest city in the Indian state of Assam –  is yet to begin due to several limitations of Bangladesh government.

    Earlier, the government planned to launch the passenger bus service on a trial basis on May 2.

    The Tamabil port, which is to be used by the bus service,  is not ready to provide immigration and customs facilities as the construction work has not been completed yet, said the Road Transport and Highways Division (RTHD) officials.

  • Salman Khan jailed for five years

    Salman Khan jailed for five years

    An Indian court sentenced Bollywood star Salman Khan to five years in prison yesterday for killing a homeless man in a 2002 hit-and-run driving incident in Mumbai.

    The man was among five people who were run over in the incident. The actor was charged with culpable homicide.

    Khan had said his driver was behind the wheel, but the judge said the actor was driving the car and was under the influence of alcohol at the time.

  • PDB to build new power plant in Khulna

    State-owned Power Development Board (PDB) is going to build a large dual fuel (gas and furnace oil) combined cycle power plant having a capacity of 200-300MW in Khulna through bidder’s financing.

    “Implementing through bidder’s financing means the contractor will arrange international financing for the project,” PDB Chairman Md Shahinul Islam Khan told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday.

  • Sculptor Novera Ahmed dies

    Novera Ahmed, one of the collaborators of Central Shaheed Minar’s original design, died yesterday in a hospital in Paris. She was 85.

    Born in Kolkata in 1930, Novera Ahmed is considered one of the first modern sculptors of Bangladesh.

    She was awarded a diploma from Camberwell School of Art in London in 1955.

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