Sunday February 18, 2018 07:49 AM

  • What’s in a name? A lot, it turns out

    The world’s health authority has recently sounded the alarm on careless nomenclature, pointing out that the name of a disease can have unexpected adverse effects.

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) has called on scientists, national authorities and the media to follow best practices in naming new human infectious diseases to minimize unnecessary negative effects on nations, economies and people.

  • SSC results on May 30

    Results of the Secondary School Certificate and equivalent examinations 2015 will be published on May 30, said Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid to reporters yesterday at the secretariat.

    The examinations had began on February 6 across the country amid the non-stop countrywide transport blockade enforced by the BNP-led 20-party alliance.

    A total of 1,479,256 students from 27,808 institutions across the country under the 10 educational boards took the examination. Of the total, 763,339 are male students and 715,927 are female students.

  • SC upholds ban on national anthem use as ringtone

    The Supreme Court has upheld a 2010 High Court verdict that declared the use of national anthem as ringtone for mobile phones illegal. 

    A three-member Appellate Division bench headed by Chief Justice SK Sinha yesterday passed the order after dismissing two separate pleas filed by Banglalink and Grameenphone challenging the High Court verdict.

    In 2006, Kalipada Mridha, an advocate, filed a writ petition with the High Court, saying the use of national anthem should be restricted to uphold its sanctity.

  • Police probes miss the point

    Police probes miss the point

    Statements from police blame the unarmed protesters for making the first move on law enforcers, triggering the clashPolice appear to be more serious about finding those who allowed protesters on Sunday to come “perilously” close to the police headquarters than about punishing the policemen who crossed the limits.

    On Sunday, police in full riot gear charged truncheons, hurled tear gas cannisters and used water cannon to disperse a group of unarmed students who were protesting the force’s inaction in probing into the assault on women on Bangla New Year’s day.

  • RU teacher murder mystery solved, claim police

    Nasrin earlier said she did not know Prof ShafiulDetectives now claim that Rajshahi University teacher Prof AKM Shafiul Islam was killed over a rivalry with a female officer of the accounts department, not by militants or members of Islami Chhatra Shibir.

    The accounts officer, Nasrin Akhter, earlier told the Dhaka Tribune that she had never met the teacher, who was killed on November 15 last year in Rajshahi city’s Chouddopai area.

    The matter of rivalry was first suggested by the Rapid Action Battalion and at the time police had not accepted the version.

  • 555 Bangladeshis among rescued boat people

    Myanmar denies refugees are from its shores, calling them ‘Bengalis’More than a thousand Bangladeshi and Rohingya refugees, including dozens of children, were detained by Malaysia, police said, a day after authorities rescued hundreds stranded off the coast of Indonesia’s western tip.

    Some 555 Bangladeshis and 463 Rohingya will be handed over to the immigration department, police in Malaysia told Reuters yesterday.

  • PM intends to visit enclaves

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has shown interest in visiting the enclaves of Bangladesh during an informal discussion in the regular cabinet meeting yesterday.

    The prime minister has asked the concerned ministry to ensure human rights, citizen’s rights to the Bangladeshis and also other facilities for the dwellers of the enclaves, said a minister present at the meeting to Dhaka tribune who preferred to be unnamed. 

  • Cabinet okays forex regulation, Rabindra varsity acts

    The cabinet has approved the final draft of the Foreign Exchange Regulation (Amendment) Act 2015 and the draft of the Rabindra University Bangladesh Act 2015 in principle.

    The acts were okayed at the regular weekly meeting of the cabinet held at the Secretariat yesterday.

    Cabinet Secretary Muhammad Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan told reporters after the meeting that the Bangladesh Bank and Financial Institutions Division had finalised the draft of the Foreign Exchange Regulation (Amendment) Act by including two new provisions.

  • Finance minister: House rents may come under tax net

    Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith has said the government is considering imposing a tax on income derived from house rents and motor vehicles.

    The finance minister, however, did not offer any details on the possible rates that might be applied.

    In addition to this, corporate taxes on various sectors of the economy will come down in the coming fiscal year, he said.

    “We will impose income tax on some portion of the income of owners which are derived from rental income and motor vehicles,” he told reporters.

  • Buet asked to allow expelled BCL leaders in classes, exams

    The High Court yesterday directed Buet authorities to allow four expelled students, also top leaders of Bangladesh Chhatra League unit, to avail all academic facilities including attending classes and examinations.

    The court also issued four separate rules upon the government and the country’s top engineering university to explain as to why the expulsion orders should not be declared illegal.

    The bench of Justice Quazi Reza-Ul Hoque and Justice Abu Taher Md Saifur Rahman came up with the order after hearing four separate writ petitions.

  • ‘Is Bangladesh the next Pakistan or Afghanistan?’

    ‘Is Bangladesh the next Pakistan or Afghanistan?’

    In her first extensive interview taken by Reuters since the attack that killed her husband Avijit Roy, Rafida Ahmed Bonya criticised the Bangladeshi government for not responding more aggressively to her husband’s slaying.

    “This was well planned, choreographed – a global act of terrorism,” she said. “But what almost bothers me more is that no one from the Bangladesh government has reached out to me. It’s as if I don’t exist, and they are afraid of the extremists.

  • CU teacher accused of sexual harassment, no progress in probe

    A month has passed since a female student filed an allegation of sexual harassment against a teacher at Chittagong University, but the probe committee formed to look into the complaint has yet to make any significant progress.

  • No high school for eight villages

    It is impossible to go to school regularly due to bad shape of roads and high costSchool-going children who live in  Barikanda union  under Nabinagar upazila, Brahmanbari are deprived off secondary level education as there in no high school at the locality. 

    Shah Jahan Sarker, chairman of the union council said: “A total of 30,000 people live in eight villages of the union and 2,500 students complete their primary education every year.”

    “Theses students are deprived of secondary education as there is no high school in the area,” he said.

  • Mayors vow to make Dhaka a clean and green city in 3 years

    Mayors vow to make Dhaka a clean and green city in 3 years

    Dhaka will become a clean and green city within the next three years. Also a coordination authority would soon be formed to resolve all the problems faced by Dhaka dwellers.

    The newly-elected mayors of Dhaka North and South City Corporations made these promises at a reception in the capital yesterday.

    Speaking to the crowd at the event organised by Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FBCCI) at IDEB Bhaban in Kakrail, DNCC Mayor Annisul Huq sought everyone’s cooperation to turn Dhaka into a liveable and modern city.

  • ‘Ex-intelligence man told US about Osama’s hideout’

    ‘Ex-intelligence man told US about Osama’s hideout’

    The United States got to Osama bin Laden with Pakistan’s help, but disclosed the operation in a manner that made the country look like a villain, according to Seymour M. Hersh, an American investigative journalist
    and author.

    “They helped. They totally helped. They helped a great deal,” said Mr Hersh when Pakistan’s Dawn newspaper asked him if he believed Pakistan helped the US reach the Al Qaeda leader.

  • Despite majority, UK’s Cameron faces Conservative rebellion

    Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservatives may have won the British election and ushered their coalition partner out the door, but that doesn’t mean it’s all smooth sailing for his government for the next five years.

    With influential Euroskeptics clamoring in his own party and a very slim majority in Parliament, Cameron will have a hard time tackling the big headaches looming over his second term: Britain’s membership in the 28-nation European Union and the growing movement for Scottish independence.

  • Delhi cop attacks woman with brick after altercation on road

    A Delhi Police head constable was yesterday dismissed from service after a video of him attacking a woman with a brick in the posh Golf Link area of central Delhi went viral.

    Satish Chand was arrested and a criminal case was filed against him.

    The victim, who was riding a two-wheeler, alleged that Chand demanded a bribe accusing her of violating traffic rules. She alleged that her small child was also abused by the cop.

    She said that following an argument, the cop picked up a brick and attacked her.

  • Police must answer to the public for brutality

    The police must remember they are public servants and people have a right to demonstrate peacefullyThe brutality shown by the police outside DMP HQ on Sunday is utterly unacceptable.

    At least 25 people were injured when police charged batons against the students who were protesting the failure by authorities to effectively follow up leads on those responsible for the series of sexual assaults at Dhaka University during Pohela Boishakh celebrations.

    It is one thing to disperse an unruly crowd, it is quite another to use the kind of excessive and disproportionate force that the police did.

  • Greening factories boost jobs

    Environmental investments bring long-term benefitsWe welcome the growing number of investments being made by Bangladeshi RMG companies in making factories more environmentally friendly.

    The Ginat Group’s latest venture includes state-of-the-art environmentally friendly energy-saving and water-saving technolgies as part of a new fully vertically integrated composite knit unit designed to produce 25 tonnes of fabrics a day.

  • What can we learn from Greece?

    What can we learn from Greece?

    While the Greek government should look at Ecuador, could the governments in our region look at Greece for inspiration?The contemporary Greek tragedy of high sovereign indebtedness and the ensuant “austerity” measures have very few historical parallels. Ever since the debt crisis erupted, the infamous troika — the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the European Central Bank (ECB) and the European Commission — its principal lenders spared no time in prescribing austerity measures as the panacea for all evils and linked it to bailout.

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