Wednesday February 21, 2018 09:23 AM

  • Call for the youth to change political culture

    Study: Only 1% of young people belong to a political party, 74% have no interest in politics, and 76% believe young people have no capacity to influence policyA discussion titled “A movement for change: The journey continues” was held at Lakeshore Hotel in Dhaka yesterday aiming to encourage the country’s youth to get involved in politics and bring positive change through a democratic process.

    Organised by Projonmo Bangladesh, the discussion was attended by former president Dr AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury, members of the diplomatic community, members and leaders of Facebook-based youth movement Blue Band Call, Centre for Generational Change, and other youth leaders and activists.

  • Annisul seeks Tk500cr for DNCC Bhaban construction

    Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Mayor Annisul Huq has sought Tk500 crore from the Finance Ministry to construct the city corporation headquarters and implement his other electoral promises.

    The newly-elected Dhaka North mayor asked for the fund yesterday when he met with Finance Minister AMA Muhith at the Secretariat in the capital.

    “I have assured the Dhaka North mayor that we would help him with the construction of a new building for the DNCC,” Muhith told reporters after the meeting.

  • Is over-production killing Bibiyana?

    Is over-production killing Bibiyana?

    Production this year is 60.5% in excess of the 7.5% of remaining reserves allowable for extraction The pressure in the wells at the country’s top gas field which supplies the lion’s share of gas to the national grid has plummeted because of over-production.

    The well-head pressure in most wells at Bibiyana gas field has dropped by an average of between 1,050 pounds per square inch (psi) and 1,400 psi, down from a pressure of over 3,000 psi when the field began operating.

    Experts say over-production of gas could damage the field’s internal structure and cause the premature death of the gas field, as was the case with Sangu gas field.

  • Experts: Bangladesh lacks proper food marketing chain

    Bangladesh still lacks a proper food marketing chain, despite having ample food production in the country, according to food experts.

    Speaking at a discussion titled "South-South Cooperation for Food Security" at Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel in Dhaka yesterday, the experts said the country still needed an improved food distribution and storage system in order to meet the growing demand of food in the increasing urban population around the country.

  • Habiganj siblings charged in war crimes case

    The prosecution yesterday pressed four charges against two siblings for their alleged involvement in committing crimes against humanity in Habiganj during the Liberation War.

    Prosecutor Sultan Mahmud Simon submitted the formal charges to the tribunal’s registrar yesterday. After receiving the charges, the International Crimes Tribunal 2 fixed May 25 for further order in the case.

  • Bounty for 8 Pohela Boishakh sex offenders

    Bounty for 8 Pohela Boishakh sex offenders

    Police yesterday declared Tk1 lakh bounty for providing information to capture eight people for their involvement in the series of sexual assaults of women and children on Dhaka University campus during the traditional Pohela Boishakh celebrations.

    They were recognised from the footages of the police’s CCTV cameras installed in the TSC area of the university.

  • Diarrhoea spreads in Meherpur, two die

    Diarrhoea spreads in Meherpur, two die

    Meherpur district has been witnessing outbreak of diarrhoea over the last 25 days. Over 100 diarrhoea patients, mostly children and women, were admitted to  Meherpur Sadar Hospital on Saturday.

    In the last 25 days, two people died and over 1,000 people were infected with the water-born disease.

    Hospital sources said about 70 people were getting admission to the hospital every day.

  • First foot-over bridge in Sylhet, businessmen protest

    In order to facilitate pedestrian crossing and smooth traffic flow on the busy roads of Court Point area, the Sylhet City Corporation (SCC) is going to set up the city’s first foot-over bridge.

    SCC sources said, Chittagong Dry Dock Limited, an enterprise of Bangladesh steel & Engineering Corporation, is constructing the bridge at a cost of Tk1.63 crore.

    Meanwhile, the businessmen of the Modhubon market staged a human chain in the market premises yesterday morning protesting the project.

  • Salahuddin’s wife arrives in Shillong today

    BNP leader Salahuddin Ahmed’s wife Hasina Ahmed went to Kolkata in a 9:20pm Air India flight last night, just hours after she got visa.

    Their family said Mahbubul Kabir Moonmoon, husband of Salahuddin’s sister, is accompanying Hasina.

    “They will come to Shillong in the Indian state of Meghalaya today,” BNP leader Abdul Latif Jony, who is now in Shillong, told the Dhaka Tribune last night.

  • Security guard killed

    Alleged robbers hacked a security guard to death yesterday during robbery in a readymade garments at Sonia Market in Gazirchot area under Ashulia of Savar, on the outskirts of Dhaka.

    The deceased was identified as Abdul Sattar, 50, son of Mohiuddin Sarkar of Rahimpur village in Naogaon.

    Aminul, son of deceased said: “A group of robbers swooped on the market in the morning. My father tried to resist them while they were trying to break the locks of the godowns.”

  • Authorities: Attack on Preparatory principal, staff well-planned

    Teachers and governing body members of Mohammadpur Preparatory Higher Secondary Girls’ School yesterday alleged that the principal, rector and teachers were attacked on Saturday in a planned way.

    A number of teachers, staff members and general students, however, agreed that the complaint of sexual harassment of a few girls was partially true.

    They said the incident in which a Class I student was involved might be true but they did not want to make any remark on it as a committee was yet to submit its probe report.

  • Students of IHT taking classes amid risks

    Students of Institute of Health Technology situated in Barisal Sher E Bangla Medical College campus has became panicked as at least six rooms of only four-year old academic building developed cracks recently.

    School sources said cracks had developed in the room no. 101,103, 108, 118, 119 and toilet on ground floor of the four-storied building.

    The panicked students denying disclosing their identity said they noticed the cracks in only four-year old building after recent earthquake in the country.

  • EX-cop jailed for torturing DU student

    A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced Helal Uddin, former OC of Khilgaon police, to three years’ simple imprisonment for torturing then Dhaka University student Abdul Kadar with a machete in custody and falsely implicating him in three cases in 2011.

    Dhaka’s Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Alamgir Kabir Raj pronounced the sentence in a jam-packed courtroom, and also issued arrest warrant against the convict.

  • IGP: More time needed to extradite Salahuddin

    Bringing back BNP leader Salahuddin Ahmed from Shillong would only be possible once Indian courts resolved the case against him for intruding into the neighbouring country’s territory, the Bangladeshi police chief has said.

    “Salahuddin cannot be brought back from India soon,” said Inspector General of Police AKM Shahidul Hoque, adding that the extradition would be made under the existing prisoner exchange treaty between Dhaka and New Delhi.

  • SCBA protests CJ remarks on inept lawyers

    The Supreme Court Bar Association yesterday humbly protested the chief justice’s remarks on incompetent lawyers, who he said are responsible for defeats of plaintiffs in more than half of all cases filed. 

    AM Mahbub Uddin Khokon, the association’s secretary, told a press conference at the Supreme Court auditorium that a five-member delegation of lawyers led by him met Chief Justice SK Sinha at the latter’s office to express humble disagreement with the comments.

  • Faith killings turn into cold cases

    With seven major religion-based murder cases lying unsolved for two years, the police yesterday reached out to the media to help solve the crimes. 

    Inspector General of Police (IGP) AKM Shahidul Haque yesterday sought assistance from the media to help bring the killers of several prominent secular bloggers to book. 

    He earlier called for the creation of a counter-terrorism bureau to solve such crimes.

  • Unregistered bikes to be taken off streets from June 3

    Motorcycle owners across the country have been told to register their vehicles with the authority concerned by the next 15 days, or else have their motorbikes seized by the police.

    “Fifteen days will be given for completing the registration process. Within these days, if they [owners] fail to register, the police will start seizing bikes and cases will be
    filed under the vehicle act,” warned Inspector General of Police AKM Shahidul Hoque yesterday.

  • RAB arrests five kidnappers, recovers ransom money

    The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) yesterday arrested five members of a kidnapping gang in the capital’s Uttara area, recovering a hefty sum of ransom money. 

    “The elite force recovered Tk1.8 crore and cheque books of various banks from the possession of the abductors in a drive in the Koshaibazar area of Dokkhinkhan in Uttara,” Commander Mufti Mahmud Khan, director of RAB’s legal and media wing, said. 

  • Cricketer Rubel gets fresh bail

    A Dhaka court yesterday granted a fresh bail to national team cricketer Rubel Hossain in a rape case filed by film actress Naznin Akhtar Happy.

    Judge Tanjina Ismail of Prevention of Women and Children Repression Tribunal-5 passed the order after the cricketer appeared before her court seeking fresh bail in the case.

    Meanwhile, the complainant Happy filed a no-confidence (naraji) petition before the court rejecting a final report submitted by police in the case.

  • South-South cooperation in science, technology key to meet SDGs

    South-South cooperation in science, technology key to meet SDGs

    As a number of countries in the south have achieved significant scientific progress, evolving South-South cooperation in science, technology and innovation between least developed countries (LDCs) and emerging economies require close attention, said national and international analysts yesterday.   

    They were also of the view that investment in agriculture is also important to boost agriculture production for a sustainable development. 

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