Wednesday February 21, 2018 03:20 AM

  • Govt rejects US request to resume Rohingya resettlement

    As a head count of the undocumented Rohingyas in Bangladesh goes on, the government has recently rejected a US request to resume the process of resettling the Myanmar refugees in a third country.

    Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) launched the head count in April and it is scheduled to continue until June next year.

    The Tk21.75 crore project is titled “Census of the Undocumented Myanmar Nationals Staying in Bangladesh 2015” and under this, the BBS will give a count of the Rohingya population in five districts.

  • Schoolchildren beaten for protesting obscene video

    A peon of Pukuridanga Government Primary School in the upazila has allegedly beaten up its two students on Tuesday as they protested his indecent video showing to several female pupils.

    The victims are class-V students, namely Imran Hossain,11, son of Mojibur Rahman and Zahid Hasan,11, son of Jashim Uddin, from Ambari village in the upazila.

    Locals said school peon named Zakir Hossain around 2:30pm was screening obscene videos to several class-V female students in the office room in absence of the teachers.     

  • Police bar students from besieging Home Ministry

    Police bar students from besieging Home Ministry

    Scuffles broke out between police and students in the capital when the latter were marching towards the Home Ministry to besiege it in protest at the sluggish probe into the Pohela Boishakh sexual assaults on Dhaka University campus.

    This came after police attacked Bangladesh Chhatra Union members who organised a march on May 10 and were heading towards Dhaka Metropolitan Police headquarters seeking assurance from the DMP commissioner that the assaulters would be arrested. 

  • Housewife, two others get life term for murder

    A Chittagong court yesterday sentenced a housewife and two others to life and another person seven years imprisonment on charges of killing a Mansur Ahammad in Chittagong’s Boalkhali upazila in 2010.

    The convicts sentenced to life term imprisonment are the victim’s wife Saleha Begum Munni, Md Jasim, and Md Jahid; another accused Roni Dutta got seven years, said court sources adding that the four were also fined Tk10,000 or an additional one-year imprisonment in default.

  • Happy unhappy as Rubel given clean chit

    National cricketer Rubel Hossain came out clean as a Dhaka court yesterday exempted him from rape charges in a case filed by actress Najnin Akter Happy.

    Judge Tanjina Ismail of the Fifth Special Tribunal for Prevention of Women and Children Repression passed the order rejecting Happy’s no-confidence (naraji) petition after a hearing.

    Both Rubel and Happy were present before the court.

    Happy’s lawyer Tuhin Hawlader on May 17 filed the petition against the police’s final report that says no evidence of rape was found against Rubel.

  • UP chairman eats up senior citizens’ allowances

    Chairman and members of Kushla Union Parishad (UP) of Gopalganj’s Kotalipara upazila have been accused of misappropriating senior citizens' allowances by showing dead persons as alive.

    Social welfare officer of Kotalipara upazila Subhash Chandra Chowdhury revealed the information yesterday following an investigation.

    He said a complaint was lodged about a month ago accusing UP member Zakaria Sheikh and Chairman Samsul Haq Hawlader of withdrawing old-age allowances of people who passed away.

  • Ansar, VDP demand arrears

    Agitated members of Bangladesh Ansar Bahini and Village Defence Party (VDP) held a demonstration at Kashipur area of Barisal city yesterday demanding their due wages.

    They also cordoned off the district office of the force and brought out a procession.

    The protesters said 100 people who were recruited by the Ansar and VDP on February 23, 2015 were not given their due salaries even after all these months of employment.

  • Family wary of getting justice

    It has been a year since Fulgazi upazila chairman Ekramul Haque Haque Ekram was shot and burnt to death by miscreants in front of Bilash Cinema Hall in Academy area, Feni town.

    On May 20, Ekram, president of Fulgazi upazila unit Awami League, came under attack in the morning on his way to the Fulgazi municipality office.

    The miscreants intercepted his microbus, shot at him from close range, and then set fire to the vehicle. The attackers left the scene after confirming Ekram’s death at the scene.

  • Balaghat-Mamar Dukan Road in bad shape

    Three Kilometer-road from Balaghat to Mamar Dukan of the Sylhet-Tamabil Highway has been in bad shape over few months causing suffering to the commuters.

    Sources said the 55 kilometer-long highway from Sylhet to Ballaghat has linked the tourist spot Jaflong. The main entrance of the tourist spot Mamar Dukan to Balaghat has been in a bad shape as potholes developed at many points of the road.

    The popular tourist spot is losing public interest and stone laden vehicles are plying with risk due to poor condition of the road, allege locals.

  • Tk3,000 fined for illegal parking in port city

    A mobile court yesterday fined 14 people Tk3,000 over indiscriminately and illegal parking and evicted 10 makeshift shops on the road in Chittagong city’s Court Building road area.

    Executive Magistrate Mohammed Ruhul Amin, also Assistant Commissioner (AC) of the Chittagong District Administration, led the mobile court at the entrance of the Court Building.

    Executive Magistrate Ruhul Amin said due to illegal and indiscriminate parking on the road and driving vehicles on the wrong side, the court fined 14 owners Tk3,000 as per as the existing law.

  • Malaysia, Indonesia accept boatpeople

    Malaysia, Indonesia accept boatpeople

    Malaysia and Indonesia said they would no t turn away boatpeople and Myanmar softened stance, a breakthrough in the migrant crisis that came hours after hundreds more starving people were rescued at sea.

    But anxious not to encourage a fresh influx, Malaysia and Indonesia made it clear that their assistance was temporary and they would take no more than the 7,000 believed to still stranded at the sea.

  • A list of 237 victims sent to Bangladesh for verification

    The Bangladesh Mission in Indonesia has sent a list of names of 237 people for verification of their Bangladeshi citizenship.

    “We received the list last night [Tuesday] and sent it to the Home Ministry today [Wednesday] for citizenship authentication,” said a senior official of the Foreign Ministry.

    The embassy officials visited the place and took interviews of those who claimed that they were Bangladeshis, the official said.

    “They compiled relevant information about them and sent them to Bangladesh for verification,” he said.

  • Rooted to their enclaves

    Rooted to their enclaves

    Enclave-dwellers, who may not face displacement because of LBA, fear they may not be able to hold on to their landWith the Indo-Bangla Land Boundary Agreement set to become a reality, enclave residents, technically Indian citizens, are concerned about their rights to their land.

    While displacement is not among their utmost concerns, since they will have the option to choose their domicile, the imminent implementation of the agreement raises a deep concern over their land that they have enjoyed for generations.

    Mostly arable, the enclaves have never really been subject to strict legal obligations and as such the locals have come to enjoy rights to their land by inheritance.

  • Mahidur, Afsar to die in jail for war crimes

    War criminals Mahidur Rahman and Afsar Hossain have been jailed until death for their involvement in killing 24 people and committing large-scale atrocities in Shibganj, Chapainawabganj during the 1971 Liberation War.

    They were also jailed for five years on charge of looting and arson in Kabirajtola and Eradot Biswasertola villages on October 13, 1971 with the help of armed razakars, an auxiliary force of the Pakistani occupation forces.

  • Salahuddin admitted to Neigrihms hospital

    BNP Joint Secretary General Salahuddin Ahmed was shifted to North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences from Meghalaya Civil Hospital yesterday.

    He was admitted to the hospital at around 6:30pm on the advice of doctors, after stones had been found in his kidney, Abdul Latif Jony, assistant office secretary of the BNP who was with Salahuddin in Meghalaya, told the Dhaka Tribune over phone.

  • AL leaders: BNP, Jamaat serve Pakistan’s interests

    Senior leaders of the ruling Awami League allege that those who had opposed the birth of Bangladesh in 1971 still are actively propagating against the spirit of the Liberation War in and outside the country.

    Addressing different events in the capital yesterday, they asked the countrymen to come under a platform and resist the conspirators and the religious extremists patronised by BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami.

    The ruling party organised the programmes marking the homecoming day of party President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

  • RAB busts illegal water factories, arrests college principal

    A college principal was arrested in a drive by Rapid Action Battalion 3 at an illegal mineral water bottling plant in the capital’s Malibagh area yesterday.

    SA Malek, principal of Dhaka Bigyan College and also the owner of Dhaka Beverage, was arrested along with his brother MA Rahim on charges of bottling contaminated water without licence and proper certification.

    A mobile court led by magistrate Rezaul Karim also fined them Tk2 lakh each and Tk25,000 for two of the factory employees, said Major Kamran Kabir Uddin, deputy director of RAB 3.

  • Levy on rice import fails to bring smile for paddy farmers

    Levy on rice import fails to bring smile for paddy farmers

    Duty hike on rice import has failed to bring smile for the paddy farmers as the move has pushed the prices at a level that is not enough to bring them out of woods, according to farmers and traders.

    Farmers said during the ongoing boro season (April-May) they are selling paddy at least 20% lower than their production cost. Boro paddy is the largest rice crop, accounting for 55% of total annual rice production in Bangladesh.

  • Annisul sits with urban planners to make plan for a livable city

    Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) emphasises the issues of waste management, controlling billboard and traffic jam as the first steps towards implementing its plan to make a green, clean and livable city.

    Mayor Annisul Huq held a meeting at his Banani residence on Tuesday evening with reputed personalities of civil society, sharing ideas for a Green Dhaka.

    Urban Planner Professor Nazrul Islam, Architect Iqbal Habib, Professor Shamsul Haque, Architect Mobashar Hossain, World Bank representatives, among others, attended the meeting, says a press release yesterday.

  • 6-yr-old killed after rape

    A teenage boy killed a six-year-old girl after rape in Mohammadpur, Dhaka a week ago, police said yesterday.

    The body of victim Nasima Akhter Mukta was found inside a reserve water tank at Satmasjid Housing area, where she lived with her parents, near Mohammadpur embankment on May 14. Killer Al Amin, 16, is the son of the manager of the rented house, a press release issued by Dhaka Metropolitan Police stated.

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