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Saturday December 16, 2017 08:28 PM



  • Last 5 years see steady rise in murders

    Last 5 years see steady rise in murders

    Statistics show police’s Dhaka range as the most crime-prone area in the countryOver the last five years, the country has been experiencing a steady rise in the number of murders resulting out of all kinds of reasons including political and personal feuds.

    Being the most densely populated and important area in the country, Dhaka has registered the highest number of murders during this period.

    Statistics from the Police Headquarters show that in the first four months of 2015, a total of 1,302 people have been killed across the country –  327 in April, 337 in March, 309  in February and 329 in January.

  • Rescued migrants pay ransom to get back home

    Rescued migrants pay ransom to get back home

    Following a two-month ordeal of uncertainty and torture, 28-year-old Nabi Hossain has finally set foot on Bangladesh soil again; but he had to pay Tk50,000 to secure his freedom from the smugglers who are still holding hundreds captive at sea.

    Nabi is among 17 Malaysia-bound people who were picked up by the BGB forces yesterday from Shah Porir Dwip’s Jaliapara area in Teknaf upazila. The rescued men had all earlier set out for a better future in Malaysia, leaving the country in two separate groups from Moheshkhali and Ukhia’s Sonapara beach.

  • Myanmar rescues 200 ‘Bangladeshis’ as US for Rohingya recognition

    Myanmar’s navy yesterday brought ashore 200 migrants – calling them Bangladeshis – found in a boat off its coast, after its military chief said some of the thousands of migrants that have landed in Malaysia and Indonesia this month are pretending to be Rohingya Muslims to get UN aid, Reuters reports.

    In response, a senior US official said yesterday that the majority of the more than 3,000 migrants that have come ashore are Rohingya fleeing desperate conditions in Rakhine State in western Myanmar.

  • Strike at Mongla port remains unchanged

    Export-import activities at Mongla port have come to a halt as usual yesterday as the indefinite strike called by local C&F agent organisation, demanding a three-point demand entered the third day.

    Owing to the impasse, not only the organisation also the government exchequer has been depriving Tk9 crore daily.

    In the evening, a meeting between the C&F leaders and the port commissioner to come out from the crisis ended with no solution as both sides remained rigid to their points.

  • Muhith: Everyone to get power connection by 2021

    Stating that the country’s 67% people are now getting power, Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday vowed that all the people in the country would have access to the power connection network by 2021.

    “We are generating power as per the necessity and the country has no power crisis at this moment. But power generation needs to be increased to meet new demand,” he said while inaugurating the newly-built office building of Gram Samiti under the initiative of Social Development Foundation (SDF) at Dholoipara in Sylhet.

  • Matia: Sheikh Hasina stands for democracy

    Agricultural Minister Matia Chowdhury yesterday said the ratification of Indira-Mujib deal by Indian parliament is a rare success and pride for the country.

    Addressing a rally as the chief guest she said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina stands for democracy and Sheikh Hasina means Bangladesh’s achievement. The rally was held at Bangabandhu Avenue yesterday afternoon. After the rally AL activists brought out a colourful procession to mark the 34th Homecoming Day of the party’s President Sheikh Hasina. 

  • Farmers suffer in a time of plenty

    A decision to allow rice to be imported this year following a surplus crop last year has hit the Boro paddy market, with farmers seeing the lowest prices for the Boro harvest in recent memory.

    Millers, the primary buyers of paddy from farmers, are reluctant to procure more from local markets because they are already well-stocked with rice and paddy from last year’s yield.

  • Food subsidy to get only 10% increase

    For the next fiscal year, the government has decided to raise its outlay for subsidies under the Food Ministry by only 9.89%, far less than the amount demanded by farmers for recovering from their continuing losses.

    Sources said the subsidy amount for the Food Ministry is expected to be increased to Tk1,981 crore for the next budget, a slender rise from the existing Tk1,806 crore, official sources said.

  • Indigenous girl claims rape in microbus

    An indigenous girl yesterday filed a case against five unidentified men, who she claimed had forced her into a microbus and gang-raped her on Thursday night.

    The girl, who lives in the capital’s Uttara with her elder sister and has a sales job at a store at Jamuna Future Park, was waiting at Kuril bus stop to board a bus to return home when a microbus stopped in front of her around 9:25pm. 

  • 15 hurt as BCL runs amok at CU dorms

    At least 15 people were injured when Chhatra League and Islami Chhatra Shibir activists chased each other on Chittagong University campus yesterday.

    Chhatra League members later engaged in vandalism and ransacked 150 rooms of two dormitories – Alaol Hall and AF Rahman Hall – dominated by Shibir.

    Twelve of the injured were sent to Chittagong Medical College Hospital while the rest were given first aid at the university’s medical centre, said Dr Jahir Ahmed of the medical centre.

  • Dhaka-Shillong-Guwahati bus begins trial run

    The trial run of a new bus service between Dhaka and Guwahati via Shillong began yesterday to facilitate the movement of the people of the two neighbouring countries.

    The trial run of the first bus on the route was ceremonially flagged off from the capital’s Kamalapur Bus Stand around 4:30pm.

    Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader inaugurated the bus service.

    Starting from Dhaka, the bus will run through Sylhet to Shillong in Meghalaya to Guwahati in Assam.

  • Tourism fair gets huge response, ends tonight

    Tourism fair gets huge response, ends tonight

    The three-day long Bangladesh International Tourism Fair 2015 that began on May 21 at the Bangabandhu International Conference Center will end tonight. 

    Tour operators from Bangladesh and other countries participated in the fair, offering various national and international tour packages. Yesterday, the fair saw crowds of visitors booking travel packages and collecting information for their next vacation.

  • FBCCI election today

    The biennial election of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) will be held today.

    Voting will begin at 9am and will continue till 5pm while the Election Board chairman, Professor Ali Ashraf, will announce the results after counting ends. 

  • Chandrabati’s memorial fading away

    The people of Kishoreganj are very proud of their rich cultural heritage as the district is enriched with many archaeological sites. It is also the birthplace of one of the first female Bangali poets, Chandrabati.

    Chandrabati was born in the 16th century into a Brahman family in Patuair village of Maizkhapon union in Kishoreganj sadar. Her house, now a memorial, is located beside the Fuleshwari River. Chandrabati’s poems were translated into 21 languages of the world. She was very popular for gathas and odes.

  • Seven jailed for running illegal hospital

    A mobile court here on Thursday sentenced seven people, including a physician, to one year jail on charge of fraud through setting up an unauthorised hospital in Khetlal upazila of the district.

    The convicts are Sultan Mahmud, manager of Asthma Hospital, its staff Faruk Hossain, physician Rasheda Begum, supervisor Nasima Ezaz, accountant Rokhsana Begum and drug supplier Masud Reza and Shahidul Islam.

    Sources said Ekram Hossain, chairman of Asthma Foundation, launched the hospital named Asthma Hospital at Nischinta Bazar in the upazila.

  • 6 killed in road accident

    Six people, including three members of a family, were killed in a road accident on the Panchagarh-Tetulia Highway at Charmile village in Panchagarh sadar upazila yesterday morning.

    Quoting witnesses, Officer-in-Charge of Panchagarh police station Mominul Islam Momin said a Tetulia-bound speedy truck had collided head-on with a Panchagarh-bound battery-run auto-rickshaw which was coming from Jagdal Bazaar.

  • Construction of two schools yet to finish in four years

    The construction of the two new secondary government schools in Barisal city has yet to be finished, even though Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina gave the directive to the Ministry of Education four years ago.

    The process of establishing the schools started two years ago and has been running at a snail’s pace, sources told the Dhaka Tribune.

  • Meena Sweets inaugurates outlet at Panthapath

    Meena Sweets inaugurates outlet at Panthapath

    Meena Sweets launched its new Panthapath outlet with a new and improved range of items in all other branches through fanfare and a colourful inauguration programme yesterday.

    The newly launched Meena Sweets and Confectioneries Limited, a sister concern of Gemcon Group, was inaugurated by Ameenah Ahmed, a director of Gemcon.

    Kazi Anis Ahmed, Director and Chief Strategy Officer of Gemcon, was also present along with prominent singer Fahmida Nabi, high officials of Gemcon Group and their other concerns.

  • Buses charging increased fare amid transport strike

    Buses are charging increased fares to passengers on seven routes of Khulna division, using the ongoing transport strike in the region as an excuse.

    Transport owners and workers called a transport strike yesterday on all routes of the Khulna division after having observed a three-day strike on Dhaka-bound transportation.

  • 3R waste management strategy fails

    3R waste management strategy fails

    A waste management project worth Tk21 crore, financed by Bangladesh Climate Change Trust Fund, has failed to reach its desired goal due to lack of awareness on parts of both city dwellers and waste collectors.

    Under the initiative, which prescribes the 3R method – recycle, reuse and reduce – for better waste management, residential buildings in different parts of the capital were provided with four types of waste bins coloured green, yellow, red and blue for different types of wastes.

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