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Wednesday November 22, 2017 01:08 AM



  • Bangladesh Open University set to launch full online academic programmes

    It’s going to introduce online diploma in journalismBangladesh Open University (BOU) is set to launch its first full online academic programmes very soon as part of its plan to turn it into a full-fledged digital university by 2016, moving one step forward with the government’s vision to establish Digital Bangladesh.

    The BOU, the country’s lone off-campus public university, will also start distributing e-books among its students from June this year as part of its move to stop distributing printed books in the future.

  • Probe bodies formed, students submitting list of lost valuables

    Chittagong University (CU) authorities have formed two separate probe committees to investigate the incident of clash between Chhatra League and Islami Chhatra Shibir activists on Friday that left 150 rooms of two dormitories – Alaol Hall and AF Rahman Hall – in a ransacked manner.

    The AF Rahman Hall authority formed a three–member probe committee while Alaol Hall authority formed another four-member committee to investigate the incident.

  • Dumuria health complex staff face negligence accusation

    Patients seeking healthcare at the upazila health complex in Dumuria say they are largely deprived of proper diagnosis and treatment because of the indifference of the staff, including doctors, to duties.

    The hospital has all the medical equipment required for diagnostic and treatment purposes but patients have accused doctors of forcing them to undergo tests at three diagnostic centres set up nearby.

  • Students attend classes under open sky

    A total of 326 students of Char Adarsha college in Charporadi area of Pakundia upazila in the district have been attending classes under the open sky as nor’wester blew away tin-shed roofs of the institution on 18 April.

    Sources said the nor’wester that lashed several upazilas of the district on the day damaged educational institutions,
    dwelling houses, croplands and dairy farms and while at least five people including children died.

  • Commuters suffer as bus strike enters 5th day

    Commuters suffer as bus strike enters 5th day

    Sufferings of commuters had no bound yesterday as bus services between the capital and 10 southeastern districts of Khulna division have remained suspended due to the strike.

    The Bus Owners and Sramik Oikya Parishad of the south-western region  enforced a three-day strike on Tuesday morning
    protesting the arrest of three staff of
    bus operator ‘Shohag Paribahan’ and withdrawal of Modhukhali police station officer-in-charge.

  • Two buses-truck collision kills nine

    At least nine people were killed and several others injured in a triangular collision among two buses and a truck on the west side of Bangabandhu Bridge in Sirajganj yesterday.

    But identity of the deceased could not be ascertained immediately.

    Police Super Sirajganj SM Emran Hossain and Physian of emergency department of Sirajganj Sadar Hospital told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday evening that number of deceased would be increased.

  • Green activists: Stop use of Bt Brinjal, Roundup

    Hundreds of thousands of people from 428 cities in 38 countries yesterday organised this sort of movement to create awareness of the dangers
    of genetically modified food cropsGreen activists have urged the government to stop the cultivation of genetically modified Bt Brinjal as well as the use of herbicide named “Roundup” in the country as those are destroying the natural ecology and biodiversity.

    The call came from a human chain held on Dhaka University campus by Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon (BAPA) and Poribesh Bachao Andolon (POBA) as part of the worldwide protest against USA seed and pesticides production company “Monsanto.

  • Dhaka sweats through hottest day of the season

    Residents of the nation’s capital yesterday experienced the highest temperature recorded in Dhaka this season as the mercury touched 36.4 degrees Celsius, according to the Bangladesh Meteorological Department.

    On April 24 last year, the capital city endured a fifty-three year high of 40.2 degrees Celsius.

    The country’s highest temperature of the day, recorded in Rajshahi, was 39 degrees Celsius while the highest temperature of the season – 39.8 degrees Celsius – was recorded at Chuadanga on Friday.

  • Cooling appliances hot commodity in heatwave

    Cooling appliance sales witnessed a spike in the last few days as shoppers looked for ways to beat the heat.

    Retailers in Mohammadpur, Dhanmondi and Bangabandhu National Stadium Market in Gulistan said the sweltering heat had driven brisk sales of cooling appliances like air conditioners and air coolers.

    Clients mostly sought air conditioners, but those on a budget purchased air coolers for between Tk6,000 and Tk13,000, retailers said.

  • Five JU Chhatra League men expelled for life

    Jahangirnagar University Syndicate yesterday expelled five students for life for harassing and mugging a female indigenous student on the night of Pohela Boishakh. They are all leaders and activists of Chhatra League.

    The decision was taken at a special Syndicate meeting held last night with VC Prof Farzana Islam in the chair, Registrar Abu Bakr Siddique confirmed.

  • Apparel industry back on track

    Overseas work orders for the country’s apparel industry have started to rise, as an apparently calm political situation in the country has restored confidence of global clothing retailers.

    According to Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) data, the number of taking Utilisation Declaration (UDs) that reflects the trend of production to be performed has increased in April compared to previous months.

    RMG product manufacturers have taken 2,704 UDs, which were 2,415 in March, BGMEA data showed.

  • Muhith: It’s now RMG owners’ turn to give the country back

    Muhith: It’s now RMG owners’ turn to give the country back

    Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday said RMG owners should now contribute more to the government as the sector is no longer an infant industry.

    “RMG sector has got huge financial support from the government over the last three decades although it is the country’s most job creation sector,” he said.

    Muhith said this at a per-budget meeting titled “Job creation: major economic challenge for 2015-16 fiscal year” at the National Press Club.

  • eTIN may be made compulsory for overseas travellers

    The government is likely to make registration with eTIN mandatory for people, aged over 25 years, willing to purchase their tickets for going abroad.

    If the government implement the plan, no Bangladeshi passport holders wont’ be able to buy any tickets if they don’t have any electronic taxpayers’ identification number (eTIN), according to the officials of National Board of Revenue (NBR).

    They noted that the proposal was undertaken to bring more people under the tax net, which is likely to come into effect from the next fiscal.

  • Three-day tourism fair  ends in capital

    Three-day tourism fair ends in capital

    A three-day-long Bangladesh International Tourism Fair 2015 ended at Bangabandhu International Conference Center yesterday.  

    Organisers and participants in the fair are satisfied with the presence of a large number of visitors that converged on the venue and hoped that the fair would motivate people to travel. 

    During the fair almost all participated stalls offered discounts and people accepted their offers. 

  • Biman mulls over adding another Dash-8 to its fleet

    Biman Bangladesh Airlines considers adding another Dash 8-Q400 aircraft into its fleet for domestic route. The number of similar aircraft would then stand at three.

    “Two aircraft are not enough to accommodate passengers who opt to fly frequently,” Biman Chairman Air Marshal (retd) Jamal Uddin Ahmed told the Dhaka Tribune recently.

  • FBCCI election held amid festive mood

    The biennial election of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) for 2015-15 was held amid festivity yesterday.

    “The poll was held at a festive mode and all the candidates termed the election as free, fair and credible,” Election Board Chairman Professor Ali Ashraf told the reporters, after the ending of vote at 5pm, which was started at 9am. 

  • Experts for PPP to utilise blue economy

    Experts at a seminar yesterday stressed the need for partnership between the government and the private sector to ensure optimum use of resources lying on the sea.

    They said advanced technologies are opening new frontiers of marine resource development from bio-prospecting to the mining of seabed mineral resources, but the government couldn’t collect the resources alone.

  • Immigration nation

    Immigration nation

    It has become imperative that people who are born not into wealth, but into abject poverty and impossible situations, are allowed the freedom to break from these shackles and fend for themselvesWhat is so terrible about this country that people are jumping onto boats headed towards destinations unknown, desperate to escape the life that has been granted to them by chance, fate, and the incorrigible wrath of the Bangladeshi government?

  • 650 cases in two years

    The law enforcers have submitted more than 650 charge sheets against over 15,000 leaders and activists of the 20-party alliance including BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in connection with violence committed in the capital during their anti-government movement in 2013 and 2014.

    The cases were filed for killing people by hurling petrol bombs and hand bombs, torching and vandalising vehicles, and attacking on law enforces and preventing them from discharging duties.

  • Riding for change

    Riding for change

    People from all walks of life are commuting by bicycle in Dhaka. In the process they are saving time, money, and getting the opportunity to stay fitRecently, riding a bicycle to commute or for other purposes has become the norm in Dhaka, though, such was not the case even a few years ago. BDCyclists, one of the largest cycling groups in the country, along with many other groups, has played a vital role in making cycling the norm among the city-dwellers over the last few years.

    Cycling has brought some positive changes to the lives of not only the cyclists, but to society as a whole. To ensure that these positive changes do not go unnoticed, I have listed some of them below.

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