Wednesday February 21, 2018 02:59 AM

  • The object of power

    The object of power

    And to keep the people from revolting, they are constantly fed state propaganda and they are told what a citizen should or should not doThe powerful are always fearful about losing power. Once power is abused, the powerful realise that the abused, if they ever get a taste of power, will use that to get back at their abusers.

    A regime holding absolute power tries to keep their grip on power by feeding ideology (even dogma) to the masses; they use the entire arsenal at their disposal: The administration, the law enforcers, the media, the money of the state coffers.

  • RAB busts students’ gang of kidnappers

    Members of Rapid Action Battalion busted a gang of kidnappers, all private university students, and rescued two victims in and near the capital on Monday.

    “A team of RAB 1 conducted a drive in Joydebpur area of Gazipur on Monday evening and arrested eight members of the gang,” Kamrul Hasan, operation officer of RAB 1 and an assistant police superintendent, told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday.

    “The members of the team rescued two hostages from the gang’s den and seized six mobile phones and a microbus,” Kamrul said.

  • Political appointment must stop

    Widespread politicisation contributed to the low quality of staff in the civil service sector, former reputed bureaucrats said yesterday.  

    They said the situation turned worse after the introduction of the quota system in the public service two years back, sparking strong protest among general students.

  • 22 robbers arrested in separate drives

    The police have arrested 22 suspected robbers in separate drives in Dhaka and outskirts.

    Eight, accused of looting Tk72 lakh of NAR Sweater Company in Gazipur in September, were arrested in a DB drive in Mohammadpur.

    Lawmen recovered three pistols, five rounds of bullets, 12 crude bombs, 1kg of gunpowder, 10 mobile phones, one microbus and a private car from them.

    Three or four members of the robbery gang, however, managed to flee the scene, DB official Sheikh Nazmul Alam told reporters.

  • Lawyer’s wife killed in city

    Unidentified miscreants stabbed to death a Supreme court lawyer’s wife at their flat in the capital’s Nikunja area yesterday.

    Lawyer Rafiqul Islam alleged that his wife, Lima Akhter Mukul, 39, had been killed because of his enmity with several people.

    The woman was killed between 11:30am and 5:30pm when Rafiqul had been outside, Sub-Inspector of Khilkhet police station Golam Mostafa said. A 13-year-old local boy used to keep an eye on the house and do the household chores, police said quoting Rafiqul.

  • Prothom Alo fined for wrong report on Apex factory worker

    The High Court yesterday ordered the daily Prothom Alo to give Tk1 lakh to a female worker of Apex Footwear Limited in a month as compensation for publishing a wrong report.

    Disposing of a suo moto rule, the court observed that the newspaper must give Hamida Akter the money as part of social responsibility since her image was tarnished by the report on her abortion, Deputy Attorney General Tapos Kumar Biswas said.

  • 80,000 tonnes urea losing quality

    The agri-input kept under the open sky for several months Around 80,000 tonnes of urea fertiliser is gradually losing quality as those have been kept under the open sky on the premises of Jamuna Fertiliser Factory located at Tarakandi, Jamalpur for long time.

    Factory sources said the agri-input have been kept under the open sky over several months due to space shortage at the warehouse.

    According to factory sources,  Jamuna Fertiliser factory has the capacity to accommodate 64,000 tonnes of fertiliser while 144,000 tonnes of fertiliser have been stockpiled in and around the factory.

  • Survey to check traffic jams starts today

    Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) and Dhaka Metropolitan Police (traffic) will jointly conduct a survey to find out the causes of traffic congestion regularly occurring on the road connecting the Dhaka Airport and Shahbagh area in the capital.

    The decision came at a meeting held at DSCC Nagar Bhaban yesterday in presence of Mayor Sayeed Khokon.

  • Port city’s footpaths again in the grip of illegal occupiers

    Within a few months of an eviction drive jointly conducted by the Chittagong Metropolitan Police and Chittagong City Corporation, illegal occupiers have started coming back to roadside areas and footpaths with their regular business due to lack of proper monitoring.

    Subsequently, traffic congestion has turned severe in the port city much to create sufferings for townspeople.

  • Teesta flow at historic low

    Teesta flow at historic low

    With Bangladesh receiving the least water ever from Teesta this year, farmers along the basin in Lalmonirhat have never had a more unproductive yield.

    Most of them did not see their crops being watered through the boro season – January to March – which accounts for almost two-thirds of Bangladesh’s food production.

  • Many brick kilns yet to comply with DoE rules

    A good number of brick kilns are still defying government’s rule despite facing penalty several times in the last six months.

    According the Department of Environment, at least 128 brick fields were fined Tk54.16 lakh during the period.

    Sources at Directorate of Environment Barisal office said 230 out of 298 brick kilns in Barisal division had taken licenses from the DoE, but 145 of those were yet to comply with rules of the DoE properly.

  • Modi’s maiden visit June 6

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will arrive in Dhaka on a two-day state visit on June 6.

    Modi’s maiden visit follows paving of the way in the Indian parliament for the implementation of the much-talked-about Land Boundary Agreement.

    The visit of Modi is expected to focus on some major issues including the Teesta water sharing deal and river basin management.

  • Grim secrets of Malaysian trafficking camps

    Malaysian police forensic teams began pulling out the remains of dozens of suspected human trafficking victims yesterday from shallow graves discovered at a jungle camp near the border with Thailand.

    The government said it was investigating whether local forestry officials were involved with the people-smuggling gangs believed responsible for nearly 140 such graves discovered around grim camps in the country’s northwest.

  • PM asks UN to tackle terror attacks on peacekeepers

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday strongly denounced the killing of a Bangladeshi UN peacekeeper in Mali and urged the United Nations to play a more effective role in tackling such terrorist and militant acts.

    In a condolence message, the prime minister also expressed profound shock at
    the death of the peacekeeper, Nilkanto
    Hajong of Bangladesh Army, who was shot dead by terrorists in Bamako, the capital
    of Mali.

    She said Bangladesh has always stood against terrorism and militancy both at national and international levels.

  • Annisul: Most billboards illegal

    Around two-thirds of the billboards installed around Dhaka North are illegal and will be removed immediately, said Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Annisul Huq.

    The newly elected mayor, backed by
    the ruling Awami League, made the state-ment during his visit to four DNCC wards yesterday.

  • BD-Myanmar in pact for returning 200 boatpeople

    Myanmar yesterday said it had reached an agreement with neighbouring Bangladesh to repatriate 200 Bangladeshis rescued from a boat off the Myanmar coast last week.

    A migrant crisis has flared up in Southeast Asia as Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in Myanmar and Bangladeshis trying to escape poverty at home become prey to human traffickers.

  • RAB arrests seven human traffickers in city

    Rapid Action Battalion arrested seven suspected human traffickers in a drive at DIT road of the capital’s Malibagh area.

    The arrestees are the chairman of Mahbub Tours and Travels Ahmedur Rahman and his six associates, who could not be identified at the time.

    Operation Officer of RAB 3 Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Saiful Islam said acting on a tip-off a team of RAB 3 led by Deputy Director of RAB 3 Major Kamran Kabir arrested the human traffickers.

  • Bangladeshi peacekeeper killed by militants in Mali

    Bangladeshi peacekeeper killed by militants in Mali

    A Bangladeshi soldier deployed on a United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali was shot dead, and another wounded, in a militant attack at Bamako, the capital of Mali, in the second attack in days, the UN said yesterday.

    The deceased was Nilkanto Hajang and the injured soldier is Shirajul Islam, a press release issued by Inter Services Public Relations Directorate said yesterday.

  • Salahuddin discharged from Neigrihms

    Shillong police yesterday took BNP leader Salahuddin Ahmed into their custody after he was discharged by the Neigrihms Hospital authorities.

    The BNP joint secretary general may be produced before a local court today or tomorrow, said Meghalaya state police.

    Bhaskar Bargohayen, a doctor at the Neigrihms, told reporters that Salahuddin had been discharged as his physical condition got stable.

  • Teacher gets life for rape of 5-year-old

    Teacher gets life for rape of 5-year-old

    An Arabic teacher of Holy Crescent School at Mirpur has been sentenced to life term imprisonment for raping a five-year-old girl of the same school inside the compound last year.

    Convict Minhaz Uddin, younger brother of the school’s Principal Mesbah Uddin, was also fined Tk2 lakh. In case of his failure to pay the fine, he will have to serve three more years in jail, the court said in the order yesterday.

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