Monday February 19, 2018 11:48 PM

  • A tale of a torch bearer

    A tale of a torch bearer

    The school is called ‘Dipali’s School’ and it sits under the open sky at a mango orchard. More than a dozen children gather here everyday from afternoon till dusk to receive basic education.

    Their teacher is an impressive young Dipali Rani, who is otherwise an ordinary housewife. But what sets Dipali and the school apart is her commitment to providing free education to the ultra poor community of Gangailpara of Naldanga under Natore sadar upazila.

  • ‘It was not about greed. Our life is miserable and hard’

    ‘It was not about greed. Our life is miserable and hard’

    Two and a half years ago, twelve indigenous people from Cox’s Bazar, all farmers, set off for Malaysia with dreams of putting an end to their poverty.

    They had no idea of the heavy toll the voyage would take on their lives.

    Chayikkhiyo Sin, 35, Kiyo Cha, 55, Uthe Chin, 25, Nene Sing, 31, Uthe Cha, 25, Keu Mong, 25, and Zai Mong, 25, are from Monkhali Chakma para, Jaliya Palong Union, Ukhiya in Cox’s Bazar district.

  • Foreign secretary: Govt to bring back trafficked Bangladeshis in a month

    Bangladesh is ready to take back all its trafficked victims stranded in Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia within a month, said Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque.

    Shahidul made the statement yesterday at the Bangkok conference where Myanmar and Bangladesh agreed to address the root causes of a migrant exodus from their shores.

  • Hasina thanks Indian govt for LBA ratification

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has thanked the Indian government and all the oppositions for their support that led to the ratification of the Land Boundary Agreement (LBA) by their parliament.

    She has also said described the ratification of the agreement as a great diplomatic success of her government.

    Addressing a reception accorded to her by Jatiya Nagarik Committee at Suhrawardy Udyan in the capital yesterday, the prime minister said Bangabandhu had signed the land boundary deal and Bangladesh’s constitution was also amended after that.

  • Zia’s 34th death anniversary today

    Today is BNP founder and late president Ziaur Rahman’s 34th death anniversary.

    The BNP and its front bodies have chalked out an elaborate programme for 14 days to observe the party founder’s death anniversary. Though the death anniversary is on May 30, its observance already started on May 28 through a discussion at Engineers Institute where Zia’s wife Khaleda Zia was present in the audience.

  • Third incident of land subsidence strikes Karwan Bazar site

    Third incident of land subsidence strikes Karwan Bazar site

    Another land subsidence occurred at the Karwan Bazar construction site yesterday morning, following two similar incidents on consecutive days since Wednesday.

    The extent and damage caused by the latest land subsidence, which happened a little before 9am in the same north-west side as Thursday’s incident, was comparatively less than the previous days.

  • Govt prepared to receive Modi

    The government has taken up massive preparation to welcome Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is scheduled to arrive in Dhaka on a two-day visit on June 6.

    He is coming at the invitation of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and this will be his first visit to Bangladesh.

    He will be accompanied by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarker and Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma.

  • Negotiations on to secure $3bn Reliance investment

    Bangladesh is hoping to secure its biggest ever foreign investment in the infrastructure sector, as negotiations are under way with Indian conglomerate Reliance Group for a $3bn power project.

    Under the proposed deal, a 3,000 megawatt power plant will be set up in Chittagong by the Indian multinational, which has expertise in this sector.

    According to the Reliance Power website, the company has the largest portfolio of power projects in the Indian private sector, based on coal, gas, hydro and renewable energy, with an operating portfolio of 5,945MW.

  • Kailash Satyarthi assures quality education for children by 2030

    Underscoring the need for compulsory education for all children, Nobel laureate and child rights advocate Kailash Satyarthi expressed his commitment to ensure inclusive and quality education for all children not only in the primary level but also in the secondary level by 2030.

  • SSC, equivalent exam results today

    The results of the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and its equivalent examinations will be published today. The results will be handed over to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at 10am. Later, Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid will formally announce the results at a press briefing at 1pm. The SSC and its equivalent examinations were held amid nonstop blockade and hartal programmes enforced by BNP-led 20-party alliance. Not a single written test of the SSC exams could be held on scheduled dates and most of the exams were held on weekly holidays.

  • Shillong court denies bail to Salahuddin

    A Shillong court of India yesterday denied bail to BNP Joint Secretary General Salahuddin Ahmed.

    Quoting Salahuddin’s wife Hasina Ahmed, the party’s Assistant Office Secretary Abdul Latif Jony told the Dhaka Tribune that Salahuddin was not produced in the court for the hearing as he was ill.

    Salahuddin’s lawyer told the court that as the accused was severely ill, he should get bail, but the court denied the petition. The court, however, ordered the authorities to provide treatment.

  • BNP hopes Hasina to discuss with Khaleda before meeting Modi

    The BNP yesterday expressed its hope that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina would talk to Khaleda Zia to discuss issues of national interests prior to her meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

    “As the media reported, the prime minister will talk on several issues with Narendra Modi including Implementation of Land Boundary Agreement, putting an end to killing on border and Teesta water sharing,” said Asaduzzaman Ripon, acting spokesperson of the BNP.

  • EWG preliminary report on city polls unclear

    The preliminary and the detailed reports, it can be assumed that EWG reported a single centre several times with regard to the types of irregularities including violence, intimidation and cancellation of votesThe preliminary statement made by the Election Working Group on April 29, a day after the three city polls, included some ambiguous information which has created confusion in some quarters, and was misunderstood or misreported by some media outlets.

    For instance, the EWG statement says that irregularities took place in 90% centres in Chittagong. But it did not clarify that only a single incident occurred in 85% centres, and multiple incidents in only 5%.

  • Govt plans to increase capacity to tackle disasters

    Aiming to tackle the risks of natural disasters, like earthquake, the government has initiated a move to strengthen the capacity of the concerned government agencies to efficiently and effectively respond to emergency events.

    ‘Urban Resilience Project’, an umbrella project supported by the World Bank, involving an estimated cost of Tk1,390.10 crore and having four components is awaiting approval at the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC).

  • Tobacco farming injurious to farm health

    Tobacco farming injurious to farm health

    While the government does not promote tobacco cultivation, Lalmonirhat farmers can scarcely resist growing the cash crop because it is so profitable.

    They said tobacco farming provides them with additional income because it fetches high prices and requires less time to cultivate than other crops.

    But government officials and agricultural experts say farmers are doing irreparable damage to their land for short-term gains.

  • Factory worker gang-raped on boat in Gazipur

    A worker of Pran RFL Company was  gangraped on a company boat by four boatmen on Wednesday in Kaliganj upazila in Gazipur.

    The victim, 18, is employed at an RFL factory in Narsingdi and was going home in Kaliganj when she was taken hostage and raped, Assistant Sub-Inspector Arif of Kaliganj police station told our Gazipur correspondent.

  • Four of a family killed in Bandarban

    Four members of a family, including two children, were killed at a farmhouse in Bandarban on Thursday night.

    Md Amin, 45, his son Junayed, 12, sister Samira Begum, 30, and her son Syed Nur, 4, died as their throats had been slit.

    Amin worked at the farmhouse located at Kamlang area in Kuhalang union and police said the four had been living there for long.

    It was not clear who killed them but Imtiaz Ahmed, officer-in-charge of Bandarban Sadar police station, said family rows could be a motive for the murders.

  • Cut red tape to grow FDI to meet Bangladesh’s potential

    Cut red tape to grow FDI to meet Bangladesh’s potential

    The government must work harder to reform the barriers which deter investorsWe welcome the plans announced by the new FBCCI president to encourage new entrepreneurs to help the economy.

    The government should support these moves by paying more attention to Bangladesh’s under-performance in attracting overseas investment.

    FDI in Bangladesh grew to $1.6bn last year, whereas Vietnam which is benefiting from a similar demographic dividend to Bangladesh, attracted $24bn, a billion more than India, making it the second biggest recipient in Asia.

  • Can’t change society without hurting feelings

    Can’t change society without hurting feelings

    The battle between science and religion is perennial. Scientists don’t hack people who refuse to believe their theories, but fundamentalists doSentiments will always get hurt, especially religious ones. There is no other way. Society cannot just stand in one place. Nothing will progress in this way. People averse to the idea of progress will not accept it, and will raise questions.

    People don’t act out in such barbaric ways when other sentiments are hurt, as they do when religious ones are hurt. Why are religious sentiments so important?

    Some say this is because a large portion of the world is religious. I often hear that it is not right to hurt the sentiments of 1.5 billion people.

  • We need to break the silence, period

    We need to break the silence, period

    Mothers and female teachers need to talk more openly to their daughters about this issue to dismantle the taboos that shame us and regulate our livesWomen and adolescent girls experience a special time every month — their menstruation time. Although it is entirely a biological phenomenon for women, some societies which are less developed or developing, like Bangladesh, prefer to remain silent about it.

    Mothers feel shy and embarrassed to talk to their daughters about the reproductive system. As a result, when a girl experiences her period for the first time in her life, she gets perplexed thinking either she is going to die or something very serious is happening to her body.

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