Wednesday February 21, 2018 09:05 AM

  • Barca claim fifth European crown in classic

    Barcelona won the Champions League for the fourth time in a decade on Saturday, with Luis Suarez grabbing the crucial goal in a 3-1 victory over Juventus at the end of a season that began with the Uruguay striker serving a ban for biting.

    The $110-million recruit from Liverpool scored Barcelona’s second in the 68th minute after Lionel Messi’s shot was palmed away by goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.

  • ‘The future I dream for India is the future I wish for Bangladesh’

    ‘The future I dream for India is the future I wish for Bangladesh’

    Full text of Indian PM Narendra Modi’s statement to media at the joint press briefing Excellency, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina 

    Members of the media, 

    Thank you for your kind words of welcome. Thank you for your thoughts on the relationship and our meeting today. 

    I am deeply honoured and touched by your special gestures for my visit. Everything I have experienced here reflects the warmth and generosity of the people of Bangladesh. And for me, there is the wonderful feeling of visiting a close neighbour. 

  • Enclave people rejoice at Modi’s visit

    Enclave people rejoice at Modi’s visit

    Thousands of enclave residents in Panchagarh were jubilant yesterday over the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as they were hopeful about seeing an end to their deprived state and starting a good life.

    Members of Bangladesh-India Enclave Exchange Coordination Committee joined a procession at the Indian Puthimari enclave in Boda upazila in the afternoon while there was also a festive mood in the district’s other enclaves. 

  • Modi pays his respects

    Modi pays his respects

    Indian PM trip signals new dawn in Indo-Bangladesh relationsIndian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that he wants to take Dhaka-New Delhi relationship to a new height with improved connectivity and growing economic cooperation based on mutual trust and confidence.

    He termed his first visit to Dhaka historic and said: “We stand at a moment of huge opportunity in our relationship.”

    He was speaking at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) yesterday after signing 22 instruments and unveiling plaques of seven projects.

  • Five killed in road accidents

    At least five people were killed in road accidents in Bagerhat and  Chapainawabganj districts yesterday.

    Our Bagerhat correspondent reports: Two people, including a college girl, were killed and four others injured when a bus hit an engine-run rickshaw van and a motorcycle in Bishwa Road Mor area on the Khulna-Mawa Highway in Fakirhat upazila in the morning.

    The deceased were identified as Monalisa Khatun,18, a second year student of Fakirhat Kazi Ajhar Ali College and daughter of Hakim Sarder, a resident of Dumuria village and Obaidul Islam,26, son of

  • Arrest of Feni 3 MP demanded

    The local unit Jubo League, associate body of the ruling Awami League for the youth, has demanded quick arrest of Feni 3 lawmaker Haji Rahim Ullah for having connection with the killing of its leader Azizul.

    Haji Rahim is an independent MP.

    Feni district unit Jubo League Convener Didarul Kabir Ratan placed the demand in a press briefing in the district town yesterday noon.

    He also demanded withdrawal of Sonagazi model police station OC Nabir Hossain for not arrested the alleged killers.

  • ‘I am confident we can reach a fair solution on Teesta’

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday said he was confident that, with the support of state governments in India, the two countries could reach a fair solution on Teesta and Feni Rivers.

    While delivering the India-Bangladesh joint statement, the Indian prime minister further said: “Our rivers should nurture our relationship, not become a source of discord. Water sharing is, above all, a human issue.

    “It affects life and livelihood on both sides of the border. We should also work together to renew and clean our rivers.”

  • CMCH patients suffer due to power disruption

    The patients at the Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) have been suffering due to electricity supply disruption since Thursday.

    Sources said a 1500 KVA transformer acted up on the day. Later, the authority started supplying electricity with a 400 KVA transformer to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Coronary Care Unit (CCU), operation theatres and newborn wards.

    The patients were suffering in the summer heat as the hospital authority could not provide electricity for using ceiling fans in wards.

  • Indian giants get two major power deals

    The government yesterday signed two memorandums of understanding with two Indian private power companies for generating 4,600 megawatt electricity, which is almost half of Bangladesh’s installed capacity.

    The massive amount of power will be generated at two proposed power plants in Bangladesh for which no tenders have been floated.

    This will be the first ever private ventures in Bangladesh’s power sector by Indian companies. In the past, only local private companies got similar chances.

  • Execution of Ganges barrage demanded

    The city dwellers yesterday demanded immediate implementation of the Ganges barrage and North Rajshahi Irrigation Project to protect the country’s south-western region including the Sundarbans.

    Local civil society members in the morning brought out a procession organised by Rajshahi Raksha Sangram Parishad (RRSP), a leading social organization of Rajshahi city in this regard.

    Later, a rally was held in front of Chamber Bhaban making the call while RRSP President Liakat Ali chaired the event.

  • Seven detained for staging demo during Modi’s visit

    Police held seven activists of different leftist parties and left-leaning organisations yesterday for holding demonstrations in the capital, breaching the security measures taken by law enforcement agencies to ensure safe stay of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his two-day Dhaka visit. 

    Despite a restriction imposed on carrying any kind of movement during Modi’s stay,  Ganatantrik Bam Morcha and several other leftist parties took position in front of the National Press Club with banners. 

  • Hasina thanks India for ratifying LBA

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday thanked the Indian government, people and all political parties for their support that led to the ratification of the Land Boundary Agreement (LBA).

    She said: “I am sincerely thanking the government, people and all political parties of India for extending their support to the ratification of the land swap agreement.”

    The ratification of the agreement was a great diplomatic success of the governments of both the country, Hasina said during India-Bangladesh joint statement.

  • BNP won’t complain to Modi about Jan 5 polls

    The BNP will not complain to visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi about January 5 polls but will try to make him understand the necessity of holding a fresh election, said some party leaders yesterday.

    A senior BNP leader seeking anonymity told the Dhaka Tribune the meeting between Modi and party Chairperson Khaleda Zia would focus on strengthening ties between the BNP and the BJP. 

    “The two parties already share a good relation and there will be discussions on how to retain that and make it better as well,” he said.

  • Hasina, Modi, Mamata festoons and aesthetic value

    It is a global practice to display photographs of foreign dignitaries through billboards, festoons and banners in the cities they visit and Bangladesh is not an exception.

    But, during the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Dhaka, the organisers neither considered diplomatic sensitivity nor aesthetic value of displaying the photographs.

  • New law needed to curb lead in paints

    A new law should be formulated to check the dangerously high level of lead present in the majority of paint brands in the country, opined speakers at a survey report launching programme yesterday.

    Out of the 22 brands of paints sold in the country, 19 of them carry dangerously
    high level of lead. At least one or more paints have lead level above 10,000 ppm, which can be harmful for human body, especially children.

  • ‘Budget allocation for agro sector conventional’

    Agro-economist has termed the allocation kept for the agriculture sector in the proposed 2015-16 FY budget usual and lacks of any long term plan for the sake of the sector.

    “The agriculture sector seems to be less prioritised by the state authorities and faces poor attention in line with its other branches including fisheries and livestock,” said Dr Mahabub Hosain, former executive director of Brac, adding that there is no clear direction in the budget to improve those areas.

    Dr Mahabub made the remarks to the Dhaka Tribune yesterday.

  • Environmentalists urge Hasina, Modi to cancel Rampal project

    ‘The Sundarbans, unique for its biodiversity, would be destroyed if the coal-fired power plant was set up near the forest’Several environmentalist groups yesterday urged the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and the visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a written statement to cancel the controversial Rampal power plant project to save the world’s single largest mangrove forest.

    Led, by Bangladesh Poribesh Bachao Andolon (BAPA), the environmentalists stated that the Sundarbans, unique for its biodiversity and a protection against natural disasters, would be destroyed if the coal-fired power plant was set up near the forest.

  • Six BCL men injured in factional clash at CU

    Six were injured during a clash between two shuttle train-based groups of Bangladesh Chhatra League Chittagong University (CU) unit on campus yesterday.

    Following a previous rivalry, members of a BCL group “Concord” hacked with sharp weapons three members of another faction “Ekakar” in the rail station area inside the campus around 2:30pm, witnesses said.

  • China ship disaster death toll rises to 396, company says sorry

    China ship disaster death toll rises to 396, company says sorry

    The death toll from a Chinese cruise ship which capsized during a storm in the Yangtze River jumped to 396 yesterday, leaving fewer than 50 still missing, as the boat operator apologised and said it would cooperate with investigations.

    Only 14 survivors, one of them the captain, have been found after the ship carrying 456 overturned in a freak tornado on
    Monday night.

    Rescuers are searching the cabins of the four-level ship, which was righted and raised on Friday, looking for more bodies.

  • Dunga aims to get Brazil back to winning ways

    Dunga aims to get Brazil back to winning ways

    Brazil come into the Copa America desperate to regain some international credibility a year after they failed so miserably in their home World Cup.

    The Brazilians were hammered 7-1 by Germany in the semi-final and the defeat confirmed the once great selecao were no longer a team to be feared and had instead become just another sometimes good, sometimes bad footballing nation.

    They will be buoyed by recent results, however, with eight wins out of eight since Dunga took over following that drubbing.

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