Wednesday February 21, 2018 09:04 AM

  • Why risk your life on the open seas?

    In the wake of the Asian boatpeople crisis, the Dhaka Tribune’s Abid Azad travels down the migration routes along Bangladesh’s jagged coast in search of answers.

    On the quayside alongside migrant smuggling boats he finds desperation and ambition in equal measure, and finds menacing eddies that portend far more trouble for the migrants than they bargained for.

    Beyond the horizon, in foreign waters, a vast network of human traffickers lies in wait.

    For Bangladeshis looking for a back door to a better life, a vast tide of greed and cruelty threatens to sweep away naïve hopes and whole communities with it.Abdul Khaleque, an inhabitant of Enayetpur upazila of Sirajganj is now back in Bangladesh after failing to go to Malaysia, and is saddled with Tk4 lakh debt into the bargain.

    Once a weaver who could earn only Tk5,000 a month, he now has to pay interest of Tk1,000 a week against his debt.

  • Proteas too good for Tigers

    South Africa proved to be too strong for Bangladesh as the visitors romped to a convincing 52-run win over the Tigers in the first of the two Twenty20 internationals at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday.

    The Bangladesh bowlers did manage to restrict the formidable South African batting line-up to 148/4 with Proteas captain Francois du Plessis smashing an unbeaten 79. However, a lack of a distinct game-plan from the Tigers batsmen saw the home side skittled out for just 96 in 18.5 overs.

  • Chief justice: Faulty police probe hampers prosecution

    Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha has blamed faulty investigation by the police for allowing the accused human traffickers to go free.

    He made the remark at a national dialogue over human trafficking situation, in response to claims by the IGP and RAB DG that most human trafficking cases remained pending at the courts.

  • Over Tk8 lakh allegedly snatched by miscreants

    Miscreants yesterday afternoon shot and stole more than Tk3 lakh from a bKash agent in the capital’s Badda area.

    BKash agent, Mohammad Faisal, 30, was shot in his left leg and later admitted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital.

    An employee of Fox Block Distribution, he had collected Tk3,26,000 from the company’s client and was headed to Badda’s Notun Bazar.

    On reaching Sahabuddin crossing at Maddhyabadda, two masked youth tried to snatch his bag. When he protested, one of them shot his leg.

  • Khaleda predicts crisis if national polls not held soon, Nasim says no polls before 2019

    Terming the present Awami League-led coalition government illegal, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia said an immediate re-election under a non-party government was necessary, otherwise the country would fall into crisis.

  • A journey through notorious Dhaka traffic

    A journey through notorious Dhaka traffic

    At 3 o’clock yesterday afternoon, a friend called up Sayeed and told him that he needed to rush to a hospital on Panthapath in the capital to donate blood for a surgery scheduled for half an hour later.

    Sayeed, a residential student of Dhaka University, donates blood regularly. Because he has a personal vehicle, a motorbike, people often call him up as he can reach places on short notice despite the notorious Dhaka traffic.

  • Survey: 40% rural consumers pay bribes to get power connections

    Around 40% of rural consumers are forced to pay bribe to get electricity connections, while the numbers are 10% and 15% in Dhaka and Khulna cities respectively, a survey supervised by Power Cell has found.

    The findings of the survey on customer satisfaction about electricity supply were revealed in an event at Bidyut Bhaban yesterday.

    “I am not happy with the survey. The sector needs to be bribe-free. We are working on this regard,” said State Minister for Power Nasrul Hamid at the event.

  • DU student held for Hizb ut-Tahrir link

    Shahbagh police arrested an alleged activist of banned militant outfit Hizb ut-Tahrir from the Dhaka University campus yesterday.

    The arrestee is Abdul Matin, a masters student of the Education and Research Institute (IER). He was later suspended from the DU.

    DU proctorial body members identified the student around 2pm at Arts Faculty when he attempted to give leaflets and jihadi books to a teacher, acting proctor Amzad Ali said. Later, Matin was handed over to the police.

    The authorities also found jihadi literature and CDs after searching his room.

  • SC orders Fakhrul’s medical check-up

    The Supreme Court yesterday ordered Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Hospital authorities to arrange a check-up for BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.

    It asked the hospital authorities to form a three-member medical board to examine the BNP leader’s health condition, and submit the report by Wednesday.

    A four-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha also said an order on the government’s petition against Fakhrul’s bail in three cases would be given on Wednesday.

  • IGP asks Khaleda to talk responsibly

    The inspector general of police yesterday said it was frustrating to hear BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s recent claims that the police force were behind the arson attacks during the BNP’s agitation programme.

    Khaleda should be more responsible while making statements, AKM Shahidul Islam told a press briefing at the police headquarters.

    “It is very unfortunate when a responsible person like Khaleda gives political statements in an effort to demolish the goodwill of the police. She had lied in her remarks.”

  • BNP condemns Gaffar’s remarks on Almighty

    The BNP yesterday condemned columnist Abdul Gaffar Chowdhury’s remarks on the Almighty Allah and demanded an investigation into the matter.

    “His (Gaffar’s) comments have caused an uproar in the country. He wounded the religious sentiment of Muslims. We strongly denounce and protest his offensive remarks,” Asaduzzaman Ripon, acting spokesperson of the party, said at a press briefing at party’s Napaltan headquarters.

  • Ctg court orders fresh sample test for cocaine

    In response to a petition filed by the investigation officer, a Chittagong court yesterday ordered the DB official to collect samples from all the 107 drums of a container that reportedly had cocaine and conduct a fresh laboratory test.

    The court also ordered the Chittagong Port Authority to properly preserve the seized container until further order.

    The CPA, CPA’s Security Wing, Chittagong Customs House and Directorate of Customs Intelligence and Investigation were asked to assist the IO in the case.

  • Cox’s Bazar development act draft approval likely today

    The government is to form Cox’s Bazar Development Authority, a body which will administer the transformation of the beach town into a city with modern amenities as part of development projects.

    The draft of Cox’s Bazar Development Authority Act 2015 is likely to get its final approval at today’s cabinet meeting, said Housing and Public Works Minister Engineer Mosharraf Hossain.

    The cabinet approved the draft of Cox’s Bazar Development Authority Act last year.

  • Cox’s Bazar development act draft approval likely today

    The government is to form Cox’s Bazar Development Authority, a body which will administer the transformation of the beach town into a city with modern amenities as part of development projects.

    The draft of Cox’s Bazar Development Authority Act 2015 is likely to get its final approval at today’s cabinet meeting, said Housing and Public Works Minister Engineer Mosharraf Hossain.

    The cabinet approved the draft of Cox’s Bazar Development Authority Act last year.

  • Suspect in Ekram murder case arrested in Feni

    A listed suspect in the murder of Ekramul Haque Ekram was arrested in Feni Sadar upazila last night, police told the Dhaka Tribune.

    Following a tip-off, a team of Rapid Action Battalion 7 arrested Abdul Kader, one of the accused in the murder case, in a Sadar road around 10pm, said Assistant Superintendent of Police Shaheda Sultana of RAB 7.

    The arrested, from Feni’s Fulgazi upazila, has committed murders before, she said.

  • Process on to build commercial structures on unused railway land

    Around 12,960 acres of land owned by Bangladesh Railway have remained unused across the country and grabbers have built illegal structures at some places, Railways Minister Mazibul Hoque told parliament yesterday.

    “Illegal occupants are now being gradually evicted,” the minister said in reply to a lawmaker’s query.

    A process is on to build a five-star hotel, commercial buildings, motels, medical colleges, hospitals and multi-storied shopping malls on the unused land under the public private partnership (PPP), the minister said.

  • Khaleda slams govt for importing rotten wheat

    Criticising the government for importing low quality wheat, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday said corrupt ministers are still in the office even after their corruption is exposed.

    “This government is busy looting. Even after importing rotten wheat they [ministers] have not been tried,” she said.

    That wheat will gradually reach the capital too, said the BNP chief.

  • Rice mill workers face hardship due to low wage

    Hundreds of rice mill workers in Jessore are passing an inhumane life due to long working hours and a meagre wage.

    Moreover, the seasonal nature of the job means that the workers are unemployed for a significant part of the year forcing them to borrow money with interest. As such the mill workers, especially the women, are facing immense hardships.

    Golapi Rani Mondol has been working at the rice mill of Mir Mizanur Rahman at Prembagh area of Abhaynagar upazila. At the age of 50, she works 15 hours and gets less than Tk90 per day.

  • Man held for killing wife

    Police arrested a man at Karbala village in Niamatpur upazila of the district yesterday for killing his wife.

    Obaidur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Niamatpur police station, said Afal Das of the village beat up his wife Sanda Rani Das,24, around 2.30am on June 27, mercilessly demanding dowry. Hearing her screaming, locals went to the spot and rescued her. Later, she was admitted to Niamatpur Health Complex from where she was sent to Rajshahi Medical College and Hospital. She succumbed her injuries on Friday in the hospital.

  • 250km road in rundown state

    The incessant rains in the past two weeks have left roads in different parts of Chittagong in a dilapidated condition, compounding the sufferings of people.

    Numerous potholes have appeared on roads, putting people at greater risk of facing accidents and mishaps and also causing terrible tailbacks.

    The rains have also damaged road surfaces, particularly of the busy roads.  

    Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) sources said around 250 kilometres of roads are now in a rundown state out of the 800km road network under the CCC’s jurisdiction.

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