Wednesday February 21, 2018 09:06 AM

  • From hyperactivity to hibernation

    Over the last nine years, the BNP – one of the country’s two major political parties – has habitually dealt with its own political failures by taking time off to regroup and reorganise itself. But the much touted – and much needed – reorganisation of the party has never actually taken place. Instead, the party has experienced an unrelenting losing streak, fallen into increasing disarray and turned the word reorganisation into a Cliché in the process. In a series of three stories, the Dhaka Tribune looks into why the party has not been able to put its house in order in nearly a decade. This is the first tranche of the reportIn a rare high-level meeting before Eid, BNP chief Khaleda Zia instructed the party’s senior central leaders to go to their areas outside Dhaka and charge up the activists demoralised by state actions.

  • Mustafiz, spinners dismantle Proteas

    Mustafiz, spinners dismantle Proteas

    A precise Bangladesh bowling attack, spearheaded by debutant Mustafizur Rahman and young leg-spinner Jubair Hossain, skittled out the world’s top-ranked Test side South Africa for a below-par 248 on the opening day of the first five-dayer at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium yesterday.

    In pursuit of the visitors’ first-innings tally, the home side ended the day’s proceedings on seven without loss as openers Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes negotiated two potentially dangerous overs before stumps.

  • BNP appreciates Ashraf’s promise to ensure neutral admin

    BNP yesterday hailed Public Administration Minister Syed Ashraful Islam for his promise to keep the administration neutral.

    “After joining his new ministry, Awami League General Secretary Syed Ashraful Islam said he wants to keep the administration neutral and free from party influence. His spirit his absolutely good… we hail his attitude,” said BNP spokesman Asaduzzaman Ripon.

    He made the remark while addressing a press briefing at the party’s Nayapaltan central office.

  • Inu demands Zia’s posthumous trial for Col Taher murder

    Information Minister Hasanul Huq Inu yesterday demanded posthumous trial and punishment of former President Ziaur Rahman for killing freedom fighter Col Abu Taher.

    “General Zia killed freedom fighter Taher on this day in 1976 as part of his deep-rooted conspiracy to perpetuate his power,” he said.

    Inu, also Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) president, urged all to be vocal to press for the posthumous punishment of Zia, whom he brands as a villain of history, and all those involved in Taher killing.

  • Which way if not the highway?

    Which way if not the highway?

    To provide a smooth journey to the homebound travellers, it is essential to prohibit slow-moving vehicles from traveling on the highways, and to relocate vendors to areas inside the cityPedestrians, rickshaws, vans, auto-rickshaws, and other slow-moving vehicles plying on the highways are common in our country. Even shops are found alongside the road.

    Since most of the highways in the country are two-lane two-ways, and many of the highways lack a proper shoulder, the speed of a vehicle is restricted by that of the vehicle ahead. If there is a slow-moving vehicle, then all the vehicles behind have to adjust to the former’s speed until they are able to go past it. This slows down overall traffic movement and increases travel time for the faster vehicles.

  • Who killed Maulana Faruqi?

    In nearly one year, the law enforcers have failed to identify or arrest the killers of Islamic preacher Maulana Shaikh Nurul Islam Faruqi while the detectives suspect that it was an act of members of banned militant outfit Ansarullah Bangla Team.

    Frustrated at the sluggish probe, family members of the victim say Faruqi was killed in a pre-planned manner. He had been issued death threats by some Islamists since long as he used to speak against religious fanaticism and superstitions.

  • Bangladesh, India teams submit reports on enclave survey

    779 people intend to go to India; no one wants to come to Bangladesh from IndiaSeven hundred seventy-nine residents of 111 Indian enclaves on Bangladesh side opted for going to India while no one of the residents of Bangladeshi enclaves on Indian side intended to come to Bangladesh, according to the Indo-Bangla joint survey report.

    Chief of Bangladesh survey team Deputy Commissioner of Lalmonirhat Md Habibur Rahman disclosed the report at a press briefing yesterday.

    The reports were handed over to Rangpur divisional commissioner’s office yesterday morning.

  • Slum fire victims without any help in sight

    Slum fire victims without any help in sight

    The raging blaze at the capital’s Badda slum on Monday made homeless hundreds of families who are now looking at a future filled with uncertainty as there has been no official promise for their rehabilitation so far.

    “We have lost all our belongings. Now we have nothing. I do not know where to go with my children or how to survive. The [shanty] owner also told us that he is not willing to build shanty there [again],” one of the former residents of the slum told the Dhaka Tribune.

  • Court seeks progress report on liquid cocaine haul probe

    A Chittagong court has ordered the investigation officer of the liquid cocaine smuggling case to submit a progress report.

    The court also granted a 10-day remand for Saiful Islam Sumon, C&F agent of the consignment, said Chittagong Metropolitan Police’s Additional Deputy Commissioner Kazi Muttaki Ibn Minan. Metropolitan Magistrate Farid Alam passed the orders yesterday when Saiful was produced, he said.

  • Teenager caught with 76,000 yaba tablets

    The Detective Branch of police yesterday arrested a 14-year-old with 76,000 yaba tablets from an office of Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Ltd at Wari in the capital.

    Tipped off, Officer in-Charge of Wari police station Tapan Chandra Shaha conducted a drive in the BTCL office housed on the ground floor of Wari sub-post office around 8:30am and arrested the teenager.

    The BTCL office was used as distribution centre for yaba business by Md Mostofa, 41, who fled from the spot sensing presence of the law enforcers.

  • MP’s son charged with double murder

    The Detective Branch of police yesterday pressed murder charges against Bakhtiar Alam Rony, son of Awami League lawmaker Pinu Khan, as the lone accused in a case filed over the killing of two people in April.

    DB Sub-Inspector Dipak Kumar Das submitted the charge sheet to Metropolitan Magistrate Aminul Islam’s court around 1:20pm, General Recording Officer SI Mahmudur Rahman told the Dhaka Tribune.

    The court fixed August 13 to decide whether to take the charges into cognisance.

  • Bandarban tourism sector thrives with Eid vacationers

    Tour operators and hotels in Bandarban are doing a brisk business as a massive number of tourists are flowing into the district during the Eid vacation this year.

    Almost all the rooms in most hotels and resorts have been booked in advance. After the setback caused by the rainy season, the tourism industry is rejuvenating now.

    Every year, Bandarban witnesses a flow of tourists on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr. However, the rain creates hurdles in easy movement of the holidaymakers, the insiders of the tourism sector of Bandarban told the Dhaka Tribune.

  • Char women achieve success in health, hygiene, sanitation

    Thousands of the distressed women living in remote char areas on the Brahmaputra basin have achieved laudable success in the health, hygiene, sanitation and safe drinking water sectors.

    The exceptional success achieved by char women with assistance of Chars Livelihoods Programme (CLP) has reduced extent of water-borne diseases and related deaths almost to the zero level in the riverine char islands of ten northwestern districts.

  • Jamuna rail bridge planned at three times higher cost

    The Bangladesh Railway has planned to build a 4.8-Km rail bridge over the Jamuna river in parallel with Bangabandhu Bridge.

    According to the Development Project Proposal (DPP), the estimated cost of Tk8274.35 crore will be needed for the construction of the bridge,

    The government will bear Tk1622.71 crore while the rest Tk6,651 crore will be funded
    by Jica.

  • Bus fair doubled in Lakshmipur as Eid holidayers return to station

    Eid holidayers in Lakshmipur are paying as much a double the amount the bus fare fixed by the government as they are returning to the cities for work after celebrating the festival with their families.

    Several Dhaka and Chittagong-bound travellers complained that the bus owners were taking advantage of the fact that the Dhaka-Lakshmipur road is the only medium of communication between the two districts.

  • Review petition filed against court rejection of no-confidence plea

    A review petition has been filed against a court order that rejected the naraji (no-confidence) petition against the charge sheet in a case filed in connection with the sensational seven murders in Narayanganj.

    Selina Islam Beauty, widow of Narayanganj City Corporation panel mayor Nazrul Islam, one of the victims of the gruesome killing, filed the review petition with the court of district and sessions judge Syed Enayet Hossain yesterday.

    The court is likely to hear the petition on August 9.

  • Female Upazila Parishad members take oath

    Female Upazila Parishad members take oath

    A total of 186 newly elected female members under reserved seats in 62 Upazila Parishads of 8 districts in Rajshahi division took oath yesterday.

    Commissioner of Rajshahi division Helaluddin Ahmed administered the oath to the public representatives at Shilpakala Academy auditorium in the city at noon. Director of Local Government Division Aminul Islam conducted the official event.

    Deputy Inspector General of Police Iqbal Bahar and other divisional and district level high officials and public representatives were present at the oath-taking ceremony.

  • Man arrested for posting photoshopped pictures of a girl on Facebook

    The Detective Branch (DB) of Chittagong Metropolitan Police arrested a man in the city’s Pahartali area for uploading Photoshopped photos of a college student to Facebook.

    The arrested, Shuvo Das, 30, along with his friend Rajib Aich, 31, also demanded Tk500,000 from the victim’s father when he asked them to remove the photos from the online social platform, the detectives said.

  • Two accused confess to Rajon killing

    Two more accused yesterday reportedly made their confessional statements separately to their involvement in the killing of Sheikh Samiul Alam Rajon in Kumargaon area of the city on July 8.

    The statements of Dulal Ahmed and Nur Ahmed were recorded at the court of Sylhet Metropolitan Magistrate Anwarul Haque.

    Assistant Commissioner (prosecution) of Sylhet Metropolitan Police Abdul Ahad said they made their confession under section 164 of the Penal Code.

    On Monday, another accused, Moyna Miah, made his confessional statements on his involvement in the murder.

  • Father kills two kids

    A man allegedly hacked his two children to death and injured his wife at Gainaghata in Chakaria upazila of the district early yesterday.

    Rashid Ahmed, panel chairman of Harbang union parishad, said Abul Kashem, a Rohingya along with his wife and two children had been living in the Rohingya polli (colony) for the last eight years.

    The couple often used to lock in altercation over family feud.

    As a sequel to that, the couple picked up a quarrel over the issue in the evening.

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