DhakaTribune
Wednesday November 22, 2017 11:56 PM



  • Another child raped in Kaliganj

    A class II student was raped by a cattle trader of the same village at Kaliganj upazila of the district yesterday.

    It is the second child rape incident that took place within five days at the upazila.

    The seven-year-old was given first aid at Kaliganj Upazila Health Complex and would be taken to Jhenidah Sadar Hospital for medical examination, police say.

  • Enclave residents forced to stay back

    Enclave residents forced to stay back

    For as long as they were living in patches of India, the exclave residents were ingnored, deprived of civic amenities and sometimes human rights. Now that the end is near, matters are becoming more complicated. It was always a little too good to be true. The first part of a series illustrates the situation in one exclave Indian exclave residents who want to leave Bangladesh are allegedly being forced to remain. It is also alleged that the survey committee intentionally left out a number of people who wish to leave for India.

    A resident of Dasiar Chhara in Kurigram, Mizanur Rahman Mizan alleged that people were being forced to stay back and those who wanted to leave were in fact being threatened by members of the local co-ordination committee.

  • Voter list updating begins

    The voter list updating process began across the country yesterday. In the first phase, data of possible voters in 189 upazilas and thanas will be collected.

    Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad inaugurated the three-phase data collection programme at Shilpakala Academy in Narsingdi yesterday morning. The data will be collected from a total of 514 upazlias and thanas covering the entire country.

    In his inauguration speech he urged people to cooperate with enumerators and provide authentic information during the door-to-door data collection.

  • Nine killed in road accidents in two districts

    Nine killed in road accidents in two districts

    Nine people, including three women, were killed and 16 others injured in two separate road accidents in Gopalganj and Manikganj yesterday.

    In the past week, at least 128 people died in road and rail accidents in different districts.

    The accident in Gopalganj’s Kashiani upazila, which involved a head-on collision between a bus and a microbus, left seven people killed and eight injured. 

  • SHUJAN questions accuracy of voter list

    Citizens’ rights body Shushashoner Jonno Nagorik (SHUJAN) has raised question about the accuracy of the updated voter list published by the Election Commission last year and demanded that a mechanism be introduced to verify the list by an independent third party.

    SHUJAN, a civil society organisation working for establishing good governance, criticised the latest decision to register teenagers aged 15-17 and for not carrying out visible campaigns before launching the voter list update yesterday.

  • Six policemen suspended for bribery

    At least six policemen including two sub-inspectors from Ishwardi police station there have been suspended on charge of taking bribe from a drug peddler.

    The suspended policemen are SI Asif and Shahin Mohammad Anu while the rest four are constable Zillur Rahman, Mominul Islam, Mizanur Rahman and Anisur Rahman.

    Sources said a team of the six arrested one drug peddler named Robi from Aotapara area in the upazila, but they released him after taking bribe from him.

    They were punished when the incident came to light, said Pabna SP Alamgir Kabir. 

  • River erosion takes serious turn

    River erosion takes serious turn

    Erosion caused by the Brahmaputra and the Meghna rivers in Gaibandha and Bhola has rendered more than 900 families homeless in the districts in the last few days.

    Our Gaibandha correspondent reported that the mighty Brahmaputra River wreaked havoc in Fulchhari and Shaghata upazilas causing extensive damages to crop fields and human habitation.

  • People in risk of landslide asked to move

    Bandarban administration has asked those living at the foothills to move to safety as the incessant rain of the last few days is likely to trigger landslides.

    To alert the inhabitants, the administration has been using megaphones since yesterday morning asking them to move immediately.

    Some thousand families are living under the risk of landslide in the hilly areas of Islampur, Bonorupa, Hafezghona, Balaghata, Kalaghata, Langipara and Bus Station of the district.

  • College student stabbed over football match dies, one arrested

    A college student who was stabbed to death centring a dispute over football match succumbed to his injuries in a hospital in Barisal yesterday.

    The victim was identified as Ujjal Kharati, 18, son of Uttam Kumar Kharati from Lakshmipasha village under Kabai union of Bakerganj upazila.

    He was also an HSC examinee of Kabai Islamia Degree College.

    Uttam Kumar said his son engaged in a scuffle with Saiful Sardar Munna, son of Bashir Sardar of the same area, over playing football at a local school ground on Thursday afternoon.

  • Popular chains, restaurants increasingly adulterating food

    Popular chains, restaurants increasingly adulterating food

    Around 1:30pm on July 9, which was the third week of Ramadan, a mobile court led by an executive magistrate raided the popular Maloncho Restaurant at the New Elephant Road in Dhaka.

    Most popular chain stores and restaurants in the city experience a massive surge in demand during the Islamic fasting month, especially during iftar and dinner.

    Then again, it has been seen that during Ramadan, these eateries face more fines from mobile courts than any other time of the year which suggests they adulterate food more than any other time in order to cope with the rush.

  • Two held with petrol bombs

    Police arrested two alleged criminals along with seven patrol bombs as well as a revolver from Baurbhag village in Sadar upazila yesterday morning.

    The arrested are Kanchon Miah, 55, from Sadhuhati village, and Nuru Miah, 40, of Fotehpur village in the upazila.

    Being tipped-off, a team from Sadar police station raided on the village in the morning and made the arrest, said SI Anwar Hossain there.

    During the drive, police recovered seven patrol bombs and a locally-made revolver from their possession.

  • Rain wins as Chittagong Test ends in draw

    Just like the fourth day, incessant rain in the port-city washed out the fifth and final day’s play as the first of two Test matches between Bangladesh and South Africa at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium ended in a disappointing draw yesterday. Not a single ball was bowled on the penultimate day and the theme was repeated yesterday with persistent rain playing spoil-sport.

    The cricketers of both the sides were hoping for some action at the middle but the match officials declared a draw at the stroke of midday as the inclement weather showed no signs of abating.

  • Shohag, Jakir likely to become BCL top two

    Saifur Rahman Shohag and Jakir Hossain are likely to become the president and secretary of Chhatra League when the ruling party’s student front sits for a long overdue council today.

    According to sources, the council is slated for an 11am start and the members of the organisations are likely to elect these two as their top leaders.

    It is also likely that the central committee, to be announced tomorrow, is likely to have 201 members in total but this could only be known after the top two are elected.

  • Heavy rainfall disrupts life across port city

    Office-goers became the worst victims as they have to face trouble to travel through the water-logged areasA number of areas has gone under knee-deep water in Chittagong city following the heavy downpour that started on Thursday night and continued till yesterday evening.

    Office-goers became the worst victims as they had to wade through the knee-deep filthy water in order to reach destinations. Commuters, greatly outnumbering the transports, had to face immense trouble to travel through the water-logged areas.

    The exuberant fares charged by the vehicle drivers added to their woes.

    Condition of a number of roads deteriorated that resulted into long tailbacks.

  • Historic Nazirpur Day today

    Today is the historic Nazirpur Day, commemorating the supreme sacrifice of seven valiant freedom fighters in a “front battle” during the liberation war in 1971,  at Nazirpur village under Kalmakanda upazila of the district.

    On July 26, 1971, a front battle between the then Pakistani occupation armed forces and the freedom fighters was held where the occupation forces were defeated.

  • Hasina favours under-29s for BCL leadership

    Hasina favours under-29s for BCL leadership

    Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina has directed the councillors of Bangladesh Chhatra League to elect brilliant and regular students for the top posts of the party’s student body.

    Its leadership would be elected through direct votes by the councillors and that the age ceiling should be 29, Hasina said addressing the inauguration ceremony of the Chhatra League’s 28th council at Suhrawardy Udyan of the capital yesterday.

  • Private university students for politics that benefit nation not parties

    Students of the privately owned universities are reluctant to engage with soured student politics that put party interests first. However, they would like to get involved if it worked for the students and the country.

    While the ongoing 28th council of Bangladesh Chhatra League is met with euphoria among the students of the public universities, it seems to have little to no effect on the students of more than 50 private universities operating in the country.

  • A guardian angel for sex workers’ children

    A guardian angel for sex workers’ children

    Recently, in a conversation with the Dhaka Tribune, Hazera unveiled how she began her journey: “I started working with Durjoy Child Care Centre which rehabilitates children of sex workers in Savar. Since 2009, no donor could be found to support the center and the project was shut down in 2010. The funding crisis became so acute that Durjoy requested several mothers to take their children back. However, there were other children left out.”

    Hazera was wondering how to take care of these innocent children. She did not want them to grow up in brothels.

  • Khaleda wants neutral election-time govt

    Apparently backtracking from the caretaker government issue, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday said that the next election must be held under a non-partisan government with the participation of all the political parties.

  • Green activists for integrated step to remove waterlogging

    Green activists at a human chain in the capital yesterday demanded an integrated step to remove the perennial waterlogging problem from Dhaka city.

    They said the city dwellers suffer from acute waterlogging during every monsoon since the authorities give attention to only addressing the problem in posh areas like Gulshan and Banani but do not take any planned measure to remove waterlogging from all areas of the city.

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