Monday February 19, 2018 11:39 PM

  • Khagrachhari mayor accused of grabbing Buddhist temple land

    Allegations have surfaced against Khagrachhari municipality Mayor Mohammad Rafiqul Alam for trying to grab land of Tri Ratna Buddhist temple at Araimail area of the town.

    Temple committee and locals on Thursday said the mayor had the ill motive to displace the temple that had been built 20-25 years ago beside the Agriculture Research Institute.

    According to temple committee, Kongchairi Marma donated some of his land to build the temple. He, along with local people, had been looking after the temple before he moved to Pankhaiya Para area with his family.

  • Nasir vows to solve waterlogging

    Nasir vows to solve waterlogging

    Chittagong City Corporation Mayor designate AJM Nasir Uddin, after officially taking on his responsibilities yesterday, said his top-most priority was to address the perennial waterlogging problem.  

    He also said he would focus on bringing back chain of command at the city corporation.

  • HSC, equivalent results on August 9

    The results of this year’s Higher Secondary Certificate and its equivalent examinations would be published on August 9, says the education minister.

    Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid made the announcement during a discussion with reporters at the Secretariat yesterday afternoon.

    Education minister along with the chairmen of all education boards will hand over a copy of the results to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her office on the day.

  • Suspect in Rajon killing case sent to jail after remand

    A local court here has directed to sent Ruhul Amin alias Ruhel, a suspect in minor boy Rajon murder case, to jail after ending a seven-day remand of him.

    A court of Sylhet Metropolitan Magistrate 3 Anwarul Hoque gave the order yesterday noon as Sylhet Metropolitan DB police produced him before the court after ending the questioning.

    When contacted, Jalalabad police station Assistant Sub-Inspector Farid Uddin confirmed it.

  • Moncho continues demo at Shahbagh

    A faction of the Gonojagoron Moncho continued its sit-in programme at Shahbagh for the third day yesterday demanding that the apex court upholds war criminal Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury’s death sentence.

    Citing a foreign media report, their spokesperson Imran H Sarker said in a press release that a member of SQ Chowdhury’s family had met the chief justice of Bangladesh.

    He hoped that the Appellate Division will uphold the death penalty handed over to the BNP leader by the war crimes tribunal.   

  • Invest in the future

    Invest in the future

    If the actors in the education process are rewarded extrinsically or intrinsically for producing better student performance, and if they are penalised for not producing high performance, this will improve performanceIn 1995 Gary Becker wrote: “During this century, education, skills, and knowledge have become crucial determinants of a person’s and a nation’s productivity. One can even call the 20th century the Age of Human Capital in the sense that the primary determinant of a country’s standard of living is how well it succeeds in developing and utilising the skills, health, and habits of its population.”

  • Food chain fouled by industrial waste

    Food chain fouled by industrial waste

    The high level of toxic elements like cadmium, arsenic, mercury and lead in foods available at the capital’s top kitchen markets is the result of severe pollution of soil and water, experts say.

    Heavy metallic elements enter the food chain mainly through industrial effluents, phosphatic fertilisers (especially cadmium) and the burning of fossil fuels (especially lead), says a study titled “Consumption of unsafe foods: Heavy metal, mineral and trace element contamination,” conducted by the Bangladesh Agricultural University.

  • Why some are opting for India

    Long ignored and neglected, exclave residents are suddenly in the spotlight as they make choices about their livelihood, identity and future. The second part of this report explores one exclave and the considerations behind some residents’ choicesDespite spending 50 years of his life surrounded by Bangladeshi culture, exclave resident Khalilur Rahman has decided to move to the Indian mainland because he believes the prospects for earning a living are better there than in Bangladesh.

    Khalilur belongs to a minority of Indian exclave dwellers who are opting not to remain in Bangladesh, mostly because they already enjoy strong economic ties, mostly through work, to India.

  • Schoolboy found dead after boat capsized

    The body of a schoolboy was recovered from the Brahmaputra River in the district yesterday who went missing with another two persons in a boat capsize on Saturday.

    According to sources, an engine boat capsized in Charalgi area of the river while it was going to Galakata boat ghat with 30 passengers.

    The passengers on the board managed to reach the bank by swim while three went missing.

    Later, locals found the body of Moniruzzaman,15, Class VII student of Shankhachur High School.

    On information, police recovered the body.

  • Blockade on Dhaka-Barisal Highway

    A group of battery-run easy bike drivers has put a barricade on Baroitali area of the Dhaka-Barisal highway demanding a halt to repeated harassment of local bus helpers to them.

    The stalemate continued for about two hours starting from 8am yesterday and police brought the situation under control, said Sindiaghat police outpost ASI Abdul Barek.

    Due to the barricade, long tailback appeared on both sides of the busy highway creating immense suffering to the commuters.

  • Sohag, Zakir to lead Chhatra League

    Saifur Rahman Sohag and Zakir Hossain were elected president and general secretary, respectively, of Bangladesh Chhatra League’s central committee at its 28th council yesterday.

    A total of 40 candidates ran for the two posts while 213 candidates withdrew nomination papers during the election period.

    Sohag, 29, is currently doing his e-MBA at Dhaka University. He completed a Master’s degree in language science. Zakir, 24, is a Master’s student of political science.

  • Five killed in road accidents

    Four people were killed in separate road accidents in Gazipur and Jamalpur yesterday.

    Two people were killed and five others injured as a bus rammed a CNG-run auto-rickshaw at Suryanarayanpur in Kapasia upazila yesterday.

    The deceased were identified as Kabir Hossain, driver of the autorickshaw and its passenger Rashida Begum.

  • Low-lying areas inundated due to heavy rainfall in Chittagong

    Low-lying areas inundated due to heavy rainfall in Chittagong

    Signal no 3 at seaportsThe residents of different areas of port city are suffering as low lying areas of Chittagong city were submerged in knee-to-waist deep water yesterday due to continuous shower.

    Authorities concerned are seen making efforts to solve the water-logging problem, but in most cases they fail mainly because of poor and faulty drainage system.

    The showers started from last Thursday night and continued till yesterday evening giving some intervals, said Chittagong Divisional Met Office sources, adding that the weather might stay till today evening.

  • PM: Choose qualified, honest officials for promotion in army

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked the senior officials of Bangladesh Army to select the most qualified, efficient and patriotic officers for promotion.

    Addressing the Army Headquarters Selection Board 2015 at the Army Headquarters in Dhaka Cantonment, the PM advised generals prioritise academic qualifications, excellence, honesty, trustworthiness and loyalty as well as discipline and leadership capability when choosing candidates for promotion.

  • Yaba trader killed in RAB shootout

    An alleged yaba smuggler was shot dead during a gunfight with Rapid Action Battalion on the Patenga Sea Beach Road in Chittagong yesterday.

    The dead, Mohammed Zafar Ahmed, 30, hailed from Badalpura village under Anwara upazila of Chittagong.

    Sources in RAB 7 said he was involved with yaba smuggling through the sea route.

    Zafar was the main accused in the case that was lodged over seizure of Tk5 lakh worth yaba pills from an engine-run fishing boat, MT Hena-01, at the Chittagong port outer anchorage on May 13.

  • Chhatra League once upon a time

    ‘The main problem lies in the stalled election of student platforms like Ducsu. This soul place of practising democracy has been abandoned since the fall of Ershad’Country’s oldest student organisation Bangladesh Chhatra League had played significant role in the historic Language Movement, Six-Point Movement, Liberation War, anti-Ershad movement and more or less all the progressive movements. But those golden days are now only stories to cherish.

    The pro-Awami League organisation is now an unpopular name because of its leaders and activists getting involved in extortion, violent clashes and other criminal activities.

  • 12 charged with war crimes

    The prosecution pressed five charges against former BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami lawmaker Shakhawat Hossain and 11 others yesterday for their alleged involvement in crimes against humanity during the liberation war in 1971.

    The International Crimes Tribunal 1 fixed September 8 to decide whether it will accept the charges, after prosecutor Rezia Sultana Chaman submitted the charges against the alleged war offenders of Jessore via the tribunal’s registrar office yesterday morning. 

  • ACC requests HC to hear on minister Maya’s appeal

    The Anti-Corruption Commission has filed a petition with the High Court requesting it to hear the pending appeals filed by minister Maya and five others in separate graft cases.

    The six accused are: Relief and Disaster Management Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya, former BNP minister Nazmul Huda and his wife Sigma Huda, former BNP state ministers Iqbal Hasan Mahmud Tuku and Amanullah Aman, and Engineer Monjurul Ahsan Munshi.

  • Govt clamps down on doctor absenteeism

    Govt clamps down on doctor absenteeism

    ‘Hello Doctor’ to monitor negligence of duties at public hospitals and health complexesThe government has launched an initiative named Hello Doctor to ensure doctors’ attendance in the state-run hospitals and other healthcare facilities around the country.

    Sources at the Ministry of Health and Family Affairs said with this initiative, the government aims to end the trend of negligence of duty among a large number of doctors, especially in remote areas.

    The initiative will also look into taking punitive measures against doctors who take unauthorised leaves, they said.

  • SC: Stop further distribution of Brazilian wheat

    The Supreme Court has directed the government to stop further distribution of the wheat imported from Brazil to any organisation or department until further notice.

    The apex court also stayed a High Court order that directed the government to take back the wheat imported from Brazil, if anyone wanted to return it, for two weeks.

    The four-member Appellate Division bench headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha passed the order yesterday morning after hearing a petition moved by the government seeking a stay on the High Court order.

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