Monday February 19, 2018 11:55 PM

  • Safe water for flood, landslide victims

    Bangladesh Red Crescent Society staff and volunteers are supplying water to families in Cox’s Bazar whose meagre resources have been exhausted by repeated disasters.

    About 2,000 families camping on embankments above flooded land in the coastal district of Cox’s Bazar are receiving safe drinking water purified by Red Crescent staff and volunteers, says the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

  • Jamaat ameer among nine held in Ctg

    Police detained nine Jamaat-e-Islami members, including the ameer of Chittagong’s Patiya upazila, when they were holding a secret meeting yesterday.

    The detainees are Paitya upazila Jamaat Ameer Mokibul Chowdhury Faruk, 50, Nazrul Islam, 40, Md Iskaq, 59, Jasim Uddin, 39,  Hossain Ahmed, 65, Md Iqbal, 50, Mahmudul Haque, 52, Abdul Ali Chowdhury, 73 and Nurul Alam.

  • Law minister hails bar council polls result

    Law Minister Anisul Huq yesterday said that sweeping victory of the pro-government panel in Bangladesh Bar Council elections was a victory of justice over anarchy.

    “Lawyers’ right choice of establishing the rule of law and discipline which was absent in the council for the last few years has been reflected in the result,” he said greeting the members of Sammilita Ainjibi Samannay Parishad.

  • Decomposed body of rickshaw-puller found in pond

    The police yesterday found the decomposed body of a rickshaw-puller, suspected to have been murdered following a local feud, from a pond in Miyani union of Chittagong’s Mirsarai.

    The deceased was identified as 28-year-old Saddam Hossen alias Babul, who hailed from Khulna, said Mirsarai police station Officer-in-Charge Imtiyan Md Ahsanul Kader.

    Quoting locals, the OC said Babul might have been killed following a clash on Wednesday night between two local rival groups known as Shah Alam group and Nazim group.

  • Flood-affected people hit hard by erosion

    Flood-affected people hit hard by erosion

    Although flood situation across the country has improved significantly, the flood affected people are now facing erosion which turns severe in Kurigram, Gaibandha Bogra and Sirajganj in last two days.

    The distressed people are returning homes at most places in seven affected northern districts, they said they needed more relief to get back to their normal life.

  • Scratching away at our own image

    Scratching away at our own image

    Bangladesh has an image problem and our polity is not doing anything to make it betterImage matters. Countries spend fortunes to project an aura of positivity. Image is nothing concrete. It’s a concept, rather amoeboid, perpetually fluid and morphing. The way we dress, talk, and act are the determinants of how we project ourselves to others. Media presence is an added component, but can’t work in lieu of obvious facts. I would like to discuss some of the most oft-repeated news stories and/or governmental hoopla which are affecting our national image in foreign countries, especially in the developed world.

  • Gaibandha OC closed, attached to Dhaka range over bank scuffle

    The officer-in-charge of Gaibandha Sadar police station was closed and attached to Dhaka range on Thursday after he was charged with manhandling three employees of a Gaibandha court in July.  

    OC Raziur Rahman was named in a lawsuit filed by Komol Chowdhury, an employee of Gaibandha Senior Judicial Magistrate Court who, along with two of his colleagues, was manhandled at Sonali Bank’s Gaibandha branch on July 2.

    Eight police officials and the branch manager of the bank were also accused in the case apart from the OC.

  • Jubo Dal leader hacked to death

    A Jubo Dal leader was hacked to death at Siladi village, Laxmipur Sadar upazila on Thursday night.

    Sabuj Hossain was the general secretary of no 1 Siladi union unit Jubo Dal and son of Abu Taher of the area, said Khaled Mohammad Kiron, general secretary of Kusakhali union of the youth front of the BNP.

    Quoting locals, police said a gang of miscreants had intercepted Sabuj when he was returning to his home from his poultry farm around 11:30pm and hacked him indiscriminately, leaving him dead on the spot. 

  • Dhopakhali technical college yet to get MPO facalities

    Despite having passed a decade and performing satisfactory results, Dhopakhali Technical and Business Management College in the college is yet to get the Monthly Pay Order (MPO) facility.

    As per the MPO scheme, the government pays half of the salary the staff of any private educational institution get to promote education across the country.

    Consequently, 11 teachers and other personnel of the college have been passing their days amid miserable condition with the poor salary the managing committee pays although it has fulfilled all criteria for the MPO enlisting.

  • 12 sued over medical equipment purchase fraud

    The Anti-Corruption Commission has filed two cases against 12 people on charges of pocketing Tk13.70 crore in the name of purchasing medical equipment for Satkhira Medical College Hospital and Satkhira Sadar Hospital.  

  • Coal import from India likely to resume next month

    Coal import from the Indian state of Meghalaya is likely to resume in September following a ban of 15 months.

    “The ban has been lifted and all issues relating to coal mining and export have been resolved here. Exporting coal to Bangladesh may begin as soon as next week,” said Moyeen Uddin, a coal exporter in Meghalaya.

  • Quader: Separate lane for slow-moving vehicles soon

    Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader yesterday said separate lane would be built for slow-moving vehicles on all highways across the country.

    “About 1,752 kilometres of highways across the country would be upgraded to four lanes in near future,” said the minister while talking to reporters at Alenga, Kalihati upazila, Tangail in the afternoon.

    Upgradation work of Joydevpur-Chandra-Tangail-Elenga Highway into four lanes from two lanes will be started in next month, said the minister.

  • Minor boy stabbed to death in Khulna

    A minor boy was stabbed to death at Ula village in Dumuria upazila, Khulna early yesterday.

    Sister of Faisal Mallick, 11, son of Abdur Rashid Mallick, had been in a love affair with the alleged killer, Mizanur Rahman, 25.

    Mizanur entered Rashid’s house around 12:30am  to meet his lover. Faisal started screaming sensing presence of Mizanur at the house.

    At one stage, Mizanur stabbed Faisal indiscriminately with a knife, leaving him dead on the spot.

  • Onion prices refuse to go down

    The prices of onion and green chilli have experienced an alarming rise over the last few days, with sellers blaming India’s decision to hike its onion export prices as one of the key reasons behind the soaring prices.

    Since August 23, the price of onions have reached as high as Tk90 per kilogram following the Indian government’s decision to increase the minimum export price of their onions from $450 to $700 a tonne. India enforced the change to ensure stable domestic supply after their production was hampered because of heavy rainfall

  • Saima Wazed: Comprehensive approach required for disability issues

    Bangladesh needs to adopt a comprehensive approach to address disability issues after the country’s initial achievement in mainstreaming the problem, said Saima Wazed Putul.

    “Without a comprehensive government-monitored programme to address these issues, those with disabilities and special needs cannot hope to become active, participating members of society,” the autism and neuro-developmental disorder expert said in a keynote speech at a recently held seminar on disability issues sponsored by the ICDDRB.

  • Less leads to liberty

    Less leads to liberty

    Uruguay’s President Joe Mujica is a world leader apart, and a shining example of the kind of modest life that is lost in the modern worldThere are not many inspiring people around the world who can educate us to be humble, simple, very ordinary, and grateful. I write this article being moved by the former president of Uruguay, Jose Mujica. I had not heard much about him before, to be frank, but a few weeks ago, I read about his life as the world’s poorest president.

  • The people’s poets

    Bengal has a rich history of producing exemplary poetsPerhaps it would seem, to some, a little ironic, that the two poets, both born in the lands that are now Bangladesh, who are credited with being the first to write verse on secular subjects in these lands, were both Muslim, and both worked in, and under the patronage of, the rulers of the neighbouring Buddhist kingdom of Arakan.

  • She sells cigarettes now

    She sells cigarettes now

    Financial emancipation for women is an essential part of human rightsShe was about 20 years of age; short, not too fair of skin but feisty looking. She was carrying one of those vending trays with a strap that goes across the neck and is fixed to the tray on the sides; it was laden with various types of cigarettes, both cheap and expensive, betel leaves, and other condiments that go with that habit; a red wet cloth covered the betel leaves.

  • Half the population

    Half the population

    If we fail to integrate women into the workforce, we are doomed to fail as a nationIn Bangladesh, over the years, there have been many note-worthy developments in gender equality. Within the younger, more aware, generation, the status of women has certainly advanced. Even though our society still stands as a patriarchal one, with gender roles strictly defined, the progress our country has made over the last decade in empowering women is commendable.

  • BGB right to act to keep Myanmar border peaceful

    BGB right to act to keep Myanmar border peaceful

    We hope Corporal Zakir Hossain will make a full recovery from the injuries he sustained in Wednesday’s gunshot exchange between a Border Guard Bangladesh patrol and members of the Myanmar separatist group the Arakan Army.

    BGB reports the Myanmar separatists opened fire when its troops were on a joint patrol with the Bangladesh Army in the Barha Madok border area, to seize a consignment of horses being delivered to the AA.

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