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Wednesday November 22, 2017 08:45 PM



  • RJ Nayan set to release maiden solo album

    RJ Nayan set to release maiden solo album

    Media personality Al Masud Nayan has been working on his maiden solo song album “Anta:Pristha”  scheduled to be released end of the year.

    It will feature some seven to eight songs composed by Atik while lyrics by Nayan Raja.  

    Regarding the album, RJ Nayan said “The album will hopefully entertain the music lovers.”

  • Comprehensive approach needed to address disability issues

    Comprehensive approach needed to address disability issues

    People with special needs should be freed from social discrimination and stigmaBangladesh has ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Moreover, pursuant to constitutional guarantees of equality and non-discrimination enshrined in Article 28 of the Bangladesh Constitution, specific laws have been passed to safeguard the rights of persons with disabilities. Despite these constitutional protections, nearly 1 million people with disabilities in Bangladesh are suffering from limited employment and educational opportunities, social discrimination, and stigma.

    Not just a medical issue

  • Mad dash to set up schools at former exclaves

    Mad dash to set up schools at former exclaves

    Only a few months ago, education was a luxury to many children of the exclaves inside Bangladesh territory. The erstwhile exclaves never had any schools, and the children still have to walk several kilometres every day to sit in classrooms – where they were only able to gain admission if their parents could produce fake identity cards to school authorities.

  • Flood situation improves in Jamalpur

    Overall flood situation has improved in the district with the dropping of water level in the river Jamuna.

    Water level in the river Jamuna dropped 10 cm and was flowing 8 cm below the danger level at Bahadurabad ghat point yesterday afternoon, Water Development Board sources said.

    District Primary Education Officer, Abdul Alim said teaching in 119 primary schools which were shut down due to flood water will open from today as water receded from those schools, reports BSS.

  • Fishing trap may hamper cultivation

    Indiscriminate use of current nets, fishing traps by local influential people, may hamper cultivation of Aman paddy at Dakop upazila in Khulna district this year.

    Sources said the farmers of 106 villages in the upazila are passing their days in tension as they cannot prepare their lands for cultivation due water logging and silt caused by the traps and nets.

    The normal flow of water has been hampered for using current nets, locally called tona net and fishing traps made by bamboo, locally called net-pata.

  • 200-year-old coins recovered

    A pot full of 200-year-old coins was recovered from an ancient temple in a village of Akhaura upazila of the district yesterday.

    Sources said the workers found 486 coins inside the buried pot around 11am at Durga temple of Chowdhury Bari of Ganganagar village in Mogra union while they were working.

    Then, Ganganagar Chowdhury Bari temple managing committee general secretary Sumon Shaha informed the matter to police.

    On information, police rushed to the spot and recovered the coins, said Akhaura police station Officer-in-Charge Mofiz Uddin Bhuiyan.

  • ‘Establishing culture of disclosure matter of time’

    The right to information act will be implemented even though it will take time to establish the culture of disclosure, Cabinet Secretary Muhammad Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan said yesterday.

    He urged officials to keep the right to information act as simple as possible, warning that making it too complex might create obstacles to its implementation.   

  • BCL faction ransacks Shibir cottage at CU

    A faction of Bangladesh Chhartra League (BCL) leaders and activists of Chittagong University (CU) unit allegedly vandalised a Shibir dominated cottage on the campus Friday night.

    Campus and police sources said at least nine rooms were vandalised on the ground floor of one Firoza Bhaban near Nur-e- Elahi Masjid at the Gate No 2 of the campus.

    BCL men reportedly looted valuables from those rooms.

  • Mental illness patients on rise

    The number of mental illness patients has been experiencing a steady – but significant – rise over the past few years, with specialists saying more and more patients suffering from depression are now being treated everyday.

    Professionals working in the mental health sector said they have found that issues that commonly trigger psychological disorders include unemployment, addiction, family issues and relationship troubles.

  • Power, gas price hikes already affecting house rent

    Broadly speaking, there are three types of tenants in Dhaka city.

    The first group has individual electricity usage measuring electronic meters installed in their apartments. Usually, the monthly rent they pay to the landlord does not include the electricity bill; they pay it separately based on the usage.

  • 24 Bangladeshis found dead so far in Libya capsize

    Overall death toll climbs to 111The number of Bangladeshis who died in the Libya boat capsize has climbed to 24, including three children, said a Bangladeshi diplomat in Libya yesterday.

    “The death toll [of Bangladesh nationals] is so far 24,” Ashraful Islam, a counsellor at the Bangladesh Embassy in Libya, now situated in Tunisia, told the UNB over phone.

    He said there were 78 Bangladeshis, including children and women, in the two boats. Of them, 54 were rescued alive.

  • DB: One of Niloy killers identified

    The detectives yesterday claimed that one of the four assailants who hacked secular blogger Niladri Chatterjee to death at his Goran flat on August 7 had been identified by witnesses.

    To confirm his identity, the investigators have sent the DNA samples of four persons, arrested recently for their suspected involvement with banned militant group Ansarullah Bangla Team, to the Dhaka Medical College forensic lab.

  • Rehman Sobhan’s writings inspired liberation war leaders

    Rehman Sobhan’s writings inspired liberation war leaders

    Speakers at a function yesterday laid emphasis on formulating policies to reduce gap between poor and rich, one of the goals which had inspired the Bangalis during the independence movement.

    They were speaking at the launching of a book: “From Two Economies to Two Nations: My Journey to Bangladesh,” written by Prof Rehman Sobhan.

    Economists and politicians who attended the function lamented that instead of easing economic inequality, the problem has deepened over the years in independent Bangladesh.

  • BNP terms energy price hike illogical

    Main political opposition BNP has urged the government to withdraw its illogical decision to increase prices of electricity and gas from Tuesday saying that it would hit the lower- and middle-income people hard.

    “When the price of oil dropped in the international market, raising the prices of gas and electricity in Bangladesh is illogical and unacceptable,” acting spokesperson of the party Asaduzzaman Ripon told reporters at its Nayapaltan headquarters.

  • TIN holders to face penalty unless income tax returns submitted

    The National Board of Revenue has decided to get tough with the taxpayers if they fail to file income tax return for the current fiscal by September 30.

    The board will also take action against those who will not pay the actual amount of tax properly as per their income tax returns.

    As part of its budget implementation plan for the fiscal year 2015-16, NBR has recently asked all its field level income tax offices to impose penalty on these two types of taxpayers as per provisions of income tax ordinance 1984 by December this year.

  • Biman launches public hearings to resolve passengers’ sufferings

    Biman launches public hearings to resolve passengers’ sufferings

    Biman Bangladesh Airlines has recently launched “Public Hearing” system for resolving the sufferings of its passengers.

    An official of Biman said, “Biman has introduced public hearing system as per the directives of the government for reducing the sufferings of the passengers.”

    In most cases, Biman fails to maintain its flight schedules due to poor maintenance of its fleet and administrative mismanagement. As a result, flight delay has become an everyday phenomenon of the national flag carrier.     

  • Bangladesh to sign bilateral investment protection deal with Kuwait before oil refinery project

    Bangladesh will sign a bilateral investment protection deal with Kuwait before construction of a crude oil refinery in Maheshkhali island in Cox’s Bazar.

    They said the “Bilateral Capital Investment, Development and Protection” deal is likely to be signed next month.

    Ministry of Industries has finalised a draft of the agreement at an interministerial meeting on Tuesday, with Industries Secretary Md Mosharraf Hossain Bhuiyan in the chair.

  • Moody’s cuts 2016 global growth forecasts

    Credit rating firm Moody’s cut its 2016 global economic growth forecasts on Friday, with China and United States both trimmed and Russia and Brazil seen staying in recession.

    It was a surprise move from the firm, coming just 10 days since its last forecasts. It put average growth in the top 20 world economies at 2.8% on average, versus the 3 percent it had forecast previously.

    It said the fresh cut reflected information that had become available since the earlier forecasts were published.

  • 34th BCS results out

    The results of the 34th Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) Examinations were published yesterday evening.

    Public Relations Officer of Bangladesh Public Service Commission (BPSC) Daina Islam said some 2,159 examinees had been recommended for several posts, reports UNB.

    The commission recommended 293 appointments for administrative posts and 148 for the police department, among others.

  • Awareness among law enforcers for safer Internet

    Apart from formulating law, panelists at a discussion yesterday put emphasis on building awareness among the people of all works to ensure Safer Internet in the country.

    They also came to consent for the necessity of proper coordination among different government organizations and law enforcing agencies to thwart the cyber crimes.

    Online newsportal bdnews24.com organized the dialogue in a city hotel focusing on security in the growing cyber society.

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