Wednesday February 21, 2018 09:00 AM

  • Jamaat plots its next move

    ‘If Bangladesh banned religious-based political parties, Jamaat will emulate the response of religious-based political parties in Turkey’After failing to oust the government from office and halt the trial of its leaders for 1971 war crimes, the Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami’s “wait and see policy” belies the long-term preparations the party has made to survive.

    Jamaat leaders said they are waiting to see if the government actually bans the party. If it does, party bosses say they will re-establish it with new faces in the leadership under a new political platform, on the model of the Turkish Islamist political parties.

  • Saudi Arabia okays extradition of Rajon murder accused

    The deportation of Kamrul Islam, the prime accused in the murder of thirteen-year-old Sheikh Samiul Alam Rajon, has been approved by Saudi Arabia’s royal court.

    The extradition process is expected to take no more than two weeks.

    State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam confirmed the desert kingdom’s decision to extradite the prime suspect in the brutal murder, in a post on his official Facebook page.

  • Banned group holds conference as police remain witness

    Banned militant outfit Hizb ut-Tahrir held their scheduled online political conference yesterday afternoon vowing to establish Khilafat (caliphate) in the country.

    Detectives observed the online session “Emerging Khalifah” where five leaders of the outfit spoke after 3:30pm, and identified those involved with the anti-state activities.

    DB Joint Commissioner Monirul Islam said that they had not interrupted for the sake of investigation. “The five persons who conducted the programme, held somewhere in Dhaka, have been identified.”

  • Soldier slaughtered inside Jessore Cantonment

    In service for eight years, he used to work in 55 Division under 8 Engineering Battalion at Jessore CantonmentA soldier was slaughtered inside a barrack of Jessore Cantonment on late Thursday night.

    Helaluddin was found with his throat slit in his room – which he shared with 11 other army members – in the barrack around 2am yesterday, said Duty Officer Manzur Ali Khan of Jessore Kotwali police station.

    He was rushed to the Combined Military Hospital, where the doctors pronounced him dead around 4am.

  • Husband’s name to go from new smart NID cards for women

    The Election Commission has finalised a sample of highly secure smart national identity (NID) card for eligible citizens.

    A decision has been taken to not include the husband’s name in the card for women citizens. Presently, married women have the name of their husbands in the laminated NID cards printed on normal paper, that creates problems for them in case of divorce.

  • Another Pir, his assistant killed inside shrine

    A Pir (religious preacher) was slaughtered by an unidentified youth inside his shrine in the port city’s Bayezid area yesterday.

    Rahmat Ullah Amin, 55, alias Lengta Fakir Baba (a preacher who does not wear clothes) was the Pir Baba of the so-called shrine, named after him.

    His assistant and caretaker of the shrine, Abdul Kader, 35, was also hacked as he tried to stop the attacker. Kader later succumbed to his injuries at a hospital.

  • A flyover can ease hassles in Dahagram-Angorpota

    Frustrated over the persistent restrictions imposed by the Indian border authorities at the Tin Bigha Corridor, the residents of Dahagram-Angorpota now wants total freedom of movement.

    Since 2011, people of the two Bangladeshi villages that fall under Indian territory can use the 178-metre corridor round the clock. But there still remains some restrictions imposed by the Border Security Force (BSF) of India, who are not friendly with the Bangladeshi people, locals have alleged.

    Their movement is now being monitored by two CCTV cameras installed in the corridor.

  • Dhaka’s babel of bus services to be unified into single company

    The government plans to fold all of the buses and bus routes in Dhaka city into a single government-led public transportation company, in a bid to streamline the capital’s chaotic transportation services.

    “We are working to form a company to reduce disorder in the capital’s transport sector,” said Kaikobad Hossain, executive director of the Dhaka Transport Coordination Authority (DTCA).

  • Hindu-Christian Kollyan Trust: Raise voices against land-grabbing

    Hindu-Christian Kollyan Trust yesterday urged Bangladeshis to raise their voices against land and property grabbing of the minorities, including the Hindus.

    “Our temples have been seized by the patron of the ruling party leaders and our women repressed. Till now, we have not gotten justice for a single incident. We urge the people of this nation, including the devoted Muslims, to raise their voices in protest against the injustice done to us,” convener of the platform Goutam Chokrobarty said.

  • Abul Mansur Ahmad’s 117th birth anniversary observed

    Abul Mansur Ahmad’s 117th birth anniversary observed

    Abul Mansur Ahmad’s political philosophy emerged through literature. He had ironic perspectives which were amusingly pointed out as inconsistencies.

    Researchers, littérateurs, academics and journalists made this assessment in the daylong “Abul Mansur Ahmad Memorial Conference” held yesterday at the Abdul Karim Sahitya Bisharad Auditorium of Bangla Academy,

    The conference was organised by Abul Mansur Ahmad Smiriti Parishad to mark the 117th birth anniversary of the prominent writer.

  • ‘Saifur was architect of country’s economic discipline’

    Former chief election commissioner ATM Shamsul Huda yesterday said it was former finance minister Saifur Rahman who set the footing of the country’s economic discipline.

    “Saifur was the main architect of Bangladesh’s economic discipline and we have to acknowledge it. His economic reforms were so strong and crucial that none could avoid those.

  • Flood situation to stay static

    The country’s flood situation is likely to stay the same over the next few days, as the water level continues to climb in rivers of the upstream Indian states of Assam and Meghalaya.

    Like previous days, the Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre continued to maintain a cautionary stance regarding the overall flood scenario.

  • Traditional boat race held

    Traditional boat race held

    A traditional boat race was held yesterday in the Titas River under Sadar upazila with participation of nine boats.

    Thousands of spectators gathered on the Sarail-Oruail Road to enjoy the the event  in the Budda boat terminal area.

    The boat from Horipur village under Nasirnagar upazila won the race.

    Local MP Advocate Ziaul Hoque Mridha distributed prizes among the winners.

    He said the race was relaunched in 2008 to revive folk culture in the area.

  • Rubber processing centres in crisis

    ‘If the tapers become skilled by getting training, they will be able to tap the trees accurately. It will increase latex production and also increase the lifetime of the rubber trees’Rubber processing centres in Tangail have been facing severe crisis due to want of modern technologies and skilled worker-shortage.

    Sources said  Bon Shilpa Unnayan Corporation established five rubber gardens on 8,150 acres of land in Tangail and Sherpur under Tangail-Sherpur Zone in 1986. The gardens are situated in Peergasa, Chandpur, Santoshpur, Kamlapur area in Madhupur upazila of Tangail and Karnojora area in Sherpur.

  • 1 dies from electrocution, 8 burnt in capital

    A day labourer died from electrocution while eight others sustained burns in the capital yesterday.

    The deceased, Mamun Hossain, 32, worked for a private firm named Bidyut Projukti Binimoy.

    His colleague Reza Ahmed said they both were changing a cable near a building at Matsya Bhaban in the morning when Mamun was electrocuted.

    Mamun was taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital where doctors pronounced him dead.

  • 4-day shadow UN conference begins at RU

    A four-day long shadow United Nations conference, under the theme “Reinstating Good Governance for Equitable and Sustainable Economic Growth,” began on Rajshahi University campus yesterday.

    The United Nations Youth and Student Association of Bangladesh (UNYSAB), a UN model platform for the nation’s young people, organised the conference, which was inaugurated at 11am by chief guest State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam at the university senate building.

  • Pictorial warning signs on tobacco products must by March 19

    The tobacco factories and companies will have to insert pictorial warning signs on their tobacco products by March 19 to make people aware of adverse impacts of tobacco on human health, says an official of the Health Ministry.

    “Pictorial warnings must be inserted on the packets of tobacco products by March 19 next. And we have already selected the pictoral warnings that will be introduced on tobacco products,” programme officer of the National Tobacco Control Cell M Mir Nabin Ekram told a workshop yesterday.

  • Janmastami celebration begins in Chittagong

    The members of the Hindu Community brought out a jubilant procession on the first day of the celebration of the four-day Janmastami, the holy birth anniversary of Lord Sri Krishna in the port city and different parts of the district with due festivity and enthusiasm.

    The grand procession was brought out from J M Sen hall premises, the main venue of the festival at 10-30am today with the participations of thousands of devotees.

  • Bangladesh and Australian police to curb transnational crimes together

    Bangladesh police and Australian Federal Police will work together in curbing transnational organised crimes as the two police forces signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Australian capital city Canberra yesterday.
    Inspector General of Bangladesh Police AKM Shahidul Hoque and Commissioner of Australian Federal Police Andrew Colvin signed the MoU on behalf of their respective police forces.

  • Harvard gives students more latitude to describe their gender

    Harvard University’s largest academic division is allowing students register for the new academic year as male, female or transgender and choose which gendered or genderless pronouns they prefer, school officials said Thursday.

    The Ivy League school’s arts and science college, which enrolls about half of Harvard’s 21,000 students, will give them the chance to indicate whether they prefer to use the traditional pronouns “he” and “she” or alternatives including “ze,” “hir” or variants of “they.”

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