Sunday February 25, 2018 02:03 PM

  • Bangladesh, Iran agree to fight against extremism

    Bangladesh and Iran have discussed possible cooperation in the area of fighting against extremism.

    “We discussed the possibility of common joint cooperation on extremism and we will look into the exact details of how we can do that,” visiting Iranian Foreign Minister Javed Zarif said at a press briefing at Hotel Sonargaon yesterday.

    He came to Dhaka Tuesday night to explain the nuclear solution it had with the Western World. He left the city yesterday.

  • BNP: Manik wrong-headed

    The BNP yesterday termed outgoing Justice AHM Shamsuddin Chowdhury Manik extremely wrong-headed.

    The party also said Justice Manik’s letter to the president asking for the impeachment of the chief justice for gross misconduct is a rare and bad example in the country’s judiciary system.

    The objections that Justice Manik mentioned in his letter are more aptly applicable to him, Asaduzzaman Ripon, spokesperson of the party, told journalists at a press briefing at party’s Nayapaltan headquarters.

  • Quality crisis in public unis outside Dhaka

    There is no binding rule or law that a university must have professors. But there is also no arguing the fact that a university without professors is like a ship without a captain.

    An analysis of available data on the 37 public universities in the country has revealed an alarming picture that several such state-owned autonomous tertiary education providers – mostly newly established and located in the peripheral districts – are running without any professors at all.

  • Volunteer childcare workers sent to prison

    Four volunteer childcare workers, who were arrested on suspicion of being human traffickers, have now been sent to jail after their bail prayers were rejected.

    Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Amit Kumar Dey passed the order after the police produced them before the court. They will be produced before the court again on Sunday.

  • Migration and the mélange of mankind

    Migration and the mélange of mankind

    Migration has always been a central part of life on Earth. This is part one of a two-part long form. Part two will be published tomorrowThe history of mankind is a history of migration. In the 100,000 years since our species, the homo sapiens, walked out of Africa, it had colonised every land mass in the world except Antarctica by the time civilisations began to appear. And we also facilitated extermination of all other hominid species and countless other flora and fauna during our journeys to new lands. With all the creature comforts civilisation has provided us, our drive to wander and appetite for destruction have not been abated; in fact they have gone into overdrive.

  • RMG owner Enamul again denies his militant funding

    Arrested ready-made garment businessman Md Enamul Haque charged with militant financing denied his involvement in militant activities yesterday.

    Judicial Magistrate Farhana Yasmin recorded his statement under section 23 of the Anti-Terrorism Act in a case lodged with Hathzari Police Station on February 19.

    In the statement, Enamul again said he did not deposit any money in the bank account of a leader of the newly traced militant outfit Shaheed Hamja Brigade.

  • Teachers reject pay scale reform under Muhith

    The government has reformed the cabinet committee to review the recently approved Eighth National Pay Scale for public university teachers, with Finance Minister AMA Muhith as its convener.

    A gazette notification was issued in this regard yesterday, which said the committee would also sit with the teachers to go over their complaints in order to find solutions.

    However, the Federation of Bangladesh University Teachers’ Association (FBUTA) has rejected the reformed committee because of keeping Muhith in it.

  • 670 fish enclosures washed away

    A total of 670 fish enclosures have been washed away by the heavy rainfall recently resulting into a loss of around Tk80 crore in Abhaynagar upazila of Jessore.

    Sources at the Abhaynagar Department of Fisheries said the heavy rainfall that started from July 8 overflew all the water bodies in Bhabadaha area. Poor drainage system added to the plight of fish farmers.

    Different types of fishes weighing around 163 metric tonnes were carried away by the heavy waves, particularly during high tide.

  • Mohsin Ali buried in Moulvibazar

    Social Welfare Minister Syed Mohsin Ali was buried yesterday beside his parents’ graves near Shah Mostafa Mazar in Darjirmahal area in Moulvibazar town.

    The burial took place around 5pm after a namaz-e-janaza at Moulvibazar Government High School ground. He was given state of honour before the burial, the UNB reported.

    Earlier, the late minister’s body was taken to Moulvibazar M Saifur Rahman Stadium from the capital by a helicopter. Later, his body was taken to his village home in Darjirmahal.

  • Commuters suffer in port city due to three-wheeler strike

    Commuters of Chittagong city suffered immensely yesterday as a faction of CNG-owners imposed an indefinite strike in the port city to press their eight-point demands including stopping plying of unregistered CNG-run auto-rickshaws.

    Local sources said a section of CNG-run auto-rickshaw owners and drivers under the banner of “Chhattagram Mahanagor Malik-Chalok Parishad” has called the strike to realise their several demands.

  • Extortionist list to be used for police drives

    The police are planning to launch special drives based on a list of extortionists and jhut (waste cloth) traders recently submitted by detectives to the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) commissioner.

    At a crime conference held at Police Headquarters, DMP Commissioner Asaduzzaman Miah directed his force to take action against listed extortionists and jhut traders, directing copies of the list to be sent to all police stations in the capital, several DMP officials said yesterday.

  • Four killed, 40 injured in Pirganj road accident

    Four persons were killed and 40 others injured in a road accident at Madarpur point on the Rangpur-Dhaka Highway, Pirganj, Rangpur upazila yesterday.

    The accident occurred when a Dhaka-bound passengers’ bus from Rangpur collided head-on with a Bhurungamari(in Kurigram)-bound bus from Dhaka there while overtaking a seedy truck around 1 pm, reports BSS.

  • IDF: Bangladesh has 6m diabetic patients

    According to the International Diabetic Foundation (IDF), there are currently 5.9 million diabetics in the country. The Diabetic Association of Bangladesh, however, estimates that closer to 8.4 million people suffer from the chronic illness, half of whom are unaware of their disease status.

    Moreover, 1.8 million people in Bangladesh have some form of diabetic retinopathy, a condition that afflicts 27% of diabetics, according to the IDF.

  • Dhaka Lit Fest speakers announced

    Dhaka Lit Fest speakers announced

    VS Naipaul, Anupam Kher among guests at this year’s eventThe Dhaka Lit Fest organisers announced Wednesday the speakers for this year’s international literary festival, to take place November 19-21 at the Bangla Academy in Dhaka.

    The list includes not one, but two Nobel prize laureates: VS Naipaul, the UK-based Trinidadian-born author of “A House for Mr Biswas,” and Harold Varmus, the American cancer researcher and author of “The Art and Politics of Science.”

  • Snatched from the jaws of death

    A group of children rescued a newborn baby from a pack of stray dogs in the North Kafrul area of the capital on Tuesday.

    The eight to 10-year-olds were playing near a bush near the Old Airport around 4pm when they saw some dogs dragging something with their mouths and heard the sound of a baby crying from behind a nearby bush. 

    The children scared the dogs off and peered behind the bush where they found a baby with its face covered in blood.

    They shouted for help.

  • Charge framing in Rajon killing case September 22

    A Sylhet court yesterday fixed September 22 to frame charges in the case filed for the murder of 13-year-old Rajon in July.

    Sylhet Metropolitan Sessions Judge Akbar Hossain Mridha fixed the date on the first day of hearing, said public prosecutor Mofur Ali.

    All the charge-sheeted accused except three fugitives – Kamrul Islam, his brother Shamim Alam, and Pavel Islam – were present.

  • HC judge Sahidur’s removal upheld

    The Apex court of the country yesterday upheld a 2004 presidential order to remove then additional High Court judge Syed Sahidur Rahman from his office.

    Following the order, Sahidur cannot sit in the High Court bench for judicial function as a judge.

    A four-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha scrapped the High Court order that had declared his removal “illegal.”

  • Farabi on fresh remand in Avijit murder case

    Outlawed militant group Hizb ut-Tahrir leader Shafiur Rahman Farabi, arrested for instigating murder of secular bloggers, was put on a fresh two-day remand yesterday in connection with Avijit Roy murder case.

    Metropolitan Magistrate Maruf Hossain granted his remand, second time in the case, after the police produced Farabi before the court.

    Former Chittagong University student Farabi was arrested on March 2 and put on a 10-day remand the following day in Avijit murder case. He is one of the eight people arrested in this case.

  • Five remanded in Ananta murder case

    A Sylhet court yesterday granted a seven-day remand to five alleged members of outlawed militant group Ansarullah Bangla Team men including Bangladesh-born British citizen Touhidur Rahman Gama and Aminul Islam Mallik in blogger Ananta Bijoy Das killing case.

    Judge MM Anwarul Hoque of the Sylhet’s Second Metropolitan Magistrate Court gave the order after a hearing.

    The three others are Ariful Islam, Jakirullah and Md Sadek Alim Mithu. All the five except for Mithu were brought to the court as he is on remand in another case in Dhaka.

  • Four held over medical admission test question leak

    RAB on Tuesday night arrested four persons in the capital’s DOHS area for their suspected involvement in leaking medical admission test question papers.

    The four are ringleader Jasim Uddin Bhuiyan, 41, Dr ZMA Salehin alias Shovon, 40, SM Sanwar, 30, and Akhtaruzzaman Khan Tushar, 38.

    Jasim was earlier arrested by RAB in 2011 on the same charge.

    RAB also seized 13 cheques for a total of Tk12,138,000, Tk38,000 in cash, 88 copies of two question papers and the answers, and admit cards of some students from the possession of the detainees.

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