Sunday February 18, 2018 07:42 AM

  • Saudi hotel fire: Over 1,000 pilgrims evacuated

    More than 1,000 pilgrims in Saudi Arabia were safely evacuated from a hotel in Mecca after a fire broke out on Thursday ahead of the hajj, emergency officials said.

    Authorities said the blaze started on the eighth floor of an 11-story hotel in Mecca's Aziziya neighborhood.

    Photo:Syed Arshad, Saudi Arabia

  • Migration and the mélange of mankind

    Migration and the mélange of mankind

    Migration has always resulted in change, and change has often meant the possibility of violence. This is the concluding part of yesterday’s long formHistorical migration patterns also show us that, until a few hundred years ago, almost all of the large empires and kingdoms did not suffer from over-population but, rather, under-population. Apart from agricultural lands near large, navigable rivers, most of the hinterlands and the periphery of even very populous civilisations, like India and China, were largely unpopulated until a few thousand years ago.

  • Teachers’ movement may delay public uni entrance examinations

    Teachers’ movement may delay public uni entrance examinations

    Public university teachers have said they will continue the movement until their demand for a separate pay scale is met, and in that case, the upcoming admission examinations may get hampered.

    Yesterday, the teachers of all the public universities across the country jointly observed their scheduled work abstention programmes on their respective campuses for the third day running.

    In many universities, they also observed sit-ins, protesting what they say is discrimination between them and bureaucrats in the eighth pay scale that the cabinet approved last week.

  • IO testifies in Viqarunnisa student rape case

    The girl made a written complaint to the school authorities, and Parimal was sacked on July 5, 2011 following protestsOne more prosecution witness testified yesterday in connection with the rape of a female student of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College’s Bashundhara branch by her teacher.

    Judge Saleh Uddin Ahmed of the Women and Children Repression (Prevention) Tribunal 4 recorded the deposition of SM Shahdat Hossain, inspector of Badda police, in presence of accused Parimal Joydhar.

    He was cross examined by defence counsel Mahfujur Rahman. After recording deposition, the court fixed September 20 for the witness in the case.

  • Another Hamza Brigade member remanded

    A Chittagong court yesterday granted three-day remand for a member of militant outfit Shaheed Hamza Brigade in a case lodged with Banshkhali police under the Anti-Terrorism Act.

    Banshkhali’s Senior Judicial Magistrate Sazzad Hossain passed the order after a hearing. Accused Anwar Hossain was produced before the court by the members of Rapid Action Battalion 7 with a five-day remand plea.

    The alleged bomb-explosives supplier, Anwar, was arrested from the city’s Akbar Shah area on June 5.

  • HC stays VAT on English medium schools

    HC stays VAT on English medium schools

    The High Court has imposed a freeze for six months on the 7.5% value-added tax (VAT) on the tuition fees at English medium schools.

    The High Court bench of Justice Shamim Hasnain and Justice Mohammad Ullah issued the order yesterday after hearing a petition filed by two parents challenging the legality of the government decision.

    The court also issued a ruling asking the chairman of the National Board of Revenue (NBR) and the education secretary to explain why the decision should not be declared illegal.

  • Five ticket touts arrested, Tk2.3 lakh recovered

    A mobile court of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), while conducting a drive at Kamalapur Railway Station in the capital, arrested five ticket racketeers yesterday.

    The elite force also recovered 27 train tickets and ticket sales earnings worth Tk2.3 lakh from their possession, said a press statement issued by RAB headquarters.

    Based on information that a group of men were selling train tickets at double the price to the masses, Executive Magistrate Sarowar Alam of RAB headquarters conducted the drive at the railway terminal around 11am and arrested the five.

  • PM to fly to New York for attending UNGA on September 23

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will fly to New York to attend the 70th session of the UN General Assembly on September 23.

    She will lead a 60-member government delegation and a business delegation will also accompany her, said Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali at a press conference yesterday.

    The foreign minister, finance minister, expatriate welfare minister, political, economical and international affairs advisers to the prime minister, state minister for women and children affairs, and State minister for foreign affairs will accompany her.

  • Students help adults learn their letters

    Jessore Information Foundation has started an education programme for adults in Shangkarpara area of Jessore.

    During a visit to its classroom, 24 women were found attentively engaged in learning English alphabets. Students of high schools and universities work here voluntarily to provide education to the illiterate people of the area.

  • Environmentalists vow to thwart Rampal plant

    The convener of the National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports yesterday said his group would join other environmentalists in preventing the government from building the Rampal power plant.

    “We demand the cancellation of the deal to build the Rampal 1320MW coal-fired power plant. Such a plant can be built elsewhere in the country,” Sheikh Mohammad Shahidullah said at the National Press Club in Dhaka yesterday at the launch of a fact-finding mission report on the project.

  • Rana Plaza screening stalled again

    The government yesterday suspended the screening of “Rana Plaza,” film based on the rescue of victim Reshma alive from the ruins of Rana Plaza building after 17 days of its collapse.

    “In the light of the observation of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, the screening of ‘Rana Plaza’ film has been suspended until the decision over the appeal by the Film Censor Appeal Committee comes,” said a PID handout, reports UNB.

  • National Education Day observed across the country

    National Education Day observed across the country

    The National Education Day was observed across the country yesterday with a call for ensuring fair education for all.

    In Dhaka, student organisations began the day by placing wreaths at the Shikkha Odhikar Chattar where three students, Mostafa, Waziullah and Babul, were shot dead while protesting the 1962 Education Commission report during the Ayub Khan regime.

    In Barisal, teachers and students observed the day recalling the sacrifice made by people during the education movement in  1962.

  • Indefinite CNG-run auto rickshaw strike called off

    The indefinite strike enforced by a section of CNG-run auto rickshaw owners and drivers to press home their eight-point demands was called off in Chittagong city yesterday after 36-hours.

    The strike was called off at 12 noon following a meeting between the demonstrating CNG-run auto rickshaw owners and drivers and Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) held at the police headquarters.

  • Jute workers protest privatisation move

    The staff of a state-owned jute mill in Atra industrial area in the city have put up a blockade on Khulna-Jessore highway protesting particularly the privatization move of their factory.

    The untoward incident took place yesterday while the other demands include payment of arrears as early as possible and the festival bonus before Eid-ul-Azha.

    Sources said the workers of Alim Jute Mills, holding bamboo sticks, took position in Afil gate area of the highway since 10am disrupting the vehicular movement and stayed there for four hours.

  • Army truck hits police van killing two and injuring eight

    Army truck hits police van killing two and injuring eight

    A cylinder blast aboard a police micro-bus hit by an army welfare truck left two people dead and eight injured in Chauddagram upazila, Comilla district late on Wednesday.

    A policeman and an arrestee were killed when the army truck crashed into the micro-bus causing the gas cylinder to explode, around 11:30pm Wednesday.

    The police vehicle was carrying a Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Detective Branch (DB) team to the capital after arresting five criminals in Chittagong.

  • USTR begins GSP review tomorrow

    Tofail: We have done our job, it is up to the US whether to restore GSPBangladesh is all set to demonstrate compliance with the conditions outlined by the United States to get back Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) facilities. On June 27 last year, Bangladesh’s GSP status was suspended.

    A delegation from the office of the United States Trade Representatives (USTR) is scheduled to arrive in Dhaka tomorrow to review the implementation status of the conditions, Senior Commerce Secretary Hedayetullah Al Mamoon said yesterday.

  • Bangabandhu defamation inquiry report against Tarique Rahman due November 5

    A Dhaka court yesterday fixed November 5 for the submission of a probe report into BNP Senior Vice-Chairman Tarique Rahman, his party’s foreign affairs envoy Jahid F Sardar Saadi and 500 others for remarks made against Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his role in the Liberation War of 1971.

    Metropolitan Magistrate Md Ataul Haque set the date after Paltan Model police station failed to submit the report before the court yesterday.

  • HC clears way for Khaleda’s trial

    The High Court yesterday rejected a petition clearing way for the trial of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in the Barapukuria coal mine graft case.

    The petition filed in 2008 sought HC’s directives on scrapping the case.

    Yesterday, the bench of Justices Md Nuruzzaman and Abdur Rob passed the order, vacating a previous stay order.

  • Obama invites  boy arrested for homemade clock

    Obama invites boy arrested for homemade clock

    A Texas teenager taken away in handcuffs this week for bringing to his Dallas-area school a homemade clock that staff mistook for a bomb won a personal invitation from President Barack Obama on Wednesday to visit the White House.

    Ahmed Mohamed, 14, was accused of making a hoax bomb, police in Irving said. The Council on American-Islamic Relations said he is Muslim and the case serves as an example of the climate of hate and manufactured fear around the religion.

  • Concerted efforts stressed to ensure business sustainablity

    Concerted efforts stressed to ensure business sustainablity

    The government and corporate sectors of any country should work collaboratively to ensure sustainable business practices that bring good to the country, speakers said at a programme yesterday.

    They said this at the seminar titled “Business sustainability –  perspective on creating shared value” at the Westin Hotel in the capital.

    Telenor Group, in association with the Norwegian Embassy, Dhaka, hosted the programme.

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