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Wednesday November 22, 2017 04:47 PM



  • Gas explosion burns six of  a family in Kafrul

    Gas explosion burns six of a family in Kafrul

    At least six members of a family have sustained burn injuries in an explosion in gas pipeline in Kafrul area of Mirpur in the capital.

    The untoward incident took place early yesterday and the victims were admitted to the burn unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH).

    The six are SM Delwar Hossain, 45, his wife Saleha, 40, the couple’s daughters Amena, 25, and Fatema, 12, and son Jahid, 14, and their one-year-old grandson Arman.

    All of them suffered 16-40% burn injuries, said DMCH police outpost SI Sentu Chandra Das.

  • Inexperience leads to huge losses for seasonal rawhide traders

    Inexperience leads to huge losses for seasonal rawhide traders

    A lack of knowledge and experience about the market has caused most seasonal rawhide traders to count losses this Eid-ul-Azha.

    However, people who sacrificed cattle – the sellers of rawhide – and the wholesalers have not complained about losses.

    Sajib Ahmed, a resident of Dhaka’s Mohammadpur, along with 19 other people, bought 100 pieces of rawhide of various sizes during this Eid-ul-Azha for a little over Tk1.89 lakh – an average price of Tk1,890 per piece.

  • Three Bangladeshis confirmed dead in Mina stampede

    Three Bangladeshi hajj pilgrims have so far been confirmed to have died in the stampede at Mina that claimed over 700 lives.

    Among the three confirmed fatalities, only one – M Shahidul Islam from Khulna – has been positively identified. The identity of the two other victims remain unclear as of filing this report at 10pm, even though the Foreign Ministry is certain that the individuals are indeed Bangladeshi pilgrims.

  • Designated ministry blamed for inaction after hajj stampede

    In the aftermath of Thursday’s hajj stampede, the Religious Affairs Ministry, the sole authority to take care of Bangladeshi pilgrims in Saudi Arabia, has done little more than open a hotline number to collect information about those reportedly still missing after the tragedy.

    Five days after the deadly stampede, ministry officials are yet to come up with any information about the Bangladeshi pilgrims, apparently due to the Eid-ul-Azha holidays.

  • Sheikh Hasina’s 69th birthday today

    The 69th birthday of Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will be observed today.

    On this day in 1947, Sheikh Hasina, also the eldest daughter of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, was born in Tungipara of Gopalganj in Faridpur.

    The ruling Awami League, its associated bodies and other socio-cultural and professional organisations have chalked out elaborate programmes to observe her birthday across the country, says a press release.

    The premier is now in New York attending the 70th United Nations General Assembly.

  • Slaughtering spot plan fails

    At first, the plan for slaughtering at fixed places sounded really good, because stench from decomposing remains of sacrificial animals and the massive waste have always been major problems during and after Eid-ul-Azha every year.

    Initially, the two city corporation authorities of Dhaka seemed very enthusiastic about the plan; but as the Eid progressed, their lack of preparation and coordination became evident.

  • Sheikh Hasina receives ITU Award

    Sheikh Hasina receives ITU Award

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has received ICT Sustainable Development Award from the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in recognition of her contributions towards harnessing Information Communication and Technologies for Sustainable Development.

    ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao formally handed over the award to the Prime Minister at a Gala Dinner programme at the UN Headquarters here on Saturday evening.

  • PM urges global leaders to reach consensus on climate deal

    Emphasises means of implementation for SDGsPrime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged the global community to reach a consensus with ambition, focus and commitment on climate change in December.

    She made the call in her statement at the UN Summit for the Adoption of the Post-2015 Development Agenda yesterday.

    “For Bangladesh, climate change is putting much of our precious development gains at risk. Bangladesh already finds limits to adapt. For us, it is increasingly a matter of existence,” she said.

  • British-Belgian consortium likely to win power plant consultancy

    A British-Belgian consortium will likely be awarded a Tk33 crore consultancy to advise the government on the upgrade of three power plants in Sylhet and Sirajganj.

    The project is funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Islamic Development Bank, European Investment Bank and French Agency for Development.

  • 7 held for extortion

    RAB arrested seven persons for  extorting money from rawhide traders at Fatullah of Narayanganj area on the Eid day.

    The arrestees were Taijul Islam alias Jewel, 30, Rajib, 21, Sajib, 24, Shuvo Khan, 20, Yasin Arafat, 21, Al Amin, 21, and Ahammad Ali, 21.

    The RAB also recovered one foreign pistol, one magazine, four rounds of bullets, and Tk 1,09,000 from their possesion.

    Maj Maksudul Alam, assistant dirctor of RAB media and legal wing, said they were arrested from Allama Road Fatullah on Friday while they were extorting money from traders.

  • NGO director sued for questioning deaths in Mina

    Shyamnagar Awami League leader Mohon Kumar Mondol, also director of a local NGO named “Leaders,” has been arrested in a case filed for hurting religious sentiment of the Muslims through his Facebook status.

    Local police made the arrest on Saturday afternoon after Shyamnagar unit Awami League President Akbar Kabir filed the case under section 57 of the Information and Communication Technology Act.

    Officer-in-Charge of Shyamnagar police Enamul Huq confirmed the arrest to the Dhaka Tribune.

  • UNPFII hails adoption of 2030 Agenda

    The transformative Agenda, adopted on Friday, lays out the global goals for reducing poverty, in all its dimensions, over the next decade and a halfThe United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues has welcomed the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by the UN General Assembly.

    The transformative Agenda, adopted on Friday, lays out the global goals for reducing poverty, in all its dimensions, over the next decade and a half.

    “From the least developed countries to the most developed countries, the inequalities faced by indigenous peoples are staggering,” said Prof Megan Davis, chairperson of the Permanent Forum, according to a press release.

  • Lalmonirhat-Burimari Highway in a sorry state

    Lalmonirhat-Burimari Highway in a sorry state

    The Lalmonirhat-Burimari National Highway is in dilapidated condition leading to frequent accidents.

    Although Tk50 lakh has been spent to repair 17km of the road from Burimari land port to Mirzercoat in Patgram city corporation, the stone carpeting is gradually fading on the  89km highway.

    The road condition started deteriorating from July this year due to the heavy rainfall.

    Truck drivers are apathetic to drive on this road full of large potholes. As a result, traders are being compelled to pay extra to them to transport goods.

  • Sonadia Island emerges  as effective sanctuary  for rare species

    Sonadia Island emerges as effective sanctuary for rare species

    Sonadia Island, a seven square kilometer island of Northeastern Bangladesh declared ‘Ecologically Critical Area’ in 1999 now with manmade mangrove and non-mangrove forests developed into a natural sanctuary for numerous wildlife and birds.

  • Nazmul: Bangladesh safest place for cricket

    Bangladesh is one of the safest places to play cricket in and all security clarifications will be given to Cricket Australia, Bangladesh Cricket Board President Nazmul Hasan has said.

    He said this after a meeting with the Head of Security of Cricket Australia (CA), Sean Carroll, at the Australian High Commission in Dhaka yesterday.

  • Bangladesh pledges 5% greenhouse gas emissions cuts by 2030

    Bangladesh pledges 5% greenhouse gas emissions cuts by 2030

    Bangladesh pledged an unconditional 5% greenhouse gas emissions cut by 2030, adding that with financing and technology support it will cut emissions by 15%.

    The Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) submitted by the world’s states to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), contains each country’s declaration on voluntary carbon emissions reductions.

    As of yesterday, 43 countries including the top three greenhouse gas emitters – China, the United States and the European Union – had submitted their INDCs.

  • West reaches out to Iran as Syria strategy stumbles

    US and Western diplomats scrambled to cobble together a diplomatic strategy to end the war in Syria, after the latest humiliating blow to their military plan.

    Secretary of State John Kerry and his European counterparts reached out to traditional foe Iran on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.

    Iran and Russia back Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad, whom Washington sees as the instigator of the civil war that left half his country in the hands of the Islamic State group.

  • 4 funerals and a wedding: China President Xi mends political bridges

    Chinese President Xi Jinping’s attendance at the funeral earlier this year of a one-time propaganda minister was a surprise; Deng Liqun, who died aged 99, was never a top-ranked official and had been a political enemy of Xi’s father.

    Xi’s presence, sources said, was in fact part of a nascent effort to heal wounds across China’s ideological divide after his unrelenting crackdown on corruption alienated senior officials from the ruling Communist Party, government and military.

  • Why Catalonia wants to secede from Spain?

    Catalonia has always had a distinct culture and language and a strong desire for self-government. Though Catalonia lost its independence in 1714, there was a political and cultural renaissance in the 19th century which eventually led to the proclamation of the Catalan Republic in 1931. Subsequent negotiations with the Spanish Republic led to a wide-reaching autonomy. However, General Franco’s fascist victory in 1939 led to the suspension of Catalonia’s autonomy, a ban on the Catalan language, and a fierce repression forcing 200,000 Catalans to go into exile.

  • There is no pressure on us to go to Pakistan, says Salma

    There is no pressure on us to go to Pakistan, says Salma

    Pakistan Cricket Board has assured of providing VVIP security measures to the Bangladesh women’s team who will fly to the terror-stricken country today. Salma Khatun and her troop will play two international Twenty20s alongside two one-day internationals in Karachi.

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