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  • Making millions from dustbins

    Making millions from dustbins

    During and after Eid-ul-Azha every year, many news reports are filed on the leather industry – one of the country’s major export sectors – as rawhide of sacrificial animals is its main source of raw material.

    But for decades, a parallel multi-million dollar informal export sector has been growing in the country which also derives its raw materials from the remains of slaughtered cattle.

  • Govt pledges VVIP security for Aussie cricketers

    Bangladesh Cricket Board hopes that the Test series with Australia will take place as per scedule as the Home Ministry pledges VVIP security protocol for the Aussie cricketers.

    Cricket Australia (CA) postponed the trip earlier this week following advice from their government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and national security organisation ASIO that there was “reliable information to suggest that militants may be planning to target Australian interests.”

  • Failure to open safe waterway leaves Sundarbans vulnerable

    Failure to open safe waterway leaves Sundarbans vulnerable

    The government’s failure to reopen the Mongla-Ghasiakhali channel to large ships and oil tankers is forcing large vessels to continue to travel through the Sundarbans, threatening the ecology and biodiversity of the mangrove forest.

    On a recent visit, the Dhaka Tribune found many large vessels still plying the Sela River, although use of the waterway was supposed to have stopped on June 1.

    On May 12, Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan said the Mongla-Ghasiakhali channel would open to river traffic on June 1 and the Sela River route would be closed.

  • HAAB: 11 confirmed Bangladeshi fatalities

    Death of at least 11 Bangladeshis in the Mina stampede has now been confirmed by the Mecca hajj mission of HAAB, which also expressed fears that seven more unidentified fatalities were also Bangladeshi nationals.

    Ibrahim Bahar, president of Hajj Agencies Association of Bangladesh (HAAB), confirmed the numbers to the Dhaka Tribune.

  • First return Hajj flight of Biman delayed by 12 hours

    First return Hajj flight of Biman delayed by 12 hours

    The first return flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines bringing Hajj pilgrims back to the country was delayed by around 12 hours yesterday.

    The flight left Saudi Arabia around 2pm local time and landed at Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka at 8:27pm. It was supposed to land at 9am.

    The Biman authorities said the flight was delayed as Hajj pilgrims had reported to the terminal late.

    Biman’s Public Relations Officer Tasnim Aktar said: “This is a regular scenario every year.

  • Public servants’ salary records go digital

    The database will aid accountants by making information about salaries, allowances, pensions, loans and advances accessiblePublic sector employees will soon use a self-service online form to submit their personal data into a database that will allow their salaries, under the National Pay Scale 2015, to be fixed and confirmed online, official sources said.

    The proposed database and online fixing of salaries is being described as a boon to transparency and an aid to record-keeping.

  • Nasa finds evidence of liquid water on Mars

    Liquid water has been observed on the planet Mars, the US space agency Nasa said Monday.

    “Mars is not the dry, arid planet we thought of in the past,” Jim Green, Nasa’s planetary science director, told a press conference.

    “Under certain circumstances, liquid water has been found on Mars.”

    Scientists have long believed that water once flowed freely across the red planet and was responsible for forming its valleys and canyons.

  • Woman brutally tortured by husband, in-laws in Sreepur

    A housewife has been brutally tortured by her husband and in-laws in Sreepur upazila, Gazipur for dowry – to the point that she is at risk of losing vision in her right eye.

    The incident happened on Wednesday, just before Eid. The victim, Kulsum Begum, 19, is now bed-ridden in her father Alim Uddin’s house at Kapatiapara village in Sreepur, unable to even move without help.

    “They have been torturing my daughter for dowry for months,” her father Alim Uddin told the Dhaka Tribune.

  • Hasina meets Modi, Xi Jinping at UNGA

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is heavily engaged in bilateral diplomacy at the United Nations, a place for multilateralism, in addition to her regular engagement there.

    She had bilateral meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

    She is also scheduled to meet Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Netherlands Premier Mark Rutte at the wee hours of Tuesday local time.

  • UK alerts its citizens in Dhaka

    The UK government yesterday issued an alert for its citizens living in Bangladesh.

    It asked its citizens to remain vigilant in the wake of threat from terrorists. 

    In a message on its website it advised UK officials to limit their attendance at events where westerners may gather, for example in hotels or conference centres.

    As of late September 2015,  there is reliable information that militants may be planning to target western interests in Bangladesh, it warned. 

  • Passport fees to be doubled soon

    Fee and validity period of machine-readable passport (MRP) are going to be doubled within two or three weeks, said NM Ziaul Alam, director general of the Department of Immigration and Passport.

    While talking to Dhaka Tribune yesterday he also said: “Until the circular is issued the fees will remain the same as earlier.”

    The decision of doubling the fees and validity was made by the government and the proposal was submitted to the Home Ministry much earlier.

  • Roads in bad shape in Moulvibazar

    Major roads under Moulvibazar Pourasava have been lying in poor condition for long causing inconvenience to the commuters and the inhabitants.

    When visited, it was found that Syed Mustofa Ali, Shah Mostofa , Kasinath, Madhyapara, Gobindasree, Tilabari, Kazirgaon, Purbasultanpur, Shekhergaon, Boroihat Madrasa, Borobari, Goalbari and Kalimabad roads under the pourasava have developed big potholes at several points.

    Locals said though they had raised the issue with the concern authorities  on various occasions, they failed to ensure the repair of the roads.

  • Floods damage crops worth Tk902cr in Rangpur

    To recoup the losses the DAE has already distributing late variety Aman seedling among the affected farmersThe recent floods have damaged standing crops on 1.02 lakh hectares of land in Rangpur worth about Tk902 crore.

    According to the Department of Agriculture Extension, the floods have totally damaged T-Aman crops on 13,832 hectares of land causing losses of 37,737 tonnes rice production worth Tk120.76 crore affecting over 1.06 lakh farmers in Rangpur.

    In Kurigram, the recent floods have caused losses of over 1.80 lakh tonnes rice production worth Tk397.02 crore by totally damaging standing T-Aman crops on 44,085 hectares of land affecting over 3.11 lakh farmers.

  • Man shot dead during clash in Narail

    A young man was shot and 10 others were injured as two groups locked into a fierce clash over establishing supremacy at Ghagha village in Lohagora upazila of Narail yesterday morning.

    The victim is Iqbal Somaddar, 25, son of Rupai Somaddar, a resident of Kotakul village.

  • Ilish netting continues defying ban

    Random Ilish catching is  continued in different rivers in the coastal areas, defying a government ban on its catching during the peak breeding period from October 15 to 24.

    The government imposed a ban from September 25 to October 9 on catching, selling and transporting hilsha in the coastal areas to ensure the safe spawning of this popular fish during its peak breeding period.

    On the first day of the ban period on Friday, fisheries officials with the help of police seized 12 maunds of netted Ilish fry on a road in Patuakhali district.

  • BCB names unchanged Test squad

    BCB names unchanged Test squad

    Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) announced an unchanged Test squad from their previous South Africa series for the first of the two-match Test series against Australia.

    Left-arm spinner Taijul Islam fully recovered from jaundice, which he contracted last month, and retained his place in the 14-member squad that had no surprise. Premier all-rounder Shakib al Hasan will be supported by young leg spinner Jubair Hossain in the spin department while Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain and Mohammad Shahid will take care of the pace bowling arena.

  • Toxic gas kills 3 workers at Bogra paper mill

    At least three workers have died following inhaling toxic gas during cleaning a tank of a Paper Mill at Jogarapara in Kahalu upazila on Monday morning.

    The ill-fated workers are mill operator Hira, 25, son of  Majed Ali, from Jhinai village, Ador Ali, 22, son of Abdul Karim, from Jogarapara village in the upazila, and the rest is Shahadat, 19, son of Ejaruddin, from Kurahar village in  Shibganj upazila.

    Police recovered the bodies and sent those to the morgue of Shaheed Ziaur Rahman Medical College Hospital for autopsy. 

  • 3 pirates arrested from Sandwip

    Rapid Action Battalion and Bangladesh Coast Guard East Zone in a joint drive detained three pirates with firearms from Sandwip upazila in Chittagong yesterday.

    The details of the detainees, however, could not be ascertained immediately.

  • Global currency war fears shake exporters

    Global currency war fears shake exporters

    Fear of global currency war might deepen woes of local exporters who are already reeling particularly from weakening euro coupled with the latest gas and power tariff hikes.

    China’s recent series of Yuan devaluation has sparked fears of currency war, also known as competitive devaluation, across the world to shore up its teetering economy.

  • Padma bridge spending slow, implementation low

    Expenditure on the Padma Bridge project has been sluggish, with 34.86% spent in the last three years, and the implementation of the main bridge has been minimal at just 13.5% as of August 15, according to official estimates.

    But Padma Bridge Project Director Shafiqul Islam said the amount spent between FY2013 and FY2015 was not abnormal and matched up well with the amount of work done on the project.

    He said he hoped the bridge would be ready for use by the middle of 2018.

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