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Saturday November 18, 2017 03:44 AM



  • Medical candidates to submit memorandum to prime minister

    Medical candidates to submit memorandum to prime minister

    Prospective medical college students, who have been calling for a fresh admission test on grounds of question leak, have announced their next steps that include submitting a memorandum to the prime minister. 

    Md Khaled Saifullah, spokesperson for Student-parents Oikya Andolon who announced fresh programmes yesterday evening, said a sit-in would be staged at Shaheed Minar today, and the protest would also include a mass signature collection campaign and a satirical cartoon exhibition.

  • Jubo League man killed in Feni, 2 held

    A Jubo League member was hacked to death in Feni’s Sonagazi upazila on Thursday night.

    Gias Uddin, 28, was the son of Abu Hashem of Charchandia village in the upazila.

    Police said Gias was attacked in Dighir Par area after an altercation with a local shop owner over payment.

    He was taken to Feni Sadar Hospital where doctors declared him dead around midnight.

    Sonagazi Model police station Officer-in-Charge Harun-ur-Rashid said shop owner Safiullah quarreled with Gias and later sent a youth named Rana to call Gias out of the house. 

  • RJ found dead at Dhaka home

    Police yesterday recovered the body of a radio jockey from his house in the capital’s Shiyalbari. 

    The deceased, Samiul Kabir Prottoy, used to host two shows at ABC Radio, but quit around a month ago.

    Quoting his mother Hamida Begum, his uncle Syed Kamrul Islam told the Dhaka Tribune that 30-year-old Prottoy might have died of a stroke while sleeping. “Prottoy’s father died the same way nearly 10 years back.”

  • ASK condemns UGC death, Gaibandha shooting

    Ain o Salish Kendra has expressed concerns over the recent death of a UGC official in RAB custody, as well as the alleged shooting by a Gaibandha MP that left a child with gunshot wounds.

    A press release, signed by the human rights body’s Executive Director Sultana Kamal, read that the ASK was deeply concerned about the death of University Grants Commission official Omar Siraj while in RAB custody on Thursday.

  • Investigators checking Tavella’s professional, personal life

    Italian NGO official Cesare Tavella had called his family and colleagues before being killed on Monday, investigators said yesterday checking his call records.

    Although Tavella dialled the numbers, he could not be able to connect anyone, a high official involved with the investigation said yesterday asking not to be named.

    The DB officials probing the case said that they were taking technological support to cross check Tavella’s call data.

  • BNP demands judicial probe into UGC official’s death

    The BNP has demanded a judicial investigation into the death of a University Grants Commission official who died while in the custody of the Rapid Action Battalion.

    Omar Siraj, a UGC assistant director arrested in connection with the alleged leak of medical college admission test questions, was being questioned by the elite force in a two-day remand when he started feeling chest pain on Thursday. He died after being taken to the NICVD hospital.

  • Mohsin Ali’s widow endorsed as by-poll candidate

    The widow of Syed Mohsin Ali will contest for the Moulvibazar 3 seat that was left vacant following the former social welfare minister’s death, a faction of Moulvibazar district Awami League has announced.

    A joint extended meeting of Moulvibazar sadar upazila unit and Moulvibazar municipal unit of the Awami League made the decision on Thursday. The faction that was previously led by Mohsin backed the candidature of Syeda Saira Mohsin, the widow, for the upcoming by-election in the Moulvibazar 3 constituency that covers the Sadar and Rajnagar upazilas.

  • Road accidents kill three

    Three people were killed in separate road accidents across the country yesterday.

    A woman was killed and three others injured as a microbus overturned at Shahpur area on the Dhaka-Sylhet Highway in Madhabpur upazila in the afternoon.

    The deceased was identified as Fatema Ishrat Mukta, 25, daughter of Mobarak Ullah, the owner of Siam Computerized Elastic Industries Ltd, a garments accessories and packaging company in the capital.

  • Char people deprived of treatment facilities

    Poor people in char area under Sadar upazila are deprived of medical facilities due to lack of monitoring health complexes and shortage of doctors.

    According to sources, more than 2 lakh people of Alatuli, Charbagdanga, Shahjahanpur, Sundarpur, Debinagar and Islampur unions do not get treatment facilities as the physicians do not attend the health complexes.

    Locals said the doctors who are appointed in the health complexes do their duties in another places depriving the patients.

  • Community healthcare workers demand regularisation of job

    Community healthcare workers yesterday staged protests in a number of districts to highlight their demand for making their employment permanent. 

    In Rajshahi’s Saheb Bazar Zero Point, local members of Community Healthcare Provider Association formed a human chain to press home their demand around midday.

    President of the association’s Rajshahi district unit Sayem Hasan warned that healthcare workers at the community clinics would refuse to serve if the demands were not met soon.

  • Obama angry as 9 killed in latest US shooting

    Obama angry as 9 killed in latest US shooting

    Residents of a quiet Oregon town struggled to comprehend the carnage left by the latest US mass shooting as investigators puzzled over what drove a young gunman to kill nine people in a college classroom before he died in an exchange of gunfire with police.

    The Thursday late-morning shooting rampage at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, a former timber town of 20,000 on the western edge of the Cascade Mountains, ranked as the deadliest mass killing this year in the United States.

  • ‘Govt revives jute sector in the country’

    State Minister for Textile and Jute, Mirza Azam yesterday said as an election pledge Awami League government had revived the almost ruined jute sector in the country.

    He said 60 state-run jute mills out of 90 jute mills were looted in the name of privatisation after the killing of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. He said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had taken a project with an outlay of Tk200 crore to produce quality jute in 200 upazilas across the country.

  • 2 killed outside Australian state police HQ

    Only 24 hours after Cricket Australia scrapped their scheduled Bangladesh tour for security concerns, a possible terror-related gun shooting took place outside the New South Wales state Police Headquarters in Sydney yesterday that left a police officer dead on the spot, several news agencies said quoting Australian authorities.

    The shooter was also killed when the police fired back at him, British newspaper The Guardian reported.

    Details of the incidents were a bit sketchy when the report was filed last night.

  • Child hurt by AL MP’s bullets

    An eight-year-old boy was shot thrice by the ruling party lawmaker of Gaibandha’s Sundarganj when the child was jogging with his uncle early yesterday.

    Later, supporters of the lawmaker, Md Manjurul Islam Liton, barred an ambulance from carrying the injured boy, Shahadat Hossain Sourov of Gopalcharan village, on the way to Rangpur Medical College Hospital for better treatment.

  • It takes a village to raise a child

    It takes a village to raise a child

    How combating the top killer of children over age one changed an entire village’s way of lifeIn Bangladesh, death stalks children in broad daylight.

    Between the sunny hours of 9am and 1pm, while mothers and fathers are busy with work, children are at risk from a deadly menace.

    It is neither malnutrition nor disease that kills most children over a year old in this country. It is drowning.

    This has been perhaps the most neglected threat to children’s lives … until now.

  • Adaptation strategies of poor urban migrants in the context of climate change: A case study of Natore, Sirajganj, and Rajshahi

    The policies and their implementation must aim to locate people to cities other than Dhaka and ChittagongRiver erosion, continuous flooding, and long droughts — these calamities are everyday realities for some Bangladeshis. They affect livelihoods, disrupt lives and uproot people from their homes. Observations from a recent study show that migration is an important strategy to adapt to the effects of climate change.

  • Mystery lingers as family of UGC official claims RAB custodial death

    Mystery lingers as family of UGC official claims RAB custodial death

    The wife of a University Grants Commission official who died while being investigated for his role in the leaking of entrance exam questions, yesterday alleged that her husband died in Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) custody.

    RAB officials denied this, saying the official died while undergoing treatment at the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD) on Thursday evening.

    Doctors and officials of the hospital declined to comment on the death.

  • The 2015 Paris climate summit: Dilemma and direction

    Having attended all twenty conferences of parties (COPs) of the UN’s climate body over the years and now planning to be in Paris for the twenty-first in December, I am feeling ambivalent about the entire enterprise.

  • PM’s return to be marked with mass reception

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is set to return home today following her eight-day official visit to the US where she attended the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

    The 14-party alliance has planned a mass reception where people would line up the streets from the Dhaka airport to Ganabhaban to welcome back the prime minister, who is scheduled to arrive around 1:30pm.

  • Russian airstrikes hit IS targets

    Moscow said yesterday that its latest strikes had hit 12 Islamic State targets that included a command post and a communications centre in the province of Aleppo, a militant field camp in Idlib and a command post in Hama.

    The Russian Defence Ministry said its Sukhoi-34, Sukhoi-24M and Sukhoi-25 warplanes had flown 18 sorties hitting targets since Thursday, Reuters reported.

    The US-led coalition that is waging its own air war against IS called on the Russians to halt strikes on targets other than IS.

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