Wednesday February 21, 2018 03:20 AM

  • Govt moves to snuff out tobacco production, use

    Because previous disincentives for tobacco farming and use have proved ineffectual, the government is working to formulate a policy under the Smoking and Tobacco Products Usage (Control) (Amendment) Act, 2013.

  • Ecnec approves nat’l data centre project

    The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) yesterday approved a Tk1,516.91 crore project to ensure  maximum use of ICT in government activities.

    The project, titled Establishment of Four-Tier National Data Centre, is also supposed to speed up information flow with safe and secure data when complete.

    Once built, the data centre is expected to improve the hosting capacity of the government’s shared data centre, as well as turn all government work paperless.

  • Medical admission seekers call upon all students to take part in demo

    Medical admission seekers call upon all students to take part in demo

    Admission seekers have convened students of public universities and medical colleges across the country to boycott classes and observe strike tomorrow expressing solidarity with their demand for cancellation of the results of the admission tests of MBBS and Bachelor of Dental Surgery.

    They continued their demonstration yesterday for the 18th day demanding a fresh exam, following allegations of question paper leakage.

  • Indian Supreme Court defers hearing on Felani killing petition

    The Indian Supreme Court has deferred proceedings in a writ petition filed in connection with the death of Bangladeshi girl Felani Khatun, who was killed by the BSF.

    Even though a hearing on the petition was scheduled for yesterday, the case was not included in the cause list, said Kurigram public prosecutor Abraham Lincoln, who has been providing legal counsel to Felani’s father.

    The Indian Supreme Court would later fix another date for the hearing, Lincoln added.

  • Myanmar citizen held with 150,000 yaba pills

    Members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) arrested a Myanmar national with 150,000 pieces of Yaba pills from Jaliapara in the Naf River in Teknaf upazila, Cox’s Bazar early yesterday.

    Major Jafrul Haque, acting commanding officer of BGB-42 said acting on a tip off, a team of the BGB intercepted a boat which was coming from Myanmar in the area around 12:30am.

  • Family still in dark whether Haji Quader alive or dead

    Despite having passed 11 days after the Mina stampede tragedy, a hajj pilgrim from the district has remained traceless.

    The family members of pilgrim Abdul Quader, 60, from Bargaon village in Matalab Dakshin upazila, are in dark whether he is alive or dead.

    They wanted to take back the body to the country from the KSA in case of the death although the foreign affairs ministry claimed none demanded to bring back the body of pilgrims who met death in the Mina stampede and that was why it did not adopt any steps in this regard.

  • Pest attack hits Aman paddy in Gazipur

    Farmers in Gazipur district have become frustrated as pest attacked aman paddy in several areas recently.

    Sreepur upazila agriculture officer ASM Moydul Hasan said the paddy had been planted on 13,000 hectares of land in eight unions under Sreepur upazila this year.

    Of them, the paddy of 20 bisghas in Bhanghati, Uzilab Telihati unions are attacked severely by Bacterial Leaf Blight  (BLB),a monsoon disease. The incidence and severity of it is very much influenced by rainfall.

  • Elderly couple take to the street to save ancestral house

    Finding no alternative, an elderly couple at last took to the street aimed at protecting their ancestral properties from local influential quarters.

    To grab the attention of the district administration, the couple formed a human chain in front of the office of deputy commissioner in Gazipur on Monday and submitted a memorandum to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina through the DC seeking measures in this regard.

  • Batiaghata UNO sued for embezzling government fund

    Batiaghata Upazila Nirbahi Officer Md Billal Hossain Khan was sued for embezzling money from the fund of a sacrificial animal market.

    Rabindranath, a resident of Ameerpur village field the case yesterday with Khulna court against the UNO and Jalma UP chairman Gofur Molla in connection with the embezzlement.

    Sources said more than Tk 20 lakh had been embezzled from the fund by them.

    The sources also said they had set up the sacrificial market in Progoti High School playground defying the law.

  • 7,300 die a year in pregnancy-related diseases

    Obstetric fistula that kills at least 2,000 pregnant women a year in the country is not only a health problem but also social and human rights issue.

    According to a study under “National Fistula Strategy”, 2011-2016 OF afflicted girls or women usually end up their marital relation being divorced by their husbands and rejected by their families and societies.

  • Noor: Panam will be a resort town soon

    Cultural Minister Asaduzzaman Noor yesterday said the government would take measures to renovate Panam city to make it as a resort town soon.

    The minister said the country would earn more revenue when people would visit the city buying tickets. The living standard of the people of region will uplift after the renovation of the city.

  • Woman violently beaten in public in Gazipur

    Woman violently beaten in public in Gazipur

    A woman was dragged away from half-eaten lunch and out of her house to be brutally beaten in broad daylight by a village chief in Gazipur because she did not respond to his summon.

    The incident took place on Monday afternoon at Chhoto Latifpur village in the district’s Kaliakair upazila. The victim, Josna Akhtar’s son Noyon Ahmed filed a case against the culprit Jalal Uddin Ahmed and his cohorts, her brother and neighbour Hossain Khan and her sister Zaheda Begum in this regard with Kaliakair police station on Monday night.

  • Bangladesh second worst in end-of-life care

    Bangladesh second worst in end-of-life care

    Bangladesh secured penultimate position in an 80-country “quality of death” study released Tuesday, only one step up above war-ridden Iraq.

    The 2015 Quality of Death Index, compiled by the London-based Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), found Britain to be the best at palliative care.

    According to the World Health Organization (WHO), palliative care is an approach that improves quality of life through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of treatment of pain and other problems.

  • Enigmatic subatomic riddle-solving duo win Physics Nobel

    Enigmatic subatomic riddle-solving duo win Physics Nobel

    A Japanese and a Canadian scientist won the 2015 Nobel Prize for Physics yesterday for discovering that elusive subatomic particles called neutrinos have mass.

    Neutrinos are the second most bountiful particles after photons with trillions of them streaming through our bodies every second.

    University of Tokyo professor Takaaki Kajita and Canada’s Queen’s University Professor Emeritus Arthur B McDonald’s breakthrough was the discovery of a phenomenon called neutrino oscillation.

  • Govt had information on possible attacks on expats

    Govt had information on possible attacks on expats

    The government has said it had information on possible attacks on foreigners, but the murders of an Italian and a Japanese nationals were committed in ways that do not match the information.

    Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali told these to reporters at the state guest house Padma in Dhaka yesterday after a meeting with diplomats from more than 40 countries.

    Asked why the Bangladesh government did not act on the available information, the minister said: “People who commit crimes do things differently than the information they give.”

  • Security sought for a visiting APG taskforce

    The Home Ministry has been requested to ensure security for an eight-member delegation of the Asia Pacific Group (APG)
    who will arrive in Dhaka on Sunday to
    evaluate the country’s anti-money laundering efforts.

    The letter from the Bank and Financial Institutions Division, signed by its Deputy Secretary Md Rizwanul Huda, was sent to Senior Home Secretary Md Mozammel Haq Khan, asking the ministry to provide security to the APG taskforce during the entirety of their stay until October 22.

  • Foreigners being located for better security

    In an attempt to provide comprehensive protection to all foreign nationals currently living in the country, the police have started to reach out to them by identifying their residences and workplaces.

    Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal yesterday told the Dhaka Tribune that a process has begun to locate nearly 224,000 foreign nationals currently residing in Bangladesh.

  • Police: Khijir was murdered by a professional

    Investigators say three possible motives for the murder of former chairman of the Power Development Board (PDB), Khijir Khan, are family conflict, property and religious ideology.

    Terming it a premeditated murder, Deputy Commissioner of Police of Gulshan Division Mustaq Ahmed Khan said the actual motive for the killing was still unknown and would require further investigation.

    Dr Prodip Biswash, lecturer of the DMC forensics department who conducted the autopsy, told the Dhaka Tribune that the victim’s throat bore a gash 7.5 inches long and 2 inches deep.

  • Hoshi Kunio’s body still in Rangpur hospital morgue

    The visting four-member team of Japanese police, who arrived in Dhaka on Monday and is now in Rangpur to help local police investigate the murder of Hoshi Kunio, did not receive the dead body until yesterday.

    The team went to the Rangpur Medical College Hospital around 9:30pm yesterday. They did not take the dead body but came out around an hour later with a big black suitcase, which they took in their microbus, and went back to the Rangpur Parjatan Motel, where they are staying.

  • BNP asks govt if politics is banned

    The BNP has urged the government to make it clear whether it will allow other political parties to do politics in Bangladesh.

    “We want to know clearly from the government whether it will allow others to do politics. I would say the previous [army-backed caretaker] government was more honest than the present government because they enacted a law and said none will be allowed to do politics. But now we are not seeing that honesty either,” Nazrul Islam Khan, member of the BNP standing committee, said yesterday.

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