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  • Secularism and sacred cows

    Secularism and sacred cows

    India’s secular identity may be under threatIndia’s claim as a secular nation is being flushed down the drain by the raging controversy in the country, with the cow raising serious doubts to whether its tall claim for which it seeks and earns respect in the West is genuine anymore.

    A 50-year-old Muslim, Mohammad Akhlaq, was dragged out of his house in Dadri, a small town in Uttar Pradesh, by a mob of Hindu fundamentalists belonging to the Rashtriya Sayamsevak Sangha (RSS) on the suspicion he had eaten beef and had beef stored in his house, and lynched.

  • DMP chief: Bring madrasas under scanner

    The DMP authorities have asked its field-level officials to gather information on the activities of madrasas in their localities and update the database continuously with a view to curb religious extremism.

    They were also instructed to build relationship with the people who live around the madrasas, and if possible, with the madrasa insiders, to thwart any unwanted situation beforehand.

  • Kibria murder: Explosives case shifted to another court

    A Habiganj court set November 12 for hearing in the explosives case filed for the grenade attack in 2005 that killed former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria and four others.

    Additional Judicial Magistrate SM Humayun accepted the charge sheet yesterday and sent the case to District and Sessions Judge’s Court for trial.

  • Prime accused in the Rajon murder case Kamrul to be brought back today

    Kamrul Islam, the prime accused in teenager Rajon murder case who was held in Saudi Arabia, will be brought back home tomorrow.

    A Foreign Ministry statement yesterday said that all necessary procedures had been completed to repatriate Kamrul in collaboration with Home Ministry, Police Headquarters and the Bangladesh mission in Saudi Arabia.

  • Unions, civil society for community fight against desertification

    Civil society organisations and trade unions have said community involvement is crucial to effectively combating land degradation, a condition that directly affects 1.5 million people around the world.

    Organisations and unions presented 13 propositions to the general assembly of COP12, the desertification summit in Ankara, Turkey that started on October 12.

  • Land survey in former exclaves to begin

    The government is all set to begin a month-long land survey tomorrow to freshly demarcate the areas of the former exclaves in Lalmonirhat, Kurigram, Panchagarh and Nilphamari districts.

    At the end of this land survey process, the former exclaves will get new maps after 96 years the land owners will get permanent ownership.

    However, exclave dwellers have a fear that local political influentials might use their muscles to snatch their land.

  • 6,800,000 Indian rupees seized in Ctg airport

    Customs officials seized 6,800,000 lakh Indian rupees from a warehouse  at Shah Amanat International Airport in Chittagong yesterday. However, none was arrested in this connection.

    Assistant Commissioner of Chittagong Customs House at the airport Abul Kashem told the Dhaka Tribune that during regular inspection customs officials found a carton which had no label around 1pm.

  • Road accidents take lives of seven

    At least five people were killed and six others injured when a bus rammed into a human hauler in Kaliakair upazila of Gazipur district yesterday morning.

    The identities of the deceased could not be known immediately.

    Humayun Kabir, officer-in-charge of Mirzapur Gorai Highway police station, said the accident had taken place in the morning when a bus rammed into the human hauler, locally known as Leguna, in Signboard area on the Dhaka-Tangail Highway, leaving three dead, including leguna driver, on the spot.

  • Transport strike on October 19

    Transport owners yesterday called a day-long strike on October 19 at 19-routes in the district demanding immediate repair of the Chittagong-Cox’s Bazar Highway.

    Chittagong Ancholik Malik-Sramik Oikkya Parishad called the programme after  a meeting with the transport owners and workers.

    Abul Kalam Azad, President of the Parishad and also the Secretary General of  Sarak Paribahan Malik Group told the Dhaka Tribune that the condition of different roads including the highway in South Chittagong were very poor.

  • Chhitmahals start getting power connections

    Bangladesh Power Development Board has unofficially started the process of providing new power connections to residents of the 59 former Indian exclaves – now ceded to Bangladesh – in Lalmonirhat.

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to officially inaugurate the power distribution programme tomorrow through a video conferencing session from Kurigram’s Dasiar Chhara, ending years of suffering faced by the areas’ residents.

  • Kader Siddiqui’s nomination cancelled

    The nomination of Krishak Sramik Janata League (KSJL) President Abdul Kader Siddiqui Bir Uttam and his wife Nasrin Kader Siddiqui for Tangail 4 (Kalihati) by-poll has been cancelled over loan default.

  • Rich must help poor to combat land degradation

    The draft outcome of the UN summit on desertification has called upon rich nations to assist poor countries with not just money but also scientific research and technology.

    The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) 12th Conference of Parties (COP12) called on developed countries to increase financial resources made available to and by the Global Environment Facility to help countries achieve Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN).

  • Youth unemployment a big problem for Bangladesh

    Youth unemployment a big problem for Bangladesh

    Youth unemployment is expected to be a major problem for Bangladesh over the next decade, according to a report released by the World Bank yesterday.

    The report titled “Toward Solutions for Youth Employment” released in Washington said the country was simultaneously experiencing a fall in the employment growth rate and a slow uptake in job creation.

    The report said the problem of youth unemployment is global, with a third of the world’s 1.8 billion young people not currently involved in employment, education or training.

  • A sunny day for renewables

    Prime Minister’s Principal Secretary Abul Kalam Azad has urged renewable energy entrepreneurs to build a mega solar power plant to promote green energy and meet the electricity demand.

    While speaking at a discussion attended by a veritable who’s who of the power sectors’ top echelon titled “Renewable Energy – Present Scenario and Achievements,” he called on investors to submit proposals as soon as possible.

  • Amnesty urges PM to lift restrictions on foreigners in CHT

    Global rights campaigner Amnesty International has asked Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to withdraw the restrictions imposed on foreigners wishing to visit or organise activities in the Chittagong Hill Tracts.

    The London-based group in a statement issued on Monday urged the premier to ensure her government’s “compliance with its international obligations vis-à-vis the human rights of Indigenous Peoples and other communities in the CHT, by withdrawing the memorandum.”

  • Govt looks to solar as coal faces trouble

    The government is facing trouble over the building of coal-based power plants, Prime Minister’s Principal Secretary Abul Kalam Azad has said.

    He said such plants require huge investments and take a long time to build and become operational. They also require deep technical expertise to run.

    “We are thinking of setting up large solar power plants to meet the power demand,” he said while speaking at a discussion yesterday.

  • No cases in underage SUV driver injuring four

    No case was filed until last night over Monday’s accident in Dhaka’s Gulshan which left four people injured as an underage driver rammed into two rickshaws with an SUV.

    The boy is said to be aged 16 and was doing a race with another car when he lost control and hit the rickshaws around 4pm on Road 74 of Gulshan.

    Seeking anonymity, a police high-up told the Dhaka Tribune last night that there were three people in the sports utility vehicle (SUV) including the underage driver they were all drunk. Police have found alcohol in the vehicle.

  • Little Fahim testifies in Rakib murder case

    Ten-year-old boy Fahim Hasan gave testimony as a crime scene witness in the Rakib murder case before a local court in Khulna yesterday.

    He is one of the six witnesses to testify yesterday – day three of the deposition recording by the court. With these, a total of 21 out of the 40 prosecution witnesses have so far given testimony.

  • Hoshi buried in Rangpur in the dark of night

    Japanese national Hoshi Kunio, killed 10 days ago by assailants still to be identified, was finally buried in Rangpur yesterday in the presence of embassy officials.

    Meanwhile, sources from the Dhaka Medical College morgue yesterday said that the body of Italian national Cesare Tavella, killed in Dhaka five days before Hoshi’s murder, will be taken by embassy officials today.

  • School girl stabbed to death by jilted admirer

    A 14-year-old girl was stabbed to death by a local delinquent for allegedly rejecting his relationship offer in Gazipur's Kaliakair yesterday.

    The victim, Kabita Das, was a student of class ten at Bijoy Sarani High School in the upazila’s Boardghar area. Police arrested the suspect, Savar's Gono University's BBA student Bikram Chandra Sarkar, with the help of the locals.

    Kaliakair OC Rafiqul Islam said Bikram attacked Kabita in front of her school, stabbing her repeatedly. She died later at the local health complex. 

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