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Wednesday November 22, 2017 03:16 AM



  • MP Liton arrested

    The police yesterday arrested Gaibandha MP Manjurul Islam Liton, who has been accused of shooting a child in the leg, from the capital’s Uttara.

    The Detective Branch arrested the Awami League lawmaker from his relative’s house in Uttara around 10pm, confirmed DB’s Deputy Commissioner (north) Sheikh Nazmul Alam.

  • Drowning kills a Bangladeshi child every half hour

    Drowning kills a Bangladeshi child every half hour

    A child dies from drowning every 31 minutes in Bangladesh, bringing the death toll from the silent epidemic to 18,000 children annually, according to data from the Centre for Injury Prevention, Health Development and Research, Bangladesh (CIPRB).

    According to a research study conducted in 2012 by The Alliance for Safe Children (TASC) in collaboration with Unicef’s Office of Research, the number of children that die from drowning is greater than the number that succumb each year to measles, polio, whooping cough, tetanus, diphtheria and tuberculosis combined.

  • Suspect’s family compensates victims, pays their medical bills

    At least two victims of Monday’s underage drunk-driving SUV accident have been paid off by the suspect’s uncle, who insisted that the money was only a “compensation.”

    Shoave Rahman, the uncle, also said the medical bills for all the four victims injured in the accident have already been paid.

  • Medical admission seekers on fast till death

    Medical admission seekers on fast till death

    The protesting medical admission seekers began observing a fast till death from 10am yesterday at the Central Shaheed Minar in the capital.

    Tanvira Biswas, a coordinator of the movement, said they would continue the fast until their demands are met.

    On Tuesday, the protesters marched in a rally at the University of Dhaka campus and staged a sit-in at the Central Shaheed Minar, which was interrupted by rain.

  • MPO distribution goes online

    The government has introduced online distribution of Monthly Pay Order (MPO) for teachers and staff of private educational institutions as part of the decentralisation of education management.

    The secondary-level schools, colleges, madrashas and technical education institutions under the Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education will get the facility.

    The Education Ministry on September 8 issued a circular, signed by its secretary Nazrul Islam Khan, with effect from May 1. The circular was published on October 11.

  • English medium students to pay VAT

    The Supreme Court yesterday cleared the way for realising 7.5 percent Value Added Tax (VAT) from the tuition fees of English medium school students.

    A vacation bench of the Appellate Division of Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain stayed for eight weeks a High Court order that had stayed 7.5 percent VAT slapped on the tuition fees of the English medium schools.

    With the order, there is no legal bar to taking VAT on the tuition fees of the English medium schools, said deputy attorney general SM Maniruzzaman.

  • IGP: Special security ahead of Durga Puja

    Special security measures have been taken for the upcoming Durga Puja in view of the situation that emerged after the killing of two foreign nationals, said AKM Shahidul Haque, inspector general of police, yesterday. 

    But he said the intelligence agencies had not warned of any security threat.  

    “Police will be on duty during Puja and will coordinate with other forces. Contact numbers of local police will be given to Puja committees if they need to seek help in case of emergency,” he said in a meeting.

  • 40% bus operators charging extra fare illegally

    At least 40% bus-minibus operators in Dhaka and adjacent districts are charging passengers extra fare violating government instruction, the Road Transport and Highways Division has learnt recently.

    A series of spot visits by road transport and highways officials as well as Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader himself revealed what has been happening in the public buses, the minister said during a press briefing yesterday.

  • Tavella’s body taken to Italy

    Tavella’s body taken to Italy

    The Italian Embassy in Dhaka received the body of slain Italian citizen Cesare Tavella,  yesterday morning, and an Emirates flight carrying the body left Dhaka for Italy last night.

    Authorities at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) handed over Tavella’s body to two consular attaches of the embassy, Giovanni Cianni and Danil Paolo Notaro, around 9:30am after completing all formalities. Tavella’s death certificate was also handed over to the embassy officials. 

  • Any militant is a cousin of IS

    Any militant is a cousin of IS

    Bangladesh needs to keep an open mind about possible terrorist links in BangladeshYoung couples look for cover at any city park to sneak a couple of kisses. Panicked guardians cross the roads holding on to their school-going kids, as neither the city buses nor they themselves abide by the traffic rules. Office-goers wait in a huge traffic gridlock as a VVIP or a VIP motorcade passes through the intersection, adding insult to injury as they watch them drive by.

  • No vehicles to ply without digital number plate from January

    Motor vehicles without a digital retro-reflective number plate and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags will not be allowed to ply on the nation’s roads and highways from January 1, said Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader.

    He said that all vehicles must collect the digital number plate and RFID tags, issued by Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA), within December 31. If a vehicle violates this, it will not be allowed to run anywhere in the nation from the start of next year.

  • SDGs and LDN integral in combating desertification

    Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) have become integral parts in combating desertification, as it is not possible to achieve one without the other, speakers at a UN conference have said.

    Addressing the United Nations Conference on Combating Desertification in Turkey, speakers said the adoption of SDGs by global leaders has presented an unprecedented opportunity to build a new momentum for the implementation of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).

  • Home Ministry staff scot-free despite arrest warrant

    A month after a court issued an arrest warrant against a Home Ministry computer operator for allegedly torturing his wife, the police have not made any arrests.

    The accused, Mizanur Rahman, currently a security official of the home secretary, is now allegedly threatening his wife, Motahar Akther Khuki, to force her to withdraw the complaint filed against him.

    Motahar told the Dhaka Tribune last night that after failing to receive a Tk5 lakh dowry, Mizanur began beating her and their daughter severely, before throwing them out the house on August 14.

  • Court again rejects bail plea of Shahadat’s wife

    A Dhaka court yesterday once again rejected the bail prayer of Jesmin Jahan Nitto, wife of suspended national cricketer Sahadat Hossain, in a case filed for torturing their housemaid.

    Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Amirul Haidar Chowdhury rejected the plea.

    Shahadat’s counsel said: ‘‘She has a breast-feeding baby of nine months who needs her mother badly. She has been languishing in jail for 13 days. So her bail may be allowed.”

  • Mujahid, SQ Chowdhury file review petitions

    Death-row war crimes convicts Jamaat-e-Islami leader Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid and BNP leader Salauddin Quader Chowdhury filed review petitions with the Supreme Court yesterday against its verdicts that upheld their death penalties given for committing crimes against humanity during the Liberation War.

    Mujahid’s counsel Shishir Monir and SQ Chowdhury’s counsel Hujjatul Islam Khan Al Fesani said they filed the review pleas with the Appellate Division of the apex court in the morning.

  • LGED engineer blamed for misconduct

    Employees of Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) in Goforgaon upazila of Mymensingh have expressed utter discontent over alleged discourteous behaviour of the Upazila Engineer Tofazzol Hossain.

    They fear that if the engineer is not suspended soon, an unpleasant situation may be created following altercation between the two sides.

    The activities of the office are largely hampered because of the ongoing tension, they said.

  • Abducted man rescued after 8 hours in Chuadanga

    Police have rescued a man after about eight hours into abduction from Mujibnagar area of Meherpur district early yesterday.

    The victim is Ananda Hawlader, 40, son of Raj Kumar Hawlader, from Kaliabakri village in Damurhuda upazila of Chuadanga district. He is cashier of Moragang Beel Cooperatives Society.

    Damurhuda police station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Liakat Hossain said a gang of about 12 miscreants abducted Ananda Hawlader from his home around 8pm on Tuesday at gun point and three hours later they demanded a ransom of Tk10 lakh from the family members.

  • Nahid: Commission to be formed for fair recruitment of teachers

    The government is going to form a Non-government Teachers Selection Commission (NTSC) to ensure merit-based teacher recruitment for non-government schools, madrasas and colleges.

    “The NTSC will be set up in the style of Public Service Commission aimed at removing all sorts of irregularities in the recruitment process. The process of establishing NTSC is underway and hopefully it will be formed within one or two months,” Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid told reporters in a press briefing at the Education Ministry yesterday.

  • Nasim: Medical negligence should not be tolerated

    Health Minister Mohammad Nasim  yesterday emphasized on the sincerity to the profession of the country’s physicians and said no medical negligence in hospitals could be tolerated.

    The minister came up with the remark while he was addressing at a view exchange meeting with the teachers and students of Shaheed M Monsur Ali Medical College in Sirajganj at noon.

    Principal Dr Rezaul Islam presided over the programme while among others Begum Laila Arjumand, Deputy Commissioner Bellal Hossain,Dr Debopad Roy, Abdur Razzak and Ulfat Ara.

  • Eviction of Illegal structures begins

    Railway authority and the district administration jointly started a drive to evict the illegal establishments from both sides of Barobazaar Railway Station in Kaliganj upazila yesterday.

    Railway Western Region and Divisional State Officer Mostak Ahmed and district Administration Assistant Commissioner (SA branch) Uttam Kumar Roy led the drive.

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