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Saturday December 16, 2017 10:58 PM



  • Med school aspirants call off hunger strike

    Med school aspirants call off hunger strike

    Student protesters yesterday called off what had been described as a “fast unto death” to demand fresh medical and dental college admission tests.

    Protester Tanzira Biswas Tandra told the Dhaka Tribune that a group of seven well-known public figures, including Syed Abul Muksud and Anu Mohammad, requested the students to withdraw their hunger strike over the leaking of medical and dental college admission exam questions.

  • ICDDRB releases urban health mapping

    The ICDDRB has recently prepared a compendium of maps and information on the composition and distribution of health facilities in urban Bangladesh.

    GPS coordinates of each facility were recorded and located on updated road networks and basic facility data gathered according to the World Health Organisation (WHO)’s guidance on the creation of what is said to be a Master Facility List.

  • Secretaries to meet on Padma River bank

    In a one-of-a-kind event, the government secretaries will have a meeting tomorrow at a unique venue – on the bank of the Padma River.

    Bridges Division Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam confirmed it yesterday.

    “All government secretaries will come together on the bank of the Padma on Saturday morning for a meeting, following which they will visit the Padma Bridge project,” he said.

  • PM: Kurigram to get university, special economic zone

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said a university and a special economic zone would be set up in the district for the welfare of the people of frontier districts.

    “A university will be set up in Kurigram either in public or private initiative, and also there will be a special economic zone here to spur industrialisation. I’ve already directed the Deputy Commissioner to find suitable lands,” she said.

  • Grameen China to set up branch in Shenzhen

    Grameen China is going to open a branch in the commercial city of Shenzhen in the country for its microcredit programme.

    An event was hosted in Shenzhen Citizen’s Centre to make the opening announcement and Nobel Laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus addressed it where local prominent political and business leaders were present, says a media release issued by Yunus Centre on Wednesday.

  • TIB urges govt to seek compensation for climate vulnerable countries

    Bangladesh must seek a legally binding treaty to ensure compensation for climate countries vulnerable to the impacts of climate change at the upcoming Paris climate summit, officials of Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) said yesterday.

    Speaking at a press conference in the capital’s Dhanmondi area, the TIB officials made 10 demands regarding distribution of climate change fund and urged the Bangladesh delegation set to attend the conference to take the demands into accounts when negotiating with developed countries.

  • Anti-dengue procession Sunday

    The Dhaka North City Corporation authorities will bring out a procession on Sunday to aware people about the measures to prevent dengue fever.

    Led by DNCC Mayor Annisul Huq, the awareness procession will start at 11am from its Gulshan office in the capital. Health Minister Mohammad Nasim will join the event as the chief guest.

    Dhaka Tribune published two reports on the present condition of dengue fever, mainly in Dhaka City, on October 12 and 13.

  • Conservative outlook hinders growth of women in agriculture

    Conservative socio-religious outlooks and scarce of fund are two hurdles in empowering women in the field of agriculture, female peasant leaders observed at a discussion in Barisal Reporters’ Unity yesterday.

    They stressed stressed on recognising and evaluating the role of women in agriculture sector and enacting the Rights to Food Act.

    Marking the International Day of Rural Women Barisal Women Farmers Forum arranged the discussion in association with GROW, OXFAM Bangladesh and their local partner AVAS.

  • Haphazardly installed electric poles pose threat to locals

    Electric poles have been installed in an unplanned way in Madaripur, with locals fearing that such disorganised arrangement could lead to accidents.   

    Most of the poles tilted to a side and locals say those were not properly installed.

    They also allege incompetence on the part of the contractor that installed the poles and also engineers in charge of supervising installations.

    Bashar Mahmud, a local old man, said the poles should have been organised well while being set up but those now have just created a mess.

  • 1,600 JSC certificates still missing

    More than 1,600 JSC certificates of 16 schools under Comilla Board could not be found yet though it went missing three days back.

    According to sources, students of 21 schools sat for Junior School Certificate (JSC) exams in 2014 at L M Model High School in Raipur centre.

    The certificates of the students went missing from Hajiganj area in Chandpur on Monday while those were being taken to Raipur centre from the board by a pickup van.

  • 1,600 JSC certificates still missing

    More than 1,600 JSC certificates of 16 schools under Comilla Board could not be found yet though it went missing three days back.

    According to sources, students of 21 schools sat for Junior School Certificate (JSC) exams in 2014 at L M Model High School in Raipur centre.

    The certificates of the students went missing from Hajiganj area in Chandpur on Monday while those were being taken to Raipur centre from the board by a pickup van.

  • NID cards must for online salary fixation

    Moving away from the paper-based lengthy system of updating employees’ salaries, this year the government has decided to carry out the “Pay Fixation” process through online forms.

    The public servants have been told that their salaries will not be updated under the upcoming 8th pay scale unless they input their national identity (NID) card numbers in the online form.

  • NID cards must for online salary fixation

    Moving away from the paper-based lengthy system of updating employees’ salaries, this year the government has decided to carry out the “Pay Fixation” process through online forms.

    The public servants have been told that their salaries will not be updated under the upcoming 8th pay scale unless they input their national identity (NID) card numbers in the online form.

  • Suspects: Hacking a more pious act than firing guns

    Suspects: Hacking a more pious act than firing guns

    Two suspected killers of slain ex-PDB chief Khijir Khan have told the police they believed that hacking someone to death was a more pious act than murdering them with a gun.

    The suspects told this to the police after their arrests; they also confessed of committing similar murders by hacking over the last couple of years as part of a JMB sleeper cell.

    Tarikul Islam alias Mithu – the alleged mastermind of the Khijir killing – was detained from Tangail and his associate – Alek Bepari – from the capital’s Mirpur area on Wednesday.

  • Suspects: Hacking a more pious act than firing guns

    Suspects: Hacking a more pious act than firing guns

    Two suspected killers of slain ex-PDB chief Khijir Khan have told the police they believed that hacking someone to death was a more pious act than murdering them with a gun.

    The suspects told this to the police after their arrests; they also confessed of committing similar murders by hacking over the last couple of years as part of a JMB sleeper cell.

    Tarikul Islam alias Mithu – the alleged mastermind of the Khijir killing – was detained from Tangail and his associate – Alek Bepari – from the capital’s Mirpur area on Wednesday.

  • Bangladesh seeks $1.8b loan from IDB

    Bangladesh has proposed Islamic Development Bank (IDB) to provide $1.8 billion for implementing 24 development projects related to power, rural development, agriculture, health and education.

    Under the second Member Country Partnership Strategy (MCPS), the government has made the proposal to implement the project from 2017 to 2019, according to officials at the Economic Relations Division (ERD).

  • Bangladesh seeks $1.8b loan from IDB

    Bangladesh has proposed Islamic Development Bank (IDB) to provide $1.8 billion for implementing 24 development projects related to power, rural development, agriculture, health and education.

    Under the second Member Country Partnership Strategy (MCPS), the government has made the proposal to implement the project from 2017 to 2019, according to officials at the Economic Relations Division (ERD).

  • Construction of Gazipur Hi-Tech Park begins

    The construction and development works of much-awaited Hi-Tech Park kicked off yesterday to promote Foreign Direct Investment, nurture entrepreneurs and support techno-based start-up companies.

    Zunaid Ahmed Palak, state minister for ICT, yesterday laid the foundation stone of the park at a function at Kaliakoir in Gazipur.

    Hosne Ara Begum, managing director of Bangladesh Hi-Tech Park Authority, and Moynul Hoque, managing director of [email protected], parent company of TechnoSity, were present, among others, at the event.    

  • Banks to remain closed on October 22

    Banks will remain closed on October 22 on the occasion of Durga Puja, the religious festival of Hindu community.

    All scheduled banks will be closed on Thursday instead of October 23 in line with the general holiday announced by the government, said a circular Bangladesh Bank issued yesterday.

    Earlier, the government holiday for celebrating the festival was announced on October 23, but later it was rescheduled the day before. 

  • Stocks decline further amid volatility

    Stocks decline further amid volatility

    Stocks extended losses for the second consecutive day yesterday, sending the benchmark index to three-month low as investors were worried about the slowing economy. 

    The market moved between positive and negative heavily in early trading, making intra-day volatility around 60 points.

    The Dhaka Stock Exchange benchmark index DSEX was down 63 around 40 points or 0.9% to 4,676—its lowest since July 14 this year.

    The Shariah index DSES lost 12 points or 1.2% to 1,114.

    The blue chip comprising index DS30 dropped 21 points or 1.3% to 1,766.

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