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Thursday November 23, 2017 01:57 AM



  • People react strongly to salary hike of ministers, MPs

    General people yesterday reacted strongly against the salary hike proposal for the employees of the state including the president and prime minister.

    The cabinet at its regular meeting yesterday afternoon, approved the proposal to increase the salary of president, prime minister, chief justice, ministers, state ministers, deputy ministers, justices of the Supreme Court and members of parliament.

  • Ansarullah Bangla Team tells media to sack female employees

    Banned militant outfit Ansarullah Bangla Team yesterday in an email threatened the media with dire consequences if they do not sack female employees from their organisations. 

    “Since the Islamic Sharia views working of women outside their homes without purdah as punishable offense their employers are guilty to the same degree,” said the email bearing the address [email protected]

    The letter said: “We are urging the media to release their women from their jobs.”

  • Dhaka to Chittagong in two hours?

    Dhaka to Chittagong in two hours?

    Ambitious road and rail expressway projects in the government’s pipelineAt 10 o’clock on a sunny October morning in the year 2023, Nizam Uddin Chowdhury arrives in Chittagong for a business meeting.

    He woke up in his apartment in Dhaka at 7am and started for the port city in his luxurious eco-friendly SUV at 8 o’clock.

    That’s right, it took him just two hours because he is one of the first passengers to travel on the newly constructed Dhaka-Chittagong expressway that has drastically reduced the usually seven to eight hours’ journey on the country’s most important route.

  • Italian envoy: No travel advisory against visiting Bangladesh

    Italian Ambassador to Bangladesh Mario Palma has said his country did not issue any travel advisory to its nationals against visiting Bangladesh following the murder of Cesare Tavella.

    “We did not issue any travel advisory for our nationals, rather we advised our citizens to visit Bangladesh,” an official handout quoted the Italian envoy as saying as he called on Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Rashed Khan Menon at secretariat yesterday.

  • Salaries of president, PM, CJ, ministers and MPs to double

    Salaries of president, PM, CJ, ministers and MPs to double

    The state’s constitutional office holders – including the president, chief justice, prime minister, speaker of the house, leader of the opposition, ministers and members of parliament – will receive a roughly 100% raise starting this year. 

    Cabinet yesterday approved six proposals to double the renumeration and privileges of the president, prime minister and others holding constitutional positions, to be consistent with the pay upgrades for civil servants contained in the Eighth Pay Scale.

  • JU admission test to be held on schedule

    Jahangirnagar University’s first-year honours admission test would be held on the previously declared schedule, the JU Teachers Association (JUTA) has decided, moving away from its earlier decision to boycott exam duties.

    An emergency meeting of the JUTA decided to withdraw Saturday’s decision, in which the teachers said they would not hold the admission test as part of their ongoing movement demanding a separate pay scale for university teachers.

  • Child domestic help beaten by employer hospitalised

    A 10-year-old domestic help has been hospitalised after her employer in Dhaka brutally tortured her for allegedly stealing and eating powdered milk.

    The victim, Leah, was burned in several places on her body by her employer, Timmi, who beat her so hard that she broke four of Leah’s front teeth, the child told the Dhaka Tribune.

    The incident happened in the capital’s Khilgaon area on last Monday, October 12.

    Leah, who is from Barfa village in Gopalganj’s Sadar upazila, said she had been a domestic help at Timmi’s house for six months.

  • PCJSS calls for office boycott Oct 21 in CHT

    Parbatya Chattagram Jana Samhati Samiti (PCJSS) yesterday called for a complete work abstention in all government and private offices in three hill districts of Chittagong Hill Tracts on October 21.

    The boycott was called as part of the non-cooperation movement demanding implementation of CHT Accord signed in 1997 between the then Awami League government and the PCJSS, said Sajib Chakma.

    Sajib, PCJSS assistant information and publicity secretary, yesterday told the Dhaka Tribune they would call hartal and blockade too in coming months till the accord was implemented.

  • Civil society for constructive debate to improve land health

    Engage in constructive and inclusionary debate to strengthen the fight against desertification, civil society organisations (CSOs) urged yesterday at the 12th conference of parties (COP12) of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in Ankara, Turkey.

    Speakers said letting go of preconceived notions about the private sector and civil society would allow the UNCCD to stand out as a pioneering convention in terms including civil society in its processes.

  • Boalkhali OC accused of attempted rape

    An attempted rape case has been filed against the Boalkhali police OC, accusing him of trying to rape a 24-year-old woman on two different occasions.

    The victim lodged the case yesterday with the Chittagong Woman and Child Repression Tribunal 1 against Boalkhali police station Officer-in-Charge (investigation) Omar Faruk.

    “After the case was filed, Tribunal Judge Rezaul Karim ordered a judicial inquiry in this regard,” the victim’s lawyer Advocate Rezaul Karim Rony told the Dhaka Tribune.

  • Nahid: Skills, knowledge can turn people into assets

    People, if provided with the right skills and knowledge, can become assets, said Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid yesterday.

    He said the government emphasises the use of technology in order to make young people competitive.

    “The wider applications of technology will also help youths come up with new ideas,” said the minister while addressing a symposium at the British Council in the capital.

  • Rundown roads in Ctg bring misery for residents

    Residents are experiencing great suffering in Chittagong city due to numerous potholes and cracks having appeared on most of the roads.

    As the roads are in a sorry state, residents have been using alternative routes that not only waste their valuable time, but also their money.

    Chittagong City Corporation officials, however, claim that they had repair work carried out on several of the roads, but the frequent rain had ruined all of their efforts.

  • Road mishaps kill five

    Five people were killed in separate road accidents in Rangpur and Chittagong yesterday.

    A trucker was killed when a goods-laden truck hit him in Majirghat area, Sadarghat police station in Chittagong morning.

    The deceased was identified as Md Mizan, 37, said Sadarghat police station sources.

    Marzina Akhtar, Officer-in-Charge (OC) (investigation) of Sadarghat police station, said the incident took place in Mazirghat Narikel Tala area around 10:30am.

  • Land grabbers endanger Faridpur canal

    Desperate land grabbers have pushed the main canal in the district town on the edge of extinction, thanks to the controversial role of the local administration and municipal authorities.

    The sorry state appeared as Faridpur municipal authorities and the district administration had leased out the canal’s both banks to some people who have started grabbing more land in absence of proper monitoring. 

  • Rape victim’s facing threat

    A college girl, who was brutally raped on September 29, and her family members are facing constant threats after she filed a case against the rapists.

    According to sources, Shihab, 20, son of Ismail Hossain of Sirirchala village under Sadar upazila, took the girl, a student of a local college, to nearby Mamtaj picnic spot with the help of associates Ameer and Ashik on her way to college. They confined  her and raped her.

    On information, locals rescued the girl in a critical condition and handed over to her family members.

  • Are these the faces of child traffickers?

    Are these the faces of child traffickers?

    After spending 38 days behind bars on charges of child trafficking, four children’s rights activists denied claims that their organisation was unregistered.

    Four members of Odommo Bangladesh Foundation, who were granted bail yesterday, said they had submitted registration documents to Rampura police station a few days before their arrest.

  • Mojar School volunteers get bail

    A Dhaka court yesterday granted bail to four volunteer childcare workers, whose arrest on human trafficking allegations triggered public outrage on social media.

    Metropolitan Magistrate Muhammad Yousuf Hossain passed the order after Sub-Inspector Ziarot Hossain, also the investigating officer of the case, submitted a probe report on the Odommo Bangladesh Foundation volunteers with Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court.

  • Tarana warns operators of compensation for bad mobile service

    Telecommunications State Minister Tarana Halim has warned all mobile operators of compensatory measures if they fail to improve their services by this December.

    “Operators will have to fix the amount of compensation for call drop; they must also compensate for poor services as our aim is to ensure customer satisfaction,” Tarana told journalists after meeting the operators at the Secretariat.

  • Actor Riaz admitted to hospital

    Popular film actor Riaz Uddin Ahmed Siddique, more commonly known as Riaz, was admitted to Apollo Hospitals in the capital last night after suffering a heart attack.

    He fell ill on the set of the film “Krishnapakkha” and was taken to the hospital around 9pm, where he was immediately taken to surgery, film director SA Haque Alik told the Bangla Tribune.

    Sources at the hospital said Riaz is still in critical condition. He is currently under observation at the Coronary Care Unit (CCU) of the hospital, Duty Manager Mafizul Islam told the Dhaka Tribune. 

  • Big day for Chittagong

    Big day for Chittagong

    Abahanis in action on opening day of the eight-club tournamentThe eagerly-anticipated Sheikh Kamal International Club Cup is all set to roll on the field today with the inaugural match between former Bangladesh Premier League champions Abahani Limited and Pakistan Premier League champions Karachi Electric FC.

    The opener will kick off at MA Aziz Stadium in Chittagong at 4:30pm while hosts Chittagong Abahani will take on Kolkata giants Kingfisher East Bengal FC in the day’s second match at 7:30pm at the same venue.

    Channel 9 will telecast both the matches live.

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