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  • Durga Puja ends today with immersion of idols

    Durga Puja ends today with immersion of idols

    The Durga Puja, the biggest religious festival of the Hindu community, will end today with the immersion of goddess Durga in the capital and elsewhere across the country.

    Some 28,500 puja mandaps were set up across the country, including 222 ones in Dhaka city, to observe the religious festival this year.

    Devotees in their tearful eyes will bid farewell to the mother deity and her children – Lakshmi, Saraswati, Kartik and Ganesh – through the immersion of their idols in the water wishing Durga’s return next year.

  • Global coverage for Bangladeshi art

    In an article published by nytimes.com yesterday, Ginanne Brownell Mitic highlighted the work of Rajeeb and Nadia Samdani, founders of Samdani Art Foundation.

    Their foundation, established in 2011, has put on the Dhaka Art Summit (DAS) every two years since 2012. Better known as DAS, the summit bills itself as the “world’s largest non-commercial research and exhibition platform for South Asian art.” The third edition is scheduled to take place in Dhaka between February 5 and 8, 2016.

  • Rana Plaza murder case remains stuck

    Trial of the murder case filed over the deadly collapse of Rana Plaza building in Savar has remained stalled for about four months as the government is yet to give green signal about the four public servants who are accused in the case.

    All the other accused were produced before the court on October 4, but the hearing date was deferred by one more month as it did not receive clearance of the Labour Ministry.

  • Radar system at Shahjalal Airport obsolete

    Aircraft are making flights to and from Shahjalal International Airport amid risks as the only radar system has turned obsolete.

    The installation of a new radar is still a far cry so far as initiatives over the last seven years are concerned.

    Presently, about 200 flights take off from and land at the airport every day while its number is on the rise.

    Mostafizur Rahman, an operation and planning member of Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh, admits that the existing radar system is not working well.

  • On-duty ASI stabbed dead in city

    Miscreants have stabbed to death an assistant sub-inspector (ASI) of Darus Salam police station in the city’s Gabtali area yesterday.

    The victim was 40-year-old Assistant Sub-Inspector Ibrahim Hossain Mollah.

    Police said Ibrahim was on duty at a check-post set up near Parbat Cinema Hall of Gabtali in the evening.

    When three suspicious-looking pedestrians were passing the check-post around 8:40pm, on-duty policemen signaled them to stop, Inspector (Investigation) Faruqul Alam told UNB.

  • Four held with firearms and drugs in capital

    The Detective Branch (DB) of Police early yesterday arrested four persons in separate drives from the capital’s Shyampur and Vatara areas and recovered firearms and drugs from their possession.

    Among the arrestees, Zahirul Islam and M Manik Miah, who were reportedly involved with an inter-district illegal arms trading gang, were arrested from Shyampur. The DB team also recovered four foreign pistols, eight magazines and four bullets from their possession, according to a press release issued by Dhaka Metropolitan Police.

  • Ctg Abahani edge Dhaka Abahani, win for East Bengal

    Hosts Chittagong Abahani pipped Dhaka Abahani 1-0 in their Group B encounter of the inaugural Sheikh Kamal International Club Cup at MA Aziz Stadium in the port-city of Chittagong yesterday.

    A brilliant free-kick from national winger Zahid Hossain gave Chittagong Abahani their first win of the eight-nation tournament while Dhaka Abahani tasted their opening loss.

    Courtesy the victory, Chittagong Abahani drew level with Dhaka Abahani on three points. Table-toppers East Bengal have maximum six points while Karachi Electric FC are down at the bottom with no points.

  • Six NGOs urge Obama to extend pharma transition period

    Six international non-government organisations have urged US President Barack Obama to extend the pharmaceutical transition period for the least developed countries.

    Oxfam America, Health Gap, Knowledge Ecology International, Public Citizen, Union for Affordable Cancer Treatment and Young Professionals Chronic Disease Network have sent a letter to Obama this week to consider the issue for the LDCs.

  • AL leaders: Khaleda, Tarique fled to avoid trial

    Awami League leaders have alleged that the BNP chief and her son have both fled to London to avoid trial and skip punishment in August 21 grenade attack case and other corruption cases.

    The ruling party leaders also claimed that BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and BNP Senior Vice-Chairman Tarique Rahman were now planning to bring Tarique’s wife Zubaida Rahman into BNP’s politics and make her the party’s new chief.

  • Home minister: No place for terrorists in the country

    Terrorists, militants and criminals have no place in the country, thanks to the fearless dedication law enforcers show by risking their own lives in taking action against culprits, the home minister has said.

    Despite criminals always trying to raise their ugly heads, law enforcers use intelligence reports to foil their attempts, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal told journalists at the Combined Military Hospital yesterday.

  • Locals blockade road over student’s death in Mirpur

    Traffic movement in Mirpur’s Kalshi was halted for nearly four hours yesterday as locals blockaded the roads demanding construction of speed-breakers in the area and protesting Wednesday’s accident that left a student dead.

    Locals blockaded the road in front of ECB intersection of Matikata from 10:30am and continued their demonstration till 2:30pm. The protesters lifted the blockade after police high officials assured them of building speed-breakers in the area.

  • Minister: Fine against illegal parking, reckless driving to be raised

    The government is planning to increase the existing fine against illegal parking as well as reckless driving to reduce road accidents, said Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan yesterday.

    “The existing fine of Tk200-300 for illegal parking and over-speed of vehicles is not enough compared to other countries. We are thinking of increasing the fines,” he said.

  • One killed, 5 injured as AL factions clash

    At least one person was killed and five more were injured yesterday when two factions of the ruling party clashed in Natore’s Singra upazila.

    Police detained 17 people following the clashes in Italy union. The deceased is 40-year-old Abdul Hannan, son of Abdul Karim of Tirail village.

    Among the injured, Jilhas, 50, and Motaleb, 40, have been admitted to Rajshahi Medical College Hospital, while the rest are being treated at the local upazila health complex.

  • New BTRC chairman joins office Sunday

    Newly appointed chairman of Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) Engineer Shahjahan Mahmud will join office on Sunday.

    Shahjahan Mahmud will replace Sunil Kanti Bose whose tenure expired yesterday.

    On September 23, the Public Administration Ministry issued a circular appointing Shahjahan as the new BTRC chief. 

  • No place for bigotry

    No place for bigotry

    There is an urgent need to shift our collective attitude back to how it once was and promote cultural harmonyThe recent social media attacks on national cricket player Liton Kumar Das reveal a disturbing level of religious intolerance in the country.

    It is a sad commentary on our society today that so many people still think it is acceptable to publicly make hateful comments about someone else’s faith.

  • The price of publicity

    The price of publicity

    Too much time is spent congratulating the winner of an award, and not his or her workTen years back, I received a phone call from nobody less than the editor of a financial fortnightly. They wanted to nominate me as “best banker” of the country. I didn’t know whether to jump, laugh, smile, or cry. Best banker in Bangladesh? Wow!

    I am very happy today that I could very politely say “no” to that distinguished editor. The editor was obviously surprised. He thought I was a fool and didn’t understand the importance of this award, given to many other distinguished citizens of this country.

  • Russians: The new hippies?

    Russians: The new hippies?

    The number of real hippies seeking experiences in India is dwindling, but could Russians be their successors?Government representatives of the tourist industry in Kerala, Goa, and Uttarakhand recently visited Russia. The goal was to attract more Russian tourists.

    Goa and Kerala are two gems on the Indian west coast. Lush, beautiful, hospitable, relatively affluent, and with stunning beaches. Uttarakhand is a spectacular mountainous beauty on the border of Tibet and Nepal.

  • Knocking on Delhi’s door (2/2)

    Knocking on Delhi’s door (2/2)

    India’s views on Bangladesh is slowly changing for the better. This is the concluding part of yesterday’s long formOn a late evening in September, after passing through countless security checks, I was able to step into the Rashtrapati Bhavan (presidential residence). Mr Rajamony, press secretary of the president of India, greeted me. He is primarily the officer of Indian foreign services, and had previously served as an Indian diplomat in Washington, Geneva, Abu Dhabi, but is now working for India’s first-ever Bengali President Pranab Mukherjee’s team, on deputation. I took a model rickshaw from Bangladesh as a gift for him.

  • Export growth under pressure as competitiveness erodes

    Export growth under pressure as competitiveness erodes

    Eroding competitiveness has kept Bangladesh export growth under pressure while trade preference erosion could further worsen the situation, said a World Bank report.

    Exports growth of its competitors—Cambodia, China, India, Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka and Thailand—were significantly higher in recent years, according to South Asia Economic Focus, Fall 2015 and Economic Updates of the World Bank.  

  • Remittance inflow drops in Q1 of FY16

    Remittance inflow drops in Q1 of FY16

    Remittance inflow has dropped in the first quarter of the current fiscal year compared to the same period of the last year due to the sharp fall in manpower export amidst growing global recession.

    Country received US$3.93bn remittance in July-September quarter of the fiscal year 2015-16, which was down from $4bn in the same period of the last fiscal year, according to the latest data of Bangladesh Bank.

    The amount of remittance received in the first quarter was also down slightly from $4.05bn in the last quarter of FY2014-15.

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