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  • Salinity drives rise of debt bondage

    Salinity drives rise of debt bondage

    Increasing levels of salinity in Satkhira and Khulna districts has spurred a wave of migration to the capital where many labourers from the coastal districts are becoming ensnared in indentured servitude.

    Unemployed men from the south-western coastal areas of the country commit to a season of work in the brick fields that ring Dhaka city in exchange for advance pay. They agree to receiving the remainder of their pay at the end of their contract term.

  • Jute Ministry conducts drives

    The Ministry of Textile and Jute conducted drives in the capital yesterday to enforce usage of jute sacks for transporting paddy, rice, corn, sugar, wheat, fertiliser, etc.

    The drive, led by State Minister for Textile and Jute Mirza Azam, started around 12:30pm in the capital’s Karwan Bazar and ended in Old Dhaka’s Badamtoli area.

    Executive Magistrate Mohammad Moshiur Rahman, Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation Chairman Brig Gen (Retd) Hossain Khaled and Jute Department Director General Moazzem Hossain also participated in the drives.

  • Brig Gen Moin Uddin re-appointed BREB chairman

    Brig Gen Moin Uddin re-appointed BREB chairman

    Brig Gen Moinuddin has been re-appointed as the chairman of Bangladesh Rural Electrification Board (BREB) for another term. 

    Currently the BREB chief, Moin Uddin was re-appointed in the post on Sunday, said a press note issued by the BREB’s public relations office yesterday.

    Officials of the BREB arranged a ceremony in honour of Moin Uddin, where they expressed their appreciation and gratitude for years of his service.  

  • Run-away SI sent to jail

    The Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Court yesterday ordered to send suspended sub-inspector Md Rezaul Karim Patuari to Jail in a case filed with Kotwali police station.

    Dhaka Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Ali Masud Sheikh passed the order yesterday afternoon, rejecting the bail petition filed by Rezaul’s counsel Shahadat Hossain Adil Talukder.

    Suspended sub-inspector Rezaul escaped from the prison cell of a Dhaka Court on Sunday after his bail plea was rejected.

  • Clash between police, students leaves 12 hurt

    At least 12 students of International University Business Agriculture And Technology (IUBAT), at Kamarpara,Uttara, in the capital were injured yesterday after a clash between them and the law-enforcers.

    Two groups of students got locked in an altercation over wearing Borqa and Panjabi on the campus around 2pm. At one stage, they started demo and blockaded roads in the area, said Ali Hossain, officer-in-charge of Uttara West police station.

  • DB: Foreign intelligence agency pulling JMB strings

    DB: Foreign intelligence agency pulling JMB strings

    In what sounds like a scene from a James Bond film, investigators say a foreign intelligence agency provided a local Islamist extremist outfit with a spy telephone to evade increased surveillance operations by local law enforcement agencies.

    A high official of the Detective Branch (DB) of police, asking not to be named, yesterday confirmed the development to the Dhaka Tribune.

  • Panchagarh abuzz with election fever

    Panchagarh, a municipality of 30,000 voters, is abuzz with speculations about the upcoming local elections set to take place on December 30.

    Following the announcement of the election schedule, aspirants for the mayor and councillor seats have been busy trying to secure endorsement from their political parties; but there is high likelihood that the election might see multiple rebel candidates.

  • Finally, the EC says no to all

    Putting off recent discussions on what its course of action would be in the face of various demands placed by political parties, the Election Commission yesterday officially said that it would entertain none.

    On Saturday, main political opposition BNP and ruling alliance parters Workers Party of Bangladesh and Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JaSaD) sought more time to prepare for the first ever partisan municipality elections, slated for December 30.

  • 4 to die, two get life-term for killing driver

    A court in Chittagong yesterday sentenced four persons to death and two others to life-term imprisonment for killing a CNG-run auto-rickshaw driver after snatching his vehicle in 2008.

    The death penalty convicts are Nurul Alam, Abul Kalam, Md Rubel and Md Kawar while life-term jailed convicts are Ariful Islam and SM Naimuddin, said court sources.

  • Will Paris be a turning point?

    While the presidents of Russia, China, France and Germany highlighted the importance of reaching a legally binding agreement to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 to 2 degrees Celsius, the US president declined to say anything definitive about it.

    As many as 147 world leaders gathered at the opening of the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in a heavily guarded convention centre at Le Bourget, on the outskirts of Paris.

  • BCL leader, 3 others placed on remand in arms case

    A court in Chittagong yesterday put four persons, including a former leader of the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), on four-day remand in connection with a firearms recovery case.

    Assistant Commissioner of Chittagong Metropolitan Police Nirmalendu Bikash Chawkrabatry (prosecution) said police had produced the four, including Saiful Alam Limon, former leader of CU unit BCL,  before the court of Metropolitan Magistrate Farid Alam with seven-day remand prayer, but the court granted four-day remand.

  • Two forest robbers killed in gunfight

    Two suspected forest robbers were killed in an alleged gunfight with members of Rapid Action Battalion in Urubaria Khal area, Chandpai Range of the Sundarbans East Zone in Mongla upazila, Bagerhat yesterday morning.

    Major Adnan Kabir, deputy captain of RAB 8, told the Dhaka Tribune that a gang of forest robbers had opened fire on the members of the elite force while they were patrolling the area, forcing RAB members to take retaliation that triggered a gun fight.

  • Unauthorised battery-run vehicles flood Munshiganj town

    Hundreds of unauthorised battery-run three-wheelers, locally known as easy-bikes  have flooded  Munshiganj district town violating goverment rules.

    According to the Motor Vehicles Ordinance 1983, no motor vehicle can run without six documents-registration, fitness certificate, tax token, route permit, insurance certificate and driving license while the easy-bikes have none of these.

    The drivers of the bikes stop their vehicles in the middle of the street whimsically to drop passengers creating unnecessary jams.

  • Man gets death penalty for killing

    A court  sentenced a man to death for killing his brother-in-law in Sadar upazila in 2011.

    The condemned convict was identified as Motaleb Bepari, 57.

    According to the persecution, Motaleb stabbed his brother-in-law Sohrab over a land dispute at Jakir Tabak village in Sadar upazila on February 19, 2011, leaving him dead on the spot.

    Nurjahan, wife of the deceased, filed a murder case accusing her brother Motaleb on the same day.

    Police submitted charge sheet accusing Motaleb.

  • State minister gets death threat

    Ansar al-Islam has released a fresh list of targets, this time issuing death threats against State Minister of Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam and seven other eminent personalities in or from Rajshahi city.

    A letter carrying the letterhead of Ansar al-Islam, containing the names of the targets, was sent to the office of the Daily Sunshine, a local daily in Rajshahi city, yesterday, sources said.

  • Pakistan denies links to 1971 atrocities

    Pakistan has denied its involvement in crimes and atrocities during the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971.

    It yesterday summoned the acting Bangladesh high commissioner in Islamabad to convey its rejection of what it said “baseless and unfounded assertions” of Bangladesh against Pakistan.

  • Harmony-loving Bogra Shias ignored police warning

    Harmony-loving Bogra Shias ignored police warning

    Local Shias believed they had no enemyPolice had sensed a possible attack on the Shia Muslims living in several villages in Bogra’s Shibganj upazila after the Hussaini Dalan attack and asked them to take special security measures.

    Police officials told the Dhaka Tribune on Sunday that they had repeatedly asked the Shias to arrange security at their mosques, especially Al Mostafa Jame Mosque in Haripur village where three youths launched a gun attack on November 26.

  • Tk50,000 reward for info on Shia mosque attackers

    Local authorities in Bogra’s Shibganj have announced a Tk50,000 reward for anyone with authentic information about the culprits who attacked a Shia mosque there last Thursday.

    Acting upazila vice-chairman Beauty Begum made the announcement yesterday following a meeting presided by the district Deputy Commissioner Ashraf Uddin at Haripur village.

    She said the attack had damaged the image of the upazila, adding that the perpetrators should be arrested immediately to prevent any such incident from ever taking place again.

  • AL to publish mayoral candidate list today

    The ruling Awami League last night finalised the party's mayoral candidates for the December 30 municipality polls.

    The party's candidate list for all municipalities will be officially published today.

    The Awami League nomination board finalised the lists in the meeting chaired by party president and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her official residence Gonobhaban.

  • 18 given death penalty for murders in Three districts

    A total of 18 people were condemned to death yesterday in three murder cases in three districts.

    Eleven of the 18 were given the death penalty for killing Jubo League leader Jalal Uddin Sarker in Gazipur in 2003.

    Judge Fazle Elahi Bhuiyan of Gazipur Additional District and Sessions Judge Court 1 pronounced the verdict. The court also fined the convicts Tk10,000 each.

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