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Saturday December 16, 2017 08:37 PM



  • Bangladesh heavily engaged with European countries

    Bangladesh is heavily engaged with European countries to improve bilateral relationship with them.

    Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali has a series of meetings with important foreign ministers of the European countries on the sideline of Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM) where substantial issues were discussed.

  • Wang on life support, Lily recovering

    Wang Ming Chee, a Taiwanese man who along with his wife was attacked in the capital’s Uttara early Friday, was on life support at the intensive care unit of Apollo Hospitals Dhaka yesterday as his condition was described as critical.

    The hospital’s Duty Manager Mafizul Islam said yesterday Wang had not yet regained consciousness but his wife, Lily Hawa, was improving fast and was shifted to a deluxe cabin.

  • Rakib murder verdict today

    A Dhaka court is set to deliver the verdict of Rakibul Islam Rakib murder case today.

    On November 1, Khulna Metropolitan (City) Sessions judges Court fixed November 8 (today) to pass the judgement on the much-talked-about Rakib murder case.

    The court set the date upon completion of the closing arguments, which continued for six days. Acting judge of the court Dilruba Sultana fixed the date in the presence of three suspects in the dock.

  • TRIPs council okays extension of pharma transition period

    The Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPs) council meeting on Friday approved extension of the transition period for pharmaceutical products for least developed countries till 2032.

    “It is hoped that the upcoming General Council at the WTO would also accord necessary approval on this,” said a press note issued by the Foreign Ministry.

    It is the longest ever negotiated exemption for LDCs after the establishment of WTO under any agreement.

  • Three Industrial Police constables suspended for cowardliness

    Industrial police authorities yesterday suspended three constables for their cowardliness when two of their fellows were being attacked four days ago.

    They are: Constables  Pinaruzzaman, Imran Aziz and Atel Mahmud.

    According to witnesses, when miscreants attacked the check post at Baripara near Nandan Park in Ashulia, the trio fled the scene instead of helping their colleagues under attack.

    Police high-ups have hinted after the incident that departmental action should be taken against those who abandoned their fellows on-duty.

  • 7 Bangladeshi detained by Medan police in Indonesia

    Seven Bangladeshi migrants were detained by Medan police in Indonesia when they attempted to go to Malaysia with the help of local middlemen on November 5.

    The detained are Abdul Karim and Shahin from Chakaria, Cox’s Bazar; Afsar and Abdul Gani from Ramu; Nabi Hossain from Teknaf and Minhaj from Bandarban.

  • Doa mahfil held for Prof Beggzadi Mahmuda Nasir

    A doa mahfil and remembrance meeting was held for late Prof Beggzadi Mahmuda Nasir yesterday morning.

    She was the founder principal of Central Women’s College, and also the founder vice-chancellor and chairperson of Board of Trustees of Central Women’s University.

    Speakers at the meeting highlighted her contribution in upholding education of women in the context of Bangladesh, leading to the empowerment of women in the country.

  • Woman gives birth to sextuplets

    In a rare incident, a woman gave birth to sextuplets – five girls and one boy – at a hospital in Chittagong city yesterday morning.

    However, only two girls have survived the birth and are currently being kept in incubator at the neonatal unit of Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH).

    The children were delivered normally between 10:15am and 10:30am at Jameson Red Crescent Maternity Hospital.

    The mother, Rafia Anwara, 25, is in good health, said Dr Rosy Dutta, chief medical officer at the hospital.

  • 481 held during special drives in port city

    Chittagong police yesterday in overnight drives arrested 481 people including 24 leaders and activists of Jamaat-Shibir from different upazilas of Chittagong.

    During the drives, police seized a light gun, two pistols, six cartridges, 1,500 pieces of yaba, around 2kg of cannabis and 252 litres of liquor, said Mohammed Naimul Hasan, additional superintendent of police of Chittagong District Police.

  • 16 vie for one seat in CVASU admission test

    The admission test of first year honors for 2015-2016 academic session at Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Science University (CVASU) was held yesterday.

    This year, a total of 4,200 students applied to compete for 210 seats under three faculties at the CVASU, however, 3,381 students took part in the exams, said an official press release of the university signed by Deputy Director Khalilur Rahman of the university’s Public Relation department. The admission test results and other details will be available at the university website www.cvasu.ac.bd.

  • Cop, journalist injured in robbers’ attack

    Five people including local traffic police and a journalist were injured as robbers attacked them in Adaur area of Madhabpur upazila of Habiganj district early yesterday.

    Of the victims, two were Brahmanbaria traffic police Sergeant Md Bayzid and Peeyus Kanti Acharja, bureau chief (east) of ATN News. Identity of three others could not be known immediately.

  • Police foil BNP’s National Revolution Day programme

    Police foiled The BNP’s programme for National Revolution and Solidarity Day to be held in Chittagong city’s Biplob Udyan area yesterday, claimed the party’s Chittagong city unit.

    Dr Shahadat Hossain, secretary general of BNP Chittagong unit, said the leaders and activists had assembled at Biplob Udyan to participate in a previously announced rally and procession.

  • Lime industry on verge of extinction

    The lime industry in Sadar upazila is on the verge of extinction due to shortage of raw materials and financial crisis.

    According to sources, the lime producers face difficulties while maintaining their families as they do not earn much. That is why many of them have switched to the professions.

    Lime producer Ajit Roy said after burning 50 kg of oyster and snail shells and by mixing water around 150 to 180kg of lime is produced which is sold in the market at Tk600 per maund.

  • Miscreants attack cops, convict snatched

    Miscreants attacked policemen and snatched a convict from them at Charpubaldigha village in Sharishabari upazila yesterday. The convict was Hafizur Rahman Habu, 30, who was jailed for six months in a drug case.

    Billal Hossain, officer-in-charge of Sharishabari police station, said sub-inspector (SI) Abu Sayed of Tarakandi police investigation centre, along with constable Sarwar Hossain launched a drive in the house of fugitive convict Habu in the village around 10am and arrested him.

  • 4 killed in 3 districts

    At least four people were killed by miscreants in three districts across the country yesterday.

    Our Sirajganj correspondent said two men were killed and 20 others injured in a clash between two rival groups at Madla village under Sahajadpur upazila.

    Rejaul Karim, officer-in-charge of Sahajadpur police station, said the clash ensued in the morning between two groups of the village over a trivial matter.

  • Still way behind Asian neighbours

    Bangladesh has been ranked the 103rd most prosperous nation out of 142 countries, according to the Prosperity Index 2015, notching just one place up from last year.

    The report findings have been generated on the basis of eight sub-indices – economy; entrepreneurship and opportunity; governance; education; health; safety and security; personal freedom; and social capital.

  • Dhaka for better relation with new Myanmar government

    Bangladesh is closely monitoring the national election in Myanmar to be held today with a hope that there would be more engagement with the Myanmar policymakers to improve bilateral relation with Dhaka.

    This is the first election under civilian government, introduced in 2011, and a total of 1,171 representatives will be elected, some to parliament and some to state and region.

    “Election is their internal affairs. Whoever wins the election, Bangladesh will increase its engagement with the country,” Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque told the Dhaka Tribune.

  • A railway station run by smugglers

    A small-town railway station in Dinajpur has reportedly been co-opted by local smuggling syndicates who effectively control the traffic at the station to serve their illicit trade.

  • Database of foreign workers on cards to bring under tax net

    The National Board of Revenue (NBR) has started collecting information on foreign workers employed in the country to make a database on them to check tax evasion.

    The income tax zone 11, which deals with tax collection from foreign nationals, has already started sending letters to different employer companies for information about foreigners employed in their firms.

    The business firms were asked to send information in prescribed forms including the number of foreign workers employed in their company, their names, salary and years of employment.

  • Tigers draw first blood

    Tigers draw first blood

    In pursuit of a challenging 274 for victory, Zimbabwe were never in the running as Shakib recorded his best bowling figures, surpassing his previous best of 4/16 against the West Indies four years ago in Chittagong.

    The champion all-rounder, who has 206 wickets, one short of highest wicket-taker Abdur Razzak, started the onslaught by dismissing opening batsman Chamu Chibhabha (nine) early in the innings.

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