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Thursday November 23, 2017 02:20 AM



  • New hit list targets 34 secular individuals

    A new list of targets has been uploaded on the internet allegedly by Ansar Al Islam, the same militant group that previously claimed responsibility for the murders of several secular individuals.

    The list was uploaded to the text-sharing site Justpaste.it. The list contained the names of 34 secular activists, bloggers and writers – most of whom live in Bangladesh but also some who lived abroad.

  • Now Military Police attacked

    Now Military Police attacked

    A member of Military Police has become the third law enforcer in less than a month to be attacked with sharp weapons while on check post duty in the capital city.

    Yesterday, Samidul Islam, a lance corporal of Military Police (MP), was injured after being hacked with a machete by a man in the Kachukhet area near Dhaka Cantonment around 9:30am.

    In a press release issued around 5pm, the Inter Services Public Relations Directorate (ISPR) said that Samidul was hacked from the back with a sharp weapon by a pedestrian.

  • India announces plans to open up FDI

    BJP-led Indian government on Tuesday announced plans for a sweeping liberalisation of its foreign direct investment (FDI) regime, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeks to counter accusations his reform drive is stalling.

    The government said it would undertake a raft of reforms to open up 15 areas of the economy, including lifting the caps on FDI in the broadcasting and air transport sectors.

    The government said the reforms were aimed at making it easier for overseas companies to do business in India, notorious for its red tape and labyrinthine regulations.

  • The Feel-good Express

    “Earn money selling drugs, and a noose will hang on your neck,” reads a sign that seems like it jumped out of the pages of a Salman Rushdie novel. Its intended audience appears to treat it as fiction.

    In a month of travelling the country by train, the Dhaka Tribune discovered Bangladesh’s railway network mired in the drug trade, with illegal goods and illicit payments happily changing hands down the line.

  • Suu Kyi vows to call the shots

    Myanmar democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi made it clear yesterday that she was ready to defy the powerful military's attempts to clip her wings, as fresh results from Sunday's historic election showed her party heading for a resounding win.

    As vote tallies trickled in, Suu Kyi's long-oppressed National League for Democracy (NLD) looked set to take control of most regional assemblies as well as forming the central government, a triumph that will reshape the political landscape.

  • Railway to get 250 new passenger coaches

    Bangladesh Railway is set to add 250 new passenger coaches to its fleet as part of reform activities to provide passengers modern, safe and quality services.

    The project was approved at a meeting of the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) yesterday. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina chaired the meeting, which also approved nine other projects.

  • Government demands apology from Amnesty International

    The Foreign Ministry has sent a note to Amnesty International demanding a formal apology for its controversial statement regarding pro-independence forces.

    “An official from Bangladesh Mission in London handed over the note to Amnesty [International] last Friday,” State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam told the Dhaka Tribune.

    Earlier this month, the state minister told a press conference that the government would send a strong reply to Amnesty International about its press statement issued October 27.

  • 11 JMB men arrested in the capital

    11 JMB men arrested in the capital

    Detectives police yesterday said they had arrested 11 members of banned outfit Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) from the capital.

    A team of DB police in a drive arrested them from Uttara area around 8:20pm on Monday.

    Police recovered Jihadi Books, three machetes, knives and different types of local arms from their possession.

    As DB Inspector Abdur Razzak, also the investigation officer, produced them before a Dhaka court yesterday evening Metropolitan Magistrate Alamgir Kabir granted a two-day remand for each of them.

  • Tender for RBT project to be floated soon

    The design of the much-awaited Rapid Bus Transit (RBT) project is complete and its tender will be floated soon.

    “We hope to float the tender within two weeks,” Project Director Afil Uddin told the Dhaka Tribune on Monday.

    The project will install dedicated lanes for public buses in the capital’s roads for improved connectivity along the Dhaka-Gazipur route.

    Its implementation was originally supposed to begin in 2012, but was delayed several times for various reasons, said Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader.

  • Documents reach HC for death reference hearing

    The documents case and verdicts of Rajon and Rakib murders, that awarded death sentences to six killers, have reached the High Court for death reference hearing.

    Officials of respective Sylhet and Khulna courts brought the papers to the HC yesterday afternoon and the HC’s death reference section received the documents.

    Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha will assign a bench to hear on the references, said Supreme Court Additional Registrar Sabbir Foez.

  • Arrest warrants issued against 14 BNP men

    A Dhaka court yesterday issued warrants for the arrest of 14 leaders and activists of BNP  including its Joint Secretary General Barkatullah Bulu in a case filed under explosives substance act.

    Metropolitan Session Judge Md Kamrul Hossain Molla issued the warrants after taking cognizance of the charge sheet submitted against the leaders and activists.

  • Suranjit for action against NGOs for defaming parliament

    The Standing Committee on the Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs is considering including a provision to take action against non-government organisations if they make any defamatory remark on the parliament, constitution and state.

  • Juliya Haque passes away

    Juliya Haque passes away

    Julia Haque, member chairperson of Women’s Voluntary Association and former member of Dhaka Lions Club, died in her residence yesterday around 10:20am. She was 71.

    Wife of late Aminul Haque, Juliya left behind two sons, two daughters, grandchildren and a host of friends and well-wishers.

    Her namaz-e-janaza was held at Uttara Jame Masjid after Maghrib prayers yesterday, and she was buried in Banani graveyard. 

  • China-BD photo exhibition ends

    A six-day photography exhibition held in the capital on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Bangladesh and China concluded yesterday.

    The exhibition titled ‘Image of Friendship between China and Bangladesh’ was jointly organised on November 5, by Bangladesh National Museum, Chinese embassy in Dhaka and China Radio International at Nalini Kanta Bhattasali Gallery of the museum.

  • Many unaware of support centre

    Lack of adequate publicity, many people still do not know about the services provided by the city’s lone Victim Support Centre (VSC) while the concerned people have called for launching vigorous campaign for making the centre more effective.

    According to Sexual Harassment Elimination Network Chittagong, a total of 653 women have become victims of different forms of torture in the city from January to August this year.

  • Alim Jute Mills workers block highway protesting privatisation

    The workers of Alim Jute Mills Limited in Khulna yesterday blocked the Khulna-Jessore Highway demanding their due payment and protesting   privatisation of the mill.

    All kinds of vehicular movement came to a halt on the highway as the protesting workers blocked the road from 1pm to 5pm.

    Sources said the workers under the banner of Privatisation Resistance Committee,  staged demonstration in front of the mill in the morning.

    Later they took up positions on the highway.

  • Youth jailed for attempt to rape

    A mobile court yesterday in the district sentenced a youth to one-year jail for trying to rape a schoolgirl at Kaliganj in the district.

    The court led by Magistrate Sharmin Akter handed down the verdict.

    According to the prosecution, Mohoshin Morol, son of Mostofa Morol of Nagrana village entered the room of the girl, a student of class IX, and tried to rape her while her mother was not in the house.

    Hearing screaming, neighours went to the spot and rescued the girl. On information, police went to the spot and arrested Mohoshin.

  • European nations want to send back irregular Bangladeshis

    European nations want to send back irregular Bangladeshis residing in those countries.

    They are pursuing Dhaka to sign readmission agreement under which the destination country can send back Bangladeshis to their own country without the authorisation of Bangladesh.

    The issue was discussed at informal level at the Budapest Process: 7th Silk Routes Working Group Meeting held in Dhaka from November 9 and 10.

    Expatriate Welfare and Overseas Employment Ministry hosted the Budapest Process meeting.

  • Man killed in RAB shootout

    A man was killed in what was described as a gun battle with RAB in the capital’s Mohakhali area early yesterday.

    A statement from RAB headquarters said Md Habibur Rahman alias Sumon, 33, sustained bullet injuries in the shootout between RAB members and a group of criminals near IPH pond area around 2:45am. 

    The criminals were planning to carry out subversive acts in the area and fired at RAB members who went there after a tip-off. 

    RAB personnel fired back to save themselves and the group later left the spot.

  • Soft-spoken Mustafiz happy to contribute

    Soft-spoken Mustafiz happy to contribute

    The shy-to-media Bangladesh quickie Mustafizur Rahman spoke less during the pre-match post conference yesterday, but made their intentions clear ahead of the third ODI against Zimbabwe at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium today.

    The 20-year-old left-arm pacer hailing from Satkhira, Mustafiz expressed their desire to end the year with another whitewash of their opponents. The lucky chap, who is yet to taste a series defeat, said they will try their best to land the milestone. 

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