DhakaTribune
Tuesday November 21, 2017 11:47 PM



  • Rooftop solar plants planned for all govt buildings

    The rooftops of government buildings, including Gono Bhaban, will soon be decked in solar panels, turning them into solar energy plants.

    “We have decided to install a solar plant on the rooftop of all district government buildings including Gono Bhaban,” Power Division Secretary Monowar Islam told the Dhaka Tribune.

  • Superior responsibility of Mujahid is the key factor

    The lawyer for condemned war criminal Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid yesterday told the apex court that his client could not be held responsible for the acts of anti-liberation militia force al-Badr in 1971 claiming that it operated under the authority of the Pakistan Army.

    Senior lawyer Khandaker Mahbub Hossain also argued that a total of 42 cases had been filed over the killing of intellectuals in December 1971 but Mujahid’s name was not mentioned in any one of them.

  • SQ Chy’s review hearing today

    SQ Chy’s review hearing today

    The Supreme Court is set to hear today the review petition from war criminal Salauddin Quader Chowdhury against his death penalty.

    The Appellate Division bench, headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, set the date yesterday after the BNP leader’s lawyer Khandaker Mahbub Hossain said he was tired and unprepared.

    “His [Salauddin’s] lawyer requested the court to keep the matter for hearing tomorrow [Wednesday]. Hopefully, it will be heard then,” said Attorney General Mahbubey Alam following yesterday’s court’s session.

  • Security blanket spread across Dhaka

    Security blanket spread across Dhaka

    Police have taken some serious security measures across the capital city in the wake of the recent murders and attacks on secularists and ahead of some international cultural events in Dhaka.

    Anybody who lives in the city can tell that there has recently been a show of force by law enforcement agencies in the city in the form of many more check posts than usual, beefed up security at airports, greater patrolling, etc.

  • 39-member team for climate summit

    A 39-member delegation will represent Bangladesh at the international climate conference in Paris later this month.

    The government order was issued to the members yesterday.

    The team comprises different high government officials including members of parliament, secretaries of related ministries, climate experts and representatives of development partners.

  • Four DU employees detained for tampering results

    Police yesterday detained four people for leaking and tampering with admission test results of the medical colleges under Dhaka University.

    They are: Ranjit Chowdhury, Bidhan Majumdar, Shahadat Ali Bhuiyan and Abul Hossain. They are all employees of DU; one of them is a section in-charge level officer.

    Shahbagh OC Abu Bakar Siddique said: “They were breaking rules by telling candidates their marks for money.”

    He also said that no cases had been filed until midnight and a drive was on to find out if any other officers are involved with this.

  • Gayeshwar released

    BNP standing committee member Gayeshwar Chandra Roy was released from jail on bail yesterday. He walked out of the Kashimpur High Security Central Jail around 2:15pm after the bail order reached the jail authorities, senior jail super Mizanur Rahman said.

    Local BNP leaders and Gayeshwar’s family members received him at the jail gate.

    Earlier on Sunday, the High Court granted him bail in a violence case filed with Rampura Police Station. He also obtained bail earlier in all 27 other cases filed against him.

  • ACC serves notice to Nur Hossain

    The Anti-Corruption Commission yesterday served two notices against Narayanganj seven-murder prime suspect Nur Hossain, asking him to submit his wealth statement.

    Both the letters addressed the accused mastermind of the sensational murders. One of these notices was sent to the Kashimpur Jail and is to be served through the Jail Super Prasanta Kumar Banik.

    A copy of the notice was sent to Nur Hossain’s home in Simrail of Narayanganj, to be served through his wife.

  • Four to die for raping, killing Faridpur girl

    A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced four persons to death in a case filed over killing a schoolgirl, Zakia Akter Champa, after raping her in Faridpur in 2012.

    The four convicts Shamim Mondol, Akash Mondol, Jahid Hasan and Md Babul Hossain Rajib were also fined Tk20,000 each under section 302/34 of the Penal Code.

  • Four to walk gallows for killing five-year-old

    A Chittagong court yesterday sentenced four persons to death for killing five-year-old Yasin Arafat Abir after abducting him in 2012.

    The verdict was passed by Judge Mohitul Haque Enam of Chittagong’s Speedy Trial Tribunal, who also fined the four convicts Tk5,000 each as well as handing separate jail terms under other laws.

  • New Chinese operator to look after Jamuna bridge

    The government has decided to appoint a Chinese firm for the next five years for operating and maintaining the Bangabandhu bridge over river Jamuna.

    An official of the government’s Bridge Division said the Chinese firm made it through as the lowest bidder among the five competitors.

    The proposal for appointing China Communications Construction Company Ltd (CCCC) at a cost of Tk142.03 crore will be placed in the meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Public Purchase, the official said.

  • Bhashani’s 39th death anniversary observed

    Bhashani’s 39th death anniversary observed

    The 39th death anniversary of great national leader Maulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhashani was observed yesterday.

    Different socio-political organisations observed the day with elaborate programmes, included placing wreaths at his grave, holding discussions, milad mahfils art competitions and poetry recitation session.

    Bhashani, popularly known as Majlum Jananeta, the leader of the downtrodden, passed away on November 17, 1976.

    Hundreds of people paid rich tributes to the national leader by placing wreaths at his grave at Santosh here.

  • Atheist-theist issue appears on ninth grade examination of Vocational Education Board

    ‘Someone is a self-proclaimed atheist blogger. He uses epithets to refer to Allah. On the other hand, Shamim is a theist blogger. He believes in monotheism. He devotes himself to the work of Allah and His messenger’The country’s Vocational Education Board has given rise to a controversy after the atheist-theist issue was included in a ninth grade final exam question, following in the wake of a string of controversies over women’s dress codes in schools.

  • Dutch Queen Máxima visits projects in Gazipur

    Dutch Queen Máxima yesterday visited an RMG factory, Ekti Bari Ekti Khamar project and a digital server centre in Gazipur.

    She visited Viyellatex Group garment factory around 8am and listened to officials on how employees, especially female workers, are being benefited through financial inclusion initiatives.

    She was accompanied by Gazipur Deputy Commissioner SM Alam and Brac Chairman Sir Fazle Abed, among others.

  • People urged to stand united to resist militancy

    People urged to stand united to resist militancy

    A group of rights activists, educationists, journalists, freedom fighters and cultural personalities has called upon all citizens to be united and raise their voice against militant forces who are killing free thinkers in the country.

    “If the people do not take a bold stance against militancy, the militants attacks will occur more around the country,” they said at a gathering on Dhaka University campus yesterday.

  • PSC, Ebtedayee exams from Nov 22

    Primary School Certificate and Madrasa (Ebtedayee) education examinations will begin across the country from November 22 and would end on November 29.

    Primary and Mass Education Secretary Mesbah Ul Alam confirmed the news to the Dhaka Tribune yesterday.

    The examinations will be held from 11am to 1:30pm.  A total of 3,254,514 students are to appear for the tests. The number of PSC examinees are 2,949,063 and Ebtedayee 305,451.

    Primary and Mass Education Minister Mostafizur Rahman will brief reporters on the examinations at the ministry today at 11:30am.

  • Terror attacks spur int’l talk on ending Syria conflict

    Recent terror attacks in France, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt has spurred world leaders to find a solution to soon put an end to the Syrian conflict.

  • Justice still a far cry for victims’ families

    “Chairman of National Human Rights Commission told me that we would get justice over the death of my son. Two months have elapsed, but there is no progress. Will we not get justice as we are poor?” asked Rumia Akter.

    Rumia Akter is the mother of Rubel who was injured critically during a clash between police and local people at Kalihati upazila, Tangail on September 18. Later, he died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital on September 20.

  • 23 BNP-Jamaat men among 129 held in Ctg

    Police arrested 129 persons, including 23 activists of BNP- Jamaat men, conducting an overnight night drives at different upazilas in Chittagong yesterday.

    Chittagong District Police’s Additional Superintendent of Police (special branch) Muhammed Naimul Hasan told the Dhaka Tribune that police arrested 23 activists of BNP-Jamaat by conducting raid in Sitakunda and Mirsarai upazila who were accused of different case filed for subversive act.

  • Five get life-term for abducting minor girl

    A court in Chittagong yesterday sentenced five persons, including two women, to life-term imprisonment for abducting a minor girl.

    Judge of Chittagong Women and Child Repression Prevention Tribunal 1 Md Rezaul Karim handed down the verdict.

    The convicts are Roksana, Rahima Begum, Md Karim, Mamunur Rasid and Jalal Uddin.

    The court pronounced the verdict in presence of Mamunur Rashid while the four were on the run.

    Apart from this, the court also acquitted another accused Nurul Bashar as charge brought against him could not be proved.

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