Wednesday March 21, 2018 10:54 PM

  • Shitalakkhya, once a lifeline, now  a threat to human lives

    Shitalakkhya, once a lifeline, now a threat to human lives

    Once fresh and clear, the water of the Shitalakkhya River in Naraynganj has now turned murky  due to continuous discharge of untreated industrial wastes, thousands of tonnes of garbage and sewerage water into the tributary of the Brahmaputra.

    Around 500 industries on the banks of the river are releasing 62 types of toxic chemicals into the river leaving its water dangerously contaminated. The toxic chemicals include chromium, mercury, chlorine, zinc, nickel, lead, phosphogypsum, cadmium and various other acids and alkalis. 

  • Two more villages become child marriage-free

    Apart from the previous four, two more villages in Damkura Union under Paba upazila of Rajshahi district yesterday became child marriage free thanks to concerted efforts of villagers, local UP representatives and CMES.

    The previous child marriage villages were Govindapur, Alokchhatra, Bhimer Daying, Ashgram and Imamgonj. Since then, not a single child marriage has been solemnised in the remote villages.

    In pace of the remarkable success, two more adjacent villages, Deluabari and Deshlapara,were declared child marriage freem, reports BSS.

  • Salauddin, Mujahid were unmoved during execution

    The infamous war criminals, Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury and Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid seemed to be unmoved when they walked to the scaffold, a police officer described the execution to the Dhaka Tribune.

    Deputy Commissioner (DB) Sheikh Nazmul Alam said the same hangman who performed the execution of war criminal Kamaruzzaman did the same for Salauddin and Mujahid.

    Both of them were simultaneously hanged by the neck at 12:55pm, DC Nazmul said.

  • Khaleda returns home

    Khaleda returns home

    Wrapping up her two-month-long London trip, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday returned home.

    Earlier, speculation ran rife that she might not return home.

    An Emirates Airlines flight carrying the former premier landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 5.12 pm.

    BNP chairperson’s advisers Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury and Abdul Awal Mintoo and Mintoo’s son Tabith Awal accompanied Khaleda from the airport.

  • ‘Together we could make a difference’

    ‘Together we could make a difference’

    The three-day Dhaka Lit Fest, the preeminent international literary congregation of the country, ended yesterday amid hopes that liberal thoughts and ideas will thrive further in South Asia.

    At the closing plenary, writers, politician and journalists said that the society had been passing a critical time where there is aggression on thoughts.

  • PSC, equivalent exams begin today

    The Primary School Certificate and madrasa equivalent Ebtedayee examinations for fifth graders is set to begin around the country today.

    According to sources, 3,254,514 students are expected to take part in the exam, among whom 2,949,063 are PSC candidates and 305,451 students are Ebtedayee candidates.

    The students will begin with English test on the first day. The exams will be held from 11am to 1:30pm on the scheduled days until it ends on November 29.

  • Government to install 50MW solar power plant projects

    As per the renewable energy policy 2008, the government has a plan to source 800MW of electricity from renewable energyThe government is going to install solar panel-based power plant projects with 50 megawatt production capacity to supply power to the national grid under unsolicited deals in the Mymensing district.

    The HETAT-DITROLIC-IFDC Consortium (Singapore-Malaysia) will set up the power project and supply per unit of electricity at Tk13.26 for 20 years with 18.5 percent plant factor.

  • Punishment of attackers on Christian priests demanded

    Bangladesh Christian Association on Saturday demanded punishment of the perpetrators involved in the attacks on Christian priests in different parts of the country.

    The Association’s members came up with the demand from a human chain in front of Jaitya Press Club protesting the recent attacks on pastors.

  • Bangladesh fires up large-scale solar to boost power generation

    Current daily grid generation is 7,000MW, against a peak demand of 8,500MW, although the actual need is certainly higher since only 62% of the population have access to electricity through the gridThe government of Bangladesh has approved construction of a large-scale solar park as part of a push to increase the share of power from renewable sources in this electricity-starved country.

    The new solar park, which is due to begin generating within the next 18 months, will supply up to 200MW of electricity to the national grid.

    Sun Edison Energy Holding (Singapore) Pte Ltd will build the park in Teknaf upazila (sub-district), the southernmost point in mainland Bangladesh.

  • PM: Modernization of armed forces to continue

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said her government is taking all necessary steps for the modernisation and expansion of the armed forces which will continue in the future.

    The prime minister said this at a reception organised at Senakunja, Dhaka Cantonment marking the Bangladesh Armed Forces Day 2015.

    Hasina also said necessary initiatives are being taken so that all the plans taken for the modernisation and expansion of the armed forces can be completed within the tenure of the present government.

  • Chittagong port on course to self-reliance in water supply

    Chittagong Port Authority has been setting a milestone by desalinating surface water from Karnaphuli River and then supplying the drinking water to foreign vessels.

    The achievement is part of a project that aims to gain self-dependency in supplying pure drinking water to foreign and local vessels.

    Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan formally inaugurated the port authority’s water treatment plant on March 21.

  • Shahriar: Bangladesh needs proper climate change policies

    Bangladesh needs to formulate proper policies and act accordingly to combat the negative impacts of climate change as it is one of the most significant issues we need to address, said State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam yesterday.

    He was speaking on the first day of the four-day Bangladesh International Model United Nations 2015 conference at Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel in the capital.

  • 5th convocation of KU Nov 25

    The fifth convocation of Khulna University (KU) is slated to be held on November 25.

    President Abdul Hamid, who is the chancellor of the university, is likely to chair the convocation to be held around 3pm on the university campus.

  • Run-down jetty causes sufferings to 400,000 people

    Run-down jetty causes sufferings to 400,000 people

    More than 400,000 people of Moheshkhali upazila in the district have been suffering as the jetty on the Bakkhali River channel lies in a dilapidated situation.

    Sources said the jetty was the only way to communicate with the sadr upazila, but the people cannot communicate with the district town as it cannot be operated properly due to the lack of navigation of the channel.

    In 1988, the 500-metre jetty was built on the river to communicate between Cox’s Bazar and Moheshkhali at a cost of Tk20 lakh.

  • Banks asked to lend SMEs at single digit interest

    Bangladesh Bank has asked all the scheduled banks to bring down their interest rate on SME loans to single digit, except loans against credit card and consumer loans.

    The banks have also been asked to reduce the spread between deposit and lending rates, according to a circular Bangladesh Bank issued yesterday.

    The instruction takes immediate effect.

    Currently, the spread of SME loans remains at a double digit due to higher lending rate. BRAC Bank runs with a double digit spread as it deals with micro-finance.

  • Feminism for freedom of humanity

    Feminism for freedom of humanity

    Feminism is not just a tool for the betterment of women. It is a movement that can help both men and women to free themselves from being victimised by the social constructions of “masculinity” and “femininity.” 

    The sentiment was expressed by Jude Kelly, the co-founder of Women of the World (WOW) Festival, during the sprightly debate over feminism on the Bangla Academy premises yesterday as part of the Dhaka Lit Fest 2015.

  • 7 questions with Meike Ziervogel

    7 questions with Meike Ziervogel

    Meike Ziervogel came to attend this year’s Dhaka Lit Fest to discuss women’s roles in the creative and media industries, amongst many other aspects. At her session titled “Outside the comfort zone,” the German-British writer and publisher, who runs the award-winning independent publishing house Peirene Press, talks about how publishing houses help writers get the exposure they deserve. Especially to a generation that does not read books anymore.

  • New horizons to persue

    New horizons to persue

    Global vision through the eyes of womenThe second day of DLF ended with a live session between five renowned women talking about the challenges they faced while exploring new cultural spaces. The women that we’re talking about are Jude Kelly of UK’s Southbank Centre; Muthoni Garland, the founder of Kenya’s Storymoja Festival; Meike Ziervogel, founder and publisher of Peirene Press; Sadaf Saaz, director and producer of Dhaka Lit Fest;  and moderated by Kelly Falconer, founder of Asia Literary Agency, in March, 2013.

  • ‘We need to start with the basics’

    ‘We need to start with the basics’

    The second session on Day 3, “Can South Asia be a power bloc?” took a hard look at the region’s realities. The session featured Victor Mallet, South Asia bureau chief for the Financial Times, and Zafar Sobhan, editor of The Dhaka Tribune. This session was moderated by Ashikur Rahman, Senior Economist at the Policy Research Institute.

  • For the love of the game

    For the love of the game

    In this session, the notable historian Ramchandra Guha and Bangladesh national cricket team’s bowling coach Heath Streak discussed the history and future of cricket with Kazi Inam Ahmed.

    In the first part of the session, Ramchandra talked about how the game has progressed in the last three decades. He openly admitted that the Indian Cricket Council is not at all fond of him, and expressed his fondness for the Zimbabwean cricket team.

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