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Saturday November 18, 2017 03:42 AM



  • HC order to stop sex offence ignored

    Over the years, allegations of sexual harassment of female students by teachers at universities have been common, but in contrary to a six-year-old High Court directive, there have not been mentionable initiatives to address the problem.

    The High Court in 2009 issued a directive to prevent sexual harassment at educational institutions, workplaces, and in public places.

    A study by Human Development Research Centre revealed in 2012 found that around 76% of the female students at universities face sexual harassment within and outside the campus by campus-related people.

  • DU VC: Unite to stop violence against women

    Women and children are subjected to violence and repression across the country and all of us need to stand together against this, said Dhaka University Vice-chancellor Dr AAMS Arefin Siddique yesterday.

    “The 21st century is based on science and knowledge, and hence, there should be no gender inequality, discrimination and racism. Every human being should have equal rights,” he said while addressing a rally arranged to observe the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

  • Parimal gets life for raping student

    Parimal gets life for raping student

    A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced Parimal Joydhar, a sacked teacher of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College, to rigorous life-term imprisonment for raping a 14-year-old girl at his coaching centre in 2011.

    The court also fined him Tk50,000; in default, he will have to serve six months in jail under section 9(1) of the Women and Children Repression Prevention Act. The authorities concerned were asked to give the money to the victim within 90 days.

  • Victim’s family content with verdict

    After a Dhaka court sentenced former schoolteacher Parimal Joydhar to lifetime imprisonment for raping a student, the victim’s family said they were satisfied with the verdict.

    “We are happy with the verdict but it would have been better if the culprit got death sentence for such a heinous offence,” said the victim’s grandfather, who requested that his name not be mentioned in this report.

  • Manju prioritises adaptation over mitigation

    Bullying and the blame game will scuttle climate negotiations, Environment and Forest Minister Anwar Hossain Manju told the Dhaka Tribune’s Meer Saiful Islam in an exclusive interview. On the eve of COP21, he said climate change was a problem for all countriesHow do you see the prospect of the upcoming climate negotiation in Paris?

  • Govt served legal notice for blocking social media

    A lawyer has served a legal notice to the government, urging it to withdraw the restrictions on using social media websites and apps.

    Lawyer Kumar Debul Dey sent the notice to the secretary of the Post and Telecommunication Ministry yesterday afternoon.

    In the notice, Dey said he would take further legal steps if the government did not lift the ban on Facebook, Viber and Whatsapp within 24 hours.

  • BNP for contesting municipality polls

    Senior BNP leaders have said they want to participate in the upcoming municipality polls as part of a strategy to prove the government’s weakness, sources said.

    The decision was reportedly reached yesterday when BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia met with her party’s senior leaders, including its standing committee members, for the first time after returning from London.

    However, a final decision in this regard is likely to be made after a meeting of the 20-party alliance scheduled for today.

  • Bangladesh to demand grant in COP21

    Bangladesh will demand a grant from the Green Climate Fund instead of a soft loan in the Paris Climate Change Conference 2015, Environment and Forest Minister Anwar Hossain Manju said yesterday.

    “Bangladesh generally receives a soft loan from the climate fund to cope up with the impacts of climate change here. But now we will demand a grant from the fund,” he told reporters at a press conference at

    his ministry.

  • PM for faster internet speed

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has underscored the need for increasing the speed of internet across the country to boost the existing pace of social development through the use of technologies.

    “The government has already signed the agreement of the construction of Bangabandhu satellite. We are trying to make high-powered broadband and submarine cable so that people can get better services,” Hasina added.

  • Fast-track projects turn slow-track ones

    The fast-track projects, which are considered very important to accelerate economic growth, have turned into slow-track ones as work progress has been slower than expected.

    According to the minutes of the latest meeting of the high-profile committee on fast-track projects, all the projects except the Padma bridge construction are progressing at a snail’s pace.

    These projects were launched nearly two years ago.

  • Executive magistrates’ authority questioned

    The High Court yesterday questioned the legality of executive magistrates’ authority to conduct mobile courts.

    The High Court bench of Justice Obaidul Hassan and Justice SH Md Nurul Huda Jagirdar asked the government why the provisions in Mobile Court Act 2009 that give authority to the executive magistrates to conduct mobile courts would not be declared illegal.

  • Phulbari coal mining company secures financing

    UK-based GCM Resources plc, the parent company of Asia Energy Corporation Bangladesh Pty Ltd, has secured a two-year £3 million convertible loan facility for Phulbari Coal Project which may be drawn down as and when required.

    The loan agreement was signed with Malaysian-based investor Revenue Anchor Sdn Bhd, which has agreed to assist in financially supporting GCM’s activities as it continues to pursue approval for the project.

    GCM, in a press release yesterday, announced the preliminary results for the year ended June 30, 2015.

  • One killed in police shootout

    One person, who was reportedly a suspect in the Tazia procession bombing, died in a shootout with police late yesterday.

     Acting on a tip-off, a DB team along with a team from Darussalam police went to Dwipnagar area, when a group of criminals allegedly opened fire at them.

    One person, whose identity could not be known immediately, was critically injured during the incident and was declared

    dead after ASI Goutam of Darussalam police station brought him to DMCH around 12:15am.

  • Jon Snow: Today’s technology has changed the media industry

    Jon Snow: Today’s technology has changed the media industry

    The world today is living in an age of information and the present technology, in an essence, has changed the media industry, said John Snow, a UK-based journalist best known as the longest-running presenter of Channel 4 news.

    He made the observation while addressing a discussion titled “Entering the Golden Age of Journalism” organised at University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) auditorium in the capital’s Dhanmondi yesterday.

  • Two suspected IS propagandists held

    Two suspected IS propagandists held

    The police have arrested two activists of Jamaat-e-Islami, who are suspected of spreading internet propaganda in favour of the terrorist outfit Islamic State.

    Nahid Hasan, an honours student of Tongi’s Rahmatullah Degree College, and Abdul Haque, a madrasa teacher from Sylhet, were arrested around Tuesday midnight in separate drives at Badda and Tejgaon respectively.

    Detective Branch chief Monirul Islam made the disclosure yesterday in a press conference at the DMP media centre.

  • The invisible population

    At just 14 years old, when children are supposed to be busy in secondary school, Mukti (not her real name) became a bride for the second time.

    According to a recent survey by children’s charity Plan International, 73% of women in Bangladesh are married before they turn 18. 

    The survey conducted in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Indonesia, found that Bangladeshis were more aware than the nationals of other countries, but still had the highest number of early marriages.

  • Nizami’s case likely to end by December 8

    The apex court may need five more working days to complete hearing the appeal of death-row convict Jamaat chief Motiur Rahman Nizami filed seeking acquittal.

    The four-member Appellate Division bench will start hearing defence arguments on November 30, December 1 and 2. The state will place their arguments on December 7 while the defence will place rebuttal on December 8.

    The dates were fixed by the bench headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha yesterday after the court concluded the sixth day’s hearing on the appeal.

  • ‘Three took part in attack on Tazia procession’

    Investigators yesterday confirmed that three people took part in the attack on Tazia procession in Hussaini Dalan area on October 24.

    Earlier, DB police said at least two people were seen in the footage hurling bombs at the procession.

    They, however, said there had been no progress in the cases filed for killing publisher Dipon, attacks on publisher Tutul and his two friends Ranadipom Basu and Tarek Rahim and hurling bombs on Tazia procession in the city.

  • Pori Moni files complaint against Priyo.com

    A complaint was filed yesterday against online news portal Priyo.com for publishing “fabricated” report on a film actress.

    Bangladeshi film actress Pori Moni filed the complaint with Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrate court.

    After recording the actress’s deposition, Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Md Atikur Rahman asked the officer-in-charge of Mohammadpur police station to investigate the matter and submit a report.

    Mohuya Shundori, a Bengali feature film where Pori Moni is an actress, was released on November 20.

  • EU parliament to debate on freedom of expression in Bangladesh

    European Union parliament is going to have a debate on freedom of expression in Bangladesh and pass a resolution on the matter today.

    Seven motions were put forward by different groups and it is expected that there will be one resolution comprising important points in all the resolutions.

    According to the EU parliament website, one motion deeply regretted “the execution of Ali Ahsan Mohammad and Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury.”

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