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Friday December 15, 2017 08:26 PM



  • Police begin hunt for criminals ahead of municipal polls

    With just over a month to go before municipal elections, law enforcers have stepped up the hunt for listed, first information reported and warranted criminals, and illegal firearms across the country. 

    The district superintendents of police (SP) have received orders from Police Headquarters to begin security operations to ensure that the upcoming polls are held peacefully.

    The district police units have been asked to create a list of vulnerable polling centres and to increase checkpoints especially in districts adjacent to border areas.

  • Sons of the salty soil

    Sons of the salty soil

    Unlikely as it may sound, they have tried everything from paddy to shrimp to crab on the same piece of land but are still in search of a sustainable livelihood option because of ever-increasing salinity.

    And in the process, people, who were once affluent farmers, have over a matter of a couple of decades turned into poor, some ultra poor, and others into migrant refugees.

    Satkhira, like some of the other coastal districts, was once one of the biggest producers of Bangladesh’s staple food.

  • Bangladesh refutes UN claim on war crimes trial

    Bangladesh has refuted the claim of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights that the trials of war criminals at the International Crimes Tribunal were not fair.

    Saying that the statement is “highly disturbing,” the government has sent a reply to the OHCHR and protested such claim.

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a press release in this regard on Thursday, two days after the UN rights body issued the statement involving war crimes trial in the country.

  • Deal may not be good for vulnerable countries

    Deal may not be good for vulnerable countries

    Eminent climate change expert Dr Saleemul Huq, senior fellow at the International Institute of Environment and Development, expresses optimism about the COP21 climate conference but says much more remains to be done, in an exclusive interview with the Dhaka Tribune’s Meer Saiful IslamWhere will you place the Bangladesh case with respect to the expected agreement at COP21?

  • Pakistan to summon Bangladeshi envoy

    Pakistan has decided to summon the Bangladeshi envoy to Islamabad, reports Pakistan's The Express Tribune.

    Pakistan will lodge a protest and convey Islamabad’s concerns over the recent executions of BNP leader Salauddin Quader Chowdhury and Jamaat leader Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid, said the report published on Thursday.

    Ruling party lawmaker MNA Sheikh Aftab Ahmad made the announcement on Wednesday.

  • PM: True Muslims cannot indulge in killings, misdeeds

    Noting that the path of terrorism and suicide bombing is not the right one for a true Muslim, said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday.

    “Terrorism and suicide (bombing) is not the path of a real Muslim… killing people inside a mosque is not the way of a genuine Muslim. Those who commit such crimes are of perverted mentality,” she said at her introductory speech at an emergency meeting of Awami League Central Working Committee and Awami League Parliamentary Board at her official residence Ganobhaban in the evening.

  • One killed as gunmen attack Bogra Shia mosque

    A group of youths opened fire on the devotees at a Shia mosque in Shibganj upazila, Bogra during the Maghrib prayers yesterday, killing the muezzin and injuring three others.

    Police and witnesses said at least 20 devotees were performing the evening prayers at Imam Khomeni Shia Mosque, also known as Al Mostafa Jame Mosque, at Haripur village of the upazila when a group of three to four miscreants stormed into the mosque jumping over the boundary wall.

  • EP urges govt to ensure security of Shia Muslims

    The European Parliament has urged the Bangladesh government to ensure security of Shia Muslims.

    The parliament had a debate on freedom of expression in Bangladesh and passed a resolution on the matter yesterday. The non-binding resolution was adopted by 586 votes to 31, with 25 abstentions.

    The resolution “urges the Bangladesh Government furthermore to offer sufficient protection and guarantees to minorities such as Shia Muslims, Ahmadiyya, Hindus, Buddhists and Christians, but also Biharis.”

  • Police: Gunfight victim Al Bani led Tazia attack, Khijir murder

    Detectives yesterday claimed that a top leader of a faction of banned militant group Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), killed in an alleged gunfight early yesterday, had been involved in several attacks including the one on Tazia procession on October 24.

  • Khaleda to alliance leaders: Prepare candidate lists

    BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday told leaders of the 20-party alliance to prepare lists of their chosen candidates for the upcoming municipality elections.

    Expressing her party’s plans to participate in the election, Khaleda said the BNP would coordinate between its own preferred candidates and those picked by its partners to ensure that the alliance endorses a single candidate at each constituency.

  • 2 Bangladeshis killed by BSF in Satkhira

    Two Bangladeshis were shot dead by the Border Security Force (BSF) members in India’s Tarali area near Satkhira border yesterday. 

    The victims are Md Nazrul Islam of sadar upazila and Abdul Khaleq Sarker of Kalaroa.

    Banshdaha union Chairman Nasimul said the bodies of Nazrul and Khaleq had not been brought from India yet. Tarali is across Satkhira’s Taluigachha border.

  • 10 priests get death threat

    At least 10 priests of different churches in Rangpur received death threats yesterday.

    The threat was issued in a single letter sent to the address of Rangpur Baptist Church pastor. The pastor filed a general diary yesterday afternoon.

    Additional Superintendent of Rangpur police Abdullah Al Faroque told the Dhaka Tribune that Reverend Barnabas Hemron, priest of Baptist Church located in the divisional city received the letter.

    He said the priest received the death threat and a general diary was filed with Kotwali police station in this regard yesterday.

  • Exhumation and autopsy of missing Japanese ordered

    A Dhaka court yesterday ordered the district magistrate of Dhaka to exhume the body of Japanese citizen Hiroye Miyata for an autopsy.

    Dhaka’s Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sheikh Hafiz Rahman passed the order yesterday  after hearing a prayer filed by the police.

    The court also ordered the district magistrate to appoint an executive magistrate for the exhumation of the body from a grave in Uttara graveyard where she is believed to be buried.

  • HC judges trying Pilkhana carnage seek security

    The High Court has directed the government to arrange adequate security for the three judges who are holding hearing on the death references and appeals of the 2009 Pilkhana carnage case.

    The bench of Justice Md Shawkat Hossain, Justice Md Abu Zafor Siddique and Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder issued the order on its own volition yesterday. It directed the home and law secretaries, the police chief and the DMP chief to take measures within seven days.

  • Four to die for Keraniganj four murders

    Four members of a local robbery gang have been sentenced to death for the brutal murder of one of their men and his family members including two children over extra-marital affair at Keraniganj last year.

    Judge SM Kuddus Zaman of the Dhaka’s District and Sessions Judge’s Court pronounced the verdict yesterday in presence of the convicts.

    The death-row convicts are CNG Sumon alias Datu Sumon, Daku Sumon alias Sumon Dhali, Zakaria Hossain Jony and Mohammad Nasir Ali – all residents of Keraniganj. Daku Sumon’s wife Afsana Akter was acquitted.

  • Proposal to limit mobile recharge to Tk500 per day

    Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) is planning to cap the daily recharge amount for a single mobile number in order to prevent illegal calls overseas.

    The regulator is seriously considering to implement this proposal, which has already been given a thumbs up by the high-ups of the Telecommunications Division.

    Industry insiders said illegal international calls cause revenue losses for both the mobile operators and the government, as well as the International Gateway (IGW) and Interconnection Exchange (ICX) operators. 

  • BJP confronts the Gandhis as parliament gathers

    BJP confronts the Gandhis as parliament gathers

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has just suffered a bruising election setback, yet his party appears in no mood to compromise with the main political opposition to get stalled economic reforms back on track.

    Instead, the nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has launched an all-out offensive against the Congress party, in a potentially dangerous game of brinkmanship that risks turning the next parliamentary session into a prolonged slanging match.

  • David Cameron: Time to bomb militants in Syria

    Prime Minister David Cameron said on Thursday it was time to join air strikes against Islamic State in Syria because Britain cannot “subcontract its security to other countries.”

    Many Britons are wary of entering into another war in the Middle East after Western intervention in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya failed to bring stability to the region and some believe led to the rise of militants groups such as Islamic State.

  • No more delay in ensuring justice for Tazreen workers

    No more delay in ensuring justice for Tazreen workers

    Three years after the devastating fire at the Tazreen garments factory near Dhaka which killed 112 workers, prosecutors are at last reporting that a trial date for charges against 13 people, including Tazreen’s Chairman and Managing Director, has been set for January 10.

    We welcome indications that authorities are hopeful that difficulties in summoning the more than 100 prosecution witnesses to appear before the court will soon be overcome.

  • Paris COP21: Time to make a difference

    Paris COP21: Time to make a difference

    We have talked a lot about climate change. Now is the time to actIt’s been 23 years of struggle, but we are now very close to achieving an effective international climate governance regime to address climate change; a global survival threat for us and future generations, with the impacts already being felt in every continent.

    The Paris Climate Change Conference of Parties (COP21), starting on November 30, 2015, is a significant moment for the global community.

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