Monday February 19, 2018 11:45 PM

  • Christians concerned about safety

    The members of the country’s Christian community have expressed concerns about their safety following attacks on church priests and recent death threats issued to around 30 clergymen.

    Christian leaders, however, said their priests would continue preaching while different safeguards would remain in place.

    Reverend John Sagor Karmakar, assistant general secretary of Bangladesh Baptist Church Sangha (BBCS), said some 30 pastors and other clergymen have received death threats so far. Most of them have limited their own movements to a bare minimum, he added.

  • Australia set to withdraw volunteers

    In wake of Thursday’s gun attack on a Shia mosque in Bogra, Australia has decided to withdraw its government-funded volunteers from Bangladesh by December 31.

    According to the latest travel advice issued yesterday, the Australian authorities have advised its citizens to exercise a “high degree of caution” in Bangladesh. Referring to the Islamic State’s reported claims of responsibility for the attack, it further stated: “The level of advice has not changed.”

  • BSF kills Bangladeshi in Hatibandha

    A Bangladeshi national was killed by the Indian Border Security Forces yesterday near the Hatibandha border in Lalmonirhat.

    The deceased is Amulya Chandra Barman, 38, son of Mohesh Chandra Barman of  Daikhawa village. He was reportedly shot dead by the BSF near border as he attempted to breach the border fence for smuggling cattle from India.

  • IS link to attacks rejected again

    Two suspects held in connection with Bogra Shia mosque shootingThe law enforcers could not ascertain until last night who had carried out the gun attack on a Shia mosque in Bogra and why. But according to international media, Iraq and Syria-based militant group Islamic State members carried out the attack.

    Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal has again brushed aside the claim that IS has a base in the country.

  • Religious fanatics widen reach

    Radical Islamists with the support of some vested interests created panic in the country through attacks on religious minority groups, observers say, but they have now widened the targets.

    Shifting from the previous style of tormenting only the Hindus, the radicals in recent years attacked Shia Muslims, Christian priests and Buddhists to create anarchy and put the government in an embarrassing situation.

  • Expelled BCL leader, three others sent to jail

    A court in Chittagong yesterday sent four people, including an expelled Chhatra League leader, to prison in an arms case lodged with Khulshi police station on Thursday.  

    The four are expelled Chhatra League leader Saiful Alam Limon, his driver Saddam Hossain, Azizul Haque and Towhidul Islam.

    Saiful had also been named in the charge sheet of the case filed over the killing of two persons in a 2013 gun battle in the city’s CRB area. He was expelled after the incident. 

  • Bangladesh requests Australia to recruit agri workers

    Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Nurul Islam BSc has requested the Australian government to consider recruiting seasonal workers from Bangladesh for the agriculture sector.

    The minister, who is now on a visit to Australia, has also requested the Australian authorities to consider relaxing Australian visa rules for Bangladeshi students as there is a growing interest among Bangladeshi pupils to pursue higher education in the Oceanian country.

  • BNP to join municipal polls

    The BNP has officially announced that it would participate in the upcoming municipality elections, slated to be held in the country’s 234 municipalities on December 30.

    The party has also requested the Election Commission to push back the poll schedule to add 15 more days, and asked that law enforcers stop their indiscriminate arrests of BNP activists across the country.

    The announcement was made by BNP International Affairs Secretary Dr Asaduzzaman Ripan in a press conference at the BNP’s Nayapaltan headquarters yesterday.

  • Bangladesh embarks on green finance regime

    In an exclusive interview with the DhakaTribune’s Meer Saiful Islam, Bangladesh Bank Governor Atiur Rahman explains how the country has initiated a home-grown green financing programme of its own
    What issues should Bangladesh highlight during the COP21 climate change conference?

  • Thirst stalks deforested hill districts

    Thirst stalks deforested hill districts

    Mornings are a busy time for the women of Headman Para in the Chimbuk Belt of Bandarban hill district. Among the many chores that must be attended to, the most crucial one for 20-year-old Singpai Mro begins at 10am.

    At 10 each morning, she sets off on the first of several treks of the day to collect water for her household. A nearby creek located a kilometre away is the nearest source of water during this season.

  • Dijsselbloem: Refugee crisis could trigger ‘mini-Schengen’

    Dijsselbloem: Refugee crisis could trigger ‘mini-Schengen’

    Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem warned that countries which fail to adequately guard Europe’s borders and do not take in a fair share of refugees could find themselves outside the borders of a future “mini-Schengen” zone.

    In an interview in Belgian business dailies De Tijd and L’Echo on Friday, Dijsselbloem, who is also the chair of the euro zone group of finance ministers, said the EU’s passport-free Schengen zone could not work if only a few countries gave shelter to refugees.

  • The English clerk

    The English clerk

    Charles Lamb, one of Britain’s greatest essayists, had a lot to say about the East India Company “If peradventure, reader, it has been thy lot to waste the golden years of thy life — thy shining youth — in the irksome confinement of an office; to have thy prison days prolonged through middle life down to decrepitude and silver hairs, without hope of release or respite; to have lived to forget that there are such things as holidays, or remember them but as the prerogatives of childhood; then, and then only, will you be able to appreciate my deliverance.

  • France pays tribute to victims of Paris attacks

    France paid tribute on Friday to the 130 mostly young people killed while they were enjoying themselves in Paris two weeks ago by Islamist gunmen and suicide bombers in the most deadly attacks the nation has seen since World War Two.

    Blue-white-and-red French flags hung from the windows of public buildings and private homes as hundreds of survivors and relatives of the dead joined political leaders for a remembrance ceremony at the military museum Les Invalides in the capital.

  • Turkey’s Erdogan warns Russia not to ‘play with fire’

    Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan warned Russia not to “play with fire” on Friday, but added he did not want to harm relations with Moscow, comments that look more likely to inflame than quell the dispute over a downed Russian bomber this week.

    “We very sincerely recommend to Russia not to play with fire,” Erdogan told supporters during a speech in Bayburt, in northeast Turkey.

    “We really attach a lot of importance to our relations with Russia… We don’t want these relations to suffer harm in any way.”

  • COP21: Legal form of the Paris Climate Agreement

    COP21: Legal form of the Paris Climate Agreement

    The Paris Climate Change Conference is especially significant for the global community, because an agreement is to be adopted to address one of the greatest challenges facing human kind related to climate change.

  • Sangakkara give Dhaka third win

    Sangakkara give Dhaka third win

    Sylhet Super Stars are yet to open their account as they suffered a comprehensive -run defeat against Dhaka Dynamites in the third edition of the Bangladesh Premier League at Mirpur’s Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday.

    Kumar Sangakkara smashed a brilliant half-century to lead Dhaka to a more-than-challenging 166/6 while Sylhet ended their chase on -.

  • Comilla at the summit after Rangpur thrashing

    Comilla at the summit after Rangpur thrashing

    Comilla Victorians rose to the top of the 2015 Bangladesh Premier League points table after sealing a comprehensive nine-wicket win over Rangpur Riders in yesterday’s afternoon match at Mirpur’s Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.

    Marlon Samuels, featuring in his last game for Comilla before his departure to the West Indies, remained unbeaten on 42 off 24 balls with the help of eight fours and a six to enable his side to their small victory target of 83.

  • The model that works

    The model that works

    The Ismaili community has shown remarkable ability to peacefully assimilate into the pluralistic ethos of the 21st century
    When a big organisation sees most of its departments performing at sub-par levels and public relations hitting a nadir, some consultants opt for bringing in outside academics to look into “root causes,” while others in the management craft would search for smaller-scale imitable working models closer to home. Sometimes, such models are simply smaller, less heralded, and less conspicuous units within the organisations.

  • Mashrafe bats for suspended Shakib

    Mashrafe bats for suspended Shakib

    Tigers limited-over and Comilla Victorians captain Mashrafe bin Mortaza defended his embattled teammate Shakib al Hasan after the mercurial all-rounder received a one-match suspension for using abusive words towards the on-field umpire during their last Thursday’s Bangladesh Premier League encounter against Sylhet Super Stars.

  • Facebook doesn’t kill, so let’s open it now

    Facebook doesn’t kill, so let’s open it now

    There is no reasonable way to defend the blocking of FacebookThe honourable State Minister for Posts and Telecommunication Tarana Halim authored a rather interesting op-ed in a leading Bangladeshi daily defending her government’s recent decision to shut down several social networking platforms, including Facebook.

    This particular move by the government is very significant, given that Facebook is a crucial media for the folks engaged in critical thinking, analysis, and free conversation on Bangladeshi affairs.

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