DhakaTribune
Monday October 23, 2017 09:34 PM



  • Rumours hurting probe into Shia mosque attack

    Rumours and speculations among locals have made it hard for law enforcers to piece together how the Shia mosque attackers in Bogra managed to escape after the shooting spree.

    Different witnesses have described completely different versions of the post-attack chain of events. The task of apprehending the attackers has been made more difficult as many of the locals have given misleading information based on hearsay, investigators said.

  • Facebook, Bangladesh to meet for cyber security deal

    Facebook authorities have agreed to meet with Bangladesh government to discuss a deal that would ensure better cyber security measures in the country.

    “On Monday, I sent a letter to Facebook showing our interest to sign a deal that will help them ensure cyber security, especially in stopping violence against women. Today [Tuesday] they responded positively and showed their interest to sit with us,” Tarana Halim, state minister for post and telecommunications, told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday.

  • ManU raises £230,000 for Bangladeshi children

    Manchester United has raised a record-breaking £230,000 to help Unicef save Bangladeshi children from drowning, according to the report of club’s website.

    Louis van Gaal, his Manchester United first-team squad and coaching staff attended the 16th annual United for Unicef Gala Dinner on Sunday night.

  • Use of licensed arms in crime now a headache

    In the absence of proper monitoring, use of legally licensed firearms in criminal activities, such as mugging, robbery and even murders, has become a headache for the authorities.

    There are also reports that some of these legal firearms are being given out on rent by their owners.

    According to Home Ministry sources, there are nearly 217,000 legal firearms of various types in the country right now, all licensed under the Arms Act 1878. In the last five years, the government has awarded 10 firearm licenses of various types.

  • Vulnerable countries call for de-carbonised economy

    Vulnerable countries call for de-carbonised economy

    Leaders of 30 nations have issued a call to de-carbonise the world economy, which they meant for 100% renewable energy by 2050 and zero emissions by mid-century to keep the world on track for below 1.5 degrees of warming.

    The joint declaration was made late yesterday night, linking the hands of the world’s vulnerable countries across continents.

  • Awami League, BNP complete nominations

    Ruling Awami League and main political opposition BNP have finalised the list of their mayoral candidate nominations for the upcoming polls in 236 municipalities across the country.

    The ruling party has already announced that it is going to contest the first ever partisan municipality polls alone, while arch rival BNP said it will run in the elections with its alliance partners.

  • BNP: EC spineless

    The BNP has branded the Election Commission as “incapable,” “spineless” and “subservient to the government” for not entertaining its demand to defer the municipality polls slated for December 30

    The same demand was also put forward by even several ruling government allies – Workers Party of Bangladesh, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JaSaD) and Jatiya Party – during their meetings with the commission.

  • HC: Seven-murder charge sheet defective

    The High Court yesterday observed that the charge sheet in Narayanganj seven-murder case was defective, and asked the lawyers concerned to find out its faults.

    The bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Amir Hossain also said the police can submit a supplementary charge sheet of the case to the lower court concerned.

  • BNP protests Pakistan statement on 1971

    The BNP has expressed disagreement with Pakistan’s statement that denies its involvement in genocide and atrocities committed during the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971.

    “The Pakistani forces carried out genocide. They conducted atrocities in Bangladesh. It is not possible to hide the truth,” BNP’s acting spokesperson Asaduzzaman Ripon said yesterday replying to a query on the statement issued on Monday.

  • Cricketer Shahadat’s wife gets bail

    A Dhaka court yesterday granted ad-interim bail to Jesmin Jahan Nitto Shahadat, wife of national cricketer Kazi Shahadat Hossain, in a case filed against them for torturing their domestic help.

    Metropolitan Session’s Judge Md Kamrul Hossain Molla passed the order after hearing the bail petition filed by Jesmin’s counsel Kazi Md Najib Ullah Hiru on October 27. After the hearing, the court granted her bail until January 17 next year as she is a mother of an infant.

  • Fakhrul released from jail on bail

    Nearly one month into his arrest, BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir was freed from jail on bail yesterday.

    Fakhrul walked out of the part 2 of Kashimpur Central Jail around 7:45pm after the bail order reached the jail authorities, said jail sources.

    BNP leaders and activists, including BNP chairperson’s media wing member Sayrul Kabir Khan, BNP-backed Kaliakoir municipal mayor Mujibur Rahman and Fakhrul’s wife Rahat Ara Begum, received the BNP leader at the jail gate.

  • VC: Extremist outsiders launched attack on IUBAT

    Extremist outsiders attacked students of International University of Business, Agriculture and Technology (IUBAT) and vandalised the campus on Monday, claimed the university’s Vice-Chancellor Prof M Alimullah Miyan yesterday.

    Around 200 outsiders carrying sticks stormed into the university campus and attacked students, injuring at least 200 of them, the VC said at a press conference on the university campus.

  • Tk800cr project okayed for potable water in rural areas

    The government has undertaken a mega project worth Tk800 crore to ensure safe drinking water for the rural people across the country. 

    The approval was given at the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) meeting with Prime Minster Sheikh Hasina in the chair at the NEC conference room in the city yesterday.

  • Five of a family injured in septic tank fire

    Five of a family injured in septic tank fire

    Five members of the same family were injured when fire broke out in a septic tank of a residential house in the capital’s Dakkhinkhan area yesterday morning.

    The victims were identified as Rumana Akhtar, 30, her daughter Monika Akhtar, 8, Rumana’s brother Imran Hossain, 28, his wife Jannatul, 20, and their daughter Tasmia, 2.

    Dakkhinkhan police station OC Lutfur Rahman confirmed the matter to the Dhaka Tribune.

  • Coal power incompatible with 2°C target

    Emissions from coal power plants will be four times higher than the level consistent with a 2 degrees Celsius pathway if all coal plants in the pipeline were to be built by 2030, according to a new analysis released at the Paris climate conference today.

    Even with no new constructions, in 2030, emissions from coal-fired power generation would still be more than 150% higher than the 2°C pathway, according to the Climate Action Tracker (CAT).

  • Money matters

    Finance has been one of the key issues in the build up to COP 21 – the largest international climate change conference taking place in Paris. And the conference started on a positive note as on the first day, when 11 developed countries pledged $248 million in new money for adaptation support to the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF), a climate fund hosted by the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

  • Negotiation starts on a positive note

    The countries have formally entered the preliminary negotiation segment of COP21 in Paris yesterday, aimed at reducing gaps among parties and set a platform for reaching a much-expected climate agreement.

    The negotiation is expected to yield a draft of the agreement on Friday, said an official of the Bangladesh delegation. “The negotiation started on a positive note,” he said.

    It will enter the final segment next week when ministers will negotiate reducing the remaining differences among the parties.

  • Promotion hopes for block post public servants

    The government is likely to include a process in the upcoming eight pay structure under which employees working in block posts will automatically graduate to the next pay grade.

    Public servants who work in block posts are not entitled to promotions. As a result, until now they had to look up to the selection grade and time scale provisions, which have been omitted from the new pay structure.

    Examples of block posts include primary school teacher, high school teacher, hospital nurse, pharmacist and radiologist, driver, prison guard, etc.

  • Fertiliser dealers enforce strike for indefinite period

    Fertiliser dealers yesterday enforced a countrywide strike for an indefinite period protesting the on-going mobile court drive to ensure use of jute sack instead of polythene.

    The dealers are now using polypropylene bags instead of jute sack to distribute fertiliser across the country.

    The dealers of Chittagong have suspended unloading all types of fertilisers from yesterday morning from two factories of Diammonium Phosphate Fertiliser Company Ltd, Chittagong Urea Fertiliser Ltd, Karnaphuli Fertiliser Company and Bangladesh Agricultural Development Corporation.

  • Full implementation of CHT treaty demanded

    Chairman of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Dr Mizanur Rahman said government had failed to ensure rights of hill people as Chittagong Hill Tract accord had not been implemented even after 18 years.

    He also urged the government to implement the CHT accord in its  tenure. Terming CHT land dispute as major problem he also called upon the government to amend CHT land dispute regulation act and resolve land disputed.

    He made the appeal while addressing a meeting held at the conference hall of Khagrachhari yesterday morning.

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