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Wednesday November 22, 2017 04:51 PM



  • 8th Pay Scale nearly ready after Law Ministry vetting

    The Law Ministry has given its vetting to the official order of the 8th Pay Scale for public servants, almost clearing way for the new pay structure to be implemented.

    Sources said the gazette notification in this regard might be published next week and the government employees will start receiving new pay cheques from January.

    Following a final review by the finance minister, the order will be sent to the president.

  • Khaleda not to appear before court today

    BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia will not appear before a Dhaka court in the Zia Charitable and Zia Orphanage Trust graft cases today because of her illness.

    Kahleda’s counsel Md Sanaullah Miah confirmed the Dhaka Tribune: “The BNP chairperson will not be able to appear before the court because of her illness.”

    The court of Judge Abu Ahmed Jamadar is scheduled to record statements of the witnesses in connection with the Zia Charitable Trust graft case on Thursday.

  • Nomination paper submission deadline ends today

    The deadline for submitting nomination papers for contesting the upcoming municipal elections across the country will end at 5pm today. 

  • Four government officials honoured by Canadian High Commission

    Four government officials honoured by Canadian High Commission

    The Canadian High Commission in Dhaka yesterday awarded citations to four Bangladesh government officials for preventing child marriage in their respective communities.

    The officials were honoured in a ceremony at the capital’s Hotel Sonargaon, marking this year’s International Day of the Girl Child.

    The honoured officials are Barisal Divisional Commissioner Mohammad Gaus, Khulna Deputy Commissioner M Mostafa Kamal, Jamalpur Deputy Commissioner M Shahabuddin Khan, Satkhira’s Kaliganj Upazila Nirbahi Officer Syed Faruque Ahmed.

  • Asma Jahangir for UN body to investigate genocide in 1971

    Pakistan human rights activist Asma Jahangir has asked for an independent UN body to investigate the atrocities committed in 1971.

    She made the comment in response to a Pakistan Foreign Ministry statement denying that there was no genocide in 1971.

    “Why deny it? Why not get it investigated by an independent body set up by the UN? In this way the truth will be obvious and there can be a closure to the tragedy,” she told the Dhaka Tribune through an email.

  • Govt urged to create roadmap to implement CHT accord

    The government must create a roadmap for fully implementing the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Peace Accord inked in 1997 to eliminate frustrations of the indigenous people, speakers said at a discussion yesterday.

    They said frustration, suspicion and a feeling of deception would grow among all if the government failed to achieve the trust of the indigenous communities as it had already been 18 years since the deal was signed.

  • Awami League nomination comes with surprise in Thakurgaon

    Jubo Mahila League leader Tahmina Haque Mollah has won the Awami League ticket for contesting the upcoming mayoral polls in Thakurgaon municipality.

  • Nizami defence: Commute if guilty

    War criminal Motiur Rahman Nizami’s lawyers have urged the Supreme Court to commute his death sentence to life term imprisonment “if he is found guilty” of crimes against humanity.

    Prosecution thinks that kind of a submission is equal to confessing guilt, although defence claimed that it was not.

  • Many AL, BNP men to fight as independent candidates

    Local leaders of Awami League (AL) and Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) in Joypurhat Sadar, Kalai and Akkelpur upazilas have decided to participate in the upcoming municipality polls as independent candidate after they did not get party nomination.

    Local sources said they had bought nomination papers and supporters of them already started campaign for the polls.

  • AL faction calls hartal protesting party’s nomination

    A faction of the ruling party Awami League at Betagi upazila yesterday observed a day-long hartal, protesting the party’s high-ups decision of selecting Altaf Hossain, as the party’s candidate for the upcoming municipality elections.

    Local sources said the supporters of Golam Kabir, president of the upazila unit Awami, had enforced the hartal.

    Golam Kabir said the people of the upazila did not want Altaf as a mayor candidate as he was the founder of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party in the area.

  • The village of mysterious maladies

    The village of mysterious maladies

    There is hardly a homestead in Chouhali’s Khamargram village that does not have a loom, or a family member with a disability.

    In the densely populated village, a textile hub located an hour and a half away from Sirajganj town, looms clatter with the steadiness of rainfall on a tin roof and dyeing facilities churn out effluents.

    This is where Golam Rasul, Partha and Urmi live.

  • Clash over construction of road, mayor opens fire on BCL men

    Clash over construction of road, mayor opens fire on BCL men

    Bangladesh Chhatra League men were shot allegedly by Kaliganj Municipality Mayor Mustafizur Rahman Biju over construction of a road in Arpara area of the district yesterday afternoon.

    Bullet-injured Munir Hossain Sumon, 25, joint secretary of Kaliganj upazila unit BCL, is now undergoing treatment at Jessore Medical College Hospital. Municipality Mayor Mustafizur Rahman Biju got furious as local BCL leaders and activists tried to stop construction work of a road from Srirampur to Bakulia.

  • COP21 president: Speed up negotiation

    As negotiators work hard on translating the leaders’ statements into action, the COP21 presidency on the second day of negotiation called for speeding things up so that a revised draft could be developed for a legally binding agreement by the noon of December 5.

    “We must speed the process up because we have much to do,” French Foreign Minister and COP21 President Laurent Fabius told a press conference at the COP21 venue in Paris yesterday.

  • Hasina among Foreign Policy’s leading thinkers

    US news publication Foreign Policy has named Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina as one of the world’s top 100 leading thinkers on global politics, economics and ideas.

    She was mentioned under the category of “Decision Makers” for her outstanding contribution to addressing climate change. The category also includes the names of Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

  • Extremist killed in shootout in Jessore

    An extremist was killed early yesterday in a gunfight between two outlawed groups of Jessore’s Abhaynagar upazila.

    The gunfight took place in the upazila’s Ranagati village between Zia Bahini and Turo-Noso Bahini around 2:30am.

    The dead Bidyut Kumar Roy, 35, was a listed criminal with nine cases against him including murder, Officer-in-Charge of Abhaynagar police station Sheikh Nasir Uddin said.

    He said a gunfight was taking place in Ranagati village between two terrorist groups over establishing supremacy in the area.

  • Fertiliser dealers call off strike

    Fertiliser dealers called off their countrywide strike yesterday, one day after they went to the strike protesting the decision of mandatory use of jute sack instead of Polypropylene bags for distributing fertilisers across the country.

    Md Nasir Uddin, president of Chittagong chapter, Bangladesh Fertiliser Association told the Dhaka Tribune that they had withdrawn the strike upon receiving assurance from Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury.

  • Extremist killed in shootout in Jessore

    An extremist was killed early yesterday in a gunfight between two outlawed groups of Jessore’s Abhaynagar upazila.

    The gunfight took place in the upazila’s Ranagati village between Zia Bahini and Turo-Noso Bahini around 2:30am.

    The dead Bidyut Kumar Roy, 35, was a listed criminal with nine cases against him including murder, Officer-in-Charge of Abhaynagar police station Sheikh Nasir Uddin said.

    He said a gunfight was taking place in Ranagati village between two terrorist groups over establishing supremacy in the area.

  • Jackpot commandos accorded reception

    Sixty commandos and 40 associates of Operation Jackpot were accorded reception in the city yesterday for their contribution in liberation war in 1971.

    Naval Commando and Associates, Chittagong, Bangladesh organised the function where Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque  addressed the function as chief guest. The reception ceremony was addressed among others by Muktijoddha Sangsad Chief Mohammad Shahabuddin and Dr Muhammad Azizur Rahman Siddique. 

  • LPAA partners mobilise funds to protect poor

    LPAA partners mobilise funds to protect poor

    Major international partnerships under the Lima to Paris Action Agenda (LPAA) are mobilising funds to protect people who are the most vulnerable from climate impacts.

    Announcements were made yesterday under the agenda in the second part of the “Resilience Focus” event, dedicated to building more resilient societies and economies for people who are vulnerable to climate change impacts.

  • Bangladesh stands on strong economic base: BB governor

    Governor of Bangladesh Bank Atiur Rahman yesterday said Bangladesh now stands on a strong economic base as all the economic factors were steady.

    Addressing a function of lying foundation stone of Bangladesh Bank’s Chittagong Human Resource and Management Development Institution, the governor said now the economy of the country was vibrant and steady.

    The governor said: “We have become able to bring down the number of loan defaulters to 1% while the call money rate also dropped to 3% to 4% at the same time”.

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