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Monday December 11, 2017 03:30 PM



  • Pakistani among six held with huge fake notes

    RAB has arrested six people, including a Pakistani national, in the capital on charges of making fake notes and human trafficking.

    The six – Bangladesh-origin Pakistani citizen Abdullah alias Selim, 42, Md Jahangir, Md Abdul Khaleq, Md Kamrul Islam, 28, Md Abu Sufian, 48, and Md Rasel, 45 – were held in different areas of Dhaka on Thursday night and early yesterday.

  • Local strongmen wrestle climate adaptation projects from farmers

    Local strongmen wrestle climate adaptation projects from farmers

    Farmers in Rajshahi and Naogaon say they are not benefiting from government climate change adaptation schemes because ruling party strongmen have effectively taken over the projects.

    A visit to a number of climate adaptation projects by the Dhaka Tribune revealed that local elites belonging to the ruling party had monopolised the benefits of canal re-excavation projects.

    Canal re-excavation provides much needed supplementary irrigation to this dry region, known as the Barind tract, that suffers from depleted groundwater reserves.

  • Negotiators tussle as clock ticks

    Negotiators tussle as clock ticks

    Negotiators struggled to reach a consensus on key issues like adaptation, finance and loss and damage measures, with just half a day remaining before the draft text of the climate agreement is handed over to ministers at the official beginning of COP21 today.

    There were sharp differences among countries as negotiators intensified their engagement to reduce the gaps as much as possible yesterday.

  • Learning to live with climate change

    When asked who should be primarily responsible for tackling climate change, participants of a global study scored ‘citizens’ and ‘civil society organisations’ higher than national governmentsThere is perhaps no better way to combat climate change than by educating people about it and creating a generation of informed citizens who are more prepared to act and adapt in the face of climatic threats. Education has played an increasingly significant role in the negotiations and as a testament to its importance; December 4 was rightly chosen as the education day at COP 21.

  • Different headaches for AL, BNP camps

    With the municipality polls less than a month away, the two major political parties are setting their election strategies to tackle their two biggest challenges: rebel candidates for the Awami League and the staging of a fair election for the BNP.

  • Eight-year-old killed in fire

    An eight-year-old girl was killed in her sleep when a fire engulfed her house in Chittagong’s Sitakunda upazila Thursday night.

    Two grocery shops were also gutted in the fire, said fire service sources.

    The dead Sanjida Begum, was daughter of Badsha Mia of Madham Sonaichari area of Shitalpur union, said Kumira Fire Station Senior Officer Md Abdullah Harun Pasa.

    The body was handed over to the police, added the official.

  • Graft probes at final stage against ex-housing heads

    Anti-Corruption Commission is now reportedly in its final stages of investigating graft charges and prosecuting three top former housing officials.

    The most high-profile suspect under the graft watchdog’s scrutiny is former state minister for housing Abdul Mannan Khan. The other alleged corrupt officials are former public works secretary Dr Khandakar Showkat Hossain and former Rajuk chairman Nurul Huda.

  • Khagrachhari Awami League  mayoral nominations evoke despondency

    Khagrachhari Awami League mayoral nominations evoke despondency

    Local leaders of the Awami League and its associate bodies in Khagrachhari have expressed discontent with the mayoral nominations for Khagrachhari and Matiranga municipalities.  

    They say both the candidates – Md Shaney Alam in Khagrachhari municipality and Md Shamsul Haque in Matiranga municipality – contested the last upazila elections for chairman posts but failed. 

  • 52nd death anniversary of Suhrawardy today

    The 52nd death anniversary of the champion of democracy and one of the greatest leaders of undivided India Hussain Shaheed Suhrawardy will be observed in the country today through different programmes.

    The unparallel leader of all Indian politics, who had dedicated his entire life to ensure the welfare of the people by upholding democracy, died at a Beirut hotel in Lebanon on this day in 1963. He remained alone in the hotel suite at the time of his death.

  • BNP leaders leery of loyalty of mayoral candidates to party

    Grassroots leaders are suspicious about the commitment of three municipality mayoral candidates nominated by the BNP.

    Former president of Chhatra Dal Feni municipality unit and former panel mayor of the municipality M Ataul Haque Ashru expressed his belief while talking to the Dhaka Tribune yesterday.

  • AL grassroots leaders oppose party candidate

    The Awami League unit of Shibganj municipality in Chapainawabganj is now divided in two camps after the centre decided to nominate an election candidate who reportedly does not have the confidence of the grassroots members.

    When the ruling party gave its nomination to inactive leader Moyen Khan, it came as a surprise to local grassroots leaders who voted for Karibul Haq Rajin, who had lost his legs during an attack by BNP-Jamaat men, to be the mayoral candidate in the upcoming municipal polls.

  • ‘My son can return if govt intervenes’

    ‘My son can return if govt intervenes’

    “I can get my son back if the government intervenes. I have been waiting for my son for so long, and I cannot hold myself any longer,” said Hazera Khatun, mother of BNP leader Sazedul Islam Sumon who disappeared two years ago.  

    She was describing the ordeal she had been going through since her son disappeared while addressing a press briefing at the National Press Club yesterday.

  • DU female student harassed by bus helper

    A female student of Dhaka University was sexually harassed in a local bus yesterday while she was on her way to the capital from Manikganj.

    The student said she was harassed by the helper of the Shuktara Paribahan bus; the perpetrator’s name is reportedly Mamun.

    The victim said she started from her village home in Manikganj around 1pm yesterday. After some time, the helper came and sat on the empty seat beside her even though most seats in the bus were vacant and there were only 10-12 passengers.

  • No headway in agri univ construction

    Despite having passed around five months after the end of legal procedures, the construction works at Khulna Agriculture University is yet to start.

    Even the authorities concerned have not appointed the project director yet for  building task of the country’s fifth agriculture university.

  • BD elected OPCW EC member

    Bangladesh has been elected member of the Executive Council (EC) of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) for the 2016-2018 term.

    Bangladesh last served in the Council for the period of 2002-2004, according to a message from The Hague yesterday.

    Bangladesh was unanimously elected by States Parties of the Chemical Weapons Convention on December 2 during the 20th Session of the Conference of States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention being held in The Hague, Netherlands from November 30 to December 4.

  • Comilla University turns battle field as BCL factions clash

    At least 10 people were injured as two factions of Comilla University unit Bangladesh Chhatra League locked into a clash with each other over establishing supremacy in Kotbari area yesteday morning.

    Of them, one BCL activist named Majed got wounded badly and he was admitted to Comilla Medical College Hospital.

  • Narail-Lohagara-Kalna road in appalling state

    The 19 kilometre road from Narail to Kalna via Lohagara has become woefully unfit for use barely two years after its reconstruction.

    Potholes have developed in numerous places of the road making it difficult for the vehicles to ply and walking on it wearisome.

    Consequently, accidents are commonplace here these days keeping the commuters in constant fear.

    Sources at Roads & Highways Department, Narail said Tk5 crore had been allocated for carpeting work of the road and the work order was given to contractor firm M/S Shafiq Traders.

  • Minority communities demand special attention

    Minority communities demand special attention

    Leaders of a dozen minority groups from a joint rally in the capital yesterday placed a seven-point charter of demands that include 20% representation in parliament, government jobs and political parties.

    They also warned the government of waging a movement if the demands were not met which they said could resolve the persistent discrimination towards the minority communities.

  • Minimum price suggested for offshore oil and gas production

    A minimum price of $8.50 per mcf to extract oil and natural gas from the Bay of Bengal should be fixed to attract foreign companies, former chairman Petrobangla Dr Hossain Mansur said yesterday.

    The former Petrobangla boss was speaking at a two-day conference of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) being held at Dhaka University (DU).

    The DU student chapter of the SPE and the university’s department of geology jointly organised the programme.

  • How not to break up

    How not to break up

    You can find tonnes of material that gives you free suggestions on how to maintain an everlasting relationship. The thousands of do’s and don’ts are enough to bombard your mind, regardless of their efficiency (or lack of) to improve your love life. However, in this era of constant hook ups and break ups, it’s important to know how to part gracefully.

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