Sunday February 18, 2018 07:41 AM

  • Enact witness protection law, says High Court

    The High Court has directed the government to take necessary steps to formulate a law for the security of the witnesses of criminal cases.

    While hearing a bail petition by a murder accused, the HC bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Amir Hossain gave the order yesterday.

    They said it should be done in order to ensure that witnesses appeared before courts without fear and criminal cases could be disposed  off quickly.

  • ‘We don’t have a Plan B because we don’t have another planet’

    ‘We don’t have a Plan B because we don’t have another planet’

    The high-level segment of climate negotiations began in Paris yesterday, with a call for ministers to work hard to remove roadblocks that still remain in the draft text of the climate agreement.

    A host of unresolved issues remain, confined within brackets of the draft text, after hectic negotiations in the first week of COP21.

    Developing a financing mechanism for adaptation to climate change impacts and mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions will take centre stage during the next couple of days.  

  • Call for awareness of sexual medicine

    The South Asia Society organised the second annual international conference on Sexual Medicine in Dhaka on Sunday.

    At the programme, speakers discussed how people recover from wrong treatment, which put their sexual lives at risk for years, by applying modern methods. SASSM, along with five other organisation of physicians, participated in the programme.

  • Renewables to slash 1.7 gigatonnes of emissions per year

    Current actions on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in Developing Countries could reduce emissions by 1.7 gigaton a year by 2020, a new study said.

    The study named Narrowing the Emissions Gap: Contributions from renewable energy and energy efficiency activities, also said that Initial analysis of almost 6,000 projects targeting renewable energy and energy efficiency in developing countries could reduce CO2 emissions by about 1.7 gigatons a year by 2020.

    The findings, released yesterday at COP21 in Paris carried out by the 1 Gigaton Coalition.

  • Temple blast investigating officer withdrawn

    Dinajpur police yesterday withdrew the investigating officer (IO) of the Kantaji temple blast case, the second policeman connected to the case to be withdrawn.

    Sources in Dinajpur police confirmed that both policemen were on duty at the blast site when three bombs went off around 1:15am on Saturday.

    Police said a business rivalry between two members of the ruling Awami League was the likely cause of the bombing.

  • HC: Remove illegal structures within 10m of highways

    The High Court yesterday asked the government to remove illegal structures within 10 metres of the country’s highways with immediate effect.

    It also asked the government to set up central reservations on the highways to prevent accidents and amend a
    highway related rule which allows construction of structures within 10 metres of the highways.

  • BNP candidates urged to see polls through to the end

    The BNP, whose mayoral candidates in
    Dhaka and Chittagong city corporations pulled out of the polls midway, has asked its candidates to stay put in the election race until the end.

    A highly placed source in the party told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday that acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and Joint Secretary General Mohammad Shahjahan have held a meeting to devise strategies on the municipality polls slated for December 30.

  • Medical bills making 6.4 million people poor every year

    Around 6.4 million Bangladeshis become poverty-stricken each year just by paying their medical bills, health specialists have said at a two-day scientific conference in Dhaka.

    The finding was mentioned in a keynote speech by Additional Director General of Health Services Prof Dr Abul Kalam Azad, who also told the programme at the ICDDRB venue that the available infrastructure, facilities and manpower must be utilised properly to ensure healthcare for all.

  • Power and Energy Week starts Dec 10

    The Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources will observe Power and Energy Week from December 10 to 12, to create public awareness of the efficient use of energy.

    The ministry has planned programmes to observe the week across the country, Power Cell Director General Mohammad Hossain told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday. President Md Abdul Hamid is scheduled to formally inaugurate the event at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) in the capital.

  • Nizami’s appeal hearing to end today

    The state prayed for upholding the death penalty of war criminal Motiur Rahman Nizami yesterday – the concluding day of its arguments placing.  

    Attorney General Mahbubey Alam told the four-member Appellate Division of Supreme Court led by the Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha that only death sentence is appropriate for the war criminal as the nation wants justice for the martyrs of 1971.

    He said the Al-Badr Bahini, an auxiliary force of the then Pakistani army, was formed when Nizami was the president of Islami Chhatra Sangha in 1971.

  • Bangladesh prepares drone policy

    The Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (Caab) is planning to formulate a policy on the use of drones in Bangladesh. Remote-controlled toy aircraft for children will also fall under this policy.

    The Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Civil Aviation and Tourism Ministry yesterday held a meeting at the Jatiya Sangshad building. 

    After the meeting, chairman of the committee Faruk Khan said Caab is making a draft policy on the use of drones. The draft policy will be finalised after consultation with experts. 

  • Failure to arrest perpetrators leaves women and children vulnerable

    Violence against women and children continues to rise in the country as police mostly fail to arrest the perpetrators, experts said.

    They said the number of arrests made in connection with incidents of violence against women and children is insignificant.

    But law enforcement officials disagreed, saying that this is not the reason why there is an increase in violence.

    They said they succeed in arresting the culprits most of the time but have to release them later due to lack of evidence.

  • AL’s rebel candidates start withdrawing nominations

    A day after the Election Commission finished its scrutiny of nomination papers, some of Awami League’s rebel candidates have already started to withdraw their candidacy from the upcoming municipality polls.

  • Prime suspect in murder of Japanese woman remanded

    A Dhaka court yesterday placed Zakir Patwary Ratan on a four-day remand in a case filed over the murder of Japanese woman Hiyori Miyeta who allegedly died of cholera in the city’s Uttara area on October 29.

    Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Md Kaisarul Islam passed the order after Officer-In-Charge (investigation) of Uttara East police station Abu Bakar Miah, also investigation officer of the case, produced him before the court seeking a 10-day remand for grilling him.

  • Moulvibazar voters astonished as two BNP-backed candidates quit early

    Voters in Moulvibazar are surprised at the decision of two incumbent municipality mayors not to contest the upcoming elections.

    Faizul Karim Mayun, former general secretary of BNP’s Moulvibazar district unit and mayor of Moulvibazar municipality, was fielded by his party but he announced two days before submitting his nomination form that he would retreat from the mayoral race. 

    After his announcement, the BNP fielded Oliur Rahman, who is the president of the party’s Moulvibazar municipality unit and councillor of Ward 5.

  • AL Chapainawabganj councillor candidate hospitalised after attack

    An Awami League councillor candidate and his wife were injured in an attack at their house in Chapainawabganj early yesterday.

    Abdul Khaleq Milon said it was a terrorist attack and the attackers took away 26 bhoris of gold ornaments and Tk50,000 in cash.

    Milon lives in north Bhabanipur of Chapainawabganj municipality area and will contest the upcoming polls from Ward 1.

    Police said five to six men broke into Milon’s house, and attacked him and his wife Nasrin Khatun. 

  • Indian contractors pick Chinese firm to survey offshore blocks 4 and 9

    A Chinese geophysical service firm has been selected to conduct a two-dimensional seismic survey in Bangladeshi waters of the Bay of Bengal by contractors Indian state-owned ONGC Videsh Limited and Oil India Limited.

    Bangladesh signed deals with ONGC Videsh and Oil India on February 17 last year to search for oil and gas in two offshore blocks in the Bay of Bengal.

    Chinese firm BGP is expected to begin the surveys to determine the volume of reserves in blocks 4 and 9 in February next year.

  • SC removes bar on holding Singair municipality polls

    The Supreme Court has cleared the way for local elections to be held in Singair municipality of Manikganj on December 30.

    Appellate Division Chamber Judge Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain removed the restriction by staying until January 21 an earlier High Court ruling that had postponed the Singair munipal polls for six months.

    On December 1, High Court Justice Zinat Ara and Justice AKM Shahidul Huq had postponed the election after hearing on a writ petition that alleged errors in the municipality voter list.

  • Time extended again for RAB to submit report

    A Dhaka court yesterday again asked the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) to submit the probe report on journalist couple Sagar Sarwar and Meherun Runi murder case before it by January 18.

    Metropolitan Magistrate Muhammad Younus Khan passed the order as investigation officer (IO) Wares Ali, also an assistant superintendent of police of the RAB, yesterday failed to submit the probe report on the scheduled date.

    Earlier, the court has fixed 44 dates asking RAB to submit the probe report in the case but the elite crime busting force has failed to submit the report.

  • Salauddin Quader Chowdhury’s lawyer gets bail

    The High Court has granted a one-year bail to Barrister Fakhrul Islam, the lawyer of Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, in a case filed for leaking the executed war criminal’s tribunal verdict.

    The bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Amir Hossain passed the order yesterday, Deputy Attorney General AKM Moniruzzaman Kabir told the Dhaka Tribune, adding that they would appeal against the decision.

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