Sunday February 18, 2018 07:33 AM

  • EC: No discriminatory electoral symbols for women in future

    The Election Commission has assured that the gender discriminatory electoral symbols for women candidates would be removed from the list in the next Union Parishad elections.

    EC Secretary Sirajul Islam came up with the statement while addressing a press briefing yesterday, a few hours after a delegation of women candidates termed the symbols humiliating and urged the commission for a revised allocation.

  • HC: Don’t produce arrestees before media prior to court appearance

    The High Court has observed that the inspector general of police (IGP) should instruct the police not to produce any arrested persons before the media prior to producing them before the respective court.

    The bench of Justice Enayetur Rahim and Justice M Amir Hossain came up with the observation yesterday while pronouncing a verdict over a 2009 bomb explosion at Gazipur police chief’s office during a press briefing. 

    In its verdict, the court commuted JMB member Md Mamunur Rashid alias Jahid’s death sentence to life-term imprisonment.

  • EC to Home Ministry: Ensure poll security

    The Election Commission has asked the Home Ministry to ensure that the municipal election slated for December 30 is held in a free and fair manner.

    The letter signed by EC Secretary Sirajul Islam was sent to Senior Secretary of Home Affairs Dr Md Mozammel Haque Khan yesterday.

    In the letter, the EC has asked the ministry to ensure security of the candidates and to look after overall security during the polls.

    Usually, the EC officials sit with law enforcement agencies after finalising candidates. The meeting is scheduled for December 19.

  • BNP-Jamaat local leaders to decide seat-sharing

    The BNP has decided to let grassroots leaders of the BNP-Jamaat alliance sort out how they would share mayoral seats among themselves for the December 30 municipal polls.

    If they fail to decide themselves, BNP sources said that party Chairperson Khaleda Zia – as a backup – has a list prepared with names of finalised candidates.

    The decisions were made at a BNP Standing Committee meeting at Khaleda's Gulshan office last night.

  • NBR to dig deep into money laundering

    The National Board of Revenue will dig deep into money laundering issues so that those responsible for capital flight can be identified, NBR Chairman Nojibur Rahman said yesterday.

    There are many problems, but the authorities will work in their own way without being influenced by anyone and will not back off in the face of the so-called threats, he added.

    “As we dig deep, we are seeing many ugly faces,” the chairman told a press briefing at the NBR headquarters in the city yesterday.

  • Mental health act still in darkness

    ‘There are only 200 psychiatrists, 50 clinical psychologists and less than 24 educational and counselling psychologists offering treatment in Bangladesh’It was in 1983 when authorities first initiated the process of formulating an updated mental health act. But 32 years later, as we enter 2016, even a draft act is yet to get the nod from the ministries concerned.

    Mental health specialists say the British era’s Lunacy Act of 1912 has lost its effectiveness and appropriateness. A new act is desperately needed not only to protect people from mental illness but also to ensure comprehensive mental health services for all.

  • Chittagong Jamaat ameer among 56 held

    Police in Chittagong arrested 56 people, including the district unit Ameer of Jamaat-e-Islami Professor Ahsan Ullah and two top Islami Chhatra Shibir leaders, in different parts of the district on various charges yesterday.

    Kotwali police station Inspector (investigation) Nur Ahmed told the Dhaka Tribune Jamaat Ameer Ahsan Ullah and central Shibir leaders Enamul Kabir and Golam Mostafa were detained from Chittagong Central Jail gate area.

  • 1 killed, 2 burnt in Dhaka mess fire

    A motor parts trader was killed and two of his employees sustained burn injuries after their accommodation was set on fire at Narinda intersection in the capital’s Wari area early yesterday.

    The deceased, Sumon, 48, son of late Ismail Miah of Munshiganj, owned two auto parts stores in Dholaikhal.

    The two injured – Shahidul Islam, 18, and Shakib, 35 – are siblings and are the sons of late Sultan Shikdar of Munshiganj. 

    Sumon’s brother Rajon, who lives nearby, took the three to Dhaka Medical College Hospital around 5am.

  • Race to the finish threatens vulnerable country goals

    With just a day to go before the global climate summit in Paris comes to a close, a big question mark hangs over whether the final agreement will be legally binding or voluntary.

  • UN study: Climate change impacting human rights

    The impacts of climate change has been largely affecting human rights across the world by posing threats to biodiversity, ecology as well as food security, a new United Nations study has said.

    “Climate Change and Human Rights,” released on Human Rights Day yesterday ahead of the new climate agreement, provides a comprehensive study of the links between human rights, law and climate change.

    It says that anthropogenic climate change is the largest and the most pervasive contemporary threat to the natural environment and human rights.

  • Sylhet Cadet College reunion on Dec 24-26

    The much awaited gala occasion for the ex-cadets of Sylhet Cadet College, 7th OCAS reunion 2015 will be held at the college campus on December 24, 25 and 26.

    President Abdul Hamid would be the chief guest of the closing ceremony of the event on December 26, Old Cadets’ Association of Sylhet issued a press release on Thursday.

    The press release said the president would witness the parade of existing and former students of this prestigious institution.

  • Rebel gets AL backing in Shariatpur

    Awami League has changed its mind and given its nomination to the party’s rebel candidate in Shariatpur municipality.

    The ruling party extended its support to Farroque Ahmed Talukdar yesterday, after the previously nominated candidate Rafiqul Islam Kotowal’s candidacy was cancelled because he is accused of defaulting loan at Janata Bank’s Karwan Bazar branch.

  • MP versus nominee standoff heating up in Shahjadpur

    Things have been heating up between the Awami League nominated mayoral candidate for the Shahjadpur municipality in Sirajganj and the local lawmaker, who also belongs to the ruling party.

  • Sreepur municipality residents long for amenities

    Discussions among residents of Sreepur municipality area in Gazipur in the run-up to the municipal polls are dominated by frustration over the lack of a number of facilities.

  • Human Rights Day celebrated

    Human Rights Day celebrated

    The 67th International Human Rights Day was celebrated yesterday in many districts of the country with a call to ensure human rights to all.

    In Khulna

    The district administration, South Asian Crime Watch and Legal Aid Center (ASK)  chalked out elaborate programmes including discussion, rally and human chain, to mark the day, said our correspondent.

  • Bir Shrestha Ruhul Amin’s death anniv observed

    The 44th death anniversary of Bir Shreshtha Ruhul Amin, one of the seven greatest heroes of the Liberation War, was observed in the district with befitting manner.

    Bangladesh Navy Khalishpur headquarter (BNS Titumir) and Rupsha Press Club chalked out daylong programmes which included recitation from the holy Quran, placing wreaths at the martyr’s graveyard, discussion meeting, milad mahfil, badminton tournament and prize distribution.

  • Facebook blackout ends

    After an over three week-long blackout, the government has finally unblocked popular social networking site Facebook, but a temporary ban on mobile messaging services WhatsApp and Viber remains in effect.

    Users yesterday were able to access the Facebook app around 2 pm and the website around 2:15pm, ending the 22-day block on the poplar social networking site.

  • Moja losss? admin arrested

    Within two and a half hours of unblocking Facebook, the Rapid Action Battalion arrested a Facebook page administrator yesterday afternoon.

    The arrestee was identified as Refayat Ahmed, 28, administrator of Facebook page Moja losss?

    RAB arrested Refayat in Bashundhara residential area around 4:30pm, Major Rumman Mahmud, deputy director of the RAB legal and media wing, said.

  • Tk50 crore child budget lies idle

    Half the fiscal year has passed since the government approved the country’s first-ever child budget, but little has been done to implement it.

    Negligence and a lack of policy have been blamed for the failure to act on the Tk50 crore allocation targeting at-risk children.

    “It was a great move to introduce a special budget for the betterment of children. But there has been no implementation due to a lack of proper management,” said Alison Subrata Baroi, director of Supro, a network of grass roots non-government organisations.

  • Iskcon temple attacked

    At least two people were injured as miscreants opened fire on the Hindu devotees gathered at a temple for a religious conference in Dinajpur’s Kaharole area.

    Locals chased the attackers and held one Shariful Islam, 25, when they were fleeing the scene, said OC Monsur Ali Sarker of Kaharole police. He hails from Polashbari of Gaibandha.

    Bullet injured Ranjit Chandra Roy, 45, and Mithun Chandra Roy, 27, were taken to Dinajpur Medical College Hospital.

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