Tuesday February 20, 2018 05:56 AM

  • Trader goes missing in Hazaribagh

    A local trader in the capital’s Hazaribagh area went missing on Tuesday, and his family claimed that he had been picked up by police. 

    But police denied the claim, and also said they had no information on the whereabouts of Rafiqul Islam Nobel, 37.  

    A general diary was also filed with Hazaribagh police station in this connection.

    Officer-in-Charge of Hazaribagh police station Alimuzzaman Alim told the Dhaka Tribune Nobel went missing after he went out of the house in Rayerbazar on Tuesday evening.

  • Swimming lessons dent child drowning rate

    Swimming lessons dent child drowning rate

    Gleeful giggles and the sound of splashing water fill the air in the Sirajganj village of
    Pal Para.

    In an enclosed section of a village pond, Sumaiya Akhter, 7, and her friends learn to swim from a trainer who is in the water with them, going over the finer points of a good stroke.

    The sight is a relief in a country where drowning is the leading cause of child death.

    One may ask how tiny Pal Para village in Raiganj upazila, a hamlet of potters amid Sirajganj’s famed communities of weavers, came to host a community swimming class.

  • Bangladesh to be ‘people-centric’ regional hub

    The government hopes to make Bangladesh a people-centric regional hub where not only economic but also development and social issues are addressed.

    “We are thinking of creating a regional hub where welfare will get the focus,” said a senior Foreign Ministry official asking not to be named.

    The traditional regional connectivity concept typically focuses on the movement of goods but now it is being widened to include issues like inequality, people-to-people contact, food security and energy cooperation, he said.

  • Victory on many levels

    Victory on many levels

    Such a day has never come for them before, when they finally get to sing “Amar Shonar Bangla, Ami Tomay Bhalobasi” to celebrate the Victory Day of a land where they lived practically like foreigners for four and a half decades.

    The 39,000 or so residents of the 111 former Indian exclaves in Bangladesh yesterday celebrated their first Victory Day, something that they have seen their friends do every year and something that they did not have the right to until a few months ago.

  • Bangladesh celebrates 45th Victory Day

    Vowing afresh to establish a non-communal and prosperous Bangladesh, the nation yesterday celebrated the 45th Victory Day, paying rich homage to the three million martyrs for their supreme sacrifice for the country’s independence.

    The National Memorial in Savar was bedecked with wreaths placed by thousands of people of all walks of life, as they with a deep sense of respect remembered the best sons and daughters of the soil on the glorious and joyous day.

  • Rich-poor divide over agriculture subsidies

    Developing and developed countries are divided over a proposal to eliminate agriculture subsidies and ensure a level playing field for agriculture exports under the World Trade Organisation (WTO) trade regime.

    The rift surfaced during statements made by trade ministers and their representatives at the plenary session of the 10th WTO Ministerial Conference in Nairobi, Kenya yesterday.

    The difference of opinions came to the fore over a proposal submitted to the WTO earlier to completely eliminate subsidies on the export of agricultural products.

  • WTO reaches consensus on relaxing rules of origin

    The member states of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) reached a consensus on easier rules of origin for least developed country (LDCs) exports at the trade negotiations in Nairobi, Kenya yesterday.

    Member countries agreed to an LDC demand for preferential treatment for export products that have at least 25% value addition in the manufacturing country, under the rules of origin (ROO).

    That means the total export value of an LDC export product can have up to 75% imported components and still enjoy duty-free and quota-free market access to developed country markets.

  • Dhaka mayors promise waiving holding tax for freedom fighters

    The two mayors of Dhaka have promised to waive holding taxes for freedom fighters living in the country’s capital city.

    Sayeed Khokon, mayor of Dhaka South City Corporation, was the first to make this promise while speaking at a Victory Day reunion programme of freedom fighters at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

    Earlier, the freedom fighters unanimously requested the mayor to consider waiving holding taxes for them and their families who own houses in the city.

  • It’s all apathy on the surface

    The looming municipality polls could have been just another local government affair for the two major political camps of the country.

    But as the polls this year will be partisan, meaning the fight will be between two symbols, the ruling Awami League and out-of-parliament opposition BNP have reasons to take things seriously, although its all apathy on the surface from both sides.

    While the ruling party claimed to have done no “cost-benefit” analysis, the BNP has nonchalantly termed the mayoral polls a “win-win exercise.”

  • Chhatra League, Shibir clash in Chittagong

    Chhatra Shibir-dominated Chittagong Government College in the port city turned into a battle field as the members of the student wings of Awami League and Jamaat-e-Islami locked into a fierce clash on the campus yesterday noon.

    The college authorities after an emergency meeting chaired by Principal Prof Jasmine Akhtar declared three male dormitories and another for the female closed for an indefinite period.

  • Female soldiers march for the first time

    A 27-member contingent of Indian veterans, who fought alongside Bangladesh’s freedom fighters, also took part in the paradeOn the 44th anniversary of Bangladesh’s liberation, the first all-female army contingent, led by Major Nilufar Sultana, marched in the Victory Day Parade at the National Parade Ground in the capital.

    Another all-female contingent of police and paramilitary troops, led by Assistant Inspector General of Police Rebeka Sultana, also took part.

    President Md Abdul Hamid took the salute from the armed forces and the police at the parade ground yesterday morning.

  • Mandatory online pay fixation starts today

    The fixation of salaries and pensions of the country’s 2.1 million civil servants and pensioners under the 8th pay order goes online today.

    The new mandatory online system moves away from the lengthy and corruption-prone paper-based system, official sources said.

    A Finance Division official said: “We are launching a dedicated website – www.payfixation.gov.bd – for state salaries and pensions.”

    The finance minister will launch the website today.

  • One killed in gas cylinder blast

    A man was killed and four others, including three children, were injured yesterday in a gas cylinder blast at a fair arranged on occasion of Victory Day in Boalkhali upazila of Chittagong.

    The dead Jakir Hossain, 40, was a hawker, said Boalkhali Officer-in-Charge Samsul Islam.

    The injured Sentu Mia, 40, and the children Sani, Sakib and Naimuddin were sent to Chitttagong Medical College Hospital, police said.

    The OC said the incident took place at Paschim Gomdandi High School of the district’s Patiya.

  • Pakistan condemns media reports on diplomat in Dhaka

    The Pakistan High Commission, Dhaka yesterday condemned local media reports regarding one of its officials’ militant connection as “utterly baseless.”

    The “story” was leaked to the press by the Detective Branch of police, and a section of the press published the same, “without any verification worth the name,” said a press release of the Pakistan High Commission.

  • Six Bogra municipalities could see tough contest between BNP, AL candidates

    A fierce competition in the mayoral race has been expected mainly between the ruling party Awami league and BNP blessed candidates in six of nine municipalities of the district.

    Sources said such voting fight could erupt between independent and AL-backed candidates in the rest three municipalities.

    In Bogra municipality, three candidates – AL-backed Advocate Rezaul Karim Mantu, BNP’s Advocate AKM Mahbubur Rahman and Islami Oikkya Jote’s candidate Engineer SM Shamsul Hoque – are vying for the mayoral post.

  • Voters to see triangle fight among independent, BNP and AL candidates

    People of Khagrachhari sadar municipality are expecting to see triangle contest among independent, BNP and Awami League candidates in the upcoming municipality election.

    Independent candidate and running Khagrachhari municipality mayor Md Rafiqul Alam is being considered as heavyweight candidate along with Awami League candidate Md Shane Alam and BNP candidate Advocate Abdul Malek Mintu, local sources said.

  • AL suspends four including rebel mayor candidate

    Awami League has suspended its four leaders including a renegade mayoral candidate in upcoming polls who defied the party’s instructions to withdraw nomination at Kalai municipality in the district.

    Sources said Sazzadur Rahman Kazal, member of Kalai upazila unit Swechha Sebak League got nomination as an independent mayoral candidate in the municipality.

    Sirajul Islam, president of the upazila unit Swechha Sebak League, the municipality unit secretary Habubul Hasan and president Sazedur Rahman also supported Kazal.

  • ‘Robber’ killed in B’baria ‘gunfight’

    A suspected robber was killed in a gunfight between his cohorts and police at Dharanti village in Sarail upazila early yesterday.

    The deceased was identified as Bashir, 40, a resident of the village.

    Tipped off that a group of 10-12 robbers were taking preparation to commit
    robbery in the area, a team of police
    conducted a drive there around 3 am, said Ali Arshad, officer-in-charge of Sarail police station.

  • Nasim: Khaleda-Ershad rewarded razakars

    Health Minister Mohammad Nasim yesterday said Khaleda Zia and Ershad during their tenures rewarded razakars, but Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had given due respect to freedom fighters.

    “The prime minister has showed them the way how to live life with dignity. If freedom fighters did not fight for the nation, we would not get our independence. The people who disrespect our freedom fighters should not be forgiven.”

    The minister made the statement while addressing a reception for freedom fighters at M Monsur Ali auditorium in Sirajganj.

  • Missing schoolboy found dead

    Police recovered the decomposed body of a schoolboy yesterday in the district who went missing on December 11.

    The victim was Ismail Hossain Riad, son of Firoz Bhuyan and student of Class IV of Edbardi Government Primary School at Brahmandi union under Araihazar upazila.

    Rekha Akter, mother of Riad, said her son went missing while he was returning from nearby mosque in the evening.

    Later, the father of the boy filed a general diary with Araihazar police station.

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