Wednesday February 21, 2018 09:08 AM

  • New Dhaka Jail inauguration still uncertain

    Prison authorities are still not sure as to when the new premises of Dhaka Central Jail in Keraniganj will be inaugurated.

    Sources said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is set to inaugurate the newly-built prison located in the Tegharia area of Keraniganj, on the outskirts of the capital. But she has not been able to confirm a date for the inauguration, resulting in the postponement of the event.

  • Hannan Shah: Bangabandhu played historic role in withdrawal of allied forces

    BNP leader ASM Hannan Shah yesterday said Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman played a historic role in sending back the allied forces after the country’s Liberation War.

    “When he returned to Bangladesh after the Liberation War, the biggest role he played was that he made Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi promise that she would withdraw the allied forces very soon,” he said.

  • Gulistan to be hawker-free, says Khokon

    Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) mayor Sayeed Khokon announced to free the footpaths in city’s Gulistan area.

    The mayor made the announcement while demolished illegal structures on the footpaths in city’s Gulistan area yesterday.

    Khokon led the eviction drive started from Golapshah Mazar at Bangabandhu Avenue and local traders tried to resist.

    They alleged that the leaders of ruling Awami League’s associate bodies-Jubo League, Swechha Sebak League among others had given permission to run the business.

  • MPO teachers to get 8th pay scale salaries

    The non-government Monthly Pay Order (MPO) listed teachers in the country will be able to draw salaries and get other benefits in line with the recently enacted Eighth National Pay Scale, according to a gazette notification by the Ministry of Education yesterday.

    “MPO-listed teachers will get salaries and other facilities from the effective date of the Eighth National Pay Scale, which is on July 1, 2015,” said the gazette notification.

    Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid also made the announcement at a press briefing at his office yesterday.

  • Local heroes raise climate hopes

    Local heroes raise climate hopes

    Farida Parvin is not your regular paddy farmer from one of the worst salinity-hit districts of Bangladesh.

    While other paddy growers have given up hope in the face of extreme salinity in the soil, this woman from Shyamnagar of Satkhira district took the climate change-induced phenomenon right on the face.

    Using entirely traditional indigenous technology, she has so far developed at least 14 hybrid varieties of paddy that can tolerate salinity of up to 3ppt (parts per thousand).

  • Housewife burnt to death for dowry

    A housewife was allegedly burnt to death for dowry yesterday at Daulatpur village in Nabiganj upazila of the district. The deceased was Gita Rani Das, wife of Liton Das.

    Sources said locals found the burnt body of Gita at a house of one of her relatives in the morning and informed police.

    Later, the police recovered the body and sent it to Nabiganj police station.

    Gita’s elder brother Sanjit Das said: “Liton used to torture my sister for dowry after marriage. He also married another woman last year.”

  • AL softens towards rebel leaders

    The Awami League has softened its stance on expelled rebel candidates by giving them a last chance to get back membership if they pull out of the race and throw their weights behind party-nominated mayoral candidates.

    The ruling party went soft soon after the BNP-led 20-party alliance announced that it would participate in the election jointly in 234 municipal polls on December 30.

  • Nazmul new BUP pro-VC

    Professor Dr Nazmul Ahsan Kalimullah has been appointed as the pro-vice chancellor of Bangladesh University of Professionals (BUP) recently.

    He joined his office at BUP on December 15, 2015, says a press release of Bangladesh University of Professionals (BUP)

    Professor Dr Nazmul Ahsan Kalimullah joined Dhaka University in 1984. He served as the chairman of Public Administration Department of Dhaka University.

  • PM to BGB: Stay alert against incidents like the BDR mutiny

    PM to BGB: Stay alert against incidents like the BDR mutiny

    Prime Minster Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) personnel to remain alert so that incidents like the 2009 BDR mutiny does not occur in the future.

  • Army member injured in Comilla attack dies

    A member of the armed forces who was injured in an attack in Comilla’s Chauddagram upazila on December 10 died in hospital yesterday. 

    Rashed Tanvir Rubel, who hailed from Mahadebpur village in the upazila’s Kashinagar union, succumbed to injuries at the Combined Military Hospital in Dhaka.

    He was critically injured at his house in an attack made by a man named Yasin Miah from the nearby Alipur village in the morning on December 10.

    Yasin and his supporters made the attack after an altercation with Rubel’s family over money.

  • JMB operative confesses in Iskcon temple attack case

    Shariful Islam, the detained member of banned militant outfit Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh, has admitted his role in the gun and bomb attack on an Iskcon temple in the district’s Kaharole on December 10.

    In his confessional statement, Shariful also named his two other accomplices who had launched the attack during a religious meeting leaving two people injured.

    Redowanul Rahim, officer-in-charge of Dinajpur police’s Detective Branch, said that they were conducting raids to arrest the duo.

  • IS denounces Saudi-led coalition

    Islamic State threatened to attack Saudi Arabia for “colluding with crusaders” after the oil-rich kingdom said it had established a 34-state Islamic military coalition to target the militants.

    In a weekly publication documenting its military activities, the jihadist group described as “morons and fools” the 34 members of the coalition which Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has said will be headquartered in Riyadh to coordinate mutual anti-terrorism assistance across the Islamic world.

  • AL candidate alleges division in campaigns

    AL candidate alleges division in campaigns

    Concerted campaigns by local party members has given the BNP-backed mayor candidate for Kurigram municipality a head start over his Awami League-backed rival, who claims that a division within the party’s district unit is impeding his progress.     

    Abdul Jalil, who has been fielded by the Awami League, told the Dhaka Tribune he is vigorously campaigning to win the support of voters but not all party members are working for him during electioneering.

  • Khagrachhari BNP candidates doubt free, fair election

    BNP-backed candidates in Khagrachhari sadar and Matiranga municipalities are apprehending that the upcoming municipality election would not be held in free and fair manner as the ruling party Awami League men are reportedly trying to manipulate the election.

    The two candidates also urged the district administration to play impartial role in ensuring a free and fair election.

  • PM urged to help safeguard polls code

    The Election Commission (EC) urged ministers, members of parliament and government officials not to violate the electoral code of conduct ahead of the country’s inaugural partisan municipal elections.

    Election Commissioner M Shah Newaz yesterday told reporters at the EC secretariat that he had urged Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to look into the matter.

    He said returning officers had been instructed to take swift action against anyone who violates the code of conduct.

  • Khulna city dwellers to get salinity-free water from 2017

    Khulna, the country’s third largest city, is going to have a sustainable water supply system free of salinity as the Khulna Water Supply Project (KWSP) is expected to be completed by 2017.

    The project aims to augment the water of the Modhumoti River through treatment to the water distribution network in the southwestern divisional city to ensure reliable access to drinkable water free of salinity.

  • Khaleda to skip court today

    Khaleda Zia will not appear before court today in Zia Charitable Trust and Zia Orphanage Trust graft cases on health ground.

    “BNP chairperson will not be able to appear before the court as she is psychically unwell,” said Kahleda’s counsel Md Sanaullah Miah.

    This is the third time the BNP chief will be skipping trial proceedings following her return to the country.

  • Washington’s allies in Iraq disturbingly similar to its foes

    Washington’s allies in Iraq disturbingly similar to its foes

    It was one of the most shocking events in one of the most brutal periods in Iraq’s history. In late 2005, two years after the US-led invasion toppled Saddam Hussein, US soldiers raided a police building in Baghdad and found 168 prisoners in horrific conditions.

    Many were malnourished. Some had been beaten.

  • Extension of recruitment age limit for govt jobs demanded

    Students of different colleges and universities in the port city yesterday demanding raising the age limit by five years for government jobs.

    The present maximum age limit for applying for government jobs is 30 for all citizens except children of the freedom fighters.

    The students under the banner of Sadharan Chhatra Parishad came up with the demand from a human chain formed on Chittagong Press Club premises.

    The speakers at the human chain said the government should raise the maximum age limit for recruiting government employees.

  • BNP demands army’s magistracy power

    Maruful Islam,  Bangladesh Nationalist Party backed mayoral candidate and current mayor of Jessore municipality sought magistracy power for army personnel in the municipality elections to avert any untoward incident.

    He made the demand while briefing journalists yesterday at Jessore Press Club. Local leaders of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party Rafiqur Rahman Toton, Golam Mostofa, advocate Md Ishaque and Syaed Saberul Haque Sabu were present at the function.

    Munir Ahmed Siddique, vice-president of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party presided over the function.

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