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Wednesday November 22, 2017 01:21 AM



  • Murder of foreigners boosts private security business

    Private security companies are experiencing a heightened demand for their services since the murder of two foreign nationals in the country a few months ago.

    Bangladeshi organisations, mostly business houses and NGOs, are availing the private security services for the foreign nationals that they invite to and host in the country for various purposes.

  • EC turns down BNP’s demand for deploying army

    The BNP yesterday urged the Election Commission to deploy military for the upcoming municipality polls, but the cheif election commissioner turned down the demand.

    Yesterday, a BNP delegation, led by Abdul Moyeen Khan, a former minister and member of the party’s highest policymaking body – the standing committee, went to meet CEC Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad.

    This comes a day after the party’s chief Khaleda Zia raised the demand while speaking at a programme in Dhaka.

  • PM: Country will go ahead

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday expressed her firm optimism that Bangladesh would go ahead overcoming all obstacles with the united efforts of the people of all religions.

    “We have many obstacles. We must overcome the hurdles as we work for welfare of the people. These obstacles could not slow our pace of work,” she said seeking cooperation from all to move the country forward.

    The prime minister said this while exchanging Christmas greetings with members of the Christian community at her Ganabhaban residence.

  • Death row ex-policeman dies at DMCH

    Former Motijheel police station officer-in-charge AKM Rafiqul Islam, sentenced to death for the 2005 killing of a college student, died at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital last night.

    He was taken to the hospital earlier in the evening after he had fallen ill at the Dhaka Central Jail, where he had been staying.

    Rafiqul died around 11pm, confirmed Inspector Mojammel Haque of the DMCH police outpost. But the inspector could not immediately confirm the cause of death or the kind of illness.

  • Nahid: Ministry will ensure quality of textbooks

    The Education Ministry would slap fines on the printing press owners if they use substandard papers for the free textbooks, Minister Nurul Islam Nahid said yesterday.

    “If the quality is not satisfactory, the ministry will fine the printing press owners,” Nahid told a press conference.

    There has been delay in printing the books due to a conflict between the World Bank and the press owners. The minister, however, said that the new books would reach the students on time.

  • Man killed over Tk500 dispute

    A man was killed yesterday over a trivial dispute regarding Tk500 in borrowed money.

    Twenty-three-year-old Ashek Alam, a peon for the Agriculture Ministry, died after his neighbour used a brick to bash his head at the capital’s Mugda Manda area.

    Shah Alam, sub-inspector of Mugda police station, said the 19-year-old neighbour named Masum had earlier lent Tk500 to Ashek. An argument took place between the two when Masum asked for his money back yesterday, prompting Masum to attack Ashek with a brick.

  • Report: Political commitment needed for social and economic growth in South Asia

    A high level of political commitment is needed for South Asia to achieve its economic and social goals, and to sustain economic growth and advance towards human development, an international report stated.

    The report made the observation after exploring whether economic success has provided employment opportunities for people, enhanced job quality, improved food security and reduced poverty and inequalities in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

  • Six Shibir men held

    Six Shibir men held

    Police on late Monday night detained six activists of Islami Chhatra Shibir with hand bombs in their possession from a residence in Rampura of the capital.

    The detainees are Jakir Hossain, 23, Mohammad Shafique, 25, Mohammad Rony, 25, Mohammad Rumman Hossain, 22, Mohammad Ataur Rahman, 23, and Mohammad Abdul Quader, 24.

    Rampura police station Officer-in-Charge Rafiqul Islam yesterday said: “We conducted the drive at a residence in Jomidar Goli Lane of West Rampura following a tip-off and detained them around 11:30pm Monday.”

  • Autorickshaw drivers ignoring metered-fare

    Less than two months after the new metered-fare system was introduced in the capital, most CNG-run autorickshaw drivers are back to not following the fare system set by the government.

    The government had increased the fare of CNG-run autorickshaws on September 10 which came into effect on November 1, with recalibrated meters installed in the autorickshaws.

    Autorickshaw drivers initially followed the government order, but with time, most of them have gone back to the old ways.

  • AL in tight spot over rebel candidate in Raozan

    The nomination-deprived mayoral aspirant of the ruling party in Raozan municipality might put AL in a tight spot while the internal dispute might appear as a boon for the BNP-nominated candidate in the municipality polls slated for December 30. 

    Despite contesting on AL ticket in the forthcoming municipal polls, Debshish Palit, the mayoral candidate in Raozan municipality has become somewhat ‘lonely’ as local senior leaders are not allegedly taking part in the electoral campaign in his favour.

  • EC wants no motorised vehicle during polls

    The Election Commission has asked for issuing restriction on the plying of all types of motorised vehicles from December 29 in the 234 municipal areas that will go to polls on December 30.

    The modes of vehicles include auto-rickshaw, taxicab, human haulier, microbus, jeep, pickup van, car, bus and truck.

    Besides, the EC also sought restriction on movement of motorcycles for four days from December 27 midnight in the election areas.

  • Blogger Rajeeb murder accused denies involvement

    The seven accused including banned militant group Ansarullah Bangla Team chief Mufti Jasimuddin Rahmani yesterday claimed themselves “innocent” in the case filed over the killing of secular blogger Ahmed Rajeeb Haider in the capital in 2013.

    Alleging that they were forced to give confessional statements before magistrates, the accused also claimed that they did not even know Rajeeb.

  • Speaker to MPs: Help people with disabilities

    Jatiya Sangsad (JS) Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury yesterday urged lawmakers alongside the other social groups to extend their hands for the welfare of people with disabilities including the autistic ones.

    “We all have social obligations towards people with disabilities,” she said speaking as chief guest at a workshop on autism and neuro development disorder in the Sangsad Bhaban.

    The Speaker said people with disabilities were part of society and it is the responsibility of all to extend cooperation and show compassion to them.

  • A day in the life of a Dhaka jail inmate

    Dhaka Central Jail, the most important prison in the country that houses some of the most notorious criminals, is also infamous for the hardships that inmates have to go through.

    According to a former inmate, who has recently served 58 days in the jail for sodomy, life in hell could not be worse than spending even a day there.

    “The day begins awfully, standing in an excruciatingly long queue of often over 200 men in front of the toilet,” he said.

  • $12.65bn Rooppur proposal goes to cabinet purchase committee today

    The Science and Technology Ministry will place a proposal for the construction and commissioning of the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant in Pabna at a meeting of the cabinet committee on public purchase today.

    On December 15, the government finalised the amount – $12.65bn – for the costliest project in the country’s history after signing an initial agreement with Russia.

  • BGB-BSF meeting postponed after Delhi plane crash

    The high-level meeting between the Border Guard Bangladesh and India’s Border Security Force slated for today at the BGB Headquarters was postponed yesterday afternoon.

    The meeting was postponed a plane crash near the Delhi airport soon after it took off yesterday morning. According to BGB, 10 people, including two DIG and an official of the BSF, were killed in the accident that compelled the BSF chief, Devendra Kumar Pathak, to postponed the meeting.

  • One million and counting: Migrants/refugees reach European shores

    One million and counting: Migrants/refugees reach European shores

    The International Organization for Migration says its statistics show the number of people fleeing conflict or poverty who have arrived in the European Union by sea this year has hit the seven-digit mark.

    Despite increased coast-guard patrols, razor-wire topped fences, tightened security, the reintroduction of border controls, new laws and refugee distribution schemes, nothing has slowed down the arrivals.

  • One million and counting: Migrants/refugees reach European shores

    One million and counting: Migrants/refugees reach European shores

    The International Organization for Migration says its statistics show the number of people fleeing conflict or poverty who have arrived in the European Union by sea this year has hit the seven-digit mark.

    Despite increased coast-guard patrols, razor-wire topped fences, tightened security, the reintroduction of border controls, new laws and refugee distribution schemes, nothing has slowed down the arrivals.

  • Cameron’s Brexit riddle: Row with EU or with Eurosceptics?

    Cameron’s Brexit riddle: Row with EU or with Eurosceptics?

    When David Cameron urged European Union leaders last week to do a deal to keep Britain in the bloc, he knew he will have to to face a riddle that has haunted Conservative prime ministers for three decades: a row with Europe or a row with Eurosceptics at home?

    Cameron’s bid to renegotiate the terms of Britain’s membership of the bloc ahead of a referendum he sought mid-2016, has hit the rocks over a demand to make working EU migrants wait four years before getting some benefits.

  • Cameron’s Brexit riddle: Row with EU or with Eurosceptics?

    Cameron’s Brexit riddle: Row with EU or with Eurosceptics?

    When David Cameron urged European Union leaders last week to do a deal to keep Britain in the bloc, he knew he will have to to face a riddle that has haunted Conservative prime ministers for three decades: a row with Europe or a row with Eurosceptics at home?

    Cameron’s bid to renegotiate the terms of Britain’s membership of the bloc ahead of a referendum he sought mid-2016, has hit the rocks over a demand to make working EU migrants wait four years before getting some benefits.

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