Wednesday February 21, 2018 03:19 AM

  • Bangladeshi man wins the Titan Principles contest

    Shohag Mostafij, a young Bangladeshi visionary, stunned everybody by winning a extremely cutthroat global competition. Robin Sharma, a Canadian writer, famous speaker, leadership expert and a former litigation lawyer who also authored 15 global best sellers, including The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari and The Leader Who Had No Title initiated the Titan Principles Contest. 

  • Overworked, underpaid and robbed of a childhood

    Overworked, underpaid and robbed of a childhood

    A lack of opportunity compels parents to put their children to work in the fish drying industry where they are routinely paid a fourth of adult wages Tens of thousands of children in Cox’s Bazar toil in the fish drying industry where they are paid just one fourth of what a similarly employed adult would make.

    A large number of the child workers, all of them under 14 years of age, are bonded labourers.

    A government plan to eradicate child labour by 2016 notwithstanding, nearly 40,000 children work in dried fish farms around the Cox’s Bazar coastal area, often in unhygienic conditions.

  • North susceptible to militant attacks in polls, police say

    Rangpur and Rajshahi divisions are at risk of being attacked by militants during the upcoming municipal polls on December 30, according to a police report sent to the Election Commission (EC) on Wednesday.

    The report, signed by Senior Home Secretary Mozammel Haque Khan, recommended special security countermeasures for the two divisions and suggested an increase in law enforcement and intelligence activities.

    Some 364 of the 1,105 polling centres in the two divisions were determined by the report to be at risk for disturbances.

  • 3 PBCP leaders killed in RAB gunfight

    Three leaders of the outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) were killed in an alleged gunfight with RAB forces in Tangail’s Sadar upazila yesterday.

    The deceased are Omar Ali, 34, president of the district unit of PBCP, Abdus Samad, 30, a commander of the party, and Abul Kashem, 35.

    Mahiuddin Faruk, commanding officer of RAB 12, told the UNB that a team of the elite force acted on a tip-off about a secret PBCP meeting and conducted a drive in the Omarpur area around 4am.

  • BNP goes digital for polls campaign

    BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia will seek vote for her party’s candidates for the upcoming municipality commercials through television and newspaper advertisements.

    The newspaper insertions will have pictures of paddy sheaf – election symbol of BNP – and Khaleda Zia picture.

    The television commercial will have a recording of Khaleda Zia’s voice seeking votes for her party’s contestants.

    In addition, leaflets with similar messages will be distributed among voters across the country.

  • Eid-e-Miladunnabi today

    The holy Eid-e-Miladunnabi, the birth and demise of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (pbuh), will be observed in the country today with due religious solemnity.

    On this day in 570, the 12th of Rabiul Awal of the Hijri calendar, Muhammad (pbuh) was born in Makkah of Saudi Arabia with divine blessings and messages of peace for mankind. He also passed away on the
    same day.

    The day is a public holiday.

  • ‘We don’t want to see fresh air sold in bottles’

    In recent years, some of the major hospitals in Dhaka city have been experiencing a rise in the number of patients with respiratory ailments during dry season.

    According to doctors, this also means that more people are getting freshly afflicted by respiratory diseases owing to the ever-rising level of air pollution in the city.

    Dr Momen Khan, indoor medical officer at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH), said: “The number of respiratory ailment-related admissions rises by two to three times during winter than any other season of the year.”

  • Christmas to be celebrated today

    The Christian community of the country will celebrate Christmas today as elsewhere across the world, commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ.

    Christmas, the biggest religious festival of the Christian community, is the celebration of rebirth, new beginning, forgiveness and peace, and renewing relationship with God and human beings.

    Decoration of Christmas trees with colourful lights, special prayers, distribution of gifts among children and exchange of pleasantries will be the main features of the day’s festivities.

  • Youth’s beheaded body found in suitcase

    A beheaded body of a youth was recovered by police yesterday from a suitcase on a rickshaw in Ahmedbagh area of the capital’s Sabujbagh.

    The dead was identified as Ibrahim Khalil alias Suman, 23, son of Abdul Hai Patwari from Faridganj upazila of Chandpur, police said.

    Officer-in-Charge of Sabujbagh police station Mostafizur Rahman said primary information suggested that the body was being moved using the suitcase after murder. 

  • Journalist Sajib’s second wife held

    RAB yesterday arrested the second wife of journalist Aurangzeb Sajib, who was found dead in the Dhaleshwari River three days after his disappearance, in the capital. 

    Anjana Muniya, 30, who tied the knot with Sajib on December 4 this year, was arrested in Shewrapara of Mirpur, where she lives with her family.   

    RAB said she was arrested for interrogation over the death of Sajib, whose body was recovered from the river in Munshiganj on Wednesday. 

  • Hawkers society protests demolition of sale centres

    The Dhaka Hawkers Multipurpose Cooperative Society has protested the demolition of two sale centres adjacent to Gulistan Supermarket and T&T building in the capital’s Gulistan. 

    The sales centre had been demolished without notice and disobeying High Court, read a statement issued by the organisation yesterday. 

    Mostofa Kamal, the body’s president, said the sale centres were allocated at the name of the society following the president’s directive.

  • Gemini Sea Food’s 33rd AGM held

    The 33rd annual general meeting of Gemini Sea Food Limited was held at Celebrity Convention Centre in the capital’s Dhanmondi on Wednesday. 

    Amina Ahmed, chairperson of the company, presided over the meeting, which was attended by directors and shareholders, said a press release. 

    At the meeting, a 15% dividend on paid-up capital was proposed for the shareholders. Also, a report of the directors on the company’s operations till the fiscal year ending on September 30, 2015 was presented at the consent of the shareholders. 

  • Chinese company to improve power transmission in Ctg

    A state-of-the-art substation and a 9km long underground transmission line are going to be set up at the port city at a cost of Tk2.93bn.

    Two separate agreements were signed between Power Grid Company of Bangladesh (PGCB) and China-based Jiang Su Etern Co Ltd in this regard at a city hotel on Wednesday.

    As per the agreement, Jiang Su Etern will establish a 230/132KV substation at Shikalbaha in Chittagong within the next 24 months. A total Tk1.9961bn will be spent for the substation.

  • No bar to Ranishankoil, Gafargaon polls

    The Supreme Court yesterday stayed a High Court order that had halted polls to Ranishankoil municipality in Thakurgaon and Gafargaon municipality in Mymensingh.

    Following the court order, there will be no legal bar to hold polls to these municipalities slated for December 30, said Deputy Attorney General Ekramul Haque Tutul.

    On December 22, a High Court bench stayed the election to Gafargaon municipality in Mymensingh for three months following a writ petition filed by M Ali, a resident of Gafargaon union, for staying the polls over boundary dispute.

  • ‘Municipal polls an opportunity for Election Commission’

    Bangladesh Nationalist Party Vice-Chairman Abdullah Al Noman yesterday urged the Election Commission to hold the forthcoming municipal polls slated for December 30 in a free, fair and credible manner.

  • Seven police officials promoted to additional IGP

    Seven police officials have been promoted to the rank of additional inspector general of police, according to a written circular issued by Home Ministry Deputy Secretary Suriya Parvin.

    The officials were presented with new rank badges at a programme in the Police Headquarters (PHQ) yesterday. All the officials were deputy inspector generals.

  • BNP brings allegations of harassment

    Bangladesh Nationalist Party backed mayoral candidate at Belkuchi municipality in the district has brought allegations against Awami League men for harassment on the candidates belonging to the party-led alliance as well as on their campaigners in the upcoming polls.

    Indiscriminate attacks were being carried out on the candidates belonging to them.

    Even attacks were being made on the houses and family members of the candidates, said BNP men.

  • Bandarban hoteliers fear losses as EC bans outsiders’ stay

    Hotel and motel owners urged DC to relax the restrictionTourism business owners in Bandarban are fearing losses after the Election Commission (EC) banned the stay of outsiders in the district, except voters, as part of its measures to ensure peaceful municipal elections slated for December 30. 

    Bandarban district administration sources said no outsider, except voters, would be allowed to stay in the district between December 28 midnight and January 1 midnight.

    The EC informed the district returning officer of the restriction in a letter. 

  • Major Thai human trafficking trial kicks off

    Thai authorities must step up witness protection for a major human trafficking trial with the accused including an army general and one investigator fleeing the country fearing for his life, activists said on Thursday as the first witnesses gave evidence.

    The case includes 88 defendants allegedly involved with lucrative smuggling gangs that were trafficking Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in Myanmar, holding them for ransom in jungle camps before granting onward passage to Malaysia.

  • Myanmar yaba trader killed in gunfight

    An alleged Myanmarese yaba trader was killed in gunfight with Border Guard Bangladesh at Teknaf in Cox’s Bazar yesterday.

    The deceased was Md Darbesh, 20.

    BGB Teknaf-42 battalion Commander Lieutenant Colonel Abuzar Al Zahid said on a tip-off, a BGB team conducted a drive in the area while yaba traders were smuggling the drugs through the Naf River near Keora forest.

    Sensing the presence of the BGB, the smugglers fired at them prompting retaliation, triggering a gun battle.

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