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Wednesday November 22, 2017 12:31 AM



  • Nuclear power plant deal signed

    Bangladesh and Russia have signed a general contract for the construction and commissioning of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant in Pabna at a cost of $12.65 billion.

    The deal was signed at Sonargaon Hotel on Friday evening.

    Md Monirul Islam, chairman of Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission and Vladimir N Savuskin, vice president of Atomostroyexport signed the deal on behalf of their respective companies.

    Speaking as the chief guest in the ceremony Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhit said: “A very old dream has come true today”.

  • Nuclear power plant deal signed

    Bangladesh and Russia have signed a general contract for the construction and commissioning of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant in Pabna at a cost of $12.65 billion.

    The deal was signed at Sonargaon Hotel on Friday evening.

    Md Monirul Islam, chairman of Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission and Vladimir N Savuskin, vice president of Atomostroyexport signed the deal on behalf of their respective companies.

    Speaking as the chief guest in the ceremony Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhit said: “A very old dream has come true today”.

  • Slipshod policing to blame

    Local police could have played a better role to prevent some of the recent militant attacks on religious establishments across the country.

    Police stations had prior information about several of the 12 such attacks made in the last three months including Friday’s attack on an Ahmadiyya mosque in Rajshahi’s Baghmara, the Shia mosque attack in Bogra and the Hussaini Dalan bomb blasts in Dhaka.

    But in most cases, police either did not take enough security measures or did the bare minimum by only cautioning the authorities of those religious establishments.

  • Autopsy report: Dead youth was suicide bomber

    Autopsy report: Dead youth was suicide bomber

    An autopsy on the youth killed in Friday’s suicide bomb attack on the Ahmadiyya mosque in Rajshahi’s Baghmara upazila confirmed that the dead was the carrier of the improvised bomb.

    Meanwhile, the Islamic State (IS) yesterday claimed responsibility for the bomb attack, SITE Intelligence Group said.

    It quoted the Islamic State as saying that soldiers of the Caliphate in Bangladesh carried out the first suicide bombing at the mosque during polytheist rituals.

  • Joy: Protest in front of Khaleda Zia’s house

    Prime Minister’s ICT Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy blasted BNP chief Khaleda Zia for questioning the number of martyrs in Liberation War and asked people to stage protests in front of her house.

    “I urge everyone to protest in front of Khaleda’s house. Show her and the BNP that the memories of our brothers and sisters slaughtered by her Paki masters and Jamaat henchmen cannot be wiped out by their propaganda,” he wrote on his Facebook page on Saturday.

    “Join me in demanding Khaleda go back to Pakistan,” he said.

  • Social media blackout key focus of 2015

    The sudden ban on the use of popular social media platforms and the public reaction are easily the key focus of the information and communication sector in 2015.

    On November 18, the government blocked popular social media website Facebook and instant messaging applications Viber and Whatsapp on security grounds.

    That came three days before high profile war criminals Salauddin Quader Chowdhury and Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid were hanged, although one of the government’s junior ministers said there was no connection between the executions and the ban.

  • Minister: Probe to find who attacked Bagmara mosque

    Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan yesterday said whether the bomb blast at the Ahmadiyya mosque in Bagmara upazila, Rajshahi was a suicide attack will be clear after the investigation is complete.

    “It is not clear yet whether it is a suicide bomb blast or not; it will be known after investigation,” he said while talking to reporters after attending the opening session of annual general meeting of Crime Reporters Association of Bangladesh (CRAB) at Dhaka Reporters Unity as chief guest.

  • Ballot papers sent to municipalities

    The Election Commission (EC) on Friday began distributing election equipment, including ballot papers, to returning officers of the municipalities that would go to polls on December 30.

    The distribution of the equipment began from Bangladesh Government Press, said EC Deputy Secretary Shahjahan Khan.

    Over 21 million ballot papers have been distributed for the elections this time, he said.

    Equipment was sent to Chittagong, Barisal, Khulna, Sylhet and Rangpur on Friday, and to Rajshahi, Mymensingh, Faridpur, Dhaka and Comilla yesterday, amid tight security.

  • Pak diplomat under watch for one year

    Pakistani diplomat Faeena Arshad had been under observation by different intelligence agencies for the last one year.

    “Her activities were dubious and that’s why we put her under observation to have concrete evidence against her,” said a senior government official.

    Arshad worked in Bangladesh for almost three years.

    The Foreign Ministry last week informally asked the Pakistan High Commission to withdraw her and she was withdrawn and went back to Pakistan on Wednesday.

  • Foreign observers less interested in city polls

    Foreign observers are less interested in the December-30 municipal election as only two organisations have applied to the Election Commission to watch the polls.

    According to sources at the EC Secretariat, only two foreign watchdogs – Democracy International and International Human Rights (IHRC) – submitted their applications for watching the countrywide municipal polls.

    But 15 foreign organisations observed the election of three city corporations held in April 28 last in the country’s capital and the port city.

  • Mirpur flat was bomb-making training centre, say investigators

    Mirpur flat was bomb-making training centre, say investigators

    The flat on the fifth floor of a building in the capital’s Mirpur 1 from where seven men were held in connection with militant activities on Thursday was used as a centre that provided training in making bombs, said investigators. 

    Detective Branch (DB) sources said at least 10 Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) members were trained in the flat. 

    Three of the seven people arrested during Thursday’s raid are JMB members. 

  • CSMUN conference concludes today

    The four-day Chittagong Summit Model United Nations (CSMUN) conference will conclude today.

    The conference, which began on December 24 at Techno-Cider International School in the city’s Nasirabad area, saw delegates from home and abroad coming together and engage in debates focusing on pressing local and global issues.

    “The conference offers the delegates a chance to engage themselves in debates on pressing global issues and enable them to become world leaders of tomorrow,” said SIM Shadman Sheikh, secretary general of the CSMUN 2015.

  • BFUJ demands job security of journalists

    Golam Mohiuddin Khan, newly elected president of a faction of the BFUJ, yesterday demanded the job security of journalists and bringing an end to the culture of their unlawful termination by media outlets.

    Speaking at the first meeting of the 19-member BFUJ (Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists) committee at its office at National Press Club, he also called for removing the growing trend of salary discrimination and creating scopes for the employment of out-of-work journalists.

  • BNP: Polls violence growing for EC’s inaction

    BNP yesterday alleged that the incidents of election violence and terrorism are growing sharply due to inaction of the Election Commission.

    BNP Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi made the allegation at a press briefing at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office following attacks on BNP chairperson’s advisers Mir Mohammad Nasiruddin and Ruhul Alam Chowdhury in Chittagong and Khagrachhari.

  • 71km human chain formed to save Turag

    Environmentalists formed a 71km long human chain on the banks of Turag River yesterday morning demanding an end to pollution and grabbing of the river.

    The Turag flows across Tagnail, Gazipur and Dhaka districts and is linked to the Jamuna river system through the Lohajong River in Tangail. It joins the Buriganga River near Mirpur in the capital. The Environment Department has already declared it an “Ecologically Critical Area (ECA).”

  • Mirza Fakhrul: Govt has killed 500 BNP men in 2 years

    Mirza Fakhrul: Govt has killed 500 BNP men in 2 years

    The government has shot at least 500 activists of the BNP dead and abducted at least 200 in the past two years, claimed Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, acting general secretary of the BNP, in Dinajpur yesterday.

    “This government has installed an undemocratic system in the country… they were trying to establish a one-party state,” Fakhrul said at a public gathering in Neemnagar Busstand area in Dinajpur town around 12pm yesterday. “Newspapers have been shut down, freedom of expression is being oppressed.”

  • Mirza Fakhrul: Govt has killed 500 BNP men in 2 years

    Mirza Fakhrul: Govt has killed 500 BNP men in 2 years

    The government has shot at least 500 activists of the BNP dead and abducted at least 200 in the past two years, claimed Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, acting general secretary of the BNP, in Dinajpur yesterday.

    “This government has installed an undemocratic system in the country… they were trying to establish a one-party state,” Fakhrul said at a public gathering in Neemnagar Busstand area in Dinajpur town around 12pm yesterday. “Newspapers have been shut down, freedom of expression is being oppressed.”

  • Mir Nasir attacked during electoral campaign in Rangunia

    BNP leader Mir Mohammed Nasir Uddin allegedly came under attack by ruling Awami League men during an electoral campaign yesterday at Rangunia municipality in Chittagong.

    Talking to the Dhaka Tribune, Mir Nasir – advisor to the BNP chairperson and a former minister – alleged that Chhatra League and Jubo League men had attacked him when he was campaigning in favour of BNP-nominated mayoral candidate for the upcoming municipal elections in Rangunia.

  • Mir Nasir attacked during electoral campaign in Rangunia

    BNP leader Mir Mohammed Nasir Uddin allegedly came under attack by ruling Awami League men during an electoral campaign yesterday at Rangunia municipality in Chittagong.

    Talking to the Dhaka Tribune, Mir Nasir – advisor to the BNP chairperson and a former minister – alleged that Chhatra League and Jubo League men had attacked him when he was campaigning in favour of BNP-nominated mayoral candidate for the upcoming municipal elections in Rangunia.

  • Section 144 imposed at Kalai municipality

    The local administration has slapped section 144 at Kalai municipality in the district for 12 hours from yesterday morning as BNP-backed mayoral candidate and a rival candidate of the party called separate programmes at the same venue and time for the day.

    The restriction will remain in force from 6am to 6pm.

    A tense situation was prevailing as Bangladesh Nationalist Party backed mayoral candidate Sajjadur Rahman Sohel and rival candidate Anisur Rahman Talukder called meetings in the bus stand area in the morning for polls campaigning.

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