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Wednesday November 22, 2017 08:58 PM



  • MK-11 sniper rifle found at JMB den

    MK-11 sniper rifle found at JMB den

    Detectives seized a state-of-the-art sniper rifle and army uniforms and badges among other things by busting a JMB den in Chittagong’s Hathazari upazila yesterday.

    The drive was conducted on the basis of information given by three Chittagong University students – all from the physics department – arrested in different parts of the port city a day before.

  • Baghmara bomb similar to Mirpur grenades

    The remains of the bomb that went off in the Baghmara Ahmadiyya mosque on Friday have similarities with the hand grenades seized from a JMB den in Dhaka’s Mirpur, an investigator has said.

    Seeking anonymity, a member of the police team investigating the mosque blast told the Dhaka Tribune that the outer shell of the bomb is a GI pipe connector.

    Galvanised Iron or GI pipes are generally used in water supply networks. The use of GI pipe connectors in making bombs was unheard of until now.

  • Polls campaign ends tonight as violence escalates

    Electioneering is scheduled to end tonight amid escalation of violence in a number of areas out of the 234 municipalities that are going to the polls on December 30.

    Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad too yesterday acknowledged the fact of clashes and violence to reporter after he came out of his office.

    “Clashes are erupting and candidates are being assaulted and harassed too in some municipalities but at the same time we are taking steps and hope the situation will improve very soon,” he said.

  • Khaleda: Fair polls will bring debacle for Awami League

    Accusing the ruling party of carrying out propaganda in the name of election survey, BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday said the ruling party will face a debacle in the December-30 municipal election if it is held fairly.

    Speaking at a programme of a group of journalists, she again claimed that her party candidates will get 80 percent votes as the voters are waiting to cast their ballots in favour of sheaf of paddy, the election symbol of BNP.

  • BNP: Army deployment essential for fair polls

    The BNP has reiterated that army deployment is essential to ensure the safety of voters and the proper staging of a free and fair municipal election.

    BNP Standing Committee member Abdul Moyeen Khan made the remarks to reporters after leading a five-member delegation to an hour-long meeting with Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad at the capital’s EC secretariat yesterday.

    However, dismissing the BNP’s concerns, the CEC said the election atmosphere has been good so far, with the exception of a few sporadic incidents.

  • Dhaka, Chittagong mayors struggled to bring changes

    Dhaka, Chittagong mayors struggled to bring changes

    Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Mayor Annisul Huq, Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Mayor Mohammad Sayeed Khokon and Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) Mayor AJM Nasir Uddin have struggled to address the existing problems in the city corporation areas after they took office following the April 28 elections.

    Since 2011 when Dhaka City Corporation was divided into two parts, the condition of roads, footpaths, drains and the sewerage system in both DNCC and DSCC areas remained poor for lack of proper monitoring and maintenance, said urban planners and locals.

  • CSMUN conference ends

    The four-day Chittagong Summit Model United Nations (CSMUN) conference came to an end with a concluding ceremony yesterday evening at Hotel Agrabad in Chittagong.

    Nurul Islam, honorary consul of Japan, and Prof Dr Md Jahangir Alam, vice-chancellor of Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology (CUET), attended the ceremony as special guests, while M Moniruzzaman, officer-in-charge of United Nations Information Centre, Dhaka, and Nader Khan, chairman of Techno-Cider International School, were the guests of honour.

  • Probe agency collects info on POWs as well

    Alongside gathering information on local war criminals, the investigation agency of the war crimes tribunal has also been digging information on the 195 Pakistani prisoners of war whenever and wherever possible.

    The agency is now waiting for the right environment and higher authorities’ nod for starting investigation against prisoners of war (POWs).

    Abdul Hannan Khan, coordinator of the agency, yesterday said that they need the government’s directives before starting investigation because another country (Pakistan) is involved with this.

  • JUTA starts 6-day work abstention from today

    Jahangirnagar University Teachers’ Association (JUTA) has announced a six-day work abstention programme as their demands regarding the Eighth National Pay Scale have not been met yet. The abstention starts today.

    Following a decision made by Federation of Bangladesh University Teachers’ Associations (FBUTA), JUTA called for the work abstention through a press release issued yesterday and signed by JUTA General Secretary Prof Mafruhi Sattar, our JU correspondent reported

  • BAEC officials stopped from boarding flight

    A delegation of Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC) were stopped from boarding a flight to Dhaka at Mumbai airport.

    They went to the airport on Thursday with excess luggage and were asked by Jet Airways authorities to pay extra charges for the additional weight, which led to a heated argument between the two parties.

    BAEC Chairman Mohammad Monirul Islam said they went back from the airport and flew to Dhaka on Friday after paying the additional charge.

    “They made a mistake. They should have paid the charge earlier,” he said.

  • Russian company interested in revamping Khulna thermal plant

    A Russian company has shown interest in investing in Bangladesh’s energy sector including the out of sorts Khulna Thermal Power Plant, for which the government has failed to find an investor.

    The Inter Rao Ues, a diversified energy holding company headquartered in Moscow, wants to take part in the reconstruction of the existing power plants including the one in Khulna.

  • Behind the scenes, Pakistan’s army helped revive talks with India

    The quiet involvement of Pakistan’s powerful military in its foreign policy this year paved the way for reviving a stalled dialogue with India, officials said, a thaw leading to the first visit to Pakistan by an Indian premier in almost 12 years.

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s surprise trip to meet Pakistani premier Nawaz Sharif on Friday raised hopes that stop-and-start negotiations between the nuclear-armed neighbours might finally mean progress after more than 65 years of hostility.

  • Behind the scenes, Pakistan’s army helped revive talks with India

    The quiet involvement of Pakistan’s powerful military in its foreign policy this year paved the way for reviving a stalled dialogue with India, officials said, a thaw leading to the first visit to Pakistan by an Indian premier in almost 12 years.

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s surprise trip to meet Pakistani premier Nawaz Sharif on Friday raised hopes that stop-and-start negotiations between the nuclear-armed neighbours might finally mean progress after more than 65 years of hostility.

  • Taliban denies reports of establishing contacts with Russia over IS

    The Taliban denied reports that representatives had met Russian officials to discuss the common threat from Islamic State in Afghanistan as a British newspaper reported that President Vladimir Putin had met the Taliban leader.

    Last week, a senior Russian official was quoted saying that Russia’s interests “objectively coincided” with the Taliban in the fight against Islamic State, which has established a foothold in eastern Afghanistan.

    He said channels of communication had been established with the Taliban to exchange information.

  • Taliban denies reports of establishing contacts with Russia over IS

    The Taliban denied reports that representatives had met Russian officials to discuss the common threat from Islamic State in Afghanistan as a British newspaper reported that President Vladimir Putin had met the Taliban leader.

    Last week, a senior Russian official was quoted saying that Russia’s interests “objectively coincided” with the Taliban in the fight against Islamic State, which has established a foothold in eastern Afghanistan.

    He said channels of communication had been established with the Taliban to exchange information.

  • China adopts first domestic violence law, excluding gay couples

    China’s parliament on Sunday passed the country’s first law against domestic violence, which covers unmarried people who cohabit but does not protect gay couples, a senior lawmaker said.

    China previously did not have a special law covering violence in the family, an issue often ignored to avoid bringing shame upon the family in traditional Chinese culture.

    The new law prohibits any form of domestic violence, including psychological abuse, and helps streamline the process for obtaining restraining orders.

  • China adopts first domestic violence law, excluding gay couples

    China’s parliament on Sunday passed the country’s first law against domestic violence, which covers unmarried people who cohabit but does not protect gay couples, a senior lawmaker said.

    China previously did not have a special law covering violence in the family, an issue often ignored to avoid bringing shame upon the family in traditional Chinese culture.

    The new law prohibits any form of domestic violence, including psychological abuse, and helps streamline the process for obtaining restraining orders.

  • Controversial counter-terrorism law enacted in China

    China’s parliament passed a controversial new anti-terrorism law on Sunday that requires technology firms to hand over sensitive information such as encryption keys to the government and allows the military to venture overseas on counter-terror operations.

    The law has attracted deep concern in Western capitals, not only because of worries it could violate human rights such as freedom of speech, but because of the cyber provisions. US President Barack Obama has said that he had raised concerns about the law directly with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

  • 100,000 flee flooding in Paraguay, Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay

    More than 100,000 people have had to evacuate from their homes in the bordering areas of Paraguay, Uruguay, Brazil and Argentina due to severe flooding in the wake of heavy summer rains brought on by El Niño, authorities said on Saturday.

    In the worse affected country, Paraguay, around 90,000 people in the area around the capital city of Asuncion have been evacuated, the municipal Emergencies Office said. Many are poor families living in precarious housing along the banks of the River Paraguay.

  • 100,000 flee flooding in Paraguay, Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay

    More than 100,000 people have had to evacuate from their homes in the bordering areas of Paraguay, Uruguay, Brazil and Argentina due to severe flooding in the wake of heavy summer rains brought on by El Niño, authorities said on Saturday.

    In the worse affected country, Paraguay, around 90,000 people in the area around the capital city of Asuncion have been evacuated, the municipal Emergencies Office said. Many are poor families living in precarious housing along the banks of the River Paraguay.

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