Tuesday February 20, 2018 05:47 AM

  • Child domestic help sets herself on fire

    A 10-year-old domestic help set herself on fire in the capital’s Ramna area yesterday morning, allegedly having had enough of her employers’ torture.

    Doctors at Dhaka Medical College Hospital, where the child was taken, said she sustained 95% burns and is currently in a critical condition.

    “Her respiratory organs have been badly damaged,” said Dr Partha Shankar Paul, resident surgeon at the DMCH’s Burn Institute, while talking to the Dhaka Tribune.

  • Quality education hampered due to shortage of students, teachers

    Kazipur A M U Government Girls’ High School at Kazipur upazila in the district suffers shortage of students, teachers and staffs posing a big challenge to the attainment of quality education.

    Locals said when almost all the educational institutions in the country were busy with new enrolment of students, the situation was quite opposite in the school.

    Despite having required infrastructure, the school with 300 seats is running with only 22 students and seven teachers due to mismanagement and lack of proper monitoring, they alleged.

  • Land office employee injured in attack

    An employee of the Naria Sub-Registry office was injured in an attack by miscreants in Rupbaburhat area of Zanjira upazila of the district yesterday.

    The victim was Md Shahidul Islam, the clerk of the Naria upazila land office hailing from Satdaria village of Rajoir upazila in Madaripur district.

    A gang of four miscreants on a motorcycle waylaid Shahidul in the area around 5am on his way to Dhaka along with some important official documents, said sources at the land office.

  • Chittagong battles traditional brick kilns to protect environment

    Traditional brick kilns in Chittagong are posing a serious threat to environment as 80% of them are yet to adopt environment-friendly low-emission technologies. 

    The Department of Environment (DoE) issued a circular in September 2010 asking brick fields to upgrade their emission system by September 2012. The deadline has been extended until June 30, 2016.

  • Jubo League man killed as Bogra transport workers clash

    A Jubo League leader was killed in a clash between two groups of transport workers in Bogra’s Santahar yesterday noon.   

    Shafiqul Islam, general secretary of Jubo League’s Santahar union unit, died after he was hacked with sharp weapons.

    At least 10 others were also injured in the clash that broke out in CSD Gate area between CNG-run autorickshaw and battery-run easy bike workers in the wake of a longstanding turf war. The injured were sent to different hospitals.

  • Fascism undercover of democracy, alleges BNP

    BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir yesterday alleged that the Awami League-led government has established fascism in the country undercover of democracy.

    “We’re now going through an absolute fascist rule undercover of democracy. There’s a despotic rule here,” the BNP leader said.

  • Irregularities dry up possibilities in Parbatipur

    A river re-excavation project in Dinajpur that was supposed to provide better irrigation facilities among other benefits has done little to make the lives of locals better.

    Between January 2013 and June 2014, the Water Development Board (WDB) implemented the Tk123.84 crore project of re-excavating and constructing regulators on the Kharkharia River in Dinajpur’s Parbatipur upazila and creating a protection embankment on the Dhepa River in Kaharol upazila. Bangladesh Climate Change Trust Fund financed the project, aiming to provide multiple benefits to over 10,000 people.

  • Speakers: Bangladesh in urgent need of climate research facilities

    Speakers: Bangladesh in urgent need of climate research facilities

    Research facilities to study climate change is a necessity in Bangladesh to help the country formulate a specific plan of action to combat the negative impact of global warming, speakers said in the capital yesterday.

    Speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the second annual conference of Gobeshona, a knowledge-based platform in the country, speakers said a good research can identify the state of a particular problem, or crisis, and figure out a way to resolve it.

  • EC mulls 2nd phase municipal polls in March

    The Election Commission is reportedly thinking about organising the second phase of elections to remaining municipalities in March.

    In the first phase, 234 municipalities out of 323 went to polls on party lines on December 30. Re-polls will be held at 20 of those municipalities on January 12.

    An election commissioner, seeking anonymity, told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday that the EC would meet shortly after the re-polls to discuss the second phase. The municipalities in this phase will include those where the mayors’ tenures will end in April and May.

  • Rights body accuses AL MP of grabbing Hindu land

    Human rights monitoring group Ain o Salish Kendra yesterday claimed that the ruling party’s lawmakers from Thakurgaon and some other areas were involved in grabbing the land of the Hindus.

    ASK Executive Director Sultana Kamal, also an adviser to a former caretaker government, said that they had got proof of the allegations against Thakurgaon MP Dabirul Islam and his followers during a visit to Baliadangi on November 24-25.

    A team visited the area to scrutinise the allegation of torture on the Hindus on June 19 last year.

  • Muhith: Bangladesh lacks marine science, tech resources

    Bangladesh still lacks skilled manpower and institutional capacity that are required to use modern marine technology, said Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday.

    Addressing the inaugural ceremony of a conference on coastal and marine environment in the country, the minister said: “We still don’t have the science and technology to use coastal and marine resources. We are behind the Maldives and Thailand in this regard.

  • IS claims responsibility for Jhenaidah murder

    International militant group Islamic State yesterday claimed that their members had killed the elderly homoeopathy doctor in Jhenaidah, Chhamir Uddin Mandal, on Thursday.

    The US-based SITE Intelligence Group that monitors extremist activity said the jihadist group had asserted that it killed the man because he converted from Islam, Reuters said.

    "Soldiers of the caliphate were able to eliminate the apostate, named 'Samir al-Din', by stabbing him with a knife," SITE quoted the group as saying.

  • AL denies trying to split up 20-party

    The Awami League yesterday said it had never attempted to split up the members of the BNP-led 20-party alliance, adding that the AL did not believe in ruining other political parties.

    “The BNP is announcing falsehood against the government and Awami League. In the history of Awami League, there has been no record of us splitting up any political party. Rather, it was BNP founder Ziaur Rahman who tried to ruin and ban Awami League after the assassination of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman,” said the party’s Joint General Secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif.

  • PM: BNP lost municipal polls for arson attacks

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the BNP failed to secure votes in the recently-held municipal elections because of its nationwide arson attacks carried out as part of the anti-government protests early last year. 

    She said voters did not vote for BNP candidates because of the spate of firebomb attacks that were made in different parts of the country in an attempt to topple the government.  

  • One in six Cox’s Bazar kids out of school

    One in six Cox’s Bazar kids out of school

    With children feeling compelled to choose employment over education in the littoral areas of Cox’s Bazar, schools are emptying out at an alarming rate.

    Pronouncements about a literacy rate target of 100% are lost beneath the sound of crashing waves on the seaside, where hundreds of children busily salt and cure fish when they should be in class.

    The poverty-stricken district’s annual average dropout rate is a staggering 16.88%.

  • 1.5 million attend Jumma prayers at Ijtema

    1.5 million attend Jumma prayers at Ijtema

    Thousands of Muslim devotees joined Bishwa Ijtema on the bank of the Turag River in Tongi of Gazipur as the first phase of the congregation began yesterday.     

    Ijtema began in the morning, with the main sermon, known as Aam Boyan, given by India’s Mawlana Abdur Rahman after the Fajr prayers.

    Even though the main sermon was given in Urdu, it was translated into Bangla, English, Arabic, Tamil, Malay and Turkish languages as Muslims from different countries joined the congregation.

  • A father indeed

    Looking back at the BNP-led 20-party alliance blockade of 2015, the Dhaka Tribune’s Mohammad Jamil Khan seeks out the survivors
    of the firebomb campaign and reports on how they are doing
    The worst part of Abul Hasan’s ordeal has been dealing with his eight-year-old son’s reaction to his disfigurement.

    Wife Rina Begum explains: “Our only son, Rifat, used to love climbing onto my husband’s shoulders. But since the attack, Rifat does not even sit near his father.

    “I often find my husband shedding tears about this. I understand my husband’s pain but I am powerless to do anything about it.”

  • Dipon’s Jagriti will keep publishing books

    Jagriti, the publishing house of Faisal Arefin Dipan, will be there at this year’s Amar Ekushey Book Fair. There will be new books, too, from the house.

    However, there has been confusion over participation of Shuddhashar, the publishing house of  Ahmedur Rashid Tutul who was attacked by militants in Lalmatia last year.

    The father of slain secularist publisher Faisal Arefin Dipan said his son’s publishing house will take part in the upcoming book fair and bring out some new books.

  • Rupture with Iran may not have been Saudi aim, but Riyadh has no regrets

    Rupture with Iran may not have been Saudi aim, but Riyadh has no regrets

    The diplomatic rupture with Iran triggered by the execution of a Shia cleric was probably a side effect of a decision taken by Saudi Arabia for domestic reasons, rather than the outcome of a deliberate ploy to enrage its regional opponent.

    But whether or not they intended to raise the heat in a tense rivalry that already underpins wars across the Middle East, Saudi Arabia’s new rulers have shown no sign of regret.

  • Sharp drop in Rohingya migrants after Thai, Bangladesh crackdowns

    Sharp drop in Rohingya migrants after Thai, Bangladesh crackdowns

    The number of migrants leaving Myanmar and Bangladesh by boat in the past four months has plummeted because of Thai and Bangladeshi crackdowns on human smugglers, the United Nations and a rights activist said on Friday.

    Thai police launched a sweeping campaign against smuggling gangs in May following the discovery of 30 bodies in graves near a human-trafficking camp close to the Malaysian border.

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