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Wednesday November 22, 2017 05:02 AM



  • The grammar of climate change

    The grammar of climate change

    Outside of the legal and specialised professions, the words “shall” and “should” are mostly interchangeable in everyday layman use.

    According to Oxford dictionaries, one meaning of should is “indicating a desirable or expected state” while one definition of shall is “expressing an instruction, command, or obligation.”

  • Mosque committees under scanner

    The government has started working on the mosque management committees in Dhaka and elsewhere in the country as it thinks the committee members and the imams can play a key role in uprooting militancy by educating the devotees about the radicalisation.

    An intelligence agency has recently been tasked to look into the mosque committees alongside inspiring the Islamic scholars to raise their voices against religious extremism. Islamic Foundation is assisting the agency with necessary information, sources said.

  • Govt mulls billion-dollar bond float for power projects

    The government is considering issuing a $1 billion bond on the Singapore Exchange to raise funds for power sector mega-projects because the projected capital requirement for the sector is not domestically available.

    “We have roughly estimated that by 2040, we need $35 billion in the power sector. Raising that amount through government mechanisms is not possible,” according to Additional Secretary Dr Ahmed Kaikaus, chairman of Bangladesh Energy and Power Research Council (BEPRC).

  • Amu: Relocate tanneries in 72 hrs

    The government will shut down the tanneries in the capital’s Hazaribagh area if their owners fail to relocate those to Savar Tannery Estate within 72 hours.

    Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu instructed the Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industry Corporation (BSCIC) to send legal notices to the owners and close down their tanneries if they fail to shift those to Savar within the given time, said a handout of the ministry.

  • 7.6MW solar plant planned in Sirajganj by 2017

    State-owned North-West Power Generation Company Ltd (NWPGCL) has decided to set up a 7.6MW solar power plant in Sirajganj by next year.

    “We are going to install the plant as part of our renewable energy programme. With increased awareness of the adverse effects of global warming due to greenhouse gas emission, efforts are made all over the world to curb emission by increasing energy generation from renewable energy resources,” NWPGCL Managing Director AM Khurshedul Alam told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday.

  • Trial in Tazreen Fashions Factory fire case begins

    A Dhaka court yesterday started trial in the much-talked murder case filed over the death of at least 112 workers in a devastating fire at Tazreen Fashions factory in Ashulia area in 2012.

    Judge SM Saiful Islam of the Dhaka’s First Additional District and Sessions Judge’s Court recorded the testimonies of Sub-Inspector Khairul Alam, also the plaintiff, and Sub-Inspector Shahjalal Miah, the recording officer of the case.

  • UK asks for better security at Dhaka airport

    The British authorities have expressed concerns about the vulnerable security situation at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, and has asked Dhaka to improve its conditions.

    They also requested a sustainable action plan from Dhaka to ensure proper security measures at the airport, otherwise complexities regarding continuation of Dhaka-London direct flights might arise.

    A senior government official said security situation at airports around the world heightened after a bomb exploded inside a Russian plane in Egypt in October.

  • Sheikh Hasina : Zero tolerance to terrorism

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has reiterated her government’s stance of zero tolerance to terrorism and said no one would be allowed to use Bangladeshi soil to plan insurgency against any country.

    The premier made the statement when Manik Dey, minister for power, urban and rural development and transport of the Indian State of Tripura, called on her at her official residence Ganabhaban yesterday, reports UNB.

    The PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting.

  • Facebook appoints Bangla translator

    Facebook has appointed a translator to interpret Bangla status posted by users on the popular social networking site.

    Facebook took the move to filter the objectionable contents being posted in Bangla language which is socially derogatory in Bangladesh.

    Confirming the appointment of Bangla translator, State Minister for Posts and Telecommunications Tarana Halim yesterday said: “The social networking site gave the appointment in response to a recent letter of Bangladesh.”

  • ACC grills five Janata Bank officials in a non-funded loan scam

    The Anti-Corruption Commission yesterday questioned five officials of the state-owned Janata Bank in connection with a Tk1,500 crore non-funded loan scam.

    The bankers are Assistant General Manager of the corporate branch Abdullah Al Mamun, Senior Executive Officer Sakhawat Hossain, Executive Officer Jesmin Khatun, Jinia Jesmin, and Senior Principal Officer Jesmin Akhter.

    A team led by ACC Director Mir Jainul Abedin Shibly questioned the bank officials at the commission’s head office from 11am to 4pm.

  • Awami League’s grand rally in capital today

    The ruling Awami League Awami League will hold a grand rally in the capital today to mark the Home Coming Day of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on January 10.

    The rally will be held at the historic Suhrawardy Udyan at 2:30pm while Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will chair the rally.

    Awami League General Secretary Syed Ashraful Islam in a press release urged the leaders, activists and supporters of the party and it’s affiliated bodies to join the rally.

  • Verdict in Netrakona razakars’ case any day

    The International Crimes Tribunal will deliver its judgement any day in a war crimes case filed against notorious razakar leaders Obaidul Haq Taher and Ataur Rahman Noni of Netrokona.

    The three-member tribunal headed by Chairman Justice Anwarul Haque yesterday concluded recording the closing arguments of the prosecution and the defence.

  • Biman CEO Kyle Haywood resigns

    Kyle Haywood, managing director and CEO of Biman Bangladesh Airlines, has resigned from his post on health grounds on Sunday. 

    M Asaduzzaman, acting managing director & CEO of Biman Bangladesh Airlines, told the Dhaka Tribune that Kyle has refused to keep his duty as CEO of Biman on health grounds. 

    Board of directors of the national flag carrier had earlier told him to continue his duty for the betterment of the organisation.

  • Nasim: People rejected BNP in municipal polls

    Health and Family Welfare Minister Mohammad Nasim yesterday said the people rejected BNP in municipal polls.

    “BNP has got a reply to its arson activities,” he said speaking as the chief guest at a function marking the orientation of the first year students of the first batch of Mugda Medical College in the city.

    The minister hoped the people will vote for Awami League in the national election to be held in 2019.

  • Mosharraf’s bail order upheld

    The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court yesterday upheld the High Court bail order for BNP leader Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain in a money laundering case.

    According to defence lawyer Khandaker Maruf Hossain, there is no bar for his release from jail after the order as no other case is pending against him.

    A four-member Appellate Division bench headed by Chief Justice SK Sinha passed the order resolving a plea filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) seeking a stay on his bail.

  • Civil society’s inclusion in development projects stressed

    The government can achieve better outcome from money it spends on different development projects if those include thoughts from different quarters in the decision-making process, speakers said at a discussion yesterday.

  • 6 private universities to be operative in 6 months

    Six more new private universities will start their academic programme in the next six months, according to the Ministry of Education.

    Muhammad Saifullah, Information and Public Relations Officer of the Education Ministry, confirmed the matter to the Dhaka Tribune.

    On January 6, 2016 six private universities got approval from the Ministry of Education.

  • CU worried over students’ ID card forgery

    Authorities of Chittagong University (CU) are gravely worried as members of militant organisations are involved in criminal activities posing themselves as the students of the public university.

    Criminals are dodging law enforcement agencies as online central database system and machine-readable identity card system are yet to be developed which can clarify the identity of students.

  • 73 sued over Jubo League man murder

    A case was filed yesterday against 73 people in connection with the killing of a Jubo League leader at Adamdighi upazila, Bogra.

    Nur Islam, president of Santahar CNG Owners Association Shafiqul Islam, filed the case with Adamdighi police station in the morning.

    Shahin Reza, sub-inspector of Adamdighi police station, said police arrested Ashraful Islam Mantu, Awami League leader and also the chairman of Santahar union parishad and Abdul Latif, president of Santahar municipality unit Jatiya Party in this connection.

  • Tea garden workers to go on indefinite strike from January 21

    Tea garden workers to go on indefinite strike from January 21

    Tea garden workers will go on indefinite strike across the country from January 21 protesting the government’s decision to set up an economic zone in Habiganj’s Chunarghat.

    Chief Adviser to Bangladesh Tea Workers Union’s central committee Kanchan Patra said while addressing a protest in Habiganj’s Lashkarpur valley yesterday.

    “No tea worker will work after January 21 to comply with the indefinite strike. Also, workers will blockade the highways and none can stop them,” he said.

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