- December 15, 2017
Timmons Roberts is Ittleson Professor of Environmental Studies and Sociology at Brown University where he was the Director of Center for Environmental Studies from 2009 to 2012. Timmons was a James Martin 21st Century Professor at Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute during 2006-2007 and a Research Fellow at William and Mary’s Institute for the Theory and Practice of International Relations from 2008 to 2009. His 1992 PhD was from Johns Hopkins University in Sociology Programme in Comparative International Development. The Dhaka Tribune’s Abu Bakar Siddique caught up with him to discuss the Paris climate agreement.
Lionel Messi has won the FIFA Ballon d’Or for a record fifth time for his outstanding achievements in 2015 at an awards ceremony in Zurich’s Kongresshaus.
The Barcelona forward was rewarded with the title of football’s best player over the past year having scored 52 goals in 61 games to help Barcelona claim a 23rd Spanish title, the Spanish Cup, Champions League, European Super Cup and World Club Cup last month.
The residents of New Colony in Dhaka’s Mohammadpur have been living in constant fear of getting evicted from their home of more than half a century.
A few years ago, state housing authorities planned to demolish the seven old three-storey buildings in the colony – where a total of 114 families have been living in as many number of flats for decades, some from even before independence – and build high-rise apartment buildings for government employees.
A Dhaka court yesterday remanded three former high-ups of BASIC Bank in two corruption cases filed by the Anti Corruption Commission.
The three are former deputy managing directors Fojlus Sobhan and Md Selim, and Former deputy general manager Sipar Ahmed.
Metropolitan Magistrate Md Tosruzzaman granted the remands rejecting their bail petitions after the ACC produced them before the court. The ACC sought 14-day remand for Fojlus Sobhan and seven-day remand for Md Selim and Sipar in the two cases.
65% private hospitals, diagnostic centres dispose medical waste haphazardlyThe medical waste management in the port city is in a mess as around 65% private hospitals and diagnostic centres are not disposing medical waste in an environment-friendly manner.
According to the Department of Environment, there are 241 private hospitals, diagnostic and pathological centres currently operating in the city.
Chattagram Seba Sangstha, a service providing agency which collects medical waste from private hospitals and diagnostic centres informed the Dhaka Tribune that only 84 hospitals and diagnostic centres availed its service.
Mahbubul Alam, president of Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry and vice-president of Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry, has been elected the vice-president of Saarc Chamber of Commerce and Industry for 2016-17.
Mahbubul Alam is also the vice-chairman of Confederation of Eastern Chambers of Commerce and Industry and governing body member of Bangladesh Economic Zone Authority.
Teachers at 37 public universities across the country went on strike for an indefinite period yesterday to highlight their demand for an immediate review of the eighth national pay scale to remove what they described as pay disparity.
They boycotted classes and examinations, and warned that they would refrain from work until their demands were met.
They said the strike might hamper academic studies but they had no other option open.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked university teachers to quit their jobs and sit for Public Service Commission (PSC) examination if they really need the status of secretaries.
Amid the public university teachers non-stop strike over the new pay scale Hasina made the comment told them not to spoil the academic activities of students by enforcing strike in their universities.
Mohammadpur police station Sub-Inspector Masud Sikder, who allegedly tortured a central bank official, was closed yesterday.
Hafiz Al Faruq, assistant commissioner of DMP’s Tejgaon Division, confirmed this to the Dhaka Tribune yesterday morning.
He said: “An investigation has been initiated in this connection and departmental actions will be taken against him if he is found guilty.”
Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday surprised his ministry colleagues by enquiring whether public servants’ pay grades improved if they got the much-talked-about time scale and selection grade.
The minister asked the question in a comment that he wrote on a note sent to him by the Bangladesh Secretariat Personal Officers’ Association (BSPOA).
In its note, the BSPOA requested the minister to bring back time scale and selection grade provisions in the government employees’ pay structure.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday made a fervent call to everybody to refrain from creating any barrier to the country’s development, saying there is a section of people who finds a “but” in every development project and tries to frustrate advancement on any plea.
The Awami League-led government steps into third year in office today, a significant day in the history of Bangladesh.
On this day in 2014, the Awami League, forming an election alliance, constituted the government for the second consecutive term after recording a landslide victory in the polls of the 10th Jatiya Sangsad on January 5 in the same year.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed her happiness at seeing the huge traffic congestion in the capital yesterday, which was largely created because of a ruling party rally.
Tea garden workers are fearing that they would have to face a financial hardship if the government sets up a special economic zone at Chunarghat upazila, Habiganj.
Advisor of the Tea Labour Union Swapan Santal said they earned their livelihood on the tea gardens and cultivating the government land.
“We will face acute financial crisis if the land is acquired,” said Kala Pathro, a worker.
The International Crimes Tribunal acquitted a counsel of executed war criminal Salauddin Quader Chowdhury of contempt charges yesterday.
Headed by Justice Anwarul Haque, the tribunal exonerated Fakhrul Islam after he tendered an unconditional apology and cautioned him against repeating such conduct.
Fakhrul had filed a petition in December 2012 after an alleged Skype conversation between the tribunal’s former chairman Justice Md Nizamul Huq and Brussels-based legal expert Ahmed Ziauddin was leaked.
A Narayanganj court has fixed January 27 for the charge framing hearing in two murder cases filed in connection with the seven murders in the district.
Judge Miazi Mohammad Shahidul Islam of Additional District and Session Judge Court 1 set the date yesterday.
The court also rejected the bail petitions for Churchill, Ali Hossain, Raham Ali, Mizanur and Bazar – all associates of prime accused Nur Hossain.
During yesterday’s hearing, 22 accused including Nur Hossain were produced before the court.
A Dhaka Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal yesterday acquitted four members of Adamya Bangladesh Foundation in a case filed against them on charges of human trafficking.
The four NGO workers are Arifur Rahman, Hasibul Hasan Sabuj, Jakia Sultana, and Firoz Alam Khan Shuvo.
Judge Md Salauddin Ahmed of Dhaka Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal 4 passed the order in presence of the accused after accepting a final report submitted by Rampura police station in the case.
Speakers at a conference yesterday stressed vibrant integration between research and policy to combat the adverse impacts of climate change.
They also emphasised transparent and accountable climate funding at the closing of the 2nd annual conference of Gobeshona, a knowledge-based research platform, at the Independent University, Bangladesh.
Dr Saleemul Huq, director of International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD), dubbed climate finance a ‘big issue’.
The Cabinet approved the draft of Hajj Package 2016 in its meeting at the Secretariat in the capital yesterday, with Prime Minister Shiekh Hasina in chair.
This year, the government is offering two packages: Package 1 will cost around Tk360,000 and includes the fee of
Qurbani – the ritual of sacrificing animals on Eid-ul-Azha – and Package 2, which does not include Qurbani fee, will cost around Tk304,000.
All preparations have been made to stage the re-polls today at Narsingdi’s Madhabdi municipality, where voting was cancelled on December 30 because of unrest.
Ballot papers, boxes and seals have already reached the 12 polling centres of the municipality, which has four mayoral candidates seeking the backing of 27,706 voters.
Additional security measures have been put in place at all the voting centres. The municipality is also seeing 45 candidates running for councillor’s office and 10 women candidates contesting for reserved councillor seat.