Sunday February 25, 2018 02:00 PM

  • Now Bank Asia peon falls prey to police assault

    A police constable has allegedly attacked a Bank Asia staff member in the capital’s Paltan area on yesterday.

    Surprisingly, the constable then quickly apologised to his victim, Aiyub Ali, 38, a peon of Bank Asia Meherba Plaza branch, following strong protests from passers-by.

    Those present at the scene were visibly aggrieved by the assault which took place in front of Meherba Plaza on Topkhana Road around 1:30pm.

    The act of police brutality was reportedly a case of mistaken identity.

  • Getting ready for the inevitable

    Read the sixth instalment of a series of Dhaka Tribune reports on earthquake preparednessAfter the latest Monipur earthquake shook the country to its core, authorities concerned have revived their focus on the measures necessary to minimise casualties and damages when a major tremor jolts Bangladesh again.

    With little awareness available at the moment, one of the government’s main objectives would be training more people to deal with earthquakes and their aftermath.

    But another life-saving measure on the pipeline right now is the plan to cut off gas and power connections during earthquakes.

  • Probe team starts work on 195 Pakistani POWs

    The investigation agency of the International Crimes Tribunal has formed an informal committee to gather information about the 195 Pakistani prisoners of war (POWs).

    The five-member body formed on Monday will collect information, and related books and documents on the atrocities committed by the Pakistani soldiers during the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971.

    The committee is headed by Deputy Director of investigation agency Matiur Rahman.

  • Bangladeshi asylum seekers to Europe on the rise

    Bangladeshi asylum seekers to Europe on the rise

    The IMF says that the number of forcibly displaced people worldwide reached almost 60 million at the end of 2014, the highest number in the past 70 yearsMore and more Bangladeshis are seeking asylum in Europe, most of them fleeing war-torn countries in the Middle East, while many of the others are alleging political persecution in Bangladesh.

    The country ranked 15th among 28 countries in 2013 and 2014 for asylum seekers in Europe, and held eighth position among 30 countries last year, according to recent Eurostat data. The number of asylum seeking Bangladeshis was 9,140 in 2013. It rose to 11,680 in 2014 and 16,875 in 2015.

  • 27 Ansarullah members held in Singapore

    Singapore authorities arrested 27 Bangladeshi construction workers allegedly for supporting jihadist groups including al-Qaeda and Dae’sh, and deported 26 of them, the Straits Times reported yesterday quoting the city state’s government sources.

    The Bangladesh High Commissioner to Singapore identified the detainees as members of the banned militant outfit Ansarullah Bangla Team.

  • The Pashtun fighter who rallied for Mujib

    The Pashtun fighter who rallied for Mujib

    A Pashtun freedom fighter who propagated non-violent methods and collaborated with Mahatma Gandhi, Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan was better known as Bacha Khan (Bacha means king in Pashto) and died in 1988. He was born on February 6, 1890.

    Khan was a disciple of Indian independence leader Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi and collaborated with him as closely as leaders such as Jawaharlal Nehru and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel did.

  • Tug of War in JP: An Explainer

    Internal strife in the Jatiya Party, which is officially the opposition in parliament, has burst out into the open amid a power struggle between founder and chairman Hussain Mohammad Ershad and his wife, Raushan Ershad, the head of JP’s parliamentary party.

  • Survey: Health issues behind extreme poverty in coastal areas

    Health related problems are the main obstacles to the income of coastal residents, eventually causing them to lead their whole lives in extreme poverty, resulting in school dropouts, and keeping 80% of the households completely excluded from education, a survey has found.

  • ‘No scope of amending pay scale’

    Finance Minister AMA Muhith has said there was no scope of amending the eighth pay scale, even though certain adjustments can be made.

    However, he did not elaborate on how those adjustments would be made.

    Talking to reporters at the Finance Division auditorium yesterday, Muhith also said the public university teachers and officials belonging to 26 cadres were carrying out their movements based on ignorance.

  • GPH, Primetals Tech sign expansion deal

    GPH Ispat and Primetals Technologies Austria GmbH signed a deal for a big expansion of GPH. 

    Managing Director of GPH Ispat Mohammed Jahangir Alam and Chief Executive of Primetals Technologies Heiner RÖHRL signed the agreement on behalf of their respective organisations a city hotel yesterday, said the GPH in a statement. 

    Under the agreement, Primetals Technologies, a joint venture of Siemens, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Partners, will supply the ultra modern long steel technology for the new line of production of GPH. 

  • UK to work with Bangladesh to strengthen democracy

    The United Kingdom wants to work with all the institutions with Bangladesh so that democracy flourishes in the country.

    Newly appointed British High Commissioner Alison Blake at a press conference Wednesday said they are here to work with the government, parliament, all political parties for flourishing democracy.

    Blake came to Dhaka last week and submitted her credential before President Abdul Hamid Tuesday.

  • New Colony eviction: ‘They didn’t give us even a little time’

    New Colony eviction: ‘They didn’t give us even a little time’

    More than 100 families residing at Mohammadpur’s New Colony for decades were evicted in broad daylight this week, allegedly by people under the protection of Jahangir Kabir Nanak, MP, and local Awami League leader Masud Bari, defying a court order, residents claimed.

    They said the government had told them that the flats would be handed over to them once they paid rents for 30 years. But later, the government said it was planning to construct high-rises there and that the lower and middle-class people would have to buy the flats.

  • Nur Mohammad’s remand cancellation plea rejected

    A Chittagong court yesterday rejected the bail plea of Nur Mohammed in the much-talked about cocaine haul case.

    Chittagong Metropolitan Public Prosecutor Fakruddin told the Dhaka Tribune that Metropolitan Sessions’ Judge Md Shahenur rejected the remand cancellation prayer filed by Nur Mohammed after hearing.

    On Sunday, Nur Mohammed, the chairman of Khan Jahan Ali Group of Chittagong, was put on three-day remand in the cocaine seizure case after he was arrested by the Rapid Action Battalion on Friday.

  • Annisul wants control over city canals

    Dhaka North City Corporation Mayor Annisul Huq has suggested that Wasa and Rajuk hand over the charge of managing the city’s 26 canals to the two city corporations for better management and to reduce waterlogging.

    “The canals in and around Dhaka carry the discharged drain and sewage water of the city. The city corporations cannot take any effective step to stop waterlogging since the canals are managed by Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) and Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk),” he told a discussion yesterday.

  • Mosharraf’s plea against his indictment rejected

    The High Court yesterday rejected the revision petition filed by BNP standing committee member Khandker Mosharraf Hossain challenging his indictment in a money laundering case by a trial court.

    The case filed last year by the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC).

    An HC bench comprising Justice Md Ruhul Quddus and Justice Mahmudul Hoque passed the order.

    Nitai Roy Chowdhury stood for the petitioner while Khurshid Alam represented the ACC.

  • 4 PWs give depositions in Bodi graft case

    Four more prosecution witnesses gave depositions yesterday against ruling Awami League lawmaker Abdur Rahman Bodi in a graft case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission.

    Judge Abu Ahmed Jamadar of Dhaka Special Judges Court 3 recorded the depositions and the court adjourned the trial proceedings until February 3.

    The four witnesses are Sub-Inspector Nazmul Ahsan, recording officer of the case, Yeasir Arafat, an employee of sub-tax office at Teknaf, Teknaf Islami Bank Branch Manager Shajahan Monir and Sonali Bank Branch Manager Osman Ghani.

  • 9th session of 10th parliament opens

    The 9th session of the 10th parliament began at Sangsad Bhaban yesterday. It will continue until February 29.

    The session started around 4:32 pm with Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury in the chair.

    Before the session opened, the 10th parliament’s Business Advisory Committee decided to hold the winter session of parliament until February 29 at a meeting presided over by Speaker Shirin, the committee chairperson. Each working day, the house sessions will commence at 4:30 pm.

  • Patients suffer as doctors on strike

    Patients of private clinics in the port city are suffering immensely as physicians went on a strike yesterday afternoon for indefinite period.

    Physicians of all private clinics and diagnostic centres are observing the work abstention demanding withdrawal of two cases filed against two doctors for their alleged negligence in performing duties.

  • Man held with drone, stun gun

    Customs officials yesterday arrested a man with a drone and a stun gun from Shah Amanat International Airport, Chittagong.

    The arrestee was identified as Mohammmad Solaiman, 32, a resident of Patiya upazila in Chittagong.

    Mohammad Zakir Hossain, deputy director of Customs Intelligence Department, told the Dhaka Tribune that they had arrested a passenger with an aerial drone and a stun gun.

  • Two BNP-backed mayors arrested in Rajshahi

    Two newly elected Bangladesh Nationalist Party-backed municipal mayors were arrested yesterday in Rajshahi.

    They are Mizanur Rahman Mizan, mayor of Tanor municipality and Asaul Haque Asad, mayor of Puthia municipality.

    According to local sources, police arrested Mizan around 2.30pm from Shaheb Bazar area while he was going to Rajshahi city to take oath.

    Shahadat Hossain, officer-in-charge of Boalia Model police station, said Mizan had been arrested

    as he was accused of several cases including vandalising the national properties.

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