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  • Mayor pledges green Dhaka in 3 years

    Mayor pledges green Dhaka in 3 years

    Dhaka North City Corporation Mayor Annisul Huq has urged the media to lend hands in making the city green and clean as it is a big challenge for both the mayors.

    “It is a big challenge for us to make Dhaka a green and clean city. Our media cooperated us to face the challenge in the past. I hope that this cooperation will continue in the future too,” Annisul said at a views exchange meeting with the editors of different print and online media at a city hotel yesterday.

  • Gazipur factory boiler blast kills 5

    Gazipur factory boiler blast kills 5

    The factory has been warned several times in the past to shut down risky operationAt least five people, including a woman, were killed and 10 injured in a boiler explosion in a factory in Gazipur near Dhaka yesterday.

    Of the deceased, authorities could confirm the identities of three. They are: Siddiqa Jebunnessa, 40, Md Selim, 45, and Kawsar Hossain, 40. The remaining two bodies have burnt so badly that they could not identified until last night.

    Injured workers including Abdul Kadir, 45, and Kamal Hossain, 42, and the five dead bodies, were first taken to the Shaheed Tajuddin Ahmed Medical College Hospital around 7pm.

  • Bangladesh falls one notch in Democracy Index

    Bangladesh was ranked 86th in the Index of Democracy 2015 of the Economist Intelligence Unit, down one spot from the previous year.

    The EIU, a special arm of the leading international financial magazine “The Economist”, released the index on January 21, providing a snapshot of the state of democracy worldwide for 167 independent countries.

    Bangladesh scored 5.73 out of 10 points when Norway secured top position with 9.93 points. Besides the number one Norway, the top five include Iceland, Sweden, New Zealand and Denmark.

  • Four dead in worst Canada school shooting in a decade

    The gunman suspected of killing four people and injuring several others in Canada’s worst school violence in a decade first shot his two brothers at home before opening fire at the remote community high school, a family friend and the town’s acting mayor said on Friday.

    Police said a suspect was arrested after the shooting in La Loche, Saskatchewan, an impoverished community about 600 km (375 miles) north of the city of Saskatoon.

  • BNP decides to hold council by March

    The BNP has decided to hold its long overdue national council by March to revamp its rank and file.

    Standing committee – the higest policymaking forum of the party – made the decision in a meeting at Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s Gulshan office last night.

    Party charter stipulates BNP to hold national councils every three years, but the last time the party held a council was in December 2009.

    Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, acting secretary general of the BNP, briefed reporters after the meeting on its outcomes.

  • Sohel Taj meets PM at Ganabhaban

    Former state minister for home Tanjim Ahmad Sohel Taj has expressed his willingness to make a come back to politics during a meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

    According to sources, Sohel Taj met the PM for around an hour at her Ganabhaban residence after the evening prayers.

    Other sources from inside the ruling Awami League said that this follows an initiative that the PM and party chief Sheikh Hasina took to bring Sohel Taj back.

  • JU teacher assaulted by BCL activists

    Members of Bangladesh Chhatra League’s Jahangirnagar University (JU) unit have allegedly assaulted a teacher physically for trying to stop them from harassing an female visitor and beating up her male companion in public.

  • 2 US teens arrested in beating of Bangladeshi man

    Shouting ‘ISIS! ISIS!’ they allegedly punched the Bangladeshi immigrant until he collapsed, then kicked him, witnesses saidThe New York police have arrested two teenage boys on charge of beating a Bangladeshi man up, reported New York Daily News.

    According to the report, Mujibur Rahman, 43, was beaten by two teens screaming about IS when he walked his nine-year-old niece from school on January 16. The teens were arrested Friday.

  • Cattle trader shot dead by BSF

    A Bangladeshi cattle trader died after being shot by India’s Border Security Force (BSF) members at Adatola border in Naogaon’s Sapahar upazila early yesterday.

    Joynal Abedin, 42, from the South Patari village, died near pillar no 242 of the border around 4:30am.

    Lt Col Rafiqul Hasan, commanding officer of BGB 14 battalion, said a number of cattle traders, including Joynal, crossed the border to enter India for bringing cattle on Friday night.

  • Planning Ministry for common CSR guidelines

    The government is set to formulate a common guideline to regulate how profitable companies spend money on Corporate Social Responsibility.

    The Planning Ministry believes that profitable firms can contribute heavily in achieving the United Nation (UN)’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by spending in the country’s health, education, environment, security and children welfare sectors.

    The guideline would focus on encouraging CSR processes at the company level and emphasise on how CSR should be integrated into business practices.

  • Ershad to sit with PM before quitting as special envoy

    Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad yesterday said that he did not want to quit the post of prime minister’s special envoy without consulting the premier, Sheikh Hasina.

    “The prime minister honoured me by appointing as her special envoy. I cannot dishonour her by quitting the post without consulting her. I will certainly talk to her in this regard,” he said during an unscheduled meeting with his party colleagues at Banani.

  • Hironmoyee Melbandhon of DU Alumni held

    Hironmoyee Melbandhon of DU Alumni held

    Dhaka University Alumni Association (DUAA) grand reunion titled “Hironmoyee Melbandhon 2016” was held at the university’s central playground yesterday. 

    The daylong programme started around 10am with people present at the programme singing the national anthem.

    Delivering the welcome speech, DUAA member Dr Afia Dil, professor emeritus at Alliant International University, San Diego, California, said that Dhaka University has produced many talented individuals who are now contributing both at home and abroad.

  • Girl raped, forced into prostitution in Dhaka

    A teenage girl, who was allegedly raped and forced into flesh trade, was rescued from a flat at Dhaka’s Azampur yesterday.

    Police also arrested prime suspect Khalilur Rahman and two of his associates – Shathi Akhter and Hatem Ali – during their drive.

    Dakshinkhan police station’s duty officer Sub-Inspector Nur Alam told the Dhaka Tribune that the 16-year-old girl had been held captive at Azampur flat since January 17. She somehow managed to send a text message to one of her friends on Friday afternoon, seeking help.

  • RAB DG: Tight security for Under-19 World Cup

    Rapid Action Battalion has taken strict measures to ensure the security of players participating in the upcoming ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup which is scheduled to start on January 27.

    The matches will be held at eight venues in four districts of the country.

    In a press briefing held at Le Meridian hotel in the city yesterday, RAB Director General Benazir Ahmed said a monitoring cell has been established in the hotel to oversee security of players in all four districts. Besides, a command centre will be established in every venue before the tournament starts, he added.

  • Bangladesh can be hub of nursing education

    Bangladesh has immense prospect in health education and can be a hub for nursing training with proper recruitment policy, faculty and leadership development.

    Professor and the founding Dean of the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Aga Khan University East Africa, Yasmin Amarsi, who visited Dhaka recently, felt that Bangladesh has qualified nurses but with a more structured system, better services can be delivered.

  • AL leader MA Aziz dies

    AL leader MA Aziz dies

    MA Aziz, acting president of Dhaka City Awami League, died yesterday at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH). He was 68.

    Aziz died of heart attack at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of DMCH around noon. He was admitted to the hospital around 11am with chest pain, said Publicity and Publication Secretary of Dhaka City Awami League Abdul Haque Sobuj, reports BSS.

  • Proper implementation of ban on polythene bags demanded

    Environment activists and green shopping bag manufacturers yesterday demanded proper implementation of the ban on manufacturing and selling of polythene bags.

    Activists of Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon (Bapa) and several manufacturers of environment friendly shopping bags formed a human chain in front of Jatiyo Press Club.

    They urged the government for proper implementation of section 6(a) of the Environment Conservation Act 1995 to ensure punishment to the institutions and individuals involved in manufacturing and marketing polythene bags.

  • Calling an ambulance? Don’t bother

    Calling an ambulance? Don’t bother

    Unavailability, worn out vehicles and little basic facilities render ambulances worthless in case of emergencies. Here is the first tranche of a series of two storiesIt would not be too hard to find people who have bitter experiences with ambulances, people who can tell true stories about how the lives of critical patients could have been saved if ambulances had the least of facilities.

    Official count shows that more than three and a half thousand ambulances are operative around the country, of which around only two thousand have proper registrations. But the unofficial figure is not less than 10,000, which is way above what the authorities say.

  • Striking doctors vow to continue strike

    Striking doctors of private clinics and hospitals in Chittagong city have vowed to continue their programme until the cases are withdrawn against their three fellow doctors.

    Dr Mujibul Haque Khan, president of Bangladesh Medical Association (BMA) Chittagong chapter, came up with the statement at a press briefing in Chittagong Press Club’s Engineer Abdul Khalek Auditorium around 3pm for fourth consecutive day yesterday.

  • Saudi-Iranian proxy war over Syria spreads to Davos

    Senior Saudi and Iranian figures clashed behind closed doors at a private meeting convened by the World Economic Forum in Davos this week to try to promote peace in Syria, participants said.

    The barbed exchange between Saudi Prince Turki al-Faisal and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif at an invitation-only meeting on Wednesday underlined the hostility between the two Gulf rivals, who are waging proxy wars in Syria, Yemen and Iraq.

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