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  • Indigenous woman sexually harassed in Capital

    A 21-year-old indigenous woman has been sexually harassed near Dakkhinkhan area of Uttara in the capital on Sunday night.

    Shakil Chambu Gong, Dhaka city unit vice president of GASO, a Garo rights organisation, told the Dhaka Tribune.

    He said the victim was returning home after her work place around 9pm.

  • ACC to face parliamentary standing committee

    The Anti-Corruption Commission investigation team that looked into the BASIC Bank loan scam has been asked to appear before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance Ministry next Thursday.

    A letter from the national parliament secretariat, dated January 17 and addressed to ACC Secretary Abu Md Mustafa Kamal, asked the probe team to appear before the standing committee at 11am on January 28, said a senior ACC official seeking anonymity.

    The investigation team was called to provide updates on their probe into the BASIC Bank loan scam, the official added.

  • Tarana: Facebook to respond in 48 hours

    State Minister for Posts and Telecommunications Tarana Halim said Facebook, Inc had assured Bangladesh that it would respond to specific safety concerns within 48 hours of receiving a complaint.                                  

    The state minister was speaking at a press conference held at the Secretariat yesterday.         

  • Cold making it worse for evicted slum residents

    As if losing their home was not bad enough, the increasingly cold weather is making it even worse for the former residents of Kalyanpur slum in the capital, parts of which was recently evicted.

    “My 50-year-old mother, who is ill, cannot sleep all night because of the cold. She does not let us sleep either as she keeps crying due to her ailment,” said Idris Ali, one of the slum residents, who lost all his belongings when a fire broke out only a day after the eviction drive took place on Thursday.

  • Bone-chilling cold to intensify

    Bone-chilling cold to intensify

    The moderate cold wave that has been sweeping across the country for the past few days is likely to turn severe from today, the Met Office has warned.

    The weather will start to warm up again after a couple of days but the feeling of cold would remain for a few more days because of strong winds, said Rubayet Kabir, a meteorologist at the Met Office.

    The cautionary words came as the country’s lowest temperature yesterday was recorded in Chuadanga: a chilling 6.1 degrees Celsius, which is also the lowest recorded this winter.

  • Massive blizzard paralyses NYC, 19 dead

    Massive blizzard paralyses NYC, 19 dead

    Millions of residents, business owners and workers began digging out yesterday from a massive blizzard that brought Washington, New York and other northeastern US cities to a standstill, killing at least 19 people in several states.

    The storm was the second-biggest in New York City history, with 68cm by midnight Saturday, just shy of the record 68.9cm set in 2006, the National Weather Service said.

  • Bills placed to raise pays and perks of speakers, MPs

    Two bills seeking a rise in the remunerations, allowances and privileges of speaker, deputy speaker and members of parliament was placed in the parliament yesterday.

    Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Anisul Haque placed the bills styled Members of Parliament (Remuneration and Allowances) Act, 2016 and Speaker and Deputy Speaker (Remuneration and Privileges) Act, 2016.

    If the bills are passed the speaker, deputy speaker and lawmakers’ salary and benefits will be close to double.

  • Govt recommends filing of sedition case against Khaleda Zia

    The home minister has hinted that the government has given go ahead to a lawyer for bringing sedition charges against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, who recently doubted the number of Liberation War martyrs.

    Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal gave the hint after a attending an award ceremony at the Bangladesh Film Development Corporation, better known as FDC, in Dhaka yesterday.

    He said his ministry had received a letter in regard and issued a guideline.

  • SC to hear petition on Kallyanpur slum eviction

    The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court is likely to hear on January 31 an appeal filed by the state against a High Court order that had halted the eviction drive at Kallyanpur slum for three months.

    Chamber Judge of the Appellate Division Justice Hasan Foyez Siddique yesterday did not give any order on the petition and sent it to the regular bench of the Supreme Court for hearing. Hence, the stay order would be prevailed until further order.

  • 3-day renewable energy exhibition begins Jan 27

    To showcase the country’s success and potential in the renewable energy sector, a three-day seminar and exhibition on renewable energy is going to be held at the Energy Park and Mokarram Bhaban of Dhaka University.

    At a press briefing at Dhaka Reporters Unity yesterday, Dr Saiful Haque, director of Dhaka University’s Institute of Energy, said the seminar and exhibition would be held from January 27 to 29.

  • 102 policemen to be honoured

    Bangladesh Police will award 102 officers with service medals for outstanding work done in 2015.

    The policemen are being recognised for their contributions to public service, courage and ability to investigate cases.

    The prime minister will hand the awards over to the officers during Police Week 2016, scheduled to be held on January 26 at Rajarbagh Police Lines, in the capital. 

    For outstanding public service, 19 policemen will receive the Bangladesh Police Padak and 20 will receive the President Police Padak.

  • BUP VC Khaled earns Chancellor Gold Medal

    Major General Sheikh Mamun Khaled SUP PSC PhD, who is the vice-chancellor of Bangladesh University of Professionals, has been awarded the Chancellor Gold Medal for his PhD thesis, said a press release of Inter Service Public Relations Directorate.      

    The third convocation of Bangladesh University of Professionals was held on January 21, and President Abdul Hamid, also the chancellor of the university, gave him the gold medal.

    Maj Gen Khaled is the first person who earned a PhD degree from this university.    

  • Legal hindrances make Palashbari municipality poll uncertain

    No mayoral election was held at Palashbari in Gaibandha after it was declared as municipality in 2011 as a writ petition was filed with High Court.

    According to sources, government declared Palashbari as municipality by including total 43 moujas. Of them 19 moujas were at Sadar upazila.

    After declaration, Tk39 lakh had been sanctioned for 2011-2012 fiscal year for the development of the municipality. But no development work has been done due to file a writ petition with the court by a Shafiqul.

     The money was returned after the petition.

  • Crackdown on drug peddlers from February

    The chief of Narcotics Control Department has said that they would launch drives against the drug peddlers across the country from next month.

    Khandakar Rakibur Rahman, director general of the NCD, at a programme yesterday said that they had taken zero tolerance stand against illegal drug business and would work to create an environment so that the youths do not get addicted intentionally or unintentionally.

    ‘The Narcotics Control Department is ready to face any challenge in order to protect the youths from becoming dependent on drugs,” he added.

  • Gazipur fire death toll reaches six

    Another man who received burn injuries in a boiler explosion at a tyre factory in  Pubail of Gazipur on Saturday died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) early yesterday.

    The deceased was Abdul Kader, 60, son of Foisuddin Bepari of Bonomali area in Tongi. He was a wholesaler at the factory.

    Sources at the DMCH said Kader, who was undergoing treatment at the hospital burn unit with 95 per cent burn injures, succumbed to the injuries around 3am.

  • Speakers for child drowning prevention project

    Speakers at a workshop yesterday urged the government to take up the Saving of Lives from Drowning (SoLiD) project to reduce the rate of child death from drowning, which is a leading cause of child death in Bangladesh.

    State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Meher Afroze Chumki lauded the project, and asked project officials to identify more vulnerable areas where the rate of child drowning is high.

  • Chittagong physicians postpone strike after five days

    Physicians of private clinics and hospitals of the port city postponed their strike yesterday after five-day getting assurance from Mayor of Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) AJM Nasir Uddin.

    The decision was taken at a meeting of Bangladesh Medical Association (BMA) Chittagong chapter at Chittagong Medical College Hospital’s Shah Alam Bir Uttam auditorium around 3pm. With CCC mayor in the chair, the meeting was attended by BMA members and senior journalists.

  • Paturia-Daulatdia ferry service resumes

    Ferry service on the Paturia-Daulatdia route resumed yesterday morning after two hours of disruption caused by dense fog.

    Mahiuddin Russel, manager of BIWTA Aricha, said they kept suspended ferry service on the Paturia-Daulatdia route from 7am to 9:15am due to blurred visibility caused by dense fog

    Earlier, the ferry service on the route was suspended around 7am as thick fog enveloped the area.

    Eight ferries remained stranded at Paturia while four at Daulatdia ghat. 

  • Govt cares little, people have few choices

    Govt cares little, people have few choices

    Unavailability, worn out vehicles and little basic facilities render ambulances worthless in case of emergencies. Here is the last tranche of a series of two storiesAs the government seem to care very little and people do not have much choice in case of emergencies, many people have taken the opportunity to make some quick bucks by turning their age old vehicles into ambulances.

    Healthcare professionals say ideally, every hospital should have its own fleet of well-equipped ambulances. But reality is far away from that. Whenever someone needs an ambulance, inevitably, they would have to call up some private ambulance services.

  • Police chief says sorry

    Police chief says sorry

    The police chief yesterday apologised to the public for the misdeeds of some his staff, at press briefing at the force’s headquarters in Dhaka.

    “Just as some citizens break the law, some police officers have committed excesses and have acted contrary to the spirit of the force,” Inspector General of Police (IGP) AKM Shahidul Hoque said.

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