Wednesday February 21, 2018 08:54 AM

  • Rusty tools, lack of researchers dog forest institute

    Bangladesh’s lone national institute for research on forest resources, which has invented over 50 popular technologies, is struggling with half of its posts for researchers lying vacant and laboratories with scant modern tools.

    Bangladesh Forest Research Institute (BFRI) Director (In-Charge) Dr Shaheen Akhter said they had 103 posts for researchers and about 50% of them were still vacant. “The recruitment process for first and second class officers through the PSC is lengthy,” she said.

  • Saki urges people to reject AL, BNP

    Saki urges people to reject AL, BNP

    Convener of People's Solidarity Movement (Ganosamhati Andolon) Zonayed Saki has urged the countrymen to boycott both the ruling Awami League and its arch rival BNP as they have resorted to the politics of dynasty and revenge.

  • ‘Pharma sector an area of high growth’

    Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka Harsh Vardhan Shringla has said the pharmaceuticals sector represents an area of “high growth” for both Bangladesh and India.

    He made the remark while addressing a MoU signing ceremony on the sidelines of the 8th Asia Pharma Expo at the Bashundhara International Convention City on Thursday, said a press release yesterday.

  • Inside the yaba trade

    Inside the yaba trade

    Compared to other well-known drugs such as cannabis and cocaine, the stimulant yaba has more rapidly gained popularity among the country’s youth.

    By the time a yaba pill reaches the hands of an addict in Dhaka from the factories in Myanmar – the biggest producer of the methamphetamine tablets in the world – it has passed through at least eight to 10 people.

    This means that the trade of the contraband drug has been the source of income for a lot more people than the trades of cannabis, cocaine and phensidyl have ever been.

  • AL leaders: Reject Khaleda and her party

    Calls for dialogue on the constitution should not come from the BNP leadership as the party itself was founded rejecting the constitution, Awami League leader Suranjit Sengupta has said.

    The AL advisory council member blamed BNP founder Ziaur Rahman for founding the party during army rule, and alleged that Khaleda Zia and Jamaat had foiled the constitution when their alliance came to power in 2001.

  • ‘BNP plotted to create anarchy by killing foreigners’

    Alleging that the BNP had conspired to create anarchy in the country through killing foreigners in the name of the Islamic State (IS), Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan yesterday said the government tackled everything efficiently. 

    “Foreign national Cesare Tavella was killed at the order of BNP leaders. A Japanese citizen was also killed in a similar fashion. But it was claimed that the IS carried out the murders in a bid to create anarchy in the country.

  • Gazipur boiler blast death toll now 9

    Another person who was injured in a boiler explosion at a tyre factory in Gazipur last week died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) yesterday, raising the death toll to nine. 

    Swadhin Forazi, 26, a rickshaw puller who was from Gorail village in Islampur, Jamalpur district, succumbed to his injuries at the DMCH Burn Unit around 5pm, said sources at the deputy commissioner’s office. 

    Swadhin along with his family members used to live in Bhadun area of Pubail, reported UNB.

  • ‘I’m caught in a poisonous web’

    His notoriety in the world of narcotics trade had police chase after him for years before he was caught in 2013. Now, his days are spent making rounds of courts for case hearings.

    “There are a dozen cases against me which are on trial,” the drug dealer told the Dhaka Tribune.

    He didn’t give his real name because of security reasons, asking us to address him as Karim.

  • Biswa Sahity Kendra awards 862 students in Rajshahi

    Biswa Sahity Kendra awards 862 students in Rajshahi

    Bishwo Shahitto Kendro yesterday awarded 862 book enthusiasts in Rajshahi as part of its nationwide enrichment programme.

    Professor Abdullah Abu Sayeed, founder of Bishwo Shahitto Kendro, inaugurated the award giving ceremony on Rajshahi Education Board Model School and College premises.

  • No headmaster in 50 schools

    More than 50 government primary schools at Mirzaganj upazila in the district have no headmaster and the institutions are run by inexperienced assistant teachers.

    Students and guardians of those schools are deeply concerned pertaining to deteriorating academic standard and poor quality of education.

    The inadequacy of teaching staff and meagre academic activity marking lots of management deficiency has virtually paralysed the education, said some guardians.

  • Man commits suicide over NGO loan

    An elderly man committed suicide allegedly for failing to pay loan taken from some non-governmental organisations in Kalamani area of Guimari upazila in Khagrachari district yesterday. The deceased was Ismail Hossain, 60.

    Sources said Ismail took loan a lot of money form Grameen Bank and several other NGOs. He was supposed to repay the money in instalments. But he failed to repay the money when the NGO workers would frequently go to his house and humuliate him for the money.

    In the morning, the body of Isamil was found hanging from a tree nearby the house.

  • CHT fruit growers incur losses due to insufficient cold-storage

    Lack of storage, marketing and carrying facilities are the major obstacles to ensure fair prices of seasonal fruits for the growers in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHTs) region.

    Sources said the fruits worth over Tk50 lakh perished in the region recent months due to lack of cold storage, marketing and transport facilities.

  • Global apparel brands pledge to better conditions for Bengaluru workers

    Clothing companies H&M, Inditex, C&A and PVH have committed to improving the lives of workers in India’s city of Bengaluru, after a report said employees lived in appalling conditions and were denied decent wages and freedom of movement.

    Gap Inc, which also sources apparel from Bengaluru, did not respond to the report by the India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN), according to a statement by the Dutch non-governmental group late on Thursday. A draft of the report, Unfree and Unfair, was presented to the companies last November.

  • BCL leader killed in factional clash

    A local leader of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) was killed in a factional clash between two groups of BCL activists at Falia Para of Ukhiya upazila of the district yesterday.

    The deceased was M Shaeein, 22, son of M Kalu, a resident of the area. Shahin was the joint convener of Ukhiya Degree College unit of BCL.

    Two groups of the upazila unit of BCL got locked in an altercation over establishing supremacy at a fair organised by Upazila Tanti League, said officer-in-charge of Ukhiya Police Station M Habibur Rahman.

  • No more question leak

    Strict measures are in place to stop any question paper leak during the upcoming SSC and equivalent exams that are scheduled to begin from February 1.

  • ‘Extend recruitment age to 35’

    ‘Extend recruitment age to 35’

    Job seekers yesterday demand extending the recruitment age for government employment by five years to 35.

    The current age limit for entering government jobs is 30 years for general applicants.

    One of the protestors, Shakhawat Hossain claimed that in the current education system, a student lost about four years from SSC examinations to MA results. Protestors were heard shouting: “Return our four years or extend recruitment age to 35”.

  • Over 100 mosque committees have militant sympathisers

    District-based Islamic scholars and clerics have so far identified some 103 mosque committees across the country having leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami and other radical groups as members instigating militant activities.

    Most of these mosques are located in the northern part of the country. The scholars are now gathering more information about the suspected militant sympathisers and the activities of the mosque committees.

  • 250 CCTVs, special police units for book fair

    250 CCTVs, special police units for book fair

    Some 250 closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras will be installed in and around the venue of Amar Ekushey Boi Mela – nearly four times the number of CCTV cameras from last year – to ensure heightened security this year.

    Special security teams comprising members from police, Rapid Action Battalion, Ansar and intelligence agencies will be deployed in and around the venue, which covers the Bangla Academy premises and parts of Suhrawardy Udyan, sources told the Dhaka Tribune.

  • Babylonians ‘first to use geometry’

    Babylonians ‘first to use geometry’

    Sophisticated geometry – the branch of mathematics that deals with shapes – was being used at least 1,400 years earlier than previously thought, a study suggests.

    Research shows that the ancient Babylonians were using geometrical calculations to track Jupiter across the night sky.

    Previously, the origins of this technique had been traced to the 14th century.

  • Illegal migrants in Malaysia to get another chance

    Undocumented migrants, including some 300,000 Bangladeshis, in Malaysia could have a second chance to legalise their status as Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak recently made such an announcement.

    Razak, during a parliamentary session on Thursday, said migrant workers in Malaysia who do not have appropriate legal documents would be legalised, adding that an official decision on this would be announced soon.

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