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  • ‘Security for this year’s Boi Mela most challenging’

    ‘Security for this year’s Boi Mela most challenging’

    Ensuring security in Amar Ekushey Boi Mela has always been challenging, but this year it is going to be the most challenging issue, said Shamsuzzaman Khan, director-general at Bangla Academy.

    Referring to the murders of writer Abhijit Roy outside the book fair venue last year and his publisher Faisal Arefin Dipan in his office a few months ago, Shamsuzzaman said the fair authorities are going to keep some particular spots in the fair area under special vigilance to ensure security.

  • Prime minister expects the highest example of patriotism from Army

    Prime minister expects the highest example of patriotism from Army

    I hope the Army will always remain ready for any sacrifice for the country and the nationPrime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said she expects the highest example of patriotism from Bangladesh Army as this organisation was born through the Liberation War.

    “I hope the Bangladesh Army will always remain ready for any sacrifice for the country and the nation,” she said.

    The prime minister said this while addressing a reunion parade marking Regimental Commanders’ Conference of East Bengal Regiment of Bangladesh Army and 9th Tigers’ Reunion at Chittagong Cantonment.

  • Pohela Boishakh sex offender claims himself innocent

    Mohammad Kamal, a small trader from Old Dhaka arrested on Wednesday for sexually assaulting women during the Pohela Boishakh celebrations last year, has claimed that he committed the crime unintentionally.

    During interrogation in DB custody, Kamal said that he had gone to the TSC area of Dhaka University campus to celebrate the day.

  • EC seeks Tk600 crore for UP elections

    The Election Commission (EC) has proposed Tk600 crore as possible expenditure for the ninth union parishad elections to be held in 4,500 unions.

    Of the total amount, the EC proposed Tk250 crore for election management including expenses for polling centres and ballot boxes, and allowances of polling officials, and Tk350 crore for maintenance of law and order, including deploying police, RAB, BGB, Coast Guard, Ansar, VDP, and executive and judicial magistrates.

    In the eighth union parishad polls, the cost was Tk250 crore.

  • Bangladeshi UN troops accused of sexual abuse

    UN peacekeepers from Bangladesh and six other countries have been accused of sexual abuse in the Central African Republic (CAR).

    The UN said 12 children in CAR have accused European soldiers and UN peacekeepers of sexual abuse, with one senior official saying such abuse was “rampant” there, reports Reuters.

    UN Assistant Secretary-General for Field Support Anthony Banbury appeared emotional while announcing the new UN cases on Friday.

  • Woman dies as robbers blast bombs during robbery

    An elderly woman died of a cardiac arrest after hearing the sound of blasts as robbers threw bombs in front of a jewellery shop during a robbery in the capital’s Bhatara last night.

    The deceased was Jahurun Khatun, 70, a resident of the area.

    Three to four others were also injured in the blasts, said locals.

    Jahurun’s son Abdus Kuddus said his mother had been sick for several years and suffered a cardiac arrest having heard the sound of blasts.

  • ‘It was really our story’

    ‘It was really our story’

    Eminent economist Professor Rehman Sobhan described the independence movement and Liberation War as the story of an entire generation of young men and women, who saw their dreams fulfilled with the independence of Bangladesh on December 16, 1971.

  • Speakers’ Summit kicks off in Dhaka

    Speakers’ Summit kicks off in Dhaka

    Speakers in parliaments of the South Asian countries yesterday unanimously said that the region’s post-2015 goals could be reached by strengthening parliamentary processes, especially by fostering government-led dialogue on issues of global importance.

    They said that accountability and budgetary scrutiny were key components of good governance, and that the best practices in parliament could be shared among the governments.

  • Palli Bidyut Samity ordered to stop anomalies

    Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) has ordered all Palli Bidyut Samity units to stop internal irregularities such as nepotism, unaccountability, unethical commissioning of contractors and extortion.

    BERC chief AR Khan ordered to stop these irregularities while addressing a conference of general managers of 77 Palli Bidyut Samity units yesterday, said a press release of Rural Electrification Board. He said the irregularities, if not stopped, would spoil the success of Palli Bidyut Samity.

  • Tobacco hybrids rampant

    Tobacco companies have reportedly been flouting rules and introducing unchecked hybrid tobacco varieties on the field, while the government remains in the dark about which varieties are being cultivated by our farmers.

  • Hanif warns against questioning martyrs’ number

    Awami League Joint General Secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif yesterday warned people against making controversial claims on the number of 1971 Liberation War martyrs, saying such statements would invite legal actions.

    “The number of martyrs and the father of the nation are settled issues. Legal action will be taken against anyone making derogatory remarks and trying to stir controversy over them,” Hanif told the media at the party chief’s Dhanmondi office.

  • Khokon : LED street lights in Dhaka within a year

    The lights currently used in the streets are of three kinds – sodium, fluorescent and energy-saving lights The Dhaka city authorities are going to install LED lights in all street lamps to ensure security for the citizens as well as to provide enough lighting on the streets for the law enforcers to perform their duties properly, said Sayeed Khokon.

    Speaking at an event for the “Clean Dhaka 20Sixteen” campaign of Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) yesterday, the DSCC mayor also said all street lights in Shahid Minar area will be converted to LED lights before February 21.

  • Pro-AL panel wins JUTA polls by a close margin

    The pro-Awami League teachers’ panel at Jahangirnagar University (JU) has won eight posts, including the posts of president and secretary general, in the JU Teachers’ Association (JUTA) election 2016.

    Meanwhile, pro-BNP teachers won the rest of the posts in the 15-member teachers’ body in the university.

    The election was held yesterday from 9am to 1:30pm at JU Teachers-Officers Club.

    Prof AKM Abul Kalam, election commissioner of the JUTA poll, declared the result around 6:15pm.

  • Fruman: Legal system needs to be simplified to attract investment

    Bangladesh has a vision of becoming middle income country by 2021 and for that it needs growth of 7.5% to 8% with a rise of total investment to 33% from existing level of 27%.

    Bangladesh has made good progress in business environment but with more simplification and improvement of regulatory framework, it can attract more investment, World Bank Group Trade and Competitiveness Director Cecile Fruman told the Dhaka Tribune.

    There is improvement in Bangladesh in global Doing Business indicator but it is still long way to go, she said.

  • PM inaugurates WTC

    PM inaugurates WTC

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday inaugurated the country’s first World Trade Centre (WTC) in Agrabad Commercial area of Chittagong.

    The 21-storey World Trade Centre has been constructed by the Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI).

    According to the CCCI sources, the WTC will have bank branches, exhibition halls, shopping mall, food court, conference rooms, health clubs, banquet halls, billiard rooms, snooker rooms, tennis courts and swimming pools in the building.

  • Barisal BSCIC lies in dire state

    Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC) estate,  a prime government organisation entrusted with rapid industrialization of small and cottage industries, Barisal chapter lies in dire state due to negligence of the concern authorities.

    BSCIC office sources said the estate under a 30-year project was established on 130.61 acres of land with 446 plots on January 9, 1960.

    The131.65 core project was transferred to revenue sector after completing its tenure in 1989.

  • AL leader found dead in Natore

     A local leader of Awami League was found dead at Bahimali village in Majhgaon union of Baraigram upazila yesterday.

    Munshi Sahabuddin, additional superintendent of police, said Abu Raihan Mollah,45, information and education secretary of the Majhgaon union unit of Awami League used to live at his father-in-law’  s house for long.

    Locals found the of Raihan hanging from a mango tree in the morning and informed the police.

    The body bore several injury marks while the legs were found tied up, said police.

  • World’s fifth ‘tree man’ in Bangladesh

    World’s fifth ‘tree man’ in Bangladesh

    The symptoms can be alleviated by taking vitamins and anti-viral medicationTen years ago, Abul Bajandar was a fit young man who paddled vans for a living. But on a certain rainy day in 2005, he noticed warty “roots” growing out of his arms and legs. Over the next few years, the warts multiplied and sprouted like tree roots, eventually rendering his hands and feet useless.

    Abul, now 26, travelled from his home district of Khulna to Dhaka in search of better treatment as his condition deteriorated. Doctors at the Dhaka Medical College and Hospital were startled as they had seen nothing like it before.

  • Ex-Indian Army chief Krishna Rao dies

    Former Army chief General KV Krishna Rao, who played a key role in the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War, died yesterday at the military hospital in New Delhi following a cardiac arrest. He was 92.

    Rao also served as the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir at a time when militancy was at its peak in the state, reports Indian English daily newspaper The Tribune.

  • 40 dead after migrant boat sinks off Turkey

    Almost 40 people drowned and 75 were rescued after a boat carrying migrants to Greece sank off Turkey’s western coast yesterday, according to local officials and the Turkish Dogan news agency.

    More than one million refugees and migrants arrived in the European Union last year and some 3,600 died or went missing, forcing the EU to mull suspending its Schengen open-borders area for up to two years.

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