Wednesday February 21, 2018 02:35 AM

  • Publishers hopeful about weekend sale

    A reader skims through her newly purchased book at Bangla Academy on the fourth day of Amar Ekushey Boi Mela 2016 yesterday Photo:Mehedi Hasan

    Publishers at Amar Ekushey Boi Mela 2016 are hoping to see a fruitful day as the fair enters its first weekend today.

  • UN panel: Assange arbitrarily detained in Ecuador embassy

    UN panel: Assange arbitrarily detained in Ecuador embassy

    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s three-and-a-half-year stay in the Ecuadorian embassy in London to avoid rape investigation in Sweden amounts to “arbitrary detention”, a United Nations panel will rule on Friday.

    Assange, a former computer hacker who has been holed up in the embassy since June 2012, told the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention that he was a political refugee whose rights had been infringed by being unable to take up asylum in Ecuador.

  • Flower farming turns a boon in Kaliganj

    Flower farming turns a boon in Kaliganj

    Flower farming has got popularity among the farmers of Jhenidah as the cultivation of the variety has become profitable business.

    Motiur Rahman, deputy director of the Department of Agriculture Extension, said several items of flowers including rose, marigold, lilies, cosmos,  zinnias and daisies have been cultivated on 238-acre land in Kamalhat, Kharikadanga, Doulatpur, Kadirdanga, Binodpur, Khaldanga, Baliadanga, Dadpur, Dhala, Gopinathpur, Tilla, Simla, Dumurtala, Rokunpur, Gobordanga, Patlabila, Paikpara, Telkup, Gutiani and Ganna villages in Kaliganj upazila.

  • Call to start primary education of indigenous communities in their mother tongue

    Civil society leaders of different indigenous communities urged the government to start primary education in their mother tongue.

    They also expressed their dissatisfaction as the government is yet to take any step to start primary education in mother languages of the people of 13 indigenous communities living in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT).

  • Tk1,000 crore defamation case filed against Ctg MP Latif

    A Tk1,000 crore defamation case was filed against ruling party lawmaker MA Latif for distorting the image of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on billboards and festoons set up in Patenga and Bandar areas of the port city. 

    Saifuddin Ahmed, an activist of Jubo League, filed the case with the court of Metropolitan Magistrate Farid Alam. 

    Ibrahim Hossain Chowdhury Babul, the plaintiff counsel, said the case was filed under section 501 and 502 of Penal Code stating that the banners and festoons hung by the lawmaker in the port city defamed Bangabandhu.

  • 10-yr-old domestic help tortured in Barguna

    Tania started beating her with a steel ruler, and later with a rolling pinA schoolteacher was arrested by police in Barguna on Wednesday night for torturing her 10-year-old domestic help with steel ruler and rolling pin earlier this week.

    The accused, Tania Begum, is a teacher at Arpangashia Government Primary School in Amtali upazila of Barguna, sources said.

    The victim said she had been employed in Tania’s home since November last year.

    On Monday evening, Tania told the victim to hold her two-year-old daughter who was crying, but the victim did not follow her instruction.

  • AL attacks Rangpur Primary Education office

    AL attacks Rangpur Primary Education office

    A faction of the ruling Awami League and its student front Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) went berserk at Rangpur’s Primary Education Office yesterday. They beat up several people, including the district primary education officer. 

    It was alleged that the programme, marking the National Primary Education Week, was attacked as Awami League leaders were not invited. But Primary Education Officer Khalilur Rahman said the ruling party leaders were invited.

  • TIB stresses social movement against graft

    TIB stresses social movement against graft

    A social movement must be waged to get rid of corruption from every corner of the society, an anti-corruption young campaign has concluded.

    “I may not be able to eliminate corruption from the society fully, but I can make sure that no corruption is done by me that may harm others and the society.”

    Sabuj Ahmed, a participant of the Transparency International (TIB) Sanak-Yes National Conference 2016, made the vow yesterday.

  • Dutch woman of Bangladesh origin visits country after 37 years in quest for ancestry

    I do not recall my last address in Bangladesh but I strongly believe I can find out my near and dear ones, said Sultana Van Der List, a Dutch woman of Bangladeshi origin who has come to Bangladesh after 37 years to find her roots.

    “I do not even know who my parents are and where they hailed from. But still I have come here as I believe I can meet a family member or relative,” Sultana, overwhelmed with emotion, told a press conference at Chittagong Press Club yesterday. 

  • Teachers to wait till Feb 23 for solution

    Federation of Bangladesh Public University Teachers (FBUTA) yesterday extended their “no agitation” plan until February 23 over their issue of eradicating discrepancies in the new pay scale.

    They would come up with fresh programmes if their demands for separate pay scale and reducing disparities are not solved within this time.

    Prof ASM Maksud Kamal, secretary general of the FBUTA, made the announcement following a meeting at DU Teachers’ Club.

  • Minister: Smokers not welcome at medical colleges

    MBBS exam qualifiers must vow never to smoke or take drugs in order to secure their admission to the country’s medical colleges, Health Minister Mohammad Nasim told parliament yesterday.

    Medical college teachers will also be required to make this commitment.

    “We have decided that from this year, every student that passes the MBBS admissions test will have to give an undertaking never to smoke. Otherwise, they will not be admitted even though they have qualified,” Nasim said responding to a query in the house.

  • PM urges teachers to raise students as ideal citizens

    PM urges teachers to raise students as ideal citizens

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday called upon the teachers to educate the children from tender age about practicing principles and values to raise them up as the ideal citizens of the country.

  • Children pledge to save the Sundarbans

    Children pledge to save the Sundarbans

    The students of a secondary school near the Sundarbans in Shyamnagar of Satkhira have vowed to save the mangrove forest for their own future.

    They made the pledge while participating in the inaugural function of “The Mangrove Children, A Private Initiative” on the school premises on Sunday.

    The programme was conceived by Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) consultancy firm BizCare and directed by Nature Alliance, an environmental awareness campaigner.

  • Matia: Time to turn towards cash crops

    After becoming self-sufficient in food production, it is now time to turn towards growing cash crops and that change will benefit the farmers, Agriculture Minister Begum Matia Chowdhury has said.

    She was speaking as the chief guest at the Agro Biz Expo 2016, organised by the East West University’s Agro Industrial Club on Wednesday.

    “In addition to continuing efforts to keep up the rising trend in food production, the government is now given more emphasis on growing genetically modified crops,” the minister said.

  • Fund prime concern for setting up digital forensic lab

    Digital forensics is a branch of forensic science encompassing the recovery and investigation of material found in digital devices, often in relation to computer-related crimesThe government is planning to establish a fully fledged digital forensic laboratory to help the law enforcement agencies and other state bodies detect criminals and ensure information security of the country.

    “In this technological era there is no other alternative to set up a digital forensic lab. The ICT Division is seriously planning to establish a lab by this year considering the current situation,” State Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak said.

  • World Cancer Day observed

    The World Cancer Day was observed yesterday in the country as elsewhere across the globe. Discussions and awareness programmes were held at different places around the capital.

    In the morning, Bangladesh Cancer Society brought out a rally that started from in front of the National Museum and ended at the National Press Club.

    A discussion was held at the National Institute of Cancer Research and Hospital (NICRH) at its conference room.

  • Govt to pay medical bills for ‘tree man’ Abul

    Govt to pay medical bills for ‘tree man’ Abul

    The government would bear all costs for the treatment of Abul Bajandar, whose rare medical condition has earned him the nickname “tree man,” the health minister has said. 

    Mohammed Nasim gave the assurance in a press conference yesterday at the burn unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital. He also urged doctors to provide Abul the best treatment.

    Abul, 26, has been suffering from an extremely rare genetic skin disorder called epidermodysplasia verruciform, which is also referred to as the “tree man disease,” an immune deficiency.

  • Home boss’s statement demanded on police atrocities

    Jatiya Party lawmaker Pir Fazlur Rahman yesterday demanded home minister’s statement on recent ‘heinous activities’ of a section of police personnel.

    The lawmaker while speaking on a point of order mentioned four incidents of police harassment of people and sought home ministers’ statement on a matter of public importance under Rule 300 of the Rules of Procedure. 

  • Dhaka court accepts charges against cricketer Shahadat, wife

    A Dhaka court yesterday accepted charges against cricketer Kazi Shahadat Hossain and his wife Jesmin Jahan Nitto for torturing their 11-year-old domestic help.

    Judge Tanjina Ismail of Dhaka Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal 5 issued the order after taking cognisance of the charges and scheduled the hearing of charge framing against the couple on February 22.

    Both the accused were present at yesterday’s hearing.

  • Kader’s petition rejected

    The High Court has upheld the Election Commission’s decision to cancel the candidacy of Krishak Sramik Janata League President Abdul Kader Siddique, a Bir Uttam, for the Tangail 4 by-election.

    The bench of Justice Md Ashfaqul Islam and Justice Zafar Ahmed rejected the writ petition filed by the former Awami League leader challenging the legality of cancellation of his candidacy.

    The court also directed the EC to hold the election.

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