Wednesday February 21, 2018 07:27 AM

  • Pregnant woman stabbed to death by husband

    A pregnant woman was stabbed to death allegedly by her husband at Dighli village in Bishwanath upazila, Sylhet yesterday morning.

    Quoting family members, police said there had been a long standing dispute between Halima Begum Helena, 22, and her husband Nazrul Islam Zulfikar who was a CNG-run auto-rickshaw driver over family matter.

  • Boom for salt farming in Cox’s Bazar

    Salt farmers in Cox’s Bazar are enjoying record-breaking profits this year, thanks to the government’s decision to stop importing salt from abroad.

    Around 150,000 salt farmers are harvesting salt this year after the prices jumped to Tk460 per maund (around 37kg). The boom in trade has also seen 70,000 of the available 74,000 acres of salt-farming land being used in the district.

  • Police could have saved Babul

    The members of Shah Ali police station on patrol duty in Mirpur’s Gudaraghat area on Wednesday night could have saved tea-seller Babul Matabbor had they tried to douse the fire instead of fleeing the scene.

    An eight-year-old nephew of the victim first tried to pour a drinking water jar kept at the shop to put out the fire, but it was too heavy for him. No one came forward to help him. A constable rather barred him from the attempt. The desperate boy then rushed outside to collect sand and sprinkled it on Babul.

  • Good journalism good for country, president tells press

    Good journalism good for country, president tells press

    Speak truth to power, President Abdul Hamid yesterday told journalists, adding that for journalism to be effective, careful attention must be paid to evidence and information.

    “Only the practice of telling the right thing can bring journalism to its peak. The mass media must criticise the role of the government, even of me. But bear this in mind: Criticism has to be based on information,” said the president.

    He was speaking as chief guest at the 25th anniversary celebrations of the Daily Star newspaper in the capital’s Osmani Memorial Auditorium.

  • Joy again wants Mahfuz Anam behind bars

    The editor of the Daily Star, Mahfuz Anam, should be arrested for running “false corruptions [sic] stories” against Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the premier’s son and her ICT Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy has demanded.

    In a post on his Facebook page yesterday, Joy wrote: “His [Mahfuz Anam] false stories led to my mother’s arrest and spending 11 months in jail. I demand justice. I want Mahfuz Anam behind bars and on trial for treason.”

  • Govt fails to implement proper traffic control

    Govt fails to implement proper traffic control

    ‘There is no city in the world where you will see such huge tailbacks … we need to reduce or remove intersections, which are the main cause of traffic jam’The government has taken a number of steps to better traffic control in the capital since 1992 but the outcome has almost been zero, causing crores of taka to go down the toilet in the last two decades.

    As all measures failed, traffic is now almost entirely controlled manually by traffic policemen.

    But in a fresh attempt to improve the situation, the government has decided to form a traffic control unit under the Ministry of Home Affairs.

  • Suranjit: Try policemen for killing tea vendor

    Awami League leader Suranjit Sengupta demanded putting accused policemen in the dock over the death of a tea vendor in Dhaka.

    “Policemen involved in the killing of tea vendor Babul [Matabbor] should be tried,” Suranjit said at a discussion organised by the Bangabandhu Academy in Dhaka.

    Babul sustained 90% burns when a Shah Ali police team allegedly attacked him on Wednesday night. He died the following day.

  • 75 sentenced for cheating in recruitment test

    75 sentenced for cheating in recruitment test

    A total of 75 people were arrested and sentenced on charge of sitting a recruitment test under the Agriculture Ministry as proxies.

    They were arrested at Dhaka University, where the one-hour MCQ test was held. The Institute of Business Administration (IBA) conducted the exam.  

    Four of the arrestees are current students of the university, said acting proctor Amzad Ali.

  • BCMCL to propose feasibility study for Dighipara coal field

    State-owned Barapukaria Coal Mine Company (BCMCL) will place a development project proposal (DPP) on feasibility study for the development of Dighipara coal field at its next board meeting to extract coal.

    Petrobangla and Energy and Mineral Resources Division (EMRD) have already handed over exploration licence of 4,000 hectare of Dighipara coal mine area to the BCMCL.

    An EMRD official said the company should not be awarded with this coal mine as they are not operating Barapukaria coal mine, which they already have in hand.

  • Mirpur Bangla High School celebrates 50 years

    Former students of Mirpur Bangla High School yesterday arranged a reunion at a resort in Gazipur to observe 50 years of the institution.

    The alumni also accorded reception to 25 retired teachers at the reunion held at Sohag Palli Resort.

    Some 2,000 former students of the school took part in different games and attended a cultural programme.

    The founding principal of the school, Syed Abdul Kaium, was the chief guest at the programme and urged former students to work for the school’s betterment.

  • Hasan Mahmud: Government will cooperate if BNP wants

    The government would not take any steps to jeopardise the BNP’s national council rather it would extend cooperation if sought, ruling Awami League’s Publicity and Publication Affairs Secretary Hasan Mahmud said yesterday.

  • This weekend, Dhaka is the place to be

    This weekend, Dhaka is the place to be

    The greatest art event in Asia, as opening ceremony chief guest Finance Minister AMA Muhith described it, opened its galleries to the public yesterday.

    Judging by the energy of the crowds flocking to Shilpakala Academy to take it all in, two years is simply too long to wait, even for a biennale.

    But the wait for the third edition of Dhaka Art Summit was evidently worth it.

    Free of charge to any and all, Dhakaites of all types and stripes rubbed elbows as they moved between installations and exhibits presented by some of the world’s finest curators.

  • Explosive moments from Thursday’s democratic debate

    Explosive moments from Thursday’s democratic debate

    Fireworks flying on Thursday night in the first one-on-one debate between Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton and her formidable opponent as the former accused the veteran senator from Vermont of subjecting her to an “artful smear” while Sanders suggested the former secretary of state was a captive of America’s political establishment.

  • EU negotiators dissect but don’t demolish draft deal for Britain

    Britain’s European partners voiced reservations but no outright rejection of a draft deal to meet its demands for reformed EU membership terms on Friday when negotiators from the 28-nation bloc met for the first time to discuss the text, diplomats said.

    London’s bid to win exemption from the European Union goal of “ever closer union”, preserve its financial sector from regulation by the euro zone and curb access to in-work benefits for EU migrant workers won backing from Poland as the meeting of national negotiators – or sherpas – began in Brussels.

  • Assange calls on Sweden, UK to allow him freedom

    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange called on Britain and Sweden on Friday to let him freely leave the Ecuadorian embassy in London after a UN panel ruled he had been arbitrarily detained and should be awarded compensation.

    Assange, a computer hacker who enraged the US by publishing hundreds of thousands of secret US diplomatic cables, has been holed up in the embassy since June 2012 to avoid a rape investigation in Sweden.

  • Children have their day  at book fair

    Children have their day at book fair

    The grounds of Amar Ekushey Boi Mela 2016 were full to the brim yesterday as thousands of visitors, especially children, thronged the venue on the first weekend the fair sees.

    The weekend special Children’s Hours from 11am to 1pm was marked by different activities, such as painting, puppet show etc. Children roamed about stalls that featured various children’s books and other publications.

    As Redwanur Rahman Jewel, publisher of Nalonda Prakashani, put it: “The fair has truly begun today.”

  • Mehedi, Zakir inspire junior Tigers to semis

    Mehedi, Zakir inspire junior Tigers to semis

    Hosts Bangladesh Under-19 met their ambition of better their record in the U-19 World Cup. The junior Tigers yesterday defeated Nepal by six wickets in the first quarter-final to move to the semi-finals. Bangladesh’s previous best result in the tournament came in 2006 when they finished fifth and moving to the last-four stage meant the junior Tigers are among the top four teams in this edition.

  • Mob beats 2 robbers to death in Chandina

    Two suspected robbers were beaten to death while another was gravely injured by an angry mob at Ranichara village in Chandina upazila, Comilla in the early hours of Thursday.

    The deceased were identified as Rubel, 25, from the district’s Debidwar upazila, and Solaiman, 28, whose address is still unknown, said police sources.

    The injured victim, Nayeem, 27, is from Chandina. He is currently undergoing treatment at Chandina upazila health complex, his condition critical.

  • Journalist’s wife hacked to death

    The wife of a Maasranga Television journalist was hacked to death at home in Gopalganj early yesterday. Zakia Begum, wife of Morshedayan Nishan, was attacked by a gang of masked robbers who broke into the house in Bedgram, said the husband.

    But police suspected that the 30-year-old, daughter of Jalal Uddin of Gopalganj town, had been killed over family rows. Zakia’s family also claimed that it was a premeditated act of killing.

  • Rubber-wood furniture gains ground

    A rubber tree was used only as firewood whenever it stopped producing latex.

    But now the rubber wood has turned out to be a valuable timber for making furniture and this has been made possible due to a technology developed by the researchers of Bangladesh Forest Research Institute (BFRI). 

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