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Tuesday November 21, 2017 11:44 PM



  • Bangladesh’s fabled fabric needs a boost

     

    Bangladesh’s legendary muslin fabric is in need of support, participants at a discussion on reviving the marvellous material heard on Sunday.

     

    Speakers at the “Revival of Muslin: Policies and Institutions” workshop said government support as well as private initiative were needed to promote

  • RAB’s prison database launched

    In a bid to keep an eye on cunning criminals, especially militants, who often commit crimes under different names, RAB launched an online database of prisoners yesterday.

    “The computerised database named RAB-Prison Inmate Database was launched through the fibre optic network. The prison authorities will preserve fingerprints, do retinal scan and store 200 types of information of all those who stayed in jail even for a single day,” said Commander Md Sahed Karim, director of the communication and MIS wing.

  • Netherlands to provide Tk150 crore for food security

    Netherlands has launched two food security projects and also extended an existing food safety project under this budgetNetherlands is going to provide Bangladesh Tk150 crore for three development projects on food security and safety, and on sexual and reproductive health.

    Netherlands has launched two food security projects and also extended an existing food safety project under this budget.

    The three projects – Making Market Work for Women (MMWW), Krishi Utsho (KU) and the FAO Food Safety Program, will be funded for the next 3-4 years.

  • Quality Improvement Initiative in Shaheed Suhrawardy Hospital

    The Quality Improvement Secretariat of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has taken initiatives to improve quality service in Shaheed Suhrawardee Medical College and Hospital.

    The primary objective of the initiative is to develop and improve hospital’s working environment, said a press release of the Quality Improvement Initiative under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

    This process has been facilitated by Work Improvement Teams (WITs) formed at different units of the hospital following a unique quality improvement approach 5S-CQI-TQM.

  • City College students block Mirpur road

    City College students block Mirpur road

    Students of Dhaka City College have blocked Mirpur road demanding their exam center for Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) to be changed.

    A huge gridlock was created in New Market, Science Lab and Elephant Road areas due to the blockade. A significant number of city dwellers were seen getting off the buses and rickshaws and walking to reach their destinations.

    Witnesses and police say, hundred of students of the institute blockaded the road around 1pm yesterday.

  • Lawmakers demand ban on DS, punishment of editor

    Ruling Awami League lawmakers yesterday, four days after The Daily Star Editor Mahfuz Anam conceded that the newspaper had printed unsubstantiated and military-fed news items nine years ago, demanded his arrest and banning of the newspaper.

    Five AL lawmakers, one from Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal, and an independent lawmaker joined the unscheduled discussion in the parliament, bitterly condemned Mahfuz Anam, and asked the government to prosecute the editor on sedition charges.

  • Robots to take over 70% of jobs?

    Robots to take over 70% of jobs?

    Rising automation and use of robots in industrial production will put the world’s poorest nations at risk, with 70% of all jobs in Bangladesh in danger of being lost over the next decade, says a new analysis.

    The impact of automation may be more disruptive for developing countries due to lower levels of consumer demand and limited social safety nets, according to a research released last month by Citibank, the US bank, and the Oxford Martin School, a research and policy unit of the UK university.

  • Dhaka, London plan to have formal security framework

    Bangladesh and Britain are planning to have formal framework for security cooperation to make it more effective and qualitative.

    “We cooperate with each other in different fields under several frameworks but both countries do not have such type framework for security cooperation,” said a senior government official.

    Bangladesh has security cooperation framework with the United States, India, China, even with Australia, he said. 

  • Lawmakers hail President’s speech

    Lawmakers both from treasury and opposition benches yesterday hailed the President’s speech in the parliament saying the speech truly focused on the various development activities of the president government.

    They said the President Md. Abdul Hamid, in his 93-page speech on January 20 in 2016, on the first day during of the ninth session of the 10th parliament, highlighted different development activities in social, political and economic sectors.

  • Police probe finds 4 lawmen guilty of negligence

    Four officials of the capital’s Shah Ali police station did not perform their duties properly during an attack on tea stall owner Babul Matubbor and failed to take necessary actions in the aftermath of the incident, a police probe body has found.

    The committee, led by Deputy Commissioner Tutul Chakrabarti of the discipline wing at DMP Headquarters, submitted its report yesterday to Dhaka Metropolitan Police Commissioner Asaduzzman Mia.

  • MP Latif: It wasn’t me

    Awami League lawmaker MA Latif yesterday produced the graphic designer of a printing house before the media who admitted to distorting the portrait of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

    Designer Kabir Hossain made the statement during a press briefing, organised by the Awami League MP, at Bangabandhu Conference Hall of the World Trade Centre in the port city.

    He claimed that they were in a hurry to complete the task.

    Latif also presented Rajib Das, a staff of the Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI), at the event.

  • ‘Save country’s maritime sector’

    Ex-marine cadets of Bangladesh Marine Academy (BMA) in Chittagong yesterday demanded cancellation of the move to issue Continues Discharge Certificates (CDC) to cadets of Fisheries Academy.

    “If the cadets of Fisheries Academy get discharge certificate and other documents for commercial vessels violating regulations, the country’s maritime sector will face danger,” said Asharf Ibn Noor, president of Juldia Marine Academy Alumni Association (JMAAA), at a press conference.

  • Qatar to recruit 300,000 workers in three years

    Ahead of the Fifa World Cup 2022, Qatar is keen to hire more then 200,000 Bangladeshi workers this year, and over the next two years, they will take another 100,000 from Bangladesh.

    After returning home from a three-day official visit to Qatar, Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Nurul Islam yesterday told a press briefing at Probashi Kallyan Bhaban that Qatar would need to hire a lot of skilled and semi-skilled manpower ahead of the world cup.

  • Fakrul blames govt for controlling judiciary

    Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir yesterday accused the government of controlling the judiciary.

    He said murders, enforced disappearance and abductions had marked a sharp rise as the government had been in office by force. They were carrying out fascist acts by controlling the judiciary.

    The BNP leader made this statement while speaking at Sylhet city and district units’ party council at Shaheed Soleman Hall of Muslim Sahittya Sangsad in the city.

  • PM accepts Ban Ki-moon’s offer of becoming a member of UN panel on water

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today accepted a proposal of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon for becoming a member of a UN High-level Panel on Water as the UN secretary general phoned the Premier.

    “Ban Ki-moon phoned Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at about 8 pm today and said the United Nations is going to constitute a High-level Panel on water,” PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim said.

    He said after exchanging greetings, the UN secretary general offered the proposal of becoming a member of the panel to the premier which she accepted.

  • 5 accused placed on 1-day remand

    A court in Chittagong yesterday placed five accused on a one-day remand in connection with cocaine seizure case.

    Assistant Commissioner of Chittagong Metropolitan Police (prosecution) Nirmalendu Bikash Chawakrabarty saidd: “The court of Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Nurul Alam Nipu passed the remand order after the five accused of the cocaine case were produced before the court with two-day remand prayer”.

  • Poaching of migratory birds goes rampant

    Poaching of migratory birds goes rampant

    Poaching of migratory birds who come from the Himalayan, Siberian, Nepal and Mongolian regions to the country to get rid of severe cold has turned alarming in Netrakona, Kishoreganj and Sunmanganj.

    Over the last few years, the number of migratory birds have receded as average temperature of the country is increasing day by day due to adverse impact of climatic change.

  • BIWTC steamer gets stuck in Kirtonkhola River

    PS Mahsud, a double-deck passenger vessel of state owned Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation, stuck to a shoal around 10am yesterday in the Kirtonkhola River in Barisal.

    Sources said the vessel plying on the Dhaka-Morelganj route left Dhaka for Barisal, on February 6.

    Syed Abul Kalam Azad, assistant general manager of BIWTC station, said the vessel was carrying more than 200 passengers on board and stuck to the shoal while it was taking turn to anchor at Barisal River port.

  • Miscreants kill woman brutally

    Miscreants slaughtered a housewife in Mipara area under Puthia upazila and snatched Tk5 lakh yesterday.

    The deceased was Shahnaj Begum, 35,  wife of Abul Hossain, a rice trader.

    Hafizur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Puthia police station, said Abul found the slaughtered body of Shahnaj after he returned home from his business centre around 12.20am.

    Locals went to the spot after hearing screaming of Abul and informed police.

    Abul also became senseless later, and locals sent him to Rajshahi Medical College and Hospital.

  • Cost for Malaysia’s G2G Plus migration likely to rise

    The government will soon sign an MoU with the Malaysian government to see more Bangladeshi migrants being recruited under Kuala Lumpur’s new manpower recruitment scheme titled G2G Plus, sources have said.

    However, officials at the Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Ministry told the Dhaka Tribune that there is likely to be an increase in migration cost; it would now cost Tk42,000 instead of an earlier estimation of Tk37,000 quoted in September last year.

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