Wednesday February 21, 2018 03:13 AM

  • Khasi livelihoods wrecked by LBA land swap

    Khasi livelihoods wrecked by LBA land swap

    For 250 Khasis in Moulvibazar’s Pallathal village, the loss of 146 hectares of paanjhum – betel leaf gardens – to India means the end of a way of life and increasing financial anxiety for the community.

    Because the Land Boundary Agreement puts the land they once cultivated in India, some 50 Khasi families are being separated from their traditional source of livelihood. It is a matter of time before they must leave behind the land they tilled for generations.

  • Amir blitz in vain as India edge rivals

    Amir blitz in vain as India edge rivals

    If anything that had entertained millions around the globe in the India-Pakistan battle in the Asia Cup Twenty20 yesterday was pacer Mohammad Amir’s heroics. India had almost won the game when they restricted Pakistan to just 83 runs in 17.3 overs, the side’s third lowest total in the format and the lowest against India. India chased down the moderate target in 15.3 overs with five wickets in hand but not before Amir had put up a fight.

  • Probe finds inspector in ATM scam

    The investigators have unearthed the involvement of an inspector-level officer of the DMP’s Gulshan Division in the recent ATM forgery.

    During primary investigation, two police officers were found involved with the gang that had collected information of more than 4,000 debit and credit card users in the last one year.

    Later the inspector was transferred to a police station in Rangpur range while investigation against the other officer is underway, a senior official of the Detective Branch of police told the Dhaka Tribune last night, seeking anonymity.

  • Father also dies after two children

    The man who received burn injuries along with his wife and three children in a fire at his Uttara residence in the capital died yesterday, taking the death toll in the incident to three.

    Fifty-year-old Shahnewaz succumbed to injuries while undergoing treatment at Dhaka Medical College Hospital’s burn and plastic surgery institute around 6pm.

    “Shahnewaz sustained 95% burns,” said Partha Shankar Paul, resident surgeon of the institute.

  • Release of 3 more GM brinjal varieties in the offing

    The government plans to release three more genetically modified (GM) brinjal varieties soon to make all the varieties developed so far available to farmers.

    The Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI) has already sent an application to the Agriculture Ministry in this regard and it is now under consideration of the National Committee on Biosafety.

  • 3 remanded in Panchagarh priest murder

    A Panchagarh court has granted  police 18 days to interrogate three JMB members in two cases over the murder of Panchagarh priest Joggeshwar Roy.

    Senior Judicial Magistrate Marzia Khatun gave the order yesterday.

    JMB members Alamgir, 30, Romjan Ali, 20, and Md Hafiz, 32, arrested in separate drives in Panchagarh and Nilphamari on Friday.

    Sonto Gaurio Temple priest Joggeshwar, 50, was found slaughtered at his home on February 21. Police claimed three killers took part in the killing  and five others kept the crime scene under surveillance.

  • Court seeks Home Ministry’s nod

    Chittagong Kotwali police yesterday sent a letter to the Home Ministry seeking its approval to register a sedition case against The Daily Star Editor and Publisher Mahfuz Anam.

    The case was filed by SM Al Mamun, chairman of Sitakunda upazila and also president of Chittagong district (north) unit Jubo League, on February 17 at the Metropolitan Magistrate's court.

    The court asked Kotwali police OC Jasim Uddin, to register an FIR upon approval of the authorities concerned.

  • Tobacco farming threatens crop cultivation in Rangpur

    A section of farmers in Rangpur have been cultivating tobacco for the last several years as they achieved quick profit. But this is ultimately threatening grain crops as their cultivation has reduced in that time span.

    Deputy Director of the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) SM Ashraf Ali said: “The farmers are still showing interests in tobacco farming due to more profits despite hectic government efforts to discourage its cultivation.”

  • Dr Kamal: Liberation War dream still unfulfilled

    Dr Kamal Hossain has urged the young generation to come forward and discharge their duties properly, saying the goal of the Liberation War is yet to be fulfilled.

    Addressing a programme in Chittagong yesterday, he said the war had freed Bangladesh from economic exploitation by Pakistan. “People fought the occupation forces hoping to establish a society free from discrimination and based on justice. But it still remains elusive,” the Gono Forum president said. “I believe the young generation will materialise it one day.” 

  • Native fish species decline in Karnaphuli River

    Native fish populations in the Karnaphuli River have seen a sharp decline in recent years due to untreated solid and liquid waste discharged from industrial units and households. 

    According to local sources, many fish species like Chitol, Rita, Modhu Pabda, Rupchanda and Borguni are not found as before.

    The aquaculture specialists alleged that the local shrimp fry collectors are also blame for the depletion of indigenous fish species in the river as they use push net for catching shrimp fry.

  • United for diabetes awareness

    United for diabetes awareness

    Diabetes is a group of metabolic diseases, clinically known as Diabetes mellitus, in which a person has high blood sugar, either because the body does not produce enough insulin, or because cells do not respond to the insulin that is produced. Glucose is vital to human health because it’s the main source of energy for the cells that make up muscles and tissues, and that is why it is the main source of fuel of the body.

  • Prisoner’s family alleges death from police beating

    Family members of a prisoner who died in a hospital in the capital yesterday afternoon claimed that he died of injuries inflicted on him by police beating.

    The family of 32-year-old Abdul Alim Rana, who was taken to hospital from jail, also claimed that he was arrested on false charges.

    But police said Rana was a drugs trader and was caught red-handed by locals when he and his associates were attempting a robbery in the city.

    Rana was the son of Ismail Akon and family members said he worked in the construction industry.

  • BNP: Make army probe report on BDR carnage public

    BNP yesterday demanded that the report of the investigation carried out by army into the brutal killing of 57 army officers in Pilkhana carnage be made public.

    “A fair probe is yet to be conducted into the dreadful killings of army officers at Pilkhana. An army team, headed by then Lt Gen Jahangir Alam, had investigated the incident, but its report is yet to be published,” said senior BNP leader Hafizuddin Ahmed.

    “Form this meeting, we demand that the report of the army probe team be made public,” he added.

  • Man caught with gold hidden in rectum

    A man has been arrested with gold bars worth around Tk40 lakh at Chittagong's Shah Amanat International Airport.

    Customs officials identified the smuggler as Md Parvez, 27, hailing from Fatickchhari upazila.

    “Parvez arrived from the UAE at around 10:20am yesterday. He was trying to smuggle in eight gold bars by hiding them in his rectum,” said Chittagong Customs Assistant Commissioner Rizvi Ahmed.

  • Fire guts shoe store in Ctg

    A shoe store in the port city has been badly damaged in a fire.

    Fire service officials blamed yesterday's blaze at the Nupur Market on poor electrical wiring.

    They said seven firefighting units rushed to put out the fire at the Shahadat Shoe Store. It took nearly two hours to extinguish the flames. 

  • PM: Govt to construct int’l standard theatre complex

    PM: Govt to construct int’l standard theatre complex

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the government has a plan to construct a theatre complex of international standard as there is no such hall in the country for producing good stage dramas.

    “There is no international standard theatre complex comprising all modern facilities in Bangladesh. We want to construct one,” she said at the inaugural programme of the newly constructed Bangladesh Mohila Samity Complex in the capital’s Bailey Road area.

  • NSU announces new VC

    Professor Atiqul Islam has been appointed as the new vice-chancellor of North South University by the university’s chancellor and the president of Bangladesh, Abdul Hamid.

    He officially joined NSU as VC on February 25, said a press release. His last posting was at Edith Cowan University in Australia as the pro vice-chancellor. Earlier, Atiqul Islam served as the dean of the Faculty of Business and Government at the University of Canberra.

  • Shahiduzzaman made pro-bono senior adviser of IPS

    Shahiduzzaman made pro-bono senior adviser of IPS

    News Network Editor and CEO Shahiduzzaman has been made pro-bono senior adviser of the Rome-based Inter Press Service (IPS), a leading communication and information system dedicated to development in the world.

    Shahiduzzaman has also been authorised by IPS Director General Farhana Haque Rahman to negotiate potential partnerships on her behalf with international, regional and national organizations, according to a press release issued yesterday.

    The IPS has a special relationship with the United Nations and other intergovernmental bodies like the European Union.

  • IFRC secy gen to inaugurate One Billion Coalition for Resilience

    El Hadji Amadou Gueye Sy, secretary general of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), is coming to Bangladesh today on a two-day visit.

    Apart from inaugurating a the national launch of a programme titled “One Billion Coalition for Resilience,” the IFRC secretary general will also make courtesy calls to the prime minister, parliament speaker and several ministers.

  • Where have all the bookworms gone?

    Where have all the bookworms gone?

    Libraries and their collection are typically one of the many measures of culture and advancement of a societyCórdoba is said to have been the most advanced city of Europe around 1000 AD. There were several hundred public baths, paved roads and taxes. As further testimony to the city’s sophistication scholastic articles refer to the wealth of its library. It most likely boasted a collection of about 500,000 volumes in five languages including Sanskrit.

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