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Wednesday January 17, 2018 07:24 AM



  • IGP Shahidul condoles murder of 2 policemen in hit and run

    Inspector general of police, in a press release issued yesterday, condoled the murder of two policemen who were killed in a hit and run while performing their duty early Thursday.

    The two policemen – Sergeant Ataul Islam, 27, and Sub-Inspector Sadekul Islam, 32, of Shibganj police station – were chasing a truck which was informed to be carrying drugs.

    Ataul hailed from Sutihat village of Joypurhat and Sadekul was from Rajarampur village of Dinajpur’s Fulbari upazila.

  • Townspeople facing acute water crisis

    Two water treatment plants in Barisal city remain inoperative
    Residents of Barisal city are facing an acute water crisis, though two new water treatment plants have been set up at great expense, but are yet to be functional.

    The rough-and-tumble between Barisal City Corporation and West Zone Power Distribution Company over the payment of arrear dues and future bills is responsible for the stagnant situation. 

  • Balloon seller dies in gas cylinder blast in Savar

    Balloon seller dies in gas cylinder blast in Savar

    A balloon seller has been killed in a gas cylinder explosion at a picnic spot in Savar’s Ashulia.

    The body of Rabiul Islam, 30, was sent to Dhaka Medical College morgue for autopsy.

    Ashulia police station Officer-in-Charge Mohsinul Kadir confirmed the death to the Dhaka Tribune.

    Witnesses said the gas cylinder suddenly exploded when Rabiul was inflating balloons around 11am yesterday.

    The explosion blew off one of his legs, leaving him in critical condition.

  • Despite ban three wheelers still ply on highways

    Despite a ban, three-wheelers such as Nasimon, Karimon and CNG-driven auto-rickshaws continue to run on highways across Bangladesh, flouting High Court rule and putting the lives of passengers, pedestrians, and drivers at risk.

    The government on August 1 last year imposed a ban on the running of slow-moving three-wheelers on highways across the country, with a view to preventing frequent accidents.

    The ban came into effect in the wake of over 240 deaths in a series of road accidents nationwide before and after Eid ul-Fitr. 

  • Tumour genetics reveal cancer treatment revolution

    Tumour genetics reveal cancer treatment revolution

    A landmark discovery into the genetic makeup of tumours has the potential to open a new front in the war on cancer, delivering potent therapies that are tailored to individual patients, The Guardian reported quoting scientists involved in lung and skin cancers research.

    The breakthrough comes from research into the genetic complexity of the aforementioned cancers which found that even as tumours grow and spread around the body, they carry with them a number of biological “flags” that the immune system can be primed to attack.

  • Most interesting moments of Thursday’s GOP debate

    Donald Trump is the undisputed front-runner for the Republican nomination — and on a debate stage Thursday his rivals acted like it. The barbs flew early and often, as Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz sought to rattle Trump and cast him as unreliably conservative ahead of Michigan’s first-in-the-Midwest primary. Here’s a look at the standout moments–

    Trump’s clothing line

  • Clinton email probe fraught with political consequences

    The US Department of Justice (DOJ) will have to decide whether Hillary Clinton or any of her subordinates could face legal consequences for her use of a private email server, a decision whose timing is fraught with serious political repercussions.

  • Hill cutting continues unabated

    Hill cutting continues in nine upazilas of Khagrachhari for the purpose of making residential and commercial plots ignoring environment laws while the local administration turns a blind eye to the act. 

    The Department of Environment has not taken any action yet in this regard either. 

    During a recent investigation, the Dhaka Tribune has found that local politicians, influential individuals and unscrupulous businessmen are involved in destroying hills in the nine upazilas.

  • Two held over Gazipur ATM booth robbery

    Police yesterday detained two persons in connection with the robbery at a fast track ATM booth of Dutch-Bangla Bank Limited at Harinhati, Kaliakoir upazila in Gazipur.

    Detained Naimul and Mintoo admitted that they were involved in the robbery, police said.

    The duo were held in drives at Rakhalia of Kaliakoir and Board Bazar of Tongi in the early hours of the day.

  • One held for making abusive remarks on PM

    Rajshahi police arrested a man on charge of making defamatory statement by his Facebook post on the prime minister and the government.

    Rakibul Islam Rakib, a student of Bagha Shahdaullah Degree College and also this year’s HSC examinee, was detained on Thursday and the next day he was shown arrested in a case launched against him with Bagha police station for the alleged offence. He is son of Kalim Uddin, from Amodpur village under Bagha Municipality.

    Officer-in-Charge of Bagha police station Ali Mahamud said: “Rakib is a Jamaat-e-Islami activist.”

  • Brother hacks brothers over land dispute

    A man was hacked to death by his own brother over issues with homestead boundary in Mohishluti village of the district’s Tarash upazila.

    The dead Rahmat Ali, 30, was the son of farmer Mojibur Rahman Monjur of the village.

    The incident, which took place yesterday after Jumma prayers, left another brother of Rahmat – Mohammad Ali, 35, – critically injured.

  • Fall of the assassin

    Fall of the assassin

    Reviewed as the xenophobic sequel, London Has Fallen is a story taking place in the backdrop of London. It is an American action thriller film directed by Babak Najafi and written by Creighton Rothenberger, Katrin Benedikt, Chad St John and Christian Gudegast.

  • ‘Ghostbusters’ boasting girl power

    ‘Ghostbusters’ boasting girl power

    Bridesmaids actresses Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig have joined Saturday Night Live comedians Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones to replace the initial ghoul-eliminating team consisting of Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson. As a result, Ghostbusters is promoting an all-female cast for the remake.

    Ivan Reitman, director of the original film series, shall look over the remaking duties, while Paul Feig has been handed over the directing responsibilities.

  • ‘Shera Nachiye’ gearing up for the final round

    ‘Shera Nachiye’ gearing up for the final round

    Season three of Mangolee Channel i Shera Nachiye has come down to its final 15 contestants to compete for the title. Synthia, Shobha, Hridi, Antor, Apurbo, Miti, Sumaiya, Shumi, Ria, Prapti, Dola, Lotus, Iccha, Athoi and Alif are the semi-finalists of the dance reality show.

  • Chloe Moretz isn’t just a fan

    Chloe Moretz isn’t just a fan

    Rumour mills are generating news about Chloe Grace Moretz dating Barcelona football star Neymar after the duo was seen drawing close to each other in a surprise Snapchat video this week.

    The 19-year-old actress and model, who was previously linked with David Beckham’s son Brooklyn, has been spotted in the social media clip with Neymar this time around. The short clip on Snapchat shows the two throwing peace signs and laughing together.

  • Jasmine, the Silk Road, and Bangladesh today

    Jasmine, the Silk Road, and Bangladesh today

    One flower witnessed entire civilisations take form and change shapeThe “etymology” of plants, it appears, may well be able to tell us more about human development, migrations, and trade than even archeology, is often able to do.

    The fertile soils and the climatic environment of Bangladesh seem to have been in the distant past the source rather than the recipient of “migrating” plant life.

  • A tool for National Adaptation Planning in Bangladesh

    A tool for National Adaptation Planning in Bangladesh

    The Ministry of Environment and Forestry of Bangladesh, under the guidance of UNFCCC, is developing a long-term National Adaptation Plan (NAP) to adapt to the medium and long-term needs arising out of the impacts of climate change. This plan is intended to be the guidebook for all adaptation initiatives for the next 100 years, and will be the tool used to channel and allocate international adaptation funding within Bangladesh.

  • Get lost in translation

    Get lost in translation

    Bengalis, Marathis, and Tamils have no space in the new Anglo-Hindi ideology of India. This is the concluding part of yesterday’s long formThe “acceptable” Tamil or Bengali on-board a Chennai to Kolkata flight is one who understands English, if not Hindi. A Tamil lady who does not know English or Hindi does not deserve to be fully serviced at the airport or on-board. She is made to feel inadequate and out of place. It is a sad, sad commentary on the diversity showcasing PR blitz called “Incredible India.”

  • You deserve better

    You deserve better

    There may not be bruises to prove it, but emotional abuse is realRiya (not her real name) is in her late 20s. She met her boyfriend at a friend’s birthday party. They started seeing each other, and found a lot of common ground. Gradually they fell in love.

    Riya thought her boyfriend and her were a perfect match, but as time passed, she found that her boyfriend was typical. He often criticised Riya about her profession, and tried to change how she behaved and spoke.

  • Don’t compromise liberty in the name of security

    Don’t compromise liberty in the name of security

    The High Court writ petition challenging the legality of the DMP’s drive to collect personal information about tenants from landlords in Dhaka raises several important questions.

    Of most importance is the way this sudden police move violates the constitutional right of all citizens to privacy.

    Examples abound of past occasions when citizens’ personal information has been leaked by government bodies, or used to harass innocent individuals.

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