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Saturday December 16, 2017 08:39 PM



  • Mir Quasem’s appeal verdict today

    The Apex court is all set today to deliver its verdict on the appeal case of war criminal Jamaat-e-Islami leader Mir Quasem Ali.

    Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha will lead the five-member appeal bench of Justices Syed Mahmud Hossain, Hasan Foez Siddique, Mirza Hussain Haider and Mohammad Bazlur Rahman.

    The date was fixed on February 24 by the Appellate Division after it concluded hearing from both prosecution and defense.

    AG Mahbubey Alam yesterday hoped Quasem’s capital punishment would be upheld.

  • A portion of money recovered

    Being unnerved over the huge $100m taken away by hackers from its overseas account with a US bank, Bangladesh Bank (BB) yesterday said a portion of the hacked money was already brought back and rest portion’s destination was already traced out.

    “BB Financial Intelligence Unit is in active touch with the Philippines Anti Money Laundering Authority to recover the rest portion,” said the BB in a statement issued after a month into the incident.    

    However, the central bank did not disclose the amount of hacked money. 

  • Most Bangladesh women happy despite odds

    Most Bangladesh women happy despite odds

    Despite all those positive findings, 38.31% said they do not have the authority to visit any preferred place freely. On the other hand, 31.31% said they can visit their preferred placesA nationwide opinion poll has found that most of the women in Bangladesh are happy despite all odds.

    Asked whether they are happy with their current status of lifestyle, 71.35% of the respondents said yes, 22.90% said no, while 5.75% were not sure about their present condition.

    Of those interviewed, nearly 76% of rural women and 66% of urban women gave positive answer to the question.

    Conducted by Bangla Tribune, the poll interviewed a total of 4,800 women from across the country on the eve of the International Women’s Day.

  • ‘The world will never change for us’

    A 10-year-old domestic help set herself on fire in the capital’s Ramna area last month as she was unable to endure her employer’s torture.

    Joba Akhter was admitted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital with 95% burns while her employer Mehedi Hasan Kollol brought her to the hospital claiming that she had set herself ablaze. But he failed to give a reason for the incident.

    Groaning with pain at the hospital, Joba later said she could no longer endure the enormous work pressure and repeated physical torture by Kollol and his wife.

  • Society fights back against stalkers

    Stalkers have been a constant plague to our society – harassing young girls and women everywhere and attacking anyone raising their own voice to protect their loved ones.

    In many such cases, the violence of stalkers had resulted in deaths or injuries of family members of the harassed woman.

    But in recent years, efforts from different quarters have reduced to some extent the number of concerned citizens being killed each year by stalkers and sex offenders.

  • Poll: 40.42% women had arranged marriage

    A large number of women in Bangladesh had arranged marriage, according to the nationwide Bangla Tribune opinion poll conducted interviewing a total of 4,800 women from across the country.

    Asked whether they were allowed to make the decision about their own marriages, 40.42% of the respondents said no while 29.63% said yes.

    Nearly 43% of rural women and 39% of urban women have given negative answer to the question.

    Asked do they get the opportunity to choose their preferred life partners, only 29.69% answered yes while 35.19% said no.

  • Equal opportunities in policymaking a must for women empowerment

    Equal opportunities in policymaking a must for women empowerment

    ‘This huge difference of male and female representation in politics has to be eradicated to empower women’While the country prepares along with the world to observe the International Women’s Day today, women empowerment still remains a great challenge here.

    This year’s slogan is “Pledge for Parity” to promote and achieve gender equality around the world. A leading indicator in establishing gender equality is women empowerment.

  • Female scientists blaze the trail at BFRI

    Breaking the stereotype that women are less interested in pursuing a career in science and technology, female scientists at the Bangladesh Forest Research Institute (BFRI) in Chittagong are leading the path in research and administration with considerable success. 

    A total of 79 scientists are working at the institute, located in Sholoshahar, Chittagong city. The institute boasts 16 female research officers, field investigators and research assistants.

  • 38.31% women cannot move freely outside

    The nationwide Bangla Tribune opinion poll among 4,800 women from across the country has found that a large number of women in Bangladesh cannot visit their preferred destinations freely.

    Asked whether they can visit their preferred places freely, 38.31% of the respondents said no while 31.31% said yes.

    The problem seemed to prevail equally among rural and urban women. Of those interviewed, nearly 40% of rural women and 38% of urban women gave negative answer to the question. On the other hand, 31.04% of rural women and 31.58% of urban women said yes.

  • Victims, rights activists urge change of attitude

    Most working women and female students are often harassed sexually on the roads, buses, at their workplaces, at educational institutions, and even at home.

    However, there is no specific data on sexual harassment in Bangladesh. A 2015 ActionAid survey found almost all participants considered such harassment “violence against women” but over 80% said they would not seek police help as they did not have faith in them.

    Victims and rights activists blamed the education system and degrading social values. They said a change in attitude towards women was needed.

  • Drama unfolds over housemaid’s death in Kafrul

    Drama unfolds over housemaid’s death in Kafrul

    Around 200 locals in Kazipara in the early hours of yesterday blocked roads, demanding immediate arrest of those  who threw a housemaid off the roof of an 11-storey building on Sunday morning.

    Protests continued till 11am yesterday before law enforcers dispersed them. At noon, the protesters came to Kafrul Police station after her body was taken there from Dhaka Medical College Hospital.

  • Legal notice served to two ministers

    Supreme Court lawyer SM Julfiqar Ali has served legal notice to Food Minister Qamrul Islam and Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque for criticising Chief Justice SK Sinha for his reported remarks in war criminal Mir Quasem Ali's case.

    Qamrul on March 5 said Jamaat leader Mir Quasem’s appeal should be reheard by a new Appellate Division bench excluding the  CJ.

  • Uprooted tree kills filmmaker Mithu

    Uprooted tree kills filmmaker Mithu

    Noted artist and national award-winning director Khalid Mahmood Mithu died yesterday afternoon after a tree fell on him while he was on his way home from office.

    The incident took place around 2pm in the capital’s Dhanmondi Road 4. Khalid was on his way home from office on a rickshaw when a krishnachura tree – which stood at the edge of the footpath – fell on the rickshaw, leaving Khalid critically injured as he was crushed under the tree.

    The rickshaw puller was also injured in the incident.

  • Cabinet nods draft of Bus Rapid Transit Law

    The cabinet has approved in principle the draft of the Bus Rapid Transit Act 2016, with an aim  to reduce the time it takes to travel between Dhaka and Gazipur to as little as 20 minutes.

    The approval was made yesterday at the weekly cabinet meeting in secretariat with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.

    Briefing reporters after the meeting, Cabinet Secretary Muhammad Shafiul Alam said: “The law will regulate the BRT system designed to reduce traffic jam in Dhaka and Gazipur.

  • MP Liton’s bail extended again

    A court in the district yesterday further extended interim bail of Manjurul Islam Liton, ruling party lawmaker from Gaibandha1 constituency, till pril 10, in a case for shooting a minor boy.

    Executive Magistrate Hakim Mohammad Moinul Hasan Yousuf granted the extended bail, when the lawmaker appeared before the court in the afternoon.

    Gaibandha court’s police Inspector AKM Enamul Karim said the court in line with the bail extension order fixed Aril 10 for the lawsuit’s next hearing.

  • Workers stage demo protesting cut in salaries

    Workers of a shoe factory at Chittagong Export Processing Zone (CEPZ) staged demonstration for the second consecutive day yesterday, protesting a cut in increments and salary arrears.

    Several thousand workers of Young International (bd) Ltd, a Koran company, took to the streets and staged demonstration by closing down the main gate of the export processing zone.

    The workers went for the agitation as the factory authorities slashed the annual salary increment from 10% to 2%. 

  • JMB man indicted in double murder case at shrine in Ctg

    Detective Branch (DB) of Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) yesterday submitted a charge sheet against a member of banned militant outfit Jama’atul Muhahideen Bangladesh in a case filed for killing a priest and his assistant slitting their throats in city’s Bayezid area.

  • Robber killed in Magura ‘gunfight’

    A leader of a robber gang has been killed in a “gunfight” with the police in Kushundi Bridge area of Magura sadar upazila early yesterday.

    The deceased is Amirul Islam Liton, 32, son of Idris Mollah, of Azampur village of the upazila.

    Magura Additional Police Super Tariqul Islam said a gang of robbers were preparing to commit robbery in Kushundi Bridge area.

    Acting on a tip-off, a police team from sadar police station conducted a drive there.

  • Seed godowns in Madaripur remain uncared

    The government seed and fertiliser godowns in the district have remained in sorry state for a long time amid risk of burglary, grabbing  and theft due to mismanagement and negligence of the authorities concerned.

    When visited, the godowns of every union council were found abandoned.

    The 62 godowns for preserving seed and fertiliser, have no boundary wall since long.

    According to sources, Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) use the godowns to distribute seed of paddy, jute, different Rabi crops and vegetables to the farmers at a fixed rate.

  • Dhaka-Mymensingh rail link snapped for 6 hrs

    Train communication in the Dhaka-Mymensingh route remained suspended for six hours after a train collided with a truck at Kewatkhali rail crossing yesterday morning.

    Officer-in charge of GRP Police Station Ahad Ali said Dhaka-bound passenger train ‘Bhawal-56’ hit a truck at Kewatkhali rail crossing on Dhaka- Mymensingh Highway around 6am.

    The driver and the helper of the truck were injured in this incident.

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