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Thursday November 23, 2017 02:02 AM



  • Piotr confesses police link in ATM scam

    At least one policeman was involved with the recent ATM scam, one of the key suspects has confessed to a Dhaka court.

    Piotr Szczepan Mazurek, who was arrested last month for his alleged involvement in the ATM booth forgery, also named his local and foreign accomplices when he submitted a confessional statement to a Dhaka court on Thursday.

  • Street caves in at Gulshan

    A 30-foot stretch of a street in Dhaka’s Gulshan has subsided during development works.

    Quoting locals, fire service Inspector Miron Mia said portion of road No 55 in Gulshan 2 subsided yesterday afternoon when Dhaka North City Corporation’s development work was in progress.

    “Firefighters rushed to the spot immediately and started filling up work,” he told the Dhaka Tribune, adding that after initial inspection they believed the incident would not have serious impact on the area.

  • Another maid dies after falling off a building

    A 14-year-old housemaid died in a hospital after allegedly falling off the fourth floor of an under-construction building in Chittagong city’s Hazari Lane area on Thursday night.

    Police identified the victim as Bulbuli, from Fatikchhari upazila of Chittagong district.

    The incident happened around 11pm, said Jaharlal Hazari, local ward councillor.

  • Ruling BJP vows to strip Bangladeshi Muslim immigrants of voting rights

    India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has vowed to disenfranchise millions of Bangladeshi Muslim immigrants in the upcoming Assam Bidhan Sabha election, waging a polarising campaign in a bid to form its first government there.

    In campaign rallies in the remote eastern frontier state, party officials have also promised to identify and deport younger illegal migrants, in response to rising discontent among the state’s Hindus.

  • Future of thousands in Kurigram uncertain

    Dudhkumar erosion wreaks havoc
    Thousands of residents in Nageswari upazila, Kaliganj, in Kurigram are facing an uncertain future as many homesteads, cultivable land, orchards, mosquesmand temples have become vulnerable to erosion by the Dudhkumar River.

    Many people of Kaliganj, Kachirvita, Kuriarpara, Boloder Vita, Uttar Wabda, Shalmara and Dhanirvita have already taken shelter on a town protection embankment as the erosion has taken an alarming turn in the last couple of weeks, but the Water Development Board seems reluctant to take action to stop the erosion.

  • Call for ensuring legal assistance to challenged people

    Tribune Members of District Protibondhi Legal Aid Committee (DPLAC) at a discussion called for extending legal assistance to physically challenged people for ensuring justice as well as human rights for them.

    The DPLAC, Rangdhanu Zila Protibondhi Adhikar Sangstha (RZPAS) and Prottyasha Protibondhi Nari O Shishu Unnayan Sangstha (PPNSUS) jointly organised the discussion at RZPAS office in Keranipara area of the city yesterday.

  • Campaign gains pace, 1 dies in pre-poll violence

    Campaign gains pace, 1 dies in pre-poll violence

    Campaigning for the upcoming union parishad elections has gained momentum as Awami League (AL) and BNP activists rally behind their party-backed chairman and member candidates in the elections to 4,275 union councils across the country.

    The two major political parties’ leaders and activists are keeping busy as the chairman elections will see the direct participation of political parties for the first time this year.

    Incidents of violence have greatly increased as two people have already been killed in pre-poll violence.

  • UN, NGOs urge world to ratify convention on mercury

    The United Nations and non-governmental organisations urged governments to ratify the Minamata Convention on Mercury, at the seventh session of the convention’s intergovernmental negotiating committee (INC7) being held in Jordan from March 10 to 15.

    Speaking at a resort on the Dead Sea coast on Thursday, Jordanian Environment Minister Taher Shakhshir and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Deputy Executive Director Ibrahim Thiaw Thursday called on governments to help bring the global pact into effect.

  • Tofail: $60 billion export by 2021

    At its current pace, Bangladesh will earn $50 billion from exporting apparel products by the end of 2021, Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed has said.

    “We hope to achieve the $50 billion apparel export target by 2021. At the time, the total export will stand at $60 billion,” he said at the inaugural ceremony of Chittagong International Trade Fair (CITF) yesterday.

    Tofail said he expected Bangladesh to earn about $5 billion from the ICT sector and another $5-10 billion from exporting drugs.

  • Road accidents take lives of nine across country

    At least nine people were killed in separate road accidents that took place in the capital, Khulna, Chittagong, Bagerhat and Savar yesterday.

    Two men were killed in two separate road accidents in Dhaka in the morning.

    Sub-inspector Md Julhas, in-charge of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) police camp, said a vehicle ran over Md Habibullah, 24, while he was crossing the road at Technical intersection in Mirpur around 5:15am, leaving him critically injured. As locals whisked off the injured to DMCH, doctors declared him dead.

  • Tofail: $60 billion export by 2021

    At its current pace, Bangladesh will earn $50 billion from exporting apparel products by the end of 2021, Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed has said.

    “We hope to achieve the $50 billion apparel export target by 2021. At the time, the total export will stand at $60 billion,” he said at the inaugural ceremony of Chittagong International Trade Fair (CITF) yesterday.

    Tofail said he expected Bangladesh to earn about $5 billion from the ICT sector and another $5-10 billion from exporting drugs.

  • Man ‘commits suicide’ in police custody

    An accused of two drug cases allegedly committed suicide in police custody at Shailkupa police station in Jhenaidah yesterday afternoon.

    The deceased is Kajal Mandal, 28, son of Julhas Mandal, a resident of the Rajapur village of Kushtia district. He is an accused of two drug cases filed with Islamic University Police Station and the Shailkupa police station.

    Earlier, being tipped off, a team of Shailkupa police station arrested him along with 20 small packets of hemp from Bhatai Bazar area of the upazila on Thursday night.

  • In the times of Thomas Bowrey

    In the times of Thomas Bowrey

    Bowrey’s journal provides insightful evidence of trade in BangladeshRecorded by the historian and biographer, Richard Davenport-Hines, as the first westerner to write about his experience of smoking cannabis during his travels around the Bay of Bengal between 1669 and 1679,

    Thomas Bowrey’s fascinating journal gives us a visitor’s dramatic description of the lands around the Ganges delta — amongst them, the lands that are now Bangladesh — in the early years of the reign of the sixth Mughal Emperor, Aurangzeb.

    A prolific diaryist, his travels provide considerable source note treasures for historians of many locations.

  • We were playing for Taskin, Sunny: Mashrafe

    We were playing for Taskin, Sunny: Mashrafe

    The Bangladesh camp was rocked after the bowling actions of paceman Taskin Ahmed and left-arm spinner Arafat Sunny came under the watch of the International Cricket Council. The Tigers believe their two attacking bowlers are absolutely fine and that the outcome of both their tests in Chennai will turn out to be positive.

  • We will beat Bangladesh, says Oman captain

    All of a sudden, things are going in favour of Associates Oman in the ongoing 2016 World Twenty20 first round. Following a memorable two-wicket win over giant-killers Ireland last Wednesday, they shared the points with the Netherlands as heavy rainfall forced off their clash in Dharamsala yesterday.

    The fate of Group A now depends on the Bangladesh-Oman game, scheduled for tomorrow. In all likelihood, the tie will decide which side go through to the main round where hosts India, Pakistan, Australia and New Zealand lie in wait.

  • Sunny to sit out Oman tie, Taskin available

    Bangladesh left-arm spinner Arafat Sunny will head to Chennai today to undergo a test on
    his suspect bowling action. He will thus miss the third first-round game of the 2016 World Twenty20 against Oman in Dharamsala tomorrow.

    Another Bangladesh cricketer whose bowling action was also called into question, right-arm paceman Taskin Ahmed will be available for the Oman game and will only travel to Chennai following the completion of the first round.

  • Dharamsala counting losses of India-Pakistan cancellation

    Ever since the inauguration of the Dharamsala International Cricket Stadium in 2005, the locals here have been receiving extra source of income generated from cricket.

    The locals soon got the taste of higher revenue generation when Dharamsala hosted its first international game in 2013, an ODI between hosts India and England.

    Before the 2016 World Twenty20 got underway, Dharamsala had hosted only three international matches. So without a shadow of a doubt, holding the World T20 this year has added a feather to the crown of the residents of the picturesque city.

  • Fukushima’s ground zero: No place for man or robot

    Fukushima’s ground zero: No place for man or robot

    The robots sent in to find highly radioactive fuel at Fukushima’s nuclear reactors have “died”; a subterranean “ice wall” around the crippled plant meant to stop groundwater from becoming contaminated has yet to be finished. And authorities still don’t know how to dispose of highly radioactive water stored in an ever mounting number of tanks around the site.

  • Indian legislators to seek less health warnings on cigarette packs

    A panel of Indian lawmakers will call for smaller health warnings on cigarette packs, saying the government’s requirement of 85% of surface area is too harsh on the tobacco industry, sources who have seen the panel’s draft report said.

    The decision is the latest twist in a tussle between the health ministry, which wants to step up an anti-smoking campaign, in line with the rest of the world, and members of parliament who fear lower sales will hurt tobacco farmers.

  • Trump’s positions on trade, alliances could roil Asia ties

    Trump’s positions on trade, alliances could roil Asia ties

    China is ripping off America in trade and should be slapped with a fat import tax. US military allies Japan and South Korea are freeloading and need to pull their weight. The pan-Pacific trade pact negotiated by the Obama administration is a “total disaster.”

    With characteristic brashness, Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump has staked out uncompromising positions on Asia policy that could potentially roil US relations with the region if he won the White House.

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