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Thursday November 23, 2017 01:55 AM



  • State religion issue back in frame

    The High Court is set to resume tomorrow the hearing on a petition that challenges the constitutional provision of state religion – after nearly five years of its adjournment.

    The petition was filed in 1988 by 15 eminent citizens, including former judges and academicians, many of whom are now dead.

  • Nazmul blasts ICC, cites sheer injustice

    Bangladesh Cricket Board President Nazmul Hasan has slammed the International Cricket Council over the suspension of Bangladesh fast bowler Taskin Ahmed.

    The BCB chief yesterday said the ICC has done injustice by banning Taskin in the middle of an important tournament like the 2016 World Twenty20.

    Nazmul believes Bangladesh cricket will have to go through difficult times in future too and is of the opinion that the ICC would have never taken such a harsh decision if the bowlers were from any other team.

  • Independence Day today

    Independence Day today

    The country will observe its 46th Independence Day today with due solemnity and festivities. The day is a public holiday.

    On March 26, 1971, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman declared Bangladesh’s independence following the crackdown on unarmed Bangalis by the Pakistan occupation forces.

    The call for independence was first raised on March 7, 1971, when Bangabandhu – during his historic speech at the Race Course Maidan, now known as Suhrawardy Udyan – urged citizens to join the struggle for independence.

  • Monument planned for martyred Indian soldiers

    ‘In the battle of Ashuganj the three Indian PT-76 tanks were hit point blank by Pakistani armed forces’ 106 mm anti-tank armour–piercing shells’The government is going to build a war memorial monument named “Pajorer Bandhan” in Ashuganj, Brahmanbaria to the memories of the 1,600 martyred Indian armed force members during the Liberation War.

    The place chosen is the site of the battle of Bhairab-Ashuganj in November 1971 in which around 100 Indian soldiers were killed, official sources said.

    An official of the Liberation War Ministry said the monument will be built soon as there is pressure from the government high-up.

  • No preservation yet for graves of freedom fighters

    Six years have passed since the Liberation War Affairs Ministry took an exemplary initiative to honour the fallen heroes of the country by identifying and preserving the burial sites of martyred freedom fighters.

    But like many other government projects, bureaucratic tangles continue to stagnate the project as officials try to pass blame on each other.

  • Hefazat, Jamaat protest state religion hearing

    Leaders and activists of radical Islamist platform Hefazat-e-Islam and Jamaat-e-Islami staged demonstrations in Dhaka, Chittagong and some other areas of the country yesterday.

    The Hefazat leaders vowed to wage a tougher movement if state religion was abolished from the constitution after the High Court hearing that resumes tomorrow, after five years of its adjournment.

    Then the controversial parliament of HM Ershad-led Jatiya Party introduced the provision in 1988.

  • Muhith considers calling it quits

    Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith yesterday said he was thinking about retirement considering his age.

    “At this age, it has become very necessary to call it quits. I feel very lucky that I am still in service even at the age of 83 but still it is important that I retire,” he said while speaking at the Independence Festival 2016, organised by Muktijuddho Academy at the National Museum auditorium in the capital.      

  • Smuggler points to lax border security

    “What do you need?” asked Indian truck driver Sonaton. “It is possible to bring anything from India, even without legal documents. You just need to know some techniques.”

    The stout middle-aged driver said he brought everything his Bangladeshi customers wanted. A Dhaka Tribune correspondent approached him posing a trader.

    “I charge Tk50,000 for a single trip and will bring anything you want to your preferred Bangladeshi port from any Indian state,” he said.

  • Extreme heat and cyclone likely in April

    The country is likely to see extreme weather events in April, with the met office projecting a temperature of over 40 degrees Celsius and at least one cyclone during the month.

    At least one extreme heat wave is likely to blow over the northern, northeastern and central regions of the country in April, said Bangladesh Meteorological Department in its long-range forecast.

    In addition, other parts of the country may see a couple of  mild or moderate heat waves.

  • NID helps solve Gulshan murder

    Police have solved the murder of a young woman within 20 days of recovering her dead body on Road 12 in Gulshan 1.

    Investigators are saying having her fingerprint records in the National ID database contributed significantly to the successful conclusion.

    On Thursday night police arrested one Sujon Biswas, 26, from Gulshan in connection with the murder, Additional Deputy Commissioner Abdul Ahad of Gulshan division told the Dhaka Tribune.

    In primary interrogation Sujon confessed to the murder, he said.

  • RAB’s 12th Rising Day today

    Rapid Action Battalion is going to observe its 12th founding anniversary today.

    On this day in 2004, the elite force officially began its journey by participating in the Independence Day parade.

    At the time, the force consisted of officials of police, army, navy, air force, then Bangladesh Rifles (now Border Guard Bangladesh), coast guard, Ansar and the civil service.

    President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages marking the day.

  • One killed in RAB ‘gunfight’

    A man was killed in a shootout with a gang of drug peddlers and extortionists, claimed Rapid Action Battalion in Gazipur.

    The incident took place in Nau-bandar area under Tongi early yesterday.

    The dead, Delwar Hossain alias Delu, 36, is from Arichpur area of Tongi. Nayek Nasir Uddin and Constable Hafizur Rahman were injured in the gunfight and treated at Tongi Hospital.

  • Halima yet to get recognition from state

    It has been 45 years since the country achieved independence, for which thousands of people lost their lives and women were raped by the Pakistani Army and their collaborators in 1971.

    Halima Begum is one of them. On April 22, during the Liberation War, her husband AKM Nurul Islam and sons AKM Aminul Islam and Ehsanul Haque were killed by Pakistani soldiers.

  • Scarce water causes abundant suffering in Bandarban

    Residents of Bandarban municipality have been without clean water for 10 days after the Department of Public Health Engineering (DPHE) cut off water supply citing technical glitch.

    Water scarcity has affected the area’s businesses, particularly residential hotels where tourists stay. Many tourists are leaving the town.

    Locals said an estimated 65,000 people were left without drinking water.

  • Controversy still on over Cox’s Bazar monument

    Controversy still on over Cox’s Bazar monument

    A monument was constructed in Cox’s Bazar nine years ago to remember local brave-hearts who made the supreme sacrifice for Bangladesh in 1971.

    But issues like alleged negligence in the monument’s construction and maintenance, excluding names of martyrs and not inaugurating it, have given rise to many questions and disputes.

    It was constructed at a cost of Tk11 lakh in 2006 beside the central Shaheed Minar. Although it includes names of 10 martyrs, the first martyr from the district and many more have been reportedly left out.

  • Accused still at large, threatening victim

    Police yet to arrest two people who allegedly tortured a woman and shaved off head of her on charge of extramarital affairs at Ramganj upazila, Lakshmipur on Tuesday.

    Although police arrested a person in connection with the incident, but the victim is still living with insecurity as the offenders are influential people in the locality and threatening the victim to withdraw the case.

    Medical Officer of Ramganj Upzila Health Complex Dr Mahmud said the victim needed a psychotherapy as she has remained traumatised since the torture incident took place.

  • 2 killed as gas cylinder goes off in Comilla

    A truck driver and a helper were killed as the gas cylinder of their vehicle went off at Kutumbapur on Dhaka-Chittagong Highway in Chandina upazila yesterday.

    The deceased was identified as Shohel, 65, a resident of Sayedpur village, and Polash, 28, of Dharmapur village in Adarsha Sadar upazila of the district.

    In-charge of Iliotganj Highway Police Camp sub-inspector (SI) Quazi Maniruzzaman said the truck, loaded with sand, was going to Comilla.

  • Sheikh Hasina: Her accomplishments as a woman, a leader

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s becoming 10th among the Fortune magazine’s latest list of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders is one of a dozen other awards and recognitions she has received in the last couple of years.

  • Crestfallen Tigers eye consolation win

    The heartbreaking one-run loss against hosts India in Bangalore still haunts the Bangladesh cricketers. The team members during a conversation often end up talking about the game only to see someone interrupt and change the topic.

    And if the highlights of the Super 10 tie is shown on television, one of them instantly hunts for the remote and switches the channel straight away.

  • Mashrafe not pondering retirement, as of now

    Bangladesh will end their 2016 World Twenty20 journey today when they face a high-flying New Zealand in their last Super 10 game at Eden Gardens.

    On the eve of the clash against the Kiwis, rumours are doing the rounds that Bangladesh limited-over captain Mashrafe bin Mortaza will call it a day following the mega event. But all the discussions were termed as “speculation” by Mashrafe himself.

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