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Wednesday November 22, 2017 05:08 PM



  • Suicide blast kills 65 in Lahore

    Suicide blast kills 65 in Lahore

    A suicide bomber killed at least 65 people, mostly women and children, at a public park in the Pakistani city of Lahore yesterday, government officials and police said, striking at the heart of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s political base of Punjab.

    The blast occurred in the parking area of Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park, a few metres away from children’s swings. More than 280 people were injured in the explosion, officials said.

  • Dhaka Central Jail to be shifted in April

    Existing jail to turn into recreation centre and museum

    Turning the Dhaka Central Jail into a recreation centre and museum for city dwellers, the authorities are likely to open it to the public after shifting the inmates to the new facility in the second week of April.

    A portion of the jail, which bears a rich history of ancient Dhaka, will also be used as a training centre and the Home Ministry has already taken up a project in this regard. Under the project, some commercial buildings will be erected inside the jail.

  • Ershad to take part in election campaign for JaPa candidates

    In the second phase, the Election Commission will hold polls to 684 union parishads across the country.

    Meanwhile, Chairman of Jatiya Party (JaPa) Hossain Mohammad Ershad said he would participate in the election campaign in favour of his party’s candidates.

    He said: “What is happening in the name of union parishad election is not democracy. If I take part in the election campaign all the Jatiya Party candidates will won in the UP polls.”

  • 2 ministers fined for contempt

    The apex court of the country yesterday fined Food Minister Qamrul Islam and Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Huq Tk50,000 each for making contemptuous statements about the chief justice and the judiciary earlier this month.

    They have been asked to pay the amount to Islamia Eye Hospital and Liver Foundation of Bangladesh within seven days, and in default they will have to carry out a seven-day jail term.

  • Will they remain ministers?

    The fate of the two ministers has become a much-debated issue after they were penalised yesterday by the apex court for making contemptuous statements about the chief justice and the judiciary.

    Food Minister Qamrul Islam and Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Huq were fined Tk50,000 each. The verdict said the court led by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha showed kindness while sentencing them as they had sought unconditional apology.

  • Mashrafe: ICC ban to blame

    Mashrafe: ICC ban to blame

    Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe bin Mortaza yesterday blamed the ICC's suspension of two of his key bowlers for illegal actions for his side's exit from the World Twenty20.

    Bangladesh were bundled out of the tournament after four straight losses in the Super 10 group stage – including a crushing 75-run defeat to New Zealand on Saturday.

    But Mashrafe said they were hobbled by the International Cricket Council's (ICC) decision to bar key paceman Taskin Ahmed and left-arm spinner Arafat Sunny early in the group stages.

  • Mashrafe: ICC ban to blame

    Mashrafe: ICC ban to blame

    Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe bin Mortaza yesterday blamed the ICC's suspension of two of his key bowlers for illegal actions for his side's exit from the World Twenty20.

    Bangladesh were bundled out of the tournament after four straight losses in the Super 10 group stage – including a crushing 75-run defeat to New Zealand on Saturday.

    But Mashrafe said they were hobbled by the International Cricket Council's (ICC) decision to bar key paceman Taskin Ahmed and left-arm spinner Arafat Sunny early in the group stages.

  • Protest demanding justice for Tonu widens

    Protest demanding justice for Tonu widens

    Students, socio-cultural organisations and different political parties continued protest, forming human chains and holding rallies, across the country yesterday, demanding punishment to the rapists and killers of Sohagi Jahan Tonu inside a Comilla cantonment.

    They expressed concerns over women’s insecurity as sexual assaults and killings of girls and women kept happening throughout the country.

  • Protest demanding justice for Tonu widens

    Protest demanding justice for Tonu widens

    Students, socio-cultural organisations and different political parties continued protest, forming human chains and holding rallies, across the country yesterday, demanding punishment to the rapists and killers of Sohagi Jahan Tonu inside a Comilla cantonment.

    They expressed concerns over women’s insecurity as sexual assaults and killings of girls and women kept happening throughout the country.

  • Masterful Kohli carries India to WT20 semis

    Virat Kohli smashed a masterful 82 to guide India to a six-wicket win against Australia in their final World Twenty20 Super 10 game on Sunday and set up a semi-final against West Indies in Mumbai.

    Kohli resurrected India with his unbeaten 51-ball knock from a seemingly tricky position as the hosts sprinted home in the end with five balls to spare.

  • BNP to move court to withdraw ban on airing Tarique’s speech

    The BNP yesterday announced that the party would start legal battle to withdraw the ban on airing party's Senior Vice-Chairman Tarique Rahman's statements.

    Acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir claimed that the Interpol had withdrawn the international arrest warrant issued against Tarique Rahman, who has been staying in London since 2008 for treatment.

  • Sheikh Hasina: BNP indifferent to UP polls

    Sheikh Hasina: BNP indifferent to UP polls

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the Bangladesh Nationalist Party is showing indifference to the ongoing Union Parishad (UP) elections as it has no visible activities in the polls except making statements and lodging complaints.

    “For the first time, the UP election is going on with party symbols. But we don’t see any visible activities of the BNP and they are not showing any interest in it, rather they are making statements and lodging complaints…Their allegations are: These did not happen, those did not occur,” she said.

  • New bill looks to empower civil aviation authority

    The draft of the Civil Aviation Authority Bill 2015 is expected to be approved in a cabinet meeting scheduled for today.

    The proposed bill empowers the Civil Aviation Authority Bangladesh (CAAB) and gives more authority and functions to its top boss. The number of CAAB members would also be doubled to six if the bill is passed.

    Civil Aviation Minister Rashed Khan Menon yesterday told the Dhaka Tribune that the government has taken the initiative to make a time-befitting civil aviation authority law. 

  • BNP asks two ministers to resign

    The BNP yesterday demanded that the two ministers penalised by the Supreme Court in a “historic verdict” resign from the cabinet.

    Food Minister Quamrul Islam and Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque were fined Tk50,000 each for making contemptuous remarks on the chief justice and the judiciary. An eight-member bench of the Appellate Division passed the order yesterday rejecting their unconditional apology.

  • Charges framed against Hall-Mark fraudsters

    A Dhaka court yesterday framed charges against Hall-Mark Group Chairman Jasmine Islam and Managing Director Tanvir Mahmud in nine cases filed in connection with the Hall-Mark Sonali Bank loan scam.

    Twenty-one others were also indicted in the cases filed by Anti-corruption commission (ACC) for the largest loan scam in the nation's history.

    Rejecting the discharge petitions submitted by the accused, Judge Md Kamrul Hossain Mollah of the Senior Special Judge's Court framed the charges and fixed April 21 for the beginning of the trials.

  • Speakers: Remove Bangladesh-India border fence

    The border fence between Bangladesh and India should be removed because it has failed to serve its intended purpose, speakers said in the capital yesterday.

    Speaking at a discussion held at Bangla Academy, the speakers said the border fencing has not brought anything better for the two neighbouring countries and the two governments should enact a new and different strategy to secure border and stop transborder crimes.

  • Afghans feel forgotten in Europe’s migrant crisis

    Afghans feel forgotten in Europe’s migrant crisis

    As the European Union and Turkey struck a deal on stemming the flow of Syrian refugees attempting perilous journeys across the Aegean sea to Greece, another migrant community whose numbers are also swelling says it is being overlooked.

    Largely denied the chance for legal resettlement in Europe and struggling to find work or support in Turkey, Afghans account for around a quarter of the migrants risking their lives in the small boats leaving Turkey’s shore.

  • What a President Sanders would do

    Democratic presidential contender Bernie Sanders easily won nominating contests in Alaska, Washington and Hawaii on Saturday, chipping away at front-runner Hillary Clinton’s commanding lead in the race to pick the party’s candidate for the White House. The veteran senator from Vermont has made income inequality and Wall Street main themes of his campaign for the Democratic nomination to run for president in November.

    Here is a look at some of his policy proposals, taken from his website, news stories and interviews–

    Immigration

  • Palmyra, the historic Syrian town retaken from Dae’sh

    Location

    A desert oasis surrounded by palm trees in central Syria, Palmyra is also a strategic crossroads linking the Syrian capital, Damascus, with the country’s east and neighbouring Iraq. Home to 65,000 people before the latest fighting, the town is located 215km east of Damascus.

    Historic significance

  • Bando, Comfit secure final as Sterling wins Plate

    Bando, Comfit secure final as Sterling wins Plate

    Bando Design Ltd and Comfit Composite Knit Ltd sealed their places in the final of the inaugural BGMEA Cup football tournament on Saturday.

    In the double legged semifinal, Bando registered identical wins of 1-0 over Envoy Group to reach the final while Comfit edged past Apparel Industry Ltd on an overall aggregate of 1-0.

    Comfit and Apparel played out a 0-0 draw in the first leg before Shohag scored the all important goal of the tie in the return match to seal their first ever final of a tournament.

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