- March 18, 2018
Land grabbers prepare fake documents to occupy a portion of the river and construct establishments
Land grabbers in Bogra and Gaibandha have allegedly occupied a huge portion of the Karatoa river at several points, according to Bangladesh Water Development Board and the Department of Environment.
Sources at WDB Bogra circle office said some influential people have occupied large areas of land on both sides of the river in the two districts. It is also alleged that government supported organisations are involved in the encroachment, with the intention of constructing multi-storey buildings there.
Despite the unstable political circumstances, this year cultural organisations have chalked out several programmes to mark the 152nd birth anniversary of the Nobel Laureate
Every year on the occasion of Tagore’s birth anniversary on May 8, the city wears a colourful dress of celebrations as it is the occasion which gave birth to thousand reasons why we have a rich cultural heritage. Despite of the unstable political circumstances, this year the cultural organisations have chalked out several programmes to mark the 152nd birth anniversary of the Nobel Laureate.
Rabindra Utsob 1420 by Chhayanut
The government and the component organisations of their 14-party alliance decided to face the opposition on the streets
The rigid and conflicting positions of the ruling Awami League and main opposition BNP regarding poll-time government might plunge the country into complete political chaos, say political leaders.
The two major political camps AL and BNP are sticking to their guns, though just days ago they had exchanged offers of talks, and people of the country thought they saw the light at the end of the tunnel.
Madrasa students unaware of Hefazat rally
Scores of hospitalised madrasa students were unaware of the May 5 rally at Motijheel Shapla Chattar in the capital and now are bearing the brunt of Hefazat violence.
It is their religious mentors at madrasas who persuaded the impressionable teens to attend the rally of which they knew virtually nothing, say the injured and their family.
The May 5 and 6 mayhem in the wake of Hefazat rally left hundreds of students, belonging to different religious institutions, wounded. They are now counting hours on hospital beds.
The survivors, mostly women, want the BGMEA to pay four months’ wages
Though workers from Rana Plaza were asked to collect wages yesterday, over a thousand employees of the five garment factories located in the collapsed building returned empty-handed after waiting all day.
Amena Begum, one of the workers waiting there, told the Dhaka Tribune around 5:30pm, “We were asked to report within 3pm to collect our wages, we came, but the authorities did not pay our wages.”
Arnob recalls his day in Shantiniketan on the birth anniversary of Kobiguru
Arnob is one of the most prominent singers who “rejuvenated” Tagore’s songs among the new generation with his mastery in fusion music. His experimentations on the timeless tracks of Tagore such as “Noyon Tomare” and “Majhe Majhe Tobo Dekha Pai” simply moved the youngsters and also, the elderly audience rediscovered the romance of Tagore in a new dimension.
Eminent artists comment on the legend’s paintings
“All my writings are for the East and my painting for the West,” said Rabindranath Tagore. He seemed hesitant about his art all through his life, and to him, his work was ordinary compared to those of the painters of his time.
Russia and US agreed on Tuesday to try to bring together Syria's warring parties, possibly by the end of this month, in an attempt to negotiate an end to their civil war
Foreign minister Sergei Lavrov and secretary of state John Kerry announced the agreement in Moscow, despite their nations' differences over Syria, saying they would work to ensure both the Damascus government and the rebels fighting it would attend.
The aim is to revive an agreement to create a transitional government that was reached in Geneva last June but was never put into force because it left open the question of what would happen to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Institutional investors mainly state-owned Investment Corporation of Bangladesh has injected funds in the market
Stocks closed higher yesterday with sharp increase in turnover as investors, mainly state-owned institutions, went for aggressive buying, dealers say.
The gain was led mainly by engineering, textile, banks, power and telecommunications, breaking the flat movement for past few weeks.
The benchmark DSE General Index, DGEN, ended at 3710 with a rise of 46.97 points or 1.28%. The new benchmark index, DSEX, rose 54.42points or 1.56% to 3526. The DSE30 was up 20 points or 1.55% to 1307.
In the FY 2009-10, the total subsidy for power and energy sectors was Tk18.94b, of which Tk9.94b went to power sector while Tk9b to energy
The next fiscal year gets Tk134.5b as subsidy in power and energy sectors – 34% less than the current fiscal and six times higher than the amount the incumbent government declared in its first budget of 2009-10 fiscal.
Of the proposed subsidy allotment, Tk55bn is allocated for power and Tk79.5bn for energy and mineral resources. The FY 2012-13 subsidy for the sectors is Tk204b, of which Tk51.7b goes for power and Tk152.3b for energy.
Officials fear inflation may go up
Goods transportation business has been affected badly due to the prolonged political unrest in the country, disrupting the supply system and pushing up inflation.
Transport owners estimated their business declined by around 70% due to the unrest while Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics figures say food inflation increased to 8.57% in April this year from 7.45% in February.
The rate of overall inflation went up from its recent low at 7.22% in November last year to 7.93% in April this year.
Savar rescue operation vehicles out of hartal purview
The BNP-led 18 party alliance’s two-day countrywide dawn to dusk general strike begins today in protest of the “killing of Hefazat activists”.
The countrywide hartal started from 6am and will continue till 6pm on Wednesday and will start again on 6am Thursday and will end at 6pm.
In response to the prime minister’s request that rescue operation in Savar be allowed to run smoothly, letting the alliance withdrew a scheduled strike on May 2.
Several officials and members of intelligence agencies earlier submitted reports to the government saying that the Hefazat in league with the Jamaat-Shibir men would create mayhem in the capital during their Dhaka blockade
The Hefazat-e-Islam resorted to mindless violence in the capital city on Sunday in a planned way in which Jamaat-e-Islami and its student front Islami Chhatra Shibir had their stake.
Several officials and members of intelligence agencies earlier submitted reports to the government saying that the Hefazat in league with the Jamaat-Shibir men would create mayhem in the capital during their Dhaka blockade.
Chittagong commander of al-Badr, total Charges – 14, probe report – 201 pages, total document pages – 8,500
The investigation agency of the International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) submitted the final probe report against senior Jamaat-e-Islami leader Mir Kashem Ali to the prosecution team yesterday.
Now the prosecution will submit the formal charges against him before the ICT-1.
On April 24, allowing a prosecution plea, the ICT-1 extended time, for the seventh time, for the submission of formal charges against the Jamaat leader. After hearing the plea, the tribunal headed by Justice ATM Fazle Kabir fixed May 9 for the submission of the charges.
14-party alliance blamed Shafi for Sunday night’s vandalism and Khaleda Zia for instigating the violence
The Awami League-led 14-party alliance demanded legal action against BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and Hefazat-e-Islam amir, Shah Ahmad Shafi.
The leaders of the 14-party alliance blamed Shafi for Sunday night’s vandalism and Khaleda Zia for instigating the violence.
The demand came from a meeting held on Tuesday at party president Sheikh Hasina’s Dhanmondi office. AL presidium member Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury presided over the meeting.
The US official also expressed concern over the violence in Bangladesh over the weekend
An US state department spokesperson said on Tuesday that their embassy in Dhaka is interacting with all political parties encouraging them to engage in talks over the current political stalemate and recent spate of violence.
"The embassy is closely engaging with all parties to urge calm and encourage dialogue," said acting deputy spokesperson Patrick Ventrell in his opening remark at the regular press briefing, held on Monday in the US.
The nation should be grateful to those willing to take the tough decisions
The state has a duty to protect its citizens and it is this responsibility that gives the state the right to use force as it deems necessary.
However, in Bangladesh, safety is never a priority and it seems that most people have accepted this. During any political meeting there is no guarantee that the lives or property of citizens will not be harmed.
People have just accepted the idea that they must just stay home and shut down their shops, schools, and offices – so that political parties can carry out their activities.
A group of believers are being used as pawns in a political game
It would be inaccurate to say that I was not angered or aggravated by the insolence of self-proclaimed protectors of my religion.
However, the end of the Dhaka siege reminded me how citizens of the country are susceptible to exploitation by those with loudspeakers or microphones. I came upon this realisation when I saw thousands of people left behind at the rally.
There is no shortage of villains in Bangladesh, but it is good to see some heroes every once in a while
The dictionary meaning of apathy is “lack of feeling or emotion” or “indifference.” The dictionary meaning of altruism is “unselfish regard for or devotion to the welfare of others.”
Some writers and social scientists fear that in a modern, industrial society, as people become busy with the hectic pace of life, they also become apathetic.
Bangladesh take on hosts Zimbabwe in series decider Wednesday
It will be a game of nerves and skills. The stage is set for a winner, as Bangladesh and Zimbabwe look to break the stalemate in the three-match ODI series decider at the Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo today.
Despite been ranked ninth, Bangladesh have been an improved ODI side – going neck-and-neck with bigger opponents and achieving positive results. A 3-2 win at home against West Indies and a 1-1 tie in Sri Lanka are recent examples of their competitiveness in the 50-over format.