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  • Migration of former exclave residents to take time

    Migration of former exclave residents to take time

    Nearly a thousand residents of the former exclaves who have registered to migrate to India will have to wait a little longer as the Indian government is yet to finalise the modalities of repatriating them.

    The migration was scheduled to start on August 1 and continue until November 30. But nobody has left Bangladesh yet because they have not been able to sell their property at good prices.

  • New lands to get electricity soon

    New lands to get electricity soon

    The first thing the new citizens of Bangladesh in the former Indian exclaves expect from the government is to get power connections, said a resident of Dasiar Chhara.

    Good news for them as the government has instructed the deputy commissioners concerned to take necessary steps to bring the former Indian exclaves – now ceded to Bangladesh – under electricity coverage as soon as possible.

  • Exclave residents want new territories declared as unions

    This is the ninth and final report in a series on the exclavesThe residents of India’s erstwhile exclaves in Panchagarh district who have decided to take Bangladeshi nationality want the former Indian territories to be turned into independent unions in Bangladesh.

    After 68 years of neglect under India, exclave residents say they are keen to fast-track the development of the under-served areas.

    Take a look: New lands to get electricity soon

  • Land depression moves towards West Bengal

    The land depression, which was created from cyclone Komen on Saturday and was positioned in Noakhali and adjoining areas, became weaker and moved to West Bengal yesterday.

    Bangladesh Meteorological Department in its yesterday’s bulletin said light to moderate rain or thunder showers accompanied by temporary gusty wind is likely to occur in many places of Khulna, Barisal, Chittagong and Rajshahi today.

    Besides, there will be moderately heavy rain in a few places in Rangpur, Dhaka and Sylhet.

  • 14-party to meet tomorrow

    A meeting of the ruling Awami League-led 14-party alliance will be held tomorrow.

    It will begin at 11am at Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s political office at Dhanmondi in the capital, said a press release from AL Office Secretary Abdus Sobhan Golap yesterday.

    Alliance spokesperson and AL Presidium Member Mohammad Nasim urged the central leaders of each party to timely attend the meeting.

  • French and German foreign ministers to arrive next month

    French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier will arrive together in Dhaka for a two-day visit in September.

    Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali had a successful visit to France in June and this is a continuation of that visit, Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque told the Dhaka Tribune.

    The two visiting foreign ministers are scheduled to arrive on September 21.

    “Climate change, trade, culture and other matters will be discussed during the visit,” Shahidul said.

  • Felani verdict to dominate BGB-BSF talks

    The controversial acquittal of the lone accused in Felani murder case by a special BSF court that irked her family as well as the BGB officials will be on top of the agenda during the director-general-level conference that starts in New Delhi today.

    A month into the acquittal, the BSF chief is yet to approve the verdict before its official announcement. The BGB already expressed frustration and said that it would file an appeal against the verdict that came on July 3 after consultation with the victim’s family.

  • Two under-10 girls raped in capital

    Two under-10 girls raped in capital

    Two minor girls have been admitted to the One-Stop Crisis Centre of Dhaka Medical College Hospital in critical condition after they were raped in the capital’s Hazaribagh and Mirpur areas on Saturday.

    Doctors confirmed that they had found evidence of rape in primary examination.

    Police arrested the rapist in Hazaribagh incident but yet to trace the other.

  • BNP’s Aman denied bail in 56 cases

    BNP Joint Secretary General Amanullah Aman was sent to jail yesterday in a number of cases filed on charges of arson attacks and vandalism in the capital and its outskirts during the BNP-led 20-party alliance’s anti-government programmes.

    Ten Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) Courts, a Senior Judicial Magistrate Court and another Metropolitan Sessions’ Judge’s Court sent the BNP leader to jail rejecting his bail petitions in 56 cases.

  • Bangladesh-US Security Dialogue to discuss strategic priorities

    The fourth Bangladesh-US Security Dialogue is going to be held next month in Washington to discuss strategic priorities.

    “We had an inter-ministerial meeting on preliminary dialogue today (Sunday) on Bangladesh’s position on different strategic security issues,” said a senior Foreign Ministry official.

    The meeting is scheduled to be held in the second week of September, preferably September 11.

  • Police HQ: Odhikar, BHRC spreading propaganda

    ‘Only the magistrates and the courts have the authority to justify whether any incident of encounter or gunfight is extrajudicial or not’Reports on extrajudicial killings prepared by rights organisations Odhikar and Bangladesh Human Rights Commission (BHRC) are nothing but subversive propaganda and threat to the rule of law, the Police Headquarters said in a protest statement yesterday.

    It claims that no incident of extrajudicial killings took place in July.

  • Gold seized, 5 smugglers held

    Gold smugglers have found a new way to evade the eyes of law enforcers at international airports in the country.

    The criminals use domestic terminals to get out of the airport with smuggled gold as security is more relaxed there, said RAB members upon interrogating a gang of smugglers held from the capital’s Khilgaon area yesterday.

    “Smugglers are now using domestic terminals as security is more relaxed there

  • Cabinet unlikely to see new pay scale proposals today

    The proposals on the new pay scale are unlikely to be placed before today’s scheduled cabinet meeting as there were still indecisions regarding whether to drop key provisions of time scale and selection grade.

    Well-placed sources told the Dhaka Tribune that complications still existed regarding the National Pay and Services Commission’s recommended pay scale for university professors. They added that allowances under the new pay scale were also unclear, while the pay scale for court judges and armed forces personnel had not yet been completed.

  • Intelligence agencies asked to monitor 12 onion wholesalers

    With retail price of each kilogram of onion currently peaking at Tk80 in the markets of Dhaka, the Commerce Ministry has directed authorities concerned to strictly monitor the activities of 12 major onion wholesalers.

    The capital dwellers have seen onion prices of Tk65 per kg from only a couple of days ago experience a spike to become Tk75-80 per kg, while there are concerns that the price may climb further in the coming days.

  • Bullet-hit newborn stable, two accused arrested

    Law enforcement agencies have arrested two accused who were allegedly involved in the clash in Magura that resulted in a child getting shot while still in her mother’s womb.

    The newborn, currently undergoing treatment in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Dhaka Medical College Hospital, is in stable condition as of yesterday.

    The arrestees are Sumon Sen, 30, a Bangladesh Chhatra League leader and prime suspect in the incident, and Nazrul, 27, one of the accused listed in the case’s first information report, sources said.

  • HC sets August 5 for order on Khaleda’s Gatco case challenge

    The High Court has set August 5 for passing an order on two petitions by BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia challenging the legality of trial proceedings in the Gatco graft case.

    The bench of Justice Md Nuruzzaman and Justice Abdur Rob fixed the date yesterday morning. On June 17, the same bench kept the petitions waiting for verdict after concluding hearing the arguments.

  • Family planning programmes lose momentum in Sreepur

    Family planning programmes in different unions of Gazipur’s Sreepur upazila have slowed down, with designated workers facing the allegation of selling family planning equipment meant to be distributed free of charge.

    A range of such equipment are now available in the local market in Sreepur while the poor and low-income people continue to remain ignorant about the importance of birth control and family planning. 

    The slow progress of family planning programmes is getting in the way of the government’s objectives to rein in population growth.

  • Auto-rickshaw workers protest ban

    Auto-rickshaw workers protest ban

    CNG-run autorickshaw workers yesterday staged protests in different parts of the country against a government move that banned such vehicles on highways.

    The protests mostly involved road blockades that disrupted traffic while vandalism marked demonstrations in Comilla where 20 people were also injured.

    The ban imposed on July 27 through a gazette notification in the wake of frequent road fatalities in different districts came into effect on the first day of this month.

    20 injured in Comilla

  • Openly investigate land disputes involving minority communities

    Openly investigate land disputes involving minority communities

    An open inquiry should be held into allegations that the mayor of Khagrachhari municipality is trying to grab land beside the Tri Ratna Buddhist temple, next to the town’s Agriculture Research Institute.

    The high number of unresolved land disputes throughout the nation, which are held back by inefficient record-keeping and prolonged legal cases, is a matter which needs more urgent government attention.

  • Our brand of secularism

    Our brand of secularism

    In a country where all four major faiths have a strong presence in the lives of millions, along with all the contradictions mentioned earlier, emphatic declarations of atheism cause disquietOn the way to office, I tuned in to BBC radio and there was a program being aired on secularism in Bangladesh vis-a-vis the recent killing of outspoken bloggers. It was interesting, though I was a bit puzzled when very little scope was given to a university teacher who had spoken out against derogatory comments made against religion in general.

    The father of one of the slain persons was talking. He said that his son, with a huge following, wrote on a site called Muktomona, and was a target of Islamic extremists due to his truculent anti-religious views.

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