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Launch Trips Ahead Of Eid

Owners press for right to overloading!

Even though launches capsize mainly because of overloading, the owners yesterday demanded their vessels be allowed to carry more passengers than the government-set limit during the upcoming Eid-ul-Azha. They came up with the demand in a meeting with Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA), law enforcers and Passengers' Welfare Association at the BIWTA conference room in the capital. The meeting was organised to ensure safety of passengers during their travel. According to the launch owners, most of their vessels are capable...

Un Climate Summit Today

Obama seeks int'l support for change

President Barack Obama will seek to galvanize international support in the fight against climate change today when he addresses the United Nations, with time running out on his hopes of leaving a lasting environmental legacy. Obama has warned that failure to act on climate change would be a "betrayal" of future generations, but faced with a Congress reluctant to even limit greenhouse gas emissions -- let alone ratify an international agreement -- his options appear limited. Today's climate summit in New...

Malaysia Second Home Programme

Bangladesh among top 3 countries

Bangladesh is among the top three countries after China and Japan to avail itself of the "Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H)" programme with 2,923 Bangladeshis so far taking the offer. This year 285 more Bangladeshis have applied for enrolment in the programme to get five years' residence permit by making minimum investment of US $100,000. Disclosing the figure at a "Meet-the-Press" programme at the Jatiya Press Club yesterday, Malaysian High Commissioner in Dhaka Norlin Othman said mostly business people from Bangladesh...

BB asks for account info of 5 firms, 1 individual

Bangladesh Bank has asked all banks to provide it with account information of one more individual and five firms within seven days, according to commercial bank sources. The individual is Dr MA Hannan Feroz, chairman of the Board of Trustees, Stamford University Bangladesh, mentions a letter sent to the banks by the BB. A separate letter issued by the BB seeks account information of the following firms: GSA Cargo Ltd (Bangladeshi agent of Ittehad Crystal Cargo), Speed Air Cargo Net...

PM reaches New York to attend UNGA

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina who reached New York yesterday to attend the 69th UN General Assembly will participate in the crucial Climate Summit at the UN headquarters today. Hasina is expected to highlight the progress over the enhancement of adaptation capacity of Bangladesh as one of the most vulnerable countries for climate change to the world community in the summit. She will also talk about other important issues – required funds, technology and capacity building. The much-anticipated summit, to be hosted by...

Is this the grave of Alexander?

Is this the grave of Alexander?

The discovery of an enormous tomb in northern Greece, dating to the time of Alexander the Great of Macedonia, has enthused Greeks, distracting them from a dire economic crisis. Who, they are asking, is buried within. In early August, a team of Greek archaeologists led by Katerina Peristeri unearthed what officials say is the largest...

Prosecution Unprepared In Hassan's Case

Hearing adjourned

Irked by poor preparations of the prosecution, the International Crimes Tribunal-1 yesterday adjourned hearing on charge-framing of the war crimes case against Syed Md Hassan Ali and fixed October 22 for next hearing. It was not the first time the tribunal expressed dissatisfaction over poor preparations of the prosecution of the case. The three-member tribunal led by Justice M Enayetur Rahim was exasperated when prosecutor Mohammad Ali prayed to the tribunal to frame charges against Hassan, saying the prosecution had not...

No respite from rain

Incessant rain, which has caused immense suffering to people all over the country, is likely to continue today in many parts of the country. According to the Met office, the country may face moderate to heavy rain today due to a low still existing over the western side of the Bay of Bengal. The Met office yesterday recorded the highest 262 millimetres of rain in Rangpur till 6:00am while 27 millimetres of rain in Dhaka till 5:00pm. Torrential rain has brought on...

Fattening Sacrificial Animals

HC orders sought to stop use of steroid

A writ petition was filed with the High Court yesterday seeking necessary directives on the government to stop the use of excessive steroids, which are harmful to public health, to make sacrificial animals fatty and healthy ahead of Eid-ul-Azha.    Rights organisation Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh submitted the petition urging the HC to pass an order on the government to appoint a veterinary doctors' team at every cattle market in Dhaka to examine health of the animals. The teams will...

Yemen deal signed after Shia rebels seize govt HQ

Rival groups in Yemen have signed a UN-brokered peace deal after Shiite rebels seized the government headquarters and the prime minister resigned following raging violence in the capital. "A national peace and partnership agreement based on the outcomes of the national dialogue conference was signed this evening at the presidential palace" in Sanaa, state news agency Saba reported Sunday. President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi, United Nations envoy Jamal Benomar and representatives of Yemen's political forces, including the Shiite rebels, attended the signing...

Blast near CHT council office

Five vehicles were damaged in an explosion in front of Chittagong Hill Tracts Regional Council office in Rangamati Sadar upazila early yesterday. However, no person was reported injured in the blast. Rangamati Kotwali police arrested a youth from Paharika Residential Hotel at Reserve Bazar at about 2:30pm yesterday in this connection. The arrestee is Sushel Chakma, 23, of Maischhari village under Naniachar upazila of the district. During primary interrogation, the suspect confessed to his involvement in the incident, said Masud Alam Khan, sub-inspector...