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Saving a Tree

Tangents

Saving a Tree

The Fazli mango tree, over sixty years old, stood five stories tall. It had a colourful past. In 1947, just before Partition, Mr. Fazlul Karim was working as the Curator of Calcutta Botanical Garden situated within Eden Gardens. There, he planted and looked after many types of trees. Two years earlier, he had graduated...

Unique efforts to end disparity in education

Unique efforts to end disparity in education

"I teach for Imon and students like him… to keep them inside the classrooms and off the streets… so that they learn multiplication tables instead of swear words… get addicted to reading, not to smoking. I teach for Imon. I teach for Bangladesh." The monologue about class III student Imon and how he was...

Tengratila gas leakage panics locals

Tengratila gas leakage panics locals

The leakage of gas in Tengratila field in Sunamganj, which has been abandoned since two big blowouts occurred during well drilling in 2005, has intensified in the last couple of days, sending a panic wave through the surrounding villages. Bubbles were seen in the trench inside the gas field and in different water bodies...

Secularism, State Religion in Constitution

Parallel existence enigmatic

Pointing out that secularism returned with the reinstatement of the four fundamental principles while Islam remained as the state religion, Prof Emeritus at Dhaka University Anisuzzaman yesterday said it was difficult to understand how both could simultaneously exist in the constitution. Addressing as chief guest a discussion in the capital's Bangla Academy celebrating Bangladesh Hindu-Buddhist-Christian Oikya Parishad's 25th founding anniversary, the eminent educationalist also condemned recent attacks on minority communities, especially Hindus. “The administration sometimes fails to perform its due role...

Robbers shoot dead farmer

Robbers shot dead a farmer and injured his nephew in Boro Hatia village in Lohagara upazila of Chittagong early yesterday. The deceased was Anil Rudro, 48, of Boro Hatia village. His nephew, Sanjay Rudra, 28, has been admitted to Chittagong Medical College Hospital with bullet wounds in his right arm and shoulder. Police and locals said the duo had been guarding their croplands from wild elephants which sometimes wonder into the lands from the bordering hills. Around 20 robbers, after looting six...

AL leader killed in factional gunfight in Bogra

A local Awami League leader was killed in a gunfight between two factions of ruling AL over establishing supremacy at Chalitabari village under Shakharia union in Bogra Sadar upazila on Thursday night. The deceased was Moazzem Hossain, 55, vice president of ward-7 unit of AL under the union. Police sources said two factions led by Abu Shufian Shafique, president of sadar upazila unit of AL, and Kamrul Huda Uzzal, former Bangladesh Chhatra League leader of Azizul Haque College, clashed around 8:00pm. On...

28 Indian fishermen held for intrusion into Bangladesh waters

Bangladesh Navy arrested 28 Indian fishermen yesterday morning with two trawlers for illegal fishing inside Bangladeshi maritime boundary in Bagerhat. Navy patrol ship BNS Teesta spotted the fishing boats in Fairway Buoy area in the Bay of Bengal, some 90 nautical miles off Mongla port, said police. The 28 were handed over to Mongla Police Station in the evening. Sub-inspector Monjur Elahi said the detained men, all of whom hail from South 24 Parganas district in India's West Bengal state, would be...

PM's Thursday's Remarks

It's indication of early nat'l polls

Referring to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's remarks on Thursday that parliamentary election can be held anytime in a democracy, BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir yesterday said the government had begun to bow to his party and people's demand for an immediate national election under a non-party caretaker government. He was addressing a press conference after a joint meeting at the party's Nayapaltan central office in the capital, a day after the PM briefed on her recent trip...

Draft Nat'l Urban Policy

Approval must to prevent unplanned urbanisation

Immediate government approval of the draft National Urban Sector Policy is a prerequisite to safeguarding the country from unplanned urbanisation, speakers told a seminar yesterday.  “Around 4.5 crore people live in urban areas, their contribution to the GDP (gross domestic product) measures 60 to 65 percent which can be raised to 70 to 75 percent through planned urbanisation,” said urban planning expert Prof Nazrul Islam. The main objectives of the policy, prepared in 2011, includes ensuring balanced urbanisation, economic development, employment...

3 wildcats, 10 doves seized in capital

Three fishing cats (locally known as Mechho Biral) and eight Eurasian collared doves and two common emerald doves were seized from a dairy farm in Beribandh area in the capital's Mohammadpur yesterday. Wildlife Management and Nature Conservation Department, and Wildlife Crime Control Unit recovered them from Jakir Dairy Farm, said Ashim Mollick, wildlife inspector of the unit. On information, Sarwar Alam, executive magistrate of Dhaka metropolitan area, rushed in and fined the farm owner Tk 5,000, he added. Later, the wildcats...

Jhenidah boy abducted in his sleep

Unidentified criminals abducted a boy from his Kapashatia village residence in Harinakundo upazila of Jhenidah on Thursday night. Son of Murad Ali, an expatriate in Malaysia, Hasan Ali, 13, is a JSC examinee of Valki Secondary School in the upazila. A gang of five to six abductors wearing masks entered the house and picked up Hasan at gunpoint while he was asleep with his mother Anjira Khatun, said his uncle Younus Ali. When Anjira tried to resist the culprits, they pushed her...

Ahmed Sofa wrote for underprivileged

Ahmed Sofa was one of the few writers who, in post-liberation Bangladesh, pointed out the concerns of the underprivileged through his writings, speakers said at a discussion yesterday. They were addressing the 12th memorial discussion on Ahmed Sofa, organised by Ahmed Sofa Rastroshobha, and Centre for Asian Art and Culture at Dhaka University. Addressing the discussion, noted columnist Syed Abul Maksud said, “As his [Sofa's] write ups reflect the true spirit of our independence, we need to carry out more research...

6,000 DU students likely to get loan to buy laptops

The government is considering providing loans to 6,000 first-year students of Dhaka University (DU) to buy laptops at a low interest rate to help them acquire ICT knowledge. During a meeting, Education Secretary Nazrul Islam Khan discussed the matter with DU Vice-Chancellor Prof AAMS Arefin Siddique and Bangladesh Bank Governor Dr Atiur Rahman at the VC's office on October 27. The education secretary assured of becoming the guarantor against the loan, to be provided under a credit programme of Bangladesh Bank. This...

Qulkhwani of Lily Rahman today

Qulkhwani of Lily Rahman today

Qulkhwani of Lily Rahman will be held today after Asr prayers at her Dhanmondi residence, House No-26, Road No-4, in the capital. Lily, wife of former adviser to a caretaker government Kazi Fazlur Rahman and daughter of late MA Jalil, a retired judge, died in a Dhaka hospital on Wednesday, says a press release. All...

Appeal for help

Appeal for help

Brinda Rani Das, 26, mother of a five-year-old girl, has been suffering from acute renal failure and hepatitis C for nearly six months. Doctors at the Christian Medical College and Hospital, India, where Brinda has been for the last five months, say she needs immediate kidney transplant. Her husband Joydeb Kumar Das, 35, a government employee with a meagre income, has already spent all his savings and incurred a debt of Tk 14 lakh for the treatment. Before taken to India, Brinda was treated in some of the hospitals in the country for a couple of years. As her condition did not improve, doctors at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University advised Joydeb to...

News in Brief

Cent percent literacy will be ensured in the country by 2019 to make Bangladesh a complete developed nation in the world, said Primary and Mass Education Minister Advocate Mostafizur Rahman. The lawmaker, of Dinajpur-5 constituency, told this while addressing a public meeting as the chief guest at Rudrani Government Primary School in Phulbari upazila of Dinajpur on Thursday. Khazanur Rahman, president of the school's managing committee, was also present.