• Saturday, November 22, 2014


Birds At Risk


Birds At Risk

Some weeks ago I wrote about famous birds which became extinct including the dodo and the passenger pigeon. Extinction is forever. In the past, when a species approached extinction, we were unprepared to save it. But what if we know which birds (or other animals) face the risk of imminent extinction? Then perhaps...

BSMMU re-emerges with advanced health services

BSMMU re-emerges with advanced health services

Today Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University emerges in its new form, equipped with extended and sophisticated facilities and introducing some high-end treatments hitherto unavailable in any public hospital of the country. Authorities say the addition of two new outdoor buildings, 24 intensive care units (ICUs), 27 operation theatres, and 16 high dependency units (HDUs)...

Adilur gets Kennedy HR award

Adilur gets Kennedy HR award

Odhikar Secretary Adilur Rahman Khan was presented the 2014 Robert F Kennedy Human Rights Award by Robert F Kennedy's wife Ethel Kennedy in a ceremony in Capitol Hill in Washington DC on Thursday. The Robert F Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights (RFK Center) presents the annual award. A press release yesterday said the award recognises Adilur's courageous work uncovering the most serious human rights violations in Bangladesh. RFK Center President Kerry Kennedy said, “Robert Kennedy would have admired Adil's courage and persistence in documenting his government's complicity in a wide range of human rights abuses.”

4 N'ganj cops carrying Yaba pills closed

Four Narayanganj policemen were closed to the police lines yesterday allegedly after law enforces in guise of buyers caught them in possession of 900 pieces of Yaba. However, the district Superintendent of Police (SP) Khandaker Mohid Uddin stated it was for unprofessional conduct. Sub-inspector (SI) Mohammad Masud, Assistant SI Nyamat Ullah and constables Amir Hossain and Yousuf Hossain were posted in Kamtal. One law enforcer alleged that the order came after Assistant SP Azim Ul Ahsan, tasked by the SP, and a...

Muggers shoot currency trader, snatch Tk 10 lakh

Muggers shot a currency trader and snatched away Tk 10 lakh from him at Mirpur-10 of the capital on Thursday night. The victim is Sharif Nasir Uddin, 30, a resident of Janata Housing in Mirpur. Shot in both legs, he was shitfed to the National Institute of Traumatology and Orthopaedic Rehabilitation (Nitor) from a clinic.   Police said four people on two motorbikes shot Nasir when he reached the housing area around 7:55pm from his business outlet in Mirpur-10 and made...

Brac University's convocation held

Brac University's convocation held

The ninth convocation of Brac University was held at the Army Stadium on Thursday. President Md Abdul Hamid, chancellor of the university, presided over the event, says a press release. Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid was present as special guest while Professor Emeritus Anisuzzman delivered the convocation speech. Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, KCMG, chairperson of the...

Saarc preceding meetings begin today

Delegates from the eight South Asian nations have begun reaching Kathmandu to attend the preceding meetings of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) which begin today ahead of the bloc's 18th summit on November 26-27. Joint secretaries, foreign secretaries and foreign ministers of the Saarc nations would finalise three key framework agreements in the preceding meetings. The agreements would enhance rail and road connectivity and the set up of a regional power grid. The agreements are: Saarc Motor Vehicles...

Upazila Parishad vice chairman shot in Rajbari

Criminals shot the vice chairman of Pangsha Upazila Parishad in Rajbari district yesterday leaving him critically injured. Officer-in-Charge of Rajbari Sadar Police Station Sahidul Islam said Munshi Nader Hossain, 55, who is also the president of Krishak League, Rajbari district unit was shot in front of his house in Katchripara area of the upazila. He was shot in the chest and abdomen, the OC added. Nader is currently undergoing treatment in Faridpur Medical College Hospital.

Unhindered education first for Ducsu polls

Unhindered education first for Ducsu polls

Although holding the overdue election to Dhaka University Central Students' Union (Ducsu) is necessary, the first step towards arranging the polls is to keep the academic activities of the university unharmed, says Vice Chancellor Prof AAMS Arefin Siddique. “Our primary target is to hold classes and examinations regularly. We want to hold the polls keeping academic activities of the university undisturbed,” he said in an interview with the news agency. “I think it is needed to hold the Ducsu polls. But the university's desire is not enough to hold the polls or make it functional as many things are involved in the process,” he said. The VC said the leadership of the...

Felani murder retrial adjourned till March 25

A special court in India has adjourned till March 25 next year the review proceedings against its verdict in Felani Khatun murder case. The order came Thursday when Border Security Force (BSF) constable Amiya Ghosh, who allegedly shot Felani, felt sick during the proceedings, according to a BBC Bangla report. On returning from Delhi and on her way home, Felani, 15, was shot on January 7, 2011.

Road crashes kill 7

Seven people were killed and two others injured in separate road accidents in the country yesterday and Thursday. Our Chittagong correspondent reports, Taslima Akter, 14, daughter of late Abdul Kuddus, died as a microbus hit her on Dhaka-Chittagong Highway in Baro Kamaldah Bazar area of Mirsarai upazila yesterday. Meanwhile, Shahidul Islam, 45, of Mirsarai upazila, was killed when a covered van hit him on Dhaka-Chittagong Highway in Baro Takia area yesterday. Our Savar correspondent adds, a rickshaw-van puller, Abdul Kader, 45, of...

Bailey bridge collapses

Road communications between Netrakona and the country came to a halt as Asha Rani Bailey Bridge over the Gumai river in Kalmakanda upazila collapsed yesterday morning. The 150-feet-long bailey bridge collapsed when a goods laden overloaded truck was passing through, said locals and roads and highways officials said. At least 15 days will be needed to repair the bridge. Proposal of building a guarder bridge is awating to be sanctioned, the officials added.

Nisha Biswal to arrive in Dhaka Nov 27

US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Desai Biswal will visit Dhaka after attending the 18th Saarc Summit to be held in Nepal from November 26-27. Following Nepal, Biswal will arrive in Dhaka to hold talks with government officials, civil society members, labour group leaders and members of the business community. Nisha Biswal will travel to India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Uzbekistan and Switzerland from November 23-December 5, said a media note issued from Washington yesterday. According to diplomatic...

22 Indian fishermen held in bay

Bangladesh Navy yesterday detained 22 Indian fishermen and seized their two trawlers from the Bay of Bengal 90 nautical miles off Mongla port. Navy sources said during a patrol, they held them with their trawlers--FB Bashonti-1 and FB Bashont-2--while they were catching fish within the maritime boundary of Bangladesh.

Check corruption instead of hiking power, gas price

Vehemently opposing the government's plan to hike gas and electricity prices again in January next year, the Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB), and Bangladesh Samajtantrik Dal yesterday vowed to resist the "anti-people" and "undemocratic" move. Speaking at a discussion at Muktibhaban, the left leaders as well as experts said that without checking corruption and waste of public money in the energy sector, the government had decided to raise the prices. The government has to go for another round of hike due...

Fix future govt's vision before movement

Bikolpodhara Bangladesh President AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury yesterday urged BNP to, before waging a movement, prioritise deciding what they want to do once they form the future government with all opposition parties. Without the vision, people will not accept BNP. “People want to see what BNP will do after coming to power,” the former president told a discussion the party's youth platform, Bikolpojubodhara, organised in the capital's Institute of Diploma Engineers, Bangladesh marking its 10th  anniversary. He referred to several recent remarks...

BSF returns Bangladeshi youth's body

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) yesterday returned the body of a Bangladeshi youth after a flag meeting with Border Guard Bangladesh. The victim was Shah Alam, 21, of Baliadangi upazila of Thakurgaon. A BDR officer said BSF members opened fire on cattle traders on Wednesday night leaving Alam injured. He was later admittted to a hospital in West Bengal where he died on Thursday, he added.

News In Brief

A Bangladeshi expatriate, who used to live in the United Kingdom, was found dead in his Banani residence in the capital yesterday. Mejba Uddin Ahemd, 72, had been living alone in his flat since his arrival on November 3. Deceased's relatives broke open the door after they failed to reach him over the phone since Thursday night, said police. The body was found lying, beside his bed, on the floor from which some bloodstains were also found. Dhaka Medical College Morgue sources said a cut was found in the lower lip and the right eye was blackened.

Death anniversary

Death anniversary

Today is the fourth death anniversary of Lutful Hai Sachchu, a former lawmaker. A qurankhwani will be held at Shuhatta High School. A doa mahfil will also be held in the morning, says a press release. The same type of programme will be held at his Moulvipara residence in Brahmanbaria after Maghrib prayers. His well-wishers are requested to join the programmes to pray for the salvation of the departed soul.