Child rights activists in a seminar in Dhaka on Monday demanded inclusion of domestic works on the list of hazardous works for children. Bangladesh Shishu Adhikar Forum organised the programme titled ‘rights of child domestic workers at risk: possible way forward’ at Bangladesh Institute of Administration and Management Foundation auditorium. They that
At least 50 lakh dwellers of the Chittagong city have been facing an acute crisis of drinking water because of extreme salinity in the water supplied by Chittagong Water Supply and Sewerage Authority over the last 20 days, forcing people to search for water from distant areas. The salinity was found at places in the port city including Potenga, Agrabad, Halishahar,
Countrywide demo today; British envoy meets Khaleda; Shamsher Mobin detained The BNP-led 18-party alliance yesterday announced a non-stop blockade programme across the country from 6:00am Wednesday, demanding the cancellation of January 5 general elections. BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s adviser Advocate Khandaker Mahbub Hossain announced
Police seize 200 crude bombs in capital
As many as 82 people were arrested across the country, with sporadic incidents of violence taking place in the city in connection with the opposition’s ‘March for Democracy’ programme on Monday. Also, Anarul Islam, chairman of Agardari union parishad in Satkhira, was killed in a clash during a drive conducted by the joint forces in Satkhira. Witnesses said the joint
Even as thousands continued to suffer from biting chill, the Met office on Monday warned that two more cold waves are on the offing. The first one is likely to hit the country in a couple of days. It will be moderate to severe with dense fog, the Met office said. As a result, the mercury may plunge further in the north, particularly in the sub-Himalayan region. The
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday said that the government has no problem with the agitation programmes of the opposition as it is their democratic right, reports UNB.
“You can go for your agitation programme, we’ve no objection. It’s your democratic right. But you’ve to stop the killing of innocent people
Awami League supporters attacked pro-BNP lawyers for the second consecutive day on the Supreme Court premises on Monday. Activists of the Mohila Awami League, Sramik League and the Prazanma League threw brick bats at pro-BNP lawyers in front of the main gate, where a meeting was being held in protest against Sunday’s attack at around 12.00 noon.
The South Asia Regional Initiative (SARI) for Energy, the regional platform of cooperation, is set to start talks to establish a “virtual market” for South Asian countries for trading energy, particularly electricity, among its members. USAID has granted USD 9 million for five years to complete the brainstorming talks, titled ‘South Asia Regional Initiative for
Residents of Dhaka will have to forgo wild parties to ring in the New Year at midnight on Tuesday. But they can take cheer from the fact that they will be more secure inside their homes, or so feel the police in the capital city. The Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) on Monday issued a directive banning any gathering, including parties, across the city on 31st night. The
Rafiqu-ul-Huq pleads for male leadership
Eminent jurist Barrister Rafique-ul-Huq on Monday opted for male leader, not the female one for Bangladesh, reports UNB. “Now, the country does not need female leader, it needs male leader,” he said while giving his reaction regarding the attack of pro-government activists on the lawyers in the High Court premise. Barrister Rafique, the attorney general during
Apparently shifting blame to the opposition for not reaching a consensus on participatory polls, Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali yesterday said BNP and its alliance partners never negotiated in ‘good faith’ for taking part in the elections, rather they were always insisting on ‘certain pre-conditions’, reports UNB. “Though the opposition was agitating in the name of democracy,
A metropolitan magistrate court in Dhaka on Monday remanded Bangladesh Nationalist Party vice-chairman Hafizuddin Ahmed in police custody for two days for interrogation in a case filed for the killing of a police constable in an arson attack on a parked bus in the capital’s Banglamotor on December 24. The metropolitan magistrate, Harun-or-Rashid, passed the order
None of 20 best primary schools from rural area
Results of the Primary Education Completion and Ibtedayi Education Completion examinations were published on Monday demonstrating that the success rate and the number of highest Grade Point Average 5 scorers increased this year compared with that of past year. The pass rate in general education primary schools increased by 1.23 percentage point to 98.58
At least 70 journalists were killed on the job around the world in 2013, including 29 who died covering the civil war in Syria and 10 slain in Iraq, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists, reports AP. The dead in Syria included a number of citizen journalists working to document combat in their home cities, broadcasters who worked with media outlets affiliated
Police are yet to make any headway in the case filed over the killing of photojournalist Aftab Ahmed. Aftab was found dead at his residence in the capital on Wednesday morning.
Inspector Nasim Ahmed, officer-in-charge of Rampura Police Station yesterday told The Independent that there was no progress in the investigation of
Police recovered the bodies of three youths from a paddy field at Sorail village under Panchbibi upazila in Jaipurhat Monday afternoon.
The identity of the youths, aged between 22 and 25, could not be known immediately. Two of them were beheaded. Panchbibi police said that locals
The government has declared general holiday for January 5 in 59 districts to facilitate voters to exercise their franchise in the 10th parliamentary elections, reports UNB. The public holiday was announced for all government, semi-government, autonomous and private offices, organisations, agencies and educational institutions in all the districts except Joypurhat, Shariatpur,
The newly introduced Shilpakala Padak was conferred on seven seasoned artistes in recognition of their significant roles in
respective fields of art and culture.
The winners of Shilpakala Padak 2013 are dancer Amanul Haque, classical musician Ustad Matiul Haque Khan, traditional singer Saidur Rahman Bayati, artist Samarjit Roy Chowdhury,
New Year’s Gift
Ferdous Wahid to launch radio
Noted singer Ferdous Wahid will celebrate the New Year by launching an online radio station and a music academy
after his name on the first day of 2014.
The online Radio Wahid will play only Bangla songs of all genres. Besides, he is going to open a music school, Wahid Academy, which will offer chance learning music to the children
Theatre troupe BatTala will welcome 2014 through staging the premiere show of its latest production The Trial of Mallam Ilya at Natmandal of
Dhaka University tomorrow.
The troupe will stage two more shows of the Bangla version of the Ghanaian play on the next two days at the same venue.
Soumya Sarker has translated