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Dhaka

Fix Dhaka first to help our life and growth

NOW Dhaka is the second worst city in the world in the global livability index just after Damascus.  We must ignore the case of Damascus since it is a war zone.  Then we are the 'proud owner' of the worst capital in the planet.  This adds another feather to our crown already overloaded with similar laurels for judicial tardiness, bureaucratic inefficiency, and corruption.  We Bengalis love to arrange numerous conferences on investment and growth, but we often forget that...

3 Jamaat-Shibir men held in Dhaka

Police detained three Jamaat-Shibir members for vandalising vehicles in Shahjadpur area of Gulshan in Dhaka this afternoon soon after the verdict of Jamaat leader Delawar Hossain Sayedee. Some 150-200 activists of Jamaat-e-Islami and its student wing Islami Chhatra Shibir brought out a demonstration in the area around 1:00pm, Rafiqul Islam, officer-in-charge of Gulshan Police Station, told The Daily Star. The three men were chased down by law enforcers after the Jamaat-Shibir demonstrators started to throw brick chips on vehicles which were...

3 Jamaat-Shibir men held in Dhaka

Police detained three Jamaat-Shibir members for vandalising vehicles in Shahjadpur area of Gulshan in Dhaka this afternoon soon after the verdict of Jamaat leader Delawar Hossain Sayedee. Some 150-200 activists of Jamaat-e-Islami and its student wing Islami Chhatra Shibir brought out a demonstration in the area around 1:00pm, Rafiqul Islam, officer-in-charge of Gulshan Police Station, told The Daily Star. The three men were chased down by law enforcers after the Jamaat-Shibir demonstrators started to throw brick chips on vehicles which were...

Teesta, Land Deals

Dhaka to seek timeframe from Delhi

Dhaka will press hard for the much-awaited Teesta water-sharing deal and ratification of the Land Boundary Agreement (LBA) at the third meeting of the India-Bangladesh Joint Consultative Commission (JCC) to be held on September 20 in India. Diplomatic sources said Dhaka will seek "specific timeframe" from New Delhi this time to conclude the two issues. Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali will lead a high-profile 15-member delegation, including eight secretaries of the government such as principal secretary to the prime minister, secretaries...

Hanging bodies of 2 siblings found in Uttara

Hanging bodies of 2 siblings found in Uttara

Police recovered the hanging bodies of two siblings from their Uttara house in Dhaka in the wee hours today. The deceased are Munmun, 18, and her brother Mohammad bin Alim, 15. Informed by victims’ mother Jaysree Zaman, police recovered the bodies from two separate rooms of their house in Garib-e- Newaj Avenue area of Uttara-11...

Editorial

Save the moribund city

WE have used this space repeatedly over last several years to flag the dire straits that the capital city is in and the bleak prospect of its future as a city worth inhabiting. It already is the second worst city as far as the livable index is concerned and given the services rendered to the people living in Dhaka city, one wonders if things can get any worse for those nearly fifteen million of us who happen to endure...

11.7kg gold seized at Dhaka airport

11.7kg gold seized at Dhaka airport

Customs officials seized 100 gold bars, weighing 11.7 kilogrammes, from underneath a seat of an airliner at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka today. The gold, worth around Tk 5.3 crore, was found from a flight of Flydubai Airlines that landed at the airport around 11:00am, said Farid Al Mamun, assistant commissioner at airport...

Dhaka heading for disaster

Dhaka heading for disaster

A disaster seems inevitable in the capital unless the government stops unplanned activities all around in the name of development, said leading urban planners and researchers at a conference in the city yesterday.   “It will be impossible to save Dhaka from an imminent disaster if the government goes on making decisions on mere political...

Mamata's Summon

Report refuted

Dhaka has dismissed Indian media reports that the deputy high commissioner of Bangladesh was summoned by the chief minister of West Bengal. Leading Indian newspaper The Hindu in a report yesterday said Mamata Banerjee summoned Abida Islam, the deputy high commissioner of Bangladesh, following publication of news in Kolkata's top Bengali newspapers that All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) funded Jamaat-e-Islami in Bangladesh "to destabilize the Awami League government in Bangladesh". The report claimed that Bangladesh foreign ministry sources in Delhi confirmed...

Editorial

BIMSTEC HQ in Dhaka

A decade after its formation, BIMSTEC, which stands for 'The Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation' and encompasses five nations from South and South East Asia, a permanent secretariat has been set up in Dhaka. Experts are lauding it as a major step in realising the vision of “shared development” across 14 sectors spanning from trade and investment, communication, energy, poverty alleviation and counter terrorism. What is of import is to take forward the initiative...

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