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Phulbari Coal Mine

UK warns against adverse impact

Condemning British company GCM Resources for breaching international guidelines on ethical corporate behaviour, the UK government has urged it to assess its planned coalmine in Bangladesh and see if it would affect human rights of locals. The UK government's findings, released on Thursday, state that the project “has aroused considerable opposition in Bangladesh, leading to violent protests, and an even more violent response by the authorities there”. The UK government statement follows an investigation into GCM's activities in Phulbari of Dinajpur,...

He was no atheist

He was no atheist

“My father was never against any religion. He never did anything that might have disgraced Allah or the Prophet. He was engrossed in the pursuit of divine knowledge and he chose songs and meditation as the ways to get there,” this is how the son of slain Rajshahi University Professor AKM Shafiul Islam described his father. “In his quest for a better understanding of God, he would read holy scriptures of different religions," Soumin Shahrid Javin said while pointing to the holy Quran, its Bengali and English translations, and books on other religions in his father's study at their Choddopai residence in Rajshahi. Only a few yards off this house was...

DMP installs retractable spikes again

Dhaka Metropolitan Police has once again installed retractable spike strips on a city street to prevent vehicles from taking the wrong side. The device was set up last night on Shaheed Captain Mansur Ali Sarani, which is just opposite to the DMP headquarters.  The Tk 3.5 Lakh spike strips were made with the help of engineers of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, DMP Deputy Commissioner (media) Masudur Rahman said. This time the tire shredders are a bit smaller and load sustaining,...

Murder of Bangladeshi

2 Malaysian officials charged

A Malaysian court yesterday charged two local immigration officers with murdering a Bangladeshi detainee last month. Aminnudin Mohd Yasin and Zuhairul Effendy Zualkafli, immigration officers in Perlis, whose state capital is Kangar, allegedly killed the Bangladeshi worker, Abu Bakar Siddique, 45, in custody, reports Malaysian state news agency Bernama. However, officials at Bangladesh High Commission in Kuala Lumpur couldn't confirm the murder of the Bangladeshi. “Usually, we receive official letters from the Malaysian authorities if any Bangladeshi dies here. But I couldn't...

Bio-Bus on maiden trip

Bio-Bus on maiden trip

Britain's first bus powered by human waste has taken to the streets. The 40-seater 'Bio-Bus' is fuelled by biomethane gas, generated by the treatment of sewage and food waste at a processing plant in the south west. And a single tank of the gas - produced using the typical annual waste of just five people...

Clashes as Mexicans hold rally for 43 missing students

Protesters angry at the presumed massacre of 43 students clashed with police outside Mexico's National Palace on Thursday after a massive march demanding President Enrique Pena Nieto's resignation. The face-off marred a mostly peaceful rally of tens of thousands of black-clad people in the capital, where they waved blackened Mexican flags and chanted "Urgent! Urgent for the president to resign!" Parents of the 43 male college students, who reject claims their sons are dead and demand the government find them safe...

Gold Smuggling

Cops find link of 12 money changers

Detectives have found links of around a dozen money exchangers and several customs and airport officials with the gold smuggling rackets active in Bangladesh. "We've so far found names of 10 to 12 Paltan and Uttara-based money changers who invest in the smuggling and get a good commission," said an investigator, adding that many jewellers in Chittagong and Dhaka are also suspected to be involved in the smuggling rings. A money exchange trader named Mamun Al Azad Suman, who was arrested...

Thailand martial law to stay

Thailand's Justice Minister Paiboon Koomchaya has said martial law will remain in place "indefinitely", amid mounting protests of military rule. His remarks to Reuters come a day after PM Prayuth Chan-ocha told reporters that martial law was "necessary" to stop "conflict and social disparity". The Thai military took over government on 22 May, and has been criticised for its repression of anti-coup protests. Several protesters have been arrested in recent weeks. A number of them have used a three-finger salute inspired by the...

Published Date: November 21, 2014
Ensure children get benefits of innovation

Ensure children get benefits of innovation

As the world yesterday observed the 25th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, Unicef underscored the need for urgent action to prevent millions of children from missing out on the benefits of innovations.  The international children agency also called on the governments, development professionals, businesses, activists and communities to...

Published Date: November 21, 2014
BAF's first woman pilot flies chopper

BAF's first woman pilot flies chopper

Tamanna-E-Lutfy has become the first female pilot in Bangladesh Air Force. She completed her first solo flight by Bell-206 helicopter at the BAF Base Bir Sreshto Matiur Rahman in Jessore yesterday. "It was part of her flying training," an Inter Service Public Relations Directorate press release said this yesterday. The BAF has set a milestone...