Inland water transport across Bangladesh halted due to bad weather

BIWTA spokesperson Mobarak Hossain Majumder said that water transports have been suspended from 10am on Monday until further notice. Vessels have been told to remain anchored due to the gusty winds," the BIWTA public relations official told BIWTA Traffic Inspector Humayun Kabir said that cautionary signal No. "But all vessels have been suspended since 10:30am due to the gusty winds and heavy rains," said the BIWTA inspector based at the river terminal in Dhaka, the Sadarghat. Kabir said that five launches left the terminal for the South until 10am on Monday.

April 24, 2017 08:26 UTC

IFC eager to invest in agriculture

The IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is looking to invest $1bn in Bangladesh, a portion of which it wishes to invest in agriculture, said Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith. They have now expressed their interest in investing in agriculture, logistics and finance.”This is the first time they have expressed an interest in agricultural investment, he said. We are doing very well in the agricultural sector. Fourteen point seven five percent of Bangladesh’s GDP comes from the agricultural sector, says the Agricultural Ministry. In FY 2015-16, Bangladesh received $635 million in IFC investment.

April 24, 2017 08:26 UTC

Death toll in Dinajpur boiler blast rises to 13

Another worker, who sustained injured in a boiler blast at Jamuna Auto Rice Mill, has died at Rangpur Medical College Hospital (RMCH), taking the death toll to 13. Monoronjon, 37, died at the burn unit of the hospital Monday morning. Confirming the death, RMCH burn and plastic surgery department head Professor Dr Maruful Islam said: “Seven workers are still being treated at the hospital.”At least 28 people were injured in the blast at Jamuna Auto Rice Mill in Dinajpur district on April 19. On the other hand, a case was filed against the mill owner Shabuj Ghosh and two other workers on Sunday. Morjina Begum, wife of worker Ripon who died in the blast, filed the case with Kotwali police station.

April 24, 2017 08:15 UTC

108th ‘Jabbar-Er Boli Khela’ kicks off Tuesday

The 108th edition of Chittagong’s traditional wrestling competition, popularly known as ‘Jabbar-Er Boli Khela’, will commence this Tuesday at its permanent venue, the Laldighi Maidan. ‘Boli’ is the colloquial term for wrestlers and ‘Khela’ refers to sports, but in this case wrestling. “The historic wrestling competition and Bengali new year fair are held every year in the port city with much enthusiasm and cultural zeal,” he said. Badal told the Dhaka Tribune that the century-old competition, started by his grandfather Jabbar, has become a heritage of Chittagong. “Every year millions of people throng the Laldighi Maidan to enjoy the wrestling competition,” he said.

April 24, 2017 08:15 UTC

Cleanup of former shooting range on forest nearly done

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April 24, 2017 08:15 UTC

Weather conditions may improve Wednesday, says the Met office

Weather experts say the heavy rains, coupled with Nor'wester winds, are 'untimely' because they have occurred much before the regular monsoon. The Nor'wester winds prompted the Met office to advise river ports across Bangladesh to hoist Local Cautionary Signal No. According to the Met Office, 21 millimetres of rain was recorded in Dhaka on Monday between 6am and 12pm. In Monday's weather forecast, the Met Office said rain or thunder showers accompanied by temporary gusty or squally wind is likely to occur at many places over Barisal, Chittagong, Mymensingh and Sylhet divisions, at a few places over Khulna, Rangpur and Rajshahi divisions. Places in Barisal, Chittagong, Mymensingh and Sylhet divisions have see moderately heavy to very heavy rainfalls.

April 24, 2017 08:03 UTC

Man beaten to death in front of Dhaka’s Sakura bar

Police believe workers at the bar are responsible for the murder. Thirty-five, including one of the bar’s managers, has been detained for questioning, said Dhaka Metropolitan Deputy Commissioner Maruf Hossain Sardar. A group of men beat Jonny to death in front of the bar around midnight on Sunday, said Maruf Hossain Sardar. “We have heard that a group of men from the bar charged at him and began to beat him,” the deputy commissioner said. “Something may have happened inside but we are unable to confirm it.”The bar is temporarily closed under police orders.

April 24, 2017 07:30 UTC

Rana Plaza disaster: Court cases lingering, justice eludes victims' families

Savar police filed a case of ‘culpable homicide’ against 21 named suspects, including the building's owner Sohel Rana. Three of the accused, including Sohel Rana, are in prison while seven others absconding. Four days after the deadly collapse, the building's owner Mohammad Sohel Rana was arrested from the southwestern district of Jessore. The chargesheet in the case, which accuses 18, including Sohel Rana, of using flawed and low-quality materials in the construction of Rana Plaza, was submitted on Jun 14. “But only four, including building owner Sohel Rana, have been arrested.

April 24, 2017 06:33 UTC

Tim Tebow has his best week in minors with 6 hits

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April 24, 2017 06:22 UTC

Bangladeshi killed in BSF firing

A Bangladeshi national has been shot dead by members of Indian Border Security Force (BSF) at Gilabari border in Chapainawabganj’s Bholahat upazila. Confirming the matter, BGB 59 battalion Commanding Officer Lt Col Rashed Ali said BGB troops opened fire when Saidul was entering into India through pillar No 201 around 10pm Sunday. BGB has sent a protest letter to BSF asking for a flag meeting. Bholarhar police station Officer-in-Charge Mohsin Ali said the body was sent to Chapainawabganj Sadar Hospital morgue for postmortem examination. Victim’s father filed a case with the police station in this connection, said the OC.

April 24, 2017 06:11 UTC

Holidays, burka bans, Brexit vote: UK parties set out election stalls

With some polls giving May a more than 20 point lead before the June 8 vote, the main opposition Labour Party pledged on Sunday to introduce four new public holidays to try to unite a country left deeply divided by the Brexit vote. Britain's Prime Minster Theresa May delivers a stump speech at Netherton Conservative Club during the Conservative Party's election campaign, in Dudley April 22, 2017. Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of Britain's opposition Labour Party, speaks to the public during an election campaign visit in the centre of Crewe April 22, 2017. Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron stands with supporters during their General Election campaign launch in Manchester, Britain April 21, 2017. The Conservatives were also seen making inroads in Scotland, with pollster Survation saying they had opened up a 10 percentage point lead over the Scottish Labour Party.

April 24, 2017 06:05 UTC

UN: Bangladesh lacks measures to protect labour trafficking victims

The United Nations rights body has found “lack of effective measures” in Bangladesh to protect labour trafficking victims and provide them with effective remedies, including compensation and rehabilitation. It, however, said the committee “seriously concerned” at reports that over 5,000 Bangladeshi migrant workers die every year, of which at least one-third are reportedly buried abroad. It recognised that Bangladesh, predominantly a country of origin, has made progress in protecting the rights of its migrant workers abroad, although ‘numerous challenges’ remain. The Committee noted that the State party is also becoming a country of destination and transit and efforts are thus needed to ensure the protection of migrant workers accordingly. It requested the State party to provide, within two years, that is, by 1 May 2019, written information on the implementation of the recommendations and to submit its second periodic report by 1 May 2022.

April 24, 2017 05:37 UTC

13 injured in BCL clash at DU

At least 13 students of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) have been injured in a clash between two factions of the ruling party’s student wing at Dhaka University’s Sir AF Rahman Hall over a canteen seat. The clash took place around 8:30pm Sunday between the followers of Sir AF Rahman Hall unit Chhatra League President Hafizur Rahman and Secretary Mahmudul Hasan Tusher. Hearing the matter, the followers of both the factions came to the canteen with sticks and iron rods and started beating each other that left 13 injured. The raging Chhatra League activists also vandalised the hall canteen by breaking a number of plates and glasses during the half-an-hour long skirmish. The injured were admitted to the university medical centre, Dhaka University acting proctor Amzad Ali told the Dhaka Tribune.

April 24, 2017 05:37 UTC

Navarro Baseball: Bulldogs bounce back, take series from Paris

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April 24, 2017 05:37 UTC

Navarro Softball: Dawgs score two in 7th, beat Tyler 10-9 to earn split

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April 24, 2017 05:15 UTC

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