The protests held by the Students in Bangladesh demanding better road safety finally came to an end after 9 days. The death of two teenage students - a boy and a girl - by a speeding bus on July 29 brought thousands of schools, colleges and universities students on the streets of the Bangladesh capital, demanding strict implementation of road safety rules. Bangladesh Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid will chair the meeting, it said. At the height of the protests, students were seen managing Dhaka's notorious traffic and checking whether drivers of the cars and buses had valid licences and proof of roadworthiness of their vehicles. In a bid to calm down the protesting students, the Bangladesh government also promised to consider the death penalty for deliberately causing road deaths and approved a new road safety law.
August 07, 2018 14:26 UTC
The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council or ECNEC cleared a project to acquire 491 acres of land for the economic zone in March last year. After Japan sought more land, the ECNEC passed a revised proposal approving another 500 acres of land for the economic zone on Tuesday. Now the estimated cost of the revised land acquisition project is around Tk 32 billion, according to Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal. The ECNEC approved a total of 11 projects at an estimated cost of around Tk 64.5 billion on Tuesday. The other projects included dredging of the Padma River and saving its left bank in Dhaka’s Dohar Upazila at an estimated cost of around Tk 15 billion.
August 07, 2018 14:26 UTC
The Election Commission will act going by the rules if irregularities take place, he says. “It can’t be said with certainty that there won’t be any irregularities in major public elections,” he said. He also said they would put necessary remedial measures in case of irregularities like they did during Barishal City polls. The commission was preparing for the next general elections and the ongoing student movement for safe roads would not affect the preparations, the CEC said. The protesters have not said anything about elections,” Huda observed.
August 07, 2018 13:41 UTC
Fareast University captain Mainul Abedin Sujoy (R) and South East University skipper Mohammad Tuhin pose with the Faraaz Gold Cup in Dhaka Saturday BFFThe pre-final press conference was held at BNS Saturday where Fareast University captain Mainul Abedin Sujoy and South East University skipper Mohammad Tuhin were presentLast year’s runners-up Fareast University will be looking forward to turning around their fortunes this time when they take on South East University Sunday in the final of the 2nd Shahjalal Islami Bank Faraaz Gold Cup Inter University Football Tournament at Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka at 4pm. The pre-final press conference was held at BNS Saturday where Fareast University captain Mainul Abedin Sujoy and South East University skipper Mohammad Tuhin were present. Tuhin also scored in the last four in the 3-0 win over Brac University. The champion will receive Tk2 lakhs while the runners-up will get Tk1 lakh as prize money. There will also be awards for the best player of the tournament, the top-scorer and the best goalkeeper.
August 04, 2018 17:14 UTC
Bangladesh U-15 football team players and officials pose for photographs in Dhaka Saturday BFFA total of 18 players from last year's inaugural edition have been retained in the current squad, along with the inclusion of five new facesBangladesh U-15 women's football team are confident of retaining the Saff U-15 Championship title as the 23-member squad will leave Dhaka for Bhutan Monday. Akhi pledged to keep the defence solid with an eye on scoring goals from set-pieces, like she did in Dhaka last year. The confidence grew from the last Saff, after which we overcame the scoring problem and proved it during the title-winning campaign in Hong Kong. We are fully prepared.”BFF's technical and strategical director Paul Smalley is eagerly looking forward to “entertaining” the crowd in Bhutan. Walton Group continued their support for women's football by sponsoring the tour.
August 04, 2018 17:03 UTC
Bangladesh vs West Indies, 2nd iPay T20I, Florida. Android:https://t.co/gRrE3kJgYciOS:https://t.co/FfYlStljof pic.twitter.com/wnYwiEJql8 — Bangladesh Cricket (@BCBtigers) August 4, 2018Mohammad Ziauddin, Bangladesh Ambassador to the USA, was the chief guest at the programme and distributed crests among the players. They had an unforgettable night with these five celebrated Bangladesh cricketers before the important T20I [Sunday]. The Tigers hoped they would bounce back in the second T20I and level the series, thus giving the Bangladeshi American cricket fans something to cheer about. Nazmus Saquib is a freelance journalist based in Florida, the USA.
August 04, 2018 16:52 UTC
Photo: BigstockBTRC directed the mobile phone operators to suspend 3G, 4G internet connections in some areas of the countryThe 3G, 4G internet connections across Bangladesh have been suspended for the next 24 hours. Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) authorities directed all the mobile phone operators to suspend the internet connections on Saturday night. Meanwhile, the mobile phone operators are yet to make any formal announcement in this regard. Users of 3G and 4G internet were unable to access internet from 8pm. BTRC acting chairman Md Jahurul Haque told the Dhaka Tribune: “Users in some parts of the country will not be able to access internet for the next 24 hours.”
August 04, 2018 16:41 UTC
Awami League Office Secretary Abdus Sobhan Golap organized a press briefing with several protesting students at the Dhanmondi office around 6:30pm, after rumours of four girls being detained inside the office premises spread. In the press briefing, the students admitted that no one had been captured inside after taking a tour inside the Awami League office. To clear up the situation, AL Office Secretary Abdus Sobhan Golap invited the students inside the office premises, to see for themselves whether anyone was being detained. Earlier in the afternoon, Chhatra League men allegedly swooped on the students while they were controlling traffic near Jigatola bus stand in Dhanmondi. Later, the students clashed with the Chhatra League activists, turning the whole area into a battlefield.
August 04, 2018 14:09 UTC
But what happens when, in the typical abuser’s fashion, the authorities say, “trust us, we’ll fix this”? “Stop protesting like this,” they’ll say. “This is anarchy,” they’ll say. “Change can only come through taking it up with the proper channels,” they’ll say. But the proper channels were never there, and they will no more fix our problems than dreaming idly will.
August 04, 2018 13:41 UTC
The response of the government has been to rush the finalization of the Road Transport Bill and place it before cabinet next week for approval. The reality is that Bangladeshi cities are trailing behind most cities in the world in terms of road safety. There has to be firm political will and greater budgetary allocations to improve the transport system. Zebra crossings with push buttonsOne of the best advancements in road safety has been to equip zebra crossings with pedestrian push buttons. Regulation of the bus systemThe bus system in urban areas should be highly regulated for safety, maintenance, and customer service.
August 04, 2018 13:41 UTC
One of these is the banning of buses without fitness and unlicensed drivers anywhere in the country. The Jatri Kalyan Samity said at least 87% of public transport drivers in the city drive recklessly and violate traffic laws. Mozammel urged the government to ensure fairness and transparency in the tests, and reform the transport sector in order to purge it of illegal drivers. The government is considering a new law soon in order to ensure discipline in the road transport sector. According to the draft road transport law, drivers without licences will be punished with a maximum of six months or a fine between Tk25,000 to Tk50,000.
August 04, 2018 13:30 UTC
File photo of BNP Standing Committee Member Amir Khosru Mahmud ChowdhuryAn audio clip of a conversation between two persons has gone viral on social mediaAn audio clip has gone viral in social media, in which it is assumed that BNP leader Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury is exploiting the ongoing protest demanding safe roads. In the clip that went viral on YouTube and Facebook since Saturday afternoon, a phone conversation was heard between two persons. He also asked the youth to mobilize 200-400 people and join in the demonstration in Dhaka. The Dhaka Tribune contacted the BNP leader to verify whether the voice of the senior person was his or not. We are also supporting them on behalf of our party,” the BNP standing committee member told the Dhaka Tribune over phone.
August 04, 2018 13:29 UTC
Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut CourtoisThibaut Courtois is due to return to Chelsea training over the next few days after helping his country finish third at the World Cup and being voted the best goalkeeper in RussiaChelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois wants a move back to Spain for family reasons, his agent said, following reports linking him with a move to Real Madrid. The 26-year-old former Atletico Madrid number one has a year remaining on his Chelsea contract, but agent Christophe Henrotay said Courtois wants a move to the Spanish capital to be close to his two children. "For him this is a big decision because he wants to be near his family, and there is an offer in place for Chelsea to accept." "It is understandable people might be upset because he wants to leave the club, we accept that," Henrotay added. "At the moment Courtois is the goalkeeper of the club, of Chelsea," he said.
August 04, 2018 13:18 UTC
Angry mob set fire to the covered van which killed the student on August 4, 2018Raihanul Islam Akand/Dhaka TribunePolice say they have let the driver go after getting treated for injuriesA container truck ran over a college student Gazipur city's Barabari area on Saturday, killing her on the spot. Police say they have let the driver go. Mim was a class 11 student of Safiuddin Sarkar Academy in Tongi. Eyewitnesses said locals took the girl to Tongi Government Hospital, where the doctors declared her dead. Police said the injured truck driver was treated at Tairunnesa Medical College Hospital and let go.
August 04, 2018 12:33 UTC
“A total 17 leaders and activists of Awami League and its associated wings were injured in the attack. Obaidul, also the Road Transport and Bridges minister, made the statement at a press briefing at the Awami League president's political office on Saturday. Implementation of some of the demands is underway.”“Now we are requesting the students return to their homes, because of the chance of political infiltration. He also urged the students to return home so the transport system would return to normal. “The Road transport Act will be placed at Monday's cabinet meeting for final approval.
August 04, 2018 12:11 UTC