News Updates

27th June - 02nd July
  • Halda River is acutely polluted
    Halda River Protection Committee has held some local industrial units responsible for the massive pollution of the river that led to death of fish of at least 18 species recently. The factories set up in the area stretching from Kulgao to Oxygen were releasing waste into the river through Bamonshahi canal, Hathazari Picking Power Plant through Chankhali canal and Asian Paper Mills through Madari canal, the committee said at a press conference at Chittagong Press Club.Besides, some poultry farms built along the river were contributing to the pollution, said leaders of the committee. They called upon the government to take action soon to save the Halda, the lone source of natural carp breeding in South Asia, from pollution. (The Daily Star, June 30, 2018)
16th June - 26th June
  • BNP leaders not allowed to meet Khaleda in Jail. (The Daily Star, 16 June, 2018)
  • BNP to resume street agitation: The BNP plans to make preparations for the next national election while resuming street agitation alongside the legal battle to have its party chief freed from prison, said party insiders. (The Daily Star, 20 June, 2018)
  • If AL doesn't get vote, grassroots to be responsible : Issuing a note of warning about intra-party feuds, Awami League President Sheikh Hasina has said the grassroots will be held responsible if people do not vote for the party in the next general election. She also came down hard on a section of nomination seekers, saying some people have already declared themselves as MP candidates of AL and are seen criticising the incumbent lawmakers and even the party while wooing voters. (The Daily Star 24 June, 2018)
9th June - 15th June
  • Bangladesh has been ranked 20th among the football playing nations of Asia by the global football body, as the FIFA World Cup started in Russia. Only five Asian countries – Australia, South Korea, Japan, Iran and Saudi Arabia have qualified to compete for the world’ most coveted trophy in football. (The Daily Star, June 14, 2018)
  • BNP senior leaders want to meet BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia inside the jail on the Eid day. (The Daily Star, June 14, 2018)
1st June - 08th June
  • Killings of suspected ‘drug offenders’ in Bangladesh must stop, says UN’s Zeid
    Bangladesh’s “zero-tolerance” policy on suspected drug offenders must stop amid reports that it has caused a reported 130 extrajudicial killings and led to more than 13,000 arrests since the policy began on 15 May, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said in a statement on June 6. (UN News, June 6, 2018)
  • Dhaka responded to ICC request on Rohingya’s displacement. Dhaka has finally sent information and observations to the International Criminal Court (ICC), including whether the court could have territorial jurisdiction regarding the displacement of the Rohingyas. (The Daily Star, June 8, 2018)
  • Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to attend the Leaders Outreach Session of the industrialised countries grouping G7 this week. (The Daily Star, June 6, 2018)
  • Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said at iftar party for politicians that democracy stands on a solid ground in Bangladesh now, with the economy being strong enough.(The Daily Star, June 5, 2018)
  • PM calls for a social movement against drug Abuse like the one against militancy. (The Daily Star, June 4, 2018)
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