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Wednesday November 22, 2017 04:50 PM



  • Solace for the victims of Quasem’s brutality

    ‘Today is like a Eid day for our family members. Still I have marks of torture on my body,’ A tortured victim, guerrilla freedom fighter Jahangir Ali Chowdhury saysThe verdict that awarded death penalty to Jamaat-e-Islami leader Mir Quasem Ali who gained notoriety for torture on freedom fighters at Dalim Hotel in Chittagong brought some solace to the families of martyrs and other victims.

    A guerrilla freedom fighter Jahangir Ali Chowdhury whom Al-Badr men tortured in presence of Mir Quasem Ali at a camp in Chittagong in his reaction said: “Today is like a Eid day for our family members. Still I have marks of torture on my body.”

  • ‘Al-Badr atrocities were against spirit of Islam’

    ‘But holy religion Islam does not allow such atrocious acts against humanity,’ the verdict said, adding- ‘Rather, Islam teaches protecting humanity and human rights and dignity’Activities of al-Badr, the infamous killing squad of Jamaat-e-Islami that took the lives of many unarmed Bangalee civilians during the Liberation War in 1971, was against the spirit of Islam although they had committed atrocities in the name of the religion.

    While delivering verdict against Mir Quasem ali yesterday, the second International Crimes Tribunal said Jamaat had claimed that the stance of the party and its the then student wing Islami Chhatra Sangha – now known as Shibir – was in solidarity with Pakistan and for preserving Islam.

  • Turag re-demarcation halted mysteriously

    Turag re-demarcation halted mysteriously

    Grabbers continue constructing structures, including markets and restaurantsThe re-demarcation of the Turag River has been suspended on undisclosed grounds, making it easy for encroachers to grab more riverbed and riverbank lands.

    In defiance of the High Court order and a directive of the prime minister, grabbers are constructing structures on the riverbank lands illegally, including industries, markets, shops, garages, restaurants and educational institutions. The release of chemical wastes from the industries in the river continues unabated.

  • Fishermen demand proper rehabilitation

    The embargo of hilsa fry catching, transportation and marketing will continue till June 30 next year across the countryPeople from different quarters underscored the need for rehabilitation of the fishermen as an eight-month countrywide ban on ilish fry catching, known as jatka, came into effect from November 1.

    They also opined that the move will kiss dust finally if necessary initiative in this regard is not adopted.

    The embargo of Ilish fry catching, transportation and marketing will continue till June 30 next year across the country.

  • BARI moves to popularise Bt brinjal

    Each farmer is given saplings of two varieties for half bigha landEven though the first trial scheme failed, the government is now distributing saplings of genetically modified Bt brinjal among over 100 farmers – up from 20 – to make the controversial variety popular.

    “We selected 106 farmers in 17 districts to distribute the saplings. The distribution began last month,” Dr Rafiqul Islam Mondol, director general of Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI), said.

    Each farmer is given saplings of two varieties for half bigha land, though BARI initially decided to suggest one bigha for each variety.

  • Train rams into truck, one killed

    Train rams into truck, one killed

    The injured were admitted to Mymensingh Medical College Hospital and Gouripur Hospital in critical conditionA man was killed and five other were injured as a train smashed into a sand laden truck at Bhabanipur Rail Crossing in Gouripur upazila, Mymensingh yesterday.

    Railway Traffic Inspector Sazzad Hossain said a Mymensingh-bound mail train coming from Chittagong hit the sand-laden truck while it was crossing the rail track around 8:30 am, leaving the unidentified man, traveling on the railway engine, dead on the spot and five, including the train driver injured.

    The injured were admitted to Mymensingh Medical College Hospital and Gouripur Hospital in critical condition.

  • Jamaat strike raises exam schedule disruption worries

    More strikes by the party have been speculated in the coming days which have deeply worried learners as well as their mentorsStudents, guardians and teachers are concerned about possible exam schedule disruptions as Jamaat-e-Islami is enforcing general strikes frequently in protest at the death penalty awarded to some of its leaders for war crimes.  

    More strikes by the party have been speculated in the coming days which have deeply worried learners as well as their mentors. 

    Ruhul Amin, headmaster of Shukrabad High School, said public exam schedules would be disrupted if there were strikes in every week.

  • Kofi Annan urges Sheikh Hasina not to lower girls’ marriage age

    Annan praises Hasina’s government for committing to end child marriageFormer UN secretary general Kofi Annan has urged Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to maintain the minimum age of marriage for girls at 18 years.

    Kofi Annan, currently chair of The Elders, a group of independent leaders working together for peace and human rights across the globe, made the call in an open letter sent to Hasina yesterday.

    On behalf of The Elders, Annan said they were concerned to learn that the cabinet has recently approved language in the draft Child Marriage Restraint Act 2014 to lower the minimum age of marriage from 18 to 16 years for girls.

  • Prosecution: Another step towards repaying debt

    ‘The prosecution is indebted to the three million martyrs of the 1971 Liberation War. Because of this sense of indebtedness, we never bowed down to any obstacle while conducting the case despite there being threats on our lives’In immediate reaction to the death penalty handed down to war criminal Mir Quasem Ali, International Crimes Tribunal’s Chief Prosecutor Zead-Al-Malum said it was yet another strong step towards repaying a debt.

    While talking to reporters on the tribunal premises in the capital yesterday, he also dedicated the verdict to the martyrs of the 1971 Liberation War.

  • Gonojagoron Moncho happy with Quasem verdict

    After the verdict, Moncho activists also brought out victory rallies at and around the Shahbagh intersection in the capitalThe activists of the various factions of the Gonojagoron Moncho and other pro-Liberation War organisations have expressed satisfaction over the death penalty handed down to war criminal Mir Quasem Ali.

    After the verdict, Moncho activists also brought out victory rallies at and around the Shahbagh intersection in the capital.

    In his immediate reaction to the verdict, Imran H Sarkar, spokesperson of one of the factions of the Moncho,

  • 2nd phase of Jamaat hartal almost peaceful

    In Rajshahi, some pickets lit up fire on roads at Vodra, Dewanpara, Doshormondol intersection by pouring petrolThe first day of countrywide 48-hour hartal, enforced by Jamaat-e-Islami protesting its chief Matiur Rahman Nizami’s death penalty for committing war crimes during the 1971 Liberation War, passed off without any mentionable untoward incidents elsewhere in the country yesterday.

  • IGP flies for Monaco to join Interpol conference

    Inspector General of Police Hassan Mahmood Khandker yesterday left Dhaka for Monaco to attend the 83th yearly conference of International Criminal Police Organisation or the Interpol. 

    With the theme “100 years of International Police Cooperation,” the conference will be attended by

    top brass police officials and delegates of the 190 member countries.

  • Jail Killing Day today

    Awami League will observe the day with due solemnityThe 39th Jail Killing Day will be observed in the city as elsewhere across the country in a solemn manner today.

    On this day in 1975, four national leaders and key-personalities in the Bangladesh government in exile acting president Syed Nazrul Islam, prime minister Tajuddin Ahmed and ministers Captain M Mansur Ali and AHM Quamaruzzaman, who led successfully the Liberation War in absence of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 1971, were assassinated inside Dhaka Central Jail by the usurpers of state power of former president Khondoker Mostaque Ahmed government.

  • Fund crisis, red tapes hit BAU research

    Scientists at the BAU said most often they do not get cordial cooperation from the authorities responsible for fund allocation Benefits of various researches at Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) are not reaching the country’s people because of fund constraints and lack of proper extension activities.

    Scientists at the BAU said most often they do not get cordial cooperation from the authorities responsible for fund allocation and disbursement to carry out their work and reaching out their outputs to the people.

    In most cases, funding agencies or organisations provide funds for a very short period that forces them to discontinue their work without achieving any significant output.

  • Two hurt as Gonojagoron Moncho comes under attack

    The Moncho leaders and activists brought out the procession hailing the death sentence awarded to war criminal and Jamaat leader Mir KashemTwo persons including a photojournalist were injured in a crude bomb blast in a procession of Gonojagoron Moncho in Chittagong city’s Cinema Palace area yesterday.

    The Moncho leaders and activists brought out the procession hailing the death sentence awarded to war criminal and Jamaat leader Mir Kashem.

    The injured were rickshaw puller Md Rafiq, 45, and Aminul Islam Munna, photojournalist of the Daily Azadi, a local daily in Chittagong.

  • City Bank wins best consumer internet bank award

    City Bank has been named the “Best Consumer Internet Bank in Bangladesh” by Global Finance, a North America based leading global financial publications.

    City Bank Chairman Rubel Aziz, accompanied by the bank’s Deputy Managing Director and Chief Operations Officer Mashrur Arefin, received the award at a ceremony on October 28 in New York.

    City Bank received the accolade for the success of Citytouch, an internet banking platform. The service brings together all the conveniences of branch banking to internet-enabled devices.

  • RAB given time till December 9

    Sagar and his wife Runi were killed at their West Rajabazar’s rented flat on February 11, 2012A Dhaka court yesterday asked Rapid Action Battalion to submit the probe report before it by December 9 in journalist couple Sagar Sarowar and Meherun Runi murder case.

    Metropolitan Magistrate Amit Kumar Dey passed the order as Investigation Officer Wares Ali, also an assistant superintendent of police, failed to submit the probe report yesterday.

    Elite crime busters RAB on September 18 submitted a routine progress report before the court.

  • Bomb-maker arrested, explosives seized

    The accused, Md Manik, 28, was arrested from the Puran Bazar Shahnewaz house in West AgargaonFifty-six cocktails, eight hand-made bombs and 250 grams of gunpowder were seized from the possession of a veteran bomb-maker as he was taken into custody from the capital’s Sher-e-Bangla Nagar area yesterday.

    The accused, Md Manik, 28, was arrested from the Puran Bazar Shahnewaz house in West Agargaon. RAB raided an under-construction building situated north of the Neuroscience Hospital, where Manik was arrested and some of his explosives were seized.

  • India crush Sri Lanka in 1st ODI

    India crush Sri Lanka in 1st ODI

    Indian pacers were on top of their game right from the first ballIndia registered a comprehensive win over Sri Lanka in the first One-Day International (ODI) of the five-match series to take a 1-0 lead at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack on Sunday. It was an all-round team effort by the home side which included centuries by openers Shikhar Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane, followed by an all-round effort by Suresh Raina. However, it was Ishant Sharma’s four-wicket haul which was the final nail in the coffin of the visitors.

  • Swiss footballer gets 50-year ban

    A Swiss amateur footballer has been handed a 50-year ban from the sport for kicking the ball at a referee and insulting him in a fourth-tier match, local media reported on Saturday.

    Ricardo Ferreira, of Berne’s Portugal Futebol Clube, received a lifetime ban after he kicked the ball at the official, sprayed him with water and verbally abused him at the end of a game during which he was an unused substitute. 

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