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  • Little known but crimes equally grave

    Little known but crimes equally grave

    Khokon Razakar has been living in Sweden since before the trial of his war crimes startedHe might not be as widely known as some of the other high profile war criminals, but the gravity of the crimes that he had committed against humanity in 1971 was not even an ounce lesser.

    He is none other than fugitive Zahid Hossain Khokon, now 72, a razakar commander of Nagarkanda area in Faridpur district, who has been sentenced to death yesterday by International Crimes Tribunal. 

  • Military slammed over land acquisitions

    Iftekharuzzaman, executive director of Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB), said the government had been coddling sheep in wolves’ clothing, in reference to its relationship with the armed forcesThe national executive director of international anti-corruption watchdog, Transparency International, yesterday came down hard on the military for what he called its actions against the public interest.

    Iftekharuzzaman, executive director of Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB), said the government had been coddling sheep in wolves’ clothing, in reference to its relationship with the armed forces.

  • SC: Rana Plaza culprits should stay behind bars indefinitely

    The court asked the government side about Rana’s bail; but no one repliedThe Appellate Division of the Supreme Court yesterday observed that those responsible for the Rana Plaza disaster “should stay behind bars during their natural lives.”

    Justice AHM Shamsuddin Choudhury, member of a four-strong bench at the Appellate Division, made the comment during the hearing of a plea regarding the bail of Rakibul Hasan Rasel, an engineer of Savar municipality, in a case filed in connection with the Rana Plaza collapse.

  • Harris among 11 newly included in SAMS Kibria murder case

    Harris is a charge sheeted accused in Zia Orphanage Trust case and Zia Charitable Trust casesThe police have submitted supplementary charge sheet against 35 people including 11 new in former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria murder case. Of the freshly-indicted accused, three are top BNP leaders including Harris Chowdhury, a former political adviser to Khaleda Zia.

    The two other BNP leaders are Sylhet City Corporation Mayor Ariful Haque Chowdhury and Sylhet municipality Mayor GK Gaus, also the Habiganj district unit BNP general secretary.

  • Joy urges Chhatra League leaders to work for country’s welfare

    ‘Nobody will be spared if found involved in terrorism in the educational institutions using the name of Chhatra League,’ he saidPrime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s Information and Communication Technology (ICT) affairs adviser, Sajeeb Wazed Joy, yesterday called upon the leaders of Chhatra League to work for the country’s welfare with their merit and labour.

  • RAB to investigate Sirajganj JMB cases

    Five JMB members, including its Coordinator Abdur Nur, were arrested by a team of RAB-12 on October 31The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) will now investigate two cases filed against five Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) members, whom they arrested from Shahid M Munshur Ali Rail Station in Sirajganj on October 31 as the Home Ministry has asked the General Railway Police (GRP) to hand over the investigation process of the cases to the elite force.

  • BNP leaders brief country’s political situation to foreign diplomats

    Ambassadors, chargé d’affaires and representatives of more than 30 countries attended the one-an-a-half hour meeting at a city hotelBNP has once again sat with foreign diplomats in Bangladesh, to present its stand about the country’s current political situation.

    Ambassadors, chargé d’affaires and representatives of more than 30 countries attended the one-an-a-half hour meeting at a city hotel yesterday, party insiders said. The meeting began at 4:00pm and ended at 5:30pm, they said.

  • Parliament’s autumn session until Nov 30

    All regular activities of the day were adjourned after the condolence motionParliament started its autumn session yesterday with an obituary reference and condolence for Sirajganj 3 lawmaker Ishaq Hossain Talukder.

    The three-time parliamentarian from the Awami League died on October 6. According to practice, all regular activities of the day were adjourned after the condolence motion.

    The fourth session started at 4:05pm with Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury in the chair. Before that the Business Advisory Committee of parliament decided that the session would run until November 30, except Fridays and Saturdays.

  • Sleuths concerned over rise in number of female militants

    Five JMB men sent to jail; confess to planning attacks in border areasThe trend towards using female operatives in the Islamist militant outfit in the country is alarmingly growing.

    The militant outfits are using their female members as a distraction technique to pull the wool over the eyes of law enforcers.

    Such tendency is largely adopted by the banned organisation Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB). This phenomenon also abounds in West Bengal of India.

    The technique is known amongst the militant outfits as couple module. The JMB planned to set up their den in West Bengal by using this technique.

  • JU teachers demand implementation of full fledged university outline

    The left-leaning teachers of Jahangirnagar University (JU) yesterday demanded implementation of full fledged university outline.

    The teachers under the banner of “Shikkhok Moncho” made the demand at a press conference held at new arts faculty building around 2:30pm.

    The teachers demanded steps to ensure friendly environment for education on the campus and teachers’ professional privileges.

    They also met JU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Farzana Islam and handed over a book regarding full fledged university outline.

  • Ex-MP’s daughter-in-law dies under mysterious circumstances

    Kona went out in the morning and returned home around noon and locked her bedroom from the insideThe daughter-in-law of a former lawmaker died yesterday under mysterious circumstances, with the ex-MP’s family claiming that it was suicide while the family of the deceased claimed that the girl was strangled.

    Twenty-four-year-old Dr Shamaruf Mahzabin Kona, the daughter-in-law of former Jessore 5 constituency lawmaker Khan Tipu Sultan, was allegedly found hanging in the bathroom of her in-law’s Dhanmondi house in the afternoon.

  • CMP gives three-day for removing illegal billboards

    The Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) yesterday gave three-day deadline for removing illegal billboards, placards and posters in the city.

    The decision was taken at a meeting held at the conference room of CMP headquarters around 3pm.

    At the meeting, the CMP Commissioner Abdul Jalil Mandal said CMP yesterday started announcement over loudspeakers in the city to remove the billboards, placards and posters by November 15.

  • Girl sexually assaulted at school

    After getting the complaint, the accused teacher was temporarily suspended from the schoolA primary school teacher has allegedly sexually assaulted a Primary School Certificate (PSC) candidate in Hathazari upazila of Chittagong.

    The accused, Abdul Halim, is an assistant teacher of Hathazari Model Government Primary School who was awarded as the “best teacher” of the upazila this year.

  • Experts concerned as diabetes prevalence rises in the country

    Experts concerned as diabetes prevalence rises in the country

    Experts said they were deeply concerned with the increasing rate at which people in Bangladesh were developing the illnessOn the eve of World Diabetes Day, to be observed today, experts warned that an undisciplined lifestyle and changes in dietary habits were leading to an alarming increase in the number of diabetes patients in Bangladesh.

    Observances to be held today, November 14, will focus on the theme of “Healthy Living and Diabetes for 2014-2016,”  and will include a rally, discussion groups and other events.

  • ‘Birdem treating more diabetic minors every day’

    The physician said there are 600 children in Faridpur and Chittagong who are diabetic patientsOne or two new diabetic patients aged below 18 are admitted to the Birdem Hospital every day, Dr Samin Taiyeb, additional coordinator of the Changing Diabetes in Children Programme (CDIC) at the Birdem Hospital, told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday.

    She said there are 2,000 non-adult diabetic patients in the capital at present and the number is growing every year.

    “In 2008, only 112 children had diabetes but the number rose to 319 last year. The figure will be higher at the end of this year,” she said.

  • MP’s firm misses construction deadline by two years

    It has been more than two years since Ena Properties, a construction firm owned by Rajshahi 4 constituency lawmaker Engineer Enamul Haque, missed the deadline for constructing the 16-storey city centre on the land of old Rajshahi City Corporation building.

    Construction was supposed to be completed by October 10, 2012, and the delay has also stalled renovation of Sonadighi, a well-known pond, promised by former mayor AHM Khairuzzaman Liton during the 2008 elections.

  • The fight for freedom from extreme poverty

    The fight for freedom from extreme poverty

    The main constraints acting against the objective of rapidly eradicating extreme poverty are in the realm of the institutional and governance issues that are at the heart of a dysfunctional development process. This is the third part of a four part seriesIn a recent presentation to the Extreme Poverty Research Group (EPRG) I identified the following reasons why, despite the means to achieve this objective being available, it is unlikely that the ambitious objective of rapidly eradicating extreme poverty will be achieved.

  • The other martyrs

    The other martyrs

    I think it is time to honour war widows as freedom fighters too. They survived and gave their children the best they couldNovember 12: My great mother Hasna Hena Qadir’s 15th death anniversary. Remembering her and visiting her grave not only saddened me, but had me wondering why she had to die so young, why she had to live most of her life struggling in so many ways.

  • The ugly is back

    The ugly is back

    This madness needs to end. If this is the quality of students, then the future of this country seems terribly grimAn event deserving condemnation unfolded right at the steps of a venue which millions of Bangladeshis consider to be almost sacred, the Shaheed Minar. It is a symbol of respect towards what others hold in high regards – in our case, our cherished language, and the sons who did not even flinch for once in the face of death in securing our future.

    Dhaka University, the premier education institution of the country, like other renowned universities across the country, is now under the clutches of ruthless and shameless terrorists.

  • An eye for an eye

    An eye for an eye

    We seek modern civil laws that protect individual choice and freedom that our conjured democratic parties are impotent to instituteCapital punishment as beheading or death by hanging, in the 21st century, is an unkind form of punishment. In the new millennium, the taking of lives of some Razakars (the state accused 1971 war criminals) should close and a general pardon after trials should be pursued.

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