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Wednesday November 22, 2017 02:56 AM



  • 7-murder motive still unknown in six months

    Investigators say they have enough information for pressing charge but asked to go slow for Nur’s extraditionSix months since the gruesome killings of seven people in Narayanganj, investigators say they still do not know the accused RAB members’ motive behind the murders despite having enough information and evidence to submit a charge sheet.

    The police have so far found that the planning and execution of the murders involved at least 38 people, including 23 members of the Rapid Action Battalion. However, police sources said it would take more time to submit all their findings because of some “limitations” in the probe.

  • Five-star Jubair inspires Tigers fightback

    Five-star Jubair inspires Tigers fightback

    Jubair grabbed his maiden five-wicket haul in his third Test while left-arm spinners Taijul Islam The Bangladesh spinners, spearheaded by 19-year old leggie Jubair Hossain, once again put in an impressive shift as Zimbabwe were all out for 374 in their first innings of the third and final Test at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium yesterday giving the hosts a lead of 129 runs. By the close of the third day’s play, Bangladesh scored 23 without loss and extended their lead to 152 runs with openers Tamim Iqbal (eight) and Imrul Kayes (11) unbeaten at the crease.     

  • Israel ends age limit on holy site access

    Extra police units were deployed in the city before Friday prayersIsrael says it will allow men of all ages into Jerusalem’s holy site complex, after months of restrictions.

    The restrictions on Muslim male worshippers were imposed after tension and unrest in the city between Israel and the Palestinians.

    Extra police units were deployed in the city before Friday prayers, spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld said.

    Israel said the decision was linked to agreements reached during talks between Israel, US and Jordan in Amman.

  • Ex-MP son arrested for wife’s death

    Ex-MP son arrested for wife’s death

    Police then called Humayun to the police station for interrogation and showed him arrested after the filling of the caseSon of former Jessore 5 constituency lawmaker Khan Tipu Sultan was arrested for his alleged involvement in the murder of his wife early yesterday.

    Twenty-four-year-old Dr Shamaruf Mahzabin Kona, wife of Humayun Sultan, was found hanging in the bathroom of her in-law’s Dhanmondi house on Thursday afternoon.

    Abu Bakkar Siddique, officer-in-charge of Dhanmondi police station, said Kona’s father Nurul Islam filed a murder case around 1am yesterday.

  • 31 illegal foreigners arrested in capital

    31 illegal foreigners arrested in capital

    It was the first drive conducted by DB police against the illegal foreigners in large scaleDetective Branch (DB) of police in a special drive in capital’s Uttara, Rampura and Gulshan areas early yesterday arrested 31 foreign nationals of 10 African countries for staying in the country without having any legal documents. 

    It was the first drive conducted by DB police against the illegal foreigners in large scale.

    The move came following the murder of Uttara O-level student Zubair Ahmed by an Algerian citizen Abuubaida Kadir.

  • Key millionaire thieves excluded from CMP suspect list

    The Chittagong Metropolitan Police has prepared a list of 34 covered van thieves in the city without the names of some influential gang leaders including Don Masud in itMasud Raihan is a millionaire; he owns six covered vans, a building in the Chittagong city’s Sabujbag area and a store in the posh shopping mall Akhteruzzaman Center.

    However, to the police, he is simply known as Don Masud – the linchpin of the port city’s covered van theft operations.

    Interestingly, the Chittagong Metropolitan Police has prepared a list of 34 covered van thieves in the city without the names of some influential gang leaders including Don Masud in it.

  • Uncertainty looms over cultivation on 20,000 hectares of land

    Water has remained stagnant on the agriculture land at Jainsar, Uttar Chain Parha, Dakkhin Chain Parha, Bhatingbhog, Bhobanipur, Batraishar, Koroitola and Sujanagar in Sirajdikhan upazilaFarmers are in fear that water stagnation may hamper the cultivation of Rabi crops, including potato, on 20,000 hectares of land at Sirajdikhan and Louhajang upazilas in Munshiganj. 

    They said the canals linked to agriculture lands have been filled up with sands or silt and so water cannot be removed from agriculture lands. 

    They also blamed unplanned residency in the district. People have been fast erecting their residential buildings on agriculture lands in the district since the multipurpose bridge was proposed over the Padma river. 

  • Suspected robber lynched in Sylhet

    The injured robbers were undergoing treatment at MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital in critical conditionsA suspected robber was killed and three others were injured in a mass beating while taking preparation for committing robbery in the city’s Senpara area early yesterday. 

    The deceased was identified as Iqbal Hossain, 33, son of Shamser Ali of Jugirgoan village in Doarabazar upazila of Sunamganj. 

    The injured robbers were undergoing treatment at MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital in critical conditions. 

  • Liquor worth Tk1.08 crore seized in Ctg

    None was nabbed in this connectionMembers of Bangladesh Coast Guard (East Zone)  seized 1,800 bottles of whiskey worth of Tk1.08 crore from the outer anchorage of the Chittagong Port early yesterday. 

    None was nabbed in this connection.

    On a secret information that some smugglers were smuggling the contraband liquor by a trawler, a team of the coast guard conducted a drive in the area around 2:30am, said coast guard press release. 

    But sensing the presence of paramilitary force, the smugglers fled the area leaving some sacks of the liquor in the sea, it said.

  • 13 injured in brick kiln blast in Barisal

    The victims were rushed to the Barisal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital At least 13 people after a blast occurred at a brick kiln at Talukdarhat area under Bandar police station in Barisal metropolitan area on Thursday evening.

    Reazul Islam, officer-in-charge of Bandar police station, said the owner of SSB brick field arranged a milad mahfil to inaugurate the burner of a modern jig jag kiln financed by the Barisal branch Al-Arafah Islami Bank after Maghrib prayers. 

    After the milad, when the owner switched the burner on, a blast occurred which burnt the 13 victims, including the owner, two bank officials and some guests.

  • Future of Philae probe ‘uncertain’

    Scientists hope they will also be able to capture some samples for analysis in the robot’s on-board laboratoriesThe Philae lander has attempted to drill into the surface of comet 67/P, amid fears that its battery may die in hours.

    Researchers at the European Space Agency (Esa) say the instrument is being deployed to its maximum extent despite the risk of toppling the lander.

    Scientists hope they will also be able to capture some samples for analysis in the robot’s on-board laboratories.

    If the battery dies the results may not make it back to Earth.

    Esa reported that the drill has extended 25cm from the lander to try to start collecting samples.

  • Sylhet BNP to hold protest rally tomorrow

    BNP Vice-Chairman Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury announced the programme at a press conference at a city hotel yesterdayThe Sylhet district and city units of BNP will stage a rally in Sylhet city on Sunday protesting the inclusion of the names of party leaders, including Sylhet City Corporation Mayor Ariful Haque Choudhury, in the supplementary charge sheet in the murder case of former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria.

    BNP Vice-Chairman Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury announced the programme at a press conference at a city hotel yesterday.

  • Admission seekers continue strike

    Five of the students were severely ill and were admitted to Dhaka Medical College HospitalSome 20 students fell ill yesterday as the admission-seekers demanding a second chance to participate in the Dhaka University admission procedure continued their hunger strike at the Central Shaheed Minar for the third consecutive day.

    Five of the students were severely ill and were admitted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital. They were later released after treatment.

    The agitating admission seekers continued chanting slogans and singing protest songs and reciting poems in support for their demand.

  • Works in Sylhet Hi-Tech Park in the offing

    World Bank has recently scrutinised the environmental impactThe construction works of Sylhet Hi-Tech Park is going to start soon as its financier World Bank has recently scrutinised the environmental impact of the project.

    It was learnt that the park was supposed to build in Borni area in Companiganj upazila on a piece of 162-acre khas land which acquisition was earlier finished as well.

  • Quader: Easy bike main reason for frequent road accidents on highways

    ‘Four lanes of the Dhaka-Chittagong highway will be made fit for use by March next year’Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader yesterday said that no human hauliers would be allowed on the streets as they are the cause of frequent accidents on highways recently. 

    The Minister made the remark while talking to reporters at Paduar Bazar on the Dhaka-Chittagong highway after a sudden crackdown on illegal three-wheelers. 

    During the drive the minister with the assistance of law enforcers seized a good number of battery-run easy bikes.

  • Two Bangladeshis hurt in BSF bombing

    They were identified Two Bangladeshi cattle traders were injured in handmade bomb explosions by India’s Border Security Force (BSF) on the Kormudanga border in Naogaon’s Sapahar upazila yesterday. 

    They were identified as Ikbal Hossain, 35, son of Abdus Samad and Aminul Islam, 32, son of Alfaz Uddin, both being inhabitants of the Kormudanga village. 

  • Women empowerment requires support

    ‘Bangladesh has achieved remarkable progress in empowerment of women’Involvement of the whole community – including men – is pivotal in empowering women in the country, said the vice-chancellor of Begum Rokeya University.  

    Professor AKM Nurun Nabi also said it was the community members who knew the problems and also the best solutions regarding empowerment of women. 

  • Brac official released 48 hours after abduction

    Family members said the kidnappers had dropped Rafiqul Islam, 55, a resident of Bagbari area of Sylhet, at Hathajari with his eyes blindfoldedA Brac official was released at Hathajari in Chittagong in the early hours of yesterday, 48 hours after his abduction. 

    Family members said the kidnappers had dropped Rafiqul Islam, 55, a resident of Bagbari area of Sylhet, at Hathajari with his eyes blindfolded. 

    Hearing the news, Brac officials from Chittagong went to the spot, found him, and was later to physicians, who the police that he is in stable condition. 

    Towhidur Rahman Sagor, Rafiqul Islam’s son, said he would be brought back to Sylhet soon. 

  • Sust admission test today

    Some 48,228 aspirants have submitted applications against 1,463 seats including all quotas under six faculties at 25 departmentsThe admission tests for the first-year honours courses at the Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (Sust)  for the academic session 2014-15 will be held held today. 

    The test under ‘A’ unit will be held at 9:30am while the test under ‘B’ unit will be held at 2:30pm at 27 centres.

    Some 48,228 aspirants have submitted applications against 1,463 seats including all quotas under six faculties at 25 departments. Around 33 students will vie for a single seat in the tests. 

  • Hathurusingha delighted

    Hathurusingha delighted

    The 46-year old former Sri Lankan cricketer also hailed the promising display of young leggie Jubair and predicted a bright future ahead of himFollowing the conclusion of the third day’s play of the third and final Test between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, the home side’s head coach Chandika Hathurusingha expressed his delight with the performance of his charges. After resuming the day’s proceedings on 113 for the loss of one wicket, Zimbabwe were dismissed for 374 in their first innings to give the hosts a lead of 129 runs. Juvenile leg-spinner Jubair Hossain was the architect of the visitors’ downfall, picking up his maiden five-wicket haul in his third Test.

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