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Wednesday November 22, 2017 08:51 PM



  • Shafiul’s killers were hired professionals

    Police said killers left behind very few clues to work withThe assailants who hacked Rajshahi University Professor AKM Shafiul Islam Lilon on Saturday were hired professionals, investigators say.

    “Six young men took part in the killing mission. After the mission was over, they fled the spot by climbing over a nearby wall before anyone could follow them,” a high official of Rajshahi Metropolitan Police (RMP) told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday.

  • Cyber Jihadists hint at next targets

    The only definitivename that appears in the 342-word status update is vernacular daily newspaper Prothom-AloIn a long status update yesterday, the Facebook page of Ansar al Islam Bangladesh – 2, a Jihadist group that claimed responsibility of killing Rajshahi University Professor Shafiul Islam Lilon, has given hints who their next targets can be.

    Citing a verse from the holy Qur’an, the Bangla status said the group had not been targetting those who were “atheists in their personal lives,” rather their targets were those who “had been demeaning Prophet Muhammad under the cover of atheism.”

  • RMP commissioner transferred

    The transfer order however did not mention any reason for the decisionThe Home Ministry yesterday transferred Rajshahi Metropolitan Police Commissioner Mahbubur Rahman, two days after the gruesome murder of Rajshahi University Professor AKM Shafiul Islam.

    The transfer order however did not mention any reason for the decision.

    Additional Commissioner Mohammad Shamsuddin of Dhaka Metropolitan Police will take charge at Rajshahi, according to the Home Ministry order.

  • Imam: Media distorted my speech

    He remained silent about the matter over the first four days since he made the controversial commentsPrime minister’s political affairs adviser HT Imam yesterday accused media of “distorting” his speech, at a time when his boss Sheikh Hasina asked her cabinet colleagues to wait to see how she dealt with the matter.

    On November 12, Imam said passing the written part of the recruitment test would be enough for Chhatra League men to get government jobs; they do not need to worry about the viva of the Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) Examination.

  • Felani’s father bursts into tears in Indian court

    The Indian authority decided to review the verdictNurul Islam once again broke down in tears before the same Indian court yesterday, asking for justice for his minor daughter Felani Khatun who had been shot to death by a soldier of the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) in January 2011.

    “I have no complaint against India, I have no complaint against the BSF…I only want justice – I only want punishment to the person who killed my innocent daughter,” Felani’s father said crying before the court at the end of his statement.

  • Khaleda’s tired counsel stops making case early

    Advocate Zainul Abedin started around 12 noon and read out the High Court order that accepted charges against Khaleda in the case in 2009BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s counsel yesterday refused to continue presenting arguments for a leave to appeal petition in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case as he felt tired.

    Advocate Zainul Abedin started around 12 noon and read out the High Court order that accepted charges against Khaleda in the case in 2009.

    But he stopped five minutes earlier than he was expected to and said he was tired when Chief Justice Md Muzammel Hossain told him he could proceed as there was still time.

  • Rupganj continue to win, Abahani taste narrow defeat

    Rupganj continue to win, Abahani taste narrow defeat

    Twin half-centuries by Junaid Siddique and Alok Kapali guided Rupganj to a seven-wicket victory chasing down their opponents 205Legends of Rupganj maintained their winning run in the Dhaka Premier League as they beat Kalabagan KC to earn their third win in as many games yesterday. Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club and Prime Doleshwar SC also won in their respective matches.

    Legends of Rupganj v Kalabagan KC, SBNS

    Twin half-centuries by Junaid Siddique and Alok Kapali guided Rupganj to a seven-wicket victory chasing down their opponents 205.

  • Students, teachers blame Jamaat-Shibir for Shafiul murder

    Students, teachers blame Jamaat-Shibir for Shafiul murder

    Teachers held a human chain in front of the senate building around 10am armed with banners and placardsStudents and teachers of Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday continued  protesting for a second consecutive day, boycotting classes and examinations and forming a human chain, to demand the arrest of Professor AKM Shafiul Islam Lilon’s murderers.

    “No classes or exams were held and the protest will continue,” Pronob Kumar Pandey, general secretary of RU teachers’ association, said.

    Teachers held a human chain in front of the senate building around 10am armed with banners and placards.

  • Hockey U-21’s fitness at peak: coach

    The U-21 hockey team returned to the capital Bangladesh U-21 hockey coach and former national defender Mamunur Rashid believes the fitness level of his team has reached the peak during their tour of India.

  • Bangladeshis to get jobs at Malaysia’s Sarawak province

    Once the deal is signed, it will allow Bangladesh diplomats and officials 90-day visa waiverBangladeshis can work at Sarawak province of Malaysia as well after the amended “Memorandum of Understanding on Employment of Workers” is signed with the Southeast Asian country. Currently, Bangladeshis get jobs only in the mainland of Malaysia.

    Cabinet Secretary M Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan told reporters after a cabinet meeting that approved the amended deal yesterday. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina presided over the meeting.

  • Srinivasan cleared of IPL corruption

    The Supreme Court had relieved Srinivasan of his duties as the country’s cricket board president to ensure a fair investigation into the controversyInternational Cricket Council (ICC) chairman Narayanaswami Srinivasan has been cleared in a report submitted to India’s top court by a committee probing allegations of corruption in the Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 competition.

    The Supreme Court had relieved Srinivasan of his duties as the country’s cricket board president to ensure a fair investigation into the controversy, in which his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan was indicted for illegal betting on the 2013 IPL.

  • Latham ton gives Kewis strong start

    Latham ton gives Kewis strong start

    Opener Tom Latham struck his second consecutive hundred to keep New Zealand on course for a big first-innings total on the opening day of the second test against Pakistan on Monday.

    Opting to bat first after winning the toss at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, the visitors, trailing 1-0 in the three-test series, reached 243 for three wickets at the close.

    Latham, who scored a century in the first test in Abu Dhabi, remained unbeaten on 137 with Corey Anderson on seven.

  • HT Imam’s explanation unacceptable, says Fakhrul

    He said HT Imam’s comments on January 5 election were secrets that just came outBNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir yesterday said HT Imam’s explanation regarding his recent statements towards Chhatra League and on January 5 elections was not acceptable.

    HT Imam at a press conference yesterday claimed that the media had exaggerated his speech which he gave on November 12. He said: “Media has exaggerated my speech and misrepresented it before the people, letting BNP and Jamaat take advantage of it.”

  • Bryans claim fourth Tour Finals title

    American twins Bob and Mike Bryan underlined their status as the best doubles pair in the world as they claimed the ATP Tour Finals title for the fourth time on Sunday.

    The 36-year-olds came from a set down to beat seventh seeds Ivan Dodig (Croatia) and Marcelo Melo (Brazil) 6-7(5) 6-2 10-7 at the O2 Arena — their 103rd title together.

    The Bryans recovered from a near knockout blow in the first set when Bob slammed a first serve into the back of his brother’s head, going on to dominate after dropping the opener.

  • Woman killed in road crash

    The identity of women could not be known as of filing this the report in the eveningA sexagenarian woman was crushed to death by a bus while crossing road in the capital’s Mohakhali area yesterday.

    However, the identity of women could not be known as of filing this the report in the evening.

    Witnesses sources said the incident took place around 12pm when a speedy bus run over her while she was crossing the road before Mohakhali bus stand, leaving her critically.

    Later, she was declared dead on arrival of Dhaka Medical Collage and Hospital. When contacted, Banani police station SI Shafiul Azam confirmed it.

  • Australia eye options after Clarke limps home

    Coach Darren Lehmann has not given up hopeWith the optimism over Michael Clarke’s fitness for the test series against India fading fast, Australia’s selectors will have to ponder their captaincy options as well as the make-up of their bowling attack over the next week.

    Chief selector Rod Marsh’s confidence the 33-year-old would be fit to face India at the Gabba on Dec 4 was undermined by Pat Howard on Monday, the team performance manager saying Clarke had virtually no chance of playing in the series.

    Coach Darren Lehmann has not given up hope, however.

  • Speaker: South Asian diversities a platform for human rights mechanism

    Speaker: South Asian diversities a platform for human rights mechanism

    One of the challenges which has been addressed as the reason of conflicts is religious and cultural diversities and practicesDiversities in religion, culture and different other practices in the South Asian region should not be considered as a barrier, but as a platform to enhance the human rights mechanism in the region, said Jatiya Sangsad Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury yesterday.

  • Muggers snatch Tk 5 lakh from trader in capital

    The victim is Khandakar Hafizur Rahman, 34, owner of Tuhin Enterprise, and a resident of Matuail Mazar areaA gang of muggers took away around Tk5 lakh from a businessman in the capital’s Demra area yesterday.

    The victim is Khandakar Hafizur Rahman, 34, owner of Tuhin Enterprise, and a resident of Matuail Mazar area.

     The gang of 10-12 muggers attacked the victim when he was going to his business centre in Mazar road area, and took away a bag containing around Tk4.75 lakh after beating him up around 12:00pm, according to Hafizur.

  • Demos held across the country

    They claimed that progressive and secular teachers frequently fell victims to such crueltyDemanding exemplary punishment to the killers of Rajshahi University Sociology Professor AKM Shafiul Islam, different teachers’ associations have held demonstrations across the country.

    Dhaka University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) formed a human chain at the base of Aparajeyo Bangla urging the authorities to make a fair probe into the incident.

    They claimed that progressive and secular teachers frequently fell victims to such cruelty.

  • Chittagong road crash claims minor boy

    the boy was run over by a speedy truck in front of Mukta Washing Factory at Sher Shah in the areaAn eight-year-old boy was killed in a road accident in the port city’s Baizid area yesterday.

    The deceased, identified as Md Rakib, son of Nesar Ali, is a resident of Amtol Colony of the area, said police sources. Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) police outpost Nayek Sheikh Farhadul Haque said the boy was run over by a speedy truck in front of Mukta Washing Factory at Sher Shah in the area around 11 am while he was crossing the road.

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