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  • International racket of gold smugglers traced

    International racket of gold smugglers traced

    Three top officials of Biman arrested in the capitalAfter yesterday’s arrest of five people, including three top Biman officials, the detectives have concluded that a gang, comprising people in and outside the airline, has been involved with gold smuggling through the Dhaka airport for quite some time now.

    One of the arrested, Captain Abu Mohammad Aslam Shaheed, is the chief of flight planning and scheduling and also the pilot of an aircraft. Tozammel Hossain and Emdad Hossain are deputy general manager and manager of flight scheduling respectively.

  • Gold seizure jumps over 100 times in a year

    Gold seizure jumps over 100 times in a year

    In the last 17 months starting from July, 2013, gold consignment weighing a total of 677kgs have been seized and 88 arrested in connectionIn the first 11 months of the current year, the amount of smuggled gold seized at different airports in the country has been more than a hundred times higher compared to last year, customs intelligence officials have said.

    In the last 17 months starting from July, 2013, gold consignment weighing a total of 677kgs have been seized and 88 arrested in connection.

    However, only 75 gold smuggling cases have been filed in 115 such incidents under the Special Powers Act. These are all non-bailable cases.

  • Shibir traps freshmen with material baits

    ‘Why should not you join Chhatra Shibir when you are provided with all the facilities ?’ “As I came to Rajshahi University from Naogaon in 2010 to sit for the admission test a boro bhai [senior student belonging to Islami Chhatra Shibir politics] approached me, enquired about my problems and managed a room for my 20-day stay in a dormitory.

    “He also arranged model tests for me and put forward some guideline on how to face the hurdle of admission test.

  • Second Frenchman likely on IS beheading video

    France is part of a coalition carrying out air strikes on Islamic State and earlier this year toughened anti-terrorism laws to stop citizens going to Syria and prevent young Muslims becoming radicalisedFrance believes a second French militant appears on a beheading video released by Islamic State at the weekend, government spokesman Stephane Le Foll said yesterday.

    Officials said on Monday that one of the men shown herding prisoners to their execution was Maxime Hauchard, a French Muslim convert who left for Syria in 2013. Further analysis suggested another French citizen also took part in the video.

  • PM: Bangladesh’s democracy enjoys confidence of international community

    The prime minister said some quarters have launched an intensive negative propaganda at international level against the government after 10th Jatiya Sangsad electionPrime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said Bangladesh’s victory in two global parliamentary forums like the CPA and the IPU was a rare achievement and manifestation of Bangladesh’s growing relations with the international community as well.

    She said this in reply to a question from independent member M Rustam Ali Farazi during PM’s question-answer session in the House with Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury in the chair.

  • Fakhrul: All-out movement soon to oust government

    ‘We do not want to see Tarique abroad. We want to see him beside our chairperson. We do not have time to sit idle. On the birthday of Tarique, we have to vow that we will wage an all-out movement against the repressive regime of Sheikh Hasina’BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir yesterday said that an all-out movement would be staged soon to overthrow the government.

    He also said the BNP wants to see the party’s Senior Vice Chairman Tarique Rahman beside the chairperson, Khaleda Zia.

  • Government unfavourable to private aviation operators

    ‘Private carriers are the backbone of local communication since Biman has no local flights, but the government does not favour the private carriers’A ruling lawmaker yesterday alleged in parliament that the government was not favourable to private aviation entrepreneurs and it even extended undue privileges to losing Biman Bangladesh Airlines.

    On point-of-order, lawmaker Moinuddin Khan Badal from Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JaSaD) said once it was said that Biman had no modern aircraft but that scenario had changed and yet Biman did not have many passengers.

  • One accused in Milky murder case faces arrest

    The court, upheld the bail of remaining 11 accused in the case after hearing the petitionA Dhaka court yesterday issued arrest warrant against Sharifuddin Chowdhury Pappu, an accused in the murder case of Jubo League leader Riazul Haque Khan Milky.

    Metropolitan Magistrate Muhammad Asaduzzman Nur gave the order as the accused did not appear before the court for the hearing on a petition seeking cancellation of bail of 12 accused, including Pappu, in the murder case. 

    The court, however, upheld the bail of remaining 11 accused in the case after hearing the petition.

  • Known unknowns of the class war

    Known unknowns of the class war

    Zia Haider Rahman’s novel In the Light of What We Know under the microscopeAt a press briefing in 2002, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was asked about the missing evidence of Iraqi linkages to “weapons of mass destruction.” In reply, Rumsfeld coined the now notorious phrases “known unknowns” and “unknown unknowns.”

    “[T]here are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns – the ones we don’t know we don’t know.”

  • Illegal voyage to Malaysia: 90 sued

    Illegal voyage to Malaysia: 90 sued

    BNS Durjoy rescued 614 people and 21 boatmen from Bay of Bengal, 135 nautical miles southwest from Saint Martin’s Island, when they were being sent to Malaysia illegally through the unnamed Myanmar-flag hoisted trawlerBangladesh Navy yesterday lodged two cases with Patenga Police Station against 90 people including 82 Myanmar nationals in connection with an attempt to send 625 people to Malaysia by sea illegally.

    Bangladesh Navy Ship Durjoy’s Executive Officer Lt Commander Mahbubur Rahman lodged a case under Foreign Citizen Control Act and the other under Human Trafficking Prevention and Suppression Act.

    Patenga Police Station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Kazi Sahabuddin Ahmed said 14 Myanmar nationals are sued in both cases.

  • Four bodies found in Rampal ashram in India

    Four bodies found in Rampal ashram in India

    ‘Postmortem examination of the bodies will be conducted to ascertain the exact cause behind their deaths’The Haryana police yesterday stormed into the Satlok ashram of self-styled godman Rampal in Barwala, Hisar in India, reports the Indian media.

    Meanwhile, mounting pressure on godman Rampal to surrender, police has slapped sedition and other serious charges against him and several of his followers while ruling out any negotiations with him, a day after armed clashes took place.

  • Death penalty of two upheld in Kazi Aref killing case

    Aref, one of the key organisers of the 1971 Liberation War and then JSD president, was killed in an attack at a rally at Kalidaspur village under Daulatpur upazila of Kushtia on February 16, 1999The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence of two convicts – Anwar Hossain and Rashedul Islam alias Jhantu – in the Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) leader Kazi Aref murder case.

    A four-member bench headed by Chief Justice Md Muzammel Hossain passed the order yesterday, rejecting review petitions filed by the two.

    Aref, one of the key organisers of the 1971 Liberation War and then JSD president, was killed in an attack at a rally at Kalidaspur village under Daulatpur upazila of Kushtia on February 16, 1999.

  • Four sentenced to death for Pakistan ‘honour killing’

    Pakistan has one of the highest rates of violence against women globally. The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan says some 869 women were murdered in honor killings in 2013A Pakistan court sentenced four men to death yesterday over the mob killing of a pregnant relative who married against her family's will.

    Farzana Perveen, who was pregnant at the time, was beaten to death by her father and other relatives outside a courthouse in Lahore on May 27, according a report by AP.

    Farzana was going to the Lahore High Court in connection with a kidnapping case filed by her family against her husband, Muhammad Iqbal. An attacker claimed to be Farzana's husband, saying she married another man without divorcing him.

  • Government has no statistics on ’75-’81 coups

    Obaidul made the remarks in response to a supplementary question from Jahangir on behalf of Syed Ashraful Islam who is responsible for the Defence Ministry in the HouseRoad Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader yesterday in parliament said the government had no statistics on how many military officers and members lost their lives in coups and mutinies during 1975-1981.

    He, however, claimed that the truth behind the dark period was gradually coming out.

    Lawmaker AKM Jahangir Hossain from Patuakhali 3 expressed dissatisfaction at the statement, saying citizens needed to know the information for the sake of history.

  • Make books more accessible

    To advance in the global knowledge economy, we need to develop libraries and remove taxes on booksIn three short years, Hay Dhaka, which starts today at the Bangla Academy, has established itself as one of South Asia’s leading English language literary festivals.

    Like the larger, landmark Ekushey book fair, it highlights the huge appetite for books among readers and writers in the country.

    As a nation, we are failing to properly satisfy public demand because of barriers holding back our publishing and book-selling industries.

  • Punish incitement to murder

    Intimidation and incitement to commit violence cannot be allowed to standProfessor Dr AKM Shafiul Islam, the  Rajshahi University professor who was brutally murdered last Saturday, had long voiced concerns that supporters of Islami Chhatra Shibir men might assault or otherwise harm him.

    Law enforcers must take all violent threats and acts of incitement seriously. Even one case in which a threat is followed up by an act of violence is too many to tolerate.

    With many groups going around putting bounties on people’s heads, it is important to set an example against those who incite violence.

  • Banking on faith

    Banking on faith

    Time has possibly come for the central bank to think of investing more of their quality time to further streamline Islamic bankingIf we dismiss Islamic banking and finance in Bangladesh as just a religion-based party’s business exercise, it would be a gross injustice, and foolish too. As of now, there are eight full-fledged Islamic banks, 10 commercial banks, including three foreign banks, which are offering branch-based Islamic banking, and another six banks including two state-owned banks have Islamic banking windows. There were rumours that the partially state-owned IFIC Bank was contemplating converting itself into an Islamic bank.

  • It’s their land too

    It’s their land too

    It looks as if Bangladesh may be about to receive another wave of Rohingya refugeesIt is estimated that Bangladesh hosts over 300,000 Rohingya refugees from Myanmar. These refugees deserve our sympathy; they fled ethnic violence which was perpetrated by the Buddhist majority of Myanmar with the support of the government of Myanmar.

    Rohingya who remain in Myanmar live in an apartheid state. More than 130,000 who were displaced by ethnic violence in 2012 are still confined to camps for internally displaced people. They cannot enter the fields they used to cultivate, or the towns where they used to work; they are dependent on humanitarian aid.

  • The last stylist

    Nehru had sexual charisma. He was a man unafraid of being attractiveHow low India has sunk in the sartorial stakes can be seen in the touting (by some) of Narendra Modi as a species of fashion mannequin – all on account of a few brightly coloured waistcoats. In the eye-watering dingy world of our professional political class, an ochre or green “bandi” is seen as the acme of style, a jaunty change of pace from the monochrome netas and bureaucrats who offend our aesthetic sensibilities daily.

  • Business wants infrastructure to get priority in new 5-year plan

    Business wants infrastructure to get priority in new 5-year plan

    They also seek measures to diversify exports to avert economic risks in future The business community yesterday recommended giving priority to develop infrastructure in the 7th five-year plan beginning from next year.

    Lowering interest rates, diversification of exports, removing energy shortage and developing skilled manpower were also the recommendations for accommodating in the plan.

    Before giving the final shape to the 7th five-year plan, the government has started taking opinions from economists, academics, entrepreneurs, journalists and other stakeholders since August.  

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