Sunday February 18, 2018 07:42 AM

  • New tactics for smuggling gold!

    After scanning, 43 kgs of gold worth Tk22 crores were found in the cartonsGold smugglers have come up with a new strategy to bring gold into the country.  In the name of importing garment accessories, a group of smugglers are now hiding gold inside the cartons taking the advantage of tax-free bond enjoyed by the garments industry.

    Customs Intelligence of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport found 43 kilogrammes of gold from three cartons of garments accessories yesterday around 4am. No one was arrested in this regard.

  • Sela banks turn pitch black

    Sela banks turn pitch black

    Sinking oil tanker was actually a modified and remodeled sand cargo At 11 o’clock on Wednesday morning, water driven by high tide has just started entering a canal near Joymonir Gol, the last human settlement before the Sundarbans start.

    Unless one knows, there is no reason to believe that what is coming into the canal is water, because it is black and has a thick layer of concentrated oil on top. Even the soil on the banks of the canal have turned black.

  • The unending woes of uncertainty

    The unending woes of uncertainty

    Families of missing people express helplessness as they recall their loved onesThree-year-old Adiba, who has barely learned to speak, stood desolately holding a placard with a picture of her father who has been missing since
    last year.

    Her mother Tanzin Akther stood by her, relating to the Dhaka Tribune the story of how her husband Parvez Hossain went missing when he went out with three of his friends – Chanchal, Sohel and Jahir – on December 2, 2013.

  • Euro Parliament not calling for fresh polls

    Euro Parliament not calling for fresh polls

    Urged BNP again to sever ties with Jamaat-e-IslamiThe European Parliament (EP) urges political parties to find a better solution for next elections, but are not calling for new polls, said Jean Lambert, member of the EP and chairperson of the delegation for relations with South Asia.

    Lambert, who spoke at a pre-departure press conference yesterday, also urged BNP again to sever ties with Jamaat-e-Islami.

  • HC questions sincerity of RAB’s probe

    After the day’s hearing, the bench of Justice Md Rezaul Haque and Justice Gobinda Chandra Tagore said they would pass an order in this regard in JanuaryA High Court judge yesterday raised questions on the “completeness” of the investigation report submitted by Rapid Action Battalion regarding the sensational Narayanganj seven murders. It also questioned the “sincerity” of the elite force in preparing the report.

    After the day’s hearing, the bench of Justice Md Rezaul Haque and Justice Gobinda Chandra Tagore said they would pass an order in this regard in January.

  • JS body unhappy with situation of money laundering

    The committee recommended that the interest rates on industrial loans be reducedA parliamentary body yesterday expressed dissatisfaction at the way Bangladesh Bank and the Finance Ministry had managed the money laundering situation, saying they had not “done enough” as more money was siphoned off lately.

    The Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Finance Ministry formed a sub-committee with lawmaker Tipu Munshi as the convener and lawmakers Farhad Hossain and Md Sawkat Chowdhury as members to look into the matter thoroughly and monitor the insurance market.

  • Anisul: Zero tolerance towards terrorism

    The government already enacted the Anti-Terrorism Act and Anti-money Laundering Act to ease this fightLaw Minister Anisul Huq said yesterday the government has adopted a zero tolerance policy towards terrorism.

    For any single government agency, it is difficult to fight against and address this and so everybody should involve themselves in the fight, he said.

    He said the government already enacted the Anti-Terrorism Act and Anti-money Laundering Act to ease this fight, adding that the fight against terrorism is truly a global endeavour.

  • Palestinian minister dies after being struck by Israeli troops

    The Israeli army was looking into the incidentA Palestinian minister died shortly after being hit by Israeli soldiers during a protest on Wednesday in the occupied West Bank, a Reuters photographer who witnessed the incident and a Palestinian medic said.

    Ziad Abu Ein, a minister without portfolio who was in his early 50s, was rushed by ambulance from the scene, in the village of Turmusiya, but died en route to the nearby Palestinian city of Ramallah.

  • Obama: CIA torture methods brutal, wrong

    The US president said that releasing the information was an important step in the process of making sure that such a scenario is never repeatedUS President Barack Obama has said that some of the tactics described in a Senate report on harsh CIA interrogations were “brutal,” “wrong” and “counterproductive.”

    He said that the CIA techniques, which were employed in the wake of September 11, 2001 attacks on the US, “were not only inconsistent with our values as nation, they did not serve our broader counterterrorism efforts or our national security interests.”

  • Iran talks: ‘Both sides need some time’

    With nuclear negotiations between Iran and the ‘P5 plus 1’ group of world powers resuming this week, analysts following the talks say the political will among the parties to sign a final framework for a détente has – for the time being – remained, al jazeera reported .

  • Furor over mass ‘conversion’ of Muslims in India

    The opposition has asked the government to ensure the religious freedom of minorities as enshrined in the country’s constitutionIndia’s opposition politicians have protested inside parliament against the alleged mass conversion of about 200 Muslims to Hinduism in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.

    Opposition MPs on Tuesday attacked the conservative Hindu Bharatiya Janata Party over the conversions in Agra city, reportedly under allurement by groups linked to the ruling party’s ideological parent, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).

  • Former top planning official jailed for life in China over graft

    The former deputy head of China’s top planning agency was jailed for life on Wednesday over a bribery scandal that exposed graft at the highest levels of China’s government, and ensnared several companies including Toyota Motor Corp.

    The sentence, handed down by a court just outside of Beijing, capped the downfall of Liu Tienan, who was sacked as deputy head of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) last year, a position that carries ministerial-level status.

  • Rhino species to die unless science can help

    Rhino species to die unless science can help

    The keepers of three of the last six northern white rhinos on Earth say it is highly unlikely the three will ever reproduce naturally.

    Kenya’s Ol Pejeta Conservancy announced Wednesday that recent medical examinations of the three show the species is doomed to extinction, unless science can help. A park official says in vitro fertilization and genetics-based science known as de-extinction are being examined.

  • At a glance: Buriganga River

    At a glance: Buriganga River

  • Still no sign of rescue in the Sundarbans

    The oil has reached some of the more remote parts of the forest by travelling through the adjacent canals of the Sela RiverNearly two days have passed since the oil tanker capsized in Sela River in the Sundarbans, but the authorities are yet begin even a rescue operation, let alone stopping 350,000 litres of furnace oil from spilling in the highly sensitive forest ecology.

    Our Khulna correspondent reports that that oil, propelled by the forces of high and low coastal tide, spread over an area of at least 40km in radius as of yesterday afternoon. He also said the oil has reached some of the more remote parts of the forest by travelling through the adjacent canals of the Sela River.

  • ‘Wanted’ Badal accused of vandalism

    BCB security chief files case against the Legends of Rupganj owner The mud-sling between Lutfur Rahman Badal and the Bangladesh Cricket Board reached a whole new level after it was revealed yesterday that the cricket board security wing chief Major (retd) Hossain Imam filed a case against the Dhaka Premier League club owner under Speedy Trial Act.

    According to the officer-in-charge of Mirpur Model Thana Salauddin Ahmed Khan, a case against Badal was filed on Monday accusing the Legends of Rupganj owner of vandalising BCB property on the night of December 6 (last Saturday).

  • Rupganj back to winning ways

    Easy wins for Mohammedan, Sk JamalSkipper Shakib al Hasan’s all-round performance enabled Legends of Rupganj to return to winning ways while opener Tamim Iqbal also starred with the bat as the defending champions defeated Prime Doleshwar by 28 runs in the Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League yesterday.

    In the other matches of the day, Mohammedan and Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club also registered comfortable wins over lower-league opposition – Partex and Old DOHS – respectively.


    Rupganj v Prime Doleshwar, Fatullah

  • Seven Hizb-ut Tahrir men remanded

    The accused are Safayet Yasir Iqbal, Raihanul Islam, Ariful Islam, Iftekharul Islam, Nur Mohammed, Arif Mohammed Bilwal and SufianA Chittagong court yesterday granted the police two days to interrogate seven activists of banned Islamist outfit Hizb-ut Tahrir in a case filed under the Anti-Terrorism Act.

    Metropolitan Magistrate Nure Alam Bhuiyan passed the order when police produced the accused seeking seven days’ remand, Additional Deputy Commissioner (prosecution) Kazi Muttaki Ibn Minnan said.

  • Brothers complete BPL transfer as time extended

    With the exception of Brothers Union, no other club completed their registrationResponding to an appeal made by a number of Bangladesh Premier League clubs, the Bangladesh Football Federation yesterday extended the deadline of the inter-club players’ transfer to January 7.

    Today was supposed to be the deadline of the players’ registration that opened on November 12. However, with the exception of Brothers Union, no other club completed their registration. The foreign players’ transfer on the other hand will be open till January 30.

  • Bangladesh up against strong Japan U21s

    Bangladesh will have to bring their A game when they face the visiting Japan Under-21 football team in an international friendly at Bangabandhu National Stadium on December 18 as the junior Samurais are considered the future of Japanese football.

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