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Tuesday November 21, 2017 11:36 PM



  • One detained for beating witness to Bishwajit murder

    The Speedy Trial Tribunal gave death penalty to eight BCL men and life-time imprisonment to 13 othersPolice yesterday arrested a transport worker from the capital’s Sayedabad area in connection with the attack on the prime witness in Bishwajit Das killing case.

    The arrestee was identified as Md Razu, 26. He comes from Khanza of Faridpur. The arrest was made after rickshaw puller Ripon Sarker, 28, a witness in Bishwajit Das killin case, filed a case with Sabujbagh police station Thursday night, Rafiqul Islam, officer-in-charge of Sabujbagh police station, said.

  • Charges ready despite unclear motive

    All arrestees to be named in charge sheet for Prof Shafiul murderAmid contradicting statements about the motive behind the murder of RU professor Shafiul, the Rajshahi police are reportedly set to bring charges against all the men arrested so far – including Jamaat-Shibir men and Chhatra Dal leaders who had been arrested separately on unrelated leads.

  • Dilly dallying delays clean-up of Sundarbans spill

    Government agencies are delaying any decision to act until forming a clearer idea of the effects of dispersant on the mangroves The clean-up of the “Southern Star 7” oil spill, which has spread across an 80km range since the oil tanker capsized on the Sela River in the Sundarbans 4 days ago, has stalled because of bureaucratic foot-dragging.

    In the absence of major government push to contain the ecological damage, Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan crowd-sourced the clean-up effort, asking local residents to collect whatever spilled furnace oil they could. He said Padma Oil was willing to pay for it.

  • Mamata’s minister held in Saradha scam

    Mamata’s minister held in Saradha scam

    Mada is the first minister and third major leader of West Bengal’s ruling Trinamool Congress to be arrested in the scamWest Bengal Minister Madan Mitra was arrested in the Saradha chit fund scam yesterday, apparently increasing trouble for the government of Mamata Banerjee. The arrest came hours after he had been interrogated by detectives.

    He is the first minister and third major leader of West Bengal’s ruling Trinamool Congress to be arrested in the scam, in which hundreds of thousands of people were cheated out of their savings.

  • BNP’s shake-up move a fiasco

    ‘The plan to reconstitute the party has been temporarily suspended’ BNP has backtracked from its plan to reorganise the party fearing intra-party conflicts in the rank and file.

    Internecine clashes erupting following the formation of a number of committees recently prompted the high ups to suspend the move, said some party insiders.

    They now think any divisions in the party over committee formation will rather jeopardise their plan to launch an anti-government movement in January-April.

    It will also embarrass the party publicly again, said a leader in exchange for anonymity.

  • AL to observe January 5 as ‘Victory Day of Democracy’

    ‘The BNP-Jamaat alliance had tried to stop the general polls on January 5, and unleashed violence all over the country’The ruling Awami League yesterday announced that it will observe the January 5 as the “Victory Day of Democracy”.

    Terming the January 5 as the day for protection of  democracy, AL Joint General Secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif said if the national polls would not have taken place on that day, the democracy of the country would have fellen  into a deep crisis.

  • Green activists demand protection for the Sundarbans

    Green activists demand protection for the Sundarbans

    ‘We have to realise that the Sundarbans is necessary to control carbon dioxide emission’Environmental activists formed a human chain in Barisal yesterday demanding immediate ban on mechanised water transportation on routes surrounding the Sundarbans.

    Asking for permanent steps to save the World Heritage Site, the activists also demanded immediate cleaning of the oil spilt from the oil tanker that capsized on Tuesday.

    The demonstration was organised by the Barisal unit of Bigyan Andolon Moncho, the science wing of Socialist Students’ Front, in the city’s Ashwini Kumar Hall.

  • Abdul Gaffar pledges his undying support for Hasina

    Abdul Gaffar pledges his undying support for Hasina

    ‘No, never, I am not in support of it. Sheikh Hasina is always against the fundamentalists and militants, which is why my support for her will continue until my death’Noted writer and journalist Abdul Gaffar Chowdhury said his support would continue for Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for her commitment to fight fundamentalism and try the war criminals.

    On the occasion of his 80th birth anniversary Abdul Gaffar said: “What is the alternative to Hasina? Fundamentalism, militancy and drone attacks resulting in Bangladesh becoming like Afghanistan,  or Pakistan or Iraq?”

  • Sixth National Undergraduate Mathematics Olympiad 2014 ends

    Sixth National Undergraduate Mathematics Olympiad 2014 ends

    ‘Mathematics is playing the most basic and essential role in this modern era, without math, technology and science cannot work’Ten winners emerged from 58 participating students at the finale of the 6th National Undergraduate Mathematics Olympiad 2014 held at the Dhaka University’s AF Mujibur Rahman Ganit Bhaban yesterday.

  • Suranjit: Quader Molla son’s remarks amount to contempt of court

    ‘The cat came out of the sack after the European Union in its recent statement said they have no comments on the polls in Bangladesh’Awami League Advisory Council member Suranjit Sengupta yesterday said the recent remarks of Hasan Jamil, son of Quader Molla who was given capital punishment for crimes against humanity, on the review of his father’s verdict was tantamount to contempt of court.

    “Quader Molla’s son remarked that the Supreme Court killed his father. Such remarks were objectionable, similar to contempt of court and contradictory to the constitution,” he said while addressing a discussion at the Diploma Engineers Institute in the capital yesterday.

  • Trouble compounds as fog disrupts ferry services

    Thick fog has made it difficult to clearly see objects even just a few metres awayDense fog disrupting the ferry service on Shimulia-Kawrakandi route has heightened the misery of the passengers, with some 1,500 vehicles stuck on both sides till yesterday noon.

    The vehicles are mostly freight trucks and lorries destined for different parts of the country, including the capital. There are also trucks loaded with raw materials and perishable goods.

  • ‘Govt investigating question leakage’

    ‘The new textbook would be supplied in due time. Books have already been sent to the schools in remote areas’Primary and Mass Education Minister Mostafizur Rahman said the government had started looking into the allegations of question leakage at the Primary School Certificate examinations this year.

    The minister made the comment while visiting an under-construction district Scout building at B M School Road in Barisal city yesterday morning.

  • Land in enclaves is valuable, not life

    Many residents said pay was better in India, but they cannot go there as they do not have any papers They are foreigners in their own land. Unwanted and unacknowledged. Seeing the miserable life they lead being forever condemned in those narrow strips of land, one may wonder if they are considered human beings at all!

    “If we are a part of India, why doesn’t the Indian government look after us? They value our land, but not our lives,” said an enraged Rafiqul of Boro Garaljora enclave, which is situated inside Bangladesh but belongs to India.  

  • Truck-human haulier collision kills four

    Truck-human haulier collision kills four

    The injured were taken to Jessore Sadar HospitalFour people, including a student of Jessore Science and Technology University, were killed after collision between a truck and a human haulier at Abdullahpur Bazar under Jessore Sadar Upazila yesterday. At least 10 people were injured in the accident.

    The deceased were identified as Abu Hanif, a third year student of Physical Education department of  Jessore Science and Technology University, Khadija Begum, 50, wife of Maulana Habibur Rahman Bubulbuli, Fakhrul Islam and driver of the human haulier Anisur Rahman.

  • Vegetable cultivation inside mango orchards appears profitable in Tangail

    Delwar who is a post graduated first ever adopted the profession nine years ago as the locals thought that mango farming would not be much profitableMd Delwar Hossain, a successful mango farmer of Sakhipur upazila here, has recently been trying to cultivate different sorts of vegetables in the blank spaces in his mango orchard in a bid to making maximum use and profit from the land.

    Delwar who is a post graduated first ever adopted the profession nine years ago as the locals thought that mango farming would not be much profitable.

    He planted two thousands of mango sapling on a 13-acre land and in course of time it was extended to 77-acre and he earns Tk50-60 lakh each year by selling mango.

  • Maximum 1-yr warranty for computer products

    Industry specialist criticise the move by the BCSIn a highly controversial move, the apex body of computer traders have slapped a new regulation on the entire industry that would allow sellers to provide the maximum of only a one-year warranty on any new computer-related products sold to consumers.

    The first ever warranty policy by the Bangladesh Computer Samity (BCS) – which came into effect from December 1 – was lambasted by industry insiders, who claimed that it would deprive the end users and the retailers as well as ruining the possibility of business expansion for importers.

  • Separate pay scales for BB, public banks opposed

    A separate pay scale for central bankers and state-owned commercial bank employees was approved by the prime minster last year but had not been implemented because of legal complexitiesThe National Pay and Services Commission opposes a separate pay scale for state-owned commercial banks and the central bank because of resource constraints, according to pay commission recommendations expected to be formally submitted next week.

    A separate pay scale for central bankers and state-owned commercial bank employees was approved by the prime minster last year but had not been implemented because of legal complexities, sources said.

  • Electric shocks and denailing: Stories of unfortunate migrants

    Electric shocks and denailing: Stories of unfortunate migrants

    ‘I paid a recruitment agency Tk4.5 lakh to go to abroad two years back, but had to finally return home losing Tk8.15 lakh in total’Being subjected to electric shocks, getting fingernails pulled out by pliers, and getting severe blisters from boiling water being poured over the body – are some of the few tortures Bangladeshi migrants had to face during their captivity in foreign lands by profit-hungry brokers.

  • UP governor’s call for building Ram temple triggers row

    There is nothing wrong if Ram Naik has become the supporter of Ram. There is no power in the world that can stop the construction of the templeUttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik sparked a fresh row by saying the Ram temple should be built in Ayodhya at the site of razed Babri Masjid as per the “wishes of Indian citizens” amid a row over alleged religious conversions in the state.

    “Ram Mandir should be built as soon as possible. That is the wish of the Indian citizens and the wish should be fulfilled,” he said during the convocation programme of Awadh University at Faizabad, where he was the chief guest.

  • Seeing foes among friends?

    Seeing foes among friends?

    President Obama has done nothing to discourage any multilateral body from providing loans or direct assistance to Bangladesh’s governmentLike so many others, I too was shocked by the intemperate outburst about a visiting foreign dignitary by the minister who is also the second-in-command of the ruling party. 

    That the outburst incorporated all the worst stereotypes that attaches to men in retrogressive societies is surprising from a seasoned politician who apparently knows the ways of the world. But that surprise is nowhere near the much bigger surprise of the direction of such vituperative: The administration of President Barack Obama of the United States.

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