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Saturday December 16, 2017 08:38 PM



  • No progress in Gopibagh six murders

    ‘It is taking time as the killers were professional. They rarely left any clue behind but we are doing our level best’A year has elapsed since unidentified assailants entering a house in the capital’s Gopibagh area slaughtered six people but the mystery behind the murders are yet to be unearthed.

    Given the sensitivity of the case the investigation charge was handed over to Detective Branch (DB) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) on December 22 last year, just a day after the murders.

    DB police have so far arrested four Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) men in the case. The arrestees were taken remands in two phases but to no avail.

  • Public servants to get up to double salaries

    Pay commission says government’s expenditure to rise by 64%In a move that has drawn mixed reactions, the highly anticipated pay commission report has proposed up to more than doubled salaries for public servants, with the proposed lowest to the highest basic salary grades ranging between Tk8,200 and Tk80,000.

    The latest proposal sees a higher spike than the previous pay commissions: the two most recent commissions in 2005 and 2009 had asked for 94% and 96% hikes respectively, while the current commission has recommended up to 112.5% salary hike, according to the Finance Ministry.

  • 7-murder charge sheet likely in a month after Nur’s extradition

    ‘We have been asked to help police at border with Nur’s extradition and we said we are ready’Investigators probing the seven murders in Narayanganj are expected to submit the charge sheet within a month after Nur Hossain, the key accused, is extradited from India.

    “The investigation is almost complete and will end once Nur is handed over to us,” Narayanganj Police Super Khandaker Mohid Uddin said yesterday.

    He did not say how long it would take to prepare the charge sheet but some officials dealing with the case said submission of the charge sheet would be delayed if Nur’s extradition took time.

  • Arrest warrants issued against Harris, Ariful

    A Habiganj court issued arrest warrants against 11 people, including several central and local BNP leadersIn nine years, the case filed in connection with the murder of former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria has been probed and re-probed thrice by three different investigation officers and has seen three charge sheets.

    Yesterday, a Habiganj court issued arrest warrants against 11 people, including several central and local BNP leaders, after the third investigation officer submitted the third charge sheet in the case, accusing 35 people.

  • It isn’t a drone, just a remote controlled flying object

    A high official of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) told the Dhaka Tribune that what the detectives recovered is nothing but a toyA flying object recently seized by detectives from two members of Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT) is merely a remote controlled flyer, not a high-tech “drone”, say experts.

    On December 17, Detective Branch (DB) of police, arrested two members of the militant outfit from the capital’s Jatrabari area. The arrested Islamist militants are Golam Maula Mohan and Tanzil Hossain Babu.

    After the arrest, the DB claimed in a briefing that the duo were conducting research on drones capable of conducting attacks on targets.

  • Four Pakistan terror convicts executed

    Similar preparations are underway in Lahore for the execution of four other prisoners in Kot Lakhpat central jailFour prisoners, convicted for attacking former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf, were executed yesterday at a district jail in Faisalabad.

    Zubair Ahmed, Rasheed Qureshi, Ghulam Sarwar Bhatti and Russian citizen Akhlaque Ahmed were shifted from the central jail in Faisalabad to another district jail late Saturday to be hanged, the Dawn online reported.

    Family members were allowed to meet the convicts before the hanging.

  • DUNMUN 2014 begins at Dhaka University

    DUMUNA, as the first MUN club in Bangladesh, has been arranging DUNMUN since 2012Dhaka University National Model United Nations (DUNMUN), known as the country’s most prestigious Model United Nations (MUN) conference, began yesterday at the Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Building.

    Organised for the third time in a row, the event is a simulation of the United Nations assemblies offering a ground for the youth to learn and practice the art of diplomacy.

  • Baby thieves were DMCH nannies

    ‘We did not receive any complaint from any parents after the child was kidnapped. It has been difficult tracing the parents’Four women, arrested from Dhaka’s Lalbagh area for stealing newborn babies from the Dhaka Medical College Hospital’s maternity wards, are all part-time nannies, police confirmed.

    All four women belong to a newborn baby theft gang, Lalbagh police Sub-Inspector Md Farukuzzaman, told the Dhaka Tribune after the arrestees were questioned for two days in remand.

    RAB arrested Farida, 42, Jahanara, 50, Ferdousi, 30, and Rozina, 50 on December 15, and rescued a baby girl who was going to be sold.

  • First meeting of Saarc energy regulators held

    The forum would be the platform where the energy regulators could discuss matters of mutual interest and cross-border energy and power trade issuesThe energy regulators in the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) countries should establish a forum to periodically share knowledge and experience, said Nasrul Hamid, state minister for power, energy and mineral resources.

    Speaking at the inauguration of the first meeting of energy regulators in Saarc countries yesterday, the state minister also said the forum would be the platform where the energy regulators could discuss matters of mutual interest and cross-border energy and power trade issues.

  • Secretariat gets free Wi-Fi

    The Wi-Fi network was installed as part of Bangladesh Computer Council’s National ICT Infra-Network for Bangladesh Government Phase-II projectTo bring dynamism to administrative activities, the government has launched a free, high-speed Wi-Fi service at the Secretariat.

    Zunaid Ahmed Palak, state minister for the Information and Communication Technology, inaugurated the service in the conference room of the Public Administration Ministry.

    Palak said uninterrupted broadband internet through Wi-Fi would speed up administrative work. “Administrative tangles will be eased by the new technology,” he said.

  • ACC quizzes SB DIG over illegal wealth

    The DIG had amassed a whopping sum through abuse of power while in his jobThe Anti-Corruption Commission yesterday interrogated Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Special Branch (protection) of Police in Dhaka Rafiqul Islam over allegation of accumulating wealth illegally.

    ACC Deputy Director Hamidul Hasan quizzed him for one and a half hours at the commission’s headquarters in the capital’s Segunbagicha.

    ACC sources said the DIG had amassed a whopping sum through abuse of power while in his job.

    Rafiqul, who joined the police department in 1986, owns wealth worth Tk1 billion, said an ACC official.

  • Sylhet, Habiganj mayors out of sight

    Local BNP activists claimed that without appearing in public, both leaders continue to issue directives to the party membersSince their names were included in the charge sheet of the Kibria murder case, Sylhet city mayor Ariful Haque Chowdhury and Habiganj municipality mayor GK Gaus have not appeared in public in over a month.

    Ariful and Gaus – both BNP leaders – have neither attended their respective offices nor joined any political programme of their party since mid-November.

    However, local BNP activists claimed that without appearing in public, both leaders continue to issue directives to the party members.

  • Haimchar UP poll: Candidates fear vote rigging

    ‘Local AL lawmakers have been campaigning in favor of their candidate’With just few hours to go, candidates, supported by both the ruling party Awami League and the BNP, fear widespread irregularities and vote rigging in the election of Haimchar upazila in Chandpur on December 23.

    Even the former foreign minister, Dipu Moni, a prominent figure of the ruling party, shared her concern.

    At a view exchange meeting with local journalists on Saturday night, Dipu Moni said it was the BNP that she was worried about.

  • Security to be tightened ahead of Christmas, 31st December

    ‘Tight security arrangements were made in and around the capital city so that the people can celebrate Christmas and New Year peacefully’State Minister for Home Affairs Asaduzzaman Khan said the government had arranged tight security across the country for celebrations of the Christmas Day and 31st December to avoid any kind of untoward incident.

    “Tight security arrangements were made in and around the capital city so that the people can celebrate Christmas and New Year peacefully,” he said while talking to journalists after a meeting at his ministry’s conference room at the secretariat yesterday.

  • Gunman kills two New York police officers

    Gunman kills two New York police officers

    The two men were attacked outside a housing project in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn at a tense time for the NYPDA gunman shot dead two New York City police officers and then killed himself, police said, after a social media post indicated he may having been seeking revenge for the death of an unarmed black man during an
    arrest attempt.

    The two New York City Police Department officers, Rafael Ramos, 40, and Wenjian Liu, 32, were ambushed in their patrol car Saturday afternoon, said NYPD Police Commissioner William Bratton.

  • Quader: Footpaths to be recovered in phases

    The decision was taken at the 22nd meeting of the National Road Safety Council at a city hotel yesterdayRoad Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader said the government would recover the footpaths from illegal possession in phases beginning next month. 

    The decision was taken at the 22nd meeting of the National Road Safety Council at a city hotel yesterday, the minister told reporters after the meeting.

    The two city corporations – north and south – and the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) will enforce the drive, he added.

  • Egypt allows in travellers from Gaza for first time since October

    Egypt allows in travellers from Gaza for first time since October

    Rafah is the only major crossing between impoverished Gaza, home to 1.8 million PalestiniansEgypt opened the Rafah border crossing yesterday for incoming passengers from the Gaza Strip for the first time in almost two months, Palestinian and Egyptian officials said.

    Rafah is the only major crossing between impoverished Gaza, home to 1.8 million Palestinians, and the outside world that does not border Israel, which blockades the strip and allows passage mainly on humanitarian grounds.

  • More investment needed in agriculture

    ‘We should free agriculture from such market system. It is not a good news that we are exporting rice; we need to have more food sufficiency before doing that’Investment in the country’s agricultural sector needs to be increased to ensure food security, and the government should offer more flexible agricultural loan schemes to farmers, experts said at a discussion yesterday.

  • ‘BMA silent as prime suspect is a doctor’

    ‘All doctors are not alike. The doctors in Jessore would deliver the correct report I hope’As Dr Jesmin Ara, a prime suspect of the much-talked-about murder case of Dr Shamarukh Mahjabin, is one of the central committee leaders of Bangladesh Medical Association (BMA), the organisation is not taking up any protest programme.

    Quoting BMA President Dr Iqbal Arslan, Shamarukh’s father Nurul Islam made the claim at a press conference held at the Jessore Press Club yesterday.

  • Taliban kill seven Afghan policemen

    Taliban kill seven Afghan policemen

    The checkpoint attack took place in Jawzjan provinceThe Taliban attacked a checkpoint in northern Afghanistan, killing at least seven policemen, an official said Sunday. In Kabul, a reporter wounded in an attack earlier this month on a French-run school died of his injuries.

    The checkpoint attack took place in Jawzjan province, said Abdul Manan Raoufi, the region’s police operational chief. Along with the seven killed, five other policemen were wounded in the attack late Saturday in a village in the province’s Qashtepa district.

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