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  • Five sackfuls of currency, gold bars recovered

    Five sackfuls of currency, gold bars recovered

    Mohammad Ali says a Sirajganj upazila chairman asked him to store 528 gold bars worth Tk20cr The soft bed, fancy cabinet and costly furniture was just the tip of the iceberg of the treasure stashed away in a Purana Paltan flat raided by the Custom Intelligence and Investigation Department (CIID) yesterday.

    Beyond the glossy exterior of the well-appointed furniture lay a staggering amount of wealth hidden in every conceivable nook and cranny, so much so, in fact, that it took five sacks to collect it all.

  • Public servants against contractual appointments in administration

    Only 378 out of a total of 5,472 government servants surveyed by the NPSC were in favour of contractual appointmentsA vast majority — 93.5% — of serving government employees are against contractual appointment in various administrative posts, a pay commission report has said.

    Government officials interviewed by the National Pay and Services Commission (NPSC) have said excessive contractual recruitments have been blocking their promotion, resulting in frustration.

    The issue came up in a report that the NPSC has submitted to the government earlier this week proposing revision of salaries for public servants and pensioners.

  • AL blames BNP for Bakshibazar violence

    BNP men created the anarchy on the instruction of its Chairperson Khaleda Zia, it allegedRuling Awami League yesterday squarely blamed BNP for Wednesday’s clash at Bakshibazar saying that BNP unleashed the violence as part of its plan to foil the trial of Khaleda Zia.

    BNP men created the anarchy on the instruction of its Chairperson Khaleda Zia, it alleged.

    Awami League made the remarks at a press conference after a party meeting.

  • BNP men asked to fight back if obstructed in Gazipur

    We have received two applications. If they create anarchy, we will not allow anyoneThe BNP high command has alerted its district and upazila units in Gazipur that they will have to fight back if their Chairperson Khaleda Zia is barred from attending a rally in Gazipur on

    The party is determined to hold the rally even if the authorities deny them permission. They have planned to sit in for a gathering at the very place they are blocked either by authorities or ruling party men.

  • ACC: Moosa confesses to having arms business

    But he could not answer to the question whether his arms business was legal or illegalACC Commissioner M Sahabbuddin Chuppu yesterday said business tycoon Moosa Bin Shamsher during the interrogation confessed that he had an arms business.

    Moosa also confessed to the commission that he had earned Tk51,000cr ($7bn) deposited in Swiss Bank through arms business.

    But he could not answer to the question whether his arms business was legal or illegal, said the commissioner.

    After an international business magazine published reports on his lavish and unusual lifestyle the ACC ran an inquiry to find out the sources of his unusual income.

  • Boxing Federation secretary accused of extortion

    Kuddus says not first time Jacko has spread ‘misinformation’ about himAli Jacko, a former five-time world kick-boxing champion, yesterday brought an allegation of extortion against Bangladesh Boxing Federation Secretary.

    Ali Jacko, a Bangladesh-born British citizen, brought the allegation at a press briefing at Rajmoni Ishaka Hotel in the capital.

    “When I won the boxing championship for the first time, I decided to do something for our country. And to do soI started contacting the Ministry of Sports and came to Bangladesh on November 1 the same year,” Jacko said.

  • Chhatra Dal and Chhatra League trade barbs and threats following Bakshibazar clashes

    At least 40 people on both sides, were injured during the clashesJust the day after a clash between the two arch-rivals, Chhatra Dal, the student wing of the BNP, on Thursday said the Chhatra League, the student wing of the ruling Awami League, is not a student organisation but a “militant” organisation.

    “Through the statement of general secretary of Chhatra League, it is clear that Chhatra League is an organisation of imbeciles. They not only attack opposition men with indecent language but many senior leaders of the Awami League have also become victims of their indecent attacks,” said a Chhatra Dal press release.

  • 150 BNP men sued over Bakshibazar clash

    Two cases were filed against 150 leaders and activists of the BNP and its youth and student wings in connection with Wednesday’s clash with Chhatra League men in Bakshibazar of the city.

    Former Chhatra Dal president Azizul Bari Helal and incumbent President Rajib Ahsan have been named as accused in a case filed on the night of the incident.

  • Tofail: Khaleda wants to destabilise country

    Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed has said BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia wants to destabilise the country just when it is going along the path of development.

    “Remember Pakistan where 146 people were shot dead at an army-run school. Pakistan is a dysfunctional state and some wants to make Bangladesh similar,” he said while inaugurating a programme in Bhola, marking the Bangladesh Television’s Golden Jubelee yesterday.

  • Prime minister urges BTV to improve programmes

    She made the statement while inaugurating weeklong Golden Jubilee programmes of Bangladesh Television Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday highly praised the role of Bangladesh Television (BTV) in flourishing Bangali culture and heritage across the world asking the national television channel to cope up with technology and public demand.

    She said: “BTV must produce life-oriented programmes to attract audience. It should not be limited in supplying information. The national television must work as an institution which will guide taste and behaviour of the people.”

  • Picnic trawler capsizes in Meghna

    A picnic trawler carrying 50 passengers capsized in the Meghna River in Tazumuddin upazila of Bhola district.

    However no one was reported to be injured in the incident, which took place yesterday around 3pm at Katakhali area of the river.

    Chachara union parishad Chairman Abu Taher said two trawlers hired by Friends Club of Lalmohan upazila were going to Monpura with about 150 passengers.

  • Pope condemns Islamic State, decries suffering of children

    Tens of thousands of people flocked to St. Peter’s Square to hear the Argentine pope deliver his ‘Urbi et Orbi’ blessing and messagePope Francis yesterday condemned the “brutal persecution” of minorities by Islamic State insurgents and said the joy of Christmas was marred by the suffering of children in the Middle East and around the world.

    Tens of thousands of people flocked to St. Peter’s Square to hear the Argentine pope deliver his “Urbi et Orbi” (to the city and the world) blessing and message, marking the second Christmas since his election last year.

  • Chinese university bans Xmas, says it is ‘kitsch’

    Resist the expansion of Western cultureA university in northwestern China has banned Christmas, calling it a “kitsch” foreign celebration unbefitting of the country’s own traditions and making its students watch propaganda films instead, media said yesterday.

    The state-run Beijing News said that the Modern College of Northwest University, located in Xian, had strung up banners around the campus reading “Strive to be outstanding sons and daughters of China, oppose kitsch Western holidays” and “Resist the expansion of Western culture.”

  • ‘Kiev’s move to join Nato dangerous for Europe’

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Ukraine’s pursuit of Nato membership posed a danger to European security and that the West was using Kiev’s bid to join the Atlantic alliance as a way to fuel confrontation between Russia and Ukraine.

    The Kiev parliament’s renunciation of Ukraine’s neutral status this week as a step toward joining Nato has outraged Moscow and deepened the worst confrontation between Russia and the West since
    the end of the Cold War.

  • Child’s war

    Child’s war

    Child’s War, much neglected, or overshadowed, in both Britain, and the history of the lands that are now Bangladesh, was far from legendary. But, it perhaps marks, as much as anything, the role of individuals in historyThe history of the British Empire sometimes appears replete with the victories that built, and protected it. All good young Britons were weaned on such songs as “Rule Britannia,” or the rousing “British Grenadiers,” and observations about “the Empire upon which the sun never sets,” spanning the globe, as it did. All this, before it was finally brought down by economic necessity.

  • Rabindra Sangeet soiree at IGCC today

    Rabindra Sangeet soiree at IGCC today

    A soiree of Rabindra Sangeet by promising Bangladeshi singers Avik Deb and Avaya Dutta will be held today at the Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre in the capital’s Gulshan area at 6:30pm.

    Avik Deb, a promising Rabindra Sangeet artiste, has been training at Shurer Dhara, a prestigious cultural institute in the country, under the tutelage of Rabindra Sangeet legend Rezwana Chowdhury Bannya. 

    The proud recipient of the Prothom Maan, a competition organised by Bangladesh Rabindra Sangeet Sammelan Parishad in 2009, Avik has won many accolades in his short career.

  • Nakshi Kantha on display at Bengal Gallery

    Nakshi Kantha on display at Bengal Gallery

    An exhibition of Nakshi Kantha – a type of quilt embroidered by hand – is taking place at Bengal Shilpalaya in Dhanmondi, organised by the Bengal Foundation to mark the 100th birth anniversary of Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin on December 29.

    Twenty-two Nakshi Kantha, collected from the private collection of Zainul Abedin, are on display at the exhibition, which opened on Tuesday and will run until January 10, open for everyone from 12-8pm.

  • Nisho and Urmila in a love story

    Nisho and Urmila in a love story

    Nisho and Urmila have recently starred as a couple new in love in a single-episode drama titled “Chirkut.” Due to air today on Maasranga TV at 7:40pm, the drama has been written and directed by Tanim Parvez and features Koyel and Oni as well.

  • Lana Del Rey gives away Big Eyes song as Christmas present

    Lana Del Rey gives away Big Eyes song as Christmas present

    On the eve of both Christmas and the opening of Tim Burton’s film “Big Eyes,” singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey — in partnership with Yahoo!, Google Play and The Weinstein Co. — has decided to provide her fans with free downloads of her Golden Globe award- and Critics’ Choice award-nominated song from the film, which is also entitled “Big Eyes,” via Yahoo! through Google Play.

  • Kalki Koechlin lands a  role in socio-political drama

    Kalki Koechlin lands a role in socio-political drama

    Known for her unconventional roles, Kalki Koechlin recently surprised the audience as a cerebral palsy patient in the coming of age film “Margarita With A Straw.” Now the actress is all set to star in a novel drama titled “Mantra.”

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