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  • BSF again justifies shootings as self-defence

    ‘The efforts to bring down the killings to zero level have been done at the very cost of BSF personnel’s lives’Indian Border Security Force chief Devendra Kumar Pathak yesterday echoed his predecessor to claim that his men open fire for self defence and that border killing incidents had decreased.

    Since the BSF had started using non-lethal weapons to tackle trespassing, Pathak claimed that the incidents of attacks on their members increased alarmingly.

  • Six killed as lorry slams into train

    Six killed as lorry slams into train

    11 injured in collision at Kamalapur Railway Station container depotSix people were killed when a container lorry that had defied a crossing signal slammed into a Dhaka-bound train at the Kamalapur Railway Station container depot, causing the train to derail yesterday.

    The accident near Dhaka’s main railway station left 11 people severely injured.

  • Tribunal verdict in Azhar case today

    The International Crimes Tribunal 1 led by Chairman Justice Enayetur Rahim fixed the dateA war crimes tribunal is set to deliver the verdict today in the case against alleged al-Badr leader ATM Azharul Islam for committing crimes against humanity during the 1971 Liberation War in the Rangpur area where over 1,200 people, mostly Hindus, had been killed.

    The International Crimes Tribunal 1 led by Chairman Justice Enayetur Rahim fixed the date yesterday.

    The 62-year-old Jamaat-e-Islami assistant secretary general is facing six charges including abduction, confinement, murder, genocide, looting and arson.

  • School teacher killed in 20-party general strike

    School teacher killed in 20-party general strike

    The teacher, Shamsunnahar, died after sustaining serious injuries when pickets hurled stones at her in Noakhali in the morningThe daylong general strike of the 20-party alliance ended yesterday evening amid random acts of violence across the country, including the killing of a female school teacher.

    The teacher, Shamsunnahar, died after sustaining serious injuries when pickets hurled stones at her in Noakhali in the morning.

    The 37-year-old worked at the Agargaon Tawhid Laboratory School in Dhaka.

    Sudharam police station Officer-in-Charge Anwar Hossain said the woman was taken to Abdul Malik Ukil Medical College where doctors declared her dead around 10:15am.

  • Afghan spy chief claims Mullah Omar in Pakistan

    There is a lot of doubt whether he is alive or notReclusive Taliban leader Mullah Muhammad Omar is alive and hiding in the Pakistani city of Karachi, a top Afghan intelligence official has said, echoing a similar assessment by Western intelligence officials.

    “There is a lot of doubt whether he is alive or not. But we are more confident that he is in Karachi,” acting Afghan intelligence chief Rahmatullah Nabil was quoted as saying in the New York Times regarding Omar’s whereabouts.

  • 42,500 jobless youths to get jobs under NSP

    Jobs for over 16,036 were created in the second phase for youths in eight upazilas in northern districtsThe government is planning to provide jobs to around 42,500 youths including women under the third phase of the National Service Programme (NSP).

    Cabinet Secretary M Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan made the statement while briefing journalists after a scheduled cabinet meeting yesterday, where he added that the cabinet has also approved a proposal for the third phase of the NSP.

    “The government has fixed a budget of Tk661 crore for the project which is part of the government’s 2008 election pledge of creating job opportunities.

  • Foreign Ministry seeks more time for MRP delivery

    The Department of Immigration and Passport will not be able to deliver machine-readable passports (MRPs) to around 50 lakh Bangladeshi expatriates currently residing around the world, especially the Middle East.

    The issue was discussed at a meeting last week at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, presided over by the ministry’s Bilateral, Training and Consular Secretary Mustafa Kamal.

  • ‘Influentials pulled strings in drives against unfit vehicles’

    The human hauliers cause around 50% of the total highway accidentsThe drives against unfit vehicles never saw success as local influentials in many areas of the country manipulated the operations in exchange for money, said Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader.

    “I tried several times but the steps proved futile because the influentials got in the way because of their own financial interests,” he said at a seminar organised by the Awami League sub-committee on publicity and publications at Engineers Institution in the capital yesterday.

  • BNP blames govt for Kamalapur accident

    This fatal accident has again proved that the government has totally failed to ensure the security of people’s livesThe government’s insincerity, mismanagement and negligence caused the train-covered van crash inside the Inland Container Depot (ICD) of Kamalapur Railway Station killing six people, according to the BNP.

    “This fatal accident has again proved that the government has totally failed to ensure the security of people’s lives. Accidents these days have become a routine affair due to the government’s mismanagement,” said BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.

  • Shahinul Islam new PDB chairman

    Engineer Md Shahinul Islam Khan has been appointed the new chairman of the Power Development Board. He will take charge of his new post on January 1.

    The announcement was made in a notice issued yesterday by the Power Division which falls under the Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry.

    He will be replacing Md Abduhu Ruhullah who will be retiring tomorrow. 

  • AL challenges BNP’s rally foil threat

    ‘The main policy of BNP-Jamaat is to kill people. They are killing ordinary people by attacking with petrol bombs in the name of a shut down’Referring to the threat issued by the BNP, ruling Awami League (AL) Joint General Secretary Jahangir Kabir Nanak yesterday said they would see how the BNP supporters hinder the 14-party rally scheduled for January 6 at the Central Shaheed Minar.

    “We do not want to prevent anyone from observing democratic programmes. But if anyone tries to hinder ours, we will see how they can do so. We want to see how the BNP obstructs our programmes,” Nanak told reporters at the party chief’s Dhanmondi political office.

  • Rescued ferry passengers arrive in Italy, 149 still stranded

    Rescuers worked through the night to pull 329 people off the multideck ferryPassengers from a car ferry, ablaze off the coast of Greece, arrived in Italy yesterday as rescue teams worked to save 149 people still stranded on board 24 hours after the fire started.

    Rescuers worked through the night to pull 329 people off the multideck ferry, the Italian navy said.

    Helicopter crews have been airlifting passengers from the upper deck of the Norman Atlantic, which caught fire in the early hours of Sunday and began drifting in rough seas between Greece and Italy.

  • Former state minister Mannan Khan sued

    The complainant has claimed that the Awami League leader and his followers vandalised the stage, tore the banner that carried the image of Bangabandhu, and set off a crude bombA complaint was filed against former state minister for housing and public works Abdul Mannan Khan with a Dhaka court yesterday allegedly for physical assault and attempted murder.

    AB Siddique, president of pro-ruling party organisation Bangladesh Jananetri Parishad, filed the case against Mannan and 40-50 others unnamed with the Dhaka’s Chief Judicial Magistrate Court.

  • Malaria killing thousands more than Ebola in West Africa

    Guinea’s drop in reported malaria cases this year by as much as 40% is not good newsWest Africa’s fight to contain Ebola has hampered the campaign against malaria, a preventable and treatable disease that is claiming many thousands more lives than the dreaded virus.

    In Gueckedou, near the village where Ebola first started killing people in Guinea’s tropical southern forests a year ago, doctors say they have had to stop pricking fingers to do blood tests for malaria.

  • Shohagh Paribahan driver jailed for road crash death

    The court also fined the convict Tk7,000 A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced a bus driver to three-year rigorous imprisonment for killing a retired government official in a road accident in the capital.

    Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Bikash Kumar Saha pronounced the verdict in the presence of convict Md Jamal Hossain, 40, driver of a Shohagh Paribahan bus. The court also fined the convict Tk7,000 and warned him of an additional three months in jail if he failed to pay it.

  • Stakes high for Indonesia as aviation safety in spotlight again

    The disappearance of an Indonesia AirAsia passenger jet comes at a sensitive time for Jakarta’s aviation authorities, as they strive to improve the country’s safety reputation to match its status as one of the airline industry’s fastest growing markets.

    The Airbus A320, with 162 people on board, is presumed to have crashed into the Java Sea on a flight from Indonesia’s second city Surabaya to Singapore on Sunday, putting renewed scrutiny on the regulation of airlines in a country that remains on the European Union’s aviation blacklist.

  • The innocent suffer as political violence takes toll

    On Sunday, a day before a countrywide hartal enforced by the BNP, pickets set fire to a public bus carrying secretariat staff at Paltan, and blasted crude bombsAll Salma Akther Anika could do was plead desperately: “Can you cure my brother and my mother? If not, please, leave us alone, we do not want any sympathy from you people. Leave us to our fate. We will face it on our own.”

    Anika was talking to the Dhaka Tribune at the Burn and Plastic Surgery Unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital yesterday. She, her brother and mother were being attended to by doctors after they received burn injuries because miscreants hurled petrol bombs at the CNG run autorickshaw they had hired.

  • 16 BU students expelled

    Three students have been expelled for life, four students for two years, and nine others for one yearSixteen students of Barisal University (BU) have been expelled for different periods of time for their involvement in attacks on some BU officials and vandalising the university registrar’s office. 

    Three students have been expelled for life, four students for two years, and nine others for one year, BU administration sources said.

    The BU authorities made the decision at the 29th syndicate meeting held at its Dhaka office on Sunday night. 

  • Afghans fleeing war now face brutal winter

    Afghans fleeing war now face brutal winter

    On the grimy outskirts of Kabul, hundreds of families are huddled in flimsy tents or mud shelters at the Bagrami campThousands of Afghans are pouring into makeshift camps in the capital where they face a harsh winter as the Taliban return to areas once cleared by foreign forces, who this week are marking the end of their combat mission.

    On the grimy outskirts of Kabul, hundreds of families are huddled in flimsy tents or mud shelters at the Bagrami camp. By day the children forage for fuel and food. At night the families burn garbage to try to keep warm as the icy winds sweep down from the Hindu Kush mountains surrounding the city and temperatures plunge to below freezing.

  • 5 killed, 6 injured in road accidents

    In Gaibandha, a man was killed in a road accident on Rangpur-Dhaka highway in the Choumatha area of the Palashbari upazilaFive people were killed and six others injured in road accidents in Pabna, Ahulia, and Gaibandha yesterday. 

    Our Pabna correspondent reports that two people were killed and six others injured in a head-on collision between a human haulier and a pick-up van on Pabna-Dhaka highway in Sholabaria area of Santhia upazila. 

    The deceased are Helal Uddin, 40, and Ramjan, 42. 

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