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  • Khaleda sued in another arson case

    Chouddogram SI Nuruzzaman has filed the caseBNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday was sued in a new arson case in Comilla.

    This was the second case filed against the BNP chief since the blockade began on January 6.

    Forty-seven activists, 15 of them unidentified, of the BNP and the Jamaat-e-Islami were also accused in the case filed by Sub-Inspector of Chouddogram police station Nuruzzaman.

    Police arrested Shibir activist Faruk Miaji of Chandishkora village of the upazila and sent him to jail under
    the case.

  • Innocent civilians doubly victimised

    Innocent civilians doubly victimised

    Police allegedly arresting and harassing innocent people in security drivesInnocent civilians are being doubly victimised by the politics of picketing as they bear the brunt of firebomb attacks by blockaders on the one hand, and are getting ensnared in police dragnets on the other.

    As of yesterday, more than 30 people have been killed around the country in blockade violence, at least five of them in arson. Hundreds of people are writhing in pain from burn injuries at various hospitals.

  • DMP: People catch 106 anarchists so far

    Police have filed 149 cases against those criminals in the capitalGeneral people have so far caught 106 anarchists either before or after arson attacks and vandalism during the ongoing blockade and handed them over to law enforcers, police said yesterday, praising the public role.

    The Dhaka Metropolitan Police said it had arrested a total of 633 suspects of such destructive activities during the blockade and hartal enforced by the BNP-led 20-party alliance that have claimed more than 30 lives.

    DMP Commissioner Mohammad Asaduzzaman Miah yesterday appreciated general people for their role in catching the perpetrators red handed.

  • Who calls the shots at Gulshan BNP office?

    ‘We will request madam to invite the PM to attend the Qulkhwani but the decision is hers’As a heavily sedated Khaleda Zia was not conscious and senior leaders were reluctant to take charge, her special assistant Shimul Biswas stepped up to fill the gap when Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina went to Gulshan on Saturday night and was sent back from the gate.

    “It was a miscarriage of mismanagement and over-concern and that was why such a hotchpotch took place. Shimul Biswas talked like a political leader and put the party into an unnecessary debate,” a senior BNP leader told the Dhaka Tribune.

  • Koko to be buried at Banani military graveyard

    The body of Arafat Rahman Koko is scheduled to arrive in Dhaka today and is expected to be buried in Banani military graveyard in the afternoon.

    The last rites of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s younger son will take place amid the party’s crippling blockade and hartal programme.

    Syrul Kabir Khan, an official of Khaleda’s press wing, said Koko’s mortal remains were expected to arrive in Dhaka at 11:30am local time and would be taken straight to his mother’s Gulshan office where she has been since January 3.

  • BNP seals dialogue door, say 14-party leaders

    Any possible avenue of holding a dialogue with the BNP was shut down when the party demeaned the prime minister by turning her away from the doors of Khaleda Zia’s political office, several leaders of the 14-party alliance said yesterday.

    The decision to not allow Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina into the Gulshan office – where she went to express condolences to the BNP chief for the loss of her son – also proved that the BNP did not want a political solution to the existing crisis, they said.

  • PM: I feel insulted

    The prime minister yesterday said she felt insulted at having to return from BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s office on Saturday when her condolence call on the death of Arafat Rahman Koko was not received.

    Several ministers, who asked not to be named, told the Dhaka Tribune that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina shared the sentiment at a cabinet meeting.

  • Another arson victim dies, pick-up van driver burnt in petrol bomb attack

    Yet another life was lost yesterday in an arson attack during the BNP-enforced nonstop countrywide blockade which began on January 5, demanding a fresh parliamentary election under a nonpartisan administration.

    The arson victim Abdul Malek, 50, died around 3pm at the Intensive Care Unit of Rangpur Medical College Hospital’s burn unit. He suffered 15% burns when suspected blockaders hurled a petrol bomb at a truck in Dinajpur on Wednesday night.

    He was going to his hometown from Dhaka where he had come to attend the recently held Biswa Ijtema.

  • Nanak: Lawsuit against those who spread lies about AL

    Legal action will be taken against those who are trying to falsely implicate the Awami League in the arson attack on a BRTC bus in front of the Hotel Ruposhi Bangla on June 4, 2004 that killed 11 people, said Jahangir Kabir Nanak yesterday.

  • CMP baffled as criminals use aliases to dodge punishment

    ‘We are currently working on a database of criminals across the country’When police arrested Zahed soon after he had returned home from the Middle East last year, he was baffled. Police claimed he had been wanted for a drug-related case for a long while; but he claimed he was innocent.

    Then a little investigation revealed that Zahed’s identity had been hacked by his own brother Selim, who was arrested with Phensidyl in 2013 and gave Zahed’s details to police instead of his own. He went into hiding right after getting bail, and police were led to the real Zahed a year later.

  • 5 people rewarded for helping police catch anarchists

    5 people rewarded for helping police catch anarchists

    Leaflets have already been published containing phone numbers of officers in police and intelligence agencies, and the police commissioners concernedDhaka Metropolitan Police yesterday announced rewards worth Tk25,000 to Tk1 lakh for providing information leading to the arrest of anarchists. The Rapid Action Battalion, which had announced similar bounties earlier handed the rewards to five ordinary people yesterday.

    RAB chief Benazir Ahmed distributed Tk20,000 each to five people who had caught arsonists red handed in Narayanganj a few days back and given a good beating. They were later handed over to the police with Molotov cocktails and gun powder found in their possessions.

  • ACC approves case filing against Nasir Group chief

    The commission will soon file a case against the accused with a police stationThe Anti-Corruption Commission has approved the filing of a case against 10 persons including the Nasir Group chief for their alleged involvement in money laundering and tax evasion.

    In its regular meeting yesterday, the commission approved the filing of a case against the 10 men including Nasir Group of Industries Chairman Nasir Uddin Biswas, confirmed ACC Chairman M Bodiuzzaman.

    The commission will soon file a case against the accused with a police station, said the ACC chief.

  • 10 years of murder of SAMS Kibria, 4 others

    Families of the victims and local people too hope that those responsible for the attack would be given exemplary punishmentThe prosecution hopes that the two cases filed over the killing of five people including former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria will end in the next six months as it is now at the trial stage, nearly 10 years after the grenade attack.

    Families of the victims and local people too hope that those responsible for the attack would be given exemplary punishment.

    Prosecutor Alamgir Bhuiyan Babul said the case would soon be transferred to the Sylhet Speedy Trial Tribunal for quick trial. “We hope that the case can be disposed of in six months.”

  • Obama celebrates India’s Republic Day

    Obama stepped out of his armored limousine and into the rain bare-headedPresident Barack Obama’s experience at India’s Republic Day celebration may have felt a little like his two presidential inaugurations.

    He watched the two-hour parade of military hardware, marching bands and elaborately dressed camels from a rain-soaked, open-air reviewing stand.

    The experience was somewhat similar to his inaugurations in Washington. But it was different in some
    respects, too.

  • Hefazat demands release of Mufti Harun

    The central leaders of radical Islamist platform Hefazat-e-Islam yesterday demanded the immediate release of Harun Bin Izhar, son of Senior Nayeb-e-Ameer Mufti Izharul Islam Chowdhury.

    In a statement, the Hefazat leaders also warned of tougher movement if Mufti Harun was not freed.

    Mufti Harun is in jail in a grenade blast case at his father’s Lalkhan Bazar Madrasa in Chittagong which is believed to be a den of banned Islamist group Huji.

  • Mymensingh to become a new division

    The cabinet also approved on principle the draft of the ‘Bangladesh Tea Bill, 2015’ aimed at developing the tea industryThe government has directed the Cabinet Division to take steps to turn Mymensingh district into a new divisional headquarter.

    The decision was made at a regular cabinet meeting presided over by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday.

    Cabinet Secretary M Mosharraf Hossain Bhuiyan briefed reporters after the meeting at the secretariat.

    The cabinet division will form an inter-ministerial committee for taking further measures to this end.

  • Nor’easter threatens Northeast with up to 2 feet of snow

    Nor’easter threatens Northeast with up to 2 feet of snow

    The yesterday morning commute was normal for much of the Northeast as officials continued to urge residents to prepare for a “crippling and potentially historic” storm that could bury communities from northern New Jersey to southern Maine in up to 2 feet of snow starting later in the day.

    The National Weather Service said the nor’easter would bring heavy snow, powerful winds and widespread coastal flooding through Tuesday. A blizzard warning was issued for a 250-mile stretch of the Northeast, including New York and Boston.

  • Youth arrested for ‘insulting’ PM

    The arrestee, Shahadat Hossain, 23, a student of the city’s Bagghona MadrasaA youth was arrested yesterday by the Detective Branch of Chittagong Metropolitan Police for posting “insulting” comments about the prime minister, defense forces and law enforcers on social media network.

    The arrestee, Shahadat Hossain, 23, a student of the city’s Bagghona Madrasa, was held from Didar Market area in the city around 9pm.

    However, when approached for arrest, he identified himself as a personnel of Directorate General of Forces Intelligence (DGFI), DB sources said.

  • Inclusion of Tangail in proposed Mymensingh division protested

    Cross sections of people in Tangail oraganised several programmes including road blockade and human chain yesterday protesting of the district’s inclusion in proposed Mymensingh division.

    They blocked the Mymensingh-Tangail Highway and brought out a procession under the banner of All-party Unity Forum. The procession rounded several roads in the town.

  • In Mosul, Islamic State turns captured city into fortress

    Islamic State runs at least four security organisations in Mosul, including traffic police and a tax force that collects revenues from businesses and individualsIn a government building in Mosul, a handful of Iraqi contractors gathered to compete for a tender last month.

    It was the kind of routine session that happens in cities everywhere – except here the contract was for fortifications ordered by the new rulers in town,
    Islamic State.

    One member of the radical Islamist group grabbed a map and explained to those present what was required.

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