Tuesday February 20, 2018 05:45 AM

  • Dhaka closely monitoring Delhi-Washington ties

    ‘The new US ambassador has arrived in Dhaka and she can be an effective mean to boost relationship with Washington’Bangladesh is closely monitoring the evolving relationship between New Delhi and Washington after US President Barack Obama’s recent India visit.

    “The warmth of relationship between the countries reached a new height and the interaction between Narendra Modi and Obama broke all protocol to make it informal,” said a senior official of the Foreign Ministry.

  • Shajahan: Khaleda must be arrested immediately

    Khaleda Zia is the mastermind of this genocide, he saysAt a rally yesterday, Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan demanded the immediate arrest of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, holding her responsible for the killings being carried out in the name of the blockade and hartal.

    “We urge the prime minister to arrest Khaleda Zia and take legal action against her in order to protect this nation’s people and its independence,” he said.

  • Firebomb on bus ends 7 more lives

    Firebomb on bus ends 7 more lives

    This is the highest number of people killed on spot in an attack since blockade beganAt least seven people, four from two families, were killed and more than 30 injured in a petrol bomb attack on a passenger bus in Chouddogram of Comilla early yesterday.

    Among those injured, the condition of at least six is reported to be critical; they are currently taking treatment at the burn unit of the Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH).

    Dr Habib Abdullah Sohel, a doctor at the Comilla Medical College Hospital who gave them first aid, said the condition of three people with 70% burns was particularly grave.

  • Hartal extended, SSC exams deferred

    Hartal extended, SSC exams deferred

    With the BNP-led alliance extending their hartal for two more days, the government has again been forced to reschedule the start of the SSC exam – creating more uncertainty for the 1.5m examinees and their parents.

    For the second time, the Education Ministry had to defer the start of the SSC and equivalent exams after the BNP-led 20-party alliance yesterday extended its ongoing countrywide 72-hour hartal for 36 more hours.

  • Hasina exempted from Novo Theatre graft cases

    The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has exempted 27 people, including Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, in connection with three Bangabandhu Novo Theatre graft cases.

    ACC Chairman M Bodiuzzaman disclosed this information to the Dhaka Tribune yesterday afternoon.

    All of the accused in the cases were exempted on January 22, he said.

    “During the investigation, no evidence was found against the accused, which includes the PM,” said the ACC chairman.

  • Two ‘bombers’ crushed under wheels

    Two ‘bombers’ crushed under wheels

    The BNP-led 20-party alliance has extended the hartal to 6pm tomorrowTwo activists of BNP, suspected of being arsonists, were run over by a truck in Monirampur upazila of Jessore yesterday morning.

    Liton, 28, and Yusuf, 23, were killed while waiting to attack passing vehicles with petrol bombs.

    Police rushed to the spot at Begaritola of the upazila on hearing the news and found the two youths lying on the road critically injured.

    Mollah Kabir Uddin Ahmed, officer-in-charge of Monirampur police, said they were taken to Jessore Medical College Hospital where doctors declared them dead.

  • Burning line between dream and delirium

    ‘Where is my passport? It is time for my flight. I have to go,’ he would mutter and then fall unconscious againAll of 22-year-old Rashed’s bags were packed and he was ready to fly to Qatar on a plane at 10pm today, hoping to get a sizable job in the oil rich Middle Eastern country and change his peasant family’s fortune for good.

    Around 4am yesterday, he was heading towards Dhaka on a bus of the Icon Paribahan from his village home in Cox’s Bazar. A number of his relatives were accompanying him to see him off at the Shahjalal airport.

  • Regular cases pile up as blockade keeps police busy

    As the police are overwhelmed with the continued pressure of tackling blockade-related violence across the country, other wrongdoings by career criminals are reportedly being

    Law enforcers in the capital said they had to change their priorities about which cases to chase as violence continued to escalate during the 20-party alliance’s ongoing blockade programme and hartals.

  • DMP: Violence to stop in a week

    Dhaka Metropolitan Police Commissioner Assaduzzaman Miah yesterday vowed to control the ongoing subversive activities, including arson attacks and blasting crude bombs, in the capital within a week.

    In the last seven days, the city dwellers had handed at least 20 miscreants over to local police in the capital when the criminals were trying to flee the scene after torching or trying to set vehicles on fire, the DMP chief said.

  • AL leaders contradict over dialogue

    Ignoring Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s directives, the ruling Awami League leaders have been making conflicting remarks on a possible dialogue with the BNP.

    “There is a scope for holding talks with the BNP, if the party refrains from creating anarchy,” Food Minister Quamrul Islam told a discussion organised by Bangabandhu Projonmo League in the capital yesterday.

  • Modi faces possible state poll defeat, clouding growth prospects

    Even the appointment of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to oversee the campaign while he is writing this month’s federal budget may not be enoughIndian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is facing his first state election defeat since taking charge last year, opinion polls show, a result that would dent his chances of consolidating power needed to speed up an economic recovery.

    The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party has ordered scores of its top national and state leaders to campaign for this weekend’s high-profile election to the Delhi assembly where a small anti-corruption party is threatening to stop its momentum.

  • Kejriwal dares govt, Modi attacks AAP

    The controversy over ‘dubious’ funding allegedly received by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) intensified yesterday as political heavyweights from different camps engaged in a war of words over the issue.

    While AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal dared the government to arrest him if he was guilty, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tore into the rookie party and slammed it over its “dishonesty and lies.”

  • Verdict in JU Zubair murder case today

    Many of the six fugitive accused moving freely in public The Speedy Trial Tribunal 4 of Dhaka is set to deliver verdict in Zubair Ahmed murder case today, more than three years after killing of the Jahangirnagar University honours final year student on the campus by some activists of Chhatra League.

    The trial began on November 18, 2013 with the deposition of the plaintiff, Hamidur Rahman, then deputy registrar of the university. The court recorded depositions of 27 out of 37 prosecution witnesses including the investigation officer in the case.

  • SC orders Bashundhara Group chair to surrender

    The Supreme Court yesterday ordered Bashundhara Group Chairman Ahmed Akbar Sobhan alias Shah Alam and five others to surrender and allowed the state to appeal against a High Court order which acquitted them in a tax evasion case.

    The other defendants were Shah Alam’s wife Afroza Begum and their sons Sadat Sobhan, Safiyat
    Sobhan Sanbir and Sayem Sobhan – all directors of Bashundhara Industrial Complex Ltd – and its auditor MM Kuddus.

  • Policemen sued for torturing DU reporter

    OC Mashiur went to DMCH to see the victims and admitting the incident of torture assured them of taking highest departmental action against the police officersA Dhaka court yesterday ordered the Detective Branch of Police to investigate the alleged torture of the daily New Age newspaper’s Dhaka University correspondent and his friend in police custody.

    Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Muhammad Anwar Sadat issued the order after reporter Nazmul Huda Sumon, also a third-year student of political science department, filed a petition case accusing 13 members of Ramna police.

    The other victim was Khairuzzaman Shubho, third year student of management department.

  • Fakhrul remanded in arson case

    A Dhaka court yesterday granted police five days to question BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir in an arson case.

    Fakhrul was produced before the court of Metropolitan Magistrate Md Emdadul Haque on completion of his three-day remand in another arson case filed with Paltan police.

    DB Sub-Inspector Anowar Hossain produced the BNP leader before the court seeking 10-day remand.

    On the other hand, defence counsel Md Sanaullah Miah filed a remand rejection petition and sought bail for his client.

  • Motor vehicle agreement among four countries likely

    Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal are negotiating to have a motor vehicle agreement to facilitate cargo and passenger movement in the countries.

    Officials of the countries met in two-day meeting in Kolkata on Tuesday to finalise a draft of the agreement.

    The officials of the four countries consulted with the draft Saarc Motor Vehicle agreement to formulate a similar draft deal incorporating some new provisions or deleting some existing ones, said a senior official at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

  • Sona Masjid land port abuzz again

    Drives by joint forces and security camps prevent arson attacks on local roadsAlthough import-export activities at the Sona Masjid land port suffered severe disruptions during the first couple of weeks of the blockade, the situation has now regained normalcy – thanks to drives by joint forces, temporary security camps, and security escort provided to trucks.

    Local sources said no arson attack or vandalism has taken place since law enforcers started to provide security escort to motorcades of goods-laden trucks from the Sona Masjid – the second largest land port in the country.

  • Ancient tablets reveal life of Jews in Nebuchadnezzar’s Babylon

    Nebuchadnezzar, a powerful ruler famed for the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, came to Jerusalem several times as he sought to spread the reach of his kingdomA new exhibition of ancient clay tablets discovered in modern-day Iraq is shedding light for the first time on the daily life of Jews exiled to Babylon some 2,500 years ago.

    The exhibition is based on more than 100 cuneiform tablets, each no bigger than an adult’s palm, that detail transactions and contracts between Judeans driven from, or convinced to move from, Jerusalem by King Nebuchadnezzar around 600 BC.

  • Probe body finds official’s cigarette behind fire, cop suspended

    The probe body which was formed regarding the fire incident at Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) Line’s clothing store on January 27 found that the fire was originated from cigarette smoked by a police official.

    The report said the fire gutted police uniforms, jackets, shoes, mosquito nets and other cloths worth Tk17.93 lakh, said CMP’s Additional Commissioner (admin, traffic and finance) AKM Shahidur Rahman.

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