Wednesday February 21, 2018 03:09 AM

  • 48 dead in Paturia launch capsize

    48 dead in Paturia launch capsize

    Shipping minister, BIWTA boss, probe body convener visit site as many more feared missing A Shipping Ministry probe committee has begun an investigation into the capsize yesterday of passenger launch MV Mostafa on the Padma River in Paturia after cargo trawler Nargis 1 broadsided it. 

    At least 48 people have drowned as the launch, which locals said was carrying around 200 passengers, capsized on the Paturia-Daulatdia route of the Padma River.

    As many as 35 passengers managed to swim ashore or to nearby vessels sent out by locals who began the rescue effort almost immediately after the accident took place, fire service and police officials said.

  • Waiting in anguish

    As soon Sajeda Begum, a 65-year-old woman, heard about the launch capsize in Padma River about 12 noon yesterday she rushed to the riverside at Paturia Ghat in Manikganj to look for her missing family members.

    Since then she had been waiting at the Paturia Ghat. Sajeda, who lives in Shibaloy, does not want to leave the place until she finds her family members who are her only support at her old age.

    Sajeda was howling and beating her chest uncontrollably. Her son Monir was missing along with his wife Sanjida and two children – Ismail and Minara.

  • Police remain in dark about two JMB men snatched from custody last year

    ‘We still do not have much information about the others, but we are sure that the snatchers had backing from the Indian JMB as well’A year has passed, but law enforcers have progressed little in hunting the two of the three convicted Islamist militants who were snatched from Mymensingh.

    In an operation on February 22 last year, operatives of banned Islamist militant outfit Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) snatched three of their colleagues, all convicted for various crimes, from a prison van in broad daylight.

  • PM: Khaleda waiting for others to put her in power

    She alleges that all activities of the BNP-Jamaat alliance are for saving Khaleda from trialPrime Minister Sheikh Hasina has alleged that BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has been carrying on with her so-called movement for democracy with hopes that someone from “Uttarpara” would put her in power.

    “The way the Pakistani occupation forces had unleashed oppression and murders on the Bangladeshi people in 1971, this is the same way Khaleda’s forces are now inflicting torture. The people will have to give a fitting reply to this,” the PM said.

  • Sleepy forest hamlet doubles as terrorist training camp

    Sleepy forest hamlet doubles as terrorist training camp

    The training centre has been operational for the past two years, Col Mifta saysThe vast 0.5 hectare area of reserve forest plain in Chittagong would not seem deceiving with all the tin-shed farmhouses surrounded by dense jungle and high hills. The idyllic setting would seem perfect for raising cattle, sheep, and poultry. No one has ever suspected anything sinister about the place until yesterday when a training centre for militants was unearthed by law enforcers.

    The Rapid Action Battalion says the place – nearly a three-hour walk from the Chittagong-Banshkhali Road – would turn into a training ground for militants after sunset.

  • Lawyer sent to jail in Rajshahi

    Police detained an advocate for his alleged support of criminal activities by Jamaat-Shibir men in Rajshahi. He was sent to jail yesterday afternoon.

    The advocate, Ahammadur Rahman alias Roman, 42, was wanted in a case. Tipped-off, a police team carried out a raid in the Chhotobangram area of Boalia police station in the city and arrested him on Saturday at 9:30pm.

    Alamgir Hossain, Officer-in-Charge of Boalia Police Station, said to journalists Roman had long been assisting the Jamaat-Shibir outfits both financially and professionally.

  • Early end to Al Amin’s World Cup

    Early end to Al Amin’s World Cup

    Team management wanted to replace Al Amin with leg-spinner Jubair Hossain but settled on Shafiul IslamThe World Cup is over for Bangladesh fast bowler Al Amin Hossain. No, he isn’t injured but the team management have decided to immediately terminate the player from their campaign in Australia on the back of a report on him breaching the Code of Conduct by the International Cricket Council’s Anti Corruption and Security Unit (Acsu).    

  • IGP: Police action has reduced violence

    The inspector general of police yesterday claimed that the frequency of violence in the country has gone down because of the efforts of law enforcement officials.

    AKM Shahidul Hoque also said the public's assistance had helped reduce the scale of the violence.

    Around 500 anarchists have been detained since the indefinite blockade of the BNP-led 20-party alliance came into force on January 6, he said, while addressing the inaugural session of a training programme, titled “Transnational Crimes: Saarc Perspective” at Police Staff College in Mirpur.

  • RAB catches BCL, BNP leaders with bombs, identifies them as drivers

    RAB yesterday detained a Chhatra League leader and his elder brother, who is a BNP leader, with bombs from a CNG-run autorickshaw garage in the capital’s south Keraniganj, but described both as drivers while suing them.

    “Nur Hossain, 28, and his brother Kamal Hossain, 40, were held at the garage with four firebombs and five crude bombs in their possession at midnight, and RAB Senior Warrant Officer Md Borhan Uddin filed the case under the Anti-Terrorism Act,” said Khairul Alam, operation officer of RAB 10. 

  • Arrest warrant issued against 3 Kishoreganj war crime suspects

    The International Crimes Tribunal-1 issued a warrant yesterday for the arrest of 1971 war crime suspects Gazi Abdul Mannan, M Hafiz Uddin, and Azharul Islam of Kishoreganj.

    The tribunal passed the order, after a short hearing on a petition moved by the prosecution, as proposed by the investigation agency seeking to issue the warrant against the three war crime suspects for an “effective and proper investigation.”

  • Police, BGB seek Tk20.4cr to boost intelligence efforts

    As the 20-party alliance’s non-stop blockade continues, the Home Ministry has sought a further Tk20.4 crore from the Finance Ministry to fund the police and the BGB’s intelligence efforts in tackling the recent string of violence.

    The latest request comes in addition to the Tk83.5 crore already sought by the Home Ministry since the start of the countrywide blockade – to fund fuel and patrolling costs of law enforcement officers. However, only Tk38 crore of those requests have been released so far from the government’s unexpected expenditure fund.

  • JU to protest brood quota

    For JU authorities to admit a few students, neglecting publicly notified and advertised university rules, would be illegal and a crime. Such initiatives would encourage irregularities and recklessness in the universityJahangirnagar University (JU) teachers and students declared yesterday they would launch an effective movement against university authorities if the latter admitted students under a ward quota by providing grace marks.

    The teachers and students also declared they would form a human chain today protesting the same, a source said.

  • 20-party alliance planning countrywide programmes alongside hartal, blockade

    Amid criticism by the ruling party that its movement has no people’s involvement, the BNP-led 20-party alliance has worked out a new strategy to stage frequent showdowns across the country by holding rallies, processions, and demonstrations alongside the ongoing hartal and blockade.

    The alliance leaders said it is now necessary to include new action programmes with the hartal and blockade to bring their leaders and activists on the streets in a bid to mount pressure on the government to concede to their demand for a fresh inclusive election.

  • EU to support training of overseas job seekers in BD

    The European Union (EU) is interested in providing financial support for building training centres in the country to facilitate training to people seeking jobs abroad.

    “The EU expressed their keenness to provide financial supports to building training centers to enhance skill of the workers,” Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Khandker Mosharraf Hossain told reporters after a meeting with EU Ambassador to Bangladesh Pierre Mayaudon at Probashai Kalyan Bhaban on Sunday.

  • PM for dynamic justice delivery system

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has stressed further simplifying the country’s justice dispensation system so that the justice seekers could get justice easily.

    “We will have to think about a newer way to make the justice delivery system easier … it is needed to take effective steps to ensure quick disposal of cases,” she said.

    The prime minister made the remark in her introductory speech at her meeting with high officials of the Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs at the Secretariat yesterday.

  • Hamid for motivating people to use smoke-free cooking stoves

    State Minister for power, energy and mineral resources Nasrul Hamid yesterday urged people’s representatives to be involved in motivating people to use smoke-free cooking stoves.

    He said this while speaking at a programme organized to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on clean cooking solutions. SREDA and Renewable Energy Development Authority signed the MoU for promoting the use of smoke-free cooking stoves.

  • Nineteen injured in crude bomb explosion at 14-party rally

    area yesterday.

    Six of the critically injured were admitted to Shahid Zia Medical College Hospital for better treatment.

    Jaipurhat district chapters of the 14-party alliance, led by the ruling Awami League, organised a rally protesting the political violence allegedly unleashed by the 20-party alliance. Leaders, activists and general people gathered at the central mosque area where the rally kicked off around 4:30pm.

  • JBL donates Tk1.5 crore to prime minister’s fund for burn victims

    JBL donates Tk1.5 crore to prime minister’s fund for burn victims

    Jamuna Bank Limited yesterday donated Tk1.5 crore to the relief fund of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in an assistance to the burn victims of the recent petrol bomb attacks, says a media release.

    PM Sheikh Hasina received a cheque of the donation from Shaheen Mahmud, chairman of Jamuna Bank Limited.

    The JBL’s Director Golam Dastagir Gazi (Bir Protik) and lawmaker Tasmin Mahmud were present on the occasion as well.

  • Four projects to make Sundarbans tourist friendly yet to see light

    The Sundarbans, a treasure trove of diverse flora and fauna, has always been a great place of interest for local and foreign tourists alike.

    However, the number of tourists visiting the world’s largest mangrove forest is alarmingly decreasing due to a range of issues, of which the most pressing is the lack of infrastructure and facilities for tourists.

  • Call for ensuring equal rights of girls

    The Barisal district unit of Bangladesh Girl Guides Association (BGGA) observed World Thinking Day yesterday, calling all to ensure indiscriminate rights of girls and women to education and empowerment to reduce poverty and prevent early marriage and violence against women.

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