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  • DoE officials allegedly grab Khas land

    DoE officials allegedly grab Khas land

    Locals tried to protest against the grabbers, but their hired goon tortured some protesters brutallySome officials of the Department of Environment have allegedly grabbed 71 decimal government land in the Genda area of Savar municipality.

    According to land office sources, the government took the lead of 71 decimal khas land in the area 30 years ago.

    Habibul Islam Amin, No 6 Ward councilor of the municipality, said some people, including 18 government officials of the department, set up the office of Sonali Housing Society Ltd near the land with the help some local influential people.

  • Rescue called off, 69 confirmed dead

    Rescue called off, 69 confirmed dead

    Government pledges Tk1.25 lakh in compensation for the families of each victimAuthorities yesterday called off the Paturia capsize rescue operation after 69 bodies were pulled from the Padma River, but said a search operation would continue.

    “Sixty-nine bodies have been recovered from the sunken launch. The rescue operation was closed after the launch was hauled up and brought to the riverbank. A search operation for floating bodies will continue,” Manikganj Deputy Commissioner Rashida Ferdous said at a press briefing at Paturia Ghat at 10:30am yesterday.

  • Despite 10,000 deaths, shipping safety beyond horizon

    A study by the country’s waterways authority says that despite the death of 10,436 people in over 20,000 accidents since 1972, shipping safety recommendations had yet to be implemented strictly.

    The BIWTA study said, despite the repeated occurrence of maritime mishaps in the country, the government had yet to implement probe committee suggestions aimed at decreasing the incidence of accidents. 

  • Police claim mob shot Mirpur victims

    OC Moinul expressed concerns over the ‘shooting by mob’Police brought the bodies of three youths with multiple bullet injuries to Dhaka Medical College morgue early yesterday claiming that those “arsonists” were killed by a mob in the capital’s Mirpur area.

    The youths, aged between 18 and 22 years, however, did not have any major injury marks of beating but their bodies were riddled with bullets injuries in the chest, abdomen, waist, hands, arms, back and legs, morgue sources said.

    In another incident, the bullet-hit bodies of two BNP men were found in Jhenidah Sadar yesterday morning.

  • Court demands Ershad’s academic documents

    Ershad says he graduated from DU in 1950 and was commissioned in the Pakistan Army in 1952A declaration suit has been lodged against Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad and four others seeking cancellation of Ershad’s parliamentary membership for not complying with the Election Commission’s criteria.

    Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal leader Sabbir Ahmed, who contested the 10th parliamentary election from Rangpur 3 constituency, filed the suit with Dhaka’s First Joint District Judge’s Court of Md Sahadat Hossain on Sunday.

  • Khaled Mahmud backs Al Amin exclusion

    Bangladesh cricket team manager Khaled Mahmud has termed the punishment for fast bowler Al Amin Hossain a decision that will keep the other cricketers on a leash. The 25-year-old quickie was sent back home yesterday from the Tigers’ World Cup campaign after he was found breaking team rules on Sunday.

  • CMP: Government officials financing subversive acts

    A section of government officials have been financing subversive activities carried out in Chittagong during the ongoing political turmoil, said the port city’s police chief.

    At a media briefing yesterday, Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) Commissioner Abdul Jalil Mandol said: “While confessing their crimes in custody, 10 accused have mentioned the names of people who gave them the money for carrying out the subversive activities.”

  • Devastated, they wait for their loved ones

    Devastated, they wait for their loved ones

    Two-and-a-half-year-old Fatema Akter felt exuberant when she was drinking juice on the launch, MV Mostafa, on Sunday. She was excited as she was going to meet her grandparents after long.

    But little did she know that the pleasant journey would turn into one of the most devastating experiences of her life.

    Daughter of Milon Hossain and Nidi Khatun, the little girl and her parents boarded the launch from Dhaka. Their destination was Bhaluka village under Kumarkhali thana in Kushtia.

  • Ruling MPs demand Manna and Khoka’s arrest

    Ruling party lawmakers demanded yesterday the government arrest Mahmudur Rahman Manna and Sadeque Hossain Khoka for planning to kill students at Dhaka University in the name of movement.

    “The government should take measures against those who instigate killings‚” said Awami League Presidium Member Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim while discussing the president’s speech at the parliament, mentioning a telephone conversation between Manna and Khoka.

  • Jubo Dal leader held for defaming PM on Facebook

    Police arrested a Jubo Dal leader in Mirsarai of Chittagong early yesterday for defaming Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Facebook.

    The accused, Iftekhar Mahmud alias Jipson, 30, a student of Chittagong College, is the president of Dhum union unit Jubo Dal, the youth wing of the BNP.

    A case was filed by police after Mahmud had shared a defamatory photo of the premier on Facebook on November 1 last year, police said.

  • BNP: None involved in mass killing will be spared

    The BNP has said it is keeping track of every “mass killing” and will bring to justice everyone involved in these murders, despite the fact that the prime minister has already taken responsibility for these killings by giving orders.

    “Even if Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina bears all responsibility, having ordered RAB, police and BGB for the Rakkhi Bahini-style mass murders, none will be able to escape justice,” said a statement released by BNP Joint Secretary General Salahuddin Ahmed.

  • Manna claims no plot in leaked conversations

    The Nagorik Oikya leader says he is shocked and saddened A day after audio clips of Nagorik Oikya Convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna’s two telephone conversations were leaked, the leader has claimed there was nothing provocative and conspiratorial in either of his conversations.

    In a Facebook post yesterday, Manna acknowledged he did have a phone conversation about the ongoing political movement with BNP Vice-Chairman Sadeque Hossain Khoka, but said there was no conspiracy or bad intention in that conversation.

  • Dhaka, Delhi to work for Bay of Bengal’s security

    Bangladesh and India will work together in achieving comprehensive maritime security in the Bay of Bengal.

    Indian Chief of Naval Staff Admiral RK Dhowan, who arrived in Dhaka yesterday on an official four-day visit to Bangladesh, discussed the issue with Bangladesh Navy Chief M Farid Habib.

  • Dhaka Translation Centre to start ‘Library of Bangladesh’

    Dhaka Translation Centre to start ‘Library of Bangladesh’

    The Dhaka Translation Centre (DTC) at the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) has announced plans to start a “Library of Bangladesh” to showcase translated works of Bangladeshi writing.

    It will hold a collection of high-quality translations of works of leading Bangladeshi writers. 

    Dr K Anis Ahmed, founder of the Centre, said the Centre also plans to launch four books at the upcoming Hay Festival Dhaka 2015.

  • Rizvi on 3-day remand for sixth time

    A Dhaka court yesterday put BNP Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi on a fresh remand for three days in an arson attack case.

    Metropolitan Magistrate Md Maruf Hossain passed the order after Kamal Krishna Saha, sub-inspector of Mohammadpur police station and the investigating officer of the case, produced him before the court with a seven-day remand petition.

    It was the sixth time Rizvi had been remanded since his arrest from a Baridhara house on January 31 on charges of perpetrating violence and carrying out subversion.

  • Rahul Gandhi takes leave of absence, fuels speculation about his future plan

    Rahul Gandhi takes leave of absence, fuels speculation about his future plan

    He has requested Congress president Sonia Gandhi for some time to reflect on recent events and future course of the partyCongress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has gone on a sabbatical “for a few weeks” following a string of electoral losses, fuelling speculation about his future plan as well of a long-awaited change in the party to revive
    its fortunes.

    Rahul has led Congress to a series of electoral defeats since it was handed its worst drubbing in the Lok Sabha elections last year at the hands of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

  • Kiev to not withdraw heavy weapons

    Ukraine’s military said yesterday it could not start withdrawing heavy weapons from the front line in the east as required under a tenuous ceasefire because pro-Russian separatists who advanced last week were still attacking its positions.

    A truce to end fighting that has killed more than 5,600 people appeared stillborn last week after rebels ignored it to capture the strategic town of Debaltseve in a punishing defeat for Kiev.

  • Turkey: Syria mission meant to counter possible attack

    A Turkish military operation to rescue 38 soldiers guarding a tomb in Syria surrounded by Islamic State militants was launched to counter a possible attack on them, presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said yesterday.

    The action, which involved tanks, drones and reconnaissance planes as well as several hundred ground troops, was the first of its kind by Turkish troops into Syria since the start of the civil war there nearly four years ago.

  • JU decides not to provide grace marks under brood quota

    In the admission test of 2014-15 academic session under the brood quota only 43 applicants of 139 passed securing 35% marksThe authorities of Jahangirnagar University (JU) yesterday decided not to provide any grace marks to the applicants who failed to pass in the admission test under the brood quota in 2014-15 academic session. The brood quota is for the family members of officers and employees of the university.

    The decision was made in a meeting of university’s central admission test conduct committee yesterday morning at the administrative office with JU Vice Chancellor Prof Farzana Islam presiding over the programme.

  • Hong Kong ‘radicals’ up ante in democracy push against China

    Nearly three months after police cleared away the last of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy street protests, lingering anger is stoking a new front of radical activism that has turned shopping malls and university campuses into a fresh battleground.

    While still relatively few in number, a cluster of outspoken groups have staged small but disruptive protests in recent weeks targeting mainland Chinese visitors – tapping a seam of grassroots resentment to call for greater Hong Kong nationalism and even independence from China.

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