Monday February 19, 2018 07:38 PM

  • Ctg burn victim dies, DMCH takes in 7 more

    A burn victim, Ranjit, died early today at the Chittagong Medical College Hospital ICU.

    He was admitted to the CMCH burn unit on Wednesday, after a firebomb was hurled at an autorickshaw in Chittagong’s Hathazari.

    Doctors said he had sustained 82% burn injuries and died around 12:40am.

    Meanwhile, seven new firebomb victims were admitted to the burn unit at DMCH yesterday, raising the number of arson victims undergoing treatment there to 54.

  • Stay hearing on Khaleda warrant deferred

    The High Court yesterday deferred by a week  the hearing on a plea seeking a stay order on the arrest warrant against Khaleda Zia in two graft cases.

    The bench of Justice Md Rezaul Haque and Justice Md Khasruzzaman set March 12 as the next date for hearing on the petitions for a change of judge and stay on the arrest warrant.

    Additional Attorney General Md Mamtaz Uddin Fakir stood for the prosecution and Md Khurshid Alam Khan for the plaintiff Anti Corruption Commission (ACC).

  • Tigers a step away from quarters

    Tigers a step away from quarters

    Bangladesh swatted away any pre-match jitter that might have crept in following the Sri Lanka defeat as they got the better of Scotland by six wickets in a Pool A encounter at Saxton Oval yesterday.

    In pursuit of 319 against a determined Scotland, Bangladesh barely broke sweat, reaching their destination with six wickets and 11 deliveries remaining. In the process, Bangladesh also registered their highest successful run-chase in the World Cup.

  • FBI launches probe into Avijit murder

    Visiting officials of the Federal Bureau of Investigation yesterday started their probe into the murder of scientist and blogger Avijit Roy last week.

    “The four-member FBI team visited the Detective Branch headquarters on Minto Road in the morning to get updates on the investigation of the Avijit murder case,” Monirul Islam, the joint commissioner of DB police, said.

    The team led by Jagdeep Singh Khangura arrived in Dhaka early yesterday and went to the DB office around 11am.

  • Nasim: No pressure on law enforcers to arrest Khaleda

    Health Minister Mohammad Nasim yesterday said Awami League had not put any pressure on law enforcers to arrest BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia.

    The law enforcement agencies will take proper steps to arrest her as a warrant was issued for her arrerst, he said

    The ruling party leader said: “The diplomats were informed about BNP-Jamaat’s violence. If she does not tell her terrorists and militants to stop violence BNP will then throw out the baby with the bath water.”

  • Barapukuria graft case order on Mar 10

    The High Court yesterday set March 10 for delivering the order on its long-pending rule asking the Anti-Corruption Commission to explain why the Barapukuria graft case filed against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and others should not be quashed.

    The bench of Justice M Moinul Islam Chowdhury and Justice JBM Hassan set the date after closing final hearing on the rule issued on October 16, 2008. On that day, the court also stayed proceedings of the case.

  • Lawyer Tajul held, freed

    Hours after his detention, police released Advocate Tajul Islam, counsel for Jamaat-e-Islami leaders in war crimes cases, yesterday night.

    Shishir Munir, a Jamaat lawyer, told the Dhaka Tribune the arrest was the result of a “misunderstanding.” The acting DC of Motijheel Division of Police, Anwar Hossain, said Tajul was arrested following a crude bomb blast in the Paltan area and was released soon afterwards. 

  • NHRC: Law enforcers abusing power

    ‘We have always said no citizen should be arrested by law enforcers in plain clothes. If it is required to arrest someone, at least two local people should be present as witnesses’Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission Prof Mizanur Rahman has observed that the law enforcement agencies are misusing power in some cases.

    “We have always asked the law enforcers to act cautiously in their moves to control law and order. But still some incidents are taking place which cannot be termed legal in any way,” he told reporters after a meeting with newly-appointed Chief Justice SK Sinha at the Supreme Court yesterday.

  • Climate change website launched

    The government yesterday launched a climate change website which aims to be a resource hub for the issue.

    The Ministry of Environment and Forest developed the portal with support from Asian Development Bank’s Climate Change Capacity Building and Knowledge Management project.

    “The government created a common platform to accumulate knowledge on climate change,” said Kamal Uddin Ahmed, secretary in charge at the ministry.

    The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), says Bangladesh is at risk from climate change. 

  • Govt plans to contest ICC judge election

    The government is planning to nominate a candidate for the election at the International Criminal Court [ICC] to fill a judicial vacancy.

    “We are planning to contest the election and our candidate will be former chief justice ABM Khairul Haque,” Law Minister Anisul Haq told the Dhaka Tribune.

    He met all the criteria to become a judge of the prestigious ICC, Anisul said.

    This is the first time a Bangladeshi is attempting to become a judge of the court, he added.

  • Malaysia-bound illegal migrants intercepted, 7 arrested

    The Bangladesh Navy yesterday seized an engine boat and a fishing trawler in Chittagong Port’s outer anchorage, and took into custody seven migrant smugglers and 15 migrants en route to Malaysia.

    A Navy press release said a Special Warfare Diving and Salvage (SWADS) team intercepted the vessels around 12am during a patrol mission.

    The SWADS team netted the two boats, whose movements were deemed “suspicious,” after giving them chase.

  • Victims of a vicious cycle of politics

    Victims of a vicious cycle of politics

    17 admitted to Nitor after being shot in the leg by police claim their innocenceInnocent people are allegedly falling victim to police atrocities amid countrywide ongoing transport blockade and intermittent shut-downs.

    As many as 17 people are now undergoing treatment in the prison cell of National Institute of Traumatology and Orthopaedic Rehabilitation (Nitor) after being shot by law enforcers.

    Law enforcers, however, said they arrested them on suspicion of their involvement in political violence.

    Three of the inmates of the prison cell in Nitor declined to talk to the media as they were under constant police surveillance.

  • Mobile congress ends targeting 2020

    The number of 4G subscribers currently stands at 500m and it will draw close to 3bn by 2020The 20th Mobile World Congress that drew record number of visitors this year, ended in Barcelona yesterday, targeting the year 2020 for deriving more developed services with 5G. 

    The four-day telecom trade show began on Monday and saw over 87,000 visitors against last year’s 80,000.

    This year’s GSM Association congress titled “The edge of innovation” showcased a good number of future generic services.

    According to the GSMA, the plan now is to draw close to three billion 4G customers by 2020.

  • Attacker slashes face of US ambassador

    US ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert underwent two-and-a-half hours of surgery after he was slashed in the face by a Korean nationalist in an attack yesterday at a forum to discuss Korean reunification in Seoul.

    Doctors said Lippert, 42, was stable after “very successful” surgery that required 80 stitches in his face.

    The assailant was caught and identified by police as 55-year-old Kim Ki-jong. In 2010, Kim tried to attack the Japanese ambassador to South Korea and was given a suspended jail term, according to police.

  • Bus-truck owners protest blockade pay-out exclusion

    Bus and truck owners who did not receive compensation payments claimed the compensation committee set up by the various owners’ associations showed favouritism in doling out damages.

    They also claimed the government did not properly verify the committee’s recommendations.

    Uncompensated bus and truck owners said transport association leaders gave friends and allies preferential treatment in awarding claims.

  • ACC questions ex-City Bank officials

    The Anti-Corruption Commission has interrogated four senior officials of City Bank Limited, regarding a Tk1,000 crore loan scam from four banks and a financial institute.

    A team led by ACC Deputy Director Julfikar Ali quizzed the officials at its headquarters regarding the scam by a businessman named Wahidur Rahman.

    The City Bank officials are former head of SME Bodruddoza Chowdhury, former head of marketing Sadat Ahmed Khan, former business development manager Nurul Alam Mojumder and former relationship manager SM Ashik Al Mehedy of the bank’s head office.

  • Twoki’s killers still not indicted

    The case filed over the murder of A-Level student Twoki in Narayanganj in 2013 has gathered dust as investigations by police and RAB have seen sluggish progress in the past two years.

    RAB, which took over the case from police, now says it cannot give a timeframe for submitting a charge sheet.

    The family of Tanvir Mohammad Twoki, who was only 17 when he was killed, continues to suffer an agonising wait to see the killers being tried.

  • Woman beaten to death for not accepting arbitration judgement

    An elderly woman in Jessore was beaten to death for refusing to accept the outcome of an arbitration on Wednesday night. 

    Radha Rani Mawl, 55, was beaten along with four others, including her husband, by Tapan Mawl, a neighbour with whom her family had a long-standing dispute over a land property in Bhaina area. 

  • All the king’s horses

    All the king’s horses

    We need to wake up to the fact that there is no AL-BNP solution to our problems. There is no solution that will satisfy both partiesWell-meaning third parties continue to try to foster dialogue between the government and the opposition, and the general consensus among right-thinking people seems to be that there is no other resolution to the current

    This comes from a good place and there is eminent sense in the proposition. Everyone agrees that the current situation is untenable for the country and that anything that can bring the carnage and mayhem to a halt has got to be better than what we are going through every day.

  • Mosquitoes pester Khulna due to lack of steps

    City residents term the situation worse than in previous years A mosquito infestation in Khulna has increased in magnitude due to a lack of preventive measures.

    In a situation where conventional preventions like mosquito coils and aerosol sprays cannot deliver people from mosquitoes, Khulna City Corporation has started using foggers to administer pesticide across 31 wards since Monday.

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