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  • Man jailed for running away with BCS question

    A man was sentenced to prison as he attempted to snatch away the 35th BCS preliminary question paper from a candidate during the exam at a test centre in Khulna yesterday.

    Shafiqul Islam was given a two-year jail term by Executive Magistrate Md Ashikur Nabi Talukdar’s mobile court after police detained him at Government Azam Khan Commerce College test centre.

  • Tigers plan English trap with spinners

    The six-wicket win over ICC Associates Scotland on Thursday hardly overshadowed the bowling deficiency Bangladesh possessed. The Bangladesh think tank has finally realised that spinners are more crucial in their path to move forward.

    Bangladesh Cricket Board President Nazmul Hasan yesterday spoke of including specialist spinners against England.

    Over the last decade Bangladesh slowly developed spin as their major weapon and it was a real surprise not to see specialist left-armers like Taijul Islam and Arafat Sunny in the first half of the World Cup.

  • Jatka selling goes on despite restrictions

    Jatka selling goes on despite restrictions

    The government restriction against the catching of jatka stays in effect from November 1 to June 30 The conservation of ilish continues to be threatened each year by unscrupulous fishermen and traders as well as uninformed consumers – who all defy an annual government ban on catching or selling ilish fry between November and late-June.

    Visiting different fish markets in Dhaka and Savar in recent days, the Dhaka Tribune found that ilish fry or jatka – which are less than 10 inches in length – were being sold flouting restrictions, with  traders claiming that they were able to sell the jatka without facing any government action.

  • Two months on, no let-up in sight

    BNP has enforced nonstop blockade since January 6 demanding fresh pollsA violent two-month campaign to topple the government has killed 86 so far with no signs of let-up. Many more have been maimed for life besides hundreds, if not thousands, of injuries stemming from deadly petrol bomb attacks.

    While campaigners say dialogue pursuant to new elections is the only way out, ruling party leaders say that would set a bad precedence of bowing down to violence which is unacceptable.

  • FBI team collects evidence of Avijit murder

    FBI team collects evidence of Avijit murder

    A team of FBI agents yesterday collected evidence from the spot where blogger-writer Avijit Roy was killed and some nearby areas on the Dhaka University campus.

    Four agents of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation went to the crime scene near the TSC on the DU campus around 1:30pm and took several hundred pictures. They also visited the Bangla Academy premises and the Suhrawardy Udyan and took snaps.

  • BGB man shot; 108 Rohingyas held

    A BGB official was shot during a gunfight with a group of traffickers at Panbazar in Balukhali of Cox’s Bazar yesterday. 

    BGB also detained 108 Rohingyas, who entered Bangladesh illegally through Balukhali border of Ukhia with the help of the traffickers. 

    The injured BGB official, Fazlul Haque, was admitted to a local hospital after the shootout, which took place around 12:30pm. 

    The traffickers themselves are also Rohingya people. 

  • Historic March 7 today

    Today is the historic March 7, a red-letter day in the history of the struggle of people of Bangladesh to liberate the country from the colonial rule of the then West Pakistan.

    On this day in 1971, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman delivered a historic speech at the Race Course Maidan, now known as Suhrawardy Udyan, in Dhaka.

    In his 19-minute speech, Bangabandhu fervently called people: “The struggle this time is for our emancipation, the struggle this time is for our independence.”

  • BNP to welcome any dialogue offer

    We believe in talks and compromise to resolve the country’s political crisis, says BNP leader SalauddinBNP yesterday said it would welcome any national and international initiative to hold talks to resolve the ongoing political crisis.

    A press release signed by Joint Secretary General Salauddin Ahmed expressed BNP’s optimism that the government’s good sense would prevail before the time expired.

    “We believe in talks and compromise to resolve the country’s political crisis … but if it is otherwise, the government has to shoulder the responsibility for any untoward situation,” he said.

  • Political turmoil may hurt launching prospects

    The government is almost ready to offload an international tender this month for launching the Bangabandhu 1 satellite amid fears that the ongoing political turmoil may deter response.

    Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC), along with its international consultant, has prepared the tender documents and now they are scrutinising them, said an official of the telecom regulator.

    However, they are not confident about an overwhelming response from international satellite companies because of the ongoing political turmoil here.

  • Tk13.5cr in gold seized from N Korean envoy at Dhaka airport

    A North Korean diplomat has been caught trying to smuggle Tk13.5 crore worth of gold into the country, customs officials said.

    A joint team of customs and Airport armed police officials challenged Son Young-nam, first secretary of the North Korean Embassy in Dhaka, after he arrived at Dhaka’s Shahjalal International Airport on a Singapore Airlines flight around 11pm on Thursday.

    Customs officials impounded 27kg of gold in the form of bars and jewellery seized from the envoy’s handbag.

  • Muhith: Dialogue with BNP not necessary

    Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday said a dialogue with the BNP was not necessary as the elections had already been held.

    “The dialogue was required for holding an impartial election but the BNP chairperson did not respond to the call for talks at the time, which was a foolish act on her part. Now there is no subject to hold a dialogue on,” he told reporters after laying foundations for a museum in Banglabazar of Bhola.

  • Houses of BNP leaders attacked in Jessore

    Unidentified gun-wielding miscreants on motorcycles hurled crude bombs at the residences of at least six BNP leaders in Jessore town in the wee hours of yesterday.

    More than 30 crude bombs were set off in a series of drive-by attacks, but none were reportedly hurt.

    Although the police initially claimed that the explosions were firecrackers being set off to celebrate the Holi festival of the Hindu community, they later admitted that the blasts were caused by crude bombs.

  • International Women’s Day tomorrow

    International Women’s day will be observed tomorrow across Bangladesh and the world with “Empowering Women-Empowering Humanity: Picture It!” as this year’s theme.

    To mark the day, the socio-cultural organisations will organise programmes focusing on women’s rights and the progress they have made economically, socially, and politically.

    The National Human Rights Commission will hold a seminar today at 3pm at the Daily Star Centre. Advocate Sultana Kamal, and NHRC chair Mizanur Rahman will attend the seminar.

  • Curfew in Nagaland as mob kills ‘Bangladeshi’ rape suspect

    Authorities in a north-eastern Indian city yesterday said they had imposed a round-the-clock curfew, a day after a rape suspect alleged to be a Bangladeshi national was pulled out of jail and lynched by a mob while another was killed in the subsequent police firing.

    Thirty-five-year-old Syed Farid Khan, who stood accused of raping a woman multiple times and was arrested in late February, was dragged out of the prison in Dimapur city in Nagaland state before being beaten to death and strung up to a clock tower on Thursday.

  • Two more arson victims die

    Two more arson victims succumbed to their injuries yesterday in Chittagong and Rajshahi, taking the blockade death toll to 86.

    At the Chittagong Medical College Hospital, 30-year-old day labourer Ranjit Nath – who had 82% burn injuries to his body – lost his battle for life.

    Ranjit was admitted to the hospital after pickets hurled a petrol bomb at the autorickshaw he was on near the Chariya Madrasa area of Hathazari upazila on Wednesday night. The incident also left the autorickshaw driver – Md Saber – injured.

  • Female RU employee held in Shafiul murder

    Detective Branch of Police has arrested a former female employee of Rajshahi University in connection with last year’s killing of sociology department Professor Shafiul Islam Lilon.

    The Rajshahi Metropolitan Police DB raided the Meherchandi area yesterday afternoon and arrested Nasrin Akter Reshma, who worked at the university’s accounts section, said Assistant Commissioner Ifte Khayer Alam last night.

    Reshma is the wife of Abdus Samad Pintu who is now in jail on suspicion of his involvement in the killing.

  • Green activists reject UN-govt report on Sundarbans oil spill

    The capsize caused around 358,000 litres of furnace oil to spill in the river, putting the mangrove forest and its natural resources at severe riskEnvironment activists have rejected the assessment of the Sundarbans oil spill jointly conducted by the government and the UN to find out the incident’s impact on the mangrove forest’s ecosystem.

    Terming the report improper and motivated, Sharif Jamil, joint secretary of Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon (BAPA), yesterday said it was hiding the real damage and was unacceptable.

  • Youth held with counterfeit money

    Police arrested a person along with fake currency notes worth Tk31,000 in Shah Amanat Bridge area of Bakalia of the port city yesterday morning.

    The arrestee, Nizam Uddin, 26, a hawker by profession, son of Nurul Alam, hails from Banskhali upazila, said police sources.

    When asked, Bakalia police station OC Mohammed Mohsin acknowledged the arrest, saying 31 notes recovered by them from Nizam’s possession were denomination of Tk1,000 each.

  • 2 held with 32,000 yaba

    A RAB team yesterday recovered 32,000 pieces of yaba tablets from Panchlaish area of Chittagong.

    Two persons – Sayed Akbar Hossain, 40, and Nurul Afsar, 37, were held in this connection.

    Major Jahangir Alam, second in-command of RAB 7, said the two were held from a building situated in Lalapukur area.

    The RAB team recovered 4,000 pieces of yaba tablets from the ground floor of the building owned by a man named Hazi Shafi, he said at a press briefing.

  • Land broker killed in Chittagong

    A land broker was killed allegedly over a land in Chittagong city’s Sabujbag area on Thursday.

    The deceased was Nur Mohammed, 40, a land broker, police said.

    Halishahar police station Officer-in-Charge Sayed Abu Mohammed Shahjahan  said there was a dispute between Nur and one Khokon over a piece of land located behind Hakkani Petrol Pump in the area.

    Quoting the victim’s family members, the OC said some miscreants called the businessman from his house around 9:45am.

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