Wednesday February 21, 2018 09:27 AM

  • DB to get Avijit murder evidence tested in FBI lab

    Bangladeshi detectives have decided to get the evidence – collected in connection with the Avijit killing – tested in the FBI’s laboratory. They have also decided to seek permission from the court in this regard.

    Monirul Islam, chief of the Detective Branch (DB) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP), disclosed these to reporters at their Media Centre yesterday. He however did not say when they are going to make the move.

  • Youth Welfare Fund Bill given thumbs up

    The government yesterday approved the draft of the Youth Welfare Fund Bill, 2015 to make the existing ordinance of 1985 more time befitting.

    A regular weekly meeting of the Cabinet gave its final nod to the bill at Bangladesh Secretariat, with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.

    The existing ordinance, promulgated during the martial law period, was later cancelled following the annulment of the fifth and the seventh amendments of the constitution by the higher court, Cabinet Secretary M Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan told a press briefing following the meeting.

  • Bangladeshi taken hostage by ISIS in Libya

    A Bangladeshi national along with eight other foreign nationals were taken hostage by the Islamic militant outfit (ISIS) from Al-Ghani oil field, the south of the city Sirte of Libya on March 6.

    The Bangladesh Embassy in Tripoli has confirmed the abduction of Helal Uddin (PP No. B0156553, District: Jamalpur, Bangladesh), said a foreign ministry press release yesterday.

    The incident took place when gunmen invaded the Al-Ghani oil field, killing 11 guards, beheading a number of them before local forces fought back to retake control.

  • 14-party march drums up support against blockade

    The Awami League-led 14-party alliance yesterday organised a road march to mobilise public support against the ongoing non-stop blockade and frequent hartals called by the BNP-led 20-party alliance.

    Split into four groups, the 14-party central leaders joined the march in four areas on the first day of a three-day programme.

    They argued against the ongoing movement terming it “valueless” and said they are not worried about the movement as the people repudiated the blockade and hartal.

  • FDR forgery: 11 arrestees sent to jail

    A Dhaka court sent 11 people, who were arrested at a private bank on Sunday, to jail yesterday, rejecting their bail petitions in a forgery case filed with Gulshan police station in the capital.

    Metropolitan Magistrate SM Masud Zaman passed the order when Sub-Inspector Abdul Barik, the investigation officer of the case, produced them before the court and sought an order to send them to jail.

  • All districts to be brought under rail network

    All districts of the country would soon be brought under rail network with a view to further developing the country’s communication system, Railways Minister Mujibul Haque told the House yesterday.

    Responding to a query from Awami League lawmaker Sukumar Ranjan Ghosh from Munshiganj 1, the minister said as per the directives of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina a plan was being taken to that end.

    Mujibul said currently 44 of the 64 districts were covered by the railway network and projects to bring eight more districts soon were under implementation.

  • Bangladesh oust England in Adelaide thriller

    The high octane Pool A encounter between Bangladesh and England kept swaying like a pendulum right until the moment when fast bowler Rubel Hossain came on to bowl the 49th over at Adelaide Oval yesterday. Tension among the spectators, the 22 players, and even the Bangladeshi journalists at the press box, was palpable. 

  • Concert to be held for DMCH burn patients

    As a tribute to the burn victims currently being treated at Dhaka Medical College Hospital, a “Concert for the Burned” will be held on March 14 at the National Library Auditorium from 11am.

  • Joy: BNP planned to kill me

    Sajeeb Wazed Joy, son of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, has alleged that the BNP had earlier planned to kidnap and kill him in the United States.

    Joy, also the premier’s ICT adviser, made the allegation in a post on his official Facebook page yesterday.

    His comments came after a US court sentenced two persons including a BNP leader’s son on March 4, for their involvement in a bribery scheme to obtain confidential information from a former special agent of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in New York.

  • Hartal relaxed for 12 hours

    To celebrate the Bangladesh cricket team’s victory against England in the Cricket World Cup, the BNP-led 20-party alliance has relaxed its on-going 72-hour nationwide hartal for 12 hours from today morning.

    “The 20-party alliance will bring out a victory march on Tuesday across the country, congratulating the Bangladesh cricket team on stepping into the quarter-finals of the World Cup for the first time,” BNP Standing Committee member Nazrul Islam Khan said in a press release yesterday.

  • Gold-smuggling diplomat leaves

    The North Korean diplomat caught trying to smuggle in 27kg gold has left the country.

    The government would have eventually asked the North Korean authorities to withdraw Song Yong Nam within 72 hours, said Ambassador in Dhaka Ri Song Hyon. He was summoned by the Director General of the Foreign Ministry Md Jashim Uddin yesterday and the envoy informed him that his junior colleague had left Dhaka on Sunday.

  • Industrial waste, dyeing chemical slowly killing Shitalakhya

    The Shitalakhya River,  also known as Lakhya Nodi, a tributary of the Brahmaputra, flowing through the district has nearly become dead due to  industrial waste and chemical.

    Sources at Deputy Commissioner’s Office said hundreds of factories situated near the river are dumping garment factory waste, dyeing chemicals, polythene, printing, fertilisers, cement factory waste violating industrial and environmental laws.

  • 11 die in road accidents

    At least 11 people died in separate road accidents that took place in Chittagong, Gopalganj, Sherpur, Jessore, Barisal and Bagerhat.

    Two people were killed in separate road accidents in Akbar Shah area under Fatikchari upazila in Chittagong yesterday.

    The deceased are Onimesh Chowdhury, 45 and Kazi Md Alauddin, 32.

  • Kamaruzzaman review petition hearing April 1

    The Supreme Court yesterday fixed April 1 for hearing a petition filed by Jamaat-e-Islami leader Muhammad Kamaruzzaman seeking review of the top court’s verdict that upheld his death sentence given by a war crimes tribunal.

    A four-member bench headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha fixed the date allowing an adjournment petition submitted by the defence.

  • DB: Abu Taher murder solved

    Detectives have claimed that retired tax commissioner Abu Taher was killed during a robbery at his Rampura flat on March 2 by his sacked driver as a revenge.

    The Detective Branch of police yesterday arrested driver Md Nasir, 29, and his associate Md Rasel Talukder, 22.

    Addressing a press briefing, Monirul Islam, the DB joint commissioner, said: “We have got a clear picture of the incident interrogating Nasir and Rasel.”

  • Women find self-reliance through embroidery

    Around a thousand impoverished women in five villages of Kishoreganj district have found a way out of poverty and towards self-reliance – the craft of embroidery.

    In Daliarchar and Nodar villages of Sadar upazila and Gangatia, Lakuhati and Gabindapur villages in Hossainpur upazila, women have been dependent on sewing and embroidery work for their livelihoods for several years.

  • Lawmaker Serajul Akbar dies

    Dr Muhammad Serajul Akbar, member of parliament for Magura 1 constituency, died of cardiac arrest at the National Institute of Cardiovascular Disease in Dhaka last night. He was 74.

    Abu Reza Nantu, private secretary to the lawmaker, said Dr Akbar, also the Chairman of the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society, fell sick at Savar while returning to Dhaka from Magura.

    He was admitted to the institute where the attending doctors declared him dead around 8pm.

    He leaves behind his wife, two daughters, relatives and well-wishers to mourn his death.

  • Fire in Chittagong furniture market

    23 furniture shops of a furniture market and four houses were gutted in two separate fire incidents in Baluchara and Bakalia areas in Chittagong city early yesterday. 

    However, a person, Md Azad, 21 was injured while extinguishing the fire in Bakalia area, said fire service and civil defence sources.

    Jasim Uddin, deputy assistant director of Fire Service and Civil Defence Headquarters in Agrabad, said a fire had broken out from an electric short circuit at a thatched furniture market in Baluchara area of Baizid in the city.

  • Syndicates sell off rations belonging to cluster villages

    Ruling party leaders’ involvement found amid lack of monitoringLack of proper monitoring, political interference and tyranny of various syndicates have infested the ration project in the cluster villages of the hilly district of Khagrachhari.

    About 26,000 residents of 84 cluster villages, commonly known as gucchagram, have been facing hardship as they are deprived of the ration allocation. 

    The poverty-stricken villagers of these guchhagram heavily rely on the ration programme for their daily need of rice, wheat and other necessities.

  • Three women jailed for life for murder

    A Meherpur court yesteday gave sentenced three women to life term imprisonment for killing a man in 2007.

    The court also fined them TK 20,000 each, in default, to suffer, six months more rigorous imprisonment.

    The convicts are Khodeza Khatun, wife of Korban Ali of Darbeshpur village, her daughter Kajoli Khatun and their neighbour Joty, wife of Tengra.

    District and sessions judge Rabiul Hasan gave the verdict after cross-checking 14 witnesses and examining documents.

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