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  • Imran: Government’s indifference behind murder of secular writers

    Gonojagoron Moncho spokesperson Imran H Sarker yesterday alleged that sheer indifference and negligence of the government and law enforcers was the reason why free-thinkers were being murdered.

    He said: “The apathy of the government and law enforcers in addressing such attacks has been encouraging religious extremists to kill secular bloggers and writers.”

    Imran made the statement while addressing journalists following a procession organised by the Moncho on Dhaka University campus around 5:30pm, protesting the murder of secular blogger Oyasiqur Rahman.

  • Prof Sayeed to ACC: Put your own house in order first

    Questioning the integrity of the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC), Bishwa Sahitya Kendra chairman Prof Abdullah Abu Sayeed yesterday said the anti-graft national body must make itself clean first.

    “The ACC talks against corruption. Is the ACC free from corruption? The ACC should make itself clean first,” he told a function at Shilpakala Academy in the capital.

    The national anti-graft body organised the function to accord a reception to its best corruption prevention committee members on the occasion of the ACC’s Corruption Prevention Week.

  • 14-party to decide on councillors today

    The Awami League-led 14-party combine will hold a meeting today to finalise their endorsements for the candidates running for city corporation offices of Dhaka and Chittagong.

    The meeting, previously scheduled for 11am, will start at 10am at the Awami League president’s Dhanmondi office, said a press release issued yesterday.

  • Police find no flaws of on-duty police

    ‘The probe body did not find any fault of police during duty hours but it is mentioned in the report that there were coordination problems’A three-member police probe committee formed to look into the allegations of negligence by law enforcers during the attack on science writer and secular blogger Avijit Roy and his wife at TSC intersection on February 26 has found “no fault” of the on-duty police personnel.

    “The probe body did not find any fault of the police during their duty hours but it is mentioned in the report that there was coordination problem,” DMP Joint Commissioner Monirul Islam told the Dhaka Tribune last night.

  • Manjur, Nasir, Solaiman, 17 others show-caused

    At least 20 Chittagong city poll aspirants, including mayoral candidates M Manjur Alam, AJM Nasir Uddin and Solaiman Alam Seth, were served show-cause notices yesterday for violating electoral code of conduct.   

    Returning Officer Md Abdul Baten issued the notices. The aspirants were asked to be present at Chittagong Regional Election Office by April 5 with written explanations, said Assistant Returning Officer Md Shafiqur Rahman.

  • Kidnapping of children rises sharply in 2015

    Children are increasingly at risk of being kidnapped, a children’s rights organisation has said, with official records showing an alarming rise in child abductions across the country.

    The Bangladesh Shishu Adhikar Forum (BSAF) says most kidnappings involve the participation of close relatives, friends and neighbours.

    One worrying trend was the increased participation of law enforcement officials in kidnappings, they said.

    In most cases, the children are lured away with chocolates or food, investigators said.

  • Bank official flees with clients’ money

    An official of Bangladesh Commerce Bank (BCB) fled after embezzling several cores of taka of its clients in Chittagong.

    The incident came into light when cheques of some of the bank’s clients were bounced at its Khatunganj branch yesterday.

  • Only 1% of Bangladeshis pay taxes

    Only 43 people in Bangladesh pay annual tax of more than Tk1 crore. Of them, most are contractors and importers. According to NBR, only 2,105 people pay over Tk20 lakh in income taxes every year.

    Interestingly, NBR says there are at least 5,000 people in the country who are capable of paying over Tk1 crore in taxes. The number is above 10,000 when the amount of tax to be paid is more than Tk50 lakh.

  • Radical Islamists strike again

    Radical Islamists strike again

    Two members of third gender catch killers of blogger OyasiqurRadical Islamists hacked to death secular blogger Md Oyasiqur Rahman Babu yesterday morning in Tejgaon, Dhaka allegedly for his atheist views.

    A travel agency executive, Oyasiqur’s murder was premeditated. Three assailants swooped on Oyasiqur, 27, armed with machetes around 9am on Dipika Mosque Lane of South Begunbari, close to Tejgaon Textile Engineering University, when he was going to office in Motijheel.

  • Wealthiest mayoral contender Mirza Abbas also faces the most cases

    Among the heavyweight mayoral aspirants in Dhaka South City Corporation, BNP leader Mirza Abbas is the richest and also the one with the most number of cases against him.

    In the Dhaka North mayoral race, the wealthiest contender is Annisul Huq followed by Abdul Awal Mintoo, who also takes second place for the number of cases pending.

    Among the mayoral hopefuls, Mirza Abbas took the gold, Abul Awal Mintoo the silver and Sayeed Khokon the bronze on the podium of affluence.

  • S Korean firm to upgrade Cox’s Bazar airport, cost goes up 5.26%

    Civil Aviation and Tourism ministry has decided to appoint a South Korean firm to upgrade the Cox’s Bazar Airport with a 5.26% increase in projected cost compared to the cancelled tender in 2011.

    An official of the civil aviation authority said it has finalised the third tender for appointing consultants for the upgrade.

    Delay in the tender process has raised the cost of construction, equipment, labour which in turn increased the cost of contractor firm, the official added.

  • CHTC condemns attack on Shantu Larma’s convoy

    The International Chittagong Hill Tracts Commission (CHTC) has condemned the attack on the convoy of chairman of Chittagong Hill Tracts Regional Council and also president of Parbatya Chattagram Jana Samhati Samiti (PCJSS) Jyotirindra Bodhipriya Shantu Larma, that took place on March 11.

    The attack was allegedly carried out in the presence of police and other law enforcers, according to a statement of CHT Commission issued yesterday.

  • Number of HSC examinees declines in Rajshahi Board this year

    A total of 107,090 students are going to appear in the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examinations this year under the Rajshahi Education Board.

    The examination is scheduled to be held from April 1 across the country.

    The students from about 698 educational institutions of eight districts under this education board will sit for this public examination, which will be held in 185 centres.

  • 2 held in liquor haul

    Police arrested two persons along with a large consignment of liquor worth Tk15.6 lakh from Patenga Sea Beach area early yesterday.

    The arrestees are Md Mansur Alam, 32, son of Nur Alam, from Dakshin Para of Dakhsin Patenga, and Md Nasir, 36, son of Ayub Ali, of Maddham Para of the area, said police sources.

    The haul included 1,250 bottles of beer, 280 bottles whisky, said CMP (Bandar zone) Assistant Commissioner Md Jahangir Alam.

    During the drive, police also seized two CNG-run auto-rickshaws and a trawler.

  • ICT: Submit war crimes charges against Nasir, Shamsu by Apr 15

    The International Crimes Tribunal 1 yesterday asked the prosecution to submit by April 15 the formal war crimes charges brought against two siblings – Nasiruddin Ahmed, a retied army officer, now on the run, and advocate Shamsuddin Ahmed, now in custody – of Kishoreganj.

    Justice M Enayetur Rahim, chairman of the three-member tribunal, passed the order in presence of prosecutor Sultan Mahmud Simon.

  • Acute crisis of drinking water prevails in Kishoreganj

    People of Kishoreganj are facing acute crisis of pure drinking water due to fall in underground water level for a couple of weeks.

    Thousands of tube-wells at 13 upazilas of the district have remained inoperative for decrease in water level and sources of surface water resources, including canals, ponds and wells, have almost dried up. 

  • BNP forms committees to ensure single candidate in every ward

    ‘The former ward councillors who are popular in their areas will get priority, but BNP will also seek opinion from its thana units’The BNP has formed committees for Dhaka North and South City Corporations to make sure that party leaders do not run against each other for the councillor posts in the upcoming polls.

    After ensuring that only one candidate runs in every ward with party blessings, they will prepare a final list before the last date of withdrawing nomination; the rest will then be asked to pull out.

    Insiders said the committee for Dhaka south is headed by Mirza Abbas, a standing committee member and also the BNP-endorsed candidate for the mayor post in this part of the capital.

  • Ruling party will ensure free polls, leaders say

    Ruling Awami League leaders have assured that the government will not interfere with the upcoming polls in the city corporations in Dhaka and Chittagong.

    Addressing separate programmes in Dhaka and Chittagong, they also assured that none of the ruling party’s affiliate bodies will try to exert force during the April 28 polls in Dhaka North, South and Chittagong City Corporations.

  • Teachers’ shortage hampers education of 5,279 students at eight schools

    Education of 5,279 students in eight government schools under seven upazilas of hill district Bandarban has been hampered seriously due to teachers’ shortage.

  • HSC, equivalent exams begin tomorrow

    The Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) and its equivalent examinations of 2015 begin across the country tomorrow.

    This year a total of 1,073,884 students under 10 educational boards, including one madrasa and one technical board, will sit appear from 8,305 institutions.

    Of them, 570,993 are boys. The examinations will be held at 2,419 centres across the country.

    Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid briefed media about the examinations yesterday.

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