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Wednesday November 22, 2017 01:21 AM



  • Blogger murders may be linked

    Blogger murders may be linked

    One of the two attackers was arrested earlier as member of the banned outfit JMBDetectives suspect that the killers and mastermind of the attacks on bloggers Oyasiqur Rahman Babu and Avijit Roy might belong to the same extremist group.

    “Oyasiqur, who was not a regular blog writer, started giving posts on Facebook condemning the murder of Avijit. The two killers caught red-handed said in interrogation that they killed Oyasiqur for his anti-Islamic writings [protesting the murder of an atheist],” Monirul Islam, the DMP joint commissioner and spokesperson, said yesterday.

  • Ruling alliance partners not on same page

    Awami League-led 14-party alliance is yet to reach a consensus over whether the partners will support common candidates or make individual endorsements in the upcoming city polls.

    Partners made conflicting remarks on the issue after a meeting yesterday in which the alliance was supposed to make a decision in this regard.

    Ruling party’s presidium member and alliance spokesperson Mohammad Nasim told reporters after the meeting that the partners were going to support the three mayor aspirants that alliance chief and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had selected.

  • Captors of Oyasiqur’s killers fear being named

    A day after two trangendered people helped to capture two of Oyasiqur Rahman Babu’s three killers, the Begunbari transgender community to which they belong yesterday told the Dhaka Tribune that the duo would not be publicly identified for fear of reprisals.

    Two third-gender people, helped by other Begunbari residents, succeeded in capturing alleged killers, Jikrullah and Ariful Islam, before handing them over to police.

    Oyasiqur was brutally hacked to death by three Islamist extremists wielding machetes.

  • Int’l communities concerned over freedom of expression

    Death of a second blogger within a span of barely one month triggered strong reaction from the international community with the UN expressing “tremendous concern” and European countries condemning the attack.

    UN deputy spokesperson, Farhan Haq, during his regular briefing at the UN headquarters on Monday (Tuesday in Bangladesh) said: “…it is a matter of tremendous concern that different journalists and other intellectuals are being attacked.”

  • Police given major role in scrutiny

    Police yesterday said they would send the details of criminal records of all the mayor and councillor aspirants of the upcoming Dhaka city polls to the Election Commission.

    At a press briefing last evening in the DMP media office, Detective Branch (DB) of police chief Monirul Islam said: “The EC wanted to know if there is any criminal record against any of those who had submitted nomination papers for the elections. We will send those details to the EC by tonight [last night].

  • Who is going to be your future mayor?

    Just under half of the candidates, 28 to be exact, are at least graduates, meaning that they completed the tertiary level of educationThe city corporation elections slated for April 28 will see nearly 12.5% of the country’s population exercise the franchise, offering not only a barometer reading on the state of the republic but also a glimpse into the current state of leadership in Bangladesh.

    As the 18.5 million residents of the country’s three most populous city corporations go to the ballot box to elect their next chief metropolitan officer, citizens rightly ask: Who exactly are their would-be leaders?

  • BNP team to meet EC today

    A delegation of BNP will meet the Election Commission today to place its eight-point proposal that includes a demand for creating level-playing field for all in the city corporation polls.

    A source at the BNP Gulshan office said the delegation led by the party’s Standing Committee member Jamiruddin Sircar will go to the EC.

    “Khaleda Zia has discussed the proposals with some senior leaders and finalised them,” the source said.

  • BD-US partnership, security dialogue likely in April

    The government is planning to hold the fourth Bangladesh-US Partnership Dialogue and Security Dialogue in April to boost relationship.

    “We have proposed to hold the dialogues on April 30 and are waiting for the US approval,” a senior official of the Foreign Ministry told the Dhaka Tribune.

    The fourth partnership dialogue will be held in Dhaka while the security dialogue will be held in Washington. The venues were reversed in the third meeting.

  • HSC, equivalent exams begin today

    The Higher Secondary Certificate exams begin today amid political agitations sponsored by the BNP-led 20-party alliance.

    More than 10 lakh students will take part in the HSC and equivalent exams this year – 67,490 fewer than last year.

    The theoretical tests are scheduled to be held between April 1 and June 11; the practical exams will be held between June 13 and June 22.

    Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid yesterday said the government decided to hold the exams as per schedules despite the ongoing political turmoil.

  • Top power plant falters during peak season

    In the middle of peak demand season, the country’s largest public sector power plant has been temporarily shut down due to technical problems.

    Power sector insiders said the disruption of the 412MW gas-fired Haripur Power Plant in Narayanganj will have an impact on the country’s electricity supply. 

  • 14 evicted Hindu families get back land

    Local administration and police yesterday reinstated 14 Hindu families on their land at Chandantola village of Taltoli upazila and started construction of houses.

    A temporary police camp was also set up in the area to ensure security of the families, evicted by influential quarters over the last two years.

  • BRTA official’s wife killed, 3 more injured

    The assailant came to the flat of Sitangshu Shekhar Bishwas, deputy director of Bangladesh Road Transport Authority, on Monday night with gifts and food to greet him on his belated birthday. He was apparently known to the family.

    He gave Sitangshu juice, presumably laced with sedatives, that he had brought. After drinking the juice, Sitangshu fell unconscious, and then the man hit his head with a hammer.

  • 7,500kg of jatka confiscated from city

    Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) yesterday in a drive confiscated 7500kg of jatka from the capital’s Kawran Bazar fish market yesterday morning.

    The elite force fined 11 fish traders Tk5000 each for selling jatka (hilsha fry) defying government ban.

    Rab 2 operation officer Maruf Ahammed said on information they raided the Karwan Bazar fish market yesterday morning with the officials of Fisheries Department and seized 7500kg of jatka.

    RAB 2 Magistrate Anisur Rahman fined 11 illegal fish traders Tk5000 each for selling jatka, said the official.

  • Oishee’s friend gets bail

    A Dhaka court yesterday granted bail to a suspect in the murders of Special Branch Inspector Mahfuzur Rahman and his wife Swapna Rahman, who were allegedly killed by their own daughter Oishee Rahman.

    Dhaka Speedy Trial Tribunal 3 Judge Syeed Ahamed granted the bail to Oishee’s friend Mizanur Rahman Rony, 25, after hearing a bail petition.

  • Rizvi on remand again

    BNP Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi was placed on a fresh three-day remand yesterday in a case of instigating vandalism and arson in the capital’s Sher-e-Bangla Nagar on January 18.

    Metropolitan Magistrate Mustafizur Rahman passed the order when Sub-Inspector Markarias Das of Sher-e-Bangla Nagar police station, also the investigation officer of the case, produced him before the court seeking a five-day remand for interrogation.

    Meanwhile, the defence counsel sought his bail but the court rejected the bail petition after hearing.

  • Elevated expressway work to begin after 3 missed deadlines

    The proposed Dhaka elevated expressway have been facing uncertainties centring acquisition of a land in Kuril but the authority said the issue is in the process of being resolved.

    The work for building the first phase of the expressway from the airport to Banani in the capital could not be started because of a complication in acquiring a 1.4 acre land in Kuril. At least six multi-storied buildings stand on that land and the owners had filed a petition with the High Court.

  • Rajshahi College students protest hike in fees

    The students of Rajshahi Government College went on a demonstration in protest at the increase in the fees of from fill-up on the campus yesterday.

    Over 100 students started demonstration and chanting slogans against the authorities concerned around 11am. On information, a team from Boalia police station rushed to the campus and took the situation under control.

    The agitated students alleged that the authorities concerned allegedly had increased the amount of fees for form fill-up of the third year final examination.

  • 4 drown, 9 missing in boat capsize

    Four people died and nine others went missing as a boat capsized in the Padma River at Shibganj upazila under the district on Monday night.

    The deceased were identified as Jonab Ali, 55, son of Eshak Ali of Monohorpur, Tazrin Khatoon, 17, daughter of Azizul Haque of Bheshapara village, Sumi Akhter, an SSC examinee and daughter of

    Arshad Ali of Raninagar village, and Rishad, 9, son of Nasir Uddin of Monkosha village of the upazila.

  • Two to die for killing minor girl after rape

    A Netrakona court sentenced two people to death penalty for killing a minor girl after rape three years back.

    Judge of Children Repression Prevention Tribunal Dr AKM Abul Kashem gave the verdict against Ali Hossain and Mamud Hossain. Both of them are the residents of Horipur village at Dhormopasa upazila, Sunamganj.

    According to the prosecution,  the convicts raped Shabnur, 10, daughter of Jahangir Alam, a resident of Atithipur village, after taking her in a jute field and later killed her on July 14, 2012.

  • Demu train services suspended for 85 days

    Commuters suffer as the Diesel Electric Multiple Unit (Demu) train services on Parbatipur-Thakurgaon and Parbatipur- Lalmonirhat routes have remained suspended for 86 days due to security reasons. 

    Authorities of Bangladesh Railway (BR) had stopped the plying of the Demu trains on the routes on January 5 when the BNP-led 20-party alliance enforced blockade across the country.

    The BR’s officials in Thakurgaon told the Dhaka Tribune that they stopped the train services to avoid any attack on the trains by pro-blockade and pro-hartal activists.

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