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  • Getting to school a tricky task in enclaves

    Getting to school a tricky task in enclaves

    For a child born in one of the Indian enclaves in Bangladesh, education is not among the easiest of things to acquire.

    These enclave people are technically Indians and so, to get admission in a school on Bangladesh territory, they need to come up with a Bangladesh identity, which of course is fake.

    There are very little schooling facilities available inside the enclaves. Non-governmental organisation (NGO) Brac operates small schools in many of these enclaves and these are the only schools that the enclave people have access to.

  • Police: Rape in microbus was premeditated

    The recent rape of an indigenous woman inside a running microbus had been a premeditated act of crime by the perpetrators, police said yesterday.

    The analysis of video footage and the statement of the victim suggested that the rapists had targeted the woman and planned the crime, said Monirul Islam, joint commissioner of the Detective Branch of police.

    Efforts were on to identify the culprits by analysing surveillance footage from roadside CCTV cameras, as well as CCTV footage from inside Jamuna Future Park – the shopping mall where the victim worked at.

  • Local leaders, police aiding traffickers

    A fourth of cases see light in 10 years, others move at snail’s paceIt seems that protectors have turned perpetrators.

    Even though the law enforcement agencies are responsible for stopping human trafficking by apprehending the rackets and bringing them to book, some of the officials spare the smugglers in exchange for money.

    Because of their direct involvement with the rackets, investigation into the cases see little or no progress, says an intelligence agency report submitted to the Prime Minister’s Office recently.

  • 139 graves of migrants found in Malaysia

    Malaysia has found 139 graves, and signs of torture, in more than two dozen squalid human trafficking camps suspected to have been used by gangs smuggling migrants across the border with Thailand, the country’s police chief said yesterday.

    “It’s a very sad scene… To us even one is serious and we have found 139,” Malaysia’s Inspector General of Police, Khalid Abu Bakar, told reporters in the northern state of Perlis. “We are working closely with our counterparts in Thailand. We will find the people who did this.”

  • Ansarullah sixth outlawed militant group

    From now on, any open or secret activity of Ansarullah Bangla Team, believed to be an al-Qaeda proxy in Bangladesh, will be considered anti-state after the government yesterday imposed a ban on the radical Islamist outfit.

    Following the decision, Ansarullah activists will not be allowed to hold meetings, processions or preach its ideologies. Such activities would be termed anti-state and law enforcers would take legal action under the Anti-Terrorism Act, police say.

    The government in 2013 planned to blacklist the group.

  • Road crash kills six criminals, one police in Gazipur

    A head-on collision between a human haulier and a covered van killed seven people and injured 13 in Gazipur yesterday.

    The human haulier was carrying four police officials and 13 detainees and was on its way to a Gazipur court from Sreepur model police station when the accident happened, Zahidul Islam, OC (investigation) at the police station, said.

    Among the deceased, six were criminals and one was a police official, he said.

  • Court seeks explanation over Bhatara gang rape

    Court seeks explanation over Bhatara gang rape

    The High Court yesterday sought explanation from the police for delaying to register a case over the gang rape of an indigenous woman in the capital on May 21.

    The bench of Justice Farah Mahbub and Justice Kazi Md Ejarul Haque Akondo also asked the police and the government to explain as to why the girl should not be compensated for the delay in recording the case.

    The court ordered the government to make sure that the police accept any rape complaint and serve all victims without any discrimination in the future.

  • DB: Local militants gone global

    The chief of the Detective Branch of police yesterday said local militants recently taken into custody were in touch with international militant networks.

    “Bangladeshi militants have not only established links with Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria and al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) but also with militant groups in other countries,” DB Joint Commissioner Monirul Islam said.

    He said the local militants had online contacts with the international groups.

  • Court rejects Khaleda’s plea to scrap testimony of plaintiff

    Court rejects Khaleda’s plea to scrap testimony of plaintiff

    A Dhaka court yesterday rejected a defence petition to scrap the testimonies of the plaintiff of the Zia Charitable Trust and Zia Orphanage Trust graft cases, but accepted a separate plea that sought more time to cross examine the plaintiff.

    Judge Abu Ahmed Jamadar of Special Judge Court 3 rejected the first petition by BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s counsels, but allowed the defence more time to cross examine plaintiff Harun-ur-Rashid in the Zia Charitable Trust graft case.

  • One killed in Jatrabari gunfight

    A wanted criminal was killed in a gunfight with police in the capital’s Jatrabari area yesterday.

    The dead was identified as Natai Sohel, 25. A subordinate of Sohel, Md Sajeeb, 22, also received bullet injuries during the gunfight.

    Sub-Inspector Atikur Rahman of Jatrabari police station said the gunfight took place when criminals opened fired at police and hurled a crude bomb during a raid near Balur Maath of the Shantek Bashpotti area at around 12pm.

  • Bangabandhu’s family to get lifetime special security and facilities

    The government has approved lifetime special security for the family members of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman under the Father of the Nation’s Family Members Security Act 2009.

    As per a circular signed by Dr Md Mozammel Haque Khan, senior secretary of the Home Ministry, and issued yesterday, Bangabandhu’s family will get appropriate security fence facilities for their residences.

  • PM commits to fighting evil, opens dev projects in Comilla

    PM commits to fighting evil, opens dev projects in Comilla

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed her commitment of fighting the forces of evil in a speech marking the 116th birth anniversary of the national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam at the Comilla Town Hall premise yesterday afternoon.

    Referring to the essence of Nazrul’s works, the PM expressed her frustration over the three-month-long blockade resulting in daily arsony and vandalism starting January 5 in the name of movement by the BNP-led 20-party alliance.

  • Abbas’ bail petitions rejected

    The High Court rejected the bail petitions of BNP leader Mirza Abbas in two vandalism and arson cases yesterday.

    The bench of Justice Md Ruhul Quddus passed the orders after hearing the two petitions.

    Deputy Attorney General Bashir Ullah told reporters that police now can arrest Abbas anytime in connection with the cases.

    The cases were filed with Paltan police station on December 29 last year and Motijheel police station on January 4 this year. 

  • Robbers stab five of a family in Gazipur

    Robbers have stabbed five people of a family and looted the house in Uttarpara area under Sreepur upazila in Gazipur.

    The injured are businessman Uttam De, 50, his wife Namita Rani, 36, their two sons—Shuvo De, 18, and Shanto De, 13 and their nephew Sajib, 20.

    Namita Rani said: “A gang of 12 robbers swooped into their house around 2am Monday and looted gold earrings and two mobile phones.”

  • Nine jailed for life for killing

    A court yesterday sentenced nine people to life term imprisonment each for killing a minor boy after kidnapping him in Bheramara upazila in 2011.

    According to the prosecution, minor boy Alif Hossain, 4, son of Saleh Ahmed Shishir of Ramkrisnapur village, went missing since Gasi Akter, son Dulal Hossain of the village, called him out of the house on February 2, 2011.On February 7, the kidnappers demanded Tk two lakh from the victim’s father from a secret place over phone.

  • Mystery prevails over death of two youths

    A confusing situation has created over the deaths of youths as police are saying that they were killed in a mob-beating while snatching a motorbike, but their families claiming that police had shot them to death.

    Police said Al-Amin, 23, son of Abdul Aziz of Arpara Ghurulia village, and Ismail Hossain, 22, a student of Jessore Polytechnic Institute, had been beaten to death by agitated people while they were snatching a motorbike from Rajapur area, Jessore
    sadar upazila.

  • Rape is everybody’s problem

    Rape is everybody’s problem

    Society must root out myths which put the blame for rape upon victims The public attention given to last Thursday’s gang rape of a 21-year-old woman on a public microbus is the exception, not the rule.

    Unfortunately, most rapes go unreported in our country due to social stigma and the prevailing lack of support available for victims.

  • How many are really Bangladeshi?

    How many are really Bangladeshi?

    We have good reason to believe that the number of Bangladeshis among the migrants is being exaggerated. Their actual number can be known only after proper verificationIn a foreign ministers’ meeting in Seoul on May 22, Indonesian officials told Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop that only 30% to 40% of those stranded on boats were Rohingya refugees. Indonesia’s director general of multilateral affairs, Hasan Kleib, said that out of 600 people rescued, 400 were Bangladeshis. “They [Indonesia] believe there are about 7,000 people at sea (and) they think about 30% to 40% are Rohingya, the rest are Bangladeshi.”

  • Mission: Chemical X

    Mission: Chemical X

    I've always wanted to be a mother. And being the boro meye of the house myself, I’ve always loved the idea of having a daughter as my eldest.

    But with everything that’s happening around us, I now wonder whether anyone should even risk bringing a little girl into this messed up world. She’d never be safe. I’d die worrying about her. I couldn’t stop her from going out into the world, and I’d be scared every time she did.

  • Culture in flux

    Culture in flux

    Thus, we see a Bangladeshi expatriate in the US spending leisure hours watching NTV and traveling back to home when it is time to look for a mateIt was George Lamming who said: “But the worl’ get small, small, ol’ man.” I can connect to anyone across the globe. I can tune in to Dish Network and find out what issues Zillur Rahman is navigating in Tritio Matra on Channel I or who is today’s guest at Aaj Shokaler Amantrane on Tara.

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