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Tuesday November 21, 2017 11:48 PM



  • 2 held with fake notes of Tk25 lakh

    2 held with fake notes of Tk25 lakh

    RAB on Thursday night detained two members of a currency counterfeiting gang from the capital’s Adabor area and seized fake notes equivalent to Tk25 lakh from their possession.  

    Materials for making fake notes were also seized from gang leader Hamidur Rahman, 37, and Zamila Akhter Maniza, 30. They would use press cards to safely carry counterfeit money, said RAB. Hamidur is a contractor but got involved in the crime out of cupidity. 

  • AL leaders: Ashraf’s removal not punishment

    Awami League leaders yesterday said removal of Syed Ashraful Islam from the LGRD Ministry was not aimed at punishing him, rather to engage him more in party activities.

    They even do not think the party suffered an embarrassment at the decision saying that it was a very simple matter in a democratic government.

    At a programme yesterday, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s decision on running the government is always correct and time-befitting.

  • Deaths during Zakat distribution recurs

    People killed during the distribution of Zakat is not a new issue in our country. Since 1980, at least 100 Zakat-seekers have been killed during the religious programme mainly due to lack of planning and mismanagement.

    Despite recurrence of such deaths, it appears that the donors are not careful enough to take precautions while holding such programmes at their house or business establishments.

    It is also deplorable that no one was punished for the deaths as of now.

  • 27 killed in Zakat stampede

    At least 27 poor people, mostly elderly women and children, were killed and over 50 others injured in a stampede in Mymensingh town when they gathered before a factory to collect Zakat clothes.

    The death toll may rise since condition of several injured people, undergoing treatment at Mymensingh Medical College Hospital, was stated to be critical.

    Witnesses say the incident took place due to huge rush at the entrance of Nurani Jorda Factory after sehri around 5am. Twelve women died on the spot while the others succumbed to their injuries at the hospital, police say.

  • VIPs and Railway staff capture luxury train seats

    Seventy percent of luxury inter-city train seats – including saloon, air-conditioned berth, berth and air-conditioned coach seats – have already been pre-booked by VIPs and Railway officials, Railway sources said on Thursday.

    This has put regular paying customers out of the running to acquire tickets put on sale during the Eid season advanced sales period.

  • Rabada magic sinks Tigers

    South Africa recorded a comfortable eight-wicket win over Bangladesh in the first of three ODIs at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday with paceman Kagiso Rabada leading the way as he became only the second bowler after Taijul Islam to pick up a hat-trick on debut. Rabada registered miserly bowling figures of 6/16 from eight overs to present the Proteas a target of 161.

    In reply, the visitors had no problems chasing down the modest target and duly reached their destination with more than eight overs remaining.

  • The traffickers of Teknaf

    The traffickers of Teknaf

    In the wake of the Asian boatpeople crisis, the Dhaka Tribune’s Abid Azad travels down the migration routes along Bangladesh’s jagged coast in search of answers. On the quayside alongside migrant smuggling boats he finds desperation and ambition in equal measure, and finds menacing eddies that portend far more trouble for the migrants than they bargained for. Beyond the horizon, in foreign waters, a vast network of human traffickers lies in wait. For Bangladeshis looking for a back door to a better life, a vast tide of greed and cruelty threatens to sweep away naïve hopes and whole communities with it. This is the sixth part of the Dhaka Tribune multi-part investigative report on human trafficking in BangladeshThe Dhaka Tribune investigation has found that at least three tiers of local and international brokers are involved in the human trafficking business operating different legs of the journey from beginning to end.

    The Dhaka Tribune has obtained a list of human traffickers prepared by the police, which identifies 230 top brokers around the country.

  • Suspect of Mymensingh five-murder held

    Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday nabbed another accused in the quintuple murder case of Nandail upazila of Mymensingh from the capital’s Mohammadpur area.

    The arrestee Lal Mia is said to be the father of the two prime accused in the sensational murder case. 

    Earlier on the night of July 3, a man and his three sons were stabbed to death over ancestral land at Bashati village in the upazila.

    The victims were Billal Hossain, 58, and his sons Farid, 28, Himel, 16 and Pavel, 10.

  • ‘My father thought I was dead’

    Ajit Chandra Das still cannot forget the day he saw his father's lifeless body lying on the floor in the house four years ago.

    He is a survivor of the 2011 Mirsharai tragedy which marks the death of 45 people, including 42 young students, in a fatal road crash on July 11 that year. The other three victims included his father Haranath Das and two spectators.     

  • EC to set up Election Museum to record its history

    The Election Commission has taken initiatives to establish an Election Museum aiming to preserve polls-related historical records, photographs and old election laws and materials.

    The museum will be established at the EC Secretariat in the capital to store and exhibit various electoral laws and rules as well as polls materials used in the past like ballot boxes, voter lists, ballot papers, stamp seals and Hessian bags.

    The decision was taken at a recent meeting of the EC administration presided over by EC Secretary Md Sirazul Islam.

  • 2 put on 3-day remand over college girl killing

    A Dhaka court yesterday put two men on a three-day remand each in a case filed over Thursday’s killing of a college girl on her flat in the capital’s Mirpur.

    They are Robin, 24, step-brother of Amena Khatun Reshma, and Md Milon, 42, a security guard of the building.

    The two were detained hours after the body was recovered on Thursday morning.

  • Freedom fighter filed GD against secretary before suicide

    In his suicide note, the freedom fighter who killed himself allegedly after being humiliated by a government secretary had mentioned about filing a general diary against that bureaucrat.

    The note, believed to be in the handwriting of the deceased freedom fighter Ayub Khan and found by the police after his death, however, did not say where or when the GD had been filed against Liberation War Affairs Secretary MA Hannan.

  • Police yet to trace abducted businessman

    The law enforcers have failed to trace the Chittagong-based businessman who was abducted from the capital’s Uttara area on June 2 allegedly by some people identifying themselves as DB police.

    Investigators said they were considering it as an abducting case, but also suspect that the man might have gone into hiding as he had a lot of debt.

    Md Gias Uddin Kusum, 43, has a ship-breaking business in Chittagong.

  • Kitchen market on road leads to traffic jam

    A kitchen market is running a brisk business by taking over at last two lanes of the busy Nabinagar-Kaliakoir highway right beside the Ashulia police station. This has led to constant traffic snarls and random accidents in the area.

    It has been alleged that the illegal market is operating under the patronage of the police as the law enforcers collect tolls from the shops on a daily basis.

    Locals said a generator connection dealer named Tajul Islam Taju has been running the market. He leases out the spaces and collects the daily fees.

  • BIWTA special service for Eid passengers from July 14

    With seven vessels the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) will start 14-day special steamer services on the Dhaka-Barisal route on July 14 to make transportation of home-bound people smooth. 

    The special service  will continue till July 27 with regular services, said Nurul Alam Akand, deputy general manager of the BIWTC,  Barisal. 

    Every day at least one regular and one special vessel will left Dhaka to go different destinations on the route.

  • Fishermen in hardship for scanty Ilish catches

    Fishermen in the district are finding it difficult even to keep body and soul together due to scanty catches of Ilish in the river during the current lean season of the fish.

    Due to scarcity of the fish, locally known a ‘White Gold’, many of the fishermen are bound to leave their profession.

    Hundreds of fishermen suffer extremely as they could not repay the money they borrowed from local money lenders to run their profession and cannot maintain their families due to small catches of Ilish in the river.

  • No respite from waterlogging, traffic congestion

    No respite from waterlogging, traffic congestion

    People yesterday suffered immensely as the low-lying areas of the capital city went under knee-deep  water due to the continuous heavy rainfall, which started as a shower in the early hours.

    Townspeople had to see another terrible day amid huge traffic gridlock caused by heavy downpour.

    The heavy rain started in the morning inundating many parts of the capital within half an hour which intensified traffic jam as the city roads were clogged with vehicles of Eid shoppers on the weekly holiday.

  • Three train ticket scalpers jailed

    A mobile court of Chittagong District Administration jailed three for scalping train tickets ahead of Eid yesterday.

    Around 3pm, the court led by Executive Magistrate Amirul Kaisar arrested Mahfuza, 30, Shahadat Islam, 30 and Md Mamun, 30, for selling tickets in black at the Chittagong Railway Station.

    Amirul told the Dhaka Tribune that following prior information given by the Rapid Action Battalion members, they arrested the three members of a black ticket selling syndicate which is active on the station with around 150 members.

  • Khulna residents see spike in crime

    Townspeople of Khulna have been observing increase in crime incidents since the beginning of Ramadan. 

    Several syndicates are now active to realise extortion from transport workers on different roads and Dhaka-Khulna Highway, city residents said. Moreover, fish traders, pedestrians, and vendors fall prey to snatching every day, much to create anxiety among townspeople.

  • Lawrence of Arabia star Omar Sharif dies

    Actor Omar Sharif, best known for his roles in classic films Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago, has died aged 83.

    Egypt-born Sharif won two Golden Globe awards and an Oscar nomination for his role as Sherif Ali in David Lean’s 1962 epic Lawrence of Arabia. He won a further Golden Globe three years later for Doctor Zhivago.

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