Sunday February 25, 2018 02:00 PM

  • Time for BNP to look in the mirror

    The year 2015 has not been the happiest for people involved actively with the politics of BNP. They exhausted a lot of time, money and energy into a violent movement during January-March that eventually failed.

    In return, most have not been able to return home, either because they were arrested or trying to avoid arrest in hundreds of lawsuits filed in connection with those three months’ street violence.

  • 26 killed in road accidents

    26 killed in road accidents

    Atleast 26 people were killed in road accidents with many others injured in various districts of the country yesterday.

    Eight people including four of the same family were killed when a train rammed into a CNG-run autorickshaw at a rail-crossing at Hyderabad of Dakkhinkhan area in Gazipur yesterday around 2:45pm.

    The deceased are Shah Alam, 27, his wife Peyara Begum, 21, their son Yasin, 4, daughter Sadiya, 6, Peyara’s sister Sofura, 12, Shah Alam’s cousin Al Amin, 27, his neighbour Liton Miya, 22, and the autorickshaw driver Mostofa, 20.

  • Chittagong Test hanging on knife’s edge

    The ongoing first Test between Bangladesh and South Africa is hanging finely in the balance following the third day’s play at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium yesterday as the visitors’ openers posted a positive start in pursuit of the home side’s 78-run first-innings lead. Stiaan van Zyl (33*) and Dean Elgar (28*) added 61 unbroken runs and concluded the third day still trailing the Tigers by 17 runs.

  • Hasina: Security shouldn’t detach PM from people

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked the members of Special Security Force (SSF) to be careful so that her contact with general people is not hindered in the name of security.

    “We do politics … general people are the main source of power for us … you need to keep it in mind that we should not be detached from people,” she said.

    Hasina was addressing a function marking the 29th founding anniversary of the SSF at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).

  • Khaleda lawyers grill ACC in graft case

    The deputy director of the country’s graft watchdog found himself in the hot seat yesterday, as BNP chief Khaleda Zia’s lawyer subjected him to a lengthy cross-examination in the Zia Charitable Trust graft case.

    BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia stands accused along with eight others in the Zia Charitable Trust graft case and Zia Orphanage Trust case.

    During the 90 minutes of questioning yesterday, defence counsel suggested that the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) was a ruling party lackey.

  • Media urged to portray Bangabandhu as a universal leader

    The Awami League has sought the media’s collaboration in portraying Bangabandhu as a universal leader.

    Syed Ashraful Islam, general secretary of the ruling party, made the call to the media while addressing a meeting with journalists at the Dhanmondi office of Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday.

  • Minister: Charge sheet against Rajon’s killers soon


    The police are likely to file a charge sheet within the next few days over the killing of 13-year-old Rajon, Law Minister Anisul Huq has said, adding that the case would be sent to a speedy trial tribunal for its quick disposal.

    “The home minister has assured me that the charge sheet will be filed within three or four days,” he told reporters yesterday at the capital’s Judicial Administration Training Institute after the inauguration of a two-month training course for newly appointed assistant judges.

  • ACC questions BASIC Bank MD, former MD skips

    BASIC Bank disbursed loans worth Tk4,248 crore in just four years – from 2009 to 2013 – without any reliable securities, the Anti-Corruption Commission has said.

    The loans were approved by the bank’s branches at Gulshan, Dilkusha and Shantinagar in the capital, the bank’s new Managing Director Khondoker Md Iqbal told ACC officials during a questioning session yesterday.

    A team of ACC officials led by Deputy Director Syed Iqbal Hossain questioned Md Iqbal from 10am to 1pm regarding the loan fraud of Tk4,500 crore.

  • DT Ctg bureau chief’s father dies

    DT Ctg bureau chief’s father dies

    Father of Tushar Hayat Chowdhury, Chittagong bureau chief of the Dhaka Tribune, passed away in his residence in Swandip upazila of the district early yesterday.

    Nurul Huda Chowdhury, 87, breathed his last in Amanullah Chowdhury Bari around 5am. A renowned businessman and a social worker, he had long been suffering from old age complications, said family members.

    Nurul Huda was the president of Sontospur High School and Cheuria Primary School governing body. He left behind his wife, four sons, six daughters and a large number of well-wishers to mourn his death.

  • War crime accused Abdul Latif hospitalised

    War crime accused Abdul Latif Talukdar was hospitalised yesterday afternoon after he fell ill because of old age complications in Dhaka Central Jail.

    He was admitted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital and is now undergoing treatment at ward 602 of the hospital, said officials.

    Dhaka Central Jail Superintendent Neasar Alam said Latif fell ill around 1:30pm and was immediately taken to the DMCH.

    Abdul Latif Talukdar is accused of killing 42 people during the 1971 Liberation War at Shankharikathi Bazar in Bagerhat’s Kachua upazila.

  • Voter list update process begins tomorrow

    The Election Commission will start the countrywide voter list update process tomorrow.

    Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad will open the three-phase data collection for updating the country’s voter list at 11am at Shilpakala Academy in Narsingdi town, said Director (Public Relations) of the Election Commission SM Azaduzzaman yesterday.

    Four election commissioners – Abdul Mobarak, Abu Hafiz, Zabed Ali and Shah Nawaz – and EC Secretary Sirazul Islam will be present at the inauguration programme, he

  • Fish traders help pirates in the Sundarbans

    In the face of stern actions from the administration, notorious pirate groups of the Sundarbans have reorganised in smaller factions with the support of local fish traders.

    Fishermen, who are still facing torture and abduction by pirates, alleged that the local fish traders had been helping the bandit groups survive.

    They said fish traders smuggle arms, food and other necessities to the pirates groups in exchange of money.

    There are at least eight or nine active pirate groups in the Sundarbans. Fishermen are often abducted by them for ransom.

  • RAB detains six tender snatchers near Rajuk office

    RAB detained six people, who were tyring to snatch tender documents, from in front of the Rajuk building in the capital’s Gulistan around yesterday afternoon.

    The six are: Kazi Sohel Hossain, 28, Md Rasel, 29, Md Khairul Alam, 37, Md Mizanur Rahman, 56, Md Kazi Mazharul Islam, 51, and Md Selim, 51.

  • Charge framing deferred again in Kibria killing case

    For the third time, a Sylhet court has deferred framing charges in the case filed over the killing of former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria; the hearing will now be held on August 3.

    Kishore Kumar Kar, public prosecutor of the Sylhet Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal, told the Dhaka Tribune that the tribunal yesterday adjourned the charge framing hearing as suspended Sylhet mayor Ariful Haque Chowdhury – one of the charge-sheeted accused – was not produced before the court.

  • Downpour pushes Jhenidah flower growers at stake

    At least 1,500 flower growers in the district have been facing a tough time recently as incessant heavy downpour damaged their gardens vastly. 

    Consequently, they have incurred huge loss due to the untoward move of nature.

    Sources at the local agriculture office said about 265-hector was under flower cultivation this season. Of the figure, 85-hector
    in Kaliganj upazila, 65-hector in Sadar upazila while 30 in Harinakundo upazila, 45 in Moheshpur upazila and 40 in Kotchandpur upazila.

  • River erosion posing threat to residents

    More than 1,000 people of several villages at Koyra upzila upazila under  the district are reportedly in danger as  the Kapotakhsa River has devoured a large portion of the Gobra-Ghatakhali embankment recently.

    The villages include Koyra Sadar, Gobra, Ghatakhali, Horinkhola, 2 No Koyra, Modinabad and 1 No Koyra, said section officer Abdul Matin of Water Development Board (WDB).

    “Around three kilometer area has been devoured by river erosion,” said  Koyra Union Parishad  member Shaikh Abul Kalam Azad.

  • AL man hacked to death

    A man was killed during a factional clash of the ruling party Awami League at Rupdia village of Mugura Sadar upazila yesterday morning.

    Officer-in-Charge of Magura Sadar police station Munshi Asaduzzam said Pannu had been killed over rivalry between two factions of Awami League at the village.

    He said there had been a long-standing dispute between Shatrijitpur union AL President Johur Mollah and General Secretary Eklashuddin over establishing supremacy in the locality.

  • Boy dies as marble sticks in throat

    A minor boy died as a marble stuck in his throat at Hamkuriya village in Tarash upazila yesterday afternoon.

    The deceased was identified as Zakaria, 5, son of Babu Hossain of the village.

    Police said the marble struck in Zakaria’s throat while he was playing in the yard of his house in the afternoon.

    Zakaria died within half an hour of frantic effort to bring out the marble.

  • Govt to install 2,280,000 prepaid gas meters across country

    The government has decided to install 2,280,000 lakh prepaid gas meters in the country aimed at preventing the wastage of natural gas.

    “The government under different projects will install prepaid gas meters to prevent wastage of gas during its use at  different holdings,” Energy and Mineral Resources Secretary Abubakar Siddique said yesterday. 

    He said consumers of the natural gas under these projects would get more financial benefits by using the prepaid gas metres, compared to their use in the previous system.

  • RAB arrests two more of yaba trading cartel with 80,000 pills

    The Rapid Action Battalion arrested two people with about 80,000 pieces of Yaba pills from Nimtala-Biswa Road area in Chittagong city early yesterday. The two had smuggled 300,000 yaba pills before Eid-ul-Fitr, according to the RAB.

    Police arrested Md Jakir, 26, and Jasim Uddin Rana, 35, seven months back, but then they were released from jail and got indulged in yaba trading.

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