Sunday February 18, 2018 07:37 AM

  • Bad weather hampers relief efforts

    Bad weather hampers relief efforts

    The flood situation is improving in Bandarban district, but the weather remains bad enough to cause hindrance in relief efforts in the remote flood-affected areas.

    Sources at Bandarban District Council said communication with the remote parts of the district has been severely damaged and many places are inaccessible.

    Parts of the Thanchi and Ruma roads have collapsed due to flood while communication through water routes remains suspended for the same reason. Road communication with Rowanchhari has also collapsed.

  • JMB chief’s son, 7 others arrested

    Leaders and activists of banned militant outfit Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) wanted to prove their strength by attacking on prison van to snatch its jailed chief Maulana Saidur Rahman, detectives say after the arrest of the group’s acting chief.

    Apart from Saidur, they had also planned to free Mufti Jashim Uddin Rahmani, the chief of another outlawed group, Ansarullah Bangla Team, now in the same Kashimpur High Security Jail.

  • Exclaves rife with rumours of Indian aid package

    On the eve of the Bangladesh-India territory exchange, exclave residents are in the spotlight as they choose whether to move or to stay. The fourth part of this report looks at the uncertainty and speculation driving their decisions
    Rumour mills in the Indian exclaves are working overtime on the eve of the final settlement of the Bangladesh-India territory exchange, with suggestions swirling about that India will handsomely reward those who retain their Indian nationality.

    At the stroke of midnight on July 31, the two states will formally exchange territories. The following day the population transfer of those who wish to return to their respective mainlands will begin.

  • Apex court to decide SQ Chy’s fate today

    Apex court to decide SQ Chy’s fate today

    It will be the fifth verdict of the Appellate Division in war crimes appeals casesThe Appellate Division of the Supreme Court is all set to deliver its verdict today on an appeal filed by BNP leader Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, challenging his death penalty awarded for committing genocide and systematic killings during the Liberation War in 1971.

    A four-member bench headed by Chief Justice SK Sinha will deliver the verdict at 9am. Other members of the bench are Justice Nazmun Ara Sultana, Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain and Justice Hasan Foez Siddique.

  • Oh city, city!

    Oh city, city!

    Another nice inclusion could be a proper bus system where passengers do not have to fear for their lives. Perhaps better-incentivised relocations could also play a role in a more movement-orientated trafficIt is often difficult to be articulate when one is trapped within the traffic of the city. It can feel like coagulated phlegm throbbing away inside the chest, formulating a disturbing and nauseating sense of unease.

    The usual remedy consists of dissolving it or forcing it out altogether somehow, but unfortunately, that analogy is more difficult to enact on the tightly-packed streets of our ever-expanding metropolis.

  • More sub-standard wheat in queue at Chittagong Port

    Around 225,000 tonnes of wheat imported from Europe have been waiting in vessels at the Chittagong Port because the Food Department says the cereal is of low quality.

    Five vessels full of wheat imported from France and Romania have been waiting at the Kutubdia outer anchorage and the Chittagong Port outer anchorage for months.

  • Father throws away newborn from seventh floor

    Sending shock waves to the nation, a man in Savar has chosen the most tragic way to escape paying bill of a hospital by throwing his 25-day-old boy from the rooftop of the hospital.

    Fazlul Hoque, father of Abdullah, yesterday confessed to the police after conducting the brutal act on Monday morning.

    The baby was born in a local hospital in Savar on July 2. He started suffering from viral blood infection and pneumonia since birth.

  • China highlights close defence ties at embassy function

    Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Bangladesh hosted a reception yesterday marking the 88th founding anniversary of Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA).

    Senior Colonel Zhang Wei, Chinese defence attaché in Bangladesh, said the rapid progress in China-Bangladesh military cooperation has reached “unprecedented levels.”

    Chinese PLA Navy hospital ship Peace Ark visited Chittagong again and provided humanitarian services for locals. “Bangladesh so far is the only country to receive the medical ship twice.”

  • Police hunt for mastermind of NBR member shooting case

    The four are just contract killers. The police are now looking for the person who planned the crimeInvestigators have arrested four people for their alleged involvement in the NBR member shooting case at Banani on March 23.

    According to the police, they were contract killers and the mastermind is yet to be identified.

    Around 7pm on that day, the miscreants shot 56-year-old NBR Member Barrister Jahangir Hossain Howlader when he was out walking near the customs officers’ quarters on Banani Road 2.

    A case was filed with Banani police against unidentified persons on March 24.

  • Board formed to treat bullet-hit baby

    Board formed to treat bullet-hit baby

    The newborn might lose sight in her right eye, says doctorDhaka Medical College Hospital authorities have formed a nine member medical board to treat the infant who miraculously survived a shooting and was admitted to the hospital early on Sunday.

    The board, which will be led by Professor Abid Hossain Mollah, head of the paediatric department at DMCH, will be formed to monitor the infant’s condition.

  • Probe committee found staff guilty

    The probe committee formed to investigate torture on girls at Sarkari Shishu Poribar orphange, found staff and officials of the institution guilty.

    The probe committee also recommended stern actions against staff who indiscriminately torture two girls when they tried to flee away from the orphanage facing repression.

    A seven-member committee led by Abul Kalam Azad, additional deputy commissioner, was formed on July 14 after the incident of torture on two girls came to the light.

  • ‘Rajon was not a thief’

    Rajon was not a thief and it was security guard Moyna who accused him of being a thief and started beating him, said Ayaz Ali, one of the accused in the Rajon murder case.

    In his statement before Sylhet Metropolitan Magistrate 1 Court, Ayaz said Rajon was playing with other children in front of the automobile workshop in Kumargaon, of which Moyna is the security guard. Rajon and the children was playing with a van, when Moyna accused him of trying to steal it, grabbed him and tied him with a pole.

  • Highway blocked over BCL rivalry

    Bangladesh Chattra League (BCL) of Senbag upazila unit blocked Noakhali- Chittagong Highway at Senbag Rastar Matha yesterday demanding cancellation of the new committee.

    The leaders and activists of the old committee of the upazila BCL unit observed the blockade programme from 11:30pm to 12:30 pm, rejecting the newly formed upazila committee.

    Scores of passengers were left stranded when vehicular movement on the highway halted for over an hour due to a road blockade, over a dispute between two committees of Senbagh upazilla unit.

  • RAB arrest one more in Nijam murder case

    Members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) arrested another person in Rupganj, Narayanganj yesterday in connection with the murder of teenage boy Nijam on April 13.

    Md Saiful Islam, 28, son of Abdul Latif, was arrested from his in-laws house in the morning on charge of his involvement in the brutal murder four months ago, said Operation Officer of RAB-1 ASP Muhit Kabir Serniabat.

    Earlier, police and CID arrested five people in connection with the incident.

  • 11 men sent to jail over arson attacks

    At least 11 leaders and activists of BNP-led 20-party alliance Banaripara upazila unit were sent to jail yesterday afternoon in connection with subversive activities during back-to-back hartals and non-stop blockade.

    The leaders and activists includ Golam Mahmud Mahbub, upazila secretary, Khalilur Rahman, municipal secretary of BNP, Habibur Rahman Jewel, president, Kamrul Islam, Ilias Kabir, Sagar Majhi, Azmal Hossain, activists of upazila JCD, Atikul Islam, Al-Amin and Year Hossain.

  • Probe report submission date Aug 27

    A Dhaka court yesterday fixed August 27 for submitting a probe report in a case filed against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia on charge of calling Awami League a party of atheists.

    Metropolitan Magistrate Shamsul Arefin passed the order as Shahbagh police failed to submit the probe report before the court on Tuesday.

    The deadline for submitting the probe report has been extended several times by the court as Shahbagh police have failed to submit it on the scheduled dates.

  • Schoolgirl brutally killed after gang rape

    A girl was brutally killed after gang rape at Sordi village under Muksudpur upazila of the district yesterday. The deceased is Rikta Khanam,14, daughter of Razzak Sheikh of the village. She was Class VII student of Dig Nagar High School.

    Sources said Rikta went missing while she was returning home from her relative’s house on Monday.

  • Minors forced into begging

    Police rescued six minor boys in the district yesterday while they were forced into begging.

    Superintendent of Police Joydeb Kumer Bhadra said in a press briefing the member of law enforcers held the boys while they were begging at several points in the town in uniform of a madrasa in the district.

    The rescued boys are Sohad, 10, Jewel, 11, Junayed, 16, Nayem, 9, Rezaul, 12, and Buruj Miah, 13. They hailed from different villages of  Tarail upazila.

  • Hearing against Fakhrul, 25 others moved to Aug 26

    A Dhaka court yesterday set August 26 to hold a hearing on charges framed against BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and 25 others.

     A case had been lodged against them for vandalising and setting fire to vehicles.

    Metropolitan Magistrate Tareq Moinul Islam Bhuiyan set the date accepting a time petition filed by the defence counsel in the case.

  • Rizvi denied bail again

    BNP Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi was again denied bail in two cases filed on charge of his involvement in street violence.

    The cases were filed with Motijheel police station in the capital. Metropolitan Magistrate Shamsul Arefin rejected his bail petition filed by defence counsel Syed Zaynal Abedin Mesbah.

    The court also rejected another petition submitted by Motijheel police seeking a 20-day remand for Rizvi in the two cases.

    The court, however, asked police to quiz him at the jail gate within two working days in connection with the cases.

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