Wednesday March 21, 2018 10:52 PM

  • Garo child, factory worker raped in Dhaka, Gazipur

    A Garo child was raped in the capital’s Bhatara area on Tuesday while a factory worker was gang-raped in Gazipur’s Sreepur on Monday night.

    Police arrested two men in connection with the rape in Gazipur.

    In Dhaka, a 10-year-old Garo child was raped allegedly by a 22-year-old man named Al Amin, who was absconding when this report was filed.

    The victim’s mother filed a case in this regard with Bhatara police station on the same day, said Inspector (Investigation) Sazzadur Rahman.

  • 280 children raped in the first six months of 2015

    280 children raped in the first six months of 2015

    Around 8:30pm on July 20, a 12-year-old girl of a garment worker mother and a rickshaw-puller father was watching television at their tin-roofed house in Dhaka’s Mirpur area. Both her parents were out working and sensing that the girl was alone, Polash, the son of their landlord, knocked at the door.

  • Drives keep unfit vehicles off the roads

    Drives keep unfit vehicles off the roads

    The Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) and Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) yesterday conducted drives in the capital to send unfit vehicles off the road.

    Several teams of the BRTA carried out the drives at Karwan Bazar, Airport, Arambagh and Mawa, said officials.

    A total of 57 cases were filed against owners of unfit vehicles and Tk65,000 was realised as fine.

    BRTA Executive Magistrate Debashish Nagh said: “The drive will continue and there is no way we can take unfit vehicles into consideration.” 

  • Sheikh Kamal’s 66th birth anniversary observed

    Sheikh Kamal’s 66th birth anniversary observed

    The 66th birth anniversary of Sheikh Kamal, the eldest son of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, was observed yesterday.

    The Awami League and its affiliated bodies placed wreaths at Sheikh Kamal’s portrait on Abahani Club compound in Dhanmondi at 8am. Other party leaders offered prayers at Kamal’s grave at Banani graveyard.

    The Swechchasebak League organised a meeting in front of Bangabandhu Bhaban in Dhanmondi.

  • Calls raised to try the murderers of Rakib under speedy tribunal

    The three-member team yesterday visited the two main accused at the prison cell of the KMCH but were unable to interrogate the suspects as they were both feeling unwellThose who brutally killed 12-year-old Rakibul Islam by pumping air into his rectum must be tried under the speedy trial tribunal, protesters in Khulna demanded, adding that the swift resolution of the case should set an example for the country’s justice system.

    Urging the government to be alert in not letting the criminals slip through any legal loopholes, speakers at a human chain in Khulna city’s Picture Palace intersection also called upon the administration to stand beside the family of Rakib.

  • War crimes verdict in Siraj Kosai case August 11

    The International Crimes Tribunal 1 has fixed August 11 to deliver its verdict in the case against two razakars including Sheikh Sirajul Haque alias Siraj Kosai for their brutality against the Hindus in Bagerhat during the 1971 Liberation War.

    Tribunal Chairman Justice M Enayetur Rahim set the date yesterday.

    The other accused in the case is Khan Akram Hossain. The court earlier abated the third accused, Abdul Latif Talukder, from the charges as he died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital on July 28.

  • HC stay lifted, orders Khaleda to surrender

    The High Court yesterday rejected the petitions filed by BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia challenging the legality of trial proceedings against her in Gatco graft case.

    The HC bench of Justice Md Nuruzzaman and Justice Abdur Rob passed the order on Wednesday afternoon.

    The court also asked Khaleda to surrender before the trial court within two months from the date of publishing the full order of the High Court.

    On Jun 17, the same bench kept the petitions waiting for verdict.

  • Nasim: Khaleda must join next polls to save BNP

    Ruling Awami League Presidium member Mohammad Nasim yesterday said to save her party’s existence BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia must join the next national polls in 2019.

    “There is no doubt that the next national polls will be held in 2019. According to the constitution, the polls will be held under Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. We hope all-party will also join the general polls,” he said.

  • Parents kill baby girl to prove they possess supernatural abilities

    Parents kill baby girl to prove they possess supernatural abilities

    A couple in Chandpur have been sent to prison after they were detained for beating their daughter to death in order to prove that they possess supernatural power. 

    Taslima Sharmin, judge of Chandpur Judicial Magistrate Court 1, ordered to send Emran Hossain, 40, and his wife Amena Begum, 35, to jail after police produced them before her yesterday noon. 

    Emran Hossain is a carpenter by profession.

  • Santu Larma: Existence of indigenous people under threat

    The government has created a great threat for the existence of the country’s indigenous people by committing activities that went against the CHT Peace Accord and the interest of the indigenous people, Jyotirindra Bodhipriyo Larma has said.

    Speaking at a press conference in the city’s Sundarban Hotel yesterday, the indigenous leader – better known as Santu Larma – also slammed the government for acting strongly to eradicate the indigenous Jumma people of the CHT region.

  • Thousands remain marooned due to embankment collapse

    Come monsoon, thousands of people in the district of Feni suffer from waterlogging and flooding every year. Locals and experts have identified five reasons behind the recurring waterlogging that also affects agriculture, business, communication system and livelihoods.

    A breach in the embankments of Muhuri and Kohua rivers, silt blocking the channel of Small Feni River, grabbing of various rivers and canals, and illegal construction on drains have been mentioned as the reasons behind waterlogging.

  • Fake doctor held

    A man was held in Gazipur for running a herbal research centre without holding any degree in medical science.

    A mobile court arrested Hakim S Chowdhury who held himself as a doctor and run a herbal research centre in Jhumur Cinema Hall Market in the city.

    Executive Magistrate Rebeka Sultana, who led the drive, said Hakim was sentenced to six months imprisonment for fooling people with his fake designations and also selling date-expired drugs. The drugs were destroyed during the drive. 

  • Father jailed for killing daughter

    A skeleton that was found dumped inside a sack in Sholoani village under Gazaria upazila of Munshiganj around six months ago, has been confirmed to be the body of a teenage girl murdered by her father.

    After long investigation, yesterday around 8pm police arrested Abul Hossain, 45, from Narayanganj for murdering his daughter Sumaiya Akter, 15.

    During primary investigation, Abul said Sumaiya had developed a love affair with Rajib Dewan, 18, son of their neighbour Khabir Dewan, going against his will.

  • Quader: No compromise over decision of three-wheeler ban

    Mentioning reckless running of three wheelers and small vehicles are the main reasons behind road accidents on highways, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader said the government would not compromise over decision of three-wheeler ban on highways.

    “We have imposed ban on plying of three wheelers on only 3,000 kilometres highways across the country while the vehicles can run rest of 250,000 kilometres roads in the country. We will construct separate by-lanes for three wheelers and small vehicles in future,” he said.

  • Complacency aids evil. All children deserve protection

    Complacency aids evil. All children deserve protection

    We are deeply saddened by the brutal murder of 12-year-old Md Karakul Islam in Khulna, who was killed by having air pumped into him via a garage air compressor.

    It is highly disturbing his killers reportedly felt entitled to act on their grudge that he had left employment at their garage as he was frequently beaten there. It shows cold calculation on the part of the accused that they waited several months for a chance to carry out their evil act.

  • Where is the outrage?

    Where is the outrage?

    Somewhere in that inexorable march to progress, we have lost our souls. We are evolving into a nation of apathy, greed, and intoleranceCan a person’s apathy “grow” the more it is in use? Is it like a muscle that, over time, becomes stronger and larger? Or rather, as a culture, is our apathy a form of selective blindness? We are completely willing to share wise quotes by an Indian politician, or the latest in Naila Nayem’s crazy antics. We express outrage over the murder of a lion, and yet, nary a whisper can be heard from across a million Facebook time-lines over what happened on Monday night.

  • Bringing them all to school

    Bringing them all to school

    The inequity begins with the access to education and basic health services. It is estimated that currently there are approximately 4 million children below the age of 14 who are excluded from the basic education systemThe recent study on the Creative Productivity Index (CPI) prepared by the Economics Intelligence Unit for the Asian Development Bank, ranks Bangladesh 22nd out of 24 Asian economies (only above Lao PDR and Myanmar) in overall input index, 20th in human capital, and 23rd for infrastructure.

  • Rise of the Tigers

    Rise of the Tigers

    Bangladesh needs to replicate its home-ground success in foreign lands. We have started doing so by beating giants such as Australia and England in the past — we should continue to do so in the futureMy nephew is a die-hard cricket fan. So is my childhood buddy Ashraf. These guys are interested only in cricket, and would do anything for their love of cricket. I have always been a “passer-by” when it comes to cricket.

  • Airfares set to become costly

    Airfares set to become costly

    NBR has become desperate to expand the tax net to achieve the revenue target for the current fiscal yearOverall airfares are set to be more expensive as the National Board of Revenue (NBR) is soon going to impose value added tax (VAT) on different charges, including embarkation, landing and boarding.

    However, a blame game is still going between the NBR and Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) over realising the proposed VAT.

    The revenue authorities have become desperate to expand the tax net to achieve the revenue target for the current fiscal year, which many consider a huge amount.

  • ACI to launch mobile handsets by next year

    Advanced Chemical Industries (ACI), the country’s one of the largest industrial conglomerate, has undertaken a plan to launch its mobile handsets and accessories in the market by next year.

    The company under its electronics business of consumer brands will launch a range of smart and feature mobile handsets and accessories in the name of STYLUS to demonstrate the company’s business excellence in the information technology, said an ACI statement released yesterday.

    “Its initial sales target of Tk72 crore in 2016,” said the statement.

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