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Saturday November 18, 2017 04:00 AM



  • Rakib’s killers Sharif, Mintu placed in 5-day remand

    A Khulna court has placed two prime accused in the murder of 12-year-old Md Rakibul Islam in remand for five days.

    The Court of Khulna Metropolitan Magistrate Faruk Iqbal issued the order yesterday after hearing a remand petition placed by police, said Sub-Inspector Kazi Mostaq, investigation officer of the case.

    Police presented Sharif and Mintu before the court yesterday afternoon and sought to place the accused in remand for 10 days.

  • Blogger murder probes sluggish

    Blogger murder probes sluggish

    Investigations into the killing of several bloggers over the last two years, believed to have been carried out by Islamist extremists, are moving at a snail’s pace, without a single murder trial completed yet.

    Since 2013, knife-wielding extremists have attacked six secular-minded bloggers, five with deadly effect. 

  • 17 JMB men get 10 years’ jail for Gazipur serial bombings

    A Dhaka court has sentenced 17 JMB militants to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment in a case filed in connection with the series bomb blasts on the Gazipur DC office premises on August 17, 2005.

    Judge Abdur Rahman Sarder of Speedy Trial Tribunal 4 delivered the verdict in a packed courtroom yesterday.

    The tribunal also fined them Tk10,000 each; if they default, they would have to suffer one more year of rigorous imprisonment.

  • Public unis not for those without GPA 5 in HSC exams

    The number of students, who passed this year’s HSC and equivalent examinations with distinction, exceeds the seats available in the public universities by more than 4,000.

    This means that not everyone with distinction – a grade point average of five or GPA 5 – will be able to be enrolled for undergraduate studies in a public university, which students usually prefer over private ones.

  • Rajon’s father sends memorandum to PM demanding justice

    Sheikh Azizur Rahman, father of Rajon – the child who was beaten to death in Sylhet last month – has sent a memorandum to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina seeking justice for his son.

    Sources said he sent the memorandum to the prime minister via the deputy commissioner of Sylhet.

  • Khaleda graft cases hearing now on Aug 27

    A Dhaka court yesterday adjourned until August 27 the hearing of Zia Charitable Trust and Zia Orphanage Trust corruption cases against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia.

    Judge Abu Ahmed Jamadar of the Special Judge Court 3 set the date after Aminul Islam, counsel for Ziaul Islam Munna who is an accused in Zia Charitable Trust graft case, concluded quizzing Harun-ur-Rashid, deputy director of the Anti-Corruption Commission and also the plaintiff in both cases.

  • Cabinet pays homage to Bangabandhu

    The Cabinet has paid homage to memory of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman as part of marking the 40th death anniversary the great leader on August 15.

    Cabinet Secretary M Musharraf Hossain briefed journalists after ending the cabinet meeting  presided by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the secretariat in the capital yesterday.

  • Hizb-ut Tahrir’s CU, Cuet coordinator arrested

    One of the top alleged Hizb-ut Tahrir coordinators in the port city was arrested by the police yesterday from Chittagong’s Chawkbazar area.

    Sohan Yasin Mohammed Iqbal, a former student of Chittagong University, had been working to organise the activists of Hizb-ut Tahrir units at the CU and at Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology (Cuet), said Chawkbazar police OC Aziz Ahmed.

  • ACC won’t deal with forgery cases

    The government yesterday approved in principle the draft of Anti-Corruption Commission (Amendment), Bill 2015, aimed at empowering the Judicial Magistrate courts to deal with cheating and forgery related cases to mitigate the workload of the ACC.

    However, trial of the cases of government officials and bankers related to their official duties as well as cheating and forgery over government properties would be held under the ACC Act.

  • Asia’s largest e-Library opens at Dhaka University

    The largest e-Library in Asia has been opened at the Faculty of Business Studies of Dhaka University (DU) yesterday, a DU press release said.

    DU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr AAMS Arefin Siddique inaugurated the e-library at the Business Studies Faculty Conference Room.

  • Saima Wazed for psychiatrists in schools

    Autism expert and World Health Organisation’s Advisory Council Member Saima Wazed Hossain has stressed to appoint psychiatrists in the country’s educational institutions for the development of mental health of the schoolchildren, reports BSS.

    “The role of psychiatrists is important for the development of the mental health of schoolchildren,” said Saima in a function of educational and counseling psychology department of Dhaka University yesterday.

  • Seven members of car lifting gang arrested

    A RAB team arrested seven members of a car theft gang early yesterday from Savar and uncovered information on how the thefts were carried out.

    RAB 4 Commanding Officer Khandkar Lutful Kabir said after receiving a complaint from a Shahadat Hossain, Rab 4 started a shadow investigation of car thefts.

    At one stage, four of the gang were arrested from in front of Khondoker Hossain Plaza of Amin Bazar with a stolen Toyota sedan around 1:10am yesterday, said Lutful Kabir, an additional deputy inspector general of the force.

  • Court to rule on Zafrullah on Aug 30

    The International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) has fixed August 30 to give an order in the contempt of court case against freedom fighter and Gonoshasthaya Kendra founder Zafrullah Chowdhury for his disrespectful remarks about its judges.

    The three-member ICT-2, led by Justice Obaidul Hassan, set the date yesterday after hearing arguments from both the petitioner and defence counsels.

    Zafrullah Chowdhury’s lawyer Baset Mazumder said Zafarullah was present at the court, and a video clip containing his remarks was shown on a large screen inside the court room.

  • Diplomats briefed about Rohingya census

    Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque has briefed diplomats about undocumented Myanmar nationals residing in Bangladesh.

    “We have a national strategy on undocumented Myanmar nationals and we briefed them about the progress on their documentation,” Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque told the Dhaka Tribune.

    “We also highlighted the issue of trafficking in the meeting as, due to the undocumented Myanmar nationals, Bangladeshis have been victimised,” he said.

  • Janakantha contempt verdict Thursday

    The Appellate Division will deliver its verdict on a contempt rule against the editor and executive editor of Daily Janakantha on August 13. 

    A six-member bench led by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha set the date after finishing hearing of arguments on the rule yesterday.

    The apex court issued the contempt rule on July 29 against Janakantha Editor and Publisher Atiqullah Khan Masud and Executive Editor Swadesh Roy centring an article on the alleged links between war criminal Salauddin Quader Chowdhury’s family and a judge.

  • Charge framing in Kibria murder case deferred again

    For the sixth time, a court shifted the charge framing date in the murder case of former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria yesterday.

    Sources said Sylhet Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal Judge Makbul Ahsan issued the order and fixed August 18 for the charge framing in the lawsuit.

    Local Public Prosecutor Kishore Kumar Kor said the judge had to adopt the decision as the case’s accused Ariful Hoque Chowdhury, suspended mayor of Sylhet City Corporation, failed to appear in court owing to illness.

  • Father dreams of making Suraiya a doctor

    The father of Suraiya Begum, who suffered bullet injuries while in her mother’s womb, has expressed a hope that he will make his daughter a doctor if she survives.   

    Bachchu Bhuiyan, who lauded Dhaka Medical College Hospital doctors for their efforts to save Suraiya’s life, told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday his daughter could save poor people’s lives only if she could become a doctor.

  • Wave of attacks kills nine in Turkey

    Two women shot at the US consulate in Istanbul yesterday and at least eight people were killed in a wave of separate attacks on Turkish security forces, weeks after Ankara launched a crackdown on Islamic State, Kurdish and far-left militants.

    The NATO member has been in a heightened state of alert since starting its “synchronised war on terror” last month, including air strikes against Islamic State fighters in Syria and Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants in northern Iraq. It has also rounded up hundreds of suspected militants at home.

  • Unscrupulous quarter continues hill cutting

    District administration cannot monitor such illegal activities because of manpower shortage An unscrupulous influential quarter blessed by the ruling party Awami League continues cutting hills in and around Hobiganj town posing a serious threat to ecology.

    Local people alleged that as the quarter was backed by a local lawmaker and some corrupt public officials, the section dared to cut hills in the broad daylight.

    The district administration sometimes conduct drive and fine people involved in the hill cutting. As soon as their drives finish, the quarter again involve in earth cutting.

  • Two more held for shooting baby in womb

    Police arrested two more people yesterday in connection with the Jubo League factional clash in Magura that killed a person and left an expecting mother and her baby inside the womb wounded by bullets.

    The arrested are Farid Uddin and Milton, local Jubo League activist of the district and accused in the case filed in connection with the incident.

    Imamul Hauqe, inspector of the Detective Branch of police, said on a tip-off, a team of police searched a bus coming from Chuadanga in Duarpar area of the town and arrested them around 11pm.

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