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Wednesday November 22, 2017 03:01 AM



  • 4 die in Munshiganj road accident

    Four people were killed and three others injured as a pick-up van turned turtle on Dhaka-Chittagong Highway at Bhaberchar in Gazaria upazila, in Munshiganj yesterday.

    But identities of the deceased could not be known immediately.

    Hedayetul Islam Bhuiyan, officer-in charge of Gazaria police station, said the pickup van skidded off the road and turned turtle as its driver lost control over the steering, leaving its four passengers dead on the spot and three others injured.

  • BCL activist killed over territory dispute in Sylhet college

    BCL activist killed over territory dispute in Sylhet college

    Bangladesh Chhatra League activist in Sylhet’s Madan Mohan College killed a fellow student activist over territory dispute in the college premises yesterday.

    Confirming that the incident had taken place, Sylhet Kotwali police station OC Sohel Ahmed told the Dhaka Tribune that the victim, Abdul Ali, 22, was a Class XII student in the college and was from Nij Silam village in Dakkhin Surma upazila.

  • Mintu also confesses to killing 12-year-old Rakib

    Mintu Miah, the only suspect left to confess in the Rakib killing case, has now also admitted of being involved in the murder of the 12-year-old who was killed when air was pumped into his rectum.

    Khulna Metropolitan Magistrate Faruk Iqbal recorded Mintu’s confessional statement given under section 164 of the penal code, said Khulna Sadar police station OC Sukumar Bishwash. The latest confession means that all three suspects have now confessed before the court, the OC added.

  • Murder suspect confesses to killing minor boy Robiul

    A court in Barguna yesterday rejected a remand petition of Miraj, the prime accused in the case filed over the killing of 10-year-old Robiul Awal, after he confessed to the crime.

    Senior Judicial Magistrate Baijayanta Biswas rejected the petition after the investigation officer, Babul Akhter, produced Miraj before the court with a seven-day remand plea. 

    He also asked police to interrogate Miraj at jail gate, said Fazle Ali, the court sub-inspector.

  • Strike on Dhaka-Sylhet route leaves thousands in miseries

    Transport strike on the Dhaka-Sylhet route enforced by the Sylhet Inter-district Bus Owners’ Association protesting killing of a bus driver left thousands of people in miseries.

    Although the association eased the programme from 4pm considering the hazards of commuters, it could not reduce people’s sufferings.

    Running of all buses on the Sylhet-Dhaka route remained suspended almost till the evening cutting Sylhet region from the capital.

  • Girl commits suicide for HSC failure

    Another girl has allegedly committed suicide Gazipur’s Bhaorayed area as she could not pass this year’s Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examination.

    The deceased Shima Akhter, 18, daughter of Nasir Uddin Hawladar of Bhaorayed area. She appeared in the examination from Rovarpolli Degree College.

    College Assistant Professor Abdus Salam said she was a student of humanities department.

    Joydebpur OC Khondokar RezaulHassan Reza said: “She committed suicide by hanging herself around some time on Tuesday night.”

  • Mayor Nasir calls for coordinated efforts to make Ctg a megacity

    Chittagong Mayor AJM Nasir Uddin yesterday introduced a 125-point proposal before government, autonomous and private authorities of the port city, in an attempt to initiate a coordinated effort to turn Chittagong into a mega commercial city.

    Representatives from 26 organisations turned up for the coordination meeting at Chittagong’s Nagar Bhaban, where the mayor pointed out that a united effort by the stakeholders would reduce expenses and sufferings of the port city residents.

  • Seven robbers held in separate drives in capital

    Police in separate drives arrested seven robbers from the capital’s Motijheel and Sabujbagh areas in the early hours of yesterday.

    “A team of Detective Branch of police first conducted drive in Sabujbagh area, around 12:15am and arrested four armed robbers, identified as Abdur Razzaq alias killer Razzaq, Shahidul Islam alias Shahid, Shariful Islam alias Rasel and Raju Das,” says Muntasirul Islam, deputy commissioner, media , Dhaka Metropolitan Police.

  • Deadlock at Ruet over promotion rule

    Deadlock at Ruet over promotion rule

    A deadlock situation has created on the campus of Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology over promotion rule.

    Finding no solution, the university authorities yesterday suspended all classes and examinations of 2013-2014 session students who have been demanding the cancellation of the ’33 credit’ system for sine die.

    The decision was made at an emergency meeting of disciplinary committee. Meanwhile, students of the batch continued demonstrations yesterday for the second consecutive day.

  • Let the money talk: Where Rampal truly stands

    Let the money talk: Where Rampal truly stands

    Building a power plant only 14km away from the Sundarbans’ border can only be bad news “The 1320MW Rampal power project is making progress in accordance with your laws and regulations. We can do more together in the power sector, here and in India.”

    — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his visit to Bangladesh on June 6

    As of June 25, three French banks have expressed their strong denial to fund the ethically, environmentally, and politically controversial power plant project — the joint venture between Bangladesh and neighbouring country India — the Rampal Power Plant.

  • 19 more receive death threats

    A new radical Islamist group, Ittehadul Mujahideen, has emerged by issuing death threats against 19 noted personalities including politicians from Sylhet, teachers and bloggers for their alleged activities against Islam and madrasa education.

    This is the fourth such letter issued since May mentioning a total of 48 persons.

  • Little Suraiya victim of AL infighting

    Little Suraiya victim of AL infighting

    Last month’s incident of a baby getting bullet-hit in her mother’s womb in Doarpar of Magura town was the climax of a three-month feud that had been brewing between two rival groups of ruling party supporters.

    On the surface, Doarpara – with a population of about 60,000 – is just like any other “sleepy” locality of a small district town in Bangladesh. But the word sleepy has a literal meaning for Magura.

  • MP Badi back in the headlines

    He is the top human trafficker in Cox’s Bazar, says Home Ministry. The Department of Narcotics Control says he is the main sponsor of yaba smuggling. The Prime Minister’s Office says he is one of those who can arrange illegal national ID cards for Rohingyas. Last year, he was sent to jail for 18 days in a corruption case.

    Making headlines is therefore not new for Abdur Rahman Badi, the parliament member from Ukhiya-Teknaf of Cox’s Bazar. Yesterday, he beat up an executive engineer for not attending a meeting of the Ukhiya upazila council.

  • Doctors hopeful about bullet-hit baby

    Doctors at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital yesterday said they would hand over the baby, hit by bullets in her mother’s womb, to her mother today if every thing goes well.

    As the baby was born prematurely the DMCH took extra care and assigned additional nurses to ensure the best medical treatment for her, they said.

    Suraiya Begum was bullet-hit while she was in her mother’s womb during a factional clash of Bangladesh Chhatra League in Doarpara area of Magura Sadar.

  • JU teacher jailed for Facebook remark on PM

    A Dhaka court has handed down a three-year jail sentence to a university teacher for posting a Facebook status wishing the death of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

    Dhaka Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Nazmul Haque Shyamal yesterday delivered the verdict in a sedition case tried in absentia against the convict – Mohammad  Ruhul Amin Khandaker.

    Ruhul, a lecturer at the Institute of Information Technology of Jahangirnagar University, was also fined Tk10,000; he will have to spend six more months in jail if he fails to pay the fine.

  • Prime Bank fined for identity theft and forged loans

    Two unauthorised branches of a major private bank have been caught stealing clients’ identities and using them to forge loans in an attempt to steal money.

    In a serious breach of banking regulations, Prime Bank was found by Bangladesh Bank to be operating two unauthorised bank branches involved in identity theft and loan application forgeries.

    The central bank slapped Prime Bank with a Tk10 lakh fine.

  • Bernicat: GSP revival after meeting all conditions

    Bernicat: GSP revival after meeting all conditions

    Bangladesh may get back the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) in the US market if it implements all the conditions mandatory for availing of the facility.

    US Ambassador to Bangladesh Marcia Stephens Bloom Bernicat yesterday expressed the view just after visiting two international-standard readymade garment factories in Gazipur.

    A group of foreign diplomats in Dhaka visited two readymade garment units in Gazipur to assess the working environment and compliance issues.

  • Govt planning to amend terrorism related laws

    The government is mulling over a plan to amend terrorism related laws against the backdrop of growing menace of violent extremism and terrorism.

    Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque said: “We will take a couple more weeks to put together amendments to the (terrorism) acts.”

    He was speaking at the inaugural session of a workshop on Designation and Asset Freezing under United Nations Security Council Resolutions (UNSCRs) 1267 and 1373 at the Foreign Ministry yesterday.

  • BB launches POS transaction system

    Bangladesh Bank has launched the interbank POS (Point of Sale) transactions under NPSB (National Payment Switch, Bangladesh) to facilitate card transactions, making the debit and credit cards usable to POS devices.

    Attending as chief guest, Bangladesh Bank Governor Atiur Rahman formally inaugurated a new transaction system at a function held in its headquarters in the capital yesterday.

    The four banks including Pubali, Trust, Dutch-Bangla and The City Bank came under this new POS transaction system.

  • Police probe admits Niloy visited police station before murder

    A police probe into reports that Niladri Chatterjee Niloy had been rebuffed by police as he attempted to file a general diary (GD), has admitted that the slain blogger had made at least one visit to a police station.

    Despite finding evidence from an analysis of Niloy’s phone records, the probe body could not confirm the reason for his visit to the station.

    Known as Niloy Neel on blogging platforms and on Facebook, Niladri posted accounts of his difficulties with filing a GD despite telling police that he feared he was in danger.

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