Monday February 19, 2018 08:13 PM

  • DB: 3 Hizb ut-Tahrir preachers identified

    Officials of the Detective Branch of police have claimed to have identified three out of six speakers at the online political conference of banned militant outfit Hizb-ut Tahrir held on September 4.

    Of the trio, one is a private university teacher, who played key role in organising the event held somewhere near the capital. Another is a student of a private university in Dhaka. Around 740 users logged in to the designated website but only 400 among them attended the whole session. Among them were journalists, police and intelligence officials.

  • Teachers call for Muhith’s resignation

    The Federation of Bangladesh University Teachers Association (FBUTA) called for Finance Minister AMA Muhith’s resignation yesterday, as public university teachers observed yet another day of work abstention demanding their own separate pay scale.

    The teachers said the anti-education minister was conspiring to create anarchy at the universities and destroy the country’s higher education system.

  • Biggest VAT demo so far

    Biggest VAT demo so far

    Muhith, Tofail hint at govt’s softening stancePrivate university students yesterday staged a massive demonstration in Dhaka and some other places in the country that by far is the biggest gathering since the anti-VAT protests began months ago.

    Amid statements that the government is not rigid on the VAT issue, several universities announcing early Eid vacations and others promising to not take the tax from students, protesters announced their intention to continue demonstrations today as well.

  • Khaleda’s London visit likely this week

    BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia is likely to fly to London tomorrow for her treatment and to meet her elder son Tarique Rahman, who has been living there for “treatment” since 2008.

    It will be their first meeting since Khaleda’s younger son Arafat Rahman died in January.

    “She [Khaleda] was scheduled to go earlier, but could not due to political reasons. Party leaders requested her to celebrate Eid with her family members in London,” BNP leader Nazrul Islam Khan told reporters yesterday.

  • 3 charged for torturing stray dog

    A Dhaka court has accepted the charge sheet filed against three youths who tortured a stray dog mercilessly at the capital’s Rampura on June 16. Dhaka’s Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court yesterday sent the case documents to the court of Metropolitan Magistrate Mollah Saiful Islam for disposal. On Thursday, Magistrate Md Shamsul Arefin accepted the charge sheet, in the first ever case of cruelty against animals in Bangladesh. If convicted, the accused may face up to three-month jail term.

  • Protests compound suffering

    Protests compound suffering

    The fifth consecutive day of protest by private university students demanding withdrawal of 7.5% VAT on their tuition fees yesterday caused untold sufferings to city commuters.

    The protest earned public support from the moral point of view, commuters said the protest could have been designed in a better way taking into consideration the sufferings of people.

    However, the transport workers lauded the way agitated students demonstrated saying that private university students were better as they did not vandalise vehicles during their protest.

  • Justice Manik demands CJ’s impeachment

    Justice AHM Shamsuddin Choudhury Manik has written to the president, asking for the impeachment of Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha for  “gross misconduct” and “violating constitutional oath.”

    In the letter sent yesterday to President Abdul Hamid, the Supreme Court judge alleged that the chief justice “out of his personal grudge” had removed him from the apex court bench.

    He said that the chief justice had removed him from the bench since September 9.

  • Two Tripura rivers to be linked with Meghna

    Two major rivers of the Indian state of Tripura would be linked with Bangladesh’s Meghna River in order to create three waterways between Bangladesh and the landlocked state.

    The Indian central Ministry of Water Transport and Shipping has asked the state government to prepare a detailed project report (DPR) to connect state’s two major rivers – Howrah and Gomati – with Meghna, news agency PTI quoted the state’s Transport Secretary Samarjit Bhowmik.

  • Bangladeshi dies in Mecca crane collapse

    Chittagong city resident Mohammad Abul Kashem Sufi had long cherished a desire to perform the Hajj.

    But before he could complete the rites of the pilgrimage, he and 106 others were killed on September 11 when a crane collapsed in the Grand Mosque complex in Mecca that houses the Kaaba.

    Another 40 Bangladeshis were injured in the accident. Thirty-nine have since been released from hospital.

    Nizam Uddin of Chanddnaish in Chittagong is still undergoing treatment at a hospital in Mecca. 

  • Babar among 32 indicted in Kibria murder case

    The hearing was deferred nine times due to illness of ArifulA special court in Sylhet indicted 32 accused including former state minister for home affairs Lutfozzaman Babar in Shah AMS Kibria murder case yesterday, more than 10 years after the former finance minister was killed in a grenade attack.

    Speedy Trial Tribunal Judge Makbul Hossain passed the order after the charge framing hearing.

    Twenty-two accused including Babar, sacked Sylhet city mayor Ariful Haque Choudhury and banned militant group Huji leader Mufti Hannan were produced before the court.

  • Two held for raping college girl

    Police late Saturday night arrested two youths for raping a prospective undergraduate student in a hotel in the capital in August.

    One of the young men, Anisur Rahman alias Shaon, was held in Rangpur’s Pirgachha while the other, Niloy alias Habibullah, was detained in Dhaka’s Mohammadpur area.

    Joint Commissioner of the Detective Branch of Dhaka Metropolitan Police Monirul Islam told a press briefing at the DMP media centre yesterday that Shaon and the girl are friends but she denied to be in a romantic relationship with him.

  • ACC forms taskforces to probe govt institutions

    The Anti-Corruption Commission has formed two task forces in order to investigate corruption in government institutions.

    An official announcement was made in this regard at the ACC’s regular meeting yesterday, an ACC source confirmed.

    Earlier in 2012, the anti-graft body formed 11 teams to look into corruption in 11 important government institutions.

  • Bapex selects four firms for oil and gas exploration

    The joint venture between Bapex and the selected firm will come into effect during the production phase, with Bapex taking 30-35% of revenuesState-owned Bangladesh Petroleum Exploration and Production Company Limited (Bapex) has selected four international oil and gas companies (IOCs) to jointly carry out exploration and development of several geological structures.

    Bangladesh does not have the funds or technical capacity to explore these structures, so Bapex is opting for a joint venture.

  • Chittagong anti-VAT protests cause gridlock

    In line with massive protests in Dhaka, students of five private universities in Chittagong yesterday blocked the road at Chittagong Wasa intersection for two hours demanding immediate withdrawal of the 7.5% VAT imposed on tuition fees.

    The demonstration not only created traffic congestion but also disrupted road transports, multiplying the woes of passengers as well as pedestrians.

  • Four NGO workers placed on two-day remand

    A Dhaka magistrate court yesterday put four workers of Adammo Bangladesh Foundation, an NGO, on a two-day remand in a case filed for confining 10 children to a house at Rampura in the capital.

    Metropolitan Magistrate Md Jakir Hossain Tipu passed the order after Sub-Inspector Ziarot Hossain, also the investigation officer (IO) of the case, produced them before the court seeking a seven-day remand.

    The remanded are Arifur Rahman, Jakia Sultana, Hasibul Hasan Sobuj and Firoz Alam Khan Shuva.

  • Jute workers take to streets on 5-point demand

    Workers of state-owned jute mills in Khulna and Jessore districts have brought out separate processions demanding a five-point demand including their arrears.

    State-run Jute Mills CBA and non-CBA Oikkya Parishad called a five-day continual programme on the aforesaid ground in seven jute mills in the districts and yesterday was the first day of the movement. 

  • People at risk due to insufficient cyclone shelters in Pirojpur

    People in Pirojpur, a disaster-prone coastal district, are at risk during natural calamities due to insufficient cyclone centres.

    Sources said most of the people in the district are poor and live in wooden and tin-shed houses. During long-term floods, they face serious insecurity.

    Every year, natural disasters like flood, cyclone, tidal bore and storm, hit the district of around 12 lakh people and cause large-scale destruction. In this way, super cyclone Sidr in November of 2007 and Aila claimed many lives.

  • HC: Indemnity for Operation Clean Heart illegal

    According to US embassy cables published by WikiLeaks, at least 56 people died and several hundred were injured after being tortured during the crackdown, mostly attributed to heart attacksThe High Court has declared illegal and unconstitutional the law which legitimised the “Operation Clean Heart,” a controversial drive launched by the army and other law enforcers that lasted from October 16, 2002 to January 9, 2003.

    Scrapping the Joint Drive Indemnity Act 2003 yesterday, the court also said that any aggrieved person or victim of the operation can seek compensation from the government. They can file writ petitions with the High Court, or civil or criminal cases with any other court.

  • Scot nationalists mull to have another go for independence

    Scottish nationalist leader Nicola Sturgeon will include triggers for a second independence referendum in the party’s manifesto for the 2016 Scottish election, she said in an interview with the Sunday Herald newspaper.

    British Prime Minister David Cameron in May ruled out another independence referendum despite spectacular gains by the Scottish National Party (SNP) in that month’s election, saying Scots had “emphatically” rejected a breakaway last year.

  • WB study: Many nations’ laws hinder women’s access to jobs, credit

    Laws in many nations persist in keeping women from working in jobs of their choice, block their access to credit or leave them unprotected against domestic violence, according to a recent World Bank report.

    Women in the Middle East and North Africa face the most obstacles, with laws prohibiting married women from applying for a passport or getting a job without their husband’s permission, the World Bank Group’s report Women, Business and the Law 2016 said.

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