Monday February 19, 2018 11:47 PM

  • Alcoholic energy drinks to be banned

    The government has planned to ban energy drinks containing alcohol and other harmful chemical ingredients after examining those.

    It will also warn bar owners in the capital to stop illegal sales of the hookah, also known as shisha, that contain detrimental chemical elements, as well as the powder form of marijuana, heroin and yaba pills.

    Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal told reporters at his office yesterday that the decision to ban alcoholic energy drinks was made at a meeting of the narcotics control board.

  • Cricketer Shahdat placed on 3-day remand

    A Dhaka court yesterday placed Kazi Shahadat Hossain, a suspended national cricketer, on a three-day remand in a case filed for torturing his domestic help.

    Metropolitan Magistrate Md Yusuf Hossain passed the remand order after Md Shafiqur Rahman, officer-in-charge (investigation) of Mirpur Model Police Station, produced him before the court.

    Shafiqur Rahman, also the investigation officer of the case, prayed for a seven-day remand.

    Opposing the remand plea, Kazi Nazibullah Hiru filed a bail petition for Shahadat. but the court rejected it after hearing.

  • Deposition ends in SB inspector, wife murder case

    A Dhaka tribunal yesterday concluded recording the depositions of prosecution
    witnesses in a case filed over the killing of SB inspector Mahfuzur Rahman and his
    wife Swapna Rahman in the capital two years back.

    Judge Sayeed Ahmed of the Dhaka’s Speedy Trial Tribunal 3 fixed October 13 for self-defence of the accused. Earlier in the day, the court recorded the deposition and cross-examination of Swapna’s friend Nurjahan Merry.

    A total of 38 out of 57 prosecution witnesses testified in the case.

  • Release of 73 foreign prisoners delayed

    The release of at least 73 foreign nationals – who are now in various jails in the country – are being delayed because the authorities are waiting to verify their local address and nationality through the relevant embassies.

    Seeking anonymity, an official from the office of the Inspector General of Prisons (IG Prisons) told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday: “Every foreigner charged with a criminal offence in Bangladesh has to register a local address with whichever jails they are being taken to.”

  • Sharp rise in violence against children

    Sharp rise in violence against children

    The government is set to observe “Child Rights Day and Child Rights Week 2015” from Sunday amid steep rise in violence against children and adolescents around the country this year.

    During the period of January-September, a total of 4,677 children were reportedly subjected to different forms of violence – which was fatal in some cases – around the country, according to a recent report by Bangladesh Shishu Adhikar Forum (BSAF).

  • Killers tried to destroy evidence

    The murder of ex-PDB chairman Khijir Khan in Dhaka earlier this week was the climax of an hour-long drama that the killers had staged to destroy evidence and lead investigation astray.

    Based on the first information report (FIR) of the murder case and talking to witnesses, the Dhaka Tribune has concluded that the entire killing mission lasted for about an hour during which the killers created the atmosphere so that neighbours do not suspect anything.

  • PM for completing all dev projects timely

    PM for completing all dev projects timely

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked authorities concerned to complete all schemes properly and timely for rapid development of the country.

    “We have already executed massive uplift work across the country, while the work on many projects is underway in every area. So, I would like to tell all concerned to finish all ongoing schemes properly and timely for accelerating the pace of development,” she said.

  • MP Liton’s musclemen now target media

    The followers of ruling party lawmaker Manjurul Islam Liton, who came into discussion following shooting an eight-year-old schoolboy, have allegedly been trying to stop publishing news against him and the protest centring the incident.

    It was alleged that his gang members even torn down the posters set by the locals on Wednesday night in the upazila demanding the trial, removing him from the post and forming special tribunal in the heinous incident.

  • Minister claims local criminals abducted tourists

    Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal yesterday claimed that indigenous criminal groups were behind the abduction of two tourists and their guide in Bandarban on Saturday, contradicting news reports that the Arakan Liberation Party (ALP) demanded ransom for their release.

    “A number of small ethnic groups live in our [Chittagong] Hill Tracts area. In primary investigation, we have found that the criminals belong to those groups are involved in the abduction.

  • Ex-MP’s daughter-in-law’s death creates mystery

    A confusing situation has created whether the death of Lipi, daughter-in-law of former Awami League MP Mollah Jalaluddin, was murder or not.

    A three-member probe body was formed to find out motive behind the death.

    Police recovered the bullet-ridden body of Rabbi Sultana Lipi, 30, from her residence located in South Central Road area,  Khulna around 8:30pm on Wednesday.

    She was the wife of Jalaluddin’s eldest son Mollah Kamaluddin. Mollah Jalaluddin filed a case against his nephew Hedayet.

  • Crab brings profit to families in coastal area

    Crab farming has gained immense popularity among around 5,000 families living on the coastal belt of the country.

    Alongside shrimp, these families living in eight upazilas of Cox’s Bazar district including Moheshkhali, Chokoria, Pekua, Kutubdia, and Teknaf are earning a great deal of profit by cultivating crabs.

  • Dhaka jail moving to Keraniganj after Nov 15

    Construction of the new location of Dhaka Central Jail in Keraniganj is almost complete and the jail authorities are hoping to move there after November 15.

    Addressing a press conference in Prisons Headquarters at Bakshibazar yesterday, Inspector General of Prisons Brig Gen Syed Iftekhar Uddin said the move would happen after November 15 at the earliest convenience of the prime minister.

  • 169 tortoises freed into Safari Park

    At least 169 rare species tortoises rescued from Benapol were released into Gazipur Bangabandhu Safari Park yesterday.

    Shibu Prasad Bhattacharya, officer-in-charge of the park, said Border Guard Bangladesh had rescued the tortoises from Baropota frontier when a group of smugglers were smuggling those into the country on Sunday.

    Later, Khulna Wildlife Protection Department received the tortoises from BGB personnel.

  • 5 injured as BSF men open fire entering Bangladesh land

    At least five Bangladeshis including a woman were injured when the members of Indian Border Security Force opened fire on people of a bordering village in Lalmonirhat Thursday.

    The injured are Saju Mia, 43, Sumon, 41, Sultan, 34, Rahim, 28, and Rabeya. They were admitted to Lalmonirhat Sadar Hospital.

    Lalmonirhat 15 BGB camp Director Lt Col Bazlur Rahman said that they had protested the shooting in a letter to their counterpart.

  • DNCC starts removing illegal billboards

    The Dhaka North City Corporation officials started removing illegal billboards last night, two days ahead of the previously announced time.

    The drive began around 10pm at the Dhaka airport area. When contacted, DNCC Executive Magistrate Shamsul Islam Mehedee told the Dhaka Tribune around 11:45pm that the drive was under way.

    “The DNCC high-ups directed me to carry out the drive,” he said when asked
    about launching the operation ahead of schedule.

  • Medical applicants threaten tougher steps from tomorrow

    Medical applicants threaten tougher steps from tomorrow

    Protesting medical college applicants yesterday threatened that they would opt for sterner steps from tomorrow if the authorities concerned did not make any move within today to arrange a fresh admission test and cancel the results published earlier.

    They said they would hold a teacher-student solidarity rally in front of the National Museum in the capital’s Shahbagh at 3pm today to press home their demands.

    Tanjira Bishwas, one of the coordinators of the ongoing protests, made the announcements during a demonstration at the central Shaheed Minar around midday.

  • BNP stresses need for national consensus to end militancy, terrorism

    The BNP yesterday underscored the need for national consensus to resolve the prevailing crisis including militancy and terrorism.

    The party also said the national unity is not taking place just because of dirty politics.

    “We are very much concerned about various issues especially after the killings of two foreigners. Militancy is a big problem around the globe,” Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, acting secretary general of the party, said.

  • No ballistics tests yet 11 days after Tavella murder

    Even though police sources have claimed that advances were made in the investigation into the death of Italian citizen Cesare Tavella, forensics sources in the Criminal Investigation Department said that the court order to conduct ballistics tests had not even been received yet.

    Police have prioritised the murder investigation and formed a combined investigative team, but there still has not been any visible progress in the case.

  • Mystery death turns to burial drama

    For the fifth day yesterday, the question of what will become of Hoshi Kunio’s mortal remains has been asked and left unanswered.

    Part of the reason is that the Japanese Embassy has not yet announced what it intends to do about the remains of the Japanese national.

    A four-member Japanese investigative team visited the morgue on Wednesday night and examined the body for three hours, but they left the morgue without taking the body or making any final decision.

  • AL picks Sohel Hazari for Tangail 4 by-poll

    The ruling Awami League has picked Hasan Imam Khan Sohel Hazari for the Tangail 4 by-poll slated for November 10.

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina gave the green signal to Sohel at a parliamentary board meeting at Ganabhaban yesterday.

    Former Kalihati upazila chairman Sohel is a Joint Secretary of AL’s Central Sub-committee.

    The constituency was declared vacant from September 1 after expelled Awami League leader Latif Siddique tendered his resignation letter to the speaker.

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