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Saturday November 18, 2017 03:49 AM



  • BIFPCL issues statement protesting propaganda

    Bangladesh-India Friendship Power Company (Pvt) Limited (BIFPCL) yesterday issued a statement protesting against the groups and organisations spreading misleading and baseless propaganda about the 1,320MW coal-based Rampal power plant.

    The statement was issued by Anwarul Azim Manager (Public Relations) of BIFPCL amidst protests by leftist parties against building it near the Sundarbans.

  • ‘There is a link between degraded land and ongoing conflicts’

    There is a strong link between land degradation and conflict, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon yesterday said in a message sent to the United Nations desertification conference taking place in Ankara, Turkey.

    “Just as there is an intrinsic connection between hunger and unproductive land, there is also a link between degraded, desertified land and ongoing conflicts and political instability,” UN Under-Secretary General Gyan Chandra Acharya said, reading out the secretary general’s statement to the conference on his behalf.

  • 11 to testify in Rajon murder case

    A Sylhet court will retake the depositions of 11 witnesses in the murder case of 13-year-old Rajon, who was beaten to death in the district in July.

    Sylhet Metropolitan Sessions Judge Akbar Hossain Mridha passed the order yesterday after Ali Haider Faruq, the counsel for one of the key accused Kamrul Islam, pleaded the court to retake the depositions of 15 witnesses as his client was not present during the initial testimonies.

  • Defence argument begins in Oishee case

    A Dhaka court yesterday has begun hearing the argument in defence of Oishee Rahman, prime accused in the 2013 murder of her parents Police Special Branch Inspector Mahfuzur Rahman and Swapna Rahman, and her two friends.

    Police produced Oishee and her friend Asaduzzaman Jony before the court yesterday, while another accused, her other friend Mizanur Rahman Rony who is out on bail, attended the trial proceedings.

  • 41 pirates killed in gun battles in Sundarbans in one year

    At least 41 forest robbers were killed in gun fights with members of law enforcement agencies in Sundarbans in the last one year.

    During the period, 18 robbers were sent to jailed and 161 firearms were seized from the possession of robbers.

    Acting officer-in-charge of Khulna district Special branch of police Abdur Rashid said   police had conducted eight drives in Sundarbans and recovered 43 firearms and 295 rounds of bullet since August 2014. At least 24 forest robbers were killed in gun fights with police.

  • Hearing on Selina’s no confidence plea held

    A court in Narayanganj yesterday held a hearing on the cancellation of a no confidence plea submitted by Selina Islam, wife of Narayanganj City Corporation councillor Nazrul Islam who was one of the victims of sensational Narayanganj seven-murder case.

    Judge Syed Enayet Hossain fixed November 9 to pass an order on the petition filed against the charge sheet submitted by the detectives dropping the names of five accused in the case.

  • Youth held for attack on schoolgirl

    Police arrested a youth in the district yesterday on charge of attack a schoolgirl on Sunday.

    Sources said Towhid Mian,22, son of Humayun Mian of Pan Kalima village in Sadar upazila had been trying to tease the girl, student of Class X for three years.

    On the day,  the girl was going to school as usual. Towhid and his associates tried to took her anywhere forcefully. At one stage, they hacked her leaving critically injured while they failed to kidnap her.

    On information, locals rescued her and admitted to  Kishoreganj General Hospital.

  • Seven BCL men held for vandalising idols

    Seven activists of the Bangladesh Chhatra League, student front of the ruling Awami League, were arrested on charges of damaging idols at Harta, Wazirpur upazila, Barisal.

    The arrested seven are Mehedi Hasan, Shamim Mridha, Badiul Islam, Masud Sheikh, Miraj Hoaoladar, Miraj Fakir, Sukdev Sarkar. All of them were members of BCL of Syedkathi union parishad unit.

    Uttam Biswas, president of Purba Harta Chairman Bari Sarbojanin Puja Udjapon Committee, said some youths were roaming around Puja Mandap on Monday afternoon.

  • RMG workers block road for arrears in Ctg

    Workers of a readymade apparel factory have put a blockade on a road in the port city’s Colonel Hat area demanding one month arrears.

    The stalemate lasted for one hour starting from yesterday afternoon saw the end in the face of action by local industrial police action.

  • Man kills wife over family feud in Ashulia

    A man has allegedly strangulated his wife to death centring family feud in Kurgaon area of Ashulia early Tuesday.

    Soon after the incident, the killer husband went into hiding to shun arrest.

    The victim, Abina Begum, wife of Rashedul, was worker of a local factory and the couple had long been living in a rented house in the area.

    The family members and police said Rashedul, from Gardharmopal village in Jaldanga area of Nilphamari district, married Abina several years ago and started living in the rented house.

  • Khoka jailed in graft case

    Khoka jailed in graft case

    Former Dhaka mayor and senior BNP Vice-Chairman Sadeque Hossain Khoka was sentenced to 13 years’ imprisonment in a case filed for amassing wealth illegally and concealing information.

    After examining records and evidences of the case, Judge Abu Ahmed Jamadar of the Dhaka’s Special Judge’s Court 3 pronounced the verdict in absence of Khoka, now staying in the USA.

  • BD travel alerts exaggerating the risk?

    The recent hue and cry over travel alerts issued since Eid-ul-Azha by several countries for their citizens staying in Bangladesh have caused panic among the people.

    Many local media houses published news on the alerts on their front pages while politicians of both the ruling party and the opposition BNP blasted those governments.

    Some ministers said they smell a conspiracy in issuing such alerts following which two foreigners were killed  – one in Gulshan of Dhaka and another in Rangpur.

  • Khulna ACC faces staff shortage

    The activites of Anti-Corruption Comission in Khula is being hampered  seriously due to shortage of staffs.

    According to sources, there are one director, three assistant dirctor and four deputy directors in Khulna office who have to handle the three districts in the region.

    ACC Director Abdul Hai said that it was very difficult to investigate the cases for eight officials.

    At present there are 315 cases with the office and the number is increasing day to day.

  • ACC summons 8 officials of Prime Bank

    The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has summoned eight officials from the head office of Prime Bank Ltd for questioning over alleged embezzlement of around Tk4 crore.

    The commission sent a notice signed by Assistant Director Gulshan Anwar to the bank’s managing director yesterday, asking the officials to appear before the commission on November 1 as witness, an ACC official to the Dhaka Tribune, requesting anonymity.

  • Activists stop dog culling in Mongla

    The Mongla municipality authorities have stopped culling stray dogs after activists campaigned on Facebook expressing concerns over the unlawful act.

    The dog culling began in Mongla on October 13, and according to locals, around 110 dogs were killed by injecting poison on the first day. The authorities then said that they would continue the drive until all the stray dogs in the area are killed, to prevent rabies.

    Locals said that the number rose to 150 on October 16.

  • Seventh five-year plan approved

    Seventh five-year plan approved

    The government has approved the country’s Seventh Five Year Plan, aiming to empower people with more employment and skill development opportunities, supply credit for SME development, and introduce ways to make people more productive.

    Along with growth, the plan will emphasise social protection, urban transition and a sustainable development pathway resilient to disaster and climate change.

  • Russian air strike on Syrian rebel group kills leader

    Russian air strikes in Syria's Latakia province killed a rebel commander and four other fighters from a group armed by President Bashar al-Assad's foreign enemies, a spokesman for the group said yesterday.

    The attack on Monday evening marked the third time Russian war planes have targeted the First Coastal Division group since Moscow began its air strikes in support of President Bashar al-Assad on Sept. 30, the group's spokesman Fadi Ahmad said.

  • HC: Explain inaction against ex-MP’s nephew

    The High Court has asked the government and police to explain their inaction against a 16-year-old boy who injured four people by hitting them with an SUV he was driving on October 12.

    The vacation bench of Justice Sheikh Hassan Arif and Justice Iqbal Kabir gave them two weeks time to answer to the ruling, and asked why the respondents’ inaction should not be considered unlawful.

  • Mujahid, SQ Chy review plea hearing in full bench

    A chamber judge of the Appellate Division has set November 2 for holding hearing on the petitions submitted by Jamaat-e-Islami leader Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid and BNP leader Salauddin Quader Chowdhury seeking review of an order that upheld their death sentences for committing crimes against humanity in 1971.

    Chamber Judge Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain set the date yesterday to hold the hearing of the pleas before the full bench of the Appellate Division, reports BSS.

  • Trial biometric SIM registration begins today

    A trial SIM registration with biometric identification begins in the capital from today. Sajeeb Wazed Joy, ICT adviser to the prime minister, is expected to inaugurate the new SIM registration process at the Posts and Telecommunications Division at the Secretariat.

    Tarana Halim, state minister for Post and Telecommunications Ministry, made these statements while speaking at a press conference at her ministry yesterday.

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