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Saturday December 16, 2017 08:40 PM



  • Leaked images show Tavella murder suspects

    Leaked images show Tavella murder suspects

    Cesare Tavella’s murderers have been identified, sources close to the investigation said yesterday, as one investigating agency circulated security camera images believed to be of the Italian national’s three killers.

    Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Detective Branch (DB) Deputy Commissioner (East Zone) Mahbub Alam, who leads the murder probe committee, told the Dhaka Tribune that the three killers in the Tavella murder case had been identified, are currently under surveillance and would soon be brought before the public and the courts.

  • DMP: Legal action after receiving HC documents

    The DMP has said it will take action against the underage driver, who ran over and injured four people with an SUV, as soon as they receive the documents of a High Court ruling on this regard.

    Deputy Commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (media and public relations) Muntasirul Islam said they were yet to receive the documents from the High Court.

    “If the court ordered to file a case the case will be filed, and if it asked for any other action it will be done within due time,” he added.

  • APG concerned about govt shortcomings

    A visiting delegation of Asia Pacific Group (APG) – who came to Dhaka to evaluate anti-money laundering efforts of Bangladesh – has expressed concerns about shortcomings of the government in stopping terror financing and money laundering.

    “The visiting APG team expressed concerns about four issues – government’s procurement policy, gold smuggling, the role of state-owned banks, and the Anti-Corruption Commission – in dealing with money laundering and terrorist funding,” said Finance Minister AMA Muhith.

  • Medical admission protesters to hold solidarity rally

    Protesting medical admission seekers will hold a solidarity rally in the city’s Shahbagh tomorrow afternoon to press home their demands of cancellation of September 19 test results and the retake of the MBBS, BDS entry tests.

    Auyatullah Hasnath, convener of the movement, made the announcement in a press briefing on the TSC premises of Dhaka University yesterday afternoon.

  • Trial run of biometric registration for SIMs begins

    The trial run of biometric registration for mobile phone SIMs was inaugurated yesterday by Sajeeb Wazed Joy, ICT adviser to the prime minister, at the secretariat.

    Joy launched the process at the Posts and Telecommunications Division office by becoming the first customer to carry out his biometric registration by purchasing a SIM from state-owned mobile phone operator Teletalk.

    Telecom Division Secretary Faizur Rahman Chowdhury Teletalk Managing Director Giasuddin Ahmed handed over the SIM to Joy, who paid for it from his own wallet.

  • 8th pay scale order submitted to Law Ministry

    The Finance Division has submitted the eighth pay scale order for civil servants to the Law Ministry for vetting.

    An official of the implementation wing of the Finance Division said if there is no query from the ministry concerned the eighth pay scale order will be passed within two days.

    “We hope that the eighth pay scale order will be issued he next month.”

    Sources in the Finance Division said Finance Secretary Mahbub Ahmed yesterday sent the order to the Law Ministry after he closely reviewed the 12-page order.

  • Rohingyas involved in child kidnapping in Chittagong

    Abducted child rescued from Myanmar border, three Rohingyas heldThe Rohingyas living in refugee camps near Cox’s Bazar border have been involved in a variety of criminal acts, which is a security threat for Chittagong and adjacent areas, according to police.

    They say the Rohingya people use fake addresses to commit crimes, including murder, rape, robbery, human trafficking and abduction, in southern Chittagong and adjacent areas, and later go into hiding at the camps.

    Such allegations are not new but law enforcement officials are concerned as they say crimes committed by the Rohingyas have increased at an alarming rate.

  • HC asks EC to accept Kader Siddique’s nomination

    The High Court yesterday asked the Election Commission to accept the nomination paper of Krishak Sramik Janata League (KSJL) president Abdul Kader Siddique.

    An HC vacation bench comprising Justice Miftah Uddin Chowdhury and Justice Qazi M Ejaharul Haque Akand passed the order in the morning after a hearing on a writ petition filed by Kader Siddique challenging the cancellation of his nomination.

  • Green companies announce Ankara Business Declaration

    The Sustainable Land Management Business Forum (SLMBF) yesterday announced the Ankara Business Declaration which aims to achieve a land degradation neutral world by 2030.

    The business forum said land degradation translates into losses for businesses because of reduced productivity and higher costs, and also increases risks related to market access.

  • Four more witnesses testify against Khaleda

    Four more prosecution witnesses testified yesterday before the court against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and three others testified in the Zia Charitable Trust case.

    Judge Abu Ahmad Jamadar of Dhaka Special Judge’s Court-3 recorded the depositions of the four witnesses and adjourned trial proceedings till October 29 for the next hearing in the Zia Orphanage Trust and Zia Charitable Trust cases.

    Both cases are being tried at the makeshift court set up amid tight security at the Central Jail parade grounds in Bakshibazar of the capital.

  • Three bodies recovered in city

    Police recovered three bodies yesterday from different areas of the capital. The motives behind the deaths have not yet been ascertained.

    In Vatara of the capital, police recovered from a hotel room yesterday morning the body of 25-year-old Kawsar Hossain, the son of Hasibul Hossain, from Chuadanga.

    Police said, according to the register, he had rented the room the day before. Yet, a relative of the deceased said Kawser had called her four or five days ago, and said he had come to the city in search of a job and would visit her after completing this task.

  • Parimal claims his innocence in Viqarunnisa student rape case

    Parimal, a teacher sacked from Viqarunnisa Noon School and College, pleaded not guilty yesterday and demanded justice in a case filed against him on charges of raping his female student.

    The accused claimed he is innocent after Judge Saleh Uddin Ahmed of Dhaka Women and Children Repression (Prevention) Tribunal-4 read out charges brought against him by prosecution witnesses in the case.

    Following the claim by Parimal, the tribunal judge fixed November 1 to hear arguments in the case.

  • Lacklustre Mohammedan start on losing note

    A misfiring Dhaka Mohammedan began their Sheikh Kamal International Club Cup campaign with a 1-0 defeat against Afghan side De Sphin Ghar Bazan at MA Aziz Stadium in Chittagong yesterday.

    A blunder from the Mohammedan defence allowed Anwar Akbari to bag the all-important goal for the visiting side in the 33rd minute.

    The traditional Black and Whites went agonisingly close to equalising the margin several times in the second half but all their efforts were neutralised due to a lack of composure in the final third.

  • Joe Biden not running for White House

    US Vice President Joe Biden said yesterday he would not run for president in 2016, ending months of suspense and easing Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton’s path to the party’s nomination.

    Biden, who had been pondering a run since August, appeared in the White House Rose Garden with his wife Jill and President Barack Obama to say the window
    for mounting a successful campaign had closed.

  • Human traffickers explore new routes to Malaysia after Thai crackdown

    Human traffickers explore new routes to Malaysia after Thai crackdown

    Human traffickers are exploring new routes to Malaysia after a crackdown on trafficking in Thailand with no large migrant boat departures from Myanmar and Bangladesh in nearly six months, aid agencies said.

    Rising numbers of Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution were setting off from Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state and Bangladesh in small boats and transferring to larger boats that could carry more than 1,000 people each.

  • Uproar in India after two Dalit kids burned alive

    Police in northern India have arrested four men over allegations that they burnt alive two low-caste, commonly known as Dalit, children, an official said on Wednesday, a case that triggered a street protest and drew condemnation from an opposition leader.

    Authorities ruled out caste violence as a motive for the crime but India has a long history of such incidents, and the attack will feed concerns over rising intolerance after the rumour-fuelled killing of a Muslim man by a Hindu mob recently. .

  • Dissident Afghan Taliban heads to choose rival leader

    Weeks after the Afghan Taliban’s biggest battlefield success since 2001, dissident commanders unhappy with their new leader Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour are meeting to choose a rival.

    Analysts say the recent brief occupation of the northern city of Kunduz has cemented Mansour’s power, boosting his reputation among foot soldiers and causing the US government and Nato to slow plans for withdrawing their troops.

  • Netanyahu links late Muslim Mufti to Holocaust

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu provoked a Holocaust controversy on Wednesday, hours before a visit to Germany, by saying that the Muslim elder in Jerusalem during the 1940s convinced Adolf Hitler to exterminate the Jews.

  • Texas ‘clock teen’ moving to Qatar with full scholarship

    The Texas boy arrested for bringing to school a homemade clock that was mistaken for a bomb is moving to Qatar, his family said on Tuesday, a few hours after he was at the White House for an astronomy night hosted by President Barack Obama.

    Ahmed Mohamed, 14, a bespectacled ninth-grader who became an Internet sensation for an arrest that supporters said was influenced by bias against his Muslim religion, has accepted an offer from the Qatar Foundation to study at its Young Innovators Programme.

  • Paying public servants more makes sense

    Paying public servants more makes sense

    We support this week’s move to double the salaries of senior government and state officials, including ministers and High Court judges.

    It is irrational to criticise the increase to the prime minister’s monthly salary from Tk58,600 to Tk115,000 and that of the president  to Tk120,000 from the current Tk61,200.

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