Sunday February 18, 2018 07:52 AM

  • Bomb attack on Shia gathering kills 1, injures nearly 60

    At least a person has been killed and nearly 60 others injured in a bomb attack on a Shia gathering in the capital's Hussaini Dalan.

    Police said several homemade devices were thrown at thousands of worshippers gathering for the annual Ashura procession in the capital, Dhaka.

    Leaders of Bangladesh's small Shia minority said it was the first time the procession had been targeted.

  • RAB kills alleged criminal in gunfight in Badda

    An alleged criminal was killed in a gunfight between his cohorts and members of Rapid Action Battalion in the capital’s Badda area early yesterday, the elite force claimed.

    Family members said that Jahirul Islam Bijoy, 32, was a car driver, and that they had no idea about his involvement in serious crimes.

    “I received a phone call on October 20 when the caller said that some plainclothes men had picked my son up. Later I found the phone switched off. Bijoy remained missing since that day,” Rehana Begum, mother of the victim, told the Dhaka Tribune.

  • CDA positive as RMG owners seek land in port city

    Apparel manufacturers in Chittagong have demanded allocation of land for setting up a garments estate at a special zone in the district.

    The garment owners said that unavailability of a large chunk of land in Chittagong had emerged as a major setback for them and many industrial units were shifted to Dhaka and its adjoining areas due to the excessive price of land in Chittagong.

  • Man severs wife’s ears over dowry

    A man severed ears of his wife in Dalpa village of Comilla on Thursday night after his demand for dowry was not met.

    Quoting locals, police said Jalal Uddin, son of Kamal Munshi, had married Tanzina Akter, daughter of Motaleb Hossain, five years back. Since the beginning of their marriage, Jalal and his family members have been torturing Tanzina for dowry.

    On Thursday, an altercation took place between Tanzina and her in-laws over the issue.

    At one stage, Jalal tied her with rope and cut her ears with a knife.

  • Dhaka courts not secure

    Lawyers, court staff and justice seekers feel insecure at the Dhaka court as security arrangement is not satisfactory according to the situation.

    Although the government has beefed up security measures at the jails, diplomatic zones and some other places of the country recently, the Dhaka court premises in the old part of the city remain neglected, said sources at the court and intelligence agencies.

    Almost 19,000 registered lawyers, several thousand associates and thousands of justice seekers go to the court every day.

  • ASI murder suspect identified

    ASI murder suspect identified

    Police claim they have identified the culprit who stabbed to death an on-duty assistant sub-inspector of Darus Salam police station on Thursday.

    “We got details of the main killer by interrogating one of his associates who was arrested from the murder spot,” said DMP Additional Commissioner (DB and prosecution) Sheikh Mohammad Maruf Hossain.

    However, he added that details about the killer cannot be disclosed because of the ongoing investigation.

  • Hannan: Khaleda to return after treatment

    Alleging that government is spreading lies over BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's London tour, BNP senior leader ASM Hannan Shah yesterday said she will return home on completion of her treatment.

    "We want to make it clear that there's no other destination for Khaleda, other than Bangladesh. She's now in London for her treatment. She'll be back to Bangladesh once her treatment is over."

  • ‘Now police have to take action’

    ‘Now police have to take action’

    Following a hearing on a public interest litigation case filed over the underage SUV accident case, a court instructed the respondents to take legal action against the offenders – the driver and the owner of the car.

    Failing to do so would result in an order to initiate legal action against the police officers concerned, the court said.

    Six supreme court lawyers filed a public interest litigation (PIL) case last Monday after Gulshan police failed to act against an underage driver who rammed his SUV into two rickshaws, injuring four people, one critically.

  • Ashura today

    The holy Ashura, commemorating the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA), will be observed in the country today with due religious fervour and solemnity.

    On this day in the Hijri year of 61, Hazrat Imam, the grandson of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (pbuh), along with his family members and 72 followers embraced martyrdom in the hands of soldiers of Yazid at Karbala desert for the supremacy of justice and righteousness.

    The day is a public holiday.

    Various religious organisations and political parties have chalked out elaborate programmes to observe the day.

  • Three men abducted in Cox’s Bazar

    Three people including a former union parishad member have been abducted in Cox’s Bazar by unidentified criminals, who are now demanding Tk5 lakh in ransom.

    The three men were in a microbus on their way to Baishari in Bandarban’s Naikkhongchhari upazila when they were abducted near Eidgah Dhala in Cox’s Bazar, said Naikkhongchhari police station OC Abul Khayer.

    The kidnapped men are former Baishari UP member Abu Taiyab, Abu Bakar Siddique, and Shah Alam; all of them hail from the same union in Naikhongchhari.

  • Bangladesh wins top place in Asia Architecture Award

    The inaugural occasion of this year’s 2A Asia Architecture Award 2015 will always be remembered for the glorious presence of Bangladesh in the arena of architecture in Asia.

    Out of 613 projects submitted from all around Asia, Bangladeshi architects take out two spots including first place in Commercial category in the 2AAA , 2015.

  • Hindus bid farewell to Durga

    Hindus bid farewell to Durga

    The celebration of this year’s Durga Puja, the biggest religious festival of the Hindus, ended yesterday with devotees bidding farewell to the Goddess Durga and her four children.

    The five-day long festival came to an end through the celebration of Bijoya Dashami, in which the main ritual is the immersion of Durga idols in rivers.

    In the capital, jubilant devotees joined colourful truck processions carrying statues of the deity Durga and her children – Lakshmi, Saraswati, Kartik and Ganesha – amid fanfare towards the Buriganga River for immersion.

  • Benghazi panel gives Clinton presidential platform

    Benghazi panel gives Clinton presidential platform

    The “bring down Hillary” committee failed to fulfill it’s purposes.

    The House Benghazi committee — dubbed a “bring down or get Hillary” effort by Democrats who opposed its creation — brought out precious little new information and no major political missteps by the former secretary of state, who happens to be running for president.

  • Mohammdean hit Solid for six, Bazan held

    Six-star Dhaka Mohammedan kept alive their hopes of sealing a semi-final berth in the inaugural Sheikh Kamal International Club Cup after claiming a massive 6-1 win over Sri Lankan outfit Solid FC at MA Aziz Stadium in Chittagong yesterday.

    Nabib Newaj Jibon, Faisal Mahmud, Arup Kumar Baidya, Habibur Rahman Shohag, Masuk Miah Jony and Lamine Camara all netted once against the Sri Lankan premier league champions in what was the tournament’s biggest margin of victory till date.

  • Obama urges Pakistan to avoid raising nuclear tensions

    Obama urges Pakistan to avoid raising nuclear tensions

    At a time of heightened tensions between nuclear-armed rivals India and Pakistan, US President Barack Obama urged Pakistan on Thursday to avoid developments in its nuclear weapons program that could increase risks and instability.

    In talks with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at the White House, Obama also sought help in getting the Afghan Taliban back to peace talks, something vital to his faltering bid to bring US troops back from Afghanistan.

  • Myanmar jade mining drives rights abuses, disasters

    Myanmar jade mining drives rights abuses, disasters

    Myanmar’s secretive jade industry – run by military elites, drug lords and crony companies – is fuelling armed conflict, land grabs, deadly landslides and floods in northern Kachin state, the rights group Global Witness said on Friday.

    Jade is driving conflict between the government and ethnic Kachin rebels, funding both sides in a war that has killed thousands of people and displaced 100,000 since 2011, the London-based organisation said in a 128-page report.

    Companies named in the report did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

  • S Lanka detains soldiers in case of missing cartoonist

    Sri Lankan police have detained 11 people, most of them soldiers or former soldiers, in a widening probe into the disappearance of a cartoonist that has become a test case of the new government’s resolve to address human rights abuses.

    Prageeth Eknaligoda, a fierce critic of former president Mahinda Rajapakse, went missing near Colombo more than five years ago, triggering allegations that he had been abducted by government agents.

  • The shift to shrimp in Satkhira: Climate change and aquaculture

    The shift to shrimp in Satkhira: Climate change and aquaculture

    While studying the impact of climate change on rural livelihoods, JustJobs Network conducted a focused group discussion in Munshiganj, one of the 12 wards under Shyamnagar Upazila in Satkhira district, Bangladesh.

  • Is Merkel’s refugee policy dividing Europe again?

    Is Merkel’s refugee policy dividing Europe again?

    We can do it. That’s the message Chancellor Angela Merkel has been giving her country ever since she pledged in late August to provide refuge to anyone coming from Syria in addition to others seeking protection from violence and warfare. The initial euphoria in the country was significant, with tens of thousands of everyday Germans joining the army of helpers to try and cope with the huge influx of needy refugees.

  • Hurricane Patricia becomes strongest storm ever

    Hurricane Patricia strengthened into one of the most powerful storms in history on Friday as it barreled toward Mexico’s Pacific Coast, forcing resort hotels to evacuate guests and residents to stockpile supplies.

    The National Hurricane Center said Patricia was the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere, and on a par with Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, which ravaged the Philippines, killing thousands.

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