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  • Four to die for Rajon murder

    Four to die for Rajon murder

    In one of the quickest murder trials in the country’s history, a Sylhet court has sentenced four people including prime accused Kamrul to death for killing Rajon.

    The verdict comes exactly four months after the teenager was beaten to death near a market in the outskirts of Sylhet city and the killers recorded a long video of the incident.

    Akbar Hossain Mridha of the Sylhet Metropolitan Sessions Judge’s court yesterday delivered the verdict in the presence of 11 out of 13 accused inside a jam-packed courtroom.

  • Death for Rakib’s killers

    In a little over three months after the murder of teenage labourer Rakib, a court in Khulna yesterday sentenced the two killers to death.

    Dilruba Sultana, acting head of the Khulna Metropolitan Sessions Judge’s court, delivered the verdict in the afternoon.

    Those to walk the gallows for killing 12-year-old Rakib are: Md Sharif, owner of the motor workshop where the boy was tortured, and Md Mintu Khan, his distant uncle. Sharif’s mother Beauty Begum, the other accused, was acquitted of all charges.

  • Woman in critical condition after husband sets her on fire

    Woman in critical condition after husband sets her on fire

    A young woman in Gazipur’s Kaliakair sustained serious burn injuries after her husband tried to burn her to death over family rows on Saturday night.

    Twenty-two-year-old Poly Rani Gupta alias Tapati Das was admitted to the burn unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital hours after the attack.

    Partha Shankar Paul, resident surgeon of the hospital’s burn unit, said yesterday that the victim had sustained 90% burn and was in a critical condition.

  • Nasim tells BNP to be ready for local polls

    Health Minister Mohammed Nasim yesterday told the BNP to get ready to take on the challenge of facing the Awami League in the local government polls next month.

    Welcoming the BNP’s decision to participate in the elections, the Awami League Presidium member said: “Come to the field of the local government election. We will play… We will see who wins the game. Please do not go away like Cricket Australia before the game even starts. We have no intention to score a goal in open field.”

  • Insurance package likely for public servants next fiscal

    The government is planning to introduce life and health insurance for 2.1 million civil servants from the next fiscal year.

    “We have already held a meeting with the stakeholders regarding the introduction of an insurance package for public
    servants,” said Banking Secretary M Aslam Alam, who presided over a meeting of the Bank and Financial Institutions Division last week.

    It was difficult to introduce a new system for all civil servants and more time was needed to examine the matter properly, he added. 

  • Policeman hits motorbike rider with rifle butt

    A young man in Jessore was hospitalised after a police official hit him hard with the butt of a rifle on Saturday evening for not stopping a motorbike that he was riding.

    Abu Sayeed, 30, was admitted to Jessore General Hospital and was said to be in a critical condition.

    The incident, which took place in Shankarpur, angered locals, who surrounded Constable Rokon and refused to let him leave the scene.

    Police later arrived and calmed the mob before rescuing Rokon.  

  • Kosovo seeks Bangladesh’s help for Unesco membership

    Kosovo, which proclaimed independence in 2008, is trying to become a Unesco member and has sought Bangladesh’s help in this regard.

    The US has also requested Bangladesh to support the bid of Kosovo while its arch-rival from the Cold War era, Russia, is lobbying for the opposite.

    “We got opposite requests from the US and Russia regarding Kosovo,” said a senior government official.

    Asked about the government’s position on Kosovo’s induction into Unesco, he said Bangladesh does not recognise Kosovo.

  • IMLI recognised as Unesco Category II institute

    The Executive Board of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) has granted Dhaka’s International Mother Language Institute (IMLI) Category II status.

    The Paris-based UN agency took the decision in response to a proposal put forward by Bangladesh during its 38th General Conference on Saturday, Education Ministry officials said.

    Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid is leading the Bangladesh delegation to the ongoing conference in Paris.

  • MA Mannan gets bail

    The High Court has granted ad interim bail for six months to sacked mayor of Gazipur City Corporation MA Mannan in two violence cases.

    Along with the bail order, the High Court bench of Justice Farid Ahmed and Justice KM Kamrul Kader also issued another ruling yesterday asking the government as to why Mannan should not get regular bail in the cases.

    The government has been asked to respond to the ruling by four weeks.

  • US State Dept officials in Dhaka

    Two officials from the US Department of State are currently in Dhaka, visiting Bangladesh as part of their official tour of South Asia.

    The officials – William E Todd, principal deputy assistant secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs, and Clinton Brown, director of South and Central Asian Affairs for Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh – visited Dhaka on November 4-6 and left for Sri Lanka, before coming back to Bangladesh on Sunday for additional meetings.

  • Quader: ADB likely to finance airport underpass

    The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is interested in funding the proposed underpass connecting Dhaka airport and Airport railway station in the capital, said Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader.

    The minister made the statement at a press briefing after the board meeting of Dhaka Transport Coordination Authority (DTCA) in the capital yesterday.

    Speaking to reporters, Quader said the underpass would be a passage for both pedestrians and vehicles.

  • Quacks deceiving patients in port city

    The prescription of ‘Dr’ Sujon Debnath Apan clearly states that he has secured Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS)  degree from Dhaka. It is written in his visiting card as well as in signboard that he is also an expert in neonatal sector.

    However, he confessed to a mobile court that he studied only upto fifth grade and with this little knowledge he has been treating patients and prescribing medicines for the last two months in the city’s Sagarika area.  

  • No longer a man’s job

    A Dhaka Tribune investigation into smuggling syndicates operating in the busy entrepot of Hili, in Dinajpur district, has found that the “manpower” employed to carry goods across the border actually involves very few men.

    If the idea of an equal opportunity den of thieves seems comical, be assured that it is based on entirely matter-of-fact considerations of business interest.

  • Aspirant held over forgery at CU

    An admission seeker was detained with an electrical device during written admission test of B unit of Chittagong University (CU) from Hathazari College yesterday morning.

    The detainee was identified as Bhupen Roy, hailing from Mongla upazila of Bagherhat, said CU Proctor Ali Azgar Chowdhury.

  • Alleged robber killed in mob beating

    An alleged robber was killed in a mass beating at Kocnapur village, Jaipurhat Sadar upazila in the early hours of yesterday.

    Police said Anwar Hossain, 45, along with his accomplices entered the house of one Ashraf Ali breaking wall of the house for committing dacoity at about 2:30am.

    Sensing the presence of robbers, Ashraf and his family members raised voice for help. Hearing their screams, local people came in aid and caught Anwar red handed. But his other cohorts manged to flee from the scene.

  • CU BCL demands fair probe into police attack

    Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) Chittagong University (CU) unit yesterday demanded fair probe into the attack on police.

    In a press release, signed by CU BCL’s president Alamgir Tipu and general secretary HM Fazle Rabbi Sujon demanded fair probe.

    In the press release they said to cover up the university’s vice-chancellor and proctor’s failure, police had carried out brutal attack on general students and vandalised and ransacked hall rooms on November 2 entering dormitories.

  • Bagerhat passport office infested with brokers, corrupt officials

    Dominance of brokers and public suffering have been prevalent at Bagerhat regional passport office for long as its some corrupt officials ply a pivotal role behind the irregularities.  

    Consequently, the malpractices turn as usual matter and the passport seekers have been forced to bear the excess cost, thanks to the corrupt officials.

    Many affected passport seekers alleged that the officials have developed an illegal cartel for the misdeed and its Deputy Assistant Director Jakir Hossain is controlling the network.

  • Hasina: No dialogue with killer Khaleda

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has outright rejected BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s proposal for sitting in a national dialogue, saying she does not like to sit with a killer like Khaleda.

    “The smell of burnt human bodies will come from her [Khaleda] when I sit beside her,” the premier said at a press conference at her official residence Ganabhaban yesterday.

    The press conference was held to inform the media about the outcome of her just-concluded three-day visit to the Netherlands.

  • Schoolgirl hacked to death

    Miscreants hacked a schoolgirl to death at Melandah upazila in the district yesterday.

    The deceased was Surja Begum, a student of class IV of Baluhata Govt Primary School and daughter of Kuddus Ali, a day labourer.

    Sources said the miscreants entered the house of Kuddus after he went to work. They hacked  Surja while she was sleeping.

    Hearing screaming, Hanufa Begum, mother of the girl reached the spot and found her lying in blood. She rushed her to Jamalpur Hospital where doctors on duty declared her dead.

  • Upbeat Tigers look to land killer blow

    The Tigers will be eager to register their ninth series win, and fourth this year, over Zimbabwe when the two sides lock horns with each other in the second and penultimate ODI today at Mirpur’s Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.

    The match will begin at 1 in the afternoon and BTV and Gazi TV will telecast it live.

    There is however, some contrasting news for the Tigers as maverick all-rounder Shakib al Hasan, who bagged his maiden five-wicket haul in ODIs last Saturday, flew back to the United States yesterday to be beside his expecting wife.

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