Tuesday February 20, 2018 05:43 AM

  • Chronicles of a gangster cop

    SI Masud Sikder is known as a ruthless crime boss in his localitySub-Inspector Masud Sikder, who recently made headlines for allegedly assaulting and threatening a central bank official in Dhaka, is known as a crook, drug lord, extortionist and pimp in his locality.

  • Masud suspended

    Sub-Inspector Masud Sikder was suspended yesterday for allegedly torturing a central bank official and threatening him with death at Mohammadpur last week.

    The Dhaka Metropolitan Police and the police headquarters formed separate committees to investigate the incident. Detective Branch Joint Commissioner Monirul Islam said Masud had been suspended based on findings of the primary investigation.

  • Five of a family found with throats slit in Narayanganj

    Five of a family found with throats slit in Narayanganj

    Police last night recovered five of a family with throats slit in a house in Baburail area of Narayanganj sadar upazila.

    The dead are Taslima, 35, her daughter Sumayia, 7, son Shanto, 10, brother Morshedul Islam, 20, and sister-in-law Lamia, 20.

    According to police, the murders might have been committed sometime between Friday night and yesterday morning.

  • Crashes claim two lives within eight hours

    Crashes claim two lives within eight hours

    The deceased are Sabiha Akhter Sonali, a ninth-grader who was on the way to enrol at Tejgaon Girls High school, and Khadija Sultana Mitu, a student of fifth grade at Lakkhanpur High School in ComillaTwo schoolgirls were killed in separate accidents that took place within eight hours of one another in the capital yesterday, with witnesses saying that reckless driving led to the loss of the young lives. 

    The deceased are Sabiha Akhter Sonali, a ninth-grader who was on the way to enrol at Tejgaon Girls High school, and Khadija Sultana Mitu, a student of fifth grade at Lakkhanpur High School in Comilla.

    They died after they were run over by buses.

  • Protesters, supporters of Chunarughat economic zone stage demos

    Tension spread in Habiganj district’s Chunarughat upazila yesterday as the pro-economic zone ruling party leaders and activists and anti-economic zone tea garden workers staged demonstrations and rallies in the area.

    Local Awami League and Jubo League leaders and activists brought out a procession and held a rally under the banner of Chunarughat Upazila Citizens’ Committee yesterday afternoon, our correspondent in Habiganj reported.

  • No dowry-free wedding as 2nd phase of Ijtema ends today

    Like the first phase, no dowry-free marriage took place at the Biswa Ijtema venue as the second phase of the congregation is to end today after Akheri Munajat.

    Md Gias Uddin, a member of the Ijtema organising committee, said such marriages are not appreciated by many as they think these are low-key events. 

  • 4 personalities receive Kazi Mahbub Ullah Award 2015

    Four distinguished personalities were honoured with the Kazi Mahbub Ullah Award 2015 yesterday for their outstanding contributions to their respective fields.

    They are Anisul Haque (literature and journalism), Professor Dr Hasina Khan (science), Mashrafe Bin Mortaza (sports) and Professor Dr AK Azad Chowdhury (lifetime achievement).

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina handed over the awards at the National Theatre at Shilpakala Academy in the capital.

    Begum Jebunnesa and Kazi Mahbub Ullah People Welfare Trust organised the function.

  • PM: A bank MD’s removal led to Padma fund cancellation threat

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday alleged that she had been threatened that funding to Padma Bridge project would be stopped if a particular person was not there as the managing director of a particular bank.

    “Some high officials from the USA told me that funding would be stopped if a particular person is not there in the [MD] post [of the bank],” she said.

  • Police take bribe to allow heavy  vehicle on Teesta barrage

    Police take bribe to allow heavy vehicle on Teesta barrage

    Heavy vehicles, including freight trucks, are being allowed on Teesta barrage despite a ban on such transports imposed in 2014.

    The ban was imposed in November of that year after the barrage developed some cracks because of the movement of heavy vehicles.

    But new and bigger cracks have recently appeared on the barrage as some dishonest police officials and Ansar members allowed heavy transports on it after evening in exchange for bribes.

    Officials in charge of maintenance of the barrage described the new cracks as hairline cracks.

  • Cancellation of metro rail through DU campus demanded

    Expressing solidarity with Dhaka University students’ movement, Bangladesh Chhatra Union of DU unit yesterday announced to submit memorandum to the university’s vice-chancellor on January 18 demanding change of the proposed metro rail route planned to build through DU campus.

    The student organisation also threatened to launch a tougher movement along with students if the government does not change its decision. The leftist student body also announced to stage a demonstration on the DU campus the same day. 

  • Anuradha Roy wins DSC prize for  South Asian literature

    Anuradha Roy wins DSC prize for South Asian literature

    Anuradha Roy has been announced the winner of the prestigious DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2016 for her novel “Sleeping on Jupiter” at the Fairway Galle Literary Festival in Sri Lanka.

    In a glittering ceremony, the $50,000 prize and a unique trophy was awarded by Ranil Wickremesinghe, prime minister of Sri Lanka.

  • Jails to become correctional facilities soon

    It is time for the prisons in Bangladesh to become proper correctional facilities, Additional Inspector General of Prisons Col Fazlul Kabir has said.

    In a press conference at Bangladesh Jail headquarters on the occasion of jail week yesterday, the AIG-Prisons said the prisons would soon be turned into correction homes.

    He also said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will join the inauguration programme on January 20 at the Kashimpur jail in Gazipur.

  • Awami League leaders thank Khaleda for participating in UP polls

    Several central leaders of the ruling Awami League have thanked BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia for taking part in the union parishad (UP) polls scheduled to be held in March.

    “Khaleda made a great mistake by boycotting the January 5 national polls in 2014. She has realised that, which is why her party participated in the recently held municipal polls and has decided to join in the UP polls, too,” Awami League’s Advisory Council member Suranjit Sengupta said at a discussion yesterday.

  • Dhaka reaffirms zero tolerance policy to terrorism

    Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan at an assembly of the United Nations has said Bangladesh government has taken a zero tolerance policy to combat extremism and terrorism.

    The home minister was addressing the assembly at UN Trusteeship Council in New York on Friday.

    Asaduzzaman shared various measures, taken by Bangladesh with the participation and cooperation of women, civil society, religious leaders, local elite, grassroots people and media, for combating extremism.

  • Sale of unauthorised guidebooks rampant

    Most of the bookshops in the port city are selling unauthorised guidebooks and notebooks, defying ban on the practice.

    The students of primary and secondary level schools are being forced to buy the books.

    The publishers of the books pasted posters and banners in front of several institutions to attract the school-goers and their guardians.

    They are also keeping relation with the authorities of different schools so that they can incorporate the illegal books in the book lists of the respective schools.

  • RDS demands gas supply in Rangpur

    Dhaka-based Rangpur Divisional Samity (RDS) yesterday formed a human chain and rally in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s Office in the city demanding natural gas supply to Rangpur region through pipelines.

    President of RDS Alhaj Advocate Abdullah Al Nasser presided over the hour-long human chain and rally programme.

    General Secretary of RDS Professor Dr Md Nazrul Islam, its Youth Affairs Secretary Mafidul Islam and Executive Member Jafrul Islam, addressed, among others on behalf of the organisation,reports BSS.

  • Indigenous people to form 300-km human chain

    Chittagong Hill Tracts Citizens Committee, Bangladesh Adivasi Forum and CHT Headmen’s Network announced a programme of 300-kilometre long human chain at a news conference at Tugun Restaurant in Rangamati yesterday.

    People in Chittagong Hill Tracts will form the human chain demanding complete implementation of CHT Accord and establishing a separate land commission for ethnic people in plain lands on January 18.

    The human chain would span from Dudukchara of Panchari in Khagrachari to Gundhum of Naikhyangchari of Bandarban from 10am to 11am, said sources.

  • Volunteer training comes to little use

    Volunteer training comes to little use

    Read the second installment of a series of Dhaka Tribune reports on earthquake preparedness that have found that rescue agencies are ill-prepared to handle the type of damage a strong tremor can causeSince 2011, the Fire Service and Civil Defence, leading rescue agency in Bangladesh, have trained up 32,000 people so that they can work as volunteers if a big earthquake hits.

    Talking to a number of trainees mainly from the capital city, the Dhaka Tribune has found that the trainings dealt mainly with post-earthquake activities. Apart from some verbal instructions, the trainees are given very little to learn about what to do during earthquakes.

  • Climate Compatible Development: Pathway or Pipedream?

    Climate Compatible Development: Pathway or Pipedream?

    Policies on leadership, design and implementation are needed for climate compatible development that offers a pathway for dealing with climate change, a top development economist has said.  

    “An entry point to solving the wicked problem of climate change is the model of ‘climate compatible development’ that takes place when three things come together: mitigation, adaptation and transformation,” said Simon Maxwell, executive chair at Climate and Development Knowledge Network and chair of the European Think-Tanks Group. 

  • Taiwan elects 1st female president

    Taiwan’s independence-leaning opposition leader Tsai Ing-wen won a convincing victory in presidential election on Saturday and pledged to maintain peace with China, which claims the island as its own, though vowed to firmly defend Taiwan’s

    Tsai, leader of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), will be thrust into one of Asia’s toughest and most dangerous jobs, with China pointing hundreds of missiles at the island, decades after losing Nationalists fled from Mao Zedong’s Communists to Taiwan in the Chinese civil war.

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