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Thursday November 23, 2017 01:52 AM



  • How vindictiveness led to N’ganj 5 murders

    Mahfuz, one of the accused in the case filed over the January 16 killing of five members of a family in Narayanganj’s Baburail, confessed to the murders in court yesterday, describing how it was an act of a desire for revenge.

    He said his rage over his failure to be in a relationship with his maternal aunt led to the vicious incident.  

    He gave the confessional statement under Section 164 in the court of Narayanganj Senior Judicial Magistrate Saiduzzaman Sharif in the morning.

  • Sunny Leone keeps her cool

    Sunny Leone keeps her cool

    Sunny Leone recently gave an interview to a leading news channel as part of movie promotions for Mastizaade. The interviewer repeatedly asked questions related to her past, her career as a porn actress, but she responded to all the questions with wit and poise, garnering applause from celebrities.

  • Roundtable: Police now seem to be the kings

    Extrajudicial killings and forced disappearances by law enforcers have become a great threat to human rights in the country and it was high time that necessary initiatives were made to stop such incidents, speakers at a roundtable said yesterday.

    Bangladesh now seems to be a country where the police are the kings, said noted educationist Prof Jamilur Reza Choudhury while addressing the roundtable at University of Asia Pacific’s (UAP) Green Road campus.

  • Now 24kg gold seized at Dhaka airport

    Members of the Custom Intelligence and Investigation in two separate drives recovered gold weighing around 25.5kg last night from the Dhaka airport.

    The consignments, worth around Tk12.75 crore, were found in abandoned condition, said Shamim Ur Rahman, deputy director of the custom intelligence. They conducted the drives based on information, he added.

    The first consignment was recovered from a flight of Regent Airways coming from Chittagong. The detectives found 2.3kg gold under the dustbin of a toilet.

  • Schoolkids more vulnerable to natural disasters

    Schoolkids more vulnerable to natural disasters

    Read the concluding instalment of a series of Dhaka Tribune reports on earthquake preparednessWhen a 7.5 magnitude earthquake shook Bangladesh on April 25 last year, grade-X student Nuri Yashfi Karim panicked and forgot how she was supposed to respond in such events.

    Yashfi, who studies at a Mohammadpur school, has been reading about disaster management – how to respond during natural disasters – since grade-III. But, neither she nor her classmates followed the instructions. Lack of drills and difficult to understand contents on disaster management have been of little help to the students.

  • Rehman Sobhan’s Untranquil Recollections launched in Kolkata

    “Untranquil Recollections: The Years of Fulfillment,” a memoir by eminent Bangladeshi economist Rehman Sobhan, was launched in Kolkata of India’s West Bengal on Wednesday.

    Nobel laureate Indian economist Prof Amartya Sen attended the programme as the chief guest at the National Library in Kolkata and released the book.

  • SC stays case filing against SI Masud

    The Supreme Court has stayed the High Court order that directed the authorities concerned to accept Bangladesh Bank official Golam Rabbi’s complaint against Sub-Inspector Masud Sikder as a First Information Report (FIR).

    Justice Hasan Foez Siddique, chamber judge of the Appellate Division, yesterday stayed the High Court order until January 25 in response to a petition filed by the government seeking a stay on the High Court order. The High Court order also said the police official should be dismissed.

  • ‘Bangladesh is an interesting market that is growing rapidly’

    ‘Bangladesh is an interesting market that is growing rapidly’

    Norway will continue investing in Bangladesh as there are lots of opportunities here, said Dilek Ayhan, state secretary at the Norwegian ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries.

    “I would encourage our businessmen to invest in Bangladesh considering its interesting market. Its a developing market that is growing rapidly, which can make even a European country jealous,” Dilek Ayhan told the Dhaka Tribune recently in an interview.

  • Court orders judicial probe against five policemen

    A Dhaka court yesterday ordered a judicial probe against five policemen including the officer-in-charge of Jatrabari police station Aboni Shankar Khar after a woman filed a case on charges of sexual abuse.

    After recording statement of the complainant, Judge Shafiul Azam of the Dhaka Women and Children Repression Prevention tribunal directed Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sheikh Hafizur Rahman to investigate the allegation.

    The court also asked police to submit a probe report seven working days.

  • ‘Cooperation, dialogue among countries needed to protect migrants’

    The term migration needs more deliberation to have a concrete definition in light of the prevailing global contextCooperation and dialogue among countries are required to ensure that migrants are protected on the way to their destinations and also in their destinations, Peter Sutherland, special representative of the UN secretary general for international migration, said yesterday.

    “I think there is a need for healthy and constructive dialogues among countries. I am not saying that I want migration. I am just saying that the facts are clear that migration can have both positive and negative effects.

  • State-run hospitals struggling to tackle rush of patients

    Chittagong Medical College Hospital as well as other state-run hospitals are literally struggling to tackle the rush of a large number of patients as physicians of private clinic have been observing work abstention since Wednesday.

    Hospital sources said patients who were undergoing treatment at private clinics yesterday started coming to the CMCH due to the ongoing strike.

    Principal of the CMCH Dr Selim Jahangir told the Dhaka Tribune they had cancelled leave of all doctors and employees of the hospital due to patients’ rush.

  • Woman burnt to death in Chittagong

    A housewife succumbed to her injuries early yesterday when she was undergoing treatment at Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH).

    Laily Begum, 30, wife of Md Yusuf Ali, was admitted to the CMCH after she was allegedly burnt by her husband over family feud on Wednesday. Sub-Inspector of CMCH Police Outpost Jahirul Islam told the Dhaka Tribune that Laily was admitted to the hospital with 90% burn injuries.

  • Woman to die for killing infant

    A Satkhira court yesterday sentenced a woman to death penalty for killing her newly born girl five years back.

    Additional District Sessions’ Judge Sharif AM Jaker announced the verdict against Rezia Khatun,25, daughter of Abdul Majed Gazi, a resident of Rahimpur upazila under Kaliganj upazila of the district, in a crowded courtroom. Rezia has remained absconding since she got bail.

    The court also acquitted Kashem Kopali as allegations could not be proved against him during prosecution.

  • Residents point finger at local MP

    Residents point finger at local MP

    The evicted residents of Kalyanpur slum area in Dhaka have claimed that the drive was conducted yesterday as per direction from the local lawmaker in defiance of a High Court stay order.

    They claimed that the High Court had ordered the government in 2007 to not conduct any drives until a rule, issued in 2003, was settled. Yesterday’s drive was conducted not only against the court order but also without any notices, they alleged.

  • Bangladeshis in Singapore condemn militancy

    After the Singapore authorities announced on Wednesday that they had arrested and deported three dozens of Bangladeshi workers for suspected militant links, many Bangladeshis living in the Republic have condemned their plans of waging armed jihad.

    Many Singaporeans and Bangladeshis have denounced their acts and were relieved as the alleged militants had been found out before any harm was done. Some said they were embarrassed, according to local newspaper The Strait Times.

  • Death threats issued against Palak, 20 others

    Outlawed Islamist militant outfit Ansarullah Bangla Team has allegedly threatened to kill State Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak, two lawmakers from Natore and 18 prominent personalities of the district.

    A letter mentioning the names was sent to Natore Press Club General Secretary Dulal Sarker. “I received the letter by post around 11am [yesterday]. It also contains my name. I will file a general diary with the sadar police station,” Dulal said.

  • HC: Do not evict Kalyanpur slum

    The High Court has directed the government to halt the eviction of Kalyanpur slum in the capital, issuing a stay order on the drive for three months.

    The court yesterday also asked the government not to harass or arrest any slum dwellers without any specific allegations.

    The bench of Justice Tariq ul Hakim and Justice Bhishmadev Chakrabortty passed the order following a writ petition filed by Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK).

    Sarah Hossain, a lawyer for the ASK, said the High Court issued a restriction on the eviction of Kalyanpur slum 10 years ago.

  • PM: Keep confidence in AL

    PM: Keep confidence in AL

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday the urged people to keep confidence in “boat,” the election symbol of the Awami League, saying the boat will bring peace, prosperity, development and economic emancipation to the country’s citizens.

    “My party knows how to fulfil the demands of the people. People of the country were never deprived of anything by voting for the Awami League,” she said while addressing a massive public meeting in Sylhet.

  • Khaleda’s nephew, 100 other BNP men join AL

    A group of BNP leaders and activists, including a distant nephew of party chief Khaleda Zia, has joined the Awami League in Feni.

    AKM Mohiuddin Majumder Shamu, son of Khaleda’s cousin Azharul Haq Majumder, together with nearly 100 BNP leaders and activists joined the ruling party by presenting a bouquet to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s ex-protocol officer Alauddin Ahmed Chowdhury Nasim and Feni 2 lawmaker Nizam Hazari at a public meeting yesterday.

  • Rear Admiral Nizamuddin named navy chief

    Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) Chairman Rear Admiral Mohammad Nizamuddin Ahmed have been appointed as the new chief of Naval Staff.

    The Inter-Service Public Relations Directorate (ISPR) issued a press release announcing the appointment yesterday.

    Nizamuddin has also been promoted to the rank of vice admiral.

    He will replace Admiral Muhammad Farid Habib and his appointment will take effect from January 27. He will be in the charge of the naval force until 2019. 

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