Wednesday February 21, 2018 09:26 AM

  • First of Pohela Boishakh assaulters held

    First of Pohela Boishakh assaulters held

    Police claim to have arrested one of the eight wanted men who had sexually assaulted women and children during the Pohela Boishakh celebrations in Dhaka University area on April 14 last year.

    A team of the Detective Branch of police arrested Mohammad Kamal, a small trader, from a house at Khaji Dewan of Chawkbazar area on Wednesday evening based on a tip-off. The informer would get Tk1 lakh for helping the police with the information.

  • Shibir men held for plotting religious unrest

    Police yesterday claimed that they had arrested four leaders of Islami Chhatra Shibir, the radical student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami, from Satkania upazila for instigating religious unrest by tearing off the pages of the Qur’an themselves.

    The arrestees are Satkania upazila (east) unit President Raihan Uddin Muhammad Asadullah, Demsha union President Md Riadul Islam alias Niloy, Shibir’s Sathee Aminul Islam Tipu and activist Md Arman.

  • Compact partners call for RMG buyers’ responsible conduct

    Sustainability Compact partners have urged brands and buyers to adopt practices that promote responsible business conduct in global supply chain and introduce uniform code of conduct for factory audit in Bangladesh.

    They made the call at a joint statement from a media briefing after the second review meeting of the compact held in Dhaka yesterday where all partners including representatives from Bangladesh, the EU, the US, and the ILO were present.

  • Raushan meets Hasina

    Leader of the opposition in parliament Raushan Ershad yesterday held a meeting with the prime minister in parliament.

    The meeting started at around 6:05pm and continued till 6.50pm, said a source.

    The meeting came several days after Jatiya Party Co-Chairman GM Quader had told media that both Ershad and Raushan sought time from Prime Minister to discuss the ongoing crisis of the party.

    The crisis in the JaPa surfaced once again when Ershad appointed his younger brother GM Quader as the co-chairman of the party.

  • SC lawyer SM Raza threatened

    Supreme Court lawyer SM Rezaul Karim has allegedly been threatened with death.

    Rezaul Karim, also the chairman of Bangladesh Bar Council’s finance committee, filed a case with Raman Police Station on Wednesday under the Information and Communication Technology (Amendment) Act 2013.

    It was alleged in the complaint that a photo of the lawyer was doctored and published in a website named Hefazat-e-Islam Bangladesh on January 24.

  • SC asks authorities to accept Rabbi’s complaint

    The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court yesterday asked the authorities concerned to record the case of Bangladesh Bank official Golam Rabbi, if he wants to file any, in connection with a police assault incident.

    The court came up with the order on receiving the primary investigation report from the police over the incident that took place on January 9. In the report, Rabbi was blamed for obstructing the police from discharging their duties during a search in Mohammadpur area.

    Rabbi rejected the report saying that he had done nothing wrong.

  • IGP to police: Don’t misuse laws and harass people

    Inspector General of Police (IGP) AKM Shahidul Hoque has ordered members of the police force not to harass the citizens by misusing the existing laws.

    He made the statement at the IGP badge and prize giving ceremony in Rajarbagh Police Line in the capital yesterday afternoon.

    The IGP presented 193 police officials with the IGP badge at the event, a part of the Police Week 2016.

    Speaking to journalists, the IGP termed the police force as public servants and said the force had already started providing people-oriented service.

  • Train fare hike will reduce passengers, say passenger leaders

    The decision by the Ministry of Railways to increase train fare is an illogical step, claimed the Passenger Welfare Association of Bangladesh (PWAB).

    Speaking at a press conference at Dhaka Reporters’ Unity yesterday afternoon, PWAB leaders also urged the government not to increase train fare, which is set to take effect in February.

    The fare-hike policy is not the appropriate solution to counter losses; on the contrary, the hike may reduce the number of passengers who use trains as a mode of transport, said the PWAB leaders.

  • Study: Cigarette makers flouting rules

    Though all the tobacco packs contain health caution in the country, only 29% of them are in accordance with the guidelines, reveals a new study.

    According to the Smoking and Tobacco Products Usage (Control) Guidelines 2006, minimum 30% space of a tobacco pack should include health caution on both sides.

  • Public uni teachers discuss pay scale with govt officials

    Public university teachers had a meeting with high government officials yesterday over their four-point demand that
    include formation of a separate commission to introduce an independent pay scale for them.

    A delegation of the Federation of Bangladesh University Teachers Association (FBUTA) met with Principal Secretary to Prime Minister’s Office M Abul Kalam Azad, Senior Finance Secretary Mahbub Ahmed and Additional Secretary to the Education Ministry M Helal Uddin, reports UNB.

  • RU professor Dr Abu Naser dies

    Dr Abu Naser, professor at the statistics department in Rajshahi University, passed away yesterday morning. He was 62.

    Naser was also the president of the Communist Party of Bangladesh’s Rajshahi district unit.

    Students and teachers alike at RU are in mourning since news broke out about the well-loved teacher’s passing, sources told the Dhaka Tribune.

  • BNP leader Annie’s bail pleas rejected

    A Dhaka court yesterday rejected bail petitions of BNP Student Affairs Secretary Shahid Uddin Chowdhury Annie in nine cases filed against him on charges of arson, vandalism and murder during the BNP-led 20-party alliance’s anti-government movement last year.

    Metropolitan Magistrate Shahriar Mahmud Adnan rejected his bail petitions in eight violence cases filed with Paltan and Motijheel police stations in the capital.

  • Parliamentary panel summons ACC again

    The parliamentary standing committee on Finance Ministry asked the Anti-Corruption Commission to appear before it again to provide updates on its probe into the BASIC Bank loan scam after the corruption watchdog did not show up yesterday.

    After the meeting, committee chief Abdur Razzak said they had evidence of involvement of BASIC Bank’s board of directors in the plundering of a huge sum of money. But the ACC gave them a clean chit.

  • Moosa agrees to spill the beans about $12bn

    Moosa agrees to spill the beans about $12bn

    Controversial business tycoon Moosa Bin Shamsher yesterday faced the Anti-Corruption Commission’s questioning for the second time and agreed to provide information on a Swiss bank account in which $12bn of his wealth lies frozen.

    Like the previous time, a group of 25 bodyguards escorted him to the ACC headquarters in the capital’s Segun Bagicha where Director of the commission Mir Jainul Abedin Shibly grilled him from 10:55am to 1:20pm.

  • Bangladesh needs to stabilise population

    The fourth International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) ended here yesterday with a call to accelerate efforts to provide contraceptive access to 120 million more women as part of the drive towards sustainable development goals.

    Bangladesh needs to stablilise its population through a change in marriage patterns and a shift to long-term contraception in order to ease the burden on infrastructure, health systems and agriculture, experts at an international conference on family planning said during the conference.

  • Louis Kahn’s parliament designs being analysed

    In a bid to preserve the original design of the parliament complex and its adjacent areas, the government has collected architect Louis I Kahn’s final drawing inventory list from the US.

    “The final drawing inventory list was sent from the USA on January 15, 2016,” Housing and Public Works Minister Engineer Mosharraf Hossain told the parliament yesterday in reply to a question.

  • DSCC asks ministries to advertise on its billboards

    As part of its ongoing Clean Dhaka 20Sixteen campaign, the Dhaka South City Corporation has requested the government to use its billboards instead of sticking ministry advertisements haphazardly in the city.

    Dhaka south Mayor Sayeed Khokon recently wrote to Senior Secretary to the Finance Ministry, Mahbub Ahmed, seeking the government’s assistance for the new cleanliness programme.

  • Farmland shrinking alarmingly in Khagrachhari

    The arable lands in the district have been lessening fast in the face of constructing unplanned buildings that even include some government offices.

    Consequently, the locals are going to suffer the crisis of locally-produced crops and vegetables.

    Besides the ecological balance and scenic beauty of green hilly district have reached on the verge of destruction owing to the ongoing harmful activities.

  • Bars no bar to Mymensingh Jamaat teachers’ salaries

    Nasir Uddin leads the Jamaat-e-Islami’s Tangab Union unit under Mymensingh’s Gafargaon Upazila. He also teaches at the local Bashia High School.

    He spent three months jail after police arrested him on June 20 last year. He  was later accused in a case filed under the Explosives Act. But all these did not stop him from withdrawing full salaries from the school regularly.

    The school’s headmaster Md Abdul Latif said Nasir was not suspended either as stipulated by the law. The Jamaat leader declined comment.

  • DU students submit memo on metro rail

    Students of Dhaka University has submitted a memorandum to Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr AAMS Arefin Siddique demanding change of the proposed metro rail route, planned to be built through the DU campus.

    Student representatives handed the memorandum to the VC at his office around 12:20pm yesterday.

    Coming back from the VC’s office, the student leaders said the VC had expressed dissatisfaction with their demand and urged them to go to the higher authorities in this regard.

    “The VC disagrees with us on our demand,” the students said.

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