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  • Police seek info on errant informants

    IGP Shahidul declares zero tolerance towards the police members found involved in crimesThe law enforcers have sought public support to identify the police informants engaged in criminal activities including mugging and extortion misusing power.

    “We have adopted zero tolerance against extortion. Anyone found involved in such criminal offence despite being a police source will not be spared,” DMP Deputy Commissioner (media) Maruf Hossain Sarder told reporters yesterday.

  • Taiwan quake kills at least 11, fells apartment block

    Taiwan quake kills at least 11, fells apartment block

    A powerful earthquake struck Taiwan early on Saturday killing at least 11 people, most in a 17-storey apartment building that collapsed, with at least five people missing in the ruins of the complex as darkness fell, government officials said.

    As rescuers searched for survivors, questions were raised about the construction of the Wei-guan Golden Dragon Building in the southern city of Tainan, with its floors that pancaked down on each other when the 6.4 magnitude tremor hit at around 4 a.m. (2000 GMT), at the start of a Lunar New Year holiday.

  • IGP: No one above the law

    If any police member commits a crime, it is his/her responsibility not the department’s. We will show zero tolerancePolice chief AKM Shahidul Hoque has said that no one including the police members are above the law.

    “The same law is applicable for the people and the police members. There is no scope of mercy only because they are members of the police force,” the inspector general of police told reporters after a programme in Sylhet city yesterday.

  • Legalisation of illegal migrants in Malaysia begins Feb 15

    The legalisation process of undocumented migrants in Malaysia will begin from February 15.

    The decision, which was made on Friday, was announced by Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, New Straits Times reported.

    This time, the Malaysian Home Ministry, under its rehiring programme, will issue valid work permits to around two million illegal foreign workers.

    Zahid said the authorities would implement the first phase of the programme for three months to gauge its effectiveness.

  • Siege attempt on Khaleda’s house foiled

    Siege attempt on Khaleda’s house foiled

    Police yesterday foiled a bid to lay siege to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s Gulshan residence.

    The protesters, which included members of the ruling party’s front organizations, were protesting recent remarks made by Khaleda on the number of martyrs in the 1971 Liberation War.

    About 500 people marching under the banner of Muktijoddha Sangsad Sontan Command took position at Banani field around 10:30am.

  • Boy killed in road crash in Hatirjheel

    Boy killed in road crash in Hatirjheel

    A seven-year-old boy was killed in a road crash in the capital’s Hatirjheel yesterday.   

    Md Raihan was playing with some children when a car ran over him, leaving him critically injured.  

    He was taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital in the evening where doctors declared him dead.

    Raihan was the only son of Liton, who pulls a pushing cart to make a living, and Lucky Akther.

    Liton told the Dhaka Tribune his son was a first-grader at a local school in Rampura. 

  • JCD announces new DU committee

    Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal announced its new Dhaka University unit committee last night, naming Al Mahadee Talukder as president and Bashar Siddique as general secretary.

    Chhatra Dal President Rajib Ahsan and General Secretary Akramul Hasan approved the new committee, said the organisation’s Office Secretary Abdus Sattar Patwary.

  • 2 fraud gangs busted in city

    Members of the Detective Branch of police in Chittagong yesterday busted two fraud rackets and arrested four criminals in separate drives from the port city and Feni.

    The arrestees are Joynal, 35, Alauddin, 37, Fakhrul, 37, and Delwar, 32. They all hail from Jorarganj under Mirsarai upazila in Chittagong. The law enforcers also recovered a LP gas cylinder-laden van from their possession in Feni.

  • Hot iron pours cold water on Babul’s dream

    Hot iron pours cold water on Babul’s dream

    Mohammad Babul returned home from Malaysia on Friday with his dream of pulling his family out of poverty shattered after he sustained 40% burns in an accident at his workplace two years ago.

    He went there in 2006, at the age of 17, to work as a driver but joined a manufacturing company instead where he earned RM700 or just over Tk13,000 a month. He said his employer took away his documents five years after he had gone there. After switching several jobs in the next few years, he finally joined a construction company hoping to earn more.

  • DU students announce cartoon show protesting rail route

    Students of Dhaka University have announced a cartoon exhibition on February 11 protesting the proposed metro rail route that passes through the university campus.

    The announcement was made from a press conference at the Madhur Canteen yesterday afternoon.

    Addressing the briefing, Taisha Tashrin, a student of biochemistry and coordinator of the protest programme, said: “The cartoon exhibition will be held at the compound of the Institute of Fine Arts [of DU] at 12 noon on February 1.”

  • Mirza Abbas taken to DMCH

    BNP leader Mirza Abbas was taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) from Dhaka Central Jail for medical check-up yesterday.

    He was brought to the hospital around 10:00am, said the jail superintendent, Jahangir Kabir. The superintendent also said Mirza Abbas has been suffering from high blood sugar and osteoporosis in the back.

    After the medical check-up, the BNP leader was taken back to the central jail.

  • Children in Mirpur getting access to non-formal education

    There are 400 working children living in slums in the capital’s Mirpur area who can now dream of a better life through education, without having to stop working.

    They now go to SUSTAIN School, a learning centre offering non-formal education to school dropouts or completely illiterate children who are working low-income jobs in Mirpur.

  • PM to engineers: Work out master plan for each UZ

    PM to engineers: Work out master plan for each UZ

    The government has undertaken plans to generate 24,000 megawatt of electricity by 2021 while 40,000 megawatt by 2040Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked engineers to work out a standard master plan for each upazila so that local people could avail themselves of all public services from one point.

    The prime minister came up with the instruction while inaugurating the four-day 56th convention of the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh (IEB).

    The inaugural session of the convention was held at the IEB with its president Engineer M Kabir Ahmed Bhuiyan in the chair. The theme of the convention is “Engineers for Sustainable Development.”

  • Charge sheet submitted against Inqilab editor and three others

    The Detectives Branch of Dhaka Metropolitan Police has submitted charge sheet against four journalists including Daily Inqilab Editor and Publisher AMM Bahauddin, in a case filed for running a report on the daily’s website.

    The other charge-sheeted accused are Inqilab’s News Editor Rabiullah Rabi, City Editor Sakhawat Hossain Badsha and the reporter concerned.

    Praloy Kumar Jaarder, acting assistant inspector general (AIG) of police, filed the case under the Information and Communications Technology Act against the four journalists on August 19, 2014.

  • Man kills brother, nephew in a land dispute

    A man in Satkania upazila’s Khagoria union of Chittagong district yesterday killed his brother and nephew over a land dispute.

    The deceased were Md Idris, 65, and his son Khalek, 20, said police sources.

    Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) Fazlul Haque of Satkania police station said: “An altercation was erupted between Idris and his brother Safiqul Islam Bachu over a land dispute in the evening triggering a clash between the siblings.”

  • Latif denies allegation of distorting Bangabandhu’s image

    MA Latif, the Awami League lawmaker from Chittagong-11 constituency, has denied the allegation of distorting the image of Bangabandhu brought against him.

    He organised a press conference yesterday to clarify his stance over the “misunderstanding” created over the distortion of Bangabandhu’s image.

    He also vowed to find out the person behind the image distortion.

  • Suicide rates rise sharply

    Suicide rates among the poor people in the district have risen sharply recent years.

    In 2015,  230 men and women committed suicide whereas, in the previous year, the number was about 200.

    According to police sources, people are committing suicide on trifling matters. The data have been collected from six police stations of the district.

    According to the sources, some suicide cases were not recorded in the police stations.

     The family members of the victims did the last rituals of the bodies without informing the police.

  • Vegetables farming in homestead changes lot of char women

    Vegetable farming on house yards has changed life of thousands of extremely poor women living in remote char areas of the Teesta and Dharla rivers’ basin under five upazilas of the district.

    Besides homestead farming, they are also doing some other income-generating activities under the assistance of the Char Livelihoods Programme (CLP) jointly run by the government and non-government organisations.

  • Poverty fuels child marriage in Kurigram

    Poverty fuels child marriage in Kurigram

    The family of 15-year-old Pushpo (name changed) struggled hard to make the ends meet but her father sent her to school. She dreamed of pulling her family out of poverty. But the dream fell apart like a house of cards when she was forced into marriage. She now has a 10-month-old baby.

    Rabeya’s case was similar. The frail girl was married off at 13 and gave birth to her first child three years later. Numerous others in Kurigram share the same fate.

  • 25 students fall sick due to mass hysteria

    Twenty five students of a school in Nagarkanda upazila suddenly fell ill yesterday with symptoms of mass hysteria.

    Shahjahan Sarder, headmaster of Bil Gobindopur High School, said, a female student suddenly fell unconsciousness during assembly in the morning.

    Later, some students also fell sick in the classroom and some other on their way home with the same symptoms.

    Among thm, 23 students were admitted to Faridpur Medical College Hospital.

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