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Tuesday November 21, 2017 11:58 PM



  • Sedition case filed against MP Latif

    Two complaints – one for sedition and another under ICT Act – have been filed against ruling party lawmaker MA Latif for distorting the image of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on billboards and festoons set up in Chittagong city.

    KM Belayet Hossain, adviser of Metropolitan Awami League, filed the sedition complaint while former Jubo League leader Saifuddin Ahmed Robi filed the complaint under article 57 of the ICT Act.

    The complaints were filed with the court of Metropolitan Magistrate Farid Alam yesterday afternoon.

  • A glimpse at the history of Bengal’s downtrodden

    A glimpse at the history of Bengal’s downtrodden

    If you want a brief understanding of how the human society of Bengal evolved over the past three millennia, “Behular Poth Dhore Ek Nishad Putrer Golpo” is the book to read.

    Written by young author Khandker Neaz Rahman, the book tells the story of a struggling people living in the area of Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna river basin, which covers the northern part of the ancient India – including the ancient Bengal.

  • Study: 49% school students bullied

    Telenor Group in its study yesterday revealed that 49% of school students in Bangladesh fall victim to bullying either online or offline.

    The victims also hit back and commit the same act of bullying others online, said the report.

    To understand online behaviours better, Telenor Group yesterday released the results of its Safe Internet study, which tested 1,896 Bangladeshi students dig out their internet safety knowledge.

    The students surveyed were 12 to 18 years of age from key cities of the country.

  • Man commits suicide after killing daughter

    A man yesterday committed suicide after killing his minor daughter at Boroichala village under Bhaluka upazila of the district of Mymensingh.

    The deceased were identified as rickshaw puller Jamil Hossain, 40, a resident of Boroichala village of the upazila and his daughter Rabeya Begum. Officer-in-charge of Bhaluka police station Mamun-or-Rashid said rickshaw puller Jamil might have committed suicide and killed his daughter to get rid of poverty.

  • Police occupy classrooms at Chuadanga school

    For the last 15 years, students at a government primary school in Chuadanga sadar upazila had been forced to attend classes at a derelict building and sometimes in the open after a police camp moved there and occupied three of the classrooms.

    There have been no visible attempt to address the issue even as Shambhunagar Government Primary School students continue studies in hazardous conditions.

  • Former MP among 12 issued arrest warrant

    A court in Chittagong yesterday issued an arrest warrant against 12 persons, including former Member of Parliament (MP) in Chittagong also a Jamaat leader Shahjahan, in a case that filed for their alleged involvement in subversive act.

    The court of Chittagong Metropolitan Session Judge Shahenur issued the arrest warrant against the 12 persons, said Public Prosecutor (PP) Advocate Fakhruddin Chowdhury.

  • Bullet-hit rickshaw puller stuck at hospital

    Rickshaw puller Mohammad Saju injured in a gunshot by a police member on Sunday night cannot leave the hospital for failing to pay the treatment bill.

    Mirpur police on Monday said that they would bear all the costs and primarily gave Tk5,000 for his treatment. But when contacted yesterday, the OC of Mirpur police, Bhuiyan Mahbub Hasan, refrained from making any comment on this matter.

  • SSC candidate held over rape of a minor

    A 15-year-old boy has been detained for allegedly raping a four-year-old girl in Narayanganj.

    The accused, a SSC candidate, sat yesterday’s examination in police custody. Police said the boy would be in their custody until they get reports of medical tests.

    Quoting the victim’s father, Officer-in-Charge of Araihazar police station Shakhawat Hossain said the boy raped the girl on the roof of a toilet in the area. Locals rescued the child and beat up the boy before handing him over to police.

  • Bangladesh, Thailand to launch direct coastal shipping

    Bangladesh and Thailand have decided to start direct coastal ships to boost export and import between both the countries.

    Bangladesh Ambassador to Thailand Saida Muna Tasneem made the statement at a press conference which was held at the Shipping Ministry on Tuesday afternoon.

    She said: “Both Bangladesh and Thailand are planning to start direct coastal ships. We will have to study the possibility of establishing the direct communication and if we get a positive result, then we will sign a Memorandum of Understanding.”

  • New insurance relief for flood victims

    For the poor who make their living as day labourers in low-lying remote areas around Jamuna River, monsoon flooding can have harsh consequences.

    Prolonged flooding means zero income for these people, who neither have earning resources nor a rainy day fund that would sustain them until the water finally recedes.

    But families living in Jamuna chars are getting an additional support this year, thanks to a flood insurance pilot project initiated by Oxfam, the first of its kind in the country.

  • Lawmakers in city corporation areas to get Tk5 crore for projects

    Very soon lawmakers in the city corporation areas can take up projects equivalent to Tk5 crore every year.

    Lawmakers outside the city corporation areas are already being given Tk20 crore for certain projects in their constituencies, Khandker Mosharraf Hossain, LGRD Minister, told parliament responding to a question.

    “I had a discussion with the LGED officials. Very soon they (MPs of the city corporation areas) will be able to take projects like that of lawmakers outside the city corporations,” he added.  

  • ‘Whose spokesperson were you?’

    Accusing former justice AHM Shamsuddin Chowdhury Manik of making the judiciary controversial, the BNP yesterday condemned the retired justice’s comment that chief justice SK Sinha acted as spokesperson of Khaleda Zia.

    The party also said that the country’s people knew very well whose purpose was served by the retired justice when he was serving the Appellate Division.

  • HC seeks BASIC Bank scam reports in four weeks

    The High Court has asked the Anti-Corruption Commission and the Bangladesh Bank to submit their investigation reports on BASIC Bank’s loan scam by four weeks.

    In an order issued yesterday, the court also asked the central bank to submit a separate report on the state-owned bank’s board of directors.

  • ‘Government should make worker-friendly migration rules’

    The government must introduce worker-friendly rules to make labour migration easier and smoother, NHRC chief Prof Mizanur Rahman has said.

    Illegal migration only takes place because the state has made it difficult for people to move from one country to another, the chairman of the National Human Rights Commission told a seminar on safe migration at the capital’s Brac Centre Inn yesterday.

    Mizanur said if the government arranged affordable migration opportunities, people would not fall victim to human trafficking through the lure of cheap offers from brokers.

  • Mir Quasem’s appeal hearing begins

    The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court yesterday began hearing on the appeal of war criminal Mir Quasem Ali against his death sentence given by a special war crimes tribunal in 2014.

    The five-member bench led by Chief Justice SK Sinha heard defence lawyer SM Shahjahan reading out the charges from the paper book. The court later adjourned the hearing until today.

    Jamaat-e-Islami leader Quasem, a commander of al-Badr in Chittagong during the war, was awarded capital punishment by the International Crimes Tribunal 2 on November 3, 2014.

  • WB affiliate offers loan guarantee for 414MW power plant

    The Economic Relations Division has sought opinion from four government agencies regarding a World Bank Group member’s loan guarantee proposal for developing a power plant.

    Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (Miga), a member of the World Bank Group, is going to provide loan guarantee to the state-run North-West Power Generation Company for developing the Sirajganj 2 power plant, sources said.

  • War tribunal prosecutor Ali withdrawn

    A prosecutor of the International Crimes Tribunal has been withdrawn from all kinds of proceedings related to investigation and trials of the 1971 war criminals.

    A letter issued on February 4 by Chief Prosecutor Golam Arif Tipu said that the decision was taken against prosecutor Mohammad Ali “on public interest.”

    Ali who received the letter on Monday said that he would take steps after talking to the chief prosecutor. The letter did not cite any other specific reason behind the decision.

  • JS body for lowering oil prices

    The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Power, Energy and Mineral Resources proposed that the government should consider reducing the oil price in local market as the price has come down sharply in the international market.

    The committee also discussed that if oil price in the local market comes down common people will not be directly benefited as the transport fare and other things will not be reduced simultaneously.

  • 2 defamation suits filed against Mahfuz Anam

    Two defamation cases have been filed against Mahfuz Anam, the editor of the Daily Star, for running “false corruption stories” against Sheikh Hasina based on information provided by the DGFI during the 2007-08 military-backed interim government’s regime.

    The cases were filed in Khulna and Lakshmipur yesterday, two days after several MPS demanded legal action against the editor.

    Mahfuz on a television talk show last week admitted that he had made a “big mistake” by running those stories.

  • Second probe body also finds 5 cops guilty of negligence

    A second internal probe committee has also found five policemen guilty of negligence in connection with the tea-seller murder.

    The second committee, formed under the Mirpur Zone of Dhaka police, submitted its report yesterday evening to their chief, Deputy Commissioner Kaiumuzzaman.

    The report says four members of the Shah Ali police station failed to perform their duties during the recent attack in which tea-seller Babul Matubbor was burned to death.

    It also accused the four of failing to take actions in the aftermath of the incident.

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