Sunday February 18, 2018 07:50 AM

  • Foreigners suspected in ATM skimming

    Foreigners illegally staying in the country are suspected to be involved in the ATM booth skimming, investigators have said.

    The link was found after video footage from the CCTV cameras inside the ATM booths showed the presence of a person who looked like a foreigner setting up skimming devices. The analysis of the devices used for skimming the information of debit and credit cards also suggested the possibility of foreigner involvement.

  • Trans-border BBIN vehicular movement delayed

    Trans-border motor vehicle movement among Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal (BBIN) has been pushed back by several months as Bhutan’s Parliament is yet to ratify the four-nation agreement.

    The deal, signed on June 15 last year to facilitate movement of cargo and passenger vehicles, was expected to come into effect from January 2016. “It is unlikely to come into effect before June,” an official of the Road Transport and Highways Division (RTHD) said.

  • Banglalink trade union issues ultimatum

    The Banglalink Employees’ Union has given the management until 5pm today to meet their demands, saying otherwise they will launch a tougher movement tomorrow.

    “The Banglalink management assured us of meeting our demands by today [Monday], but we have not seen any development. This is very unfortunate,” Union President Ujjal Paul said yesterday.

    “As we did not get any response from the management, we are compelled to announce the ultimatum after a discussion with our fellow colleagues,” he said.

  • Dhaka, Bangkok to hold joint exercises

    Dhaka and Bangkok are planning to forge an annual consultation forum at the staff level between the two armies and periodic joint exercises of special and counter terrorism forces. 

    The issue was discussed when Bangladesh Ambassador to Thailand Saida Muna Tasneem had a meeting with Thai Commander-in-Chief General Teerachai Nakwanich on Monday, said a press release. 

  • Book fair stall shut down by police

    Book fair stall shut down by police

    Police yesterday shut down yet another stall at the Amar Ekushey Boi Mela for selling a book with content that could hurt “religious sentiments” and detained three people in this connection.

    In a raid, conducted around 4pm, led by Shahbagh police station officer-in-charge (OC) Abu Bakar Siddique, the stall of Badwip Prakashan, located at the Suhrawardy Udyan part of the fair, was shut down.

  • Ban on visiting Golden Temple imposed

    Ban on visiting Golden Temple imposed

    Authorities of Golden Temple yesterday slapped a ban on visiting the temple which is considered as the main attraction for tourists and a sacred place for the Buddhist people.

    The decision will come into effect Saturday while worshipers will be allowed to enter the temple.

    Authorities of the temple have taken the decision as tourists who come to the temple often make spoil the environment of the sacred place scattering different types of objects over the temple.

  • FBI done with Avijit forensics tests, results coming soon

    The results of forensics tests conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on samples from the scene of Avijit Roy’s murder are ready, the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) said yesterday.

    DMP Additional Commissioner Monirul Islam said United States federal investigators were in the process of sending the results to Bangladesh.

    Asked about the findings, Monirul, who is also the Detective Branch chief, said he had not yet seen the report but had been informed that the 11 samples sent for testing had produced several DNA profiles.

  • Dolphin numbers dwindling in Karnaphuli

    Rokon Uddin, a boatman who has been plying boat in the Karnaphuli River for the last 30 years cannot exactly remember when he last saw dolphins jumping out of the water.

    “There was time when dolphins jumping out of the water was a very common scene in the Karnaphuli. We used to see dolphins playing in the river. These days, however, dolphins are hardly seen,” said the boatman.

  • Youth found near BSF camp

    The body of a Bangladeshi youth was found on the opposite side of the border with India near Boikari of Satkhira early yesterday.

    The body of Momin Mollah, 28, a Resident of Boikari village of Satkhira’s Sadar upazila was seen lying in front of an Indian Border Security Force camp in India’s Joynagar.

    Border Guard Bangladesh 38 Battalion Captain Lt Col Arman Hossain said they received the news about the youth in the morning. Primary information suggests that the youth died of electrocution, he added. 

  • 13 more defamation cases filed against Mahfuz Anam

    Thirteen more cases were filed against The Daily Star editor Mahfuz Anam in many districts yesterday for carrying “confusing” and “defamatory” reports in his daily about Awami League President Sheikh Hasina during the 2007-08 military-backed caretaker regime.

    In Chapainawabganj, Ezabul Haq Buli, treasurer of Sadar upazila unit of Awami League, filed a case with the court of Judicial Magistrate.

  • 15 days given for arrest of MP Latif

    President of Chittagong city Awami League and former city mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury yesterday issued an ultimatum to arrest MA Latif MP within 15 days for distorting the image of Bangabandhu.

    Mohiuddin Chowdhury issued the ultimatum from a rally. Nagorik Moncho, a newly floated organisation, called the grand rally at the city’s Laldihi Maidan demanding trial of ruling AL lawmaker MA Latif for allegedly distorting the portrait of Bangabandhu.

  • Comilla University students go berserk

    Comilla University students go berserk

    A 20-kilometre long tailback was created yesterday on the Dhaka-Chittagong Highway following a road blockade by the students of Comilla University protesting the attack on their bus on Sunday.

    Sub-Inspector Mahmudur Rahman of Kotbari police outpost, said the students blocked the highway in Nandanpur Bishwaroad area around 11am which halted the vehicular movement for one and a half hour crating 20-kilometre tailback.

    The students also staged a demonstration on the campus and abstained from attending their classes and examinations protesting the incident.

  • 14-party rails against Khaleda, Pakistan

    Protesters belonging to the Awami League-led 14-party alliance chanted: “Pakistani Khaleda, Pakistan-e chole ja,” in Russel Square on Dhanmondi’s road 32 yesterday.

    The slogan meaning “Pakistani Khaleda, go back to Pakistan,” is aimed at BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia whose questioning of the number of Bangalees killed during the Liberation War was widely criticised.

    After forming a human chain at around 3:30pm leaders and activists spilled over into the streets at the intersection. Although this gathering was scheduled 4pm to 5pm.

  • Five put on one-day remand

    A Chittagong court yesterday placed five persons on a one-day remand in connection with the missing of Tk50 lakh from Situkunda branch of Pubali Bank Limited.

    The money reportedly went missing on February 11 while the money being transported to Chittagong city from Sitakunda branch of Pubali Bank by a microbus.

    On February 12, police arrested five people identified as cashier of Sitakunda branch Rajibur Rahman, security personnel Ashiqur Rahman, Tanjur Rahman, Majharul Islam and micro-bus driver Bijoy Kumar Das for their alleged involvement with the missing.

  • ‘President’s speech reflects development efforts’

    Ruling party lawmaker Kazi Nabil Ahmed yesterday hailed the president’s speech in the parliament saying it truly highlighted the government’s development activities under PM Sheikh Hasina’s leadership.

    The lawmaker from Jessore made the remark while taking part in a general discussion on President Abdul Hamid’s speech.

    The president delivered the speech on January 20 – the first day of the ongoing session.

  • Child rescued 46 days after abduction

    An abducted child was rescued by the police on Sunday from Gazipur, 46 days after the abduction.

    Police arrested Abdul Jabbar Thando alias Babul and his wife Nazma Akhter in separate drives from Gaibandha and Gazipur.

    The child Mobarak, 6, was abducted while he was playing from Sector 9 of Uttara in the capital on December 29 last year.

  • Technology aims to speedily repatriate South Asia’s trafficked children

    Most are sold into forced marriage or bonded labour working in middle class homes as domestic servants, in small shops and hotels or confined to brothelsCharities in South Asia are piloting new software which aims to speed up the repatriation of rescued victims of human trafficking who have been smuggled from countries such as Nepal and Bangladesh and forced into slavery in India.

    South Asia, with India at its centre, is the fastest-growing and second-largest region for human trafficking in the world, after East Asia, according to the United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

  • Charge framed against SQ Chy’s wife, 5 others in verdict leak case

    A Dhaka court yesterday framed charges against executed war criminal Salauddin Quader Chowdhury’s wife Farhat Quader Chowdhury, their son Hummam Quader Chowdhury and five others in the case filed over the alleged leak of the draft verdict in SQ Chowdhury’s war crimes case.

    Judge KM Shamsul Alam of Cyber Tribunal (Dhaka) Bangladesh framed the charges against the seven accused under the Information Communication and Technology Act 2006.

  • Retired HC judge quits as war criminal’s counsel

    Recently retired judge of the High Court, Justice Nozrul Islam Chowdhury, yesterday withdrew himself as a defence lawyer for war criminal Mir Quasem Ali.

    He made the move days after Attorney General Mahbubey Alam pointed him out at court and said he was enjoying state facilities after retirement on December 12 last year.

    The retired judge however told reporters that he was stepping down because the attorney general questioned his appearance, but added that practising law for the convicted war criminal was not against the constitution and ethics.

  • ACC investigates Nur Hossain’s assets

    An Anti-Corruption Commission team has started looking into assets owned by seven-murder prime accused Nur Hossain, who has allegedly amassed illegal wealth.

    The team, led by Deputy Director Md Julfikar Ali and Assistant Director Shafiullah, visited Narayanganj’s Siddhirganj yesterday. “Our investigation is ongoing. We will brief the media after further scrutiny,” they told reporters.

    They visited houses and properties owned by Nur and his family. His wife Ruma Akter did not speak with the investigators.

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