Monday February 19, 2018 10:01 PM

  • Security slack around boi mela

    With ample presence of police and RAB members inside the two Boi Mela venues, visitors are bound to feel secured.

    But things outside – where two high profile attacks were carried out in the last one decade – are not as secured.

    A Dhaka Tribune investigation has found that areas adjacent to the fair venues do not have enough security surveillance, no backup power, and are less marked.

    Not only is the number of cameras less than promised, most are of low resolution and hence will not come into much use for identifying a criminal.

  • Explosion in Turkish capital kills at least 28

    A large explosion in the Turkish capital, Ankara, has left at least 28 people dead and 61 injured, Turkish officials have said.

    A vehicle full of explosives was detonated as military buses were passing by, according to the Ankara governor's office.

    The blast happened in an area close to parliament and Turkey's military headquarters.

    Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag called an "act of terrorism".

    Large plumes of smoke were seen rising from the area and witnesses said the blast was heard all over the city.

  • Four children found dead after five days

    Four children found dead after five days

    Police recovered the bodies of four children, aged between seven and ten, from a ditch at Shundratiki village under Bahubol upazila of the district yesterday morning, five days after they went missing.

    Bahubol police detained Abdul Ali, 50, and his son Jewel Mia, 30, around 8:30pm from local Rashidpur Bazar for their suspected involvement in the murders.

    The district police authorities earlier in the day declared a reward of Tk1 lakh for giving information to trace the criminals.

  • Editors condemn cases against Mahfuz Anam

    The Editors' Council has condemned the countrywide filing of cases against The Daily Star Editor and also the council's General Secretary, Mahfuz Anam.

    The council hoped that good sense would prevail among all quarters and all cases against the editor of the English daily would be withdrawn.

  • PM rules out oil price cut

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday ruled out the possibility of lowering the prices of fuel oil in domestic market till the loans of Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) are paid back.

    The government would consider reducing the prices after repayment of the loans, she told parliament in response to a question.

    The announcement came just a day after top four oil exporters agreed to cap out and two days after Finance Minister AMA Muhith hinted a cut by Tk5-10 a liter within next couple of days.

  • Bankers must have been involved

    The suspected cash card forging racket could not have stolen so much money from so many ATM booths without help from bank officials, a cyber security expert
    has said.

    According to Bangladesh bank, more than Tk20 lakh have been withdrawn from ATM booths of several private commercial banks in recent weeks with at least 40 forged debit cards.

  • Three Nigerians among five swindlers held

    Rapid Action Battalion yesterday detained three Nigerians and two Bangladeshis from the capital’s Niketon and Bashundhara areas for their involvement in fraudulent activities.

    The detainees Nigerian Izuchew Frankin, 30, Obi Hechey, 34, IK Fealsk, 35, and Bangladeshi Mohammad Ali, 30, and Manjur Mahmud, 31, have been cheating people through social media platform Facebook and have collected around Tk20 lakh by devising fraud schemes, RAB said.

  • Dhaka-Ctg elevated expressway on the cards

    The government has decided to build a 225-km-long elevated expressway between Dhaka and Chittagong.

    The decision came from a coordination meeting held at the Road Transport and Bridges Ministry yesterday.

    “The elevated expressway will run over the Dhaka-Chittagong four-lane highway that are now in progress under Public Private Partnership (PPP) scheme at a cost of Tk70,000cr,” said the Road Transport and Bridges minister after the meeting.

  • AL UP candidates’ list likely today

    The ruling Awami League is likely to publish a list of its nominated chairman candidates for the first phase of the first ever partisan elections to the country’s lowest tier of local government system – the union councils.

    The party has nominated 739 chairman candidates for the elections slated for March with party symbol, said Awami League Joint General Secretary Mahbub-ul Alam Hanif at a press conference yesterday.

  • SI confesses to his involvement in gold snatching

    A sub-inspector of Dhaka’s Banani police station has confessed to his involvement in the gold snatching incident in Fulbaria last Monday.

    An investigating officer yesterday said that SI Ashraf Hossain  had made the confession. The officer also said policemen usually remain stationed within their areas of jurisdiction. He said he did not understand why the SI went to Bangshal.

    Investigators were also trying to find out whether he followed instructions.

  • Defence ends argument in Mir Quasem case

    Quasem has also spent a large amount of money abroad to make the war crimes trials controversialThe counsels of condemned war criminal and influential Jamaat-e-Islami leader Mir Quasem Ali yesterday concluded arguments on his appeal filed with the Supreme Court seeking acquittal.

    The five-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha will hear from the attorney general on behalf of the state on February 23.

    Attorney General Mahbubey Alam yesterday told reporters that the trial proceedings might end by February 24.

  • Huji-B planned to attack cultural functions

    Huji-B planned to attack cultural functions

    After reorganising, banned Islamist militant outfit Harkt-ul Jihad al-Islami Bangladesh (Huji-B) has been planning to carry out attacks on cultural functions across the country, especially the capital city.

    The newly-formed Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime Unit of police made the disclosure yesterday after arresting six members of Huji-B, including the outfit’s Kushtia district commander.

    The arrested militants are Sazzadul Alam alias Mukti, Mejbaur Rahman alias Prodip, Ashraful Alam, Babul Bashar, Azizur Rahman and Shafikul Islam.

  • PM: No IS in Bangladesh

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday told the parliament that there is no existence of international militant organization IS in Bangladesh.

    Though some home-grown organizations might be involved in terrorist activities in the name of Islam, there is no existence of the IS in the country, she said.

    “The Awami League government believes in zero tolerance towards any sorts of militancy. We are firmly determined to counter the militancy,” she said responding to a query in the parliament.

  • Hallmark chairman, MD indicted in 2 cases

    A Dhaka court has indicted 19 people, including Hallmark Chairman Jasmine Islam and Managing Director Tanvir Mahmud, in two out of 11 cases filed for swindling over Tk437 crore out of Sonali Bank.

    Dhaka Metropolitan Session Judge Md Kamrul Hossain Mollah yesterday framed the charges for the first time after rejecting discharge petitions filed by seven of the accused.

    The court also indicted Jasmine, who is now on bail, in another case filed over the same issue. It fixed March 3 for recording the depositions of the witnesses.

  • BCL men assault journalist in Ctg

    Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) men assaulted a photo journalist physically while he was taking photo of a person who was being beaten up by BCL men in city’s Probortak intersection.

    The journalist was Juel Shil, the journalist at the Chittagong office of Daily Prothom Alo.

    The incident took place when Juel was covering up a human chain organized by Chittagong Medical College (CMC) BCL unit protesting attack on their three fellowmen by outsiders in city’s Nasirabad Residential area on early Tuesday.

  • Russel eco-park a unique spot for biodiversity

    Russel eco-park a unique spot for biodiversity

    Sheikh Russel Aviary and Eco-Park located at Rangunia upazila,  Chittagong has already drawn attraction of tourists for it’s unique feature with hill forests, artificial plantations, hillocks, foot hills and ropeway cable car.

    The park has been set up on 30 acres of land to keep the memory of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s younger son Sheikh Russel. 

  • JU English department’s results worsen

    The year final results of three consecutive batches of English department in Jahangirnagar University (JU) have worsened after the introduction of weekend masters programme.

    Expressing concern over students’ results, teachers and students said the results had deteriorated due to the teachers’ irresponsibility.

  • Saint Martin people deprived of basic rights

    Residents of Saint Martin, a small Island in the northeastern part of the Bay of Bengal, about 9 km south of the tip of the Cox’s Bazar-Teknaf peninsula, have been suffering a lot due to manifold reasons.

    Everyday thousands of people from home and abroad come to the tourist island to enjoy its natural beauty and return with fresh mind. But nobody thinks the suffering of the people of the island, alleged locals.

  • ‘Robber’ killed in gunfight with rivals in Cox’s Bazar

    An alleged robber was killed in a gunfight with his rivals at Matarbari Connecting Road in Maheshkhali upazila early yesterday.

    Officer-in-charge of Maheshkhali Police Station Didarul Ferdous said two local gangs had long been at loggerheads over committing robbery in the area.

    Members of a gang opened fire to another gang, forcing its members to  fire back, triggering a gunfight at about 1.00am, that left Murad,27, injured.

    Informed, police rushed to the spot and took Murad to Maheshkhali Health Complex where he succumbed to his injures later.

  • Oil market analysts hope little from Doha proposal

    Top oil producers Saudi Arabia, Russia, Qatar and Venezuela agreed on Tuesday to put a cap on output levels in what could be the first joint Opec and non-Opec deal in 15 years aimed at tackling a growing glut and helping prices recover.

    A major sticking point in sealing a deal may be Iran, which already on Wednesday snubbed the proposal and expressed determination to raise production.

    Below are reactions from banks and market analysts on the impact of the deal on the crude market–

    Goldman Sachs: Deal to have little impact on oil markets

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