Wednesday February 21, 2018 09:27 AM

  • War criminal Mir Quasem’s appeal hearing to end today

    The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court yesterday heard the prosecution arguments in the appeals case of condemned Jamaat leader Mir Quasem Ali.

    A five-member panel headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha adjourned the hearing until today after Attorney General Mahbubey Alam placed his arguments against Quasem, who had been a commander of notorious al-Badr force in the Chittagong during the Liberation War.

  • Asia Cup T20 set for blockbuster opener

    Asia Cup T20 set for blockbuster opener

    Hosts Bangladesh will be up against a formidable India side when the 14th edition of the Asia Cup gets underway today at Mirpur’s Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium. Star Sports 1 and Maasranga TV will telecast it live.

    Ever since their first Twenty20 international in 2006, Bangladesh have struggled in the shortest format of the game. Keeping that in mind, Tigers coach Chandika Hathurusingha conducted several training sessions in Chittagong and Khulna and the cricketers are confident of putting on a good show in the tournament opener against their sub-continent rival.

  • Two foreigner suspects flee the country

    Two foreigners suspected to be involved with the recent ATM booth skimming have already fled the country, sources close to the investigation have said.

    Interpol’s help would be sought for arresting the two Europeans who are believed to have provided technical support to other members of the forgery gang, a law enforcement official said on condition of anonymity.

    The fugitive suspects are a former Ukrainian policeman named Andy and a Romanian citizen named Romeo; currently Andy is believed to be in his own home country, and Romeo in Istanbul.

  • Some stalls allegedly selling pirated books

    Some stalls allegedly selling pirated books

    Several publishers at Amar Ekushey Boi Mela 2016 have complained of some book stalls showcasing and selling pirated books, breaching the fair guidelines.

    The Academic and Creative Publishers’ Association of Bangladesh (ACPAB) sent a letter to Bangla Academy Director General Shamsuzzaman Khan in this regard on Sunday, the association’s President Osman Gani told reporters yesterday.

    The association also claimed that the errant stalls were also housing works of some Indian writers, which is also against the fair guidelines.

  • Police claim success in Avijit murder case

    Investigators have got some crucial information in connection with the murder of secularist writer Avijit Roy from the two alleged militants arrested recently in the city.

    Sources said that the duo – Kamal alias Shahin and Shah Alam alias Salauddin – had been involved in the gruesome murder that took place on February 26 last year. Police say they are members of banned militant outfit Ansarullah Bangla Team.

    A senior police officer, seeking anonymity, confirmed the matter to the Dhaka Tribune, but refused to elaborate further.

  • What’s fuelling insurgency upsurge in Kashmir recently?

    A three-day heavy gunbattle in Kashmir that ended Monday claimed nine lives including three militants, indicating a recent upsurge of insurgent activities in the disputed region backed by radicalised extremists.

    The attack began when militants shot at a bus carrying police reservists near Srinagar, Kashmir’s summer capital, before breaking into a training institute. Three Indian army commandos, two policemen, a civilian and three militants have been killed in the fighting.

  • Court orders re-investigation into Pohela Boishakh sexual assault

    A Dhaka court yesterday directed the Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) to re-investigate the case filed in connection with sexual harassment of several women during the Pohela Boishakh celebrations on Dhaka University campus last year.

    Judge Joyasri Samaddar of the Dhaka Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal 3 passed the order after accepting a no-confidence petition filed by Special Public Prosecutor Mahmuda Akter.

    The petition says: “As the case is a sensational one, it should be re-investigated.”

  • JMB, Jamaat working together in the north

    Banned militant outfit Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) has been using the Jamaat-e-Islami to recruit members in Bangladesh’s north, investigators claim.

    Humayun Kabir, deputy inspector general of police’s Rangpur range, told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday that most JMB members were young men from poor families who studied in madrasas.

  • How will Britain’s EU membership referendum work?

    How will Britain’s EU membership referendum work?

    Prime Minister David Cameron has said a referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union will be held on June 23.

    Below are the key details of how the vote will work-

    Who can vote?

  • Lawyer Shakila Farzana’s bail stayed

    The Supreme Court yesterday stayed the bail of pro-BNP lawyer Shakila Farzana, detained allegedly for financing militant outfit Shahid Hamza Brigade, in two cases.

    Chamber Judge of the Appellate Division Justice Hasan Foez Siddique came up with the order in response to a government petition. The court also placed the petition for a full bench hearing on February 29.

  • Khaleda asked to surrender

    A Dhaka court yesterday asked BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia to appear before the court on April 13 in connection with Gatco graft case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission.

    Judge Abu Ahmed Jamadar of Dhaka Special Judge’s Court 3 passed the order after receiving copy of the High Court’s February 15 verdict that rejected two petitions filed by Khaleda challenging the legality of proceedings in the case.

    The court is also dealing Zia Orphanage Trust and Zia Charitable Trust cases filed against Khaleda and eight others.

  • Pentagon’s Gitmo closing plan lays out costs, savings

    Pentagon’s Gitmo closing plan lays out costs, savings

    US officials say the Pentagon’s long-awaited plan to shut down the detention centre at Cuba’s Guantanamo Bay and transfer the remaining detainees to a facility in the US mainland calls for up to $475m in construction costs that would ultimately be offset by as much as $180m per year in operating cost savings.

  • Araf will never be in his father’s embrace

    Araf will never be in his father’s embrace

    Six-month-old Araf can crawl and has only begun to utter a few broken words. He is too young to understand that his father Riaz Uddin Topu will never return home to embrace him with love.

    On February 20, the family celebrated Topu’s birthday and second wedding anniversary. Two days later,  BBA final-year student Topu was run over and killed by a reckless police vehicle in Dhaka.

  • 3 remanded for killing Panchagarh priest

    A Panchagarh court has placed the three suspects in the murder of Hindu priest Joggeshwar Roy in 15 days of remand in two cases.

    Senior Judicial Magistrate Marzia Khatun issued the order after police produced the trio before the court yesterday afternoon.

  • Finance Division in a hurry to avoid prosecution

    The Finance Division has sought the prime minister’s consent for executing a court order to fully compensating ex-development project officials deprived of financial benefits.

    In 2008, the government stopped benefits such as time scale, selection grade and bonuses for former employees of donor-funded development project who were transferred to state-funded revenue projects.

  • Obama’s battle with GOP over replacing Scalia

    Obama’s battle with GOP over replacing Scalia

    The death of US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and the vacancy on the bench has touched off an intense partisan fight in Washington over who should pick his replacement, President Barack Obama or his successor. Here are some questions and answers about the battle–

    What’s at stake?

  • Mashrafe not worried about Tigers’ shortest format woes

    Mashrafe not worried about Tigers’ shortest format woes

    Bangladesh have seen significant improvements in one-day internationals in the recent past. The side have also made notable developments in Tests but in the shortest format of the game, Twenty20s, the Tigers have struggled.

    Since 2006, Bangladesh have played 50 T20 internationals, losing the majority of the games and winning only 15 times. They have mostly been successful against Zimbabwe, winning five out of nine matches. However, against today’s Asia Cup T20 opposition India, Bangladesh have played two T20Is, losing both.

  • Highway safety health plan aims to halve post-crash deaths

    The top killer of Bangladeshis aged 15 to 29 can only be effectively confronted with a comprehensive action plan, participants heard yesterday at a workshop on road safety.

    Participants urgently called for the formation of the first-ever comprehensive health sector action plan to reduce road accidents in Bangladesh, which are estimated to cause GDP losses of 1.6% per year.

  • TIB: Keep cricket clean

    The Transparency International Bangladesh has emphasised “strengthened, robust and effective governance structures” to keep cricket, the country’s most popular sport, corruption-free.

    “Bangladesh needs a specific organising structure to get rid of match-fixing, spot-fixing and other forms of corruption in cricket,” TIB’s Executive Director Iftekharuzzaman said at a media conference launching the Global Corruption Report: Sport yesterday.

  • Miracle baby still fighting for life

    The infant who miraculously survived a four-storey fall when his mother threw him out of the window of a Bailey Road house continues to fight for his life at the DMCH.

    The 24-day-old child, who is yet to be named and only mentioned as “Baby of Beauty” in the hospital register, is still not out of danger, according to the doctors treating him at the neonatal unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital.

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