- January 17, 2018
Many more influential persons were involved with the recent ATM booth skimming scam than initially anticipated, investigators have found.
After analysing the mobile phone and laptop of the prime suspect, Piotr Szczepan Mazurek, detectives found that top businessmen, hotel owners, bankers and other important personalities had close ties to members of the ATM scam, sources close to the investigation told the Dhaka Tribune.
A faction of Gonojagoron Moncho has criticised the law enforcement agencies for failing to arrest assailants who hacked to death writer-blogger Avijit Roy a year ago on the Dhaka University campus.
Speaking at a discussion yesterday, Moncho spokesperson Imran H Sarker said: "Police claimed several times that they have identified the murderers, but they could not arrest anyone. Their insincerity is why they have failed.”
‘A just society cannot be created if the right to free thought is infringed upon’Where freedom of expression does not exist, the public essentially have no rights, Professor Abul Kashem Fazlul Haque, father of slain publisher Faisal Arefin Dipan, yesterday said.
He alleged that the government was trying to establish an autocracy by suppressing freedom of expression.
Police claim to have arrested three members of banned militant outfit Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh including the mastermind of the killing of a Hindu priest in Panchagarh on February 21.
The trio – all suspected members of JMB that eyes establishing Shariah law in the country – were arrested in separate drives conducted in Panchagarh and Nilphamari early yesterday, Humayun Kabir, DIG of Rangpur range police, told reporters at Debiganj police station. He did not disclose their identities.
BNP chairperson’s adviser Khandaker Mahbub Hossain yesterday warned that the consequences will be dire if the government intervenes in the upcoming Union Parishad (UP) polls.
Speaking at a discussion at the Jatiya Press Club, he also urged BNP leaders and activists to get ready to take to the streets defying bullets to restore democracy and people’s voting rights.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the new complex building of Bangladesh Mohila Samity at the city’s New Bailey Road today.
Under the Tk35.44 crore project, a five-storey complex with two auditoriums have been constructed alongside a 45-seat conference room and two basements for parking.
A strange decision to let the private sector import huge amounts of rice despite near self-sufficiency in production has destabilised the staple food grain’s local market.
As a result, with just about two months to go for another Boro harvest, the government is starting yet another bout of popular open market sale (OMS) of rice to clear the stocks.
And the government does not want any publicity.
The fate of Bangladeshi RMG exports to the US seems uncertain, after US President Barack Obama signed a bill on Wednesday barring the import of goods produced by forced labour from entering the United States.
Shipments derived from slavery will be kept out of the country under the new law that closes a legal loophole that allowed import of such goods if US demand exceeded domestic production.
An all-round performance by Mahmudullah in all the three departments guided Bangladesh to a convincing 51-run win over the United Arab Emirates in the Asia Cup Twenty20 at Mirpur's Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.
Following a face-saving unbeaten 27-ball 36, Mahmudullah, who also grabbed a magnificent catch to dismiss Shaiman Anwar, picked up two wickets as the UAE, chasing 134, were skittled out for 82.
Bangladesh has expressed its concern over the recent trend of much longer processing time for Thai visa in Dhaka.
Bangladesh Ambassador to Thailand Saida Muna Tasneem expressed the concern during a meeting with Suvat Chirapant, deputy permanent secretary in charge of visa and consular matters in Thai foreign ministry on Thursday.
“I met him expressing the government’s concern, explained him the situation in Bangladesh where visa processing period has suddenly increased by 10 times,” she told the Dhaka Tribune over phone yesterday.
Global search and rescue charity MOAS (Migrant Offshore Aid Station) will begin a new drive involving search and rescue of migrants in the Andaman Sea and adjacent waters on March 3.
Ship MY Phoenix and its crew will coordinate with members of the local coast guards, navies, NGOs, experts and the media to track, monitor and, if needed, provide search and rescue services in coordination with the authorities concerned.
At least 13 students of different colleges and universities were detained yesterday as they blocked Shahbagh intersection in the capital demanding that the age limit to enter government jobs be increased to 35 from 30.
A group of students under the banner of Sadharan Chhatra Parishad blocked the intersection from 4:30pm to 5pm, disrupting traffic.
As Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy prepares to take the reins from the country’s ruling military junta next month, Bangladesh is looking to see if ties between the two countries can be deepened.
“We hope that with the change of government in Myanmar, the situation will improve,” a senior Bangladesh government official said, asking not to be named.
The official said Bangladesh had put forward a number of proposals for improving bilateral relations.
The Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) has implemented development works costing about Tk16,000 crore so far and the majority of the work has been done in the Rangpur Division, a review meeting has been told.
LGED’s Chief Engineer Shyama Prosad Adhikari attended yesterday’s meeting in Rangpur as the chief guest, along with 400 other LGED officials.
Students at Rajshahi University have increased to a great extent over the years, but the ratio of students to transport facilities is not sufficient, much to create suffering to students especially to female students.
According to campus sources, there were 38 buses for 30,000 students. Of them, 15,000 are female students, but they have to suffer more as the number of buses for them is only five. These buses operate on eight routes.
A Chittagong court yesterday sent four cost and freight (C&F) agents of Saki Shipping Line to jail in a case lodged against them for importing cigarettes with false declaration.
The four accused were Saki Shipping Line Managing Director Anwar Sawkat, Manager Mohammad Safiq, and the company’s employees Nasir and Imran.
The court of Metropolitan Magistrate Abdul Kader sent four to jail after rejecting their bail prayers, said Chittagong Metropolitan Police Additional Deputy Commissioner (prosecution) Kazi Muttaki Ibn Minan.
Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution’s (BSTI) Chittagong regional office will soon have a full-fledged modern microbiological laboratory, ending its dependance on the BSTI’s Dhaka lab for the crucial testings.
Microbial tests, which check the presence of microorganisms, are used for product safety and to look for signs of contamination in products before they are sold to the public.
Most cultivable land in Khagrachhari remain uncultivable due to scarcity of water as three hill rivers have almost dried this winter season.
Tractors used for carrying soil and woods are now running on the river bed every day as these rivers have no water causing multiple sufferings to hill people.
Police yesterday recovered body of an unidentified person from Halishahar area, Chittagong city yesterday.
Sub-Inspector of Halishahar police station Mustafizur Rahman said local had spotted the body of an unidentified person near Bangladesh Army’s Halishahar Firing
Range area and informed police about the matter.
Later, police recovered the body and sent it to Chittagong Medical College Hospital for an autopsy.
Police are suspecting that the man might have killed in a road accident.
A man was killed in a clash between two groups of villagers at Nokhrirchar, Gopalgnaj Sadar upazila yesterday over selling sand.
Local sources said there had been a long-standing dispute between two group of villagers over grabbing char land.
One Khaza Mollik went to sell sand from Baor quarry located at Nokhrirchar, then another person namely Alamin tried to resist him. At one stage, they locked into scuffle over the issue.