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  • Anisul: Ershad appointed me as acting chairman

    Jatiya Party presidium member and Water Resources Minister Anisul Islam Mahmud said party chief HM Ershad himself appointed him as the acting chairman of Jatiya Party (JaPa) after the 1/11 political changeover.

    The JaPa leader made the statement following Ershad’s comment that Anisul was also a mastermind of the 1/11 changeover.

    “Ershad himself appointed me as the party’s acting chairman at that time. The appointment was not to remove him from politics,” Anisul said in a press briefing at his ministry yesterday.

  • North South University to celebrate 24 years of glory

    North South University to celebrate 24 years of glory

    One of Bangladesh’s leading private universities, the North South University, is gearing up to celebrate its 24th founding anniversary with a plethora of programmes from March 3 to 11.

    Established under the Trust Act, NSU started its journey on February 10, 1992 with 137 students and three departments. So far, over 15,000 students have graduated and over 20,000 students are currently studying here, Board of Trustees Chairman MA Kashem told a views exchange meeting yesterday.

  • Maternal mortality rate drops

    The nation’s maternal mortality rate has dropped to 170 per 100,000 live childbirths, speakers said at a workshop yesterday.

    The rate has dropped by 40% between 2001 and 2010, journalists were told at a daylong workshop on child and maternal deaths organised by USAID at the Chittagong Club.

    Most of these deaths occur during childbirth at home as 62% of the deliveries are still conducted at home, the health care experts said.

  • Two found dead in two districts

    At least two people were found dead in Rajshahi and Comilla districts yesterday.

    Our Rajshahi Correspondent said the body of a businessman was recovered after four days of his  missing from Baghmara upazila in the district.

    The victim was Anwar Hossain, 38, of Dippur village.

    Locals said Anwar left home on Friday afternoon with Tk1.20 lakh and went missing.

    Police said the body was recovered from a brick-field in Kalapara upazila.

  • ‘ATM theft just tip of iceberg’

    ‘ATM theft just tip of iceberg’

    The scale of the ATM card forgery currently under investigation may be bigger than anyone expected, investigators said yesterday.

    Investigation leads and statements made by arrested German national Piotr Szczepan Mazurek point to a massive forgery conspiracy that involves bank staff, fraudulent company employees, organised crime and possibly even policemen.

  • Latest technologies for increasing jute production stressed

    Adoption of ribbon retting technologies for rotting and separation of the fibre helps the farmers in getting maximum productionExperts at a day-long training workshop on ‘Production of high yielding local variety Jute, jute seeds and improved retting technology’ project arranged yesterday at Badarganj upazila parishad auditorium in the district laid emphasis on adopting latest technologies to get maximum output.

    The Directorate of Jute under the Ministry of Jute and Textiles and Upazila Jute Department with assistance of the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) organised the workshop for 100 selected farmers for extension of the technologies.

  • Key accused in Comilla kid murders arrested

    Police have arrested the main accused in a case filed over killing two brothers in Dhulipara area under the city three days ago.

    Comilla Additional Superintendent of Police (north) Md Ali Ashraf Bhuiyan confirmed it to the Dhaka Tribune and said they arrested the two’s stepbrother Md Al-Shafiul Islam Chhotan from Malibagh area in the capital around 10pm Monday.

    Police managed to arrest by tracking down the mobile phone of Chhotan who also pleaded his guilty in the murder during primary questioning, said Md Ali Ashraf Bhuiyan

  • Premier Bank ATM hit by int’l card scam

    Four ATM booths of Premier Bank were targeted by scammers – who used what bankers believe to be cloned international credit cards – for withdrawing around Tk34 lakh during the second half of February.

    Bangladesh Bank sent a team to Premier Bank yesterday to investigate the incident after the private bank lodged a complaint in this regard on Monday.

    According to the complaint, between February 14 and 28, at least 150 international cards were used to withdraw money from four of their ATM booths in Banani, Bashundhara, Kakrail and Uttara.

  • Public health risks from motor vehicle emissions

    About 25 per cent people have been suffering from various kinds of respiratory tract infection (RTI) due to air pollution caused by black smokeBlack smoke emission from spurious fuels used in motor vehicles is posing a serious threat to public health in four upazilas of the district.

    According to local sources, the open sale of the fuels including diesel, petrol and kerosene by a section of dishonest dealers and agents continues unabated despite official ban. Hundreds of dwellers mainly the passengers, automobile workers and passers-by are exposed to different ailments from inhalation of the fuels’ smoke.

  • Police move to collect tenant data challenged

    ‘Police behaviour needs to be changed to make the attempt a success’The recent initiative by police to collect personal details of tenants in Dhaka city in prescribed forms has evoked mixed reaction among residents.

    Although a section of Dhaka residents view the initiative as a positive step a good number of them are fearing its misuse.

    A number of citizens and also security analysts, lawyers expressed their concern over the initiative.

    A Supreme Court lawyer yesterday served a legal notice to the government and police, seeking explanation for the move.

  • AL leader killed

    A local Awami League leader was hacked to death by miscreants at Saratail village in Shahjadpur upazila of the district on Monday night following a dispute over nomination of chairman candidate in upcoming union parishad polls.

    The deceased was Korban Ali, son of Abdul Aziz, general secretary of Kayempur union Awami League.

    The incident took place near Shorappur Shayestabad School at Sadar upazila around 9:30pm while he was returning home.

  • Final spot up for grabs for Tigers

    Final spot up for grabs for Tigers

    A confident Bangladesh side will have one eye on the grand finale of the Asia Cup Twenty20 when they take on Pakistan today in a crucial encounter at Mirpur’s Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.

    Following a disappointing defeat against India in the tournament opener, the Tigers came back strong, beating the United Arab Emirates and Asia Cup and World T20 holders Sri Lanka in their next two matches.

    If the hosts are to progress to the final of the regional competition and not to depend on results elsewhere, then a win against Pakistan is a must.

  • Govt petition reserved for 2 weeks

    The Chamber Judge of the Supreme Court yesterday for two weeks reserved the government petition seeking stay order on a High Court verdict that ordered to compensate Jihad’s family members.

    Chamber Judge Hasan Foyez Siddique also asked the state to file a regular appeal.

    Additional Attorney General Md Momtaz Uddin Fakir said the petition will be heard after two weeks. A leave-to-appeal petition will be filed after the High Court’s verdict is released.

  • IS conflict: Iraqi general killed in suicide attack on base

    An Iraqi army general and nine other soldiers have been killed in a suicide bomb attack by Islamic State militants in western Iraq, security sources say.

    Four militants wearing army uniforms blew themselves up after gaining entry to a base near Haditha late on Monday.

    Of the explosions killed Brig-Gen Ali Abboud, chief-of-staff of the Jazeera and Badiya Operations Command.

    Another eight soldiers were wounded in the attack, which comes after a wave of suicide bombings claimed by IS.

  • Mahfuz Anam appears before Rangpur court, secures bail

    The Daily Star Editor and Publisher Mahfuz Anam, who has been facing dozens of cases for publishing “confusing” and “defamatory” reports in his newspaper about Sheikh Hasina during the 2007-08 military-backed caretaker regime, secured bail in a defamation case in Rangpur yesterday.

    Senior Judicial Magistrate Shafiul Alam granted him bail on a bond of Tk1,000 as he appeared before the court in person seeking bail in the case.

    The court also fixed May 26 for next hearing in the case.

  • Dandy Dyeing hearing deferred

    A Dhaka court yesterday deferred recording the depositions of witnesses in a case against 14 people including BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and her eldest son Tarique Rahman.

    Judge Fatema Ferdous of Dhaka Artha Rin Adalat-1 (Money Loan Court) deferred the hearing to April 3 following a time petition by the defense.

    Khaleda’s counsel Md Sanaullah Miah sought the additional time stating that the defense has filed a petition with the High court challenging the legality of naming her in the case.

  • Banasree siblings might have been strangled

    Banasree siblings might have been strangled

    The two deceased siblings who were initially thought to have died from food poisoning in the capital’s Banasree, might have actually been strangled to death, autopsy findings suggest.

    Nusrat Jahan, 14, and Alvi Aman, 6, died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital on Monday night, hours after they ate food bought from a Chinese restaurant.

  • ‘They shut their doors on our faces’

    “I could clearly recall that when we knocked the doors of our neighbours residing on the second and third floor, they opened the door briefly and closed it on our face instead of helping us at least in the name of humanity.”

    Sumaiya Akhter, who suffered 95% burns in Friday’s gas explosion and is now fighting for her life, said this while explaining the incident to her relatives yesterday evening in the capital’s City Hospital. She was shifted to the hospital from Dhaka Medical College Hospital yesterday.

  • Twenty million yaba pills seized in 2015

    Law enforcement agencies have seized over 20 million yaba pills last year, which investigators say they believe to be one-third of the smuggled “crazy medicine”, as it often called.

    Law enforcing agencies said they had recovered some 2,32,08,855 yaba pills in 2015.

    Of them, police recovered some 1,34,26,228 yaba pills – among them 90,00,000 were seized by RAB.

  • Warrant issued for arrest of 3 war criminals

    The International Crimes Tribunal yesterday issued warrants for the arrest of three war criminals of Moulvibazar.

    The two-member tribunal led by Justice Md Shahinur Islam issued the warrant yesterday morning, Prosecutor Sabina Yeasmin
    Munni said.

    The prosecutor said the names of the accused of Borolekha upazila were not disclosed for the sake of investigation.

    She said they prayed for the arrest order as the accused are locally influential and they also may flee to India as they resided near bordering areas.

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