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  • HC urged to stop collection of tenants’ info

    A writ petition has been filed with the High Court challenging legality of the police’s move to collect personal information about tenants from the landlords in Dhaka City by March 15.

    Supreme Court lawyer Jyotirmoy Barua filed the petition yesterday, two days after he had sent a legal notice requesting the government to refrain from seeking the information. He also sought the court’s direction to stop use of any information already collected from the landlords and tenants.

  • ‘Depression drove mother to kill kids’

    ‘Depression drove mother to kill kids’

    On the day they were murdered, Nusrat and Alvi were asked by their mother to go to bed, RAB media wing director Commander Mufti Mahmud Khan told a press briefing yesterday.

    As Nusrat lay in bed, Mahfuza attempted to strangle her. Nusrat resisted but was finally overpowered. Mahfuza then strangled Alvi.

    To cover up the crime, Mahfuza called her husband Amanullah, who was in Uttara, and her sister Afroza, who lived in a rented flat near Mahfuza’s Banasree residence.

    Mahfuza Malek Jesmin, 35, yesterday confessed to strangling her two children to death.

  • The unsung hero that is Mahmudullah

    The unsung hero that is Mahmudullah

    Four years ago on March 22, almost every Bangladesh fan cried following the Tigers’ heart-breaking two-run loss against Pakistan in the final of the Asia Cup at home.

    A helpless Mahmudullah was crying his way to the dressing room after being unable to steer his side to victory. Ten runs were required in the final over but Bangladesh managed only seven. Mahmudullah was not the only cricketer who cried that day, though. The morale-shattering defeat left each and every single Bangladesh cricketer in tears.

  • Court asks cops again to submit probe report on Khaleda

    A Dhaka court yesterday again fixed May 2 as the day to submit a probe report in a case filed against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and three others. They are charged with killing 42 people in violence committed during the hartal-blockade of the BNP-led 20-party alliance in January 2015.

    Metropolitan magistrate Asaduzzman Nur fixed the fresh date for submitting the report since the OC of Gulshan police station yesterday failed to submit it before the court on the scheduled day.

  • Report on remarks by Khaleda, Goyeshwar sought again

    A Dhaka court yesterday again directed the police to submit the report by March 30 in a defamation case filed against BNP chief Khaleda Zia and its leader Goyeshwar Chandra Roy for making defamatory remarks about the Liberation War martyrs.

    Metropolitan Magistrate Muhammad Jakir Hossain Tipu passed the order as the officer-in-charge of Shahbagh police failed to submit the probe report before the court yesterday.

  • Ershad’s radar purchase case hearing deferred

    The case accuses Ershad of causing a loss of Tk64.04cr to state by purchasing radars for BAFA Dhaka court yesterday deferred the hearing in the radar purchase corruption case against Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad and three others.

    Metropolitan Sessions Judge Md Kamrul Hossain Molla deferred the date following a time petition filed by the prosecution.

    The court will continue the hearing on prosecution’s arguments on March 24.

    HM Ershad, special envoy to the prime minister, did not appear before the court.

  • Useless CCTV cameras monitor Dhaka

    Surveillance cameras are an integral part of crimes investigations. But except for those in Gulshan area of Dhaka, most CCTV cameras do not function properly while others stop working during blackouts.

    A Dhaka Metropolitan Police source said footage from these cameras were unclear and that there was no back-up system to keep them rolling during power cuts.

  • Tarique ordered to surrender by March 16

    The High Court yesterday ordered BNP Senior Vice-chairman Tarique Rahman to appear before a trial court by March 16 in a money laundering case.

    The bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Amir Hossain will deliver further order regarding the matter on that day.

    Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan said the High Court had asked the trial court whether the summons sent to Tarique’s address on February 28 had reached him.

  • BNP: 162 UP aspirants stopped from submitting nomination forms

    The BNP has alleged that UP chairman hopefuls backed by the party were not allowed to submit their nominations in 162 union parishads.

    “As of now, 162 BNP-backed aspirants could not submit their nomination papers because of ruling party men,” Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, joint secretary general of the party, said at a press conference in the party’s Nayapaltan headquarters yesterday.

    The BNP leader alleged that the Election Commission was staying silent even after being informed of different allegations.

  • Annisul: Free occupied roads, footpaths within a week

    Dhaka North City Corporation Mayor Annisul Huq has asked shop owners to free occupied portion of roads and footpaths within

    a week.

    The mayor made the call while addressing a views exchange programme in the capital’s Gulshan Club yesterday afternoon.

    He said: “If any shop owner, under the jurisdiction of Dhaka North City Corporation, fails to free the occupied roads and public walkways by March 10, legal action will be taken against the

    owner.”

  • Khaleda summoned again as she skips appearance

    BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia did not appear before a Dhaka court yesterday as per its previous order in a sedition case filed over her comments on the number of martyrs during the Liberation War.

    Accepting a time petition filed by Khaleda’s counsel in the case, Metropolitan Magistrate Muhammad Jakir Hossain Tipu set April 10 for her appearance.

    Defence counsel Md Sanaullah Miah said: “Khaleda could not appear before the court today [yesterday] due to her illness. If the time is allowed, she can appear before it on the next scheduled date.”

  • Freedom fighter’s strange death in city

    An elderly man died a sudden death yesterday on the streets in Tejgaon under unusual circumstances. Police are saying he may have died of poisoning.

    Family of the victim, Nurul Islam, 70, said he was a freedom fighter from Gopalganj and they had no idea why he was in the city.

    Tejgaon police Sub-Inspector Abdullah Al-Mamun said around 11:30am yesterday Nurul, who was walking in the direction of Lucas Intersection, collapsed on the street in front of gate 4 of the Prime Minister’s Office.

  • Prof Omar IUB VC again

    Professor M Omar Ejaz Rahman has been reappointed as the vice-chancellor of Independent University, Bangladesh by its chancellor and president of Bangladesh, Abdul Hamid.

    His reappointment was effective from January 26 this year for a four year term.

    An internationally renowned demographer and psychiatrist, Professor Omar is also an adjunct professor of Public Health at Harvard University.

    Prior to his reappointment, he was the VC of IUB from 2012 to 2016, VC-in-charge from 2011-2012 and pro-VC from 2006-2011.

  • Hearing deferred in Zia trust cases

    A Dhaka court yesterday fixed March 10 for the next hearing against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, her son Tarique Rahman and seven others in the Zia Orphanage Trust case and Zia Charitable Trust corruption cases.

    The BNP chief skipped yesterday’s hearing on health grounds. Her counsel submitted time petitions before the court for her non-appearance.

    Judge Abu Ahmed Jamadar of Dhaka Special Judge Court 3 adjourned the trial proceedings until March 10 after recording the cross-examination of one witness in one of the cases.

  • Study finds negligence in recruiting internal migrant construction workers

    Workers in construction, recognised as a “risky and labour-intensive” sector, face irregularities in the recruitment process, which lead to poor working and living conditions and inadequate social protection, said a study conducted by the Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit (RMMRU).

    Though nearly 2 million people are involved in this sector and its contribution to GDP was 8.2% in 2014-15, the study revealed that principal employers prefer to engage middlemen in recruiting workers to the sector, which raises risks and dangers to the workers.

  • 1,200 riyal salary for Bangladeshi house helps in Qatar

    Qatar’s government has agreed on increasing the salary of Bangladeshi domestic helps working there to 1,200 riyals from the existing 900 riyals.

    The matter was decided yesterday at a joint working group meeting between the countries at the capital’s Prabasi Kalyan Bhaban.

  • BNP gets venue to hold its council

    The BNP has received the confirmation from Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh, to hold its sixth national council there on March 19.

    BNP Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi made the announcement at a press briefing in the party’s Nayapaltan central office in the capital yesterday.

    “We applied to three venues to hold our council. Last night [Wednesday], the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh authorities wrote to us confirming that they would allow us to hold the council there. They also informed about the rent of the venue,” Rizvi said.

  • HC commutes four convicts’ punishment

    The High Court yesterday commuted death sentences of four men to life in prison. The men are convicted of killing a Narsingdi studio shop owner after having abducted him.

    The bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Amir Hossain delivered the verdict on completing the hearing about the convicts’ death reference and appeals in the murder case of Md Mostafa.

    The four men – Rubel, Ali Hossain, Johirul Islam and Shah Alam – were sentenced to death by a Narsingdi court on November 4, 2010.

  • Robbers loot Tk1.2 crore from DBBL ATM booth

    Robbers looted Tk1.2 crore from a fast track ATM booth of Dutch-Bangla Bank Limited at Harinhati under Kaliakoir upazila in Gazipur.

    The looting  incident took place early yesterday, said Officer-in-Charge of Kaliakoir police station Abdul Motaleb Mia. Motaleb said: “A group of 10-12 robbers swooped on the ATM booth when the officials of an organisation named Moneyplant went to the booth to deposit money in it around 2:30am Thursday.”

    “The robbers beat up security guard Liakat Hossain and snatched away two trunks filled with the money.”

  • CDA goes tough against structures that deviated from approved plans

    Survey to identify errant buildings continuesChittagong Development Authority (CDA) has launched a drive in the premier port city against structures constructed deviating from the approved plans.

    Many buildings, including convention centres, hospitals, shops, high-rise buildings and educational institutes, have been built deviating from  approved plans by not keeping parking space and turning residential buildings into commercial ones.

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