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Sunday December 17, 2017 01:05 AM



  • Two children dead in the capital

    Two unidentified children have died in separate incidents in the capital. One of the children was abandoned and under treatment at a hospital while the other’s body was found in a graveyard.

    Dhanmondi police SI Ripon Kumar Saha said on January 5, a newborn baby was admitted to Japan Bangladesh Friendship Hospital in Dhanmondi by two persons identifying themselves as its parents, Jashim and Shilpi from Jatrabari.

  • 7 grenades, 47 bullets found

    Seven “wartime” grenades and 47 bullets were recovered from a septic tank of Naogaon Sadar Hospital yesterday afternoon, reported UNB.

    Naogaon Sadar police station OC M Jakirul Islam said the hospital authorities had hired workers to remove three old septic tanks in order to construct a new building there.

    At one stage, the workers found a hand grenade inside a septic tank around 1pm, after which the authorities postponed the digging work and informed Naogaon Sadar Model police station.

  • DMP’s tenant info form raises security concerns

    DMP’s tenant info form raises security concerns

    Parents are worried that the details of their children could easily be used to abduct them. Girls and young women are also likely to face sexual harassment if the information is leakedThe recent initiative of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) to collect information of tenants and landlords living in the capital – for the purported curbing of militant activities – has raised several eyebrows.

    While they appreciate the aim of such initiative, many Dhaka residents are concerned that collection of such personal and sensitive information could compromise both their security and privacy, should it fall into the wrong hands.

  • Dying to be pretty

    Dying to be pretty

    The next time you use a tube of fairness cream or apply hair gel to look a bit more sleek, think again; the cosmetic product you use each day may not be as harmless as it looks.

    A study that analyses beauty products commonly sold in shops of Bangladesh, surprisingly finds that each and every one of those products contained at least one toxic metal.

  • Banasree mother on five-day remand

    Banasree mother on five-day remand

    A Dhaka court yesterday put Mahfuza Malek Jesmin, who confessed to strangling her two children to death, on a five-day police remand.

    Metropolitan Magistrate Snigdha Rani Chakrabarty gave the order after Investigation Officer Mustafizur Rahman produced Mahfuza before the court with a 10-day remand plea.

    The IO said that they would investigate whether anyone else was involved in the double murder.

  • Delhi extends full support to Dhaka

    The BJP-led government in India has extended full support to Bangladesh’s Awami League-led government, the party’s visiting General Secretary Ram Madhab says.

    “We are fully with you in the process to uphold the democratic institutions in Bangladesh,” he said at the inaugural programme of the seventh round of Bangladesh-India Friendship Dialogue in Dhaka yesterday.

    Bangladesh, with its big population, is doing wonderfully well in keeping up its democratic traditions under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, he said.

  • BTRC: Protect biometric data

    As the move to collect biometric information from mobile phone users through SIM re-registration has drawn flak over security concerns, Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has asked all the mobile phone operators to assure protection of the data given by their subscribers.

    UNB reported that the country’s telecom regulator sent a letter to the mobile operators in this regard. A copy was also sent to the Posts and Telecommunications Division, official sources said. 

  • Tk15,000cr projects to boost connectivity

    The Roads and Highways Department (RHD) has proposed massive projects to upgrade Bangladesh's infrastructure to boost regional connectivity and unlock the country's trade and investment potentials.

    Under the projects, the 190km road from Tangail's Elenga to Sirajganj's Hatikumrul of the Dhaka-Rangpur Highway will be upgraded to four-lane. Roads will be broadened and 17 medium-sized bridges, flyovers and culverts will be constructed to connect with it.

  • RAB busts 14 cyber fraudsters including 12 foreigners

    RAB busts 14 cyber fraudsters including 12 foreigners

    Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) has detained 14 men, including 12 foreigners, of a cyber fraud gang involved in swindling money using Facebook.

    They were detained from Uttara, Nikunja and Bashundhara in Dhaka between Thursday night and early Friday. RAB also seized a good number of mobile phones, laptops and foreign currencies from the men.

  • Woman caught while stealing baby at DMCH

    A young woman was caught red-handed while stealing a child from the National Institute of Burn and Plastic Surgery at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) yesterday afternoon.

    Police sources said the arrestee, Polly Akhter, 20, claimed that she was instructed to steal the 17-month-old child by a member of the hospital staff.

    Hospital sources said Polly first raised alarm among the Ansar members stationed at the hospital when she was trying to leave the hospital premises with the child around 4pm.

  • Khaleda, Tarique’s nomination papers submitted

    The nomination papers of Khaleda Zia and her eldest son Tarique Rahman to contest the election to the posts of BNP chairperson and vice chairman respectively were submitted yesterday.

    Khaleda and Tarique are set to retain their current posts unopposed as no one else filed nomination as their rivals.

    Election agents of Khaleda and Tarique submitted the nomination papers on their behalf to the returning officer at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office.

  • Hasan Mahmud terms BNP’s council eyewash

    Awami League’s Publicity and Publications Secretary Hasan Mahmud yesterday described the upcoming council of the BNP as a mere eyewash.

    “This is because they have again selected the mother and son – Khaleda Zia and Tarique Rahman – to hold the two top posts of the party,” he said while addressing a rally organised by Shadhinata Parishad in front of the National Press Club in the capital.

  • Pakistan register consolation victory

    Pakistan register consolation victory

    Pakistan recorded a consolation six-wicket win over Sri Lanka in their Asia Cup Twenty20 dead-rubber encounter at Mirpur’s Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday. Chasing a challenging 151 for victory, Pakistan reached their destination with four deliveries to spare.

    Umar Akmal top-scored with a 37-ball 48 while Sarfraz Ahmed and opening batsman Sharjeel Khan chipped in with 38 and 31 respectively.

    Makeshift Lankan captain Dinesh Chandimal deployed eight bowlers but Pakistan were barely troubled as they posted regular partnerships. 

  • ‘If everything goes well I think it’s going to be my day’

    ‘If everything goes well I think it’s going to be my day’

    Tamim Iqbal’s return to the Bangladesh side in the ongoing Asia Cup Twenty20 will surely add more strength to the top-order as the opening batsman is in prime form.

    The Chittagong lad joined his team mates after missing the first three matches of the regional competition as he was on paternity leave.

    And on the eve of the grand finale against India, the 26-year old cricketer informed that if everything goes according to plan then tomorrow can very well prove to be his day.

  • ‘Bangladesh is playing good and Mashrafe is a great leader’

    ‘Bangladesh is playing good and Mashrafe is a great leader’

    Thilanga Sumathipala, who is the president of both the Asian Cricket Council and Sri Lanka Cricket, praised the recent performances of the Bangladesh cricket team and said the Tigers have come a long way. A close friend of Bangladesh cricket right from the start, Sumathipala voted for Bangladesh's ODI and Test status back in 1998. He believes the Tigers can be a role model for the Associate nations who are eager to break into the major tournaments.

  • Shahriar, Shamsur tons fail to produce result

    Shahriar Nafees and Shamsur Rahman starred with the willow in an otherwise uneventful day in the Bangladesh Cricket League longer-version yesterday. South Zone opening batsman Shahriar and Central Zone opener Shamsur both struck unbeaten centuries but their knocks failed to yield a result in neither of the fourth round matches.

    Central v East, Cox’s Bazar

    At the Sheikh Kamal International Cricket stadium, East resumed the fourth day on 376/7 and added a further 66 runs before losing the remainder of their first innings wickets.

  • Charge sheets in Tavella, Kunio murders soon

    Police’s investigation into last year’s sensational murders of Italian citizen Cesare Tavella and Japanese national Hoshi Kunio is nearly completed, and they hope to submit the charge sheets at the shortest possible time.

    Several accused detained in the cases have made confessional statements. But the law enforcers are yet to find the murder weapon used in killing Tavella while in the other case, the investigation officer said that they were checking if any prime accused had been left out.

  • Another held with gold in rectum

    In the span of just six days, another youth has been arrested for smuggling gold bars, hiding them inside his rectum.

    Taslim Hossain, 29, was caught by Armed Police Battalion (APBn) officials at Dhaka airport around 7:30am yesterday. He arrived at the airport in a flight from Kuala Lumpur.

    APBn Senior Assistant Commissioner Alamgir Hossain told the Dhaka Tribune: “The gold bars were in four packets hidden inside Taslim’s rectum.

  • Quader: Civil society directly involved in 1/11

    Awami League Presidium Member Obaidul Quader has alleged that several civil society members played direct roles in the conspiracy – better known as “Minus Two Formula” – to banish party chief Sheikh Hasina and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia from politics during the 2007-08 army-backed caretaker regime.

  • Europe’s 10 migration dilemmas

    Europe’s 10 migration dilemmas

    European Union leaders meet on Monday to debate how to end the migrant crisis before a second summer of chaos, but they have already long known the available answers — and why they have yet to add up to a solution.

    The political dilemmas of the crisis have had EU governments going round in circles for a year. This is how they go–

    Mediterranean ‘moat’?

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