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  • Sumaiya, too, passes away

    Sumaiya Akhter, one of the six members of a family injured in a gas explosion at her Uttara flat, passed away yesterday at a hospital ICU.

    Sumaiya, 40, succumbed to her burn injuries yesterday around 3:25pm, Dr Rashed Mahmud of the City Hospital said. She had 95% burn injuries. Sumaiya was kept in the ICU and had been unresponsive since the morning, he said.

  • ‘More time needed for Banasree murder investigation’

    Now that Mahfuza Malek Jesmin, mother of the sibling duo who were allegedly suffocated to death in the capital’s Banasree area last week, has confessed to killing her children, more time is necessary to properly investigate the case, said Monirul Islam, additional commissioner at Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP).

    Addressing a press briefing at the DMP’s media centre yesterday, Monirul said: “It is very difficult for a mother to say that she killed her children. Her psychological state is a big factor here. We are looking into it.”

  • Maritime VSATs on floating hospital ships launched

    Maritime VSATs on floating hospital ships launched

    NYSE Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG, a world-leading satellite operator, and FRIENDSHIP, a non-governmental organisation, with technical assistance of Square Informatix (Bangladesh) Ltd, launched the first state-of-the-art Maritime VSATs on three of FRIENDSHIP’s floating hospital ships yesterday at Char Dakatia under Dewanganj thana in Jamalpur.

    The ships are Emirates Friendship Hospital, Lifebuoy Friendship Hospital and Rongdhonu Friendship Hospital.

  • Police: ATM scammers withdrew Tk5-6cr or more

    ATM scammers used cloned cards to withdraw around Tk5-6 crore from different banks, investigators are now saying, adding that the figure could grow even higher.

    “The forgery gang used to withdraw money by manipulating services from point of sale terminals, especially using cards of clients who were travelling abroad. For this, it is taking more time to calculate [the damages],” said Monirul Islam, chief of police’s counter-terrorism and transnational crime (CT) unit.

  • We were 20 runs short, says Mashrafe

    We were 20 runs short, says Mashrafe

    Bangladesh limited-over captain Mashrafe bin Mortaza said his side was clearly 20 runs short in the Asia Cup Twenty20 final against India at Mirpur’s Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday.

    Mashrafe also added that heavy rainfall prior to the start of the grand finale took the momentum away from the home side.

    India displayed clinical cricket to register a comfortable eight wicket win with seven deliveries remaining and bag the continental title for a record sixth time.

  • Memorable experiences to start the tour

    Rome was not built in a day. The same can be said about the Bangladesh cricket team’s recent successes. The Tigers in the last 15 months or so have been living in dreamland. They won several series against the established orders and made a mark in the international cricket arena.

    On the way, the cricket-mad Bangladesh fans have earned a lot of respect from all around the globe for the level of support they put for their team. The possessiveness of these fans is unmatchable. 

  • Bayern stay well clear after holding Dortmund

    Bayern stay well clear after holding Dortmund

    Bayern Munich kept their five-point lead at the top of the table on Saturday, drawing 0-0 at second-placed Borussia Dortmund to stay on track for a record fourth consecutive Bundesliga title.

    The game, broadcast to 208 countries, lived up to its big billing. It was an entertaining encounter played at a frantic pace and a goal was the only thing missing as Bayern, especially, went close on several occasions.

  • Former US First Lady Nancy Reagan dies aged 94

    Former US First Lady Nancy Reagan dies aged 94

    Former US First Lady Nancy Reagan died at home in California yesterday at the age of 94.

    Nancy Reagan, who had been living in Bel Air, Los Angeles, died of congestive heart failure, the Reagan library said.

    Her 52-year marriage to Ronald Reagan was once described as the US presidency’s greatest love affair.

    From 1981-89 she was one of the most influential first ladies in US history; initially criticised for an expensive renovation of the White House, but later becoming a much-loved figure.

  • Mahbubey: Wait till Quasem’s verdict and see

    Please wait and have faith on the judiciary. Because, the judiciary is the principal organ of the sate. It is better not to make it controversial
    Attorney General Mahbubey Alam yesterday urged all not to make any comment on the chief justice and the judiciary that could hamper the trial of the war criminals.

    In response to questions from reporters, Mahbubey at his office said that such comments were unconstitutional and might affect the judiciary. He also requested all to wait for tomorrow’s verdict on condemned war criminal Mir Quasem Ali’s appeal.

  • Tigers hapless as India reign supreme

    Tigers hapless as India reign supreme

    Much like the fading flame of a burning candle, the Tigers fans’ hopes, dreams and expectations that had slowly built up were painfully dashed yesterday as India romped to their sixth Asia Cup title at the home of cricket in Mirpur.

    Each and every single run that were garnered by Indian batsmen Shikhar Dhawan (60 off 44 balls) and Virat Kohli (41* off 28) slowly but surely reduced Bangladesh’s chances of an historic win while captain MS Dhoni (20* off six) hammered the final nail in the coffin with eight wickets and seven deliveries to spare.

  • MP’s drunk son indicted for killing two people

    A Dhaka court yesterday indicted Awami League MP Pinu Khan’s son Bakhtiar Alam Rony, who in a drunken stupor opened fire from his SUV that killed two persons on New Eskaton Road of the capital last year.

    Judge Shamsunnahar Begum of the Dhaka’s Second Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judge’s Court framed the charges against Rony under section 302 of the Penal Code. It also set April 11 to start trial in the case, filed by the mother of one of the two victims.

  • Dae’sh suicide attack kills 60 near Baghdad

    Militant group Dae'sh claimed responsibility for a suicide attack with an explosive-laden fuel tanker on an Iraqi police checkpoint south of Baghdad, killing at least 60 people and wounding more than 70, reports Reuters quoting medical and security officials.

    Responsibility was claimed in a posting on the website of the Amaq news agency, which supports the ultra-hardline Salafist group.

    The explosion took place at Hilla, the capital of Babylon province, a predominantly Shia region with some Sunni presence.

  • Speakers: No body to monitor women’s inclusion in party committees

    Speakers: No body to monitor women’s inclusion in party committees

    Although the Election Commission’s registration rules for political parties stipulate that they will have 33% female members in their committees by 2020, the authorities concerned did not form a body to monitor the matter, said speakers at a roundtable yesterday.

    They expressed doubt over whether the goal could be achieved, saying that the major political parties do not have a significant number of women but have female party chiefs.

    Forty parties registered with the EC brought changes to their constitutions in line with the EC rules in 2008.

  • Khaleda, Tarique elected uncontested

    BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and the party’s Senior Vice-Chairman Tarique Rahman have been re-elected for their posts in the party as no one challenged them.

    As the withdrawal deadline for nomination paper expired yesterday, both mother and son were elected for their respective posts for the next three years.

    If anyone filed nomination papers for the posts, then an election would have been held in the party’s sixth national council scheduled to be held on March 19.

  • Project helps youth explore place in democracy

    When the youth stands up it sends a strong and visible message to a larger segment of society
    It is a duty to speak truth to power, the great and the good were reminded yesterday by a young man from Satkhira who introduced himself simply as Rashed.

    A participant in the Bangladesh Enterprise Institute (BEI) and Saferworld-Bangladesh project on youth and democratic participation, Rashed said learning how to participate in the democratic process had given him confidence and a political voice.

  • Housemaid’s body recovered in capital

    A young maid was found dead beside NAM Garden in the capital’s Kafrul yesterday.

    Jonia, 15, worked at the house of Ahsan Habib, chairman and director of the National Freedom Fighters’ Council, said Kafrul police station Sub-Inspector Kamruzzaman.    

    He said Jonia’s sandals were found on the roof of the house.

  • BRT Act reaches cabinet today

    The draft of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Act 2016 is expected be placed in front of the cabinet today.

    The law will regulate the BRT system designed to reduce traffic jam in Dhaka and adjacent areas through an dedicated bus route with the capacity to transport 40,000 passengers per hour on the Gazipur – Airport – Jhilmil route.

  • Sub-Inspector suspended

    A probe committee looking into the allegations of police negligence in the investigation of four children’s murder in Bahubal upazila, Habiganj has recommended suspension of a sub-inspector and action against the officer-in-charge of investigation in Bahubal police station.

    The three-member committee submitted the report to Habiganj Superintendent of Police (SP) Joydeb Kumar Bhadra yesterday afternoon, said Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) Shahidul Islam who headed the probe committee.

  • Action soon against those spreading propaganda against biometric SIM registration

    The government will take punitive action against those who are spreading negative propaganda against biometric SIM registration, State Minister for Posts and Telecommunications Tarana Halim has said.

    The junior minister made the statement after a meeting on biometric SIM registration at the secretariat yesterday.

    A Supreme Court lawyer recently served a legal notice urging the government to halt biometric registration for SIM cards, claiming that it violates the privacy of users.

  • 9 tenders submitted for Sirajganj solar power plant

    Nine companies submitted tender documents to set up a 7.6MW solar power plant in Sirajganj by next year.

    On December 17, 2015, the state-owned North-West Power Generation Company Ltd (NWPGCL) invited tenders for the project.

    “We have received tenders from nine companies including two locals,” NWPGCL Managing Director AM Khurshedul Alam told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday.

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