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  • Three killed as bus hits private car in Dhaka

    Three killed as bus hits private car in Dhaka

    Three people including two women were killed as a passenger bus rammed a private car from behind in Khilkhet flyover area in the capital.

    Khilkhet police station Sub-Inspector Shahidur Rahman confirmed the deaths to the Dhaka Tribune.

    The deceased were identified as Delwar Hossain, 65, his sister Anwara Begum, 40, her daughter Lovely Khatun, 22, said the SI.

    The police official said a passenger bus of Ena Paribahan rammed the private car in the area at around 4pm yesterday leaving three passengers of the car and its driver critically injured.

  • CID: FBI to find BB heist hackers

    CID: FBI to find BB heist hackers

    If Bangladesh Bank can be hacked today, no one can assure that other banks will not be hackedBangladesh police’s Criminal Investigation Department yesterday said that they would work jointly with the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the USA to solve the much-talked digital heist of $101 million from Bangladesh Bank.

    After holding an hour-long meeting with the FBI representatives at the CID Headquarters, Additional Deputy Inspector General Shah Alam yesterday afternoon said that they would take assistance from the FBI to solve the case in an organised manner.

  • Old wine in new bottles, or just sour grapes?

    What exactly were the fruits of the BNP’s sixth national council?

    With party chairperson Khaleda Zia and her son Tarique Rahman re-elected uncontested to their respective posts, the result of the council appears to be old wine in new bottles.

    It is true that the party has suggested radical changes to the political system if elected to power for the fourth time. But that is a big if.

  • Wounded Tigers looking to bounce back

    The emotions will be different than any other game when the Tigers face Australia in a vital Super 10 match of the ongoing 2016 World Twenty20 at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore today.

    Following the suspensions of Bangladesh cricketers Taskin Ahmed and Arafat Sunny that have rocked the cricket-mad nation, the men in red and green will now aim to bounce back and answer the critics.

    In the absence of the bowling duo, the Tigers think tank will have all-rounder Shuvagata Hom and spinner Saqlain Sajib as replacements.

  • Salvage efforts yet to start

    A day after a coal-laden cargo vessel sank in the Sundarban’s Shela River, authorities are yet to start any salvage operation.

    A team of divers from Bangladesh Navy, however, identified the location of the sunken vessel.

    No progress has so far been made in salvaging the vessel which is lying under 30-40 feet of depth, said divisional forest officer of Sundarbans east zone, Saidul Islam.

  • Seven human traffickers placed on 2-day remand

    A Dhaka court yesterday placed seven human traffickers on a two-day remand in a case filed with Motijheel police station in the capital.

    Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Pranab Kumar issued the order after Motijheel Sub-Inspector Md Shahid Ullah, who is also the investigation officer of the case, produced the traffickers before the court with a seven-day remand petition for interrogation.

    Meanwhile, the defence counsels submitted bail petitions before the court, but the court rejected the pleas after hearing the case.

  • Supreme Court criticises Qamrul, Mozammel

    The Supreme Court yesterday seriously criticised Food Minister Qamrul Islam and Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Huq for their “arrogant” comments about Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha and the apex court.

    A seven-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by the chief justice accepted the explanation tendered by the liberation war affairs minister in connection with the contempt of court rule issued on March 8 but rejected the one submitted by Qamrul.

  • Poet Goon named for Swadhinata Padak

    The government has nominated noted poet Nirmalendu Goon for Swadhinata Padak (Independence Award) 2016 in recognition of his contribution to the field

    of literature.

    Besides, 13 other distinguished persons and an organisation were also named for the award in recognition of their outstanding contributions in respective fields. 

  • PM: Bangladesh firm to fight racial discrimination

    PM: Bangladesh firm to fight racial discrimination

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has reaffirmed Bangladesh’s firm commitment to combat all forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.

    “Our principled and uncompromising stand against racial discrimination is aptly manifested in our Constitution as well as in our entire legal and administrative framework,” she said in a message on the eve of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination yesterday.

  • Adabor SI sent to jail

    A Dhaka court yesterday sent Ratan Kumar Hawlader, a suspended sub-inspector of Adabor police station, to jail after rejecting his bail petition in a case filed for sexually harassing a female student of ASA University.

    Dhaka’s Fourth Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal Judge Saleh Uddin Ahmed passed the order after the accused surrendered before the court and sought bail through his counsel.

    The same court issued an arrest warrant against Ratan on February 16 after taking into cognisance the judicial probe report in the case.

  • Muggers find new prey in bKash agents

    Moving away from their usual practice of targeting unsuspecting civilians, muggers are now more keen about preying on mobile banking agents who carry large sums of cash on them as part of their job.

    Agents of bKash and mobile account recharging services are often vulnerable targets as they have little to no protection when they move around with money. As a result, the potential pay-off is huge for the muggers. In a single incident on February 8, muggers snatched Tk32 Lakh after holding an agent at gunpoint in Tongi.

  • bKash agent shot dead in Badda

    A bKash agent has been shot and killed by unidentified assailants in the capital’s Badda; the criminals also snatched away Tk1.5 lakh from the agent.

    Twenty-eight-year-old Mahbub Mridha, hailing from Agailjhara upazila of Barisal, was critically injured when he was shot by two muggers around 11:45am on Sunday.

    Later, locals rushed him to Kurmitola General Hospital where on-duty doctors declared him dead at 12:15pm, said Badda OC Abdul Jalil Mandal.

  • ‘Women’s presence inadequate in local government’

    The number of female public representatives in local government, i.e. upazila and union parishads, is alarmingly small and must be boosted so that they can have equal presence as their male counterparts, speakers said at a round-table discussion yesterday.

    Women share responsibilities with men to form good governance, so more women should have been candidates in the upcoming union parishad (UP) elections, they said.

    The discussion was organised by Brac University’s Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD) at Lakeshore Hotel in the capital.

  • AL’s council deferred to July 10

    The Awami League has deferred to July 10 its 20th triennial national council because of the upcoming union parishad elections.

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, also the president of the ruling party, made the decision after holding a meeting of the party’s Central Working Committee (ALCWC) at her official residence Gono Bhaban on Sunday.

  • New GTCL officers’ association exec committee formed

    The eighth executive committee of GTCL Officers’ Welfare Association, the sole organisation of the officials employed at Gas Transmission Company Limited, has been formed with HR Director Syed Md Nasir Uddin as president and Manager (Engineering) SM Amir Hossain as general secretary.

    The 17-member committee was formed after a general election which took place on March 14. The committee will be operative for two years, according to a press release.

  • 721 unions go to polls tomorrow as campaign ends

    Elections in 721 union parishads across the country are going to be held tomorrow as campaigns ended last night.

    This is the first time union polls will be held on party lines.

    The Election Commission (EC) announced schedules for elections in 752 unions in the first phase but land issues and voter readjustment led to postponement of polls in 18 unions. Also, elections in 11

    unions of Tangail’s Nagarpur upazila will be held on March 23, and two unions of Teknaf upazila on March 27.

  • Supporters of chairman candidates passing busy time for fair poll

    Supporters of chairman candidates in 11 union councils under Sadar upazila are passing busy moments for free and fair elections held on March 22.

    Local sources said campaign for the upcoming elections was at an eleventh hour yesterday and the supporters of the candidates remained alert so that the vote of any candidate could not be purchased.

    When visited it was found the people of Mohinanda, Bolai, Korshakrial, Binnati and Maria union councils guard at several points in groups against any kind of anomalies.

  • 208 violent incidents take place so far

    Inspector General of Police (IGP) AKM Shahidul Hoque yesterday at least 208 incidents of violence had taken place in the recent days across the country over the upcoming union parishad elections that left seven people killed and 508 injured.

    The IGP made the remark at a press briefing held at police headquarters in reply to a question over occurring clashes and criminal activities centring the UP polls.

    The first phase of the Union Parishad election is scheduled to be held tomorrow.

  • 1 dies in Pabna pre-election clash

    A man died from bullet injuries yesterday after he was shot during a clash between the supporters of two Awami League candidates in the elections to Dhalarchar union parishad in Pabna’s Bera upazila.

    Gaher Mondol, 30, son of Pashan Mondol of the union’s Khayerbagan village, was shot at Mirpur village on Saturday night. He was a supporter of Awami League rebel candidate Nasir Uddin.   

    Md Siddiqur Rahman, additional superintendent of police (special branch) in Pabna, said another 10 people were injured in the clash.

  • Violence, rigging mark municipal polls

    Violence, rigging mark municipal polls

    Union parishad polls at 10 municipalities were held yesterday amid boycotting election by BNP candidates, vote rigging and series of clashes.

    The municipalities are Haragach of Rangpur, Brahmanbarhia Sadar, Jhalakathi Sadar, Kabirhat in Noakhali, Nangalkot in Comilla, Faridpur’s Bhanga, Cox’s Bazar’s Chakaria and Maheshkhali, Feni’s Shonagazi and Jhenidah’s Kaliganj.

    Four BNP-backed candidates boycott polls

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