Wednesday March 21, 2018 06:53 PM

  • Morning brief

    ‘Not just side by side, but together’

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday made an ardent call for his country and Bangladesh to work together for the betterment of their people and the region.

    Dhaka, New Delhi for bilateral relations for next generation

    The Bangladesh-India bilateral relation has entered a new phase for mutual benefit of the people of the two countries and collective prosperity of the region, said a joint declaration issued by Bangladesh and India.

  • Mystery remains over man rescued from floating sack

    The man was rescued in an injured state and police could not quiz him to have any detailsA day has passed after a youth was found alive in a sack floating in the Buriganga River but the police are yet to find out how he ended up there.

    After his rescue on Thursday, the man identified himself as Md Sohel, 25, son of Jalaluddin Howladar of Bauphal in Patuakhali. He said he was a construction worker and lived in Aganagar of Keraniganj but could not say anything about what happened to him.

    He is now at Sir Salimullah Medical College Hospital.

  • 80 Bangladeshis detained in Malaysia

    the police conduct two separate raids The Malaysian police have detained 80 illegal Bangladesh immigrant workers on Wednesday.

    The police, in two separate raids, picked them up from two “kongsi” houses in Tringkap and Blue Valley, Kampung Raja, of Malaysia, reported Bernama, Malaysian State news agency.

    All the illegal immigrants from Bangladesh, are aged between 20 and 50, Cameron Highlands district police chief DSP Wan Mohd Zahari Wan Busu says.

    “During the raid, no undesired incidents occurred as all the illegal immigrants gave their cooperation.”

  • World record: Indian boy makes 1,000 runs in school cricket match

    Fifteen-year-old Pranav Dhanawade broke the previous record of 628 set by Arthur Collins in 1899 An Indian teenager scored more than 1,000 runs in a single innings to set a new world record in school cricket.

    Fifteen-year-old Pranav Dhanawade broke the previous record of 628 set by Arthur Collins in 1899 on Monday.

    But he continued his innings in the HT Bhandari Cup inter-school tournament and reached 1,009 runs.

  • Youth held with arms in Jessore

    Police have detained a youth with a revolver near Bagerhat Bazar under Sadar upazila in Jessore.

    The detainee is Biplob Hossain, 25, son of Nazrul Islam.

    Assistant Sub-Inspector Aminur Rahman said: “Acting on a tip-off, police conducted a drive in brickfield area near Bagerhat Bazar and detained Biplob with the revolver around 9:30pm Sunday.”

    He said: “Biplob was waiting in the area in order to sell the revolver to a person for Tk8,000. However, he could not give details regarding the identity of the customer.”

  • Super Mario delighted to be Germany’s WC winner

    He picked up the man-of-the-match award in Rio as Germany became the first European side to win a World Cup in the Americas at the eighth attemptGermany’s Mario Goetze said scoring the winning goal in Sunday’s World Cup final win was the crowning glory on a difficult first season following his high-profile move to Bayern Munich.

    The baby-faced 22-year-old’s superb chest and volley from an Andre Schuerrle cross on 113 minutes sealed Germany’s 1-0 extra-time win over Argentina at Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana Stadium.

    “It’s an unbelievable feeling,” said the Bayern forward.

  • PM exchanges greetings with Obama

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has exchanged greetings with US President Barack Obama and appreciated him for his speech in the UN Climate Summit 2014 in New York.

    The premier also thanked the US president for his commitment to save the earth from the onslaught of climate change, PM's Media Advisor Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury said.

    Sheikh Hasina came up with the appreciation in a reception accorded by US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at Waldorf Astoria Hotel on Tuesday night.

  • Law enforcers on highest alert

    Security has been beefed up to avoid any untoward situation ahead of Quader Molla’s execution
    Security throughout the country was heightened on Tuesday night ahead of the execution of Jamaat-e-Islami leader and war criminal Abdul Quader Molla.

    Deployment of paramilitary force Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), elite force Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and regular law enforcement were strengthened, sources said.

    They have been asked to remain on highest alert for subversive activities ahead and after the execution of Quader Molla, sources inside home ministry said.

  • Busan Ipark arrive today

    Korean top flight club Busan IPark is scheduled to arrive in Dhaka today at 8:20pm to play an international friendly match against Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on December 27.

    A contingent of 23 members including all 18 players from South Korea will arrive today. However, their only South Korean national player, goalkeeper Lee Bum-young, is not touring along with their two Brazilian recruits.

  • Siblings killed in Comilla road accident

    Two brothers have been killed in a head-on collision between a covered van and a CNG auto-rickshaw in Daudkandi upazila of Comilla.

    The deceased are Abdul Karim, 28, and Abul Kalam, 22, sons of Abdul Mannan of Kushiara village of the upazila.

  • Margin loan against newly listed, category changed stocks lifted

    Bangladesh Securities and Exchange Commission has suspended margin loan facility against newly listed and category changed stocks after nearly three years.

    From now on, no margin loan in first 30 trading days will be allowed against the newly listed and category changed stocks, according to the securities regulator statement issued yesterday.

    The margin loan is the amount of loan provided by brokerage houses and merchant banks to the borrowers against the total value of their shares. Currently, lenders provide margin loan at 50%.

  • UP chairman held for snatching arrestee

    A ruling party leader, who is also the chairman of Karpara union parishad in Ramganj of the district, has been arrested for his involvement in an attempt to snatch away a murder case accused from police custody.

    Mujibul Haque Mujib, president of Karpara union unit Awami League, was arrested on Sunday afternoon.

    Lokman, OC of Ramganj police station, said: “Acting on a tip-off, police raided Karpara area in the afternoon and arrested Saiful Islam Mithu, the prime accused in sensational Juba League leader Saiful murder case.”

  • Public accountability needs mayors to have real authority

    Public accountability needs mayors to have real authority

    Dhaka North’s Mayor Annisul Huq is right to ask for Wasa and Rajuk to hand over control of the capital’s canals to the two city corporations to improve management and reduce water-logging.

    It has long been clear that the city corporations are constrained in taking effective steps to prevent water-logging and improve sewage management because of responsibility being split between Wasa and Rajuk.

    This situation increases the scope for buck-passing and finger-pointing among different authorities. This only exacerbates problems and lengthens delays.

  • Mourinho sacked

    Mourinho sacked

    Chelsea have sacked manager Jose Mourinho seven months after he led them to the Premier League title. The 52-year-old Portuguese had been in his second spell at the club, taking charge in June 2013.

    Chelsea finished eight points clear last season and also won the League Cup, but have endured a terrible start to their defence, losing nine of their 16 league games so far.

    Pep Guardiola, Guus Hiddink, Brendan Rodgers and Juande Ramos have all been touted as possible successors. He leaves with Chelsea just a point off the relegation zone.

  • Sri Lanka president adamant on barring UN war crimes investigators

    Sri Lanka will deny visas to United Nations' investigators probing accusations of war crimes as it strengthens a domestic panel looking into allegations related to its 26-year war, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said on Tuesday.

  • Watchdog slams narcotics department

    Only one officer has been working at the laboratory of the department of narcotics for 20 years. The drug smugglers are really powerful and moneyed men. They easily bribe the officials and manage test report in their favourPolice and other law enforcers yesterday at a parliamentary watchdog meeting alleged that they had so far seized many contraband drugs such as heroin and yaba-making ingredients but after laboratory tests the results came otherwise.

    For instance, a seized consignment of heroin becomes ordinary powder in the test in the laboratory of the Department of Narcotics that came into being in 1990 to prevent increasing misuse of drugs in Bangladesh.

    Thus the drug smugglers escape punishment in court, they said.

  • Mir Quasem appeals against tribunal verdict

    The ICT has handed down death penalty to war criminal Mir Quasem for killing seven peopleWar crimes convict Mir Quasem Ali has appealed to the Supreme Court against a death sentence handed down by the International Crimes Tribunal.

    Mir Quasem's lawyer Shishir Monir filed the petition on Sunday afternoon.

    The defence sought to argue 181 points in its 150-page petition. They also submitted 1,750 pages of documents regarding the case.

    After filling the petition, Shishir Monir briefed reporters on the Supreme Court premises.

    He said: "We hope that we will get justice at the apex court."

  • We want to do something special, says Mehedi

    We want to do something special, says Mehedi

    In the recent past, Bangladesh cricket team provided the country plenty of reasons to be cheerful. A series of wins against several top-ranked nations created a buzz which still exists among the cricket-mad fans.

    Amid this hype, the junior Tigers will start their ICC U-19 World Cup campaign today against holders South Africa U-19 at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury stadium in the port city. Given that Bangladesh will be hosting the tournament for the second time after 2004, the supporters will no doubt be hoping for grand celebrations come the grand finale, scheduled for February 14.

  • TI corruption index gets expected political reaction

    The ruling Awami League outright rejected the report, questioning the very basis on which it was preparedAwami League-led Grand Alliance has reacted on the Transparency International Perception Report 2014.

    The report launched by Transparency International on Wednesday said Bangladesh had performed poorly both in terms of perception and curbing corruption during the last one year.

    The ruling Awami League outright rejected the report, questioning the very basis on which it was prepared.

    The TI said in its report that the CPI, which measures perceived levels of public sector corruption worldwide, is based on expert opinion from around the world. 

  • Jamaat’s Subhan awaits verdict in war crimes case

    Subhan was also accused by a special tribunal in 1972The International Crimes Tribunal 2 has completed the recording of closing arguments in the war crimes case against Jamaat-e-Islami Nayeb-e-Ameer Maulana Abdus Subhan, and will deliver the verdict any day.

    The three-member tribunal, led by Justice Obaidul Hassan with members Justice Md Mozibur Rahman Miah and Justice Md Shahinur Islam, gave the order yesterday.

    The other tribunal on Wednesday kept the war crimes case of Jatiya Party's former lawmaker M Abdul Jabbar awaiting verdict.

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