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Biman to team up with foreign companies

The management of Biman Bangladesh Airlines has finally taken an effective move to modernise ground-handling services at Shahjalal International Airport by teaming up with an international company. “Biman is preparing a request for proposal [RFP] to invite international companies to team up with it for modernisation of the ground-handling services,” said a top official at the civil aviation ministry. The RFP would soon be published in newspapers and the Biman website, said the official asking not to be named. The move comes...

Prices of essentials kept in control

Prices of most of the essential commodities usually in high demand ahead of Eid remained stable thanks to adequate supply. Previously, a section of retailers used to make excessive profit every year when the festival neared, selling such items at much higher prices due to lax government monitoring.   However, the scenario is a bit different this year. Prices of chicken, beef and mutton have registered a rise at the city kitchen markets yesterday, putting an extra pressure on the middle- and low-income...

No survivors in Air Algerie crash

No survivors in Air Algerie crash

France yesterday announced there were no survivors among the 116 people on board the Air Algerie flight that crashed over Mali, saying bad weather was the likely cause of the disaster. "Sadly, there are no survivors," President Francois Hollande said on television, a day after flight AH017, carrying 51 French nationals, went down shortly...

Stone Extraction

Labourer killed in firing

A day labourer employed by some illegal stone extractors was shot dead by the members of Railway Nirapotta Bahini (RNB) at Bholaganj Ropeway site in Sylhet's Companiganj upazila early yesterday. Johur Ahmed, 40, a resident of Biswambharpur upazila in Sunamganj, was one of about a hundred workers, who had been collecting stones illegally at the site violating Section 144, said Nur E Alam Mina, Superintendent of Police of Sylhet. The railway security men initially fired 13 blank shots to disperse...

DIG 'tried to save accused'

A deputy inspector general of police tried to influence cops at Dhanmondi Police Station to save murder accused Inzamamul Haq Jisan, complained Shahidul Haq, whose son was slain in the capital last month. He was speaking at a press conference at the media centre of Dhaka Metropolitan Police on Minto Road in the capital yesterday. Shahidul claimed DIG Mosharraf Hossain Bhuiyan of Special Branch of police tried to have Jisan's name dropped from the murder case of his son Ayaz Haq. “A...

Baby Moudud passes away

Baby Moudud passes away

Eminent journalist and former Awami League lawmaker AN Mahfuza Khatun Baby Moudud died at a city hospital yesterday afternoon. She was 66. She had been suffering from cancer. She left behind two sons and a host of admirers to mourn her death. She was laid to rest late last night in the grave of her husband Mohammad Hasan Ali in the capital's Banani graveyard after two namaz-e-janazas, one at Eidgah Mosque of Dhanmondi and one at the Jatiya Press Club after Esha prayers, said family sources. Born in Kolkata in 1948, Baby Moudud completed her master's degree in Bangla at Dhaka University in 1971. She started her career as a journalist in 1967...

Nepal to host Saarc Summit Nov 26-27

Nepal is likely to host the 18th Summit of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) on November 26-27, after a two-year gap. Sources in Dhaka and Kathmandu yesterday told The Daily Star that the Nepalese cabinet would make the announcement after receiving approval from other members. The venue of the summit is City Hall, Pradarshani Marga, in Kathmandu. Diplomatic sources say that the summit would be highly meaningful with the change of government in India. Indian new premier Narendra Modi...

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4 Hindu houses vandalised in Fatikchhari

4 Hindu houses vandalised in Fatikchhari

Fear in his eyes, 70-year-old Satyaranjan Dev was sitting on a cot with six women and kids of his family at Fatikchhari Police Station. He trembled as he recalled the mob attack on his tin-shed semi-pucca house early yesterday. Around 3:00am, hundreds of stick-wielding people, mostly youths, stormed his house at Brindabanpara village in kanchannagar...

Jubo League leader killed over extortion

Locals hacked a Jubo League leader to death and injured a Swechchhasebok League leader at Choklokman in Bogra district town on Thursday night when they were allegedly extorting money from a family.   The dead, Golam Hafiz Likhon, 40, was vice-president of Bogra town unit Jubo League. The injured is Swechchhsebok League district unit member Ataur Rahman Milu, 35, also brother-in-law of Likhon. Locals alleged that Likhon and Ataur used to run criminal activities in the area and they were extorting money...

Fakhrul slates PM's rejection of dialogue

BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has criticised Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for ruling out the possibility of a dialogue with the BNP. "The remarks mean that they [Awami League] want to keep the BNP outside of the electoral process and plan to bring back the one party government using different strategies," said Fakhrul at an iftar party in the capital. During her recent visit to London, Sheikh Hasina, in an interview with BBC Bangla Service, rejected the possibility...

S Africa to host 2016 AIDS conference

South Africa's port city of Durban will host the 21st International AIDS Conference in 2016, marking the forum's return to Africa after 16 years, organisers said yesterday. Gathering scientists, policymakers and grassroots workers, the biennial conference is the biggest single get-together on the global HIV/AIDS pandemic. The 20th conference in Melbourne drew around 20,000 people, of whom 13,600 were delegates and the rest were members of the public who attended an outreach event called the Global Village, the International AIDS Society...

'Mass grave' uncovered in Ukraine ex-rebel stronghold

Local authorities say they have uncovered the first mass grave in the former separatist bastion of Slavyansk in eastern Ukraine, containing the bodies of at least four civilians they say were executed by pro-Russian rebels. "We know there are others in the town but we don't know where. This is the first one we're excavating," said Anton Gerashchenko, a Ukrainian interior ministry adviser who presided at a brief ceremony Thursday for townspeople. "In this mass grave are the bodies of four...

Two soldiers, two policemen die in Pakistan attacks

A bomb killed at least two Pakistani soldiers in the country's northwestern tribal district where the army is carrying out a major offensive against Taliban militants, officials said. The incident occurred on Thursday evening near the border with Afghanistan just northwest of Miranshah -- the main town of North Waziristan tribal region -- a statement from the military said. "Two soldiers embraced shahadat (martyrdom) Thursday evening in an improvised explosive device blast in the Ghulam Khan area," the statement said, issued...