• Friday, October 24, 2014

Backpage

Shooter was on terror watch list

Canada Parliament Attack

Shooter was on terror watch list

Canada's prime minister vowed the country would "not be intimidated" after a reported Muslim convert stormed parliament and killed a soldier, the nation's second 'terrorist' attack in days. The gunman, whose name was on a terror watch list, attempted to force his way into Canada's parliament Wednesday before the assembly's sergeant-at-arms shot him dead. The...

Exploited, abused

Migrant domestic workers from Bangladesh and many other Asian and African countries are "beaten, exploited, and trapped in forced labour situations" in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), said a report of Human Rights Watch yesterday. "Labour-sending countries also do not fully protect the workers against deceptive recruitment practices or provide adequate assistance to abused nationals abroad," it states. The 79-page report titled “'I Already Bought You': Abuse and Exploitation of Female Migrant Domestic Workers in the United Arab Emirates” documents how...

Recover grabbed railway land

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday directed the railway ministry to recover the illegally occupied land of Bangladesh Railway for expanding railway network and its services all over the country. To reduce pressure on the capital, she also instructed the ministry to introduce commuter train service between the capital and the adjoining districts so that people can come to the city in a couple of hours and go back after finishing their works or offices. "Carry out drives regularly to reclaim the...

NBR commissioner suspended over graft charges

The government has suspended M Hafizur Rahman, a commissioner of the National Board of Revenue, yesterday on corruption charges, a senior official said. The decision was taken after a preliminary probe into the allegations against him found proof of his involvement in corruption, the official from the Internal Resources Division said. Rahman was serving as commissioner of the Customs Bond Commissionerate Dhaka before going abroad on study leave. His leave period has expired but Rahman is yet to join office, which was...

Number of Ebola cases nears 10,000: WHO

The number of people with Ebola is set to hit 10,000 in West Africa, the World Health Organisation said, as the scramble to find a cure gathered pace. The UN's public health body said 9,936 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone -- the three countries at the epicentre of the world's worst-ever Ebola epidemic -- have contracted the disease. In total, 4,877 people have so far died. With experts warning the rate of infections could reach 10,000 a week by...

3 policemen sued for extortion

Three policemen were sued yesterday for allegedly extorting Tk 3.5 lakh from a businessman at Bangshal in the capital. The accused are sub-inspector Mohammad Murshed and two constables, Mohammad Moazzem and Pradip of Bangshal Police Station. Mohammad Makbul Hossain, owner of Quality Accessories Ltd, a local factory, filed the case with the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court of Dhaka. Metropolitan Magistrate Md Mostafizur Rahman yesterday took cognisance of the charges and directed Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to submit a probe report to the...

SI Anwar's Bid to Brand Alam A Criminal

Misleading facts in case statement

Sub-Inspector Anwar Hossain, arrested over shooting car driver Shah Alam, has provided misleading information in the case he filed against the victim. Anwar was arrested after Alam's brother Golam Mostafa filed a case with Sher-e-Bangla Nagar police on Wednesday afternoon. He was placed on a two-day remand following a Dhaka court order yesterday. Alam, shot in both legs and shown arrested in an arms case, is now undergoing treatment at National Institute of Traumatology & Orthopaedic Rehabilitation (Nitor). The High Court yesterday...

Govt may extend hilsa catching ban

The government may extend the duration of the ban on catching and trading of mother hilsa during its peak breeding season. Incidents of egg-carrying hilsa getting caught in various parts of the country even after the ban call for extending the duration of the ban, said Fisheries and Livestock Minister Muhammed Sayedul Hoque. The minister made the observations at a seminar organised for reviewing the success of the 11-day ban on catching, selling and transporting hilsa across the country from October...

The real-life Noah's Ark

The real-life Noah's Ark

Constructed from the metal hulls of old barges and held together by Scandinavian pine, this 23-metre high, 30-metre wide and 135-metre long real-life Noah's Ark stands four-storeys tall, is as long as a football field and even comes with its own animals. Dutch contractor Johan Huibers -- who took three years to build the...

End impunity of influentials

End impunity of influentials

The High Court yesterday directed the government to ensure the enforcement of traffic rules so that vehicles of influential people do not get to take the wrong side of streets with impunity. The suo moto rule came on the very day The Daily Star published a report headlined “Influentials on the wrong side” with...

Yet another arrest order for Latif

Another arrest warrant for former minister Abdul Latif Siddique was issued yesterday by a Chittagong court in four cases filed for hurting Muslims' religious sentiments. Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) Moshiur Rahman Chowdhury passed the order as Latif did not appear before the court yesterday as per its previous order, said Additional Public Prosecutor advocate Abid Hossain. On October 1, advocates Abdus Sattar, Iftekhar Mohsin and Kawsar Parvin lodged three cases against Latif with the CMM court separately, while lawyer Abdul Kaiyum...

Russia detains four over Total boss plane crash

Russia has detained four Moscow airport employees over a crash which killed the head of French oil giant Total when his jet hit a snowplough, investigators said Thursday. The authorities at Vnukovo airport where the accident occurred also announced the resignations of its general director and his deputy after the management was accused of "criminal negligence" by investigators. Total chief executive Christophe de Margerie was killed along with the plane's three-member crew in Monday's late night crash. The detained snowplough driver, who...

Rwandan lawmakers demand BBC ban over 'genocide denial'

Rwandan lawmakers have called for the BBC to be banned from broadcasting in the country after it aired a controversial documentary on the country's leadership and the genocide of 1994, reports said yesterday. "Rwanda's Untold Story", broadcast this month, highlighted growing criticism of President Paul Kagame and revived allegations that his Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF) -- then a rebel group, now the ruling political party -- was behind the shooting down of a plane that triggered the genocide. Furious lawmakers in...

Four Saudi women jailed for preparing sons to wage jihad

Four women in Saudi Arabia have been jailed for preparing their sons to wage war and for supporting al-Qaeda, official media said, in the kingdom's latest "terrorist" convictions. They were sentenced to between six and 10 years in prison, the Saudi Press Agency reported late Wednesday following the verdicts. It said a court convicted the women on charges including "preparing some of their sons to fight in conflict areas believing that it is required by Islam". They were also found guilty of...

Islamist head says 'Tunisia model' way to defeat ISIS

Tunisia's transition to democracy serves as an example of how to defeat extremists such as the so called Islamic State jihadist group, the leader of the country's powerful Islamist movement said. "The success of the Tunisian experience is in the international interest, especially in the fight against extremism and the fight against Islamic State and similar groups," Ennahda head Rached Ghannouchi said in an interview with AFP in the runup to the country's first parliamentary election on Sunday since its...