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Nearly 15 lakh examinees in agonising wait

Nearly 15 lakh examinees in agonising wait

Nerves of around 15 lakh students are on edge, as it is still uncertain whether the Secondary School Certificate and equivalent examinations will begin tomorrow. Even a day after the BNP-led alliance called a 72-hour countrywide hartal from this morning, the authorities didn't make clear whether the exams would be held amid hartal and...

Ongoing Arson-violence Culprits

Caught red-handed were Shibir men

In two more incidents in Rajshahi and Chittagong yesterday, three activists of Islami Chhatra Shibir, the student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami, were caught red-handed while they were fleeing after hurling crude bombs at police. In the last 10 ten days, at least 16 Shibir men were caught by law enforcers and common people before or after they carried out bomb or arson attacks on police or public transports. A few of them were arrested from their dens with large haul of...

18 female BNP activists detained

Police last night detained at least 18 female leaders and activists of the BNP in front of the party chief Khaleda Zia's Gulshan office in the capital. Over 100 policemen, including female cops, were deployed in different phases in an apparent bid to tighten security of the BNP chief's office. The law enforcers beefed up vigilance around Khaleda's office from 6:40pm. Khaleda has been staying at the office since January 5. The 18 BNP female leaders and activists were detained in...

Woman born with no womb gives birth to twins

Woman born with no womb gives birth to twins

A woman born with no reproductive organs who was told she could never have children has given birth to twin girls. Doctors used hormone therapy to grow a womb, ovaries, and fallopian tubes inside Hayley Haynes, who is from North London. Ms Haynes, who is now 28, discovered her condition at age 19 after consulting...

Amar Ekushey

The book fair begins

The book fair begins

The much-awaited month-long book fair “Amar Ekushey Granthamela-2015” begins on the Bangla Academy premises and extending into the Suhrawardy Udyan in the capital today. The fair, along with an International Literary Conference celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Bangla Academy, will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at 3:00pm. Later, she will hand over...

Declared dead, newborn stirs to life after three hours

In yet another incident of utter negligence, Dhaka Medical College Hospital doctors declared a newborn dead yesterday but the infant was found alive moments before its burial. The baby boy was later readmitted to the hospital and kept on assisted ventilation as of 1:00am today. On December 4 last year, the DMCH doctors declared a female patient dead. However, she stirred to life on the way to the morgue three hours later. The woman, about 45, whose identity could not be...

Int'l tender floated for metro rail cars

The government yesterday floated an international tender to purchase 144 carriages for the country's first-ever metro rail. “We have floated the tender as manufacturing and supplying rail carriages is time consuming,” said Mofazzel Hossain, project director of the Tk 21,000 crore metro rail project. Prospective bidders would first be selected and one of them would be chosen following scrutiny of its technical and financial proposals for the job worth an estimated Tk 2,750 crore. Tenders for the other components of the project,...

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Exercise caution

National Human Rights Commission Chairman Mizanur Rahman yesterday said the law enforcers should be careful while using force to tackle the ongoing blockade violence, and they should make sure that human rights are not violated. “We think sometimes force should be used to protect people's rights and ensure their security. At the same time, the National Human Rights Commission is urging the law enforcers to exercise caution .... You have to apply force within the ambit of the law,” he...

'CIA, Israel scheme saw Hezbollah leader killed'

The CIA and Israel's spy agency Mossad were behind an elaborate plot to kill Hezbollah commander Imad Mughniyeh in a 2008 car bomb attack in Syria, the Washington Post reported on Friday. Citing former intelligence officials, the newspaper reported that US and Israeli spy agencies worked together to target Mughniyeh on February 12, 2008, as he left a restaurant in the Syrian capital Damascus. He was killed instantly by a car bomb planted in a spare tire on the back of...

1979 New York child murder trial gets under way

A mentally unstable man accused of killing a six-year-old boy in one of America's most famous missing child cases went on trial Friday, 36 years after the crime. Pedro Hernandez, 53, is accused of luring Etan Patz into the basement of a New York grocery store, before killing Patz and dumping his body out with the trash on May 25, 1979. Prosecutor Joan Illuzzi-Orbon painted a picture of a happy, innocent little boy who met a sudden, violent death, calling it...

Third charged in US over Gambia coup

US prosecutors charged a third man Friday for conspiring to overthrow the Gambian government last month in a failed coup ostensibly aimed at restoring democracy to the small west African nation. Dual US-Gambian citizen Alagie Barrow, 41, was charged for seeking to overthrow Gambian President Yahya Jammeh on December 30 with fellow dual national Papa Faal and US resident Cherno Njie, whom they planned to then have serve as interim leader. The trio had traveled to Banjul to take part in...

Opponent reveals Putin's daughter's secret identity

One of Vladimir Putin's main opponents may have broken a taboo by publishing what he claims is the pseudonym used by one of the Russian President's daughters. Mr Putin has made his and his family's private life little less than a state secret, keeping his rarely photographed daughters Yekaterina, 28, and Maria, 29, out of sight. But opposition blogger Alexei Navalny published on his Facebook page an online report which identified a certain Katerina Vladimirovna Tikhonova as the head of...

A quarter of the world's marine species in danger of extinction

The world's ocean species are up to nine times more likely to become extinct than previously thought, according to new research. The alarming study by the University of Sheffield, said to be the most thorough analysis of marine conservation data yet, comes as campaigners accused the Government of “watering down” plans to protect England's marine life. Researchers found that up to a quarter of the planet's well-known marine species, from the Mediterranean monk seal to the Pondicherry shark, are in danger...

Qaeda in Yemen says France top enemy

The ideological leader of Yemen-based al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) said Friday that France had surpassed the United States as the top enemy of Islam. With the "weakening" of the United States in recent years, France has replaced America in the "war on Islam," Ibrahim al-Rubaish said in an audio message published by AQAP's media arm on YouTube. US intelligence agencies consider AQAP to be the most dangerous branch of the jihadist network. One of the group's ideologues, Nasser bin Ali...

Michael Jackson's mother loses appeal against US promoter

The concert promoter AEG was in no way responsible for Michael Jackson's death, a California court ruled Friday as it rejected an appeal brought by the singer's mother. Katherine Jackson had initially sued AEG for negligence in 2013, principally for having hired Conrad Murray, the doctor who looked after the pop star as he prepared for his "This Is It" series of comeback shows that were to have been held in London. Katherine Jackson had contended that AEG was liable for...