• Tuesday, September 02, 2014

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Memorial for Tareque, Mishuk unveiled at DU

Memorial for Tareque, Mishuk unveiled at DU

The wrecked body of the microbus with registration no Dhaka Cha 13-0302 lay under the shades of trees on a traffic island on the Dhaka University campus, near Shamsunnahar hall. Painted white, it freezes the moment when the country lost two of its gifted sons--Tareque Masud and Mishuk Munier, in the afternoon of August...

BNP's Founding Anniversary Discussion

Khaleda a no-show

Khaleda a no-show

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday did not attend the party's 36th anniversary discussion in the capital though she was supposed to do so. It was the second time in less than two weeks she skipped a scheduled programme. On August 19, she did not show up at the 20-party alliance's rally at the capital's...

Demand for Reopening CU Dorms

'Shibir men' bomb rail stations

Islami Chhatra Shibir activists of Chittagong University allegedly exploded at least eight crude bombs at two railway stations between the port city and the institution yesterday, demanding reopening of two dormitories, which are reportedly dominated by the student body. None was reported hurt in the blasts at Sholoshohor and Chowdhury Hat stations, but there was panic among commuters and a disruption in the movement of the shuttle trains. In the morning, some activists tried to intercept a CU-bound shuttle train at...

Barisal city Jamaat leadership sued for sedition

A sedition case was filed against 22 Jamaat-e-Islami men of Barisal city unit, including its top leadership, on Sunday, 17 days after police arrested them for allegedly planning destructive activities in the National Mourning Day programmes in the city. The sued include Jamaat city Amir Moazzem Hossain Helal, Nayebe Amir Bazlur Rahman, and Secretary Jahiruddin Md Babar. The rest are activists. The home ministry has ordered filing of the sedition case.  In the case lodged with Barisal Kotwal Police Station by Officer-in-Charge...

Non-Compliance with Court Order

HC summons DMP boss, 2 other cops

The High Court yesterday summoned Dhaka metropolitan police commissioner and two other police officers to it on September 10 for not complying with its order of deploying police force during construction works of the boundary wall of Azimpur graveyard. The HC also asked the DMP commissioner, its deputy commissioner (south) and officer-in-charge of Lalbagh Police Station to explain about the non-compliance. In response to a contempt of court petition, the HC bench of Justice Farah Mahbub and Justice Kazi Md Ejarul...

No action yet against BCL attackers of Samajtantrik Chhatra Front chief at BAU

Left-leaning student bodies of Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) yesterday announced further demonstrations demanding punishment for attackers of Samajtantrik Chhatra Front, BAU unit president Ashraf Milton, as the authorities have not taken any step in this regard even though about a week has passed.   Meanwhile, a Sylhet court sent a former joint convener of the city unit of Bangladesh Chhatra League to jail in connection with extortion. On the BAU campus, the students under the banner “Progotishil Chhatra Jot” brought out a...

Reappointment Feud

Pro-AL PPs lock offices in Rajshahi

Some pro-Awami League public prosecutors yesterday kept three offices of public and general prosecutors in Rajshahi shut for five hours following internal dispute over fresh appointment of prosecutors. Around 15 lawyers locked the offices of general and public prosecutors for Rajshahi metropolitan courts around 9:30am, said Sub-Inspector of Rajpara Police Station Shamimuddin Khan.   The opened the offices around 2:30pm at the request of AHM Khairuzzaman Liton, former mayor and general secretary of AL, city unit, he added. According to senior lawyers, the...

UK Visas

New Delhi office to assess applications from Oct 1

The British High Commission will close down its visa and immigration related decision making centre in Dhaka and UK visa applications submitted in Bangladesh will be assessed at its visa section in New Delhi from October 1. “Passports will remain in Bangladesh and decisions will continue to be made by British Crown Servants,” said a press release of the high commission in Dhaka yesterday. It said the United Kingdom Visas and Immigration, as part of its global strategy, is reducing the...

Faruqi Murder

Another suspect being quizzed

Detective police started quizzing another suspect in Sheikh Nurul Islam Faruqi murder case yesterday taking him on a two-day remand. The suspect, Yousuf from Chouddhagram in Comilla, held on Saturday night was shown arrested in the murder case. The court has sent him on the two-day remand. Police have been grilling two others Mahmuda Khatun and Shariful Islam who were also shown arrested in the case. Ashiqur Rahman, additional deputy commissioner of detective branch (West) of police told The Daily Star that...

Bid to Stop Human Trafficking

Cabinet okays signing of MoU with India

The cabinet yesterday approved a proposal on signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with India to prevent human trafficking and rescue, repatriate and rehabilitate such victims of both countries. The MoU is likely to be inked between the two countries during the Indian home secretary's three-day visit to Dhaka that begins today, cabinet secretary M Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan told reporters after its meeting at Bangladesh Secretariat. He said under the MoU, the two countries would take legal actions against the traffickers...

Spirit of Liberation War

Not property of one party: Dr Kamal

The spirit of the Liberation War should not be interpreted in a way which makes it seem property of one particular party, said eminent jurist Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday.   Stressing that the Liberation War is an achievement and treasure of the entire nation, he urged political parties to refrain from engaging in politics using the war. Dr Kamal was addressing a discussion observing the 96th birth anniversary of General Osmani, the commander-in-chief of the Bangladesh Armed Forces during the Liberation War. Osmani...

Attack on Ukhia Buddhist Temples

Accused upazila parishad leaders suspended

The LGRD ministry yesterday suspended Ukhia Upazila Chairman Sarwar Jahan Chowdhury and Vice-Chairman Sultan Mahmud Chowdhury as charge sheet was filed against them for attacking three Buddhist temples in the upazila. The ministry in a letter informed the decision. On September 30, 2012, Islamist fanatics vandalised and torched a total of five Buddhist temples in Ukhia of Cox's Bazar. The zealots also torched two more Buddhist temples and ransacked two Hindu temples in Ukhia. The previews day, they also looted 50 dwellings...

Five RU staff suspended for recruitment scam

The Rajshahi University authorities have suspended five of its employees for taking bribes in the name of giving jobs in the university office. The suspended employees are Sankar Chandra Saha, senior assistant at examination controller office; Khalid Hossain Sardar, a clerk at Ziaur Rahman Hall, and Sikandar Ali, peon of computer science and engineering department, Habibur Rahman and Abbas Ali, peon at Mathematics and Physics department respectively. Of them, Habibur took Tk 29 lakh from different job seekers between 2009 and...

Prosecution failed to prove Azhar's command

The defence yesterday claimed that the prosecution could not provide "sufficient evidence" to prove the command responsibility of Jamaat-e-Islami leader ATM Azharul Islam in committing crimes against humanity and genocide during the liberation war in 1971. Placing the closing arguments at the International Crimes Tribunal-1 for the second day, defence counsel Shishir Manir said his client did not hold a position of command during the war. Showing some judgements against command responsibility, he said the prosecution had failed to bring up...

ACC to sue two former Teletalk officials

The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday decided to file a case against two former officials of state-owned telecommunication company Teletalk for their alleged misappropriation of Tk 9.75 crore. According to the anti-graft body, SM Tarique Rahman, former assistant manager (Systems Operation) and Sabibul Rahman Shiblu, former assistant manager (Market Development) together misappropriated the money manipulating the billing system from October 2010 to June 2011.      Later, they deposited the money in their bank accounts, purchased lands and flats, and invested in the...

13 illegal passport brokers jailed

A mobile court backed by Rab arrested 13 illegal passport brokers near the passport office in the capital and gave them three-month jail term each yesterday. They are Alamgir, Mintu, Mahbub Alam, Nazrul Islam, Tipu Munshi, Azam Mandol, Saddam Sardar, Alamgir, Din Islam, Abdur Rahim, Nur Jahan, Nasima and Rozina. Despite warnings from the authority, they had been taking money from people promising them to earn passport in the shortest time without police verification, Rab officials said. Around 40 to 45 such...

Smuggled gold recovered in capital

Customs and Railway police officials in separate drives arrested one person and recovered a total of 5.75kgs of gold, worth around TK 2.85, crore in the capital's Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport and Kamalapur Railway Station yesterday. Customs officials said they recovered 4.5kgs of gold rods hidden inside the handle of an abandoned trolley bag at a green channel while the officials were checking luggage of passengers of a Fly Dubai flight. Meanwhile, Dhaka Railway police detained Sujan alias Babar after recovering...

News in Brief

Member of outlawed party arrested Our Correspondent, Khulna Police arrested a member of an outlawed party, Janajudhaya, with three arms and 22 bullets from Sholua Bazar area of Khulna city on Sunday. Tipped-off, police intercepted a motorcycle and arrested Tusher Sarkar, 35, of Jessore, after recovering the arms from his bag. However his co-rider managed to flee. A case was filed in this connection. Tushar was sent to jail yesterday. Sust teachers demand probe into attack on colleague Staff Correspondent, Sylhet The teachers of Shahjalal University...