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Bombs, raw materials seized from Shibir controlled dorms

Chittagong College

Bombs, raw materials seized from Shibir controlled dorms

Police recovered six crude bombs, 16 machetes, five kilogrammes of gun powder, a huge amount of bomb making materials and projectiles from two Shibir dominated dormitories at Chittagong College in the city yesterday. On information from Bangladesh Chhatra League that four of its activists of the college unit had been confined to Suhrawardy and...

Rise in Violence against Women

Rights activists, academics blame impunity

Incidents of violence against women are rising in the country as the perpetrators are able to commit the crimes with impunity, claimed women rights activists and academics yesterday. They said existing laws protecting women's rights are not implemented properly by the authorities. They made the remarks at a discussion on “Domestic Violence: Not Personal Rather Political” organised by Bangladesh Mahila Parishad and the Department of Women and Gender Studies of Dhaka University on the campus. The discussion was part of a two...

Admission to Govt High Schools

Customary jitters rattle ambitious parents

Nerves are jittery while most are breaking into a cold sweat with the advent of the admission season as ambitious parents begin preparing their offspring, hoping to get them enrolled at renowned state-run high schools, some of which also offer primary education. For the first time, admission forms will be available online, where it can also be submitted, from December 2 to 12 with the price increased to Tk 150, a hike of Tk 50. Of the country's 325 government high...

People aged 60, above senior citizens

In line with the UN policy, President Abdul Hamid yesterday declared the country's people aged 60 years or above as senior citizens. The president was addressing a programme organised by Social Welfare Ministry at the city's Osmani Memorial Auditorium. On November 17, 2013, the cabinet approved the National Policy on Older Persons recognising the elderly people as senior citizens. “We've to keep in mind that a nation can move forward with the joint efforts of young and old people. Here, the young...

Rights of Marginalised Groups

Proper implementation of laws needed

Proper implementation of laws needed

Proper implementation of laws and policies passed to protect the rights of marginalised groups, including women, children, and religious and ethnic minorities, is necessary to ensure dignified life of citizens, said speakers at a discussion yesterday. The roundtable titled “Surokkhito Manobadhikar Somriddho Jibon” was organised by National Human Rights Commission at The Daily Star...

CMC Student Union Poll

BCL panel wins uncontested amid boycott by others

The panel of Bangladesh Chhatra League yesterday won all 20 posts in the uncontested election to Chittagong Medical College Central Students' Union. No other student body took part in the vote, said Prof Maswood Ahmed, the election commissioner. Mahidur Rahman, a fifth-year student, was elected vice president and Nabid Anjum Tanvir, a fourth-year student, general secretary. Nurul Islam, president of Islami Chhatra Shibir at CMC, said there was “no atmosphere” for holding a “free” and “fair” election. Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal was ousted from...

Indictment hearing against 51 Destiny men Jan 15

A Dhaka court yesterday fixed January 15 for hearing on charge framing against Managing Director of Destiny Group Rafiqul Amin, President Lt Gen (retd) Harun-Ar-Rashid and 49 others in two money laundering cases involving around Tk 4,200 crore. On October 13, the government published a gazette asking 46 out of 51 of the company's staff, including Rafiqul's wife Farah Diba, to appear before the court. Earlier, police failed to arrest any of the 46 fugitive staff even though the court asked...

Question Paper Leak

Govt may shut down Facebook during exams

In the wake of widespread allegations of question paper leakage in public examinations, the government has announced taking stronger measures to tackle the issue, including making Facebook inaccessible during the tests, if necessary. Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid made the announcement at an inter-ministerial meeting with law enforcers regarding the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) exams of 2015.     “Check the necessary laws, if needed Facebook will be made inaccessible,” he told the officials present at the meeting. The ministry yesterday formed a 25-member...

Subhan’s War Crimes Trial

His counsel may face contempt charge

The International Crimes Tribunal-2 yesterday came down heavily on a defence counsel of Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdus Subhan for commenting that the constitution contradicts the law on the issue of justice when it comes to the war crimes trial. Describing the lawyer's comment as "contemptuous", the three-member tribunal warned him of legal action. The counsel Mizanul Islam immediately withdrew his remarks. Placing the closing arguments, Mizanul said, “I have completed my arguments. Before drawing a conclusion, I want to say law tells...

BNP lost confidence in apex court

BNP yesterday termed Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's regime the "worst-ever autocracy' in the world and said the party had lost faith in the Supreme Court because it turned down Khaleda Zia's leave to appeal petitions challenging her "false trials" in graft cases. “We went to the Supreme Court... But the court rejected our pleas. We aren't frustrated; we're aggrieved and our confidence in the apex court has been shattered,” said BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. He was addressing...

Ru Teacher Killing

Cops quizzing four about personal feud

Police yesterday started interrogating four accused people to get further information on the personal feud, which the law enforcers claim led to the murder of Rajshahi University professor AKM Shafiul Islam. “We've gathered some evidences against them. We will see whether they confess or not," said Assistant Commissioner Ifte Khair Alam, spokesperson of Rajshahi Metropolitan Police. "We also need to know how the personal feud of one accused forced others to get involved.” A judicial magistrate's court in Rajshahi yesterday remanded...

UK transit rules changed

Several changes have been made to UK transit rules, including reducing the direct airside transit visa fee to £30 and extending its routine validity to two years, to make the transit simpler and easier, said a British High Commission's press release yesterday. The changes, which will be effective from Monday, also include dropping the en-route requirements for Bangladeshi holders of Australian, Canadian, New Zealand and US visas and thereby enabling them to transit airside via the UK to anywhere in...

Rab creates database of convicted, detained

To tackle crimes using technology, Rapid Action Battalion has developed a computerised database of 22,000 convicted criminals and 18,000 detained persons. Using the database under a network, Rab personnel across the country can know about150 types of information of a rearrested person, including name, address, photo, occupation and past crime records and fingerprint, within seconds, said Rab officials. State Minister for Home Asaduzzaman Khan disclosed the system at a ceremony at the Rab headquarters in the capital's Uttara yesterday. He said...

Try 'killer' Ershad

Calls out Dr Milon's mother on his death anniversary, saying his soul will not forgive those awarding and reaching a compromise with the former military dictator Selina Akhter, mother of Dr Shamsul Alam Khan Milon who was gunned down in 1990 by the armed cadres widely believed to be of the then military dictator HM Ershad, at a commemoration yesterday termed the latter a “killer” and demanded that he be tried.  “The principles that Dr Milon sacrificed his life for have...

News in Brief

Writ petition filed for declaring Latif's JS seat vacant Staff Correspondent A Supreme Court lawyer yesterday filed a writ petition seeking a High Court order on the government and chief election commissioner (CEC) to explain why they should not be directed to declare Abdul Latif Siddique's Jatiya Sangsad seat vacant. Eunus Ali Akond also prayed for a rule upon the government and the CEC to explain why their inaction in this regard should not be declared illegal. The court is likely to hear...

Obituary

Journalist Shafikul Islam Shibli of Gopalpur village in Pabna died due to Kidney disease in the capital on Wednesday. He was 60, and was buried at Arifpur graveyard yesterday. Former vice-president of Pabna Press Club Shafikul was the publisher and editor of Weekly Arshey.