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4 of a family die in road crash in Munshiganj

4 of a family die in road crash in Munshiganj

Countrywide road accidents killed 12 people, including four of a family, and injured 29 others yesterday and Tuesday. Our Munshiganj correspondent reports, four of a family died when a truck rammed into a CNG-run auto-rickshaw on Dhaka-Chittagong highway in Jamaldi Bus Stand area of Gazaria upazila yesterday. The dead were Kazali Akter, 45, her daughter...

Indo-Bangla Water Feud

Dhaka ready to look for alternatives if talks fail

If the trans-boundary water sharing issue is not resolved through negotiations, the government would look at other options similar to what it did to resolve the maritime boundary dispute with India, said Water Resources Minister Barrister Anisul Islam Mahmud. The minister made the comment at a discussion titled "The free flow of rivers: People's perspectives" in Bangladesh Shishu Academy of the capital yesterday, which he attended as chief guest.    “Bangladesh did not hesitate to take India to the international court...

Now Ershad showers Hasina with praises

Contradicting his own claim just six days ago when he stated that there was no democracy in Bangladesh and the country was witnessing a one party democracy, former military dictator HM Ershad yesterday said it was for the “skilled, determined, courageous and honest leader of the state”, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, that the world was coming to know of Bangladesh's democracy. “It was for Bangabandhu that the world came to know about Bangladesh,” the Jatiya Party chairman said in a...

Government development policies serving MNCs

Environment and development activists yesterday alleged that the government was protecting multinational companies' (MNC) interest through anti-public policies and the reluctance to protect public interest was encouraging MNCs and some controversial economic bodies to act as “players” in determining the country's economic interests. Although the government should promote agriculture-based development, it is ignoring the country's largest sector in terms of the part played in economic growth and creating employment, and putting importance on unplanned industrialisation which is leading to farmers...

Concealing Wealth Info

ACC split over suing AL lawmaker Enamul

The Anti-Corruption Commission is split over the decision whether to sue Awami League lawmaker Enamul Haque for concealing information on wealth worth Tk 213 crore. Of the two ACC commissioners -- Nasiruddin Ahmed gave the affirmative nod to sue Enamul, while Mohammad Shahabuddin said the probe report that recommended suing the lawmaker was faulty. "I think the probe report was a faulty one, so I recommended raising the issue in the next commission meeting scheduled to be held on Monday," he...

Tuesday's Violence in Sylhet

No case filed, detainees released

No case has been filed against any of the parties involved in Tuesday's clash in Mendibag intersection in Sylhet city. However, Sylhet police lodged a general diary with Kotwali Police Station. Besides, the 18 people arrested have been released after Shahjalal City College authorities and transport workers reached an agreement at a meeting. On Tuesday, students of Shahjalal City College and transport workers clashed leaving at least 40 people injured. According to eyewitnesses, an altercation between two rival factions of students broke out...

Reaching MDGs

People with disabilities must also prosper

Without ensuring development of the physically and mentally challenged people, it would not be possible to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), said speakers at a discussion yesterday. They were addressing a national conference titled “Disability-Inclusive Graduation of the Extreme Poor in Bangladesh”.       Citing Household Income and Expenditure Survey 2010, they said 9.1 percent of the total population of Bangladesh have different disabilities, and therefore without their development, the state cannot be free of poverty. The conference was organised by Handicap International...

Detective impersonators abduct businessman

Impersonating detective police, abductors picked up a travel agency owner in broad daylight from his Bijoynagar office in the capital yesterday. Police could not rescue Abdullah Al Mamun, 32, till 12:30am today. His brother Emdadul Haque filed a case with Paltan Police Station last night, Sub-inspector Matiar Rahman told The Daily Star. Saying that there are some allegations against Al Mamun, around eight persons handcuffed him at his office around 1:00pm, he said. Later, they dragged him to a microbus and left the...

Dhaka to host Global Forum on Migration, Development in 2016

Dhaka for the first time is going to host the 9th Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) in 2016. During a meeting held in Geneva yesterday, the Steering Group of the GFMD unanimously accepted Bangladesh's bid to chair the GFMD in 2016. Troika Meeting of GFMD also appreciated the decision. The GFMD is an initiative of the United Nations member states, which started in 2007, bringing about international dialogue on the growing importance of the linkages between migration and development. This...

Tribunal censures IO, prosecution for using unreliable info sources

International Crimes Tribunal (ICT)-1 yesterday censured the investigation officer and the prosecution in the war crimes case against alleged Kishoreganj Razakar commander and fugitive Syed Md Hasan Ali for having inadequate knowledge and using unrecognised sources for information. Justice M Enayetur Rahim, leading ICT-1, also questioned whether an accused could be held responsible for his father's crimes and vice versa. Hearing arguments from the defence and prosecution over the six charges accepted on August 24, the judge also fixed November 1...

Jabbar ordered my in-laws' murder

The 15th prosecution witness in the war crimes case against former Jatiya Party lawmaker Abdul Jabbar yesterday narrated how Razakars following Jabbar's orders had abducted and murdered her father-in-law and brother-in-law in 1971. State-appointed defence counsel Mohammad Abul Hasan then cross-examined her and the tribunal adjourned proceedings until October 26. “Following Jabbar's order, a group of Razakars raided our house in the middle of the night on October 6, 1971,” said Bokuli Rani Halder, 62, an inhabitant of Mothbaria village in...

Istiaque Ahmad made Petrobangla chairman

Cabinet Division Additional Secretary Istiaque Ahmad has been appointed as the new chairman of state-run oil corporation Petrobangla. The appointment came into effect immediately, according to an order of the public administration ministry yesterday. Ahmad replaced Prof Hossain Monsur who was appointed chairman of Petrobangla (Bangladesh Oil, Gas and Mineral Corporation) in August 2010.

Tarique's adviser released on bail

One of BNP Vice-Chairman Tarique Rahman's three newly appointed human rights advisers arrested on Tuesday from his own office premises, Uzma Centre in East London's Whitechapel area, was released on bail yesterday. Barrister MA Sayem told a journalist that an investigation was underway but denied any wrongdoing. London Metropolitan Police refused to comment since the investigations were ongoing. Requesting anonymity, a contact working in a neighbouring law firm said Sayem was arrested on suspicion of forging documents for one of his...

Memorial meeting at DU for Al-Amin tomorrow

A memorial meeting for journalist Md Al-Amin will be held at DUCSU Bhaban of Dhaka University at 4:00pm tomorrow. Al-Amin died of cardiac arrest on Monday, aged 46, says a press release. His friends and colleagues organised the meeting to discuss how they can support his family, especially his daughter Sandhi and son Olind. Yesterday, his qulkhwani was held after Asr prayers at his Gaibandha residence where he was buried on Monday night. Known as Khokon among his near and dear ones, Al-Amin...

Int'l victory of Saber, Shirin outcome of AL-led democracy

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the electoral victory in the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) and the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) achieved by two Bangladeshis is the victory of the world's democracy. "We have faced so many hurdles and obstacles repeatedly," Hasina said, adding that the victories achieved in a span of only 10 days is an outcome of the democracy that the government has secured in the country. The premier was addressing a reception accorded to Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury and...

Clear visa, certificate complexities for jobs

Unemployed graduates of Bangladesh Marine Academy yesterday sought the prime minister's intervention in expediting visa processing and stopping issuance of fake certificates to give international shippers enough confidence to employ Bangladeshis. At a human chain, followed by a rally, before the CGO building in the port city's Agrabad, they claimed that some 600 fresh graduates and 300 junior officers who had completed 12 months of service at sea were currently unemployed. Maintaining warm relations with countries in world shipping and punitive...

Sust suspends 4 BCL men

The Shahjalal University of Science and Technology has suspended four activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League on the charge of assaulting an assistant proctor. The decision came following a proctorial meeting on Tuesday evening, campus sources said. The suspended are Ariful Haque Sony, fourth year student of food engineering and tea technology; Mehdi Hasan, fourth year of statistics; and Nazrul Islam and Khalilur Rahman, third and second years of social science. Assistant Proctor Mirajul Islam was beat up by the four as he...

News in Brief

A Dhaka University student was given one-year imprisonment for appearing in the admission test at law faculty of Rajshahi University as a proxy yesterday. On suspicion, the invigilators challenged Akhterul Islam, a fourth-year student of sociology at DU and he admitted that he sat for the test changing the photo of the real applicant Aninda Kumar Bardhan. Akhterul said he was hired by Aninda for appearing the examination for him.