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Influentials on the wrong side

Influentials on the wrong side

Traffic police and even a minister appear helpless in preventing government high-ups from driving on the wrong side of Dhaka streets, making top government officials untouchable by traffic laws.  Traffic policemen on the ground continue to overlook vehicles taking the wrong side of roads saying the rules violators are influential people and they may...

SI Anwar held

SI Anwar held

Sub-inspector Anwar Hossain of Sher-e-Bangla Nagar Police Station was arrested yesterday for shooting a man in the capital on Sunday. The SI shot Shah Alam, a car driver, in both legs from close range in Taltola area around midnight, and tried to portray him as a mugger and a gunfight victim. Biplob Kumar Sarkar, deputy commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, yesterday said during primary investigation they found Anwar shot Alam over personal enmity. “He [Anwar] shot Alam after picking him up,” Biplob told The Daily Star over the phone. The SI was arrested after Alam's brother Golam Mostafa filed a case with Sher-e-Bangla Nagar police yesterday afternoon. In the case statement, Mostafa said Anwar...

Gunshots fired inside Canada parliament

Gunshots fired inside Canada parliament

Gunfire echoed through the Gothic halls of the Canadian parliament yesterday as police shot dead a gunman suspected of killing a soldier guarding a nearby war memorial before storming the building. Police said an investigation was continuing, but did not confirm earlier reports that more gunmen were involved. Heavily armed officers backed by armored...

5 Bangladeshis killed in Saudi bus crash

5 Bangladeshis killed in Saudi bus crash

Five Bangladeshi workers were killed and two others injured in a road accident in Saudi Arabia's Makkah yesterday. The dead are identified as Faridul Alam, 45, Md Alam, 36, Ayub, 30, Mansur Alam, 30, and Najir Hossain, 35, said officials of the Bangladesh Consulate in Jeddah. All of them hailed from Cox's Bazar's Eidgah...

Tackling Ebola

HC screening order not for all passengers

The High Court on Monday had actually ordered to take steps for Ebola screening of air passengers coming from Ebola affected countries only. The order had come in response to a writ petition filed by a Supreme Court lawyer who reportedly misinformed the media that day. Petitioner Eunus Ali Akond on that day had told the media that a High Court bench ordered the government to screen all incoming passengers at all international ports and border areas with the help of...

Hartal called for Sunday

An alliance of Islamic parties has called a countrywide daylong hartal for Sunday as their demand for arresting recently sacked minister Abdul Latif Siddique by yesterday is not met. On October 1, Sammilito Islami Dalsamuho gave the government a 15-day ultimatum to arrest Siddique but later it extended the date until October 22. "But the government did not pay heed to our demand within the deadline. That's why we are enforcing countrywide hartal on Sunday," Zafrullah Khan, secretary general of the...

Confusion over Latif's reply to AL notice

Confusion has arisen over whether or not Abdul Latif Siddique has replied to a show-cause notice of the ruling Awami League following his comments demeaning hajj and Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). While some highly placed sources in the party yesterday told The Daily Star that the reply reached party General Secretary Syed Ashraful Islam at his official residence on Bailey Road on Tuesday, the AL central office denied this. The notice was sent to Latif's residence in Tangail's Kalihati two days after...

Nine Days Ago at DMCH

Published Date: October 22, 2014
Death shrouded in questions

Death shrouded in questions

Bruises, cuts and blisters on Asma's body have led her family and neighbours to believe that she was tortured to death at Dhaka Medical College Hospital. The shocking account of injury marks, given by the women who washed her body before the burial, brings to light telltale signs of torture. The body bore bruises of...

Published Date: October 22, 2014
Asma was strong, healthy

Asma had worked from dawn to dusk even on the day of Eid-ul-Azha when she was merely five days away from a caesarean section that she would undergo at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital on October 11. Running from door to door on the eid day, she collected quite a pile of meat given away by affluent people in Tongi's Arizpur. Born to parents who are given to begging, she worked as a cleaner at a local insurance company as well...

Road Accidents Too Frequent

Published Date: October 22, 2014
Thanks to lax law enforcement

Thanks to lax law enforcement

Reckless driving and risky overtaking manoeuvres continue on the highways with impunity, thanks to lax enforcement of traffic rules, constantly putting users' lives at stake. Every year, several thousand lives are cut short in accidents on the roads and highways mainly due to these ill practices, but the authorities are doing little to check the menace. Road safety laws are there but not much effective due to lenient punishment for culprits and lengthy legal process. Monday's tragedy in Natore once again brought forth the issue, as at least 33 people perished when a speeding bus overtook a truck and collided head-on with another bus coming from the opposite direction on Bonpara-Hatikumrul...