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Latif traceless on return

Latif traceless on return

Sacked minister Abdul Latif Siddique, who had been staying in India for about one and a half months, returned to Bangladesh last night, with several arrest warrants on him. The former posts and telecommunication minister, who has been under fire for his anti-hajj comments in September, arrived at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on Air India flight AI 230 around 8:20pm. He stayed at the VIP terminal for a while and talked to some airport and government agency officials, according to airport sources. He left the airport through the domestic terminal around...

Fire ravaged their lives

Fire ravaged their lives

Everything happens for the best, it is often touted, but for Hena Akter, it is impossible to find a silver lining in the tragedy that unfolded on this day two years ago. A slight short circuit gave way to an errant fire, which went on to ravage her entire workplace -- and her life.  “I...

RU Teacher Killing

Who are culprits?

Who are culprits?

Police and Rapid Action Battalion came up with contradictory versions of the motive behind the murder of Rajshahi University Prof AKM Shafiul Islam following arrest of nine people from different parts of the country yesterday. Rajshahi police, after arresting three people from Bogra, said two of the detainees claimed responsibilities for the murder on social media. “They claimed their responsibility for Shafiul's murder on a Facebook page of militant outfit Ansar Al Islam Bangladesh-2,” said M Shamsuddin, commissioner of Rajshahi Metropolitan Police. The RMP commissioner, however, did not say anything about how they ascertained the arrestees' link to the militant outfit. On the contrary, Rab arrested six people from Rajshahi and Gazipur and...

Gold Smuggling

Arrestees put blame on other Biman men

All five arrestees, including three Biman officials, yesterday denied having links with any gold smuggling racket, and claimed before magistrates that other Biman officials might be involved with such rackets, according to court sources. In their confessional statements, three of them mentioned the names of two Biman captains saying they may have links with gold smuggling rings. Biman insiders said the two officials whose names came up in the confessional statements are very influential in the national carrier for their close...

Published Date: November 23, 2014
6 months' jail or Tk 200 in fine

6 months' jail or Tk 200 in fine

Amid a sorry state of footbridges and footpaths in the city, the Dhaka Metropolitan Police is going to impose a fine or jail term on jaywalkers on Kazi Nazrul Islam Avenue from Tuesday. DMP Commissioner Benazir Ahmed yesterday said mobile courts led by magistrates will be set up for a week to check jaywalking...

Published Date: November 23, 2014
Salute to creativity

Salute to creativity

It was an occasion to honour those who portray the connection between man and nature through their pens and lenses. It was the awarding ceremony of Celebrating Life -- a tie-up between Standard Chartered Bank and The Daily Star. The seventh event of the initiative began with the rendition of a song by acclaimed actress...

Bibiyana 3 Power Project

Published Date: November 23, 2014
Zero progress in two years

A large power project in Bibiyana made no progress in the last two years, as its contractor failed to secure the project's finance as per its agreement with the Power Development Board (PDB). A consortium of Japanese trading company Marubeni and Korean power company Hyundai signed the agreement in December 2012, committing to arrange the finance from Japan Bank of International Cooperation (JBIC) within 45 days. But the consortium couldn't secure the finance as Hyundai wanted to walk out of the...

Published Date: November 23, 2014
Govt alone can't fight corruption

Govt alone can't fight corruption

Civil society organisations of a country need to be mobilised to speak up for better governance as the government alone cannot fight corruption, said Prof Dr Peter Eigen, founder of Transparency International, a Berlin-based civil society group campaigning globally against corruption. "We feel that very often, even if the top of a country -- a president or prime minister -- is extremely strong and committed to fight corruption, they cannot do it alone. They need civil society, media and faith-based organisations to change the culture [of corruption]," he said in an exclusive interview with The Daily Star yesterday. Eigen, the chair of TI's advisory council, came to Dhaka to attend a...

Human Trafficking

Published Date: November 23, 2014
4,000 victims from Sirajganj

An estimated 4,000 jobseekers from Sirajganj have fallen prey to human trafficking through the Bay of Bengal over the last 10 months, a finding that migration activists say is just the tip of the iceberg. Promised lucrative jobs in Malaysia, the victims were secretly transported to Cox's Bazar by traffickers. A torturous sea voyage took them to Thailand where they were held hostage in jungles. The captives had to pay ransoms of around Tk 2.5 lakh through their families back home...

South-south Award

Published Date: November 23, 2014
Joy receives it for Hasina

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been honoured with the “South-South Cooperation Visionary Award” of the United Nations for her leadership in taking Bangladesh towards progress. PM's ICT Affairs Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy received the award on behalf of his mother at the closing ceremony of the Global South-South Development Expo 2014 in Washington on Friday, according to a message received here yesterday. Joy also spoke on the occasion and read out the message of the PM. “Bangladesh is marching ahead under the...