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JUSTICE DELAYED, NOT DENIED

JUSTICE DELAYED, NOT DENIED

In the first-ever instance of conviction for drug adulteration in the country, a court yesterday awarded 10 years' rigorous imprisonment to an owner and two officials of Adflame Pharmaceuticals. Adflame director Helena Pasha; Mizanur Rahman, manager and her brother, and Nrigendra Nath Bala, production officer, were also fined Tk 2,00,000 each under the Drug...

Star's report foiled bid to deny justice

Star's report foiled bid to deny justice

The country's top state law officer apparently knew nothing about the matter until Sunday, two days before the date fixed by a Dhaka drug court for announcing judgment on adulteration of child drugs by a manufacturer two decades ago. An investigation by The Daily Star in 2009 set the trial against five high-ups of...

Winner one, win for all

Winner one, win for all

Hundreds of children died from renal failure between 1982 and 1992, but the reason for the disease had been unknown until a brave physician revealed that toxic paracetamol was causing the deaths. Instead of using propylene glycol, five pharmaceutical companies used lethal but cheap diethylene glycol in producing paracetamol syrup, kidney specialist Prof Mohammad Hanif had said in 1992. The pediatrician, who since 1982 had seen children die, arranged a test of Adflame's Flammodol at a US laboratory. The sample tested positive for diethylene glycol, leading to prosecution of four out of the five companies. The other firm, City Chemical, was never prosecuted allegedly for its warm relations with the then...

Happy; yet feel sentence too soft

Happy; yet feel sentence too soft

Just 10 years' imprisonment for the guilty seemed inadequate for the families who lost children to poisonous paracetamol syrup over 22 years ago. They were happy that the judgement was finally delivered and their agonising wait had ended but they wished the death penalty had been awarded. Mohiuddin, whose brother was one of the victims...

Truce calls fall on deaf ears

Truce calls fall on deaf ears

Israel pounded targets across the Gaza Strip and Hamas continued it's rocket fires yesterday as top US and United Nations diplomats pursued talks on halting the fighting that has claimed more than 600 lives. UN chief Ban Ki-moon yesterday demanded that Israel and Hamas halt the spiralling violence as he led diplomatic efforts to...

Yunus calls for Gaza ceasefire

Yunus calls for Gaza ceasefire

Dr Muhammad Yunus and several other Nobel Peace laureates in a statement have called upon the international community to help secure an immediate ceasefire in Gaza. "As Nobel peace laureates, we join others worldwide who are calling on the international community to secure an immediate ceasefire to prevent any further deaths among Israelis and Palestinians,” read the statement dated July 18.   “As the situation continues to deteriorate and the disproportionate number of deaths in Gaza mounts, we are called by conscience to speak out in every way possible not only to end the current violence, but to address the roots of violence," added the statement. The laureates opined the international community must...

UK to work with Bangladesh

UK to work with Bangladesh

Voicing his government's firm confidence in the present Awami League government, British Prime Minister David Cameron yesterday said they would work together with Bangladesh for ensuring its socioeconomic development.   Cameron made the assurance when Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had a meeting with him at 10 Downing Street in the morning. The British government's confidence in the current Bangladesh government has been expressed strongly during the talks, PM's Press Secretary AKM Shamim Chowdhury and Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque told reporters after the meeting. Hasina is now in the UK on a three-day visit at the invitation of her British counterpart and Unicef Executive Director Anthony Lake. This is her first trip to Europe...

Published Date: July 22, 2014
Child war heroes rule govt jobs!

The government yesterday revoked the freedom fighters' certificates of 35 public servants who had obtained them through forgery over the past few years. In addition, the Liberation War Affairs Ministry is investigating 300 government employees and about 5,000 people from different professions who allegedly managed the certificates by faking documents, a highly placed source in the ministry said. The government will publish the names of the 35 in a gazette in a day or two. Departmental action against them will follow...

Death from Toxic Syrup

Published Date: July 22, 2014
A long wait for justice

A long wait for justice

The news that the verdict would finally be delivered on July 22 (today) made her speechless. There's now a ray of hope that she might see justice done for a crime that had taken the life of her two-and-a-half-year-old son more than two decades ago. Exhausted by the wait that took almost half of...

Published Date: July 22, 2014
Gaza death toll hits 572

Gaza death toll hits 572

The death toll in Gaza rose to 572 yesterday following the bloodiest day in the Palestinian enclave since 2009 where Israel is pressing a punishing military operation. And the Israeli army said another seven soldiers had been killed in fighting in Gaza, raising the overall Israeli death toll to 27, all but two of...