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Three rivers too hungry

Three rivers too hungry

The Padma, the Ganges and the Jamuna have taken away around 1.5 lakh hectares of land but returned only 53,000 hectares in the last four decades. In other words, the country has lost to the three rivers around one lakh hectares or 1,000 square kilometres of arable land, which is more than the size...

Gunmen storm house, kill 3

Gunmen storm house, kill 3

Criminals stormed a house in Sonalibagh in Moghbazar and shot two youths and a woman dead and injured another person last night over illegal toll and land dispute. The deceased were Mohammad Munna, 18, Billal Hossain, 20, and Ranu Akhter Brishti, 28. Ranu's brother Hridoy, 20, was injured and was being treated at Dhaka Medical...

War Trial Verdict Leak

SQ Chy's wife, son, 5 others charged

SQ Chy's wife, son, 5 others charged

Detectives yesterday pressed charges against the wife and son of convicted war criminal Salauddin Quader Chowdhury and five others for allegedly leaking the draft verdict of the International Crimes Tribunal-1 that sentenced him to death. Tribunal-1 had awarded the capital punishment to the BNP leader on October 1 last year for crimes against humanity committed during the Liberation War. Back then, the leaking of the verdict a day ahead of its delivery raised serious questions about the security of the tribunal. Apart from Salauddin's wife Farhat Quader Chowdhury and son Humam Quader Chowdhury, Salauddin's manager Mahbubul Ahsan, Salauddin's counsel Fakhrul Islam, Fakhrul's assistant Mehedi Hasan, and the tribunal's office assistant Faruk Hossain...

Murder of Imam Faruqi

Family points finger at rival religious group

Family points finger at rival religious group

Family members of Sheikh Nurul Islam Faruqi, the slain chief imam of the Supreme Court mosque, yesterday alleged that those opposing his religious beliefs had a hand in the killing. They said Faruqi, who was murdered at his East Rajabazar house in the capital on Wednesday night, had received threats several times from this group since the radical Islamist group Hefajat-e Islam held a rally in Motijheel on May 5 last year.  "My father had been getting threats for the last one and a half years since Hefajat men waged the movement. His vehicle came under attack in Tangail while returning to Dhaka about six months ago," said Faisal Faruqi, son...

Back to where he belongs

Back to where he belongs

The little one was in his mother's lap -- the safest place to be. Runa Begum wrapped the eight-day-old in a towel to keep him cosy and warm at the air-conditioned media centre of the Rab yesterday. She couldn't be happier as she got back her child who was stolen from Dhaka Medical College Hospital...

Rejoinder, our reply

In a rejoinder to the report “Caab findings on United Airways: Safety flaws pose risk” published by The Daily Star on August 23, the United Airways Ltd said of its five MD-83 aircraft, two are in operation, and the airline has the required number of engineers to maintain the aircraft. Only eight flights are operated by the two aircraft a week, and they leave Dhaka for overseas destinations between 8:30pm and 11:30pm, said the rejoinder. The airline has three foreign engineers...

Published Date: August 28, 2014
PM's caution goes in vain

PM's caution goes in vain

The housing and public works ministry has approved the filling up of over 8,000 acres of flood flow zones and farmlands around the capital, ignoring the caution voiced by the prime minister.    A seven-member ministerial committee headed by Housing Minister Mosharraf Hossain approved the destructive plan on Monday, virtually to help illegal private housing...

Published Date: August 28, 2014
Dhaka division home to highest number of poor

Dhaka division home to highest number of poor

Dhaka division has the highest share of the country's poor population, followed by Chittagong, as people from impoverished areas have migrated to these economic hubs in search of employment. Of a total of 4.94 crore poor people of the country, 1.59 crore or 32.3 percent live in Dhaka and 82.99 lakh in Chittagong. This means nearly half of the country's total poor population live in these two regions. Interestingly, these two divisions make the highest contributions to the national GDP, with Dhaka metropolis alone contributing 36 percent and Chittagong 11 percent. These figures were revealed in Poverty Maps of Bangladesh 2010 released yesterday jointly by the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS), World...

Published Date: August 28, 2014
Beximco in severe cash crunch

An extreme liquidity crisis has brought Beximco Ltd, the largest company of Beximco Group, on the verge of collapse. So says Salman F Rahman, vice chairman of the group, in a letter to the central bank governor early this month. “Beximco Ltd is facing an extreme liquidity crisis and is on the verge of closing down,” Salman said in the letter. He blamed the situation on two factors -- politically motivated credit restrictions on the group between 2001 and 2008 and repayment...

Published Date: August 28, 2014
Brutal murder in the capital

Brutal murder in the capital

Unidentified assailants slit the throat of the chief imam of the Supreme Court mosque and a presenter of Islamic programmes in two private television channels at his East Rajabazar house in the capital last night. Shaikh Nurul Islam Faruki, aged around 60, was also international affairs secretary of Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat, an Islamist group. He also owned a hajj agency, Faruki Tours and Travels Private Ltd. The motive behind the murder was unclear. Faruki's wife Lubna, his mother-in-law, nephew Maruf Hossain and a domestic help were tied up. Of them, Maruf was in Faruki's room while the others were in another room on the first-floor of the four-storey building. Two of the assailants...