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Sued for rallying against illegal occupation

Dhanmondi Playground

Sued for rallying against illegal occupation

Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club sued some green activists yesterday, hours after the environmentalists staged demonstrations protesting illegal occupation of Dhanmondi playground by the club. Arifur Rahman, general secretary of the club, filed the case with Dhanmondi Police Station accusing former president of Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh (IEB) Mobassher Hossain, Joint Secretary of Bangladesh Paribesh...

Stick to my plan

Stick to my plan

The first foreign managing director and chief executive officer of Biman, Kevin Steele, leaves Dhaka today with an advice for Biman to stick to his plan and make Biman profitable in 2014-15 fiscal year. Sharing his experience in a recent interview about working in Biman, he had said it was not easy to work for Biman with a civil service unwilling to work. He said, “What is killing Biman is the lack of knowledge among the senior management, like the level of directors, general managers and deputy general managers.”    Steele was appointed in March last year with a two-year contract but he resigned citing medical reasons in January. He had a...

Same old Biman

Personal belongings of seven passengers, including a Chinese national, were stolen from their checked luggage at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the capital yesterday.   The passengers, who reached the airport from China around 2:00pm, found zippers of their luggage ripped off after custom authorities returned the bags to them. The stolen items included one iPad, several cameras and other valuables, they claimed. Four students of three public universities and two officials of Huawei, a China-based telecom vendor, were among the seven...

Stones thrown at Kejriwal

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal faced a barrage of stones and brickbats thrown at him by over a dozen youth shouting "Har Har Modi, Ghar Ghar Modi" slogans near the Banaras Hindu University campus on Thursday evening, police and eyewitnesses said. One unidentified youth was arrested. Kejriwal was on his door-to-door campaign when the attack took place while he was at the famous Keshav Paan shop at Lanka around 8:00pm. Keshav Chaurasia, the owner of the paan shop, has been...

BJP gaining ground as polling advances

BJP gaining ground as polling advances

Quarter of India's 815 million voters voted on Thursday, the biggest day of its staggered election, with the ruling Congress party battling to stem a further slide in the polls against the opposition Hindu nationalists after another week of damaging headlines. The country is now over halfway through its nine days of voting for a new parliament in the world's biggest ever election. Narendra Modi, the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) candidate for prime minister, has been wooing voters with promises to rouse India's economy from its slowest growth in a decade and create jobs for its booming young population. A decision by the Election Commission to reprimand a senior Modi aide,...

Fartpack!

Fartpack!

On April 11, the Obama administration stated that it would make a multi-pronged attack on cow flatulence, in an attempt to cut methane emissions. As a result, windy cows have come under renewed scrutiny by scientists, who plan to capture their harmful emissions and convert them into 'green' energy. But scientists in Argentina believe they...

Pak school library named after Laden

An Islamic seminary for women in Pakistan's capital Islamabad has renamed its library after Osama Bin Laden honouring the former al-Qaeda chief. The Jamia Hafsa Madrassa is linked to the Red Mosque, known for its alleged links with militants. A paper sign on one of the              doors proclaims Bin Laden a "Shahid" (martyr). Bin Laden was killed in a raid by US commandos in 2011. Pakistani troops raided the mosque in 2007. Dozens died later in clashes. The BBC's Shumaila Jaffrey in Islamabad...

Everest Tragedy

Avalanche kills 12 sherpas; 5 missing

An avalanche swept down a slope of Mount Everest yesterday killing 12 Nepali mountaineering guides at the beginning of the main climbing season, a Tourism Ministry official said. The avalanche, the deadliest in eight years, hit the most popular route to the mountain's peak. Three Nepali guides were injured and up to five people were missing, Reuters said quoting Dipendra Paudel at the Tourism Ministry's mountaineering department. The men were among a large party of Sherpas carrying tents, food and ropes...

Nigeria admits most kidnapped schoolgirls still missing

The Nigerian military yesterday admitted that most of the 129 girls abducted by Boko Haram Islamists in a shocking school raid in the country's restive northeast remained missing. A security source said there were fears the girls were being used as human shields or sex slaves by the Islamists. The military had claimed on Wednesday that all but eight of the girls snatched from their school in the state of Borno managed to escape the gunmen's clutches, contrary to comments by...

Japan to redesign Antarctic whale hunt

Japan yesterday said it would redesign its controversial Antarctic whaling mission in a bid to make it more scientific, after a United Nations court ruled it was a commercial hunt masquerading as research. The bullish response, which could see harpoon ships back in the Southern Ocean next year, sets Tokyo back on a collision course with environmentalists. Campaigners had hailed the decision by the International Court of Justice, with hopes that it might herald the end of a practice they view...

Russia to 'boost military presence' on disputed Kurils

Russia will build new military compounds in the next two years on the Kuril islands that are the subject of a territorial row with neighbouring Japan, a top commander said yesterday. "The decisions on constructing military base settlements on the islands Iturup and Kunashir have been taken and confirmed," the commander of Russia's Far Eastern military district Sergei Surovikov said, Russian agencies reported. "All the main objects, and there are more than 150 of them, will be completed before 2016," he...

Vietnam says 7 killed in shooting on China border

Seven people were killed in a gun battle between border guards and Chinese illegal migrants at a remote frontier crossing in northeast Vietnam, authorities said yesterday. Sixteen Chinese nationals -- 10 men, four women and two children -- were detained early Friday after attempting to enter Vietnam, the Quang Ninh provincial government said in a statement. While authorities were preparing to send them back, "some Chinese men in this group seized guns from Vietnamese border guards and shot at them... killing...