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Floods spread further

Floods spread further

The flood situation in at least 13 districts may deteriorate slightly as water levels of three major rivers are likely to increase in the next three days, prolonging the woes of several lakh flood-hit people. According to a rough estimation of Disaster Management Department, over 2.5 lakh families have been affected by the floods...

Five more Rab men held over 7-murder

A Narayanganj court yesterday placed five members of Rapid Action Battalion-11, arrested on Tuesday night, on an eight-day remand in connection with the sensational seven-murder in Narayanganj late in April. The five told the court that they had been forced to get involved in the abduction and killing by their superior officers -- Lt Col Tareque Sayeed Mohammad, Maj Arif Hossain and Lt Commander MM Rana -- who had been arrested earlier, court sources said. The five Rab personnel were Lance...

HC for judicial inquiry into baby stealing

Expressing utter dismay over stealing of newborn babies from Dhaka Medical College Hospital, the High Court yesterday ordered conducting a judicial inquiry into the "entire incident" relating to the stealing of a baby from the hospital on August 21. The court ordered the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate of Dhaka to assign a magistrate to enquire into the matter and to find out the loopholes in the security of the ward concerned of the hospital and the administrative failure to protect the...

Cops hunt for culprit

Police are yet to trace the newborn stolen from Dhaka Medical College Hospital a week ago. Several law enforcement agencies have been working round the clock to nab the culprits and recover the stolen twin boy, Sub-inspector Ferdous Alam of Shahbagh Police Station told this newspaper. The police early yesterday raided different places in Tongi and Ashulia on the outskirts of the capital to arrest a woman who is suspected to have stolen the baby. The victim's mother Ranu identified the woman...

Test Vitamin A capsules before use

The High Court yesterday forbade the government to distribute vitamin A capsules among children without conducting any clinical test. In a suo moto rule, an HC bench of Justice Hassan Arif and Justice Abu Taher Md Saifur Rahman said the government could distribute vitamin A capsules only if those were found to be of standards in the clinical test.   The court came up with the order following a report published in the Bangla daily Kaler Kantho yesterday with the headline “Ebaro...

Life stirs in Gaza as ceasefire holds

Life stirs in Gaza as ceasefire holds

Life in Gaza resumed some semblance of normality yesterday as a long-term truce took hold following a deal hailed by Israel and Hamas as 'victory' in the 50-day war. Millions in and around the war-torn enclave enjoyed a welcome night of peace during which there were no strikes on Gaza, nor Palestinian rockets fired...

Woman kills leopard with a sickle

A 56-year-old Indian woman is recovering in hospital after killing a leopard that attacked her as she tended her fields armed only with a sickle. The woman told Indian broadcaster CNN-IBN that she battled with the leopard for half an hour on Sunday morning before finally delivering a killer blow with her sickle. "The leopard lunged at me many times and we fought for a long time," she told the channel from her hospital bed in the northern state of Uttarakhand,...

Subhan abetted mass killing

A prosecution witness yesterday testified how Jamaat leader Abdus Subhan had abetted and facilitated the Pakistani army in a mass killing at several villages in Sujanagar upazila of Pabna during the Liberation War. Abdul Baten, 60, 25th prosecution witness in the case against the Jamaat-e-Islami nayeb-e-ameer, told the International Crimes Tribunal-2 that he had witnessed the killing of four people by the Pakistani occupation army at the instruction of Subhan on May 12, 1971. The army had attacked their village at...

BCL men fight in presence of AL MP

At least 10 Chhatra League activists were injured in a factional clash in the presence of AL lawmaker Jebunnesa Afroz in Barisal city last night over establishing supremacy. Witnesses said two factions, one led by Jasim Uddin, president of BCL city unit, and the other by Moin Tushar, former joint convener of BCL's BM College unit, were locked in an altercation over beating up of a man belonging to the Moin Tushar group by the Jasim Uddin group in the...

Hasina sees Khaleda's link to BDR mutiny

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday alleged that BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia was involved in the BDR mutiny as she had “fled her house during the mutiny and went underground.” She suspected that Tarique Rahman might also be involved in the February 2009 mutiny as “he had called more than 50 times from London during that time.” The PM was speaking at a programme at her office marking the distribution of financial assistance among the sick, insolvent and injured journalists as well...

Robber killed in 'shootout'

A robber gang leader was killed in a “shootout” with police in the district's Chatkhil upazila early yesterday. Khorshed Alam, 42, was chief of “Khorshed Bahini” and son of Abdur Rashid of Badolkot village in the upazila. Khorshed stood accused in at least 30 criminal cases, including robbery and attacking policemen, according to Chatkhil police. SM Ashrafuzzaman, additional superintendent of Noakhali police, said acting on secret information, police detained Khorshed from Rupganj in Narayanganj on Monday. Nasim Uddin, acting officer-in-charge of Chatkhil Police...

43 infected with anthrax

Forty-three people have been infected with anthrax, a bacterial disease that spreads from cattle, in five villages in Sirajganj and Tangail districts. On information, medical teams of the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) visited the villages Tuesday and found them infected with the disease following tests. The infected villagers have already been given drugs and there is nothing to worry, IEDCR Director Professor Mahmudur Rahman said yesterday, adding that the medical teams had collected samples from the patients...

Boko Haram seizes more towns in NE Nigeria

Boko Haram on Tuesday attempted to blow up a bridge on the Nigerian border with Cameroon after overrunning two towns and sending residents and soldiers fleeing, police and locals said. A Cameroon police officer stationed in the far northern town of Fotokol told AFP that the militants tried to destroy the bridge, which serves as the border crossing with Gamboru Ngala in Nigeria. Boko Haram stormed Gamboru Ngala early on Monday and by evening had taken over the police station, a...

Sexual Abuse in School Case

Four more cleaners on trial in Indonesia

Four cleaners were charged in court yesterday over the sexual assault of a young boy at one of Indonesia's most prestigious international schools, on the second day of trials in a high-profile scandal. The crisis at the Jakarta International School, which began in April with allegations that cleaning staff raped the nursery school boy, has rocked an institution favoured by expatriates in the capital for more than 60 years. Since the first allegation, the scandal has snowballed, with more parents making...

'Natural disasters caused $41b losses in first half'

Natural disasters caused total economic losses of $41 billion in the first six months of this year, much less than usual, reinsurance group Swiss Re estimated yesterday. The figure released by the Zurich-based group -- which combines both insured and uninsured losses -- was down from $59 billion (45 billion euros) in the first half of 2013. It was also about half the average first-half loss of the previous 10 years, which was $94 billion. The insurance industry took a hit of...

'BSF to Train BGB'

20-party slams govt

Leaders of the BNP-led 20-party alliance yesterday blasted the government for reaching an agreement with India to train Border Guard Bangladesh personnel by the Indian Border Security Force. They also criticised the government's move to restore the parliament's authority to impeach Supreme Court judges. The rally was organised as part of the opposition combine's three-day programme protesting the government's initiative to amend the constitution. “You can easily understand the country's present situation through the recent deal under which our border guards will...

Abe sends support message to Japan war criminals service

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a message to an April memorial service dedicated to World War II war criminals, organisers said yesterday, in a move that prompted a scolding from China. In the ceremony organised by former Japanese military officers, some 220 people prayed before a cenotaph on which the names of around 1,180 suspected and convicted World War II war criminals are inscribed, organisers said. They include 14 "Class A" war criminals, who are also enshrined at the controversial...