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Sorry tale of Asian 'slaves'

Sorry tale of Asian 'slaves'

When Afsar Mia left his home near Teknaf in southern Bangladesh to look for work last month, he told his mother, "I'll see you soon." He said he expected to return that evening. He never did. When he reported for work at a house on the outskirts of Teknaf, a man there gave him a...

Hall-Mark boss charged with not giving wealth report

Hall-Mark boss charged with not giving wealth report

The Anti-Corruption Commission has pressed charges against Hall-Mark Group Chairman Jasmine Islam in a case filed for not submitting her wealth statement. ACC Deputy Director Monjur Morshed, also the investigation officer of the case, yesterday submitted the charge to the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court of Dhaka, showing 11 people as prosecution witnesses. On Sunday, the commission approved of submitting the charge sheet against Jasmine, now on bail, in the case.   Joynal Abedin, deputy assistant director of the anti-graft body, on December 12 last year lodged the lawsuit with the capital's Ramna Model Police Station. In the case statement, he said the commission on November 13 that year served a notice on Jasmine,...

Road safety steps in hibernation

Three government bodies tasked with ensuring road safety have been sitting on their decisions on crucial issues including the removal of unfit vehicles and illegal structures from highways and roads. Their activities have largely been limited to discussions on road safety issues. Not much has been done to check overloading of vehicles, punish drivers for using fake licences or reckless driving, and stop plying of non-motorised vehicles on highways. Headed by Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, the three bodies --...

Reckless driving, overtaking main reasons

Reckless driving by two bus drivers and a dangerous overtaking manoeuvre by one of them caused the Monday's tragic road accident on the Dhaka-Rajshahi highway in Natore, found a probe committee. The five-member body also revealed that the two buses of Keya Paribahan and Othoi Paribahan did not have fitness certificates. The committee led by Khan Mohammed Ali, additional district magistrate of Natore, submitted the report to Deputy Commissioner Mashiur Rahman around 9:00pm yesterday. The report included 17 recommendations. Meanwhile, the district...

Man faked coma to evade justice

Man faked coma to evade justice

A fraudster conned an elderly neighbour out of £40,000 and pretended to be quadriplegic for two years in order to evade justice before he was finally caught by police going on shopping trips and on holidays with his family. Alan Knight had mounted the deception after engaging in an elaborate fraud in which he...

ACC to check war hero status of its 9 officials

The Anti-Corruption Commission has decided to scrutinise the freedom fighter certificates of its nine officials, including a director general. The decision came at a regular meeting of ACC on Tuesday at its Segunbagicha headquarters in the capital. A two-member committee led by Zulfikar Ali, deputy director of ACC, has been formed to conduct the probe, ACC Commissioner Mohammad Shahabuddin told The Daily Star. The committee will soon open a probe to ascertain the certificates of the nine are genuine. The nine officials...

HC asks for wealth report of MP Bodi

The High Court yesterday sought the wealth statement submitted by ruling Awami League lawmaker Abdur Rahman Bodi to the Anti-Corruption Commission. During a hearing on a bail petition filed by Bodi, the HC bench of Justice Syed AB Mahmudul Huq and Justice Md Akram Hossain Chowdhury asked ACC counsel Khurshid Alam Khan to produce his wealth statement before it on Sunday. The anti-graft body filed a case with Ramna Police Station on August 21 accusing the lawmaker from Cox's Bazar-4 constituency...

WHO aims for Ebola serum in weeks

The World Health Organisation has announced it hopes to begin testing two experimental Ebola vaccines in west Africa by January and may have a blood serum treatment available for use in Liberia within two weeks. The UN's health agency said it aimed to begin testing the two vaccines in the new year on more than 20,000 frontline health care workers and others in west Africa – a bigger rollout than previously envisioned. Separately, a senior Red Cross official said he was...

President, PM to visit UAE this month

President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina are scheduled to visit the United Arab Emirates end of this month to attend separate events. Foreign Ministry sources said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will pay a three-day bilateral visit to UAE on October 25-27 at the invitation of UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. President Abdul Hamid will be in Dubai from October 28 to attend the 10th World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF)...

Ghulam Azam appeal hearing on Dec 2

The Supreme Court has fixed December 2 for hearing the appeals filed by convicted war criminal Ghulam Azam and the government challenging the verdict that awarded the former Jamaat ameer 90 years of jail for his wartime offences. Yesterday, a five-member bench of the Appellate Division of the SC headed by Chief Justice Md Muzammel Hossain set the date after hearing arguments from Attorney General Mahbubey Alam and Azam's counsel Khandaker Mahbub Hossain. On August 5 last year, Azam, 92, lodged...

Shooting of Limon

State minister terms it an accident!

In an apparent attempt to save the law enforcers responsible for maiming Limon Hossain, State Minister for Home Asaduzzaman Khan yesterday termed the 2011 shooting of the innocent boy an accident. Asked about the call of Human Rights Watch for the government to prosecute the responsible Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) men, the minister told reporters at his secretariat office that the accident had happened when Rab was conducting a raid to arrest a notorious criminal. The fact is a member of...