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Top leader's certificate found fake

Muktijoddha Sangsad

Top leader's certificate found fake

He is a top leader of the war heroes' platform, but only with a fake freedom fighter certificate, found a probe by the Anti-Corruption Commission. Wahidur Rahman is the vice-chairman of Bangladesh Muktijoddha Sangsad. The probe report has been submitted to the commission, a top ACC official told The Daily Star. He, however, declined to elaborate on the report. Also the chief engineer of the Local Government Engineering Department (LGED), Wahidur was elected vice-chairman of Muktijoddha Sangsad in its June 4 election. A high official in the liberation war affairs ministry,...

Building a better future through art

Building a better future through art

Narail's renowned artist SM Sultan believed art could promote harmony. Devoting efforts to teaching children art, he thought that if a child could fully appreciate the artistic beauty of the natural world then as adults they would be less inclined towards conflict. Unlike Sultan, Sakeb Rana, 48, of Dinajpur, is not a professional artist...

Extreme Climate Risks

Bangladesh tops list of 32 nations

Bangladesh, Sierra Leone and South Sudan led a ranking of countries facing extreme risks as a result of climate change, exacerbating the chances of civil conflict, according to a study by UK researcher Maplecroft. A total of 32 countries out of 196 surveyed face that level of threat, the Bath, England-based analyst said on Wednesday in an e-mailed statement. Nigeria, Chad, Haiti, Ethiopia, the Philippines, the Central African Republic and Eritrea rounded out 10 most at risk. The threatened nations all...

Jamaat Hartal

First phase largely peaceful

Even though there were some stray incidents of violence, the first phase of the Jamaat-called 72-hour nationwide hartal was largely peaceful yesterday. The strike received a lukewarm response in all the cities including the capital. However, the traffic was lighter than the usual days. Almost all the educational institutions remained closed yesterday considering safety of the students travelling on the roads. The hartal also disrupted inter-district road communication across the country, causing sufferings to many. BNP's key ally Jamaat-e-Islami is enforcing the 72-hour...

Ghulam Azam family upset with BNP

Jamaat high-ups and family members of Ghulam Azam are very disappointed that the BNP gave them the cold shoulder over the Jamaat guru's demise and skipped his namaz-e-janaza, insiders of both parties said. Abdullahil Amaan Azmi, fourth son of Ghulam Azam, in a facebook post on Wednesday said that the "whole nation" was disappointed with the BNP's silence about his father's death although the entire world was mourning. "I'm not sure why," he wrote. Throwing an "open challenge" to the BNP, he...

Ebola now at 'turning point'

The Ebola epidemic in West Africa may have reached a turning point, according to the director of the Wellcome Trust, which is funding an unprecedented series of fast-tracked trials of vaccines and drugs against the disease. Writing in the Guardian, Dr Jeremy Farrar says that although there are  several bleak months ahead, “it is finally becoming possible to see some light. In the past 10 days, the international community has belatedly begun to take the actions necessary to start turning...

Factional feud leaves AL man dead in Bogra

A clash between two factions of the ruling party in Chalitabari of Bogra left a local Awami League leader dead last night. Deceased Moazzem Hossain, 55, was the vice-president of ward-7 of AL's Shakharia union unit. He was the son of Afzal Hossain of the same village. Police source said two groups of ruling party men led by upazila AL organising secretary Tarajul and former Bangladesh Chhatra League leader Ujjal locked in a clash over establishing supremacy in the area around 8:00pm. Several...

Mini-stomachs developed in lab

Mini-stomachs developed in lab

Scientists using stem cells said yesterday they had built the world's first "mini-stomachs" -- tiny clusters of human gastric tissue that could spur research into cancer, ulcers and diabetes. Called gastric organoids, the lab-dish tissue comprises buds of cells that are "a miniature version of the stomach", the researchers said. They were made from pluripotent...

Verdict Leak Case

SQ Chy's wife, son get bail

A Dhaka court has granted bail to wife and son of the convicted war criminal, Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, in a case filed for allegedly leaking the draft verdict of a war crimes tribunal that sentenced him to death.  Judge KM Shamsul Alam of Dhaka Cyber Tribunal yesterday allowed the bail to Salauddin's wife Farhat Quader Chowdhury and son Humam Quader Chowdhury upon a bond of Tk 1 lakh for each with two guarantors. The duo surrendered before the court and sought...

Rangpur

Ranga group recaptures JP office

Supporters of State Minister for LGRD Moshiur Rahman Ranga, who was removed from Jatiya Party presidium post recently, took control of the party's Rangpur district office yesterday evening. They made the move 18 hours after the office had been occupied by the supporters of party chief Ershad. A tension is prevailing between the supporters of the two groups there. Police said JP leaders and activists, led by Hasanuzzaman Nazim, general secretary of Jatiya Jubo Sanghati of Rangpur district unit, stormed the office,...

S Korea jails soldier for 45 years over bullying death

A South Korean soldier was sentenced to 45 years in military prison yesterday for beating a conscript to death in a highly publicised case of barrack-room bullying. At a court martial in Yongin City, south of Seoul, the defendant, a sergeant surnamed Lee, was convicted of instigating repeated beatings of a young private named Yoon. "The accused committed a crime that amounts to outright murder," Yonhap news agency quoted the tribunal as saying. Four other soldiers received jail terms of between 15...

West Africans in New York complain of Ebola stigma

Members of the west African community in New York complained Wednesday that their children were being bullied at school and businesses were losing money because of hysteria over Ebola. Panic has gripped many Americans since a Liberian citizen brought the killer virus into the country and died on October 8 of the disease in a Texas hospital. Two nurses who treated him became infected, though recovered, and a US doctor who returned to New York from treating Ebola patients in Guinea...

Fewer Chinese couples want second child than expected

Far fewer Chinese couples applied to have a second child than expected after a relaxation of the country's "one child" policy, state-run media reported yesterday, highlighting the ageing nation's demographic challenges. The world's most populous country has restricted most families to a single child since the late 1970s, but the Communist party said in November that couples would be allowed to have two offspring so long as one of the parents is an only child, rather than both. Authorities had expected...

Fresh clashes in France after dam protest death

Fresh clashes broke out overnight in Paris between police and activists protesting over the death of a young man who was killed during a demonstration against a controversial dam project. A group of around 250 people gathered late Wednesday outside the City Hall in Paris, with some hurling missiles at police and scrawling "Remi is dead, the state kills" on walls. Remi Fraisse, 21, was found dead in the early hours of Sunday morning as people protesting against the project in...