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Floods spread to fresh areas

Floods spread to fresh areas

More villages and croplands were inundated and over 200 families displaced due to river erosion and an increase in water levels of the Teesta and other rivers in Lalmonirhat, Jamalpur and Netrakona yesterday. Meanwhile, strong currents in the Padma interrupted ferry services on the Mawa-Kawrakandi route, causing severe traffic congestion and leaving many stranded...

Back home dead

Back home dead

He has little time to mourn the loss. His family has him now to take up the responsibility his elder brother had been bearing until his sudden death.     Only four days have gone by since 35-year-old Faruk Khan died in an accident at a construction site in Malaysia and his brother Rubel Khan is...

Israeli strikes kill 3 Hamas commanders

Three senior Hamas commanders and four children were among 24 Palestinians killed in Gaza yesterday as Israel stepped up air strikes on day 45 of the bloody conflict. The UN Security Council meanwhile on Wednesday urged Israel and the Palestinians to return to the negotiating table to quickly agree on a lasting truce in Gaza. In a unanimously adopted statement, the 15-member council "offered full support to the Egyptian initiative and called upon the parties to resume negotiations to urgently reach...

Outlaw killed in 'shootout'

A leader of the outlawed Sarbahara Party was killed yesterday afternoon at Shilundia Bazaar of Babuganj upazila in Barisal in a “shootout” with the Rapid Action Battalion. The victim identified as Abdul Jalil alias Kana Jalil, 49, was second-in-command of Sarbahara Qamrul group in the region. Captain Abul Bashar, commander of company-1 at the Barisal headquarters of Rab-8, said a Rab team led by Deputy Assistant Director Abdur Rahman was patrolling Silundia area around 4:20pm when they marked a  suspicious gathering. When...

Ambassador at a loss

The diplomatic community in Dhaka is irked by an unprecedented court summons on the Korean ambassador to Bangladesh in a clear violation of the Vienna Convention. Last month's summons, however, was cancelled within two weeks earlier this month and the diplomat's name was altogether dropped from the suit yesterday. “Though the summons was cancelled immediately, we are extremely displeased with this erroneous and inconsiderate action of the court which violates the Vienna Convention,” the ambassador, Lee Yun-young, told The Daily Star. A...

David Bergman

Contempt charge hearing begins

The International Crimes Tribunal-2 yesterday started hearing arguments on contempt proceedings initiated against David Bergman, a Dhaka-based British journalist, for allegedly demeaning the tribunal. Following a contempt petition, the tribunal on April 17 started the proceedings and asked Bergman to explain why he should not be punished for making “derogatory comments” about the court through his three write-ups posted in his personal blog. Bergman submitted his reply on July 8 and his counsel yesterday told the court that his client will...

3 Months into Abduction

Mujibur, driver give statements to police

BNP leader Mujibur Rahman, a Bangladeshi expatriate in the UK, and his driver Rezaul Haque yesterday gave separate statements to Sunamganj police, describing their abductions over three months back. Police found some dissimilarity between the two statements, said Harun-ur-Rashid, superintendent of police in Sunamganj. He, however, declined to give any details for the sake of investigation, adding that police will thoroughly scrutinise their statements. “If needed, they will be produced before court,” said the SP. In the afternoon, a police team, led by...

Abducted 2 Days Back

14-month-old baby rescued

Police yesterday rescued the 14-month-old baby abducted during a robbery, rape and murder incident in Nilphamari town on Tuesday. They also arrested three people in this connection in Rangpur and one in Nilphamari. The criminals stormed the Thanapara home of Mirza Nur Mohammad Beg and Shirin Jahan on Tuesday and raped their house help Sumi Akhtar, 15. They then killed her and robbed the house of valuables. They took 14-month-old Zunayed Hasan, the couple's adopted son, as they fled the crime scene. Superintendent...

Bid To Oust Pak Govt

Imran Khan calls off talks with govt

Imran Khan calls off talks with govt

Pakistani opposition politician Imran Khan yesterday called off talks with the government aimed at ending protests seeking the fall of the prime minister, which have unnerved the nuclear-armed nation. Khan and populist cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri have led followers protesting outside parliament for the past two days demanding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif quit. Talks to end the...

'Suicide tourism' on the rise

'Suicide tourism' on the rise

A total of 172 "suicide tourists" travelled to Switzerland in 2012, double the 2009 number, to die with medical assistance -- a practice prohibited in many countries, a study said yesterday. German and UK citizens were the bulk of visitors, and the reasons most often cited were neurological conditions like paralysis, motor neurone disease,...