• Friday, October 24, 2014


Excess Groundwater Extraction

Northwest facing severe water crisis

Residents of Bangladesh's northwestern region are suffering from severe water crisis for the excessive extraction of groundwater by the government and non-government organisations in the absence of a centralised water management system and non-implementation of the water act, speakers told a workshop yesterday. The workshop was organised in a Rajshahi city restaurant marking the inauguration of a three-year Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) project undertaken by the Development Association for Self-reliance, Communication and Health (DASCOH) and Switzerland Red Cross. Focused on...

Ershad flips again

Ershad flips again

In a span of eight days former military dictator HM Ershad for the second time contradicted his own statement, reiterating in his tirade against Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday that the country got nothing but misrule and terrorism following the January 5 national polls. Moreover, the Jatiya Party (JP) chairman claimed that it was the credit of his party, which, by contesting in the voterless polls, helped save democracy and Awami League form a government, for which two lawmakers from Hasina's party were able to contest and be elected to lead international parliamentary bodies. The statements were in conflict with his own letter congratulating Hasina, also the Awami League president, on...

'Forging FF Certificates'

ACC grills 3 Muktijoddha Sangsad officials

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday interrogated three elected officials of Bangladesh Muktijoddha Sangsad, including Wahidur Rahman, chief engineer of Local Government Engineering Department, over allegations that they resorted to forgery in obtaining freedom fighter certificates. The ACC also sought documents supporting their freedom fighter certificates and wanted to know names of people they had fought alongside in the 1971 Liberation War.  Inquiry Officer Farid Ahmed Patwari, also an ACC deputy director, interrogated Wahidur Rahman, also a vice-chairman of the sangsad's central...

11 cops made DIG

Eleven police officials have been promoted to deputy inspectors general (DIG) of police, read a home ministry circular yesterday. The officials are Saiful Alam and Mosharraf Hossain of Criminal Investigation Department; Biswash Afzal Hossain of Special Security and Protection Battalion, Shahab Uddin Koreshi of Police Bureau of Investigation, Sheikh Mohammad Maruf Hassan of Dhaka Metropolitan Police and Chowdhury Abdulalh Al-Mamun of Police Headquarters, Mahbubur Rahman of Rajshahi Metropolitan Police, Nibash Chandra Majhi of Tourist Police, Mahbub Hossain of Special Branch,...

Ctg Nursing College students stop demo

Students of Chittagong Nursing College yesterday called a halt to their demonstration against low pass rate in the recent results after the authorities assured them of fulfilling most of their demands.  Around 10:00am yesterday, the students formed a human chain on the campus to press home their demands for reviewing their results of different batches published on Monday, and removal of the principal and a female teacher whom the students blamed for "deliberately failing them in the exams". Dr Mujibul Haque...

FBCCI urges Islamist parties to withdraw Sunday's hartal

The Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) yesterday urged Sammilito Islami Dalsamuho, an alliance of different Islamic parties, to withdraw its countrywide hartal called for Sunday. The alliance called the daylong shutdown demanding arrest of the recently sacked minister Abdul Latif Siddique for his comment hurting Muslims' religious sentiments. While a business and investment friendly environment is prevailing in the country, such hartal will make a negative impact on foreign investment, said an FBCCI press release. The court has...

People must unite to resist abuse of power

Gonoforum President Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday said the majority of the people do not want to see unlimited power at someone's hand, and that people must be united to resist abuse of power. The eminent jurist was addressing a views-exchange meeting with journalists at his Bailey Road residence in the capital. The main aim of the Liberation War was economic emancipation of people and putting an end to the oppression on seven crore people of Bangladesh, he said. Kamal Hossain observed that...

BCL men held with pistol, Yaba in Tongi

Rab personnel detained a Bangladesh Chhatra League leader and three activists with a foreign pistol, 18 mobile phones and six pieces of Yaba tablets in Tongi early yesterday. The detainees are: Shafi Ahmed, organising secretary of BCL, Tongi unit and three activists -- Shopon, Shahjahan and Shamim Khan, said Rab sources.    Kazi Shoayeb, deputy commander of Rab-1, said on information, a team of Rab-1 raided Bhai Bhai Hotel in Tongi railway crossing area and arrested the three with the goods around...

Seven members of robbery gang held in capital

Detectives arrested seven members of a robbery gang and seized a truck, two machetes, two knives and some tools used for robbery from their possession in the capital's Uttara on Wednesday. On information that the gang was attempting to rob at sector-12, detectives raided the area around 10:30pm and arrested them, said police. During preliminary interrogation, they confessed their link with several robbery incidents in the capital and elsewhere, including one in Jatrabari and another in Narayanganj two weeks ago.

Bangladesh Open University Exam Paper Leak

Three held in capital

Three members of a syndicate that leaks question papers of Bangladesh Open University (BOU) were arrested by detectives in the capital on Wednesday. The arrestees are Babul Chowdhury, 42, a peon of a BOU exam centre Habibullah Bahar University College, Tajul Islam, 32, and Sohel Mia, 23. Exams of BOU are always held on Friday in two shifts--morning and afternoon--and BOU supplies the question papers to the exam centres in the morning, said detectives. Babul used to leak the questions of the...

Road crashes kill four, injure four

Countrywide road accidents killed four people and injured four others yesterday. Our Jamalpur correspondent reports, Imran Rana, 25, of village Dariapara died at hospital yesterday after being injured with his co-rider when his motorbike veered off the road after it hit a pipe of dredger machine set on the road on Wednesday. Our Barisal correspondent reports, Abdul Kader, 35, of Bhola, died and two people were injured when a truck rammed into a roadside tea stall as the driver lost control...

Man found dead in Crescent Lake in capital

Police recovered the body of an unidentified man from Crescent Lake before Chandrima Udyan in the capital's Sher-e-Bangla Nagar yesterday. The man, aged around 20, was clad in a red T-shirt and a pair of black pants. He might have drowned while bathing, said Sher-e-Bangla Nagar police Sub-inspector Kamal Hossain. On recovery around 5:00pm, police sent the body to Dhaka Medical College morgue for an autopsy.

Nijhum Dwip

Stop construction, land allocation

The High Court yesterday ordered a stop to land allocation and construction on Nijhum Dwip, a reserved forest area in Noakhali. In response to a writ petition, the court asked the authorities concerned of the government to submit every four months a detailed report with pictures containing the list of people in possession of the forest area's land and the area's total size and position. The HC issued a rule upon the authorities to explain in four weeks as to why...

Expatriates now can get legal aid thru hotline

The government is set to provide legal aid to Bangladeshi expatriates alongside the existing legal assistance for the poor and insolvent citizens of the country. The expatriates living anywhere in the world can get this legal assistance over telephone contact. A hotline service has been opened to this effect under the aegis of the National Legal Aid Services Organisation (NLASO), a law ministry press release said. Law Minister Anisul Huq formally inaugurated the service at Labour Bhaban in the capital yesterday....

'Illegal Wealth'

Mannan's wife gets bail

A Dhaka court yesterday granted bail to Syeda Hasina Sultana, wife of former state minister for housing and public works Abdul Mannan Khan, in a graft case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission.    ACC Deputy Director Nasir Uddin filed the case against Sultana for illegally amassing wealth worth Tk 3.45 crore and concealing information about her properties worth Tk 1.86 crore. Metropolitan Magistrate Shahriar Mahmud Adnan passed the bail order considering her high social status after she had sought bail in the...

Appeal for help

Appeal for help

Istiak Ahmed, 13, son of Motiar Rahman of Gilabaria village in Sadar upazila of Jhenidah, has been suffering from a malignant germ cell tumour in the chest for around a year. A student of class VIII, he has been brought back home from an Indian cancer research institute recently as his father, who is a human hauler driver, cannot afford his treatment. His treatment should continue for six more months, which costs Tk 6 lakh. The family is seeking financial help as they cannot afford the expense. Aid can be sent into savings account no: 002011075, Sonali Bank, Jhenidah Branch or personal bKash account no: 01732719386; mobile: 01763335738.

News in Brief

Subscribers of Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Limited (BTCL) in the capital's Uttara may face some technical difficulties in their phone connections as the state-run company has begun changing 7,000 telephone numbers. The seven-digit phone numbers starting with '891' and '892' will be changed to eight-digit numbers to ensure improved service, said a BTCL press release. Detailed information about the old and new numbers is available at www.btcl.gov.bd. Besides, subscribers can call 8962599 and 7911000 for further enquiries.


Khorsheda Begum, sister of Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque, died of old-age complications at Gazipur Sadar Hospital yesterday. She was the wife of Abdus Salam and mother of Gazipur district correspondent of Daily Samakal Prof Anamul Haque. She left behind her husband, four sons, three daughters and was buried at her family graveyard in Gazipur town.

Death anniversary

Death anniversary

Today is the 1st death anniversary of Nazmul Arefin Kajol. On this occasion, a milad and a doa mahfil will be held after Asr prayers at T Hossain bari, Nabiganj, Narayanganj. Family, relatives and friends are requested to attend the prayers.