• Thursday, October 30, 2014


Gonojagoron Mancha wants immediate execution

Nizami's Death Penalty

Gonojagoron Mancha wants immediate execution

Minutes after the news of the death penalty given to Motiur Rahman Nizami reached the Shahbagh intersection yesterday, Gonojagoron Mancha activists erupted into exhilarated cheers. Both factions--one led by Imran H Sarker while another by Kamal Pasha--started gathering at Shahbagh since morning. Demanding immediate execution of the verdict, the groups staged separate rallies there where...

Awareness, schooling, skills key prerequisites

Awareness, schooling, skills key prerequisites

The prime prerequisites to ending violation of rights of children and adolescents in Bangladesh are raising social awareness, reducing poverty, ensuring schooling and enhancing skills, discussants told a meeting yesterday. Comprehensive efforts of the government, civil society, non-government organisations, UN agencies and media are critical to resist the rights violation occurring through child marriage,...

Impersonating DB

2 Barisal APBn men closed, 3 asked to report

Two of five Armed Police Battalion (APBn) men in Barisal were closed while the remaining three were ordered to cancel their leave and report to the headquarters over allegations that they were extorting money from people by impersonating Detective Branch (DB) members of Barisal Metropolitan Police (BMP). Md Ibrahim, a sub-inspector, and Abu Jafar, an assistant sub-inspector, were closed to APBn Barisal while the remaining three are Abul Bashar, an assistant superintendent; Abul Kalam, a nayek; and Sudarshan, a constable,...

Missing man found with stab injuries

A missing man was found with stab injuries in the throat and the right leg's tendon severed before the fine arts faculty building of Dhaka University yesterday. Alamgir Hossain Bhuiyan, 55, an account officer of a private company in Motijheel, is undergoing treatment at Dhaka Medical College Hospital. As he was unable to speak, police could not say anything about the incident. His son Anwar Hossain told The Daily Star that Alamgir went missing after he had went out of his Dania...

One killed, 50 hurt in clash over land dispute

A staff was killed and 50 others of two industrial groups were injured in a clash over a land dispute at Kashimpur Baluchar in Gazipur yesterday. The deceased, Nur Hossain, 50, son of Arshad Ali of Bagerhat district, was a security supervisor of Dulal Brothers Ltd. According to witnesses, the clash ensued when staff of Khalek Garments Ltd under Keya Group started filling a piece of land with sand but staff of Dulal Brothers Ltd resisted them. As the news spread, thousands...

Jessore Kishore Unnayan Kendra

Inmates clash with cops

Inmates of Jessore Kishore Unnayan Kendra (correction centre) and on-duty policemen clashed yesterday evening, leaving three injured in the centre located at Pulerhat in Sadar upazila, said sources. The clash ensued as constable Mostafa blamed all the inmates for stealing his Tk 100 and once hurled abusive words at inmate, Rabbi, who was waiting to leave with his father on bail, Assistant Director (AD) Shahabuddin said. Reacting to that remark, the other inmates who were playing on a nearby field started...

Man hacked on court premises

A Bihari man was hacked near Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court yesterday allegedly by his rivals whom he had a land dispute with. Two months ago, victim Touhidul Islam, 35, ousted his neighbours advocate Selim along with his brothers from a piece of land at Bihari camp in Mirpur-1 that the brothers had grabbed years ago, said victim's brother Shah Alam. In revenge, five attackers, led by Selim, hacked Touhidul, said Shah Alam adding that Touhidul went to the court in...

Burdwan Blast Leads

Indian probe agency likely to visit Bangladesh

A team of India's National Investigation Agency (NIA) is likely to visit Bangladesh soon following leads from the Burdwan blast case in which, NIA says, the accused and their associates are members of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB). Meanwhile, Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi yesterday said his government may hand over to NIA Assam Police's findings following the arrest of six JMB members in Barpeta after the October 2 blast. The blast killed two alleged residents of Bangladesh, Shakil Ahmed and Suvon...

Woman Dragged to Death in Capital

Police yet to trace muggers

Police till yesterday evening could not trace the muggers who from a microbus dragged a woman about 50 yards along the capital's Mirpur Road to snatch her handbag, leading her to succumb to her injuries on Tuesday. Ayesha Akter Ripa, 27, was on a rickshaw and had the handbag's strap knotted around her hand. The mother of a six-year-old girl was going to her sister's house at Lalmatia early in the morning, said police. Three to four muggers were in the moving...

Jubilant minister set to tie the knot tomorrow

Jubilant minister set to tie the knot tomorrow

      With live coverage by several private television channels, sexagenarian Railways Minister Mujibul Haq and his 29-year-old bride jointly celebrated their Gaye Halud, a pre-wedding ceremony, in Khamarbari in the capital yesterday.     The minister, now aged 67, is set to tie the knot with Honufa Akhter Rikta, a post-graduate hailing from Chandina in Comilla, tomorrow. Mujibul,...

Prof Nurul gets BDI Lifetime Achievement Award 2013

Prof Nurul gets BDI Lifetime Achievement Award 2013

Prof Nurul Islam, emeritus research fellow at International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), will receive the BDI Lifetime Achievement Award 2013. Bangladesh Development Initiative (BDI), a non-partisan research and advocacy group of independent scholars based in the United States, will formally present the award at its international conference organised with the Institute for South Asia Studies on the UC Berkeley campus, tentatively scheduled for November, 2015.         The award, established in 2012, is designed to “honour outstanding individuals who, through their scholarly and/or policy and civic engagements, have contributed significantly to understanding the challenges, and pursuing the ideals that would lead to the development of Bangladesh and improving the quality of life...

Media can eradicate violence

Eradication of violence from all spheres of the society requires sustained advocacy campaigns where the mass media will play a crucial role, said journalists at a roundtable discussion yesterday. The media can raise awareness by disseminating the findings of researches and studies conducted on violence, they added. They also urged government authorities concerned, research organisations and NGOs to conduct researches on all sorts of violence. The roundtable titled “Stop Violence, Build a Peaceful Nation: Role of Media in Raising Awareness of Social...

Death of Tareque, Mishuk

HC now to hold trial of 2 damage suits

The High Court, instead of the lowers court, will now hold the trial of the two compensation cases filed over the demise of Tareque Masud and Mishuk Munier in a 2011 road crash. The HC bench of Justice Naima Haider and Justice Zafar Ahmed came up with the verdict yesterday after hearing two writ petitions filed seeking the transfer. The families of the two deceased filed the petitions on October 1 last year with the HC seeking its directives on the...

Youth shot dead

A youth was shot dead by unidentified miscreants in the capital's Badda last night. The deceased was Delwar Bapary, 25, a resident of Dakkhin Badda. His wife Lucky Begum claimed that he was a salesperson at a clothing store at Gulshan DCC Market. She said the miscreants called Delwar and when he came out of home they shot him in the chest and abdomen behind a nearby club “Jagorani Sangha” around 8:30pm. He was declared dead at Dhaka Medical College Hospital. Badda police Officer-in-Charge...

Ensure standard housing for the poor

Speakers at a roundtable yesterday urged the government to provide standard housing for poverty stricken people, mostly those living in slums in urban areas. They said shelter was a fundamental right, and it was the government's responsibility to ensure that the country's people have proper housing. The roundtable “Housing, Land Tenure and Services to Low Income People” was organised by Habitat for Humanity International at The Daily Star Centre in the capital. John A Armstrong, national director of Habitat for Humanity International,...

Sedition Case

SC stays HC order not to arrest BNP's Fazlur

The Supreme Court yesterday stayed till November 2 a High Court order that asked the government not to harass or arrest Fazlur Rahman, a BNP leader of Kishoreganj, in a sedition case. Fazlur, the district unit president of BNP, was sued for making derogatory remarks on President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on March 19 this year while addressing an election rally at the district's Itna. A Kishoreganj court on August 31 issued an arrest warrant against Fazlur...

Irregularities in teachers' recruitment alleged at JU

Some teachers yesterday accused the Jahangirnagar University (JU) administration of irregularities in recruiting 40 teachers and discrimination and harassment in awarding academic titles since Prof Farzana Islam was appointed vice chancellor on March 3. They demanded reconsidering appointment of six teachers to the biochemistry and molecular biology department, which they said was the most recent among the recruitment anomalies. The allegations and demands came at a press conference organised under the banner Adhipotto, Boishommo o Nipironer Biruddhe Shikkhak Samaj (teachers' against...

EU for commuting death sentence of Nizami

The European Union has called for commuting the death sentence given to Jamaat chief Motiur Rahman Nizami and to introduce a moratorium on executions as a first step towards definitive abolition of capital punishment. “The case of Motiur Rahman Nizami has now reached a stage where an execution of the death sentence constitutes a serious threat,” said a statement of EU Delegation to Bangladesh. The statement came after a special tribunal yesterday had pronounced the verdict against Nizami for committing crimes...

2 die in road crash

Two people were killed and another was injured when a bus rammed into a CNG-run auto-rickshaw near Giri Chowdhury Bazar in Patiya municipality of Chittagong yesterday evening. The deceased, Tohidul Alam, 35, of Chandanaish upazila, was the auto-rickshaw driver while the identity of the other, a passenger of the vehicle, could not be known immediately, said police.

Boy 'commits suicide'

A teenage boy committed suicide by hanging himself from the ceiling of his bedroom following a family feud in Kawnia BSCIC area yesterday. Rifat, 14, son of Alal Haoladar of the area and a class-IX student of Mathuranath School, was declared dead at Barisal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital.

News in Brief

Two kids drowned in a pond near their home in Noyani village of Barisal Sadar upazila yesterday. Family members said Rafi, 4, son of Bazlur Rahman and his cousin Rupa, 5, went missing after they went to play in the courtyard around 9:00am. Later, their bodies were recovered from the pond around 9:30am. They were brought to Barisal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital where doctors declared Rafi dead at 10:30am and Rupa at 11:00am.



Lily Rahman, wife of former adviser to a caretaker government Kazi Fazlur Rahman, died of old age complications in a Dhaka hospital yesterday. Only child of late MA Jalil, a retired judge, Lily left behind her husband, four daughters and a son, says a press release. Her namaz-e-janaza will be held tomorrow after Juma prayers at Baitul Aman Mosque, Road-7, Dhanmondi. Her qulkhwani will be held after Asr prayers at her Dhanmondi residence, House-26, Road-4. Lily's relatives, friends and well-wishers are requested to pray for the salvation of the departed soul.

Death anniversary

Death anniversary

Today is the 15th death anniversary of freedom fighter Iqbal Ansari Khan, an eminent social worker, says a press release. He was the vice-president of both Jagannath College and Dhaka College Students unions and joint secretary of National Democratic Front that opposed the Ayub Khan regime in erstwhile Pakistan. He was actively involved in the Language Movement and became the district governor of Rotary International District-3280 in 1987.