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Govt to continue support for scientific endeavours

Govt to continue support for scientific endeavours

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday sought all-out cooperation of scientists, researchers and technologists of the country in building the nation as a dignified one in the world by utilising their power of innovation. Assuring all sorts of assistance and cooperation in this regard, she said that despite limited resources, her government would continue its...

Man arrested with Indian Rs 80 lakh

Police yesterday arrested one person and seized Indian currency Rs 80 lakh from his possession at Ashkona in the capital. The detainee is Md Alauddin, 30, of Shibganj in Chapainawabganj district.   On suspicion, police intercepted him at a checkpoint near Airport Railway Station around 1:00pm. Searching his travel bag, they recovered the currency, said Shah Alam, officer-in-charge of Airport Police Station. Directed by a local smuggler Masud, Alauddin came to Dhaka from Shibganj and received the currency from a woman residing in...

Contempt of Court Charges

HC clears Gayeshwar, 2 DAB leaders

The High Court yesterday cleared BNP standing committee member Gayeshwar Chandra Roy and two DAB leaders of contempt charges after they unconditionally apologised for their “contemptuous” comments about the courts of the country. Two leaders of pro-BNP doctors' organisation Doctors Association of Bangladesh (DAB) are its Vice-President Prof M Salam and Secretary General AZM Zahid Hossain, also an adviser to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia. The court also warned the three not to make any derogatory remarks about the courts in future. On...

Shibir Man Killing Case

Gayeshwar, Aman sent to jail

A Dhaka court yesterday sent BNP leaders Gayeshwar Chandra Roy and Aman Ullah Aman to jail and granted ad-interim bail to Mirza Abbas in a case filed for killing a Shibir man in the capital last year. The case was filed with Rampura Police Station after Mansur Pradhania, 20, was killed in a clash between police and the activists of Jamaat-e-Islami and Islami Chhatra Shibir at Malibagh on December 29, 2013. BNP standing committee members Mirza Abbas and Goyeshwar and the...

Pharmacy graduates protest licensing exams

Pharmacy graduates yesterday protested Bangladesh Pharmacy Council's (BPC) decision for graduates needing them to sit for licensing examinations for them to be registered with it. According to the Pharmacy Ordinance 1976, pharmacy graduates of BPC accredited universities and diploma institutions only need their graduation certificates to be registered as pharmacists, they said. The graduates under the banner “Pharmacy Graduates' Association” were addressing a press conference at Senate Bhaban of Dhaka University (DU). Bangladesh Pharmacy Council, the statutory body of pharmacists, recently announced...

White-rumped vulture on verge of extinction

White-rumped vultures (Gyps bengalensis) are disappearing fast from Bangladesh due to the unchecked use of toxic drugs in cattle apart from food crisis and the loss of their habitats. “Toxic veterinary drugs like diclofenac and ketoprofen used in saving cattle from diseases accelerate the decline of vultures in the country. When the vultures eat the dead bodies of cattle after the use of these drugs, they simply die,” Prof M Anwarul Islam, the chief executive of Wildteam, told the news...

Haidar ICT acting chief prosecutor

Haidar ICT acting chief prosecutor

Prosecutor Syed Haidar Ali was made acting chief prosecutor in the absence of Chief Prosecutor Ghulam Arieff Tipoo of International Crimes Tribunal, says a gazette notification issued by the law ministry on April 13. Haidar told The Daily Star that he had received a copy of the gazette yesterday. According to the notification, Tipoo has been on a medical leave for a month since April 13. The notification came at a time when the rift among prosecutors heightened. Haidar Ali, however, claimed that there were no major problems among the prosecutors. Earlier, the 22-member prosecution team was divided into two groups to take the control of the position of chief prosecutor. Against this backdrop, law...

Graft Cases

HC to pass order Wednesday on Khaleda's pleas against indictment

The High Court yesterday fixed Wednesday for passing order on BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's petitions challenging her indictment in Zia Orphanage Trust and Zia Charitable Trust corruption cases, while a Dhaka court is set to record statements of witnesses today. On March 19, the Special Judge's Court-3 of Dhaka framed charges against Khaleda and eight others in the cases filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission, and fixed today for recording depositions of witnesses. After the HC set the date yesterday, Khaleda's lawyer...

Job Termination in Hong Kong

  Thirteen women, who were sent back home from Hong Kong (HK) prior to completion of their job contracts, yesterday demanded that the expatriates' welfare ministry exempt them from paying the loans they took from Probashi Kallyan Bank to go to the Chinese city. They placed their demands meeting Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Khandker Mosharraf Hossain at his ministry yesterday. “We had to return home well before the completion of the contracts. But the minister refused to listen to us...

Ctg gold trader's release demanded

Gold traders at a rally in Chittagong city yesterday evening gave a seven-day ultimatum to the government to release their fellow Nandoram Dhar and his two sons. On April 7, a taskforce comprising Border Guard Bangladesh and a magistrate raided Nandoram's house at Chiringa Hindupara in Chakoria municipal area of Cox's Bazar. The team detained Nandoram and his sons Palash Dhar and Suman Dhar and seized 27.5kg gold ornament, six passports and Tk 11.5 lakh from the house. The three were...

Workers Party's 9th congress in Rajshahi on April 24

A Nigerian foreign student of Islamic University of Technology (IUT) drowned in a lake of the university at Boardbazar in Gazipur city Saturday night. The deceased was identified as Tahir Mannir Adamu, 24, a third year student of the computer science department and a resident of the South Hall. Masud Mia, khadem (caretaker) of the university mosque, said he had seen Tahir falling into the lake, when he was returning from cafeteria after taking dinner around 10:25pm. Masud then shouted for help....

Man to die for killing woman

A Narayanganj court yesterday sentenced a man to death and another one to life imprisonment for killing a woman in 2006. The condemned convict was identified as Firoz Miah, son of Nur Hossain of South Batenpara area in Siddhirganj while the lifer is Manir Hossain, son of Chan Miah of Kalabaga in the upazila.

Workers Party's 9th congress in Rajshahi on April 24

Workers Party of Bangladesh will hold its 9th national congress from April 24 to 27 in Rajshahi to elect new central leadership. Party's President Rashed Khan Menon and General Secretary Anisur Rahman Mollik revealed it at a press conference at Shaheed Asad Auditorium in the capital yesterday.   Menon, also civil aviation and tourism minister, said the congress would be held with a vow to establishing a non-communal democratic Bangladesh. Replying to a query, Menon said BNP was in power for two...

Road accidents kill three

Road accidents killed three people and injured 10 others in the country on Saturday and yesterday. Our Rangpur correspondent reports, a man died as a truck ran him over on Dhaka-Rangpur highway at Rangpur Medical College Hospital intersection Saturday afternoon. Emdadul Haque, 40, hailed from Putimari in Gangachara upazila. Locals blocked the highway in front of the hospital demanding a speed breaker there. Our Kushtia correspondent reports, six Border Guard Bangladesh members were injured when their pickup hit a roadside tree as one...

2 CNG-filling stations sealed off, fined in Ctg

A Chittagong city corporation mobile court, led by an executive magistrate sealed off Almas CNG-Filling Station and fined Tk 75,000 for illegally selling gas in cylinder in City Gate area of Chittagong yesterday. Rab officials seized Tk 5.25 lakh, four trucks carrying 228 gas cylinders and detained nine people from the station. In Raozan, another mobile court led by Raozan upazila nirbahi officer sealed off Yunus CNG-Filling Station and fined Tk 5.25 lakh on similar charges yesterday. Rab officials seized 13 trucks...

DCC's Eviction Drive

Street vendors clash with DMCH security guards

Street vendors clash with DMCH security guards

Street vendors near Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) clashed with hospital security guards during an eviction drive against them yesterday afternoon. The vendors wielding sticks chased Ansar members who are responsible for guarding the hospital. They entered the hospital and shattered glass doors of the hospital's emergency unit creating panic among the waiting patients...

Job Termination in Hong Kong

13 women returnees want loan exemption

Thirteen women, who were sent back home from Hong Kong (HK) prior to completion of their job contracts, yesterday demanded that the expatriates' welfare ministry exempt them from paying the loans they took from Probashi Kallyan Bank to go to the Chinese city. They placed their demands meeting Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Khandker Mosharraf Hossain at his ministry yesterday. “We had to return home well before the completion of the contracts. But the minister refused to listen to us...

News in Brief

Six houses, shops gutted in Ctg Staff Correspondent, Ctg Two mud-houses were gutted by fire originated from an electric short circuit in Madyam Talbaria area of Mirsarai in Chittagong early yesterday. The estimated damage is Tk 3 lakh, fire officials said. In Sitakunda, fire originating from a mosquito coil around 1:00am, gutted one house and three shops yesterday, said fire service officials adding, the damage is about Tk 3 lakh. Kazakh envoy meets foreign ministry high-ups City Desk Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Bangladesh Bakhitbek Shabarbayev yesterday...

Death anniversary

Death anniversary

Today is the 13th death anniversary of Surendra Nath Halder, father of Chaitanya Chandra Halder, court correspondent of The Daily Star. On the occasion, recitation from the Geeta, Kirtan, discussion and a prayer session will be held at his village home at Nayakandi Bajitpur under Rajoir upazila in Madaripur, said a press release.

One dies, 26 fall sick after 'eating watermelon'

A nine-year-old girl died and at least 26 other persons fell sick after eating "chemically treated" watermelon at Kalua village in Kumarkhali upazila of Kushtia yesterday. Police arrested vendor Rezaul Karim along with 19 watermelons after the incident.    The dead is Smrity Khatun, daughter of Askar Ali of the village.     Askar Ali, a garment worker in Dhaka, purchased the watermelon from railway market in the upazila while returning home from the capital yesterday noon. He ate the fruit sharing with...

India establishes 'full control' over Bangladesh

The BNP yesterday alleged that India has established its "full control" over Bangladesh due to the Sheikh Hasina-led government's subservient policy, and vowed to face Indian “water aggression” together with the nation. "Out of its too much love for India, our government has given away all our weapons to India for realising our due share of water from the 54 common rivers. Now India has established its full influence on Bangladesh," said BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. Addressing...

Status of junior commissioned officers of armed forces upgraded

The government has upgraded the status and salaries of junior commissioned officers (JCO) and sergeants of the Bangladesh Army, Navy and Air forces with effect from April 1. As per the decision, the JSC post has been uplifted to grade-I from grade-II, while sergeant post to grade-II from grade-III, said an Inter Services Public Relations press release. There would be changes to the salary structure and rank only, it said, adding that all administrative, operational rules and regulations would remain continuous...

Attack on ETV Journos

Arrest of responsible Mitford interns demanded

Members of Television Camera Journalists Association formed a human chain at Saarc Foara intersection in the capital yesterday demanding arrest of the Mitford Hospital interns who attacked the Ekushey Television reporters. They also sought the prime minister's intervention in the matter to ensure punishment for all involved in the attack. They threatened to go for tougher movement if their demand is not met. The interns at the hospital on April 19 morning beat up three reporters and three videographers of the private...

Foreign student of IUT drowns in campus lake in Gazipur

A Nigerian foreign student of Islamic University of Technology (IUT) drowned in a lake of the university at Boardbazar in Gazipur city Saturday night. The deceased was identified as Tahir Mannir Adamu, 24, a third year student of the computer science department and a resident of the South Hall. Masud Mia, khadem (caretaker) of the university mosque, said he had seen Tahir falling into the lake, when he was returning from cafeteria after taking dinner around 10:25pm. Masud then shouted for help....

Obituary

Achhiya Aktar Khatun, mother of Chief Justice Md Muzammel Hossain, passed way due to old age complications at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University yesterday. She was 95. She left two sons, five daughters and a host of admirers to mourn her death.    Her namaz-e-janaza was held at Circuit House Jame Mosque in Dhaka's Kakrail area after Esha prayers. She will be buried at the family graveyard in Pumdi village at Hossainpur in Kishoreganj today, Supreme Court Registrar AKM Shamsul Islam told...