• Friday, September 19, 2014

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Dhaka Medical College

Dorm vacated after intra-BCL clash

The Dhaka Medical College (DMC) authorities vacated Dr Fazle Rabbi Hall last night following a factional clash of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists that left at least 15 injured. Students left the hall by 9:00pm as per instructions. The sudden decision, however, left general resident students in a fix. Many took shelter in their friends' houses or lodgings while some left for home. Hall sources said the factions led by the college unit president, Humayun Islam Suman, and general secretary, Fahad...

Re-empowering JS to Impeach Judges

AL govt has to answer to people one day

The Supreme Court Bar Association yesterday strongly protested the latest amendment to the constitution re-empowering the parliament to impeach SC judges, and demanded its immediate cancellation. The protest came a day after the House unanimously passed the 16th amendment to the constitution on Wednesday. “This change has been brought to put the independence of the judiciary under threat,” alleged SCBA President Khandker Mahbub Hossain. “The Awami League government has to answer to the people for this one day,” he told a press...

Rana Plaza Cases

Court asks govt to let 3 officials be charged

A Dhaka court yesterday asked the public administration ministry and Rajdhani Unnayan Katripakkha (Rajuk) to immediately approve the inclusion of the names of three government officials as accused in two cases filed over the deadly Rana Plaza collapse last year. The officials are Md Kabir Hossain, former Savar upazila nirbahi officer; Uttam Kumar Roy, chief executive officer of Savar Municipality, and Awlad Hossain, building inspector of Savar Municipality. Senior Judicial Magistrate Afroza Sheuly passed the order after Bijoy Krishna Kar, assistant...

Lifestyle Fashions Maker Ltd

30 hurt as management staff beat up workers

Officials of a garment factory allegedly beat up its workers following a feud over the formation of a trade union, leaving at least 30 people injured, at Madhya Badda in the capital yesterday. Workers of Lifestyle Fashions Maker Ltd alleged that some 20 to 25 officials led by production manager Ratan clobbered them with iron rods and bamboo sticks around 11:30am. They added that they had named some of their colleagues for different posts in a trade union three months earlier,...

Stop constructions on arable lands

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the country's land needs to be used and its management system should be maintained in a planned way considering Bangladesh's geographical area and huge population. She was addressing the high officials of the Ministry of Land and its associate bodies during her visit to the ministry at the Secretariat. Hasina directed the authorities concerned so that no one could set up factories or buildings here and there occupying arable lands. She also asked the ministry to...

HC seeks Shibbaria river grabbers' list

The High Court yesterday sought from the Patuakhali district deputy commissioner and Kalapara upazila nirbahi officer by November 5 a list of persons who had encroached on the Shibbaria river. The HC bench of Justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury and Justice Md Ashraful Kamal also issued a rule upon the government to explain why it should not be directed to demarcate the river area and evict the encroachers. The order and rule came following hearing of a writ petition Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers...

Sagar-Runi Murder Case

Court orders recording Megh's statement

With no apparent progress made till date in the case over the murder of journalist couple Sagar-Runi, a Dhaka court yesterday ordered the Rab investigator to record statements of the couple's only son Mahir Sarowar Megh and Runi's mother and brother, scrutinise cellphone records of two guards who were working at the couple's residence at the time and interrogate the couple's colleagues. Metropolitan Magistrate Amit Kumar Dey also sought the final probe report from Investigation Officer Wares Ali by November...

Reporting on Child Protection

Prothom Alo, World Vision award three journalists

Three print media journalists were awarded by Prothom Alo and World Vision yesterday for their reports on child protection issues over the last one year. Moshrefa Yasmin of the daily Ittefaq; Shipon Habib of the daily Jugantar; and Jhorna Moni of Bhorer Kagoj won the first, second and third prizes respectively. Each received a crest, a certificate and prize money during a ceremony in the capital's Prothom Alo office. Last year, Prothom Alo and World Vision organised a workshop on reporting on...

EC begins taking photos of new voters

The Election Commission yesterday began taking photos of new voters in Dhaka city for their entry into the electoral roll. The photos will be taken at about 120 schools and colleges, which are being used as registration centres, said EC officials. The deadline for taking photos is November 15. Earlier, from September 1 to 13, EC data collectors made door-to-door visits to gather information about new voters. Those who failed to give information during data collection can still register at the centres...

Road crashes kill eight

Eight people were killed and 13 others injured in road accidents in the country yesterday and Wednesday. Our Chittagong correspondent reports, two persons died after a covered van ran them over on Dhaka-Chittagong highway at Fouzdarhat in Siatkunda upazila yesterday. The dead were Kulsum, 40, and her son Monirul Islam, 13, of Barguna. Meanwhile, a passenger of a CNG-run auto-rickshaw was killed and its driver injured as it collided head-on with a truck near Fakirhat in Sitakunda. The deceased was Mohib Ullah, 25,...

Gonojagoron Mancha

Govt protecting war criminals

Govt protecting war criminals

The faction of Gonojagoron Mancha led by Imran H Sarker yesterday accused the government of protecting the war criminals and suppressing the anti-war crimes protesters. Addressing a rally at the capital's Shahbagh, its spokesperson Imran said the ruling party had infiltrated its activists into the Mancha so that no one could speak in favour...

24 dailies getting govt ads

Some 24 national dailies are getting the government's advertisements, Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu told parliament yesterday. The dailies paying salaries and other allowances to journalists and other press staff as per the 8th wage board are getting the government's advertisements, said the minister. Of the newspapers, ten English dailies are The Daily Star, The News Today, The Bangladesh Today, The Financial Express, New Age, The Independent, Dhaka Tribune, The Daily Observer, Daily Sun and The New Nation. Fourteen Bangla dailies are...

Jatrabari-Dholaipar Road

Accidents waiting to happen

Accidents waiting to happen

Riddled with potholes, the half a kilometre stretch of Jatrabari-Dholaipar road beside the Jatrabari ramp of Mayor Mohammad Hanif Flyover has become a nightmare for commuters and vehicles. The battered road poses a great risk of toppling over vehicles plying on it. “It actually feels like I am on a boat in the sea during...

Studying at IIT Bombay

German agency offers scholarships for Bangladeshi students

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) has offered scholarships for Bangladeshi engineering students for postgraduate and doctoral education at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay. Fifteen aspirants will get the scholarships for Master of Technology (MTech) and five for PhD. DAAD has introduced the scholarships for master's programmes in engineering systems, biomedical engineering, environmental science and engineering, water resource engineering and technology and development, and for PhD study in renewable energy, climate change, health, biodiversity, and good governance, at IIT Bombay. In...

Faruk Murder Case

Don't harass MP Rana

The High Court has directed law enforcers not to harass or arrest Amanur Rahman Khan Rana, lawmaker from Tangail-3 constituency, without “due process of law”. The HC passed the order on Wednesday after hearing a writ petition filed by Rana who fears police arresting him in the Faruk Ahmed murder case without “due process of law”. The Bangla daily Prothom Alo on September 14 published a report saying that police have found evidence of involvement of Rana and his three brothers...

News in Brief

Two muggers held in capital Staff Correspondent Police detained two fleeing members of a gang which snatched around Tk 1.1 lakh from a garment official in the capital's Mohakhai yesterday afternoon. The detainees are Aminul Islam, 25, who introduced himself as a final year sociology student of Titumir College; and Abdur Rahman Babu, 23. Banani police Sub-inspector Abu Bakkar Siddique said Aminul with his four accomplices including Babu looted the money from Mizanur Rahman Zia. The other three managed to flee with the...

Death anniversary

Death anniversary

Today is the 50th death anniversary of Syed Shafiullah, a social worker and a high government official. At the time of his death, Syed Shafiullah was the acting secretary of the then East Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority. Shafiullah was a graduate of Faridpur Rajendra College.