• Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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Launch Cabin Tickets for Eid Home Rush

Only influence can buy you one

While many people from the southern districts are desperately looking for cabin tickets of launches to travel home ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr, the private operators have created an artificial crisis of the tickets by preserving those for the influential people. The vessel operators said the tickets were sold at least two weeks before Eid but sources in the launch owners association said the owners have reserved the cabins for VIPs, relatives, friends, business partners, and political leaders. "For example, I've reserved four...

Prof Naiyyum gets bail

The High Court yesterday granted anticipatory bail for four weeks to Prof Naiyyum Choudhury, former chairman of Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission, in a case, which the professor said was lodged to defame him.   Prof Naiyyum, also an ex-head of the microbiology department at Dhaka University, said his son's mother-in-law Shamim Siddiqui filed the case with a Dhaka court on July 17, accusing him and his son Sajid Muhaimin Choudhury of demanding dowry from the complainant's family. “This is a complete...

Eid Card Designing Contest

Prothom Alo picks 10 winning children

Prothom Alo picks 10 winning children

The Bangla daily Prothom Alo yesterday announced the names of 10 children who won the newspaper's Eid card designing contest. The newspaper with assistance from Square Toiletries organised the competition "Meril Baby Gollachhut Eid Card Designing Contest" asking children under the age of 15 to send their own designs for Eid cards along with...

Registration begins

Registration begins

Registration for the second season of the HSBC-The Daily Star Junior Climate Champions 2014 opened yesterday following the inauguration programme the day before. Students from grade VI to X from Dhaka, Chittagong and Sylhet divisions can participate in the competition by registering on www. juniorclimatechmapion.com. With the support of Waste Concern, a social business enterprise...

More RMG workers demand Eid bonus immediately

Garment factory workers in Savar and Chittagong demonstrated yesterday demanding festival bonuses immediately as Eid-ul-Fitr is only about a week away. Nearly 1,000 workers of Rakib Fashion in Tetuljhora of Savar demonstrated on the factory premises demanding that they be paid Eid bonuses immediately, reports our Savar correspondent. They also brought out a short procession on the road in front of the factory. Mirza Shaijuddin, inspector of Ashulia Industrial Police, said the workers had received their salaries on Monday, but did not...

BNP's Abbas finally thaws

The new chief of BNP's Dhaka city unit, Mirza Abbas, yesterday said the ruling Awami League had no reason to be fearful of his party's movement after Eid, as he said the anti-government agitation would be “peaceful and democratic.” “Don't set your cadre groups on us and don't attack us. You [the government] will have to give us the space for staging normal agitation,” he told an iftar programme, organised by the Doctors Association of Bangladesh, Dhaka Medical College Hospital...

Khulna jute mill fires 3 workers for demanding arrears

Employment of three jute mill workers was terminated, while two others were suspended in Khulna on Monday night for leading demonstrations demanding payment of arrears. Hemayet Uddin Azadi, Abdus Salam and Ismail Hossain, workers of Crescent Jute Mill, were fired, while Abu Hanif and Gazi Shaheen, workers of Star Jute Mills, were suspended. All were leaders of Collective Bargaining Agent, a workers' representative group.   Murad Hossain, a worker of Crescent Jute Mill, said workers of the two mills demonstrated on Sunday...

Road crashes kill 11

Countrywide road accidents killed 11 people and injured 20 others yesterday and Monday. Our staff correspondent from Sylhet reports, three people died when a bus hit an auto-rickshaw on Dhaka-Sylhet highway in Dakshin Surma's Telibazar area yesterday. They were Rukshana, 35, her daughter Meem, 7, and the auto-rickshaw driver Salam, 25. Our Rangpur correspondent reports, motorcyclists-- Arafat, 23, Mizan, 22, and Firoj, 20--died when a truck ran them over on Rangpur-Dhaka highway in Mithapukur's Dulhapur yesterday. Our staff correspondent from Chittagong reports, 15...

Concealing Wealth Info

ACC sues ex-RHD chief engineer's son

Former chief engineer of Roads and Highways Department Fazlul Haque's son was sued yesterday for concealing the information of wealth worth over Tk 1.6 crore. Deputy Director Mirza Zahidul Alam of Anti-Corruption Commission lodged the case against SM Faizul Haque with Ramna Police Station in the capital. Faizul Haque's income tax return file showed that he earned total Tk 1.37 crore from his business, agriculture, house rent and others between 2001 and 2012. But ACC investigation found that Faizul amassed moveable and...

Adulterated Vermicelli

2 held from HC premises

Law enforcers yesterday arrested two people on the High Court premises following the court order after they appeared before it seeking anticipatory bail in a case filed on charge of producing adulterated vermicelli. The case was earlier filed against Nasir Uddin and Mohammad Ali for producing adulterated vermicelli in an unhygienic environment and selling it in Kamrangirchar area in the capital, Sheikh Mohsin Alam, officer-in-charge of Kamrangirchar Police Station, told The Daily Star. Later, the duo went into hiding. An HC...

Ongoing Massacre in Gaza

Indulgent West spoiled Israel

Indulgent West spoiled Israel

As Israel continued killing innocent Palestinians in Gaza for what it says crushing Hamas militancy, protesters in Bangladesh yesterday ripped into the West's "blind support" to the Zionist state and the United Nations' failure to stop the blatant human rights violation. In the last two weeks of air raids and ground assault since July...

War-Torn Iraq

30 more Bangladeshis return home

Thirty Bangladeshis, who had been living in inhuman condition in an under-construction hospital building in Tikrit city of Iraq, finally returned home yesterday. They reached Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport around 8:15pm, said Zahid Anwar, assistant director of Wage Earners Welfare Board of the Ministry of Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment. The Bangladeshis were employed at Tatawier M Islam Trading and Contracting since last March. Bangladesh Ambassador in Iraq Maj Gen Rezanur Rahman Khan told The Daily Star over phone that many...

Mahakhali Bus Terminal

Rampant extortion sparks 4hrs strike

Bus owners at the capital's Mahakhali terminal yesterday suspended operation of their vehicles for four hours, demanding the arrest of extortionists in the area. The disruption caused huge sufferings to several hundred people rushing home ahead of Eid. The strike was withdrawn around 9:00pm after police arrested an extortionist, Nasir, at Mahakhali. Nasir is a local criminal, said police. Kamran-ur-Rashid, managing director of Ananya Paribahan, a bus operator, told The Daily Star that Nasir's gang had been extorting them over the...

Man shot by muggers dies in capital

A businessman died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital yesterday two days after he was shot by muggers and was snatched off Tk 50,000 in the capital. Mostafa Kamal, a plastic raw material trader of Lalbagh, was shot in the legs and waist near Kamalapur Railway Station, police said earlier.  The body was sent to the hospital morgue for an autopsy.  None was arrested, police said.

Qaisar's War Crimes Trial

Tribunal warns defence against delaying tactics

The International Crimes Tribunal-2 yesterday asked the defence of former minister Syed Mohammad Qaisar to complete the ongoing cross-examination of the last prosecution witness in 30 minutes today. The cross-examination of Monowara Begum, the investigator and 32nd prosecution witness in the war crimes case against Qaisar, was held for the fourth day yesterday, and as per the tribunal's directives, the defence was supposed to complete it the very day. When the defence sought more time, it irked the judges. The three-member...

Sectarian Crisis in Middle East

Legacy of western imperialism

The sectarian conflicts raging in Iraq and Syria will be lasting and cause significant damage, noted historian from Rice University of the USA Ussama Makdisi said at a seminar in Dhaka yesterday. “The various problems of sectarianism in the Middle East, in other words, have been manufactured by Western, Israeli, Iranian and Arab actors using readily available social and political and historical material,” he said. Ussama, the first holder of the Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair of Arab Studies at Rice University...

Abducted Demra boy found dead

Police recovered the body of a school student from under sand in an abandoned house in Demra Konapara area of Dhaka yesterday after 12 days of his abduction. The victim was Mohammad Hasan, 13, son of bus driver Anwar Hossain of the area and a student of class VIII. Sub-inspector Nasiruddin of Demra Police Station told The Daily Star that police recovered the decomposed body packed in a sack around 3:00pm.Hasan's hands and legs were tied with a rope. Hasan went missing...

Failure to Protect Forest Area

HC summons Cox's Bazar DC

The High Court yesterday summoned the deputy commissioner of Cox's Bazar for not implementing its 2011 directives on protecting an ecologically critical and reserved forest area in Cox's Bazar. A bench of the court asked DC Ruhul Amin to appear before it by 10:30am on September 9 to explain his noncompliance with the order. Following a writ petition filed by Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (Bela), the HC on June 8, 2011 directed the government to save the natural characteristics of Jhilonza...

BCC announces Tk 407.89cr budget

Barisal City Corporation (BCC) yesterday announced a budget of Tk 407.89 crore for the 2014-15 fiscal year. Mayor Ahsan Habib Kamal made the announcement at Nagar Bhaban. No new tax has been imposed, he said, adding that previous tax rates have not been increased. According to the budget, Tk 99.06 crore will come from revenue while the rest Tk 308.82 crore will be provided by government and non-government sources for development projects. Mayor Kamal termed the budget insufficient for development of the city...

Sylhet-Dhaka-Ctg train service halted for 5.5hrs

Train communications of Sylhet with Dhaka and Chittagong resumed at 4:00pm yesterday when a wagon of an oil-laden Sylhet-bound which derailed in Dakshin Surma upazila of Sylhet was removed from the rail tracks. The accident occurred near Moglabazar Station at 9:30pm. Chittagong-bound Paharika Express started out from Sylhet Railway Station at 3:30pm, five hours behind schedule, informed the station master. A relief train from Kulaura took the derailed wagon to Sylhet Railway Station.

News in Brief

  1 held with 17,500 Yaba pills in Ctg Staff Correspondent, Ctg Police detained a youth and seized 17,500 pieces of Yaba tablets, worth Tk 52.5 lakh from his possession in Reazuddin Bazar area of Chittagong city yesterday. Tipped-off, police conducted a drive at a building in the area and detained Atiqul Islam, 20, of Anwara upazila of Chittagong from a room and recovered the pills.   Rickshaw puller dies from electrocution in Ctg Staff Correspondent, Chittagong A rickshaw puller died from electrocution in Hill View area...

Obituary

Obituary

Golam Ambia, former headmaster of Chitla Secondary School of Meherpur, died from diabetes and heart diseases on Monday, aged 66. Ambia, also father of BSS senior photojournalist Saiful Islam Kollol, left behind his wife, two more sons, and a daughter, says a press release. He was buried at his Chitla village in Gangni upazila of the district yesterday following a namaz-e-janaza at the school.

Maleka Khatun

Maleka Khatun, mother of Editor-in-Chief of Daily Ajker Khabor, died of old age complications at her Mymensingh town residence on Monday. She was 83. She left behind three sons, three daughters. She was buried at her family graveyard at Khodaboxpur village in Gouripur upazila of Mymensingh.