• Wednesday, September 03, 2014

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Demand for Reopening Two CU Dorms

'Shibir' terror continues

Islami Chhatra Shibir activists of Chittagong University, who were demanding reopening of two dormitories, allegedly vandalised a teachers' bus in nearby Chowdhury Hat area yesterday, a day after they reportedly exploded crude bombs at two rail stations. Nobody was hurt in the attack, made around 7:30am, when the bus was headed for the port city to bring teachers to the campus, said Proctor Siraj-ud-Daula. Some windowpanes were broken, he said. Police arrested four suspected students. “We're verifying whether they were involved...

Dhaka Alia Madrasa

BCL men clash among themselves

At least five students were injured in a factional clash of Bangladesh Chhatra League over establishing supremacy at Allama Kashgari hall of Dhaka Alia Madrasa in the capital yesterday. The injured were treated in Dhaka Medical College Hospital and a local clinic. The two factions of BCL activists with hockey sticks, cricket stumps and iron rods started fighting to take control over the hall around 2:30pm, said Sub-inspector Tarekul Islam of Chawk Bazar Police Station. The clash stopped after police intervention, he...

Sagar-Runi Murder

HC bench declines to hear bail plea of detained man

A High Court bench yesterday declined to hear a bail petition filed by Tanvir Rahman, an official of Scholastica School in Dhaka, in connection with the journalist couple Sagar-Runi murder case. The bench of Justice Md Rezaul Haque and Justice Gobinda Chandra Tagore returned the petition to Tanvir's lawyer, saying Justice Haque had “some personal problems” in hearing the petition. The judges, however, told Tanvir's lawyer Fawzia Karim Firoze that she could move the same petition before another HC bench. Fawzia...

JU Admission for Wards of Staff

Teachers continue opposing easing of criteria

Teachers of Jahangirnagar University yesterday protested the university's decision of easing admission criteria for the wards of JU staff under the ward quota and demanded one admission policy for all applicants. On August 29, the university's admission committee took the decision without discussing with any department, alleged the teachers at a press conference on the campus. They also claimed that even though the staff had staged demonstrations demanding relaxations in the admission process for their wards, some groups of teachers were...

Coast guard foils illegal migration attempt

Bangladesh Coast Guard early yesterday seized a Malaysia-bound engine-run wooden trawler and detained 17 Bangladeshis, including a human trafficker, from it in Moheshkhali channel near Najirartek of Cox's Bazar. The illegal migrants, hailing from Narsingdi, Khulna, Satkhira, Jhenidah, Sirajganj, Chittagong and Cox's Bazar, were handed over to Cox's Bazar Model Police Station following the detention . Coast guard says the trafficker, Arif, 30, of Cox's Bazar's Kutubdia upazila, took Tk 10,000 to Tk 20,000 from each person to get them...

Hanging body found at Dhaka College

Police recovered the body of a man hanging from a window grille of the academic building of Dhaka College in New Market area yesterday. The dead, Salimullah, 35, of Shakhipur upazila of Shariatpur district, came to his brother Amanullah's residence at Dhaka Medical College Hospital staff quarter on New Elephant Road a month ago for treatment. Deceased's brother Amanullah told The Daily Star that he got married to one Subarna Rekha nine months back. He was mentally shocked as they got...

'1971: Bhetore Baire' may fuel controversy

The book, "1971: Bhetore Baire" (1971: Inside and Outside), provides a holistic view of the planning, tactics and strategies of the liberation war, but a few remarks might raise controversies that already afflict the country's history, speakers observed at its publication ceremony yesterday. The book, written by Air Vice Marshal (retd) AK Khandaker and published by Prothoma Prokashan, reads in the first chapter that Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman concluded his historic March 7 speech in 1971 by saying "Joy Pakistan". Referring...

Beating up BCL Men

Ctg railway taff, cops among 17 sued

Fourteen railway staff, two railway police and an Ansar member were sued yesterday on charge of beating up several Bangladesh Chhatra League activists at Chittagong Railway Station on August 27. BCL the city unit Deputy Office Secretary Asraf Uddin Titu filed the case against the 17 and 10 to 15 unnamed people with a Chittagong court, said Quazi Sanowar Ahmed, lawyer of the plaintiff. The court took cognisance of the case and ordered the officer-in-charge of Kotwali Police Station to treat...

Stop harbouring torturers of women

Bangladesh Mahila Parishad yesterday urged the political parties to stop harbouring the persons who are accused of torturing women. BMP, which works for women's rights, also urged the administrations, elected bodies and citizen organisations to work together to prevent and eliminate all forms of violence against women. The demands came at a discussion on “International CEDAW Day on 3rd September” in the capital's Cirdap auditorium. The day will be observed across the world today. BMP International Affairs Secretary Rekha Saha presented a...

Tarique again rants against Bangabandhu in London

In a fresh bid to disparage the father of the nation, BNP's Tarique Rahman has claimed that Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman willingly surrendered to the Pakistani army on the night of March 25, 1971 when it started genocide, while Ziaur Rahman took up arms. He also said the Awami League, which was founded in 1949, got the opportunity to get involved in politics in Bangladesh for Zia, his father.     Tarique made the comments at a discussion marking the party's 36th...

Tackling Global Warming

Respond to 2° Celsius stabilisation target

Bangladesh is committed to working together with the small island developing states for ensuring a blue, pro-people, and pro-planet sustainable world for all, said State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam. He was addressing the 3rd International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) held in Apia, Samoa. “Climate vulnerable countries suffer without contributing even a miniscule portion to global climate change,” he mentioned. He urged all countries to respond to 2 degree Celsius stabilization target and for a broad-based support to...

Assault on Cops, Looting of Bullets

Ctg city Jamaat ameer, nayeb-e ameer charged

Police submitted a charge sheet against 144 Jamaat-Shibir leaders and activists, including Chittagong city unit Jamaat Ameer ANM Shamsul Islam, and Nayeb-e-ameer Shahjahan Chowdhury yesterday, for assaulting police, looting 20 bullets and vandalising shops and vehicles in Chittagong city's Panchlaish on November 18, 2012. President of Islami Chhatra Shibir's city (north) unit Mashrur Hossain and pro-Jamaat-e-Islami councillor of the city corporation Shamsujjaman Helali were also charged, said court sources. Panchlaish police submitted the charge sheet.

S Asian Countries

Home bosses' meet on Sept 17-19

Home ministers from eight South Asian countries will join a three-day meeting from September 17-19 in Kathmandu to review regional security situation and to devise a common strategy to tackle security challenges. The countries are Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. "This is a regular meeting to assess the security situation and challenges in the Saarc region, including trafficking and terrorism, and to explore possible measures to cope with these threats," said Nepalese Foreign Ministry spokesman Khaga...

Policy to protect domestic helps' rights soon

Policy to protect domestic helps' rights soon

The government will enact a policy on domestic helps to protect their rights as employees, said State Minister for Labour and Employment Mujibul Haque Chunnu yesterday.  “It (the proposal) will be placed before the cabinet within one month,” he said. If the bill gets the cabinet nod, it will be placed in the parliament, he...

Road accidents kill six, injure two

Countrywide road accidents killed six people and injured two others yesterday and Monday. Our Gazipur correspondent reports, a worker of RAK Ceramic Mamun Mia, 35, of Mymensingh, died when a bus hit him while he was crossing the road in front of his factory in Nayanpur area of Sreepur upazila yesterday. Following the incident hundreds of workers of the factory blocked Dhaka-Mymensingh highway for two hours creating two-kilometre tailback, vandalised at least 10 vehicles and set fire on a bus. Our Chapainawabganj...

China to explore business scopes in Bangladesh

China will soon send a business delegation to Bangladesh to explore investment opportunities in the country. Chinese Ambassador to Dhaka Li Jun said this when he made a farewell call on Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali at the foreign ministry yesterday, said a press release. Li Jun is leaving Bangladesh after discharging two and a half years of diplomatic assignment. The Chinese envoy also informed the minister that the Chinese government is planning to celebrate 40 years of establishment of diplomatic relations...

Kamaruzzaman's Case

SC resumes hearing plea against death penalty

After a recess for 40 days, the Supreme Court yesterday resumed hearing on the appeal filed by Jamaat-e-Islami Assistant Secretary General Muhammad Kamaruzzaman challenging the death penalty given to him for committing crimes against humanity during the liberation war. International Crimes Tribunal-2 on May 9 last year sentenced Kamaruzzaman, one of the key organisers of the infamous Al Badr force, to death for the crimes in 1971. The Jamaat leader filed the appeal with the SC on June 6 last year...

Subhan's War Crimes Trial

Witness presents incriminating documents

A prosecution witness yesterday presented three documents to the International Crimes Tribunal-2 to prove the anti-liberation role of Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdus Subhan in 1971. Anisur Rahman, librarian of the war crimes investigation agency, showed a list of Pabna Peace Committee members, another of the members of Pakistan national assembly and provincial assembly, elected in the 1971 by-poll, and the second report of the National People's Inquiry Commission on the activities of war criminals and collaborators of 1971. The documents were collected...

Jharna Dhara admitted to Square Hospital

Jharna Dhara admitted to Square Hospital

Eminent Bangladeshi social worker Jharna Dhara Chowdhury was admitted to Square Hospital in the capital for better treatment yesterday. Earlier, she was taken to a local private clinic in Maijdee as she fell sick due to old-age complications at Gandhi Ashram Trust in Noakhali, Raha Nobo Kumar, director of the trust informed. Noakhali deputy commissioner, other government officials and local eminent people visited her. An ardent follower of Mahatma Gandhi, Jharna in 1990 took over the responsibility of the trust which works directly with 25,000 poor families, both Muslims and Hindus. She has been supervising the trust as its secretary. She received the prestigious Padma Shri civilian award from Indian President Pranab Mukherjee last...

Abul Mansur Ahmad's 116th anniversary of birth today

Abul Mansur Ahmad's 116th anniversary of birth today

Today is the 116th birth anniversary of Abul Mansur Ahmad, a renowned litterateur, journalist and statesman of the sub-continent, says a press release. Doa mahfils will be held at Dhaka and Mymensingh on the occasion. One of the greatest satirists of Bengali literature, Abul Mansur Ahmad was also a renowned politician, lawyer and a leading journalist. He was the editor of the Daily Krishak, Nabajug and Ittehad in undivided Bengal and a pioneer in progressive journalism. A successful politician, Abul Mansur Ahmad was the provincial education minister in the United Front cabinet under Sher-e-Bangla AK Fazlul Huq in 1954 and the central commerce and industries minister in the Awami League government...

News In Brief

Scholastica gets Odyssey Int'l Award City Desk Five ninth graders from Scholastica won the best Atheistic Award in the sixth Odyssey International 2014 organised in India by City Montessori School, Lucknow, from August 23 to 26. The students from the capital's Mirpur campus won the award for their performance in the category of Galactica (ramp show). Sixty nine schools of 13 countries participated.   SUB awards FIFA quiz winners City Desk The State University of Bangladesh (SUB) gave prizes to the winners of FIFA WORLD CUP...

Obituary

Obituary

Mozammel Hossain Lalu, former Jatiya Party presidium member and lawmaker from Kurigram-3 (Ulipur) constituency and younger brother of JP Chairman HM Ershad, died of a cardiac arrest at Rangpur Medical College Hospital on Monday night. He was 72, and left behind his wife, only son, Hossain Mokbul Shahriar Asif, former lawmaker of Rangpur-1 (Gangachara), and two daughters. He was buried at Munshipara graveyard yesterday.

Mohammad Farooq

Mohammad Farooq

Mohammad Farooq, sponsor director of Shahjalal Islami Bank Ltd and president of Bangladesh Chemical and Perfumery Merchant Association, died of heart attack on Monday in India. He was 70. Two consecutive namaz-e-janazas will be held at Armanitola Ground and at Baitul Mukarram National Mosque tomorrow after Zohar prayers. He left behind three sons and will be buried at his Begum Bazar family graveyard in old Dhaka. All are requested to attend.

Obituary

Obituary

Nafiz Alam died of a heart attack at his home in Tallahassee of Florida in USA on August 2. He was 56. He left behind his wife and two children. He was buried in the capital's Banani graveyard. He obtained a bachelor's degree in sociology and anthropology from Jacksonville State University in Alabama. He worked at...

Death Anniversary

Death Anniversary

Today is the 9th death anniversary of Awami League leader Advocate Abidur Reza Khan. A close associate of Bangabandhu, he was one of the signatories of Bangladesh Constitution. Abidur Reza Khan Memorial Council has organised a programme on this occasion including food distribution among poor at his majar in Mirpur Intellectuals Graveyard. Similar programmes also have been organised at his Bhederganj village home in Shariatpur.