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Biman starts Hajj flights

Biman starts Hajj flights

Biman Bangladesh Airlines yesterday started Hajj operation with the first flight with 409 pilgrims departing the capital's Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport for Saudi Arabia on schedule. Civil Aviation Minister Rashed Khan Menon, Religious Affairs Minister Matiur Rahman, and top Biman officials bade farewell to the pilgrims at the airport. The 419-seater Boeing 777-300ER took off...

National film policy soon

A national film policy will be formulated soon in order to encourage production of good movies imbued with the spirits of the language movement, liberation war, secularism, and democratic and cultural values, Information Minister Hasanul Huq Inu said yesterday. The aim of the policy will be preventing vulgarism, fundamentalism, militancy, and bad culture in Bangladeshi films, he told a roundtable at Dhaka University. The Department of Television and Film Studies (TFS) of Dhaka University organised the discussion, "Vision of Bangladesh...

Myanmar delegation arrives today

A five-member Myanmar delegation arrives in Dhaka today for talks over issues concerning Bangladesh, including repatriation of Rohingyas, stopping Yaba smuggling, establishing a border liaison office to fast track dispute resolution, and holding regular security dialogues. The delegation, headed by Deputy Foreign Minister Thant Kyaw and accompanied by two officials from the embassy in Dhaka, is likely to raise allegations of armed insurgents in yellow fatigues operating in the neighbouring country from Bangladesh, stated sources. Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque will lead...

Negligence in Surgery

Court clears 2 Ctg doctors of criminality

A Chittagong court yesterday acquitted two doctors of a criminal charge over negligence during a surgery of a boy. The acquitted--Shurman Ali and GM Zakir Hossain--are the doctors of Chittagong Medical College Hospital and a city private hospital respectively. On January 28, 2013, Delwara Begum filed a criminal case with a Chittagong court against them saying they had left a needle in the body of her son Amirul Islam after a colon surgery in the private hospital on May 30, 2012. Later,...

Fighting Human Trafficking

Do your jobs

Speakers at a national conference yesterday urged the government agencies, especially the police force, to play due roles in fighting human trafficking and protecting the victims and survivors. They also emphasised coordination between government and civil society's activities to make people aware of this crime. Their remarks came at the national conference to discuss the draft National Plan of Action (NPA) to combat human trafficking in 2015-17, organised at the capital's Bangabandhu International Conference Centre by Winrock International, a US-based organisation. Abu...

Sustainable Delta Management

Govt embarks on making mega plan

The government yesterday launched a project to prepare Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100, a massive roadmap to ensure a sustainable delta management by properly dealing with issues like climate change, water management, food security and economic growth in the next 50 to 100 years. The plan is expected to be ready by fiscal year 2015-16. The project will also sketch a framework for implementation of the roadmap with an elaborate investment plan for short-, medium-, and long-term interventions, said the project...

Creative questions in 6 more subjects from 2016

The government has decided to introduce creative questions in six more subjects in Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examinations from 2016. It will also introduce the method in four subjects in Alim examinations under Madrasa Board the same year. The decision was taken yesterday at a meeting at the education ministry with Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid in the chair, said a press release. The method was first introduced in Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinations in 2010. In HSC exams, the method was...

Foreign workers torch factory in Malaysia

Some 800 foreign workers set fire to their factory building in Malaysia on Tuesday night, aggrieved at the alleged mistreatment by their employers. The workers, mostly from Nepal, set alight the electronics manufacturing plant of JCY HDD Technology Sdn Bhd in Kulaijaya around 8:00pm, local English daily The Star reported yesterday. Fire fighters put out the fire two hours later. Earlier, the workers stoned their employers' office and burned down a car following a strike. The protesters said the management made workers...

Kashimpur High School in Gazipur

25 students fall sick on campus in a week

At least 25 students of a high school in Gazipur city fell sick in their classrooms in the last week due to “unknown reasons” while the incident has created a panic among their guardians and teachers whether any “unknown virus” has spread in the area. Abdul Mannan, headmaster of Kashimpur High School, said the students felt a bad headache and had respiratory problems, adding that all of them were girls among the total 1,000 male and female students. Dr Shah Alam...

Ahle Hadith

Galib captures foundation building flouting HC injunction

Asadullah Al Galib, chief of a faction of militant outfit Ahle Hadith Andolon Bangladesh (Ahab), and his men forcibly took over the five-story Hadith Foundation building in Rajshahi city early yesterday. The attackers violated a High Court injunction, slapped on August 10 over the building's capture or forcible intrusion into it for six months, and evicted its caretaker and 40 students who were residing there, said police and witnesses. Over 50 attackers equipped with sticks and rods and led by Galib,...

Savar transport workers demand 8-hour shift

Transport drivers and workers yesterday demanded eight-hour working time per day, in accordance with the labour law, to reduce road accidents. Speaking at a discussion at Savar Model Police Station, they said road accidents will be reduced at least by half if drivers and helpers get proper rest. However, transport owners said it is not possible for the workers to work only eight hours in Bangladesh. Brac's Road Safety Programme and Advocacy for Social Change organised the discussion. Abbas Ali, president of Ananda...

Rashidpur gas well-8 begins production tomorrow

The production at Rashidpur well-8 of the state-run Sylhet Gas Field Ltd (SGFL) will begin tomorrow. Starting on January 4, drilling at the well at a cost of Tk 150 crore completed recently, officials informed, subsequently its flare test was also conducted successfully. The gas field will be able to add additional 15 MMCFD gas to the national grid, said Md Amir Hossain, director of the project for the drilling, yesterday. The job was performed with the assistance of Russian state-owned company,...

Gatco Graft Case

HC clears way for trial resumption against ex-CPA chief Lutful Kabir

The High Court yesterday cleared the way for the lower court to resume trial proceedings of the Gatco graft case against Lutful Kabir, former director of Chittagong Port Authority. The HC rejected a petition filed by Lutful in 2007 for scrapping the proceedings of the case against him. The Anti-Corruption Commission filed the case against former premier Khaleda Zia, her son Arafat Rahman Koko, Lutful Kabir and 20 others on September 2, 2007. The case was filed against the accused on charges...

Graft Case

Two DMCH doctors flee courtroom

Two physicians of Dhaka Medical College and Hospital yesterday escaped from the dock of a courtroom soon after it rejected their bail in a corruption case. The doctors, Atiar Rahman, an assistant professor, and Moshiur Rahman, a senior lecturer, had looked casual; maybe they had expected bail, said court sources. But when the Senior Special Judge's Court of Dhaka rejected their bail petitions, the two looked around before sneaking off around 2:00pm, Shah Alam Talukdar, metropolitan additional public prosecutor, told The...

ULab school alumni recall Sheikh Russell, Baby Serniabat

The University Laboratory Ex-Students Association yesterday held a daylong programme commemorating August 15, the day some army men killed Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and most of his family members in 1975. Titled “Tomader Jonno Bhalobasha”, around 1,000 students of University Laboratory School attended the event, beginning at 10:00am at the school's playground. Bangabandhu's youngest son Sheikh Russell and Baby Serniabat, daughter of Bangabandhu's brother-in-law Abdur Rab Serniabat, who were also killed in the attack, had studied at the school. The alumni...

Wards of JU Staff

Students protest demand for easing admission criteria

Jahangirnagar University (JU) students yesterday protested the demonstration staged by university staff demanding reduction in admission criteria for admitting their wards under the ward quota.  Finding the university library closed in the morning, the students brought out a protest procession on the campus. As a part of its demonstration, JU Employees Association observed work abstention and did not open most of the administrative and academic buildings yesterday. However, after Vice Chancellor Prof Farzana Islam assured the students of looking into the...

IRI workshop on opinion polls underway

An US-based non-profit organisation, International Republican Institute (IRI), started a two-day training workshop in the capital yesterday on how to conduct public opinion research. Representatives from different NGOs are participating in the workshop held at The Daily Star Centre. “Our aim is to cultivate core competencies within civil society organisations to conduct and analyse public opinion research,” said Franklin Bonner, resident country director of IRI Bangladesh. Before elections, the candidates learn which issues need to be addressed in their campaigns, he said,...

One killed, 3 hurt in Ctg road crash

A person died and three others were injured in a head-on collision between a lorry and a covered van on Dhaka-Chittagong highway in Sitakunda upazila of Chittagong yesterday. The deceased was Mosharaf Hossain Sohag, 22, son of Abu Taher of Kabirhat in Noakhali. He was the helper of the lorry.

News in Brief

Gang impersonating police snatches money from trader in capital Staff Correspondent Muggers impersonating police snatched Tk 6.5 lakh from a businessman in the capital's Banani area yesterday. Mamun Mollah, a garment waste trader, was heading towards Gulshan-2 on a rickshaw after withdrawing the money from a bank around 3:30pm. Around four to five muggers picked him up in their microbus saying that he was a wanted accused in a murder case. They shortly dropped him after taking away his money, said police quoting...

Death anniversary

Death anniversary

Today is the 2nd death anniversary of Akhlakul Hossain Ahmed, a Liberation War organiser, a member of Bangladesh Constituent Assembly of 1972, and a member of the erstwhile East Pakistan Provincial Assembly, says a press release. A doa mahfil will be held at his Mohanganj residence in Netrakona today. Akhlakul Hossain Ahmed Smriti Parishad will also hold a discussion and a doa mahfil.