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Sramik League runs amok in Sreepur

Sramik League runs amok in Sreepur

Vehicular movement on a half a kilometre stretch between Mawna Chowrasta and Peyar Ali College in Sreepur upazila of Gazipur district was suspended for around four hours yesterday during a factional clash of Sramik League over “running” a human hauler stand. Wielding bamboo and hockey sticks and throwing brick chips at each other, some...

Tackling Impacts Of Climate Change

Industrialised countries must pay victims

Industrialised countries must pay victims

The industrialised nations mainly responsible for climate change must keep their pledges of paying the countries affected by its impacts, said Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) executive director Dr Iftekharuzzaman yesterday. “They pledged to disburse $100 billion by 2010 but only seven percent of it has been released so far,” he told a human chain,...

Gazipur robbery leaves 16 injured

A gang of robbers took away valuables, including 20 tolas of gold, after injuring some 16 people in two incidents, in Kaliakoir upazila early yesterday. Police said about 1:30am some 25 to 30 robbers attacked Majhu Khan Bazar and beat up two security guards, tied up their hands and legs and threw them beside a road near the bazar. Later, they halted at least 16 passers-by, snatched their nine mobile phones  and Tk 6,000 and left them beside the road after...

Rana Plaza Site

More human remains found

After the recovery of human remains on several occasions at the Rana Plaza site late last year, there has been a demand that the government carry out another drive there since many victims of the building collapse still remain unaccounted for. The call went unheeded, but more remains keep coming out from the rubbles, with the latest recovery being made yesterday. As before, street boys came across one human skull and eight bones, and said there were more. Labour rights groups...

Mahalaya celebrated

The Hindus yesterday celebrated the Mahalaya, the ceremonial invocation of Durga to welcome the advent of the goddess and her children. This auspicious occasion is observed seven days before the Durga Puja, the largest festival of Hindu community. The four-day Durga Puja will begin on September 30. This year, Mahanabomi and Bijoya Dashami will be celebrated on the same day-- October 3. Meanwhile, Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad yesterday demanded a three-day public holiday for Durga Puja instead of a single holiday. Their demands...

Start movement for democracy

Students ousted governments in the past and they should wage a tough movement to restore democracy, speakers told a discussion of Nagorik Chhatra Oikya in the capital yesterday. “To establish democracy and the spirit of the Liberation War, movements of the students can play a vital role. But it requires solid unity of the students,” said Mahmudur Rahman Manna, convener of Nagorik Oikya. “They should first decide what they will do -- will they support the January 5 polls or express...

Joj Mia's sister accuses 2 CID officers of harassing him

The sister of petty criminal Joj Mia, who was falsely implicated in the August 21 grenade attack cases, testified before a Dhaka court yesterday, accusing two former CID officials of harassing her brother. Khorsheda Akhter, the 103rd prosecution witness in the two cases, gave her deposition before Dhaka Speedy Trial Tribunal-1 for an hour. Her mother Jobeda Khatun testified before the court on September 8. Khorsheda was cross-examined by the counsels of several accused. The Criminal Investigation Department arrested Joj Mia at his...

3 jailed for cheating people in name of giving jobs

A mobile court yesterday jailed three staff of an unauthorised job outsourcing firm in the capital's Bijoynagar for cheating people in the name of giving jobs. Managing Director Meraj Hossain Tushar, 27, General Manager Sahidul Alam, 28, and Director Subarna Akter, 21, of "Gold Star Group" located on the eighth floor of Skylands Point were jailed for one year and fined Tk 2 lakh each. They used to publish advertisements in newspapers and take handsome amount of money from job seekers,...

Attack On Cops

Sylhet court rejects remand prayer for 13 JCD men

A Sylhet court yesterday rejected a prayer for police remand for 13 Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal men arrested in a case filed for attacking police and creating violence in the city on Friday. However, the court asked the law enforcers to quiz the pro-BNP leaders and activists, including the district President Sayeed Ahmed, at jail gate. The orders came after Airport police on Saturday sought a five-day remand for each of them. On September 19, Sayeed and his faction came under an attack...

Cuta work abstention till Sep 30

Chittagong University Teachers' Association (Cuta) yesterday declared a second period of work abstention, from 11:30am to 12:30pm each day, till September 30 and a sit-in before the venue, wherever it may be, of a scheduled syndicate meeting on October 1.The declaration came at a human chain and a rally afterwards before Chittagong Press Club in the port city demanding expulsion of students involved in the attack on Chittagong University teachers on September 10. At least 15 teachers were injured when...

38pc SE Asian females victims of violence

At least 38 percent of women and girls in south-east Asia experienced physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner or non-partner while the global figure is at least 35 percent, stated a World Health Organisation (WHO) scientist yesterday. “Women across the world experience different forms of violence by their partners or non-partners. But the women in the Asia Pacific are the worst victims of violence,” said Dr Venkatraman Chandra-Mouli, whose work focuses on adolescent sexual and reproductive health. He was...

Huge quantity of smuggled drugs seized at Mitford

The Directorate General of Drug Administration yesterday raided five drug stores and seized "smuggled" drugs worth around Tk 65 lakh at Metro Medicine Market in the capital's Mitford. The shops include Amin Drug House, Sahara Medical Hall, Tumpa Medical and Selim Medical. The seized drugs are of about 250 generic names which had been smuggled into Bangladesh from India, Thailand, Egypt, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, said DGDA Director Abul Khair Chowdhury, who led the drive. DGDA officials suspect that majority of the...

Bangla spelling contest launched in Ctg

A Bangla spelling competition and festival titled “Pipilika Bangla Utsab 2014”, first of its kind in the country, will be held in Chittagong city on October 17-18. Shabdokalpodroom Udjapan Committee, which has been formed exclusively for the festival with academics, litterateurs, and journalists, will organise it, drawing over 1,500 students of class VII-X from 70 schools in Chittagong. The competition focusing on both spelling and pronunciation will be held at Saint Placid High School. Students can register by visiting www.pipilika.com within...

Graft Case

Fugitive DMCH doctor sent to jail on surrender

A Dhaka court yesterday sent Moshiur Rahman, a DMCH physician, to jail after he surrendered before it with a bail prayer in a case filed against him for misappropriating Tk 2.31 crore in the name of drug purchase. On August 27, Moshiur escaped from the dock after his bail was rejected. Earlier, the same court sent six other accused in the case, including former director Brig Gen (retd) Bazle Quader of Dhaka Medical College Hospital, to jail on different dates and...

ICT Verdict Draft Leak

Case against SQ Chy's wife, son transferred

A Dhaka court yesterday transferred the case filed against the wife and son of convicted war criminal Salauddin Quader Chowdhury and five others for allegedly leaking the draft verdict of the International Crimes Tribunal-1 that sentenced him to death. The case was transferred to Dhaka Cyber Tribunal. Earlier on August 28, detectives pressed charges against them. Apart from Salauddin's wife Farhat Quader Chowdhury and son Humam Quader Chowdhury, Salauddin's manager Mahbubul Ahsan, his counsel Fakhrul Islam, Fakhrul's assistant Mehedi Hasan, and...

Jabbar ordered my brother's killing

A martyred freedom fighter's brother yesterday testified that the anti-liberation Razakars, instructed by war crimes accused Abdul Jabbar, shot dead his elder brother Motaleb Sharif at Phuljhuri village in Pirojpur on May 16, 1971. Mozammel Haque Sharif, the 8th prosecution witness, told the International Crimes Tribunal-1 that on the following day, Jabbar accompanied by Razakars and the Pakistani army again went to their village where they burnt houses and looted valuables. “Due to the arson, the body of my brother...

Mozena starts 64 dists tour

US Ambassador to Bangladesh Dan Mozena yesterday started his visit to Comilla, Feni, Noakhali, Laxmipur, and Chandpur to fulfill his pledge to visit all 64 districts in Bangladesh, said a press release. During this six-day visit, Mozena and Janina Jaruzelski, US Agency for International Development (USAID) mission director, will meet local government officials, police superintendents, and civil society members. They will visit some historical sites, USAID projects and educational institutions.

Obituary

Obituary

Mohidur Rahman of Shahin Pukur, Doha died of heart failure at his residence in Uttara Model town on Sunday. His Namaz-e-janaza will be held tomorrow after Zohr prayers at Uttara Sector-11 Jame Mosque.

News In Brief

Dhaka University  'Kha' unit admission test  result published DU Correspondent The admission test result for first year honours courses of 'Kha' unit at Dhaka University was published yesterday. A total of 3,874 students passed the examination. Students can get their results on the university website www.admission.eis.du.ac.bd or via SMS. For SMS notification type “DU Kha roll number” and send to 16321.       35th BCS exam's circular published Staff Correspondent      The Public Service Commission (PSC) yesterday published the circular of 35th Bangladesh Civil Service to fill 1,803...

Hanging of 13 FF Army Men

Ershad to blame

Blaming former military dictator HM Ershad for the 1981 court martial which led to the hanging of 13 freedom fighter (FF) army men and imprisonment and sacking of many more, speakers yesterday demanded justice for those who had been wronged. The demands came up at a discussion, “The hanging of 13 freedom fighter army men in the farcical trial of the so-called coup of 1981 and related issues”, in the capital's Jatiya Press Club. It was organised by 23 September Smritri...

Contractor, aide held with firearms at DMCH

Police detained two people including a contractor with a shotgun and a pistol at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) last night when the two went there to attack an employees' association leader over previous enmity. The contactor, Khaled Rajib alias Raju, and his assistant, Ershadul Haque Dulal, were handed over to Shahbagh police. Police said Raju led 20-25 people to DMCH around 9:00pm to attack the employees' leader, Ashraf Hossain Babu. The hospital sources said the two had an altercation the previous...