• Sunday, October 26, 2014


Govt, NGOs should join hands

Fight against Mental Illness

Govt, NGOs should join hands

Comprehensive efforts of government bodies and NGOs are necessary to prevent the rapid increase of mental illness among the population in the country, and to ensure better services for the patients, said discussants at a roundtable yesterday. Still there are different types of social stigma attached to mental illness. In many cases, the stigmas...

Hasina fast losing footing: Fakhrul

BNP yesterday warned that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was fast losing her footing and that it would be a mistake for her government to take BNP's repeated calls for dialogue as a weakness. BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir issued the warnings at two different programmes in the capital -- BNP's ninth political workshop in a city hotel and a memorial in Jatiya Press Club. “Dialogue is the language of democracy as there is no room for violence in...

Traffickers of Bangladeshis to 'Thai Slavery'

May be punished under existing law

Criminals who allegedly trafficked Bangladeshis seeking Malaysian jobs and made them victims of exploitation in Thailand can be tried under the Overseas Employment and Migrant Workers Act-2013, enacted to protect migrants' rights, observed legal and migration experts at a workshop yesterday. However, some of its clauses defining offences and legal arrangements for the trial of the alleged criminals are unclear and contradictory, said noted jurist Shahdeen Malik, adding that amendments could make it effective and supportive while the government should...

Intra-Jubo League clash over jhut trade hurts 20

At least 20 people were injured, one suffering bullet wounds and some others stabbed, when two groups of current and former Savar unit Jubo League activists clashed over buying jhut (scrap fabric from garment factories) in Ashulia's Kolma area. Police detained Sohel Rana, former convener of the unit of the Awami League's youth front who had led one group and used a firearm, and his associates Selim Ahmed and Jamai Selim. Hot Dress Ltd Security Officer Faruque Hosen said one Mojammel...

Liberation War

Resist attempts to distort history

Speakers at a discussion yesterday criticised attempts, even by freedom fighters, at times to distort the history of the 1971 Liberation War and called upon the new generation to resist such actions. The discussion on nationalistic movement of Bangalees, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, things needed to be done to prevent the distortion and expediting trial of all war criminals was held in the capital's Bangladesh National Museum. It was organised by the Sector Commanders Forum (SCF)-Liberation War 1971 Dhaka division committee...

War criminal Ghulam Azam's funeral held at nat'l mosque amid protests

War criminal Ghulam Azam's funeral held at nat'l mosque amid protests

Ghulam Azam, the most prominent symbol of war crimes in Bangladesh, was buried as per his last wish beside his father's grave at his Moghbazar family graveyard beside his residence in the capital yesterday. In an address, customary in Islam seeking forgiveness for the dead from the attendance before the namaz-e-janaza, his son Abdullahil...

Wholesale Awarding of GPA-5

Nahid urges people not to oppose

Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid yesterday urged critics not to denounce the wholesale highest scores achieved by candidates in the secondary and higher secondary public examinations, saying this would “demoralise” the young students. “Some quarters think that examination is efficiently held if half of the examinees fail,” he said while speaking as the chief guest at a conference of the Plant Breeding and Genetics Society of Bangladesh held at Krishibid Institution Bangladesh (KIB) in the capital.     “But how can we deduct...

Ohdikar's Adilur gets another int'l HR award

Ohdikar's Adilur gets another int'l HR award

Odhikar Secretary Adilur Rahman Khan was presented International Bar Association Human Rights Award 2014 by the association President Michael Reynolds at the Rule of Law Symposium at the association's weeklong annual conference's conclusion in Tokyo on Friday. Adilur, also a Supreme Court lawyer, received the award for his contributions in protecting human rights in Bangladesh, says an Asian Human Rights Commission press release. In his speech, Reynolds said, “Let us be reminded that lawyers play a vital role in promoting justice, human rights and upholding the rule of law, both at home and abroad. May Mr Khan's courage, determination and resilience be an inspiration to lawyers everywhere.” Addressing the symposium, Adilur said,...

News in Brief

Teenage girl lured to capital, raped Staff Correspondent A teenage girl was allegedly raped by a man who lured her to the capital from Munshiganj on Friday. Accused Sumon, whom the 18-year-girl knew for barely a month, told her to come to Dhaka over the phone. After she came to Dhaka alone on Friday morning, they roamed around the city together. In the afternoon, Sumon took her to a house near New Market, raped her and left the place leaving her alone,...

Death Anniversary

Death Anniversary

Today is the 1st death anniversary of Prof Syed Moqsud Ali; a former chairman of erstwhile Political Science and Public Administration department at Dhaka University, dean of Social Science faculty and chairman of Political Science Association. Born in 1925, Prof Ali was involved in a range of socio-political and cultural activities and was awarded Sher-e-Bangla Gold Medal in 1996 for his immense contributions to publications on political science. Special prayers will be offered at his hometown in Sujabad, Barisal and at his Gulshan residence on Friday.


Prof Meher-un-Nessa Khan, an eminent academic of Mymensingh, died of old age complications in a Dhaka hospital early yesterday, aged 72. Former principal of Mymensingh Teachers Training College, Meher-un-Nessa left behind her three daughters. Hailed from Akua area in the town, she also worked for education department in different posts. She was buried at her family graveyard following a namaz-e-janaza at Akua Hazibari Jame mosque after Zohr prayers.

Burdwan Blast

Nat'l security adviser likely to visit spot

India's National Security Adviser Ajit Doval is likely to visit West Bengal's Burdwan district either tomorrow or Tuesday to assess the progress in probe into the October 2 blast in a house that left dead two persons suspected to have links with Jamaatul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB). It is unusual for such an official to personally visit the site of an incident involving suspected terrorists but it indicates how seriously Indian security agencies are viewing the threat posed by reports of presence...

Indian found sick in hotel dies at DMCH

An Indian national died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital yesterday after he had been found sick inside a hotel in the capital. Biswajit Shil David, 40, was a businessman in Kolkata. His Bangladeshi business partner Oheduzzaman said he took Biswajit to DMCH on information from the authorities of the hotel in Gulistan. Paltan police Officer-in-charge Morshed Alam said the hotel authorities informed him that he was drunk. A bottle of wine was recovered from his room, he said, adding that the reason behind...