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Floods rage thru' north

Floods rage thru' north

With the flood situation in the north showing no sign of improvement, more than one lakh people of 100 villages were freshly affected after a part of the flood control embankment by the Jamuna river collapsed in Bogra yesterday. Including them, about nine lakh people have now been hit by the monsoonal flood in...

News Analysis

A policy of hypocrisy

The government has been portraying its move to restore parliament's power to impeach Supreme Court judges on grounds of misconduct or incapacity as an effort to return to the original constitution of 1972. But it has no plan to return to the 1972 constitution regarding empowering the SC to have effective control and supervision over the lower judiciary. In the view of Law Minister Anisul Haque, the existing provisions on the lower courts are excellent and there is no need to...

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Moghbazar Killing

Extortionist gang with 'Bhola link'

It's known as Bhola-Khaleque gang. Run by Abdul Khaleque and his close aides Shah Alam, his elder brother Jahangir, Nuru and Mazid, the gang has established a reign of extortion and drug peddling in the slum areas of Moghbazar and Malibagh. They are all from Bhola. Police never dare touch them as they use the name of a ruling party leader who also hails from the district. Kailla Babu, a suspect in Thursday night's Moghbazar triple-murder, and Kala Chan, whose sister Ranu...

Picked up, they never return

Picked up, they never return

Abdul Quader Bhuiyan Masum always wanted to be an intelligence officer. And everything was going the way he wanted. A final year student of the capital's Government Titumir College, Masum was preparing himself for the recruitment test, held on December 13 last year, for the post of an officer at the National Security Intelligence. But on December 4, he suddenly disappeared and never returned home. He along with five others was allegedly picked up by law enforcers from the capital. His police record was clean. Two days later, Masum's father filed a general diary but the law enforcement agencies either have not been able to trace or have not disclosed his...

‘Soft coup’ fears grow in Pakistan

Pakistan's army chief took centre stage in a national political crisis yet again by holding talks with two protest leaders who have been agitating on the streets of Islamabad for the overthrow of the elected government for the last two weeks. Politician and former cricketer Imran Khan and a Muslim cleric called Tahir-ul-Qadri left their protest camps outside parliament for back-to-back audiences with Raheel Sharif, the general in charge of Pakistan's 500,000-strong army. Officials said the general had agreed to mediate...

Faruqi Murder

Police still clueless about killers

Three days into the slaying of Sheikh Nurul Islam Faruqi, chief imam of the Supreme Court Jame Masjid, law enforcers are still without any clue to the murder. There has been no arrest either. The police, Rapid Action Battalion and several intelligence agencies are probing the gruesome murder focusing on several issues including personal and religious rivalry, and financial feud over hajj. Assailants slit the throat of Faruqi at his East Rajabazar home in the capital on Wednesday night. His family members...

Published Date: August 29, 2014
Three rivers too hungry

Three rivers too hungry

The Padma, the Ganges and the Jamuna have taken away around 1.5 lakh hectares of land but returned only 53,000 hectares in the last four decades. In other words, the country has lost to the three rivers around one lakh hectares or 1,000 square kilometres of arable land, which is more than the size...

Published Date: August 29, 2014
Gunmen storm house, kill 3

Gunmen storm house, kill 3

Criminals stormed a house in Sonalibagh in Moghbazar and shot two youths and a woman dead and injured another person last night over illegal toll and land dispute. The deceased were Mohammad Munna, 18, Billal Hossain, 20, and Ranu Akhter Brishti, 28. Ranu's brother Hridoy, 20, was injured and was being treated at Dhaka Medical...

War Trial Verdict Leak

Published Date: August 29, 2014
SQ Chy's wife, son, 5 others charged

SQ Chy's wife, son, 5 others charged

Detectives yesterday pressed charges 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. Tribunal-1 had awarded the capital punishment to the BNP leader on October 1 last year for crimes against humanity committed during the Liberation War. Back then, the leaking of the verdict a day ahead of its delivery raised serious questions about the security of the tribunal. Apart from Salauddin's wife Farhat Quader Chowdhury and son Humam Quader Chowdhury, Salauddin's manager Mahbubul Ahsan, Salauddin's counsel Fakhrul Islam, Fakhrul's assistant Mehedi Hasan, and the tribunal's office assistant Faruk Hossain...

Murder of Imam Faruqi

Published Date: August 29, 2014
Family points finger at rival religious group

Family points finger at rival religious group

Family members of Sheikh Nurul Islam Faruqi, the slain chief imam of the Supreme Court mosque, yesterday alleged that those opposing his religious beliefs had a hand in the killing. They said Faruqi, who was murdered at his East Rajabazar house in the capital on Wednesday night, had received threats several times from this group since the radical Islamist group Hefajat-e Islam held a rally in Motijheel on May 5 last year.  "My father had been getting threats for the last one and a half years since Hefajat men waged the movement. His vehicle came under attack in Tangail while returning to Dhaka about six months ago," said Faisal Faruqi, son...