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Environment culprits linked?

Rizwana's Husband Abducted

Environment culprits linked?

Armed miscreants yesterday abducted the husband of Syeda Rizwana Hasan, chief executive of Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (Bela), in Narayanganj. The incident happened in the city's Fatulla around 2:30pm, when Abu Bakar Siddique was coming to Dhaka by his car. He is the managing director of Hamid Fashion, a Narayanganj-based garment factory owned by Awami League lawmaker and State Minister for Power Nasrul Hamid Bipu. Recently, Siddique also set up his own garment factory there. The motive for the abduction remains unclear, but Rizwana said some real estate and ship-breaking companies...

Two Years on

No trace yet

No trace yet

Law enforcers have failed to trace BNP leader M Ilias Ali even two years after he went missing from Banani in the capital. Ilias, former lawmaker and organising secretary of BNP's Sylhet Division, and his driver Ansar Ali have been missing since April 17, 2012. Soon after their disappearance, Ilias' wife Tahsina Rushdir filed a general diary with Banani Police Station. Three investigators were appointed to probe the incident, but no progress has so far been made. The police recovered his abandoned car from near his Banani house and found Ansar's cellphone on the passenger seat on the day of their disappearance. Inspector (investigation) of Banani police Kazi Mainul Islam started the probe...

Tragedy at St Martin's Island

Empty in his absence

Empty in his absence

The walls of his small room says all about his fondness and passion for photography. They were covered with impressive photos he had taken over the years. The room was of Sabbir Hasan, one of the two students of Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology, who is yet to be recovered two days after...

Sayedee's Appeal

SC judgment any day

SC judgment any day

The Supreme Court could any day set a date for delivering the verdict on the appeals regarding the sentencing of Jamaat-e-Islami leader Delawar Hossain Sayedee by the International Crimes Tribunal-1. Yesterday, the apex court kept the appeals of the war crimes case waiting for verdict delivery rejecting two petitions, one filed by Sayedee and the other filed by the prosecution. The closing arguments on the appeals ended on Tuesday. The Tribunal-1 on February 28 last year sentenced Sayedee to death for killing Ibrahim Kutti and one Bisa Bali in Pirojpur in 1971, even though it had found him guilty on eight charges filed against him. Protesting the Tribunal-1 verdict, the activists of Jamaat...

Violence would have occurred

Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad has defended his leave of over a month, saying violence would have occurred in the upazila elections even if he had been in the country during the polls. "The uapzila elections witnessed some stray incidents of violence. It would have occurred, even if I were present," he told reporters at the Media Centre of the Election Commission secretariat yesterday while announcing the sixth phase of upazila elections scheduled for May 19. The CEC left Dhaka...

Inaction Over Tannery Relocation

Published Date: April 16, 2014
14 top officials face contempt

14 top officials face contempt

The High Court yesterday issued a contempt of court rule on 14 present and former government officials for failing to ensure relocation of tannery industry from Hazaribagh to save the Buriganga river from pollution. The HC order came following a petition filed by a human rights organisation on April 13. About five years back, the...

Published Date: April 16, 2014
Baishakh tour turns tragic

Baishakh tour turns tragic

A joyful trip turned tragic in a simple twist of fate. Two university students drowned and four others went missing in the waters of St Martin's where they went to celebrate Pahela Baishakh. The incident happened on Monday afternoon as they went swimming off the coast of the St Martin's Island in Cox's Bazar. The dead...

Killing Caught on Camera

Published Date: April 16, 2014
2 key accused left out

2 key accused left out

The Rapid Action Battalion yesterday pressed charges against 11 people, mostly Jubo League men, in the sensational murder of Jubo League leader Riazul Haque Khan Milky. Milky's family, however, has rejected the charge sheet as the elite force has dropped the names of two main accused. His cousin Niloy Milky said they would file a no confidence petition against the charge sheet. The two main accused are Zahidul Islam Tipu, general secretary of Motijheel thana Awami League, and Wahidul Alam Arif, general secretary of Dhaka city (south) Jubo League.   Six of the accused are in jail and five are on the run. The charge sheet came almost nine months after Milky was gunned...

Published Date: April 16, 2014
Do 'study' as Tarique did

Do 'study' as Tarique did

BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has advised Awami League leaders to do some study of history, claiming that Tarique Rahman has revealed some "historical truths" after studying different books. Fakhrul also went on to compare Tarique with Cuban leader Fidel Castro and said, “After his revolution, Castro had said in a court: 'I may be hanged, but history will embrace me.' And we know history has embraced him [Castro].” Addressing a meeting at the Jatiya Press Club yesterday, he said, “There is enough information to support what Tarique has said in London. If Tarique Rahman is wrong, prove it providing proper evidence and information.”   Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal, a...

Published Date: April 16, 2014
United Airways in trouble

Private carrier United Airways (BD) Ltd may face operational suspension due to outstanding aeronautical and non-aeronautical charges of around Tk 77 crore to the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (Caab). The airlines regulator has already imposed a ban on sale or purchase of aircraft by United Airways until it clears all current and outstanding charges in the next one year. “If the airline fails to pay the charges within the scheduled timeframe, we might stop their operation anytime,” Caab Chairman Air...