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Costly healthcare adds to poverty

Costly healthcare adds to poverty

The government should give special attention to ensuring quality healthcare for the poor who become the worst victims of weak governance in the health sector, a number of experts said yesterday. Around 6.4 million or 4 percent people of the country get poorer every year due to excessive costs of healthcare, they said referring...

Ex-minister Qaisar

War crimes trial verdict today

War crimes trial verdict today

A war crimes tribunal is set to deliver its verdict today in the case against former state minister Syed Mohammad Qaisar for his alleged crimes against humanity committed during the Liberation War. Qaisar faces 16 charges of crimes including killing Bangalees, especially Hindus and freedom fighters, during the war in 1971. An alleged local leader of anti-liberation forces Razakar and Peace Committee, the war crimes accused was charged with participating and abetting an act of genocide in 22 villages under Nasirnagar upazila in Brahmanbaria that left 108 Hindus dead. Qaisar, 73, alleged founder of Qaisar Bahini, which had 400-500 collaborators to assist the Pakistan army, was also charged with at least 11...

Oil Spill Impact on Sundarbans

UN team starts work today

The United Nations team to help Bangladesh clean up the oil spill in the Sundarbans will start their work in the area from today.  Meanwhile, a separate investigation committee of the BNP that visited affected areas in the forest, alleged that even though foreigners were interested to save the Sundarbans, the government showed its negligence to do that. The UNDP expert team comprising experts from home and abroad would support the government's cleanup efforts of the oil spill in addition to...

Pakistan to hang 500 militants

Pakistan plans to execute around 500 militants in coming weeks, officials said yesterday, after the government lifted a moratorium on the death penalty in terror cases following the school massacre. Six militants have been hanged since Friday amid rising public anger over Tuesday's slaughter in Peshawar, reports AFP. "Interior ministry has finalised the cases of 500 convicts who have exhausted all the appeals, their mercy petitions have been turned down by the president and their executions will take place in coming...

Five killed under train wheels

Five people, including two females, were found dead on railway tracks in the capital and Gazipur in 24 hours until yesterday noon. One of them was identified as Mahabubul Haq, 60, of Bajitpur in Kishoreganj district. Identities of the remaining four could not be known immediately. Autopsies were performed on the unidentified bodies at Dhaka Medical College morgue. They all had wounds in the head and other parts of the body, morgue sources said. Mahabubul was run over by Dinajpur-bound Ekota Express...

Gold Smuggling

JS body worried

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Civil Aviation and Tourism Ministry yesterday expressed concern over anomalies and corruption in the management of Biman Bangladesh, as well as involvement of its staff in gold smuggling. The parliamentary watchdog raised the concern at its seventh meeting, held at Jatiya Sangsad with its chairman Muhammad Faruk Khan in the chair. The committee will make specific suggestions regarding mismanagement of Biman in its next meeting, after getting a report from the probe body formed by the...

Stop gold smuggling

Chairman of Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh and Biman high-ups came under fire yesterday from a parliamentary standing committee for their failure to stop gold smuggling through the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport. The parliamentary standing committee on civil aviation and tourism asked the CAAB and Biman bosses to take effective measures immediately to stop gold smuggling and take punitive measures against the officials involved. “We have told them many times over to take effective measures and ensure close monitoring to stop...

Gazipur tense over rally of 20-party

Tension runs high in Gazipur over Khaleda Zia's rally scheduled for December 27 as local leaders of Bangladesh Chhatra League have vowed to resist it unless BNP senior vice-chairman Tarique Rahman withdraws his remarks on Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. In a counter threat to the BCL, student wing of the ruling Awami League, Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal, student wing of the BNP, yesterday vowed to teach its political rival a lesson by giving mass beating. “The meeting of the BNP chairperson will...

EXCLUSIVE SATELLITE IMAGES OF OIL SPILL

EXCLUSIVE SATELLITE IMAGES OF OIL SPILL

The near infrared satellite images of the Shela river in the Sundarbans, provided by Digitalglobe, US, through The Decode Ltd, Dhaka........

2 fake freedom fighters at ACC

Two directors of the Anti-Corruption Commission resorted to cheating to obtain freedom fighters' certificate to defer their retirement by a year. The anti-graft body found this while investigating its nine officials, including a director general, who have war hero's certificates. The probe was launched on November 2 in the wake of government and media reports that some top bureaucrats fraudulently secured freedom fighter's certificates. The ACC has completed investigating its Director Golam Yahiya while the probe into the eight others is on,...

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