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JMB targets to kill high-ups

JMB targets to kill high-ups

Seven members of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh, including its acting chief, have been arrested at Ashulia. They were allegedly plotting to attack VVIPs to get local and international attention. Following up intelligence, Detective Branch of Police raided the Landing Port Station area by the Turag and made the arrests around 1:00pm on Thursday. The seven are acting JMB chief Abdullah Al-Tasnim Nahid, 29, Md Naim Ali, 28, Md Sikander Ali Noki, 25, Mahmud-ibn-Basher, 23, Md Masud Billah, 26, Fuad Hasan, 18, and Ali Ahmed, 24. The arrestees were paraded before the media at...

Narayanganj 7-murder

Rab officers 'asked to kill Nur too'

Rab officers 'asked to kill Nur too'

A top official of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) had ordered former Rab officers Lt Col Tareque Sayeed Mohammad and Maj Arif Hossain to kill Nur Hossain, alleged mastermind of the seven-murder incident in Narayanganj. The top official gave the order when Tareque, commanding officer (CO) of Rab-11, and Arif, company commander of the elite force unit, met him at the Rab headquarters two days after a Rab team led by Arif killed Narayanganj City Corporation panel mayor Nazrul Islam and six others. They, however, did not execute the order as the situation in Narayanganj already heated up following the abduction, sources said quoting from the confessional statement of Arif Hossain. In...

Govt takes food safety seriously

Govt takes food safety seriously

Health Minister Mohammed Nasim said his ministry should lead the government initiatives to ensure food safety. Although the food ministry is tasked with helming the initiatives, Nasim believes his ministry is better equipped to carry out the work. "If we keep the health ministry as the lead ministry and then involve the food, agriculture, commerce...

Giving voice to the voiceless

Giving voice to the voiceless

Tarik Sayeed at a grocery shop in his hometown Penticton, Canada, two years ago saw a young lady ask a salesman for something through gestures. The salesman could not understand what she wanted and so was repeatedly asking her questions. At one point, the lady who was unable to speak left the shop without...

Rights activists concerned at Rab's impunity

In agreement with the European Parliament resolution that urged the government to end impunity to the Rapid Action Battalion, rights activists yesterday called for an immediate halt to extrajudicial killings. Human rights violations are bound to rise if any state security force is given impunity, they observed. Concerned by continued human rights abuses by the Rab and other security forces, the European Parliament adopted the resolution on Thursday. Meanwhile, Information Minister Hasanul Huq Inu yesterday said the government has no plan to...

United Kingdom remains united

United Kingdom remains united

Scots yesterday rejected independence in a referendum that left the centuries-old United Kingdom intact but headed for a major shake-up that will give more autonomy to both Scotland and England. Queen Elizabeth II called for "mutual respect" among Scots following a highly divisive campaign. The queen appealed for Scots on both sides to set...

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How IPM neglected for long

Published Date: September 19, 2014
Green initiative left in the lurch

Green initiative left in the lurch

When in 1981 the Food and Agriculture Organisation launched a green initiative in Savar and Chittagong's Rangunia to tackle pest attacks, farmers there had every reason to be relieved. It offered them help to fight off insects without using harmful pesticides.     Known as Integrated Pest Management (IPM), the initiative drew a huge response mainly...

Published Date: September 19, 2014
Let's start from the root level

Let's start from the root level

Noted agriculture development journalist Shykh Seraj has suggested taking integrated pest management (IPM) methods to every village in the country as an effective way of preventing food adulteration. “If we want to ensure food safety, we have to focus on the root cause of the problem. Contamination of food starts at the production level. So we need to go for chemical-free production methods,” he told The Daily Star. The government needs to allocate more money to promote IPM products and services among farmers as soon as possible, he said.   Shykh Seraj, best known for his popular series Mati O Manush on BTV and Hridoye Mati o Manush on Channel i, has...

Commentary by Mahfuz Anam

Published Date: September 19, 2014
“No head above King”

Do any of my readers remember a brilliant film of the 1950s on King Chulalongkorn of Siam (today's Thailand) called "The King and I"?  In it the King finding the English governess he hired for his children's education to be much taller than him says, "No head above King" and forces her to be on her knees every time she speaks to him. In Bangladesh we have known for a while that there can be no individual head above that...

Published Date: September 19, 2014
End Rab's impunity

Voicing concern about continuing human rights violations by the Rab and other security forces, the European Parliament yesterday adopted a resolution urging the Bangladesh authorities to put an end to Rab's impunity. Human rights violations by the Rapid Action Battalion, an emergency force created 10 years ago with both military and police officers, should stop, said the members of European Parliament. In the resolution on human rights violation in Bangladesh, the EP called upon the Bangladesh government to bring back the...