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WHY?

WHY?

"Law enforcement agencies are run with taxpayers' money. Why won't they be answerable to us? Why won't there be any accountability?" Sanjida Islam raised these questions during a conference at the Jatiya Press Club auditorium, where about 100 families of victims gathered to observe the UN's International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances...

War crimes convict Alim dies in jail

War crimes convict Alim dies in jail

Convicted war criminal Abdul Alim died of cancer at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) yesterday. The 83-year-old former BNP minister breathed his last at 1:15pm at the Intensive Care Unit of Cardio Vascular Surgery department of the hospital, said BSMMU Director (Hospital) Brig Gen (retd) Abdul Majid Bhuiyan. Alim, who was sentenced to imprisonment until death for his 1971 war crimes, had been suffering from lung cancer since October last year. He was moved to the ICU from the prison cell of the hospital Tuesday night and had been on life support since the following day. Cancer had spread throughout his body and he was in no condition to take cancer treatment,...

Flood hits six more districts

Flood hits six more districts

Nearly one lakh more people have been affected by floods in 70 villages of Bogra as a breach in the flood-control embankment by the Jamuna river widened by another 100 metres yesterday. With them, lives of more than 10 lakh people have been disrupted by the recent spell of floods in 17 districts of...

It will gag media

It will gag media

Rejecting the national broadcast policy, newspaper editors, senior journalists and some noted personalities yesterday said such a policy was not acceptable, as it would gag the media and curb the freedom of journalists. The policy would hinder the progress of the media that have helped democracy thrive and the economy grow since the restoration...

Imam Murder

3 suspects held

Three suspects including a woman were detained in Narayanganj and Comilla yesterday over the murder of Sheikh Nurul Islam Faruqi, imam of Supreme Court Jame Masjid. Police rounded up Mahmuda Khatun, 50, and Shariful Islam, 32, in Rupganj upazila, said Abdul Momin, officer-in-charge of Sher-e-Bangla Nagar Police Station in the capital. Mahmuda works at the tailor shop owned by Shariful. She had visited the slain imam's house on the fateful day. Sher-e-Bangla Nagar police picked up another suspect Yusuf from pourashava area...

Published Date: August 30, 2014
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 portion 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

Published Date: August 30, 2014
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...

Follow-up
Moghbazar Killing

Published Date: August 30, 2014
Extortionist gang with 'Bhola link'

They are known as Bhola-Khaleque gang. Using the name of a ruling party leader of Bhola, they have established a reign of extortion in the slum areas of Moghbazar and Malibagh, locals allege.  Abdul Khaleque, the gang leader, and his close aides Shah Alam, Jahangir, Nuru and Mazid are from Bhola too. Police never dare touch them though their criminal activities, including drug peddling, are no secret. According to a detective, the underworld in the slum areas is controlled by people mostly...

Published Date: August 30, 2014
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 for field officers' posts at National Security Intelligence last year. But on December 4, just nine days before the test was held, 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 have yet to say anything about his fate or whereabouts. The same happened...

Published Date: August 30, 2014
‘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...