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Gold Smuggling Through Biman

He used every trick in the book

Even though officially a nobody in Biman or the airport, Mahmudul Haque Palash was the top dog of the gold smuggling ring and he used the names of Biman high-ups to get shipments through. He even used the name of the Biman chairman to influence high officials who were reportedly blessed by the chairman. He picked up the officials and staff of Biman for his racket, winning them over with bribes, liquor and women, Biman insiders said. Palash, arrested on Tuesday...

NBR to check its chief's account info

NBR to check its chief's account info

In an extraordinary move, the Central Intelligence Cell of the National Board of Revenue yesterday sought details of all bank accounts held by its incumbent chairman, Md Ghulam Hussain. The CIC gave banks seven days to furnish information on Hussain's current, savings and foreign currency accounts, credit cards, savings certificates and any other investment instruments and schemes. The NBR intelligence wing also sought detailed account information of Hussain's wife, Zakia Mansoor Hussain, who, according to the NBR website, teaches economics at a college. “I myself have given the approval to CIC to go ahead with the investigation for the sake of transparency,” Hussain told The Daily Star last night over telephone. On paper,...

Sundarganj UZ chairman, vice-chairman suspended

Chairman and vice-chairman of Sundarganj Upazila Parishad have been suspended as they are charge-sheeted accused in the cases for killing four cops, vandalism and arson attack. They are upazila parishad Chairman Majedur Rahman, also assistant secretary of the district unit of Jamaat-e-Islami, and Vice-Chairman Abu Solaiman Sarker, also assistant secretary of the party's Sundarganj unit. Deputy Commissioner (DC) Ehsan-e-Elahi received the suspension letters, issued by the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (LGRD), on Tuesday evening, upazila parishad sources said. In...

NBR’s intelligence cell seeks bank account details of chairman

NBR’s intelligence cell seeks bank account details of chairman

In an unusual move, the Central Intelligence Cell of the National Board of Revenue today sought details on all bank accounts held by Md Ghulam Hussain, the incumbent chairman of the tax authority. The CIC gave banks seven days to furnish information on Hussain’s current, savings and foreign currency accounts, credit cards, savings certificates and any other investment instruments and schemes. The letter was signed by Md Nurul Amin, joint director of the CIC. The intelligence wing also sought information on bank accounts of Hussain's wife, Zakia Mansoor Hussain, who, according to the NBR chairman's profile posted on the tax authority’s website, teaches economics at a college.  

United Air resumes flights today

United Air resumes flights today

After being grounded for three days over a conflict in the board of directors, United Airways resumes operations today. The domestic flights would resume today but flying the international routes would commence after completion of some regulatory requirements, which could take a day or more. During a late-night press conference at United's Uttara office, top...

Barkat hits out at Muhith

Abul Barkat, the immediate past chairman of Janata Bank, yesterday pilloried Finance Minister AMA Muhith, calling him an intellectual fraud, vindictive and power abuser. “He [Muhith] is always humiliating people. He does not know how to show respect -- that's why he is always using dismissive words like 'rubbish',” Barkat said at the unveiling of the book, Janata Bank's Five Years in Corporate Social Responsibility, at the National Press Club in Dhaka. He went on to term the finance minister an...

Gun ‘used in Ekramul murder’ seized

Gun ‘used in Ekramul murder’ seized

Police early today recovered a pistol, which they believe was used in the killing of Phulgazi upazila chairman Ekramul Haq in Feni. The law enforcers raided the office of Jihad Chowdhury, the prime suspect in the killing, on Mizan Road in Feni town early today and recovered the pistol and four bullets, reports our...

Blockades mark hartal in Feni

Blockades mark hartal in Feni

The activists of Awami League and its associate bodies blockaded different roads this morning as they are observing a dawn-to-dusk hartal (shutdown) in Phulgazi upazila of Feni protesting the killing of upazila chairman Ekramul Haque. Ekramul, also the president of the upazila AL, was shot and burnt alive inside his car by the miscreants...

12 upazilas go to polls today

Polls to 12 upazila parishads in eight districts will be held today in the sixth phase amid tight security measures to avert violence. Rebel candidates have again appeared as a big threat to both the ruling Awami League and the BNP-backed candidates. Meanwhile, the by-election for Tarakanda upazila in Mymensingh will also be held today, as its chairman became an MP in the January 5 national elections. As many as 182 candidates are contesting in 13 upazilas, 64 of them for the...

What of long-term cricketing plans?

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) called an emergency meeting which will take place tomorrow at its Mirpur headquarters, mainly to discuss the worldwide media rights issue. The board has already floated a tender and the interested parties can buy tenders from today till May 8 and an open auction will take place on May 12. “We want to discuss everything in the board so that we can look after our interests in the six-year deal. We have got some advice from...

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