News in Brief
Shoe factory gutted in capital
A tin-shed shoe factory was gutted in a fire in the capital's Lalbagh yesterday morning.
The fire broke out at Babar Shoes in Shaheednagar area around 6:30am, said fire service officials.
The fire, originated from an electric short-circuit, was brought under control around 8:00am, said Enayet Hossain, senior station officer at Lalbagh Fire Service and Civil Defence.
Nobody was inside the factory during the fire, he added.
BSF picks up cattle trader in Jessore
Our Correspondent, Benapole
Indian Border Security Force picked up a Bangladeshi cattle trader from Putkhali border in Jessore on Thursday night when he was crossing the border into Bangladesh with cattle.
The cattle trader was identified as Md Shaheen, 32, of Mohisakura village.
Sources in the Putkhali camp of 23 Border Guard Bangladesh said Shaheen was crossing the border with three other cattle traders when they were spotted by BSF members of Angrail camp.
The BSF members caught Shaheen but the others managed to flee.
BSF has informed BGB that they handed Shaheen over to Bogaon Police Station in India yesterday, added the sources.
150kg hemp seized, 2 held in Brahmanbaria
Our Correspondent, Brahmanbaria
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested two people with 150kg of hemp at Jangal village in Sadar upazila of Brahmanbaria yesterday noon.
The arrestees are Md Ruhul Amin, 30, a trucker, of Dimatala at Debidwar in Comilla; and Roky, 20, his helper, of Kalibala in Bogra.
Acting on a tip-off, a team from Rab-9 raided the truck near Comilla-Sylhet highway and held them with the hemp, Rab sources said.
8 bombs recovered in Jessore
Our Correspondent, Benapole
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) recovered eight bombs, one shutter gun, and 400 grammes of gunpowder at Mohisakura village in Sharsha upazila of Jessore district yesterday morning.
Acting on a tip-off, a team from Rab-6 recovered the items from a house of one Sahbaj Morol around 4:30am, said Maj Zahid.
Sensing the presence of Rab, Sahbaj managed to flee.
A case was filed with Sharsha Police Station.
Chinese embassy in Dhaka celebrates its founding anniversary
The Chinese embassy in Dhaka celebrated the 64th founding anniversary of the country through organising a gala reception at the capital's Radisson hotel Wednesday evening.
Minister for LGRD and Cooperatives and Awami League General Secretary Syed Ashraful Islam attended the function as chief guest while Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh Li Jun delivered the welcome speech.
Ministers, lawmakers, diplomats, senior politicians, journalists and businessmen were present at the reception that started with a spectacular dragon dance performed by Bangladeshi dancers.
Tea vendor hacked by 'extortionist'
A tea vendor was hacked by an alleged extortionist in front of Shishu Park in the capital's Shahbagh area yesterday.
The injured, Nazrul Islam Bapari, 32, is undergoing treatment at Dhaka Medical College Hospital with injuries on his left hand.
Witnesses said, the incident occurred when one Nazrul, 30, had an altercation with the victim over extortion demand.
Man held over attempted rape
Locals beat a man and handed him over to police as he attempted to rape an 11-year-old girl in their house at Kazla in the capital's Jatrabari area yesterday.
The man, Mahbubur Rahman, 24, a CNG-run three-wheeler driver and cousin of the girl's father, used to live in her house as a paying guest.
A case was filed against him with Jatrabari Police Station in this connection.