News In Brief
Five Shibir activists arrested for Tuesday's attack on RU BCL men
Police yesterday arrested five Islami Chhatra Shibir activists at Rajshahi University (RU) over Tuesday's attack allegedly by Shibir activists on a RU unit Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) leader and a former activist in Rajshahi city's Dharampur.
BCL Organising Secretary Shariful Islam Saddam, stabbed all over the body, and Golam Robani Khan alias Tufan, with a bullet wound on his left leg, are undergoing treatment at Rajshahi Medical College Hospital.
Of the arrestees, Abdullah is a first year language student at RU. The rest are Ariful Islam, Monirul Islam, Shanto Islam, and Md Sujon.
Khaleda Zia flies to Singapore for treatment
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia flew to Singapore last night for treatment.
Accompanied by few relatives, Khaleda took a flight from Shahjalal International Airport in the capital, said her press secretary Maruf Kamal Khan Sohel.
She is expected to return home on October 13.
Shahjalal airport customs find 51.97 lakh unclaimed Saudi riyals
Customs intelligence officers found 51.97 lakh undeclared Saudi riyals (Tk 10.6 crore) from two handbags at one of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport's departure gates in the capital yesterday.
Some 20 domestic passengers were about to board a Biman Bangladesh Airlines Dhaka-Chittagong-Dubai flight when their handbags were scanned. None claimed the unmarked handbags, Customs Intelligence Assistant Director Rashidul Hassan told The Daily Star.
ASK concerned over rape of girl in police custody
Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK) yesterday expressed its grave concern over the incident in which a girl was raped allegedly by three policemen in custody in Gaibandha.
ASK also demanded proper investigation and exemplary punishment for the rapists.
According to media reports, after raping the girl at Gobinaganj Police Station on September 28 night, the culprits threatened her so that she would not disclose the matter to others, said an ASK press release.
Road crashes kill three
A pedestrian, Md Nasir Uddin, 55, of Barabkunda area, died when a passenger bus hit him in Siraj Bhuiyan Raster Matha area in Sitakunda upazila yesterday, reports our Chittagong correspondent.
Meanwhile, Yakub Ali, 60, of Sonaichhari area, died after a truck ran him over at Baro Awlia in the upazila on Tuesday.
Our Chapainawabganj correspondent adds, Suratan Bewa, 70, of Chapainawabganj town, died when a motorbike hit her at Baroghoria of Sadar upazila yesterday.
Two Singer Electronics salesmen held for misappropriating Tk 4.29 lakh
Staff Correspondent, Sylhet
Police yesterday arrested two staff of Singer Electronics at the office in Sylhet city's Darga Mahalla for misappropriating around Tk 4.29 lakh.
The arrestees are salesmen Md Sharif and Hira Chowdhury.
Sylhet Kotwali police said Niaz Mohammad, Sylhet branch manager of the company, yesterday filed a case where he alleged that the duo were sent to Brac bank in Chauhatta area to deposit the money on Tuesday.
But they falsely claimed that they were mugged on the way, the case statement added.
New Swiss embassy premises inaugurated in Gulshan
The Embassy of Switzerland in Bangladesh has moved to its new premises in the capital's Gulshan-2.
The embassy held an inauguration ceremony on October 7 at the new premises on the occasion, said a press release.
Swiss citizens in Bangladesh and partners from the government, business and development sectors attended the ceremony.
Chargé d'affaires of the Swiss EmbassyCaroline Trautweiler spoke at the event.
At present eight Swiss and 24 Bangladeshi staff are working at the embassy.
Oil tanker catches fire in Karnaphuli
Staff Correspondent, Ctg
A fire broke out in an oil tanker in the Karnaphuli river in Anu Majhir Ghat area of Chittagong city yesterday evening.
Source of the fire could not be known immediately, said Agrabad Fire Service and Civil Defence officials.
Bandar Fire Service officials said only the depot of the vessel, OT Al- Fathe, MF Jyoti Oil Co Lt (M 6895), containing furnace oil and diesel was damaged in the fire.
Fire fighters and a team of Bangladesh Navy doused the blaze after an hour's effort.
Fiona becomes first in photo contest
Fiona Khan, a third-year student of Drawing and Painting Faculty of Fine Arts of Dhaka University, secured first position in the "Out of the Box 4" photography contest in portfolio category held in the capital's Drik Gallery on October 4-6.
Through The Lens (TTL), a platform of amateurs and professional photographers, organised the contest. Over 1,000 such photographers submitted photographs on the issues relating to life and livelihood environment and climate change.
Fiona is the younger daughter of Information and Communication Secretary and National Project Director of A2I Programme Nazrul Islam Khan.