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Published Date: July 28, 2014
Rape used as weapon

Rape has become a most pervasive crime against indigenous women in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, and the perpetrators in majority of the cases are Bangalee settlers, lawyers and rights activists say.    The idea behind this is to create panic among indigenous women and thus force them to leave their homes and stay somewhere else. This makes it easier for the settlers to occupy their land.    Before the signing of the peace treaty between the government and the Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati...

Acceptable Polls

Published Date: July 28, 2014
UN official for homegrown solution

Only leaders of the two main political parties -- Awami League and BNP -- can agree on conditions that would pave the way for free and fair elections, said UN Resident Coordinator in Dhaka Neal Walker yesterday. He said, “My view is that the solution must come from Bangladesh, mainly from two political leaders. This really depends on the will of both sides … there're no outsiders and the UN never pretended to do that. “ … Solution to democratic evolution...

Published Date: July 28, 2014
Save Buriganga from grabbing

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has directed the authorities concerned to take effective measures to reclaim illegally occupied parts of the Buriganga river and free it of pollution. The orders came at a meeting organised yesterday on the recovery of all rivers around the capital, including Buriganga, and introduction of a circular road and a river route around Dhaka. "This is our project and we will have to implement it," the PM said.  After the meeting, PM's Press Secretary AKM Shameem Chowdhury briefed...

Published Date: July 28, 2014
Abbas vs Sohel

The rift between Dhaka city BNP Convener Mirza Abbas and Member Secretary Habib-un-Nabi Khan has widened despite party leaders' hectic efforts to calm the situation. The gradually intensified feud has also spread among their followers, leading to a halt in the activities of such a crucial chapter of the party. BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia on July 18 approved the 56-member convening committee led by Abbas and Sohel and asked them to reorganise the unit within a month and prepare for an...

Graft Cases

Published Date: July 28, 2014
Khaleda asked to face trial court Sept 3

A Dhaka court yesterday for the fifth time deferred until September 3 the hearing on Zia Charitable Trust and Zia Orphanage Trust graft cases against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and eight others. The court also asked Khaleda and four others, now on bail, to appear before it on that date. Her elder son BNP Senior Vice-Chairman Tarique Rahman is also on bail in the Orphanage Trust graft case but his lawyer represented him in his absence.    Judge Basudev Roy of...

Beating Up Businessman

Published Date: July 28, 2014
8 policemen suspended

Eight policemen were suspended yesterday on the charges of beating a businessman in the city's Kotwali Police Station on July 17. The suspended police officials are Md Ataur Rahman, officer-in-charge, Shyamol Banik, officer-in-charge (investigation), Ashraful Islam, sub-inspector, Taher, assistant sub-inspector and constables Adhir, Rajib Kumar Das, Azadur Rahman and Nazrul Islam. The victim, Kamal Ahmed Chowdhury, is also the brother of Abul Kalam Chowdhury, a leader of the ruling Awami League and mayor of Chhatak Pourasabha in Sunamganj district. The decision was...

Published Date: July 28, 2014
We cannot coexist with occupiers: Hamas chief

We cannot coexist with occupiers: Hamas chief

Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal demanded Israel lift its blockade of Gaza and warned that Palestinians cannot coexist with their neighboUrs while their land is occupied, in an interview broadcast Sunday. On Saturday, Meshaal was interviewed by US broadcaster PBS in the Qatari capital Doha while in Gaza his Islamist militia was under assault from...

Published Date: July 28, 2014
2 soldiers, 10 'Qaeda' dead in Yemen suicide car bomb bids

Two soldiers and 10 jihadists were killed yesterday in attempted car bomb attacks on army posts and subsequent clashes in the southern province of Abyan, a military official said. He said dozens of suspected Al-Qaeda militants took part in simultaneous attacks on three army posts in the Mahfad area of Abyan. Two car bombs exploded before reaching their targets, while a third went off at the gate of a base, he added. "The alertness of the soldiers foiled the militants' attempt to...

Published Date: July 28, 2014
Jihadists make fresh Advance in Syria

The extremist Islamic State (IS) yesterday seized an army position in the northeast Syrian city of Hasakeh, amid a major escalation in the jihadist offensive against regime bases, a monitor said. On another front in Syria's complex civil war, rebels seeking President Bashar al-Assad's ouster captured a weapons depot in Hama province, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Just south of Hasake city, "IS jihadists took over the army Regiment 121 at Maylabiyeh, after fierce clashes with regime troops", said...

Published Date: July 28, 2014
US doctor infected with Ebola in Liberia

An American doctor battling West Africa's Ebola epidemic has himself fallen sick with the disease in Liberia, his aid agency said. Samaritan's Purse, a Christian charity, said Dr Kent Brantly had been isolated at the group's Ebola treatment center at the ELWA hospital in the Liberian capital Monrovia.