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Political violence kills 130 this year

As many as 130 people have been killed in 509 clashes among political parties in the first nine months this year, according to rights body Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK). About 6,587 people have also sustained injuries during these clashes. Of the casualties, 23 have died and 1,134 have been injured in 88 incidents of the ruling Awami League's intra-party clashes. In its nine-month human rights violation report -- from January to September -- which was released on Tuesday, the rights body...

Traffic cop's power trip in capital

A parking sign is clearly visible before Farhad Auto Market in Ahsan Plaza on New Eskaton Road in the capital's Bangla Motor. Syed Ruhul Amin parked his car before it on September 29 around 8:00pm. But to on duty Traffic Inspector (TI) Monir Hossain, the banking consultant has violated traffic rules for, as he told The Daily Star yesterday, “the system is to park the car at an angle”. Ruhul claimed that he had parked as per “the system” but neither...

International Day of Older Persons

JBFH gives free treatment to 200

Japan Bangladesh Friendship Hospital (JBFH) yesterday provided free treatment to about 200 elderly people in observance of the International Day of Older Persons. Addressing a seminar, Prof Dr Sarder A Nayeem, chairman of the hospital, said, “Elderly people are deprived in every aspect of life in our society.” The seminar organised on the hospital premises was titled “Leaving No One Behind: Promoting a Society for All”, which is also this year's theme of the day. “We should build a society where the...

Rescued wildlife released in Rajshahi woods

Some 339 wild birds, fishes and reptiles rescued from poachers and illegal wildlife traders last week were released in the woods behind Rajshahi divisional commissioner's residence in Rajshahi city yesterday. Divisional Commissioner Helauddin Ahmed released the 76 little egrets, nine pond herons, 160 finches, six Common Moorhens, nine Purple Moorhens, 12 doves, 65 eels and two turtles in the untapped vegetation growing on some four acres of land, which also contains two ponds. Patrol teams of Wildlife Management and Nature Conservation...

Gandhi's philosophy universal

Acting Indian High Commissioner Sandeep Chakravorty yesterday said the philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi was universal, and that it would remain so forever. “Every one of us nurtures Gandhi [his beliefs]. Sometimes we show it, and sometimes we suppress it,” he said. Sandeep Chakravorty was speaking at a programme organised to launch a book titled “Gandhi Camp”, authored by eminent columnist and writer Syed Abul Maksud. The programme was held at a coaching centre in Kalabagan.         The book was launched marking the 145th...

ABUSE OF POWER

ABUSE OF POWER

     

27 Bangladeshis return home from Thai imprisonment

Twenty-seven Bangladeshis returned home yesterday after serving different terms of jail sentence in Thailand for trying to illegally enter Malaysia from the border of the two South East Asian countries, said officials. A flight of Bangladesh Biman carrying them landed at Shahjalal International Airport around 7:50pm, said Ohidul Islam, an official at the Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training. Of them, 20 hail from Sirajganj and seven from Jessore and Bogra, he said, adding that they had travelled there by boat. Thai...

'Mother Helpless to be Helpful'

Two DS readers come forward

Two benevolent readers of The Daily Star have come forward to extend their assistance for a Bogra widow struggling to make ends meet with her teenage sons suffering from bipolar disorder. Hafiz Ahmed Mazumder, chairman of the Board of Directors of Pubali Bank Limited, provided Tk 50,000 while Rajiuddin Koraishi, a retired civil servant residing in Uttara of the capital, Tk 10,000. Officials of the bank handed over the pay order to Nazma Begum at her Pandarpara village residence in Gohail...

Woman, son drown as boat sinks in Buriganga

A woman and her 22-day-old son drowned while her mother-in-law went missing when a boat carrying them sank in the river Buriganga yesterday morning. The deceased were Khadija Begum, 35, and her son Obaidul. Khadija's husband Wahab Mia sustained injuries while his mother Setara Begum, 65, remained missing, said Abdus Sattar Sarker, station officer of Fire Service at Sadarghat. The family members living in Savar were going to their Patuakhali village home. The boat had reached a launch MV Pubali in the middle...

Migrants' Rights

Bangladesh Ovibashi Adhikar Forum formed

Aiming to establish from the grassroots the rights of migrants, both inside and outside Bangladesh, 45 non-government organisations and workers' organisations yesterday formed Bangladesh Ovibashi Adhikar Forum (BOAF). “We will work...as a pressure group,” said BOAF Chairman GM Nazmul Ahsan, emphasising on ensuring safe migration and dignified conditions. He made the announcement on the formation at a press conference in the capital's Jatiya Press Club. Bangladeshi migrants face different forms of abuse abroad and the government must assist to implement these...

Businessman accused of occupying govt land in Sylhet

The state-run Jalalabad Gas Transmission and Distribution System Ltd has accused a local businessman of illegally occupying a portion of its land in Sylhet city. The plot measuring no less than 10 decimals lies near the company's headquarters in Mendibag area, the heart of the city. Local businessmen estimated the price of the land at Tk 3 crore. Md Aminul Islam, deputy general manager (administration) of the gas company, filed a written complaint with Sylhet Metropolitan Police yesterday, saying local businessman...

460 Durga altars in Sylhet get special security due to vulnerability

Police have stiffened security at 460 Durga Puja altars out of 2,206 in Sylhet division marking them as "very important" based on their vulnerability to unwanted incidents. In addition, 593 were identified as important for the same reason, said Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police, Sylhet Md Mizanur Rahman, addressing a views exchange meeting with journalists at the district police lines yesterday. He said adequate measures had been taken for peaceful celebration of the largest religious festival of Bangalee Hindus, which...

Embezzling Tk 4.66cr

4 Agrani Bank staff get life term in Ctg

A Chittagong court yesterday sentenced four Agrani Bank staff and an account holder to life term rigorous imprisonment and another official of the bank to 10 years in a case filed for misappropriating Tk 4.66 crore. The account holder Swapan Kumar Ghosh, the bank's Khatunganj branch credit department in-charge Abdus Sukkur, second officer Nirmal Mollick, ledger keeper Tarit Kanti Sen and cashier Mainuddin Chowdhury, who were given life-term, are on the run. Joyati Prakash Barua, another second officer of the branch,...

Four cops, two robbers injured in gunfight

Four policemen and two robbers suffered bullet wounds during a gunfight at the jungle of Chakfirani in Chittagong's Lohagara upazila early yesterday. Police were raiding the place around 2:00am on information that the gang was planning a robbery mission, said Mohammad Shahjahan, officer-in-charge of Lohagara Police Station. The gang retreated after half an hour of gunfight, he told The Daily Star. All of the injured cops--Sub-inspector Solaiman, Sub-inspector Nurul Islam, Constable Md Didar and Constable Md Khairul--are stationed at the police station....

News in Brief

Cocktail attack on cop in Rajshahi Staff Correspondent, Rajshahi Jamaat-Shibir activists yesterday hurled three cocktails targeting police during a protest rally in Kadirganj area of Rajshahi. The rally was brought protesting the recent remarks of Post and Telecommunications Minister Abdul Latif Siddiqui on hajj, Prophet Muhammad (SM) and Tabligh Jamaat. However, police fired 19 rubber bullets and six teargas shells to disperse them, said police. No casualty was reported.   BATB opens workplace childcare centre Staff Correspondent British American Tobacco Bangladesh Ltd (BATB) yesterday opened a...

Obituary

Obituary

Tariqul Alam Jewel, manager of B Alam and Co Chartered Accoun-tants, died of a heart attack at Lab Aid Hospital yesterday. He was 54. He left behind his wife, children, brothers and sisters. A doa mahfil will be held at his residence on Friday after Asr prayers. All are requested to pray for the departed soul.

Obituary

Ajmal Husain Firoz, eldest son of late M Abul Husain and Begum Azizun Nahar of Dhaka, died of a heart attack on Monday in Libya. He left behind his wife, a son, and a daughter, and was buried in Libya. He had been serving as a medical practitioner in there for 38 years. His qulkhwani will be held on Friday after Asr prayers at his sister's residence at House-3, road-2, sector-3, Uttara.