• Monday, September 01, 2014

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60pc of brick kilns eco-unfriendly

A parliamentary body yesterday asked the forest and environment ministry to take punitive action against the owners who have failed to transform their brick factories through the use of environment-friendly zig-zag technology and are consequently contributing to pollution. The parliamentary standing committee on forest and environment also asked the ministry to amend the environment court law, keeping the provision of filing an appeal against its order. The Department of Environment (DoE) told the committee that around 40 percent of brick fields...

Engage in politics of sacrifice, not of indulgence

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked Bangladesh Chhatra League leadership and activists to get involved in the politics of sacrifice and nation building instead of the politics of indulgence.    Those who would run after money and wealth would die out in politics as in the past, she said, addressing the student body's rally in the capital's Suhrawardy Udyan.  “So, you will have to engage in politics to serve the nation inspired by the ideology of Bangabandhu. What I get is not...

Contempt of Int'l Crimes Tribunal Proceedings

Prosecution misses hearing again

None from the 19-member prosecution team turned up at the International Crimes Tribunal-1 yesterday to attend the scheduled hearing of a contempt of court allegation that the prosecutors themselves have brought against a Bangla daily for questioning the state lawyers' competence. “No prosecutor is present... It's unfortunate and unexpected,” said the tribunal chairman, Justice M Enayetur Rahim, at the beginning of yesterdays' proceedings at 2:00pm. Prosecutor Mohammad Ali filed the contempt petition against a reporter, the editor, and the publisher of...

Expedite Rangamati tech university project

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked the education ministry to expedite the process of implementing the Rangamati Science and Technology University project for expansion of science and technological education in the hill district. Addressing the officials of the ministry at Bangladesh Secretariat she also asked the officials to formulate a policy on enrolment of the schools and colleges under monthly pay order (MPO) for construction of schools and colleges in every district in a planned manner. Hasina arrived at the Ministry...

Remarks on Khaleda

Fakhrul takes his turn bashing Hasina

BNP spokesperson Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir slammed Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for terming Khaleda Zia a "killer" and "a person with a sick mind". He was speaking at the inaugural programme of a photo exhibition, organised by Jatiyatabadi Sangskritik Dal, cultural wing of BNP, at Jatiya Press Club in the capital yesterday, marking the 36th founding anniversary of BNP.  "Her [Hasina] remark against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia is not only devoid of political decency, but also dangerous. She termed the person...

Titas Gas

Savar residents besiege office

The residents from different areas in Savar outside the capital yesterday besieged local Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Ltd office for around one and half hours at Shimultola demanding a smooth supply of gas and a stop to its illegal connections in the areas. Afterwards, the demonstrators around several hundred in number also tried to block the busy Dhaka-Aricha highway on the spot but police foiled the move, said witnesses. The consumers at Gamgora, Gazirchat, Baipail, Narashinghapur, Nishchintapur, Buribazar and...

Int'l workshop on blue economy begins today

\In an effort to ensure the protection and exploration of marine resources in a better way, Dhaka has arranged a two-day international workshop on blue economy that begins at Sonargaon Hotel today. The workshop is also aimed to establish links and build relations with countries and organisations working in the field of ocean research and resources. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the workshop at 10:45am. Some 32 representatives from 20 countries, including eights global experts on blue economy, and local experts,...

Edward College student dies in 'accidental' firing

A student of Pabna Edward College died after being hit by a bullet, which was fired "accidentally" from a revolver "he was taking a look at with his hostel mates" in the district town last night. Md Masud Hossain, 22, son of Moksed Ali of Sholabaria village in the district's Ataikula, was a third-year accounting student. He died on route to Pabna Medical College Hospital. The gun's owner, Abdul Hamid Master, vice president of Pabna district Awami League, who also owns...

One held with fake Indian currency

Customs Intelligence officials arrested a man with Rs 1.65 crore fake Indian currency at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka yesterday. The arrestee is Khalil Bepari, 35, of Shariatpur, returned from Karachi by an Emirates Airways flight around 9:00am.

Garment workers in Savar continue demo for arrears

Several hundred workers of two garment factories in Savar demonstrated yesterday demanding payment of arrears.  Workers of Adorn Knitwear Ltd at Savar Bazar bus stand demonstrated yet again on the factory premises demanding their salary of July. The workers claimed the factory management repeatedly fixed dates for paying their salary of July, but did not come through. The factory management refused to make comments in this regard.   Meanwhile, workers of SL Sweaters Ltd in Rajashion of Savar also demonstrated pressing the same demand....

Genetically Modified BT Brinjal

Greens demand stop to farming, marketing

Green activists yesterday demanded a stop to farming and marketing of Bt brinjal, stating that enough research has not been done to assess the impact of the genetically modified crop on environment and human health. They also claimed that most farmers who cultivated the crop did not get high yield as promised by the agriculture ministry and Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (Bari). They said seven out of the twenty who planted Bt brinjal made losses as their plants mostly wilted. The activists...

N'ganj-7 Murder

Another Rab man confesses

Another Rapid Action Battalion-11 member yesterday made a confessional statement before a Narayanganj court admitting his involvement in the sensational seven-murder in the district last April. Radio operator Arif Hossain told the court of Narayanganj Senior Judicial Magistrate HM Shafiqul Islam about his involvement in the murders and described how those were carried out. He along with four others was arrested on August 26 and placed on an eight-day remand the following day. The other four are Lance Nayek Hira Miah and...

ATM Shamsuzzaman's son gets life term for killing brother

A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced Khalequzzaman Kushal, son of film actor ATM Shamsuzzaman, to life term imprisonment for killing his eldest brother. The court also fined the convict Tk 50,000, in default, to suffer one year more in jail. According to the prosecution, Kushal stabbed ATM Kamruzzaman Kabir, 35, to death at their Sutrapur house in the capital on March 13, 2012 following an altercation between the two. On the day of murder, police arrested Kushal who took drugs before the incident....

Moghbazar Triple Murder

Another on remand

A Dhaka court yesterday placed Zakir Hossain Johny, an accused in Thursday's triple murder in the capital's Moghbazar, on a five-day remand. The order came after the investigators had produced him before the court seeking a 10-day remand, said court sources. Detective Branch of police arrested Johny, 25, at Dhaka Medical College Hospital on Saturday. He is the 15th accused in the murder case filed with Ramna Police Station. The case was handed over to DB yesterday, said Mashiur Rahman, officer-in-charge of...

Fire breaks out at RMG factory

A fire broke out at a readymade garment factory in the capital's Mirpur-1 yesterday afternoon. The fire originated around 5:45pm in the storeroom of Cordial Design Ltd, housed on the third floor of a seven-storey building at Shah Ali Bagh in Mirpur-1, said Abdul Halim, deputy assistant director of Fire Service and Civil Defence. Seven units of firefighters brought the blaze under control after over half an hour of their efforts. Clothes of the storeroom were burnt.  Ataur Rahman, general manager of...

17 illegal passport brokers fined in Rajshahi

A mobile court fined 17 illegal brokers Tk 200 each during a raid at Rajshahi divisional passport office yesterday. The mobile court, led by Executive Magistrate Alamgir Kabir and assisted by Rab, also gave them a three-day imprisonment, in default to pay the fine. The convicts, who paid the fine, said they would not be involved in such brokery in future, said Alamgir Kabir. The brokers used to fill passport forms in exchange for money and if anyone wants to fill those...

War criminal Alim's body handed over to family

The body of convicted war criminal Abdul Alim, who died of cancer on Saturday, was handed over to his family after autopsy at Dhaka Medical College morgue yesterday. Khaled Bin Alim, a son of Alim, received the body from the jail authority at DMC morgue, said Farman Ali, senior jail superintendent of Dhaka Central Jail. Alim's body was taken to his eldest son Faysol Alim's Banani house in the capital, and he is supposed to be buried at his family graveyard...

Khaleda's Graft Cases

SC to hear pleas for stay against HC clearance today

The Supreme Court is set to hear today two petitions filed by BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia challenging a High Court verdict that cleared the way for a lower court to continue trial proceedings against her in two corruption cases. The HC on June 19 rejected two writ petitions filed by Khaleda questioning the legality of appointment of Bashudev Roy as judge of the Special Judge's Court-3 of Dhaka who framed charges against her and eight others in Zia Orphanage Trust...

Railway staff jailed for corruption in Ctg

A Chittagong court yesterday gave a Bangladesh Railway staff a two-year rigorous imprisonment in a case filed over misappropriating Tk 6.02 lakh. The convict, Shahjalal Chowdhury, was pay assistant at the Pay and Cash Section of BR (East Zone). The court also ordered to deposit the money in the state exchequer by confiscating and selling Shahjalal's movable or immovable properties, said Mahmudul Haque Mahmud, public prosecutor. The Anti-Corruption Commission lodged the case with Kotwali police on April 5, 2010.

Appeal for help

Appeal for help

Faizur Rahman Himel, a 16-year-old student of Dhaka Residential Model College, has been suffering from blood cancer. He is currently undergoing treatment at Dhaka Medical College Hospital's hematology department. Doctors at the hospital have recommended Himel to be taken abroad immediately for treatment. Himel is the only child of a poor family which cannot afford to pay his medical bills that would cost about Tk 50 to Tk 60 lakh. His parents are seeking financial help from the well-off in the society. Those wishing to help can contribute to account name: Md Hafizur Rahman, A/C no. 17283, Islami Bank, Pirojpur Branch. Himel's parents can be reached at 01724455128.

News in Brief

One held with fake Indian currency Staff Correspondent Customs Intelligence officials arrested a man with Rs 1.65 crore fake Indian currency at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka yesterday. The arrestee is Khalil Bepari, 35, of Shariatpur, returned from Karachi by an Emirates Airways flight around 9:00am. The official's recovered 164 bundles of Rs 1,000, kept in a carton covered with a blanket, from Khalil. Youth dies from electrocution in Ctg Staff Correspondent, Ctg A youth died after being electrocuted in Fakirhat area of Sitakunda...

Death anniversary

Death anniversary

Today is the 11th death anniversary of Nurjahan Murshid, one of the organisers of the Liberation War. Born in Taranagar of Murshidabad district on May 24, 1924, she died in Dhaka on September 1 in 2003, said a press release. She played a significant role in different democratic movements. Nurjahan Murshid Smrity Parishad, her family members, and  Brotee have chalked out different programmes including placing wreath at her grave, a doa mahfil and food distribution among the destitute.

Death anniversary

Death anniversary

Today is the 5th death anniversary of Mohammad Khurshid Alam, a fiction writer and former additional secretary. He died at the age of 53. He was a BCS cadre (admin) of 1982 batch, and wrote 19 books. On the occasion, foods will be distributed among the poor. All are requested to pray for the departed soul.