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Mobarak to walk gallows

Mobarak to walk gallows

It was around noon on August 22, 1971. Some 132 people of two villages in Brahmanbaria's Akhaura had assembled at a place as they were called for a meeting. Little did they know what was going to happen to them. The meeting was a part of a plan to kill some of the villagers...

Govt was aware

Govt was aware

The government knew that Abdul Latif Siddiqui might come back anytime, but it took no steps to dissuade him from doing so, risking another bout of uproar. An intelligence agency in a special report alerted the home ministry that Latif might fly in from Kolkata any day. On receiving the report, the ministry's political wing wrote a letter to the police chief, expressing concerns about the security risk of the controversial former minister. Dated November 5 and signed by Deputy Secretary Habibur Rahman, the letter was received by the police headquarters on November 9. Proving the intelligence report true, Latif showed up at Hazrat Shahjalal Int'l Airport on Monday night. He, however, sneaked...

Checking Campus Violence

PM for prompt, proper action

PM for prompt, proper action

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked the authorities concerned to take prompt and proper action against those unleashing violence at educational institutions irrespective of their political affiliations. “Action must be taken promptly against those who commit this kind of acts,” Hasina told the Sylhet divisional commissioner and police commissioner through a video conference after...

Haji Danesh Univ

BCL activists assault 2 teachers

Two teachers and four employees of Hajee Danesh Science and Technology University (HSTU) were injured in an attack allegedly by Bangladesh Chhatra League men yesterday. The injured teachers are Prof Md Anis Khan, dean of the agriculture faculty, and Assistant Prof of Agronomy Md Mominul Islam. The academic activities at the HSTU have been suspended since the BCL unit of the university went on indefinite strike on November 17, demanding withdrawal of expulsion orders against its two leaders. Around 11:00am yesterday, the...

Saarc Summit

PM leaves for Nepal today

PM leaves for Nepal today

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina leaves Dhaka for Nepal today to attend the 18th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) Summit on November 26-27 where she is expected to meet all top Saarc leaders. Though there is no proposal for bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the Summit with heads of important member state or government according to the PM's programme schedule book, the foreign ministry officials yesterday said the premier will go to Kathmandu with the intention to hold meaningful dialogues with as many Saarc leaders as possible. So far, the ministry has confirmed bilateral meetings with Nepalese PM Sushil Koirala, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai and Maldives President Abdulla...

It's time to clear off mutual rows

The Saarc Summit kicks off in Nepal tomorrow amid high hopes of a jumpstart to the moribund pact, set off by regional superpower India's wish to forge stronger and substantive ties with neighbours. Established about 30 years ago with the aim to bring about shared economic prosperity, the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation today is the world's least integrated trade and economic bloc. But the steps taken over the past few months by the new Indian government led by business-friendly...

Tk 6,195cr audit anomalies found

The Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has detected financial anomalies involving Tk 6,195 crore at the statutory bodies, ministries and state-run banks. The constitutional body has raised 285 objections to those irregularities in 17 audit reports recently submitted to the president. The anomalies were revealed at the maiden press conference of the CAG office held in the capital yesterday. The CAG office has never before organised a media briefing. "The amount can be realised and adjusted," said CAG Masud...

Drive against jaywalking begins today

Drive against jaywalking begins today

Dhaka Metropolitan Police begins its week-long drive to check jaywalking on Kazi Nazrul Islam Avenue in the capital this morning. Every day from 8:00am to evening, there will be two mobile courts, led by executive magistrates, on the Hotel Ruposhi Bangla intersection-Farmgate Police Box stretch of the avenue. A jaywalker will be fined Tk 200...

Published Date: November 24, 2014
Latif traceless on return

Latif traceless on return

Sacked minister Abdul Latif Siddique, who had been staying in India for about one and a half months, returned to Bangladesh last night, with several arrest warrants on him. The former posts and telecommunication minister, who has been under fire for his anti-hajj comments in September, arrived at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on Air India flight AI 230 around 8:20pm. He stayed at the VIP terminal for a while and talked to some airport and government agency officials, according to airport sources. He left the airport through the domestic terminal around 9:00pm, boarded his personal vehicle waiting outside and headed towards Uttara, the sources said. None could say where he went. Airport police officials,...

Published Date: November 24, 2014
Fire ravaged their lives

Fire ravaged their lives

Everything happens for the best, it is often touted, but for Hena Akter, it is impossible to find a silver lining in the tragedy that unfolded on this day two years ago. A slight short circuit gave way to an errant fire, which went on to ravage her entire workplace -- and her life.  “I...