Day: September 3, 2019

23 killed 25 hurt in road crashes in 4 dists

first_imgTwenty three people were killed and 25 others injured in road accidents in Rangpur, Comilla, Gazipur and Jessore districts on Saturday, reports news agency UNB.In Rangpur, 17 people, including five-members of a family, were killed and nine others injured in a fatal road accident on Dhaka-Rangpur highway at Kolabari in Pirganj upazila in the small hours of Saturday.The deceased five family members were identified as Alamgir Hossain and Saddam Hossain, sons of Ayub Ali, hailing from Kaliganj upazila in Lalmonirhat district, their sister Shamsunnahar and her husband Anisuzzaman and Ayb Ali’s nephew Monir Hossain.Of the other 12 deceased, 11 were identified as Nurunnabi, Rabiul Islam, Nashida Akhtar, Azizul Islam, Delwar Hosain, Jasim Uddin, Suparna, Shahidul Islam, Majnu Mia, Rafiqul Islam and Anwar Hossain.All of the victims were readymade garments workers and most of them were residents of Kaliganj and Aditmari upazilas in Lalmonirhat district, said police.Officer-in-charge of Pirganj Police Station Rezaul Karim said, “There were a few passengers on a Rangpur-bound cement-laden truck. The truck skidded off the road and fell into a roadside ditch in the area at around 5am after its driver lost control over the steering, leaving 11 people dead on the spot and 15 others injured.”The injured were taken to Pirganj Upazila Health Complex where physicians declared another five people dead.Later, of the injured, seven, including Nurunnabi, were shifted to Rangpur Medical College Hospital as their conditions deteriorated. Nurunnabi died at the hospital at 11:45am, said the OC.Most of them died as cement sacks fell on them after the truck plunged into the ditch, added the OC.Deputy Commissioner Wahiduzzaman ordered BRTA assistant director Abdul Quddus to investigate the incident.The families of the deceased would get Tk 20,000 each while those of the injured Tk 5000 each, said the DC.Meanwhile in Comilla, three people including a woman were killed and two others injured as a covered van knock a CNG-run auto-rickshaw in Fuluya area on Comilla-Chandpur road in Laksam upazila in the afternoon.Sub-inspector Ibrahim Khalil, in-charge of Lalmai Police Outpost, said the accident took place in the area when a Chandpur-bound covered van of SA Paribahan rammed an auto-rickshaw, leaving driver Kawsar, 26, passengers-Khadiza Akhter, 35, and Mamunul Haque Talukdar, 65, — dead on the spot and two others injured.On information police recovered the bodies, said the SI, adding, the injured were admitted to Comilla Medical College Hospital.Besides, in Gazipur, three people were killed and 10 others injured in a head-on collision between a truck and a human hauler at Mouchak in the city at noon.The injured were admitted to Shaheed Tajuddin Ahmed Medical College Hospital.In Jessore, four people including a union parishad member were injured in a road accident when a truck hits a three-wheeler at Shantola on Jessore-Jhenidah Highway while they are going to home from Jessore district town after EID shopping.The injured were admitted to Jessore General Hospital, said locals sources.last_img read more

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BGB man goes missing in Teesta

first_imgA member of Border Guard Bangladesh went missing in the Teesta river in Patgram upazila early Tuesday while chasing smugglers. The victim was identified as lance nayek Sumon Hawlader, 42, son of Hekim Ali of Habiganj district.Tipped off, a team of BGB men went to the bordering area near pillar No 144/3 in the upazila and chased a group of smugglers around 2:30am, said commanding officer Lt Col Golam Morshed of Lalmonirhat BGB-15 Battalion.At one stage, Sumon slipped into the river and went missing, he said.A joint team of BGB members, Indian Border Security Force (BSF) and divers from Rangpur Fire Service could not rescue him till filing of this report at 6:45pm.Officer-in-charge of Patgram police station Aboni Shanker Kar said they also looked for the missing BGB men with speedboats but failed due to strong currents in the river.last_img read more

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Court summons Farhad Mazhar wife

first_imgFarhad MazharA Dhaka court on Sunday summoned poet and columnist Farhad Mazhar and his wife Farida Akhter to appear before it in a case filed on charge of lodging a case with ‘false information’ over the poet’s alleged abduction, reports UNB.Taking the case into cognisance, Dhaka metropolitan magistrate Subrata Gosh Shubho asked Farhad Mazhar and his wife to appear before it on 30 January.On 7 December last, the court asked police to file a case against them for staging a ‘drama’ of abduction of the poet. Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Khurshid Alam passed the order accepting the final report submitted by DB police in a case filed over the alleged abduction.Later, detective Branch inspector Mahbubul Islam filed the case with Adabar police station in the capital on Thursday last.On 14 November, DB inspector Mahbubul Islam, also investigation officer of the case, submitted the final report to the court mentioning that they did not find any proof of abduction.The final report had also called for taking action under sections 109 and 211 of the penal code against Farhad Mazhar and his wife for filing a ‘false’ case of abduction.On 3 July last, family members claimed that Farhad Mazhar had been kidnapped by unknown miscreants from Adabar in the capital in the early hours of the day.Later, police found him in a bus of ‘Hanif Paribahan’ in Jessore on the same day while he was returning to Dhaka from Khulna. His wife filed the case with Adabar police station. Later, the case was transferred to the DB.last_img read more

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Civil aviation officials off to Nepal to assist probe body

first_imgWreckage of a Bangladeshi airplane is pictured as rescue workers operate at Kathmandu airport, Nepal 12 March 2018. Photo: ReutersThe Civil Aviation Authority, Bangladesh (CAAB) has sent two of its officials to Nepal to assist the Nepalese probe body looking into the US-Bangla Airlines aircraft crash at the Tribhuvan International Airport in the capital of Himalayan country Nepal on Monday, reports UNB.CAAB public relations officer Mahbubur Rahman disclosed this while talking to reporters on Monday night.Earlier, CAAB chairman air vice marshal M Naim Hassan said the probe body members would soon flight to Kathmandu to start their work.Describing the incident as a tragic one, civil aviation and tourism minister AKM Shajahan Kamal said the reason behind the crash will be unearthed through investigation.He also said the injured Bangladeshis and the bodies of those killed in the incident will be brought home as soon as possible.Meanwhile, Md Kamrul Islam, general manager, marketing support and PR of US-Bangla Airlines, said traffic control miss communication might be the reason behind the crash but nothing can be said certainly before proper investigation.He also said a special flight of their airlines carrying the victims’ relatives will fly to Kathmandu by 8:00am and 9:00am on Tuesday.Mentioning that the airplane had insurance coverage, disaster management and relief minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya urged the civil aviation minister to take steps to bring home the injured and the bodies of the Bangladeshi nationals.At least 50 people died as the aircraft, which was carrying 67 passengers – 32 from Bangladesh, 33 from Nepal and one each from China and the Maldives, crashed in Nepal.There were four crewmembers on board.last_img read more

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2 cops sued for implicating man in false case

first_imgPoliceA case was filed with a court in Jessore against two policemen for implicating a man in a ‘false’ case and not releasing him even after taking money from his family.The accused policemen are sub-inspector Farid Ahmed and assistant sub-inspector Khademul Gaffar of Bashuari police camp in Abhaynagar upazila of the district, reports UNB.Abul Kalam Mollah, son of a certain Kaiyum Mollah of Ichhamati village in the upazila, filed the case on Sunday.Taking cognisance of the complaint, the court fixed 10 April for hearing.According to the case statement, drug dealer Kalam submitted an application to the police super of Jessore promising that he would return to normal life and the appeal was granted.However, the accused policemen demanded money from Kalam even after he gave up drug trading and threatened him in different ways.Being failed to collect money, the policemen detained Kalam’s brother Tariqul recently and informed Kalam that they recovered 32kg hemp, 500gm heroin and six firearms from his brother.Two policemen demanded Tk 100,000 for his release, according to the case statement.Tariqul’s wife Roksana went to the police camp and gave them Tk 50,000 to get her husband released. The policemen also took her gold ornaments assuring her that they would not file any case against her husband.However, the policemen sent Tariqul to court showing him arrested in a case.It was mentioned in the case statement that there are telephonic conversations with police.The family is now feeling insecure following threat of the policemen, claimed the complaint.last_img read more

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Intl support for displaced people in Bangladesh inadequate Geneva forum

first_imgThis photo taken on October 7, 2017 shows a solar panel on the roof of a temporary home for Rohingya refugees at the Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox`s Bazar. AFPA global forum in Geneva on Friday called for planning how to face coming disasters in countries like Bangladesh.Participants at the side event of the UNHCR-NGO annual consultation expressed concern at the displacement of the people including Rohingya Muslims who fled Myanmar atrocities, according to a  message received in Dhaka on Saturday.”In the absence of a sustainable source of livelihoods or safe place to reside, many people are forced to flee their homes, including those who have already fled for other reasons such as Rohingya Refugees,” read the background paper of the event.It added that coastal areas are also particularly vulnerable, such as in southern Bangladesh.Dwerlling on the plight of the Rohingya people, Rezaul Karim Chowdhury of COAST Trust Bangladesh said, “The funding is quite low in response to their vulnerability.”He cautioned that 42 per cent of population in Bangladesh would be displaced in case there is climate disaster.“Bangladesh is a victim of climate impact and it is investing around $1 billion per year for adaptation but receiving a very little assistance from international community,” Rezaul Karim added.Addressing the event at the international conference centre of Geneva, Kristen Hite of Oxfam International said there was a need of planning how to face the future disasters.UNHCR and International Organisation for Migration (IOM )are working on global refugees and migration issues, said Madeline Garlick, head of protection, policy and legal affairs section of the UNHCR.The side event was moderated by Atle Soleberg, head of coordination unit of Platform on Disaster Displacement (PDD) currently chaired by Bangladesh.Other speakers there were Nina M Birkeland, senior advisor of Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), Chirrine El Labbane, communication officer of PDD, and Gopal Krishna Shiwakoti, president INHUREDD Nepal.last_img

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Indian killed in US hate crime

first_imgAn Indian man was killed and another wounded in a shooting being investigated by US authorities in the midwestern state of Kansas as a possible hate crime.The two men, one of whom reportedly had lived in the US for more than a decade, were shot were at a bar outside Kansas City late Wednesday, according to The Kansas City Star newspaper.Srinivas Kuchibhotla, 32, was killed and Alok Madasani, 32, was wounded in the attack. Both men worked as aviation systems engineers for GPS manufacturer Garmin.Authorities arrested 51-year-old Adam Purinton, who allegedly told the men “get out of my country” before opening fire, according to the daily.Purinton was apprehended late Wednesday at a restaurant, after claiming he had killed two Middle Easterners, according to the Star.Purinton has been charged with premeditated first-degree murder and two counts of attempted premeditated first-degree murder. He is being held on $2 million bond.The FBI is trying to determine if the shooting was a hate crime, said Eric Johnson, Special Agent in Charge of the bureau’s Kansas City field office.“We’re less than 24 hours into this investigation. I have FBI personnel working this investigation from every angle,” he said.The shooting garnered headlines in Indian media, amid concerns that the immigration policies of President Donald Trump laid the groundwork for such an attack.The incident comes amid a tense atmosphere in the United States, as evidence grows of increased hate crimes since the contentious presidential campaign and the election of Donald Trump.The number of hate groups rose for the second year in a row in 2016 and anti-Muslim groups nearly tripled, according to an annual census by the Southern Poverty Law Center.“The growth has been accompanied by a rash of crimes targeting Muslims,” the organization said last week.Anti-Semitic crimes have also increased.The Jewish Community Center Association of North America has recorded 69 bomb threat incidents at dozens of centers in 27 US states and one Canadian province since the start of the year.The Hindu American Foundation condemned the shooting, demanding that it be investigated as a hate crime.“Anything less will be an injustice to the victims and their families,” the group said.India’s government also chimed in.“I am shocked at the shooting incident in Kansas,” tweeted India’s minister of external affairs Sushma Swaraj.last_img read more

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AntiTrump protesters in March for Truth

first_imgActivists carrying placards with political points of view march to City Hall through downtown Los Angeles, California. Photo: AFPSharp political passions over President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate accord and his links to Russia brought people onto the streets of cities around the globe on Saturday, mostly to condemn but some to praise him.They came as Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, ended days of confusion to make clear that “President Trump believes the climate is changing” and that man-made pollutants are partly responsible.She insisted in a CNN interview that Trump, who has often called global warming a “hoax,” was concerned about the changing climate. “Just because the US got out of a club doesn’t mean we aren’t going to care about the environment,” she said.But Trump’s decision Thursday to pull out of the Paris treaty, which is designed to cut harmful emissions and slow the Earth’s warming, sparked a wave of global condemnation and helped fuel some of the many protest marches on Saturday.The largest of the many US rallies organized as a March for Truth appeared to be in New York, where as many as 3,000 anti-Trump protesters descended on Foley Square in Lower Manhattan, with some shouting “Liar!” or “Lock him up!” or “Take back America!”Nearly as many people converged around the Washington Monument in the US capital to similarly demand a full and independent investigation of the allegations that Trump or his aides might have colluded with Russia ahead of last year’s US presidential election to help Trump win.To ‘raise our voices’“The president works for the American people, and not for a foreign entity around the world,” said Linda Sarsour, an organizer of the march and a co-chair of the Women’s March on Washington in January.Added Savannah Stark, a 22-year-old from Ohio, “We need to keep working hard and raise our voices until he’s impeached.”Other rallies were held in cities from Portland, Oregon on the US West Coast to Munich, Germany and Lima, Peru. Demonstrators also demanded that Trump release his tax returns, a tradition among US presidents which Trump has steadfastly refused to follow.The US demonstrations appeared to be mostly peaceful. They were far smaller than some of the earlier anti-Trump protests.They took place just days before the highly anticipated appearance June 8 before a Senate committee of James Comey, who as FBI director was leading an investigation of the Russia matter before Trump fired him early in May.Trump has denied placing pressure on Comey or the FBI, as well as denying any collusion with Russia.Former FBI chief Robert Mueller has been named as a special counsel to investigate any links between Russia and the Trump campaign.“We want to get to the bottom of this,” Leon Chen, a 32-year-old Texan and self-described Republican taking part in the Washington march, told AFP. “It’s not only Russia, it’s also his business ties, how him and his family are profiting from this presidency.”Treaty ‘cost us billions’At the same time as the other rallies Saturday, a few hundred Trump supporters gathered on the street in front of the White House to applaud the president’s withdrawal from the Paris treaty—a move criticized around the world—and to demonstrate their backing for the Republican president.That rally was dubbed “Pittsburgh, Not Paris”—a reference to the president’s statement Thursday, in announcing his plan to withdraw from the international climate treaty, that “I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.”The Trump supporters included Vince Harrison, 56, a burly retired firefighter from Washington, who said it was his first rally ever.“I believe in clean air, and I think Americans will still lead on clean air,” he said. But he added that the treaty “was costing us billions to be in it while other countries were not required to do anything.”Treaty supporters note that it is actually non-binding—no country was required to do anything—but the presence of the United States, the second-largest polluter after China, was considered vital.Several people at the pro-Trump rally said they were unconcerned that exiting the treaty would leave the United States in the company of the only two countries that are not signatories: Nicaragua and Syria. And some said other issues mattered more to them than the climate pact—starting with building a wall on the Mexican border.A sign at a nearby rally held as a counter to the “Pittsburgh, Not Paris” rally correctly noted that “Pittsburgh’s Mayor Supports the Paris Accord.”In fact, Mayor Bill Peduto on Friday joined the mayors of some 175 other US cities and the governors of several states in announcing that his city would follow the terms of the Paris treaty.Pittsburgh, once known not just as a powerhouse steel producer but as one of the most polluted cities in the country, will work to convert its city vehicle fleet to hybrid and electric vehicles and to make its buildings more energy-efficient, said Peduto.He was to address a pro-Paris rally Saturday in Pittsburgh.last_img read more

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Qatar seeks to ease feud with Gulf neighbours

first_imgForeign Minister of Qatar Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani speaks with his Russian counterpart during their meeting in Moscow. Photo: AFPQatar moved Sunday to avoid an escalation of its feud with Gulf neighbours by telling their citizens they are welcome to stay, while boasting of “business as usual” for vital gas exports.Iran also announced it had sent tonnes of vegetables to Qatar, which has seen food imports threatened after its neighbours cut air, sea and land links with the country.Nearly a week after Saudi Arabia and several of its allies severed ties with Qatar in an unprecedented Gulf diplomatic crisis, there were no signs of the bitter dispute being resolved.Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and others accused Qatar of supporting extremist groups, an assertion since backed by US President Donald Trump.Qatar strongly rejects the allegations and says it is open to talks on ending the dispute, which also saw the three Gulf states order all Qataris out of their countries within 14 days.Mutlaq Al-Qahtani, a special adviser to Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, told AFP the decision to sever ties would not prove successful.“I think this is not about counter-terrorism, it’s not about terror financing,” he said.“I think it is about an orchestrated campaign against my country to pressure my country to change its active, independent foreign policy.“This policy of domination and control is not going to work.”“When it comes to terrorism, Qatar has never supported terrorism, Qatar does not support terrorism, Qatar will not support terrorism,” Al-Qahtani said.The crisis has raised major concerns of instability in the region, and on Sunday Kuwait’s foreign minister said his country would continue its mediation efforts.State media reported late Saturday Doha would “not take any measures against residents of Qatar who hold the nationalities of countries that severed diplomatic ties… on the back of hostile and tendentious campaigns against the country”.No gas interruptionThis will come as a relief to the more than 11,000 people from Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain living in Qatar.Concerns have been raised for the impact of these measures on people in all the countries affected.“For potentially thousands of people across the Gulf, the effect of the steps imposed in the wake of this political dispute is suffering, heartbreak and fear,” Amnesty International has said.Saudi Arabia said Sunday it was ordering “suitable measures” to help families with mixed citizenships, but provided few details.These were later dismissed by Qatar’s National Human Rights Committee as too vague and a “public relations exercise in damage control”, according to state media.Despite the unprecedented sanctions, Qatar says that its crucial exports of liquified natural gas have not been interrupted.“Qatar Petroleum… is conducting business as usual throughout all its upstream, midstream and downstream businesses and operations, and in all activities across all of QP’s world-class facilities,” a statement read.Gas has helped transform the tiny emirate into one of the world’s richest countries, fuelling its rise into a major regional player and helping fund huge infrastructure projects such as the 2022 football World Cup, which Qatar will host.FIFA president Gianni Infantino on Sunday said he was confident the crisis posed no threat to the 2022 World Cup.Qatar’s rivals have also accused Doha of being too close to the Sunni Arab Gulf states’ arch-rival Shiite-dominated Iran—claims that Doha has also denied.Iranian officials said Sunday that tonnes of vegetables had been sent from Iran to Qatar since the measures were taken against it.Iran Air spokesman Shahrokh Noushabadi said five aircraft carrying around 90 tonnes of vegetables each had been sent to Qatar in recent days.“We will continue deliveries as long as there is demand,” Noushabadi added, without saying if these were commercial exports or aid.Three ships loaded with 350 tonnes of fruit and vegetables were also set to leave Iran for Qatar, the Tasnim news agency reported.Mixed US signalsMoscow on Saturday joined other nations in calling for dialogue, after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urged Saudi Arabia and its allies to ease their “blockade” of Qatar.Washington has sent mixed signals on the crisis, despite Qatar’s position as a key ally and host to the region’s largest US airbase.While Tillerson and others have called for an easing of tensions, Trump on Friday said Qatar had “historically been a funder of terrorism at a very high level”.Kuwait, which has not joined its neighbours against Qatar, has led mediation efforts and on Sunday Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khaled Al-Sabah said that would continue.The African Union chairman, Guinean President Alpha Conde whose country has close ties with Saudi Arabia, has also offered himself as a mediator.last_img read more

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DU D Unit admission test question leaked

first_imgLogo Of Dhaka UniversityThe question paper of Friday’s Dhaka University D Unit admission test was allegedly leaked in the early hours of the day.Many candidates claimed that the question along with its answer was circulated through social media at least around 45 minutes before the exam at 10:00am.DU authorities, however, denied such claims.DU proctor professor AKM Golam Rabbani refuted the allegations telling newsmen, “We couldn’t confirm from any reliable source that the question got leaked. The exam was held in a fair manner amid strict security.”The question paper of D Unit entry test got leaked last year, too. A probe committee was then formed but it could not submit any report till now.last_img read more

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3rd phase polls to 117 upazilas Sunday

first_imgElections to 117 upazila parishads will be held on Sunday in the third phase of the local body polls.Some 11,887,751 voters will be able to exercise their voting rights under 9,298 polling stations in the balloting that is set to begin at 8am and continue till 4pm without any break.In the 117 upazilas, some 340 chairman, 584 vice-chairman and 399 woman vice-chairman candidates are contesting the elections.Besides, 33 chairman, nine vice-chairman and 13 woman vice-chairman contestants have already been elected uncontested in the absence of any valid candidate to oppose them.Though the election commission earlier announced the election schedule for 127 upazilas of 25 districts, the balloting will not be held in 10 upazilas in the third phase on various grounds.”Six upazilas where all candidates have already been elected unopposed don’t require the balloting, while polls to two other upazilas were postponed following a court order and the election to the remaining two upazilas shifted to the fourth phase,” said EC secretaryHelaluddin Ahmed said this at a pre-election briefing at the media centre of the Nirbachan Bhaban in the city on Saturday afternoon.The election to four upazilas will be held based on electronic voting machines completely, he said adding the upazilas are Meherpur Sadar, Gopalganj Sadar, Manikganj Sadar and Rangpur Sadar.He said the election materials including translucent ballot boxes and ballot papers have already been handed over to the presiding officers.”All the necessary preparations have been taken to hold the third phase election in a peaceful manner like the first phase and second phase elections,” EC secretary Helaluddin Ahmed said.The EC has withdrawn three Upazila Nirbahi Officers and nine officers-in-charge (OCs) of police stations from the duty of the third phase polls, he said.Besides, the commission served warning notices to several MPs over violation of the election code, he added.A large number of security members, including police, RAB, BGB and Coast Guard, have been deployed in the election areas since Friday. They are slated to remain so till Tuesday.Additional BGB members were deployed in some upazilas amid the risk of irregularities and deterioration of the law and order in this phase, Helaluddin said.Besides, at least one judicial magistrate was deployed in each upazila and an executive magistrate for every three union parishads for five days to punish any violations of the polls code.A security team comprising of 14-16 members drawn from police, Ansar and VDP will guard each polling station on the day.The Public Administration announced a public holiday in the 117 upazilas for Sunday.The 5th upazila election will be completed in five phases holding polls to some 480 upazilas out of the country’s 492 ones. The EC has so far announced the election schedule for the first four phases.The first phase and second phase elections were held on 10 and 18 March respectively, while the fourth phase polls are scheduled to be held on 31 March.The first upazila election was held in 1985, while the following three were held in 1990, 2009 and 2014.last_img read more

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Shamim Osman meets SP Harun

first_imgNarayanganj-4 lawmaker Shamim Osman takes lunch sitting beside superintendent of police Harun-Ur-Rashid at a Pahela Baishakh event hosted in SP Bungalow. Photo: Prothom AloWhile tension continues with the law enforcers, Narayanganj-4 lawmaker Shamim Osman attended a Pahela Baishakh event hosted by superintendent of police Mohammad Harun-Ur-Rashid.SP Harun welcomed Shamim Osman to his bungalow and they had lunch together on Sunday.Narayanganj district Awami League president Abdul Hai, public prosecutor Wazed Ali Khokon, chamber of commerce and industries president Khaled Haider Khan Kajal also joined the lunch.Earlier on 6 April, Shamim Osman allegedly threatened Harun as the police officer launched a drive against drug dealers and terrorists.Some associates of Osman were arrested at the crackdown.Criticising police for filing general diary against Narayanganj city Awami League’s joint secretary Shah Nizam and filing a case against Osman’s brother in law Titu, the lawmaker said, ‘People don’t want to see uniformed terrorists,’ apparently indicating Harun.Harun in the same day organised a press briefing and vowed to continue the drive against drug dealers, terrorists and land grabbers.“We will not spare the criminals, no matter how powerful they are,” Harun told the press briefing.Harun even submitted a written complaint to the home ministry against Shamim Osman.The conflict between Narayanganj police and Shamim Osman is the talk of the town at this moment.Osman, a powerful leader of Narayanganj AL was at loggerheads with the police since Harun joined as district SP on 26 December last year.last_img read more

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BNP hosts iftar for orphans alemulema

first_imgBNP hosts an iftar party on Khaleda Zia`s behalf for orphan students and alem-ulema (Islamic scholars) at the city`s Ladies Club on Tuesday. Photo: UNBIn the absence of party chairperson Khaleda Zia, BNP hosted an iftar party on her behalf for orphan students and alem-ulema (Islamic scholars) on Tuesday, the first day of fasting month of Ramadan, reports UNB.The programme was held at the city’s Ladies Club with the participation of nearly 200 orphans and some alem-ulema.BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and party standing committee members received the guests and exchanged pleasantries with them.Khaleda used to take iftar with orphans and alem-ulema on the first day of Ramadan every year.Khaleda was sent to jail on 8 February 2018 as she was convicted in a graft case. The BNP chief was shifted to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University on 1 April last due to her illness.Prior to the iftar, a munajat was offered seeking divine blessings for Khaleda’s early recovery and her release from jail.Apart from Fakhrul, BNP standing committee members Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Jamiruddin Sircar, Mirza Abbas, Gayeshwar Chandra Roy, Abdul Moyeen Khan, Nazrul Islam Khan and Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury joined the iftar party.last_img

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Killing in broad daylight

first_imgMiscreants stab Shah Neyaj Rifat Sharif in broad daylight at College road in Barguna on Wednesday morning. Image grabbed from video.Miscreants were stabbing a young man with sharp weapons in broad daylight. The hapless youth was trying to parry the blows while the youth’s wife was also trying her best to ward-off the criminals. But her efforts went in vain as the youth soon died. This incident took place in College Road area of Barguna district on Wednesday morning.A video of this shocking incident has gone viral on the social media.The deceased, Shah Neyaj Rifat Sharif, 25, was the son of Halim Dulal from Burirchar union of Barguna sadar upazila.Witnesses said, Rifat Sharif was attacked while he was coming back from Barguna Government College where his wife Ayesha Siddika studies. Local miscreants named Noyon, Rifat and two others swooped on him at the college’s gate.Rifat Sharif was rushed to Barguna General Hospital and later shifted to Barishal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital, where he was declared dead, Manjurul Islam, one of Rifat’s friend, told Prothom Alo.Rifat had enmity with Noyon over his marriage with Ayesha, he added.Rifat’s friends said that Noyon is son of some Abu Bakar Siddique of Barguna Government College hostel area. Noyon started claiming Ayesha as his former wife after Rifat married her two months ago.Noyon also hacked Ayesha’s facebook page and posted obscene content from it, they claimed.“I can’t even think how could they hack my nephew in such brutal manner…,” Rifat’s uncle Salam Sharif told Prothom Alo.Abir Hossain, officer-in-charge of Barguna police station, said they have conducted a drive to nab the killers.Barguna police and Detective Branch (DB) are jointly conducting drives to detain Noyon, he added.The OC also said Noyon was accused in a number of other cases.last_img read more

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China media accuses US of destroying international order

first_imgA US dollar banknote featuring American founding father Benjamin Franklin and a China`s yuan banknote featuring late Chinese chairman Mao Zedong are seen among US and Chinese flags in this illustration picture taken 20 May. Photo: ReutersChina’s official Communist Party newspaper said on Tuesday that the United States was “deliberately destroying international order”, a day after Washington branded Beijing a currency manipulator in a rapidly escalating trade dispute.The accusation, which followed a sharp slide in the yuan on Monday, has driven an even bigger wedge between the world’s largest economies and crushed any lingering hopes for a quick resolution to their year-long trade war.The dispute has already spread beyond tariffs to other areas such as technology, and analysts caution tit-for-tat measures could widen in scope and severity, weighing further on global economic growth.In a strongly-worded editorial, the People’s Daily said the United States was holding its own citizens to ransom, without mentioning the latest US decision.The responsibility of big countries is to provide the world with stability and certainty while creating conditions and opportunities for the common development of all countries, according to the editorial.”But some people in the United States do just the opposite,” it said.The US Treasury Department said on Monday that it had determined for the first time since 1994 that China was manipulating its currency, taking the trade row into uncharted territory and adding to frenzied selling in global financial markets.The announcement came hours after China let its yuan currency break through a key support level to an 11-year low, in a sign Beijing might be willing to tolerate more currency weakness as Washington threatens to impose more tariffs.The yuan has tumbled 2.3% in three days since President Donald Trump’s sudden declaration last week that he will impose 10% tariffs on $300 billion of Chinese imports from 1 September.But it appeared to steady on Tuesday amid signs that China’s central bank may be looking to stem the slide, which has sparked fears of a global currency war.”Naming China a currency manipulator could open the door for US tariffs to eventually increase to more than 25% on Chinese goods,” according to a note from DBS Group Research.”Apart from naming China a currency manipulator, Trump’s election campaign pledge was to lift import tariffs to 45% on China.”Other Retaliation OptionsThe US decision to label China a manipulator came less than three weeks after the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said the yuan’s value was in line with China’s economic fundamentals, while the US dollar was overvalued by 6% to 12%.US law sets out three criteria for identifying manipulation among major trading partners: a material global current account surplus, a significant trade surplus with the United States, and persistent one-way intervention in foreign exchange markets.”In a strict sense, it’s baseless for the US side to determine that there was exchange rate manipulation based on the change in the exchange rate of the RMB (yuan) on a single day,” said Zhang Anyuan, Chief Economist at China Securities.”Now that there is a label…,(we) do not rule out the US will introduce punishing measures that go beyond existing understanding of the situation.”Chinese state media had warned that Beijing could use its dominant position as a rare earths exporter to the United States as leverage in the trade dispute. The materials are used in everything from military equipment to high-tech consumer electronics.Shares in some of China’s rare earth-related firms surged on Tuesday amid speculation the sector could be the next front in the trade war.Beijing could also step up pressure on US companies operating in China, analysts say.Beijing in June issued a travel advisory warning Chinese tourists about the risks of travelling to the United States, citing concerns about gun violence, robberies and thefts.Air China said on Tuesday that it was suspending its flights on the Beijing-Honolulu route starting on 27 August, following a review of its network.In a further sign of deteriorating ties, China’s commerce ministry announced overnight that its companies had stopped buying US agricultural products in retaliation against Washington’s latest tariff threat.Trump had earlier declared China’s currency move to be “a major violation”, and analysts said it is likely the White House pressured the Treasury Department to issue the designation.”They don’t have any meaningful tools to do anything about it, unless they just want to pile more tariffs on,” said Mark Sobel, a former senior Treasury and IMF official who now works with the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum, a London-based think tank.Falling YuanThe offshore yuan fell to a record low of 7.1397 per dollar on Tuesday before clawing back losses after China’s central bank said it was selling yuan-denominated bills in Hong Kong, a move seen as curtailing short selling of the currency.Onshore yuan also opened weaker around 7.0699 before steadying. While the central bank set a slightly firmer-than-expected morning benchmark rate, it was still the weakest since May 2008.Chinese monetary authorities let the yuan fall past the closely watched 7 level on Monday so that markets could finally factor in concerns around the trade war and weakening economic growth, three people with knowledge of the discussions told Reuters on Monday.The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) has insisted the value of its yuan is determined by the market, though it has maintained a firm grip and supported the currency when it neared sensitive levels over the past year.US treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin said the US government will engage with the IMF to eliminate unfair competition from Beijing.After determining a country is a manipulator, the Treasury is required to demand special talks aimed at correcting an undervalued currency, with penalties such as exclusion from US government procurement contracts.last_img

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