14 plundered Tk 1,448cr

August 29, 2012

Destiny Scam
14 plundered Tk 1,448cr
Finds probe; anti-graft body arrests top official
Fourteen Destiny Group officials, including its chairman Rafiqul Amin, were involved in a Tk 1,448-crore scam in the multilevel company’s cooperative wing, Destiny Multipurpose Cooperative Society Ltd.
Of the sum, Rafiqul Amin misappropriated nearly Tk 130 crore, a government investigation has found. The group’s former vice-president Gofranul Haque embezzled about Tk 128 crore and Read more

‘Rab source’ summoned

August 29, 2012

Int’l rights watchdog says abuse of Limon ‘adds gross insult to already grievous injury’
A Jhalakathi court yesterday asked “Rab informant” Ibrahim Hawlader to appear before it on September 26 for attacking Limon Hossain and his family and threatening them with death.
Senior Judicial Magistrate Shahidul Islam issued the order after Rajapur police yesterday gave him a report against Ibrahim and his associates and sought the Read more

Mayhem over DU student’s death

August 29, 2012

Road Crash
Mayhem over DU student’s death
Protesters smash vehicles, set fire to police box
A Dhaka University student was killed in a road crash in the capital’s Shahbagh yesterday, sparking violent protests from fellow students that left at least 60 vehicles damaged.
The dead, Towhid Zaman, was a second-year student at international relations department, and hailed from Karimganj upazila of Read more

Yunus blamed to shift focus

August 29, 2012

Claims his centre about WB loan cancellation
Yunus Centre, which promotes the work of Prof Muhammad Yunus, yesterday said the Nobel laureate is being blamed for the World Bank’s fund cancellation to turn people’s attention away from the real issue.
The World Bank cancelled its loan for the Padma bridge project, saying it had proof of a corruption conspiracy involving Bangladeshi officials, executives of a Canadian firm and individuals, the centre Read more

Muhith at odds with central bank

August 29, 2012

Sonali Board Recast
Muhith at odds with central bank
Bangladesh Bank’s request to the finance ministry to recast the board of state-owned Sonali Bank following the Tk 3,832-crore loan scam has sparked off a debate.
“This is not Bangladesh Bank’s duty,” said Finance Minister AMA Muhith when asked by reporters on the central bank’s recommendation for restructuring of the Read more

665 BDR men jailed

August 29, 2012

Mutiny 2009
665 BDR men jailed
A special court sentenced 665 jawans of the 44 Rifle Battalion of erstwhile Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) to rigorous imprisonment ranging from four months to seven years in the 2009 BDR mutiny case yesterday.
A total 113 jawans were sentenced to maximum punishment under the BDR Act, 1972.
This is the highest number sentenced in any single case related to the Read more

BCB brings 120 players under first-class payroll

August 28, 2012

The Bangladesh Cricket Board has finalised a list of 120 first-class cricketers, who will be under its payroll for a year starting from January 2013.
The selection criteria have already created some controversies as some of the senior players were put in B category while players without any reputation have been placed in Read more

Mahmudullah fancies chances in World T20

August 28, 2012

National vice-captain Mahmudullah is optimistic about their chances in the forthcoming ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka as he thinks the Pallekele International ground, where Bangladesh is scheduled to play their group phase matches, will suit their team.
Bangladesh will take on Pakistan and New Zealand respectively at the same ground where Read more

‘I love to take challenges’

August 28, 2012

Anamul Haque, nicknamed Bijoy, is the rising star of Bangladesh cricket. The young wicketkeeper-batsman has been on the fringes of the national squad for a while but recently took charge of the Bangladesh U19 team for the World Cup in Australia. The youngster finished as the highest run scorer in the tournament (365 runs in six games at an average Read more

Low jute price hits farmers again

August 28, 2012

Farmers in several districts in the country are frustrated by the low price of jute for the past two years as they are not being able to recover even the cost of production by selling the product.
The price of one mound of jute is ranging between Tk 600 and Tk 1,500, depending on the quality, in different districts, whereas the production cost of the same is between Read more

5 mobile cos may get more time

August 28, 2012

Mandatory launching of 10-second pulse
5 mobile cos may get more time
Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission is likely to give five mobile companies more time to introduce a minimum 10-second pulse on each call, commission officials said Monday.
Out of six mobile companies in the country only state-run Teletalk introduced the 10-second pulse within the BTRC set deadline of August Read more

Homage to poet Nazrul

August 28, 2012

Death Anniversary Observed
Homage to poet Nazrul
The nation remembers National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam for his spirit against injustice and bigotry on the occasion of the legendary poet’s 36th death anniversary yesterday.
Different eminent personalities, politicians, academicians, cultural personalities, family members of the poet, poetry lovers and people in general paid homage to the rebel poet, placing wreaths at his Read more

HC ‘no’ ignored

August 28, 2012

Wetland Filling
HC ‘no’ ignored
Rajuk has apparently failed to stop developers of illegal private housing schemes from destroying wetlands and floodplains around the capital despite a High Court order issued to this effect around two years ago.
A powerful political clique has been lobbying hard for the real estate developers to ensure the Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha does not act against the housing projects declared illegal by the Read more

‘Rab source’ is the attacker, not Limon

August 28, 2012

Finds police probe; HR commission to go to HC
A police report has found “Rab source” Ibrahim Hawlader and his associates guilty of attacking Jhalakathi college student Limon Hossain on Eid day.
Ibrahim and his aides swooped on Limon and his mother and brother on August 20. For the assault, Limon’s mother Henoara Begum on the very night filed a general diary with Read more

HC judges split on plea for admission test

August 28, 2012

Medical Dental Colleges
HC judges split on plea for admission test
The High Court yesterday issued a split verdict on a petition filed seeking its directives on the government to immediately start the admission process at medical and dental colleges by holding a test.
Justice Qamrul Islam Siddiqui, senior judge of an HC bench formed to hear the petition, directed the authorities concerned to immediately start the admission process, while Read more

BB for reconstituting Sonali Bank board

August 28, 2012

Failure To Stop Loan Scam
BB for reconstituting Sonali Bank board
The central bank yesterday requested the finance ministry to reconstitute the board of directors of Sonali Bank Ltd for its failure to stop Tk 3,832-crore loan scam.
In a letter to the finance minister, Bangladesh Bank Governor Atiur Rahman said the nature of the irregularities at the state-run commercial bank was very Read more

PM flies to Tehran tomorrow

August 28, 2012

NAM Summit
PM flies to Tehran tomorrow
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will leave for Tehran tomorrow to attend the 16th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit on August 30-31 where Iran will seek support from world leaders to take a stand against Western sanctions. As Iran takes over the three-year NAM presidency from Egypt, it intends to prove that the West, especially Washington has failed to Read more

Tk 1,450cr anomalies detected

August 28, 2012

Destiny Cooperatives Society
Tk 1,450cr anomalies detected
The Department of Cooperatives (DoC) has detected financial irregularities of around Tk 1,450 crore in the operations of Destiny Multipurpose Cooperative Society Ltd (DMCSL), cash-cow of the controversial Destiny Group. The DoC unearthed the irregularities — misuse of funds, unauthorised expenditures and investments, recruitment of members, commission and Read more

Woman kills two daughters, commits suicide

August 28, 2012

A mother committed suicide after giving her two daughters poison in the capital’s Kafrul area yesterday allegedly because of her husband’s extramarital affair.
The deceased were Jahanara Begum, 35, wife of Mohammed Islam, and their daughters Habiba Akhter Hawa, 12, and Sharmin Akhter Read more

Bangladeshi killed in US

August 28, 2012

Robbery Attempt
Bangladeshi killed in US
A Bangladeshi national was shot to death in East Hartford, Connecticut, in the United States during an attempted robbery on Saturday night local time.
The victim Belal Tarafdar, 45, worked as a store clerk at the Circle H Food Mart on Burnside Avenue. He hailed from Moulvibazar. Police described the shooter as a male in his late teens to Read more

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