Wednesday, February 21, 2024

India police ‘arrest Singapore firm’s officials’

Indian police have arrested two top officials of Singapore-based online survey company Speak Asia in Mumbai for allegedly duping investors of US$294 million (S$354 million), reports said on Saturday. Police identified those arrested as Tarak Bajpai, Speak Asia’s chief operating officer in India, and financial manager Ravi Khanna, according to the Press Trust of India ... Read more

Ramadan starts on Monday in UAE

Saudi Arabia will start Ramadan on Monday along with most other Gulf states Dubai: The Moon Sighting Committee has announced that Sunday will be the 30th of Sha’aban. Dr Hadef Bin Jua’an Al Daheri, Minister of Justice, said in a statement after the committee’s meeting Saturday night that Monday will be the first day of ... Read more

New generation popular bands rock huge crowd

Popular  new generation  rock music bands –Artcell, Black and Cryptic Fate– rocked the audience together in a concert on Friday at the Engineers’ Institute. The concert titled “ABC Generation Concert” was organised by Live Square Concerts with the motto to revive the pulse of the new generation rock music lovers. Cryptic Fate was first to ... Read more

Of Art, Aesthetics and Shadhona

In conversation with Lubna Marium Lubna Marium — aesthete, danseuse, dance pioneer, teacher, choreographer and impresario is a pioneering figure in the contemporary South Asian cultural scenario. Daughter of illustrious parents Colonel Quazi Nooruzzaman and Professor Sultana Zaman, Lubna Marium has dedicated a lifetime to the promotion of culture, particularly dance and other performing arts. ... Read more

Dengue catches DCC napping

Strikes early this year; number of infection shows sharp rise as anti-mosquito drive hardly carried out; DCC complains of poor logistics The dreaded dengue fever is back. The number of dengue-affected people in the capital took a sharp rise with 82 new cases reported from July 23 to 28. According to the control room of ... Read more

BSF told to hold fire

Chidambaram speaks of Delhi’s firm instruction to border guards; deal signed to fight cross-border crimes together India yesterday said it has ordered its Border Security Force not to shoot anyone crossing Indo-Bangla border no matter what the circumstances are. Visiting Indian Home Minister P Chidambaram said this at a joint press conference with his Bangladesh ... Read more

Students to depend more on pvt institutions for higher edn

Students who have passed Higher Secondary Certificate and equivalent exams this year will depend more on private educational institutions as the students far outnumber the seats in public universities and students are unwilling to pursue higher education under the National University in colleges. According to the latest University Grants Commission report that was placed in ... Read more

Make border deal public: Alamgir

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party has demanded publication of Joint Border Management Agreement signed in Dhaka on Saturday. Acting secretary general of the party Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir made the demand. “The agreement must be made public before the nation, “ he said at a roundtable in Dhaka on Saturday. He alleged the government has done nothing ... Read more

OC Helal suspended

Student ‘Victimised’ by Cops OC Helal suspended  Police form probe body; law ministry waits on copy of HC order Helal Uddin, officer-in-charge of Khilgaon Police Station, was suspended yesterday over torture of Dhaka University student Abdul Kadar. DMP’s Additional Deputy Commissioner Masudur Rahman confirmed The Daily Star about the suspension of Helal who allegedly chopped ... Read more

Messy affair in Malaysia

Uncertainty grips Bangladeshis as brokers meddle in KL’s amnesty to illegal workers The much-awaited amnesty programme for the irregular foreign workers in Malaysia starts tomorrow amid confusion in many Bangladeshi expatriates about their status. Around 5 lakh Bangladeshis work in the Southeast Asian nation. Of them, over 3 lakh are irregular and are facing threats ... Read more

Delhi pledges to help nab 2 fugitives

Bangabandhu Killers Delhi pledges to help nab 2 fugitives Two condemned killers of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman — Moslehuddin Khan and Abdul Mazed — might be hiding in India, and Delhi has assured Dhaka of making all efforts to apprehend and hand them over to it. “Of the six absconding (killers of Bangabandhu) it is ... Read more

Bulk electricity tariff goes up 6.66pc Monday

Bulk electricity tariff will rise by 6.66 percent, effective from Monday. Tariff of each unit of electricity at the bulk level will go up to Tk 2.80 from the existing Tk 2.63 now, according to an earlier decision of the Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC). On February 8, BERC raised the bulk electricity tariff in ... Read more

Six unnatural deaths in capital

A business executive was electrocuted at Badda, a woman was killed in a road accident at Ramna, three women committed suicide at Dakkhin Khan, Adabar and Badda and a factory worker died, reported to be from snake bite, at Mirpur on Saturday and Friday night, the police and hospital sources said. Babu Ahmed, 25, manager ... Read more

Stalkers throw acid at schoolgirl

A schoolgirl suffered burns on her face after stalkers threw acid at her on the campus in Rajshahi city on Saturday morning. She was admitted to Rajshahi Medical College Hospital. Her family said that at around 11:30am, two unidentified stalkers stopped the girl, a student of class

GO-civil society nexus to implement RTI act urged

Building mass awareness on the right to information (RTI) act is imperative to ensure transparency and accountability at all levels, said speakers at a discussion yesterday. It requires cooperative engagement between the government and civil society bodies, competent officials and political will, they

RU students vandalise railway station

The Rajshahi Railway Police on Friday night took in, and later released, some Rajshahi University students on charges of vandalising the railway station and damaging government property. The GRP sources said that they took in only three students for questioning. The police said some university students asked the loco-master and other staff of intercity