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Apple releases update to prevent FaceTime eavesdropping

San Francisco, Feb 8 (AP/UNB) — Apple has released an iPhone update to fix a software flaw that allowed people to eavesdrop on others while using FaceTime. The bug enabled interlopers to turn an iPhone into a live microphone while using Group FaceTime. Callers were able to activate another person’s microphone remotely even before the person has accepted or rejected ... Read More »

‘What hell feels like’ – Acid violence in Cambodia

Sitting on a thin mattress on the floor of their home in a Phnom Penh slum, 3-year-old Molita delicately touches the scars that cover her mother’s back. In November 2014, when Molita was an infant, the owners of a neighbouring market stall attacked her mother, Moung Sreymom, with highly concentrated acid. They doused nearly half her body, leaving penetrating burns ... Read More »

Charge-sheet against Latif Siddiqui for misusing power

Dhaka, Feb 07 – The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday approved charge sheet against two persons including former Jute and Textile Minister Abdul Latif Siddiqui in a case filed for misusing power and damaging government property. The charge-sheet was issued for incurring a loss of Tk 40.69 lakh of the national exchequer through selling land of Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC). ... Read More »

Charge hearing against Khaleda Zia, 16 others in Gatco case

Dhaka, Feb 7 – A Dhaka court yesterday started hearing on charge framing against BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia and 16 others in the Gatco corruption case. Before beginning of the hearing, Khaleda Zia was taken to the Special Judge Court-3 of Judge Abu Syed Diljar Hossain of Dhaka in a wheelchair around 12:45pm. Public Prosecutor Mosharraf Hossain Kajol, during ... Read More »

Female ASI ‘commits suicide’ in Bogra

Bogra, Feb 06 – A female assistant sub-inspector (ASI) of Dhunat Police Station reportedly poisoned herself in an apparent suicide Tuesday. The deceased was identified as Rozina Khatun (30), assistant sub-inspector of Dhunat Police Station and daughter of Nannu Mia from Bahadurpur village of Singra upazila and wife of Hasan Ali of the same village. Victim’s father Nannu Mia claimed ... Read More »

Indian nationals warned of ‘fake embassy calls’

bahrain – February 06, 2019 Some recent incidents have come to the notice of the Embassy of India in the Kingdom wherein a fake person/agency is making hoax phone calls to Indian nationals on false grounds regarding passport and consular services, asking for a monetary transfer. In this context, the Indian Embassy has issued a warning to its nationals to ... Read More »

Bd Anti-graft body drive against passport broker syndicates

Dhaka, Feb 07 – The Anti Corruption Commission on Thursday carried out drives in seven districts of the country based on information about brokers syndicates in Passport offices. Public Relations Officer Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya of ACC confirmed the matter to journalists. He said the brokers have made syndicates with the officials and employees through bribery and corruption in passport offices. ... Read More »

Madrasah teacher arrested for alleged rape of student

Dhaka, Feb 7 – The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) arrested a Madrasa teacher for allegedly raping his student from Bancharampur of Brahmanbaria District on early on Thursday. The arrestee was Abdullah Al Mamun, a teacher of Tarimul Quarn Mohila Madrasa of Ashulia area, said Sarwar Bin Kashem, Commander of RAB-1 at a press briefing on yesterday. RAB said on January ... Read More »

One of every 3 Bd buses ply without fitness certificates

Dhaka, Feb 07 – The Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) submitted on Thursday a report to the High Court saying that 33 percent buses plying across the country have no fitness certificate. Lawyer Md Rafiul Islam on behalf of BRTA placed the report before the bench of Justice Moyenul Islam Chowdhury and Justice Md Ashraful Kamal on yesterday. The 150-pages ... Read More »

Gatco case against Khaleda: Defence hearing Feb 27

Dhaka, Feb 7 (UNB) – A court here on Thursday fixed February 27 for starting defence hearing in the Gatco corruption case against BNP chief Khaleda Zia and others. Judge Abu Syed Diljar Hossain of the Special Judge Court-3 of Dhaka set the date after prosecution completed their hearing. Former prime minister Khaleda is the prime accused in the case. ... Read More »

Play due role for conbstitutional stability: PM Hasina

Dhaka, Feb 7 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday asked the Armed Forces to play the due role in advancing the nation as well as maintaining democratic and constitutional stability in the country. “Bangladesh Armed Forces are making significant contributions to peacekeeping in various countries under the emblem of UN mission. The Armed Forces will also have to play ... Read More »

HC wants another man languishing in jail produced before it

Dhaka, Feb 7 (UNB) – The High Court on Thursday issued a rule asking the authorities concerned to produce before it Badal Farazi who is now in a Bangladesh jail after his extradition in July last from India where he had languished for 10 years in a jail without committing any crime. The HC bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan ... Read More »

Oikya Front demands reelection under neutral govt

Dhaka, Feb 06 – Leaders of opposition alliance Jatiya Oikya Front on Wednesday demanded of the ruling Awami League-led government to announce a new schedule to hold a fresh election under a non-partisan govt. Otherwise they warned launching a resistance movement what it said against the ‘illegal and unelected government’. The Oikyafront taking people with them will build resistance against ... Read More »

Holey Artisan case witness unfolds

Dhaka, Feb 06 – Eyewitness Sharmina Parvin of the Holey Artisan Bakery case, on Wednesday appeared before a tribunal of Dhaka and narrated how the militants killed innocent people before her inside the capital’s Holey Artisan Bakery on the night of July 1 of 2016. Parvin, wife of Abul Hasnat Reza Karim, who was shown arrested in the Holey Artisan ... Read More »

Reckless driving victim Rajib’s case report on Mar 13

Dhaka, Feb 06 – The submission of investigation report in connection with the case of Titumir College student Rajib was yesterday deferred to March 13. Magistrate Sarafuzzaman Ansari of the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) Court of Dhaka fixed the new date on Wednesday to submit the investigation report. The accused persons are- BRTC bus driver Wahid, 35 and Sujan Paribahan ... Read More »

Bringing ISIS to justice: Running out of time?

Nadim Houry Director, Terrorism and Counterterrorism Program Sometimes complex policy issues are best captured in a simple question. If ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is captured alive tomorrow, who should prosecute him, where and for what crimes? When I pose this question to policymakers – in Western capitals or in the Middle East – I am often met with a ... Read More »

282 structures razed to rivive Buriganga, Karnaphuli rivers

Dhaka, Feb 6 (UNB) – Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) on Wednesday pulled down some 282 illegal establishments along the Buriganga River in the capital and the Karnaphuli in Chattogram. In the capital, the BIWTA mobile court bulldozed as many as 252 structures along the Buriganga River from Islambagh to Loharpool. The drive began around 10:30 am and continued ... Read More »

Bd prisoners may be able to talk to relatives over phone

Dhaka, Feb 6 (UNB) – Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Wednesday told Parliament that the government has taken a project to make arrangements for prisoners to talk to their relatives through telephone from the country’s all jails. Replying to a question from treasury bench member Didarul Alam (Chattogram-4), the minister, however, said militants, top terrorists and prisoners of sensational cases ... Read More »

6 BSMRST University students sued over ragging

Gopalganj, Feb 6 (UNB) – The Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Science and Technology University (BSMRSTU) authorities filed a case against six students, who had been expelled for life for ragging two first-year students. Assistant Proctor Dr Nazmul Haque filed the case at Sadar Police Station under the Digital Security Act on Tuesday night, said Officer-in-Charge Md Monirul Islam. The accused ... Read More »

BNP slams CEC for his UZ election comment

Dhaka, Feb 6 (UNB) – BNP on Wednesday termed ‘deceptive’ Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda’s comment about holding the upcoming by-polls to Dhaka North City Corporation ‘as fair as the 11th parliamentary election’. “The CEC yesterday (Tuesday) said the city corporation by-polls will be fair like the national election. With such a comment, he has just given a hint ... Read More »

Pope publicly acknowledges clergy sexual abuse of nuns

Aboard The Papal Plane, Feb 6 (AP/UNB) — Pope Francis on Tuesday publicly acknowledged the scandal of priests and bishops sexually abusing nuns and vowed to do more to fight the problem, the latest sign that there is no end in sight to the Catholic Church’s abuse crisis — and that it now has a reckoning from the #MeToo movement. ... Read More »

Four of alleged question paper-leak syndicate held in Bd

Joypurhat, Feb 6 (UNB) – Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested four members of a syndicate involved in question paper leak at Boiragir intersection in the district town on Tuesday. The arrestees were identified as Dhrubha Das, 16, son of Bilash Das of Khanjanpur in Sadar upazila, Arman Obhi, 17, son of Saiful Islam, Arnab Khandaker, 17, son of ... Read More »

Many BNP leaders ready to join UZ polls, claims Quader

Dhaka, Feb 5 (UNB) – Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Tuesday said many BNP leaders want to participate in the upazila parishad elections and they have the proof of that. “Whatever the decision at the centre is, the fact is that many BNP leaders want to participate in the election, and we have the evidence of that,” said ... Read More »

Jessore schoolboy beaten ‘by headmaster’ hospitalized

Benapole, Feb 6 – A student of Sharsha Pilot Model Secondary School was reportedly beaten up by the headmaster of the school for failing to attend the school with uniform in Sharsha Upazila of Jashore district on Tuesday. Local people said Mehedi Hasan Sagar, 15, a class IX student of the school and son of Mahinur Rahman, a brick kiln ... Read More »

Complete drug trials proceedings in six months: HC

Dhaka, Feb 05 – The High Court on Tuesday directed the lower court concerned to complete trials proceedings of all Yaba and other drug and narcotics related cases by six months. The HC bench comprising Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Mostafizur Rahman also asked the deputy commissioners (DCs) and superintendents of police (SPs) to monitor whether the investigation officers ... Read More »

100 illegal structures on Buriganga river demolished

Dhaka, Feb 05 – The Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) Tuesday has demolished around 100 structures that built illegally grabbing the river bank of Buriganga. The second face eviction drive of its 11-day programme has conducted at city’s Nababerchar in Kamrangirchar areas. The BIWTA eviction team led by its executive magistrate Mostafizur Rahman has demolished at least 100 illegal ... Read More »

Jaha Alam’s imprisonment regrettable: Information Minister

Dhaka, Feb 5 (UNB) – Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud on Monday termed regrettable the incident of long imprisonment of an innocent person, Jaha Alam, in a case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC). “It’s unfortunate that Jaha Alam suffered imprisonment without committing any crime.  He had to undergo three years of imprisonment mistakenly,” he said. The minister came up ... Read More »

PM asks police to be people friendly

Dhaka, Feb 5 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday asked the police personnel to discharge their duties with patriotism saying they will have to be people-friendly ones. “Police have to discharge their duties being imbued with patriotism for turning it as a people-friendly force,” she said. The Prime Minister was addressing senior police officials at a function at ... Read More »

Two held with fake SSC question papers in Natore

Natore, Feb 5 (UNB) – Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested two people with fake SSC question papers at Gurudashpur upazila on Monday night.The arrestees were identified as Taher and Shihab, said to be members of an organised gang of criminals engaged in question paper leak.Tracking their mobile phones, a team of Rab-5 conducted a drive in Mosinda High ... Read More »

DU female student kidnapping case: 4 asked to surrender

Dhaka, Feb 5 – The High Court on Monday asked four people to surrender before the trial court by Wednesday in a case filed for attempting to kidnap a female student of Dhaka University. The HC bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Mostafizur Rahman passed the order rejecting their bail petitions seeking interim bail in the case. ... Read More »