The International Crimes Tribunal has kept the verdict against al-Badr leader Riaz Uddin Fakir in a war crimes case in curia advisari vult or CUV (in waiting). During the Liberation War in 1971, Riaz was the commander of paramilitary force Al-Badr in Fulbaria upazila, Mymensingh. Al-Badr is one of the pro-Pakistan forces that were active during the war and committed crimes against humanity. The other two accused in the case, another al-Badr leader Amzad Ali and razakar Waiz Uddin, were acquitted of all charges. Five humanitarian cases were lodged against Riaz for committing murder, genocide, detention, torture and rape in Fulbaria upazila during the Liberation War.
March 21, 2018 13:41 UTC
Hundreds of commuters look stranded due to the inadequate number of buses on different routes in south Chittagong as most of the vehicles headed towards an Awami League rally addressed by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at Patiya in Chittagong on Wednesday. This picture is taken from Shah Amanat Bridge area.
March 21, 2018 13:30 UTC
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina announced at a major election rally in Chittagong yesterday that the freedom fighters quota will be maintained. She was campaigning for votes for the ruling Awami League party to “ensure the continuation of the development of Bangladesh.”The prime minister also asked people to pay freedom fighters their due respect. “We provide stipends to freedom fighters and have a quota for their children and grandchildren,” she said. “Everyone should remember that without these freedom fighters there would not be any independent Bangladesh. Freedom fighters receive a 30% quota in BCS exams.
March 21, 2018 13:18 UTC
“We’ve found a huge volume of expired reagents in the laboratory. Almost all the reagents expired,” said Sarwar, who led the drive. A RAB mobile court on Feb 19 raided another renowned hospital, Apollo Hospitals, at Bashundhara in the capital and fined it Tk 500,000 for selling counterfeit drugs and keeping expired reagents. After the drive on Wednesday, the magistrate said they did not find any counterfeit drugs in the hospital. It also said the hospital stopped purchasing medicines from Poly Pharma, the firm that produced and supplied the counterfeit drugs, in mid-2014.
March 21, 2018 13:18 UTC
China has no personal interest in the Rohingya issue but is making genuine efforts to help Bangladesh and Myanmar resolve the problem, the country’s newly-appointed ambassador to Bangladesh said on Wednesday. Zhang Zuo told reporters at a press conference on Wednesday that there is no quick fix to the problem, calling it a “complicated issue with historical, ethnic and religious complexities”. “China has no personal interest in that issue,” he said. “We are making genuine efforts to help Bangladesh and Myanmar. “We hope to see smooth general elections in Bangladesh and we hope Bangladesh will have steady development,” he said.
March 21, 2018 13:18 UTC
China is on its way to becoming the world leader in international patent filings, and should overtake the top spot from the United States within three years, the UN said Wednesday. But it was the rapid growth in international patent filings from China, which passed Japan to reach second place, that drove the global increase, WIPO said. China, the only country to record double-digit growth in its patent applications in 2017, has posted growth higher than 10% every year since 2003. “At current trends, (China) is projected to overtake the US within three years as the largest source of applications filed under WIPO’s Patent Cooperation Treaty,” the agency said. “This is part of a larger shift in the geography of innovation, with half of all international patent applications now originating in East Asia,” he added.
March 21, 2018 13:07 UTC
Islamist militants drove scores of kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls back into the town where they had been captured a month ago and abruptly set them free on Wednesday. Several of the girls said some of their friends had died in captivity and one was still being held. “I don’t know why they brought us back but they said because we are children of Muslims,” one of the freed girls, Khadija Grema, told Reuters. “One is still with them because she is a Christian,” said Grema, the freed girl. We didn’t have any problem.”Muhammad Bursari said his niece Hadiza Muhammed, another of the freed girls, told him the remaining student was still in captivity because she had refused to convert to Islam.
March 21, 2018 12:56 UTC
A US-Bangla plane crashed on Mar 12, as it tried to land in the Nepali capital, killing 49 people—26 of them Bangladeshis, including four crew members. The bodies of the 23 victims were flown back to Dhaka on Monday and handed over to families. An official of the Bangladesh Embassy in Nepal said the Kathmandu Medical College authorities identified the bodies of Alifuzzaman, Pias Roy and Mohammad Nazrul Islam. Earlier, officials said a DNA match might be required to identify the charred bodies as the plane burst into flames after the crash. Emam, however, said a DNA match was not needed in the end.
March 21, 2018 12:56 UTC
Blanchett was visiting south-eastern Bangladesh where over 671,000 children, women and men from Myanmar have sought safety since last August, UNHCR said on its website on Wednesday. With wet season rains due next month, more than 150,000 refugees are at risk of landslides and floods, in what could become a disaster on top of the current emergency. “The Rohingya refugees have already experienced targeted violence, human rights abuses and horrific journeys. They have shown unimaginable resilience and courage,” Blanchett said, speaking at the end of her visit to Kutupalong, Nyapara and Chakmarkul settlements this week. But I cannot stress how much more help is needed for these vulnerable stateless refugees, the majority of whom are women and children.”
March 21, 2018 12:33 UTC
The literacy rate in Bangladesh has risen remarkably over the past decade to an all-time high of 72.76% in 2016, according to data from the Unesco Institute for Statistics (UIS). The figure marks an increase of 26.1 percentage points from 2007, when the literacy rate was a mere 46.66%. Over the same period, the literacy rate for females has risen from 43.74% to 69.90%, and for males from 49.83% to 75.62%. The literacy rate for men and women aged between 15 to 24 years increased to 92.24% in 2016, up from 61.87% in 2007. The government has also prepared the National Education Policy 2010 to ensure the right to education for all.
March 21, 2018 12:11 UTC
Recreation Assistant Richard Krause, left, and Recreation Facilities Manager Elly Gorman try out the bocce courts Monday at the Sugar Cane Recreation Area. Sugar Cane also features an adults-only pool and an air-gun range.
A pair of American bald eagles watches over an eaglet Sunday at a nest near the home of Hedy Boyce, of the Village Rio Grande. Boyce and other Villages residents have taken an interest in local wildlife, and many are working to help state officials.
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March 21, 2018 11:26 UTC