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April 25, 2017 09:33 UTC

Spanish police arrest eight suspected of Islamist militant activity

Spanish police in the northeastern city of Barcelona have arrested eight people and raided 12 properties in a sweeping operation against Islamist militants, police said on Tuesday. The investigation and operation were carried out in conjunction with Belgian police, they said in a statement. A police spokesman declined to say what connection the arrested had with Belgium. The raids follow an eight-month investigation in which the police observed a group which they said was associated with Islamist militants and had links to organised crime in the Barcelona area. Spain has arrested some 22 people in 16 separate operations this year in connection with Islamist extremism, according to Interior Ministry figures.

April 25, 2017 09:00 UTC

Three get life sentence for Manikganj murder

The verdict was announced by Manikganj District and Sessions Judge Mizanur Rahman on Tuesday. The convicts are Harirampur Upazila residents Abdur Razzak, 30, Samir Uddin, 26, and Mofzel Miah, 28. According to the case documents, Harirampur Bolora area resident Abdul Halim, 35, went missing on Mar 26, 2014. That day Halim’s widow, Farida Begum, filed a case over the murder. Police then arrested Razzak, Mofzel and another suspect named ‘Baten’ and submitted the chargesheet on Dec 22 of that year.

April 25, 2017 09:00 UTC

Hakaluki farmers lose crops worth Tk95 crore

Nearly 17,000 hectares of paddy fields worth Tk95 crore in three upazilas of Moulvibazar district have been damaged due to the recent flash flood in the Hakaluki Haor caused by heavy rainfall and onrush of water coming from upstream. Officials of the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) of Kulaura, Barlekha and Juri upazilas primarily estimated that the damage to be around Tk95 crore. Boro was cultivated on around 6,550 hectares of land in Kulaura, some 5,470 hectares in Barlekha and 4,300 hectares in Juri, according to the DAE offices. Nearly 26,000 farmers have been affected by the flood, but the losers still waiting for government allocation. The district administration was allocated 100 tonnes of rice and Tk8 lakh cash for the affected people in seven upazilas.

April 25, 2017 09:00 UTC

Air strikes kill at least 12, damage hospital in Syria's Idlib: medics, monitor

The attacks came as Syria's air force and Russian jets intensified their bombardment of Idlib, the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported. Idlib is an insurgent stronghold, one of the few large areas still under rebel control in the west of the country. A spokesman at the hospital in Kafr Takharim in Idlib told Reuters an air strike hit its courtyard killing 14 people, including patients. The Observatory said there were no deaths from the hospital strike, but that the bombardment had put it out of action. Separate air strikes southwest of Kafr Takharim killed at least 12 people including civilians and rebel fighters, the Observatory said.

April 25, 2017 08:48 UTC

Former British PM David Cameron coming to Dhaka

He will meet Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, attend a discussion and visit a British aid project during his less than 24 hours in Dhaka from Wednesday evening. “Our High Commission in London received a letter from his private secretary a week ago where he expressed his desire to meet the prime minister during his private visit. We set up the meeting,” a senior official at the foreign ministry told bdnews24.com, when asked about the visit. Cameron, who resigned as a Prime Minister last year after Brexit voting, will take a look at a DFID project inside Dhaka and attend a roundtable of the International Growth Centre. Cameron is the chair of a commission which was launched in March under this Growth Centre.

April 25, 2017 08:03 UTC

Khaleda’s 11 cases: Hearings delayed again

Charges will be pressed against Khaleda on 10 of the cases and the court will have to take congisance of these cases at this hearing. The BNP chief had also said that Bangabandhu wanted to be the prime minister of undivided Pakistan rather than lead the country to independence. Nine cases accusing Khaleda Zia were filed at the Darus Salam police station, eight under the Special Powers Act. Jatrabarhi police filed two cases, where Khaleda has been accused of inciting the attack. Police pressed charges on the former prime minister and 37 others in the cases, one for the death and the other under the Explosives Act.

April 25, 2017 07:52 UTC

Closing arguments set at trial over shooting near university

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April 25, 2017 07:41 UTC

Relief minister vents anger on Netrokona govt officials

Lack of knowledge among the Netrokona government officials concerned about the problems plaguing the haors and plans to mitigate the flood situation has irked Disaster Management and Relief Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya. Netrokona, one of the worst-affected districts in the recent flash floods, suffered massive damage as the farmers lost their Boro crops and fishes were killed. But the officials failed to come up with any plans, angering the minister. Also Read: 30kg rice, Tk500 monthly relief for affected haor familiesApart from rice and cash, some 171,715 families will get relief materials through the VGF programme and OMS. Government data shows that 19 million tonnes out of the total 35 million tonnes of rice produced in the 2015-16 fiscal was Boro.

April 25, 2017 07:32 UTC

‘Improvised bomb’ found at Sylhet school

The object, wrapped in tape, was found under a staircase at the Scholars Home School and College around 11:30 am on Tuesday, said Sylhet Airport Police Station OC Mosharraf Hossain. Police inspected the object and then contacted RAB and the bomb disposal squad, the OC told bdnews24.com. Meanwhile, students have been sent home at the request of their guardians. The school gates gates were initially closed, said Prof Brig Gen Zubair Siddiquey, but then guardians begged the authorities to allow the children to go home. “The college was closed at 12:40 pm and the students were able to leave safely.”

April 25, 2017 07:30 UTC

Suspected bomb found on Sylhet college campus

A bomb-like device found on the college premises caused panic among students of Scholar’s Home School and College in Sylhet’s Shahi Eidgah area on Tuesday. Sylhet Metropolitan Police Additional Deputy Commissioner (media) Zedan Al Musa confirmed to the Dhaka Tribune that a bomb-like object wrapped in scotch tape has been found in the college auditorium. RAB and police personnel have cordoned off the auditorium and are waiting for RAB’s bomb disposal unit to arrive on the spot. The college principal, Brigadier General (retd) Zubayer Siddique, said that a programme was organised in the college auditorium marking the result publication of first term examinations, and someone discovered the object during the event. Scholar’s Home, an English medium educational institution run by Hafiz Mazumder Trust, has over 2,000 students.

April 25, 2017 07:30 UTC

Kenya bus, tanker accident kills 24

An accident between a passenger bus and a tanker ferrying cooking oil has killed 24 people along the main highway connecting Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, and the port city of Mombasa, police said on Tuesday. The accident occurred in the Kibwezi area around midnight (5pm ET) on Monday as the bus driver was trying to overtake another vehicle but collided with the oncoming tanker truck, Kibwezi police chief Leonard Kimaiyo told Reuters by telephone. “Twenty adults and three children died on the spot, while one adult died later in hospital,” Kimaiyo said. The bus was heading to Mombasa from Nairobi. Kimaiyo said most of the passengers were families returning from Easter festivities and students preparing for the reopening of schools after holidays.

April 25, 2017 07:07 UTC

Police raid in Rajshahi City to nab militants

Police are carrying out raids in Tultulipara and Aliganj areas of Rajshahi City, as a part of their routine work to curb militancy and terrorism. The raids, which the law enforcers call block raids, began Tuesday morning, Rajshahi Deputy Police Commissioner Nahidul Islam told the Dhaka Tribune. The law enforcers cordon off an area during such raids. Rajshahi Metropolitan Police Senior Assistant Commissioner Iftekhar Alam told the Dhaka Tribune: “Acting on a tip-off, we blocked the areas and started the drive in the morning.”He said: “Militants or wanted criminals might be hiding in these areas.”Assistant Police Superintendent of Police Towhidul Islam said: “A team of Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) unit is also assisting us in the raids.”Meanwhile, the law enforcers have also barred the inhabitants from leaving the areas during the raid. Police have been conducting block raids to curb militancy since last year’s Gulshan cafe attack in which 20 hostages, including 17 foreigners, were killed.

April 25, 2017 06:56 UTC

Teacher who beat up student with steel pipe warned

A teacher of Jhenaidah Government High School has been warned for beating up an eighth grader with a steel pipe as the latter came to school without uniform. “Assistant Teacher Kamal Hossain was angry seeing him. He called my son to his office and thrashed him with a steel pipe. Kamal was warned of action if he repeated the same offence in future. Later the guardians submitted written complaints to the headmaster, and different government offices concerned demanding punishment of the teacher.

April 25, 2017 06:56 UTC

LHS to lose principal

David Bartlett leaving for Concord middle schoolBy RICK GREEN, LACONIA DAILY SUNLACONIA — After just one year as principal of Laconia High School, David Bartlett is stepping down to become assistant principal at Rundlett Middle School in Concord. "Laconia High School and the members of this community have and will continue to have a special place in my heart." At Rundlett Middle School, Bartlett will be working under Jim McCollum, a former principal at Laconia High School. Minnihan said it would be good if the next principal at Laconia High School is able to stay for a long term. "Being a high school principal in general is a very difficult job no matter where you are," Minnihan said.

April 25, 2017 06:45 UTC

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