Daily Star Executive Editor removed



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Executive Editor of The Daily Star, Syed Ashfaqul Haque, has been given a dismissal notice as per the decision of the Board of Management. This notice will get effect immediately.

The Daily Star confirmed the information on Tuesday (April 2).

Syed Ashfaqul Haque joined the sports department of The Daily Star in 1993. After that, he has successively served as sports editor, joint news editor, news editor, chief news editor and finally as executive editor from 2019 till date.

Syed Ashfaqul Haque has been accused of killing Preeti by throwing her from the eighth floor of a multi-storied building in the Shahjahan Road area of Mohammadpur at 8:30 a.m. on February 6. Preeti's father Lukesh Orang have filed a case at Mohammadpur police station as plaintiffs against Syed Ashfaqul Haque (65) and his wife Tania Khondoker (47)for the death. The lawsuit alleges wrongful death.

A similar incident took place at Ashfaqul Haque's house on August 6 last year. A 9-year-old child domestic worker was seriously injured after jumping. The child's mother filed a case against Ashfaqul Haque, his wife Tania Khondoker and another woman named Shilpi at the Mohammadpur police station, alleging torture in the incident. That case is still ongoing.

   

Prime Minister orders to keep an eye on the situation in the Middle East



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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has ordered all the members of the Cabinet and the relevant ministries to keep a close eye on the ongoing tension in the Middle East following Iran's unprecedented attack on Israel.

Cabinet Secretary Md. Mahbub Hossain said this at a press conference organized to announce the decision of the Cabinet meeting at the Secretariat on Wednesday (April 17) afternoon.

Earlier, a Cabinet meeting was held at the Prime Minister's office under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

The Cabinet Secretary said that after the attack, the prime minister asked all sectors to be ready to deal with its response. However, she did not specifically said about trade or economy. Everyone has been asked to prepare and report on this.

Giving an example, Md. Mahbub Hossain said, for example: If the price of oil increases, what will we do to deal with that effect, she asked to prepare.

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CID has found the involvement of Bodi's two brothers in drug smuggling



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Police's Criminal Investigation Department (CID) said that Aminur Rahman and Abdur Sukkur, two brothers of Teknaf's former MP Abdur Rahman Bodi, are associated with Cox's Bazar-based drug trade.

Additional IGP Muhammad Ali Mia said this in response to a question from journalists at a press conference organized at the CID's media center in Malibagh in the capital on Wednesday (April 17) in the afternoon regarding the confiscation of assets of drug lords.

The CID chief said action will be taken against those found involved with drugs, whoever he is. We found the involvement of his (Bodi's) brothers and their followers. We will interrogate Bodi's two brothers and if his (Bodi's) name comes up there we will also arrest him. No one will be exempted in the matter of drugs.

Asked about the role of Bodi's two brothers, the CID chief said that Aminur Rahman and Abdur Sukkur brought Yaba from Myanmar in different ways. After that they are delivered to different places by their assigned associates. Already 6.9 acres of land belonging to Bodi’s brothers has been identified. Besides, the information of 40 percent of the land worth Tk. one crore has been found. Land information has not been digitized yet. As a result, the work of collecting this information is going on at the field level in various ways. We can give more details about this later.

Initially, the CID investigated 35 cases and found various movable and immovable properties including money (kept in bank accounts), purchased land, houses and flats illegally earned from the drug business of the godfathers of drug cases. The amount of illegally earned money in these cases is about Tk. 178.44 crore.

Additional IGP Mohammad Ali Mia said that CID has already frozen 9.14 acres of land and 2 houses worth Tk. 8.11 crore of the godfathers in 3 cases of croc and drug related money laundering and Tk. 1 crore 1 lakh 23 thousand 425 kept in the bank in various cases. Another 35.173 acres of land, 12 houses and 1 car valued at Tk. 36.82 crores are in process of sale.

The CID chief said, you know that at least 80 thousand drug recovery cases are registered in the country every year. Most of those arrested are drug peddlers and users. At times, investigating officers end their investigations within these two categories. As a result, the original godfathers of drugs remained hidden. But since 2021, the CID has taken the initiative of arresting the drug godfathers and collecting the assets and depositing them in the government coffers. This will create a panic among the drug dealers of the country. They will leave the drug trade and do legitimate business. Besides, no one will be encouraged to join this profession. Because you know drug is a capital less business. As a result, many people get involved in illegal business to take advantage of easy income. 

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11 killed in three-way collision between private- truck and auto



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Eleven people were killed in a three-way collision between a truck-private car and an auto-rickshaw on Gabkhan bridge area of Jhalkathi. Several people were injured in this incident.

The accident happened on Wednesday (April 17) at noon.

This was confirmed by Jhalakathi Superintendent of Police Mohammad Afruzul Haque Tutul.

According to eyewitnesses and the police, there were many vehicles including easy bikes and private cars waiting to pay money at the toll Plaza of Gabkhan Bridge. Meanwhile, a cement truck hit all the vehicles in front and broke the barrier and went to the side of the road. This accident happened.

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The ceremony of Mujibnagar Day started with the hoisting of the national flag



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The historic Mujibnagar Day celebrations started with the hoisting of the national flag at the Mujibnagar Memorial in Meherpur. The day is being celebrated at Mujibnagar Amrakanan in Meherpur through various programs.

Mujibnagar Upazila Nirbahi Officer Khairul Islam and OC of Mujibnagar police Station Ujjal Kumar Dutt started the day by hoisting the national flag in front of the Mujibnagar Memorial at 6 o'clock on Wednesday (April 17).

Also, the main ceremony will start at 9 am. Minister of Liberation War A.K.M Mozammel Haque, Minister of Public Administration Forhad Hossain and other central leaders of Awami League will pay tribute to the martyrs by laying wreaths at the Mujibnagar Memorial.

Later there will be a parade, hoisting of the national flag, guard of honor and musical entertainment. A huge public meeting will begin at the Sheikh Hasina stage. Central Awami League Joint General Secretary AFM Bahauddin Nasim will preside. Awami League presidium member Kazi Zafarullah will speak as the chief guest.

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