Aug 142016

A Dhaka court on Sunday deferred its judgment, the date not specified yet, in the case filed for allegedly leaking the draft verdict of the International Crimes Tribunal-1 that sentenced war criminal Salauddin Quader Chowdhury to death.

Mohammad Shamim, bench assistant of the Dhaka Cyber Crime Tribunal, said the court deferred its judgment in the case but did not set a date yet.

Earlier on August 4, Judge of the tribunal KM Samsul Alam fixed today (August 14) for the delivering the judgment after completion of placing arguments in the case.

The accused in the case are Salauddin Quader’s wife Farhat Quader Chowdhury, his son Humman Quader Chowdhury, his manager Mahbubul Ahsan, lawyer AKM Fakhrul Islam, two staff of the ICT-1 Nayan Ali and Faruq Hossain and Fakhrul’s associate lawyer Mehedi Hasan.

The court also sent four accused--Fakhrul, Faruq, Nayan and Mahbubul--to jail when they appeared before the court.

Besides, the court granted bail to Salauddin Quader's wife Farhat Quader Chowdhury till August 14.

Another accused lawyer Fakhrul's associate Advocate Mehedi Hasan remained absconding.

On February 15, a Dhaka court framed charges against seven people, including wife, a son and a counsel of executed war criminal Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, in the case.

DB inspector M Shajahan submitted a charge sheet with the Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Court against the seven accused on August 28, 2014.

On October 1, 2013, ICT-1 sentenced BNP standing committee member Salauddin Quader Chowdhury to death after finding him guilty of committing crimes against humanity and genocide during the Liberation War in 1971.

However, some parts of the draft verdict were found posted in the internet several hours before pronouncing the verdict.

Later, showing the copy of the draft verdict, Salauddin's wife and son raised a complaint that the verdict was originated from the Law Ministry.

On October 4, a case was filed with Shahabagh police station under sections 57 and 63 of Information and Communication Technology Act.

Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, also a BNP leader, was executed in the Dhaka Central Jail on November 22, 2015 for his crimes against humanity committed during the 1971 War of Liberation, according to a news agency.



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Aug 142016
Neymar guides Brazil to Olympic semis
Published : 14 Aug 2016, 12:32:47 | Updated : 14 Aug 2016, 12:33:34
Neymar guides Brazil to Olympic semis

Neymar Jr celebrates his goal from a free-kick with compatriot Luan. – Internet photo

Neymar scored his first goal of the Olympics as hosts Brazil beat Colombia 2-0 to reach the semi-finals of the men’s football on Saturday.

The Barcelona forward curled home a free-kick after only 12 minutes, and Luan added a second after the break.

Brazil will now play Honduras in Wednesday’s semi-finals after they won 1-0 against South Korea, thanks to Alberth Elis’s winner.

Germany play Nigeria in the other last-four match.

The Africans beat Denmark 2-0 in their quarter-final, while Germany won 4-0 against Portugal.

Brazil’s second pool win came after 0-0 draws with Iraq and South Africa, and a 4-0 victory over Denmark.

Neymar, the poster boy for the Games, finally got off the mark at the fourth attempt when he curled home from 25 yards out.

Brazil made sure of a place in their third consecutive Olympic semi-final when Luan’s effort from outside the area beat goalkeeper Cristian Bonilla, according to BBC.

– TM

Aug 142016
Youth found dead in Ctg
Published : 14 Aug 2016, 12:40:12

A young man was found dead at Baromashia village in Suyabil union of Fatickchhari upazila under Chittagong early Sunday.

The deceased was identified as Ripon Dey, 23, son of Gonez Dey, a resident of the village.

Helal Uddin, sub-inspector of Vuspur Police Station, said Ripon went missing on Saturday night while he was returning from his workplace.

After a frantic search, family members spotted his stabbed body on Chabagan Road in the area early in the morning and informed police.

Later police recovered the body and sent it Chittagong Medical College Hospital for an autopsy, according to a news agency.



Aug 142016
Rio logo first Olympic branding to be 3D modelled
Published : 14 Aug 2016, 12:48:04
Rio logo first Olympic branding to be 3D modelled

Watching the Olympics, viewers may have noticed medalists standing on the podium holding a little object instead of the traditional floral bouquet. That trophy-like tchotchke is actually a sculpture of the official Rio Olympics logo, which also happens to be the first 3D logo in the history of the Games.

Designed by Brazilian graphic designer Fred Gelli and his design studio Tátil after beating out nearly 140 competitors, the fluid, colorful logo shows three figures joining hands and feet à la Henri Matisse’s dancing ladies.

Speaking at the Design Indaba conference earlier this year, Gelli said that design proposals were required to address 12 different aspects, from reflecting the host nation’s culture to being universally understood, and simultaneously be “printed on a pen” and “dress the whole city.”

It took Gelli and his team 50 versions before settling on the final logo, which was produced as a 3D model and incorporates the curves of Sugarloaf Mountain.

The team also created the logo for the Paralympics.

When viewed in the original digital scheme, the image can be rotated, as if the figures are spinning in a circle. 3D modeling also allows for it to be rendered as a physical object, which is what we see Olympians clutching during the medal ceremony.

Rio is the first Olympics to get rid of bouquets, according to media reports.

Aug 142016
FDI reaches $2b in last fiscal
Published : 14 Aug 2016, 12:56:27 | Updated : 14 Aug 2016, 13:04:38
FDI reaches $2b in last fiscal

FE Online Report

Net inflow of foreign direct investment (FDI) touched $2 billion level in the last fiscal year (FY16), according to the latest statistics of Bangladesh Bank.

The amount was 9.34 per cent more over $1.83 billion in FY15.

Thus, for the first time in any fiscal year (July-June) in the country, FDI reached at $2 billion level.

Although on the calendar year (January-December) basis, FDI crossed $2 billion level in 2015 and stood at $2.23 billion.



Aug 142016
22 lady traffic sergeants get bikes

Twenty two female traffic sergeants get motorbikes on Sunday, August 14, 2016 to provide smooth services to Dhaka city commuters. Star file photo

Twenty two female traffic sergeants today got motorbikes to provide smooth services to the city commuters…

Aug 142016
Over and out for Phelps with 23rd Olympic gold medal

Michael Phelps brought the curtain down on one of sport’s most storied careers with a dynamite relay swim to give himself 23 Olympic gold medals and declared it a perfect finale.

The American, far and away the most decorated athlete in Olympic history, finished with five golds and a silver in Rio after signing off in dramatic style, coming to the rescue in the 4x100m medley final.

Turning back the clock in his fifth and final Games, Phelps produced a blistering third leg of butterfly to restore his team’s lead and tee up victory after Britain’s Adam Peaty had threatened to gatecrash his party.

“Getting off the bus and walking to the pool tonight, I pretty much felt myself starting to crack,” confessed Phelps.

“Last warm-up, last time putting on a suit, last time walking out in front of people, representing my country — it’s insane, a lot better than it was four years ago,” added the 31-year-old, who retired after the 2012 London Games before returning for one last hurrah.

“This is how I wanted to finish my career. I’ve lived a dream come true. Being able to cap it off with these Games is just the perfect way to finish.”

The hullabaloo over the Phelps’s farewell overshadowed the achievement of the women’s 4x100m medley relayers as they captured their country’s 1,000th Olympic medal, according to the United States Olympic committee.

The country’s first medal dates back to 1896, when James Connolly won triple jump gold.

Even that statistic seemed to pale against the irrepressible Phelps — and likewise Ryan Murphy’s leadoff backstroke leg, which set a new 100m world record of 51.85.

“No matter what country you swim for you’re indebted to Michael Phelps,” said Murphy after winning his third Rio gold. “He’s opened a lot of doors for all of us. It was awesome to be in that race with him.”

Nathan Adrian brought the Americans home to preserve their unbeaten Olympic record in the event and give them a 16th swimming gold from 32 events for the week, matching their haul in London four years ago.

An Olympic record time of 3:27.95 was lost in the emotion after the race as Phelps tearfully saluted the crowd while his beauty queen fiancee Nicole Johnson looked on sobbing as she cradled baby son Boomer.

Britain took silver, thanks largely to a breaststroke leg from Peaty that was quicker than the world record he set to win individual gold, but won’t count as it came in the middle of a relay.

Australia claimed bronze, but the memory of sharing the pool with Phelps in his final race could last longer than the glow of their relay gongs.

The women’s quartet of Kathleen Baker, Lilly King, Simone Manuel and Dana Vollmer made history, but were made to work.

The Americans, who failed to medal at last year’s world championships, had looked in peril when two-time doping violator Yulia Efimova gave Russia the lead on the breaststroke.

But Vollmer’s butterfly averted a crisis and Manuel brought them home in 3:53.13 almost two seconds ahead of Australia with Denmark taking bronze.

“A 1,000th gold for team USA is a nice number,” said Manuel. “It’s really special. Just sharing that with three other women, it’s the icing on top of the cake.”

Pernille Blume, who swam Denmark’s anchor leg, earlier won gold in the women’s 50m free, inflicting more heartbreak on Australia’s Cate Campbell after her 100m flop.

Blume won in 24.07 with Manuel adding silver to her surprise 100m gold with a time of 24.09 and Aliaksandra Herasimenia of Belarus, the London runner-up previously banned for doping, taking bronze.

“It’s possibly the greatest choke in Olympic history,” said 100m world record holder Cate, who finished fifth.

“It hurts. I almost needed someone to give me a Heimlich manoeuvre a couple of nights ago.”

Campbell returned around 20 minutes later for the 4×100 medley relay but despite a fine anchor leg could not prevent the United States retaining their Olympic title.

World champion Gregorio Paltrinieri blazed to gold in the men’s 1,500m in the absence of defending champion Sun Yang, who crushed out in the heats blaming a cold, the Italian smashing a quality field to win in 14:34.57.



Aug 142016
Wild elephant tranquilised yet again
Indian elephant,stranded,rescued,tranquilised,Jamalpur,Sarishabari,Koyra village,Conservationist,Tapan Kumar Dey,Bangabahadur,Bangabandhu Safari Park,Gazipur,Bangladesh

The stranded Indian elephant, recently rescued and named as Bangabahadur, has been tranquilised yet again. Photo: Forest Department

The stranded wild elephant, recently rescued and named as Bangabahadur, has been tranquilised yet again this morning.

Bangabahadur broke her shackles and moved into an open field at Koyra village in Sharishabari upazila in Jamalpur around 7:00am, said Ashim Kumar Mallick, wildlife inspector of the forest department.

She was tranquilised around 8:00am after a team of Forest Department reached the spot, Mallick added.

A covered van and truck have been taken into the area to transport the elephant to Bangabandhu Safar Park in Gazipur tomorrow, according to Mallick.

Aug 142016
AI, HRW condemn ‘detention’ of SQ Chy, Mir Quasem’s sons
HRW, AI condemn ‘detention’ of SQ Chy, Mir Quasem’s sons

Police stand guard in front of the gate of Dhaka Central Jail on December 10, 2013. Photo: Reuters

Bangladeshi authorities should immediately end the illegal detentions of Hummam Quader Chowdhury and Ahmed Bin Quasem arrested respectively on August 4 and 9, said Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.

Both men were arrested without warrants or charges, have not been produced before a magistrate, and have not been allowed access to family or lawyers, the New York-based HRW and London-based AI said in a joint statement.

Chowdhury and Quasem are the sons of Salahuddin Qader Chowdhury and Mir Quasem Ali, two senior opposition politicians who were convicted of war crimes during Bangladesh’s 1971 War of Independence. Salahuddin was executed in November 2015.

“There is no question that Quasem and Chowdhury are subject to an enforced disappearance in the custody of the security forces. Yet the government continues to deny having them,” said Champa Patel, South Asia director at Amnesty International.

Both men have been refused access to lawyers and their families, and production before a magistrate,” Patel said. “This is a practice which has unfortunately become completely routine in Bangladesh, and has to end.”

Chowdhury, a senior member of the opposition BNP, was arrested from inside his car as he was travelling with his mother to a courthouse to attend a hearing on August 4, Amnesty International and HRW said in a joint statement issued today.

Quasem, a Supreme Court lawyer, was arrested from his home on August 9 by several men, in plainclothes. His wife and cousin were present during the arrest, the statement reads.

Authorities have denied having either of the men in custody, although multiple credible sources have said that both men were at the headquarters of the Rapid Action Battalion in Dhaka on the morning of August 12, according to the statement.

Quasem’s wife has filed a general diary (GD) and Chowdhury’s family attempted to file a GD but the police refused to accept it, it claimed.

The statement said Bangladesh has been reeling from a spree of seemingly militant inspired killings and attacks, including a horrific attack on the Holey Artisan Bakery Café in Dhaka on July 1, and another the subsequent week on an Eid gathering.

In a much-delayed response, Bangladeshi authorities arrested nearly 15,000 people following the spate of attacks on bloggers, atheists, foreigners and LGBTI activists, it added.

Following the attack on the café, the authorities arrested two hostages — Hasnat Karim and Tahmid Hasib — and then proceeded to issue contradictory statements about whether the men were in their custody, the AI and HRW said.

More than a month later, they finally admitted the men were in their custody, although they created a false cover story to avoid allegations of illegal detention, the rights bodies added.

“The Bangladeshi authorities have an obligation to pursue those responsible for the heinous crimes which have plagued Bangladesh for years, including of course the horrific attack on the café,” said Brad Adams, Asia director at HRW.

“But time and time again, we have to call on the government to not give in to its knee-jerk response of arbitrary and secret detentions. The illegal detentions of Chowdhury and Quasem need to end immediately.”

Aug 142016
Withholding heist probe info: BB

Bangladesh’s central bank has said it is withholding findings of investigations into the cyber theft of $81 million from its account at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York to avoid tipping off the “foreign perpetrators” of the hack.

Bangladesh Bank lawyer Ajmalul Hossain was responding to comments by Rizal Commercial Banking Corp (RCBC) in the Philippines – through which the stolen money was routed before disappearing into Manila’s casino industry – that the central bank in Dhaka was wary of releasing reports that could implicate its own officials.

More than six months have passed since hackers broke into the Bangladesh central bank’s computer systems in one of the biggest-ever cyber heists.

Most of the $81 million stolen is still missing and the culprits have not been identified, but Bangladesh Bank has held RCBC accountable for the loss. It has said it may sue RCBC if other efforts to recover the money are unsuccessful.

“Bangladesh Bank knows enough about what happened from the internal and external reports so far obtained by it and others,” the central bank’s lawyer Hossain told Reuters late on Saturday.

“This truth is being deliberately withheld from the public domain so as not to allow the foreign perpetrators of the hacking to have knowledge of the investigations.”

RCBC has questioned Bangladesh Bank’s June decision not to extend a contract with U.S. cyber security firm FireEye to investigate the February theft, saying the recovery of the money could be “imperilled” if someone within the central bank was found responsible for the heist.

The initial FireEye report submitted to Bangladesh Bank in March and seen by Reuters had blamed a sophisticated third party for the attack and had identified around 35 “compromised” Bangladesh Bank assets. As many as six types of malware were used to infect Bangladesh Bank computer systems.

A Bangladesh government-appointed panel said in May that Bangladesh Bank officials may have been involved in the brazen theft, but its report has also yet to be released.

“That’s why I think a report is not forthcoming,” Maria Celia Estavillo, RCBC’s legal and regulatory affairs head, told Reuters. “They should finish their investigation, they should find out what happened in Bangladesh, they should find out who is liable there, they should give a copy of that to the Philippines government. And if they are confident of the strength of their case, they should file a case in court.”

The central bank of the Philippines last week fined RCBC a record 1 billion pesos ($21 million) in connection with the heist.

RCBC had expected the fine because of some lapses within the bank, Estavillo said, but blamed a couple of rogue employees for letting the money go out of the bank despite stop-payment instructions from Bangladesh Bank. She said internal investigations by the bank showed nobody from its head office was complicit.

Bangladesh Bank said RCBC had “corporate knowledge” of the money laundering, according to Reuters.



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