Last updated Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Qamrul gets death threat
The Daily Star
A caller threatened of getting Qamrul killed by a death squad unless he halts his recent activities, the state minister told The Daly Star, adding that the caller did not mention what activities he has to stop.

The state minister said the caller identified himself as  Chief of Lashkar-e-Taiba, a Pakistan-based militant group

A general diary was lodged with the police station in this regard.


Boyfriend leads gang rape
Tha Daily Star
A teenage girl was allegedly raped and pushed from hilltop by a gang of youths in the port city late night Saturday.
The victim, a 15-year-old garment worker, was under treatment in Chittagong Medical College Hospital yesterday.

Sources said she was in love with a youth named Swapan of Lalkhan Bazar area.

Promising to marry the girl, Swapan took her on top of Matijharna hill in his neighbourhood, said her elder sister. His four acquaintances Rubel, Tuku, Babu and Suman were also called in. READ MORE


Fine slapped on estate company for wiping out forests
The Daily Star
A real estate company has been fined about Tk 3 crore for wiping out hills and forests on an area of 100 acres to develop a housing project at Jhilongja in Cox's Bazar.
The Department of Environment in a drive yesterday slapped the fine on Uttaran Grihayan Samabai Samity and shut down the project only two kilometres off the Cox's Bazar town. READ MORE

India's hidden climate change catastrophe
The Independent
Photo: Abbie Traylor-Smith
Over the past decade, as crops have failed year after year, 200,000 farmers have killed themselves
Naryamaswamy Naik went to the cupboard and took out a tin of pesticide. Then he stood before his wife and children and drank it. "I don't know how much he had borrowed. I asked him, but he wouldn't say," Sugali Nagamma said, her tiny grandson playing at her feet. "I'd tell him: don't worry, we can sell the salt from our table." READ MORE

Price spike betrays govt's election pledge
New Age BD
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With inadequate food stocks in the godowns, speeches of the ministers cannot prevent the rise of food prices.

The present government has failed to keep the promise it made in its election manifesto that it would reduce the prices of essential goods, especially food items, say ordinary citizens and consumer rights activists.

The prices of many essential commodities have risen significantly compared both with the prices a year go and those when the government took power. READ MORE

RAB arrest reveals horror
The Daily Star
Photograph: Abir Abdullah/EPA
Children abducted, maimed, forced to begging
Rapid Action Battalion on Tuesday night arrested an alleged member of a gang that abducts and maims children, and then forces them into begging on streets or prostitution, just to take away the money from them.  READ MORE

Major wetland to vanish for Bangabandhu airport
The Daily Star
Govt takes decision on Bangabandhu airport without any environmental study
The government decision of building Bangabandhu International Airport covering an area that includes thousands of acres of agricultural land and the biggest wetland near the capital without any feasibility study and environment impact assessment (EIA) has triggered mass protests in the localities.

The proposed site of the airport consists of more than 25, 000 acres of land in three upazilas of Dhaka and Munshiganj districts.

The authorities have already started the process of acquiring these lands in Arial Beel (wetland) -- 10, 895-acre in Sreenagar upazila ..READ MORE

Woman Gives Birth In Dubai Airport Toilet
The Siasat Daily
..then  dumps its tiny corpse in a rubbish bin,.
Abu Dhabi, December 29: A woman, believed to be a Ethiopian in her thirties, gave birth in a toilet of Dubai International Airport, and then proceeded to strangle the newborn baby and dumped its tiny corpse in a rubbish bin, reports Daily Mail, London.The woman caught a flight before the infant's body was discovered by a cleaner at the Airport.

She was identified using security camera footage and is being hunted by police.The woman allegedly severed the baby boy's umbilical cord with her bare hands and strangled him with a cloth before dumping him.The infant was discovered when a woman passenger informed one of the airport's cleaners about a pool of blood in the bathroom. READ MORE

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