Last updated 12/12/10

Hijacked Ship
Fate of 26 unknown as yet
The fate of 26 Bangladeshis on hijacked ship MV Jahan Moni remains unknown even six days after its seizure by Somali pirates from the Arabian Sea.

Brave Royal Shipping Management Limited, operating company of the ship, initially assumed that the pirates would contact the ship authorities once they reach the Somali coast.

But to its dismay, none from the ship made any contact or picked up the phone until yesterday evening though the ship was anchored near Somali coast in the early hours of yesterday. [Daily Star] FULL STORY

4 of family acid-burnt
The look of 11-month-old Afsana in her mother Asma Begum's lap tells yet another story of agony and savagery. The mother and child along with two sisters of Asma suffered burns in an acid attack by a youth in Keraniganj early yesterday.

A mother, her 11-month-old daughter and two other female family members sustained burns when a youth hurled acid on them at Baherpur village in Keraniganj early yesterday.

The injured--Asma Begum, 22, her baby Afsana and sisters Nazma Begum, 24, and Suraiya, 28--have been admitted to the burn unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital.

Of them, the baby has 18 percent of her body burned. Injury of the others is minor, said Dr Samanta Lal Sen, project director of the burn unit. [Daily Star] FULL STORY

Indian BSF routinely kills on border
US-based rights body spurs Dhaka to protect its nationals
Indian border security force (BSF) routinely gun down civilians crossing the border with Bangladesh despite negligible evidence of any crime, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report released yesterday.

Over 900 Bangladeshi nationals have been killed by the BSF over the last decade, many of them when they crossed into Indian territory for cattle rustling or other smuggling activities.

However, in several cases “we also found that Bangladeshi nationals were injured or killed due to indiscriminate firing from across the border”, the report said.

HRW found no evidence in any death it documented that the person was engaged in any activity that would justify such an extreme response. [Daily Star] FULL STORY

Police, most corrupt institution in Bangladesh
The police are the most corrupt institution followed by the civil service, political party and the judiciary in Bangladesh, shows the first public opinion survey of Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB).

Global Corruption Barometer 2010, the biggest worldwide survey on people's perception and experience about corruption, said most Bangladeshi respondents favour the government over other organisations to fight corruption.

The corruption watchdog released the survey at a press conference at the Brac Centre Inn yesterday. It is the first time Bangladesh has been included in the yearly survey initiated in 2003 covering 44 countries. [Daily Star] FULL STORY

Train driver guilty
Found in primary probe; confusion over death toll
Signal violation by the loco master of Chattola Express was the main reason behind Wednesday's train collision at Narsingdi, revealed preliminary findings of an investigation team.

Md Habibur Rahman, Dhaka divisional railway manager (DRM) who formed a four-member probe committee in connection with the accident, said exceeding the speed limit was another factor that added to the magnitude of the impact and casualty.

While the communication minister yesterday put the death count in the accident at seven, local administration confirmed 10 deaths.

The locals and witnesses however claimed it to be 14 saying four of the bodies were handed over to relatives on the spot. [Daily Star] FULL STORY

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