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Thursday, December 21st, 2017


Mezbani stampede kills 10

At least 10 people were killed and 40 others injured in a stampede during the qulkhwani of former Chittagong mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury on December 18. The incident happened around 1:45pm as several hundred people scrambled for food at the entrance to Rima Convention Centre in the port city’s Askar Dighir Par area, say witnesses and police. The entrance was narrow, it had an incline and the crowd was huge, they said. Almost all the deceased were Hindus. Pranab Das, a volunteer as well as a member of Chittagong city unit Jubo League, said they were struggling to control a huge number of people trying to get in.


Question Leak: Math exams halted at 123 pry schools

Question paper for primary school exams has been leaked again and this time it is in Natore. The final exams of mathematics for class-I and class-IV were suspended on December 18 at all the 123 primary schools of Natore Sadar as leaked question papers of the exams were recovered from a primary school. Jesmin Aktar Banu, Natore Sadar upazila nirbahi officer, said the tests would be held after new question papers had been prepared. “We suspended the tests after locals showed us the leaked question papers. The papers were identical to the original ones,” she said.


DNCC by-polls in late Feb

The by-polls to Dhaka North City Corporation’s mayoral post will be held in the last week of February. Elections to the newly included 36 wards in two Dhaka city corporations are slated to be held with the by-polls, the Election Commission said on December 17. This announcement came amid political parties having informal talks to pick their best candidates for the DNCC mayoral post. Elections to the councillor posts in the 36 new wards — 18 under Dhaka North City Corporation and 18 under Dhaka South City Corporation — will be held on the same day.


AB Bank laundered Tk 165cr to UAE

The AB Bank has allegedly laundered around Tk 165 crore to the United Arab Emirates through two shady organisations in the name of investment, according to a Bangladesh Bank probe report. The board of directors of the AB Bank in December 2013 approved investment of $20 million in Singapore-based fundraising and investment company Pinnacle Global Fund Pte Ltd (PGF) through the bank’s Offshore Banking Unit (OBU). In February 2014, the OBU laundered the money to an account at the UAE-based Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (ADCB).

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