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Thursday, October 12th, 2017


Police concluded ‘Operation Melted Ice’ on Monday (October 9) evening after Khadiza Akhter, younger sister of extremist suspect Nurul Islam Marzan, surrendered to the law enforcement agency along with her three children in Jessore. Nurul Islam Marzan was also a key figure in coordinating the attack on Holey Artisan Bakery in the capital’s Gulshan on July 1, 2016. Khadiza is also the wife of another Gulshan attack suspect Hadisur Rahman Sagor, said Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime unit deputy commissioner Muhammad Mohibul Islam Khan. The CTTC unit was hunting for Sagor in connection with the case, the officials said. In a briefing after the operation, the police officials said bomb disposal unit disposed three suicidal vests recovered from the residence.


The Supreme Court has given garment exporters association BGMEA seven more months to complete demolition of the 16-storey building it constructed illegally at Dhaka’s Hatirjheel. The five-member bench led by Acting Chief Justice Md Abdul Wahhab Miah heard a BGMEA petition for a year’s worth of time before making the decision at a hearing on Sunday (October 8). The BGMEA building was built about two decades ago on endangered wetlands in Dhaka. In 2011 the High Court found that the building had been constructed by violating the law meant to protect wetlands and ordered its demolition. The court said the building was hindering the water flow of Begunbari canal and hampering the Hatirjheel project. A review petition on the decision was dismissed by the Appellate Division and the BGMEA were told to complete demolitions by Sept 12. The seven-month extension applies from that date.


The South African national cricket team clinched the series when they beat Bangladesh by an innings and 254 runs in the second match which finished at the Mangaung Oval on Sunday (October 8). The victory completed a comprehensive series win for South Africa in the two-Test contest after they had won the opener by 333 runs. Kagiso Rabada took his second five-wicket haul of the test on Sunday as Bangladesh was all out for 172 in its second innings after following on. The series was defined by the decisions Bangladesh skipper Mustafizur Rahim made after winning the toss in both games. He chose to bowl first on both occasions and South Africa took advantage, racking up 496-3 declared in the first test and nearly 600 in the second in Bloemfontein. Bangladesh was pretty much out of both games before it had even batted.

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