GCC polls: Zahangir for police raid on Hasan’s residence

Gazipur :

Fearing that there might be illegal firearms and ammunition at the houses of BNP mayoral candidate Hasan Uddin Sarker and his aides, Awami League contestant in Gazipur City Corporation polls Zahangir Alam on Monday demanded that law enforcers raid the residences.

He made the demand while addressing a press briefing at his residence around 11:30 am.

The AL candidate also urged BNP to refrain from spreading falsehood.

Former vice-president of Supreme Court Bar Association Advocate Shafiqul Islam Babul, vice-president of city AL Abdur Rauf Nayan, its joint general secretary Altaullah Mandal and SM Moksed Alam were, among others, present at the briefing.

Meanwhile, Hasan Uddin said Zahangir’s remarks proved that they want to influence the election spreading panic.

He also said he has no illegal arms but licensed ones for which he pays tax to the government.

Zenith Life insurance brings online premium deposits process

Arifur Saadnan:  Zenith Islami Life Insurance Authority has recently launched the facility of online payment process for submitting the premiums. Through company’s website customer or company’s employees can submit their premiums to insurance company through computer or mobile. This facility is available for 24 hours in a day or night. Any person can visit company’s website at any time and select payment option to pay their premium through City Bank, Visa / Master Card, DBBL Nexus Card of Dutch-Bangla Bank, Mobile banking (BKash, Rocket, M-Cash and T- Cash), Trust Bank Debit Card, Islamic Bank’s Debit Card, Visa / Master Card and QC of any Bank.

Insurance customers can pay premiums by clicking on the ‘policyholder only’ button and clicking on ‘Employee Only’ button only for the Development and officials for giving premium. In this case, the concerned customer or officer will have to go to ‘http://zenithlifebd.com/online-payment/’. The guidelines of the website will help them properly.

SM Nuruzzaman, Chief Executive Officer (CC) of Zenith Islami Life Insurance, said, ‘We’re are now in digital era. People are doing everything by sitting in their home. For this reason we also introduced the online payment system thinking of the helping of insurance customers. Through this very simple process, any of our customers can pay their premiums and also check easily. The online payment system will ensure that the insurance customer will pay his premium. Customers are often feeling complexity for paying premiums. We hope that low-educated customers can also take advantage from this process. Thus Zenith Islami Life Insurance Company has entered a new way of digitalization in insurance service’.

Brazil schools close as truckers’ strike enters fifth day


Brazil appeared on the verge of a standstill on the fourth day of a nationwide truckers’ strike Thursday as road blockades caused severe shortages of fuel and food, despite a move by the state-owned oil company to defuse the crisis.

As the government and transport unions continued to seek a solution — after over five hours of talks — airports and gas stations were running out of fuel, food prices were spiraling and agricultural exports were hit.

Truckers have attempted to put a stranglehold on movement of goods in Brazil to protest fuel price rises.

The increases are the result of a politically sensitive decision made in late 2016 to allow the Petrobras oil giant autonomy over its pricing, as well as a rise in world prices in recent weeks.

But the determination of the truckers has caught center-right President Michel Temer’s government flat-footed, five months ahead of presidential elections.

Petrobras yielded to pressure on Wednesday and temporarily reduced fuel prices, sending its shares plunging by around 14 percent on the Sao Paulo stock market by close on Thursday. But the truckers Thursday were blocking main arteries in 26 of the 27 states in the vast country, which has only limited rail services.

In the port of Santos near Sao Paulo — the largest in Latin America — there have been virtually no arrivals or departures of trucks for three days, the management said, even if the “loading and unloading operations of ships continues normally” for now.

In the capital Brasilia, the airport was allowing only planes to land that had enough fuel to take off again, and schools were closed.

At five other airports, including Recife in the northeast and Congonhas in the economic capital of Sao Paulo, fuel reserves could run out on Thursday, the G1 news site said.

Various abattoirs have also halted operations, affecting a key export sector.

– ‘A one-off measure’ –

Prices of fruits and vegetables were rocketing in some places to 400 percent, due to supply problems.

Pump prices were also higher, and long lines formed at many gas stations.

A spokeswoman for Rio’s fuel retailers’ union Sincomb told AFP that the main service stations were last supplied on Monday.

“There is a lack of fuel in practically all the service stations that we have contacted,” she said.

As a way of defusing an increasingly out-of-control situation, Petrobras Wednesday announced a temporary price reduction of 10 percent.

“It is a one-off measure. It doesn’t represent a change in pricing policy,” Petrobras chief Pedro Parente told journalists. “These are 15 days for the government to reach a deal with the truckers.”

But the head of the Abcam truckers’ association, Jose de Fonseca Lopes, was unimpressed. “It is not what we need,” he told CBN radio.

The movement appeared to have some popular support.

“I think that this has been provoked by poor management by the federal government,” said Ana Maria Lobo, a driver waiting in line at a gas station in Sao Paulo, who also noted “all these corruption scandals.”

In another temporary measure, the lower house of congress decided late Wednesday to suspend the introduction of two taxes on diesel until the end of the year.

If the Senate approves the measure Thursday, the truckers “are ready to suspend the movement” said Fonseca Lopes.

But the spokeswoman of the National Transport Confederation (CNT) told journalists Thursday that blockades would continue until the president signs the measure into law.

The proposed suspension of the diesel taxes has sparked tensions within the government.

“There is no agreement yet. I am not against it but I would like to know where the money is coming from,” said the minister in charge of relations with parliament, Carlos Marun.

How Salman turned lyricist for ‘Selfish’ :

Culture Desk :

Salman Khan has sung songs before, but his upcoming film “Race 3” marks his first time as a lyricist. The superstar says he had only penned a few thoughts, which the team loved and were eventually used as lyrics for the song “Selfish”.

It is the second song from the action entertainer, and will be released on Friday.

Talking about it, Salman said in a statement: “While discussing the creative for the song, I penned down a few thoughts on paper in sync with the plot of the film, which is about the selfishness within the family.

“When the music director Vishal Mishra heard it, he got extremely excited and said he will come back with a tune for the same. I said, ‘But this is a part of a conversation and not lyrics’.

“However, he insisted to use the thoughts as it is for the song. Everyone loved the thoughts and wanted it to be used for the song.”

Featuring Salman, Jacqueline Fernandez, Bobby Deol and Daisy Shah, “Selfish” is a romantic song.

It is sung by Pakistani singer Atif Aslam, who has delivered “Pehli nazar” and “Beintehaan” for the earlier instalments of the “Race” franchise.

“Race 3”, directed by Remo D’souza, will release on Eid this year. Produced by Salman Khan Films and Ramesh Taurani under the banner of Tips Films, it also features Anil Kapoor and Saqib Saleem.


Five cops hurt in drug peddlers’ attack in Pabna :

Tribunal Desk :

Five policemen sustained injuries when a group of ‘drug peddlers’ hurled crude bombs on them on Pabna-Ishwardi highway at Maddhyo Arankola in Ishwardi upazila early Thursday.

The injured were identified as Inspector Sheikh Matiur Rahman and four constables– Raquib Uddin, Mizanur Rahman, Mushihar Ali and Shahidul Islam.

Zahurul Haq, additional superintendent of Pabna police, said base on secret information, a police team conducted an anti-narcotics drive at an abandoned godown of one Dipu Sarker around 2 am and arrested Dulal Hossain alias Muchi Dulal, 23, an alleged drug peddler along with 200 pieces of Yaba tablets.

At one stage, the detainee’s associates hurled crude bombs targeting the law enforcers, in a bid to snatch away Dulal from their custody, leaving five policemen injured, police said.

Police fired several gunshots in self-defense, prompting the criminals to flee the scene.

Dulal had long been involved in drug trading and wanted in several cases, said Azim Uddin, officer-in-charge of Ishwardi Police Station.

Truck driver killed in Chattogram road crash

Chattogram: A truck driver was killed and two others were injured when the truck hit a covered van at Fouzdarhat Jalil Textile Gate on the Dhaka-Chattogram Highway in Sitakunda upazila of Chattogram early on Thursday.

The deceased is Mohammad Arif, in his forties, from Tangail district.

Rafiq Ahmed Majumdar, in-charge of Fouzdarhat Police camp, said the accident took place around 2:00am when the stone-laden truck hit a covered van as its driver lost control the over steering following puncture in two of its wheels, leaving the driver killed on the spot and injured its two helpers.

The injured helpers—Foysal and Hasan—were taken to Chattogram Medical College Hospital for treatment.

2.5 lakh Yaba pills seized in Teknaf :

Tribunal Desk :

Police in a drive recovered 2.5 lakh pieces of Yaba tablets worth Tk 7.5 crore from a house at Habirchhara Ghat in Teknaf upazila on Wednesday night.

Tipped off, a team of police raided the house and recovered the drugs in an abandoned condition around 11:30 pm, said Ranjit Kumar, officer-in-charge of Teknaf Model Police Station.

A group of smugglers brought the drugs from Myanmar through a trawler and kept those in the house, said the OC.

However, police could not arrest anyone as the drug dealers managed to flee the scene, sensing the presence of the law enforcers.

A case was filed accusing four people with Teknaf Model Police Station, the OC added.

Malaysia’s Najib quizzed for second time over graft claims

Former Malaysian leader Najib Razak arrived at the anti-graft agency Thursday to be questioned for a second time this week over a multi-billion-dollar corruption scandal following his shock election loss.

Najib’s coalition suffered a defeat at the May 9 poll which ended their six-decade hold on power, beaten by a reformist alliance led by Mahathir Mohamad.

Mahathir, who first served as premier from 1981-2003 and came out of retirement aged 92 to take on Najib, campaigned on claims that the former leader and his cronies looted sovereign wealth fund 1MDB.

Billions of dollars were allegedly stolen from the fund in a sophisticated fraud, and used to buy everything from artworks to high-end real estate.

Najib pushed through a huge media scrum at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) headquarters in the administrative capital of Putrajaya as he arrived to be quizzed about 1MDB money allegedly ending up in his personal bank accounts.

Najib is being questioned by the anti-corruption body over SRC International, an energy company that was originally a subsidiary of 1MDB.

According to an investigation by the Wall Street Journal, 42 million ringgit ($10.6 million) originating from SRC was transferred to Najib’s personal bank accounts.

It is just one small part in the graft scandal, which is being investigated in several countries.

Hundreds of millions of dollars from 1MDB allegedly ended up in Najib’s accounts but the ex-leader and the investment vehicle have denied any wrongdoing.

Mahathir has vowed to fully investigate the financial scandal.

After holding meetings with key figures from 1MDB Wednesday, Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said the fund was insolvent, could not pay its debts, and its chief was “utterly dishonest”.

Najib and his unpopular wife Rosmah Mansor have suffered a swift fall from grace. Police have raided properties linked to them and seized a huge stash of handbags, cash and jewels.

The ousted leader has sought to mount a fightback in recent days, insisting he has not stolen public and attacking the new government.

In a Facebook post late Wednesday, he accused the new prime minister and finance minister of causing the stock market to fall by saying that the country’s national debt was huge.

“Words spoken while in such positions of power result in actual losses to the country and the people,” he said.