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Monday December 11, 2017 06:24 AM



  • Mere pride at stake

    Bangladesh had to play the first round and they won two matches against Afghanistan and Nepal to qualify for the ongoing stageToday is the last match day of the World Twenty20 Super 10s and the home team takes on Australia in a Group 2 dead rubber at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in the afternoon fixture of the day. The ride so far has been very bumpy for both the sides as they look to end the mega event with something in the bag – a win perhaps.

  • Pakistan court indicts Musharraf for treason

    Musharraf had missed most of the trial’s hearings due to ill-health and security threatsA Pakistani court Monday indicted former military ruler Pervez Musharraf for treason — a milestone for civilian authority in a country long dominated by the army.

    The charge carries the maximum penalty of death. But observers are uncertain whether authorities will allow the trial to be completed and risk angering the powerful military, which has ruled Pakistan for half its history.

  • Pakistan court indicts Musharraf for treason

    Musharraf had missed most of the trial’s hearings due to ill-health and security threatsA Pakistani court Monday indicted former military ruler Pervez Musharraf for treason — a milestone for civilian authority in a country long dominated by the army.

    The charge carries the maximum penalty of death. But observers are uncertain whether authorities will allow the trial to be completed and risk angering the powerful military, which has ruled Pakistan for half its history.

  • Domestic help found dead at CID inspector’s house

    The victim, who hailed from Pabna, had been working as a domestic help for nine years at the house of the police officialPolice recovered the body of a 16-year-old domestic help, who allegedly committed suicide, from the house of a CID inspector in the capital’s Banasree area early yesterday. 

    Ambia Khatun, from Bankhola area of Sujanagar of Pabna, had been working as a domestic help for nine years at the house of the official, Jahangir Alam.

    Mozammel Haque, SI of Rampura police station, in the inquest report mentioned that they had found the body on the floor. They saw blood on her nose and mouth. A black spot was also found on her neck.

  • Police ‘scare’ away voters at Jamaat stronghold

    Many female voters claimed that police personnel chased them out of the polling centres after learning that they did not go to cast their votes during the January 5 national electionPolice allegedly drove out a good number voters, mainly women, from a polling centre in Satkhira Sadar during yesterday’s fifth phase of the upazila parishad elections.

    Many female voters claimed that police personnel chased them out of the polling centres after learning that they did not go to cast their votes during the January 5 national election.

  • Yet another Awami League show-off

    On the other hand the BNP which was ahead in the first two phases, managed only 13 posts this timeThe ruling Awami Leauge has soared well above its arch rivals BNP in the fifth phase of the upazila parisahd polls as well.

    Amid sporadic violence in some of the 73 upazilas that voted to elect their representatives yesterday, and allegations of widespread rigging raised by BNP-backed candidates, the ruling party has sealed chairman posts 54 local bodies.

    On the other hand the BNP which was ahead in the first two phases, managed only 13 posts this time, marking a trend which shows that every time violence peaked, the party performed poorly.

  • Rigging, violence steal spotlight again

    Rigging, violence steal spotlight again

    17 chairman aspirants, mostly affiliated with the BNP, boycott polls alleging riggingThe upazila parishad elections ended yesterday with the fifth phase of voting, although widespread rigging and sporadic violence once again stole the spotlight.

    At least one person was killed in polls-centred violence, with clashes between Awami League and BNP activists; allegations of illegal stuffing; snatching of ballot boxes and papers; and boycotting by disgruntled candidates reported from a number of upazilas.

  • 19-party turns into 18-party alliance

    However, the party claimed that they did not join the human chain programmeThe National Awami Party (NAP Bhasani) has cut off ties with the BNP-led 19-party alliance as its leaders have failed to persuade the BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami to leave some vice-chairman posts in the upazila elections. 

    A day before making an announcement in this regard, the party along with some other organisations on Sunday formed a human chain in front of the National Press Club protesting BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and her son Tarique Rahman’s claim that party founder Ziaur Rahman was the first president of the country.

  • Irregularities in Munshiganj polls

    Voting was suspended for two hours at Rajnagar Primary School centre at Sirajdikhan as alleged criminals vandalised a voting box at the centreStray incidents of violence, including repeated chase-counter chase, vandalism, clashes, boycotting, suspension of voting have marked the polls at three upazilas in Munshiganj.

    At least 12 people, including police and journalists were injured, while two people were detained at the centres from Tongibari, Sirajdikhan, and Louhajong  upazilas yesterday. Voting was temporarily suspended at some centres, while a BNP candidate boycotted the polls, alleging irregularities.

  • BNP alleges frenzy of vote anomalies in fifth round

    Rizvi alleged that the polling agents of the BNP-backed candidates were not allowed to enter the polling stationsThe ruling Awami League supporters, in a frenzy, forcefully took control of polling stations during the fifth round of upazila elections in 73 upazilas, the BNP has alleged.

  • AL: Neutrality of EC beyond doubt

    BNP wants to create anarchy through violence during election which no political party expectsClaiming that it was a “success” of the government to hold the upazila election in a "free, fair and neutral" manner, the ruling Awami League said the neutrality of Election Commission was beyond doubt.

    Awami League Joint Secretary Jahangir Kabir Nanok said acting Chief Election Commissioner Mubarok Ali’s comments about the election reflected the opinion of the people.

  • Order on Bergman’s contempt April 17

    The tribunal had asked him to explain his blog posts in person or by engaging a lawyerThe war crimes tribunal yesterday heard the explanation of UK-born Bangladeshi journalist David Bergman and set April 17 for passing order on whether to bring contempt charges against him or not.

    The tribunal had asked him to explain his blog posts in person or by engaging a lawyer. The order was issued after a Supreme Court lawyer filed a petition for judicial notice mentioning that Bergman has to face contempt as he said the number of 30 lakh martyrs during the 1971 Liberation War was wrong.

  • Case against Khaleda on ‘first president’ claim dismissed

    Metropolitan Magistrate Shamsul Arefin dismissed the case as there were no specific grounds for the allegationA Dhaka court yesterday dismissed a case hours after it was filed against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia for claiming that the party’s founder Ziaur Rahman was the first president of the country.

    Metropolitan Magistrate Shamsul Arefin dismissed the case as there were no specific grounds for the allegation. 

    AB Siddique, president of Bangladesh Jananetri Parishad, a pro- Awami League organisation, filed the case with the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate’s Court in Dhaka this morning.

  • ‘Political parties have no right to speak ill of EC’

    The commissioner categorically said the fifth phase upazila polls were held in a free, fair and peaceful mannerIn a reply to the BNP’s recent comments that the Election Commission should apologise to the nation for failing to ensure a peaceful election, Election Commissioner Abdul Mobarak yesterday said political leaders did not have the right to make negative comments on the commissioners.

    “We are the citizens of Bangladesh, so are these political leaders. They do not have the right to speak ill of the election commissioners throughout the year,” Mobarak, who is now acting as the chief election commissioner, told reporters at a press conference in the capital.

  • ‘Political parties have no right to speak ill of EC’

    The commissioner categorically said the fifth phase upazila polls were held in a free, fair and peaceful mannerIn a reply to the BNP’s recent comments that the Election Commission should apologise to the nation for failing to ensure a peaceful election, Election Commissioner Abdul Mobarak yesterday said political leaders did not have the right to make negative comments on the commissioners.

    “We are the citizens of Bangladesh, so are these political leaders. They do not have the right to speak ill of the election commissioners throughout the year,” Mobarak, who is now acting as the chief election commissioner, told reporters at a press conference in the capital.

  • Rigging marks Sandwip polls

    The same number of ballot papers of vice-chairman and female vice- chairman posts was also found stamped during the visitVoting in Sandwip upazila concluded yesterday with stamping of ballot papers reportedly by the supporters of ruling Awami League-backed candidate Mohammed Shahajahan.

    While visiting Muchhapur Madhyapara Government Primary School centre at about 1:00 pm, 375 ballot papers were found stamped on pineapple, the symbol of AL-backed candidate, at five out of total nine polling booths.

    The same number of ballot papers of vice-chairman and female vice- chairman posts was also found stamped during the visit.

  • Musa to present evidence soon

    Musa to present evidence soon

    Musa also urged all to refrain from maligning his character and integrity by questioning his conquering the highest peakBangladeshi climber Musa Ibrahim will speak in public soon on the ongoing controversy over his conquering the Mount Everest as the first Bangladeshi.

    “I will present the evidence to the nation to prove the authenticity of my climbing the Everest summit,” he said in a post on his Facebook wall yesterday.

  • Brotee: EC, lawmen yield to political muscle

    A total of 71 election observers watched the polling at eight upazilasBrotee, an election observer group, has observed that the seizure of polling centres, casting of fake votes and driving out agents from the polling booths were the incidents that dominated the final phase of upazila poll yesterday.  

    It observed that comparing with the first, second and the third phase the ruling party activists were more desperate to cast fake votes and occupy the poll centres during the last phase of election yesterday.

  • IPCC report overwhelming evidence of climate change

    IPCC report overwhelming evidence of climate change

    Humans may be able to adapt to some of these changes, but only within limitsThe impacts of global warming are likely to be “severe, pervasive and irreversible,” a major report by the UN has warned.

    Scientists and officials meeting in Japan say the document is the most comprehensive assessment to date of the impacts of climate change on the world. Some impacts include a higher risk of flooding and changes to crop yields and water availability. Humans may be able to adapt to some of these changes, but only within limits.

  • Clashes halt polling in 5 Sonargaon centres

    Polling in five centres was suspended following the clashesUpazila elections in Sonargaon upazila of Narayanganj ended yesterday amid sporadic clashes between activists of the Awami League-backed chairman candidate and the AL rebel candidate centring forcible occupation of polling stations.

    Polling in five centres was suspended following the clashes.

    Out of a total of 108 polling stations, the Election Commission suspended polling in five centres, including Sadhipur High School, Paikpara Government Primary School, Nunertek High School, Char Vulua Government Primary School and Sammanadi Government Primary School.

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