- February 18, 2018
Such crimes would stop only if a people’s government was established in the countryBNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has renewed her call for holding fresh elections under a neutral administration, saying the door for talks with the government is still open.
“The door for discussion is still open. I am urging for talks to hold free, fair and participatory elections under a non-partisan government. If they (the government) think they are popular, they should take the chance to prove their popularity. There is no pleasure in winning a voter-less election,” Khaleda said at a function in the capital, yesterday.
The three – Md Abdul Shukkur, Moulavi Mujibur Rahman and Abdul Amin – have their names listed in the Home Ministry as top yaba tradersSix top yaba traders were killed and another 10 received gunshot wounds over the span of a month in crackdowns initiated after the State Minister for Home Asaduzzaman Khan’s Cox’s Bazar visit, though three brothers of the Cox’s Bazar 4 lawmaker Abdur Rahman Bodi still remain at large.
The three – Md Abdul Shukkur, Moulavi Mujibur Rahman and Abdul Amin – have their names listed in the Home Ministry as top yaba traders.
Nixon Chowdhury was also admitted to the United Hospital immediately after the death of his wifeThe death of the 33-year-old wife of independent lawmaker Mujibar Rahman Chowdhury alias Nixon Chowdhury at a hospital in the capital on Tuesday night remains as something of an enigma.
The mystery deepened as conflicting information began to pour in over the cause of the death of Muntarin Chowdhury, the wife of the lawmaker of constituency-4 in Faridpur.
Meanwhile, Nixon Chowdhury was also admitted to the United Hospital immediately after the death of his wife.
There were several other groups active on the spot to bring out the two ‘Jagoron Tutorial Home’ at BhalukaA suspected member of banned militant group Jama’at-ul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) yesterday blamed a leader of Mymensingh unit Jubo League for leading the safe passage of one of the three convicted JMB leaders who were hijacked from a prisons van in Trishal on February 23.
The accused, Ataur Rahman Kamal alias Juboraj, is the joint secretary of Bhaluka thana unit Jubo League, youth wing of the Awami League. His father is also a ruling party leader in Bhaluka.
When counted from March 2013, the number of reported incidents of murder and abduction stands at a staggering 119In recent months, the city of Narayanganj – a key business hub – has seen murders, abductions and forced disappearances spike significantly, for which scared residents blamed the administration’s insincerity.
In the last three months alone, at least 45 dead bodies have been recovered from various points in the city – that has been turned into a corporation a couple of years ago – and its outskirts.
When counted from March 2013, the number of reported incidents of murder and abduction stands at a staggering 119, police said.
Bodies of six missing men from Narayanganj found in Shitalakkhya RiverDays of suspense surrounding the abduction of seven people, including a city corporation ward councillor, reached its climax yesterday afternoon as six of their bodies had been recovered from the Shitalakkhya River.
Narayanganj police said local people first spotted the body of ward councillor Nazrul Islam in the river around 3pm at Bandar Upazila. Later, five other bodies were seen floating in the river.
As news spread, hundreds of people thronged the banks of the river and the ambience took an elegiac turn with the wailings of the family members.
Bangladesh pays $850m or so of tariffs to export garments to the US marketAn idea was floated in a Dhaka seminar to create a fund for financing factory upgrading and general improvement in working standards in Bangladesh.
The fund is proposed to be built up on the tariffs Bangladesh pays the US and other tariff-imposing countries.
Bangladesh pays $850m or so of tariffs to export garments to the US market.
“They (the fund) could be used for measures which improve worker welfare in developing countries,” Bangladesh Bank Chief Economist Hassan Zaman floated the idea at SAARC finance seminar held in Dhaka on Tuesday.
ICT policy is being reformedThe country’s 16-year-old outdated telecom policy should be revised in a coordinated manner to include telecom, ICT and transmission systems and its goals should be re-assessed, said telecom and ICT specialists, yesterday.
Speaking at a roundtable discussion on “Revision of Telecom Policy,” organised by the Telecom Reporters’ Network Bangladesh (TRNB) in a city hotel, they added that the formulation of a digital policy is needed to bring all digital systems under a single umbrella.
The police went to the area in the morning to arrest KaosarCriminals attacked police personnel in the Shashongacha area of the city yesterday to help release a prisoner from custody. According to sources, the police went to the area in the morning to arrest Kaosar, an accused involved in 10 cases.
Kaosar’s cohorts attacked the police personnel when they were going back with Kaosar in custody.
It was also authorised to take the initiative to amend existing laws, rules and policiesFollowing a recent government order, the cabinet division has taken several initiatives to address the personnel crisis in the civil administration.
Last month, the cabinet asked ministers and senior government officials to prepare lists of vacant posts, recommend new posts after reviewing the administration’s needs and fill up all posts by recruiting new public servants.
Judge Farida Parvin of the Metropolitan Magistrate Court passed the orderA Chittagong court sent 15 former employees of the Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) to jail yesterday in a case regarding the misappropriation of fabrics from an export-bound container in the port yard.
Judge Farida Parvin of the Metropolitan Magistrate Court passed the order when the accused surrendered before the court, according to court sources.
The government has banned the use of tinted glass on microbusesPrime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday summoned the state minister for home, hours after he had claimed that the abduction rate in the country had “gone down.”
She also directed the junior minister to take necessary measures for arresting those involved in the abduction and murder of six people in Narayanganj.
Following a meeting with the premier at her state residence Ganabhaban at 9pm yesterday, State Minister for Home Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal told reporters that the prime minister was strict regarding the issue.
Ahead by only 1.4 points, the neighbouring country India ranked 171 with Pakistan falling behind to number 176 with a score of 36.4 pointsBangladesh has been ranked 172nd expensive economy out of 177 countries, according to a new World Bank report released yesterday.
The country scored 40.3 on the Price Level Indexes (PLIs) whereas the most expensive economy scored 209.6 based on the ratio of nominal expenditures to real expenditures in terms of US dollar.
Ahead by only 1.4 points, the neighbouring country India ranked 171 with Pakistan falling behind to number 176 with a score of 36.4 points.
The other two members of the subcommittee are Nurul Islam Sujon and Anwarul AzimIn the face of allegations raised by an Awami League MP, a parliamentary watchdog yesterday formed a three-member subcommittee to investigate financial corruption in the procurement of port handling equipment in last five years.
The parliamentary standing committee on shipping ministry at its first meeting formed the subcommittee, headed by Abdul Latif, lawmaker for Chittagong 10. At the meeting, he alleged that corruption was there in the procurement of equipment, involving Tk1,200 crore.
While passing the order, the bench of Justice Moinul Islam Chowdhury and Justice JBM Hassan told Farid not to defile the dignity of the High CourtThe High Court ordered legal action against a former staff of Crescent Jute Mills of Khalishpur in Khulna yesterday, for submitting fake documents regarding his age in order to retain his job.
It asked the Supreme Court Registrar Office to file a case against Abul Hossain, and ordered the Bar Council to take action against AZM Farid, the lawyer for the petitioner, for professional misconduct.
While passing the order, the bench of Justice Moinul Islam Chowdhury and Justice JBM Hassan told Farid not to defile the dignity of the High Court.
When the chief prosecutor had greeted all the prosecutors present in the room, no one respondedChief prosecutor of the International Crimes Tribunal Golam Arif Tipoo returned to office after a 15-day leave yesterday, but it created much hype within the prosecution team on whether his joining was authorised or not.
On April 20, the Law Ministry issued a gazette notification which mentioned that prosecutor Syed Haider Ali would act as the chief prosecutor of in the absence of Golam Arif Tipoo who was allowed a one month leave on April 13 for medical treatment in Singapore.
The meeting also endorsed a set of recommendations to be put forward to the UN Secretary General for discussionFifty-eight rich and poor countries have agreed that human rights of migrants must be protected and costs of migration as well as transfer of remittances must be lowered.
After a two-day hectic discussion, these countries agreed on some recommendations on migration so that origin and destination countries as well as migrants can be benefitted, Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque told a press briefing held at a city hotel on Tuesday evening.
The hearing on the withdrawal of the case has so far been deferred for the seventh time yesterdayCharges against Limon in a case lodged by Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) after maiming him has not yet been withdrawn even after eight months of the home ministry order.
The hearing on the withdrawal of the case has so far been deferred for the seventh time yesterday.
The hearing was deferred to June 23, 2014 as Chief Judicial Magistrate of Jhalokati had been transferred in August 2013 and acting chief judicial magistrate Md Arifuzzaman had no jurisdiction to hear such appeal, explained advocate M Alam Khan Kalam, additional public prosecutor of Jhalokati.
Police identify 68 of 214 whose documents reached Foreign MinistryThailand has claimed that around 400 suspected Bangladeshis are now in different detention centres there.
“The Thai authorities have notified Bangladesh Embassy that about 400 suspected Bangladeshis are now in their detention centres,” Foreign Ministry Secretary (Bilateral) Mustafa Kamal told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday.
The Bangladesh Embassy immediately asked for consular access and interviewed many of them. “So far the embassy sent us identification documents of 214 and we are verifying it,” he said.
The court of Divisional Special Judge SM Ataur Rahman passed the orderA Chittagong court sent Bangladesh Railway (BR) east zone former senior Welfare Official Golam Kibria, accused in different cases over the railway recruitment scam, to jail yesterday.
The court of Divisional Special Judge SM Ataur Rahman passed the order when Kibria surrendered before it.
Sources said two corruption cases over the recruitment of an assistant chemist and a fuel checker were filed against Golam Kibria.