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  • Leader of wolves Qaisar to die

    Tribunal said he was a high profile criminal who jumped ship at opportune momentsA tribunal yesterday compared Syed Mohammed Qaisar to a leader of a pack of wolves and sentenced him to death for the heinous crimes that he had committed during the Liberation War.

    The war crimes tribunal labelled him a high profile criminal with a political background of jumping ship at opportune moment.

    Qaisar’s war-time crimes include mass killing, rape, abduction, confinement, torture and other inhuman acts committed by his aides and Pakistani occupation force.

  • Rape is more serious a crime than murder

    The verdict termed the rape incidents narrated in two charges against Qaisar ‘genocidal rape’The International Crimes Tribunal in its observation of the offence of rape committed during the Liberation War in 1971 yesterday said rape is “more than a murder.”

    Tribunal 2 yesterday awarded death sentence to convicted war criminal Syed Md Qaisar in seven of the proved 14 charges against him, including his involvement in two mass rape incidents during the war.

  • Rape victim and her war child battered but not beaten

    Captured together with her father and uncle from their homeA young woman captured by a collaborator militia and handed over to the Pakistani occupation army to be used as a sex slave narrated how she was abducted and raped during the Liberation War and how she later gave birth to a war child.

    Captured together with her father and uncle from their home, she was separated from them and imprisoned in a hole dug by the militia, where she awaited the unspeakable horrors she would be made to endure.

  • BNP doubts Khaleda will get justice, plans big showdown today

    The party also threatened to wage a movement demanding withdrawal of the two casesThe BNP doubts whether Chairperson Khaleda Zia will get justice in the Zia Orphanage and Zia Charitable Trust graft cases.

    The party also threatened to wage a movement demanding withdrawal of the two cases.

    “The government filed cases to keep her away from politics and to humiliate her,” Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, acting secretary general of the BNP, said at a press briefing at Nayapaltan.

    Meanwhile, the party planned to stage a showdown on the court premises as Khaleda appears before it today.

  • Pay scale hike to cost exchequer an additional Tk30,000 crore

    Finance Division officials said the non-payroll increases envisaged by the pay commission were not accounted for in the reportThe Finance Division estimates that an additional Tk30,000 crore above current expenditure will be required to implement the recommendations of the eighth National Pay and Services Commission (NPSC) which is significantly higher than an earlier estimate made while the report was being drafted.

    A Finance Division official closely tied to the implementation of the current budget told the Dhaka Tribune that the earlier estimate of about Tk23,000 crore would have to be notched up to a higher figure.

  • Tarique faces more warrants, cases

    The court adjourned its proceedings until January 11 next yearMore legal actions continue to be pursued against BNP leader Tarique Rahman for his latest remarks on Bangabandhu, with courts in Chittagong and Netrakona yesterday issuing warrants for his arrest in separate defamation cases.

    The court of Chittagong Senior Judicial Magistrate Masud Parvez issued an arrest warrant against the BNP senior vice-chairman after hearing the statement of plaintiff Chhatra League Rangunia upazila unit’s Religious Affairs Secretary Nurul Alam.

    The court adjourned its proceedings until January 11 next year.

  • Qaisar’s verdict dedicated to the biranganas, war children

    Qaisar’s verdict dedicated to the biranganas, war children

    Qaisar was sentenced to death yesterday for the crimes he had committed against humanity in 1971The prosecution of Syed Mohammed Qaisar’s war crimes trial dedicated the verdict to the war children and the biranganas – the women raped during the Liberation War.

    Qaisar was sentenced to death yesterday for the crimes he had committed against humanity in 1971. The three-member second International Crimes Tribunal, led by Justice Obaidul Hassan, found him guilty in 14 out of the 16 charges.

    The prosecution came up with the opinion after the tribunal cited some significant observations about war children and the biranganas in the judgement.

  • AL vows to resist BNP on January 5

    The minister for relief and disaster management urged the party leaders and activists to be alert to any BNP-Jamaat act of anarchy and resist themDhaka City Awami League General Secretary Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya yesterday the BNP-led alliance would not be allowed entering the capital on January 5, calling them “the enemies of democracy”.

  • Ukraine angers Moscow by scrapping ‘non-aligned’ status

    Ukraine angers Moscow by scrapping ‘non-aligned’ status

    The amendment passed easily, receiving 303 votes, 77 more than the minimum required to pass into lawThe Ukrainian parliament yesterday renounced Ukraine’s “non-aligned” status with the aim of eventually joining Nato, angering Moscow which views the Western alliance’s eastward expansion as a threat to its own security

    Kiev first announced its intention of seeking the protection of Nato membership in August following what it deemed the open participation of Russia’s military in a separatist war in Ukraine’s eastern provinces.

  • PDP largest party in hung Jammu and Kashmir assembly

    BJP to form govt in JharkhandIn a heavily-fractured verdict in Jammu & Kashmir, the PDP yesterday emerged as the single largest party throwing many possibilities in government formation while the BJP was all set to form government in Jharkhand in coalition with ally AJSU.

    With 28 seats, the PDP was in a pole position to form the government, but the party appeared to be keeping all options open like the BJP which has won 25 seats, all in the Jammu region, recording its best performance in the state.

  • Government lies over CHT Accord execution, alleges Santu Larma

    Out of the accord’s 78 sections, only 25 have been fully implemented, while 13 partially, the CHT leader claimsThe government is not cordial, rather it possesses extreme nationalism regarding the implementation of the 1997 CHT Peace Accord, Jyotirindra Bodhipriya Larma alias Santu Larma, the chairman of a faction of Parbatya Chattagram Jana Samhati Samiti, has claimed.

    At a discussion yesterday, he also alleged that the government had been spreading wrong information about its execution process by claiming that 48 sections in the Accord, out of total 78, were implemented. “But actually only 25 sections have been implemented fully while 13 partially.”

  • Afghan official: Over 150 Taliban killed in 12-day fight near border

    Afghan official: Over 150 Taliban killed in 12-day fight near border

    At least 151 Taliban fighters have been killed by government forces during 12 days of fighting in the volatile east, near the border with Pakistan, the spokesman for the police chief of Kunar province said yesterday.

    Gen Abdul Habib Sayedkhaili said at least another 100 insurgents were wounded in the fighting in Dangam district. He said the Pakistani Taliban and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) – the group responsible for the attacks on Mumbai in 2008 in which more than 160 people were killed – were also taking part in the battle.

  • Daud Ibrahim’s sidekick Rauf rearrested in Kashimpur

    Rauf, 45, started serving life sentence in 2002 in IndiaDetectives picked up Abdur Rauf Daud Merchant, an alleged aide of Dubai-based Indian mafia Daud Ibrahim, as soon as he was released on bail from the Kashimpur in Gazipur near Dhaka on Monday.

    Rauf was convicted by an Indian court for killing music icon Gulshan Kumar, following which he had fled to Bangladesh, said several high officials of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) yesterday while confirming the news a day after the arrest.    

  • Sagar-Runi murder suspect gets bail from High Court

    ‘The court did not cite it and so we cannot confirm it unless we get the full copy of the order’The High Court yesterday granted bail for an accused in connection with the murder of journalist couple Sagar Sarowar and Meherun Runi.

    The bench of Justice Md Nizamul Huq and Justice S H Md Nurul Huda Jaigirdar passed the order in response to a bail petition filed by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in the case.

    The court however did not cite any bail period for accused Tanvir Rahman, who was arrested on October 1, 2012, during the pronouncement of the order.

  • Tk1,500 job puts an end to Runa’s life

    ‘Runa complained that Rokon had sexually assaulted her several times. She wanted to quit the job’After suffering for four days, a teenage domestic help succumbed to self-inflicted burn injuries at Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) yesterday.

    Runa Akhter Parvin, 14, set herself on fire after failing to convince her mother that her master Amin Ahmed Rokon, a businessman based in Chittagong, had tortured and raped her.

    Six months back, Runa’s mother Rokeya brought her to Rokon’s apartment situated in the Ice Factory Road of the city to work as a domestic help. Runa was employed at a monthly salary of Tk1,500.

  • PM: Central jail to be shifted to Keraniganj by June

    PM: Central jail to be shifted to Keraniganj by June

    ‘After the shifting, Bangabandhu Memorial Museum and National Four Leaders Memorial Museum will be opened for people and the remaining area of the jail will be turned into a park, serving the need for open spaces’Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the Dhaka Central Jail that inherits rich history of ancient Dhaka and Bengal, will be shifted to Keraniganj on the outskirts of the capital in June.

    The premier made the statement while inaugurating Prison Week at Kashimpur Prison Campus Parade Field in Gazipur in the morning.

    She said: “After the shifting, Bangabandhu Memorial Museum and National Four Leaders Memorial Museum will be opened for people and the remaining area of the jail will be turned into a park, serving the need for open spaces.”

  • Bangladesh Super Soccer proposed

    We just received the proposals today (yesterday). They (CMG)need the BFF to approve the proposals and make the regulations before holding the eventThe Celebrity Management Group (CMG), one of the leading sports management groups in India, is interested in organising a franchise-based professional football league in Bangladesh titled ‘Bangladesh Super Soccer’.

    CMG executive director, Bhaswar Goswami, appeared at the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) office yesterday with two lucrative proposals – one, to arrange a football tournament in Bangladesh, just like the Indian Super League, with the participation of franchise-based clubs.

  • Crucial Super League begins today

    The January 7 deadline for the selection of the final 15-man Bangladesh squad for the ICC 2015 World Cup in Australia-New Zealand is not far away. Keeping that in mind, the importance of the six-team Super League phase of the Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League has increased two-fold as the final stage of the country’s lone domestic 50-over competition begins today.

  • Bangabandhu Gold Cup awaiting sixth team

    Following Maldives’ snub, Sri Lanka and Nepal will probably be Bangladesh’s last hope for the sixth and final slot of the Bangabandhu Gold Cup International Football, slated for the middle of next month.

    The Football Association of Maldives informed the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) last Monday that they will not be able to participate in the tournament due to internal issues lingering in its governing body.

  • ‘Abdur Razzak was a fearless, progressive leader’

    Razzak was elected a member of Jatiyo sangsad from the Awami League in national polls in 1973, 1991, 1996, 2001 and 2008Politicians, academics and people from other professions yesterday said former Awami League advisory council member Abdur Razzak was a fearless crusader and progressive political thinker.

    Razzak had strongly stood against fundamentalism, and for secularism. He was one of the key organisers of the War of Liberation in 1971, they also said at a memorial meeting, held at Dhaka University’s TSC Auditorium.

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