Tuesday February 20, 2018 05:54 AM

  • BNP chief’s Adviser Reaz Rahman shot

    BNP chief’s Adviser Reaz Rahman shot

    Khaleda alleges attack instigated by government; 20-party alliance calls 24-hour hartal for Thursday
    Unidentified miscreants shot BNP chief Khaleda Zia’s adviser Reaz Rahman, injuring him seriously, and set fire to his car in Gulshan of the capital last night. 

    Reaz was returning from Khaleda’s Gulshan office. When his car reached close to the Doreen Tower at Gulshan 2 intersection around 8:45pm, the criminals pounced on him, said Lutful Kabir, deputy police commissioner of the Gulshan division. 

  • Top leaders of BNP unsure about movement’s future

    BNP insiders do not have any idea about the direction that their ongoing movement was takingThe BNP-led alliance might be saying that they would continue the blockade until the government steps down, but several senior leaders have given contradictory statements about their next course of action.

    Even BNP insiders do not have any idea about the direction that their ongoing movement was taking.

    They said they were virtually unprepared when the call for the blockade programme came from BNP chief Khaleda Zia on January 5.

  • Government’s conditional invitation for a dialogue

    ‘The government can hold mid-term election anytime, if it wishes. It depends on the decision of the government’Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s Political Adviser HT Imam yesterday made BNP an offer for a dialogue but laid down a few conditions.

    Imam said the government would sit across the table if BNP cut its tie with Islamist militants and war criminals.

    If BNP means a dialogue it has to stop its violent activities, Imam told a seminar titled “Progress and a Year of Democracy”.

    A sub-committee of ruling Awami League’s publicity and publication unit organised the seminar at the Engineers’ Institution, Bangladesh in the capital.

  • Two murdered on day eight of BNP’s countrywide blockade

    Several incidents of vandalism, arson, picketing and crude bomb explosion were reported throughout the country yesterdayAt least two persons were killed yesterday as the BNP-led 20-party alliance continued its nationwide blockade for the eighth day. The number of deaths during the ongoing blockade now stands at 16.

    Several incidents of vandalism, arson, picketing and crude bomb explosion were also reported throughout the country yesterday.

    In Noakhali, auto-rickshaw driver Md Jamir Uddin, 32, was killed when pickets attacked his auto-rickshaw near Poura Kalyan High School in Maizdee area.

  • Transport sector jittery despite government assurance

    Experience shows if we lose Tk70 lakh, government will not compensate more than Tk7 lakhDespite repeated government assurance of ensuring security on the highways, transport owners are still reluctant to resume their services out of fear of being attacked by blockade-enforcing pickets on the road.

    Although losses are piling up for the transport owners, they still calculate that any arson attack or vandalism of their buses or trucks would inflict much greater financial damage.

  • Salam to be quizzed at jail gate

    A Dhaka court yesterday ordered the investigating officer of a women

    repression case to interrogate Ekushey Television (ETV) Chairman Abdus Salam at jail gate within five working days.

    The court also rejected his bail and remand petitions in the case.

    Metropolitan Magistrate Sabrina Ali passed the order after Shakhawat Hossain, sub-inspector of Mirpur Model Police Station and also IO of the case, produced Salam before the court with a five-day remand prayer.

  • Suranjit to Khaleda: Call Nawaz Sharif

    Awami League Advisory Council member Suranjit Sengupta yesterday advised BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia to phone Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as India would not like to interfere in Bangladesh’s internal matters.

    “You [Khaleda] better call Nawaz Sharif, as India has already cleared its stand that it will not interfere in the internal affairs of Bangladesh,” the former rail minister said while speaking at a discussion in the city.

  • Court orders Tuhin Malik’s arrest

    A Dhaka court yesterday issued arrest warrant for Supreme Court lawyer Tuhin Malik in a defamation case filed against him on charges of making derogatory remarks on Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

    Metropolitan Magistrate Md Shamsul Arefin passed the order as Tuhin Malik did not appear before the court although there was a summon.

    The court also fixed February 10 for summation of warrant execution report to the police station concerned.

    As Tuhin remained absent ignoring the summon, plaintiff Golam Rabbani sought an arrest order.

  • Three killed in launch collision

    Three killed in launch collision

    Route permits of MV Sundarban and MV Parabat suspended after the accident took place in ChandpurA Barisal-bound launch yesterday rammed into a Dhaka-bound vessel in the Meghna River, killing at least three people, including a child, and injuring 15 others.

    The incident took place between MV Sundarban 8 and MV Parabat 9 near the Meghna-Dakatia confluence in Chandpur around 1:30am, claiming the lives of Shahana Begum, 60, her grandson Abrar Shakil, 6, and Rupa Begum, 30.

    BIWTA officials and launch passengers said MV Sundarban was carrying around 2,000 passengers when MV Parabat rammed into it, damaging four cabins and parts of the second floor of the vessel.

  • Charge sheet against a food importer approved

    The Anti-Corruption Commission yesterday approved submission of charge sheets against a food items importer of Old Dhaka for his alleged involvement in laundering money to the United Arab Emirate (UAE) worth $4.305m

    The ACC approved charge sheets of the two cases filed with Chawkbazar police against Mohammed Rafique alias Rafi, owner of M/S Faiz Uddin & Co, yesterday in its regular meeting at its capital’s headquarters.

    The cases were filed on February 27 last year after the ACC in its primary investigation, began in 2013, found proof.

  • Approval sought for LNG Terminal

    ‘We will submit the term sheet of the FSRU unit, popularly known as a Liquefied Natural Gas Terminal, to the cabinet committee meeting to get approval’The Energy and Mineral Resources Division will place a much talked-about proposal to build a Liquefied Natural Gas Terminal on Maheshkhali Island for approval at today’s meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs.

    In November 2014, the committee returned the proposal to set up the country’s first floating storage and re-gasification unit (FSRU), the technical term for the project, for ambiguity on some points.

  • ACC grills ten AB Bank officials

    The Anti-Corruption Commission yesterday interrogated ten high officials of Arab Bangladesh (AB) Bank Limited in connection with the Ananda Shipyard loan scam worth nearly Tk1,300 crore.

    ACC Senior Deputy Direcwtor Mir Jainul Abedin Shibly grilled the officials at the ACC headquarters in the capital.

    On January 8, the anti-graft body sent summon notices to the 10

  • Mujaheed’s appeal hearing begins today

    The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court is set to begin today the hearing on an appeal of convicted al-Badr leader Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujaheed challenging his death penalty.

    The appeal case was put on today’s cause list of the four-member apex court bench, headed by newly-appointed Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha. The other judges are Justice Md Abdul Wahhab Miah, Justice Hasan Foez Siddique and Justice AHM Shamsuddin Choudhury.

    Mujaheed filed the appeal on August 12, 2013 seeking acquittal of all the charges.

  • 14-party to form countrywide committees to resist subversive acts

    At her directives, terrorists of Jamaat-Shibir have been carrying out the attacks. By staging a drama of being under siege, she has given money to the terrorists to take to the fieldThe Awami League-led 14-party alliance will constitute “anti-subversive acts committees” in every ward and localities across the country to hand over anyone involved in acts of terrorism in the name of siege programme to the law enforcement agencies.

    Awami League Presidium member Mohammad Nasim, who is also the spokesman for the 14-party alliance, yesterday disclosed the decision to reporters after a meeting of the alliance at party chief Sheikh Hasina’s Dhanmondi office, reports BSS.

  • BNP leader Shajahan among 6 remanded

    A Dhaka court yesterday placed six leaders of the 20-party alliance on remand of different terms in a case filed for blasting hand bombs in Gulshan area of the capital.

    Metropolitan Magistrate Rezaul Karim ordered four days’ remand each for Belal Ahmed, Monirul Haque and Habibur Rahman Habib and two-day remand for BNP Noakhali BNP chief and central committee Joint Secretary General Md Shajahan, Shamimur Rahman and Jatiya party (Kazi Jafar) leader Ahsan Habib Linkon.

    The court also rejected their bail petitions, filed by defence counsel Taherul Islam Towhid.

  • President calls for decent student politics

    President calls for decent student politics

    ‘Dhaka University has a good reputation for student politics, but the tread has changed recently. Now it is centred only for self purposes, not based on ideology’President Abdul Hamid has urged Dhaka University students to adopt the path of ideal politics for the sake of the countrymen giving up violence through being imbued with the inspiration of the Liberation War.

    “Dhaka University has a good reputation for student politics, but the tread has changed recently. Now it is centred only for self purposes, not based on ideology”,  Abdul Hamid said while addressing the 49th convocation on central playground of the DU yesterday.

  • Four crude bombs recovered from DU

    Four hand-made bombs were recovered from the Arts Faculty building of Dhaka University yesterday morning during the 49th convocation of DU.

    The bombs were recovered from the ground floor of the building in an abandoned state from under the basin in a toilet around 8am, said a security guard of the building.

    Shahbagh police station Officer-in-Charge Shirajul Islam said: “Students first noticed the bombs and then informed us about the matter.” No one was arrested in this regard yet.

  • Blockade results in price hike, pickets leave one burnt

    Passengers evacuated the bus quickly, however, Md Swapan, a staff of the bus sustained burn injuries on handsBNP and Jamaat-Shibir activists brought out processions at different points in Barisal in support of the ongoing indefinite transport blockade called by BNP-led 20-party alliance yesterday.

    The rallies roamed in Hatkhola, Nabagram Road, Kawnia and Kashipur areas yesterday on the eighth day of blockade programme.

    Both roads and water ways saw less number of vehicles because of a dearth of passengers, claimed Aftab Hossain, president of city Sramik League and Barisal Bus Owners Association, adding that limited number of vehicles were plying on the long routes. 

  • Daylong hartal in three districts today, 12 districts tomorrow

    Local units of the BNP-led 20-party alliance and its components yesterday called separate daylong hartals in 10 districts of Khulna division, and Sylhet and Joypurhat districts for tomorrow while in Pabna, Rangpur and Sylhet for today.

  • Tarique faces another arrest warrant

    A court here yesterday issued a warrant for the arrest of BNP senior vice-chairman Tarique Rahman in a defamation case filed for his derogatory remarks on Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

    Judge of the Sadar Cognisance Court Taskinul Haque issued the arrest warrant in the case filed by district unit president of Bangladesh Chhatra League Tahmidur Rahman Siju.

    Siju filed the case with the court on December 28 last. On the day, the court asked the officer-in-charge of Sadar Police Station to submit a report by January 10 after investigating the incident.

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