Tuesday February 20, 2018 05:58 AM

  • Survey: 82% RTI applicants do not get information

    A total of 2,628 individuals were interviewed for this survey, none of whom had used the RTI act for accessing informationAround 82% of information seekers applying under the Right to Information (RTI) Act 2009 do not receive a response from the government within the designated period of 20 working days, according to a RTI baseline survey in Bangladesh conducted by the Nielsen Company (Bangladesh) Ltd.

    The information was revealed in the study, titled “Empowerment through Information: The Evolution of Transparency Regimes in South Asia,” which was released yesterday at a workshop in a city hotel.

  • Brutal Subhan to hang for ’71 war crimes

    Tribunal awards the high-level offender death penalty on three charges, life-term jail on twoA war crimes tribunal yesterday handed down death penalty to Abdus Subhan, a senior leader of Jamaat-e-Islami, for the heinous crimes including the killing of 400 people, mostly Hindus, in Pabna during the country’s Liberation War in 1971.

    Subhan’s offences include murder, abduction, confinement, torture and extermination as crimes against humanity. He is the incumbent nayeb-e-ameer (vice-president) of Jamaat, a “criminal organisation” that sided with the Pakistani occupation forces during the war.

  • Tenacious Tigers spoil Afghan debut

    It really seemed like Bangladesh were playing their World Cup opener at their own backyard as the 13,000-strong Manuka Oval crowd never stopped cheering “Bangladesh, Bangladesh” from the very first ball until the end of the game.

  • AL, BNP preparing response to Ban Ki-moon letters

    AL, BNP preparing response to Ban Ki-moon letters

    Shahriar: The letter does not put the government under pressure from the international communityBoth ruling Awami League and the BNP are preparing their responses to the letters the UN chief had sent to their leaders, calling for effective steps to end the political impasse.

    BNP sources said the letter sent to their chief Khaleda Zia had requested her to bring an end to the violence and they appreciate the UN secretary-general’s concerns.

    On the other hand, State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam confirmed they had got the letter and were preparing a response.

  • 2 die, 1 hurt in gunfights

    The injured is a Jubo Dal leader from LakshmipurTwo men, whose political affiliations were disputed, died in what police said was a shootout with them in Jessore early yesterday.

    A Jubo Dal leader was also shot in a similar incident in Lakshmipur. 

    Abu Sayeed, 48, son-in-law of Hatem Ali Dafadar of Joypur village, and Bazlur Rahman, 45, son of Babar Ali of the same village, died in a gun battle at Begaritala in Manirampur upazila of Jessore around 3am.  

    Police said the two were Jamaat-e-Islami activists but their family members claimed them as BNP men.

  • Full text of Kamaruzzaman’s appeal verdict released

    The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court found the offences committed by death row convict Jamaat-e-Islami leader Muhammad Kamaruzzaman more heinous than Abdul Quader Molla, according to the full text of Kamaruzzaman’s appeal verdict that has been released.

    Even the Nazis did not perpetrate similar nature of brutal acts, the court said, observing that there was no difference between the conduct of a man and a beast in the perpetration of his crimes.

  • Mamata Banerjee due in Dhaka today

    West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is set to arrive in Dhaka tonight on a three-day visit, at the invitation of Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali.

    “We hope that with this visit a conducive environment will be created to resolve the pending issues between Dhaka and Delhi,” State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam told reporters at his office yesterday.

    The two main pending issues between the countries are the Teesta water-sharing agreement and implementation of the land boundary agreement.

  • Subhan’s brutality stuns tribunal

    The brutality of Abdus Subhan, now the nayeb-e-ameer of Jamaat-e-Islami, on Bengali Muslims and non-combatant civilians of his own locality during the birth of the nation stunned the tribunal.

    “We fail to understand how the accused, Subhan, being a Bengali Muslim, actively aided, abetted, and facilitated the commission of such crimes with extreme cruelty, against the non-combatant civilians of his own locality. Does this match with humanity?” the International Crimes Tribunal-2, that handed down the death sentence, said in the verdict yesterday. 

  • Subhan to challenge verdict, lawyer says

    Subhan’s son: We will appeal with the higher court and hope to get justiceDefence lawyers for Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdus Subhan yesterday said they would file an appeal petition, challenging the tribunal verdict against him while the prosecution expressed satisfaction with the verdict.

    A three-member International Crimes Tribunal 2, led by Justice Obaidul Hassan, yesterday handed down the death penalty to Subhan for atrocities committed during the liberation war of 1971.

  • PM: Khaleda must stand trial for burning people

    The people of Bangladesh will never tolerate such killings, she saysPrime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia could not avoid responsibility for burning people to death, and must stand trial for her acts. 

    While speaking at the weekly question-and-answer session in the parliament, the prime minister said cases had been filed against Khaleda and the law would take its own course.

    “Necessary actions will be taken in accordance with the law against Khaleda. All these acts she had committed cannot go unpunished.”

  • Secretarial body gets more time to review hikes

    In addition to reviewing pay hike proposals for public servants, the committee is also looking after recommended pay hikes for the armed forcesThe government has extended by four weeks the tenure of a secretarial committee, tasked with reviewing the recommendations put forward by the national pay commission.

    The Cabinet Division issued a circular yesterday regarding the extension. Last week, the division took consent from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in this regard.

    The secretarial review committee was supposed to submit a report to Finance Minister AMA Muhith on February 15, at the end of the six-weeks' time given to them to complete the task.

  • Myanmar declares martial law in Kokang

    Myanmar declares martial law in Kokang

    Myanmar President Thein Sein declared a state of emergency and imposed martial law in a region near the Chinese border after more than 70 people were killed in fighting between the Myanmar army and a rebel group.

    The conflict is a setback for Myanmar’s semi-civilian government, which took power in 2011 after 49 years of military rule and is seeking to end hostilities with the many groups that have taken up arms since independence in 1948.

  • India under pressure to explain who blew up Pakistani boat

    The Indian government is under pressure to explain what caused a Pakistani fishing boat to explode, killing four people on board in mysterious circumstances, after a senior Indian coast guard official said it was deliberately targeted.

    BK Loshali, deputy inspector general of the Indian coast guard, is shown in a video released by the Indian Express newspaper saying he gave an order to attack the boat as it approached Indian waters last New Year’s Eve.

  • Deep-sea exploration deal to be signed with US-Norwegian venture

    In the wake of a nagging energy shortage, state-owned Petrobangla is set to sign deal with a joint venture of US-based ConocoPhillips and Norwegian Statoil ASA within two months to explore hydrocarbon in three deep-sea blocks in the Bay of Bengal.

    If gas is found, according to the amended production sharing contracts (PSCs), Petrobangla will purchase gas from the blocks at a rate of $6.5 per 1,000 cubic feet. There are allegations that the revision was made under pressure from the international oil companies operating in Bangladesh. 

  • Australia ratchets up pressure on Indonesia over executions

    Indonesia owes it to Australia not to execute two Australian drug offenders on death row, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said yesterday, ratcheting up a diplomatic war of words that is threatening to sour relations between the

    Australia has been pursuing an eleventh-hour campaign to save the lives of Myuran Sukumaran, 33, and Andrew Chan, 31, two members of the so-called Bali Nine, convicted in 2005 as the ringleaders of a plot to smuggle heroin out of Indonesia.

  • Mass awareness can help patients with incurable diseases die peacefully

    Relieving the pain of a patient with an incurable disease – the palliative care – can help such patients die peacefully, and speakers at a seminar yesterday stressed the need for mass awareness and cooperation in this regard.

    The seminar titled “Significance of Palliative Care in Bangladesh,” organised by Centre for Palliative Care, was held yesterday at the capital’s Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University’s (BSMMU) Shahid Milton Hall.

  • Swiss prosecutor raids HSBC office, opens criminal inquiry

    Geneva’s public prosecutor searched HSBC’s lakeside Swiss office yesterday after opening a criminal inquiry into allegations of aggravated money laundering, the second probe to hit the bank this week.

    Europe’s largest lender is in regulators’ sights after details about how its Swiss private bank allegedly helped wealthy clients evade taxes were leaked to the media and published
    last week.

    The Geneva prosecutor said he had launched an investigation following the allegations and could extend it to individuals.

  • Arrest warrant issued against BNP leader Aman, 22 others

    A Dhaka court yesterday issued a warrant for arrest of 23 BNP leaders and activists, including Joint Secretary-General Amanullah Aman and former Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal president Sultan Salauddin Tuku, in two arson cases.

    Dhaka Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Nazmul Haque Shyamal passed the order as the accused did not appear in the court during a hearing yesterday.

    The defence counsels filed petitions seeking time but the court rejected them. The court also fixed March 12 to start the trial in the cases filed with Savar police station.

  • Tarique defamation case report sought

    A Dhaka court yesterday asked police to submit the probe report on a defamation case against BNP Senior Vice-chairman Tarique Rahman on March 30.

    Metropolitan Magistrate Muhammad Anwar Sadat set the date as Paltan police failed to submit the report yesterday.

    In the case, Tarique, also the elder son of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, was charged with slandering Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

  • Charge framing deferred in SQ Chowdhury verdict leak case

    The Cyber Tribunal yesterday deferred the hearing on charge framing in the case filed after a portion of draft verdict in BNP leader Salauddin Quader Chowdhury’s war crimes case was leaked.

    Tribunal Judge KM Shamsul Alam reset February 24 to frame charges against seven accused – as the prosecution failed to produce them before court on security grounds. The court also rejected the bail petition of two accused—Mehedi Hasan and Nayan Ali.

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