Wednesday February 21, 2018 09:26 AM

  • Salahuddin hearing adjourned until April 8

    The High Court yesterday adjourned until April 8 further hearing on a petition seeking an order on the government to produce BNP leader Salahuddin Ahmed before it.

    The bench of Justice Quamrul Islam Siddique and Justice Gabinda Chandra Tagore passed the adjournment order when it concluded the day’s proceedings.

    At the hearing, Attorney General Mahbubey Alam told the court that Salahuddin had not been arrested and was not in the custody of any law enforcement agency.

  • Bangabandhu’s 95th birth anniversary today

    The nation will observe the 95th birth anniversary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the National Children’s Day today.

    Different socio-political and cultural organisations including the ruling Awami League and its affiliated bodies have chalked out elaborate programmes to mark the day.

    President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages on the eve of the day paying glowing tribute to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

  • Even children not spared

    Even children not spared

    They have been shot, burnt, slaughtered, maimed, arrested and beatenChildren have not been spared of the ongoing political unrest as they fall victims to the acts done by the pro-blockade and hartal activists or the administrative actions to tame the violence.

    In the last two months, children have been shot, burnt, slaughtered, maimed, arrested and beaten.

    At least five of them died in crossfire, 15 in petrol bombs and another two in crude bomb blasts, according to findings of a children’s rights body. Many more have been crippled, maimed and injured.

  • PM calls for making Bangladesh a safe abode for children

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday called upon people to take a fresh vow to turn Bangladesh into a safe abode for children and build a country free from hunger, poverty and illiteracy as dreamt by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

    “On the eve of the birthday of the Father of the Nation as well as the National Children’s Day, I urge people of the country to take a fresh vow to transform our beloved motherland into a safe abode for children,” she said in a message.

  • Jannati’s bail order upheld

    Jannati was denied bail by the lower courts several times while judges of two HC benches felt embarrassed to hear her bail petitionsThe Supreme Court has upheld a High Court verdict that granted bail to young entrepreneur Jannati Hossain in a case filed over the death of her business partner Mostamsir Ashraf.

    Chamber Judge Justice M Imman Ali passed “no order” yesterday on a petition filed by the government seeking a stay order on the High Court verdict clearing the way for her release from jail.

  • Farakka lock-gate collapse sends excess water into Bangladesh

    The collapse of a lock-gate at India’s Farakka Barrage, located just 17 kilometres from the border, has led to a diversion of excess water into Bangladesh. 

    A Bangladeshi member of the Joint Rivers Commission, Mir Sajjad Hossain, told the Dhaka Tribune: “The excess water diverted to Bangladesh is not necessarily a bad thing. At any rate, our Indian counterparts assure us that the damaged lock-gate is being

  • Court accepts charges against SI Zahid for murder

    A Dhaka court yesterday accepted charges against Zahidur Rahman Zahid, former sub-inspector of Mirpur police, and four others in a case filed over the torture and murder of Mahabubur Rahman Sujon, a garment-waste trader, in custody.

    Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Court’s acting judge KM Imrul Kayes passed the order after scrutinising the charge sheet and fixed April 15 for indictment hearing in the case, lodged by Sujon’s wife Mamtaz Sultana Luchi.

  • AL leader: Only Khaleda knows Salahuddin’s location

    ‘Khaleda could face an arrest warrant if she skips the next case hearing. The government will then arrest her and produce her before court’Awami League policymaker Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim said yesterday it was the BNP chairperson who had to reveal Salahuddin Ahmed’s whereabouts.

    He also reiterated that the government was completely unaware of where Salahuddin was. 

    “Backed by Khaleda Zia, Salahuddin would send statements from unidentified locations to instigate blockaders. He has gone into hiding at the advice of the BNP chief, who is now staging a drama about the whole matter,” said the Awami League presidium member at a programme at Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Women’s College.

  • Khaleda, Koko’s wife and daughters made defendants

    BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, her daughter-in-law and two granddaughters have been made defendants in a case filed against the directors of Dandy Dyeing Ltd for defaulting on a loan of Tk45.49 crore.

    Judge (acting) Ruksana Parvin Happy of Dhaka Artha Rin Adalat 1 (money loan court) passed the order yesterday after granting a petition by Sonali Bank that sought inclusion of the four names as inheritors of late Arafat Rahman Koko.

  • Bscic chairman acquitted in graft case

    The Anti-Corruption Commission has acquitted Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (Bscic) Chairman Ahmed Hossain Khan from a corruption case filed by the commission for embezzling money.

    The case was filed on June 9 last year while he had been serving as the chief of Directorate General of Food for misappropriation of money in the name of foreign tour.

    But the ACC in its investigation found no proof of embezzlement. “So the commission yesterday decided to acquit Ahmed Hossain,” an ACC official said seeking anonymity.

  • 11 arrested for injuring army men in Dighinala

    The indigenous people yesterday enforced a daylong transport strike in Dighinala of the district in protest against army’s shooting on a march towards the local BGB establishment on Sunday.

    During the strike, no highway buses left the town as the demonstrators put barricade on Khagrachhari-Dighinala road with logs. A large number of police, BGB and army was deployed at different important spots of the area.

  • New NGO for Padma Bridge rehabilitation project

    The Bridges Division is set to appoint a new NGO to rehabilitate families who have lost their lands to land acquisition for the Padma Bridge project.

    The move comes after the contract with Christian Commission for Development in Bangladesh (CCDB) – the NGO that initiated the rehabilitation work in November 2009 – expired on January 31.

    “We want to complete the rehabilitation programme of Padma Bridge by appointing another NGO as extra land acquisition is needed,” said Md Makbul Hossain, supervising engineer of the bridge project.

  • Khaleda, 9 others asked to submit HC order

    A Dhaka court yesterday asked the 10 accused, including BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, to submit the High Court order on a petition filed by Khaleda seeking annulment of the proceedings in the Barapukuria coal mine graft case.

    But the defence informed the court that the High Court on Sunday had fixed April 5 for passing an order on the petition.

    The court also asked three of the accused – Khandakar Mosharraf Hossain, Motiur Rahman Nizami and Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujaheed – to appear before it on April 13, public prosecutor Md Kabir Hossain said.

  • Govt to introduce cold-tolerant Boro

    The government plans to introduce a coldtolerant variety of Boro paddy to avoid crop damage by erratic weather.

    This particular variety, tolerant to cold conditions both at the seedling and reproductive stages, can be introduced within two years, said Dr Jibon Krishna Biswas, director general of Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI).

    “We are now running trials, and once we get successful results, we will apply for its commercial release.”

  • New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarships for Bangladeshis

    The New Zealand Aid Programme announced its latest round of Commonwealth Scholarships for Bangladeshi nationals wishing to pursue Masters and PhD programmes in New Zealand in 2016.

    New Zealand’s High Commissioner to Bangladesh, Grahame Morton said in a press release: “Being one of the first countries to recognise Bangladesh, New Zealand has a strong commitment to its growth and prosperity. Scholarships to attend New Zealand universities play an important role in achieving this.”

  • Khulna trade fair picks up pace, traders happy with brisk business

    Defying the on-going blockade and hartals, hundreds of visitors are thronging the 14th International Trade Fair in Khulna encouraging the authorities to extend the fair by 15 days.

    Jointly organised by Khulna Chamber of Commerce and Industries and Ms Chameli Traders, the fair kicked off on February 14 on Khulna Circuit House premises and was supposed to end on March 15. 

    Though the fair started off slow, it soon garnered momentum with huge presence of visitors and customers. This has prompted the authorities to extend the fair till March 30.

  • RAB informant placed on 3-day remand

    A Sylhet court has placed an informant of RAB on a three-day remand in connection with the killing of schoolboy Sayeed after abduction.

    Sylhet Metropolitan Magistrate Court 1 Judge Shahedul Karim granted the remand after police produced Geda Mia before the court with a 10-day remand plea yesterday afternoon.

    Meanwhile, District Olama League Secretary Abdur Rakib also gave confessional statement before the court.

  • C-section tools unused for years at 4 Kishoreganj hospitals

    Caesarean section equipment worth Tk25 crore at four upazila health complexes in Kishoreganj is falling into ruin as such operations have not been performed at the facilities for years. Pregnant women of remote villages have thus been forced to undergo C-sections at private hospitals in the town where the charge is exorbitant.

  • Newborn baby stolen from hospital

    A newborn baby was stolen from of Netrokona Adhunik Sadar Hospital yesterday.

    A woman wearing burqa, a full-body covering that includes a mesh over the face, took the baby from its mother at the hospital’s labor ward saying that she would take it to the family members who were staying outside around 10am.

    “Since then, I can not find my dear son,” said Sathi Begum, mother of the baby.  

    “Before she took the baby from me, the woman talked to other patients at the ward for long time,” she said.

  • HC: Why is rule on second-time DU admission test not illegal?

    The High Court yesterday asked the Dhaka University authorities and the government to explain in two weeks why the new rule, barring candidates to appear in the university’s entrance tests twice, should not be declared illegal.

    The court asked the authorities to show cause as to why they should not be directed to take a fresh decision over the entrance tests. The High Court bench of Justice Farah Mahbub and Justice Kazi Md Ejarul Haque Akondo issued the ruling in response to a writ petition filed by guardians of 26 admission seekers on March 12.

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