- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
The tribunal asked them to submit reply by April 23 A war crimes tribunal yesterday initiated contempt of court proceedings against 23 eminent persons for expressing concern in a statement over the sentence of Dhaka-based British journalist David Bergman.
They are among the 49 signatories of the statement. Earlier, 25 noted citizens were cleared of the charge as they had tendered unconditional apology for their conduct. Yesterday, the court exonerated another person.
The court found that explanations furnished by the 23 citizens were coupled with a “defence” and rejected it.
Election Commission scraps 86 nomination papers including six mayoral in two citiesPolice yesterday said 12 mayor hopefuls in Dhaka are facing criminal cases, on a day the Election Commission scrapped five mayor nomination papers in the capital and one in Chittagong.
Most of these 12 aspirants are affiliated with the BNP and the specific criminal cases against them are at different stages of investigation, police said.
Joint Commissioner Monirul Islam, spokesperson of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) which is working closely with EC in the nomination paper scrutiny process, also said several mayor aspirants face “double digit” cases.
The Election Commission yesterday disqualified businessman BNP-backed Abdul Awal Mintoo as mayor contestant of Dhaka north.
The EC yesterday also disqualified another BNP leader Nasiruddin Ahmed Pintu, bidding for mayor of Dhaka south, who is serving life in prison in the BDR carnage case.
Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Returning Officer Shah Alam said Mintoo’s papers were dismissed because the person who collected the forms on his behalf was not a voter of the area where the BNP leader intended to run.
AHM Mustafa Kamal has resigned from his “ceremonial” post as the president of International Cricket Council, saying the move was necessary to save cricket from wrong hands.
“The resignation is a protest against the people inside the game’s global body who are running the show unconstitutionally,” Kamal said at a press conference after returning to Dhaka from Australia.
A buffer cell of Islamist fanatics murdered blogger Oyasiqur Rahman Babu and had been planned at least 15 days prior, detectives said yesterday.
Islamist outfit Ansarullah Bangla Team, had used similar buffers, that they call “sleeper cell”, for murdering Avijit Roy, another liberal blogger with atheist views, on February 27.
“Five members of the sleeper cell were specially trained in the last 15 days at a rented house in Dhaka’s Jatrabari area,” said Monirul Islam, DMP joint commissioner and chief of the Detective Branch.
Are citizens ready to reward candidates who stand for better governance and effective public services — irrespective of their party affiliation? As someone who was born and raised in Dhaka, there is no denying that the city has played a special role in shaping our collective identity. Its unique place in our nation’s history has always made us proud for what it has endured and how it has defied the odds to be the city that it is.
And yet, it is also true that Dhaka has suffered from extreme demographic and economic changes, and one only needs to take a walk through any neighbourhood to realise how frustrating it is, and how quality of life has taken a nosedive.
The killing of blogger Oyasiqur Rahman Babu by three Islamic zealots is different from the murder of blogger Avijit Roy, who was hacked to death on February 26 in front of the police, by some assailants — presumably the Islamic militants who were threatening the American blogger on social media.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday invited more French investment to Bangladesh’s various sectors for the country’s overall development.
The prime minister made the request when newly appointed French Ambassador to Bangladesh Sophie Aubert met her at her office.
After the meeting, PM’s Press Secretary AKM Shameem Chowdhury briefed reporters.
In response, he said, the Ambassador told Sheikh Hasina that a number of French companies are interested to work in Bangladesh.
Senior leaders of the ruling party are taking part in different meetings and gatherings in the cities of Dhaka and Chittagong to introduce the city polls candidates backed by the ruling alliance, apparently violating the electoral code of conduct.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and also around half a dozen of the cabinet members, the alliance lawmakers, leaders and aspirants are frequently holding public meetings, election-related meetings and other meetings and seminars while introducing the mainly the mayoral candidates.
The BNP has called for deployment of the armed forces in Dhaka and Chittagong City Corporations polls scheduled for April 28.
A BNP delegation raised the demand during a meeting with Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad at the Election Commission Secretariat yesterday.
But the CEC said the decision to deploy army would be taken at a meeting with the law enforcement agencies on April 19.
He also said the deployment of army would depend on the situation during the polls.
A writ petition has been filed with the High Court seeking its directive on the Election Commission and the government to stay the process of holding elections to the split Dhaka City Corporations.
Eunus Ali Akond, the Supreme Court lawyer who filed the petition yesterday, also challenged the legality of the local government rules of 2010 and 2011 that had bifurcated the DCC.
Good news about the Indo-Bangladesh relationship has always been taken with a pinch of salt. The two countries never really trusted each other much. Sensitivity was displayed more by the “younger brother,” who has had trouble in ensuring due favour and treatment from its larger neighbour.
Many times, the ruling parties or successive governments cited “mistrust” for the lack of development in bilateral relations, even developing a hostile attitude towards each other.
A bus driver sustained burn injuries as some miscreants set fire to two buses on the Dhaka-Arichia highway in Niribili and Jirani areas in Ashulia yesterday morning on the 86th day of blockade.
The victim was identified as Nannu, 35, who was admitted a local hospital in a critical condition.
Acknowledging the incidents, Ashulia police station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Mostafa Kamal said some supporters of the ongoing nationwide blockade called by the BNP-led 20-party alliance set the parked buses afire by pouring petrol.
A Dhaka Court has remanded JMB member Hossain Ahmed Tamim for seven days.
Tamim is accused in two cases filed over a grisly grenade attack on an Awami League rally on Bangabandhu Avenue on August 21, 2004, that killed 24 people and scores injured. He has been remanded in the case filed under the Explosives Substance Act.
The cases are underway in a makeshift court near the Dhaka Central Jail.
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced a man to life term imprisonment for killing his stepfather at their Khilgaon house in the capital on August 14, 2010.
Dhaka Fifth Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judge SM Ziaur Rahman handed down the verdict after examining 7 out of 11 prosecution witnesses and records of the case.
The convict Nahid Parvez, 22, was also fined Tk10,000, or in default serve six more months of rigorous imprisonment.
The court acquitted victim’s wife Nasrin Rahman Parul, 42, as the charges against her were not proved.
Investigators suspect that share market investment might be behind Monday’s attack on Sitangshu Shekhar Bishwas, a BRTA deputy director, that resulted in the death of his wife and injuries to three others including Sitangshu.
Monirul Islam, the DMP joint commissioner, told the Dhaka Tribune that they were yet to confirm motive behind the attack. Primarily, it seems that it might be done centring Sitangshu’s investment in a brokerage house.
A total of 10,196 students were absent while 26 others expelled for taking unfair means on the first day of the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) and its equivalent examinations that began yesterday.
The examinations began simultaneously under 10 education boards, including one madrasa and one technical board, in a peaceful atmosphere with Bengali 1st paper.
A total of 919,841 candidates were expected to sit for the examinations this year, but 10,196 of them failed to show up for the first day’s examination.
The Appellate Division yesterday deferred for the second time the hearing on review petition filed by death row convict war criminal Muhammad Kamaruzzaman, but expressed resentment over the filing of the petition.
After hearing, the four-member bench headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha fixed April 5.
Defence of the Jamaat-e-Islami leader submitted the time petition on Tuesday seeking four-week adjournment on the ground that leading counsel Khandker Mahbub Hossain was ill and that he had been asked by physicians to take rest.
Teachers and students of Dhaka University yesterday formed a human chain at Aparejeyo Bangla and demanded exemplary punishment to an army major who allegedly tortured his wife, a student of the university, for dowry.
Nusrat Zahan Tushti, a first semester MBA student of management department, has been under treatment at Dhaka Medical College Hospital since Monday night with severe injuries. Her family members and classmates claimed that she was brutally tortured by her husband and in-laws for dowry on Monday in Tangail.
A Dhaka court yesterday extended the deadline for the 33rd time to the authorities concerned for submitting the probe report on the killing of journalist couple Sagar Sarowar and Meherun Runi.
Metropolitan Magistrate Shahriar Mahmud Adnan fixed June 7 for the submission as investigation officer Wares Ali, who is an assistant superintendent of police of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), could not place the probe report before it.