- February 18, 2018
The Supreme Court will deliver its verdict today on the review petition filed by convicted war criminal Muhammad Kamaruzzaman against its verdict that upheld his death penalty.
A four-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by Chief Justice SK Sinha fixed the date yesterday after hearing arguments on the review petition, filed on March 5.
Chief defence counsel Khandker Mahbub Hossain, also an adviser to the BNP chief, prayed to the court to commute his punishment. On the other hand, Attorney General Mahbubey Alam urged the court to uphold the death penalty.
At least 24 people were killed and hundreds of others injured while houses, cropland and institutions damaged during Saturday’s nor’wester across the country.
An unidentified 60-year-old man, hit by a drum that had fallen from a building during the storm at Khejurbagh of south Keraniganj, succumbed to his injuries yesterday at Dhaka Medical College Hospital.
In Natore, two people were killed in the storm and 90 electric poles damaged along with houses, shops and educational institutions, reports our correspondent.
BRTA Deputy Director Sitangshu Shekhar Biswas disagrees with the theory given by police that share market investments were behind the attack on his family at their flat in Mohammadpur on March 30, his family said.
Sitangshu’s younger sister Kanika Biswas said: “Dada [Sitangshu] said he has Tk8 lakh invested in the share market. He said this money cannot be the reason for the attack.”
But Sitangshu could not offer an alternative motive for the attack.
A Dhaka court yesterday issued arrest warrants against four men, including two police men, on charges of torturing a Bihari man to death in custody last year.
Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge Md Kamrul Hossain Mollah issued the warrants as the four – Assistant Sub-Inspector Kamruzzaman, ASI Rashedul, and police informants Rasel and Sumon – did not appear before it. The other accused is then sub-inspector Zahidur Rahman Khan of Pallabi police, also main accused in trader Sujan murder case.
The police force has begun its preparations for Pahela Baishakh celebrations.
With a little over a week left before the occasion, decision makers from Bangladesh Police and intelligence agencies held a meeting yesterday morning at the police headquarters to initiate the procedures. The inspector general of police chaired the meeting.
To ensure security for citizens, law enforcers will beef up the current deployments in public places, Baishakhi fairs, movie theatres, sports and cultural events across the country, said a police press-note released after the meeting.
Eleven sectors of the country’s economy have suffered Tk4,900 crore loss in two and half months during the political unrest, said Centre for Policy Dialogue.
The upcoming national budget should address the issue of economic loss providing appropriate fiscal and budgetary supports, said the think-tank at a press conference yesterday, organised to present its budget recommendations.
CPD said the loss had been estimated from January to mid-March period, which could slash GDP expectation by fifty percentage points in the FY2014-15.
After all the drama over BNP chief Khaleda Zia’s arrest warrant and speculations over her fate if she surrendered, the prosecution ended up backing her plea for bail.
Prosecutor Mosharraf Hossain Kajol agreed with the defence counsels, saying: “Yes, considering her age, status and prestige, Khaleda Zia may get bail.”
The judge, Abu Ahmed Jamadar, offered his condolences for the loss of her younger son Arafat Rahman Koko as Khaleda sat in a cushioned chair – brought into the court along with a side tea-table for her.
With city polls in Dhaka and Chittagong less than a month away, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s court appearance yesterday is perceived as a relaxation of her strict stance over the last three months.
As the BNP gradually backtracks from its initially violent anti-government campaign demanding fresh national elections, a sense of relief is also beginning to set upon the people who are gradually getting back to their usual lives.
Despite assurance of the Border Security Force of India of an end to killing and abduction, these types of incidence are still continuing in different border areas across the country, much to cause tension for its Bangladesh counterparts
At least 10 people have been killed and 20 people were abducted and tortured by the Border Security Force of India in the last three month in different border areas of Khulna region.
Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) confiscated 5,000kg of jatkas, Ilish fry less than 10 inches in length, in separate drives in the capital early yesterday.
A mobile court led by Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Rezaul Karim also fined six traders Tk5,000 each for selling the baby fishes illegally.
Members of RAB-3 seized the Ilish fries in separate drives at Karwan Bazar and Merul Badda fish market. Magistrate Rezaul Karim said: “We seized 2,500kg jatka fishes from Karwan Bazar and another cache of 2,500kg from Merul Badda fish market.”
Biman will resume today its domestic flights from Dhaka to Sylhet and back, ending an almost three-year long suspension of the flight.
A flight schedule released by Sylhet DC Md Shadiul Islam confirmed the resumption of the flights, also informing that Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Rashed Khan Menon will inaugurate the flights today at 1:50 pm.
The petition sought rule as to why city corporation rule of 2010 and 2011 and the returning office notices should not be declared illegalThe High Court yesterday rejected a writ petition to clear the way for holding the April 28 city polls in Dhaka.
The bench of Justice Quazi Reza-Ul Hoque and Justice Abu Taher Md Saifur Rahman rejected the writ petition filed by Supreme Court lawyer Eunus Ali Akond seeking a stay on the elections.
Eunus challenged the legality of local government (city corporations) rules of 2010 and 2011 that split the erstwhile Dhaka City Corporation.
The High Court yesterday stayed BNP Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi’s three-day remand in a vandalism case for a month.
In response to a writ petition, the court also issued a ruling on the government, asking it to explain within two weeks why Rizvi’s remand order should not be declared illegal.
The bench of Justice Md Nuruzzaman and Justice Zafar Ahmed gave the stay order.
BNP-backed mayoral candidate for Dhaka North City Corporation Abdul Awal Mintoo filed a writ petition with the High Court yesterday challenging the cancellation of his nomination.
Mintoo in his petition prayed to the High Court to issue a ruling upon the Election Commission and the government to explain why the cancellation of his nomination should not be declared illegal.
The HC may hold the hearing on the petition today, Mintoo’s counsel AKM Ahsanur Rahman told reporters after submitting the petition yesterday afternoon.
Mayor aspirant Sayeed Khokon yesterday claimed that he had not violated the electoral code of conduct by meeting with his party men following Friday’s Jum’a prayers, as it was his right as a Muslim to offer prayers at the mosque.
Replying to a show-cause notice by the returning officer for Dhaka South City Corporation, the Awami League-backed aspirant said: “We are Muslims, so we can go to mosque to offer prayers. Following the prayers, anybody can speak with another person. There is no offence or violation of electoral code here.”
Department of Narcotic Control (DNC) yesterday arrested one with 11,000 pieces of yaba from Moijjartek area of Chittagong yesterday. Mohammad Saddam, 27, of Chakaria upazila of Cox’s Bazar was handed over to Karnaphuli police station and a case was filed against him.
The returning officer for the upcoming Chittagong city polls yesterday cautioned mayoral candidates AJM Nasir Uddin and Solaiman Alam Seth and five councillor aspirants for violating election code of conduct.
A few days ago, Nasir attended a programme titled Amra Sandwipbasee (we the residents of Sandwip) at the Matribhumi Community Centre in the port city.
According to CCC polls Returning Officer Md Abdul Baten, Awami League-backed candidate Nasir gave an election speech in that programme which was a violation of the code of conduct.
Nurses at Bagerhat Sadar Hospital served a pregnant patient with spirit before her delivery.
Shima Akter, wife of Anisur Rahman, resident of Teligati village under Morelganj upazila of Bagerhat district, have made the complaint to the caretaker and civil sergeon of the hospital Dr Bakir Hossain.
Shima, who got admitted to the hospital for delivery on March 17, said she was taken to the operation theatre on March 18.
A total of 17 councillor aspirants for Dhaka city polls and four for Chittagong got back their candidatures yesterday. 47 councillor hopefuls in Dhaka have so far appealed.
The divisional commissioner also rejected the appeal of Babul Sarder Chakari, a mayoral candidate for the Dhaka south.
Those who regained candidatures in the port city are reserved female candidate Begum Atiya Akhter Usha, and general councillor hopefuls Mohammad Azam, Siddique Ahmad Chowdhury and Rafiul Haider Chowdhury.
Jute workers in Khulna and Jessore staged demonstrations yesterday to highlight their five-point demand, including a 20% dearness allowance, adequate allocation in the sector, and forming a wage commission board for state-owned factory workers like the pay commission.
Yesterday’s demonstrations were part of an 11-day programme announced in the wake of falling production and shrinking export.
Workers held rallies outside their respective factories at 10am and were addressed by labour leaders.