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  • AL: BNP back to opposing India

    The ruling Awami League alleged that the BNP has reverted to being an anti-Indian political party as they again started opposing India just as the two-day Bangladesh visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi ended.

    Failing to get Modi’s support for their party, the BNP leadership is now trying to smear the successful bilateral agreements between Bangladesh and India as controversial, the ruling party alleged at a press conference yesterday.

  • MP’s son interrogated over double murder

    Police have begun questioning the son of an Awami League lawmaker over a shooting two months ago that left two people dead.

    The accused, Bakhtiar Alam Roni, 42, was arrested on May 29. His mother, Pinu Khan, holds a women’s reserved seat in parliament and is the central committee general secretary of the Mahila Awami League.

  • Emajuddin for making deals signed with India public

    Prof Emajuddin Ahmed yesterday demanded the government through parliament make public the deals signed during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent Bangladesh tour.

    “The Prime Minister should first place to the President all the deals and memoranda of understanding signed with India. Then, the President will make them public by presenting them in parliament. This constitutional obligation as wheel as the nation’s demand,” he said.

  • 11,483 Bangladeshis on umrah visa stay back

    Saudi government witholds issuing umrah visa indefinitelySome 11,483 pilgrims who went to Saudi Arabia on umrah visa did not return to the country. The Saudi government has stopped issuing umrah visas to pilgrims from Bangladesh indefinitely and blacklisted 50 travel agents from Sylhet after a primary investigation.

    According to Religion Ministry sources, 40,000 pilgrims went on the umrah hajj through the 50 travel agents from all over the country.

  • Patient dies in ‘wrong’ treatment

    A Barisal court yesterday sent to jail three youths who allegedly assaulted a nurse following the death of a patient at Sher-Bangla Medical College Hospital on Tuesday.

    They were sent to court after Dr Kamrul Hasan Selim, director of the SBMCH, lodged a general diary with Kotwali police station Tuesday afternoon.

    Md Ali Hussain, chief metropolitan magistrate of Barisal, rejecting bail prayer of the arrestees gave an order to send them to jail, court sources said.

  • Jihadists planned to hack e-banking systems

    They targeted banks with relatively weak online securityMembers of Bangladesh Jihadi Group, a platform of banned militants organisations, not only planned bank robberies but also formed a research cell to take control of  the electronic banking system of several banks.

    Before being busted by law enforcers, they were developing a software to infiltrate the e-banking systems and change information about the account holders, and have the money transferred to their accounts or withdrawn using fake debit and credit cards.

  • Speakers: Ensure children’s rights by ratifying UN protocol

    Advocates of children’s rights in the capital have urged the government to ratify the Optional Protocol 3 of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) to ensure children’s rights in the country.

    Speaking at a discussion in the capital yesterday, they said it was time for Bangladesh to come forward and ratify the protocol to protect children’s rights.

  • BCL man’s attack on student sparks protest at RU

    Leaders and activists of different cultural and left-leaning students’ organisations of Rajshahi University (RU) and the city yesterday demanded the immediate arrest of BCL leader Saddam Hossain Sajib who severely beat up cultural activist Basudev Roy on Tuesday.

    On Tuesday evening, Basudev Roy, former president of RU Kendriya Sangskritik Jote, also a master’s student of the psychology department, was beaten by Sajib who is assistant secretary of RU unit BCL over a trivial matter.

  • Lt Gen Shafiul Huq new army chief

    Lt Gen Shafiul Huq new army chief

    The government has appointed Lieutenant General Abu Belal Muhammad Shafiul Huq, principal staff officer (PSO) of the Armed Forces Division (AFD), as the new army chief.

    According to a circular issued by the Defence Ministry yesterday, Bangladesh Army’s BA 1738 Lt Gen Shafiul will be promoted to General on June 25.

  • Ashraful: People polluting water, destroying waterbodies

    People across the country are facing an acute water crisis because they themselves pollute water and are destroying waterbodies indiscriminately, said the local government, rural development and cooperatives minister yesterday.

    Syed Ashraful Islam said the waste of water should be stopped as this could lead to serious troubles.

  • PM: $2bn Indian LoC carries no conditions

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday ruled out that no condition was imposed on $2 billion Line of Credit (LoC) to be provided as loans to Bangladesh by India, saying that Bangladesh is accepting the money to use independently.

  • Fate of 2,500 engineers hangs in balance

    Fate of 2,500 engineers hangs in balance

    Plans on to appoint separate operators for mobile phone base stations The government plans to carry out the maintenance of mobile phone base stations (BTS) through a couple of separate companies that might cost as many as 2,500 engineers their jobs in the industry. The move goes against the 3G licencing regulations. 

    In accordance with the regulation, only the operators shall be responsible for establishing, building, managing and maintaining the towers.

    However, Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) plans to introduce new companies for the tower management.

  • Sheikh Hasina: Bangladesh to get 10,050 acres of land from India through LBA

    Sheikh Hasina: Bangladesh to get 10,050 acres of land from India through LBA

    Terming the implementation of much-awaited Land Boundary Agreement (LBA) with India as a great political and diplomatic success, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said through this landmark deal, Bangladesh would get 10,050 acre more lands from its next-door neighbour.

    “The Indian parliament has ratified the LBA by amending the constitution. Today’s implementation is the success of our initiatives and through the execution of the deal, the long-awaited expectation of the enclave people has been fulfilled,” she said.

  • Joy: AL government behind rapid economic progress

    The Awami League government’s hard work has allowed Bangladesh to move up 14 places in global economic ranking in the space of just two years, Sajeeb Wazed Joy has said.

    Referring to recent reports by the World Bank and the IMF, the ICT adviser to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina posted the comment in his Facebook page and twitter account on Tuesday night.

  • Four hospitals, organisations get tax exemption

    The revenue authority has conditionally exempted four hospitals and organisations from paying income taxes incurred on services.

    In this connection, four separate gazettes, signed by National Board of Revenue (NBR) Chairman Nojibur Rahman, were published on Monday.

    The institutions are Chattagram Maa O Shishu Hospital, the Kidney Foundation Hospital and Reseacrh Institute, the Probin Kalyan Sangstha, and the Society for Assistance to Hearing Impaired Children (SAHIC).

  • Pakistan hangs man who was 15 when convicted

    Pakistan on Wednesday executed a man who was 15 when he was sentenced to death for murder and whose lawyers say was tortured into confessing, in a case that has prompted concern among rights groups and the UN.

    Aftab Bahadur was sentenced to death for killing three people in 1992 and human rights group Reprieve said two witnesses who implicated Bahadur had since recanted, saying they were tortured.

    At the time, the death penalty could be passed on a 15 year old, but the minimum age was raised to 18 in 2000. Testimony obtained by torture is also inadmissible. 

  • Rain brings a sigh of relief to Dhaka residents

    Following a couple of weeks of scorching heat, Dhaka residents along with those living in the central region of the country breathed a sigh of relief with sporadic spells of mild rainfall yesterday.

    The southwest monsoon has been moving towards the central parts of Bangladesh and it would take a couple more days to be spread across the country, said Bangladesh Meteorological Department sources, adding that the rainfall in Dhaka was part of this advancement.

  • Slain blogger Rajeeb’s cousin Galibul cross-examined

    A Dhaka court yesterday recorded the cross-examination of one Kazi Galibul Islam in the case filed over the killing of blogger Rajeeb Haider. Galibul is Rajeeb’s cousin.

    Judge Syeed Ahmed of Dhaka Speedy Trial Tribunal 3 recorded the cross-examination of the prosecution witness and fixed June 17 for recording depositions of other witnesses.

    Defence counsels Mosharraf Hossain Kajal and Khairul Islam Liton cross examined the witness. With this, two witnesses have given deposition in the murder case.

  • Court finds Zafrullah guilty of contempt

    Court finds Zafrullah guilty of contempt

    A war crimes tribunal found Gonoshasthaya Kendra founder Zafrullah Chowdhury guilty of contempt of court and imprisoned him in the dock yesterday for his statement expressing concern over the conviction of Bangladesh-based UK journalist David Bergman.

    The International Crimes Tribunal 2 led by Justice Obaidul Hassan ordered to hold him in the dock under police vigilance for one hour and also fined Tk5,000. He will have to serve a month in prison in default.

  • Supreme Court also allows three colleges to hold admission test to enrol HSC students

    The Supreme Court has upheld the High Court’s order that allows Notre Dame College, Holy Cross College and St Joseph College to hold admission tests in order to enrol students in their HSC programme.

    The Appellate Division’s Chamber Judge Justice Hasan Foez Siddique heard the case yesterday but did not issue an order, which means the High Court order remains effective allowing the colleges to hold tests for admission.

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