- March 18, 2018
Defence to file review petition after release of full verdictThe Supreme Court has upheld the capital punishment of “death squad” al-Badr commander Ali Ahsan Muhammad Mujahid, also the Jamaat-e-Islami secretary general, for the killing of intellectuals during the nation’s struggle for independence in 1971.
The four-member apex court bench led by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha yesterday confirmed the capital punishment of the 69-year-old Jamaat leader, who served as social welfare minister (technocrat) during the BNP-Jamaat alliance’s 2011-06 tenure.
Banned Islamist militant outfit Ansarullah Bangla Team issued yet another letter yesterday, threatening to kill 25 eminent personalities, most of whom are known for their secular thinking and writing.
This comes on the same day as the Supreme Court upholds the death sentence handed down to Jamaat leader Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid for his 1971 war crimes.
Police have arrested the mastermind of the alleged gang rape of an 18-year-old housewife in Dhaka’s Rampura. The arrestee is Md Nayeem, 24, who led a gang of eight to 10 young men, including Md Shariful Islam, 23, and Abdur Rahman, 18, who were arrested earlier.
Investigation officer of the case Alamgir Bhuiyan of Rampura police station confirmed the arrest to the Dhaka Tribune.
The Supreme Court has begun hearing on war criminal Salauddin Quader Chowdhury’s appeal against the death sentence given to him by a special tribunal.
The four-member Appellate Division bench, led by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, started hearing the appeal of the BNP Standing Committee member yesterday.
The hearing started two hours after the same bench had upheld the death penalty of Jamaat-e-Islami leader Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujaheed for his war crimes.
State Minister for Finance MA Mannan yesterday explained the rationale for imposing taxes on education in the proposed FY2015-16 budget, a decision that has drawn strong criticism from some quarters.
The government proposes a 10% VAT on education in private universities and private medical and engineering colleges in fiscal year 2015-16.
“It is not a tax on education. It is a tax on certain kinds of educational services,” the junior minister told a post-budget discussion at the Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) in the capital.
Forensic evidence proves that a female constable of Turag police has been raped, but the tests do not give conclusive results regarding whether it was a gang rape.
From tests conducted on the victim after she had reported the rape, the forensic department of Dhaka Medical College found injury marks on her body, suggesting she might have been tortured for around 96 hours.
The woman was allegedly gang-raped by her ex-husband and three others between June 10 and June 13. She managed to flee and arrived at the One-Stop Crisis Centre on June 13.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina listened to the maiden speech of her niece Tulip Rezwana Siddique at the British parliament yesterday.
Tulip, who was elected a parliament member of the Labour Party from Hampstead and Killburn constituency, participated in the debate on whether the United Kingdom should remain in the European Union.
A Dhaka court yesterday fixed July 8 for the charge framing hearing against 13 people accused in two cases filed over the deadly fire at the factory of Tazreen Fashions, including its Managing Director Delwar Hossain.
Judge SM Quddus Zaman of Dhaka District and Sessions Court fixed the date after taking the charge sheet into cognisance in the cases.
The court also issued arrest warrant against fugitives in the cases – Engineer Mahbubul Morshed, Production Manager Mobarak Hossain Manju, Factory Manager Abdur Razzak and Quality Manager Shahiduzzaman.
Terming human trafficking a regional problem, members of civil society have urged the government to discuss this issue at the international level with the cooperation of United Nations immediately.
Speakers of Sushashaner Jonno Nagorik (SHUJAN) made this call at a round-table discussion held yesterday morning at the capital’s National Press Club.
They demanded exemplary punishment of human traffickers and immediate rescue of those stranded at sea.
Police recovered the body of a security guard from the roof of Bank Asia Bhaban in the capital’s Paltan area yesterday morning.
The deceased, Md Rezaul Karim, 25, son of Md Abul Hossain from Noakhali, is suspected to have committed suicide, police said.
Kamal Uddin, security in-charge of the building, said Rezaul was supposed to start his shift at 6am yesterday, but when he did not report for duty, his colleagues started looking for him and found his body hanging from a steel bar of a mobile network tower installed at the roof of the building.
At least six people including two young boys were killed in separate road accidents in the capital yesterday.
Tarek Hossain, 13, died after being hit by a human hauler around 12:10am. He used to work at Hotel Utshab in Dhanmondi area. Co-worker Billal Hossain admitted Tarek to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) immediately after the incident.
All types of markets and shopping malls are to remain open until 10pm during Ramadan.
State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral resources Nasrul Hamid announced the decision after a meeting with business leaders at the Bidyut Bhaban yesterday.
The meeting decided to extend the closing times for all shops and markets across the country by two hours from 8pm until the 15th of Ramadan.
After the 15th, shops would be allowed to remain open for as long as necessary, but no official announcement of this decision was made, said a Power Division official.
A Dhaka court yesterday recorded the argument of the prosecution lawyer in the radar purchase graft case filed against Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad and three others.
Metropolitan Sessions Judge Md Kamrul Hossain Mollah recorded the partial argument of prosecution counsel Mir Ahmed Ali Salam in the case.
The court also fixed July 13 for recording the rest of the argument in the graft case.
HM Ershad, also the special envoy to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, did not appear before the court but his counsel was present on his behalf.
People facing scarcity of pure drinking water in low-lying areas With the water level of the Brahmaputra, Dhororla, and Teesta Rivers having fallen, the overall flood situation started improving in the country’s northern district.
Executive Engineer of the Water Development Board, Kurigram Mahfuzur Rahman, yesterday told the Dhaka Tribune that the Brahmaputra River’s water level had stayed at 21cm below danger level at Chilmari point and 22cm at Nun Khawa point. Moreover, water in the Teesta River stayed at 57cm below danger level at Kawnia point and the water of Dhorola River was 11cm below danger level at Setu point.
Transport Workers Union went on an indefinite strike in Sylhet yesterday morning demanding an end to extortion and harassment by police.
The decision to enforce the strike came from a meeting organised by Sarak Paribahan Sramik Union, Truck O Covered Van Sramik Union and Tank-Lorry Sramik Union on Monday afternoon.
Abul Kaher Iju, president of Truck Owners’ Group said that they had joined programme.
Later, a discussion was held where Iju presided the function.
The Dhaka-Chittagong four lane highway project will be completed in the next six months, said the Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader.
The minister, while visiting Bhutan, also expressed hope that hombound travellers during Eid holidays would not suffer because of the road works
The internee doctors of Chittagong Medical College Hospital yesterday withdrew work abstention which they observed protesting assault on a female intern doctor allegedly by an official of the Bangladesh Bank.
During the work abstention, patients suffered to a great extent as about 350 internees did not perform their duties. However, interns claimed that they had a team which provided emergency medical services to patients.
Zunaid Ahmed Palak, minister for Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology, stressed the need for building an ICT based nation.
He expressed his views yesterday at a function at the auditorium of Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology as the chief guest.
He said: “We want to boost our youths on information and communication technology to show the world that we are also talent and a technology based nation.”
Bangladesh, the Netherlands and the World Bank have made a deal for sustainable delta management.
The World Bank (WB) has included its private sector arm International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the 2030 Water Resources Group (2030 WRG), based at the IFC’s Washington office, in the initiative.
The partnership will help develop and implement the Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100 – a 100-year mega project to reduce climate change risks in Padma-Meghna-Jamuna floodplains.
The country has produced biological resources valued more than Tk109bn, accounting for 0.81% of total GDP (gross domestic product) in fiscal year 2014, according to a survey.
Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) carried out the survey to estimate the expenditure-based GDP covering animals (cow, goat, sheep, buffalo and so on, and tea, rubber and other trees of fruits.) Meat and wooden trees are not included in the survey.
So far, the biological resources are not included in the GDP.