- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
A Dhaka court yesterday placed three suspected members of the banned militant outfit Ansarullah Bangla Team on a three-day remand in a case filed over the murder of writer-blogger Avijit Roy.
Metropolitan Magistrate Shahriar Mahmud Adnan passed the order after DB Inspector Md Fazlur Rahman, also investigation officer of the case, produced the three militants before the court seeking a 10-day remand.
Shakila Farzana, two others allegedly financed a militant groupThe daughter of a former BNP whip and two of her associates, held allegedly for providing Tk1.08 crore to hybrid militant organisation Shahid Hamza Brigade, were placed on a four-day remand yesterday.
Shakila Farzana, 39, is a practising lawyer at the High Court Division of the Supreme Court.
She is the incumbent joint general secretary of the Supreme Court wing of Bangladesh Jatiyatabadi Ainjibi Forum, a pro-BNP lawyers’ body.
Daughter of Syed Wahidul Alam, a former BNP whip and lawmaker from Chittagong during 2001-06 tenure, Shakila is also a member of the Dhaka District Bar Association and the Supreme Court Bar Association.
She completed SSC from BMS Girls High School, Chittagong, and HSC from Chittagong College.
Free speech in Bangladesh is under attack as never before, Human Rights Watch has claimed.
Meenakshi Ganguly, South Asia director of the US-based rights organisation, made the statement yesterday.
“Free speech in Bangladesh is under attack as never before, held hostage between angry, machete-wielding radicals on one hand and a government, quick to take offence, on the other.”
Four bloggers have been murdered this year by religious extremists for promoting secularism, a principle which these groups consider to be anti-Islam.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday met her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi at his official residence and discussed bilateral issues, including strengthening business ties between Bangladesh and India for mutual benefits.
“Both the countries have a huge market…we can do a lot more together for our mutual economic benefits,” she said.
An accused in two murder cases was killed in what law enforcers termed gunfight between his associates and Detective Branch (DB) of police at Jagati BATB Forestry Complex in Sadar upazila early yesterday.
The deceased, Jakir Hossain,30, son of Abdur Razzak, a resident of Kalbaria village in Mirpur upazila of the district, is an accused in the cases filed in connection with the killing of Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (Jasad) leader Imsail Hossain Panjer and Jubo League activist Sabuj.
A child worker, who was severely beaten up on August 10 by the owner of the shop he worked at in Lakshmipur, died on Tuesday evening.
Md Ramjan, 12, died while undergoing treatment at Dhaka Medical College Hospital.
He was buried in the family graveyard in Lakshmipur’s Baghbari yesterday morning but no autopsy was performed on his body.
Ramjan’s family members said he worked at a local shop owned by Ali, who loaded two milk cartons onto the boy’s head to take those elsewhere.
Dispute over yaba business might have worked behind the killing of Old Dhaka Jubo League leader Mannan, investigators have said, although his family claims it is a political murder.
Abdul Mannan, 32, general secretary of Dhaka South City Corporation’s ward number 31 unit of the ruling Awami League’s youth wing, died in the Apollo Hospital in the capital around 7am yesterday.
He was shot twice in the head and abdomen on late Tuesday night in the street near his Hatkhola residence.
The High Court yesterday ordered Kashimpur Jail authorities to admit BNP Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University.
The bench of Justice Naima Haider and Justice Mustafa Zaman Islam passed the order based on a petition submitted by the BNP leader seeking a ruling as he was suffeing from diabetes and high blood pressure.
The court passed the ruling asking the jail authorities as to why steps should not be taken to provide better medical treatment to Rizvi.
A Dhaka court yesterday placed Shawkat Mahmud, an adviser to the BNP chairperson and also a journalist leader, on a three-day remand in an arson case filed with Ramna police station in the capital.
Metropolitan Magistrate Shahriar Mahmud Adnan passed the order after Detective Branch Sub-Inspector Md Shafiqul Islam, also the investigation officer of the case, produced him before the court with a 10-day remand petition
The first phase of the construction of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant (RNPP) has been hit with delays because of the non-payment of fees by the Russian sub-contractor to local contractors doing preparatory work.
Local contractors have brought earth filling and civil works to a halt because Goldenberg, the Russian sub-contractor, has failed to pay them. The project site in Pakshi union, Pabna, sits on 105 hectares of land.
Unplanned Gaibandha drain multiplies woesA 225m drain built in Gaibandha’s Sadullapur upazila is of almost no use to locals as the construction was unplanned.
The drain built some four months ago has now been filled with wastes while shops were also set up on it in some places.
Sources in the Gaibandha office of the Roads and Highways Department said the drain stretching from Charmatha to Talertal area on Gaibandha-Madarganj road was constructed at a cost of Tk21.83 lakh and construction was finished in mid-April this year.
At least nine people, including four cops were injured in a clash between two groups of people at Bishnupur village under Dhamurhuda upazila in the district yesterday.
Kamruzzaman, officer-in-charge of Dhamurhuda police station, said there had been a longstanding feud between the managing committee members and one Abdul Jalil centering the 100-year old playground of Bishnupur High School.
Around 11am, people from the both sides got locked in a clash over the issue.
A Bangladeshi cattle trader was hacked to death allegedly by the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) on Kalmudanga border in Sapahar upazila, Naogon in the early hours of yesterday.
The deceased was identified as Shafiqul Islam, 38, son of Islam Ali, a resident of Kalmudanga village.
Journalist Probir Sikdar, sued in a libel case over a Facebook status about LGRD Minister Khandker Mosharraf Hossain, was released on bail yesterday afternoon.
Police produced Probir in court 48 hours before the expiry of his remand, saying they had no objection to his bail.
Judge Hamidul Islam of Faridpur First Cognisance Court granted bail yesterday, a day after he turned down the same plea and sent Probir on three days’ remand.
The government has suspended BNP-backed Mayor of Gazipur City Corporation MA Mannan as he is charged with criminal offences.
The Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives Ministry issued a circular in this regard yesterday, reports UNB.
One of BNP chief Khaleda Zia’s advisers, Mannan is the third BNP-backed city mayor to face suspension.
Leaders of the ruling Awami League and its associate bodies as well as family members of Arju Mia yesterday demanded punishment of the RAB personnel who had killed the Hazaribagh unit Chhatra League president early Tuesday.
They also alleged that the elite force members had taken bribes to release Arju, but killed him in a pre-planned manner.
Arju was the key accused in a case filed over the death of 17-year-old Raja Mia.
Cyclone Komen has hit hard the Moheshkhali-Matarbari Road under Cox’s Bazar district leaving more than 50,000 residents of Matarbari and Dholghata unions into severe adversity.
The road currently lies mostly submerged during both high tide and low tide while saline water intrudes residential areas overflowing the road.
The high tide has devoured the famous prawn enclosures known as “white gold” in the area and crop lands. Locals said the road was in a dilapidated condition and had turned into a death trap.
The Progressive Students’ Alliance at Chittagong University (CU) unit yesterday brought out a procession demanding cancellation of a decision of introducing evening courses under Arts and Social Science Faculty.
Leaders and activists of Samajtrantik Chhatra Front, Bangladesh Chhatra Union and Bangladesh Chhatra Federation brought out a procession from CUCSU premises that ended on Shahid Minar premise after marching different points of the campus.
A lawsuit filed against Bangladesh with a US District Court over the 2013 Rana Plaza collapse has been withdrawn.
“The case was withdrawn last week by the plaintiffs,” confirmed a senior official of the Bangladesh Foreign Ministry yesterday.
Abdur Rahaman, a personal representative of victims Sharifa Begum and Mahamudul Hasan Hridoy, filed the case with the US District Court of Columbia on April 23 this year against Bangladesh, JCPenney Corporation, The Children’s Place and Wal-Mart Stores.