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  • Mujahid, SQ Chy get 15 days

    Mujahid, SQ Chy get 15 days

    As the Supreme Court yesterday released the full text of verdicts in the appeal cases of war criminals Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid and Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, the defence are now preparing for filing review petitions against the judgements that confirmed the duo’s death penalty.

    Chief Justice SK Sinha, who heads the four-member Appellate Division bench, wrote the main part of judgement in BNP leader Salauddin’s case, delivered on July 29. The other members of the bench are Justice Nazmun Ara Sultana, Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain and Justice Hasan Foez Siddique.

  • Tobacco surcharge funds wait to be spent

    The amount collected from charging a 1% health development surcharge on tobacco products remains unused because guidelines on how to use the funds have not yet been drawn up.

    The surcharge was widely praised when it was announced, but it has not benefited anyone because there are no rules yet on how to spend it.

  • HC: Submit report on Tangail police firing in 60 days

    The High Court yesterday asked the government to submit the inquiry report on Kalihati of Tangail, where four people were killed in police firing, in 60 days.

    In response to a writ petition, the bench of Justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury and Justice Jafar Ahmed also issued a rule upon the government to explain how police had followed the relevant legal provisions in firing, within four weeks.

    The writ petition was filed by Salma Ali, the executive director of Bangladesh National Women Lawyers’ Association (BNWLA).

  • Fakrhul: Government trying to shift blame

    The killing of Italian citizen Cesare Tavella has shown how the government is failing to maintain law and order, BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has said.

    “An Italian citizen was killed in Dhaka on Monday; we harshly condemned it. We are apprehending that this sort of incident has been taking place as there is no democratic space in the country and there is a poor law and order situation,” Fakhrul said.

  • A prayer for life

    A prayer for life

    Is performing Hajj worth risking one’s life for?I performed hajj back in 2006. Thanks to a few secretaries of the government from back then and one former secretary, myself and my roommate from Faujdarhat Cadet College managed to get government passes — the only benefit being that we we were able to hold on to our passports instead of surrendering them to the Mutwallis’ people. Credit must be given to our Hajj agent MKR. Their people in the holy cities made our time there very comfortable

  • PM seeks global unity to address terrorism

    PM seeks global unity to address terrorism

    Observing that terrorism and violent extremism remain as two major impediments to global peace and development, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday called for a unity of all the countries to effectively address the threats.

    “Terrorists do not have any religion. Terrorism and violent extremism are global challenges. All the countries should be united to effectively address these,” she said.

  • Eid boom for Khagrachhari tourism

    The eid holidays have provided the tourism sector in Khagrachhari a massive boost, just what the hotels and tourist-reliant local industries needed after heavy rains caused a recent drop in visitor numbers.

    “We faced losses last month [August] as tourist numbers were fewer because of continuous rain, but we can overcome
    the loss this month as we are getting
    expected number of tourists,” said BM Omar Faruq, manager for the Khagrachhari Parjatan Motel.

  • No leads yet in Tavella murder case

    Forty-eight hours after three unidentified gunmen shot dead an Italian aid worker in the heart of Dhaka’s diplomatic zone, investigators yesterday said they had no leads into the murder that has left the expatriate community on edge.

    Police said they had nothing new to add about their investigation into the assassination-style murder of Cesare Tavella or about possible motives for the killing.

  • Unfit buses plying on highway defying govt ban

    ‘The drive against the rundown vehicles will be started soon’Unfit buses are still plying on the Sirajganj-Dhaka Highway in the district despite a recent ban announced by the government.

    According to police and Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) sources, owners of 50 buses launched the drive of the vehicles named ‘Eid Special’ on the highway making false documents.

    The rundown buses have been seen plying on the highway despite a government ban during the Eid rush of vehicles carrying home-bound vacationers, said the sources.

  • Man gets death sentence for killing rickshaw-van puller

    A court in the district yesterday  sentenced a man to death for killing a rickshaw-van puller at Nirbaskhola village under Jhikargachha upazila of the district in 2008.

    Special and Sessions Judge Court Nitai Chandra Saha handed down the verdict.

    According to court official, the convict Faruq Hossain, son of Abid Ali, a resident of the village hacked Billal, son of Amir Sheikh to death on August 31, 2008.

    After the incident, victim’s father filed a murder case with Jhikargachha police station.

  • Home minister: Italy also finds no IS link

    Similar to Bangladeshi investigators, Italy has also not found any link of the Islamic State’s involvement in the murder of Italian citizen Cesare Tavella in Dhaka, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal has said.

    “Italy also collected information on the murder, but they did not find any involvement of the IS,” the minister told journalists after a meeting with Italian Ambassador to Bangladesh Mario Palma at his secretariat office yesterday.

  • Bangladesh, US navies begin joint exercise in Chittagong

    The five-day joint exercise of Bangladesh Navy and US Navy titled the Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (Carat) 2015 began in Chittagong Naval Area yesterday.

    The US Navy Logistics Group Western Pacific Commander Rear Admiral Charles Williams, also the commander of task force 73, inaugurated the exercise at the School of Maritime Warfare and Tactics in Chittagong Naval Area’s BNS Isha Khan.

  • Rawhide crisis hits Dinajpur market, traders worried

    The crisis of cattle rawhide has hit the Ramnagar market in Dinajpur as well, and both the regular and the seasonal rawhide traders are fearing huge financial loss.

    Supply is around 55-60% less than last year in the second largest rawhide market in North Bengal, according to the regular rawhide traders, who claimed that the low price fixed by the government was the main reason behind the crisis.

  • Muslim countries believe it’s not a terrorist act

    Arab and other Muslim countries are of the view that the killing of Italian national Cesare Tavella in Dhaka was a criminal act, not a crime committed by any terrorists.

    Their view is just the opposite of the Western countries which are trying to portray it as “terrorist crime.”

    “I am the dean of Arab ambassadors now. We will convene a meeting probably in the next week. We will reiterate that this is not a terrorist act,” Egyptian Ambassador and Dean of the Arab Diplomatic Corps Mahmoud Yehia M Ezzat Mostafa told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday.

  • Medical exam protesters allege police attack, 10 in custody

    Medical exam protesters allege police attack, 10 in custody

    Police yesterday denied claims that they had attacked students demonstrating to have this year’s medical school admissions results annulled.

    But students demonstrating at Shahbagh crossing maintain that they were attacked by uniformed personnel around noon yesterday.

    Witnesses said police detained 26 protesters at Shahbagh crossing belonging to two separate processions, 10 from the first procession and 16 Bangladesh Chhatra Front activists from the second.

  • Australia’s tour decision likely today

    Cricket Australia has released its Test players as captain Steve Smith and his teammates have returned to training with their state colleagues and are now expected to feature in the Matador Cup, the domestic one-day competition, starting Monday.

    The Aussie cricketers were blocked from departing for Bangladesh on Monday by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, citing information about militants plotting to target Australian interests.

    The scenario worsened after an Italian citizen, Cesare Tavella, was shot dead at the Gulshan diplomatic area in Dhaka on Monday.

  • Tax return deadline extended to Nov 30

    The taxpayers who have not yet submitted their income tax returns will get another two months as the National Board of Revenue has extended the deadline to November 30.

    Due to the celebrations of Eid-ul-Azha and Durga Puja, and performing of hajj, the NBR decided to extend the September 30 deadline to help the taxpayers submit their returns, according to a statement issued yesterday.

  • Court accepts charges in Oyasiqur murder

    A Dhaka court yesterday accepted charges against five Ansarullah Bangla Team members in a case filed over the murder of blogger Oyasiqur Rahman in the capital on March 30.

    After examining the case diary and all relevant documents, Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Lutfar Rahman Shishir accepted the charge sheet in the murder case.

    The court also issued arrest warrants against two accused fugitives following an appeal by the investigation officer (IO) of the case.

  • New fares for CNG-run buses from today

    The revised fares for CNG-run buses and minibuses in the cities of Dhaka and Chittagong, along with several other districts, will come into effect from today.

    The new fare for CNG-run auto-rickshaws, however, will be enforced from November 1.

    The districts where the new rates would be effective are Narayanganj, Munshiganj, Gazipur, Manikganj and Narsingdi.

  • 3,000 Hajj pilgrims return

    A total of 3,000 Bangladeshi Hajj pilgrims have returned from Saudi Arabia over the last four days after performing the Hajj.

    Assistant Manager (PR) of Biman Bangladesh airlines Tasmin Akter said the national flag carrier has transported all of the pilgrims on seven flights, five of which were dedicated as of yesterday. 

    Biman management has deployed its Makkah and Madina-based staff to the Jedda Airport hajj terminal to ensure smooth departure for all Bangladeshi pilgrims from Saudi Arabia, she added.

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