- March 16, 2018
The apex court of the country is set to hold hearing today on two review petitions against its judgments that upheld the death penalty of war criminals Jamaat leader Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid and BNP leader Salauddin Quader Chowdhury.
Yesterday afternoon, on the Supreme Court website, the hearing on Mujahid’s plea is placed second and Salauddin’s plea was at number three in the cause list.
The Jatiya Sangshad yesterday passed the Public Servants (Marriage with Foreign Nationals) Bill 2015, scrapping the 1976 martial law era ordinance of the same name.
Public Administration Minister Syed Ashraful Islam piloted the bill in the House which was passed through voice vote. It was placed on September 9, 2015 and approved by the Cabinet on March 2, 2015.
According the law, the president might – on an application made in this regard – grant a public servant permission to marry or promise to marry a foreign national.
Bangladesh is set to provide its highest security to the Australia national football team ahead of their Fifa World Cup qualifier today. The security measure has been the agenda for the past one month and the recent terrorist attacks in Paris only increased the magnitude of the concern.
The Socceroos arrived yesterday evening in Dhaka in probably their shortest tour ever. The team reached their hotel from the airport sometime around 9pm and today they will head straight to the airport as soon as the match at the Bangabandhu National Stadium is completed.
Government colleges will be detached from National University and brought under affiliation of public universities.
However, private colleges will remain affiliated with the National University, an official of the University Grants Commission (UGC) told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday.
Until now, all colleges in the country that offer tertiary education were affiliated with four public universities – Dhaka, Chittagong, Rajshahi and Khulna.
A high risk of catastrophic accidents stalks the country’s roadways because nearly 85% of the gas cylinders of CNG-run vehicles have expired, leaving them prone to exploding.
Over the last 15 years, just 15% of the vehicles – buses, minibuses, cars, microbuses and autorickshaws – had their cylinders retested.
Cylinder failure on vehicles can result in explosions or fire.
Addressing both houses of parliament at the Palace of Versailles yesterday, French President François Hollande said the country was engaged in “a war against jihadi terrorism.”
He said he would meet US President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss more effective coordination of French resources with those of the US and Russia.
Bangladesh’s development partners have cautioned the government against becoming dependent on external financing for its development plans. Instead, they advised the government to stress domestic resource mobilisation to cover the financial deficit.
“They have cautioned us about our plan but finally endorsed it,” said Finance Minister AMA Muhith while briefing the media on the outcome of the two-day Bangladesh Development Forum (BDF) 2015 meeting that ended in the capital yesterday.
Two days after Narayanganj seven-murder prime suspect Nur Hossain had been deported from India, the Anti-Corruption Commission yesterday said they would serve a notice against him for amassing illegal wealth.
Seeking anonymity, an ACC official said that they were waiting for approval from the commission for serving the notice.
The Parliamentary Standing Committee on LGRD Ministry yesterday decided not to amend the zila parishad act, a move that would have allowed elections of the local government body to be held on party lines.
The zila parishad bill was withdrawn apprehending possible disputes between upazila parishad chairmen and lawmakers.
The committee, however, finalised four separate bills for partisan elections to local government bodies — city corporations, upazila, municipality and union parishads.
A High Court bench has refused to hear a writ petition filed by SQ Chowdhury’s wife challenging the constitutional provision of trying an individual for war crimes offences.
The bench of Justice Tariqul Hakim and Justice Farid Ahmed Shiblee dropped the petition from the cause list yesterday; Farhat Quader Chowdhury, the wife of Chittagong’s war criminal Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, had filed it earlier this month.
The alertness of the country’s police force has ensured that no major terrorist attack such as the recent one in Paris had taken place on Bangladesh soil, the IGP has said.
Claiming that the overall law and order situation was under control, Inspector General of Police AKM Shahidul Hoque yesterday said all individuals who had received threats – including bloggers, publishers, writers and intellectuals – have been brought under a security net as arranging personal security for each and every one was not possible.
Four charges have been pressed by the prosecution against two war crimes suspects of Shariatpur district yesterday.
Sulaiman Mollah, 84, and Edris Ali Sarder alias Gazi Edris, 67, were charged with killing, mass killing, rape, torture and confinement during the 1971 Liberation War.
Prosecutor Sheikh Mushfiq Kabir said Sulaiman was the organiser of Shariatpur Peace Committee and Razakar Bahini.
With a vision to achieve viewers’ satisfaction, television channel Deepto TV will be launched countrywide tomorrow.
Officials from the channel made the announcement at a press conference at the Daily Star Centre in the capital yesterday.
“Our focus is on providing content according to our viewers’ demands and tastes,” said Qazi Urfi Ahmed, the channel’s chief operating officer (COO). “We want our audience to be entertained and satisfied, and we are developing our content keeping that in mind.”
Unable to hold back her tears, Khairunnesa, the wife of slain policeman Ibrahim Mollah, said her family’s financial future had become uncertain because the family’s sole breadwinner had been murdered.
“I do not know how I will bring up my children as I do not have a job. I need a job right now,” she said.
Assistant Sub-Inspector of police Ibrahim Mollah was stabbed to death on October 22 at the Parbat Cinema Hall check-post in Dhaka’s Gabtoli area.
Police early yesterday arrested one of the main accused in Soheli murder case from the city’s Kadamtoli area.
The accused Rabbi Rahman,16, was held from one of his relatives’ house at Muradnagar area of Kadamtoli, police sources said.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police Deputy Commissioner (Wari Zone) Nure Alam said Rabbi already confessed to the crime in primary interrogation.
Rabbi told police that he had two associates although one of them was not present during the attack. The DC said the police were trying to arrest the culprits.
Housing and Public Works Minister Mosharraf Hossain yesterday said necessary actions would be taken for proper preservation of the parliament building after getting the original design of American architect Louis I Kahn.
He told the House that the process to collect all the designs of Louis from the archive of the University of Pennsylvania in America was underway in accordance with a directive of the prime minister.
The Supreme Court has upheld a High Court verdict in favour of increasing the retirement age from 57 years to 65 years for the freedom fighters who are employed in government jobs.
A four-member bench of the Appellate Division led by Chief Justice SK Sinha passed the order yesterday, dissolving a leave-to-appeal petition filed by the state.
With this verdict, there is now no legal barrier on the placement of the proposal in this regard before the Cabinet, said lawyer Azhar Ullah Bhuiyan.
In an effort to realise the outstanding bills accumulating around Tk1.5 crore from various domestic and commercial consumers, Chittagong Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (CWASA) has published a list of top 50 bill defaulters in local dailies on September 23. However, the move did not elicit much response from the defaulters.
The top 50 defaulters did not pay off the bills from 12 months to 45 months. The decision to publish the list of top 50 defaulters was taken at the 28th board meeting of Chittagong Wasa.
Workers of Alim Jute Mill in Khulna protested by going on a hunger strike yesterday to highlight a number of demands, including preventing privatisation of the facility.
As part of the protest, they gathered at a makeshift stage built beside the Khulna-Jessore highway near the mill and refrained from having any food.
Chittagong District Administration yesterday directed all the school authorities in the district to give back the additional money taken from Secondary School Certificate (SSC) candidates in the name of registration fees. A seven-day deadline was set for the schools to act on the directive.