- January 17, 2018
Condemned for committing crimes against humanity including genocide in 1971, notorious war criminals Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid and Salauddin Quader Chowdhury are now left with one option to save themselves: seeking presidential clemency.
In that case, they will have to admit the crimes proved against them at the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court.
If rejected, the government will execute the death-row convicts by hanging them from the neck, as ordered by the International Crimes Tribunal.
An Italian priest was shot by unidentified gunmen in Dinajpur yesterday morning, which is the latest in a series of attacks made on foreign nationals in the country recently.
The victim, Piero Parolari, 50, has lived and worked as a missionary in the country for 25 years – 12 years in Dinajpur alone – and is also a physician at Suihari Catholic Mission Church in the district.
Yesterday’s attack was made at a time when police are still investigating the murders of Cesare Tavella and Hoshi Kunio.
The Supreme Court yesterday lambasted the counsel for condemned war criminal Salauddin Quader Chowdhury for their persistent efforts to establish that the BNP leader had been staying abroad during the War of Independence by placing forged and inconsistent documents and submissions.
Saudi Arabia has again opened its doors for Bangladeshis to perform Umrah, but from now on only six authorised travel agencies will be allowed to send people to the pilgrimage.
Qasswa, the certified Umrah provider agency from the Saudi Arabian government, reached an agreement with six travel agencies of Bangladesh to resume the Umrah services from Bangladesh.
Addressing a press conference in the capital’s Banani, the visiting director of Qasswa, Riaj Mahmud, said only six agencies have initially been allowed send Bangladeshi pilgrims to Saudi Arabia for Umrah.
Forty years after his father was gunned down by enemy forces, Prafulla Ranjan Singha said justice had finally been served.
Nutan Chandra Singha’s son expressed satisfaction after the Supreme Court rejected the death penalty review petition of BNP leader Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, who was found guilty of committing crimes against humanity during the Liberation War.
Nutan Chandra was killed by the Pakistan Army and its collaborators in 1971.
A Dhaka court yesterday sent two police officers to jail rejecting their bail petitions in a case filed over alleged custodial death of a Bihari youth Istiaq Ahmed Jony in the capital.
Metropolitan Sessions Judge Md Kamrul Hossain Molla passed the order after two sub inspectors – Kamruzzaman Mintu and Rashedul Islam – surrendered before the court and sought bail in the case.
However, the court fixed January 14 for charge framing hearing against five accused in the case following a time petition filed by defence counsel Faruk Ahamed.
A teacher was arrested yesterday from a school in the capital’s Mirpur for sexually harassing an eight-year-old girl.
The arrested Enamul Haque, 23, was a teacher at Fame International School in Mirpur’s Pallabi. He was arrested after a complaint was lodged with Pallabi police station by the parents of the first grader. Police sources confirmed that a case has been filed in this connection.
Citing security reasons, the government yesterday blocked Facebook and online messaging services WhatsApp and Viber until further notice.
Also, for the first time ever, the entire country’s internet connection was briefly blocked for an hour and a half, before being restored around 2:30pm.
The decision to block the social networking platforms came around 12:15pm, soon after the Supreme Court rejected review petitions by war criminals SQ Chowdhury and Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid.
Police have arrested three suspects in connection with the murder of blogger Niladri Chatterjee Niloy.
The Detective Branch arrested Abdul Gaffar, who issued a death threat to Niloy in May, from Sonargaon; and detained two more Chhatra Shibir leaders for allegedly claiming responsibility for the murder. Martuza Faisal Sabbir was held from Narayanganj’s Kachpur and another suspect named Tarek from Chittagong on Tuesday.
A Jamalpur court yesterday condemned five men to death after they were found guilty of killing a six-year-old back in 2001.
The five – Tofayel Ahmed Hira, Sohel Rana Shipon, Anwar Hossain, Lokman Ali and Ainul Haque – were also fined Tk5,000 each.
Waheduzzaman Shikder, judge of Jamalpur Additional District and Sessions Judge’s Court, pronounced the verdict.
Three of the convicts – Tofayel, Sohel and Anwar – are currently fugitives.
After roping in a productive bunch of local and foreign cricketers in the players’ draft ceremony, Sylhet Super Stars will be eyeing the summit under the leadership of Tigers Test captain Mushfiqur Rahim when the third edition of the Bangladesh Premier League Twenty20 rolls on the field this Sunday.
The Super Stars will face a strong Chittagong Vikings side in their opening encounter this Monday and according to Mushfiq, his initial target will be to finish in the top two at the conclusion of the group-stage matches.
The parliamentary standing committee on the Law Ministry yesterday recommended cancellation of registration of Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB).
The standing committee on Law, Justice and Parliament Chairman Suranjit Sengupta told journalists at a press conference at the media centre of the parliament.
“Parliament should have to be protected and NGOs should come into the purview of accountability,” he said.
Sri Lanka Cricket took a u-turn from its previous stance and agreed to release seven of its high-profile cricketers to play in the third Bangladesh Premier League. It was understood that the decision was taken in order to maintain a good relationship between the two cricket bodies – SLC and the Bangladesh Cricket Board.
As a result, SLC pushed back its domestic one-day tournament by a week. It was also learned that the decision might have come because the SLC also want foreign cricketers, including Bangladeshis, to participate in its own Elite Championship Twenty20 in January.
Visiting Dutch Queen Maxima Zorreguieta Carruti yesterday assured that the Netherlands will extend its all-out support to Bangladesh to accelerate its development efforts to materialise its Vision 2021.
She came up with the assurance during a meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her official residence Ganobhaban.
Queen Maxima arrived in Dhaka on Monday on a three-day official visit to Bangladesh in her capacity as the UN Secretary General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development.
Environment and Forests Minister Anwar Hussain Manju has said setting up Rampal power plant is the right decision as it will meet the country’s increasing demand for electricity.
He also said the plant would not harm the ecosystem of the Sundarbans as it is located 14 kilometres from the forest and the technology adopted for the plant would ensure environmental safety.
Among all the local and foreign cricketers of Barisal Bulls, the forthcoming third edition of the Bangladesh Premier League Twenty20 will perhaps be the most important for former Tigers vice-captain Shahriar Nafees.
The 30-year old southpaw, who last featured for the Tigers two years ago across any format, will surely treat BPL 3 as a great opportunity to perform and stake a place for himself in the national set-up.
New Zealand rugby legend Jonah Lomu, who revolutionised wing play to become the sport’s first global superstar, died yesterday in Auckland at the age of 40, prompting a global outpouring of grief.
Lomu had suffered from kidney disease for two decades and had a transplant in 2004 but former All Blacks doctor John Mayhew said his death was a complete shock.
“It was totally unexpected,” Mayhew said. “Jonah and his family arrived back from the United Kingdom last night and he suddenly died this morning.”
The number of working women in the port city has increased significantly, but there is no public toilet for them due to indifference and negligence of Chittagong City Corporation (CCC).
According to estate department of the CCC, there are 43 public toilets in the city under CCC jurisdiction against 6,000,000 residents, but surprisingly there is not a single toilet for women.
Of the 43 public toilets, six are reserved for challenged people while three are installed for transgender in the city, said CCC sources.
A court in the district yesterday recorded testimonies of two witnesses in former Finance Minister Shah AMS Kibria murder case.
District and Session Judge Court public prosecutor (PP) Advocate Kishore Kumar said Sylhet Special Tribunal had recorded the testimonies of Nazrul Islam and Mizanur Rahman.
The PP said 12 accused including Lutfozzaman Babar, former Minister of Home Affairs, and suspended Sylhet City Mayor Ariful Haque Chowdhury were produced before the court. Later, they were sent to jail.
Members of Directorate of Customs Intelligence and Investigation seized 82 pieces of gold bars worth about Tk4 lcrore and held a person at Chittagong Shah Amanat International Airport yesterday evening.
The detainee was identified as Md Saiful Alam, 46, hailing from Raozan upazila in Chittagong, said Assistant Director in Chittagong Pranay Chakma. The assistant director said Saiful had arrived in the airport from Muscat by flight WY 311 at 6pm.