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  • 97 Sal forest grabbers targeted

    97 Sal forest grabbers targeted

    The government is ready to go after influential individuals and industrial big shots who have long been grabbing forest land in Gazipur.

    The plan is to launch a crash programme for evicting structures that had been set up by 97 grabbers – all of them industrialists, influential persons or wealthy individuals.

    At its meeting on January 7, the seven-member Parliamentary Standing Committee on Environment and Forest Ministry, chaired by former minister Hasan Mahmud, directed the Forest Department to initiate the evictions.

  • Deal signed to send 1.5 million workers to Malaysia

    Bangladesh yesterday inked a deal to send 1.5 million workers to Malaysia under Government to Government Plus mechanism.

    Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Nurul Islam and Human Resources Minister of Malaysia Dato’ Sri Richard Riot Anak Jaem signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at Prabasi Kallyan Bhaban in the capital.

    Malaysia stopped taking Bangladeshi migrants in 2008 but resumed it under the G2G mechanism in 2013 for the plantation sector. But that scheme did not work.

  • Khaleda: Government obstructing council

    BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has alleged that the government is obstructing her party to hold its long-due sixth national council scheduled for on March 19.

    “The council is knocking at the door. In newspapers we have seen that they [Awami League leaders] have been saying there will be no obstruction on holding the council. But the venue has not been allocated. Then how will the council take place? Will it be held in my house, or in this small office [Gulshan office]?” she said.

  • 3 more cases filed against Mahfuz Anam

    Three more cases were filed against The Daily Star Editor and Publisher Mahfuz Anam yesterday on defamation and sedition charges for publishing “confusing” and “defamatory” reports on Awami League President Sheikh Hasina during the military-backed caretaker tenure.

    The cases were filed by leaders of the ruling Awami League and its affiliate bodies in Narail, Comilla and Magura. Earlier at least 66 cases were filed against him over the same charges.

  • Banglalink CEO: No talks with protesters

    Private mobile phone operator Banglalink’s CEO Erik Asas has dismissed the possibility of a dialogue with employees protesting against the sacking of a colleague.

    In an internal e-mail notification served on Tuesday, he said he was disappointed after observing a group of employees who apparently did not share the company’s vision. “As you know we have our code of conduct with zero tolerance of any corruption, misconduct, unethical or unlawful behaviour,” the e-mail, obtained by the Dhaka Tribune, reads.

  • Bishwajit killer’s bail stayed

    The Supreme Court has stayed the bail granted by the High Court for AHM Kibria, a life-term jail convict in Bishwajit Das murder case.

    A five-member Appellate Division bench headed by Chief Justice SK Sinha passed the order yesterday in response to a prosecution petition.

    The High Court granted the bail to Kibria on February 3.

  • No witness appeared in 8 months

    The trail of five JMB militants in connection with the murder of Dhaka University teacher Prof Humayun Azad has remained stuck for nearly eight months as the prosecution witnesses are not coming to court to testify in the sensational case.

    Since June 22 last year, the court fixed nine dates for recording depositions but the prosecution had failed to produce the witnesses.

    So far 37 out of 58 witnesses including the victim’s daughter Mouli Azad and son Ananya Azad have given deposition in the case.

  • High Court: Compensate Jihad’s family

    The High Court has said that the family of Jihad, who died in December 2014 after falling into an abandoned pipe at Shahjahanpur, is entitled to compensation.

    The bench of Justice Farah Mahbub and Justice Kazi Md Ejarul Haque Akondo gave the decision yesterday disposing of a previous rule issued on the matter.

    However, details about the amount of compensation and the person to pay the money would be known after the court publishes the full verdict, petitioner’s lawyer Abdul Halim said.

  • HC opens political parties’ financial records for public

    The High Court yesterday ruled that citizens would have access to the income and expense statements of political parties from the Election Commission.

    The bench of Justice Farah Mahbub and Justice Kazi Md Ejarul Haque Akondo delivered the verdict in a case filed by civil society platform Shushashoner Janney Nagarik (Shujan).

    The case was lodged after the Election Commission denied Shujan’s request to disburse information about the registered political parties without their consent.

  • War tribunal prosecutor Ali suspended

    International Crimes Tribunal prosecutor Mohammad Ali has been suspended on charges of professional misconduct.

    The order was issued yesterday, Law Minister Anisul Huq said.

    On February 9, Ali was withdrawn from all kinds of proceedings related to investigation and trials of the 1971 war criminals. A letter issued on February 4 by Chief Prosecutor Golam Arif Tipu said the decision was taken “on public interest.” 

  • SC instructs Fakhrul to explain comment on judiciary

    The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court has instructed BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir to explain, in writing, his recent comment on the judiciary.

    The five-member bench led by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha issued the order yesterday during the hearing of the BNP leader’s plea against the High Court’s “bail for limited time” order issued for him.

  • Evidence found against three Mymensingh collaborators

    The investigation agency of the International Crimes Tribunal has found evidence against three people from Phulbaria of Mymensingh about their alleged involvement in war-time crimes in 1971.

    They are Amjad Ali, 88, of Palashihata village; Riaz Uddin Fakir, 65, of Bhalukjan village; and Wajuddin, 70, of Bidyananda village under the upazila. During the war, Riaz worked as a leader of al-Badr militia force while the two others were razakar members.

  • Goyeshwar summoned

    A Dhaka court has summoned senior BNP leader Goyeshwar Chandra Roy to appear before it on March 16 over a defamation suit filed for making derogatory comments on the 1971 Liberation War martyrs.

    Dhaka’s Metropolitan Magistrate Md Nuru Mia passed the order after the IO of the case submitted the investigation report before it yesterday.

    On January 21, Metropolitan Magistrate Md Aminul Haque directed Shahbagh police to submit the probe report by yesterday. Monindra Kumar Nath, son of martyr Dinesh Chandra Nath, filed the case the same day. 

  • 16 international firms submit papers as tender resumes

    Sixteen international organisations yesterday submitted tender documents for the import of petroleum products for Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation.

    On February 11, an international tender was floated for the import, doing away with the government-to-government (G2G) negotiations, to make profits in the context of a slumping global oil market.

    The tender documents will be opened on February 22.

  • CCTV security for Shaheed Minar

    CCTV cameras would be installed to ensure surveillance from Shahbagh to Central Shaheed Minar premises ahead of International Mother Language Day on February 21, the Dhaka Metropolitan Police have said.

    DMP Commissioner Mohammad Asaduzzaman Miah said the areas adjacent to the Shaheed Minar would have four phases of security measures in place.

    Addressing a press conference at the DMP media centre yesterday, he said more than 20,000 police personnel would remain on duty in different areas of the capital on February 21.

  • New therapy to up the odds of cure for burn patients

    In a bid to provide world-class treatment, the Burn and Plastic Surgery Institute at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) has acquired two hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) chambers, the latest technology in burn therapy.

    Brought in from the United States and costing Tk3.5 crore apiece, the HBOT chambers will be used to treat burn victims with respiratory system damage and to disinfect wounds.

  • Bangladesh-born US citizen kidnapped in city

    A Bangladesh-born US citizen was allegedly abducted from the capital’s Mohakhali Flyover on Wednesday afternoon.

    His nephew Abul Hossain filed a lawsuit with Kafrul police station on the same night.

    Police said when the incident occurred, Mofizul Islam – who came to Bangladesh on January 22 – was heading towards his residence in Park Road of Baridhara from Motijheel on his car.

  • Two put on 10-day demand

    A Hobiganj court yesterday placed two people on 10-day remand in connection with killing four schoolboys at Bahubal upazila.

    Senior Judicial Magistrate Kawserul Alam passed the order after Officer-in-Charge of Detective Branch (DB) Abdul Muktadir, also investigation officer of the case, produced Abdul Ali, 50, and his son Jewel Mia, 22, before the court praying 10-day remand for each.

  • Journo leaders give ultimatum to arrest BCL men

    Journalist leaders of the Chittagong Union of Journalists (CUJ) yesterday issued a three-day ultimatum to arrest and cancel the studentship of Chittagong Medical College (CMC) unit Chhatra League President Rashedul Islam over assault of a photo journalist.

    The journalists’ platform also threatened to lunch tougher movement to press their home demand.

    Apart from this, the journalist leaders also declared to boycott all the news of Chittagong Medical College, doctors and Bangladesh Medical Association (BMA) until the demands are met.

  • Transport workers’ union leader hacked to death

    Injured in a miscreant attack, Sydur Rahman Basu, former president of Gopalganj
    Motor Workers’ Union, died yesterday in a hospital in

    Sources said Basu came under attack while two groups of workers got locked in a clash in Fakirkandi area on Wednesday night.

    Jasu Sheikh, brother of Basu, said the miscreants hacked his brother leaving him critically injured while he was returning home from Kuakata Motor Workers Union office around 11pm.

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