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  • Two witnesses testify at court in seven-murder case

    A Narayanganj court took deposition of two witnesses in the seven-murder case yesterday in the presence of the 23 arrested suspects in the case.

    Narayanganj District and Sessions Judge Syed Enayet Hossain took the deposition of the two witnesses – Narayanganj Senior Judicial Magistrate Chandi Rupam and Mizanur Rahman, brother of one of the victims Moniruzzaman Swapan.

  • Payra 1,320MW coal-based plant deal to be inked today

    The contract for building the 1,320MW coal-based power plant in Patuakhali's Payra upazila near the maritime port is going to be signed today.

    It will be the first-ever contract signed under a joint venture firm.

  • Pakistan to launch paramilitary crackdown on Islamist militants

    Pakistan will launch a paramilitary crackdown on Islamist militants in Punjab, the country’s richest and most populous province, after an Easter Day bombing killed 70 people in the provincial capital Lahore, officials said yesterday.

    Sunday’s suicide bombing on a public park was claimed by the Pakistani Taliban’s Jamaat-ur-Ahrar faction, which once declared loyalty to Islamic State. The group said it was targeting Christians.

  • Nasrul: Furnace oil price to be cut in a week

    State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid yesterday said the price of furnace oil would be reduced within a week.

    “The government has decided to decrease the price of furnace oil used in power plants and industries. The proposed price will be revealed within a week after verification,” he told reporters at the Secretariat.

    Nasrul said no decision to reduce the price of petrol, diesel, octane and other fuels had yet been made.

  • Nizami to file review petition today

    Condemned war criminal and Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Matiur Rahman Nizami will file a petition seeking review of the Appellate Division verdict that upheld his death sentence. “The review petition will be filed today with the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court against his death sentences, upheld by the apex court, as all preparations have already been completed,” Nizami’s son Barrister Nazib Momin was quoted as saying by BSS.

  • Country’s people see lacklustre hartal

    The hartal that began at 6am and ended 2:50pm nearly three hours before its end as per the schedule evoked very poor response across the country.

    Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami yesterday afternoon withdrew its countrywide 12-hour hartal after the High Court turned down a writ petition challenging the legality of Islam’s status in the constitution as a state religion.

  • Five bullet-hit in clash over road accident

    At least five persons were injured in a clash between the security personnel of a shipyard and workers in Bara Kumira area under Sitakunda police station in the district yesterday following a road accident.

    According to local sources, Mamun, 28, a worker of Kabir Steel Re-rolling Mill was killed in an accident in the area in the morning while a lorry of the mill ran over him.

    Later, the workers of the mill gathered at the mill gate area and blocked the Dhaka-Chittagong Highway protesting the killing.

  • Parents held for killing son

    Police yesterday arrested a couple on charge of killing their five-year-old son at Madhabpur in Hobiganj.

    Police nabbed them after recovering the body of their son Ismail from their residence.

    Police said Rozob Ali, a resident of ward 3 under Madhabpur municipality, had filed a missing report three days ago.

  • ‘Community, beat policing to remove fear about police’

    Dhaka Metropolitan Police Commissioner Md Asaduzzaman Mia yesterday said a community and beat policing system had been launched to remove the fear of police from the minds of people.

    Speaking at a programme at the DMP headquarters in the capital, he said: “A sense of fear about crimes and police exists in the minds of people. We are now working to remove those fears.

  • FM: PM’s visit to China, Russia not a shift in foreign policy

    Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali said the recent visit of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to Beijing and Moscow should not be interpreted as a shift in the foreign policy.

    He said this at an interview published at London-based Financial Times this week.

    “Bangladesh maintains an independent and non-aligned position in its foreign relations with the objective of achieving global peace.”

  • Student murdered in capital

    Student murdered in capital

    A student who sat for this year’s SSC examination was murdered at Dakkhin Dania in the capital’s Shanir Akhra area.

    Police recovered the body of Md Swadhin, the son of Md Sohel Rana, around noon yesterday. He had taken the SSC examination from Muradpur Samirun Nesa High School.

    Kadamtali police station Officer-in-Charge Kazi Wazed Ali said a diary, mobile
    phone handset, and a blood-stained curved kitchen machete were recovered from the spot.

  • Janakantha editor asked to surrender

    The Supreme Court yesterday asked Daily Janakantha Editor Atikullah Khan Masud to surrender within seven days in a case filed for forgery of construction plans of a city building.

    Atikullah Khan, the chairman of business group Globe Janakantha Shilpa Paribar (GJSP), will be granted bail from the trial court after he surrenders, ACC counsel Khurshid Alam Khan told the Dhaka Tribune.

  • Tonu’s brother: Our movement is being curtailed

    Murdered Comilla Victoria Government College student Sohagi Jahan Tonu’s elder brother says their family is under pressure.

    “Please understand that we cannot talk about many things. You should grasp the meaning from hint,” Najmul Hossain told the Bangla Tribune over phone yesterday.

  • Police HQ: Interpol red notice withdrawn for Tarique’s ‘protective status’

    Interpol has withdrawn its red notice against BNP Senior Vice-Chairman Tarique Rahman as he was in London on “protective status,” Bangladesh Police have said.

    In a press release yesterday, the police said the red notice had been withdrawn earlier this month. However, the main reason behind this decision could not be known immediately.

  • Rooppur project plans to return Tk434 crore

    After being unable to spend all of its allocated Tk1,028.92 crore funds from the ADP, the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant project is planning to return Tk434 crore to the government.

    The Ministry of Science and Technology has sent a letter to the Planning Commission in this regard, sources said.

    However, Planning Commission sources said that the ministry has created a bit of a trouble for them right before the finalisation of the draft for the revised Annual Development Plan (ADP).

  • Govt lifts raw jute export ban

    The government yesterday lifted ban on exporting all kind of raw jute, ending a four-month embargo.

    In a circular, the Ministry of Textiles and Jute said raw jute could be exported from April 03.

    On December 2 last year, the government embargoed raw jute export to implement the Mandatory Jute Packaging Act -2010. Later on December 15, it issued another order prohibiting all kind of raw jute export except four types of processed jute.

  • 5 get life-term in series bomb blast case

    At least five members of Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh were awarded life-term imprisonment yesterday in the district in a case of series bomb blast in 2005.

  • Cabinet okays draft of CAAB bill

    The cabinet has given its final approval to the draft of Civil Aviation Authority Bill 2016, with an aim to make a more time–befitting law.

    The approval came at yesterday’s regular cabinet meeting at the secretariat with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.

    After the meeting, Cabinet Secretary Shafiul Alam told reporters that the civil aviation authority act should be time-befitting if the country wanted to upgrade its airports to international standards.

  • HC rejects writ on state religion

    The High Court yesterday rejected the much talked about writ that challenged the legality of a constitutional provision recognising Islam as the state religion of Bangladesh.

    The bench of Justice Naima Haider, Justice Quazi Reza-Ul Hoque and Justice Md Ashraful Kamal summarily rejected the 28-year-old petition, saying the petitioners have no jurisdiction to move such a petition.

    “It was rejected on the ground that the committee under which the petition was filed in 1988 had no legitimacy as it was not a registered body,” said Murad Reza, an additional attorney general who opposed the petition on behalf of the government.

    The decision means Islam will stay as the state religion in the nation’s charter, which also speaks of equal rights for other religious groups, Murad Reza said.

    “The writ petition was filed by the Autocracy and Communalism Resistance Committee, but this committee was never registered with the government. The citizens filed the petition under this committee’s banner, they did not sign it individually. So I think the rejection was rightly done,” Murad Reza said after the court gave its ruling.

    However, petitioners' counsel Subrata Chowdhury said they had no clear idea why it was rejected. “Let the full observation of the court be released,” he said.

    Earlier during the hearing, Murad Reza told the court that they needed more time for preparation as the matter was old and had a long course of legal battle.

    The court said it would hear from the petitioners' lawyer first and also asked a number of lawyers, who prayed to the court to be

  • Intel fears militant attack on Pohela Boishakh

    Intel fears militant attack on Pohela Boishakh

    Intelligence reports suggesting that militants are planning attacks in Dhaka city on Pohela Boishakh have prompted law enforcement agencies to beef up security and vigilance ahead of the festival.

    Well-placed sources told the Dhaka Tribune that four militants arrested from the city’s Kallyanpur on March 21 told the police during interrogation about their plans for conducting mass violence in Dhaka, especially surrounding the Pohela Boishakh programmes on April 14.

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