Archive for December 19th, 2013

8 BCL men to die for Bishwajit killing

A speedy trial tribunal in Dhaka on Wednesday sentenced eight Chhatra League leaders to death and 13 others to life in prison for killing Bishwajit Kumar Das, a tailor, in Old Town of Dhaka on December 9, 2012. ‘They will be hanged by the neck until death,’ speedy trial tribunal 4 judge ABM Nizamul Haque announced in the crowded courtroom […]

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Discussion on 11th JS polls false : BNP

Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Wednesday termed totally false the ministers’ and ruling party leaders’ claim that dialogue was going on with the opposition on the 11th parliamentary election and said such statements were designed to mislead people. In a statement, BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir made the remarks saying so far BNP had discussions with the government […]

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Blockade passes 2nd day

The capital remained virtually cut off from the rest of the country as vehicles were burnt, railway lines sabotaged as clashes between pickets and the police were reported from places across the country on Wednesday, the second day of the fourth spell of opposition alliance-enforced blockade of roads railways and waterways. Two more people on Wednesday succumbed to the injuries […]

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PM condemns Pak resolution

The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, on Wednesday warned the BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami asking them to get ready to face similar retaliation in reaction to violence they were carrying out in the name of enforcing general strike and blockade. ‘Families of members of Pakistani occupation forces were not in Bangladesh during the independence war. But you [BNP and Jamaat] should remember […]

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Hasina, a shrewd politician, Prof Bass tells Newsweek

Gary J Bass, professor of politics and international affairs at Princeton University, has said Bangladesh remains a deeply polarized country, and the upcoming elections may heighten tensions in the short term. Asked by the Newsweek during an interview whether Jamaat leader Abdul Quader Molla’s execution is political victimization, Gary said it was disturbing to see street violence. One can only […]

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Men stay out at night, people guard houses in places

A large number of villagers in areas of at least seven districts who are not anyhow involved in politics are passing their nights out in fear of attack from their ‘rivals’ or ‘unnamed’ miscreants as law and order sharply deteriorated in their areas. People from a few areas, especially in Hindu localities, are guarding their areas in groups by turn […]

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Cutting ties with Pakistan demanded

Ganajagaran Mancha on Wednesday issued an ultimatum to the government to severe diplomatic ties and other relations with Pakistan in 20 hours or it would again lay siege to Pakistan high commission in Dhaka. Ganajagaran Mancha spokesman Imran H Sarkar issued the ultimatum at a rally in front of Austarlian high commission in Gulshan. The youth-led platform campaigning for capital […]

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Manikchari police station set on fire

An arsenal, two barracks, and the custody were gutted as a fire ravaged the Manikchari police station in Khagrachari on Wednesday morning. The fire broke out at about 6:50am as a television set burst out from electric short circuit at the police station, said Ramgar fire service officials. The fire ravaged most of the establishments at the police station. None […]

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53 opposition activists held in joint forces drive

Joint forces of police, Rapid Action Battalion and Border Guard Bangladesh in overnight drives arrested 53 opposition activists including four women from Lalmanirhat, Bogra and Feni early on Wednesday. Reports from Lalmanirhat said a team of RAB, BGB and police arrested nine Jamaat-Shibir activists including four women for their involvement with violence, rail sabotage and other criminal offenses at Kafir […]

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Operators asked to run passenger buses on highways

The government on Wednesday asked owners to run intercity passenger buses and trucks on highways from Friday, defying political programmes like strikes and blockades if any. Shipping minister Shajahan Khan at a meeting at the secretariat assured the transport operators of all security measures for the long-distance passenger buses and trucks amidst countrywide violence during the rail-road-waterways blockades being enforced […]

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BCL leader’s tendons severed in Rajshahi

Assailants cut tendons of a hand and a leg of a Bangladesh Chhagtra League leader at Rajshahi University at about 11:00am on Wednesday. Witnesses said that the assailants attacked Motihar thana Chhatra League joint convener Shimul Ahmed, a second year student of Agrani School and College in Rajshahi, when he reached near the agriculture faculty of Rajshahi University on the […]

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Devyani shifted to India’s UN mission

Devyani Khobragade, who was arrested in New York for alleged visa fraud and underpaying her domestic assistant and had to reportedly undergo humiliating frisking by US marshals last week, has been shifted to the Permanent Mission of India (PMI) in New York, it is reliably learnt in New Delhi on Wednesday, The Hindu reported. She is now entitled to all […]

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WAR CRIMES TRIAL: ICT defers Subhan’s indictment

Jamaat leader Abdus Subhan’s indictment on crimes against humanity charges was on Wednesday deferred until December 31 by the International Crimes Tribunal-1 on its own motion saying it could not prepare the order. The prosecution brought nine charges of crimes against humanity against him. He faces the charges of superior responsibility in the crimes, planning acts of genocide, killings, abduction, […]

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Khilkhet police OC missing

The officer-in-charge of Dhaka metropolitan police’s Khilkhet station has been missing for the past four days. Shamim Hossain was last seen going out of his workplace on Saturday complaining of sickness. The deputy commissioner of Dhaka metropolitan police, Anowar Hossain, said the deputy commissioner of police’s Gulshan division had been tasked to submit a report on Shamim’s whereabouts. ‘We have […]

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Unpaid workers in Qatar running low on food: AI

Migrants who have worked for nearly a year without pay on a Qatar skyscraper are facing ‘severe food shortages’ and cannot leave or seek other employment, Amnesty International said Wednesday. Qatar has come under mounting criticism from rights groups, particularly after being chosen to host the 2022 World Cup, which has spotlighted the conditions of migrant workers in the gas-rich […]

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Charge hearing of Adilur, Elan deferred again

A Cyber Tribunal in Dhaka on Wednesday deferred to December 28 the hearing in the framing of charges against rights organisation Odhikar’s secretary Adilur Rahman Khan and its director AKM Nasiruddin Elan. The Cyber Tribunal judge, AKM Shamsul Alam, passed the order as Elan could not appear before the court on the ground of his ‘illnesses’ and his lawyer Asaduzzaman […]

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CNG dealers place 3-point appeal

Upset at the ongoing political turmoil that has taken its heavy toll on their business, the country’s CNG refuelling station owners on Wednesday placed a 3-point demand to survive. Their demands are rescheduling due payment against bank loan by at least one year without charging interest and taking interest in the block account, allowing payment of gas bills through instalments […]

December 19, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Khoka sent to jail again

Two metropolitan magistrate courts in Dhaka on Wednesday sent Bangladesh Nationalist Party vice-chairman Sadeque Hossain Khoka to jail again after hearing both remand and bail petitions filed in connection with two cases. Metropolitan magistrates Mohammad Maruf Hossain and Tareq Moinul Islam Bhuiyan passed the order. One of the cases was filed with Sutrapur police station on charge of arson attack […]

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Actions against Pakistan if resolution not withdrawn: Hanif

Ruling Awami League joint general secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif on Wednesday said that actions would be taken against Pakistan government through international forums if the resolution adopted by Pakistan parliament on the execution of Jamaat leader Abdul Quader Molla was not withdrawn. The Pakistan National Assembly on Monday adopted a resolution expressing concern at the Quader for crimes against humanity […]

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Jamaat seeks out India

Immediately after accusing India of trying to turn Bangladesh into a ‘colony’, the Jamaat-e-Islami is now seeking to ‘communicate’ with India on regional issues. In an interview to Kolkata’s ‘Ananda Bazar Patrika’ published Wednesday, Jamaat spokesperson barrister Abdur Razzaq has said the party wants a ‘dialogue with India on the entire gamut of issues involving India-Bangladesh relations’. ‘Our image in […]

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