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RAB withdraws officer over assault charges PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 25 October 2009

Rapid Action Battalion officer flight lieutenant Anisur Rahman was withdrawn from duty on Sunday over the incident of torture on a Daily New Age journalist.

"He has been closed to the headquarters and later would be sent back to the Air Force," the director of Legal and Media wing of the elite force, Abul Kalam Azad, said.

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Police get three days to grill new arrestee Safu PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 25 October 2009

A Dhaka court on Sunday granted the police three days to grill Safiullah Safu, who was arrested earlier in the day in connection with the bomb attack on ruling party MP Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh.

Chief metropolitan magistrate Ehsanul Haque made the order after rejecting the 10-day appeal of Detective Branch of police.

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EC to ask govt for law on appointment PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 25 October 2009

The Election Commission will send a proposal to the government to make a law on the appointment of election commissioners through parliament's Business Advisory Committee.

"We will send the proposal to the prime minister to formulate law on appointment of election commissioners," chief election commissioner A T M Shamsul Huda told a roundtable organised by Transparency International, Bangladesh at BRAC Centre Inn on Sunday.

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Hasina speaks of climate threat with Swedish PM PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 23 October 2009

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina spoke of the need for urgent action on climate change with her Swedish counterpart Fredrik Reinfeldt in Stockholm on Thursday, securing a climate fund pledge.

Reinfeldt responded to Hasina's concerns, saying Sweden would propose an adaptation fund of 5 to 7 billion euros, for nations most at risk from global warming, at the upcoming climate talks at Copenhagen in December.

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US doctors answer flu questions on new website PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 23 October 2009

Worried about your child's flu symptoms but don't want to risk a visit to a germ-infested waiting room? A free interactive website from The American Medical Association, built with partners Microsoft and personal health record provider Healthy Circles, may be able to help.

The website, AMAfluhelp.org, offers information about seasonal and H1N1 pandemic flu and gives advice on when to seek a doctor's help.

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Hizb ut Tahrir banned in Bangladesh PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 23 October 2009

The government on Thursday banned the Hizb ut Tahrir in Bangladesh, saying the Islamist outfit posed threat to public safety.

The home minister, Sahara Khatun, confirmed the government decision, taken Thursday afternoon, to bdnews24.com.

"We had kept the outfit under watch for long," she said. "Based on a final report from intelligence agencies, we took the decision today."

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Attack on Taposh: Dalim's brother held PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 23 October 2009

Kamrul Haque Swapan, the brother of Shariful Haque Dalim, was arrested Thursday night in connection with Wednesday's bomb attack on Awami League MP Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh.

Dalim, who confessed to killing Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on Aug 15, 1975, was convicted and given the death penalty. He is now a fugitive, while the long-stalled appeals of other of the death convicts in the case are being heard in the Supreme Court.

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1975 'army mutiny' should be tried by court martial PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 23 October 2009

A military coup was orchestrated on Aug 15, 1975, defence counsel for one of the death convicts in the Bangabandhu murder case said on Thursday during the appeals hearings.

Khan Saifur Rahman, lawyer for death convict Syed Faruk Rahman, said the trial of the mutiny should be held under court martial and the trial and verdicts in the case held under civil law should be nullified.

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Primary probe points to 'act of sabotage' PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 23 October 2009

The fire at the National Curriculum and Textbook Board' warehouse was an act of sabotage, it was not started by an electrical short-circuit, the education minister says, quoting probe finds.

Nurul Islam Nahid, briefing the media on the findings of the probe body on Thursday afternoon, said the investigation primarily confirmed that the fire incident was an act of sabotage.

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Hasina acquitted in Mausoleum graft case PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 19 October 2009

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina and four others have been acquitted of all charges in a corruption case involving the construction of the Bangabandhu Mausoleum.

Dhaka metropolitan senior special judge ANM Bashirullah gave the acquittal order on Monday based on the final report by Anticorruption Commission deputy director and investigation officer in the case Mohammed Moniruzzaman Khan.

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SC rebukes defence counsel PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 19 October 2009

The Supreme Court reprimanded the defence counsel for his irrelevant presentation and wrong media briefing at the third day's hearing of arguments on Monday.

The five-judge Appellate Division bench, headed by Justice Mohammed Tafazzal Islam, ended the hearing of arguments on appeals by death convicts in the Bangabandhu assassination at around 1:30pm.

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BNP doesn't believe in poverty cut: Shahid PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 16 October 2009

Khaleda Zia's refusal to share podium with Sheikh Hasina has proved that the BNP does not believe in poverty reduction, chief whip Abdus Shahid has alleged.

At a hurriedly called media briefing at parliament's media centre, Shahid said the opposition BNP chief exposed her "political poverty" by withdrawing from the inaugural ceremony of an all-party programme marking the 'International Day for the Eradication of Poverty' .

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Khaleda won't launch anti-poverty call with PM PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 16 October 2009

BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia has announced that she will not share the stage with prime minister Sheikh Hasina to launch a joint call for fight against poverty on 'International Day for the Eradication of Poverty' on Saturday.

At a news conference at her political office in Gulshan on Friday, the opposition chief said: "It will not be possible for us to join tomorrow's programme in the current circumstances."

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SC begins hearing arguments PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 15 October 2009

The Supreme Court heard arguments on appeals by death convicts in Bangabandhu murder case for the first day on Thursday.

The hearing that started at 9:37am ended at 1:30pm. Barrister Abdullah Al Mamun, counsel for convicts retired Major Bazlul Huda and retired Lt Col A K M Mohiuddin, delivered his arguments on the appeal by death convict retired Major Bazlul Huda.

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New office times from Sunday, school schedules from Nov 1 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 15 October 2009

The new work hours for government, semi-government, autonomous and private banks, financial corporations or institutions to control chaos on the streets of the capital will be enforced from Sunday (Oct 18).

Secondary, higher secondary and English medium schools will follow the new schedule from Nov 1.

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Court rejects lawsuit against Prothom Alo PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 15 October 2009

A Dhaka court has rejected a defamation suit against Prothom Alo newspaper filed on Thursday by Bashundhara Group.

The lawsuit claimed that two reports published in the popular Bangla-language daily had caused the complainant's organisation Tk 500 crore in losses.

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Jalil faces arrest over tax dodge PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 15 October 2009

A Dhaka court has issued an arrest warrant against embattled ruling Awami League MP Abdul Jalil, whose controversial comments about his own party created a political storm in recent times, in a tax evasion case.

A N M Bashirullah of Metropolitan Senior Special Judge's Court for Dhaka ordered his arrest hours after the National Board of Revenue filed the case on Thursday on charges of evading Tk 4.07 lakh in income tax after hiding income worth Tk 54.60 lakh.

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MP 'Sorry' For Assault, Landgrab Bid By Sons PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 11 October 2009

Member of parliament for Chittagong-3 ABM Abul Kashem Master apologised on Saturday for an incident involving an assault on four journalists earlier in the week, during an alleged bid to illgally occupy four shipyards in Sitakunda.

The journalists were injured when the MP's sons SM Al-Mamun and SM Al-Noman, aided by their bodyguard and a gang, reportedly stormed the shipyards and hung up a signboard of Unique Enterprise, a firm owned by Mamun.

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Appeals Hearing On Bangabandhu Case Resumes PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 11 October 2009

The Supreme Court resumed hearing on Bangabandhu murder appeals on Sunday after two day's break over the weekend. The fifth day hearing resumed at 9:50am with barrister Abdullah Al Mamun, counsel for convicts retired major Bazlul Huda and Mohiuddin, started reading out from the paperbook containing the ruling by Justice ABM Khairul Haque.

At the fourth day's hearing on Thursday Mamun had read out from the paperbook--which included statements of witnesses and defendants, First Information Report, charge sheet, verdicts of the trial and higher courts, among other things.

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Jalil returns, quietly PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 07 October 2009

Awami League's Abdul Jalil, who has come under fire for his recent controversial comment about his own party's win in the Dec 29 polls, returned home from London Tuesday to find he had been ousted from the chair of the parliamentary standing committee on commerce.

The former Awami League general secretary, shunning the media on his return, landed at Zia International Airport at 9pm, an airport official told bdnews24.com. Along with family members, Jalil went directly to his Gulshan home.

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Third-day appeals hearing ends PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 07 October 2009

The Supreme Court ended the third day's hearing on Bangabandhu murder appeals at around 1:30pm on Wednesday. The hearing resumed at 9:50am in the third trial room. A security archway was set up at the entrance to the trial room.

At the beginning of the hearing Abdullah Al Mamun, lawyer for convicts retired major Bazlul Huda and lancer AKM Mohiuddin, started reading out from page 773 of the appeal petition.

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