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BDR Court Frame Charges against 622 Rebels PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 18 October 2010

Proceedings have begun at a special tribunal at the Peelkhana headquarters of the Bangladesh Border Forces, to frame charges against 623 BDR men.

Of the BDR men being tried, one of the accused had died earlier and had been relieved of the charges.

The hearing commenced at Special Court-8, headed by Brig Gen Obaidul Haque, around 10am on Monday.

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Govt to Limit St. Martin's Visitors PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 18 October 2010

Tourists may be banned from staying in St Martin's Island overnight.

In a bid to restrict visitors to protect the natural habitat of this coral island off the south-eastern tip of Bangladesh, the environment department has recommended that all tourist accommodation be relocated to Teknaf.

It also recommends that visitors should be allowed for only four months of the year, between November and February.

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SQ Chy Rejects War Crimes Allegations PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 18 October 2010

BNP leader Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury has rejected allegations of war crimes during Bangladesh's Liberation War of 1971.

The BNP standing committee member rejected those allegations by way of discrediting the evidences collected by the probe body of the war crimes tribunal charged with trying Bangladesh's war criminals.

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Manmohan to Chair Tipaimukh Meeting PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 13 October 2010

With its environment minister Jairam Ramesh wanting to hold off till a comprehensive impact assessment, it is likely that the Indian government will review the controversial Tipaimukh Hydro Electric (Multi-Purpose) Project.

Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh is expected to chair a high-level meeting to review the Tipaimukh HEP and other proposed projects in the country's north-eastern region, particularly in the state of Arunachal Pradesh. The meeting may take place on Oct 18.

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Khaleda to Vacate House within Month PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 13 October 2010

BNP chief Khaleda Zia will have to vacate her cantonment house within a month.

The deadline of 30 days stipulated by a High Court starts to count from the High Court's rejection Khaleda's petition. Her petition, essentially, challenged a government notice asking her to vacate the house.

Justices Nazmun Ara Sultana and Sheikh Hassan Arif on Wednesday, after a 22-day hearing, ruled that the government notice asking opposition chief Khaleda Zia to vacate her cantonment house is legal.

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Coco will have to Come Back PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Arafat Rahman Coco, the youngest son of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia, will have to come back to the country.

An Appellate Division regular bench has stayed the High Court order to extend his parole on Wednesday based on a government petition requesting stay of the order.

Additional attorney general M K Rahman told journalists the three-strong regular bench, headed by chief justice A B M Khairul Haque, stayed the High Court order by six weeks.

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Turag Search Called Off PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Operations at the Turag accident site to search for bodies of bus passengers have been called off.

A Savar-bound bus had fallen into the Turag river on Sunday with about 50 passengers. Eight of them had made it to the shore, but one among died on her way to hospital. Among the rest, 13 bodies were recovered but 11 could be identified.

The police have filed a case against the bus driver. Sub-inspector Abul Kalam Azad had filed the case on Tuesday night against Mujibur Rahman, the driver. He has been missing since the accident.

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Urea Laden Ship Sinking at Ctg Port PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Water is leaking into a fertiliser-laden ship at the outer anchorage of Chittagong port through its keel.

Ocean Pearl, a Saint Kitts flag carrier, began to leak from around 2:30pm on Wednesday.

Ocean Pearl, with 8,000 tonnes of urea, arrived at Alpha Anchorage on Sep 3, port secretary Farhad Uddin said.

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Army Enters Ctg Port PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Military forces have entered the port area to bring the chaotic situation under control.

The police earlier foiled a procession of agitating workers at the Chittagong port brought out shortly after a ban was imposed on processions and rallies.

The police shot rubber-bullets and charged batons on the workers' procession around 5:15pm to disperse them.

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Rabindra University, Academy in Bangladesh PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 06 October 2010

A Rabindra University and a Rabindra Academy will be established in Bangladesh for higher studies and research on Rabindranath Tagore, the prime minister has said.

In addition, the government is thinking of building a Bangladesh Bhaban in India's West Bengal for accommodation of Bangladeshi students studying in Shantiniketan, Sheikh Hasina said.

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HC Verdict on Dhaka Rivers Wednesday PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 06 October 2010

The High Court has set Wednesday for issuing the verdict on a government petition, requesting two more years for eviction of illegal constructions on the four rivers adjacent to Dhaka.

The High Court bench of justices Syed Mahmud Hossain and Gobinda Chandra Tagore set the date on Tuesday.

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Ex BCIC Boss Testifies in 10-truck Arms Case PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 06 October 2010

A former senior official has given written testimony to a Chittagong court in the sensational 10-trucks arms haul case.

Former chairman of Bangladesh Chemical Industries Corporation (BCIC), Maj Gen (retd) Imamuzzaman, gave the testimony to Chittagong Metropolitan Magistrates' Court under Section 164 on Tuesday.

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Final Tista Agreement by June: Ramesh PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 06 October 2010

The government will finalise its bilateral agreement with India on the distribution of the Tista River water by next June, the water resources minister has said.

"The agreement will be finalised after a discussion between experts of the two countries. Discussions at diplomatic-level are going on," Ramesh Chandra Sen told reporters at his Secretariat office on Tuesday.

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Law on Protection of Women, Children Passed PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 06 October 2010

The parliament has passed a law for the protection of women and children from family violence and discrimination.

The house ratified "The Domestic Violence (resistance and protection) Bill-2010" as state minister for women and children affairs Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury proposed its passage amid absence of the opposition lawmakers on Tuesday.

The lone independent MP Fazlul Azim took part in the discussion. He supported the bill in principle, but advocated further feedback from the people.

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SC Orders Disposal of Coco's Parole Order PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 04 October 2010

The Appellate Division has ordered disposal of the High Court order on the parole of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia's younger son Arafat Rahman Coco.

A three-strong bench, led by new chief justice A B M Khairul Haque, on Monday stayed the government appeal against the High Court ruling of Aug 26 that ordered extension of Coco's parole by 40 days.

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Environment Court in Every District PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 04 October 2010

The Environment Court Bill-2010 has been passed in the parliament to expedite trials related to environment pollution and formation of courts in every district.

The Climate Change Trust Bill was also passed in the parliament on Monday. Land state minister Mostafizur Rahman Fizar, in absence of the state minister for environment, presented the bills for approval.

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'EC Authorised to Declare Chandpur 1 Vacant' PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 04 October 2010

In the ongoing tussle between the Election Commission and Awami League MP M K Alamgir, the commission chief has responded to the MP's comments in parliament made on Sunday.

He said that according to the parliament speaker, only the Election Commission had the authority to declare a constituency vacant.

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Don't Blame AL for Pabna Incident: Imam PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina's advisor HT Imam has claimed that Awami League leaders are not responsible for the attack on district administration officials on Sep 17.

He made the claim at a press briefing following a two and half hour-long closed-door meeting with administration officials, including the deputy commissioner, on Monday afternoon.

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Sayedee to Appear Before Tribunal PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 21 September 2010

WAR CRIMES TRIBUNAL

Jamaat-e-Islami executive committee member Delwar Hossain Sayedee will be taken to the International Crimes Tribunal on Tuesday in a case relating to alleged crimes against humanity during 1971, jail authorities say.

On the same date, the court will also hear the petitions from Jamaat executive member Matiur Rahman Nizami, secretary general Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed, assistant secretary generals Mohammad Kamaruzzaman, and Abdul Quader Molla.

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All WDB Leaves Cancelled PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 19 September 2010

Leaves of all Water Development Board officials and engineers have been cancelled as the government grapples with worsening flooding across the country.

The officials have been asked to stay at their workplaces until the situation improves, water resources minister Ramesh Chandra Sen told bdnews24.com at his office on Sunday.

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CNG Stations to Remain Shut PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 19 September 2010

The decision to keep the CNG refuelling stations shut for six hours a day will continue, the prime minister's energy advisor has said.

The CNG-station owners on Saturday had threatened to go on an indefinite strike from Sep 25 if the decision was not withdrawn.

Advisor Tawfiq-e-Elahi revealed the decision at a press conference at the Secretariat on Sunday, when he also said that the decision might be withdrawn "only after the national grid gets additional gas."

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