Gulshan, Banani, Dhanmondi get 10 months to remove illegal structures


MNA National Desk: The High Court (HC) on Wednesday ordered owners of the illegal structures in Gulshan, Banani and Dhanmondi areas to remove their installations within 10 months. A High Court division bench comprising Justice Salma Masud Chowdhury and Justice A.K.M. Zahirul Hoque issued the order, disposing of 233 separate writs filed in this regard. Petitioners’ counsel ABM Altaf Hossain told the media that the court said that RAJUK or the utility service providers will not able to take any measure within the 10 months. “After the deadline ends, RAJUK will be able to conduct drives without prior notice.” He ...

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Tk8 lakh for each victim’s family of Gazipur blast


MNA National Desk: Each family of those killed in a boiler explosion at a garment factory in Joydebpur upazila of Gazipur yesterday evening will receive TK 8 lakh as compensation. State Minister for Labour and Employment Mujibul Haque Chunnu confirmed the matter Tuesday. The minister was visiting the ravaged factory site in the afternoon. Of the total TK 8 lakh, the Ministry of Labour and Employment will give TK 5 lakh and the owner of factory TK 3 lakh to each of those killed in the boiler blast. Expressing deep condolences to the victim’s family, Mujibul Haque told reporters that ...

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Farhad Mazhar was blindfolded and picked up in microbus: Police


MNA National Desk: Columnist and political analyst Farhad Mazhar was blindfolded and picked up in a microbus, according to the police. His phone was also used to call his wife. Over the phone Farhad Mazhar had said that the people who had picked him up were demanding ransom of 35 lakh taka. This information was presented by joint commissioner of police Abdul Baten at a briefing held this Tuesday afternoon at the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) media centre. Abdul Baten said that during the interrogation, Farhad Mazhar had said he had been blindfolded and taken away in a microbus. He ...

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Executive magistrates can operate mobile courts 2 weeks more

executive magistrates

MNA National Desk: The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court extended two weeks the stay on a High Court order that declared the operation of mobile courts by the executive magistrates illegal. The lawyers said the executive magistrate can operate mobile courts during this time. A seven-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha passed the order following three separate leave to appeal petitions challenging the HC verdict. The matter was placed before the court for hearing on 21 May. The court stayed the hearing till 2 July. The court adjourned for two weeks on ...

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Columnist Farhad Mazhar brought to Dhaka

Farhad Mazhar

MNA National Desk: Columnist Farhad Mazhar was brought to Adabar police station in Dhaka on Tuesday morning, 18 hours after he was rescued in Noapara of Abhaynagar upazila in Jessore. Meanwhile, Farhad’s wife Farida Akhtar and relatives went to the police station to meet him. RAB on Monday said Farhad Mazhar was rescued around 11:30pm when he was returning to Dhaka from Khulna in a Hanif Paribahan bus. Earlier in the day, Farhad Mazhar was reportedly abducted by unknown miscreants from his Adabar residence. Police said Farhad Mazhar came out of his residence, ‘Haq Garden’, at Adabar Link Road after ...

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Parliament’s power to impeach judges illegal: SC

16th Amendment

MNA National Desk: The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court has upheld a High Court (HC) order that declared illegal the 16th amendment to the Constitution establishing the parliament’s power to remove Supreme Court judges. A seven-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha unanimously upheld the HC verdict on Monday, following an appeal. In a major ruling on 5 May last year, the HC declared the 16th Amendment illegal and contradictory to the Constitution. Following the HC verdict, the state filed an appeal against the High Court (HC) order. On September 17, 2014, the ...

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Columnist Farhad Mazhar missing

Farhad Mazhar

MNA National Desk: Family members of writer and columnist Farhad Mazhar told police that they could not trace him after he went out of home at Shyamali in the Monday morning. Police said that they were tracking the mobile phone used by Farhad and it was found at different locations in south-western region of the country. Police visited Farhad’s home at Shyamali and inspecting CCTV camera of the building found that he was leaving at around 5:05am in a ‘casual mood’. Police also said that Mazhar called his wife on her mobile phone and asked her to manage Tk 3.5 ...

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2 dead as fire burns three buildings in Uttara


MNA National Desk: Two people died after a morning fire swept through three buildings that housed a restaurant and a hotel in Dhaka’s Uttara. Fire Service said the fire started around 5:30am on Monday on the second floor of the four-storey building that housed the Sea Shell Restaurant. The fire left the restaurant completely damaged. It spread to the adjacent six-storey building of Sea Shell Hotel & Residence where the two guests — a man and a woman — were found dead in a room. The fire also partially damaged a third building, AK Tower. The fire also engulfed ‘Ekushey ...

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Lower court judges’ conduct: 2 weeks more to publish gazette

16th Amendment

MNA National Desk: The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Sunday gave two weeks’ more to the government to publish the gazette notification on the rules determining discipline and conduct of lower court judges. The 7-member bench of the Appellate Division, led by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, passed the order following a time petition filed by Attorney General Mahbubey Alam in the morning. Earlier on several occasions, the apex court expressed dissatisfaction at the government’s failure to issue the gazette notification. On 24 November 2016, court gave the government one week to publish the gazette notification. The lower ...

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515 Bangladeshi workers detained in Malaysia

Bangladeshi workers

MNA National Desk: At least 515 Bangladeshi workers were detained in Malaysia, in the raids conducted from Friday night (June 30) to Saturday (July 1), as part of the Malaysian government’s recent move to flush out illegal immigrants. Malaysian Immigration Police said that they have detained a total of 1035 foreign illegals in the countrywide crackdown. Bangladesh topped the list with 515 nationals while there have been 135 Indonesians, 102 Burmese, 50 Philippines, 8 Thai, 2 Vietnamese and the rest are from some other countries. Immigration Department of Malaysia began the large-scale operation to detain the illegal workers as the ...

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Gulshan attack terrorists yet to be punished after one year


MNA National Desk: The terrorists behind the Gulshan attack is yet to be punished after one year of the most brutal terror attack in Bangladesh. Exactly one year ago, the militant attack on Gulshan’s Holey Artisan Bakery stunned the entire country on the month of holy Ramadan. Five young men armed with guns and knives stormed the cafe on July1, 2016 and took several hostages including foreign nationals and killed 22. Most of the victims were foreigners and many were brutally hacked to death. The militants took four long months in preparation before the deadly attack though selected Holey Artisan ...

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Sheikh Hasina mourns death of musician Sudhin Das


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday night expressed deep shock at the death of renowned musician of the subcontinent and Nazrul researcher Sudhin Das. In a condolence message, the prime minister recalled the invaluable contributions of Sudhin Das to the field of music. “His death is an irreparable loss to this field,” she said. Sheikh Hasina prayed for salvation of the departed soul and conveyed profound sympathy to the bereaved family, reported news agency. The Ekushey Padak-winning singer breathed his last at about 8:20pm at the Apollo Hospitals in Dhaka. He was 87. Born in Comilla town’s ...

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Main Eid jamaat held at National Eidgah

National Eidgah

MNA National Desk: The main Eid-ul-Fitr jamaat (congregation) was held at National Eidgah on Bangladesh Supreme Court premises in Dhaka Monday morning. President Abdul Hamid, cabinet members, government high-ups, diplomats and non-government officials, among others, attended the Eid prayers. Strict security measures were taken to ensure safety and security at the Eidgah during the country’s prime Eid congregation. The devotees were not allowed to carry any bags at the prayer-ground. Earlier, Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia requested people just to carry prayer rugs (jainamaz) to Eidgah. Special arrangements were also made for women and foreign diplomats to offer ...

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National moon sighting body to sit Sunday

National Moon

MNA National Desk: The National Moon Sighting Committee will sit in a meeting on Sunday to decide the date of Eid‐ul‐Fitr, the largest religious festival of the Muslims. The meeting will be held at the Islamic Foundation’s Baitul Mukarram office at 7:15pm with Religious Affairs Minister Matior Rahaman in the chair, said an Islamic Foundation release on Thursday. The committee will announce the date of Eid‐ul‐Fitr after reviewing information on the sighting of the Shawwal moon. People have been requested to inform the committee over following phone and fax numbers if they see the Shawwal moon anywhere in Bangladesh sky. ...

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Home-bound people got stuck on highways

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MNA National Desk: Home-bound people got stuck on different highways and roads on Thursday due to serious traffic chaos as a large number of vehicles ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr. In Gazipur, the Dhaka-Tangail highway experienced a long tailback, inflicting immeasurable sufferings to the home-bound passengers. Highway police sources said two vehicles went out of order in two separate places on Dhaka-Tangail highway early Thursday morning, causing tailback on the highway. Besides, a heavy pressure of vehicles was noticed on Dhaka-Mymensingh highway at Chandana intersection point, keeping several hundred vehicles stranded on the highway. Vehicles were moving slowly on Bypail-Abdullahpur highway and ...

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26 AL activities sued over attack on Fakhrul’s motorcade


MNA National Desk: Twenty-six activists of ruling Awami League and its front organizations have been sued over attack on BNP Secretary General Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and other BNP leaders in Chittagong. Former public prosecutor (PP) of Chittagong court Enamul Haq filed the case with a speedy tribunal here on Wednesday morning accusing 26 people, reported news agency. A S M Shahidullah Kaiser, chief judicial magistrate of the court, will hear the case later, said the former PP. Fakhrul and his motorcade came under the attack in Chittagong while the BNP leaders were on way to landslide affected areas in Rangamati ...

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Bangladesh appointed new ambassadors to Sweden, Oman


MNA National Desk: Md Nazmul Islam will be appointed as the next ambassador of Bangladesh to Sweden and Md Golam Sarwar will be the next ambassador of Bangladesh to Sultanate of Oman, said a Foreign Ministry press release. Md Nazmul Islam is now serving as director general (Administration, GS & ICT) in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Nazmul, a career diplomat of 15th BCS (Foreign Affairs), joined the Foreign Service in 1995. In his diplomatic career, he served as the consul general in Jeddah and counsellor in Beijing. He also served in Bangladesh missions in Jakarta and London in different ...

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No unfit vehicle on highway during Eid vacation: Quader

unfit vehicle

MNA National Desk: Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader said in Gazipur on Tuesday no unfit vehicle and those without route permit will be allowed to ply on the highway during the Eid vacation. The minister made the remarks while visiting the condition of the Dhaka‐Mymensingh Highway ahead of the Eid at Targachh area in Gazipur. He further said the homebound holiday makers have been suffering on the way as a few places of the highways were damaged due to heavy rainfall in the last few days. He requested his party men to help law enforcers as volunteers reduce ...

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Banani rape case: Charges to be framed on 9 July


MNA National Desk: A Dhaka court on Monday set 9 July as the date to frame charges after taking it into cognizance against five accused, including Shafat and Shadman, in the Banani rape case. The Judge of Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal‐2 Shafiul Azam set the date this morning after rejecting the bail pleas of the five accused. Shafat Ahmed and Nayem Ashraf were charged for rape and Shadman Sakif, Shafat’s driver Billal Hossain and bodyguard Rahmat Ali for assisting in the offence. On June 8, police pressed charges against all the accused in the case. The two university ...

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Tough action against Fakhrul’s motorcade attackers: Quader

tough action

MNA National Desk: Obaidul Quader, the road transport and bridges minister, on Sunday said tough action would be taken against those who were involved in attacking the motorcade of BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam at Chittagong. “It’s not sure who were involved in the attack… but it’s an offence…We are looking into the matter and tough actions would be taken against the attackers,” he told the reporters after visiting BRTA Mobile Court activities on the city’s Airport road. A motorcade of BNP delegation led by its secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir came under attack in Ichhakhali of Rangunia ...

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Over 5kg gold seized at Dhaka airport

Dhaka airport

MNA National Desk: Customs officials at the Dhaka airport have detained a passenger in possession of gold bars weighing over 5 kg. As many as nine gold bars were found with 48-year-old Abdur Razzak, who landed Dhaka at 1:30am on Saturday on Malaysian Airlines flight, said Customs Assistant Commissioner HM Ahsan Kabir. The gold bars were found after searching the body of Razzak, Customs Assistant Commissioner said to the reporters. He said they have seized five gold bars weighing 1 kg each and four weighing 100 grams each. The estimated market value of the confiscated gold is around Tk 27 ...

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Red carpet rolled out as PM arrived in Stockholm

red carpet

MNA National Desk: A red carpet was rolled out as Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina arrived in Stockholm on Wednesday night on a three‐day bilateral visit to the Scandinavian country. A Scandinavian Airlines flight carrying the prime minister and members of her entourage landed at Arlanda Airport in the Swedish capital at about 9:40pm (local time). Later, the Prime Minister was given a guard of honour by the Swedish armed forces. This is the first‐ever bilateral visit by any head of government or state of Bangladesh to Sweden. Sheikh Rehana, younger daughter of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, ...

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PM Sheikh Hasina flies to Sweden via London


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has left for Sweden via London on Tuesday for the first-ever bilateral visit. A VIP Biman Bangladesh flight left Dhaka with the prime minister and her delegation on Tuesday at 12:10pm. The flight is scheduled to arrive in London on Tuesday night. She will stopover in London for a day to spend time with family members. Her niece Tulip Siddiq has been re-elected MP in the British elections on Jun 8. This will be the first ever bilateral visit (June 15-16) by any head of state of Bangladesh to Sweden. The premier will ...

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Landslides in Rangamati, Bandarban kill 20


MNA National Desk: More than 20 people were killed in separate landslides in different area of Rangamati and Bandarban districts on Tuesday. Identities of all deceased could not be known immediately. Around 13 bodies were recovered at Rangamati, six at Bandarban and four people were found dead at Chittagong after the mudslides. Moreover, a man was killed as tree fell on him at Kaptai upazila of Rangamati and a young man went on missing in the River Karnaphul. Power outage occurs in several areas of Rangamati. Fire fighters and members of Civil Defence and other law enforcers are conducting rescue ...

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Eid advance train ticket sale begins

advance train

MNA National Desk: Bangladesh Railway has started selling advance train tickets on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr. Tickets for 21 June journeys are available on Monday. Each passenger will be able to buy a maximum of four tickets. Around 30,000 tickets are made available than the normal day sale of train tickets, said Railway sources. Tickets for 22 June will be available on Tuesday on the second day of sale while for 23 June on 14 June, for 24 June on 15 June and for 25 June on 16 June. Return tickets for June 28 will be available on June 19, ...

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Police cordon off militant hideout in Rajshahi, 12 held


MNA National Desk: The police detained 12 people including three alleged militants after cordoning off a suspected militant hideout at Dangapara village in Tanore upazila of Rajshahi early Monday. The three suspected militants identified as Ibrahim, 34, his sibling Israfil Alam, 26 and their brother in-law Robiul Islam, 35. The eight suspected militants along with four children surrendered after a team of counter-terrorism unit from Bogra along with Rajshahi district police conducted the drive, said Asaduzzaman, superintendent of police in Bogra. The law enforcers also recovered two suicide vests, a pistol, six rounds of bullets and a magazine from the ...

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PM’s visit to Sweden for first ever bilateral meeting

Australia today

MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will leave Dhaka for Sweden on Tuesday upon an invitation by her Swedish counterpart Stefan Löfven. Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali, in his Sunday press briefing said the Swedish prime minister has invited her for the visit. This will be the first ever bilateral visit (June 15-16) by any head of state of Bangladesh to Sweden. The premier will have a stopover in London, he told journalists in the morning. The Bangladesh PM will lead a high-power delegation including a 47-member high-level business delegation during the visit, the FM said. Sweden was one ...

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