Death row convict Mufti Hannan to seek clemency


MNA National Desk: Death row convict Mufti Abdul Hannan, the chief of banned Islamist outfit Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami (Huji), on Wednesday said he would seek presidential clemency. “Hannan has told us that he will file the petition seeking presidential clemency with due process through his lawyer,” jail superintendent Mizanur Rahmam told media. Mufti Hannan said he would file mercy petition to the president after the copy of the verdict was read out to him at around 10:15am, he added. Earlier, on 19 March, the appellate division of the Supreme Court upheld the death penalty of three HuJi men, including its chief ...

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By-election voting to Sundarganj constituency in Gaibandha underway


MNA National Desk: Voting in the by-election to Gaibandha-1 constituency, which fell vacant following the murder of ruling MP Manzurul Islam Liton, is underway. The Awami League lawmaker was shot dead at his home on 31 December. A total of seven candidates are contesting in the by-election where the balloting started at 8:00am and will continue till 4:00pm. A total of 333,381 voters will exercise their franchise in the by‐election. Sufficient measures have been taken to ensure tight security in the area, said Gaibandha police superintendent. About 27 mobile teams of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), seven platoons of Border Guard ...

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ICT finalized probe report on Pakistani ex-captain’s war crimes


MNA National Desk: The International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) finalized its investigation report on war crimes accused retired Pakistani army captain Mohammad Shahidullah. “We have found his involvement in crimes like murder, confinement, torture and looting,” Mohammad Abdul Hannan, coordinator of the agency told media at a press briefing. “He was posted in West Pakistan and on leave at his home when the war broke out. Shahidullah reported to duty at Dhaka cantonment for the occupation army. Later he was sent to Comilla cantonment. He had set up a camp in his area Daudkandi along with his men and carried out ...

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SC releases Mufti Hannan’s review verdict, sent to jail


MNA National Desk: The Supreme Court issued the copy of the review verdict that upheld the death sentence of Harkat-ul-Jihad (Huji) chief Mufti Abdul Hannan and two others in a case filed over the grenade attack on ex-British envoy. Copies of the verdict will be sent to the prison authorities on Tuesday via the High Court and the trial court. The copy of the full verdict was released after it was signed all the three members of the Appellate Division bench, headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, said SC additional registrar Sabbir Foyez while talking to reporters. Mufti Hannan’s ...

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Main suspected killer detained over Dinajpur ‘Pir’ murder

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MNA National Desk: Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) has detained the main suspected killer of Dinajpur ‘Pir’ Farhad Hossain Chowdhury and his female follower at a shrine in Bochaganj upazila. RAB-13 on Monday morning informed that they have detained Shafiqul Islam, 20, one of the followers of the slain ‘Pir’. However, on 15 March, police arrested three people in connection with the killing from Kurigram and Dinajpur. Earlier, the spiritual leader Farhad Hossain Chowdhury, of Doula village, and his female follower Rupali Begum, were shot to death and slaughtered by miscreants at a shrine at Hatrampur in Bochaganj upazila of Dinajpur ...

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3 fraudsters detained with fake visas, passports


MNA National Desk: The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) has detained three fraudsters with fake passports, visas and air tickets from Sayedabad in Dhaka. According to the RAB source, on Monday morning the elite forces also seized a large quantity of fake passports, visas and aeroplane tickets making materials from them. A team of RAB-10 carried out a drive arrested them along with fake passports, fake visas and passport-making materials and fake air tickets. Yet the identities of the three fraudsters not published by the RAB. However, the details of the drive and arrest will be revealed at a press briefing ...

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SC upheld death penalty of Mufti Hannan

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MNA National Desk: Supreme Court upheld death penalty of Mufti Hannan, Harkat-ul-Jihad (HuJI) leader, 2 others in a case filed over grenade attack on former British High Commissioner Anwar Choudhury. The SC scrapped petitions by the militant leader and two others to review the Appellate Division’s verdict upholding their death sentences on Sunday. A three-member bench of the Appellate Division led by chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha passed the order after dismissing the review appeal of the HuJi chief. Two people were killed and the then British High Commissioner to Bangladesh Anwar Choudhury was among about 70 injured in the ...

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PM asks AL activists to help capture militants


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has asked the activists of the Awami League to help capture the militants by informing the law-enforcing agencies. “Militancy and terrorism won’t be allowed in Bangladesh. We must maintain our tough stance against those,” Prime Minister told a discussion organized by party’s central committee on the occasion of 98th birthday of the father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on Saturday. “Bangabandhu dreamt of establishing Bangladesh as Switzerland of the East. We want to materialize the dream of Bangabandhu when the nation would celebrate the birth centenary of the great leader in ...

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Bombs found from Khilgaon check post attacker body

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MNA National Desk: Three bombs and a suicide vest have been recovered from the bag of the man who tried to attack on the check post of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in the city’s Khilgaon area. Earlier in the day, RAB gunned down the attacker when he was trying to attack their check post in Shekher Jaiga area of the city’s Khilgaon around 4:30am. The attacker riding a motorcycle made the attack on the RAB-3 check post with explosives which also left two members of the elite force injured. It seems that three bullets hit the person’s chest and exited ...

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Bank employee hacked to death by former husband

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MNA National Desk: A woman has been allegedly hacked to death by her former husband in broad day light at street in the city’s Central Road area on Thursday morning. Ariful Nesa Arifa, who worked at the Purana Paltan Branch of Jamuna Bank, was attacked with a sharp weapon by her former husband Robin, family source said. Both Arifa and Robin hailed from Jamalpur and got married four years ago. But the conjugal life ended six months ago. Since then, she lived on the Central Road with her mother. Nonetheless, after giving repeated threats to life, Robin finally attacked her ...

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Bangabandhu’s 98th birthday being celebrated countrywide

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MNA National Desk: The 98th birthday of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman is being celebrated across the country today (Friday) with due respect. The day that is being observed as the National Children’s Day is also a public holiday. Meanwhile, President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have issued separate messages marking the day. Besides, the ruling Awami League, its associate bodies and different socio-cultural and political organizations chalked out elaborate programs to mark the day in a befitting manner across the country. On March 17 in 1920, the architect of the nation was born in ...

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DU counter demonstration against Home Economics students


MNA National Desk: Dhaka University students today started protests against the illogical demand of the affiliate institute of Home Economics students. Dhaka University students went on a sit-in near the vice-chancellor’s residence this morning in protest. The students said the protests at the New Market thoroughfare are causing public sufferings. Around 500 students also held a human chain to protest inside their campus, several hundred yards away from the Home Economics students’ demonstration. Meanwhile, traders of Gausia and Dhanmondi Hawkers’ Market have taken out a procession and demonstrated against the Home Economics students. The students have blocked the New Market ...

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Police raided 2 militant dens at Sitakunda upazila

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MNA National Desk: Police found two militant dens at Sitakunda upazila in Chittagong on Wednesday. Sitakunda police raided a house in Madhyam Mahadebpur village in the upazila. Sensing the presence of police, the militants staying at the house hurled three grenades at them, prompting them to swing into action around 3 pm. Later, the police team entered the house and took into custody a couple named Jashim and his wife Arjina and their two-month-old baby. The team also raided another militant hideout in Premtala area, one kilometer away from the Mahadebpur house in the upazila. Law enforcement members also recovered ...

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Police detained a Pir over Dinajpur Pir murder


MNA National Desk: Police have detained a Pir, from Kurigram’s Bhurungamari Upazila in connection with the murder of another Pir in Bochaganj of Dinajpur. The arrestee Eshaq Ali, 57, was picked up from his house at Dakkhin Pathordubi of the upazila around 3am Wednesday. Earlier on Monday evening, the religious group leader Farhad Hossain Chowdhury, 55, son of Aminul Islam Chowdhury of Doula village, and one of his female disciples Rupali Begum, 20, daughter of Hoser Ali of Madhabpur village, were shot to death and slaughtered by miscreants at a ‘shrine’. Farhad Hossain’s relatives said he was involved with the ...

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2 weeks more to finalize lower court judges’ conduct rules


MNA National Desk: The Supreme Court on Tuesday extended the time by two weeks for issuing a gazette notification for the government on the disciplinary and conduct rules for lower court judges. A SC bench, led by chief justice SK Sinha, passed the order following a time-petition filed by attorney general Mahbubey Alam, reported news agency. The lower judiciary was officially separated in November 2007 but the disciplinary rules for lower court judges are yet to be formulated. The law ministry on 7 May 2015 sent the draft of the rules to the Supreme Court which is similar to the ...

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11 cases hearing postponed after Khaleda’s sudden sickness

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MNA National Desk: A Dhaka court has postponed the hearing of 11 cases of sedition and inciting violence against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia after sudden sickness. “She has suddenly fallen ill, so we have petitioned for more time,” Khaleda Zia’s representative Advocate Sanaullah Miah told to media. Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge Kamrul Hossain Mollah granted the petition, postponing the hearings to Mar 28. The court also asked Khaleda to appear before it on 28 March in 11 cases including a sedition case, otherwise the court will cancel her bail. Of the 11 cases, eight cases of inciting violence were filed ...

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HC stayed fee hike of Viqarunnisa for one year


MNA National Desk: The High Court (HC) on Monday has stayed a decision of fee hike imposed by the ad hoc committee running Viqarunnisa Noon School and College for one year. It has also issued a rule asking why the ad hoc committee running the educational institution in Dhaka will not be declared illegal and unconstitutional. The education secretary, Chairman of Dhaka Education Board and eight others have been asked to reply within the next four weeks. The High Court bench of justices Zinat Ara and Kazi Md. Ejarul Haque Akondo issued the order after hearing a petition on today. ...

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One killed as flyover girder collapse in Malibagh


MNA National Desk: A man was killed and two others were injured when a concrete girder of a under construction flyover at the Dhaka’s Malibagh area collapsed on him early Monday. The deceased is Swapan, in his forties, a resident of Pakundia upazila in Kishorganj. The injured are Palash, 30, a construction engineer, and Nurunnabi, around 40 years. Ramna Police Officer-in-charge Moshiur Rahman said the girder suddenly slipped while it was lifted by a crane around 2:30am. Four fire-fighting units worked whole night to clean the rubble and later at 6:00am the vehicular movement resumed around the area, Nazrul Islam ...

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Appeal verdict over Rajon murder case on 11 April


MNA National Desk: The High Court will deliver its verdict on 11 April on the death reference and appeals in a case filed over the killing of 13-year old boy Rajon in Sylhet in 2015. The HC bench of Justice Jahangir Hossain and Justice Md Jahangir Hossain on Sunday set the date after hearing arguments from the counsels on the death reference and appeals. Deputy Attorney General Jahirul Haque Jahir represented the state and lawyers S M Abul Hossain, Belayet Hossain, Md Shahriar and Shahid Uddin Chowdhury stood for the condemned convicts. On 8 July, 2015, Sheikh Samiul Alam Rajon, ...

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BGMEA gets 6 months to demolish its building

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MNA National Desk: The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Sunday ordered Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEAdemolish) to demolish its building in the next six months. A three-member bench, headed by the chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, handed down the verdict. Earlier on 8 November, the 35-page verdict to demolish the BGMEA building was published on the Supreme Court website. On 2 June, the Appellate Division of the SC upheld a High Court order for demolishing the BGMEA building as it was constructed illegally. Earlier, on 8 March, BGMEA filed a petition with the Supreme Court seeking ...

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HC rejects Khaleda Zia’s petition for re-investigation


MNA National Desk: The High Court on Thursday rejected BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s petition seeking an order for re-investigation in Zia Orphanage Trust case. The bench of justice M Enayetur Rahim and justice Shahidul Karim passed the order after a hearing on the petition. On 7 February, Khaleda Zia filed a petition before the court seeking reinvestigation into the case. Earlier, on Wednesday, the HC ordered the transfer of the case of Zia Orphanage Trust graft to Dhaka Senior Special The ACC filed the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on 3 July, 2008 with Ramna Police Station accusing Khaleda Zia, ...

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Hanging body of Eden college student found in reading room


MNA National Desk: Police recovered hanging body of a student at the reading room of a student residence in Dhaka’s Eden Girls’ College on Thursday morning. The deceased is Jannatul Ferdous Jibon, 20. She was a student of year III in the Department of Chemistry of the college. Jibon used to live at Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa student’s hall of the college. Being informed by Jibon’s fellows, police went to the spot and recovered her body. The SI said the body was sent to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) for autopsy. The police official said the autopsy report will say whether ...

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New Executive Committee of BOMA Formed


MNA National Desk: New Executive Committee of Bangladesh Online Media Association (BOMA) has been formed. A committee of 23 members was formed with the consent of all present members for the period of 2016-2018. Jayanta Acharya as President and Shariful Islam Khan as General Secretary was selected for the next 2-years term. BOMA arranged a general meeting at Yan Tun Chinese and Thai Restaurant of the capital at 4:30pm on Mar 07, 2017 to select their new Executive Committee along with other agenda. President of the association Jayanta Acharya presided over while General Secretary Shariful Islam Khan conducted the meeting. ...

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Ex-AL MP Iqbal’s family members sent to jail on surrender


MNA National Desk: A Dhaka court today sent the wife of former Awami League lawmaker Dr HBM Iqbal, his two sons and a daughter to jail on surrender in a corruption case. Dhaka Special Court-1 Judge Ataur Rahman issued the order on Wednesday. Earlier the accused surrendered before the court and filed bail petitions. However, rejecting the bail plea, the judge sent the former lawmaker’s family to jail. On 11 March, 2008, the court sentenced three years imprisonment to the four accused and fined them TK 1lakh in the graft case filed for amassing wealth and concealing information in his ...

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International Women’s Day being observed nationwide


MNA National Desk: International Women’s Day is being observed today (Wednesday) nationwide as elsewhere in the world with a call to take action for accelerating gender parity in every sphere of society. The Ministry for Women and Children Affairs of Bangladesh has chalked out elaborate programmes on the occasion to create mass awareness to ensure dignified life for womenfolk through establishing their rights. President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in separate messages on the eve of the day urged all to work together for ensuring women empowerment, their equal rights and opportunities. The successful participation of women in ...

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HC summons WASA MD, DSCC official over manhole death


MNA National Desk: The High Court on Tuesday summoned the Managing Director of Dhaka Water Supply & Sewerage Authority (WASA) and chief executive officer of Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) to appear before it in connection with the death of a man falling into an open manhole. A High Court division bench comprising Justice Quazi Reza-Ul Hoque and Justice Mohammad Ullah passed the order asking them to appear before the court on March 19 to submit their explanations. The court passed the order on suo-moto, taking a newspaper report on the sad incident. It also issued a rule asking as ...

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Case filed over Tongi prison van attack carrying Mufti Hannan

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MNA National Desk: A case has been filed with Tongi police station in Gazipur over a crude bomb attack on the prison van carrying Mufti Hannan, chief of the banned militant outfit Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami (Huji), and his associates on Monday. Police on Monday night filed the case under the anti-terrorism act against Mostafa Kamal, 22, was detained from the spot along with a bag containing two patrol bombs, two sound grenades, two crude bombs and two machetes, and around five others. The arrested youth reportedly confessed to police that he exploded the bombs targeting the prison van in exchange for ...

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