DNCC polls: SC orders disposal of HC rule


MNA National Desk: The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Sunday ordered the High Court for expeditious disposal of its previous rule issued halting the by-election to the Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC). A four-member appeal bench, led by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, passed the order after disposal of the leave-to-appeal filed by Election Commission (EC) challenging the High Court order. EC lawyer Towhidul Islam said the Appellate Division assigned the HC bench, led by Justice Gobinda Chandra Tagore, for quick disposal of the rule. The process for holding the elections to Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) will ...

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PM Sheikh Hasina reaches Natore

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MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina reached Natore on Thursday morning to join the 6th Engineering Corps Reunion of Bangladesh Army at Engineer Centre and School of Military Engineering at Qadirabad Cantonment. An Air Force helicopter carrying the premier landed at the helipad of Qadirabad Cantonment here around 10:50 am. After attending the reunion, the prime minister will go to Rajshahi where she will open 21 development projects and lay foundation stones of 12 other schemes from Madrasa Moidan, reported news agency. Sheikh Hasina, also the Awami League president, will address a public meeting to be organized by the ...

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Bangabandhu Peshajibi League Leaders paid homage to the martyrs


MNA National Desk: Bangabandhu Peshajibi League Leaders paid their homage to the martyrs of the 1952 language movement with a heavy heart on Wednesday midnight at Shaheed Minar. Bangabandhu Peshajibi League founder president Dr. Sarker Md. Abul Kalam Azad, general secretary Sheikh Jamal Ahmed, party’s organization secretary Mainuddin Chowdhury Ferdous, assistant secretary Md. Masum Zahid Masud, assistant secretary Ferdous Rahman Rupok, assistant secretary Al-Mamun Titu, assistant secretary Kaushik Ahmed, assistant secretary Tusher Abdullah along with other senior leaders were present. Before paying homage, the leaders marched with a procession starting from Palashi More of Dhaka city. The day is also ...

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Appeal filed challenging Khaleda’s verdict

MNA National Desk: Counsels of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia filed an appeal petition challenging the verdict sentencing the former prime minister to five years of imprisonment in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case. The appeal plea was filed with a branch of High Court at about 3:00pm on Tuesday, said Khaleda Zia’s lawyer Barrister Kaysar Kamal. Earlier, the senior lawyers of Khaleda Zia hold meeting for several hours at the hall room of Supreme Court’s bar in the morning. Barrister Moudud Ahmed, Khandaker Mahbub Hossain, AJ Mohammad Ali, Abdur Rezak Khan, Barrister Mahbubuddin Khokon, Barrister Badruddoza Badal, Sanaullah Mia, Aminul Islam, ...

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PM hands over Ekushey Padak-2018

Ekushey Padak-2018

MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday distributed coveted Ekushey Padak-2018 among 21 eminent citizens for contributions to their respective fields. Prime Minister handed over the Ekushey Padak, the second highest civilian awards in Bangladesh, to the awardees at a function organised by Cultural Affairs Ministry at Osmani Memorial Auditorium. AZM Takiullah (posthumous) and Prof Dr Mirza Mazharul Islam got the award for their role in the language movement while Sheikh Sadi Khan, Sujoy Sham, Indra Mohan Rajbanshi, Khurshid Alam and Motiul Haque Khan won for music. Minu Haque and Humayun Faridi (posthumous) got the Padak for dance ...

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HC asks to complete trial of 139 prisoners by Aug 31


MNA National Desk: The High Court on Monday asked the authorities concerned to complete trials of 139 prisoners, who are kept in different jails without trial, by August 31. An High Court bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Shahidul Karim gave the suomoto order  as the matter of was brought to their attention by Supreme Court Legal Aide Panel lawyer Kumar Debul De. The court also asked to take departmental action against the investigation officers of the cases if trials are not completed within this time. Deputy Attorney General Farhad Ahmed and Assistant Attorney General Yusuf Mahbub Morshed ...

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BNP submits memorandum to DC office


MNA National Desk: BNP leaders and activists on Sunday submitted a memorandum, containing its demand to release the party Chairperson Khaleda Zia, to Dhaka’s Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Salah Uddin. BNP chairperson’s advisor Barrister Ziaur Rahman, Dhaka district unit BNP president Dewan Mohammad Salahuddin and numbers of party leaders and activists of the unit submitted the memorandum to the DC at noon. Later, BNP leaders and activists staged a demonstration in front of the DC office, and chanted various slogans demanding Khaleda’s release. Earlier, several hundred BNP leaders and activists gathered near Victoria Park from 10:00am amid the presence of huge ...

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Bangladesh Manobadhikar Bastobayon Shongstha meets the press

Manobadhikar Bastobayon Shongstha

MNA National Desk: Bangladesh Manobadhikar Bastobayon Shongstha arranged an opinion exchange program ‘Meet the Press’ with the journalists of prominent national print and electronic media today 18th February, 2018 at 11:30 this morning at its office. Chairman of the organization Advocate Sigma Huda was present as the chief guest. General Secretary Advocate Jahanara Begum, National committee member former additional district judge Tarique Haider and executive director Mostofa Sohel was also present in this program. They raised their concern over declining human rights situation on Bangladesh based on the information published in the national dailies during 2017. According to their findings, ...

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UN expects fair polls in Bangladesh


MNA National Desk: The United Nations has expressed the hope that a favourable climate will be created in Bangladesh to hold a free and fair election. “…like in any country, this is our principal position that a climate could be created where free and fair elections could take place,” Spokesman for the Secretary-General Stephane Dujarric told reporters in a regular briefing at the UN headquarters on Friday, reported news agency. He said they are following the situation in Bangladesh very closely. “We’ve expressed our concern.” On Wednesday, a European Parliamentary delegation hoped that the political environment in Bangladesh will become ...

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BNP begins signature campaign

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MNA National Desk: The BNP has started mass signature campaign demanding release of its chairperson Khaleda Zia. BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir inaugurated its pre-scheduled programme around 11am on Saturday at party’s Nayapaltan office in the capital. On Thursday, BNP announced fresh agitation programmes which included conducting mass signature campaigns across the country today, submitting memorandums to all deputy commissioners on Sunday and staging demonstrations in all district towns and metropolitan cities, except for Dhaka, on Tuesday. The BNP chief was sent to jail on February 8 after a special court in Dhaka had sentenced her to five ...

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BNP announces fresh protests


MNA National Desk: The BNP has chalked out fresh programmes to press for the release of its chairperson Khaleda Zia. The protests will be held on Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday, BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said at a press conference on Thursday. Khaleda, a three-time prime minister, is serving a five-year jail term after a Dhaka court convicted her on Feb 8 in a graft case involving the Zia Orphanage Trust. BNP will launch a mass signature campaign on February 17. The party will submit a memorandum to the deputy commissioner on February 18 and hold protest programmes ...

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PM reaches Abu Dhabi on way to home

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MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina reached Abu Dhabi on Thursday morning from Rome concluding her four-day official visit to Italy and Vatican City. An Ethihad flight carrying the premier and her entourage landed at Abu Dhabi International Airport, PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim said. Bangladesh Ambassador to UAE Mohammad Imran and senior officials received her at the airport. Earlier, Bangladesh Ambassador to Italy Abdus Sobhan Sikder saw the prime minister off at Fiumicino Airport in Rome last night. In Italy, the premier attended the annual governing council meeting of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) at the ...

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Tarique involved in Bangladesh mission attack : Obaidul


MNA National Desk: The road, transport and bridges minister today claimed that BNP senior vice chairman Tarique Rahman, who is now in England, was involved in Wednesday’s attack on Bangladesh High Commission office in London. The government has taken legal measures against those involved in the attack and has also taken steps to bring them back, Obaidul Quader said while inaugurating a gate on Cox’s Bazar-Teknaf highway today. The attack took place in London a day before a lower court verdict in Dhaka against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in a corruption case. A special court on that day (February 8) ...

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PM off to Rome to attend IFAD meeting


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina left country for Rome on Sunday morning on a four-day official visit to Italy and Vatican City. The PM will also join the upcoming meeting of the Rome-based International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) as one of its keynote speakers at the invitation of IFAD president Gilbert F Houngbo. An Emirates flight carrying the premier and her entourage members departed Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport for the Italian capital at 10am. Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu, Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed, Minister for Road Transport and Bridges Obidul Kader, Chief Whip ASM Firoz and chiefs ...

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Police foils BNP procession, several held


MNA National Desk: BNP leaders and activists brought out a procession from Purana Paltan area in the city on Saturday in protest against the imprisonment of their Chairperson Khaleda Zia in a graft case. The BNP men brought out the rally from opposite to Kakrail Mosque area around 1:20 pm chanting slogans for the release of their leader. The law enforcers charged batons on the rally and detained several BNP activists from the procession. The BNP men brought out the rally as part of their 2-day protest programme against Khaleda’s conviction. Earlier on Friday, they staged demonstrations across the country ...

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Khaleda lawyers demand division for her


MNA National Desk: BNP joint secretary general Barrister Mahbub Uddin Khokon on Friday said a team of BNP lawyers went to the old central jail at Nazimuddin Road in the city in the evening for submitting an application to the jail authorities, seeking division for the BNP chief. However, the jail authorities did not meet them to receive it although they waited for nearly two hours at the jail gate. Earlier, Khaleda was taken to the old central jail after a special court sentenced her to five years’ imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case. Talking to reporters at ...

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Asaduzzaman Miah visits HC area

Asaduzzaman Miah

MNA National Desk: Dhaka Metropolitan Police Commissioner Asaduzzaman Miah visited High Court area on Thursday morning. “Huge number of law enforcers have been deployed at all the points of the capital. No tension, be relaxed,” the DMP boss assured this to his fellows while visiting the HC area around 8:20am Zia Orphanage Trust graft case accused Kazi Salimul Haque Kamal and businessman Sharfuddin Ahmed have already been taken to Bakshibazar makeshift court. Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) forces have been deployed in different districts of the country including Dhaka since Wednesday night, ahead of verdict. Earlier, BNP alleged that most of ...

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Khaleda verdict: Security tightened across country


MNA National Desk: Security measures have been beefed up across the country including the capital Dhaka centring the verdict of Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia. The former prime minister and five others, including her son Tarique Rahman stand accused of embezzling Tk 21 million in foreign donation meant for the Zia Orphanage Trust. As part of the security measures, close circuit cameras have been installed at different strategic points across the capital. The law enforcers have also set up checkposts at all the entry points of Dhaka to monitor movement of Dhaka-bound people. Inspector General ...

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Police ban all kinds of gatherings on Thursday

MNA National Desk: As tensions rise on the political scene over BNP chief Khaleda Zia’s graft case, police in Dhaka have prohibited all kinds of gatherings, processions and rallies on Thursday, when the court is scheduled to deliver its verdict. On Tuesday, the Dhaka Metropolitan Police issued a ‘special notice’, where it said any kind of gathering will be prohibited from 4am that day until further notice. It also said any kind of demonstration or procession hindering traffic or obstructing public movement will not be allowed. Carrying any kind of sticks, knives or any other sharp weapon and explosives or ...

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Wall collapse kills one at Shahjalal Airport


MNA National Desk: A day labourer died and some others were injured when a portion of a boundary wall of the Customs office at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the capital collapsed on them on Tuesday morning. The dead was identified as Mostafa. The injured were taken to Bangladesh Medical College where the on-duty doctors declared Mostafa dead. Airport Police Station OC Noor-e-Azam said some workers were wounded as a portion of wall collapsed around 10:45am while construction of a drainage line got underway. Fire Service duty officer Ataur Rahman said being informed, five fire fighting units rushed to the ...

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Switzerland President arrives in Dhaka

Switzerland President

MNA National Desk: Switzerland President Alain Berset has arrived in Dhaka for a tour of the Rohingya refugee camps in the first visit by a Swiss head of state to Bangladesh. Berset was met by his Bangladeshi counterpart President Md Abdul Hamid after arriving at Dhaka’s Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 1:23pm on Sunday. The Swiss president will also engage in bilateral talks during his four-day visit to Bangladesh. On Mar 13, 1972 Switzerland recognised Bangladesh and established diplomatic relations with the country. Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali will meet the Swiss President at Sonargaon Hotel at 6:00pm on Sunday. ...

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CJ Syed Mahmud Hossain joins office

Syed Mahmud

MNA National Desk: Newly appointed Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain has started his first day at work on Sunday. A team of law officials led by Acting registrar of Supreme Court Jakir Hossain accorded reception to the 22nd chief justice of Bangladesh with flower bouquets at about 8:15am. Earlier on Saturday, he was sworn in as Chief Justice at Bangabhaban. President Abdul Hamid administered the oath taking ceremony. Mahmud Hossain was appointed Chief Justice barely three months after Surendra Kumar Sinha resigned from the post. Hours after the announcement of the new CJ on Friday, Justice Abdul Wahhab Miah, the ...

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New Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain Swears In

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MNA National Desk: President Md Abdul Hamid has sworn in Syed Mahmud Hossain as the 22nd chief justice of the Supreme Court. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, senior members of her cabinet, top judges and lawyers of the Supreme Court, among others, were present at the oath-taking ceremony that started at the Bangabhaban at 7pm on Saturday. Hours after the president signed the appointment letter of Justice Hossain on Friday, Justice Md Abdul Wahhab Miah, who had been performing the duty of the chief justice for around four months, stepped down. Justice Miah cited ‘unavoidable personal reasons’ for his resignation 10 ...

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BNP executive committee meeting begins


MNA National Desk: BNP national executive committee’s daylong meeting started at Hotel Le Meridian on Saturday morning with its chairperson Khaleda Zia in chair. The inaugural session of meeting started at 11:05 am where a condolence motion was adopted for the eminent personalities and party activists who have died recently. The BNP leaders and activists observed a one-minute silence to show respect to them. Organizational report will be placed by the party’s Secretary General at this session and the BNP chief is expected to give fresh directive to her party leaders and activists about the party’s next course of action, ...

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Syed Mahmud Hossain made new CJ

Syed Mahmud

MNA National Desk: Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain has been appointed as the 22nd chief justice of Bangladesh. President Md Abdul Hamid cleared his appointment on Friday, said the Bangabhaban spokesperson. The office of the chief justice fell vacant after Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha resigned in November last year following his leave on health grounds the previous month. Justice Md Abdul Wahhab Miah, the most senior judge of the Appellate Division, has been performing functions as the CJ since early October. Meanwhile, senior judge of the Supreme Court’s Appellate Division Abdul Wahhab Miah resigned on Friday, officials concerned confirmed. His resignation ...

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Zero tolerance to militant activities: New IGP

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MNA National Desk: Newly-appointed Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dr Javed Patwary on Thursday warned that they will show zero tolerance to militant activities and drug abuse. “The law enforcing agency will go ahead in a planned way to keep the law-and-order situation under control aiming to implement of government’s Vision 2021 and Vision 2041,” the IGP said while talking to reporters at the Police Headquarters. Terming the journalists as co-warriors of the police, he thanked both the print and electronic media for raising awareness against militancy across the country.  “There are no fixed working hours for police. But sometimes ...

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BNP leader Gayeshwar arrested


MNA National Desk: Police last night arrested two BNP leaders, including its Standing Committee Member Gayeshwar Chandra Roy, police said. He was arrested around 9:30pm from in front of Police Plaza on charges of “plotting” an attack on policemen near the Supreme Court and snatching two party activists from a prison van, said Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia. Meanwhile, BNP’s Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi alleged that he was arrested as part of government’s ‘dangerous and evil design’. The BNP leader demanded the government immediately release Gayeshwar and stop arresting and harassing BNP leaders. Earlier in ...

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