The much-talked-about abduction of environment activist Rizwana Hasan’s husband Abu Bakar Siddique and his release 33 hours later remain shrouded in mystery. A question has been raised as to why he was abducted and released without fulfilling any objective by the abductors. The investigation officers (IO) concerned and crime experts doubted authenticity of the statement made by Abu Bakar at Dhanmondi police station shortly after his release. Abu Bakar claimed he was left by abductors in the Ansar Kamp area in Mirpur at around 11:30 on Thursday night. He said the abductors gave him Tk 300 to... more ›
The ICT prosecution is likely to bring in the middle of next month formal charges against Jamaat-e-Islami for its alleged involvement in wartime crimes in 1971. On March 27 this year, the investigation agency of the International Crimes Tribunal submitted its report to the prosecution. Now it is the turn of the prosecution to bring formal charge against Jamaat before the tribunal. A reliable source said that the prosecution is now examining the investigation report and gathering more information to be ready to submit the formal charge against the party. Legal experts said the International Crimes Tribunal which is entrusted with trying individuals, parties and organisations for war crimes is likely to... more ›
Businessman Abu Bakar Siddique, husband of environmental lawyer Syeda Rizwana Hasan, is fortunate in that he was rescued unhurt rather rapidly, but the fate of others abducted for ransom amid an upturn in the crime still remains shrouded in mystery. The recent spate of kidnaps one after another for a king’s ransom by organised gangsters has triggered panic among people, mostly traders and political figures, in the capital and on its outskirts. Criminals abduct their targets to realise a hefty amount of money as ransom from the victims’ families. On any occasions, they do not hesitate to kill the victims after failing to extort the money. But in most cases, kidnappers... more ›
BHATGAON (Chhattisgar): Indian Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Friday launched another scathing attack on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), saying that the saffron party’s acts were threatening the democratic fabric of the country. Addressing a rally at Bhatgaon town in Sarguja Lok Sabha constituency, she said: “The BJP is crossing all the limits to capture power in this election. Their behaviour is extremely dangerous for the democratic set-up in our country. Elections will come and go, but the way they are doing things and lying to the people of this country, will hamper democracy.” Without naming BJP’s prime... more ›
As foreign-aided projects perennially limp along for reasons that include hurdles in banking facilities, the IMF came forward to ease the procedures of a granting bank guarantee in foreign currency through relaxing the central bank’s control on this monetary regime. Now the authorised dealer (AD) banks can issue guarantee in foreign currency against procurement tenders for projects funded by foreign financiers without prior approval from the Bangladesh Bank (BB) authority. The central bank issued a circular Wednesday to give over the authority to the dealer banks themselves aiming to expedite implementation of the projects. Earlier, obtaining prior approval from Bangladesh Bank was mandatory for the AD banks to facilitate procurement... more ›
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