The BNP-led 18-party opposition alliance financed Hefazat-e-Islam’s May 5 Dhaka-siege programme which had a target of ousting the Awami League-led government, a detained top leader of the Islamist group told a local court Tuesday following interrogation on remand. Hefazat-e-Islam secretary-general Junaid Babunagari, now in remand for interrogation about the massive violence during the anti-government programme, made the confessional statement before the court of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Harun-ur-Rashid. Court sources said he also confessed that the activists of Jamaat-Shibir and other opposition parties joined their Motijheel grand rally on May 5 and set fire to the vehicles and buildings,... more ›
Leaders of the main opposition party, BNP, Tuesday reiterated the call for restoration of the non-party caretaker government system to hold the next general election in a free and fair manner, without making any concrete comment on the ruling-party urge for placing proposal in parliament on the head of interim administration. “The next election must be held under a neutral caretaker government. No election is possible under partisan government. Everybody at home and abroad is saying that the election won’t be free and fair under party government,” said BNP Standing Committee Member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain. He made the remarks at a protest rally arranged by Barkatullah Bulu Mukti Sangram Parishad with Abul Hossain... more ›
A parliamentary watchdog Tuesday suggested that the government ban rallies or processions at different industrial belts, including Savar and downtown Motijheel, to save public as well as private property. The recommendation came following the recent humanitarian disaster with colossal damage of lives and property at Savar, a capital suburb that is home to hundreds of garment factories. The parliamentary standing committee on commerce ministry made the call at a meeting at Parliament Secretariat. “We asked commerce ministry to discuss home ministry the matter of slapping a ban on any form of rally or procession in the industrial zone,” said ABM Abul Qasem, chairman of the think-tank. Citing the committee’s logic, he... more ›
At least 10 garment workers were injured as the agitating workers locked into a clash with police over the sudden closure of a factory at Narsinghapur of Ashulia Tuesday morning. Witnesses said nearly 2,000 workers of ‘Meddler apparels’ at East Narsinghapur area reached their workplace at 8:00am in the morning and saw a closure notice hanging on the factory gate. Finding the factory closed, the workers flew into rage and tried to go inside the factory forcefully. But the law enforcers intercepted and forced them to stay back. The workers then took to the streets and blocked the busiest Bypile-Abdullahpur road. They pelted stones at moving vehicles and damaged several... more ›
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