Several hundred men and women formed a human-chain defying torrential rain in front of national Press Club in Dhaka on June 30. Their banner was inscribed with ‘Neo-godfather, people’s enemy, former state minister Mujibur Rahman Fakir and his cohorts shall have to be arrested’. All those who participated in the human-chain were from Gouripur upazila of Mymensigh or hailing from Gouripur now residing in Dhaka. Many of them were leaders, activists, supporters of Awami League and its various front organizations. One of the organizers of the programme, Bangabandhu Foundation central committee joint convener and Awami Sangskritik Jote central vice... more ›
A Dhaka court on Tuesday indicted BNP Standing Committee members Barrister Moudud Ahmed, Mirza Abbas and Gayeshwar Chandra Roy and 38 leaders and activists of the BNP-led 20-party alliance for torching vehicles and assaulting police in the capital’s Nayapaltan last year. Metropolitan Magistrate Tareq Moinul Islam Bhuiyan framed the charges against the accused and fixed October 12 for starting trial in the case filed for torching vehicles and assaulting police. Moudud, Mirza Abbas, Gayeshwar and 18 other accused appeared before the court on Tuesday. They pleaded not guilty and demanded justice after the court read out charges against them. The indicted leaders include BNP Vice-president Abdullah Al Noman, Joint Secretary General Barkatullah... more ›
Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) members recovered another cache of huge arms and ammunition from Satchhari reserve forest that straddles Indo-Bangla border in Chunarughat upazila under Habiganj from Friday to Tuesday. But the lawmen signally failed to arrest anyone in this connection. This was the third biggest haul of arms from the forest, some 130 kilometres off the capital, bordering Tripura state of neighbouring India. Earlier on June 3 and 9, a huge haul of arms, rocket shells, rocket launchers and bullets were recovered from the hot spot. On Tuesday, the seized weapons were presented before journalists... more ›
Water resources minister Anisul Islam Mahmud on Tuesday told parliament that the framework for interim Teesta water-sharing deal between Bangladesh and India has been finalised. “The framework for an interim deal on Teesta water sharing has been finalised as per the directives of the prime ministers of two countries,” he said in reply to a question from lawmaker M Abdul Latif of Chittagong-11 constituency. The minister told the House that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina during her visit to India in January in 2010 urged immediate decision on Teesta water-sharing deal to reduce public sufferings during dry season. He also said that the government is trying to complete signing of Teesta... more ›
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s interior minister Tuesday slammed violent anti-government protests as a “revolt against the state” as lawmakers backed beleaguered Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Parliament met for an emergency session after three days of clashes between police and club-wielding demonstrators demanding Sharif’s resignation, which have left three dead and nearly 500 injured. Sharif has resisted calls for him to go but protest leaders Imran Khan and Tahir-ul-Qadri have refused to back down, raising political tensions to fever pitch. Violence erupted on Saturday when Khan and Qadri ordered their followers to storm the prime minister’s official residence, with protesters throwing rocks at police who responded with tear gas and rubber bullets. There were... more ›
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