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Khaleda 'fugitive'

Khaleda 'fugitive'

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has lost her right to defend herself in the two corruption cases for now, as a Dhaka court has declared her a fugitive in the cases. "She can contest the cases if she surrenders to the court in future," Judge Abu Ahmed Jamadar of the Special Judge Court-3 said in a packed courtroom yesterday. On February 25, Khaleda's counsels were not allowed to participate in the trial proceedings to defend her as the court cancelled her bail on the day and issued arrest warrants in the...

Khaleda wants to be in prison: PM

Khaleda wants to be in prison: PM

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia wants to be in jail to avoid the public wrath following the recent violence and to get coverage in international media and sympathy from foreigners, said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in parliament yesterday. Alleging that Khaleda does not abide by court orders, law, rules and the constitution, Hasina yesterday said...

Hunt or be haunted

Hunt or be haunted

When most of the Tiger's fans will wake up this morning and pick up this newspaper, their beloved team will have already played out half of their game against Scotland. Whether the fans will be left smiling or seething at the close of the first innings, it's safe to say that the Tigers'...

Of a 'crazy'man, 2.5 katha land

Of a 'crazy'man, 2.5 katha land

Habibur Rahman Jewel, 45, has developed a symbiotic relationship with his birthplace. It is a small 2.5 katha plot in the capital's Gendaria where an old, tin-shed house once stood. What remains of it now are piles of dust, brick chunks and rubble all around. His family had deserted it a good six years...

Govt to purchase 10 vessels

The government is going to purchase 10 ships from China and Italy at a cost of Tk 2,777 crore under state arrangement. Of the ships, four will be bought from Italy at a cost of Tk 965 crore to improve naval capability of Bangladesh Coast Guard. Six other ships will be purchased from China National Machinery Import & Export Corporation (CMC) for Bangladesh Shipping Corporation (BSC) at a cost of Tk 1,812 crore. The cabinet committee on purchase yesterday approved two separate...

Kamaruzzaman to file review petition today

Condemned war criminal Muhammad Kamaruzzaman will file a review petition with the Supreme Court today, the last day of lodging the petition, against its verdict that upheld his death penalty for his crimes against humanity in 1971. His lawyer advocate Shishir Manir said after he along with four other solicitors held a meeting with Kamaruzzaman at Dhaka Central Jail yesterday morning. A convicted war criminal can seek review of the verdict on the appeal in 15 days since receiving the certified...

Top Quote!

Top Quote!

  “Launch a combing operation at that house [Khaleda Zia's Gulshan office]. All the terrorists and militants are staying there.”   Disaster Management Minister Mofazzal H Chowdhury Maya in a meeting of city Awami League

Published Date: March 4, 2015
Khaleda won't go to court

Khaleda won't go to court

Despite two arrest warrants against her, Khaleda Zia will not surrender before court today to seek bail in two graft cases, BNP sources and one of her lawyers said yesterday. Speculations have been rife that the BNP chief might be arrested anytime since the court trying the two cases issued the warrants last week. They grew intense yesterday as the case proceedings are set to resume today. The BNP chairperson is determined not to leave her Gulshan office where she has been staying for two months now. She would not surrender before the court “come what may,” said the party sources. "She will not go to the court tomorrow [today] on security...

Published Date: March 4, 2015
Chance to rectify mistakes

Chance to rectify mistakes

Cricket fans across the country will have to make some serious adjustments to their Thursday morning's wake-up call if they are unwilling to miss the Tigers in action against Scotland. With the match beginning as early as 4 am (Bangladesh time) at the Saxton Oval in Nelson, a crucial phase may be done and...

Published Date: March 4, 2015
FBI team likely to arrive this week

FBI team likely to arrive this week

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) officials are likely to visit Dhaka this week to help in the Avijit murder investigation, according to a senior police official. A day after the fatal attack on writer-blogger Avijit Roy, a Bangladeshi-born American citizen, the US Department of State said Washington was ready to assist the investigation, if sought. Dhaka later decided to seek FBI's assistance. Meanwhile, Avijit's wife Rafida Ahmed Bonya, who sustained critical injuries in the attack, was flown back to US last night. She too is an American citizen. Contacted, her father-in-law Prof Ajoy Roy said the US embassy in Dhaka took the responsibility of her going back to the United States. “Her health...