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Death for death designer

Death for death designer

He did whatever he could to stop the nation's birth. He led a ruthless militia to massacre unarmed civilians during the 1971 Liberation War. Motiur Rahman Nizami didn't stop there. Towards the end of the war, he, aided by the Pakistan army, unleashed his force, Al-Badr Bahini, to wipe out the brightest sons and...

Operated like Gestapo

Operated like Gestapo

Few of them returned home. Many of their bodies could not even be traced. Most of the corpses that were found at different killing sites in Dhaka were mutilated beyond recognition. They were among the brightest sons and daughters of the soil -- all pro-liberation people including professors, journalists, litterateurs and doctors. They were massacred...

Islam misused deliberately

Jamaat and its the then student wing Islami Chhatra Sangha had misused the religion and worked against the sanctions of the Holy Quran and Hadiths by committing crimes against humanity during the Liberation War in 1971, the International Crimes Tribunal-1 said. Jamaat-e-Islami's notorious student wing was renamed Islami Chhatra Shibir after the war. The two had functioned as “communal” as well as “criminal” organisations to implement the plan and design of the Pakistan army, which resulted in the killing of innumerable...

6 days of waste

6 days of waste

Protesting the capital punishment of its chief, the Jamaat-e-Islami yesterday called two countrywide hartals for three days which will virtually put the country on a six-day hiatus from today. In the first phase, the party will enforce a 24-hour shutdown from 6:00am today. The 48-hour last bout of hartal will start at 6:00am on...

Reasons for long delay

Reasons for long delay

The international crimes tribunal was guided by the constitution, laws and evidence and did not compromise with any person or organisation, said the Tribunal-1 chief in his introductory comments before delivering yesterday's verdict. "We do not compromise or have any understanding. We are not guided by anyone. We compromise with only incident, evidence, law...

Published Date: October 29, 2014
Energy security at a high cost

Energy security at a high cost

The energy ministry has sought the government's approval to build an LNG terminal, and import gas for $17.1 per million cubic feet (mmcf), 10 times the national gas sales price. Though very costly, the import of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) would ensure the country's energy security in the long run. If LNG is mixed with...

Nizami's War Crimes Trial

Published Date: October 29, 2014
Verdict today

Verdict today

The International Crimes Tribunal-1 is set to deliver the long-awaited verdict in the war crimes cases against Jamaat-e-Islami chief Motiur Rahman Nizami today, more than four months after the deferment of the judgment in June. The alleged chief of the infamous Al-Badr force is facing 16 charges, including his role in eliminating the Bangalee...

Published Date: October 29, 2014
Not just a mugging

A woman lost her life yesterday after muggers in a microbus dragged her about 50 yards on the capital's Mirpur road for snatching her handbag. The victim, Ayesha Akter Ripa, mother of a six-year-old daughter, was going to her sister's house at Lalmatia in a rickshaw early in the morning, said police. It was around 6:40am when one of the muggers from the moving microbus on her right pulled her handbag, said Sub-Inspector Nurul Islam of Dhanmondi Police Station. Three to...

Published Date: October 29, 2014
Modi plans ratifying LBA by year end

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi plans to pass the long-pending constitution amendment bill to put into effect India's Land Boundary Agreement (LBA) in the month-long winter session of parliament beginning on November 24. A decision to recommend passage of the bill on the LBA was taken at a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs (CCPA) convened by Home Minister Rajnath Singh in Delhi on Monday. The LBA bill is among the 30 legislations the Modi government hopes to pass...

Published Date: October 29, 2014
'India unearths JMB plot to kill Hasina'

India's National Investigation Agency (NIA) has uncovered a suspected plot by banned militant group Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) to assassinate Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and carry out a coup, three senior Indian security officials told Reuters yesterday. Dhaka did not comment directly on the assertions that Hasina had been the target of a plot, but said it had tightened security on the border with India, the news agency reported from New Delhi. The outlawed JMB also planned to assassinate BNP Chairperson...