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Fakhrul summoned for calling Hasina a “killer”

Fakhrul summoned for calling Hasina a “killer”

A Dhaka court today summoned BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir in a defamation case filed against him for terming the ruling Awami League a “killer party” and its chief Sheikh Hasina a “killer”. Fakhrul will have to appear before the court on January 22. Metropolitan Magistrate Amit Kumar Dey passed the order after Paltan police submitted a probe report saying that the BNP leader was found guilty of making derogatory comments about AL and its president. Nur-e-Alam Siddique, vice president of Awami Matsyajibi League, a pro-AL organisation, filed...

Arrest warrant against Tarique

Arrest warrant against Tarique

A Dhaka court today issued arrest warrant for BNP Senior Vice-Chairman Tarique Rahman in a defamation case for calling Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman a ‘top Razakar,’ hours after 5 cases were filed against him. Metropolitan Magistrate Md Yunus Khan ordered the arrest after Dhaka judges court lawyer Mostafizur Rahman Dulal filed a defamation case...

Mobarak appeals against death penalty

Mobarak appeals against death penalty

Convicted war criminal Mobarak Hossain today challenged the death penalty awarded him by a war crimes tribunal for his crimes against humanity during the country’s Liberation War in 1971. Mobarok submitted an 82-page appeal before the Supreme Court seeking his acquittal of all the two charges on which he was found guilty. He also...

AL's 'illegal power grab' ruined spirit of 1971: BNP

The ruling Awami League has destroyed the spirit of the Liberation War by "grabbing power illegally", BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said yesterday. "Establishment of democracy and fundamental rights was the spirit of the Liberation War," he told reporters after BNP chief Khaleda Zia placed a wreath at the grave of party founder and former president Ziaur Rahman in the capital, marking Victory Day. "...we are sorry to say after 43 years of independence, the illegal government is...

Star, Grameenphone launch online Liberation War archive

Star, Grameenphone launch online Liberation War archive

“Freedom in the Air”, an online repository of the Liberation War with rare video footage including documentaries, exclusive video interviews; rarely seen images, articles, stories and documents, and newspaper clippings can be accessed from today at The Daily Star website, www.thedailystar.net/freedom-in-the-air. The website was launched yesterday jointly by the newspaper and Grameenphone in the capital's...

Victory: Pakistan army surrenders to allied forces

Victory: Pakistan army surrenders to allied forces

Pakistan Army Eastern Commander Lt. General Amir Abdullah Khan Niazi surrendered unconditionally on behalf of his 93,000 Pakistan troops at a public ceremony at Dhaka Ramna Race Course (now Suhrawardy Uddyan) to the Bangladesh and Indian joint command on December 16, 1971 after nine-month-long bloody war. It was decided that General Jagjit Singh...

5 CU BCL activists, 60 others sued

5 CU BCL activists, 60 others sued

Police today sued five leaders and activists of the Bangladesh Chhatra League, ruling party’s student front, of Chittagong unit along with 60 anonymous others in an arms case. The lawsuit was filed after lethal weapons – one shotgun, five cartridges, and 30 other weapons – were seized in last night’s crackdown in the campus’...

BCL man killed, 3 hurt in CU factional clash

BCL man killed, 3 hurt in CU factional clash

An activist of Bangladesh Chhatra League was shot dead and three were injured in a clash between its two factions on Chittagong University campus this noon. Taposh Paul, a first year student of Sanskrit department, was declared dead when he was brought to Chittagong Medical College and Hospital, Jahangir, nayek of CMCH police outpost,...

AL shatters martyred intellectuals’ dream: BNP

AL shatters martyred intellectuals’ dream: BNP

BNP today alleged that ruling Awami League-led government has shattered the dream of the martyred intellectuals by annihilating democracy. “The martyred intellectuals who had sacrificed their lives for the country had a dream of build a prosperous and democratic Bangladesh, but Awami League has spoilt their dream by annihilating democracy,” said BNP spokesperson Mirza...

War Calendar: Chronology of events taking place during 1971

Here is a chronology of events that took place since January 1 to December 31, 1971. Besides research by our own team, we received the gracious cooperation of Liberation War Museum (LWM), which provided us its whole chronicle of 1971 events. Visit LWM website here: http://www.liberationwarmuseum.org

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