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Tarique sends legal notice to AL leader Hanif

DEROGATORY REMARK

Tarique sends legal notice to AL leader Hanif

BNP Senior Vice-Chairman Tarique Rahman today sent a legal notice to Awami League leader Mahbubul Alam Hanif asking him to apologise in two weeks for making derogatory comments about him. The AL joint general secretary on September 6 reportedly said that the BNP leader had met with terrorists for plotting the August 21, 2004...

Amendments hurt judiciary

The constitutional amendments made by the governments of Awami League, BNP and Jatiya Party have undermined the independence, transparency and image of the Supreme Court, a House committee has said. The parliamentary standing committee on the law ministry has come up with the observation, describing the four amendments to article 96 of the constitution that deals with retirement age of judges and their removal on grounds of misconduct or incapacity. The committee in its report prepared on scrutiny of the constitutional...

JS body submits 16th amendment report

JS body submits 16th amendment report

The parliamentary standing committee on law ministry today submitted its report on the proposed 16th amendment to the constitution, which will empower lawmakers to impeach judges, to Jatiya Sangsad. Suranjit Sengupta, chief of the body, placed the report before the parliament following completion of its scrutiny. The body has unanimously recommended passing the proposed law...

AL joint meeting Sept 20

AL joint meeting Sept 20

A joint meeting of Awami League Central Working Committee, the highest decision-making body of the ruling party and its advisory council, will be held on September 20 to discuss the country’s latest socio-political and organisational matters. The meeting will be held at 5:00pm at Gono Bhaban, the official residence of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina,...

AL man gunned down

AL man gunned down

A local leader of Swecchashebok League, a volunteer wing of the ruling Awami League, was shot dead by miscreants in Shyampur of Dhaka this evening. The deceased was identified as Merajul Islam Lalu, 35, the president of Shyampur union unit Swecchashebok League, Abdus Salam, officer-in-charge of Kadamtoli Police Station told The Daily Star. Two unidentified...

Conciliation is desirable, not conflict

BNP has been making repeated threats to uproot the government by staging mass movements. However, the ruling party appears to be little concerned about this. Rather, some of the ruling party stalwarts have been enticing BNP by saying that it is incapable of waging a mass movement. Some have even been making explicit threats that the street agitation of BNP would be appropriately dealt with by the law enforcement agencies as well as the ruling party members.    As citizens,...

War Crimes Trial of Fugitive Ex-JP MP Jabbar

Properties of Hindus war booty, belong to Muslims

A prosecution witness yesterday said war crimes accused Abdul Jabbar, during the Liberation War, termed freedom fighters, supporters of the Awami League and the war, and Hindus enemies of Pakistan and vowed to destroy them. Former Jatiya Party lawmaker Jabbar, a fugitive, gave instructions to kill two freedom fighters and 23 Hindus, forcefully converted more than 150 people of the Hindu community to Islam and looted about 360 houses in Phuljhuri village, said Shoebur Rahman Golder, 75, the first prosecution...

International Literacy Day Today

100pc literacy far away

The government has not yet come up with a well-crafted plan to reduce illiteracy, though the ruling Awami League ahead of the 2008 national polls pledged to ensure 100 percent literacy by this year. None of the authorities concerned could tell the approximate literacy rate at present. According to the latest available estimates by the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics, 59.82 percent of the population in 2010 was literate, meaning they could communicate through letters, as defined by BBS.  After assuming office...

STRATEGICALLY SPEAKING

The downside of AL's BNP strategy

The downside of AL's BNP strategy

THE Awami League may be feeling self-satisfied that it is happily ensconced in the driver's seat with a free road right up to the next election in 2019. That its invocations for an election to uphold the constitution, and its avowal that it would be only a temporary expedient pending another, soon to...

Fakhrul sued for calling AL 'killer party'

Fakhrul sued for calling AL 'killer party'

A defamation case was filed against BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir yesterday for terming the ruling Awami League a “killer party” and its chief Sheikh Hasina a “killer”. Nur-e-Alam Siddique, vice president of Awami Matsyajibi League, a pro-AL organisation, filed the suit against the BNP leader with the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court of Dhaka. Taking cognisance of the case, Metropolitan Magistrate Snigdha Rani Chakraborty yesterday asked Paltan Police Station OC to investigate the matter and submit a report to the court within September 15. "The Awami League is a killer party and its president Sheikh Hasina is a killer too," Fakhrul told a press conference at the BNP Nayapaltan...

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