• Monday, September 22, 2014

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5 Upazila Parishads

Low turnout, rigging mark elections

Ruling Awami League men allegedly resorted to vote rigging, ballot box stuffing and creating panic among the voters and rivals in four of the five upazila parishads that went to polls yesterday. The BNP-backed candidates boycotted elections in three upazilas, alleging vote rigging, attacks and threats to their men and lax law enforcement. Elections for all posts of Mehendiganj upazila in Barisal and Atpara in Netrakona, by-polls for chairman posts in Phulgazi of Feni and vice-chairman posts in Digholia of Khulna...

Relaxed hartal in Dhaka

Relaxed hartal in Dhaka

Despite a 24-hour countrywide hartal enforced by Jamaat-e-Islami across the country, Dhaka city dwellers came out in streets and performed their daily jobs as usual today. No unexpected incident was reported from any part of Dhaka or somewhere else till filing this report around 11:00am.  On Wednesday, Jamaat-e-Islami called 48-hour hartals for Thursday and Sunday...

NDP threatens to leave BNP alliance

NDP threatens to leave BNP alliance

A faction of National Democratic Party (NDP) today issued a 72-hour ultimatum to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia to ensure democratic practices within the 20-party alliance. Otherwise, the party, a component of the BNP-led alliance, will leave the combine, Alamgir Majumdar, the self-declared chairman of the faction, said at a press conference at a hotel...

EMPOWERING JS TO IMPEACH JUDGES

20-party calls hartal for Monday

20-party calls hartal for Monday

The BNP-led 20-party alliance has called a countrywide dawn-to-dusk hartal for Monday protesting the latest constitutional amendment empowering parliament to remove Supreme Court judges. BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir announced the programme from a press briefing at BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s Gulshan office this evening.  The announcement came after a meeting of...

Fakhrul gets bail in Kadamtali violence case

Fakhrul gets bail in Kadamtali violence case

A Dhaka court today granted bail to BNP acting Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir in a case filed for assaulting police and torching vehicles during an opposition blockade in 2012. Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Alamgir Kabir Raj passed the order this afternoon after Fakhrul surrendered before the court and pleaded for bail. Earlier on...

GRAFT CASES

Khaleda asked to face court Sept 22

Khaleda asked to face court Sept 22

A Dhaka court today asked BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia to appear before it on September 22 in connection with Zia Orphanage and Zia Charitable Trust graft cases. Judge Bashudeb Roy of the Special Judge’s Court-3 came up with the order after rejecting two petitions filed by the defence seeking adjournment of hearing in the cases. The defence prayed to the court to adjourn the hearing until the Supreme Court decides on the leave to appeal filed by Khaleda regarding the appointment of Judge Roy, who framed charges against her in the two graft cases. On March 19, the judge indicted Khaleda, her son and BNP Senior Vice Chairman Tarique Rahman and seven...

DEROGATORY REMARK

Tarique sends legal notice to AL leader Hanif

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...

SC allows ACC to challenge Shahjahan Omar’s acquittal

The Supreme Court today gave permission to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to move an appeal before it against a High Court verdict that acquitted former BNP state minister Shahjahan Omar in a corruption case. A four-member bench of the Appellate Division of the SC headed by Chief Justice Md Muzammel Hossain passed the order after granting a petition filed by ACC. On August 15, 2010, the HC scrapped the jail sentence of the former state minister in the corruption case. Earlier on...

Judge's Appointment

SC rejects Khaleda's petitions

The Supreme Court yesterday upheld a High Court verdict that rejected two writ petitions filed by BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, challenging the legality of the appointment of a trial court judge, who indicted her in two corruption cases. The court dismissed two appeals lodged by the BNP chief against the June 19 HC judgment that found no illegality in the appointment of Judge Bashudev Roy of the Special Judge Court-3 of Dhaka. On March 19, the court of Bashudev framed charges...

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...

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