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STRANGER THAN FICTION

What should Bangladesh do with Jamaat?

AS media reports, the Bangladesh Government is going to proscribe the Jamaat-e-Islami as a political party. This move could be taken as early as December, or latest by January 2015. The High Court has already de-registered the party, which amounts to revoking its legitimacy. From the ongoing debates among politicians, analysts and members of the civil society in Bangladesh on proscribing the Jamaat it appears that the issue solely hinges on one particular premise, the party's opposition to the...

'Sajid's wife' trained JMB women in India

'Sajid's wife' trained JMB women in India

Banned militant outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) trained its women operatives in India and the wife of prime accused in Burdwan blast case was the chief trainer, detectives said yesterday. Fatema Begum, wife of detained JMB commander Sajid, and three others were arrested with explosives from the capital's Sadarghat area on Saturday, they added.  "Fatema was the chief trainer. She used to train the group's women at Burdwan's Shimulia madrasa which has only 50 students," Joint Commissioner Monirul Islam of Detective Branch told the press yesterday. The three other arrestees -- Abdullah Kazi, Isharat Ali Sheikh and Shawkat Sarder -- joined JMB between 2004 and 2005 and had links with Sajid, believed...

Nizami appeals to SC against death penalty

Nizami appeals to SC against death penalty

Jamaat-e-Islami chief Motiur Rahman Nizami yesterday challenged the death penalty awarded to him by a war crimes tribunal for his crimes against humanity committed during the Liberation War. In his appeal filed with the Supreme Court, Nizami claimed himself innocent and sought acquittal on the eight charges he was found guilty. International Crimes Tribunal-1 on October 29 handed him the death penalty on four charges of war crimes, including murdering intellectuals. The 71-year-old was also awarded life imprisonment on the other four charges. Citing from the appeal, Shishir Manir, a lawyer for Nizami, told The Daily Star that the tribunal had failed to consider that Nizami was never associated with any auxiliary...

Criminals kill AL leader in Jessore

Unidentified criminals shot an Awami League leader dead in Abhaynagar upazila  of Jessore yesterday morning. The dead, Oliar Rahman, 53, was joint general secretary of the upazila unit AL and also a councillor of Noapara municipality. He hailed from Guakhola village. Chhayer Uddin, officer-in-charge of Abhaynagar Police Station, said around 6:00am, a group of assailants sprayed bullets on Oliar when he was returning home after performing Fazr prayers at his village mosque near his house. Critically injured Oliar died on the way...

GRAFT CASE

SC clears way for running trial against Khaleda

SC clears way for running trial against Khaleda

The Supreme Court today cleared the way for a lower court to continue the trial proceedings against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case by rejecting her two appeals. The Appellate Division dismissed the appeals filed challenging the two High Court decisions regarding acceptance of charges and charge framing in the...

Compensate Tazreen victims, families: HRW

Compensate Tazreen victims, families: HRW

Human Rights Watch (HRW) today urged global retailers to support and compensate the victims of Tazreen where at least 111 garment workers were burned alive two years ago. “Global clothing brands tied to a Bangladesh factory that caught fire two years ago should immediately support full and fair compensation for workers and families of...

Jessore AL leader shot dead

Jessore AL leader shot dead

A local leader of ruling Awami League was shot dead by unknown miscreants in Abhaybnagar upazila of Jessore this morning. The deceased, Mollah Waliar Rahman, 62, was AL joint general secretary of Abhaybnagar upazila unit and also councillor of ward No. 7 of Naoapara municipality. Waliar, also a journalist of Khulna-based daily Janmabhumi,  came under...

JMB trained militants in India, police claim

JMB trained militants in India, police claim

Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) trained militants in India, Dhaka police claimed today after four members of the banned outfit, including the group’s women wing chief, were held. Detainee JMB women’s chief Fatema Begum is said to be the wife of Kolkata Burdwan blast prime accused Sajid, Masudur Rahman, deputy commissioner (media) of Dhaka Metropolitan...

Country’s biggest public exam PSC begins

Country’s biggest public exam PSC begins

Primary School Certificate (PSC) and its madrasa equivalent Ebtedayee terminal tests began today with nearly 31 lakh fifth graders expected to appear for the examinations. With a total of 27,88,544 school and 3,05,721 madrasa students registering for the tests, it is the country’s  largest public examination according to education officials. Today, class V students sat...

BANGLADESH VS ZIMBABWE

Tigers seal second ODI win

Tigers seal second ODI win

Bangladesh have won the toss and elected to bat first in the second ODI against Zimbabwe at Chittagong’s Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium today. The hosts will eye a 2-0 lead today in the five-match series after Friday’s 87-run win against the visitors in the first ODI with Shakib Al Hasans’ 100 and four-wicket-haul.

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