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‘Khaleda to give directives for anti-govt movement Dec 18’

‘Khaleda to give directives for anti-govt movement Dec 18’

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia will give fresh directives for the anti- government movement during a convention in the capital on December 18. "The leadership of Ducsu [Dhaka University Central Students Union] of 1990 and the then Chhatra Oikya Parishad will hold a day long convention at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh the same way...

Ranga reinstated as JP presidium member

Ranga reinstated as JP presidium member

Over two months into the termination from the post of Jatiya Party presidium membership, Moshiur Rahman Ranga has been reinstated to the position. The state Minister for LGRD, Ranga and the Opposition Chief Whip, Tajul Islam Chowdhury lost their party’s presidium memberships on September 9 for their “indecent and negative comments” about party chairperson...

JP wants to take advantage of ‘BNP shortcomings’: Ershad

JP wants to take advantage of ‘BNP shortcomings’: Ershad

Jatiya Party wants to be the country’s main opposition political party, capitalising the shortcomings of BNP, party Chairman HM Ershad said today. Despite announcing an anti-government movement, BNP is now delaying as it has lost the ability to organise the demonstration, Bangla daily the Prothom Alo reports quoting Ershad. He was talking to journalists at...

CID gets 3 more months to complete Manzur murder probe

CID gets 3 more months to complete Manzur murder probe

A Dhaka court today granted the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) three more months to further investigate the murder of Major General Abul Manzur. Judge (in-charge) Badrul Alam of the First Additional District and Sessions Judge's Court asked CID to complete the probe by January 8 in response to a petition by the investigating agency. Investigation Officer Abdul Kahar Akond, also a special superintendent of the CID, submitted the time petition saying that he was yet to communicate with the wife of Gen Manzur, now in USA, for her statement. But he met Lubna Manzur, elder daughter of the slain Manzur, in the USA. Soon after the court ordered for an additional investigation...

Hasina, Khaleda exchange Eid cards

Hasina, Khaleda exchange Eid cards

Sheikh Hasina and Khaleda Zia, the two topmost leaders of the country exchanged Eid-ul-Azha greetings today through cards. Eid-ul-Azha, one of the biggest Muslim festivals is scheduled to be celebrated on October 6. She also greeted Opposition Leader of the parliament, Raushan Ershad, her husband HM Ershad, chief of Jatiya Party who is also a...

Ershad vs Ranga

15 hurt as JP men clash in Rangpur

15 hurt as JP men clash in Rangpur

At least 30 Jatiya Party activists were injured in Rangpur yesterday afternoon in a clash between the supporters of JP chief HM Ershad and party lawmaker Moshiur Rahman Ranga. The clash began when supporters of Ranga allegedly attacked a procession brought out by supporters of Ershad to protest Ranga's removal from the JP presidium,...

Separate Meeting With MPs

Ershad denies

Jatiya Party chief HM Ershad yesterday denied holding any separate meeting of its parliamentary body at his parliament office on Sunday. Also a special envoy to the prime minister, Ershad in a statement said some JP lawmakers just called on him at his room after the JP parliamentary party's meeting, with Leader of the Opposition Raushan Ershad in the chair. Widely known as an unpredictable character for his flip-flops on political issues, the former military ruler claimed that he could not...

JP drama on

Jatiya Party leaders yesterday came down heavily on Moshiur Rahman Ranga and Tajul Islam Chowdhury for their "indecent" remarks about party chief HM Ershad. At a rally in the capital yesterday, the JP leaders went as far as to term the duo "collaborators of BNP-Jamaat and war criminals". The JP chairman, in a surprise move on Wednesday, relieved party presidium members Ranga and Tajul of their posts, without citing any reason. However, party insiders say, the step was taken for the...

PM also leader of opposition party: Bablu

PM also leader of opposition party: Bablu

Jatiya Party Secretary General Ziauddin Ahmed Bablu today ruled out any conflict in the party and defended a group of JP leaders’ discussion with the prime minister over the JP’s internal affairs. Referring to the four JP leaders’ meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Bablu at a press briefing said in the parliamentary democracy, the opposition party is called the shadow government. “The prime minister is the leader of parliament. She is, therefore, also leader of the opposition party. That’s why we must talk to the premier,” he added. The press briefing was organised at the JP Chairman HM Ershad’s office at Banani in Dhaka following today’s media reports that four JP...

Ershad relieves Ranga, Tajul as presidium members

Ershad relieves Ranga, Tajul as presidium members

Jatiya Party (JP) chairman HM Ershad today relieved two presidium members -- Moshiur Rahman Ranga and Tajul Islam Chowdhury -- from their positions in the party. The step comes in action for their "indecent" comments about the party chief, Bangla Daily Prothom Alo quotes some JP sources as saying. Ranga is state minister for local...

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