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SUNDARBANS OIL SPILL

BNP forms 7-man probe committee

BNP today formed a seven-member committee to investigate oil tanker capsize in the Shela River and its impacts on the Sundarbans. Maj (retd) Hafizuddin Ahmed, a vice-chairman of the party, will head the team formed in line with the directives of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia. The committee has been asked to submit the report to...

Govt Officials

Khaleda denies meeting

Khaleda denies meeting

Khaleda Zia yesterday dismissed reports of her recent meeting with government officials, saying intelligence agencies provided Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina with wrong information. "Intelligence officials have given you [Hasina] false information about the meeting as you are running out of time," said the BNP chairperson. "I was the country's prime minister and also the opposition...

Fakhrul asks PM to speak cautiously

Fakhrul asks PM to speak cautiously

BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir today asked Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to speak cautiously. The BNP spokesperson was reacting to a recent comment of Hasina who had termed the party’s Senior Vice-Chairman Tarique Rahman a “spoiled son” of Khaleda Zia, chief of the party. Fakhrul was addressing the day-long convention of former...

Khaleda plotting to make Bangladesh failed state: PM

Khaleda plotting to make Bangladesh failed state: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today blamed BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia for hatching a conspiracy to turn Bangladesh into a failed state and called upon the people to remain alert to foil the plot. “BNP leader Khaleda Zia wants to make the country a failed and dysfunctional state by enforcing anti-government movement,” said the PM...

Fear Allah, not Hasina, Khaleda tells judges

Fear Allah, not Hasina, Khaleda tells judges

Saying there is no independence of the country’s judiciary, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia today called upon judges to fear Allah not Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina while delivering judgments. “You have to fear Allah. There is nothing to fear Hasina,” she said adding the Almighty Allah will try them for awarding death sentences and other...

Khaleda’s Jhenidah rally postponed

Khaleda’s Jhenidah rally postponed

The BNP-led 20-party alliance has postponed its Jhenidah rally, which was scheduled for December 23, due to heavy fog and a cold wave in the area. BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, also head of the alliance, was due to address the rally garnering people’s support in favour of her demand for immediate general elections under...

ZIA ORPHANAGE AND ZIA CHARITABLE TRUST GRAFT CASES

Hearings adjourned till Dec 17

Hearings adjourned till Dec 17

A Dhaka court today adjourned till December 17 recording deposition of the compliant in Zia Orphanage and Zia Charitable Trust corruption cases against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia. Judge Basudev Roy of the Special Judge Court-3 was forced to adjourn the hearing just after recording the deposition for seven minutes from the compliant amid chaos by defence lawyers. Earlier in the day, the court rejected six adjournment petitions submitted by Khaleda’s lawyer but the court granted Khaleda’s non-appearance petition, which was submitted by the defence as BNP chief could not appear before it today citing security problems. On December 1, Khaleda skipped the court hearing on the same reason. After rejecting the petitions...

Khaleda's Meeting with Govt Officials

March plan was on agenda

The public officials who met BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia on Thursday night assured her of support from the Bangladesh Secretariat for an “upcoming” anti-government movement. Convinced that the government will hold a general election in March under national and international pressure, the BNP is preparing for an all-out movement targeting the month, party insiders said. It wants to mobilise pro-BNP officials and employees to turn the screw on the government. It even plans to have the movement centred on the Secretariat,...

Hasina, Khaleda failed, Raushan made a difference?

THE entire democratic world may keep pointing out the flaws in the January 5 parliamentary election that bulldozed people's voting rights, but Sheikh Hasina has no other alternative but to vehemently defend and laud that election regardless of its flaws. The reason is simple and crystal clear. That election has made her prime minister once again. And it was the easiest ever way for her to return to power without any break and without defeating any challenger. So, there...

Khaleda asked to appear in court Dec 8

Khaleda asked to appear in court Dec 8

Rejecting adjournment petitions, a Dhaka court today resumed trial of Zia Orphanage and Zia Charitable corruption cases against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and eight others. Judge Basudev Roy of the Special Judge Court-3 recorded parts of the deposition of Harun-ur-Rashid, deputy director of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and also the complainant of the cases. After...

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