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Child marriage causes violence against women

As child marriage is one of the main reasons of physical, mental and sexual violence against women, minimum marriageable age for females should not be lowered from 18, said speakers at a roundtable yesterday. The roundtable on stopping child marriage was organised by the Bangla daily Prothom Alo, and the Department of Women and Gender Studies of Dhaka University at the daily's office in the capital. Urging the government not to lower the marriageable age, National Human Rights Commission Chairman Prof...

SC upholds Bodi's bail

The Supreme Court has upheld a High Court order that granted bail to ruling Awami League lawmaker Abdur Rahman Bodi in a corruption case, clearing the way for his release from jail. Chamber judge of the SC Justice Hasan Foez Siddique yesterday passed “no order” on a petition filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission, seeking a stay on the HC order that allowed Bodi six months' ad interim bail in the case on October 27. His lawyer Abdul Matin Khasru told The...

Illegal wealth: Bodi gets HC bail

Illegal wealth: Bodi gets HC bail

The High Court today granted six months’ ad-interim bail to Awami League lawmaker Abdur Rahman Bodi in a corruption case, paving the way for his release from jail. In response to a bail petition, the HC bench of Justice Syed AB Mahmudul Huq and Justice Akram Hossain Chowdhury also issued a rule upon the government to explain why Bodi should not be granted regular bail in the case. Bodi's lawyer Abdul Matin Khashru told The Daily Star that there is no legal bar to his client's release from jail since he is not accused in any other case. Meanwhile, Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan told The Daily Star that the...

Shirin, Saber Elected to Lead CPA, IPU

Win doesn't mean int'l community accepted polls

BNP yesterday claimed that the election of Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury and lawmaker Saber Hossain Chowdhury as chairperson and president of CPA and IPU respectively did not mean that the international community had accepted the January 5 polls. “They (voters of the international parliamentary bodies) have expressed their stance independently in all parliamentary associations at international level including Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) and Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU),” claimed BNP Vice Chairman Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury. “They did not take any suggestion from the...

World leaders have confidence in govt: Speaker

World leaders have confidence in govt: Speaker

Jatiya Sangsad Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury today said Bangladeshis have been elected leaders of two international forums which proves the world leaders have confidence in the government and the democracy of the country. Shirin and Awami League lawmaker Saber Hossain Chowdhury have been elected chairperson and president of Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) and Inter-Parliamentary...

Baby Moudud passes away

Baby Moudud passes away

Eminent journalist and former Awami League lawmaker AN Mahfuza Khatun Baby Moudud died at a hospital in the capital this afternoon at the age of 66, hospital sources said. President Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and leaders of different political parties expressed their deep shocks over the death of the veteran journalist. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina also went there and pay her respect to her friend. Earlier, she was admitted to the United Hospital as she was suffering from cancer, the hospital sources said. She left behind her two sons and thousands of admires. According to the biography published by ninth parliament, she was born in Kolkata in 1948. Baby Moudud obtained her honours...

NARAYANGANJ ABDUCTION, KILLING

Conversation indicates Shamim helped Nur flee

Conversation indicates Shamim helped Nur flee

Shamim Osman today confirmed his telephone conversation with Nur Hossain which indicates that the ruling party lawmaker helped the latter to flee the country. Talking to reporters at his Gulshan residence, Shamim however claimed that he had rather suggested Nur, the prime accused of the seven-murder in Narayanganj, to surrender before court if he...

WAR CRIMES TRIAL

Arrest warrant for ex-JP MP Jabbar

Arrest warrant for ex-JP MP Jabbar

A tribunal in Dhaka today issued arrest warrant against former Jatiya Party lawmaker Abdul Jabbar for his alleged wartime offences committed during the Liberation War in 1971. Accepting five war crimes charges against Jabbar, the International Crimes Trubunal-1 led by its Chairman Justice M Enayetur Rahim passed the order and fixed June 2 as the next date of hearing. Jabbar, as the chairman of Mathbaria Peace Committee, had “played a key role” in the formation of Razakar force there and “led it” to commit crimes during the war. The prosecution has brought five charges for killing, mass killing, looting and forced conversion in 1971. According to one of the charges, Jabbar at an...

8 lawmakers facing murder charges

8 lawmakers facing murder charges

At least eight incumbent lawmakers are accused of murders and 23 of their colleagues accused in other criminal cases, claims Shushashoner Jannoy Nagorik (Shujan). The House witnesses a dominance of businesspersons with half of the lawmakers representing them, according to a report of Shujan, a civil society organisation working for establishing good governance. The report,...

JS body to probe NID forgery

JS body to probe NID forgery

A parliamentary body today formed a two-member sub-committee to enquire allegations surrounding the making of forged National Identity cards at different times by some quarters. The parliamentary standing committee on public administration came up with the decision following seizing of huge amount of forged national identity cards on Friday. Headed by ruling Awami League MP...

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