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Khaleda must face trial: PM

Khaleda must face trial: PM

Accusing Khaleda Zia of having a link with international militant group Islamic State (IS), Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today categorically said the BNP chief will have to face trial for killing people. “You’re seeing that terrorist activities are going on globally… what the IS did! …they burned 45 Egyptians to death….she (Khaleda) has a...

PM warns Daily Star

PM warns Daily Star

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today warned of actions against the country's leading English daily, The Daily Star, for what she said “patronising banned militant organisation Hizb-ut Tahrir by publishing its poster”. "Action will be taken against those who tried to patronise Hizb-ut Tahrir by publishing its poster," she told the parliament amidst thumping of...

Formalin control bill passed

Parliament yesterday passed the Formalin Control Bill, 2015 keeping a provision of maximum life term imprisonment and Tk 20 lakh fine for culprits behind formalin in food. Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed piloted the bill in the House and it was passed by voice vote. The long-sought bill did not propose banning formalin rather suggested tougher punishment for regulating its production, import, transport, stock, sale and use without licence. The law has a provision of maximum seven years' imprisonment, but not less than...

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Questionable indemnity

Parliament has crossed the limits of its legislative power by extending the duration of an act which prevents the courts from looking into power generation deals awarded without bidding. The "Power and Energy Fast Supply Enhancement (Special Provision) Act also undermines several Supreme Court verdicts that upheld anyone's constitutional right to question the fairness of any government deal. The act, which was extended by four years, indemnifies the government for its actions in the energy sector from judicial proceedings. Enacted in 2010,...

No need to declare state of emergency: PM

No need to declare state of emergency: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today ruled out the possibility of promulgating state of emergency in the country right now following the ongoing violence that claimed over 50 lives. "No such situation has been created in the country for which emergency will have to be imposed," she told the parliament replying to a lawmaker's supplementary...

Muhith criticises Islamic banking

Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday criticised Islamic banking, saying the system has been built on "misconception". "The system seems to me absolutely fraudulent," he told parliament, replying to a question of a lawmaker. Muhith said the banking model has become popular around the world. "It is unfortunate that many organisations like IMF [International Monetary Fund] talk about it." The minister said "riba" and interest rates are not the same. Riba is a concept in Islamic banking that refers to charged interest. It is...

Birangonas recognised as freedom fighter

Birangonas recognised as freedom fighter

The parliament today passed a proposal to include Birangonas in the list of freedom fighters. Monirul Islam, lawmaker from Jessore-2 constituency placed the proposal before the House which passed it through voice votes. The parliament however rejected another lawmaker's proposal to rename Birangona as Birkonya. Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Huq told the House that...

Tender for Metro rail to be floated this month

Parliament yesterday passed the Metro Rail Act, 2015 that aimed at easing traffic congestion and ensuring fast, improved public transportation in the capital. The bill was passed by a voice vote after Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader placed it before the House with Deputy Speaker Fazle Rabbi Miah in the chair. Quader told parliament that the first tender for the construction of the 20km metro rail route would be invited on January 31. Two more tenders would be floated...

JS passes Metro Rail Act

JS passes Metro Rail Act

The parliament today passed the Metro Rail Act, 2015 that aimed at easing traffic congestion and providing fast and improved public transport service in the capital. Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader placed the bill before the House seeking its immediate passage. The House, with deputy Speaker Fazle Rabbi Miah in the chair,...

BNP criticises MPs' outcry for Khaleda arrest demand

BNP criticises MPs' outcry for Khaleda arrest demand

BNP today pulled up the lawmakers of the parliament for their outrage last night at the House demanding arrest party Chairperson Khaleda Zia. Referring to yesterday’s parliament session, Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, BNP’s joint secretary general alleged that the entire state was made partisan “only to arrest” Khaleda Zia. “The lawmakers were seen in the parliament...

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