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Shooter was on terror watch list

Canada Parliament Attack

Shooter was on terror watch list

Canada's prime minister vowed the country would "not be intimidated" after a reported Muslim convert stormed parliament and killed a soldier, the nation's second 'terrorist' attack in days. The gunman, whose name was on a terror watch list, attempted to force his way into Canada's parliament Wednesday before the assembly's sergeant-at-arms shot him dead. 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...

Parliament and judiciary: Striking a balance

Parliament and judiciary: Striking a balance

A Supreme Court (SC) lawyer recently filed a writ petition with the High Court challenging the legality of the 16th Amendment made to the Constitution of the People's Republic of Bangladesh regarding the removal of SC judges based on incapacity and misconduct (The Daily Star, 15/10/14). The amendment allows the parliament to impeach...

Latif to stay as MP even if AL expels him

Abdul Latif Siddique will remain an MP even if he loses his membership in the ruling Awami League, said Chief Whip ASM Feroz. “Latif Siddique will retain his membership [in parliament]. The current law on the cancellation of parliament membership does not apply to him because he didn't resign from or vote against his party," he said at a press conference at the Jatiya Sangsad Media Centre yesterday. Feroz's comments came amid confusion as to whether Latif would remain a lawmaker...

Latif to remain MP: Chief whip

Latif to remain MP: Chief whip

Chief Whip ASM Feroz today said former minister Abdul Latif Siddique would remain a parliament member for the time being. The comment came amid a debate as to whether Latif will remain an MP after being stripped of his ministerial position, his party’s presidium post and suspension of his primary membership of the Awami League. “The existing provision for scrapping parliament membership is not applicable to Latif,” Feroz said at a press briefing at the Jatiya Sangsad Media Centre, reports the Bangla daily Prothom Alo. “He (Latif) has not voted or moved against his party, nor has he quit. His issue does not fall in the rule of floor-crossing,” Feroz said. “Latif’s issue...

President gives nod to 16th amendment

President gives nod to 16th amendment

The constitutional changes empowering parliament to remove Supreme Court judges on grounds of misbehaviour and incapacity came to effect yesterday as President Abdul Hamid gave his assent to the 16th amendment bill. With the president signing the bill passed in parliament last Wednesday, the provision for the chief justice-led Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) also ceased to exist after more than 35 years of its introduction. Thanks to the amendment, now parliament is also vested with the authority to remove the chief election commissioner and other election commissioners; chiefs and members of the Public Service Commission, the Anti-Corruption Commission and the National Human Rights Commission; and the comptroller and auditor general on...

President signs 16th amendment bill

President signs 16th amendment bill

President Abdul Hamid has given consent to the 16th constitution amendment bill that empowers the parliament to remove Supreme Court judges for misbehaviour and incapacity. The approval came five days after the parliament unanimously passed the amendment bill, according to the Parliament Secretariat. On September 17, the parliament passed the bill rejecting all calls for soliciting public opinion and bringing some changes to the bill. Today, the BNP-led 20-party alliance enforced the hartal protesting the 16th constitutional amendment. The passage was bizarre, though, in that the opposition and the ruling alliance MPs, who themselves had moved the motions for soliciting public view and incorporating some changes, also voted in favour of the bill....

Hartal today, tomorrow

There will be no respite for people after Jamaat's 24-hour hartal ends tomorrow morning, as the BNP-led alliance has called a daylong nationwide shutdown starting the same morning. Acting BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir yesterday announced the programme in protest at the amendment to the constitution that empowered parliament to remove Supreme Court judges for misbehaviour and incapacity. The announcement came at a press conference at the BNP chief's Gulshan office hours after leaders of all components of the...

Removal of SC Judges

Sangsad to amend constitution today

Some lawmakers of Jatiya Party and Workers Party have sought changes to the 16th constitutional amendment bill that aims to restore parliament's authority to remove a Supreme Court judge on grounds of misbehaviour or incapacity. The Jatiya Sangshad will pass the bill today, Ashraful Maqbul, senior secretary at parliament secretariat, told reporters at his office yesterday. A lawmaker's proposal said if allegations against an SC judge are proved to be true, the parliament will then pass a resolution supported by at...

JS passes SC Judges impeachment bill

JS passes SC Judges impeachment bill

Rejecting all the proposals for soliticising public opinions and bringing some changes in the constitutional amendment bill, parliament this evening passed unanimously the bill empowering itself to remove a Supreme Court judge on grounds of misbehavior and incapacity. The bill was passed in an unprecedented situation as opposition and ruling alliance MPs those who...

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