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No talks with those who kill people

National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Chairman Prof Mizanur Rahman yesterday said dialogue cannot be held with the terrorists who are killing people through arson attack and blasting bombs. “Things that are taking place in the country right now in the name of democracy are pure terrorism. Terrorists do not know the language of democracy. There can be no dialogue with the terrorists. Sitting for dialogue with them is like bowing to terrorism,” he said. The rights campaigner came up with the...

TV channel owners' assoc seeks justice for ETV chairman

The Association of Television Channel Owners (Atco) urged the government to ensure justice for Abdus Salam who is an Atco member and chairman of Ekushey Television (ETV). In a recent press statement, Atco also said the ETV authority had informed it on January 7 of allegations by viewers that the channel's broadcast in several regions including Dhaka has been unavailable since January 5. The statement was signed by Atco Vice-President Anjan Chowdhury and General Secretary Shykh Seraj. Salam was held on January...

ETV chairman accused in another case

Detained Ekushey TV Chairman Abdus Salam was implicated in yet another case yesterday -- this time a rape case filed with Cantonment Police Station two months ago. The lawsuit was lodged by the same woman who had filed the pornography case in which Salam was arrested near the private TV station's Karwan Bazar office on January 6. With this, the ETV chairman has been accused in three cases. Shakhawat Hossain, sub-inspector of Cantonment Police Station, told a Dhaka court that Md Shahjalal,...

Ekushey TV chairman lands in jail

Ekushey Television (ETV) Chairman Abdus Salam landed in jail after he was arrested in front of the TV station's Karwan Bazar office early yesterday in connection with a case filed under Pornography Control Act last year. Salam was picked up around 3:30am, several hours after cable operators, mostly loyal to the ruling Awami League, allegedly stopped transmission of ETV that had broadcast live BNP leader Tarique Rahman's speech from London early Monday. In the speech telecast several times on ETV, the...

Armed forces turn corporate body

Armed forces turn corporate body

The armed forces in the country are “emerging as a corporate body”, National Human Rights Commission Chairman Mizanur Rahman said yesterday. "And who will guarantee that, in some cases, land is not being acquired to serve the business interests of this corporate organisation?" he said. He was addressing a public hearing on the Human Rights Situation of Indigenous People. The Institute for Environment and Development organised the programme at the CBCB Centre in the capital's Asad Gate. "We are proud of our armed forces. They are employed to ensure our security and safeguard our sovereignty. This is why when the government buys modern arms and ammunition for them, buys fighter planes and...

New chairman appointed to Janata Bank

New chairman appointed to Janata Bank

Shaikh Md Wahid-uz-Zaman, outgoing principal secretary to the Prime Minister's Office (PMO), has been appointed chairman of state-owned Janata Bank. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina signed Zaman's appointment letter yesterday, a PMO official preferring anonymity told The Daily Star. Prior to working with the PMO, Zaman also served as the secretary to the ministries of water resources, information and communications technology, and as executive director of Bangladesh Bridges Division. He was also the chairman of Centre for Environment Geographic Information Services and Institute of Water Modelling. Zaman was the senior adviser to the institute for policy, advocacy and governance prior to his new appointment.   

HC questions legality of Mosharraf holding 2 posts

The High Court yesterday questioned the legality of Mosharraf Hossain holding the posts of a minister and chairman of a profitable company simultaneously. Mosharraf, the housing and public works minister, was also chairman of Peninsula Chittagong, which is a profitable and listed company, in violation of the constitution. The HC, after a writ petition, issued a rule asking Hossain and the government to explain in three weeks under what authority Mosharraf is holding the office of a minister and as to...

Gold Smuggling Through Biman

He used every trick in the book

Even though officially a nobody in Biman or the airport, Mahmudul Haque Palash was the top dog of the gold smuggling ring and he used the names of Biman high-ups to get shipments through. He even used the name of the Biman chairman to influence high officials who were reportedly blessed by the chairman. He picked up the officials and staff of Biman for his racket, winning them over with bribes, liquor and women, Biman insiders said. Palash, arrested on Tuesday...

NBR to check its chief's account info

NBR to check its chief's account info

In an extraordinary move, the Central Intelligence Cell of the National Board of Revenue yesterday sought details of all bank accounts held by its incumbent chairman, Md Ghulam Hussain. The CIC gave banks seven days to furnish information on Hussain's current, savings and foreign currency accounts, credit cards, savings certificates and any other investment instruments and schemes. The NBR intelligence wing also sought detailed account information of Hussain's wife, Zakia Mansoor Hussain, who, according to the NBR website, teaches economics at a college. “I myself have given the approval to CIC to go ahead with the investigation for the sake of transparency,” Hussain told The Daily Star last night over telephone. On paper,...

Sundarganj UZ chairman, vice-chairman suspended

Chairman and vice-chairman of Sundarganj Upazila Parishad have been suspended as they are charge-sheeted accused in the cases for killing four cops, vandalism and arson attack. They are upazila parishad Chairman Majedur Rahman, also assistant secretary of the district unit of Jamaat-e-Islami, and Vice-Chairman Abu Solaiman Sarker, also assistant secretary of the party's Sundarganj unit. Deputy Commissioner (DC) Ehsan-e-Elahi received the suspension letters, issued by the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (LGRD), on Tuesday evening, upazila parishad sources said. In...

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