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Find proper formalin detection kit

The High Court yesterday ordered the government to buy proper formalin detection kits within next two months as the Formaldehyde Meter Z-300 has been found faulty. It also asked the government to form an expert committee which will recommend an appropriate device for detecting formalin in foods. The HC bench of Justice Salma Masud Chowdhury and Justice M Khasruzzaman passed the order after hearing a writ petition filed by Fruit Importers' Association. The petition was lodged with the court in early July...

Govt had support for Latif: Fakhrul

BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir today lambasted the government for allowing sacked minister Abdul Latif Siddique to come out of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport without any barrier. “It proves that the government had complete support for him,” Fakhrul said while talking to reporters after a call on with visiting Swedish Minister Isabella Lovin at the Swedish ambassador's office at Gulshan. At a press briefing later in the day at the party’s Nayapaltan office, BNP joint secretary general Rizvi...

Remove structures from Buriganga in 72 hrs: HC

Remove structures from Buriganga in 72 hrs: HC

The High Court today directed the government to remove all structures from the river Buriganga at Badamtoli, Wise Ghat and Shyambazar areas by the next 72 hours. In response to a writ petition, the court also asked the government to run mobile courts in those areas so that establishments cannot be built on the...

Govt for modern, efficient forces

Govt for modern, efficient forces

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the government wants to see the armed forces as disciplined, efficient, modern and well-equipped units. The government will do whatever is needed to achieve this, she told a reception at the Senakunja at Dhaka Cantonment marking the Bangladesh Armed Forces Day 2014. The armed forces, glorying in the spirit...

Hold citizens' dialogue to solve problems

Eminent jurist Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday called upon the government to organise a national dialogue with citizens to solve the country's problems over issues, including restoration of the 1972 constitution and independence of judiciary. Ignoring the 1972 constitution means disrespecting the three million Liberation War martyrs and rejecting the December 16, 1971 victory day, he said, asking the government to restore the constitution.  The internationally acclaimed jurist was addressing a discussion, “'72's Constitution and Independence of Judiciary”, organised by Bangladesh Gonotantrik...

HC reinstates 7yrs as highest punishment for reckless driving

HC reinstates 7yrs as highest punishment for reckless driving

The High Court today reinstated the highest punishment for reckless driving to seven years in prison from the prevailing three-year jail term. In its observation, the court recommended that the punishment for reckless driving should be increased further to ensure the right to life for the people. The highest penalty for death because of reckless...

Bangladesh at high terrorism risk: Report

Bangladesh at high terrorism risk: Report

Bangladesh is at substantial risk of terrorist activity, according to a report released by non-profit think tank Institute of Economics and Peace. The country ranked 23 among 162 nations in the Global Terrorism Index. Bangladesh is among the 13 countries listed vulnerable to high terrorism risk and the third South Asian country at such a...

7-murder: HC unhappy with slow probe

7-murder: HC unhappy with slow probe

The High Court today expressed dissatisfaction with the government over the slow progress of the investigation into the abduction and killing of seven people in Narayanganj. Today, the government filed three progress reports – of police’s inspector general, Rapid Action Battalion, and the probe body led by public administration ministry – before the court...

Hard to catch

Hard to catch

Khokon Razakar, handed down death penalty for war crimes in 1971, seems far off walking the gallows, as he remains holed up abroad. Although a prosecutor and an investigator claimed to have seen him in Sweden last year, the government said they do not have specific information on the whereabouts of the 70-year-old BNP...

Don't train Rab, police

Don't train Rab, police

Accusing police and the Rapid Action Battalion of "corruption and misdeeds", BNP chief Khaleda Zia urged the international community not to provide training or arms and ammunition to the forces. The two-time former premier also reiterated her demand that the Rab, which was created by her government in 2004, be disbanded. "The Rab has turned...

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