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Major rivers swelling

Major rivers swelling

With the situation worsening in at least five districts, the Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC) yesterday said that the floods might be prolonged as the water levels of three major rivers are likely to remain unchanged for three more days. Hit hard by the weeklong floods and resultant crisis of drinking water, several...

France awaits new govt after shock resignation

France's prime minister was set to appoint a new cabinet yesterday after tendering his government's resignation amid a row over economic policy, plunging the country into a fresh political crisis. As desperately unpopular President Francois Hollande battles to overcome splits in his ruling Socialists and revive the stagnant French economy, Manuel Valls was expected to announce the make-up of his team in the afternoon. The shock resignation on Monday was seen as a bid to restore order after a weekend of...

Black money flying abroad

Black money flying abroad

When money laundering is as easy as slicing a cake and the money is safe abroad, why anyone would want to legalise his black money is a question that seems to have no answer. And even if one wants to do so, he is discouraged by the complex legal structure and the vengeful political culture in the country. This is evident in the black money holders' lukewarm response to the government's repeated declarations of amnesty to them. In the fiscal 2013-14, only Tk 237.78 crore was whitened, with the government getting Tk 45 crore in taxes. The response was slightly better in the previous four fiscal years -- Tk 451 crore...

War Crimes Trial

Govt mulls reshuffle in prosecution

The government is planning to reconstitute the prosecution team of the International Crimes Tribunal against a backdrop of longstanding infighting and lack of coordination between its members. “I am planning to reshuffle the prosecution team members after the delivery of the verdicts [in the pending cases], since there are some disagreements and ego clashes between them,” Law Minister Anisul Huq told The Daily Star yesterday. “Those who are performing well will stay in the [prosecution] team, and those who cannot do...

New scheme to give villages a new look

New scheme to give villages a new look

The government has taken an ambitious project of setting up new model villages with limited urban facilities to prevent shrinkage of agriculture land. The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) yesterday approved the Tk 424 crore “Palli Janapad” project, through which four-storey buildings would be constructed at each village to accommodate the...

Govt out to gag media

Govt out to gag media

The government has moved to control the judiciary through a constitutional amendment to restore parliament's authority to impeach Supreme Court judges for misconduct or incapacity, said top leaders of the BNP-led 20-party alliance yesterday.  They also accused the Sheikh Hasina-led government of trying to secure the “illegal regime” by formulating an “anti-people national...

Form CJ-led body to pick HC judges

Bangladesh Law Commission has recommended forming a committee headed by the chief justice for the appointment of competent judges to the High Court in order to dispose of cases quickly.  Currently, HC judges are appointed by the president on recommendation of the chief justice, apparently after reaching an understanding with the government.      The commission sent the recommendation to the law ministry in a report on Monday. According to the constitution, the government can formulate a law that would allow the president to...

Govt plans to boost cotton production seven-fold

The government has taken up a Tk 105 crore project to increase production of raw cotton, only 3 percent of which is now collected from local producers. The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council yesterday approved the Extended Cotton Farming Project Phase-1 through which an additional 7 lakh bales of cotton will be produced a year. Bangladesh produces only 1 lakh bales of cotton, which meets only 2-3 percent of the garment industry's demand. Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal said the...

BNP stresses talks on polls before AL tenure ends

BNP stresses talks on polls before AL tenure ends

The BNP-led 20-party alliance will force the Sheikh Hasina-led government to sit with it in a dialogue for holding a fresh election before the end of this administration’s tenure, a top BNP leader said today. The alliance will gradually take its ongoing anti-government movement to “top gear” to force the government for the dialogue...

Impeachment provision to politicise judiciary: Bar chief

Impeachment provision to politicise judiciary: Bar chief

Terming the charter amendment move to restore the parliament's authority to impeach Supreme Court judges an 'ill attempt', Supreme Court Bar Association chief today alleged that the government is doing it "to completely politicise the judiciary". The government has taken the initiative to with a view to keeping the judges in panic and bringing the judiciary under the administration "the way it was done in 1974", Khandaker Mahbub Hossain said at a press briefing. He met journalists at his office at the Supreme Court building after a meeting with current and former SCBA leaders over waging an anti-government movement for "protecting rule of law in the country". The cabinet on Monday approved...

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