Habiganj court awards death penalty to three for murdering minor siblings

In August 2008, 12-year-old Abdul Ahad and 10-year-old Nuraj Ali was found dead with their throats slit at a village in the northeastern district's Bahubal Upazila. On Sunday, the court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Mafroza Parvin ordered death sentences for the three. They are Abdul Ali, Sayed Ali and Arzu Mia. Of them, Ali was on the dock when the verdict was announced while the others are absconding, said Prosecutor Abdul Ahad Faruq. He said convict Ali confessed to the court of the killing out previous enmity with the boys' father.

February 26, 2017 12:08 UTC

Australia find formula to exploit India weaknesses

"Everyone wrote us off and expected India to win 4-0," a smiling Smith told reporters after Australia had eased to a stunning 333-run victory within three days on Saturday. O'Keefe alone matched Ashwin and Jadeja's combined haul over both innings as he and off-spinner Nathan Lyon took all 10 Indian wickets to fall on Saturday. The world's second-ranked side strengthened their hand by recruiting ex-England spinner Monty Panesar and former India spinning all-rounder Sridharan Sriram to work with their slow bowlers. "I'd been working in the nets with some other variations, just changing the seam angle and arm angle," O'Keefe said on Friday. With the 20-year-old Renshaw's opening partner David Warner also due a big score, Australia will head to Bengaluru confident of being able to answer every question posed by the hosts.

February 26, 2017 11:53 UTC

Don't let senators off the hook

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February 26, 2017 11:48 UTC

Please drop it, says Obaidul Quader on media reports over assaulting MP

“The MP has already responded and there is nothing more to say. Reports from newspapers and online portals said that he had become angry with MP Sanowar and had assaulted him with punches and slaps. The next day Sanowar denied the assault and said the large crowd and their slogans had only angered the minister. Though Quader declined to comment at first he later said: “The Awami League is a family. Please drop it.”Quader also spoke on several other matters including the corruption cases against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, the Khulna transport workers strike and public transport costs.

February 26, 2017 11:45 UTC

Police delay chargesheet for arresting 'five assailants' of writer-blogger Avijit Roy

Roy and his wife Rafida Ahmed Bonya were attacked on the night of Feb 26, 2015 on the Dhaka University Campus. Avijit suffered a deep gash on his head and died while Bonya survived but lost a finger in the assault. A bioengineer and a naturalised US citizen, Avijit Roy founded the the blog ‘Muktomona’ (free thinkers). Two suspects in the murder of Avijit Roy seen in this still image taken from CCTV footage released by police. Explaining the delay over submitting the chargesheet, senior police officer Khaled said, "The chargesheet has to state the name of the suspects.

February 26, 2017 11:42 UTC

Rioting bill about censorship

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February 26, 2017 11:31 UTC

Zidane warns Real to be wary of "game of the year" for opponents

"We know we have to always improve but it's difficult because when teams play us it's always their game of the year," Zidane told a news conference. "Sometimes you don't even recognise the opponent when they play against us but that's normal because playing against Real Madrid is an extra motivation for everyone and we have to always remember that." On Sunday, Real visit Villarreal, who are sixth in the standings and have the best defence in the league, and Zidane expects a stern test from Fran Escriba's side. "We can't control that game, we will see it but the most important thing is what we do in our game," said the coach. Zidane said the Wales international, who came on as a substitute against Valencia and in the 2-0 win over Espanyol, was "physically 100 percent".

February 26, 2017 11:21 UTC

Simeone not convinced by Barcelona's slump in form

They're motivated about the title race after Real's defeat so I expect to see the best performance from them," Simeone told a news conference. A win for Atletico would take them on to 48 points, provisionally four behind Real and three off Barca, but Simeone batted away questions about whether victory would reignite his side's title push. "We're only thinking about the Barca game and nothing beyond that; they are a direct rival for third place and if the league permits it maybe something bigger, but it's still too soon to tell. There's still a lot of games left in the season," he said. Atletico have been boosted by the return of influential defender Diego Godin after two weeks out with a hamstring injury while Javier Mascherano and Arda Turan face late fitness tests.

February 26, 2017 11:16 UTC

Can March for Science avoid partisanship?

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February 26, 2017 11:15 UTC

New Trump border orders raise questions for sheriffs

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February 26, 2017 11:15 UTC

One killed in clash over party feud in Sylhet

One person was killed and 30 others injured in a clash between two groups of rival villagers in Sylhet’s Osmani Nagar upazila over enmity centring the upcoming upazila election. The two groups engaged in a brutal clash on Sunday morning carrying over the dispute of last night, the sources added. Police brought the situation under control firing tear gas shells and rubber bullets, the OC added. Additional superintendent of police (Media) Suggyan Chakma told the Dhaka Tribune that the supporters of Ataur Rahman blocked the Dhaka-Sylhet highway for one hour after the clash. When asked whether Saiful was killed by the rubber bullets fired by police, Suggyan replied rubber bullets had never caused the death of a person.

February 26, 2017 11:03 UTC

6 female Jamaat activists held in Dhaka

Kadamtali police detained the women from a building named Tushardhara in the Saddam Market area on Sunday afternoon, OC Arshedul Haque told the Dhaka Tribune. “Some Jamaat booklets were found in their possession,” he said. He failed to identify the detainees. Police suspect the women were plotting “anti-state” activities at the meeting. They are being held at the Kadamtali Police Station for questioning.

February 26, 2017 10:55 UTC

High Court bench assigned to hear appeals, death references in 2012 Biswajit murder

On Feb 19, Supreme Court officials said the paperbook was prepared for the appeals and the death reference over the murder case. Death sentences that trial courts issue are forwarded as death references to the High Court (HC) for approval. On Dec 9, 2012, Biswajit was hacked to death by activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League near the Bahadur Shah Park in Old Dhaka during a strike called by the BNP-led 18-Party alliance. The murder had put the ruling Awami League in a tight spot as all those accused belonged to the party’s student affiliate, Bangladesh Chhatra League. In December 2013, a Dhaka court convicted 21 persons, all of them Chhatra League activists, in the killing.

February 26, 2017 10:46 UTC

Two get death sentences in murder of Kishoreganj man

Md Alam Sabuj, general secretary of Upazila Unit of Juba League, went missing on Aug 21 that year. Police pressed charges on seven people in the case, which was later transferred the speedy trial tribunal. Those awarded the death penalty are Enam Hossain and Una Mia. The third convict, Md Sadek has received five years of rigorous imprisonment. Hossain and Mia were directly involved in the murder while Sadek concealed the murder weapon.

February 26, 2017 10:21 UTC

Bangladesh opens first solar-powered silo with climate-controlled facility

The climate controlled facilities at the northern district's Santahar can store approximately 25,000 tonnes of food. The prime minister arrived in Bogra around 12pm on Sunday to inaugurate a number of development projects. The Santahar silo was the prime minister’s first stop after arriving in the northern district. The high-tech food storage project began in 2009 and was completed with the financial and technical support of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The prime minister is set to address a public rally organised by the Bogra Awami League at the Santahar Stadium.

February 26, 2017 09:55 UTC

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