Human chain in London to express solidarity with March 22 attack victims

Women in London formed a human chain on Westminster Bridge on Sunday afternoon, four days after the terror attack, to show solidarity with victims. The attack on Westminster on Wednesday, March 22, had left three members of the public fatally injured and around 50 others wounded. The human chain on Sunday was organised by Women’s March on London and brought together women of all backgrounds, many of them Muslim. Women from the Ahmadiyya Muslim community came to express their condemnation of the attack and stand defiant in the face of terrorism. One of the women who participated was Sarah Waseem, 57, from Surrey, who said: “When an attack happens in London, it is an attack on me.

March 27, 2017 09:56 UTC

HC fixes April 2 for verdict on Blogger Rajib murder case

The High Court has fixed April 2 for pronouncing the appeal verdict on blogger Rajib Haider Murder case. HC bench of Justice Jahangir Hossain and Justice Md Jahangir Hossain set the date on Monday. Earlier, on January 9, the bench completed hearing on the death reference case. The hearing on the appeal petitions and death reference of the accused started on November 7, 2016 on priority basis. A day after the murder, the victim’s father Nazim Uddin filed a murder case with Pallabi police station

March 27, 2017 09:33 UTC

Six women held on suspicion of fraud

Police have detained six women along with a two-year-old girl from a house in Telipara area of Panchagarh suspecting them to be frauds or planning to carry out sabotage. The detainees are Maleka Begum, Ambia Khatun, Ahasena Begum, Angura Begum, Surafa Akhter and Sumi. Panchagarh police station OC Rabiul Hasan Sharkar said: “The women wanted to stay overnight at Rabiul Islam’s house on Sunday. Then, locals informed the police suspecting the women to be militants or frauds.”Later, police detained them from the house around 1:30am Monday. Quoting the detained women, OC Rabiul said they had come to Panchagarh to visit Baro Auliya Shrine and asked shelter at Rabiul’s house to stay overnight.

March 27, 2017 09:22 UTC

New law proposes minimum schooling for driving licence, penalty for using phones while driving

>> To obtain a driving licence, an individual has to clear at least eighth grade. >> The law proposes making licences for drivers' assistants mandatory. >> The new law proposes doubling the jail term and fine for driving without a licence. >> Using mobile phones while driving will cause a month in jail or Tk 5,000 fine. >> It proposes police to allow arrests without warrants in offences which can cause six-month jail term of Tk 50,000 fine.

March 27, 2017 09:11 UTC

Road Transport Act has no penalty for fatal accidents

The Cabinet has finally approved the draft of Road Transport Act, making it mandatory for drivers to have passed eighth grade to be eligible for driving licence. The Road Transport Act has been in the making for a long time. The tragic death of prominent filmmaker Tareque Masud, cinematographer Mishuk Munier and three others in a head-on collision in 2011 particularly stoked the nationwide demand for a road transport law to ensure justice for victims. Bangladesh Passengers Welfare Association data says in 2016, at least 6,055 people were killed and 15,914 injured in 4,312 road accidents around the country. Non-government organisation National Committee to Protect Shipping, Roads and Railways has reported that at least 15 people have lost their lives in road accidents in February this year.

March 27, 2017 09:11 UTC

Supreme Court to hear appeal of tannery relocation fine on Mar 30

The Appellate Division will also hear a petition calling for a review of the order to fine tannery owners Tk 10,000 each day until the relocation is complete. Barrister Fazle Noor Tapash and Barrister Mohammad Mehedi Hassan Chowdhury represented the tannery petitioners at Monday’s hearing. The court has set Mar 30 as the date for the hearing.”At the hearing Fazle Noor Tapash told the court that tannery owners had already been penalised Tk 14.4 million under the fine. On Jan 25, the High Court summoned Secretary Mosharraf Hossain Bhuiyan after HRPB petitioned that the court's order was not implemented properly. Then, on Mar 2, the High Court gave the tanneries two weeks to pay a fine of Tk 308.5 million for failing to relocate.

March 27, 2017 08:15 UTC

Attack on UK envoy: HuJI militant Ripon seeks presidential clemency

Harkat-ul-Jiahi Al Islami (HuJI) activist Delwar Hossain Ripon, who is now at the Sylhet Central Jail, has handed over his petition on Monday. On Thursday, when the prison authorities read out the top court's verdict rejecting the review plea, Ripon said that he would seek the president's pardon. Prison authorities indicated on Wednesday that they too would seek pardons. After losing the last legal option, the three are now left with the only option of seeking presidential clemency by admitting guilt. If the president rejects their pleas, the government will fix a date and prison authorities will start the process to execute the verdict.

March 27, 2017 08:03 UTC

Supreme Court hearing on FBCCI election adjourned

The Supreme Court has adjourned the hearing on a petition filed over the process of holding election to the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) till March 30. A three-member Appellate Division bench, led by Chief Justice SK Sinha, deferred the hearing on Monday as there was a mistake in the paperbook, reports UNB. On March 23 last, the Chamber Judge issued the rule after a hearing on the petition filed by the FBCCI against a High Court order staying the process of holding the election for two months. The Chamber Judge also sent the petition to a regular bench of the Appellate Division and fixed March 27 for the hearing. In his petition, Shamim alleged that there are anomalies in the voter list as his name was not in it.

March 27, 2017 08:03 UTC

Brac founder Sir Fazle Hasan Abed named among 50 greatest world leaders

Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, Brac founder and chairperson, has been named among 50 greatest leaders in the world. He has been ranked 37 in the list prepared by US-based magazine Fortune. “In 1971, Bangladesh won a brutal war for independence, and some 10 million refugees returned to a country in urgent need of rebuilding. In stepped Sir Abed, a former corporate executive who established the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee, now the world’s largest non-governmental organisation,” said the Fortune’s website. The top five positions on the list are held by Chicago Cubs’ Baseball Operations President Theo Epstein, Alibaba Group founder and Executive Chairman Jack Ma, Pope Francis, co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation – Melinda Gates and founder and Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos.

March 27, 2017 08:03 UTC

Blogger Rajib murder: High Court to deliver appeal verdicts on Apr 2

On Feb 15 2013, blogger and Ganajagaran Mancha activist Ahmed Rajib Haider was hacked to death near his Mirpur residence at the capital. The murder came within 10 days of the Ganajagaran Mancha's movement demanding the highest punishment to the war criminals. Mufti Jashim Uddin Rahmani. On Dec 31, last year, a Dhaka court ordered death sentences for two, and various jail terms for six others, which included militant outfit Ansarullah Bangla Team chief Mufti Jashim Uddin Rahmani. One of the death row convicts, Redwanul Azad Rana, who is absconding, did not appeal, while the others moved the High Court challenging the trial court's verdict.

March 27, 2017 07:30 UTC

London attack: Khaleda sends condolence letter to UK PM May

BNP special secretary Asaduzzaman Ripon handed the letter to British High Commission Political Wing chief Adrian Jones on Monday. “The BNP chairperson condemned the militant attack and spoke of her resolve to stand firm against militancy,” Ripon told Khaleda also expressed solidarity with the government and the people of the UK in the letter, he said. The UK House of Commons was in session at the time of the attack. UK police have described the incident, that happened on the anniversary of the 2016 Brussels attack, a ‘terrorist attack’Khaleda Zia had previously condemned the attack in a tweet and expressed her condolences to the victims and their families.

March 27, 2017 07:30 UTC

AP Exclusive: 'Bathroom bill' to cost North Carolina $3.76B

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March 27, 2017 07:28 UTC

Hong Kong protest leaders told they face charges day after new leader chosen

"I am already mentally prepared for this, but I am very worried about Hong Kong's future," Chan told Reuters. I don't see how the society's cracks can be mended," Chan told Reuters. Lawmaker Tanya Chan said at least nine protest leaders including herself received calls from the police notifying them of their charges. Another protest leader, University of Hong Kong law professor, Benny Tai, confirmed to Reuters by text he had been contacted by police. "Theoretically, the chief executive is a bridge between the central government and the Hong Kong people," he said.

March 27, 2017 07:18 UTC

Mymensingh man hacked to death

The deceased Abdul Motaleb (35) was the son of Abdul Kader from the Achim Union of Patuli village. The OC of Phulbarhia Police Station, Rifat Khan Rajib, informed that Motaleb was hacked to death near Boratola Bazar on Sunday night. “The police have reasons to believe the murder was due to a previous enmity .”Anowar Parvez Swapan, a cousin of Motaleb, said : “For a long time Motaleb had a property dispute with locals Abdus Samad, 'Saiful' and Fazlul Huq. The dispute was the main motive behind the murder.”

March 27, 2017 07:18 UTC

Q&A: Operation Twilight

Security forces have been trying to flush out militants from a residential building in Sylhet’s Shibbari area since Friday night. So far, two men, believed to be militants, have been shot dead by the army during a joint raid – ‘Operation Twilight’. Is a top militant leader holed up in ‘Atia Mahal’? Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal and security forces say they suspect a senior militant leader could be hiding there. Who are the victims of the suicide blast?

March 27, 2017 07:07 UTC

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