Sunday, 26 February 2017
Cricket: Smith joins elite 'five-in-five club'

26 February 2017 Australia's superstar skipper Steve Smith had joined another exclusive group of batsmen following his brilliant hundred in the first Test against India in Pune.

Smith made 109 in the second innings to help set his team up for a crushing 333-run victory over the hosts, handing Australia a shock one-nil lead in the four-match series, reports

It was his 18th Test hundred, of which just two have been scored in the second innings, while it was also his fifth century in consecutive matches against India.

The 27-year-old is just the fifth player in Test history to score five straight hundreds against the same opposition, joining an elite list of names: Sir Donald Bradman, Shoaib Mohammad, Neil Harvey and Jacques Kallis.

Smith hit a hundred in each match of the four-Test series against India in the home summer of 2014-15, captaining Australia for the first time in the absence of an injured Michael Clarke and stamping himself as one of the next great batsmen in the sport.

His average against India now stands at 88.83 from seven matches, with five hundreds and three fifties.

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WB hands over another duty-free vehicle

26 February 2017 With a vow to support the ongoing investigation of Customs Intelligence and Investigation Directorate (CIID), the World Bank has handed over another car, 11 days after the directorate sought information about 16 vehicles brought into the country duty-free.

READ more: WB hands in 2 duty-free vehicles

The WB's Dhaka office turned over the sedan -- Toyota Allion, 2006, -- to officials at CIID Kakrail office around 5:00pm on February 22, Moinul Khan, director general of CIID, told The Daily Star today.

With this, the WB has handed over three duty-free vehicles.

The WB voluntarily surrendered the car and expressed its commitment to extend all out support to the ongoing investigation conducted by the customs investigators, the CIID official said quoting a letter sent by Qimiao Fan, World Bank country director for Bangladesh.

Also READ: ILO returns duty-free car to customs

“We are fully cooperating and working closely with the National Board of Revenues (NBR) and Customs Intelligence & Investigation Directorate (CIID) to address the issue of some outstanding passbooks. We have taken steps to trace the status of all outstanding passbooks issued to World Bank staff, and the whereabouts of the vehicles bought under the passbooks,” Qimiao Fan said in a press statement today.

They have taken steps to trace the status of all outstanding passbooks issued to World Bank staff, and the whereabouts of the vehicles bought under the passbooks, the statement reads.

Information based on a primary investigation, the user of the sedan was Nihal Fernando, a senior rural development specialist of WB who left the country in December of 2010 but did not surrender it to the customs authorities, he said.

Fernando bought the vehicle free of duty under privileged persons' facility for personal use.

The customs authorities found irregularities in other vehicles in its primary investigation and will take legal measures against the matter with support of the WB, the CIID official said.

The National Board of Revenue (NBR) in 2003 framed a rule that allowed foreigners, who work at the local offices of the WB, International Monetary Fund, Asian Development Bank and other international development agencies, to import durables at zero duty.

The durables brought in under the facility must be listed on a passbook. The foreigners should return the passbooks to the NBR before leaving Bangladesh on expiry of their job tenure.

The foreign nationals can either choose to take back the durables with them or sell those to people with same status. However, the NBR must be informed about their choice of action.

The rule stipulates that if any privileged person flouts the rule, the head of the organisation concerned would be held responsible for it.

Following an investigation, the CIID on February 15 sent a letter to the WB's Dhaka office seeking information about the 16 duty-free vehicles.

On February 19, 2017, the ILO country office in Dhaka handed over a sedan, brought in Bangladesh duty-free, to CIID officials.

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Appointing SC judges: Legality of president’s power questioned

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26 February 2017 The High Court today questioned the legality of president’s authority to appoint Supreme Court judges and to control the appointment and posting of lower court judges.

The court issued a ruling asking the authorities concerned of the government to explain in four weeks as to why the constitutional provision that empower the president to appoint the SC judges and to control appointment and the posting of lower court judges should not be declared illegal.

Secretaries to the cabinet division, the president and the law ministry have been made respondent to the rule.

The HC bench of Justice Kazi Rezaul Haque and Justice Mohammad Ullah came up with the rule following a writ petition filed by SC lawyer Advocate Eunus Ali Akond.

On November 3 last year, Advocate Eunus Ali Akond filed the writ petition with the HC challenging the legality of constitutional provisions that empowered the president to appoint SC judges and control the lower court judges.

READ ALSO: Constitutional provision on president appointing SC judges challenged in court

The advocate submitted the petition praying to the HC to declare Article 95 (1) and 116 of the charter unconstitutional.

Article 95 (1) of the constitution says, “The Chief Justice shall be appointed by the President, and the other Judges shall be appointed by the President after consultation with the Chief Justice.”

Article 116 says, “The control (including the power of posting, promotion and grant of leave) and discipline of persons employed in the judicial service and magistrates exercising judicial functions shall vest in the President and shall be exercised by him in consultation with the Supreme Court.”

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Death of Jihad: 3 railway engineers among 4 jailed for 10yrs
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26 February A Bangladesh court has convicted four persons, including railway officials of negligence causing death of a child, who fell into an abandoned deep tube-well in the capital.

In December 2014, a 4-year- old boy fell into a deep tube-well of the Bangladesh Railway in Dhaka in 2014.

Five railway engineers and the contractor, who had set up the well, had been charged of death due to negligence in the case started by the boy's father.

On Sunday, a Dhaka court gave its decision over the incident, which shook the nation.

Four railway officials and the contractor have been found guilty and sentenced to 10 years in prison each.

They are railway Senior Sub-Assistant Engineer Jahangir Alam, who was in charge of the project, the contractor Abdus Salam, Assistant Engineer Md Nasir Uddin and Electric Engineer Abu Zafar Ahmed Shaki.

They have been also slapped a fine of Tk 200,000 each, failing to pay which will cause another two years in jail.

The court acquitted assistant engineers Dipak Kumar Bhoumik and Md Saiful Islam as charges leveled against them have not been proven.

The verdict, by the court of Dhaka's Fifth Special Judge Md Akhaturazzam, observed that it was the convicts' negligence which caused the death of the boy.

In the afternoon of Dec 26 2014, 'Jihad' fell through the 14-inch opening of a pipe of deep tube-well of Bangladesh Railway, which was unsealed even after it was abandoned.

Rescuers had called off their search after 23 hours, but the locals refused to give up. They pulled out Jihad soon afterwards but the child was dead by then.

Doctors at the Dhaka Medical College and Hospital said he had died several hours before being taken to the hospital.

The boy's father, who filed the case, said on Sunday that he was not satisfied with verdict as two of the defendants have been acquitted and that he would move the High Court.

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