January 2017

Saturday, 28 January 2017

EC formation: Search body asks for 5 names
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28 January 2017 The newly formed search committee today requested 31 political parties to propose five names of Election Commission head and members to the additional secretary of the Cabinet division by January 31.

The search committee will also sit with 12 eminent personalities of the country’s civil society at the Supreme Court Judges' Lounge in Dhaka on Monday at 4:00pm, Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam briefed journalists after the first meeting of the search committee.

The eminent personalities are – former High Court judge Md Abdur Rashid, Prof Dr AK Azad Chowdhury, Serajul Islam Choudhury, SMA Fayez, Sultana Kamal, former Chief Election Commissioner ATM Shamsul Huda, former Election Commissioner Sohul Hussain, former Election Commissioner Sakhawat Hussain, local government expert Tofail Ahmed, secretary of Shushanor Jonno Nagorik Badiul Alam Majumdar, Dhaka University professor Abul Quasem Fazlul Huq and former inspector general of police Nurul Huda.

READ MORE: EC Formation: Search committee to come up with names in 10 workdays

Earlier around 11:00am, the six-member body headed by Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain held the meeting at the SC Judges' Lounge.

The president formed the search body on January 25 after holding series of talks with 31 registered political parties including BNP and ruling Awami League.

The other members of the search committee are Justice Obaidul Hassan, a High Court judge, Muhammed Sadique, chairman of Bangladesh Public Service Commission (BPSC), Masud Ahmed, comptroller and auditor general of Bangladesh, Prof Syed Manzoorul Islam, trustee board member of Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB), and Shireen Akhter, pro-vice chancellor of Chittagong University.

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RUET Credit system: Section of students go on indefinite strike
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28 January 2017 A section of Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (RUET) students today announced indefinite strike demanding withdrawal of “33 credit system”.

The students decided not to attend any examinations or classes unless their demand is fulfilled, an agitating student wishing anonymity told our Rajshahi University correspondent.

University authorities introduced the “33 credit system” in 2013, where if a student fails to get 33 out of 40 credits, she or he will not be allowed to move up to next session and will have to retake the whole year again.

Whereas previously, a student could move on to the next session even if they passed less than 33 credits and were allowed to retake the subjects at a later date.

Around 150 students of 2014-2015 batches of different departments have been protesting the credit system by boycotting classes and examinations from 8:00am.

They also submitted a memorandum to the university vice chancellor in the morning.

When asked, Vice Chancellor Prof Rafiqul Alam Beg said the system was introduced in 2013 for the students' own good and their demand for withdrawing it is illogical, reports our RUET correspondent.

However, the students had not consulted him regarding the matter before starting the movement, says the VC.

“Decision on the next course of action will be made after a meeting of academic council”, he added.

Students alleged, around 150 students of ’13 and ’14 batches have failed to earn the necessary amount of credits to pass till now.

Tamim, one of the agitating students, said under the new system if a student cannot manage to secure 33 credits out of 40 in one year, he or she has to repeat the year with junior students.

He said, before the ‘33 credit system’ was introduced, students who fell short of the required credits, used to get them by completing short courses in their final year.

Another student alleged that, there is no such type of credit system in any other engineering and technology university in the country.

Though a University official anonymously said that, the RUET Chhatra League is behind this movement, the agitating students denied the allegations.

They said, they are protesting the credit system for the general students, there is no political connection to it.

RUET BCL General Secretary Topu said, “we have no connection with this movement”.

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PM again blasts anti-Rampal power plant campaigners
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28 January 2017 Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina once again came down heavily on the quarter campaigning against the Rampal power plant, saying that they never visited the power plant site to ascertain its impact on the Sundarbans.

Defending the construction of the power plant, she also said the Rampal power plant is being set up in Rampal, not in the Sundarbans.

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'Not the time to build walls'
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28 January 2017 Iranian President Hassan Rouhani criticised his US counterpart Donald Trump today, saying now was "not the time to build walls between nations".

"They have forgotten that the Berlin Wall collapsed many years ago. Even if there are walls between nations, they must be removed," Rouhani said at a tourism convention in Tehran.

His remarks came after Trump ordered construction of a wall along the US-Mexico border and imposed tough new controls on travellers from seven Muslim countries, among them Iran.

READ MORE: Trump orders building of Mexico border wall

Rouhani did not comment directly on the visa ban, but said Iran had "opened its doors" to foreign tourists since the signing of a nuclear agreement with world powers in 2015.

With more than a million Iranians living in the United States, many families are deeply concerned about the implications of Trump's visa ban, which also affects citizens from Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

On Thursday, one of Iran's most popular actresses said she would boycott next month's Academy Awards in protest at the ban.

"Trump's visa ban for Iranians is racist. Whether this will include a cultural event or not, I won't attend the #AcademyAwards 2017," tweeted Taraneh Alidoosti, who stars in the Oscar-nominated "The Salesman".

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Saturday, 21 January 2017

‘BSMMU Pro-VC assault’: Doctors suspend medical service
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21 January 2017 Healthcare services at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) came to a halt as two groups of doctors were in confrontation at the hospital premises following the assault of a pro-vice chancellor allegedly by Vice Chancellor Prof Kamrul Hasan Khan.

The supporters of BSMMU VC Hasan Khan and Pro-VC (Academic) Prof ASM Zakaria Swapan started the agitation around 11:00am, Assistant Proctor Dr ASM Mustafa Zaman told The Daily Star.

They brought out separate processions at Battala Chattar inside the campus, he said.

READ ALSO: VC of BSMMU 'assaults' pro-VC

Earlier on Thursday, the VC reportedly assaulted Zakaria Swapan over publishing a report on nurses' recruitment in a Bangla daily.

“The VC pushed and pressed me against a wall at a meeting at his conference room where the proctor of the university also verbally abused me,” Pro-VC [Academic] Prof ASM Zakaria Swapan alleged on Thursday. The VC however denied the allegations.

The factions engaged in chase and counter-chase on the campus following the incident, the police official said.

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12-yr-old boy killed in Uttara road crash
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21 January 2017 A 12-year-old boy was killed after a battery-run auto-rickshaw ran over him in Uttara area of Dhaka today.

The deceased Rasel, who hailed from Shimultali in Gazipur, was on his way to Kamarpara of Uttara with his grandfather, police said.

The auto-rickshaw hit him when he was crossing the road No. 21 in Uttara's Sector No. 10 around 10:00am, leaving him injured critically, said Sub-inspector Bacchu Mia, in-charge of DMCH police outpost.

He was rushed to a local private clinic. Later, he was shifted to Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH), where he was pronounced dead.

Police detained the alleged driver, the SI also said.

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Jackie Chan to visit India, has special message for Salman Khan
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21 January 2017 It seems like India has now became a perfect destination for International stars, who want to promote their films here. After Fast and the Furious fame Vin Diesel, recently visited India to promote his film ‘xxx: Returns of Xander Cage’, now legendary actor Jackie Chan is all set to visit India to promote his upcoming film "Kung Fu Yoga" along with Bollywood actor Sonu Sood.

Yes, you heard that right, Sonu, who has worked with Salman in Dabangg, confirmed the news by posting a video clip on his twitter handle and wrote: TWEET- Bhai, @BeingSalmanKhan I have an unusual power packed surprise for you! See you soon in India #Pandeji Hum aah rahe hai @EyeOfJackieChan.

In the video, the Rush Hour star also has a special message for superstar Salman Khan.

Also starring Disha Patani and Amyra Dastur, the film has been directed by Stanley Tong.

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Power, energy ministry to be paperless in 3yrs: Nasrul
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21 January 2017 State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid today said his ministry has been working to make it paperless within next three years.

“A world-renowned consultant is working in this field to implement the government’s plan to make the country digital,” he said while addressing a meet the press session at Dhaka Reporters Unity (DRU).

The DRU arranged the meet the press session as a regular programme with its president Shakhawat Hossain Badsha in the chair, while general secretary M Mursalin Nomani moderated the function.

The state minister highlighted the government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s different development initiatives to ensure energy security aimed at making the country a middle income country by 2021.

He said the power generation capacity reached to 15,351 megawatt (MW), three times higher, and the number of beneficiaries reached to 80 percent from 47 percent before 2009.

Replying to a query, the state minister said Bangladesh needs highly professional workforces to take immediate decision for some technical projects like deep sea blocks, coal-based power plants and other power and energy related projects.

He said the government is marching forward by materialising the vision-2021 and his ministry is working to provide electricity connection to individual client within one working day, while connection of power to industry within the shortest time.

“We have targeted to bring all citizens under electricity coverage by 2021 and now 5.50 lakh people get power connection per month, which was only 43,000 earlier,” Nasrul said.

There are two crore people getting electricity from Bangladesh Rural Electrification Board (BREB) and the government created innovative fund for loan in the power and energy sector, he said.

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Blast kills at least 21 in Pakistan vegetable market, says official
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21 January 2017 An explosion in a busy vegetable market killed at least 21 people on Saturday in Pakistan's remote northwestern tribal region, an official said, in an attack jointly claimed by the Pakistani Taliban and a branch of the sectarian militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi.

About 40 others were wounded in the blast in Kurram region, near the border with Afghanistan, said Sajid Hussain Turi, member of the National Assembly from the region.

"We received 21 bodies of the local tribal people killed in the blast," Turi said, adding that there would be a mass funeral followed by a demonstration over the attack.

Spokesmen for the Pakistani Taliban and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi Al Alami said the two groups coordinated the attack together.

Mohammad Khurassani, a spokesman for the Mehsud faction of the Pakistani Taliban, said the attack was to avenge Tuesday's killing of the leader of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), Asif Chotoo, by police in the eastern province of Punjab.

Ali bin Sufyan, spokesman for LeJ's Al Alami faction, told Reuters his group had coordinated the attack with the Pakistani Taliban. The Al Alami militants in the past have claimed to have coordinated attacks with Middle East-based Islamic State's branch in Pakistan, including the November bombing of a Muslim shrine that killed 52 people, but the group also allies with the Taliban.

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Trump, in Oval Office, signs first order on Obamacare
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21 January 2017 President Donald Trump directed government agencies on Friday to freeze regulations and take steps to weaken Obamacare, using his first hours in the White House to make good on a campaign promise to start dismantling his predecessor's healthcare law.

Heading into the Oval Office shortly after the conclusion of his inaugural parade, Trump signed an order on the Affordable Care Act that urged government departments to "waive, defer, grant exemptions from, or delay the implementation" of provisions that imposed fiscal burdens on states, companies or individuals.

It also called for efforts to give states greater flexibility in implementing healthcare programs while developing "a free and open market in interstate commerce for the offering of healthcare services and health insurance."

Health experts had speculated that Trump could expand exemptions from the so-called individual mandate, which requires Americans to carry insurance or face a penalty, or the requirement that employers offer coverage.

 

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Experts also believe the administration could try to reduce the “essential benefits,” such as maternity care and mental health services, that insurance plans must cover.

The White House did not provide further details about the executive order.

Trump's spokesman Sean Spicer said the White House also directed an immediate regulatory freeze for all government agencies in a memo from Trump's chief of staff, Reince Priebus. He did not offer details.

Repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, one of former President Barack Obama's signature laws, was a central pledge for Trump during the presidential election campaign. Republicans in the US Congress have not yet laid out a plan to recast the insurance program.

 

US President Donald Trump hands Chief of Staff Reince Priebus (right) an executive order that directs agencies to ease the burden of Obamacare, after signing it in the Oval Office in Washington, US January 20, 2017. Also pictured is White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter (centre). Reuters

In a hastily arranged ceremony, surrounded by some of his aides, Trump sat behind the presidential Resolute Desk and signed the order. He also signed commissions for his newly confirmed defence secretary, James Mattis, and his homeland security secretary, John Kelly.

Trump spoke briefly about his day with reporters. "It was busy, but good. It was a beautiful day," he said.

There were other signs of change in the Oval Office, which Obama vacated on Friday morning. Golden drapes hung where crimson ones had earlier in the day and new furniture dotted the room.

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Monday, 16 January 2017

MP Rana, 3 brothers expelled from Tangail AL
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16 January 2017 Amanur Rahman Khan, the lawmaker from Tangail-3 constituency, and his three brothers have been expelled from the district Awami Legaue on charges of various allegations.

Tangail district unit of AL took the decision today in an urgent meeting chaired by district AL President Fazlur Rahman Khan Faruk at Zila Parishad Auditorium, reports our correspondent.

The allegations brought against them include violation of party discipline, killing local AL leader and freedom fighter Faruk Ahmed and attempt to kill Ghatail upazila unit BCL leader Abu Sayeed Rubel, party sources said.

MP Rana and his three younger brothers--Jahidur Rahman Khan Kakon, former president of Chambers and Commerce in Tangail; Shahidur Rahman Khan Mukti, former mayor of Tangail municipality and former general secretary of Tangail City Unit of AL; and Saniat Khan Bappa, former vice-president of central unit of BCL -- are among the 14 charge-sheeted accused in freedom fighter Faruk Ahmed killing case.

“The decision to expel the brothers from AL district unit will be sent to the party’s central unit for final approval,” said Joaherul Islam Joaher, general secretary of district unit of AL.

He further said, “The decision to expel them from the party will declare formally after getting the approval from the central.”

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Cricket: New Zealand, Bangladesh defend bouncers despite danger
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16 January 2017 New Zealand and Bangladesh Monday defended the short ball as a legitimate weapon following the bouncer-laden first Test which saw Mushfiqur Rahim rushed to hospital after being hit on the head.

Kane Williamson led New Zealand in a stunning fightback to win the Test on Monday after Bangladesh were reduced to nine wickets in their second innings with Mushfiqur injured.

Williamson, who scored his 15th century as New Zealand mowed down a 217-run target late on the final day, said the injury was sad to see but the bouncer was a legitimate weapon.

After Bangladesh posted an imposing 595 for eight in their first innings and New Zealand fell 56 runs short in reply, the game turned when the hosts employed the short ball to end the Bangladesh second innings at 160-9.

Mushfiqur retired hurt on 13 and was taken to hospital in an ambulance after he was felled by a short-pitched delivery from Tim Southee.

It was one of several bouncers which had the Bangladesh captain frequently ducking and weaving during his 80 minutes at the crease.

Mushfiqur was given the all-clear following x-rays but took no further part in the match and while Williamson said that was unfortunate for Bangladesh, he defended the continued use of the short ball.

"It's a tactic to get players out," he said.

"It is very unfortunate when you do see someone get hit. It's obviously a delicate place and both teams were very concerned when it happened.

"It was sad to see. It's never nice to see someone in an ambulance on the cricket field but nice to see he's OK now."

Williamson said that after a tough first innings, the way the New Zealand bowlers came back in the second and "put the ball in the right area was a great effort which set the game up for us."

Bangladesh also made ample use of the bouncer with Neil Wagner hit three times in his first innings with one ball slamming the helmet grille into his face and leaving him with a cut chin.

Tamim Iqbal, who took over the leadership of the Bangladesh side, had no complaints about the tactic and likened a threatening short delivery in New Zealand to facing spin in the sub-continent.

"That's part of the game. You can't complain about it," he said.

"That was their strategy maybe. I have no complaints. I am sure Mushy (Mushfiqur) doesn't have complaints too.

"When they come to Bangladesh we know that they don't like playing spin, we'll bowl spin all day, that's what happens."

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I'm not fully happy with verdict: Nazrul’s father-in-law
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16 January 2017 Shahid Chairman, the father-in-law of Narayanganj City Corporation panel mayor Nazrul Islam, said he was not completely happy with the judgment of the seven-murder case.

“I am not fully happy with judgment because names of five accused in FIR were dropped from charge sheet. Godfather Shamim Osman did this to save his party men."

However, Nazrul’s wife Selina Islam said she was satisfied with the verdict and the higher court would uphold the verdict.

"I am happy with the verdict but I will not show 'V' sign until the execution of the verdict," Selina said.

Abdul Wahab, father of another victim Ibrahim, the driver of slain lawyer Chandan Sarker, said he was happy with the verdict.

Ibrahim’s wife Hanufa Begum, said "I am happy with the verdict. I want the fugitives to be arrested soon.”

Seven people, including Nazrul and senior lawyer Chandan Sarker, were abducted from the Dhaka-Narayanganj link road on April 27, 2014. Later, their bodies were found floating in the Shitalakkhya.

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Drive to evict Gulistan hawkers to continue: DSCC mayor
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16 January 2017 Amid protest from hawkers, Dhaka South City Corporation Mayor Sayeed Khokon today said they are stick to their decision to keep hawkers of Gulistan off the streets during office hours.

The drive will continue to ensure free streets for the public, the DSCC mayor said after a meeting with an 11-member of Bangladesh Hawkers’ Federation at Nagar Bhaban today.

The team led by Abdul Hashem Chowdhury presented a memorandum to the mayor Khokon with a 10-point demand including a stop to eviction without rehabilitation of the hawkers.

In their demands, they asked for government recognition of hawkers, extortion to be stopped and to bring an end to persecution of hawkers.

Earlier, hundreds of hawkers gathered in front of Bangabazar in protest of the eviction.

“There is no question of giving the hawkers any chance in this regard. There are about 1.20 crore people residing in this city. Of them, 60 percent people walk to their destinations and there should be no obstruction in their way,” Khokon said in the meeting at Nagar Bhaban.

The eviction drive will not even consider any government offices occupying the streets, the mayor added.

The mayor, however, said measures will be taken to establish a holiday market for hawkers.

During the drive, the city corporation took down a Jubo League office amid protest of a few activists.

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People’s fear gone after 7-murder verdict: Minister
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16 January 2017 Law Minister Anisul Huq today said the panic created in people’s mind after the seven murders in Narayanganj has diminished following today’s verdict in the case.

“I think people of the country will be satisfied over the verdict,” the minister said while expressing his reaction to reporters at his secretariat office in Dhaka.

The minister said, “It is the duty of the state to bring the offenders, whoever they are, to book to ensure justice.”

The state has carried out its duty and therefore, rule of law has been established in the country, he added.

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Actor Kalyan Corraya gets bail in hit-and-run case
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16 January 2017 Actor Kalyan Corraya has secured bail in a hit-and-run case that left photojournalist Zia Islam critically injured.

The court of Dhaka's Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate granted him bail on Monday.

Zia, the chief photojournalist of Bangla daily 'Prothom Alo’, was hit by a car around midnight on Jan 9 in front of the Bashundhara City shopping mall in the capital.

He was first admitted to the Dhaka Medical College Hospital and shifted to Apollo Hospital next day.

On Jan 13, he was transferred to Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore for treatment after undergoing a brain surgery.

Kalyan in a Facebook status wrote the same day, "I am innocent", after which police called the actor for questioning.

Prothom Alo Manager (Security) Sajjad Ul Kabir initiated a case on behalf of his organisation with the Kalabagan police.

Kalyan was subsequently arrested.

After Monday's hearing, plaintiff counsel Subhra Sinha Roy said Kalyan has been granted bail until the probe report or chargesheet or the final report is submitted.

Another counsel for the Bangla daily Prashant Karmakar told bdnews24.com that the police filed its initial report on Monday to the court where it included the fact gleaned from the defendant during his interrogation.

"The investigating officer stated in the report that they have found Kalyan was involved and that they are cross-checking the information."

On Jan 11, police produced him before a court and sought remand to question him, but the court turned down the petition. Police were told to interrogate him at the jail gate.

Kalyan's bail plea was also scrapped at that time.

The actor then changed his counsel, who on Sunday petitioned to the court for bail, which was turned down on the grounds that the police were yet to file its initial report.

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Narayanganj seven-murder: Nur Hossain, former Lt Col Tarek Sayeed, 24 others get death sentences
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16 January 2017 Prime accused Nur Hossain, sacked commanding officer of Rab-11 Tareque Sayeed Mohammad and 24 others were awarded death penalty in Narayanganj 7-murder case.

The judge of Narayanganj District and Sessions Judge's Court Sayed Enayet Hossain jailed nine other accused for seven to 17 years’ of imprisonment.

Apart from the Rab commanding officer, there are two other dismissed officials of the elite force in the death row list.  They are Maj Arif Hossain and Lt commander Masud Rana.

The other condemned convicts are, Mizanur Rahman Dipu, Abdul Alim, Mohinuddin Munshi, Lans Nayek Hira Miah, Sipahi Abu Toiyob, Selim, Sanaullah Sana, Shah Jahan, Jamal Uddin, Asad-uj-jaman Noor, Purnendu Bala, ROG Arif Hossain, Al Amin, Tajul Islam, Enamul, Belal Hossain,Shihab Uddin, Mortuja Jaman Churchill, Ali Mohammad, Abul Basher, Raham Ali, Emdadul Haque.

Lawyers bring out a procession on the court premises welcoming the verdict of Narayanganj seven-murder case on January 16, 2017. Photo: Tuhin Subhra Adhikary

READ MORE: A long, winding road to justice

Ruhul Amin, Soinik Nuruzzaman, SI Abul Kalam Azad, Babul Hasan, SI Kamal Hosen and Constable Habibur Rahman Habib were sentenced to ten years’ of imprisonment.

Besides, the court also jailed ASI Bozlur Rahman and Nasir Uddin for seven years.

READ ALSO: Nur Hossain repatriated

Expressing satisfaction over the verdict, prosecution lawyer Advocate Sakhawat Hossain said, “We want immediate implementation of the verdict.”

Around 10:03am, the court started reading out the verdict amid tight security in and around the court premises.

Five accused including Nur Hossain were taken to the court from Kashimpur jail in Gazipur around 9:40am while 18 other accused were brought from Narayanganj jail around 9:00am, our correspondents report from the spot.

ALSO READ: 3 more Rab men involved

Seven people, including Narayanganj City Corporation panel mayor Nazrul Islam and senior lawyer Chandan Sarker, were abducted from the Dhaka-Narayanganj link road on April 27, 2014. Later, their bodies were found floating in the Shitalakkhya.

Kamal Uddin, officer-in-charge of Fatullah Police Station, told The Daily Star that the authorities strengthened security to avert any untoward incident ahead of the verdict.

Over 300 policemen were deployed on the court premises since 6:00am, he said.

On November 30 last year, a Narayanganj court fixed today [January 16, 2017] for delivering its verdict on the sensational seven murders after the completion of the defence arguments in favour of 23 arrested accused and 12 fugitives.

Earlier on February 8 last year, 35 people including Nur Hossain and three Rab officials were indicted in two cases filed over the incident.

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Wednesday, 11 January 2017

100% pension withdrawers at a loss: Muhith
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11 January 2017 Finance Minister AMA Muhith said today that those who withdrew 100 percent of their pension fund would not be subject to any more privilege.

“Those who withdrew 100 percent of their pension money have drowned. They won’t get any more benefit,” he told reporters at the secretariat following a cabinet meeting.

He said that a new provision has been made so that the pension beneficiaries will not face any problem during cashing their fund.

Regarding the pension for private jobholders, the minister said the government intends to introduce pension for them, “but it will take time”. “We’ll talk with different stakeholders to this end as they have the responsibilities,” he said.

The government will abolish 100 percent encashment of pension fund by retired government employees from July 1 this year.

The retired government employees will get to cash 50 percent of their pension fund and rest will be provided to them by monthly installments, according to a circular issued by the finance division on Tuesday.

The circular also said that provision of the new pension fund will be effective from July 1 and the pensioners will get a five percent increment of the monthly pension amount from the same month.

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Running Prothom Alo journo over: Cops to quiz Kalyan at jail gate
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11 January 2017 A Dhaka court today allowed police to interrogate actor and model Kalyan Corraya at the jail gate for three days in connection with a case filed over the hit-and-run that injured chief photojournalist of Bangla daily Prothom Alo on Monday.

Metropolitan Magistrate Md Mazharul Haque passed the order after rejecting remand and bail petitions.

Earlier in the day, Kalabagan police sought three-day remand for Kalyan a day after they arrested him in connection with the case filed with Kalabagan Police Station yesterday.

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Most militants hail from north: Home boss
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11 January 2017 Most militants hail from northern Bangladesh, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said in Rangpur today.

“Government is in hard line regarding militancy,” he said after the 15th meeting of home affairs’ Parliamentary standing committee, reports our local correspondent.

“People got a positive result from the anti-militancy campaign across the country. Militancy situation is now under control in Bangladesh although it is a global problem,” he said.

About lawmaker Monzurul Islam Liton killing, Minister Kamal said police is working round the clock to trace and arrest the killers. “Nobody will be spared,” he warned.

The members of the committee including Shahidul Haque, Inspector General of Police [IGP] and Benjir Ahmed, Director General of Rab were present during the meeting.

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