The High Court (HC) will deliver its order Sunday on an appeal filed by BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia challenging her sentence in the Zia Orphanage Trust case. An HC bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Shahidul Karim set the date on Thursday. On February 25, the HC bench heard the bail petition of Khaleda and said that it will pass an order on it after receiving the case records from the lower court. On February 8, Special Judge's Court-5 of Dhaka sentenced Khaleda to five years' rigorous imprisonment after it had found her and five others guilty in the graft case. The court also sentenced Khaleda's elder son Tarique Rahman, now the acting chairman of BNP, and four others to 10 years' rigorous imprisonment each, and fined them a total of Tk 2.10 crore.
Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith said, "Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami has no right to stay in Bangladesh as the party is the enemy of the country." "The anti-liberation force is again hatching a conspiracy to push the country towards anarchy," he said. The finance minister came up with the remarks while speaking at a meeting with the officials of BCS Economic Cadre Association at the secretariat on Monday following the attack on eminent writer and educationalist Prof Muhammed Zafar Iqbal at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) in Sylhet.
BNP has announced two days fresh programmes on Tuesday and Thursday demanding release of its Chairperson Khaleda Zia. BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi announced the programmmes at a press briefing held at the party’s Nayapaltan central office on Sunday. The party will form human chains from 11.00am to 12.00pm on Tuesday across the country including the Dhaka city. They will observe sit-in programmes across the country on Thursday. Khaleda Zia has been sentenced to five years' imprisonment in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.
Election Commission (EC) will announce the schedule for the presidential election today (Thursday). EC Director (Public Relations) SM Asaduzzaman said the schedule will be announced after a meeting around 3.00pm. The tenure of the current president, Abdul Hamid, will end on April 23, five years after he was sworn in as the country’s 20th president following the death from natural causes of Zillur Rahman. According to Section 123 (1) of the constitution, an election for the president’s successor must be held no sooner than 90 and no later than 60 days prior to the end of a full term – giving a deadline of February 22. Since the constitution stipulates that the president has to be elected by the members of parliament, a vote will take place during the ongoing 19th session, which is scheduled to run until February 28. However, no voting will be needed if there is only one candidate.
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia will appear before a court today (Tuesday) in two cases--the Zia Orphanage and the Zia Charitable Trust graft. Khaleda Zia is expected to reach the special court set up in the city’s Bakshibazar area around 11.30am, according to her lawyer Advocate Sanaullah Mia. The trial proceedings of the cases are running at the court of Dhaka's No. 5 Special Judge Dr. Aktaruzzaman. On August 8, 2011, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed the Zia Charitable Trust graft case with Tejgaon Police Station accusing four people, including Khaleda, of raising funds for the trust from unknown sources abusing power. ACC Deputy Director Harunur Rashid, also an investigation officer of the case, pressed charges against the accused on January 16, 2012.
A mezban programmme has been arranged for 80,000 people on the occasion of qulkhawani of the late former mayor of Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) Mayor and President of City Awami League ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury to be held tomorrow (Monday). The mezban has been arranged at 12 places in the port city, including his Chashma Hill residence in Sholoshahar area on the day. The other venues for mezban include The King of Chittagong in Panchlaish area, K Square Community Centre at GEC intersection, Kisholoy Community Centre at Chawkbazar, Swiss Park Community Centre in Pancchlaish R/A, Swaronika Community Centre at Love Lane, N Mohammad Convention Hall in Muradpur area, KB Convention Hall at Bakalia, BIP Banquet Community Centre and Sagarika Square at Kazir Dewry and Golden Touch Community Centre in Double Mooring area. Besides, mezban for people of Hindu Community, Buddhist, Christian and other religions has been arranged at Rima Convention Centre in Jamal Khan area and mezban at Chashma Hill residence only for women, said family sources. Mohiuddin Chowdhury passed away early Friday at Max Hospital here.
The mayoral by-elections of Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) will be held in last week of February. Acting Secretary of Election Commission (EC) Helal Uddin Ahmed said this to journalists on Sunday noon after a meeting. Elections in 18 new wards of DNCC and DSCC each and several reserved seats will be held on the day. The meeting started around 11:00am at the Election Bhaban in the capital. It may be mentioned that the DNCC mayoral post was declared vacant on November 30 after its mayor Annisul Huq passed away. According to the rules, EC is bound to hold the by-elections within 28 February.
A Dhaka court sentenced 11 people with 20 years of imprisonment for attempting to kill present Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in August 1989. However, the court acquitted one of the accused as no charges were found against him. Judge of the Additional Metropolitan Session’s Court Md Zahidul Kabir passed the verdict on Sunday. The court also fined all of the convicts Tk 20,000 each in default of which they will serve six-month more in jail. The convicts are- Lt Col (retd) Khandakar Abdur Rashid (fugitive), Zafar Ahmed alias Manik (fugitive), Humayun Kabir alias Humayun (fugitive), Golam Sarwar alias Mamun, Sohel alias Freedom Sohel Joj Miah, Shahjahan Balu, Nazmul Maksud alias Murad, Mizanur Rahman, Khandokar Amirul Islam alias Kajal and Gazi Imam Hossain. Earlier on October 16, the Judge Zahidul Kabir fixed October 29 for delivering the verdict. On August 10, 1989, the convicts launched an attack on Sheikh Hasina at her residence in Dhanmondi's Road 32. Later, Zahurul Islam, a security guard of the residence, filed a case with Dhanmondi Police Station.
The united civil movement does not want to deploy the army in eleven parliamentary elections. The unified citizen movement highlighted these demands in a dialogue with Election Commission (EC) at Agargaon in the capital on Sunday noon. A delegation led by its acting president Jahanara Begum Alo is in the dialogue with the EC. They presented the 10-point demand to the EC at the time. The party thinks the situation needs to be controlled by recruiting BGB and other forces, according to the situation in special circumstances. The other main demands of unified civil movement are to: use the religion in party propaganda, not allow political parties to participate in elections in the name of religion, to give equal opportunities to all parties, to determine the number of constituencies and the parliamentary area considering the administrative area. In addition, if the registered party is on the side of the Liberation War, if the traitor does not work, and if the party does not participate in the election, canceling his articles, selecting a national election on the same day, submitting a nomination online, and maintaining constitutional obligations under the current Election Commission Selection is free, fair and impartial. Meanwhile, the Election Commission will exchange views with Bangladesh Jatiya Party at 3pm this afternoon. According to the EC's roadmap in front of the 11th parliamentary elections, the EC is making this dialogue. The Election Commission is continuously communicating with the political parties after civil society and media. There is a constitutional obligation to select the Eleventh National Parliament from the previous 90 days of January 28, 2019. The EC announced the roadmap ahead of the eleventh parliamentary elections on July 16. The dialogue is according to the roadmap
A Dhaka court has sentenced 10 people to death in two cases filed over attempted murder of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Judge Momtaz Begum of Dhaka Speedy Trial Tribunal-2 passed the order on Sunday noon. Earlier, on August 10, the court fixed (August 20) Sunday for pronouncement of Judgement on completion of arguments of both prosecution and defence sides. The court examined 68 witnesses out of the total 83. Police recovered a powerful bomb weighing 76 kilograms from near the ground of Sheikh Lutfor Rahman Ideal College of Gopalganj's Kotalipara on July 20, 2000 while preparing a pandal of rally where Sheikh Hasina was set to attend. Sheikh Hasina was scheduled to attend the rally on July 22, 2000. Later a case was filed in this connection. CID on April 08, 2001 pressed charges against 10 accused including Mufti Abdul Hannan.
Gonojagoron Mancha spokesman Imran H Sarker came under an attack while walking out of a Dhaka court after securing bail in a defamation case filed for his derogatory remark about Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Imran was attacked while coming out of Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's (CMM) Court on Sunday. Attackers reportedly threw rotten eggs and brick chunks aiming at Imran while he was coming out of the court after securing the bail in the case. Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate SM Masud Zaman granted bail to Imran H Sarker in the defamation case. Bangladesh Chhatra League leader Golam Rabbani filed the defamation case against him for making such derogatory remark about the prime minister. According to the case statement, Imran chanted defamatory slogans against the prime minister on May 31 over the removal of the statue of Greek goddess Themis from the Supreme Court premises.
BNP senior junior secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi has alleged that the government is offering 'poorly-loaded' gifts to the people by talking about electricity generation. He said, "Quick rental power has been given the opportunity to loot, and the common people's pockets have been cut. The development of cosmetics does not develop in the body. That is hoax. The Awami League government is doing that. " He said this at a press conference at the party's central office in Nayapaltan on Tuesday noon. Rizvi said, "People have become upset over the heavy load shedding. In the major cities and cities like Dhaka, Chittagong, Sylhet, Khulna and Rajshahi, heavy load shedding is going on. The load-shedding in the rural and urban areas is about 10 to 12 hours. "The load shedding from the Awami League government is giving out millions of taka from the public pockets and people are giving gifts to the public by talking about increase in electricity production since the beginning. For people to be relieved by the stiffness of the old age, the long-term load-shedding is a viable example of the government's development. Refuting the PDB's lie about power generation, Ruhul Kabir Rizvi said, "When the country's people are in triangular condition during the power crisis, Bangladesh Power Development Board (PDB) gives its website completely different information. Their website has shown, the amount of electricity needed in the country and the previous few days before it was produced, more than it was produced. 'PDB's website has information on power generation in the country that on May 21, the demand for electricity was 8,842 MW, the production was 8,830MW. On May 20, demand was 8,712 MW, production was 8,819 MW. " Rizvi said, highlighting the statement of State Minister for Power, Nasrul Hamid Bipu, with information published on the PDB website said, "The state minister told reporters that the uninterrupted power can not be given at this time. It will take us more 3/4 years to get it. ' Rizvi said, 'Look, the government organization PDB is giving information about electricity, and the state minister says another word. PDB's information is lying, they are deceiving the people. We are strongly condemning and protesting the government. " The press conference was attended by the party's joint secretary general Syed Moazzem Hossain Alal, central leader Teful Islam Tipu, Belal Ahmed and Sultana Ahmed.