The Awami League candidate Jahangir Alam and BNP’s mayoral candidate Hasan Uddin Sarkar have cast their votes for Gazipur City Corporation (GCC). Awami League’s Jahangir Alam cast his vote at the polling centre in Kanaiya Government Primary School at Joydebpur around 9:10am and BNP’s Hasan Uddin Sarkar cast his vote at the Bashir Uddin Udayan School and College polling centre at College gate area around 8:15am. After casting vote, Jahangir Alam told reporters, "People are casting their votes in a merriment environment. I joined in the election to implement the citizen right. I welcome not only the votes of Awami League but also the votes of all party people." "I want to build a planned city with all. I want that people of Gazipur will get a clean city," he said. On the other hand, BNP backed candidate Hasan Uddin Sarkar expressed promise that if he becomes Mayor, he will convert Gazipur a modern town.
A Dhaka court has withdrawn the production warrant issued against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in Gatco and Boro Pukuria coal mine graft cases. Judge Abu Syed Diljar Hussain, Special Judge of Dhaka Court no-3 and Judge KSM Shah Imran of Special Judge Court -2 passed the order on Thursday. Khaleda Zia's lawyer Hannan Bhuiyan confirmed the matter to media. On September 2, 2007, ACC deputy director Golam Shahriar filed the Gatco corruption case with Tejgaon police station mentioning 13 names. In February 26, 2008, Anti-Corruption Commission deputy director Shamsul Alam filed the Barapukuria coal mine case against Khaleda and 15 others for a contract with China National Machinery Export Corporation that gave them the responsibility of producing, managing and maintaining the Barapukuria coal mine.
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who arrived here this afternoon on a four-day visit to attend the Outreach Meeting of the G7 Summit, joined a dinner hosted by Governor General of Canada for G7 guests this evening. Governor General Julie Payette hosted the dinner in honour of the head of governments and international organizations participating in the Outreach Session of the G7 Summit at La Citadelle Quebec. PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim said the prime minister exchanged pleasantries with President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa, Prime Minister of Vietnam Nguyen Xuan Phuc, President of Haiti and chair of the Caribbean Community Jovenel Moise and other dignitaries attending the dinner. Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali accompanied Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the programme. The prime minister arrived in Canada to attend the Outreach Session of the G7 Summit at the invitation of her Canadian counterpart Justine Trudeau, who also invited other 15 world potential leaders beyond G7 to the meeting of the group. The G7 is a platform of the world’s seven largest advanced economies consisting of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Earlier, a flight of Canada Air carrying the premier and members of her entourage landed at Jean Lesage International Airport here at 1.40 am. Bangladesh High Commissioner to Canada Mizanur Rahman and Director of International Relations and Deputy Chief of Protocol of Ontario Province received the prime minister at the airport. Sheikh Hasina left Dhaka for Canada on Thursday evening to join G7 Outreach Meeting. She will join G7 Outreach Leaders Programme at Le Manoir Richelieu Hotel on Saturday. The prime minister will hold a meeting with Justine Trudeau on Sunday morning at her place of residence at Hotel Chateau Frontenac in Quebec. [i]Source: BSS[/i]
Former general secretary of Bangladesh Chhatra League's Chattogram city chapter, Nurul Azim Rony has been sent to jail in an extortion case. Chattogram Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Osman Goni passed the order around 12:00am on Monday. Assistant commissioner (prosecution) of CMP Kazi Sahabuddin Ahmed confirmed the matter. Court sources said that on April 3, Chattogram Biggan Collage Princial Dr Jahed Khan filed a case with Chakbazar police station on charge of extortion.
Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader said investigation is underway over the Teknaf ward councillor Ekramul Haque killing case. The minister made the opinion while addressing a programme at Bangabandhu International Conference Center (BICC) in Agargaon on Saturday. Obaidul Quader said, "A group is opposing the anti-drug drive. However, the people of the country are happy following the raid." "Mistakes may be taken place during great tasks. Action will be taken against them after investigation who were responsible for the mistake," he added.
The High Court (HC) has granted BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia six-month interim bail in two cases filed in Cumilla. A bench of Justice AKM Asaduzzaman and Justice JBM Hasan passed the order on Monday. The court also rejected bail petition of Khaleda Zia in another case filed in Narail on charge of defamation. Advocate Khandker Mahbub Hossain and Advocate Jaynul Abedin moved for Khaleda Zia while Attorney General Mahbubey Alam opposed the bail petitions. Deputy Attorney General Dr. Bashir Ullah assisted him. On May 20, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia filed the three separate petitions with HC seeking bail in three separate cases filed in Cumilla and Narail. Among the three cases, two were filed in Comilla on charge of vandalising vehicles on January 25 in 2015 and killing seven persons and injuring 25-26 persons by setting fire on a passenger bus at an area of Chauddagram on February 2, 2015. Khaleda made the comments on December 21, 2015, at a meeting at the Institution of Engineers Bangladesh (IEB) in Dhaka where she said that Sheikh Mujib did not want independence of the country, he wanted to be the prime minister of Pakistan. Khaleda Zia also said that there is a controversy over the number of freedom fighters. Later, a leader of the local Awami League and Freedom Fighter's son Raihan Faruki Imam filed the case against the BNP chief on December 24, 2015.
The Cabinet approved in principle the draft of the National Jute Policy 2018 giving emphasize on fair price, quality jute production, local and international investment. The approval was given at the weekly meeting of the Cabinet, held at the prime minister's office with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair on Monday. Briefing reporters after the meeting, Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam said the government is taking several steps to get back golden days of jute fiber. The meeting also gave final approval of the Bangladesh Slandered and Testing Institution Act 2018.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today called for full utilisation of mutual cooperation between Bangladesh and India and hoped that both the countries would continue this trend of cooperation in the future. "The 'far beyond strategic relationship' between Bangladesh and India is often considered as a 'model of bilateral relation' for the rest of the world. So, we can firmly declare that both the countries will continue this trend of cooperation in the future," she said. The prime minister said this while inaugurating the newly constructed Bangladesh Bhavan jointly with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Bisva Bharati University here this afternoon. The premier said Bangladesh Bhavan in Shantiniketan would enhance the cultural bond between Bangladesh and India which would further strengthen bilateral relationship. "This is a small piece of Bangladesh in Tagore's Santiniketan from where the spirit of Bangladesh will be reflected ... this spirit influenced by Rabindranath will be unique in its own way," she said. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi hoped that Bangladesh Bhaban would be a symbol of cultural exchange between Bangladesh and India. He thanked Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for coming to Santiniketan and have the opportunity to inaugurate Bangladesh Bhaban with her. On the very outset of the programme, students in Santiniketan performed the national anthems of Bangladesh and India while the function began with playing song of Rabindranath "Anandaloke Mongolaloke". West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Bondopadhya and Vice Chancellor of the university Sabuj Koli Sen were present on the occasion. Prime Minister's sister Sheikh Rehana and a number of dignitaries from both counties including litterateurs, academics, poets, singers and artistes were present. Sheikh Hasina said as a neighbour Bangladesh wants to move together with India and in view of this all problems between the two countries have been resolved. "However, we have still some problems unresolved which I don't want to raise here in the interest of congenial atmosphere of the inaugural function," she said. "But, I firmly believe that any sort of problems can be resolved through friendly attitude," she noted. "At present, cooperation between the two countries in various traditional and non-traditional sectors is increasing and multifaceted relationship of the countries has reached a new height in the last nine years," she said. Sheikh Hasina expressed her firm optimism that Bangladesh and India will be able to achieve socio-economic development through full utilisation of mutual cooperation. Sheikh Hasina said she believes that Bangladesh Bhaban will play a significant role in increasing the cultural exchanges and the people-to- people contact between the two countries. "Bangladesh Bhavan will be a centre of excellence where students can study and conduct research on the glorious Liberation War of Bangladesh, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Rabindranath and history and culture of Bangladesh as well," she said. As a citizen of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina said, she is overwhelmed at the establishment of 'Bangladesh Bhavan' on the premise associated with the memories of Rabindranath Tagore. Sheikh Hasina thanked Visva Bharati University authority, government of West Bengal, government of India and the friendly people of India for giving us the opportunity to establish Bangladesh Bhavan on Visva Bharati premises. Bangladesh government spent about 25 crore rupees for the construction of this two-storied building, she said, and declared giving one-time corpus fund equivalent to Rs 10 core for the maintenance of the building and conducting its activities. To facilitate the researchers, the building has a library, auditorium, cafeteria, museum with digital features, archive and other necessary amenities. Sheikh Hasina said Rabindranath kept Bangladesh close to his heart and although he was born in Kolkata, he spent a considerable time of his life in Patisar, Shilaidaha and Shahjadpur of Bangladesh. "Rabindranath used to visit those places to oversee his zamindari, however, he was more concerned with the welfare of his poor subjects and he was always with them in their happiness and sorrows," the prime minister said. Sheikh Hasina said Rabindranath observed closely the nature of the riverine rural Bengal and their agro-based society and created extraordinary songs, poems, novels and short stories in those places. In Patisar he established agro-cooperative and introduced microcredit initiatives. Sheikh Hasina said her relationship with Visva-Bharati dates back quite a few years. Since receiving the 'Deshikottom' award from the institute in 1999, Sheikh Hasina said she was longing for a separate centre for Bangladesh Studies in Santiniketan. Sheikh Hasina said Rabindranath is associated with all the stages of Bangladesh's freedom movement. In 1948, under the leadership of the then young student leader Sheikh Mujibur Rahman the Bengali nation started its struggle to keep intact the dignity of their mother tongue. "Our struggle for independence originated in our language movement. In 1961, during the birth centenary of Rabindranath Tagore Pakistani ruling elite undertook a notorious move to ban the songs and works of Rabindranath. The people of our land stood against that conspiracy," she said. "We struggled to uphold the spirit of Rabindranath in our heart. During our glorious Liberation War, Tagore Songs inspired us immensely and provided us with courage and strength," she said. The premier said the greatest Bengali of all time Father of the Nation of Bangladesh Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman dreamt throughout his life to establish a poverty, hunger and exploitation free liberal society. Like Tagore, she said, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman also believed that the world will never prosper unless hostility is eradicated. Hence, he adopted, "Friendship to all, malice to none" as the Foreign Policy of Bangladesh. Following his principle, she said, Bangladesh has built close friendship with all its neighbours particularly with India. Since ancient times, the people of these two land have shared common historical, social, linguistic, cultural and emotional bonds. Sheikh Hasina said she personally is owed to the people of India as late Indian Prime Minister Indira Ghandi had given shelter to her and her sister Sheikh Rehana after killing of their parents on August 15, 1975. People of Bangladesh would remember this support forever. [i]BSS[/i]
India and Bangladesh are two separate countries bonded by cooperation and understanding, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said here today. Modi, who was here to attend the convocation ceremony of the Visva Bharati University, shared the dais with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and the university Vice Chancellor Sabujkoli Sen. "India and Bangladesh are two separate countries, bonded by cooperation and understanding. Be it culture or public policy, the people of the two countries get to learn a lot from each other," the prime minister said. One such example is Bangladesh Bhavan, Modi asserted. Modi, who is the 'acharya' or chancellor of the central university, is scheduled to inaugurate the Bangladesh Bhavan, a "symbol of cultural ties between India and Bangladesh", with Hasina and hold a bilateral meeting there, varsity officials said yesterday. [i]Source: economictimes[/i]
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee is expected to hold a separate meeting with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday. Besides, she can attend the meeting scheduled between India Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his counterpart Sheikh Hasina after the Visva-Bharati convocation. Mamata herself confirmed the news on Thursday, saying the Teesta river water sharing issue would not be discussed in the meeting. "We will be meeting in Kolkata before she (Hasina) leaves for Bangladesh. There is no place for discussion on Teesta river," Mamata told newsmen. The chief minister said that she shared a very cordial relationship with Hasina and no geographical or political boundary can create differences between West Bengal and Bangladesh as they have the same culture and language. "I admire Hasina-di most and she loves me. Our relationship is very honest and everlasting. I hope the relation between India and Bangladesh will grow stronger with time," she said. Mamata had earlier said that the Teesta river was the lifeline of north Bengal and there was very little water in it. She had said other transnational rivers could be diverted to meet Bangladesh's water needs. The Teesta water sharing issue was discussed by the two countries in New Delhi on April 9. The chief minister is in Shantiniketan to participate in the Visva-Bharati convocation on Friday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Sheikh Hasina will address the programme. [i]Source: Agencies[/i]
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia on Tuesday filed two separate petitions with the High Court (HC) seeking bail in two more cases. Khaleda Zia’s lawyer filed the petitions with the HC bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Sahidul Karim after taking prior permission from the court. Advocate Khandaker Mahbub Hossain stood for Khaleda Zia while Barrister Kaiser Kamal and Advocate Masud Rana accompanied him. The hearing might be held tomorrow (Wednesday), said Masud Rana after filing the bail pleas. One of the cases was a defamation suit filed by Bangladesh Jananetri Parisad President AB Siddik on November 3, 2016 against Khaleda Zia for distorting history of Liberation War, demeaning the national flag and map. Later, an arrest warrant was issued on November 12 in 2017. The other was filed by Journalist Gazi Jahirul Islam on August 30, 2016 accusing Khaleda of observing birthday on August 15 on false information. Later on November 17, 2016, an arrest warrant issued against her. Earlier on Sunday, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia filed three separate petitions with the HC seeking bail in three separate cases filed in Cumilla on charge of vandalising vehicles on January 25 in 2015 and killing seven persons and injuring 25-26 persons by setting fire on a passenger bus at an area of Chauddagram on February 2, 2015 and a Narail court on September 24, 2015, for making a statement about the number of freedom fighters and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
The Supreme Court began on Wednesday morning for the second consecutive day the hearing on the leave-to-appeal petitions challenging BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's bail that the High Court granted her in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case. The four-member bench of the Appellate Division, headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, is hearing the appeals which began around 9:25am. Senior lawyer AJ Mohammad Ali, Supreme Court Bar Association President Advocate Zainul Abedin, Barrister Moudud Ahmed, Khandaker Mahbub Hossain and other senior lawyers stood for Khaleda Zia while Attorney General Mahbubey Alam moved for the state. BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, Standing Committee member Dr Abdul Moin Khan and others attended the court house. Earlier, on March 19, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court stayed Khaleda Zia's bail till May 8 in the graft case. The SC also allowed the State and Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to file petitions against the HC order that granted bail to Khaleda. On February 8 last, the Dhaka Special Court-5 convicted the former Prime Minister and BNP chairperson and sentenced her to five years' imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case. She was then sent to old central jail at Nazimuddin Road in the city.