Archive for: February 2013

Islamists calls hartal today

Ref: Some Islamist parties led by Khelafat Andolan called a dawn-to-dusk countrywide general strike for today protesting against the killing of four people when the parties clashed with the police and ruling party men across the country on Friday.
The main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party and its key ally Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami extended their supports to the general strike. Read more →

‘Islamists’ call Sunday strike

REF: After widespread clashes with the law enforcers across Bangladesh on Friday, 12 Islamist and like-minded parties called a country-wide shutdown for Sunday alleging police obstructions to their programme.

The platform’s leader Amir Ahmedullah Ashraf said they had announced peaceful agitation programmes after Juma prayers protesting against what he claimed were “indecent remarks by bloggers about Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)”.

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India’s strike turns violent

REF: The two-day nationwide strike called by India’s central trade unions disrupted normal life in many states on Wednesday leaving commuters in the lurch.

Violence erupted in some places on the first day of a two-day strike as workers, angry about high fuel prices in particular, tried to keep vehicles off the roads.

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At least four dead as Bangladesh Islamists battle police

REF: At least four people were killed Friday as thousands of Islamists took to the streets and clashed with police across Bangladesh including in the capital Dhaka, police and officials said.

Police fired bullets and tear gas shells while the rioters exploded a series of hand-made bombs. Demonstrators fought pitched battles with police, demanding punishment of bloggers who they accused of maligning Islam and the Prophet Mohammed.

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Rajshahi road crash kills 2

Two persons were killed and another one injured in a road accident at Godagari upazila of the district on Thursday evening.

The deceased were identified as Sohel Rana, 30, son of Ataullah and Jalal Uddin, 40, son of Roich Uddin of the upazila.

Witness and police said a rashly driven bus crushed into a motorbike when it was overtaking another bus on Kashimala road in the area, leaving two dead on the spot and one other injured.

Sub-Inspector of Godagari Thana Gias Uddin confirmed the matter to banglanews.

Appeal or Hang

    If he does not appear in court and appeal against his death penalty by Wednesday, former Jamaat activist Abul Kalam Azad alias Bachchu Razakar will have to face the gallows. Justice Obaidul Hassan-led International Crimes Tribunal-2 had pronounced the verdict against the absconding Azad on Jan 21.In the second verdict of ICT-2, Jamaat Assistant Secretary General Abdul Quader Molla, popularly known as ‘butcher of Mirpur’ was given life sentence, provoking protests across Bangladesh. Read more →

Kader Siddiqui summoned

REF: A Dhaka court on Tuesday summoned Bangabir Kader Siddiqui (Bir Uttam) in a defamation case.

Earlier in the morning, Freedom Fighter Ruhul Amin Majumder filed the case with the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate court.

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President signs amended ICT law

REF: President M Zillur Rahman signed the amended International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) law on Monday a day after parliament passed the law.

According to source, officials from the Parliament Secretariat went to Bangabhaban for the president’s approval in the afternoon.

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Facebook was targeted by ‘sophisticated’ hackers

REF: Facebook has revealed it was the target of a “sophisticated attack” by hackers last month, but found no evidence any user data had been compromised.

The US-based social network said that the attack occurred when employees visited a mobile developer website “that was compromised”.

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Bangladesh war crimes verdict protests turn deadly

REF: Protests over a war-crimes trial verdict in Bangladesh have resulted in at least six deaths here in the capital city of Dhaka and in the southeast tourist city of Cox’s Bazar, police said Friday.

The incidents stem from February 5, when an International War Crimes Tribunal sentenced Abdul Quader Mollah, a leader of the Islamic party Jamaat-e-Islami, to life in prison on war-crimes charges — including murder — that date back to the country’s war of independence in 1971.

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