Category: National

Commerce Minister Tofail gives up on getting US to revive GSP facility for Bangladesh

REF: The government will take no new initiatives to have preferential trade facilities in the US revived, the commerce minister says after Washington did not include Bangladesh in its updated list of eligible countries for GSP facility.


The office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) website says the facility is still suspended for Bangladesh and that it is closely observing the country’s labour rights scenario.
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IGP suggests Bangladesh bloggers to not ‘cross the line’, not write blogs that may hurt religious sensitivities

REF: Two days after the murder of Niladri Chatterjee Niloy who said he was refused a complaint, the inspector general of police (IGP) has advised the bloggers not to write blogs that may hurt religious sentiments.


AKM Shahidul Hoque’s call comes at a time when police are drawing harsh criticisms over their failure to solve the cases of killings of four bloggers in six months this year.
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4 unknown assailants sued over Niloy murder

REF: A murder case has been filed accusing four anonymous assailants for the brutal killing of blogger Niladri Chattopadhyay Niloy.


Niloy’s wife Asha Moni filed the case with Khilgaon Police Station last night, said Zahidur Rahman, sub-inspector of the police station. Read more →

Bangladesh HC clears way for trial of BNP chief Khaleda Zia

REF: The High Court yesterday directed BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia to surrender before a lower court within two months to face trial in the Gatco graft case.


The two-month countdown will begin only after the HC verdict has been received by the lower court — the Special Judge’s Court-3 of Dhaka.The HC came up with the verdict after rejecting the BNP chief’s two writ petitions that challenged the legality of filing the case and her trial in it. Read more →

Suranjit Sengupta thinks losing portfolio is no big deal for Syed Ashraf

REF: Veteran Awami League leader Suranjit Sengupta thinks losing a portfolio is “not a big deal” for party General Secretary Syed Ashraful Islam.He said on Friday that it was the prime minister’s “prerogative to decide which minister will get what portfolio”.
“It’s her constitutional responsibility. This is an ongoing process.”Sengupta, a member of Awami League Advisory Council, was speaking at a discussion on current political situation at Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh auditorium in Dhaka.
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Former minister Latif Siddique freed on bail in cases for ‘hurting religious sensitivities’

REF: Former telecoms minister Adbul Latif Siddique has been released from jail after securing bails in several cases that accuse him of ‘hurting religious sentiment’.


Dhaka Central Jail’s Senior Superintendent Farman Ali told that the former Awami League presidium member was released from the prison cell of the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU).

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BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia arrives at Bakshibazar court for graft cases hearing

REF: BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has arrived at the third Special Judge’s Court for a hearing of the Zia Charitable Trust and Zia Orphanage Trust graft cases.

She entered the courtroom set up near Bakshibazar’s Alia Madrasa around 10:35am on Thursday amidst tight security measures.The former prime minister is accused of being involved in siphoning off Tk 52.5 million funds from the charities.

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Results would be better sans BNP shutdowns, PM Hasina says

REF: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina thinks the success rate in SSC and equivalent examinations would have been higher than last year if the BNP-Jamaat alliance had desisted from blockades and shutdowns.

“We registered 91 percent pass rate last year. I wished that would be better this time,” she said.
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Salahuddin may be produced in court on Monday

REF: Meghalaya Police may produce BNP leader Salahuddin Ahmed in a local court at 10 am on Monday.


The health condition of Ahmed, now under treatment at the North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS) in Shillong, is currently stated to be stable.

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Salahuddin, wife meet in Shillong amid outpouring of emotion

REF: BNP leader Salahiddin Ahmed, currently undergoing treatment in the Shillong Civil Hospital, turned emotional after meeting wife Hasina Ahmed on Monday evening.


Hasina reached the north-eastern state of Meghalaya from Dhaka via Kolkata.Hasina, who travelled a long distance to meet her husband, could barely spend 15 minutes with him – a brief encounter heavy with emotion.

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