Dhaka, Sept 27 (UNB) – BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia on Thursday filed a revision petition with the High Court seeking stay on the trial proceedings in Zia Charitable Trust corruption case in her absence.
In the petition, Khaleda’s lawyer Kaisar Kamal also sought issuance of a rule from the High Court seeking explanation why the trial proceedings in Zia Charitable Trust corruption case in absence of the BNP chief will not be declared illegal.
The petition also sought stay on the trial proceedings in the Zia Charitable Trust graft case until disposal of the rule.
On Septembers 20, Special Judge Court-5 ordered continuation of the trial proceedings of the case at the Old Dhaka Central Jail in absence of the BNP Chairperson.
Judge Md Akhteruzzaman of the Special Judge Court-5 passed the order following a petition submitted by Anti-Corruption Commission lawyer Mosharraf Hossain Kajolon on September 13.
On September 4, Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Ministry issued a gazette notification to hold the trial of Khaleda Zia in the case at the Old Dhaka Central Jail after setting up a makeshift court there.
The following day, Khaleda was produced before the special court-5 when she stated that she is sick and she will neither be able to appear before the court repeatedly nor can stay there for a long time.
The case was filed by the ACC with Tejgaon Police Station in August, 2011 accusing Khaleda Zia and three others of abusing power to raise funds for the trust from unknown sources.
The BNP chairperson is now at the Old Central Jail, serving five years' rigorous imprisonment as she was convicted in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on February 8 this year.
Dhaka, Sept 27 (UNB) - A special lecture titled 'Japanese Maritime Policy and ‘Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy' was held at Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban, University of Dhaka on Wednesday.
University of Dhaka East Asia Study Center and Embassy of Japan jointly organized the event.
Guest lecturer from Japan, Professor Atsuko Kanehara of Sophia University (also a Councilor of Advisory Council for the National Headquarters for Ocean Policy of Japan) introduced Japan’s recent development on ocean policies with focus on Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy (FOIP).
More than one hundred people including officials, faculty members and students, attended the lecture, said
Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy is a concept aiming to enhance stability and social/ economic development in Indo-Pacific area with improvement of the connectivity between Asia and Africa region.
It consists of three core components; the freedom of navigation, as well as the rule of law, promoting regional connectivity through establishing facilities related to transportation such as ports, harbors and roads to enhance economic prosperity and addressing obstacles to social/ economic developments such as natural disasters and piracy.
Sherpur, Sept 27 (UNB)- A court here on Thursday sentenced three youths to death in a case over killing a minor girl after rape at Bakakura village in Jhenaigati upazila in 2016.
The condemned convicts are Amanullah, 23, Nure Alam,28 and Kalu Miah,30-all hailing from the same village. Among them, Kalu Miah was tried in absentia.
According to prosecution, with the help of Kalu Miah and Nure Alam Amanullah picked up Bina Akther, a class V student , from her house on July 9,2016.
Amanullah took the girl to different places and raped her several times. At one stage, he strangled her to death and dumped the body in a waterbody. Her body was recovered on July 21 and a murder case was filed.
After examining the records and witnesses, Child court judge Md Aktharuzzaman handed down the verdict acquitting three other accused.
Chattogram, Sep 27 (UNB) – The passengers of a Muscat-bound flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines staged demonstrations at Shah Amanat International Airport on Thursday following its flight schedule collapse.
At least 50 passengers who had been waiting at the airport since Wednesday night staged protests in the morning. Later, officials of the airport and Biman appeared there and brought the situation under control.
Faruk Mirza, a passenger of the flight said, they remained trapped inside the airport since 10 pm on Wednesday.
“The Muscat-bound flight was scheduled to fly at 10 pm but the authorities rescheduled the departure time at 5 am….they even failed to provide any flight in the morning. Now they’re saying their flight will take off at 7 pm,” he said.
The authorities are supposed to provide hotel facility to the passengers in case of flight delay for more than eight hours, but they also did not do it, said some passengers waiting at the airport.
Manager of the airport and Wing Commander Sarowar- e-Jahan said, “We tried to calm the agitated passengers down. The Biman officials managed the situation assuring them of arranging another flight as soon as possible for their journey.”
Another source said the Biman flights faced disruption due to suspension of flight operations at the airport for over four hours following emergency landing of a Cox’s Bazar-bound aircraft of US-Bangla Airlines with 164 passengers on board with its non-functional nose gear.
Dhaka, Sep 27 (UNB) – A two-day-long international conference on ‘1971: Liberation War, Genocide and the World’ will begin at Bangla Academy in the city on Friday.
Genocide-Torture and Liberation War Studies Center in association with the Ministry of Culture Affairs will organising the international conference for the second consecutive year.
The conference was organized to create awareness among national and international community about the brutal genocide that took place in Bangladesh in 1971, said Muntasir Mamun, president of ‘1971: Genocide-Torture Archive and Museum Trust’, at a press conference at Jatiya Press Club.
The conference will be inaugurated by Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor on Friday morning at Abdul Karim Sahitya Bisharad Auditorium of Bangla Academy, he said.
At least 26 researchers, journalists and experts from eight countries are scheduled to attend the conference.
He also said that Dr. Syed Anwar Husain, Bangabandhu Chair of Bangladesh University of Professionals, will present the keynote paper where several other local and foreign researchers will also present their research papers.
President of Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee Md Shahriar Kabir, among others, was also present at the press conference.