Dhaka, Oct 16 (UNB) – The High Court on Tuesday commuted the death sentence of two convicts to life imprisonment over the killing of journalist Farhad Khan and his wife Rahima Khatun in the city in 2011.
An HC bench of Justice Md Ruhul Quddus and Justice ASM Abdul Mobin passed the order after hearing petitions filed by the convicts and the death references.
Those got their death penalty commuted are Nazimuzzaman Yon and his friend Raju Ahmed.
Advocate Abdul Matin Khasru and Mansurul Haq Chowdhury stood for the convicts while Deputy Attorney General Moniruzzaman Rubel represented the state.
Farhad Khan, 60, senior sub-editor of the Dainik Janata, and his wife Rahima Khatun were killed at their Nayapaltan residence in the city on January 28, 2011.
On October 10, 2012, the Dhaka Speedy Trial Tribunal-3 sentenced Yon, Farhad’s nephew, and Raju to death.
Later, the convicts filed separate petitions with the High Court challenging the lower court order.
Dhaka, Oct 16 (UNB) - Bangladesh Food Safety Authority (BFSA) and Armed Police Battalion (APBn) on Tuesday conducted anti-adulteration drives in the city’s Kalabagan and Mirpur areas and fined two eateries, including a Chinese restaurant, Tk 11 lakh.
BFSA Executive Magistrate Tushar Ahmed along with ASP Mohammad Nur Islam, operations officer of APBn-5, conducted the drives.
The magistrate fined Tk 5 lakh to Anik Ghose, manager of ‘Bikrampur Mistanya Bhander’ at Kalabagan, on charge of selling food after producing those in an unhygienic, unhealthy and dirty environment, said Nur Islam.
In another drive, the magistrate fined Tk 6 lakh to Md Rafiqul Islam, manager of Chinese restaurant ‘Midnight Sun-2’ at Mirpur, for the same offence, he said.
Savar, Oct 16 (UNB) – A case has been filed against four people, including Gonoshasthya Kendra founder Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury ,on charge of occupying a land and demanding extortion.
Mohammad Ali filed the case against Gonoshasthya Kendra founder Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury, 85, registrar of Gono University Delwar Hossain, 57, Gonoshasthya Kendra director Saiful Islam Sishir, 55, and Aulad Hossain, 48, with Ashulia Police Station on Monday night, said its officer-in-charge Rizaul Haque Dipu.
The accused have long been trying to occupy a 4.24-acare land, owned by Mohammad Ali, at Pathalia union. They threatened and put pressure on Mohammad Ali in a bid to grab the land, and demanded Tk 1 crore from him as extortion, he said.
On Sunday last, he said, the staff and employees of Gonoshasthya Kendra at the behest of Dr Zafarullah vandalised the boundary, signboard and iron gate of the land, he said.
Dhaka, Oct 16 (UNB) - Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) has decided not to raise the gas price ‘considering the overall situation’.
The watchdog announced its decision at a press conference at the commission office in the city on Tuesday.
“Under the present circumstance, we find no reason to raise the gas price,” said BERC Chairman Monwar Islam while briefing reporters.
He, however, did not directly respond to the question that there is a perception the commission this time did not hike gas price because of the advice of the Prime Minister ahead of the general election.
He said the distribution companies appealed for price hike calculating import of 1000 mmcfd LNG gas. But currently, LNG could only supply 300 mmcfd.
Secondly, he said, NBR has given supplementary duty waiver on import of LNG.
“That’s why we don’t allow raising gas price”, he said.
Other commissioners were also present at the briefing.
Commission member Mohammad Abdul Aziz, however, said that the government would have to provide Tk 3000 as subsidy to the distribution companies to cover the loss that they will incur due to the import of LNG.
He said the commission would ask to provide Tk 1400 from short support fund.
He said the commission will consider price hike when the 1000 mmcfd LNG will be supplied to the national network.
Earlier, all the 8 state-owned downstream entities in gas sector - six distribution companies, one transmission and an LNG marketing company - had appealed to the BERC seeking an average 75 per cent hike on the existing gas prices for different consumer groups except the household and commercial ones.
The upward price revision was sought for industrial consumers, power plants, fertilizer factories, captive power plants, and CNG refueling stations.
The distribution companies are Titas Gas Transmission & Distribution Company Limited (Tatas Gas T&D), Bakhrabad Gas Distribution Company Limited (BGDCL), Jalalabad Gas Transmission and Distribution System Limited, Pashchimanchal Gas Company Limited, Karnaphuli Gas Distribution Company Limited and Sundarbans Gas Company Limited (SGCL).
While participating in the hearing, the gas entities argued that as per the government decision they had to submit their respective price hike proposals because of the high import cost of LNG as it will push up their cost substantially.
The Petrobangla started supplying the imported LNG to national gas network from August 18 through re-gasification by private sector-operated floating storage and re-gasification unit (FSRU).
Officials said currently 300 mmcfd gas is being supplied from LNG and it will go up to 500 mmcfd in a month or two and then 1000 mmcfd gas will be flowed from next year as per a government plan.
Dhaka, Oct 16 (UNB) - Ambassadors of South Korea and Netherlands separately presented the credentials to President Abdul Hamid on Tuesday at Bangabhaban.
The envoys are - Hu Kang-il of South Korea and Hendrikus G.J (Harry) Verwiji of the Netherlands.
President's Press Secretary Joynal Abedin briefed the press after the meeting.
President said "South Korea is one of the important development partners of Bangladesh. The trade relationship between Bangladesh and South Korea is very excellent."
President also appreciated the cooperation of South Korea in the socio- economic development of Bangladesh and hoped that the relationship will increase in the days to come.
The ambassador Hu Kang-il said "Many South Korean investors have already invested in Bangladesh. Some investors are also interested for investing in different sectors."
He also said that he will take all steps to increase the bilateral cooperation with Bangladesh.
Welcoming the envoy of Netherlands Hendrikus G.J ( Harry) Verwiji, President appreciated the country for its continuous cooperation in Bangladesh’s development activities.
Hamid underscored the need for taping all the possibilities in the respective interests of the Netherlands and Bangladesh in boosting the businesses and trade ties.
Both the ambassadors sought cooperation of the authorities concerned in discharging their duties.
Secretaries concerned to the President and high officials of the Foreign Ministry were present.
Earlier, on their arrival at Bangabhaban, a smartly turned-out contingent of the horse-mounted President Guard Regiment (PGR) gave the envoys guards of honour as part of the ceremony.