Cumilla, Sept 12 (UNB) – A court here on Thursday denied bail to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in a case filed over the torching of a covered van in Chouddagram upazila in 2015.
Judge of the District and Session’s Judge Court KM Shamsul Alam passed the order after hearing a bail petition moved by BNP chief’s lawyers.
Earlier on Wednesday, the court deferred the bail hearing until Thursday.
The court heard both the defence and prosecution in the morning and passed the order in the afternoon.
On January 25, 2015, a covered van was set on fire at Haiderpool of Chouddagram municipality on the Dhaka-Chattogram highway.
The following day, sub-inspector Nuruzzaman of Chouddagram Police Station filed a case against the BNP Chairperson and 31 other leaders and activists of the party over the incident.
Dhaka, Sept 12 (UNB) – President of Bikolpo Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury on Wednesday urged the young generation to come forward to save the country from the ‘clutch of an extreme autocratic and wayward regime’.
“The country is under the grasp of extreme autocracy and despotism. The young generation needs to come forward to protect the country from authoritarianism,” he said.
B Chowdhury, also a former President, came up with the call while speaking at a political workshop arranged by BDB’s associate body ‘Projonmo Bangladesh’ at Gulshan’s All Community Club.
He said it is possible for the youth to build a Bangladesh of peace and happiness through a non-violent movement. “I’m very hopeful of young people.”
B Chowdhury, also the chairman of Jukta Front, an alliance of some political parties, criticised the government for what he said repressing and arresting the students who waged movements seeking safe roads and quota reform.
“This completely wayward and autocratic regime can no longer be tolerated. No one will be able to resist the fall of the authoritarian regime if the youth come forward,” he observed.
Mentioning that his party believes in a non-violent movement, the BDB chief said young people have launched a new war to remove corruption and injustice from the country. “There’ll be no bloodshed in this war as youths don’t want any bloodletting”
Dhaka, Sept 12 (UNB) - BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam left here for New York, USA, early Wednesday to ‘meet UN Secretary General António Guterres’.
Fakhrul along with party executive committee member Tabith Awal left Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport for the USA in a flight of Emirates Airlines around 1:50am, a BNP standing committee member told UNB wishing anonymity.
The BNP leader claimed that Fakhrul went to meet UN Secretary General António Guterres at his invitation to discuss “Bangladesh’s political situation and issues relating to Bangladesh’s next general election”.
Another BNP standing committee member said the UN secretary general recently invited Fakhrul to meet him in the UN Headquarters. “Our standing committee members also discussed the matter on Tuesday.”
Dhaka, Sept 12 (UNB) – Accusing law enforcers of detaining its over 100 leaders and activists from its token hunger-strike programme in the city, BNP on Wednesday alleged that the government has taken a strategy to arrest its opponents by giving permission for their programmes.
“Police swooped on our leaders and activists after the end of our token hunger-strike programme at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh, and arrested them indiscriminately,” said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.
Speaking at a press conference at the BNP’s Nayapaltan central office, he further said, “The government has resorted to a new strategy to arrest our leaders and activists by giving us verbal permission for holding our programmes.”
Earlier in the day, BNP observed a two-hour token hunger-hunger strike programme peacefully from 10am to 12pm on the premises of Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh, demanding its Chairperson Khaleda Zia's release from jail and her proper treatment.
Rizvi alleged that the government has given police a licence to arrest opposition leaders and activists in a freestyle ahead of the national election to hold another ‘lopsided, voter-less’ polls. “We strongly condemn it.”
He demanded the government immediately release the arrested BNP leaders and activists.
The BNP leader claimed that police arrested their 107 party leaders and workers from today’s hunger-strike programme in the capital.
Rizvi warned that the government will not be able suppress people with rampant arrests and repressive acts. “Rather, it’ll only provoke people to take to the streets to out bust their pent-up anger.”
He also alleged that their party’s over 300 leaders and workers were arrested on Monday from the BNP’s human chain programme in front of the Jatiya Press Club.
Dhaka, Sept 12 (UNB) - The ‘Standards of Weights and Measures Bill, 2018’, was placed in Parliament on Wednesday, aiming to achieve international standard in maintaining weight and measurement of products.
Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu placed the Bill and it was sent to the respective Parliamentary Standing Committee for further scrutiny.
The Committee was asked to submit its report within 15 working days.
About the crimes and punishment under the proposed law, without prior approval from the government, anyone using non-standard weights will be awarded maximum six months jail or maximum Tk 20,000 fine instead of six months of jail or Tk 3,000 fine under the existing law.
Besides, there is a provision in the draft law to award one year jail term or fine Tk one lakh for non-standard weights and measurements.
Anyone found involved in changing the working standards of the weights and measures will be awarded maximum two years of imprisonment or fined Tk 50,000.
Apart from this, a provision is also there for maximum one year of imprisonment or Tk 50,000 as fine for producing non-standard weights and measures for the purpose of export.
For the purpose, the original Standard of Weights and Measures Ordinance 1982 has been translated into Bangla and modified through incorporating the issues related with the international organisations such as Asia Pacific Meteorology Programme (APMP), International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and International Electro-technical Commission (IEC).
Besides, the issues related to Codex Alimentarius Commission, South Asia Regional Standards Organisation (SARSO), International Bureau of Weights and Measures and the International Organisation of Legal Meteorology were also incorporated in the draft law.