Dhaka, Feb 18 (UNB) - Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Syed Muazzem Ali on Monday said Bangladesh and India will now have to proceed to establish a win-win equation to benefit not only the two neighbours but the entire region as the relationship is passing through a ‘golden chapter’.
He said Dhaka’s ties with New Delhi have reached a multidimensional and comprehensive platform benefitting the people of the two closest neighbouring nations.
The envoy was speaking on Bangladesh-India relations at Kautilya Fellowship Programme organised by India Foundation in New Delhi on Monday.
Young diplomats and academics from 32 countries are taking part in the programme, according to Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi.
Muazzem Ali quoted Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as saying that Bangladesh-India relations have become a ‘role model’ for ‘Neighborhood Diplomacy’.
Modi’s remarks came when Bangladesh’s new Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen called on him during his first visit to India early this month.
Syed Muazzem said, “We should showcase this model of relations to the world, in the form of research and study at the university level, in the form of thesis, PhD etc.”
In that sense, he said, “You’re lucky that you’re having a lecture on a ‘role model neighborhood relations’, which is passing through a ‘golden chapter’ and the ‘best ever’ one under the leadership of two Prime Ministers - Sheikh Hasina and Narendra Modi.”
He said the India-Bangladesh relation has gone beyond the strategic partnership level and now encompasses all aspects of the bilateral cooperation.
“We’re confident that the landslide victory of our Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her party Awami Leauge at the recently held 11th Parliamentary Elections of Bangladesh for the 4th term and 3rd consecutive term, will enable us to further consolidate and expand the ever-increasing bilateral ties with our closest neighbor India, based on shared vision and mutuality of interest,” he said.
The High Commissioner said he is happy that India-Bangladesh cooperation is expanding in the multifarious areas like security, energy, connectivity, trade and Commerce, defence, culture, and people-to-people contact.
Dhaka, Feb 18 (UNB) – Police have prepared a chargesheet accusing six people, including sacked Major Syed Mohammad Ziaul Haque, a suspected coordinator of the banned militant outfit Ansar-Al-Islam, and Shafiur Rahman Farabi, in a case filed over the murder of blogger Avijit Roy.
Monirul Islam, the chief of Counter-Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTT) unit, came up with the information at a press briefing at the media centre of Dhaka Metropolitan Police on Monday.
He said the chargesheet has been sent to the Home Ministry for its approval.
After the ministry’s approval, the chargesheet will be sent to the court.
The CTTC unit found the involvement of 11 people in the killing mission. The unit arrested Mozammel Hossain Saimon, Sohel Rana and Arafat who gave their confessional statements.
They confessed to the police that a total 11 people, led by Major Zia, took part in the killing mission. Among them, Mukul Rana was killed in a gunfight with members of Detective Branch of Police.
Besides, six others were excluded from the chargesheet as their names and addresses were not found.
Avijit Roy, son of noted physicist Ajoy Roy and founder of Mukto-Mona blog, was hacked to death, and his wife Rafida Afrin Banya injured as unidentified assailants attacked them with meat cleavers near TSC on the Dhaka University Campus on February 26, 2015.
Later, victim’s father filed a murder case with Shahbagh Police Station on February 27.
Dhaka, Feb 18 (UNB) – The High Court on Monday turned down a writ filed challenging the legality of holding posts by members of the 11th parliament.
The bench of Justice Sheikh Hassan Arif and Justice Razik-Al-Jalil passed the order.
Barrister Mahbub Uddin Khokon stood for the petitioner while deputy attorney general Mukhlesur Rahman for the state.
Earlier on February 6, the High Court set February 18 (today) to pass its order on the writ.
Supreme Court lawyer Tawhidul Islam filed the writ on January 20.
Dhaka, Feb 17 (UNB) - Attorney General Mahbubey Alam on Sunday said he will take steps so that hearing on a petition filed by Jamaat-e-Islami challenging a High Court order that had cancelled its registration as a political party is held as soon as possible.
“The registration of Jamaat-e-Islam had been cancelled with the High Court verdict. A case is pending with the Appellate Division in this regard. So, the Prime Minister has rightly said that no executive order can be issued over a sub-judice matter. So, we’ll try to ensure that the matter is heard as soon as possible,” he said while talking to reporters at his office.
About the resignation of Barrister Abdur Razzak from Jamaat, the attorney general said it does not matter whether they offer apology or not for their war crimes. “However, the war crimes trial will continue.”
On Friday, Jamaat-e-Islami assistant secretary general Barrister Abdur Razzak sent his resignation letter from the UK to Jamaat Ameer Maqbul Ahmed as he said the party failed to apologise for its anti-liberation war role in 1971 and reform the organistion based on reality.
“The aim of a political party is to come to state power through election. How will a party join the election if it has no licence? And those who do politics without registration are called underground parties which the general people of the country don’t accept,” Mahbubey Alam said.
If any political party wants to do politics, it must have a ‘licence’ from the Election Commission, he said, adding that the case over cancelling that ‘licence’ is pending with the Appellate Division. “Hope, we’ll able to take steps as soon as possible for its hearing.”
About doing politics by Jamaat with a new name, the attorney general cited the example of Adolf Hitler, saying, “Hitler is no more. Will German people face any difficulty to understand if anyone starts politics with the ideology of Hitler? The same is applicable for Jamaat here.”
On August 1, 2013, the High Court cancelled the registration of Jamaat-e-Islami which opposed the independence of the country during the 1971 Liberation War.
On the same day, Jamaat filed an appeal with the Appellate Division seeking a stay on the HC order.
Kishoreganj, Feb 17 (UNB) – A tribunal here sentenced two police constables to death for killing two college girls after rape a hotel in Dhaka in 2008.
The convicts are constables Maniruzzaman alias Halud Mia alias Sujon, 32, and Shamim Hawlader alias Zahir, 38, both were attached to the District Police Lines.
Judge Kiron Shankar Haldar of Kishoreganj Women and Children Repression Prevention tribunal also sentenced six other people to four years jail each.
According to the prosecution, police constables Maniruzzaman and Shamim developed love affair with two girls Afroza Akhter Soma and her friend Afroza Akhter Urmi, both first year student of Kishoreganj Girls’ College, over phone.
On September 21, 2008, the culprits brought the girls to the Western hotel in Dhaka’s Kawran Bazar area with the promise marriage. Later, the convicts violated the girls there and dumped their bodies.
Later, police recovered the bodies and Soma’s father Abu Bakar Siddique filed a case.
DB police inspector Amzad Hossain submitted a charge sheet accusing eight people.