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    ndia on High alert after Sunderbans oil spill

    Environmental authorities in India kept its on high alert following the Sundarbans oil spill disaster, BBC reported.
    Conservation chief Pradeep Vyas said “precautions” were being taken in West Bengal’s coastal region.
    Apart from the forest department officials, Border Security Force and Coast Guard have also been asked to keep vigil, particularly along the rivers Harinbhanga and Raimangal where Indian Sundarbans merges into Bangladesh, said the report.
    Oil leaked into waterways in the Sundarbans area after a collision involving a tanker three days ago.
    The Sundarbans forest is a contiguous and fragile ecosystem spread over 26,000 square Kilometre spanning across India and Bangladesh.
    Officials say it is already harming the region’s wildlife, which includes two endangered dolphin species.
    “We are taking all precautionary measures,” Mr Vyas, additional director of India’s Sundarban Biosphere Reserve, told Reuters on Friday.
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    Hefajat-e Islam gives hartal on thursday

    This is the big issue for the Hefajot. If sacked minister Abdul Latif Siddique is not arrested by Wednesday for his anti-hajj commentsHefajat-e Islam has threatened to call a countrywide daylong hartal for Thursday.
    organising secretary of Hefajat Azizul Haque Islamabadi told, after a meeting at Hathazari Madrasa in Chittagong this afternoon.
    Meanwhile, hundreds of activists of the Islamic party brought out a procession from Baitul Mukarram National Mosque in Dhaka around 2:00pm demanding his immediate arrest.
    They were chanting slogans against Latif Siddique, who returned home from India after one and a half months last night with several arrest warrants on him.
    The former posts and telecommunication minister arrived at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on Air India flight AI 230 around 8:20pm last night.
    As soon as the news of his arrival spread, Hefajat threatened to go for tough programmes like Dhaka siege and nonstop hartals demanding Latif Siddique’s arrest and death penalty.
    The former minister was removed from Sheikh Hasina’s cabinet and from the Awami League’s presidium, the highest policy-making forum of the party, on October 12 following his derogatory comments on hajj and Tablighi Jamaat at a programme in New York on September 28.
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    Ship seized, 614 held while going to Malaysia illegally

    Bangladesh Navy in Cox’s Bazar seized a ship in the Bay of Bengal carrying 614 people, including crew members, human traffickers and the trafficking victims, to Malaysia illegally through sea route early Monday.

    The sources said, they seized the ship around 2:30pm during their regular patrol duty in the southeast area of St Martin’s Island in Teknaf upazila.
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    Zahid Hossain Khokon sentenced to death

    The International Crimes Tribunal-1 (ICT-1) sentenced death against fugitive BNP leader MA Zahid Hossain Khokon on six charges of crimes against humanity committed in Faridpur during the Liberation War in 1971on Thursday.
    The three-member tribunal, headed by Justice M Enayetur Rahim, passed the order.
    Ten of the eleven charges brought against Khokon were proved.
    The tribunal drew conclusion to the proceedings of the case on April 17 this year.
    An investigation agency completed probe against the war crimes accused on May 29 last year and submitted a probe report to the prosecution.

    The prosecution on June 23, 2013 submitted formal charges to the tribunal. The court subsequently took the charges into cognisance on July 18 and framed charges against the accused on October 9 last year.

    Khokon, 70, a close associate of fugitive Maulana Abul Kalam Azad alias Bachchu Razakar, a condemned war crimes convict from Faridpur, had taken part in an election campaign for a Jamaat-e-Islami candidate in 1970, and was involved with the party. Later, he joined BNP.
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    Bring Latif to Justice: BNP

    BNP has urged the government to bring Abdul Latif Siddique to justice for his “derogatory” comments about Hajj and Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).

    “Unless Latif is brought to justice, the people’s wrath cannot be tamed,” BNP acting Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, also a party spokesman said while addressing a press conference at the party’s central office at Nayapaltan in Dhaka.

    “Only the removal of Latif from the cabinet and the party posts will never make people happy,” Fakhrul said.

    The BNP leader also demanded immediate removal of the police superintendent of Jessore following yesterday’s “police action” on the 20-party alliance members, where 20 people were injured as cops shot rubber bullets and charged batons.

    The law enforcers went on the action when the combine activists tried to form a human chain in front of the Jessore Press Club, protesting Post and Telecommunications Minister Abdul Latif Siddique’s recent comments on hajj.

    At the programme organised by the Tangail Samity at a New York hotel on Sunday, Latif said he was against hajj and Tabligh Jamaat more than he was against the Jamaat-e-Islami.

    “Hajj is a waste of manpower. Those who perform hajj do not have any productivity. They deduct from the economy, spend a lot of money abroad.
    “If 1,00,000 people perform hajj every year on an average and spend Tk 5 lakh each, then the total cost stands at Tk 500 crore,” he said.

    Speaking about the history of hajj, he said Prophet Muhammad was worried about the people of Arab as they were robbers. The prophet then made an arrangement that his followers meet at a place every year, which will generate income.
    Criticising Tabligh Jamaat, he said, “Tabligh Jamaat brings together about 20 lakh people every year. It has no specific duties. It just clogs traffic across the country.”
    Latif also castigated Hasina’s son Sajeeb Wazed Joy, saying, “Why do you often mention of Joy? Who is Joy Bhai? Joy is nobody in the government. He cannot make any decision.”

    Hasina will Riding on the tiger as long as she can run

    BNP Leader Advocate Khandaker Mahbub Hossain said, Sheikh Hasina will Riding on the tiger as long as she can run. Because she is now on the Tiger. She will not so easily selected. Uprising to topple her over.
    He said in the Roundtable discussion at Dhaka Reporters Unity on Monday.
    ‘Impeachment law and judicial independence, “a roundtable discussion titled nationalists organized a group called Generation -71.
    Mahbub Hossain said, ‘Take to the field, the leader (Khaleda Zia) digit would like the opportunity. We will respond to her call. ”
    He said, “A solution of the problem. This problem has been imposed on us by the current government. If this is to get rid of the illegal government that will solve the problem. ”
    BNP leader said, “The judges of the impeachment by Parliament can not be deselected. The Member of Parliament is illegal. Many countries in the world have this law. But due to the fact that this is against our people in this Parliament is to be represented. So if the judiciary is not independent, then there will be no human rights.

    Scottish nationalist leader resigns

    Scotland spurned independence in a historic referendum that threatened to rip the United Kingdom apart, sow financial turmoil and diminish Britain’s remaining global clout. A vote for the 307-year union is a relief for millions of Britons including Prime Minister David Cameron, whose job was on the line, as well as allies across the world who were horrified at the prospect of the United Kingdom’s separation. Unionists cheered, kissed and drank wine and beer in Glasgow, Scotland’s biggest city where secessionists won, while nationalist leader Alex Salmond conceded defeat and hours later told reporters he would resign. Opponents of independence won 55 percent of the vote while separatists won 45 percent with .6 million votes – a record 85 percent turnout – counted. But leaders from across the United Kingdom said the union must change if it is to endure. “For me as leader my time is nearly over but for Scotland the campaign continues and the dream will never die,” Salmond told reporters in Edinburgh, the Scottish capital which supported the United Kingdom. Salmond said he would not accept the nomination as leader of the Scottish National Party at an annual conference in November and that he would then resign as Scottish First Minister. Scotland spurned independence in a historic referendum that threatened to rip the United Kingdom apart, sow financial turmoil and diminish Britain’s remaining global clout. The vote prevents 59-year-old Salmond from winning his dream of an independent Scotland, a goal for which he has worked with a mix of shrewd calculation and nationalist passion for his entire adult life. Cameron said the question of Scottish independence had been settled for a generation. “There can be no disputes, no re-runs, we have heard the settled will of the Scottish people,” he said outside his official London residence in Downing Street. The Queen, who is at her Scottish castle in Balmoral, is expected to make a rare comment on Friday. The campaign for independence had electrified this country of . million but also divided the passions of friends and families from the remote Scottish islands of the Atlantic to the tough city estates of Glasgow. Sterling strengthened sharply against the dollar and the euro on the result. British bonds and shares rose while major British companies with Scottish exposure welcomed the decision. Royal Bank of Scotland said it had scrapped plans to move its registered office to England. Earlier, speaking in front of an image of a giant white on blue Scottish flag, Salmond laced his admission of defeat with a warning to British politicians in London that they must respect their last minute promise of more powers for Scotland. “Scotland has by a majority decided not, at this stage, to become an independent country. I accept that verdict of the people and I call on of Scotland to follow suit in accepting the democratic verdict of the people of Scotland,” he said. “Scotland will expect these to be honoured in rapid course,” said Scotland’s first minister before walking off the stage, his head bowed.

    Massive resuffle in Police at DIG level

    The authorities have brought a massive reshuffle in the police department.

    Ministry of home affairs issued an order regarding the reshuffle on Monday afternoon.

    According to the order, Dhaka Metropolitan Police Additional Commissioner Abdul Jalil Mondol has been made the Commissioner of Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP).

    Sylhet Metropolitan Police Commissioner Mizanur Rahman has given the current charge of Sylhet Railway DIG while Barisal Metropolitan Police Commissioner Md Shamsuddin has been made the Commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police.

    Sylhet Railway DIG Mokbul Hossain Bhuiyan has been made the DIG of Police Headquarters.

    Dhaka Railway DIG Kamrul has been given the position of Sylhet Metropolitan Police Commissioner while Dhaka Special Branch Additional DIG Mahbub Hossian has been given the current charge of DIG under the same department.

    RAB Director Mallik Fakhrul Isalm has been made the DIG of Dhaka Railway while Police Headquarters Additional DIG Atiqul Islam has been given the current charge of the DIG under the same department.

    Police Headquarters DIG Manjur Qader Khan has been made the DIG of CID department while Sarda Academy Vice Principal Shohrab Hossain has been made the Police Headquarters DIG.

    Ammullaya Bhushon Mollah, South Sudan mission returned DIG, has been made the Vice Principal of Sarda Academy.

    Amnesty disturbed by ‘rise in disappearances, clampdown on media’

    The Amnesty International today urged Bangladesh authorities to tackle what it called “disturbing rise in enforced disappearances” and to end their “increasing crackdown on freedom of expression”.

    “Bangladesh has made progress on reducing poverty and other development indicators, but this has not been matched when it comes to respecting human rights, such as torture or removing restrictions on freedom of expression,” said Abbas Faiz, Amnesty International’s Bangladesh Researcher.

    The briefing, which set out some of the key human rights issues facing Bangladesh following the January elections, made recommendations to the government on issues which demand urgent attention.

    Amnesty said the authorities must immediately tackle the disturbing rise in enforced disappearances over the past two years, stop the use of torture, and end their increasing crackdown on freedom of expression.

    “We have also documented a disturbing trend that suggests the security forces are responsible for a continuing pattern of disappearances, even though they deny it,” Abbas said.

    He added that the government has to take a long, hard look at the conduct of its own security forces, and end the almost complete lack of accountability around these cases.

    The rights body said it had sought comments from the government on the human rights concerns raised in the briefing. The government said that cases of enforced disappearances have been investigated, and torture charges have been framed “against certain number of law enforcement personnel…” without adding any further details.

    Amnesty International said it had investigated at least 20 disappearances at the hands of state security forces in Bangladesh since 2012, but the actual number is likely to be much higher. Of the 20 men, nine have been found dead, six have returned home after captivity lasting up to two months and five are still unaccounted for.

    The rights body also claimed that many of the abductions appear to have been politically motivated, with prominent members of opposition parties targeted. In several cases, eyewitnesses point to involvement by the police or its special force, Rapid Action Battalion (Rab), but there has been almost no accountability for the security forces’ alleged role, the body pointed out.

    Citing the high-profile Narayanganj murders which involved seven people who were abducted and killed by men later identified as RAB officers in Narayanganj in April 2014. Following public outcry, police arrested three Rab officers in connection with the murders, but they have yet to be charged.

    “The Narayanganj case is a litmus test for Bangladesh’s legal system. While it is positive that the three Rab suspects have been arrested, police must now follow through with a thorough investigation and bring those responsible to justice,” said Abbas Faiz.

    The briefing further documented torture that is still rife across Bangladeshi places of detention.

    “The government of Bangladesh must respond to long standing calls by both national and international human rights organizations and stop torture,” said Abbas Faiz.

    Of more than 100 former detainees Amnesty International has spoken to in recent years, have reported being subjected to some form of torture or other ill-treatment, an indication of how widespread the problem could be, he added.

    He said, this indicates the failure of the government to take decisive action against these human rights violations.

    Abbas Faiz claimed that Bangladesh authorities have stepped up a crackdown on freedom of expression in the last two years through what he termed “draconian laws governing internet usage”.

    At least four bloggers and two human rights defenders have been charged under the Information and Communications Technology Act, a vaguely formulated law that gives authorities broad scope to charge those spreading “defaming information” the briefing noted.

    Four bloggers were arrested in April 2014, accused of making derogatory comments about Islam. Although they have since been released on bail, the charges against them have not been dropped.

    Amnesty International also claimed that editors and journalists spoken to when researching the briefing also reported that more subtle forms of repression have increased, ranging from threatening phone calls, to pressure from security forces on editors to deny space to government critics.

    The government had responded saying that “any law [in regard to a new policy] would be formulated in consultation with concerned, including representatives of the electronic ”. No details were given about the format of such consultation, the briefing said.

    “Amnesty International will be monitoring the developments in cases highlighted in this briefing as a test of the government’s determination to address the human rights concerns we have highlighted,” said Abbas Faiz. “We urge the authorities to engage seriously with the recommendations we are making.”

    Judges’ impeachment move ‘not in people’s interest’: Dr Kamal

    The way government is going to amend charter to empower the parliament to impeach Supreme Court judges is “not right at all” and “not in the interest of the country and its people”, eminent jurist Dr Kamal Hossain said today.

    Public opinion should be solicited in this regard, he opined, stressing that any amendment to the constitution should be brought on the basis of consensus.

    Hossain, one of the framers of constitution, made the remarks while addressing a discussion on ‘Amendment to the constitution: Impeachment of the judges and its significance’ organised by Sujon (Sushasoner Jonno Nagorik) at Jatiya Press Club in Dhaka.

    Ignoring the opinions of many eminent jurists, the cabinet, on August 18, approved a proposal on amending the constitution to restore parliament’s authority to impeach Supreme Court judges on grounds of misconduct or incapacity.

    The existing constitutional provision for the chief justice-led Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) will cease to exist once the constitution amendment bill is passed in the parliament.

    Talking on the move today, Dr Hossain said the government hastily moved for the amendment.

    He wondered why the government was in such a hurry.

    Cabinet approval for any proposal to amend the constitution “does not mean democracy”, he added.

    Dr Kamal, who also served as law and former foreign minister of Bangladesh, suggested that comprehensive dialogue and debate should be held on the basis of authentic information for bringing any amendment to the constitution.

    Performance of the parliament and Supreme Judicial Council, which is currently empowered to probe any misconduct and incapacity of the judges, should be evaluated, Hossain suggested.

    On the appointment of SC judges, he said the government should frame a guideline determining an appointment procedure so that the judges could be appointed in a transparent manner.