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139 prisoners without trial - HC asks to complete trial by Aug 31

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The High Court on Monday asked the authorities concerned to complete trials of 139 prisoners, who are kept in different jails without trial, within August 31. An HC bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Shahidul Karim gave the directives.

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BD hands over list of 8,032 Rohingyas

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Bangladesh has handed over a list of 1673 families of 8032 Rohingays to Myanmar to start the first phase of repatriation of the displaced people living in Bangladesh to their homeland in Rakhine. "The Myanmar side has cordially accepted the list," Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal told reporters on Friday evening after over three hours of meeting with his Myanmar counterpart at the Secretariat, UNB reports.

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Over 10.66 lakh Rohingyas biometrically registered

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Over 10.66 lakh Rohingyas biometrically registered

Bangladesh Immigration and Passport Department has completed biometric registration of 10,66,088 Rohingyas while the new arrivals from Myanmar now stand 688,000. The UN migration agency - IOM - came up with the figures on Monday.

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Hasina meets Pope Francis in Vatican City

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has met Pope Francis in the Vatican City. Hasina was given a guard of honour when she reached the Vatican City from Hotel Parco Dei Principi Rome on Monday. Besides the pope, the prime minister met Vatican City Secretary of State Pietro Parolin. She also visited the Sistine Chapel and the St Peter’s Basilica.

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MCQ to be dropped in public exams to stop question leak

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State Minister for Education Kazi Keramat Ali today told the parliament that multiple choice questions [MCQ] will be dropped in phases in public examinations to prevent question paper leak. “There will be no opportunity to leak question paper if MCQ is dropped in the examination,” he said participating on the thanks giving motion on the president’s speech.

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BNP brings out procession in city; Several activists held

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BNP brings out procession in city; Several activists held 

BNP leaders and activists brought out a procession from Purana Paltan area in the city on Saturday in protest against the imprisonment of their Chairperson Khaleda Zia  in a graft case.

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UN says Reuters report on Myanmar massacre ‘alarming’

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The United Nations on Friday described the details of a Reuters investigation into the killing of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar as “alarming” and said it showed the need for a thorough probe into the violence in the country’s Rakhine state.

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Khaleda to seek HC bail, if possible by Sunday

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Now in prison over charges of graft, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia will seek bail from the High Court, if possible by Sunday depending on if she would receive a certified copy of her verdict on that day.“We will file an appeal with the High Court on behalf of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia on Sunday if we get the certified copy of the trial court verdict,” Advocate Zainul Abedin, a lawyer for Khaleda and a vice chairman of BNP, told The Daily Star today.

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Khaleda’s participation in next polls becomes uncertain

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Though it is now the most-sought question of people whether BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia will be eligible for the next general election after she was jailed for five years by a trial court, legal and election experts have no clear answer to it as they think it fully depends on the apex court.

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4 family members meet Khaleda

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Four family members of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia met her at the Old Central Jail on Nazimuddin Road on Friday amid tight security. Khaleda's elder sister Selina Islam, brother Shamim Iskander along with his wife Kaniz Fatema and son Avik entered inside the jail at about 4:15pm. Earlier, they arrived at the prison at about 2:55pm and sought permission to meet her.

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Graft: Khaleda jailed for 5yrs, Tarique 10yrs

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I will be back, Khaleda tells weeping relatives

Former prime minister BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has been jailed for five years after she was found guilty in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case. Her elder son and BNP’s Vice-Chairman Tarique Rahman and four others have been given 10 years in the case and a fine of Tk 2.10 crore each in the politically significant case ahead of the parliamentary election. Judge Md Akhtaruzzaman of the Special Court-5 in Dhaka sentenced Khaleda to rigorous imprisonment and said the shorter term was for “her health and social status”.

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Tear gas used on Khaleda’s supporters

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Police used tear gas shells to douse tension that ensued for some time near Khaleda Zia’s motorcade in Dhaka as the BNP chairperson was on her way to a graft trial verdict. Tension mounted in Moghbazar as BNP activists came face to face with Bangladesh Chhatra League men around 12:59pm, our correspondent reports.

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BNP men escorting Khaleda to court

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BNP men escorting Khaleda to court

Several hundred BNP leaders and activists are escorting their party chief Khaleda Zia’s vehicle to Bakshibazar makeshift court on Thursday afternoon. The BNP men encircled Khaleda’s vehicle braving police obstruction when it reached FDC area around 12:30 pm and started moving with the vehicle. The BNP chief left her Gulshan residence for the court around 11:45am amid tight security.

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Khaleda leaves Gulshan residence for court

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BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia left her Gulshan residence for Bakshibazar makeshift court which will pronounce the verdict in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on Thursday. Earlier around 9am, the accused Kazi Salimul Haque Kamal and businessman Sharfuddin Ahmed have been taken to the makeshift court.

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I will be back, Khaleda tells weeping relatives

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BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia

Wearing an off-white sari, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, offered her prayers and comforted her relatives, most of whom, were in tears, as she boarded her motorcade from her Gulshan residence on way to the court set for delivering verdict in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case today. As she was leaving her Gulshan residence – Feroza -- around 12:00pm, many of her relatives broke down in tears.

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Whole country cordoned off, says Moudud

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BNP standing committee member Barrister Moudud Ahmed on Thursday said now the whole country is cordoned off. No complaint against Khaleda Zia could be proved the BNP leader said adding that she’ll be relieved if she gets justice.

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Stay united to face upcoming danger, Khaleda urges party activists

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Stay united to face upcoming danger, Khaleda urges party activists

Pointing at the verdict in her graft case to be delivered on Thursday, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia on Saturday urged her party leaders and activists to remain united and face together any upcoming danger in an peaceful and democratic manner. “I would like to say I’m always with you and will be with you wherever I stay. Let’s face any type of upcoming danger together …we’ll work together for the country in our good days, too,” she said.

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