No scope of appointing lawyers for defending fugitives Tarique, Zubaida: AG

No scope of appointing lawyers for defending fugitives Tarique, Zubaida: AG

Attorney General AM Amin Uddin today said there is no scope of appointing lawyers here to defend fugitives Tarique Rahman and his wife Zubaida Rahman in a graft case.

"There are many verdicts of the Supreme Court in this regard. Appellate Division has always been strict on this matter," he said while talking to newsmen at his office.

The chief state counsel said there is no precedent of defending oneself without appearing before the court in country's judicial history.

"Two brothers (Sikder Group managing director Ron Haque Sikder and his brother Dipu Haque Sikder) had pleaded for bail from abroad during Corona pandemic time. High Court did not even hear their plea, instead fined them for filing the petition. So Tarique and Zubaida have no scope of defending themselves from abroad," the attorney general added.

Judge Md Asaduzzaman of Dhaka Metropolitan Senior Special Judge's Court on April 9 has set April 13 to pass its order whether BNP acting chairman Tarique Rahman and his wife Zubaida Rahman will get any lawyers to defend them in absentia in the graft case.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)

262 distressed people get zakat money in Rajshahi

A total of 262 distressed and helpless people were given zakat money worth Taka 16.38 lakh aimed at bringing some happiness to their family life through mitigating the financial crisis.

Rajshahi Divisional Office of the Islamic Foundation (IF) distributed the money on behalf of the government Zakat Fund of 2022-2023 fiscal year at the office conference hall of Deputy Commissioner (DC) here on Sunday.

Each of them was given Taka 6,250. Of the beneficiaries, 100 were from Rajshahi city areas, while 162 others from nine upazilas of the district.

Commissioner of Rajshahi division GSM Zafarullah attended the distribution ceremony as the chief guest, while DC Shamim Ahmed was in the chair.

Deputy Secretary to the Ministry of Religious Affairs Shakhawat Hossain, Additional DC Kallyan Chowdhury, IF Director Dr Abdus Salam, Divisional Director Rezzaqul Haider and Assistant Director Muzahidul Islam also spoke on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, GSM Zafarullah attributed that zakat can help reduce income disparity with economic growth as a poverty reduction tool.

Zakat is also considered one of the unique instruments for poverty alleviation as wealth is transferred from well-off people to worse-off people. Zakat can be administered by both government and volunteer organisations.

He also mentioned that adjustment between income tax and zakat can ensure greater collection. Tax rebates for zakat payers should be there to increase the volume of collection.

Zakat can reduce pressure on the government's spending on social safety net and foreign borrowing, the IF Director Jalal Ahmed observes, suggesting advocacy support of the nation's economists to this effect.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

10 shops gutted in Noakhali

Ten shops were gutted in a fire at the Udayasadhurhat Bazar in Sadar upazila of the district today.

The fire originated from an electric short circuit at a shop of the Bazar around 8am and soon engulfed the adjacent business establishments, as a result of the fire, ten shops were completely gutted, Maijdee Fire Service Station Officer Md. Kabir Hossain, told BSS.

Being informed, Maijdee Fire Service and Civil Defense unit rushed to the spot and doused the blaze with the help of locals and affected businessmen after one hour of efforts, he added.

It is initially estimated to have caused a loss of Taka about 30 lakh, the affected businessmen claimed.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)

One held with 635 yaba tablets in Kurigram

Rapid Action Battalion (RAB)-13 arrested an alleged drug trafficker with 635 pieces of yaba tablets from village Dharmapur in Phulbari upazila of Kurigram district on Sunday evening.

"On a tip off, an operational team of RAB-13 from its Rangpur battalion headquarters conducted a raid there and arrested him with the contraband yaba tablets from the spot," a press release said today.

The detainee was identified as Md. Sheikh Farid, 37, son of late Shawkat Ali of village Dharmapur in Phulbari upazila of Kurigram.

During preliminary interrogation, the arrested person admitted his involvement in drug trading in connivance with his other cohorts for a long time.

"After filing a case against the arrested person in this connection, the elite force handed him over to Phulbari Police Station in Kurigram," the release added

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)

Bangladesh reports zero Covid-19 death, eight positive cases

Bangladesh today recorded zero Covid-19 death while it reported eight coronavirus positive cases.

"Bangladesh reported 0.58 percent Covid-19 positive cases as 1,371 samples were tested during the last 24 hours," a daily statement of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said here.

During the period, the combined figure of coronavirus infection in Dhaka

district and the capital is eight while zero Covid-19 death was reported


The official tally showed that the virus killed a total of 29,446 people and infected 20,38,086, so far.

The recovery count rose to 20,05,576 after another four patients were

discharged from the dedicated hospitals during the last 24 hours, the

statement added.

From the beginning of the pandemic, 98.40 percent Covid-19 patients

recovered among the infected people while 1.44 percent died, the DGHS

statistics showed.

Among the 29,446 fatalities, 12,945 occurred in Dhaka, 5,906 in Chattogram, 2,163 in Rajshahi, 3,735 in Khulna, 993 in Barishal, 1,364 in Sylhet, 1,429 in Rangpur and 911 in Mymensingh divisions.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)

Man killed by younger brother in Manikganj

A man was killed allegedly by his younger

brother at Vakum Fakirpara village under Singair upazila of the district

early today.

The deceased was identified as Abu Rayhan, 28, son of Shahjahan Fakir of the

village under Joymontop Union of Singair upazila.

According to family, Roman, 24, was in a feud with his family, including his

two brothers, as they did not accept his marriage and did not allow his wife

into the house.

On Sunday night, the trio went to sleep in the room they shared after

finishing their supper. At one stage, second brother Roman slit Rayhan's,

elder brother of the alleged killer, throat with a sharp knife and left the

house minutes after midnight past Sunday, the sources added.

Relatives rescued and rushed seriously wounded Abu Rayhan to Upazila Health

Complex where the duty doctor declared him dead.

"Being informed, police rushed to the spot and recovered the body," Sayeed

Mizanur Islam, officer-in-charge (OC) of Singair Police Station, said, adding

that the body was sent to Manikganj 250-bed hospital morgue for autopsy.

A case was filed with Singair Police Station in this connection and police

are trying to arrest the alleged killer, the OC added.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)

Legends of Rupganj confirm DPL Super League

Mashrafe Bin Mortaza led Legends of Rupganj became the third team to confirm the super league of Dhaka Premier League (DPL) after Abahani Limited and Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club following a five-wicket victory over Prime Bank Cricket Club at BKSP-4 ground today.

The victory helped Rupganj achieve 14 points in nine matches, that guaranteed a place in super league.

Little know pacer Abdul Halim was instrumental in the victory, grabbing three wickets for 34 runs.

Halim was complemented by his captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza who scalped 2-25 as Rupganj bundled Prime Bank out for just 128 in 36.2 overs after putting them into bat first.

Nasir Hossain was the top-scorer for the side with 31 while national player Yasir Ali Chowdhury made 28 when he needed a big score to boost his confidence.

Legends for Rupganj couldn’t make it cakewalk but still raced to the victory in 24.4 overs, making 129-5 for their seventh victory. Fardeen Hasan Oney made team-high 47 while Irfan Shukkur added 31 ball-34 to hasten the victory.

Offspinner Mahedi Hasan and pacer Rejaur Rahman Raja bagged two wickets apiece.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)

Anti-liberation force is main barrier to constitutional government: lawmakers

Both treasury and opposition lawmakers today said the anti-liberation force is the main barrier to the constitutional form of government.

"The anti-liberation force under the umbrella of BNP is the main obstacle to the constitutional form of government", they said.

The lawmakers were participating in the discussion on a motion brought under section 147 of the rules of procedure of the Jatiya Sangsad (JS) marking its golden jubilee at the Sangsad Bhaban here.

Deputy Leader of the House Matia Chowdhury said the emergence of the parliament and the existence of the nation are closely related as Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman made a huge sacrifice for development of the nation.

Praising the current development of the country, the deputy leader said Bangabandhu had liberated the country and his daughter Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is working to fulfill the dream of Bangabandhu.

"Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had introduced parliamentary form of government for the welfare of the people while the anti-liberation force is working to destabilize the country through neglecting constitutional consistency", said Railways Minister Nurul Islam Sujan.

The present government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina established accountability in the Jatiya Sangsad, said Chief Whip Nur-E Alam Chowdhury.

He said, "The members of parliament are now the chairmen of the parliamentary standing committees instead of the concerned ministers and question-answer session is also relevant with the parliamentary procedure."

Opposition leader of the Jatiya Sangsad Begum Raushan Ershad termed the Jatiya Sangsad as the centre of all the expectations and ambitions of the people.

She said as the whole activities of the government are being mobilized in the Jatiya Sangsad, that's why political unity is crucial for well functioning of the legislative house.

Treasury bench lawmaker Social Welfare Minister Nuruzzaman Ahmed, Jatiya Party deputy leader GM Kader, among others, also participated in the discussion.

Later, the discussion under the proposal was moved to the house and then it was unanimously adopted after being okayed by the lawmakers with Jatiya Sangsad Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury in the chair.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)

Govt extends Eid holiday by one day

The government has extended the Eid-ul-Fitr holiday by one more day with April 20 next as the public holiday.

The government officials and employees, as a result, are getting five consecutive days holiday on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, one of the great religious festivals of the Muslims.

The approval was given in the cabinet meeting held at the Cabinet Chamber in the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban today with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.

After the meeting, Cabinet Secretary Md Mahbub Hossain briefed the newsmen about the outcome of the meeting saying, “The government decided to declare a holiday on April 20 by executive order.”

According to the new decision, he said there will be a holiday on April 20 (Thursday), the day after the holy Shab-e-Qadr holiday on April 19. Eid holidays will continue from April 20 to April 23.

Two days weekend (Friday and Saturday) has been included in the Eid Holiday festival this year.

The holy Ramadan started on March 24. Accordingly, the government has prepared a list of holidays by fixing the date of Eid-ul-Fitr on April 22 for 29 days of Ramadan.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)

41 women entrepreneurs get ‘Smart women entrepreneurship grants’

A total of 41 women entrepreneurs have been given 'Smart women entrepreneurship grants' aimed at promoting the welfare of the entrepreneurs and their business development.

The Innovation Design and Entrepreneurship Academy (iDEA) Project of Bangladesh Computer Council (BCC) under the ICT Division provided the grant of Taka 50,000 to each of 41 promising women entrepreneurs in seven parliamentary constituencies in the country through Anondomela of UNDP, Sarvajaya Nari Uddokta Utpadon Mukhi Somobay Samity Ltd, Samaj, gram and Shohor Unnoyon Mohila Sangstha, Bangladesh Entrepreneurship Organization, Women's Alliance, Nijer Bolar Moto Ekta Golpo and Women Entrepreneur Forum, said a press release.

Jatiya Sangsad (JS) Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury distributed the grant among the women entrepreneurs at a function held at LD Hall of Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban here with State Minister for ICT Division Zunaid Ahmed Palak in the chair.

Lawmakers Ratna Ahmed and Shamsun Nahar were present at the event among others.

iDEA Project Director (Joint Secretary) Md Altaf Hossain and Chief Coordinator of the program and iDEA Project Human Resources Consultant Md Nazim Uddin were also present at the programme.

Congratulating the state minister for ICT Division for launching and carrying out specific programmes for women, Dr Shirin Sharmin said according to the census, there are more women than men in the country.

Noting that women are naturally business owners, she suggested leveraging information technology to apply their own ideas to expand their businesses.

"We won't leg behind in the ICT sector . . . we have demonstrated our skill and capacity," the speaker said, adding that women are contributing to the national economy and earning foreign currency.

Speaking on the occasion, Zunaid Ahmed Palak encouraged women for running their businesses and said, "Potential entrepreneurs of future lie within you".

Noting that the government will create a favorable environment for the women entrepreneurs, he said this grant will be given at union level across the country.

More 5,000 women entrepreneurs would receive the grants after distributing it among 2,000 female entrepreneurs under the first phase, Palak added.

According to the release, earlier, 250 women entrepreneurs were given a grant of Taka 50,000 each on August 8 in 2022, marking the 92nd birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's wife Bangmata Begum Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib and more 1000 women entrepreneurs were given the same grant at a programme organized to mark the 75th birth anniversary of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on September 29 in the same year.

The iDEA Project gave all the grants.

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Nilphamari district Jatiya Sramik League Convener Dewan Mujibuddoula Jaki passed away while undergoing treatment at Rangour Medical College Hospital in Rangpur on Sunday night.

He was 55, said a press release here today.

Mujibuddoula, younger brother of Nilphamari district Awami League (AL) President and Sadar Pourasabha Mayor Dewan Kamal Ahmed, left behind his wife, two daughters and a host of relatives, political fellows and admirers to mourn his death.

AL General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader today expressed profound shock and sorrow at the death of Mujibuddoula.

He prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul and conveyed deep sympathy to the bereaved family.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)

RU to go on 21-day Eid vacation from April 14

The Rajshahi University (RU) is scheduled to go on a 21-day vacation on the occasion of the Pohela Boishakh, Shabe Qudr, Eid-Ul-Fitr and historic May Day from April 14 next.

Prof Prodip Kumar Pandey, Administrator of RU Public Relation Office, confirmed the matter saying their varsity will remain closed for 15 days on the occasion of Shab-e-Qadr, May Day and Eid-ul-Fitr according to the academic calendar.

He, however, said all sorts of academic activities will remain suspended for the scheduled occasions and the weekends from April 14 to May 4.

But this time, all the 17 students' dormitories will remain open during the Eid holidays.

Meanwhile, the resident students appreciated the RU decision for keeping their halls remain open during the long vacation and termed it as wise.

Jamal Uddin Abrar, a student of the university, said tests of various jobs, including Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) and banks, are in the offing. Preparations for the upcoming tests may be disturbed due to staying in their houses.

So, the university authority will get appreciation for the time-fitting decision, he added.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)