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Fakhrul made a short visit to jail as BNP Secretary General

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After serving as acting secretary general, Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has been made full fledged secretary general of BNP on Wednesday. 
Ruhul Kabir Rizvi too has been promoted from joint secretary general to senior joint secretary general while businessman Mizanur Rahman Sinha was made treasurer of the party. 
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s decision to promote Fakhrul and Rizvi was made public officially at a media conference on Wednesday, 11 days after the party held its sixth national council.
In the council, party chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia was given the responsibility to form a full committee. BNP councillors earlier re-elected herself and her son Tarique Rahman as chairperson and senior vice chairman of the party.
Soon after the announcement of Fakhrul’s name as party secretary general, a Dhaka court denied his bail prayer and ordered his to go to jail. The party rank and file had gathered at Naya Paltan headquarters to greet the new secretary general only to learn that he had been sent to prison.
In an immediate reaction, BNP leader Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, who has been promoted to senior joint secretary general on Wednesday, said it was part of a ‘deep conspiracy’.
Fakhrul landed in the prison around 2.30pm. However, in a dramatic move in the afternoon, the same court granted him bail on health reason and ordered his release from jail. 
Fakhrul Islam stepped out of prison close to 7pm to be greeted by hundreds of party leaders and activists.
Among the BNP’s central leaders present at the prison gate were Abdullah Al Noman, Abdus Salam, Shamimur Rahman Shamim, Rafiq Shikdar, SM Jahangir, Abdul Hasan Noni and Shayerul Kabir Khan.
Fakhrul waved to acknowledge their greetings and got into his car. The party leaders said he was on his way to meet Chairperson Khaleda Zia.
In the morning hours, Fakhrul surrendered at Dhaka’s Chief Metropolitan Magistrates Court in connection with three cases registered with Motijheel police on charge of subversive acts during hartal and blockade programme .
As the court ordered judicial custody , his lawyers pleaded for a review of the decision on medical grounds and Fakhrul was granted bail around 4pm while he had already landed in jail. After spending almost six months in jail last year pending trial on violence charges, the BNP leader had secured interim bail from the High Court. A rule was also issued on the matter.
After his release from prison, Mirza Fakhrul had gone abroad for medical treatment.

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After serving as acting secretary general, Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has been made full fledged secretary general of BNP on Wednesday. 
Ruhul Kabir Rizvi too has been promoted from joint secretary general to senior joint secretary general while businessman Mizanur Rahman Sinha was made treasurer of the party. 
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s decision to promote Fakhrul and Rizvi was made public officially at a media conference on Wednesday, 11 days after the party held its sixth national council.
In the council, party chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia was given the responsibility to form a full committee. BNP councillors earlier re-elected herself and her son Tarique Rahman as chairperson and senior vice chairman of the party.
Soon after the announcement of Fakhrul’s name as party secretary general, a Dhaka court denied his bail prayer and ordered his to go to jail. The party rank and file had gathered at Naya Paltan headquarters to greet the new secretary general only to learn that he had been sent to prison.
In an immediate reaction, BNP leader Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, who has been promoted to senior joint secretary general on Wednesday, said it was part of a ‘deep conspiracy’.
Fakhrul landed in the prison around 2.30pm. However, in a dramatic move in the afternoon, the same court granted him bail on health reason and ordered his release from jail. 
Fakhrul Islam stepped out of prison close to 7pm to be greeted by hundreds of party leaders and activists.
Among the BNP’s central leaders present at the prison gate were Abdullah Al Noman, Abdus Salam, Shamimur Rahman Shamim, Rafiq Shikdar, SM Jahangir, Abdul Hasan Noni and Shayerul Kabir Khan.
Fakhrul waved to acknowledge their greetings and got into his car. The party leaders said he was on his way to meet Chairperson Khaleda Zia.
In the morning hours, Fakhrul surrendered at Dhaka’s Chief Metropolitan Magistrates Court in connection with three cases registered with Motijheel police on charge of subversive acts during hartal and blockade programme .
As the court ordered judicial custody , his lawyers pleaded for a review of the decision on medical grounds and Fakhrul was granted bail around 4pm while he had already landed in jail. After spending almost six months in jail last year pending trial on violence charges, the BNP leader had secured interim bail from the High Court. A rule was also issued on the matter.
After his release from prison, Mirza Fakhrul had gone abroad for medical treatment.

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Hasina for improved road network development 

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said the government wants to improve the country’s road network as it can accelerate its socio-economic development. 
“The more the country’s communication network will be developed, the greater change will be there in its socio-economic scenario,” she said at a civic gathering at Officers’ Club in the ci after inaugurating a part of the ongoing Moghbazar-Mouchak Flyover Project. 
Sheikh Hasina said her government has taken numerous programmes to develop the communication network across the country so that Bangladesh can attain a middle-income country status by 2021. “We’ve taken various programmes since 2009 and implementing those gradually,” she said.
The Prime Minister said there should be a government organisation for the communication sector, or else, this sector will be dominated by the private sector, causing sufferings to people.
“If we leave the sector to private owners, then they’ll increase the fare as per their sweet wish and people will suffer. That’s why we’ve given importance to the railway sector and created a separate ministry for this,” she told the function.
Hasina said the government has also been working hard to improve the waterway communication through capital dredging and maintenance dredging of the country’s rivers. She said the government has taken steps to improve the communication network with neighbouring countries as well.
Referring to the nagging traffic congestion in the capital, the Prime Minister said her government, after coming to power in 1996, had taken various projects for the capital city to ease the traffic congestion, but unfortunately those were not continued by the successive government.
LGRD Minister Khandker Mosharraf Hossain and Saudi Ambassador to Bangladsh Abdullah HM Al-Mutairi and LGRD secretary Abdul Malek also spoke on the occasion.
At the inaugural function, Shyama Prasad Adhikari, Chief Engineer of Local Government Engineering Department (LGED), made a presentation on different aspects of the project, which he said was implemented as part of Dhaka Strategic Transport Plan (STP).
Earlier, the Prime Minister inaugurated of the first part of the ongoing Moghbazar-Mouchak Flyover Project from Satrasta to Ramna thana point. She opened the 2.11-km part of the 8.7-km flyover to traffic through unveiling a plaque.
The flyover is being constructed in three parts-from Holy Family Hospital to Tejgaon; Kakrail to Rampura; and Mouchak to Banglamotor — in an effort to ease traffic congestions between the city’s northern and southern parts.
The project work, which was scheduled to be completed by December 2015, started in 2013 instead of the original schedule of 2011. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina laid the inauguration stone on February 16, 2013.

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said the government wants to improve the country’s road network as it can accelerate its socio-economic development. 
“The more the country’s communication network will be developed, the greater change will be there in its socio-economic scenario,” she said at a civic gathering at Officers’ Club in the ci after inaugurating a part of the ongoing Moghbazar-Mouchak Flyover Project. 
Sheikh Hasina said her government has taken numerous programmes to develop the communication network across the country so that Bangladesh can attain a middle-income country status by 2021. “We’ve taken various programmes since 2009 and implementing those gradually,” she said.
The Prime Minister said there should be a government organisation for the communication sector, or else, this sector will be dominated by the private sector, causing sufferings to people.
“If we leave the sector to private owners, then they’ll increase the fare as per their sweet wish and people will suffer. That’s why we’ve given importance to the railway sector and created a separate ministry for this,” she told the function.
Hasina said the government has also been working hard to improve the waterway communication through capital dredging and maintenance dredging of the country’s rivers. She said the government has taken steps to improve the communication network with neighbouring countries as well.
Referring to the nagging traffic congestion in the capital, the Prime Minister said her government, after coming to power in 1996, had taken various projects for the capital city to ease the traffic congestion, but unfortunately those were not continued by the successive government.
LGRD Minister Khandker Mosharraf Hossain and Saudi Ambassador to Bangladsh Abdullah HM Al-Mutairi and LGRD secretary Abdul Malek also spoke on the occasion.
At the inaugural function, Shyama Prasad Adhikari, Chief Engineer of Local Government Engineering Department (LGED), made a presentation on different aspects of the project, which he said was implemented as part of Dhaka Strategic Transport Plan (STP).
Earlier, the Prime Minister inaugurated of the first part of the ongoing Moghbazar-Mouchak Flyover Project from Satrasta to Ramna thana point. She opened the 2.11-km part of the 8.7-km flyover to traffic through unveiling a plaque.
The flyover is being constructed in three parts-from Holy Family Hospital to Tejgaon; Kakrail to Rampura; and Mouchak to Banglamotor — in an effort to ease traffic congestions between the city’s northern and southern parts.
The project work, which was scheduled to be completed by December 2015, started in 2013 instead of the original schedule of 2011. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina laid the inauguration stone on February 16, 2013.

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Warrant issued against Khaleda Zia

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A Dhaka court on Wednesday issued warrant of arrest against BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia and 27 other BNP leaders and activists in an arson attack case filed with Jatrabari Police Station last year. 
Lawyers and court officials said Dhaka Metropolitan Session Judge Kamrul Hossain Molla passed the order after conducting a hearing in this connection. 
Sub-Inspector (SI) KM Nuruzzaman filed the case under Special Powers Act, 1974, against Khaleda Zia and other BNP leaders allegedly for carrying out subversive activities by petrol bomb attack on a passengers’ bus of Glori Paribahan at Katherpool in Jatrabari area.
In the attack, 30 persons were injured . Of whom Noor Alam, 60, a passenger of the bus, died in hospital. Later, Investigation Officer (IO) of the case SI Bashir Uddin of Detective Branch (DB) of police submitted a charge-sheet before the Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court on May 6 last year. The other 27 BNP persons against whom the warrant of arrest order has been issued include: BNP leaders MK Anower, Selima Rahman, advisers to BNP chairperson - Khandaker Mahbub Hossain, Shawkat Mahmud, Senior Joint-Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rijvi, Swechchasebak Dal President and General Secretary respectively Habib-Un-Nabi Khan Sohel and Mir Sarafat Ali Sapu, BNP Chairperson’s Press Secretary Maruf Kamal Khan Sohel and Special Assistant to BNP Chief Shamsur Rahman Shimul Biswas.
Meanwhile, senior Awami League leader and Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed accused BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia of being a pro-Pakistani element and said her Pakistan-style politics were designed to destroy the future of Bangladesh.
“Begum Zia has been trying to sing a song that the defeated Pakistani forces had sang for long to belittle Bangladesh and pollute its rich history,” said the politician while speaking as the chief guest at a function hosted on Wednesday to mark the reception of 11 great ladies who made immense contribution to Bangladesh’s War of Independence in 1971.
Tofail Ahmed said Bangabandhu and most of his family members were killed in 1975 as part of the conspiracy to erase the spirit and values of liberation war from the nation’s mind. As continuation, he alleged, Begum Zia propagated worldwide against Bangladesh in 2015 after she failed to stop the general elections. “But all efforts turned in vain, he said.”

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A Dhaka court on Wednesday issued warrant of arrest against BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia and 27 other BNP leaders and activists in an arson attack case filed with Jatrabari Police Station last year. 
Lawyers and court officials said Dhaka Metropolitan Session Judge Kamrul Hossain Molla passed the order after conducting a hearing in this connection. 
Sub-Inspector (SI) KM Nuruzzaman filed the case under Special Powers Act, 1974, against Khaleda Zia and other BNP leaders allegedly for carrying out subversive activities by petrol bomb attack on a passengers’ bus of Glori Paribahan at Katherpool in Jatrabari area.
In the attack, 30 persons were injured . Of whom Noor Alam, 60, a passenger of the bus, died in hospital. Later, Investigation Officer (IO) of the case SI Bashir Uddin of Detective Branch (DB) of police submitted a charge-sheet before the Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court on May 6 last year. The other 27 BNP persons against whom the warrant of arrest order has been issued include: BNP leaders MK Anower, Selima Rahman, advisers to BNP chairperson - Khandaker Mahbub Hossain, Shawkat Mahmud, Senior Joint-Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rijvi, Swechchasebak Dal President and General Secretary respectively Habib-Un-Nabi Khan Sohel and Mir Sarafat Ali Sapu, BNP Chairperson’s Press Secretary Maruf Kamal Khan Sohel and Special Assistant to BNP Chief Shamsur Rahman Shimul Biswas.
Meanwhile, senior Awami League leader and Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed accused BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia of being a pro-Pakistani element and said her Pakistan-style politics were designed to destroy the future of Bangladesh.
“Begum Zia has been trying to sing a song that the defeated Pakistani forces had sang for long to belittle Bangladesh and pollute its rich history,” said the politician while speaking as the chief guest at a function hosted on Wednesday to mark the reception of 11 great ladies who made immense contribution to Bangladesh’s War of Independence in 1971.
Tofail Ahmed said Bangabandhu and most of his family members were killed in 1975 as part of the conspiracy to erase the spirit and values of liberation war from the nation’s mind. As continuation, he alleged, Begum Zia propagated worldwide against Bangladesh in 2015 after she failed to stop the general elections. “But all efforts turned in vain, he said.”

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Protesters demand capital punishment for Tonu murder

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Protests over the murder of college girl Sohagi Jahan Tonu has spread across the country, demanding capital punishment against people involved in the rape-cum-killing incident. The ongoing students’ agitation is now being joined by various professional groups and civil societies in almost all places of the country even 10 days after the brutal killing incident. 
Women rights activists and criminologists said growing incidents of repression in the society, coupled with denial of justice in most cases, have triggered such massive protests. The murder of Tonu has agitated the general people about safety and security of their own daughters, sisters and wives in a society that lacks rule of law, they said.
According to the statistics of Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK), a total of 105 girls and women were raped during last two months (January and February) in various parts of the country. Of them, 20 victims were aged between 07 and 12 years and three died due to physical assaults while two others committed suicide after the rapes, the ASK data said. A total of 123 incidents of rape registered by the ASK in the first three months (January, February and March) of 2015 indicate a substantial and horrific rise in the offence. 
A second-year history student of Comilla Victoria College and a cultural activist, Sohagi Jahan Tonu was found dead a few yards off her house inside Comilla Cantonment in the night of March 20. Initially, the wave of protest was limited to social media, especially in Facebook and then the incident was covered by both print and electronic media with due importance. 
As the demand for justice grows louder and protest surges across the country, people from all walks of life, especially students, Wednesday demonstrated in many districts, including Dhaka, Comilla, Chittagong, Naogaon, Nilphamari, Bogra, Sylhet and Dinajpur. During the protest rallies, students called upon all to observe daylong strike in all educational institutions on April 03 next demanding punishment to the killers of Tonu.

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Protests over the murder of college girl Sohagi Jahan Tonu has spread across the country, demanding capital punishment against people involved in the rape-cum-killing incident. The ongoing students’ agitation is now being joined by various professional groups and civil societies in almost all places of the country even 10 days after the brutal killing incident. 
Women rights activists and criminologists said growing incidents of repression in the society, coupled with denial of justice in most cases, have triggered such massive protests. The murder of Tonu has agitated the general people about safety and security of their own daughters, sisters and wives in a society that lacks rule of law, they said.
According to the statistics of Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK), a total of 105 girls and women were raped during last two months (January and February) in various parts of the country. Of them, 20 victims were aged between 07 and 12 years and three died due to physical assaults while two others committed suicide after the rapes, the ASK data said. A total of 123 incidents of rape registered by the ASK in the first three months (January, February and March) of 2015 indicate a substantial and horrific rise in the offence. 
A second-year history student of Comilla Victoria College and a cultural activist, Sohagi Jahan Tonu was found dead a few yards off her house inside Comilla Cantonment in the night of March 20. Initially, the wave of protest was limited to social media, especially in Facebook and then the incident was covered by both print and electronic media with due importance. 
As the demand for justice grows louder and protest surges across the country, people from all walks of life, especially students, Wednesday demonstrated in many districts, including Dhaka, Comilla, Chittagong, Naogaon, Nilphamari, Bogra, Sylhet and Dinajpur. During the protest rallies, students called upon all to observe daylong strike in all educational institutions on April 03 next demanding punishment to the killers of Tonu.

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Protest mounts in Bangladesh over  Comilla college girl murder

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Amidst a nationwide protest against the sensational murder of a college girl, Sohagi Jahan Tonu, inside secured zone of Comilla Cantonment, Bangladesh  Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Wednesday said the mystery behind the killing would be unearthed like other sensational killings in the country.
 “This government has unearthed all the killings and mastery behind Tonu’s killing will also be uncovered,” he said while addressing a discussion meeting at the National Press Club in the afternoon. 
The body of Sohagi Jahan Tonu, 19, a second year history student of Victoria College and a member of the College Theatre group , was recovered from Comilla’s Mynamati Cantonment area on the night of March 20. She was also involved in Shahbagh centred Ganojagoron Moncha.  
Police said crime scene investigations pointed to possible rape before murder. But  her father filed a murder case the next day against unnamed persons. 
Meanwhile, in compliance with a court order for a fresh post-mortem, Tonu’s body was exhumed from the grave at Mirzapur village of Muradnagar upazila of Comilla district on Wednesday morning, 10 days of her burial. 
The Home Minister said the body was exhumed so that there is no scope for negligence in the investigation. “No one is above the law. Whoever is involved in the killing won’t be spared,” he said.
In another development on Wednesday,  the probe into the murder of the 19-year-old college girl was handed over to the CID from the Detective Branch of police.
Initially, police were investigating the March 20 murder, but later the case was handed over to the Detective Branch of police. The outgoing investigating officer prepared the inquest report of the body exhumed under the supervision of UNO Lutfun Nahar.
A team of forensic experts at Comilla Medical College Hospital did the second autopsy, but its findings were not immediately available.
The body was reburied later in the evening. 
Slogans rocked the area as a lone grave digger started exhuming the body, with several hundred students and locals looking on. Around the same time, hundreds of students joined their hands to form human chains in front of different educational institutions in Comilla.

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Amidst a nationwide protest against the sensational murder of a college girl, Sohagi Jahan Tonu, inside secured zone of Comilla Cantonment, Bangladesh  Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Wednesday said the mystery behind the killing would be unearthed like other sensational killings in the country.
 “This government has unearthed all the killings and mastery behind Tonu’s killing will also be uncovered,” he said while addressing a discussion meeting at the National Press Club in the afternoon. 
The body of Sohagi Jahan Tonu, 19, a second year history student of Victoria College and a member of the College Theatre group , was recovered from Comilla’s Mynamati Cantonment area on the night of March 20. She was also involved in Shahbagh centred Ganojagoron Moncha.  
Police said crime scene investigations pointed to possible rape before murder. But  her father filed a murder case the next day against unnamed persons. 
Meanwhile, in compliance with a court order for a fresh post-mortem, Tonu’s body was exhumed from the grave at Mirzapur village of Muradnagar upazila of Comilla district on Wednesday morning, 10 days of her burial. 
The Home Minister said the body was exhumed so that there is no scope for negligence in the investigation. “No one is above the law. Whoever is involved in the killing won’t be spared,” he said.
In another development on Wednesday,  the probe into the murder of the 19-year-old college girl was handed over to the CID from the Detective Branch of police.
Initially, police were investigating the March 20 murder, but later the case was handed over to the Detective Branch of police. The outgoing investigating officer prepared the inquest report of the body exhumed under the supervision of UNO Lutfun Nahar.
A team of forensic experts at Comilla Medical College Hospital did the second autopsy, but its findings were not immediately available.
The body was reburied later in the evening. 
Slogans rocked the area as a lone grave digger started exhuming the body, with several hundred students and locals looking on. Around the same time, hundreds of students joined their hands to form human chains in front of different educational institutions in Comilla.

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