The HC bench of Justice Syed Refaat Ahmed and Justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury passed the order upon two writ petitions filed by Badiuzzaman, a Bangalee settler in CHT, and Tajul Islam, a lawyer. The court said the law contradicted the constitution of the country. Badiuzzaman filed the petition in 2000 and Tajul Islam in 2007 challenging the legality of Chittagong Hill Tracts Peace Accord and its provisions.
Following the petitions, the HC had earlier issued separate rules asking the government to explain why the peace deal and its provisions should not be declared illegal and unconstitutional.
The case will be heard at the designated CBI court at Bankshall Court. Davy alis Niels Holcks could be brought to India for trial. Kim Davy, a Dutch citizen had disappeared from Sahar international airport in Mumbai after the aircraft involved in Purulia arms drop was grounded. He was arrested in Denmark last Sunday. The main accused in this case, Peter Bleach, was released on the UK government’s request. Other Latvian crew members were also released later.
New Delhi, 13 April : Maoist leader Kobad Ghandy, who was being taken by Delhi Police to West Bengal for a court hearing, was brought back to Tihar Jail from Allahabad following a tip-off that the Maoists "planned" to attack the train and free him.
Police had to abort mid-way their plan to take him to a court in Bengal in connection with the Maoist attack on the convoy route of Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and then Union Minister Ramvilas Paswan in 2008. Sources said they received an intelligence tip-off on Sunday while on transit that Maoists may attack the train and free Ghandy.
'Congress governments, both at the centre and states, are always sincere for the development of tribals and to grant more autonomy to the backward tribals,' he told reporters here.
In the northeast, there are 16 tribal autonomous district councils (ADCs) - constitutional autonomous bodies to facilitate the socio-economic development of tribals, who constitute 26.93 percent of the northeast's total population of 38,857,769 (2001 census). Of the 16 ADCs, six are in Manipur, three each in Assam, Meghalaya and Mizoram and one in Tripura.
Ship-owners now no longer need to prove their vessels are free of toxic substances. Ship-breakers says the move will benefit the Bangladeshi economy. But environmentalists warned that tens of thousands of shipyard workers and people living on the coast were now at risk of exposure to toxic substances....READ FULL STORY
The injured were then rushed to state-run M R Bangur Hospital. West Bengal Sunderban Affairs Development Minister Kanti Ganguly went to the spot to persuade the mob, which fought a pitched battle with the police. Reinforcements were rushed and the situation was now under control, police said.
While the locals alleged that the hospital turned down their plea to offer emergency first-aid to the injured, the hospital authorities were not available for comment. န Photos : Avijit Mondal
“Don’t do excesses over the celebrations. We’ll blow up,” the threat came through leaflets distributed in a school at Uttara in the city on Monday. The intelligence agents collected one such leaflet issued in the name of Hijbut Tahrir. “There is nothing to worry… We’ve full preparations to face any situation,” a senior intelligence officer told UNB Tuesday evening.
Reuters, Dhaka, 13 April : The government in energy-starved Bangladesh has given approval for a deal with Russia to build a 1,000-megawatt nuclear power plant, officials said on Tuesday.
"The approval was accorded at a cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina late on Monday," Hasina's press secretary Abul Kalam Azad, told Reuters. READ FULL STORY
A division bench comprising Justice K J Sengupta and Justice M A Ghani ordered that the legislation and subsequent notification of 24 May, 2005 banning 15-year-old public vehicles was valid, turning down a single bench order that had set aside the ban. But the court directed that it would be applicable to vehicles registered after 24 May, 2005 and not those registered before that date as long as they conformed to pollution rules. The court also clarified that the ban would not be applicable to vehicles holding national permits.
Dhaka, 13 April : The High Court on Tuesday quashed all proceedings against Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in a corruption case involving barge-mounted power plant.
The HC bench of Justice Md Shamsul Huda and Justice Abu Bakar Siddiquee passed the order. The Anti-corruption Commission filed the case with Tejgaon Police Station on September 2, 2007, against Hasina and six others on charges of corruption in setting up of barge-mounted power plant in Khulna. The court had earlier stayed the proceedings against Hasina in the case upon a petition filed on 7 July in 2008.
Describing his meeting with Bhattacharjee as ''cordial'', Sofer said, "We discussed how public sector and private sector companies of the two countries can work together and how it can be done through Public-Private-Partnership." He pointed out that he also discussed the subject elaborately with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and various chambers of commerce in India.
Dhaka, 13 April : Speakers at a rally yesterday demanded a separate lane on all the roads for cycling.
They also demanded stand for cycles be constructed and cycles be provided to students in a low price with a view to keeping the city clean. Bangladesh Paribesh Andolan (Bapa) and Dhaka Cycling Club jointly organised the rally that started from the Central Shaheed Minar and ended at the National Press Club.
Dhaka, 13 April : Bangladesh Finance Minister AMA Muhith on Tuesday said 500 megawatts more electricity could be generated if there had been enough supply of gas.
At a seminar organised by the International Chamber of Commerce-Bangladesh at a city hotel, Muhith said that power crisis hit the country's industries hard. “We are searching for new gas and coal fields to overcome the situation,” a private television reports quoting the minister as saying.
Midnapore, 13 April : The People's Committee against Police Atrocities (PCPA) today called off its indefinite strike in three Maoist-hit districts of West Bengal in view of two regional festivals.
"The indefinite strike in West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia has been withdrawn in view of Charak festival tomorrow and Bengali New Year's day the day after," PCPA central committee member, Manoj Mahato said.
In a message on Tuesday, Hillary on behalf of President Barack Obama and the American people said, "I congratulate all Bengalis as you celebrate Pohela Boishakh and welcome a new year of promise and possibility. “This holiday, which unites people of common heritage across religious and national lines, is an opportunity to honor Bengali culture with music, drama and traditional foods,” she said. Hillary Clinton stated that many Bengalis in the United States would gather with friends and family to share the festivities and celebrate the many accomplishments of the Bengali people.
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of the great poet Rabindranath Tagore, whose writing has enriched our common humanity and brought pride to Bengali people around the world, she added. "I send my warmest greetings to all those celebrating on this special day. Shubho Nobo Borsho!" the US secretary of state said.
Dhaka, 13 April : The United States on Tuesday donated sixteen 25-foot (eight meter) Defender Class Boats to Bangladesh Navy aiming to enhance counter-terrorism abilities.
According to the US embassy in Dhaka, the US government provided the boats at Bangladesh's request to improve the ability of Bangladesh Navy and the Coast Guard to disrupt criminal organizations and transnational terrorist groups seeking to exploit Bangladesh’s maritime borders. The US government would also donate five additional boats to Bangladesh Coast Guard, said a press release of the embassy. This donation is the largest delivery of U.S. Coast Guard boats to any nation.
Dhaka, 13 April : The traditional celebration of Pahela Baishakh, the first day in Bangla calendar, will be heavily policed. Around 12,000 officials will be on patrol in and outside the capital to ensure a trouble-free carnival on Wednesday.
The DMP commissioner said although they have no information on any terrorist attack on Pahela Baishakh, this is for the first time that an evacuation team and a post-incident management team will be entrusted with tackling any eventuality. Shahidul Hoque said special weapons and tactics (SWAT), bomb disposal unit, dog squad, CCTV, rooftop police, plainclothes women police teams will be deployed and metal detector archways would be placed at all major celebration venues.
Nine DMP teams will be on duty to check mugging at the celebration venues. Besides, intelligence surveillance will be in place. RAB officials said they would set up 47 check posts and 38 CCTVs to monitor the areas. န Photos : Syed Ashraful Alom