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Don’t offend judiciary: CJ Sinha

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The law ministry should stop defining the law, said Chief Justice SK Sinha as he warned the executive to avoid acts that offend the judiciary. “If you don’t know the law, tell us and we will explain it to you in line with the constitution. It's not up to the executive to define the law. Remember this,” he said during a hearing in court on Monday.

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Bangladesh suspends all river transport as Cyclone Mora approaches coast

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All river transports have been suspended as Cyclone Mora is bearing down on Chittagong and Cox's Bazar coasts. Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority or BIWTA issued cautionary signal No. 2 for all river ports across the country while the Met Office has advised the maritime ports in Chittagong and Cox's Bazar to hoist danger signal No. 7.

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16th amendment undermines judiciary: Dr Kamal

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The 16th amendment of the constitution created an opportunity to undermine independence of the judiciary by making it vulnerable to undue influences and pressure, eminent jurist Dr Kamal Hossain said today. Kamal Hossain said this while placing an expert opinion before the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court (SC) during a hearing of an appeal against the High Court verdict that scrapped the 16th amendment of the constitution.

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Hasina off to Vienna to attend IAEA conference

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina left Dhaka for Austria this morning to attend a conference of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and hold a bilateral meeting with the Federal Chancellor of Austria Christian Kern in Vienna. A VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines, carrying the prime minister and her entourage, took off from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 9:10am.

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‘Neo JMB bomb factory busted'

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Counterterrorism officials have claimed to have busted a bomb-making factory and two militant dens run by militant outfit "Neo JMB" in Genda area of Savar on Friday night. Police found a huge consignment of different bomb-making materials, splinters, seven grenades, four suicide vests and laptops at the hideout on the first floor of a six storey building.

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Drive at Savar militant den ends; 7 grenades recovered

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Police drive at a militant hideout at Genda in Savar has ended with the seizure of grenades and suicide vests. Additional superintendent of police Ashraful Azam said the raid, which started late on Friday, ended around 2:30pm on Saturday.

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Sri Lanka confirms 100 dead in mudslides; 99 missing

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Sri Lanka confirms 100 dead in mudslides; 99 missing

Sri Lanka's government says the death toll from Friday's floods and mudslides have risen to 100 with 99 others missing, as security forces and residents stepped up search and rescue operations. The Disaster Management Center says more than 2,900 people have been displaced.

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Removal of statue: Arrested 4 protesters sent to court

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Police on Saturday sent four protesters, who were picked up while protesting the removal of the statue of Lady Justice from the Supreme Court premises on Friday, to court showing them arrest. Earlier on Friday night, the law enforcers filed the case against 140 unknown persons mentioning the four.

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Loud sounds of explosion heard at Savar 'militant den'

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Two loud sounds of explosion were heard in the suspected militant den in Savar soon after a bomb disposal team reached the spot on Saturday afternoon. Police said the first explosion was heard at about 12 noon while the second one at 1pm. - See more at: http://www.observerbd.com/details.php?id=75837#sthash.mMbihw9l.dpuf

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CJ sat with lawyers before ordering 'relocation' of statue

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Chief Justice SK Sinha ordered the relocation of the Lady Justice statue from the Supreme Court premises after seeking opinions from lawyers. The statue near the entrance of the top court was removed on Thursday night following demands by Islamist hardliners, to which Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina herself agreed. Senior lawyers spoke in favour of removing the statue in a meeting with Sinha on Thursday noon, said Attorney General Mahbubey Alam. - See more at: http://www.observerbd.com/details.php?id=75659#sthash.dQ4Qj6Ri.dpuf

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Three Bangladeshis among fallen peacekeepers honoured by UN

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Three Bangladeshi peacekeepers, who died while serving in Mali, has been honoured by the UN. Bangladesh Army Soldier Md Abdul Bashar and Bangladesh Police Constables Motaher Hosen and Md Samidul Islam were among the 117 peacekeepers of 43 countries awarded the Dag Hammarskjöld Medal.

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Canada asylum seeker Bangladeshi’s petition rejected for links to ‘terrorist-linked’ BNP

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Another Bangladesh citizen has been refused asylum in Canada because of his links to the Bangladesh National Party (BNP) and its links with terrorism. According to the verdict on May 12, the court found there was sufficient cause to believe “the BNP is an organization that engages, has engaged or will engage in terrorism”.

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ASI among 4 killed in Gopalganj road crash

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Four people, including a police official, were killed and three others injured when a microbus hit a human hauler on Dhaka-Khulna highway at Chechaniakandi in Sadar upazila on Thursday noon. One of the deceased was identified as Delwar, assistant sub-inspector of Sadar Police Station while the identities of three others could not be known immediately.

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Chandrika Kumaratunga calls on PM

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Former Sri Lankan President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga made a courtesy call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at Gono Bhaban today. After the meeting, PM's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim said they discussed various matters relating to mutual interests and different aspects of their political parties.

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7 to die for murder in Narsingdi

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7 to die for murder in Narsingdi

A court here on Monday sentenced seven people, including four members of a family, to death for killing a man in Polash upazila here in 2009. The convicts--Alek Miah, his wife Rupban, and two sons Sharif Miah and Arif Miah, Abdul Gaffar, Marfat Ali and Tota Miah of Galimpur village in Palash upazila—were also fined Tk 20,000 each. All of them were tried in absentia.

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FF commander sued for war crimes

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Barguna : Patharghata upazila freedom fighter commander Abdul Mannan Hawlader and 14 other people have been sued for their alleged involvement in crimes against humanity committed during the Liberation War in 1971. The other accused include Mannan’s brother Abdur Razzak, sister-in-law Hazrat Ali and 10 to 12 other unnamed people.

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PM reaches Jeddah from Madinah

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina arrived here on Monday evening from Madinah after offering ziarat at the Rawza Mubarak of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH). Deputy Governor, mayor and police chief received the Prime Minister at King Abdulaziz International Airport as a special flight carrying the Prime Minister landed at the airport around 7:25 pm.

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