September 3, 2019 Govt ACC file petitions against Khaleda bail

Govt ACC file petitions against Khaleda bail

first_imgHigh CourtTwo separate appeals have been filed with the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court against four-month interim bail of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.Advocate on record Sufia Khatun filed the appeal on behalf of state while lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan, on behalf of Anti-Corruption Commission, lodged another appeal.The ACC lawyer said that chamber judge of Appellate Division will hear the appeals at noon.On Monday, the High Court granted the interim bail to Khaleda Zia.On 22 February, BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia filed the petition with the High Court seeking bail in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.Lawyers Nowshad Jamir and Kaiser Kamal, on behalf of the BNP chief, submitted the 880-page bail petition showing 31 grounds for granting her bail.On 25 February, Khaleda Zia failed to secure bail in the case as the High Court says it will pass an order on her bail petition upon receiving all the documents relating to the judgment from the lower court.Earlier, the HC asked the lower court to submit all the relevant documents within 15 days.On 8 February, the Dhaka Special Court-5 convicted the former prime minister and BNP chairperson and sentenced her to five years’ imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case. She was then sent to old central jail at Nazimuddin Road in the city.The court read out a 632-page summarised version of the verdict on that day and it released the full 1174-page copy of the verdict on 19 February.last_img read more

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September 3, 2019 Hasina Abe discuss durable solution to Rohingya crisis

Hasina Abe discuss durable solution to Rohingya crisis

first_imgBangladesh`s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina (L) and Japan`s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attend a joint media conference at Abe`s official residence in Tokyo on 29 May 2019. Photo: AFPPrime minister Sheikh Hasina and her Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe on Wednesday discussed ways to find a durable and early solution to the humanitarian and political crisis that has emanated from the displacement of over a million Rohingya people from Myanmar to Bangladesh, reports UNB.Hasina said Japan understands that the solution to this crisis lies in the early, safe and dignified return of this displaced people to their homeland in Myanmar.She said it is necessary for Myanmar to create conducive atmosphere in Rakhine State for the return of the displaced people.”I thank the Japanese government for its generous support to handle the crisis, and for its efforts to support early repatriation of the displaced people to Myanmar,” Hasina said.Hasina and Abe reiterated their commitment to take Bangladesh-Japan relations to new a height of cooperation and partnership.”I’m confident we’ll achieve that much given the excellent understanding and friendship that exist between our two peoples and our governments,” said Hasina while delivering her statement at a joint press meet.Sheikh Hasina and Abe witnessed the signing of 40th ODA Loan Package of US dollar 2.5 billion to develop infrastructure and promote investment in Bangladesh.Hasina thanked Abe for this loan package.Hasina said they have also decided to strengthen mutual cooperation in international platforms to fight against terrorism and violent extremism, mitigating risk emanating from climate change, ensuring denuclearisation to keep children safe and extending support to each other’s efforts to expand the horizon of peace and knowledge.She said Japan occupies a very special place in the hearts of the people of Bangladesh. “The level of commitment that Japan has been showing since our independence in 1971 is truly remarkable.”Hasina said father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman dreamt of making Bangladesh a prosperous nation and his vision of development was greatly influenced by the development history of Japan.”After more than 48 years since our independence in 1971, we can now confidently say we’re moving in the right direction to fulfil that dream. And it’s reassuring to have Japan by our side always,” she said.Hasina said she and Abe discussed the entire gamut of bilateral relations and agreed on several new ideas to enhance and strengthen the level of cooperation between the two countries.She said Bangladesh has achieved all the criteria to graduate from the least developed country to a developing one and they have set their goal to become a developed country by 2041.”Prime minister Abe has assured me that Japan will stand by Bangladesh and extend necessary support to reach that goal,” she said.The two leaders have agreed to explore all possible areas where two countries can find mutually beneficial outcomes.”Our discussion was greatly focused on enhancing regional connectivity to harness the full potentials of the countries and improving physical infrastructure would be a critical factor to establish effective connectivity,” Hasina said.She said prime minister Abe has assured her that Japan will continue to provide assistance to realise that target.”Considering the importance of developing the Southeast of Bangladesh, we’ve discussed ideas to build quality infrastructures in that region,” Hasina said.”We believe that international trade and flow of investment are key channels to strengthen economic cooperation. We have put special emphasis on regional stability and peace,” she added.Hasina said it is always a pleasure to be here in this beautiful country. “I’m particularly delighted to be here at the advent of the new era, Reiwa, ushering in beautiful harmony.”She extended her warmest felicitations to Emperor Naruhito, Members of the Imperial Family and the Japanese people on the joyous occasion of his enthronement.”I’m deeply moved by the hospitality that the government of Japan has extended to me and my delegation. My sincere thanks to all the officials of Japan who worked very hard to make my visit smooth and comfortable,” she added.last_img
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September 2, 2019 Houston Man Sentenced To 16 Years For Attempting To Assist ISIS

Houston Man Sentenced To 16 Years For Attempting To Assist ISIS

first_imgA Federal Court on Monday sentenced Omar Faraj Saeed Al Hardan — who was living in Houston at the time of his arrest in 2014– to 16 years in prison for plotting to leave the United States and join ISIS as a soldier and bomb-maker. According to court records the Iraqi-native was also trying to build a bomb for use in Texas. Share New images of alleged #Houston terror suspect Omar Faraj Saeed Al Hardan More on #KPRC2 @ 6p— KPRC 2 Houston (@KPRC2) January 8, 2016After federal officials discovered Al Hardan had acquired manuals on circuitry and military circuitry, a federal informant met with him 17 times and learned that he planned an attack on a military facility in Grand Prairie, Texas. The convicted man also discussed how a mall could be bombed with the informant.Judge Lynn N. Hughes, of the U.S. Southern District of Federal District Court said that lying in an attempt to obtain a passport so the convicted man could join ISIS as a bomb-maker and soldier, is why he determined the sentence of 16 years. Making claims on social media, having and ISIS flag in his home, watching training videos on how to build a bomb, and obtaining five cell phones to use in detonating bombs was not why he was giving the 192 month sentence, which is guidelines of 51 to 71 months.Al Hardan arrived in the U.S. in 2009 and got his green card in 2011. Federal authorities began monitoring his activities in 2012.The judge called the sentencing process, “almost mechanical,” and said his decision was, “cold, rational, and a fully informed decision.”last_img read more

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August 31, 2019 Meteorite impact caused the highest temperature ever recorded on Earths surface

Meteorite impact caused the highest temperature ever recorded on Earths surface

first_imgAn international team of researchers has found evidence of an ancient meteorite colliding with ground rock on Earth, producing the highest temperature ever recorded on the planet’s surface. In their paper published in the journal Earth and Planetary Science Letters, the team describes their findings after studying an impact crater in Canada and how they were able to calculate the temperature for an impact that occurred so many years ago. Citation: Meteorite impact caused the highest temperature ever recorded on Earth’s surface (2017, September 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Planetary scientists believe that Earth was bombarded on a regular basis during its formative years—by meteorites and other space rocks. Some of those collisions left behind evidence that is still observable today in the form of craters. One of them is Mistastin Lake crater located in Labrador Canada, which is approximately 28 kilometers across, suggesting that the object that struck the Earth there was large. The researchers dated the collision that caused the crater back to approximately 38 million years ago.Most craters, the researchers note, do not have much if any evidence of the object that caused them—they vaporize on impact. Likewise, most of the material struck by meteors tends to vaporize, as well. Because of this, it has been difficult to learn more about the nature of the space rocks and the conditions that occurred when they struck. One thing scientists do know, however, is that when collisions occur, a lot of energy is released in the form of heat—the question is how much. In this new effort, the researchers found a way to measure the heat produced when the object struck the ground in Canada.In studying the crater, the researchers found evidence of zircon, a common mineral, being changed into cubic zirconia. Prior work with both minerals has shown that temperatures of 2370° C are required for that to take place. Thus, the heat generated by the impact had to have reached at least that temperature. The finding represents the hottest temperature ever found to exist naturally on the surface of the Earth. The researchers note that this is the first time zirconia has ever been used to calculate the heat of an impact and also shows that some rocks can get hotter naturally than has been thought. More information: Nicholas E. Timms et al. Cubic zirconia in >2370 °C impact melt records Earth’s hottest crust, Earth and Planetary Science Letters (2017). DOI: 10.1016/j.epsl.2017.08.012 Transformations to granular zircon revealed: Meteor Crater, Arizona Credit: CC0 Public Domaincenter_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Journal information: Earth and Planetary Science Letters Explore further © 2017 Phys.orglast_img read more

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