The Trinamool Congress leadership today shrugged off party MLAs joining the BJP, saying it "doesn #39;t matter " if some "opportunist " legislators switch loyalties. "It doesn #39;t matter if one or two opportunist MLAs switchover to the BJP. Some are opportunists and some are being forced to join by using threat and intimidation, " senior TMC leader Tapas Roy said. Roy #39;s comment came after TMC MLA Monirul Islam joined the BJP earlier on Wednesday, the third legislator to desert the ruling party in West Bengal after the reverses in the Lok Sabha polls.
Confirming the arrest, CTTC Additional Deputy Commissioner Abdul Mannan said that Razib is a wanted criminal and is accused in 22 cases filed in connection with terror activities.CTTC chief Monirul Islam said that Razib's name surfaced during the investigations.
He is one of the main masterminds of the Gulshan;s Holey Artisan Bakery (cafe) attack in Dhaka;s posh diplomatic area that killed 23 people, including 17 foreigners, CTTC chief Monirul Islam was quoted as saying by the Dhaka Tribune.Watch What Else is Making News
Nurul Islam Marjan, 30, a commander of a splinter group of the Jamaat ul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), was killed along with another suspected militant, Saddam Hossain, 35, the chief of Dhaka's counter terrorism police, Monirul Islam, said.Marjan was on a police wanted list for his role in the attack on the cafe last July, which raised alarm over the rising threat of Islamist militancy and cast a shadow over foreign investment in the poor Muslim majority country.
Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to Cambodia that wrapped up on Friday brought millions of dollars in soft loans and debt forgiveness for Phnom Penh, but triggered a fresh war of words between the ruling party and an opposition wary of Beijing's largesse.Xi's two day visit to a country that has been the strongest Southeast Asian supporter of Chinese policies in the disputed South China Sea produced 31 economic agreements covering at least $60 million in new loans and forgivess of $90 million in Cambodian debts to China from 2015.Sam Rainsy, exiled leader of the opposition Cambodia National Renewal Party, told RFA'S Khmer Service in Thursday he was worried about the "enormous money" the government was borrowing from China."Hun Sen's government is borrowing enormous money from China, billions of dollars. I am very concerned about this loan because we do not know what the loans have been used for, and there is no monitoring," he told an RFA live televsion show."It is the Cambodian people who will have this burden, not the Hun Sen government," he added.Sok Eysan, spokesman for Hun Sen's Cambodian People's Party, dismissed the complaints the noise of a "mad dog.""This opposition leader always does things for his power and ambition only, without considering national interests and society," Sok Eysan told RFA."The opposition leaders are all incitement ring leaders. Their acts are to defame the current legitimate government while praising themselves. Now, his words sound just like a mad dog, biting anything in its way," the spokesman added.Opposition politicians and human rights groups, who have been the target of an intensify crackdown by Hun Sen's government that has seen politicians and activists beaten or jailed, have been concerned about Cambodia's increasingly cozy ties with authoritarian China. They say Chinese funding and political support help make Hun Sen immune to human rights criticism from Western countries that have been traditional aid donors.In a speech in June after his crackdown was criticized by the European Union and the United Nations, Hun Sen slammed his critics and praised China. "China also has never threatened us like this. Cambodia has its own political independence," he said. "China also never advised Cambodia to do this and that. Development researcher Meas Ny told RFA, however, that Cambodians often pay a steep price for money from China."With the new economic reforms in Cambodia through development projects, we only see endless problems, especially crises resulting from land disputes where there are Chinese projects," he said."We travel to various areas with problems, especially the areas where there is investment from China," said Meas Ny. Reported by Moniroth Morm for RFA's Khmer Service. Translated by Yanny Hin. Written in English by Paul Eckert. CH. 1: MANDARIN CANTONESE
;The gunfight erupted after police started raiding a building at Naraynganj;s Pikeparha on the outskirts of Dhaka,; Counter terrorism Unit;s Additional Deputy Commissioner Sanowar Hossain was quoted as saying by the bdnews24.com. The unit;s chief Monirul Islam earlier said the raid was conducted upon information gleaned from an arrested operative of the banned Jama;atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB).Talking to reporters at the scene, the Inspector General of Police said the operation was carried out under codename 'Operation Hit strong 27 ' in which police 's elite SWAT conducted the main part. "The duration of the operation was one hour. When we entered into the house we saw three bodies lying on the floor, " he said. "The face of one of them completely matched with the photograph of Chowdhury, which made us sanguine that he is the man, " he said.
The militants were cornered in a hideout on the outskirts of the capital and, having refused to surrender, were killed in the ensuing gunbattle, Monirul Islam, the head of the Dhaka police counterterrorism unit, told Reuters.He initially said four militants had been killed but later revised the number to three.
The Islamists, including the head of the Harkat ul Jihad Islami group, were sentenced to death in 2008 for the attack in which three people were killed and about 50, including the then British high commissioner, Anwar Choudhury, were wounded."The high court today upheld death sentences for three, including the HUJI leader Mufti Abdul Hannan, and life imprisonment for two others in the attack," Sheikh Moniruzzaman Kabir, a public prosecutor, told reporters.
The court rejected an appeal by Mufti Abdul Hannan, the head of Harkatul Jihad al Islami, and two colleagues challenging a trial court 's verdict, said prosecutor Sheikh Moniruzzaman Kabir.The diplomat, Anwar Choudhury, was slightly injured in the attack on May 21, 2004, as he visited the Hazrat Shahjalal shrine in Sylhet city. The blast killed three people and wounded 17 others.
The country's court bailed Shahadat until March 31 but deputy attorney general Moniruzzaman Kabir said his office was preparing to lodge an appeal to the supreme court."The High Court has accepted Shahadat's bail plea today after it was earlier rejected by the lower court," Kabir, the representative of the alleged 11-year-old victim, told AFP.
Bangladesh Test cricketer Shahadat Hossain was granted bail Tuesday after being detained over allegations of beating a child maid, a prosecution lawyer said. The country's court bailed Shahadat until March 31 but deputy attorney general Moniruzzaman Kabir said his office was preparing to lodge an appeal to the supreme court. &"The High Court has accepted Shahadat's bail plea today after it was earlier rejected by the lower court,&" Kabir, the representative of the alleged 11-year-old victim, told AFP. Shahadat, who has played 38 Tests for Bangladesh, has been in custody since October 5 when he handed himself into police, a day after his wife Nritto Shahadat was arrested in the same case. She was granted bail last week. Both face charges of assaulting a child and employing a minor. The couple went into hiding after police raided their house in September as their maid was found crying on a street in the capital Dhaka. The child has told police and local media that the couple beat and tortured her, while television footage showed her looking frail and thin with swollen black eyes. Police have said one of her hands had been burnt with a hot cooking paddle, while other injury marks were also found on her body. & A video shows the moments a young Brazilian mother was attacked and robbed, as passersby walked on without intervening.