Assam leaves 13 million citizens off register

NewsWorld365 - January 4, 2018

Around 13 million people living in northeastern India’s largest state have been left off a controversial draft list of citizens released Monday by authorities, who are under pressure to identify and expel illegal immigrants. Assam has long struggled to curb immigration from neighbouring Bangladesh and is the only Indian state to compile a register of citizens. The latest draft list includes only 19 million of the state’s more than 32 million residents. It was prepared on the orders of the Supreme Court, which is hearing a series of claims to Indian citizenship from undocumented residents of the state. But there are […]

Trump considering deportation of thousands of Indians

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US president Donald Trump’s administration is reportedly considering a proposal that could lead to the deportation of thousands of Indians and drastically impact Indian IT business. According to an internal memo circulated in the department of homeland security, the US government could ask workers with H-1B visas to leave the country while they wait for pending green cards to come through, the Hindustan Times newspaper reported. If the proposal goes through, it could put the visa status of between 500,000 and 750,000 Indians in jeopardy, sending them back home abruptly. The H-1B visa, granted to highly-skilled workers, is typically issued for three years, […]

Khaleda Zia’s lawyer prayed for her acquittal the defence argument

NewsWorld365 - December 28, 2017

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s lawyer prayed for her acquittal after concluding the defence argument for the 2nd day on Wednesday in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case. Khaleda Zia’s defence lawyer Advocate Abdur Rezzak Khan said “Hope Khaleda Zia will be acquitted from all charges as the state counsel had failed to prove any allegation against her.” “This is a political case, which aims to harass Khaleda Zia and oust her from the ground of politics,” he added. He placed the closing arguments before the Dhaka Special Court-5 in Bakshibazar since morning. Judge Md Akhtaruzzaman of the makeshift court adjourned […]

U.S. appeals court rejects challenge to Trump voter fraud panel

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A U.S. appeals court in Washington on Tuesday upheld a lower court’s decision to allow President Donald Trump’s commission investigating voter fraud to request data on voter rolls from U.S. states. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) watchdog group, which filed the lawsuit, did not have legal standing to seek to force the presidential commission to review privacy concerns before collecting individuals’ voter data. EPIC had argued that under federal law, the commission was required to conduct a privacy-impact assessment before gathering personal data. But the three-judge appeals […]

NewsWorld365 - December 26, 2017

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s defence lawyer is placing his closing arguments before the court on Tuesday for the fourth day in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case. Advocate Abdur Rezzak Khan is placing the arguments in the Zia Orphanage Trust case in the court of Judge Md Akhtaruzzaman of Dhaka Special Court-5. On December 21, the court fixed December 26, 27 and 28 for the defence to place further arguments in the Zia Orphanage Trust and Zia Charitable graft cases against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia. Earlier on December 5, after Khaleda’s deposition, the court fixed December 19, 20 and 21 […]

Sacked Shariatpur BCL leader held over ‘raping’ 6 women

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Source: The Independent, Dhaka Police on Tuesday arrested expelled Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) leader Arif Hawladar for allegedly raping six women, taking video clips of the nefarious acts and releasing those on the internet. Thunder Khairul Hasan, senior assistant superintendent of police (Gosairhat circle), said a team of police arrested Arif from Saikha Bridge area of Gosairhat upazila around 4:30pm. Arif, general secretary of Narayanpur union unit BCL in Bhedarganj upazila, allegedly raped the six women, including housewives and college girls, on several occasions and captured those in his mobile phone. Later, he released the video clips on the internet. […]

China, Russia oppose UNGA resolution on Rohingya

NewsWorld365 - December 25, 2017

The UN General Assembly has adopted a resolution urging Myanmar to end the military campaign against Muslim Rohingyas. It also called on UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to assign a special envoy to the country, despite opposition once again from China, Russia and some regional countries. The resolution, put forward by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), was adopted by a vote of 122 to 10 with 24 abstentions. It further called for Myanmar to grant access to aid workers, ensure the return of all refugees and give full citizenship to them. China, Russia, Cambodia, Laos, the Philippines, Vietnam, Myanmar, […]

Russian presidential election: Alexei Navalny barred from competing

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Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been formally barred from competing in next year’s presidential election. The Central Electoral Commission has said Mr Navalny was ineligible because of a corruption conviction which he says is politically motivated. He has urged his supporters to boycott the March vote. Mr Navalny, 41, was widely regarded as the only candidate with a chance of challenging President Vladimir Putin. “We’re declaring a strike by voters. The procedure that we’re invited to take part is not an election,” Mr Navalny said after the decision, adding that he would lead protests across the country. Known for […]

SC upholds death penalty for Mir Quasem Ali

NewsWorld365 - March 8, 2016

Newsworld Desk: Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the death penalty for Jamaat leader Mir Quasem Ali for his crimes against humanity during the Liberation War. A five-member Appellate Division bench, headed by chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, gave the verdict. On 2 November 2014, the International Crimes Tribunal-2 sentenced the Jamaat-e-Islami leader to death for his crimes against humanity in 1971. On 30 November 2014, Mir Quasem Ali filed the appeal with the SC challenging the death penalty.

SC summons two ministers over remarks on CJ 

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Newsworld Desk: MinistersThe Supreme Court Appellate Division on Tuesday summoned liberation war affairs minister, AKM Mozammel Haque and food minister Md Kamrul Islam to explain their comments on chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha. The apex court asked the two ministers of the Awami League government to appear in the court on 15 March for their clarification. On Saturday, addressing a roundtable held at BILIA auditorium in the capital city’s Dhanmondi, food minister Md Kamrul Islam expressed his dissatisfaction over the chief justice’s remarks, saying “We can assume what would be the verdict on this case (of Mir Quasem Ali) through […]

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