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Issue No: 255
February 04, 2012

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489 BNP-Jamaat men secure bail
The High Court on February 2 in the matter of January 29 violence, granted anticipatory bail for a month to 489 BNP-Jamaat leaders and activists from different districts in nine separate cases filed on charges of vandalising public property and obstructing police from discharging duties.

Among the accused leaders and workers, 138 from Borguna, 181 from Laksmipur, 16 from Nilphamari, 70 from Kurigram, 35 from Faridpur and 48 from Chandpur appeared before the court seeking bail. -The Daily Star online edition February 3 2012.

Khaleda goes to court
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia appeared before a Dhaka court on February 2 and received permanent bail in a case filed for abusing power in setting up Zia Charitable Trust.

Meanwhile, another Dhaka court adjourned till March 18 the charge-framing hearing against the BNP chief in a separate case on corruption in Zia Orphanage Trust.

In the Zia Charitable Trust case, Khaleda was granted the bail upon a bond of Tk 10,000 with two guarantors -- Sanaullah Miah as her lawyer guarantor and Masud Ahmed Talukder as her local guarantor. -The Daily Star online edition February 3 2012.

HC asks govt to find culprits
The High Court on February 2 directed the government to find out people responsible for the publication of a school textbook with distorted history on the declaration of the country's independence and Liberation War in 1971.

During hearing of a writ petition, the court ordered the cabinet secretary to form a five-member committee headed by the home secretary within seven days, and submit a report to it within 90 days on necessary recommendations to stop distortion of history in future.

The HC passed the order after it found that a textbook titled "Nimno Madhyamik Bangla Byakaron O Rochona (Junior School Certificate Bangla Grammar and Essay)" for class VII and VIII students, says in a page that Ziaur Rahman had declared the country's independence. -The Daily Star online edition February 3 2012.

HC asks govt to save agri-farm, forest lands
The High Court on February 1 declared illegal harnessing salt water in the agricultural and forest lands for shrimp farming. It directed the government to take effective steps to sustain the fertility of land and save the environment.

Delivering its verdict on a writ petition, the court ordered the authorities concerned to formulate a policy within three months to determine separate land for shrimp farming to ensure salt water cannot flow to nearby areas.

It also asked the government to ensure minimum use of salt water in shrimp farming so that the fertility of the nearby agricultural and forest lands is not damaged. -The Daily Star online edition February 2 2012.



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