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Bangladesh commits to continue to promote creation of a World free of Chemical Weapons

Aki and Uzumcu have exchanged views on enhancing mutual cooperation in promoting the full and effective implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention

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Dhaka, Oct 19, 2016: Bangladesh has expressed its commitment to continue to promote the creation of a world free of chemical weapons, the country’s Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.

“Bangladesh, as a signatory to the Chemical Weapons Convention, would continue to promote peaceful use of chemicals and create a world free of chemical weapons,” Xinhua news agency quoted Bangladesh Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali as saying.

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Ali was meeting with Ahmet Uzumcu, Director General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) here.

They exchanged views on enhancing mutual cooperation in promoting the full and effective implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention.

The visiting director general commended Bangladesh’s strong commitment towards chemical safety.

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He was particularly happy with the efforts by the Bangladesh authorities in implementing various provisions of the convention.

Uzumcu is currently on a two-day visit to Dhaka at the invitation of the Bangladeshi government. (IANS)

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  • Antara

    A very peaceful notion!

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Khaleda Zia granted bail in 2008 corruption case

Khaleda is a two-time Bangladesh Prime Minister, having ruled from 1991-96 and again from 2001-06

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Khaleeda Zia granted 64 months bail. IANS

Bangladesh Nationalist Party Chairperson Khaleda Zia, convicted in a corruption case, was granted bail on Monday.

BNP leader Zia secured a four-month bail in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case in which she was handed five years of imprisonment by a Bangladesh court.

“Now, there is no legal bar to let Khaleda walk out of prison on bail,” Bangladesh Daily Star quoted BNP Advocate Sagir Hossain Leon as saying.

Earlier today, a bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Shahidul Karim passed the bail order in response to a petition moved by Khaleda before a high court back in February.

Her bail was considered on four grounds, including her health condition.

Further, the high court directed the concerned authority to prepare the paper book of the case within the next four months for hearing the appeal she filed against her conviction in the case.

The high court sentenced Zia’s eldest son and Bangladesh Nationalist Party’s (BNP) Vice-Chairman Tarique Rahman and four others for at least 10 years with a fine of 2.10 crore Bangladeshi takas (Tk).

The Anti-Corruption Commission had earlier filed a case in 2008 with Ramna Police Station, accusing six persons including Khaleda and her son Tarique.

Khaleda is a two-time Bangladesh Prime Minister, having ruled from 1991-96 and again from 2001-06.

In a political career spanning almost four decades, Khaleda went to the jail several times but was never convicted. She was detained several times during the anti-Ershad movement between the 1980s and 1990s.

In March 1983, she was made vice-chairperson of BNP after her husband and former Bangladesh President Ziaur was assassinated.

She went on to become the party’s chairperson in 1984, a position which she holds today. May 10, 1984.

Since the last three decades, Bangladeshi politics have been dominated by Zia and current Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

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