Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 19, 2017 – Nassau – An internal financial investigation is just about launched at the Bahamas Gaming Board as media reports that the Board Secretary was asked to take a vacation because a forensic audit is about to begin. Verdant Scott was, on Monday, directed to go home and the Deputy Secretary, Bridgette Outten will hold on at the helm in the interim.Speaking exclusively and with a promise of anonymity to the Tribune newspaper, a senior executive explained that Scott had built up a lot of vacation time and that the Gaming Board’s records was showing some funny business. Decisions to award bonuses and to increase salaries are among the things the financial investigation will hopefully explain.#GamingBoard Chairman Kenyatta Gibson is not remarking what is going on now, but a few weeks back he did say an audit of the board’s finances and a status review of the gaming house industry were first on the new panel’s agenda. From the audit, it is expected recommendations on the way forward for the Gaming Board will be presented to Government.#MagneticMediaNews Related Items:#GamingBoard, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
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Election Commission logo. File PhotoThe election commission starts its dialogues with 40 registered political parties on Thursday to take their opinions over its preparation for the next parliamentary elections.The commission will first sit in talks with Sangskritik Muktijote at 3:00pm at the conference room of Nirbachan Bhaban in the capital city.Earlier, a 10-member delegation of Muktijote was invited to join the dialogue to be held with chief election commission KM Nurul Huda in the chair.As per the EC’s schedule, the EC was supposed to sit in the first dialogue with Bangladesh Nationalist Front (BNF) at 11:00am on Thursday, but BNF has asked the EC to reschedule its dialogue saying that it would not be able to join the dialogue in the next one month due to the ongoing flood situation in different parts of the country.BNF president SM Abul Kalam Azad, MP said his party leaders are scheduled to visit the flood-hit areas in Jamalpur on Thursday and they would distribute relief items among flood victims there.“We’ve informed the EC that we cannot join the dialogue halting our relief activities for flood victims. We asked the EC to delay the talks with us at least by one month,” he told UNB.Director (PR) at the EC secretariat SM Asaduzzaman said the commission has yet to take any decision whether the talks with BNF will be rescheduled.“So far, 12 political parties have been invited to join the EC’s dialogue. Separate dialogues with two parties will be held in a day. The first talks will be held at 11:00am, while the second one at 3:00pm everyday,” he told UNB.As per the schedule, the EC will also sit with Bangladesh Muslim League (BML) and Khelafat Majlish on 28 August, Bangladesher Biplobi Workers Party and Jagpa on 30 August, Bangladesh Islami Front and Islami Andolan Bangladesh on 10 September, Bangladesh Khelafat Majlish and Islami Oikya Jote on 12 September, and Bangladesh Kalyan Party and Islamic Front Bangladesh on 14 September.The commission will seek opinions from the political parties over different issues, including electoral law reform and delimitation of constituencies, updating voter list, fixation of polling stations and awarding registration to new political parties.Earlier, the commission held talks with civil society members on 31 July, media representatives on 16 and 17 August as part of taking opinions of its different stakeholders over preparation of the 11th national election likely to be held in late December 2018.The constitutional body will also sit with election observers, women leaders and election experts.
Naikhangchhari Rohingya campTwo members of Bangladesh Coast Guard suffered injuries in an attack by Rohingya men at Noyapara Rohingya camp in Teknaf upazila of Cox’s Bazar on Wednesday evening, reports UNB.The injured are Md Faruk, 30, and Md Joynal, 28.Tipped off that yaba tablets were being sold, a team of plainclothes Coast Guard went to the room of Sadek at block-H of the camp to arrest the drug traders, said Lt commander Faizul Islam, commanding officer of Coast Guard’s Teknaf station.Noticing their presence, the Rohingya men swooped on the Coast Guard men and stabbed them, leaving two of them injured.The injured were first taken to the Upazila Health Complex and later shifted to Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital.A deep injury mark was found in the chest of one of the injured while one ear of the other was almost severed, said duty doctor Shovan Das at the hospital.
Mirza Fakhrul Islam AlamgirBangladesh Nationalist Party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Thursday said the next general election will expose that Awami League, not BNP, has become politically bankrupt, reports UNB.Speaking at a rally, he also alleged that the current government has taken position against the country’s people as it seriously fears them.”It’s Awami League, not BNP, has become politically bankrupt. It’ll be exposed which party has become bankrupt if the next election is held under a neutral administration,” the BNP leader said.Chittagong district and city units BNP jointly arranged the rally in front of the party office in the city’s Kazirdewri area demanding the release of its chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail.BNP standing committee members Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Moudud Ahmed, Mirza Abbas, Abdul Moyeen Khan and Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury, among others, addressed the rally with party city unit president Shahdat Hossain in the chair.Fakhrul said the government has snatched democracy and people’s all democratic rights, including, voting and freedom of expression ones, to cling to power with its repressive acts.Describing Khaleda as ‘mother of democracy’, he said the government has put her in jail in a ‘false’ corruption case only to keep her away from politics and next polls.He said the government is not willing to hold the 11th parliamentary polls under a neutral government fearing that it will not be able return to power.Fakhrul said they have repeatedly been urging the government to engage in talks to resolve the country’s crisis and hold the next polls in a credible manner. “But the government is trying to suppress its opponents with repressive acts instead of taking any initiative for talks.”He called upon all to get united to restore democracy and people’s rights through a strong movement.
Holey Artisan. File PhotoToday marks three years since the militant attack on Holey Artisan Bakery on road 79, Gulshan in the capital city. On 1 July 2016, members of an IS-backed militant group stormed into the restaurant and killed 22 persons there, hacking and shooting them to death. The entire country was gripped in panic. The situation is under control now. Two and a half years after the incident, the charge sheet of the case was submitted and the trial has begun.So far 60 persons have given their testimony as witnesses during 27 working days of the special anti-terrorism tribunal. The witnesses appearing in court include police members who tackled the situation from the outset, the employees who had hid in the bathroom of Holey Artisan throughout the night, Sharmeen Parveen who had been held hostage and also those who had unwittingly rented their premises to the mutants who had posed as university students.It has been learnt that there had been an exchange of fire between the militants inside Holey Artisan Bakery and the police members outside at the beginning of the incident. Two members of the police, Banani police station’s officer in charge (OC) Salahuddin and senior assistant commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police Detective Branch (DB) Rabiul Karim, were killed.However, on 18 June this year, constable of the Armed Police Battalion, Md Badsha, told the court that in the early morning when the commandos began their operation, he militants opened fire at the law enforcers for the last time. It was not known at the time if any of the militants were injured before the operation began on 2 July morning. On 21 May this year, Bhatara police station sub inspector Faruk Hossain told the court that Nibras Islam was injured in police fire in the night. On 27 May, restaurant employee Didar Hossain told the court that they were almost suffocating to death in the bathroom. The militants pulled them out in the morning and made them stand up in front of the dead bodies strewn all over.Munna Dewan informed the court that Holey Artisan chef Saiful Chowkidar and his assistant Shawon were his colleagues, employees of the restaurant, not militants. After the end of the killing and the hostage situation, at a press briefing in the army headquarters it was said that one suspect had been arrested alive. It was suspected that this was actually Shawon who had been injured with a splinter and was undergoing treatment at hospital. Saiful Chowkidar’s dead body had been lying in front of the militants. Munna Dewan had injured his leg when jumping from the roof, but he still went to see Shawon at hospital.Discrepancies in the listFaruk Ahmad is the legal counsel in this case for Rakibul Islam Regan, Aslam Hossain alias Rashed alias Rash and Shariful Islam Khaled. He repeatedly wants to drive the point home that the deaths inside Holey Artisan were caused by police fire from outside. In court, he also pointed to at last three other discrepancies.The case was filed with Gulshan police station by the police station’s sub inspector Ripon Kumar Das. He was the first witness in the case too. Investigating officer Humayun Kabir pointed to mistakes in the evidence list presented in the charge sheet. The list included 5 9mm pistols, but there were actually 2 pistols of 7.62 calibre. There other was of 9 mm caliber and one of the pistol had no hammer. And of the 28 bullets, two had marks on the back. And the AK-22 bore rifle was listed as AK-22 machine gun. It was said that there were live bullets of the AK-22. The defendants’ lawyer said there can be no scope to change the list now.It was also said that the investigating officer took written testimony from the witnesses, but so far none of the witnesses have given their testimony in writing other than one or two. Other discrepancies were also pointed out.Head of the police’s Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime unit Munirul Islam told Prothom Alo, the Holey Artisan investigations were complex. One clue led to another. In this case, the main accused ere all killed. The charge sheet was drawn up based on the confessions of those who had been arrested and documents which they provided. He says that personally he was not happy with the charge sheet. It would have been better if the accused were alive.Police submitted the charge sheet in court on 23 July last year. There were 21 persons evidently involved in the incident, 5 who had been killed on the spot. Eight more were killed in operations carried out by the law enforcement later. And 75 clues were found at the spot of the incident. There are 211 witnesses in this case and 149 of them are eye witnesses. Speaking to Prothom Alo last night, law minister Anisul Huq said the trial of the Holey Artisan case has begun as soon as possible, in keeping with all legal regulations. The government has taken this case very seriously. Prime minister Sheikh Hasina has declared zero tolerance towards corruption and militancy. In that sense, this case is extremely important to the government.