- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
People of Sierra Leon, Mali, Nigeria, Liberia and Guinea will not be given visaPeople of Ebola-affected five West African countries will not be given visa to attend Bishwa Ijtema, the second largest gathering of the Muslims after Hajj, this year.
The government has asked all Bangladesh missions abroad not to issue visas to the people of five Ebola-virus affected countries – Sierra Leon, Mali, Nigeria, Liberia and Guinea, State Minister for Home Affairs Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said this at a press brief after a meeting over Ijtema preparations at the secretariat.
The Bangladesh Bank in its inspections also found such irregularities in disbursing loans by the banks and financial institutionsThe Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday interrogated another six officials of Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited (IBBL) in connection with the allegation of embezzlement of nearly Tk1,300 crore by Ananda Shipyard.
An ACC team, led by its deputy director and inquiry officer Zainul Abedin Shebly, started questioning them at 10am and continued till 3pm at the ACC head office, the commission’s public relations officer Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya told UNB.
Biswal was sworn in as Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs on October 21, 2013Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal will arrive in Dhaka today for a three-day official visit.
During the trip, she will hold meetings with high-level government officials, labour, RMG sector and business community leaders, and opposition party leaders.
In addition to her activities in Dhaka, Biswal will also travel to Bangladesh Institute of Peace Support Operation Training (BIPSOT) in Gazipur before departing on November 29.
Poriborton Chai, a voluntary organisation, yesterday arranged a press conference at the National Press Club in this regardFor the first time in Bangladesh, December 31 will be observed as a “Clean Our Country Day” in a bid to encourage cleanliness and protect environment.
Poriborton Chai, a voluntary organisation, yesterday arranged a press conference at the National Press Club in this regard.
The series win prolonged Bangladesh’s dominance over ZimbabweAnamul Haque missed his fourth ODI century by a whisker and left-arm spinner Arafat Sunny bagged four wickets as Bangladesh clinched the series yesterday thumping Zimbabwe by 124 runs in the third game in Mirpur. The Tigers have an unassailable 3-0 lead going into the fourth ODI at the same venue tomorrow.
The series win prolonged Bangladesh’s dominance over Zimbabwe. The Tigers have now claimed eight of the 12 ODI series played between the two teams.
A case was filed against them in this connectionPolice detained three fake journalists including a female from the Technical road area in South Surma upazila yesterday on charge of extorting money from a principal of a local college.
The detainees are Belayet Hossain Sabuj, 27, son of Mohi Uddin Ahmed, of Hatimganj Nijtola village in Golapganj upazila; Subro Chandra Shil, son of Sibu Chandra Shil, of the village and Farhana Begum, 20, daughter of late Moti Miah, of Karimpur Derai upazila of Sunamganj.
Phillip is receiving the best possible medical careMore than 24 hours after being hit behind the left ear by a short-pitched ball, Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes remained in critical condition on Wednesday after undergoing emergency surgery.
Australian team doctor Peter Brukner issued a statement saying Hughes had further scans at St. Vincent’s Hospital during the morning and that his condition was unchanged from overnight.
Siddikur said he is excited to be playing in the King’s Cup after recently recovering from a severe back injuryPremier Bangladesh golfer Siddikur Rahman is all set to feature in the King’s Cup teeing off at Singha Park Khon Kaen Golf Club, Bangkok today.
The 30-year old from Madaripur is coming to the $500,000 tournament on the back of a disappointing finish in the recently-concluded World Resorts Manila Masters where he ended at joint 57th position. Siddikur said he is excited to be playing in the King’s Cup after recently recovering from a severe back injury that saw him miss several tournaments in the Asian Tour circuit.
Groomed in Barca’s famed ‘La Masia’ academy, Fabregas joined Arsenal in 2003 before returning to Spain eight years laterCesc Fabregas was “pissed off” with Spain team mate Sergio Ramos for raising doubts about his commitment to the national team but said the pair had buried the hatchet.
Midfielder Fabregas pulled out of Spain’s matches against Belarus and Germany this month citing injury, joining Chelsea team mate Diego Costa on the sidelines.
Saarc summit kicks off aiming to promote integration for peacePakistan yesterday stalled inking of Saarc connectivity agreements, including the motor vehicle pact, saying it was yet to complete its “internal process,” despite strong push from India and Sri Lanka.
Although disappointed with Pakistan’s stance, India did not give up its pursuit for regional connectivity, initiating bilateral deals with other flexible Saarc countries such as Tuesday’s Motor Vehicle Agreement with Nepal, sources said.
About the Teesta water sharing issue, the Indian premier said discussions were underway to this endIndian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was making strong efforts to resolve the long standing Land Boundary Agreement (LBA) and Teesta water sharing issue with Bangladesh quickly.
He said this during a meeting with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at Crowne Plaza in Kathmandu of Nepal on the sidelines of the 18th Saarc Summit yesterday afternoon.
After the meeting, Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque told reporters, reports BSS.
Even the 11 that were arrested by the Rajshahi police so far are involved with the politics of Jamaat-e-Islami and its student body Chhatra ShibirWhen RAB claimed that Professor Shafiul Islam was killed over an incident of harassing a female employee of the Rajshahi University, the local police was not convinced.
When the six people – mostly belonging to BNP’s youth front Jubo Dal – arrested by RAB told media that they had committed the crime, police said there must be some connection of Jamaat-Shibir because the professor had a feud with them over political ideologies.
Gary Lye, country chief of Asia Energy, was addressing the gathering at its local office in Phulbari areaTension grew in Phulbari coal mine area yesterday as a gathering hosted by Asia Energy to drum up support for its open-pit mine project was attacked allegedly by the activists of National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Power, Mineral Resources and Ports.
Gary Lye, country chief of Asia Energy, was addressing the gathering at its local office in Phulbari area.
Additional law enforcers were deployed as the locals staged demonstrations all day long. The agitators also blocked Dinajpur-Gobindaganj road until 4pm by setting fire to tyres.
Cross-border projects on energy and transport can act as a game changerNearly 30 years after its foundation, there is still a long way to go for Saarc to fulfill its potential to help lift living standards for all the peoples of South Asia.
We welcome the speech by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at this week’s summit in Kathmandu urging Saarc leaders to set aside differences and work collectively to bring prosperity for the people of the region.
Our economy needs to keep developing new skillsA Californian venture capital fund has announced it is to take a stake in a Bangladeshi web company and plans to build a $200m fund to invest in Bangladeshi startups.
It is extremely welcome news that Silicon Valley-based investors are taking an interest in the country’s growing Internet sector. The experience they can bring in terms of management and strategy is as valuable for Bangladeshi technology startups as the new funding they can provide.
The decision came at a meeting held last evening with Vice-Chancellor Prof AAMS Arefin SiddiqueThe Dhaka University Syndicate has finalised the appointment of a lecturer, leaving aside two other controversial candidates selected by the recruitment board, to its Urdu department apparently in the face of objections raised by other deserving candidates and criticism in media.
The decision came at a meeting held last evening with Vice-Chancellor Prof AAMS Arefin Siddique.
The two candidates in question – Sayera Zerin and Md Masum Sheikh – were dropped since they did not have necessary requirements mentioned in the advertisement on June 12.
The education budget goes up abroad while it has gradullay declined in our countryEducation Minister Nurul Islam Nahid yesterday expressed his frustration over the dwindling trend of budget allocation for the country’s education sector.
The education budget goes up abroad while it has gradullay declined in our country, he said while visiting Fulkhi School in Chittagong city.
“When I was given the charge of the Education Ministry in 2009, the allocation was 14 percent of the national budget while it is now 11 percent,” he pointed out.
The Gusi Peace Prize foundation termed him ‘the poor man’s economist’ in the award citation.Bangladesh Bank Governor Dr Atiur Rahman received Gusi Peace Prize International 2014 award yesterday at a ceremony held at the Philippines International Convention Centre in Manila.
He was awarded for his work in the field of economics focusing on the welfare of poor people, said a press release issued by the central bank.
The Gusi Peace Prize foundation termed him “the poor man’s economist” in the award citation.
The defence has been outwardly able to create doubt about the evidence of the PWs to prove the charges, the benefit of doubt always goes to the accusedJamaat-e-Islami leader Abdus Subhan’s counsel yesterday claimed that Subhan was eligible for the acquittal of war crimes charges as the evidence made by the prosecution witnesses appeared contradictory, doubtful and unreliable.
“There’s no reasonable ground to rely on the testimonies of the Pws after evaluating the outcome of their cross-examinations,” said Mizanul Islam before the International Crimes Tribunal -2 during defence case summing-up arguments charge-wise.
The former premier alleged that the incumbent government had broken all previous records of corruption, killing and abductionBNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday said people want change in the country as they are repressed by the government’s “misdeeds and misrules”.
The former premier alleged that the incumbent government had broken all previous records of corruption, killing and abduction.
“A frightening situation because of killings and abductions is prevailing in the country. People want to be rid of such situations. To overcome this, change is a must. Everyone has to be united burying all differences and petty interests,” she said.