DhakaTribune
Saturday December 16, 2017 10:53 PM



  • Shamsher Mobin arrested

    A team of Detective Branch of Police (north) picked him up from his residence around 11:15pmDetectives yesterday arrested Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury, a vice-chairman of the BNP, from his residence in the capital.

    Masudur Rahman, deputy commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, confirmed the arrest to the Dhaka Tribune.

    A team of Detective Branch of Police (north) picked him up from his residence around 11:15pm.

    He was later taken to the Mintoo Road DB headquarters for quizzing.

    Asked about the charges on which the BNP leader was arrested, Masudur declined to make any further comment on the matter.

  • BNP’s future plans hinging on conceived rally

    Khaleda’s Gulshan office gate unlocked, then locked againAs the Biswa Ijtema gets under way, the BNP leadership is now mulling on the next step for reinvigorating their anti-government movement, with their decision reportedly hinging on whether the party would be granted permission for a rally next Sunday.

    Despite many rumours and speculations, as well as requests from religious organisations to lift the ongoing blockade before the Ijtema, the BNP-led 20-party alliance is sticking to its guns on continuing the countrywide blockade.

  • Set afire, blockade victims struggle to survive

    Set afire, blockade victims struggle to survive

    It was nearly 2pm at the High Deficiency Unit of the National Burn and Plastic Surgery Institute of Dhaka Medical College Hospital and bus helper
    Murad Mollah is lying in bed number five with burn injuries covering 32% of his body.

    He was found shouting for assistance repeatedly when the Dhaka Tribune reporter visited the ward yesterday, but there was nobody beside him to attend to him.

    The attendants of another patient said his mother had gone outside to fetch water. Some minutes later his mother, Nurjahan, returned.

  • Houses of judges who banned Tarique’s speech attacked

    Miscreants have launched attacks on the houses of two Supreme Court judges who on Wednesday directed the government to stop publication and broadcast of statements by BNP Senior Vice-Chairman Tarique Rahman in print, electronic and social media.

    Police yesterday arrested a local Jubo Dal leader for his alleged involvement in torching the village home of Justice Kazi Reza-Ul Hoque at Mohammadpur in Dholia of the district early yesterday.

    No one was present at the house during the fire. However, the furniture in a room turned into ashes.

  • ‘Sela containment know-how available but unused’

    Although the government developed oil spill response capacities 12 years ago after a slick in the Sundarbans in 1994, it utterly failed to utilise its know-how in last month’s Sela River spill, experts said.

    After the Sela spill, the harmful effects of which have been debated by members of cabinet, the government took a full 50 hours to decide what to do.

  • Tuhin Malik’s comment on Ijtema ‘unpardonable’

     

    Criticising him severely for terming the Biswa Ijtema, the second largest congregation of Muslims after Hajj, a “picnic,” Islamic scholars as well as people in social media have demanded exemplary punishment to Supreme Court lawyer Tuhin Malik.

    “The audacity he [Tuhin] has shown by terming the Biswa Ijtema a picnic is unpardonable,” Farid Uddin Masud, the imam of Sholakia Eid congregation, told a views exchange meeting in the capital’s Iqra auditorium in Khilgaon yesterday.

  • PM: Bangladesh to stand on own feet

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday sought support of the country’s leading economists to take Bangladesh to a dignified position, saying economic prosperity was the only means to live with honour amidst world community.

    “We want to take Bangladesh to a position when we would not need to beg or look to others for help to sustain our economy,” she told the inaugural ceremony of the 19th biennial conference of Bangladesh Economic Association at the IEB auditorium of the capital.

  • Proshika chief again under ACC scanner

    The Anti-Corruption Commission is set to run a fresh inquiry against Qazi Faruque Ahmed, chairman of non-government organisation Proshika, for looking into his alleged involvement in embezzling  Tk767,354 along with 10 others.

  • ACC to run inquiry against former Rajuk chairman again

    Nurul also allegedly cancelled allocation of plots for independent working women, disregarding the prime minister’s orderThe Anti-Corruption Commission is set to run another inquiry against former Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) chairman Engineer Nurul Huda over allegations of corruption with plot distribution during his tenure.

    The ACC approved the fresh inquiry against the former Rajuk chief at its regular meeting on Wednesday and appointed Deputy Director Julfikar Ali as the inquiry officer, an ACC official confirmed to the Dhaka Tribune yesterday.

  • PM condemns Paris attack

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday expressed profound shock at the terrorist attack on a media house in Paris, France which left 12 dead and many others injured.

    In a condolence message sent to French President Francois Hollande, Hasina strongly condemned the act of terror and expressed her solidarity with the people and government of France.

    “Terrorists are terrorists irrespective of their colour, creed or religion and must have no place in any civilised society,” said the prime minister in her message. 

  • Where is India heading under Modi?

    Where is India heading under Modi?

    Is India’s prime minister sanctioning those ‘anti-national’ and communal views in which explicit language of abhorrence against the minorities is being expressed?The coming back of the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) government at the centre in India has unusually altered the balances of power. The transition for the BJP from protest to power and that too with a thumping majority has engendered a certain kind of eccentricity in the party, and has also emboldened them to do whatever they wish to. And perhaps therefore a party that was fiercely articulate in the days of campaigning, has gone back into the den of silence.

  • French policewoman killed in shoot-out

    French policewoman killed in shoot-out

    France’s Prime Minister said yesterday he feared Islamist militants who killed 12 people in an attack on a satirical newspaper could strike again as a manhunt for two men widened across the country.

    A policewoman was killed in a shootout in southern Paris, but Police sources could not immediately confirm a link with Wednesday’s killings at the Charlie Hebdo weekly newspaper that marked the worst attack on French soil for decades.

  • Crashed jet’s tail may be raised in hunt for AirAsia ‘black boxes’

    Indonesian search and rescue teams plan to start lifting the crashed AirAsia jet’s tail off the sea bed on Friday, officials said, raising hopes that “black box” recorders can be retrieved to reveal the cause of the disaster.

    Scores of divers plunged into the Java Sea yesterday to search the wreckage of Flight QZ8501, which vanished from radar screens on Dec. 28 less than half-way into a two-hour flight from Indonesia’s second-biggest city of Surabaya to Singapore.

    There were no survivors among the 162 people on board.

  • Bosnia leads global search for missing with expertise on bones

    Bosnia leads global search for missing with expertise on bones

    Bosnia was still digging up the bones of its own when those of others began arriving in boxes from the tsunami-struck shores of Southeast Asia a decade ago.

    It coincided with Kathryne Bomberger’s rise to head of the Bosnian-based International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP), created in 1996 on the initiative of Bill Clinton to unearth the secrets of gruesome death pits strewn across the Bosnian countryside following its 1992-95 war.

  • Violence doesn’t make a case

    Lawyers should know that violence is never the way out of any quandaryWe condemn the attack, carried out last Monday by a group of pro-BNP lawyers, on Justice Farid Ahmed’s car. Such acts of hooliganism have no place in our nation.

    With the DMP having imposed a ban on any meeting, procession, or rally in the capital, and with BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia being kept imprisoned inside her Gulshan party office since Saturday night, we can understand the anger and helplessness of the pro-BNP lawyers.

  • Pedaling the right way

    In a city as crowded as Dhaka, using bicycles makes senseBicycles are experiencing a substantial resurgence in our country, particularly in Dhaka where cyclists are becoming an increasingly common sight on any given road of the busy metropolis, and groups such as BDCyclists are helping promote bicycling as an environmentally-friendly communal activity through organising various events.

    Also of relevance is the fledgling bicycle manufacturing industry taking shape in Bangladesh, with numerous local companies making waves in international markets by having their products exported overseas.

  • Is the BNP finished?

    Is the BNP finished?

    The BNP is in shambles not because of the paucity of its ideas or indeed because of the violence of its tactics, but because it has been unable to press its argument in the streetIs it too soon to start writing a political obituary for the BNP?

    As little as 15 months ago, polls and local election results suggested that the party enjoyed a commanding lead over the AL in terms of popularity with the public. Even this time last year, had BNP contested the elections, it would most likely have won.

    Can this kind of popularity evaporate so quickly?

  • Climate change and a prosperous Asia

    The plan agreed at the United Nations talks in Lima, Peru is a key first step toward a global climate change agreement due to be finalised a year from now. It would be none too soon. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change recently warned again that the world must act now to avoid irreversible damage.

  • The mother-son debacle

    Was there public support for violence instead of peaceful politics?I did not plan to write on this, but I am now forced to, after seeing such a political debacle made by a major leader, her party, and her son.

    Opposition BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia got angry since she failed to pull enough support to organise a rally on January 5, marking year one of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s first year of her third tenure in office, as no such supporters were there to overcome a police restriction on rallies and demonstrations. It was not only the police’s decision to not allow her to go to Nayapaltan.

  • Rubel’s World Cup in limbo

    Rubel’s World Cup in limbo

    National cricketer Rubel Hossain was yesterday ordered to go behind bars by Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Muhammad Anwar Sadat of the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate’s Court. As a result, the right-arm paceman’s participation in the 2015 ICC World Cup in Australia-New Zealand has now been thrown into serious jeopardy.

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