- February 18, 2018
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have congratulated Maithripala Sirisena on his election as Sri Lankan president.
In separate messages issued on Friday night, the president and the prime minister hoped that bilateral relations between the two friendly countries would further be widened and deepened during his Presidency.
President Abdul Hamid in his message said: “It’s my immense pleasure to warmly congratulate you on your victory in the Presidential election of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.”
Three suffer burn injuries on the fifth day of BNP alliance’s indefinite blockadeA Gaibandha teacher was killed, a Comilla train derailed and buses and shops fire-bombed yesterday as the BNP and its allies unleashed a programme of arson and violence across the country in the name of enforcing the blockade.
On the fifth day of the indefinite blockade, violence in the capital and other districts yesterday left at least three people with burn injuries and one dead. Vehicles were vandalised and torched during the enforcement of the blockade.
People in different areas continue to be the victims of strike-time violence such as crude bomb explosions and arson attack on vehicles as the countrywide indefinite blockade imposed by the 20-party alliance is still in effect.
Dr Partha Shankar Pal, resident surgeon of Dhaka Medical College Hospital’s burn unit, told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday the unit was getting new patients daily and the situation resembled that in late 2013.
The BNP-led 20-party alliance is likely to call a daylong general strike for tomorrow in Dhaka district and adjacent eight others.
Seeking anonymity, a BNP leader of Dhaka district told the Dhaka Tribune last night that the alliance had decided to make the call for the strike today.
The strike is likely to be enforced in Gazipur, Narayanganj, Manikganj, Munshiganj, Narsingdi, Dhaka, Comilla and Mymensingh. But he did not clarify if it would be enforced in the capital too.
The BNP still maintains that the BJP leader had talks with the BNP chairpersonIndia’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party chief Amit Shah had no conversation with BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia over phone on Wednesday as claimed by the BNP, two private television stations and the state-run news agency BSS said yesterday.
But the BNP still maintains that the BJP leader had talks with the BNP chairperson. Khaleda’s Press Secretary Maruf Kamal Khan yesterday issued a press note, claiming that he was present with his party chief when the telephone conversation took place.
Hundreds of bodies – too many to count – remain strewn in the bush in Nigeria from an Islamic extremist attack that rights group Amnesty International suggested on Friday is the “deadliest massacre” in the history of Boko Haram.
Mike Omeri, the government spokesman on the insurgency, said fighting continued on Friday for Baga, a town on the border with Chad where insurgents seized a key military base on January 3 and attacked again on Wednesday.
Most of the attacks were made after sunsetA total of 95 vehicles came under attack in the capital since January 4 till yesterday night, with the majority of those attacked in the evening and afterwards, according to police and Fire Service statistics.
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia announced an indefinite blockade across the country from January 6, but vehicles have been set on fire since January 4.
Statistics on the attacks show that those mostly took place between 2pm and 9pm.
BNP senior Vice Chairman Tarique Rahman should be brought to book for his derogatory remarks on Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman as well as distorting history, said Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury, media adviser to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Staying abroad, Tarique Rahman is resorting to falsehood on various historical facts to hatch conspiracy against the country, he told a discussion on “Bangabandhu and Bangladesh” at the Jatiya Press Club yesterday.
‘Those who are enjoying benefits will continue to get them but we will lose Tk8,000 per month from July if the NPSC recommendations are implemented from the beginning of the next fiscal year’Almost two-thirds of public employees will lose out financially if time scales and selection grades are scrapped in accordance with the recommendations of the National Pay and Services Commission (NPSC), official sources said.
The second, third and fourth grade employees of just six big ministries – home, defence, primary and mass education, education, health and family planning, and public administration – amount to 65.41% of the total public workforce.
‘The body had hack bruises on the head and limbs. It has been sent to CMCH morgue for autopsy’A female teacher of Chittagong Nursing College was hacked by masked miscreants near her residence in Telipatti area under Panchlaish police station of Chittagong city yesterday morning.
The dead Anjoli Debi, 50, was senior teacher of the college and wife of Rajendra Nath Deb, hailing from Gobindaganj area of Gaibandha district, police sources said.
Hearing the news of her death, students of the college staged demonstrations and gave a 24-hour ultimatum to authorities concerned to arrest the killers, said a third year student Masum Rabbani.
‘We are selling a mere 2,000 tonnes of fuel oil per day. Normally, 12,000 tonnes are sold each day. We are losing crores’Losses to filling stations have started to mount as the BNP-led countrywide blockade stifled demand for fuel oil, interrupted fuel deliveries from depots to filling stations and intimidated filling stations into remaining closed.
Fuel oil consumption decreased significantly because the continuous blockade and shut-downs have disrupted vehicular movements across the country.
Khaleda was confined at her office on January 3 night while going to the party’s Nayapaltan headquartersBNP Chairperson and 20-party alliance chief Khaleda Zia has passed eight days at her Gulshan office, which remained cordoned by a good number of law enforcers yesterday too, amid an indefinite blockade under way for the fifth consecutive day.
The three-time former premier’s movement is now limited to her chamber and an adjacent room of the second floor of the building.
A group of 11 former bureaucrats went to Khaleda’s office yesterday and held talks with her for around an hour.
‘The party’s high-commend directed us to get ready for resisting any anarchic situation created by BNP, Jamaat-e-Islami and Hefazat-e-Islam’As the Awami League-led government has decided to go tough against the “violent activities” and “sabotage” of the BNP-Jamaat alliance, the ruling party plans to work with the law enforcement agencies on the streets side by side.
After Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had shared the government’s decision with her party’s senior leaders, the central high command yesterday directed lawmakers, and presidents and general secretaries of different units around Dhaka to stay alert.
The hike, if approved, will take the price of electricity to Tk5.51 per unit from the existing Tk4.70, at bulk levelBangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) will begin four days of public hearings on proposals to raise retail power tariffs submitted by five state-owned electricity distribution companies, at the TCB Bhaban in Karwan Bazar between January 20 and 25.
“We hope to hold the public hearings from January 20 and a final decision will be made afterwards,” BERC Chairman AR Khan told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday.
The power distribution companies have incurred huge losses from purchasing electricity from costly rental and quick rental power plants.
Terming the cases false, District Chhatra Dal Convenor Nurul Islam said such cases were being filed only to harass the party leaders and activistsPolice have filed four cases, accusing 684 BNP leaders and activists of assaulting them in Sunamganj since Tuesday. The party has been enforcing non-stop blockade across the country since Wednesday.
Over 93 persons, including District Chhatra Dal Joint Convenor Kamrul Islam Raju and Swechchhasebak Dal leader Golam Mawla were arrested in the cases.
The fear of further arrests has meanwhile forced hundreds of BNP men to desert houses while the party has claimed that there is little presence of the Jamaat and its student wing in the ongoing movement.
‘My nephew was the only hope for his family. I do not know what would now happen to his family’Police and families have differed over how a truck driver died yesterday.
Emdadul Islam Raju, 35, who hailed from Gurudashpur village in Natore, died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) about 6:10pm.
The victim, who was married with a four-year-old-child, was admitted to the hospital around 10:45am.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina asks physicians to work with mentality of serving peoplePrime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday inaugurated the academic activities of 11 new public medical colleges, aiming to fulfill the country’s huge demand for physicians to provide better medical services to the people.
The prime minister launched the new medical colleges through videoconferencing from her official residence Ganabhaban in the capital.
The commission has sent notice to the state-owned bank asking the authorities to provide its loan documents from 2011 to 2013The Anti-Corruption Commission has approved an inquiry against ATM Mizanur Rahman, general manager of Foreign Trade Division of Sonali Bank, on the allegation of accumulating wealth illegally.
To run the inquiry, the ACC appointed Assistant Director Masudur Rahman on December 31 last year, an official of the ACC confirmed to the Dhaka Tribune.
Al–Qaeda’s Yemeni branch has claimed responsibility for the deadly attack on the French satirical Charlie Hebdo magazine, saying the shooting was an operation to teach the French the limits of freedom of expression.
Abu Hareth al–Nezari, an senior member of Al–Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), made the claim in an audio recording published online late on Friday.
The drive kept conducted before dawn from at dead hours of nightPolice nabbed about 40 leaders and activists of BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami in midnight special drives in different areas of the district yesterday.
The drive kept conducted before dawn from at dead hours of night, RMP sources confirmed.
Of them, 26 were arrested from Bagmara, Puthia, Godagari, Charghat and Mohonpur upazilas and 14 were from separate places under Motihar, Boalia, Shah Makhdum and Rajpara police stations.