- January 17, 2018
Education, infrastructure top people’s shopping listDhaka Tribune’s national opinion poll on the government’s one-year performance rating has revealed broad satisfaction among the general population.
Nearly 72% of the respondents rated the incumbent Awami League-led government, which came to power through the January 5 national election a year ago, as either very successful or just successful.
The current poll shows a marginal drop from the previous opinion poll six months ago, when 75.3% of the respondents said they were satisfied with the government.
51.8% respondents said they were either just dissatisfied or highly dissatisfied with the BNP’s performanceThe BNP has failed to project itself as an alternative to its arch rival Awami League over the last one year since the January 5 parliamentary elections.
According to a Dhaka Tribune opinion poll, a clear majority of 62.2% rated the overall performance of the BNP-led alliance as either very unsuccessful or unsuccessful.
The BNP’s performance rating suffered compared to what it was in another Dhaka Tribune opinion poll six months ago; in that poll, 51.8% respondents said they were either just dissatisfied or highly dissatisfied with the BNP’s performance.
This marks only a 7% gap between the arch rivals compared to the much wider gaps that exist in the Hasina-Khaleda and Joy-Tarique comparisonsIf there is an election right now, 41% people will have voted for the Awami League and 34% for the BNP, a Dhaka-Tribune opinion poll has revealed.
This marks only a 7% gap between the arch rivals compared to the much wider gaps that exist in the Hasina-Khaleda and Joy-Tarique comparisons.
Immediately after the parliamentary election in January last year, a Dhaka Tribune opinion poll found that an overwhelming majority of 77% respondents wanted fresh election as soon as possible.
Six months later in July, another opinion poll found that fully 53% of respondents wanted elections only after the current government’s term was finished, with only 25% wanting fresh election as soon as possible.
However, as the country’s political arena heats up again, the preference has started swinging the other way.
The first fatality at a Dhaka hospital resulting from an arson attack during the BNP blockade this year has left one Magura family in the throes of grief.
“Poverty has deprived me of many things in life, but I always dreamed of marrying my sons off when they grew up, and now that too has been taken away from me,” said a grief-stricken Nurjahan Begum yesterday in front of the morgue at Dhaka Medical College.
She asked: “I know it is a great sin to be born poor, but is it a sin to dream as well?
‘To protect trains and tracks, we have assigned 8,000 Ansar and VDP personnel to secure risky points’The government is struggling to ensure road and railway connectivity as the BNP-led 20-party alliance blockade has, with a combination of sabotage and intimidation, laid waste to long distance travel networks across the country.
Bus owners, saying their buses are facing attacks by blockade enforcers on the highways, are finding it difficult to operate their vehicles.
Bangladesh Railway timetables are unravelling because of sabotage to railway tracks and derailments.
On the day Awami League is scheduled to hold a rally to mark Bangabandhu’s Homecoming Day, the BNP-led 20-party alliance has called a hartal for today in the capital’s adjacent districts, while the party’s student wing Chhatra Dal has also called hartal for 14 districts including Dhaka.
However, the Dhaka city would remain out of the hartal purview.
The three-month bail granted to Rubel Hossain yesterday meant the national paceman’s dream of playing the 2015 ICC World Cup in Australia-New Zealand is well and truly alive. The Metropolitan Sessions’ Judges court passed the order yesterday, thus making Rubel available for the global showpiece event Down Under.
The plea for bail was granted by Judge Imrul Kayes following the hearing of the case. The bail order will be in place until the law-enforcement authorities submit the chargesheet against Rubel to the court.
Three bombs, concealed in books, were found at two courtrooms of the High Court yesterday.
Upon information, the bomb disposal unit of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) rushed to spot and neutralised the explosives.
The first explosive was found around 2pm at courtroom 9 of Justice Zinat Ara and Justice Md Habibul Gani at the annex building.
Within three hours, two more bombs were found at the courtroom of Justice Nizamul Haque and Justice Nurul Huda around 5:30pm.
Police yesterday recovered Tk1.22 crore of Tk1.57 crore, which was earlier found stolen from the vault of Rupali Bank’s Faridpur branch, from the residence of the bank’s peon in Shibrampur village. Peon Abul Kalam was arrested.
Police conducted a special drive at the peon’s house around 6:30pm yesterday and found the money inside a polythene bag hidden in a drum.
Police Super Jamil Hassan and Kotwali OC Mohsinul Haque led the drive.
Earlier in the day, the bank officials had found the bank vault unlocked with Tk1.57 crore missing.
She has served the country for 4,047 days as a prime minister in her three terms Sheikh Hasina, who has held her office for 11 years in three terms, has now become the longest-serving prime minister in the history of the country.
She has served the country for 4,047 days as a prime minister in her three terms – first in the seventh parliament and two consecutive terms in the ninth and tenth parliaments.
BNP Chairperson Khalada Zia, also three-times prime minister, served the country a total of 3,682 days as the prime minister of the country.
The Anti-Corruption Commission has summoned the general manager of the state-owned Sonali Bank’s foreign exchange division, ATM Mizanur Rahman, for questioning regarding his wealth.
ACC Assistant Director Masudur Rahman sent a notice to Mizan’s office yesterday, which asked him to appear before the commission on January 18, an ACC official confirmed to the Dhaka Tribune.
The ACC approved the inquiry at a meeting on December 31 after it found proof during the primary investigation into the allegation that Mizan accumulating wealth through illegal means.
The residences of two BNP leaders in the capital were under attack late last night, the sixth day of the ongoing nationwide blockade imposed by the BNP-led 20-party alliance.
Miscreants shot two rounds of rubber bullets at the residence of BNP leader Moin Khan in Gulshan 2 area around 11:15pm. Another group of miscreants hurled four crude bombs at the residence of BNP leader Khandakar Mahbub Hossain in Chamelibagh area around 11:15pm.
No arrests were made and no injuries or casualties were reported in connection with these two incidents when this report was filed.
‘We have not received permission as of yet. But we will hold the meeting if the DMP permits… We respect the law. So without police permission, we will not hold any activity’Amid speculations over whether the DMP ban on public gatherings would force the Awami League to call off today’s Suhrawardy Udyan rally, the state minister for home has said the restrictions would not be there on Monday.
“The DMP’s restrictions against public gatherings in the city would be lifted tomorrow [Monday] morning,” State Minister Asaduzzaman Khan told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday.
‘I rushed to Dhaka as my husband suffered burn injury’ “I don’t know what I will do. Doctors even did not say anything. Please ask them and let me know. My children are crying at home,” wailing Sharifa Akther, pleaded.
Sharifa, wife of an auto-rickshaw driver who sustained burn injury during the on-going opposition-sponsored blockade, wanted to know when her husband’s ordeal would come to an end as she had to go back home.
Searchers have also been hearing pings, believed to be from the aircraft’s two black boxes near where the tail of the Airbus A320-200 aircraft tail was raised on SaturdayIndonesian search teams believe they have found the fuselage of an AirAsia airliner that crashed in the Java Sea two weeks ago, and divers hope calmer waters on Monday will allow them to retrieve the black box flight
Indonesia AirAsia Flight QZ8501 lost contact with air traffic control in bad weather on Dec. 28, less than halfway into a two-hour flight from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore. None of the 162 people on the aircraft survived.
The investigation officer prayed for a seven-day remand but the court granted five daysA Dhaka court yesterday placed Ekushey Television (ETV) Chairman Abdus Salam on a five-day remand in a sedition case for airing “fabricated and instigating” speech of Tarique Rahman.
Metropolitan Magistrate Wais Kuruni Khan Chowdhury passed the order after ABM Moshiur Rahman, officer-in-charge (investigation) of Tajgaon Police Station and also the investigation officer, produced Salam before the court.
The investigation officer prayed for a seven-day remand but the court granted five days.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel told Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday that a four-way summit to discuss the situation in eastern Ukraine would not take place until there was real progress on the Minsk peace plan.
German government spokesman Steffen Seibert said in a statement after the phone call between the leaders that Merkel welcomed Russian efforts to find a solution to the crisis.
Yesmin, one of the injured, said the bus overturned after the truck hit it from behindSeven people, including three policewomen and a schoolboy, were killed in separate road accidents in the capital yesterday.
In Fakirapool, two female police officers were killed and 27 others injured when a truck rammed into a bus around 5:45am.
The two were Mamuni Khatun, 22, who hailed from Dinajpur, and Aklima Begum, 23, whose hometown was in Kishoreganj. Both were constables of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP).
Syed Mamun Mostofa, DMP assistant police commissioner, told the Dhaka Tribune the bus was transporting 29 policewomen to the police control room.
Thousands of Haitians killed or sickened by a cholera epidemic that they blame on UN peacekeepers cannot sue the United Nations in a US court because the UN has legal immunity that only it can waive, a judge has ruled.
In a decision late on Friday, Judge J. Paul Oetken of US District Court in Manhattan dismissed a lawsuit filed by human rights lawyers seeking compensation for the cholera victims.
A lawyer for the plaintiffs said they would appeal the ruling.