- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
The reporter also saw two cars owned by Khaleda Zia in front of the office where the sand laden trucks were kept earlierAll the barricades in front of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s Gulshan office have been removed.
No sand-laden trucks, iron barricades or water cannon were seen in the early morning on Monday.
Additional police were also withdrawn from the office of the former premier.
The reporter saw no such barricades at around 2:30am on Monday. However, no confirmation of the police were made whether it was removed permanently of temporarily.
One killed in Barisal as hartal observed in many districtsFollowing two days of respite from blockade-related fatalities, a truck helper was burnt alive in Barisal yesterday by petrol bomb-hurling pickets, who were enforcing a local hartal along with the 20-party alliance’s ongoing countrywide blockade.
Several districts, including all in the Rajshahi division, also saw hartal being staged by the alliance. Incidents of violence that injured many more were also reported from across the country, while an arson attack in the capital also saw college students getting hurt.
Families of the three Eden College students, who were injured in yesterday’s petrol bomb attack on a passenger bus, alleged that the government had failed to provide security to the people of the country.
“Our children cannot even go to their education institutions to get education. There is no life security for our children when they are outside. If the government cannot provide security for our lives, then it does not have the right to remain in office,” said Md Khokon Miah, the worried father of Sathi Akhtar, one of the victims.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked the police administration to hunt down the petrol bomb makers and throwers, and those responsible for other arson attacks across the country.
She gave the order to IGP AKM Shahidul Haque and DMP Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia while visiting Square Hospitals to see police constable Md Shameem Mia, who was injured in a petrol bomb attack in city’s Matsya Bhaban area on Saturday night.
The police officials were present during the PM’s visit.
“I only see a bleak future as I belong to a poor family which is run with the little money I earn by driving a truck,” lamented Arman lying on a bed in the burn and plastic surgery unit of the Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH).
“I am now confined to hospital bed. Who would help us now?” Arman crumpled his face in excruciating pain and asked the million-dollar question.
The commission made the decision upon requests from the law enforcement and intelligence agencies
The government kept popular Internet calling and messaging services Viber and Tango blocked from early yesterday until late last night on security grounds.
At the same time, the government also kept third generation (3G) mobile data services suspended for 11 hours out of the same concern, sources from several mobile operators said.
At least 24 people were injured in the overnight clashesA day after series of attacks and clashes between the followers of Sunni and Wahhabi Muslims, the common people in Chittagong’s Rangunia area were in panic even yesterday anticipating further violence.
Members of paramilitary Border Guard Bangladesh, police and Rapid Action Battalion were deployed in the area since Saturday morning to evade any kind of violence, Hathazari circle Assistant Superintendent of Police AFM Nizam Uddin said.
Meanwhile, police refused to take cases when both the groups wanted to sue each other blaming for the violence.
An Australian man of Bangladeshi origin, believed to be fighting alongside Islamic State (IS) fighters in Syria, has called on Australian Muslims to “bring the war home” to the west, according to the Melbourne Herald Sun.
Suhan Rahman, a student of building management at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, was born and raised in the suburbs of Melbourne by an electrical engineer mother and agricultural scientist father, both of whom are Bangladeshi immigrants.
DMP has decided to bring several areas in the vicinity including Gulshan, Baridhara and Niketon under 400 CCTV camerasKhaleda Zia’s office needs to be removed from the diplomatic zone in order to ensure security for the diplomats and foreigners living here, said Awami League leader Hasan Mahmud.
Terming the BNP-led 20-party alliance a rehabilitation centre for terrorists and militants who are carrying out secret attack on women and children, the former minister said the office of the leader of terrorists and militants should not be located inside such an important area.
He made the remarks while speaking as the chief guest at a programme in the capital yesterday.
Finance Minister AMA Muhith has cautioned that the BNP-led 20-party alliance’s blockade might have “dangerous” impacts on the country’s economy if it continued for a longer period of time.
Claiming that the BNP did not have enough public support to bring down the Awami League-led government, Muhith added that the party should consider altering its strategy on the current political movement.
‘We were expecting almost double revenue from this year as the number of income tax returns increased significantly’Worried at the poor turnout of income tax returns even after extending the deadline twice for individual taxpayers, the National Board of Revenue has decided to be harsh on the errant tax identification number holders.
The deadline for income tax return submission was November 30 last year. A little over 1 million out of the 1.8 million TIN-holders have filed submission The number of income tax return was 10,26,913 out of 1.8 million TIN holders till the last date.
‘People will be able to get the new smart NID cards by returning the existing laminated ones’The Election Commission has planned to begin issuing Smart National Identity Cards to the people at no cost from March 26.
People will have a chance to correct the present information of their present cards before the Smart NIDs are issued, said Director General of the NID registration wing Brigadier General Sultanuzzaman Md Saleh Uddin at a press briefing at the commission yesterday.
Wondering whether the BNP quarter wants to bring in a 2008-like government, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday called upon all to be vocal against the BNP-Jamaat men who were carrying out subversive acts across the country.
“I urge all to be united and vocal against those miscreants who are unleashing destructive acts, hurling petrol bombs at buses, auto-rickshaws, private cars and other vehicles and thus killing people. Those miscreants must be caught wherever they are found… we cannot let our country be destroyed before our eyes,” she said.
The fifth session of the 10th parliament begins today, the first session of the year as well as the winter session.
The House will convene at 4pm.
Official sources said so far two bills were submitted for the fifth session – Formalin Control Bill 2015 and Financial Reporting Bill 2015.
President Md Abdul Hamid summoned the session on December 31.
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday grilled ATM Mizanur Rahman, general manager of state-owned Sonali Bank Ltd’s Foreign Trade Division, for allegedly amassing wealth illegally.
ACC Assistant Director Masudur Rahman grilled him from 10 am to 12 pm at the anti-graft watchdog’s headquarters in the capital, a source told the Dhaka Tribune. While serving as a deputy general manager of the bank’s Foreign Remittance Management Division between February 2011 and December 2014, Masud had allegedly lent Tk7000-8000 crore.
The ruling Awami League-led 14-party alliance will hold a rally at Gabtoli Bus Terminal tomorrow as part of its programme to resist ambush attacks on people by BNP-led 20-party alliance.
Disaster Management and Relief Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya announced the schedule before a meeting of the Awami League’s Dhaka city unit in the capital yesterday.
Chaired by city unit President MA Aziz, the meeting was also addressed by Food Minister Quamrul Islam and several other leaders.
A Dhaka court yesterday sent Khaleda Zia’s Adviser Md Shamsuzzaman Dudu and two others to jail in a case filed for instigating destructive activities during the BNP-led alliance’s ongoing indefinite blockade.
Oishee alone killed her parents at the instigation of Jony while Rony provided her with shelter after the incidentAlmost one and a half years have passed but there has been no significant progress in the trial of Oishee Rahman, who was accused of murdering her parents Mahfuzur Rahman and Swapna Rahman.
Oishee along with her two friends were accused in the case.
On November 12 last year, Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge’s Court shifted the case to Dhaka speedy Trial Tribunal 3 for quick disposal according to a Home Ministry decision.
Abdul Hamid inaugurates the newly built Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa HallPresident Abdul Hamid yesterday stressed on boosting the knowledge of information and communication technology (ICT) as well as improving the quality of higher education among the young generation to make them competitive at the global stage.
“While upbringing our young generation, we have to ensure that they attain the international standard in the knowledge of information technology apart from traditional education so that they can win in global competitions,” he said.
Awami League (AL) Presidium Member and Health Minister Mohammad Nasim today said there will be no compromise with those who have been conducting terrorist and subversive activities affecting public life.
He said a vested quarter has become desperate and engaged their efforts in destabilising the peaceful situation and hindering development activities through conducting anarchy, terrorism, hurling petrol bomb and killing innocent people.