- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
Intelligence claims Jamaat-Shibir men behind most attacksDespite vigilance and joint drives by the law enforcement agencies, use of Molotov cocktails has been rising rapidly across the country including the capital during the 20-party’s ongoing blockade and hartal programmes.
Although those were used largely outside the capital in the last 15 days, miscreants are now using the Molotov cocktails to create panic among the Dhakaities by torching vehicles.
This time a two-and-a half-year old boy is fighting for life at the intensive care unit (ICU) of the City Hospital in the capital after he received burn injury in an arson attack.
The fire burnt around 17% area of the boy named Safir. He is the only son of Dr Saiful Islam and Dr Sharmin Ahmed.
Safir was going back home in Narayanganj by a public bus. As the bus reached the Somoboy Market located at Chasara of Narayanganj last Sunday around 9pm some pickets hurled petrol bombs at it.
A leader of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal was killed yesterday in a “gunfight” with the members of Detective Branch of Police in the capital’s Khilgaon area, hours after reportedly admitting his involvement in hurling Molotov cocktail on a police bus.
It is the second incident of “gunfight” in the capital in the last two days when the law enforcers have been on high alert to resist arsonists and vandals during the BNP-Jamaat alliance’s indefinite blockade.
The BNP high command is planning to intensify the ongoing movement after keeping things relaxed for a few days for the Biswa Ijtema; the hartal starting today in different districts across the country is part of that plan.
The Secondary School Certificate exams start on February 2; but the party does not have any plan to relax the grip during the exams if there is no sign of solution to the prevailing political crisis.
The ongoing cold wave that met office says is moderate and normal for this time of the year, has been wreaking havoc in the northern and north-eastern districts of the country for several days.
At least three babies have died over the last seven days from various cold-related diseases; aged people in these areas are also equally suffering from the extreme cold.
Holding her arch rival responsible for the death of violence victims, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said in parliament that Khaleda Zia will have to face trial in a murder case as the main accused.
“What Khaleda Zia is doing cannot be called a movement, rather militant activities, or acts of terrorism…None of those who are involved in the killings, will be spared,” the PM warned.
She made the remarks while delivering her unscheduled speech in the Jatiya Sangsad (JS) yesterday.
Anne Richard, assistant secretary of state for population, refugees and migration in the US, arrived in the capital yesterday on a four-day visit, according to an official release.
During her visit to Bangladesh, Richard will hold meetings with high-level government officials, including the ministers of foreign affairs, home affairs and disaster management and relief.
She will also meet with officials from different NGOs and INGOs, as well as the United Nations High Commission for Refugees and the International Organisation for Migration, the press note said.
Finance Minister AMA Muhith has said no secretary will be made chairman of any state-owned bank.
Referring to a former Expatriates Welfare Ministry secretary having been made the chairman of Expatriate and Welfare Bank earlier, Muhith in a letter said it was an exceptional case.
His letter was a reply to Expat Minister Khandker Mosharraf Hossain’s request for making Secretary Khandoker Iftikhar Haider the next chairman of the bank.
Leaders of the 14-party alliance yesterday demanded that BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia be arrested for inciting violence and sabotage.
The ruling alliance leaders at a rally in Mirpur ruled out any possibility of mid-term poll and dialogue with the BNP-led 20-party alliance. The rally was organised as part of the rulig alliance’s countrywide campaign to resist ongoing violence.
Leader of the Opposition Rawshan Ershad yesterday urged Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to immediately take steps in curbing the ongoing violence and terrorism with an iron hand.
“We assure of our total cooperation to the government whatever steps will be taken to bring an end to the ongoing vandalism and hostility in the name of hartal and blockade,” she said on a point of order in parliament.
Rawshan, senior leader of HM Ershad-led Jatiya Party, said: “In no way, we can remain silent or tolerate any more the spate of violence…
The death toll from firebomb attack on Mithapukur bus rises to sixBlockade violence continues to take its toll on common people claiming life of one more arson attack victim while under treatment at the Dhaka Military Hospital early yesterday.
Several others too fell victim to arson attacks in stray incidents of violence.
Monwara Begum, 35, who suffered 63% burn injuries in a petrol bomb attack at Jaigirhat in Mithapukur Upazila of Rangpur died at Dhaka Combined Military Hospital early yesterday.
With the death of Monwara six people have so far died in the petrol bomb attack on the bus at Mithapukur.
The Bangladesh chapter of corruption watchdog Transparency International has expressed deep concern over the ongoing “inhuman and cruel manifestation of violence” during the 20-party alliance’s blockade and hartal, and use of force by the government.
The Berlin-based group says the recent developments are unhealthy competition for power at the cost of basic rights of the people – from right to life to right of normal death, and prospect of democracy and good governance.
Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu yesterday said the government would form a broadcast commission for television and radio within six months.
Speaking in parliament during a question and answer session, he said a committee to formulate the law on establishing a broadcast commission had been formed and that the Act is expected to be passed soon.
In reply to a question, the minister said: “We have published the gazette of the broadcast policy and it will take at least six months to consider everyone’s opinion.”
‘This is a golden opportunity to boost the economy and fulfil the expectations of consumers and the business community by reducing tariff rates rather than increasing them’Bulk electricity rates and transmission charges are likely to increase but consumer-level tariffs will probably not be raised, sources with knowledge of the matter told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday.
The Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) is holding four days of public hearings over proposals to raise electricity tariffs at several levels of costing including at the bulk, transmission and consumer levels.
A BERC official, requesting not to be named, said the government had verbally requested the commission not to raise retail power prices.
In just about two months time, she was going to have the most wonderful feeling a human being can have – give birth to her third child.
But instead, 35-year-old Monowara Begum was lying lifeless at the Dhaka Medical College morgue; she suffered 61% burns in her body when blockade-supporters torched the bus she was in on December 13.
The seven-day tug of war between life and death with Monowara in the middle ended yesterday at the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in the Dhaka Cantonment.
Three fishermen received bullet wounds after a group of pirates allegedly opened fire on a fishing trawler on the Bay of Bengal in Cox’s Bazar yesterday.
The injured fishermen Md Elias, 45, Mosharaf, 22, and Raujul Islam, 25, were admitted to Chittagong Medical College Hospital, said Nayek Shilbrata Barua of CMCH police outpost. All the injured hailed from Noakhali district, said the policeman.
Rapid Action Battalion have recovered an eight-year-old boy's dead body from his cousin's house after five days into abduction.
The boy Mostafa Kamal, resident of Shofipur Purbopara under Gazipur's Kaliakair upazila, went missing on January 14. He was a class two student of Mount Average School and College.
Unknown miscreants hurled two crude bombs at the home of MP for Chittagong 11 Mainuddin Khan Badal at Sorowatoli village under Boalkhali upazila in Chittagong in the wee hours of yesterday.
Badal, also the executive president of Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal, had not been at home during the attack, said Assistant Superintendent of Police (Potiya circle) Shamim Hossain.
None was injured in the attack. However, the panes of the windows, which the bombs were hurled at, had been broken, he said.
It was a dreadful day for Mahbubur Rahman Sujon, a trader from Mirpur of capital Dhaka. He was picked up from his residence along with his family members on July 13 by Zahidur Rahman, a Sub-Inspector of Mirpur Police Station.
The police official inflicted serious torture on Sujon upon his refusal to pay Tk1 lakh per month. Hours after his arrest, he succumbed to the injuries he received during the rigorous torture.
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) decided to run inquiry against Kamal Uddin Talukder, joint secretary at the Ministry of Housing and Public Works, for allegedly gobbling up government land.
The anti-graft body decided to run the inquiry in its regular meeting yesterday, an ACC source confirmed to the Dhaka Tribune.
According to the allegations against him, Kamal, in association with a few others, grabbed a number of government lands by submitting fraudulent documents that claimed they were his personal properties.