- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
The secretarial committee currently analysing recommendations of the pay commission has reportedly reached a consensus on keeping the time scale benefit for government employees.
However, most members of the committee were against keeping the existing option of selection grade, said a member of the committee who attended its second meeting at the Cabinet Division yesterday. Seeking anonymity, the committee member said the secretarial body was against selection grade as it had created indiscipline and chaos, and had prompted the filing of many cases over the last few decades.
Job cuts feared if blockade continues, stimulating industrial and social unrestIndustrial units are poised to run out of their inputs with supply chain broken due to the non-stop blockade that enters 18th day today, according to industry insiders.
In this situation, economists warned that small businesses might announce layoffs while large companies might cut jobs to avoid losses in the days to come, leading to thousands of unemployment.
The economy has suffered a serious setback as the ongoing political unrest causes a loss of around Tk36,445 crore in 16 sectors only, says an independent estimate released yesterday.
The damage, equivalent to about 3% of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) for 2014-15, was a result of the ongoing blockade and hartals, says the Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) estimate.
A perpetrator and a victim of bombing died at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital yesterday when a 19-year-old victim and a Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) bomb-maker succumbed to their injuries yesterday.
A student of Dhaka’s Kabi Nazrul Government College, Sanjid Hossain Ovi, was critically injured when a splinter bomb hurled at him exploded in his face on January 14.
He succumbed to his injuries around 1am yesterday after fighting for his life for seven days.
Several buses were torched in Dhaka by blockade supporters disguised as passengersThe second day of the shutdown along with the countrywide blockade witnessed stray incidents of violence, arson and vandalism yesterday.
The BNP-led 20-party alliance called the 48-hour shutdown in Dhaka and Khulna divisions.
In the capital, additional police personnel were deployed at all key and strategic points and check posts set up at almost all important and busy intersections.
The day ended mostly normally in the capital except for some incidents of violence in the evening.
The company does not need to increase retail price as it is making profits, commission chief saysBangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) has recommended against Dhaka Power Distribution Company Limited’s (DPDC) proposal to raise the power tariff at the consumer level.
BERC’s technical evaluation committee said the DPDC is going to make an estimated profit of Tk290.9 crore in FY2014-15 with the current bulk tariff, so the price hike at the consumer level is not required.
However, the committee recommended increasing the average retail power price per unit (one kilowatt-hour) by 3.09% for Bangladesh Power Development Board (PDB).
The Foreign Ministry briefed Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on the foreign policy it is going to adopt.
The ministry briefed her on the future plan in eight different areas.
The areas are bilateral, regional, multilateral, maritime and blue economy, conference diplomacy, soft power diplomacy, strong administration and better consular service.
The Foreign Ministry officials made over an-hour-long presentation on the areas when the prime minister visited the ministry yesterday.
Barred by police from laying siege to Khaleda Zia’s Gulshan office, several pro-Awami League labour organisations yesterday gave the BNP chairperson a two-day ultimatum to lift the ongoing non-stop blockade.
Around 11am, several labour organisations including Bangladesh Sarak Paribahan Sramik League, Motor Drivers Sramik League and Bangladesh Garments Workers Coordination Council along with the Muktijuddho Projonmo League, gathered at the Gulshan 2 intersection and tried to march towards Khaleda’s office.
Hostilities between the “battling Begums” has further intensified in recent weeks, a UK parliament research brief said.
The brief said the dispute centred on Khaleda’s demand that the 2014 elections take place under the auspices of a neutral caretaker government, whereas Hasina instituted an all-party interim cabinet instead.
It said the BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami “have been calling without avail” for fresh parliamentary polls.
The government has urged the private television channels to portray the real situation and not to sensationalise any news on violence.
The call was made in a meeting among the representatives of several private TV channels and some senior ministers.
Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu said trade and businesses are normal despite the ongoing violence.
“Some 50,000 to 60,000 vehicles are plying the roads and highways every day but media is not aware of that,” Amu said.
A Dhaka court yesterday issued an arrest warrant against BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir in a defamation case which accused the leader of calling Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina “a killer” and the Awami League “a party of killers.”
Metropolitan Magistrate Md Ataul Haque passed the order after the complainant sought for a warrant of arrest as Mirza Fakhrul did not appear before the court yesterday.
The enquiry report said Nasir Group changed HS code of the imported products and evaded a tax payment of Tk500 crore to Tk700 crore by bribing tax officialsThe Anti-Corruption Commission instructed the enquiry official to re-investigate the allegation of money laundering and tax evasion by Nasir Group.
However, enquiry official ACC Assistant Director SM Rafiqul Islam on December 20 last year recommended filing a case against 10 persons including Chairman of Nasir Group Nasir Uddin Biswas.
After the recommendation of the enquiry official Commissioner of ACC Nasiruddin Ahmed approved the recommendation on January 15.
A total of 27 out of 37 prosecution witnesses testified in the sensational murder caseThe trial of Jahangirnagar University student Zubair Ahmed murder case is nearing end, with the court setting January 25 for hearing the rest of the defence argument.
Judge of Dhaka Speedy Trial Tribunal 4 ABM Nizamul Haque set the date yesterday after recording partial argument of the defence.
On November 27 last year, the court completed recording depositions of prosecution witnesses after cross-examining Detective Branch Inspector Mir Shahin Shah Parvez, also the investigating officer of the case.
Police have been granted five days to interrogate five leaders and activists of Islami Chhatra Shibir, including Banani unit President Mustafizur Rahman, in an explosive substances case.
Metropolitan Magistrate Md Asaduzzman Nur passed the order in response to a 10-day remand petition yesterday.
‘If the current situation remains, the results of their fourth-year final exams will be published tentatively on June 15, 2018’There will be no session jam at the National University by the year 2017, claimed Dr Harun-or-Rashid, vice-chancellor of the university yesterday.
Speaking at a press conference to announce the university’s “Crash Programme to Reduce Session Jam” at his Dhanmondi office in the capital, Dr Harun said: “According to the 2013 annual report of the University Grants Commission (UGC), there is excessive session jam at the National University. This observation is not based on facts at all.”
Thailand’s army-stacked parliament will vote in an impeachment hearing against ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Friday, testing a fragile calm between the rural poor and the royalist establishment backed by the Bangkok middle class.
A guilty verdict on the charge of dereliction of duty could see Yingluck, Thailand’s first female prime minister, banned from politics for five years.
The Ebola epidemic in West Africa appears to be ebbing, with fewer than 150 cases reported in the past week, but efforts must be pursued to stamp out the deadly disease, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said yesterday.
Sierra Leone remains hardest-hit, accounting for 117 of the 145 new confirmed cases, against 184 there the previous week and 248 the week before that, the WHO said in its latest update.
Dhaka University Teacher’s Association (Duta) yesterday demanded that the government takes steps to arrest the people who are involved in arson, vandalism and killing of people during the ongoing countrywide blockade and hartals enforced by BNP-led 20-party alliance.
They also demanded exemplary punishment to the culprits.
They raised the demands at a human chain programme at the Aparajeyo Bangla on the university campus yesterday.
The Duta organised the human chain protesting the recent attacks on people, public transport and law enforcers.
The deadly attack by Islamist gunmen on the offices of French newspaper Charlie Hebdo drew a somewhat unexpected response from Iranian clerics and officials: They condemned it.
Many Westerners had expected an altogether different reaction to the killings two weeks ago at the Paris weekly that had published satirical cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad.
Some students of Chittagong University (CU) yesterday demanded immediate arrest and exemplary punishment to the killers of Taposh Sarkar who was shot dead on the campus on December 14 last year.
Under the banner of “Bangabandhu Sangbadikota Chhatra Parishad”, some 30 students formed a human chain before the Chittagong Press Club to press home their demand around 3:30pm.
They also demanded that the case filed over killing be handed over to the Detective Branch (DB) of police for a fair investigation.