- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
Dhaka sees worst arson attack since Rangpur incident with 30 people injuredIn the latest spate of petrol bomb attacks by blockaders, some 40 people got burnt in the capital, Rajshahi and Bogra yesterday.
The worst since the Rangpur incident earlier this month, the arson attack in the capital saw 30 people receiving burn injuries as two pickets threw two petrol bombs on a bus packed with passengers at Jatrabari around 9:30pm.
In Rajshahi and Bogra, a bus and a truck came under similar attacks in which a dozen people received burn injuries.
‘If the government goes soft in such a situation the BNP-Jamaat alliance will take it as a retreat’People of the country are now stuck between a rock and a hard place as both Awami League and BNP have adopted a hard line on defusing the major political crisis prevailing over the past 19 days.
The Awami League-led coalition government believes it has reached a boiling point from where no reversal is possible while BNP thinks this time it is a do-or-die battle for it.
The government is contemplating strict legal action against BNP-Jamaat men involved in subversive acts that have so far claimed at least 30 lives.
Issuing a note of warning BNP yesterday said the government would see its “political funeral” done once it arrested party Chairperson Khaleda Zia.
“The government elected in a voter-less election believes that 20-party’s movement would end if Begum Khaleda Zia was arrested, Ruhul Kabir Riavi, joint secretary general of the party, said at a press release.
But they have forgotten that BNP activists are moving ahead with the blockade programme even after so-called gunfight and crossfire, he said.
‘We have been on non-stop duty since the blockade began. We have not been able to rest for longer than a few minutes’Dabiruddin Ahmed, a sub-inspector at Kalabagan police station, has had difficult weeks this month, being constantly on alert during the ongoing blockade by the BNP-led 20-party alliance.
When this correspondent approached Dabir and his five-member police team near Kalabagan around 5pm yesterday, they all looked beaten down with exhaustion.
“We have been on non-stop duty since the blockade began. We have not been able to rest for longer than a few minutes,” he told this reporter when he identified himself and asked about their weary state.
Abdullah, believed to have been born in 1924, ruled Saudi Arabia as king since 2005The king of Saudi Arabia died early yesterday leaving his country and much of the world at risk from the politics based on religious sentiment that his kingdom has long patronised and financed.
He has been laid to rest in an unmarked grave in the al-Ud public cemetery in Riyadh.
The late King Abdullah has been succeeded by his brother Salman, the royal court in the world’s top oil exporter and birthplace of Islam said in an official statement.
President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday called upon all to be inspired with the spirits of the mass upsurge of 1969 and the Liberation War to build a prosperous Bangladesh.
They made the call in separate statements marking the historic Mass Upsurge Day and expressed profound respect for those who had embraced martyrdom in the historic movement in 1969.
In his message, President Abdul Hamid said January 24 of 1969 will remain memorable as the day of historic mass upsurge in the history of Bangladesh’s democratic advancement.
‘We hope this problem will be resolved within a short time. The current situation can’t continue’Leader of the opposition in parliament Rawshan Ershad yesterday hoped that the current political problem will be resolved very soon as they do politics for the welfare of people.
“We hope this problem will be resolved within a short time. The current situation can’t continue,” she said while talking to reporters after visiting the burn unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital.
‘If small businessmen like us cannot work and have to stay at home, how will our families survive? ‘After spending nearly eight years abroad, Abdur Rahim returned to his motherland with the dream to raise his children – to educate them and bring them up “properly” – and was about to start his own business. But his dreams will remain unachieved as Rahim will not be there to pursue them.
‘If you [Khaleda] do not stop terrorising in the name of a blockade programme, the country’s people will encircle you after January 30’Shipping Minister Shahjahan Khan yesterday threatened to confine Khaleda Zia if the BNP chairperson failed to withdraw the countrywide indefinite blockade within January 30.
Addressing a rally in front of the capital’s National Press Club, the Awami League leader also urged the BNP chief to stop killing innocent people including women, children and labourers who lived a hand-to-mouth existence.
‘Those who are trying to import the films should leave the country. They don’t like our language and culture’The silver screen stars, directors, producers, crews and their fans yesterday demonstrated in front of some cinemas in the capital against the screening of Hindi films.
As part of their on going protest, they chanted slogans against releasing Hindi-language films and torn down the banners and posters of a Bollywood film to show their grievances.
Yesterday, Salman Khan starring ‘Wanted’ was released in more than 45 cinemas across the country, sources said.
‘Secretaries of the transport ministries in Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Bhutan will meet in Kolkata early next month to come to an agreement on transport movement among the countries’The secretaries at the transport ministries in the South Asian countries are going to participate in a meeting to reach an agreement on cross-border movement of goods-laden trucks in these countries.
Pankaj Saran, the Indian high commissioner in Dhaka, made the announcement at a seminar on the occasion of the 66th Indian Republic Day held yesterday at the Institute of Diploma Engineers auditorium in the capital.
Eight people from both the groups received bullet injury at the timeAt least 15 people were injured, including eight bullet-hit, when two factions of district Awami League and Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) locked into a clash yesterday.
The bullet wounded persons were admitted to Ukhia Health Complex.
Police and local witnesses said a tea vendor Shamsul Alam’s son had an altercation with a client over a silly matter at Palongkhali station of Ukhia upazila around 5pm.
‘Environmentalists said the environment is a complex web of different elements like land, water and forest, so any element gets degraded, it will impact globally’Urging them to take steps to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emission, environmentalists here yesterday demanded the developed nations provide compensation instead of aid to the least developed countries (LDCs) as they are the GHG victims.
Speaking at an international conference, they said the role of the LDCs like Bangladesh is very insignificant in emitting such gases but the livelihood and lifestyle of people living in these countries are badly affected by environmental changes.
It was the most memorable day in my life to see Abdullah Abu Sayeed sir and receiving award from himIt was a dense foggy weather and bone-chilling cold. The minimum temperature went down by several degrees due to cold wave.
Although, they were shivering in the cold wearing warm clothes, a sense of excitement were beaming and their faces were seen ignited.
Some 4,596 students of class VI to X from 73 schools in Chittagong gathered at the playground of Chittagong Municipality High School to receive prizes of a year-long book reading competition.
Marketing representatives of the guidebook publishers have formed ‘donation deals’ with several teachersAs soon as the primary, lower-middle and middle schools and madrasahs opened up for the new academic year, publishers in Bagerhat jumped into competition to sell banned guidebooks.
Meanwhile, marketing representatives of the guidebook publishers have formed “donation deals” with several teachers and leaders of local teacher organisations.
This “donation” has spread to almost all places in the district, including Sharankhola, Morolganj, Mongla, Rampal, Chitalmari, Mollahut, Kochua, Fakirhut.
Model-turned-actor Sonia Hossain is working on two single-episode TV plays titled “Shopnoghuri” and “Chaad Bamoner Golpo,” both Valentine’s Day specials. She will be seen pairing up with Apurba and Maznun Mizan in the TV dramas.
In the meantime, she is in talk for film projects. “I want to invest more time in films this year. I received some good scripts from brilliant directors. I hope to start working in them soon,” she said, adding that she plans to take dancing lessons for films as well.
President Abdul Hamid on Friday urged all to use photography for transforming the world into a land of peace and harmony as it is the ultimate desire of entire mankind.
“We can use photography as a tool of social change by its immortal touch. Let’s use photography for transforming the globe into a land of peace and harmony which is the ultimate desire of entire mankind,” he said.
Neela, a versatile singer and songwriter with roots in Bangla classics, has released her debut album titled “Neelar Gaan.”
The album came out on Thursday. Palash, singer and former vocal of band Radioactive, has composed fusion music for this album. Mushroom Entertainment brought out the album, while it was released on iTunes, Amazon, and many other digital music platforms.
The album has nine tracks, one of them a Tagore song and another one a Nazrul song.
With a lit up face with excitement for the release of her movie “Dolly Ki Doli,” Sonam Kapoor just couldn’t stop smiling and talking about her film.
Navigating the political snakepits of Westeros requires a certain amount of metaphorical mind reading, but now actress Sophie Turner is to play it for real: as telepath Jean Grey in “X-Men: Apocalypse.”