- February 15, 2018
Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday called BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia a “stupid leader” whose actions are against the nation.
“Khaleda Zia does not like the progress of the country. What she likes is to destroy the future of the nation,” Muhith said in his speech at the inauguration of the four-day 12th Dhaka International Textile and Garment Machinery Exhibition.
The chief of Rapid Action Battalion has threatened to take revenge for the deaths of seven bus passengers in Chouddogram of Comilla early Tuesday through legal means.
“Those who kill people by throwing bombs will not be allowed in a society which is peace loving,” Benazir Ahmed told a meeting on law and order on Chouddogram Pilot School ground yesterday.
Issuing a note of warning, the BNP yesterday said there was no option left except ousting the “illegal government” from office by intensifying its ongoing movement.
“Awami League’s history is to grab the state power through constitutional coup,” said Salahuddin Ahmed, joint secretary general of the BNP.
“Today, democracy, human rights, fundamental rights, judiciary, parliament, and above all, the whole state system have become hostage in their hands,” he said.
Hasina says existing laws are enough to tackle violence and anarchyPrime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday ruled out any possibility of clamping a state of emergency in the country.
She was speaking at a weekly question-answer session in parliament where she said no such situation had arisen in the country that demands such a move right now.
“Why an emergency rule is needed?” the premier asked.
“We will allow not allow anybody to create such a situation that calls for an emergency,” Hasina confidently told parliament.
The government is considering an option to understand first the BNP-led alliance’s exact demand, may be through a president-mediated round of talks, but not by relaxing the ongoing drive against “trouble makers.”
A senior Awami League leader yesterday told the Dhaka Tribune: “We [Awami League] have not moved too far away from a dialogue. Rather we are planning to hold talks with the BNP and the other political parties excepting Jamaat-e-Islami.”
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia was sued yesterday as an abettor in two cases filed over the arson attack in Chouddogram of Comilla that left seven people dead.
According to the cases, the arson attack was carried out following an order of the BNP chairperson.
With these, the former premier has been implicated in six cases filed in Dhaka and Comilla over arson attacks and violence during the indefinite blockade and hartal programmes, enforced by the BNP-led 20-party alliance since January 6.
The newly appointed US ambassador to Dhaka, Marcia Stephens Bloom Bernicat presented her credentials to President Md Abdul Hamid through a meeting yesterday.
A press release from the US embassy said Bernicat conveyed to Hamid her intention to promote a Bangladesh that is secure and tolerant, moving toward its goal of middle-income status.
She also emphasised that a strong Bangladesh-US relationship is in the interests of the United States and the American people, Bangladesh and the Bangladeshi people, as well as the regional and global community.
Arson attacks and blockade-related violence continued on the 30th day of the BNP-led 20-party-enforced blockade yesterday, while police drives across the country apprehended a large number of alleged anarchists.
In Gazipur, at least five people including two children were burnt when miscreants hurled a petrol bomb at a bus near the Gazipur Police Lines. The victims – Sabuj, 2; Rakib, 12; Nurunnabi, 26; Manjurul Islam, 32; Sohel Rana, 34 – have been admitted to the Dhaka Medical College Hospital. Four more were also hurt while trying to rush out of the bus.
Customs intelligence officials yesterday arrested a man along with a huge amount of Indian rupees at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.
Md Akram, 45, landed at the airport at midday on flight no PK 0266 from Pakistan before officials arrested him.
Ayesha Akhter, assistant director of customs intelligence, said officials were keeping an eye on the passengers in the wake of an intelligence report that said the flight would carry smuggled goods.
When family members and friends were putting the burnt bodies of Nuruzzaman Paplu and Maisha Tasneem in the grave yesterday, they were still in a state of shock.
Thousands gathered at the funeral of the father-daughter duo, tragic victims of political violence induced by the ongoing blockade-hartal programme of the BNP-led 20-party alliance.
Paplu, 50, and Maisha, 15, along with five others, were killed on the spot when pickets threw petrol bomb at a running passenger bus on the Dhaka-Chittagong highway at Chouddagram area in Comilla early Tuesday morning.
The government has decided to appoint a joint venture of Canadian and Bangladeshi consultants to provide transaction advisory service for the construction of Laldia Bulk Terminal at Chittagong’s Patenga.
The Cabinet Committee on Public Purchase yesterday gave its nod to the Shipping Ministry proposal at its meeting, which was presided by Finance Minister AMA Muhith.
Pilot ignored control tower’s landing instruction, says customs intelligenceInvestigators suspect at least five Biman staffers’ involvement with the recent recovery of 60 kilograms of gold at the Shahjalal International Airport.
Members of customs intelligence have already started investigating to find out who were involved in the smuggling. A probe body led by Deputy Director of customs intelligence Mustafizur Rahman has been formed to that end.
The root causes of violent extremism should be sought out and communities should be engaged to fight the malice of terrorism, speakers at a seminar said yesterday.
Speaking at a lecture series programme organised by the Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS) in the city, they also called for more investment on countering terrorism.
Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad yesterday said politicians themselves would have to resolve the ongoing political impasse.
“Political crisis will have to be solved politically. It is their [politicians] responsibility. They will do it,” the
CEC told reporters after a meeting at the NEC conference room in the capital.
“We give registration to political parties, but we do not control them…as per the constitution, we have particular jurisdiction. We cannot go beyond that,” he said.
Eight high officials of state-owned Bangladesh Development Bank Limited faced Anti- Corruption Commission interrogation yesterday in connection with a loan scam of Ananda Shipyard.
ACC’s Senior Deputy Director Mir Jainul Abedin Shibly grilled them at the commission’s headquarters from morning until the afternoon, said an official of the graft buster.
Jordan hanged two Iraqi jihadists yesterday including a female militant in response to an Islamic State video showing a captured Jordanian pilot being burnt alive by the hardline group.
Islamic State had demanded the release of the woman, Sajida al-Rishawi, in exchange for a Japanese hostage whom it later beheaded. Sentenced to death for her role in a 2005 suicide bomb attack in Amman, Rishawi was executed at dawn, a security source and state television said.
‘The Chinese have been talking about getting it for their carriers for a long time … but it’s quite a big technological ask’India wants to use state-of-the-art US technology to boost the range and potency of a planned aircraft carrier, defense sources said, in a move that would tie their arms programs closer together and counter China’s military influence in the region.
The proposal, referred to only obliquely in a joint statement at the end of President Barack Obama’s recent visit to New Delhi, is the clearest signal yet that Washington is ready to help India strengthen its navy.
Bangladesh needs a world class laboratory that can analyse food properties and trace heavy metals, additives, pesticide residues and toxic substances in food, a study has said.
The “Study on Food Safety Policy” was presented at a seminar titled “Food Analysis for Agricultural Inputs and Food Safety” in the city yesterday.
Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI) is mandated to certify the quality food materials for local consumption, export or import and also entrusted to grade and mark agricultural produce.
Outrage and condemnation poured across the Middle East yesterday as horrified people learned of the video purportedly showing the Islamic State group burn a Jordanian pilot to death.
Even in a region accustomed to the violence of war and the little regard the militants have for life, both political and religious leaders offered angry denunciations and called for blood as some on television wept on air talking about the killing of 26-year-old Lt. Muath Al-Kaseasbeh.
The High Court yesterday set February 9 for the long-pending hearings on the two writ petitions filed by BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia over the Gatco scam case.
An HC division bench comprising Justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury and Justice JBM Hassan fixed the date, following a petition submitted by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).