- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
‘The heads of the law enforcement agencies complained that the public representatives had not been cooperating them’Law enforcement and intelligence agencies have identified sources of financial supports provided for carrying out attacks with petrol bombs, handmade bombs and gun powder during the ongoing blockade and hartal, Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu has said.
“Preliminarily reports submitted by the law enforcement agencies and the intelligence units suggest that financiers of militant activities and ongoing violence are same,” Amu told reporters after an inter-ministerial meeting on law and order at the Home Ministry yesterday.
She thanks the Finance Ministry officials for their efforts in achieving the targeted GDPThe country’s poverty rate would be reduced a further 10% during the tenure of this current government, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said.
“With our good effort, the country’s poverty rate has reduced to 24% over the last six years, and the government will continue this endeavour for the country’s betterment,” Hasina said after visiting the Finance Ministry yesterday, where she met with officials from four divisions of the ministry.
Twice rescheduled SSC exams start amid deployment of 326 BGB platoonsAmid tensions and anxiety among examinees and guardians over the political unrest that has rocked the country, the much-awaited Secondary School Certificate and equivalent examinations begin today.
The SSC exams were shifted twice within a week from the original date of February 2 to February 4 and then again to today, due to the BNP-led alliance’s sudden nationwide hartal.
The BNP-led alliance’s 72-hour hartal which started on February 1 was extended another 36 hours up to yesterday evening. The hartal has not been extended further.
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday said the 20-party alliance’s ongoing action programmes would continue “until its logical conclusion.”
Reiterating a demand for the government to hold fair and inclusive elections, Khaleda said in a press release: “The movement has been continuing in order to restore democracy to the country through inclusive, free, fair, neutral and peaceful elections. We have said the movement will continue until its logical conclusion.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked the banks and financial institutions to identify the financiers of militant and destructive activities and strictly monitor the bank transactions to check terror financing.
She said the patrons of terrorists and militants are still using the banks to transfer money at home and abroad.
She made the statement in a meeting with the officials of the Ministry of Finance at the Secretariat.
It is better to die for Nargis Begum rather to stay at the bedside of her seven-year-old daughter Mariam Akter Rupa, who received 45% burn injury in an arson attack.
Nargis lost her husband just two years back and now her only hope – her daughter – is fighting for life at the burn unit of the Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH).
Doctors have wrapped almost all parts of her little body with thick bandage. They have apparently a little to do with her 45% burn except for asking Nargis to pray to God.
Yet another unidentified youth was killed in a “gunfight” with police early yesterday in the capital’s Mirpur area.
Police suspected that he was a Islami Chhatra Shibir activist. Police sent his body to the Dhaka Medical College morgue.
Nobody had claimed the body as of filing of this report last evening.
The Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) is likely to increase gas prices at all consumer levels and is considering how to use excess revenues from household consumers to subsidise Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) cylinders.
In a bid to decrease cost discrimination in primary energy use, BERC hopes to divert surplus revenues from household consumers to LPG cylinder subsidies in order to aid users not served by piped gas.
The Japanese government is considering a plan to further relaxing the conditions of rules of origin to facilitate boosting of Bangladesh knit apparel exports to their market.
The progress on the issue was made as a follow-up of the Japanese prime minister’s assurance during his visit to Dhaka in September last year.
Carrying white flags, around 5,000 students marched towards the Gulshan office of BNP chief Khaleda Zia seeking relief from the ongoing violent blockade and hartal programmes enforced by the 20-party alliance.
The procession led by Bangladesh Technical Education Teachers’ Federation (BTETF) went to Khaleda’s office around 12:30pm from Gulshan 2 intersection in the capital.
Most of the students participated in the march were SSC examinees. They demanded that the agitation programmes be withdrawn immediately.
Newly-appointed US Ambassador to Dhaka Marcia Stephens Bloom Bernicat is looking forward to working with the foreign office and everyone in the government with a view to strengthening Washington-Dhaka ties.
She made the remark after over an hour-long meeting with Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque at the latter’s office yesterday afternoon.
“I had exceptionally warm meeting with the foreign secretary. I am looking forward to working with him and everyone in the government,” she said.
A Dhaka court yesterday discharged 27 accused including Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina from three corruption cases concerning Bangabandhu Novo Theatre.
Acting Metropolitan Session’s Judge Imrul Kayes passed the order after conducting hearing on a final report filed by the Anti-corruption Commission.
ACC counsel Abdus Salam submitted the report before the court seeking discharge mentioning that they had found no involvement of the accused with the graft allegations.
67% lactating mothers and 25% expecting mothers, among a million, now enjoy the benefits of a mobile health service, said to be the world’s largest mobile health platform. Provided by the Aponjon project, the service is operated by dnet, and supported by the Bangladesh government and USAID, disclosed dnet at an event yesterday in the capital.
Two former BNP lawmakers – Nazim Uddin and Ashraf Uddin Nizam – have been placed on a five-day remand in a case filed in connection with an arson attack in the capital’s Paltan on January 5.
Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Md Emdadul Haque passed the order yesterday after Dewan Uzzal Hossain, a sub-inspector of Detective Branch of police and also the investigation officer of the case, produced them before the court seeking a 10-day remand.
In what it described as the largest ever yaba haul in the country, the navy yesterday seized one and a half million yaba tablets from a trawler in the outer anchorage of Chittagong Port.
The seized contraband and the fishing trawler being used to smuggle it are estimated to be worth Tk83 crore, navy sources said.
All told, the navy has seized 1,890,000 yaba tablets over the last six months and the coastguard has seized 669,595 yaba tablets during the last year, but smugglers have never been apprehended, navy and coastguard authorities said.
A faction of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) at Chittagong University (CU) yesterday urged university authorities to take all necessary measures in ensuring their safety on campus.
The shuttle train-based faction, known as Varsity Express (VX), has kept out of campus for the past month and half, following the murder of a student in a factional clash at Shah Amanat Hall.
The BCL supporters, at a 12pm press conference at Chittagong Press Club, also demanded an impartial investigation by CID into the killing of Tapos Sarkar and immediate arrest of the real killers.
Vehicle drivers blew horns from 1 pm to 1:01 pm at bus and truck terminals and bus stands in the cityPeople around the nation have not sat idle, but continue to protest against the attacks carried out during the countrywide blockade and hartal.
In Chittagong, to object to the nationwide arson attacks on transport workers and the public, and demand better safety on roadways, transport workers blew their vehicle horns for a full minute yesterday.
76 arrested from across the countryAt least four people including truckers were killed and several others injured in blockade violence across the country yesterday.
Arson attacks continued unabated on the 31st day of the blockade while police from across the country apprehended a large number of alleged anarchists.
At least 76 leaders and activists of the BNP and Jamaat-Shibir were arrested from different places of the capital for “sabotage plan.”
At Bangla Academy, there is a notice board where the covers of newly-published books are displayed for readers as is seen on other days in front of the old Bardhaman House building.
Yesterday, at around 4.45 pm, many covers of newly-published books were seen on that board. And surrounding the board was a crowd of readers perusing the covers for new books to buy.
A man ran away with a bag containing Tk23.50 lakh from the corporate branch of Rupali Bank in Khulna yesterday noon.
Chand Sultana and her son Sheikh Md Imran Uddin came to the bank located on Sir Iqbal Road to buy sanchayapatra (bond) with the money, which they withdrew from Al-Arafah Islami Bank earlier in the day.
The money was paid to Sultana upon the maturity of a five-year FDR account she opened in Al-Arafah Islami Bank.