- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
The six mobile operators of the country have around 30,000 base transceiver stations across the countryFollowing a cyber threat in a Facebook page, the leading mobile phone operators of the country have expressed their fears about possible sabotages at their installations.
In a Facebook status update on February 3, self-proclaimed political organisation “Z-Force Andolon Cell” threatened to torch all mobile phone towers and cut cable connections across the country unless these facilities are restored in BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s Gulshan office.
“This is a statement from one of our central leaders” – that is how the status starts.
Country’s 68 jails designed for 34,147 inmates but currently hold 71,606A surge in the number of prison inmates resulting from increased law and order operations has crammed many jails so tightly that inmates cannot find the space to lie down to sleep, inmates told the Dhaka Tribune.
Some 5,000 new inmates, put behind bars between January 6 and February 2 this year, have increased the number of prisoners awaiting trial from 46,119 on January 1 to 51,119 on February 2, according to jail records.
Yet in another brutal petrol bomb attack on a truck three people were burnt to death at the Mahilara bus stand in Gournadi upazila of Barisal early yesterday.
The attack came hours after a deadly arson on a bus in Gaibandha on Friday night where four passengers were charred on the spot and three others succumbed to injuries in the hospital. The victims included two children.
Sajjad Hossain, OC of the Gournadi police station, said the incident took place around 5:15am.
Finance Minister AMA Muhith has said business operation is being disrupted in most districts outside Dhaka because of the political programmes of the BNP-led alliance that have been going on for over a month.
The minister made the statement while addressing in a press conference on releasing a comparative report on economic indicators between the periods of 2001-2005 and 2009-2014 at his ministry office yesterday.
A lot is at stake for the high-flying home side as Bangladesh will look to end their 12-year title drought when they take on Malaysia in the final of the Bangabandhu Gold Cup today. The six-nation mega event will conclude today at Bangabandhu National Stadium with Bangladesh taking the field at 5pm for the grand finale of the tournament, designed to pay tribute to the ‘father of the nation’, for the first time in three editions.
Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and equivalent examinations scheduled for today and Tuesday were rescheduled for February 13 and 14 respectively because of the 72-hour general strike imposed by the BNP.
Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid announced the new dates while addressing a press beefing at Chittagong Circuit House yesterday.
He said today’s English first paper test would be held from 9am to 12pm on February 13 and Tuesday’s English second paper exam would be held from 10am to 1pm on February 14.
Pump owners demand interest waiver on bank loans Seeking an immediate end to the ongoing political turmoil, CNG (compressed natural gas) filling station owners yesterday said they have to incur a loss of about Tk 10 crore per day as their sales decline.
“Our sales have declined to 20 percent… For the last one month, we had incurred a loss of about Tk300 crore,” said M Masud Khan, Convener of the Bangladesh CNG Filling Station & Conversion Workshop Owners Association, while addressing a press conference at Dhaka Reporters Unity to delineate the sufferings of the pump operators.
We are always in favour of democracy and are working to strengthen it in the country, says Raushan Ershad Opposition leader Raushan Ershad yesterday sought the support of diplomats in Dhaka to end the ongoing political crisis.
Speaking at a dinner party she hosted for diplomats at a city hotel yesterday, she said the situation would become normal shortly.
‘You journalists come and ask us to perform such acts and we are just cooperating with you people’A freelance photographer yesterday caused uproar in the burn and plastic surgery institute of Dhaka Medical College Hospital as he, literally, attempted to direct a photoshoot of victims of recent arson attacks, and that too without their permission.
Saiful Huq Omi, a freelance photojournalist, entered the high dependency unit (HDU) of DMCH’s burn unit around 1pm, when relatives were just preparing to feed the victims their lunch. He entered the ward which hosted the most sensitive victims undergoing treatment, especially those with inhalation injury.
It was around 4am. Truck driver Md Badsha was driving his vehicle fast, with a sense of fear and anxiety. Because, he knew that some trucks have recently come under petrol bomb attacks on the roads across the country.
But he never imagined that it would be his very truck to fall victim to such attack. Even, he could not make sense of the reason why his assistant suddenly shoved him out the truck yesterday.
North Korea has test-fired a new anti-ship cruise missile, images released by state media yesterday showed, demonstrating the increased capability of the secretive state’s outdated navy.
The images were released in the lead-up to US-South Korean military exercises this spring. North Korea routinely seeks to raise tensions ahead of the annual drills, although this year Pyongyang has also offered to suspend nuclear testing if Washington calls off the exercises.
‘When the economy was recouping the past losses, the BNP-Jamaat nexus are now waging war against the people, getting engaged against in a killing spree’Describing the recent activities of the BNP-Jamaat alliance as militancy, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday categorically said her government will in no way give in to this menace.
“We will never surrender to militancy,” she said addressing the inaugural ceremony of the International Rotary Peace Conference 2015 at city’s Radisson Hotel.
More than 22,000 undocumented Afghans flocked across the border at Torkham in JanuaryThousands of Afghan families are fleeing Pakistan to escape harassment after a deadly Taliban attack on a school in Peshawar last December, the head of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in Afghanistan said yesterday.
More than 22,000 undocumented Afghans flocked across the border at Torkham in January, more than twice the figure for the whole of 2014, said Richard Danziger, the IOM’s mission chief in Afghanistan.
Almost 1,500 others were deported in the same month, double the number of deportees in December.
Disowning the heinous attack on a police-escorted bus in Gaibandha on Friday night, the BNP has rather accused the government of carrying out sabotages during their ongoing blockade and hartal programmes.
“The [BNP-led 20-party] alliance leaders and activists were not involved in such heinous act,” said a statement issued by BNP Joint Secretary General Salahuddin Ahmed yesterday.
Asking party leaders and activists to continue the non-stop agitations, the BNP leader said ouster of the Awami League-led government was now a matter of time.
A Dhaka court is set to deliver verdict in Jahangirnagar University student Zubair Ahmed murder case today, amid blockade and hartal, with only seven out of the 13 accused in jail custody.
The date was rescheduled as the police on the previous date, February 4, had not produced the accused from Dhaka Central Jail on Nazimuddin Road citing security reasons.
The parents of a 26-year-old American who Islamic State extremists say was killed in an airstrike in Syria said in a statement addressed to group leaders that the claim of their daughter’s death concerned them but they were still hopeful she was alive.
The Islamic State group said on Friday that Kayla Jean Mueller of Prescott, Arizona, died in a Jordanian airstrike, but the government of Jordan dismissed the statement as “criminal propaganda,” and the US said it had not seen any evidence to corroborate the report.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said yesterday it’s uncertain whether a flurry of diplomacy aimed at calming the crisis in Ukraine will succeed, and warned that there are no guarantees any deal would stick.
Merkel, speaking after two days of hastily arranged meetings in Kiev and Moscow, also bluntly underlined her opposition to the idea of supplying lethal weapons to the Ukrainian government.
Government allegedly ignores poor-yield controversy surrounding previous releasesThe government plans to release five more genetically modified (GM) brinjal varieties at farmers level this year, ignoring the controversies and the poor yield that resulted from releases of earlier varieties.
Rafiqul Islam Mondol, director general of Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI), told the Dhaka Tribune they would apply to the government agencies concerned soon to get the approval of releasing the GM brinjal varieties, popularly known as Bt brinjal.
Political instability, lengthy admission process among major reasonsDhaka University has been witnessing a decline in the number of foreign student enrolment in the recent years, fuelled by political instability and declining academic quality.
According to sources at the DU, only six foreign students enrolled at the university in the past five annual student intakes. Among them, two students took admission in the 2014-15 intake, their admission process still under way.
Besides, foreigners interested in pursuing a DU degree are mostly from a few Asian countries, such as India, Pakistan, Nepal and China.
Condemning the ongoing violence unleashed across the country, Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Mizanur Rahman yesterday said no dialogue can be held with terrorists who have been burning people to death.
“They (opposition parties) have been challenging the monopoly of power of the state through carrying out terrorist acts in the name of a movement. They have been challenging the foundation of the state which is tantamount to sedition and a criminal offence,” said the NHRC boss in a seminar at Dhaka Reporters Unity.