- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
Court sentences six other Chhatra League men to life in prison A Dhaka court yesterday handed down the death penalty for five expelled activists of the Bangladesh Chhatra League’s Jahangirnagar University unit and awarded six life imprisonment for the killing, three years ago, of batch mate Zubair Ahmed, an honours final year student of the English department.
Though there are no additional police in front of Khaleda’s office, a register is being kept of all who enter her officeBNP officials yesterday put barbed wire fencing over the boundary walls of Party Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s Gulshan office to ensure her security.
“The barbed wire fencing is to protect Khaleda. This security measure was taken to prevent miscreants from entering her office,” Syrul Kabir Khan, an official of the BNP chairperson’s press wing said to journalists.
Kabir alleged an outsider had tried to get inside the office by crossing the border wall, and a different person had made a similar attempt yesterday.
Three men, including a Jubo League leader and a Chhatra Shibir activist, were claimed to have died in gun battles with police and RAB in Dhaka, Comilla and Jessore yesterday.
With these deaths, the death toll
in the recent spate of “gunfights” across the country, including Dhaka, topped 20.
In the capital, a Chhatra Shibir activist named Jasim Uddin was killed in a “gunfight” with police in Mirpur’s Taltola early yesterday.
A late injury-time goal by Mohammad Faizat broke the hearts of more than 26,000 spectators inside the Bangabandhu National Stadium, and millions watching on television, as Malaysia Under-23 yesterday emerged as the champions of the Bangabandhu Gold Cup following a thrilling 3-2 win over hosts Bangladesh in the final.
The bullet-riddled remains of a man in his twenties, claimed to have been murdered by police, was identified by his family yesterday at the Dhaka Medical College (DMC) morgue.
Family members claimed that Mirpur 11 resident, GM Nahid, 22, was detained and held for ransom by plain clothes officers of Pallabi police station whom they have named.
The ongoing hartals, enforced by the BNP-led 20 party alliance, have severely affected international road and rail connectivity due to the violence on the roads and threat to safety.
Bus services are experiencing very low passenger turnout, thus prompting the suspension of bus services on international routes.
Shyamoli Paribahan of Bangladesh has indefinitely suspended its bus services from Dhaka to Agortala.
The decision to file a case has been made at a regular meeting of the ACCThe Anti-Corruption Commission has filed a case against Priti Haider, wife of former state minister for water resources M Mahbubur Rahman, for accumulating wealth illegally.
Deputy Director Farid Ahmed Patwary lodged the case with Ramna police yesterday, ACC Public Relations Officer Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya told the Dhaka Tribune over phone.
The decision to file a case was made at a regular meeting of the ACC. The anti-graft body initiated inquiry last year.
The alliance calls BNP chief Khaleda Zia ‘the leader of terrorists and militants’From a human chain that stretched from one end of the capital to the other, the Awami League-led 14-party alliance yesterday said no dialogue could take place with the BNP-led cartel unless the ongoing violence ends.
This human chain in the capital was part of a bigger countrywide human chain programme of the ruling alliance staged to protest the violence.
The programme coincided with another protest programme of the business community who came out on the streets at every district town, calling for an end to the chaos.
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday filed a case against 10 persons including Nasir Group of Industries Chairman Nasir Uddin Biswas for their alleged involvement in money laundering worth around Tk61 crore.
When contacted, ACC’s Assistant Director and Inquiry Official SM Rafiqul Islam acknowledged the incident, saying he lodged the lawsuit with Gulshan police station under Money Laundering Prevention act 2012.
Sweden has sought Bangladesh’s support for its bid to become a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for the 2017-18 term.
Swedish Ambassador Johan Frisell, along with the envoys of Norway and Denmark, which support Sweden for the UNSC seat, met Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque yesterday and sought Dhaka’s support, said a senior official of the Foreign Ministry.
Italy and the Netherlands are also vying for the non-permanent membership from Europe. The election for the place will be held at the UN General Assembly next year.
The leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France agreed to meet in Belarus on Wednesday to try to broker a peace deal for Ukraine amid escalating violence there and signs of cracks in the transatlantic consensus on confronting Vladimir Putin.
The four leaders held a call yesterday, two days after Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande travelled to Moscow for talks with Putin that produced no breakthrough in the nearly year-long conflict that has claimed over 5,000 lives.
In a “medical miracle,” a fluke DNA mutation cured a woman in her thirties of a rare disease that caused her to develop infections and uncontrolled warts, scientists say.
The woman, now in her 50s, who is not being named, was plagued by warts and infections as part of “WHIM syndrome” — caused by a defective immune system.
Doctors said a fluke DNA mutation effectively cured her in her thirties, adding that the odds of it happening were “astronomically low.”
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has appeared to rule out any new extension to negotiations with world powers over his country’s nuclear programme after meeting US Secretary of State John Kerry for
Kerry and Zarif held a second round of talks in the German city of Munich yesterday, meeting for about 90 minutes as they try to hammer out a political accord to rein in Iran’s nuclear programme ahead of a March 31 deadline.
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, fighting for his political life, said he would bring forward to Monday a meeting of his ruling party to consider a challenge to his leadership in an effort to halt a destabilising internal revolt.
A member of Abbott’s conservative Liberal Party called on Friday for a secret ballot to decide whether to declare the leadership and deputy leadership positions vacant, to be held at a scheduled meeting on Tuesday.
However, Abbott said the meeting would be brought forward by a day.
For the first time in the ongoing fiscal year, the government has started disbursing money from the “unexpected management fund” to enhance security for trains and buses.
The Ministry of Finance yesterday disbursed Tk13 crore from the fund in favour of the Ministry of Home Affairs for deploying over 8,000 Ansar and VDP members at 1,041 places along railway tracks for 45 days.
Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday gave consent to the disbursement of fund, which will be used to pay the Ansar and VDP members for their additional duty.
Contrary to media reports, freelance photographer Saiful Huq Omi yesterday claimed he had not asked burn victims in Dhaka Medical College Hospital to pose for him.
Media reports, including that of the Dhaka Tribune, showed Omi snapping away as a burn victim stood with his bandaged hands raised above the shoulders with a backdrop held up by presumably an assistant.
A Dhaka court yesterday placed BNP Vice-Chairman Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury on a fresh four-day remand in a case filed with the Chawkbazar police station in Dhaka over the Bakshibazar clash on December 24.
Metropolitan Magistrate Md Jahangir Hossain passed the order when Chawkbazar police station OC Md Ilyias produced them before the court seeking another seven days’ remand.
‘I do not know what to do, as when I close my eyes, I can only see my dear ones burning to death in front of me’Rashedul Islam, Md Yousuf, and Md Hanif were travelling on the same bus when picketers suddenly hurled petrol bombs at it and set the bus on fire.
The bus passengers, who were sleeping, started running towards the bus door to get away from the flames, but none could quickly open the door. With no other option in hand, Hanif broke a window and jumped out of the bus.
Rashed and Yousuf could not do so, and their bodies caught fire.
Welcoming the court verdict, students and teachers of Jahangirnagar University who have been agitating demanding justice for Zubair Ahmed murder yesterday demanded that the judgement be executed at the soonest following all legal procedures.
They termed the verdict exemplary. At the same time, they observed that the achievement would go in vain if the violent political situation on the campus does not change.
Factions of the ruling party’s student wing, Chhatra League, engage in clashes among each other on the campus very often.
Two pro-hartal activists were beaten by an angry mob during blasting crude bombs in the city’s Golpahar area yesterday evening, sources at police told the Dhaka Tribune.
According to witnesses’ accounts, three men riding a motorcycle went to Golpahar intersection and blasted four crude bombs around 5pm. “Angered by the attack, the locals chased the pickets, and managing to catch two of them, they gave the pickets a good beating,” said Atiq Ahmed, OC at Chawkbazar police station, which covers Golpahar.