- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
With the tenure of the nine elected female board members having expired today, Nobel winning micro-credit organisation Grameen Bank will now be run by government-appointed board members.
However, the female representative directors, who have opposed the Grameen Bank Act 2013 from the start, said they would continue to attend the board meetings even if they are not invited, until a new full-fleged board is elected and made functional.
Actor Benedict Cumberbatch and his pregnant fiancee Sophie Hunter secretly married in the presence of close friends and family.
Benedict, 38, and Sophie walked down the aisle at the 12th-century St Peter and St Paul Church near Brighstone on Saturday, reported telegraph.co.uk.
The couple, who announced their engagement in November last year, were keen to exchange vows before Sophie delivers their baby.
Among the guests was Benedict’s
Sherlock co-star Andrew Scott.
Death toll rises, economy takes a severe jolt, a culture of violence begins to take rootAs innocent people continue to be maimed and killed, children burned, vehicles torched and the country’s economy battered, the question on everyone’s lips is: What is the way out of this costly and bitter impasse?
Political analysts agree that neither the Awami League nor the BNP have made appreciable gains in the bitter row that has held the country hostage since the new year.
Demanding resignation of the government and election under a non-partisan interim administration, the BNP-led 20-party alliance yesterday called for another spell of 72 hours’ countrywide shutdown from today.
BNP Joint Secretary General Salahuddin Ahmed made the announcement through a press release on behalf of the alliance.
The statement said alliance members would enforce the hartal, alongside the ongoing non-stop transport blockade, which began on January 5.
Bangladesh cricket team traveled to Australia with the mission of making it to the second round – quarterfinals – of the 2015 ICC World Cup. The side’s head coach Chandika Hathurusingha and skipper Mashrafe bin Mortaza, on several occasions, reiterated their desire of winning at least four Pool A matches in order to progress to the quarters.
The government shifted today’s SSC and equivalent examinations to February 20, after the BNP-led 20-party alliance called for a fresh spree of 72-hour hartal.
Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid announced the new schedule at an emergency press conference at his residence in the capital yesterday.
“To us, the lives of the examinees are more important than the exams. Considering their security, we have shifted today’s exams to February 20 [Friday]. We hope that a hartal will not be called on that day,” he said.
One picket was gunned down and four sustained bullet injuries in a reported gunfight with police in Nunachhara of Sitakunda upazila of the district yesterday.
The deceased is Arif, 24, from Shekherhat village in the upazila, while the injured are CNG-run autorickshaw driver Rubel, 20, Sohel, 22, Nur Hadis, 22, and Parvez, 18.
Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) police outpost in-Charge SI Jahirul Islam confirmed the death to the Dhaka Tribune around 11:50pm, and said Arif and the four are pickets.
Gonoforum President Dr Kamal Hossain has opined that national dialogue placed by “Concerned Citizens” is essential to end the ongoing confrontational politics.
The eminent lawyer added the word “reformist” had been termed bad during the army-backed caretaker government in 2007 and now the word “dialogue” has been treated in the same way.
Citizens’ groups yesterday demanded the probe reports on the Sundarbans oil spills be made public immediately to let the people know about the actual damage that occurred in the world’s largest mangrove forest and its rivers.
In two separate programmes in the capital, activists also alleged the government was trying to save the culprits responsible for the oil spill, which has damaged the forest's ecosystem.
Jatiya Party (JaPa) Chairman Hussain Muhammad Ershad yesterday asked his party activists to quickly prepare for the next general elections.
He said the public now wants to see JaPa in power for peace, as violence, anarchy, terrorism, subversive activities, and the murder of innocent citizens via petrol bombs have left the masses in despair.
A crowd in the capital’s Suhrawardy Udyan yesterday handed over three boys for allegedly hurling crude bombs yesterday.
At around 2pm, two people were injured in a blast, one of the boys and a street vendor, Selim.
The boys – Hossain, Manik and Ripon – all aged around 12, said they were playing inside the Uddyan when the bomb blasted.
Hossain, who sustained injuries on his hand said: “A man threw the bomb and it did not burst, so I thought it was a ball and threw it, but then it blasted.”
‘Dialogue can be held on the basis of international initiatives only if they [BNP-Jamaat alliance] admit their immorality’The Awami League-led 14-party leaders yesterday strongly criticised BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia as the 20-party alliance she leads has called a 72-hour hartal from today.
Meanwhile, ruling party Publicity Secretary Hasan Mahmud claimed law enforcers had not barred BNP members from carrying food inside Khaleda’s office. He alleged the BNP leaders were making false statements about this.
BNP chief Khaleda Zia should be charged with sedition, Finance Minister AMA Muhith said yesterday, terming the BNP alliance’s country-wide transport blockade and hartals anti-state.
“Burning and killing people during the blockade and shut downs are beyond the pale of politics. This movement is anti-people and against the country – it is against the national and popular interest,” the finance minister said at a seminar at Dhaka University.
A Jubo League member was beaten to death by unidentified miscreants in Rangunia upazila of Chittagong yesterday.
Md Jasim, 32, son of Awami League Rangunia upazila unit General Secretary Baby Chowdhury, was attacked by five to six men at Burir Dokan of Shantirhat in the upazila, said Nayek Jahangir Alam of Chittagong Medical College Hospital Police Outpost, quoting Baby Chowdhury.
He said the miscreants thrashed Jasim and beat his face with heavy metal weapons around 6pm, while he was drinking tea at a tea stall on the road.
People who have been arrested for the bomb attacks are loyal to Chattra Dal, Juba Dal, Shibir or hired by the organisationsInspector General of Police (IGP) AKM Shahidul Hoque has declared that the law and order situation of the country has become almost normal.
“Law and order situation in the country has become almost normal.Life in Dhaka city becomes almost normal…… It is tough to say is there any hartal or blockade seeing the vehicular movement on the streets,” he said.
‘Several hundred people have got maimed and have been languishing in hospital beds with severe pains and agonies’Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged all the Muslims, including Islamic scholars, to resist the evil politics of BNP-Jamaat as they are undermining Islam through their heinous acts of burning people to death.
She also called upon the Muslims, including pir, mashayekh and alems, to come forward to play a strong role in bringing back those to the true path who are doing politics in the name of Islam, misguided by the BNP-Jamaat.
When the whole city was celebrating Valentine’s Day, yesterday, a group of youths gathered at Central Shaheed Minar to go on a hunger strike against the mindless killing of innocent people in political violence.
Abdus Sattar Khan Babu, a social and online activist, sent out the call for hunger strike through Facebook and blogs. Though many people expressed solidarity online, only a few showed up at the actual event, which was held from 10am to 5pm.
Muslim Aid, a UK-based non-government organisation, is going to close down its Rohingya project in Teknaf in phases, as the European Union has stopped funding it.
“The NGO has dubious operations in Teknaf, and the government has requested the EU not to fund it,” said a senior official of the Foreign Ministry.
When contacted, the European Union embassy in Dhaka confirmed in an email that, from February this year, their contract with Muslim Aid has expired.
Bangladesh Police has awarded its 25 officials for their bravery in arresting miscreants red-handed while the latter were reportedly preparing for arson attacks during the recent countrywide blockade enforced by BNP-led 20-party alliance.
Inspector General of Police AKM Shahidul Haque handed over Tk5.50 lakh to the officials from Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) and Narayanganj district at a function in the conference room of the Police Headquarter in the capital yesterday.
Sushasoner Jonno Nagorik (SUJAN), an NGO that advocates good governance, yesterday arranged a human chain in the city demanding restoration of peace and harmony, and working towards a compromise for resolving the current political standoff.
“Solution to this crisis is not possible without dialogue. Political parties resolve their problems politically,” SUJAN President M Hafizuddin Khan said addressing the human chain formed in front of National Museum in Shahbagh.