- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
Police have found similarities with the way Humayun Azad and Rajeeb Haider were attackedUnidentified miscreants hacked blogger and writer Avijit Roy to death and seriously injured his wife Rafida Ahmed Bonna at the TSC roundabout on Dhaka University campus last night.
The physical condition of Bonna, who was undergoing treatment at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital, was said to be stable but critical when this report was being filed early today. Avijit’s body was kept at the DMCH morgue late last night.
The Dhaka Tribune has learned that Avijit recently received threats from militants for his progressive books and blog posts.
The Detective Branch of police started questioning Nagorik Oikya Jote Convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna yesterday, the first day of his 10-day remand granted by a court the previous day.
A four-member team specialised in technology-related issues interrogated him in the capital’s DB headquarters, said a senior official. The same team will quiz Manna in the next nine days.
Two days have elapsed since Dhaka Special Judge’s Court 3 issued a warrant for the arrest of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, but the police station concerned was yet to receive it as of yesterday.
“No police station of Dhaka Metropolitan Police has yet received any such warrant,” said Monirul Islam, joint commissioner of the Detective Branch of police, yesterday.
Bangladesh were nowhere near their best, and it was clearly evident by their fielding performance, as they went down by 92 runs against Sri Lanka in a Pool A game at the Melbourne Cricket Ground yesterday.
Taking first strike, opener Tillakaratne Dilshan and one-drop batsman Kumar Sangakkara hammered unbeaten centuries to propel Sri Lanka to a mammoth 332/1. In reply, Bangladesh only managed to muster 240, losing all of their wickets with three overs remaining.
‘We migrated with hopes, but it’s been a nightmare. In the last 3 years, we have not made any profit’Lokman Ali, 28, was born in a shoal on Padma River near Godagari upazila of Rajshahi district.
When he turned 19, he, along with his family, had to move to the mainland, to a place called Amnura in the neighbouring Chapainawabganj district, some 50km away.
At the place he was born, the Padma River was like a sword that cut on both sides.
The split DCC elections have been overdue since May 2007The ruling Awami League has finalised the nomination of former FBCCI president Annisul Huq and Sayeed Khokon as its candidates for the split Dhaka City Corporation polls.
Annisul, also a noted media personality, will run for the Dhaka North City Corporation and Syeed Khokon, son of former Dhaka mayor Mohammad Hanif, will run for the Dhaka South City Corporation polls.
The European Union parliamentary delegation which visited Dhaka recently has fears that if the opposition political forces are simply sidelined, then other forces including extremist forces might fill the void.
“That means the terrorists. That’s a big, big risk, big, big danger,” Josef Weidenholzer, one of the delegation members, said in a briefing at the EU parliament yesterday.
Alleging that the BNP-Jamaat clique is carrying out genocide in the name of hartal and blockade, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said such a situation is not at all acceptable to anyone.
“May Allah give good sense to those who are burning people to death, so they stop such arson attacks … these are sheer killings and acts of genocide, and they are accused of killing people. The BNP-Jamaat nexus has been carrying out genocide,” she said.
The government has appointed Md Jashim Uddin, currently serving as Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as the new Ambassador of Bangladesh to Greece.
A career diplomat, Jashim Uddin is a 13th BCS (Foreign Affairs) cadre, states a foreign ministry press release.
In his diplomatic career, he served at various Bangladesh missions, in New Delhi, Tokyo, Washington DC, and Islamabad, in different capacities.
Last November, Chinese President Xi Jinping announced plans to create a $40bn fund to develop the New Silk Road and the Maritime Silk RoutePrivate sector representatives have said Bangladesh can gain much by joining the Maritime Silk Route, a Chinese strategic initiative floated in 2013 to increase investments and foster collaboration across the historic trade route.
“I understand that Bangladesh has agreed in principle [to the initiative], and it is very, very important for a business and economic point of view,” the president of Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Syed Nasim Manzur, told a seminar in the capital yesterday.
Three men who RAB claimed were forest robbers have died in a gun battle with the force in the Sundarbans.
The three – Saddam, 27, Sohel, 25, and an unidentified man – were killed at Katlar Khal near Chandeshwar forest camp of Bagerhat’s Sharankhola range yesterday morning.
They all hailed from Patharghata of Barguna district.
RAB said the men were members of Saikat Bahini, a group of outlaws engaged in abduction of fishermen, stealing their fish, and extorting them.
‘The government had extended the Dhaka International Trade Fair for a week, then why can the book fair not be extended?’As the Amar Ekushey Boi Mela nears its end this year, publishers complained about suffering a 30% drop in the sales volume, compared to the usual sales in the fair, due to the ongoing political turmoil.
They demanded, again, an extension of the book fair until March 7, as well as refund of stall and pavilion rent they paid to the Bangla Academy, to make up for their losses.
A youth has been hacked to death allegedly for having an extramarital affair with a woman in Amtolipara of Rajshahi’s Godagari upazila.
Jem Hembrom, 22, was allegedly murdered by Kumar Tudu and his associates, when he went to meet Kumar’s wife Ayami on Wednesday.
Godagari police OC SM Abu Forhad said Ayami and Jem were having an affair for a long time. Quoting Ayami, he said: “As Jem arrived at Ayami’s place around 10pm, Kumar and his associates started hacking him with sharp knives. They fled after killing him.”
A giant black hole, as massive as 12 billion suns, has been found by astronomers and seems to be growing far too fast.
The black hole is not the biggest that is known, but is far bigger than scientist would expect to be at its age. It got to its huge size 875 million years after the big bang – which scientists would not expect to happen, since black holes grow as they age and eat other gas and stars that surround them.
Bangladesh should win the title of Jamdani under the geographical indication lawJamdani Sari of Bangladesh, with indigenous craftsmanship and traditional weaving, has been a flagship Bangladeshi handicraft for a long period due to its special characteristics, quality and reputation. However, it is now well-known that India has registered Jamdani Sari as their own. This move by our neighboring country has resulted in deep concerns among Bangladeshi people, particularly to those who have been associated with the industry.
The young department, at the very outset, was run by only four faculty members with around 25 students. The figure is now raised to 13 faculty members with approximately 550 studentsAlbeit started the journey as a public university in 2005, Jagannath University (JnU), as an academic institution, holds a long glorious history of 150 years that dates back to 1858. At present it has 33 departments under the aegis of seven distinctive faculties. In response to the upward demand of legal education in Bangladesh, Jagannath University opened its Law Department in the year 2009.
Islamic State militants have abducted at least 220 people from Assyrian Christian villages in northeastern Syria during a three-day offensive, a monitoring group that tracks violence in Syria said yesterday.
The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the abductions took place when Islamic State captured 10 villages inhabited by the ancient Christian minority near Hasaka, a city mainly held by the Kurds, in the past three days.
EU rules that prevent genetically modified crops from being grown in the UK, even after they pass rigorous safety tests, are not fit for purpose and should be totally reformed, British lawmakers said yesterday.
Members of parliament’s science and technology committee said the EU regulation is driven more by politics than science.
Scientific evidence is clear, they said, that genetically modified crops “pose no more risk to humans, animals or the environment than equivalent crops developed using more conventional techniques.”
A suicide bomber rammed a car laden with explosives into a vehicle belonging to Nato’s top envoy in Afghanistan, killing one Turkish soldier and wounding at least one person, Turkish officials said.
The explosion struck in the heart of the heavily fortified capital Kabul, close to the German, Iranian and Turkish embassies, rattling windows and putting embassy staff on high alert.
The BBC said yesterday it had learned that the “Jihadi John” suspect who has featured in several Islamic State beheading videos is Mohammed Emwazi from London. Earlier, the Washington Post newspaper had also identified Emwazi and said he was a Briton from a well-to-do family who grew up in West London and graduated from college with a degree in computer programming. Police declined to comment on the reports.