- February 18, 2018
Islamist militants were found responsible for the killing of at least 15 people, including progressive teachers and bloggers, committed in the last decade. But justice seems much too far.
None of the verdicts already given in three cases has been executed, while the investigating agencies are still working on 11 of the cases and a court is now holding an indictment hearing in another case.
These plans are expected to be implemented by end 2016The government wants to cut road accident fatalities by half and reduce accidents by 30% over the next 10 years.
Police said, over the last five years, road accidents claimed 2,529 lives on average every year.
The plan was to establish a system of "pre-hospital" treatment, besides primary trauma centres every 70km along major highways, offer first aid and telephone facilities at filling stations, and include road safety education in schools.
Quit hiking power prices, cut fuel oil prices and set-up coal-based power plants, participants urged the government at a private sector round table on energy policy.
At the seminar, titled “Power System Development: Reliable Supply to Customers’ Perspective,” organised by the Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) in the city yesterday, DCCI former president Matiur Rahman called for reducing fuel oil prices and decreasing electricity prices.
Companies interested in conducting a 2D seismic marine survey of Bangladesh’s offshore areas are scheduled to meet with Petrobangla at its offices today for pre-bid exchange.
“We have already urged the interested companies to send their queries in writing ahead of the meeting to be held in the conference room of Petrobangla,” Chairman Istiaque Ahmad of the Bangladesh Oil, Gas and Mineral Corporation, commonly known as Petrobangla, told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday.
Elite force recovers another cache of explosives enough to arm an entire battalionKey militants have managed to flee and avoid arrest by the Rapid Action Battalion in the force’s recent drives. The elite crime busters raided three militant dens and seized a large cache of arms and sensitive documents over the last 10 days in Chittagong.
While they have arrested a number of militants, the hybrid law enforcement unit is unsure about which groups ran the dens that doubled as training centres.
He criticises Jamaat saying that no religion supports cutting people’s tendons or beheading themBNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia should prepare herself for jail because her politics is over, Awami League Joint General Secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif said yesterday.
“You [Khaleda] should prepare to be in prison, where you have to stay for the rest of your life,” he said.
Speaking at a convention of the ruling party’s Meherpur district chapter at Shaheed Shamsuzzoha Park in the town, Hanif said the BNP chief is waging a war with the public.
The location of a previously unidentified Bangladeshi expatriate who spoke on Viber with Nagorik Oikya Convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna has been tracked down.
Identified only as “Mamun” – believed to be a nickname – the mysterious caller lives in Australia, Detective Branch (DB) officials told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday.
Further details of the caller’s identity, whose conversation has given rise to a sedition probe, were not yet known. Detectives said they were trying out diplomatic channels.
Bangladesh players reached Nelson, New Zealand yesterday evening ahead of their fourth Pool A game against Scotland this Thursday at Saxton Oval. The Tigers, playing the Scots on the back of a 92-run defeat against the Lankans, will look to give a much better account of themselves in a new country and new surroundings.
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Three people were burnt in an arson attack on a train in Habiganj’s Madhabpur yesterday night.
Maya Begum, 40, her daughter Amina Khatun, 22, and Madhab Raudra, 30, were admitted to Habiganj Sadar Hospital shortly after the attack.
They were travelling to Sylhet from Chittagong by Paharia Express, which came under attack in Noapara around 9pm.
Officer-in-Charge of Shayestaganj police station Yasinul Haque said police were trying to nab the attackers.
BNP in a press statement condemned the murder of writer Avijit and demanded a fair probe into the incident.
“The killing of blogger Abhijit Roy in a secure place such as Bangla Academy and TSC proves that the government has failed to ensure the people’s security, said BNP Joint Secretary General Salahuddin Ahmed. “We strongly condemn and protest the Abhijit killing and demand a fair probe and trial.”
Family alleges that police know who the killers are but are not arresting themThe US Federal Bureau of Investigation intends to get involved with the investigation into the murder of blogger-writer Avijit Roy, a Bangladeshi-born US citizen.
On Friday, an FBI official stationed in Dhaka contacted the Detective Branch (DB) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP).
“The official wanted to know how FBI could assist us in completing the investigation,” said Shibli Noman, an assistant commissioner at the DMP.
‘Some people have already given me hints that my work will be done within a short time’The employees of the Rajshahi divisional office of Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) are allegedly involved in different types of irregularities, causing miseries for service holders.
When this correspondent talked to several clients, they alleged that they had to face barriers at every step to get services, as most of the BRTA employees were corrupt.
They said a few officials harassed them as well as misbehaved with them, if service holders refused to provide them with additional money.
Police officials said they had not yet received copies of the warrant for Khaleda Zia’s arrest issued by a special court on Wednesday last.
The arrest warrant against the 69-year-old former prime minister was supposed to be sent to the Cantonment, Ramna and Gulshan police stations.
As of Saturday night, officials at the police stations concerned said no arrest warrant had reached them.
“We are yet to receive any [arrest] warrant copy of Khaleda Zia,” Gulshan police station Officer-in-Charge Rafiqul Islam told the Dhaka Tribune.
The University Grants Commission (UGC) has decided to issue directives to the vice-chancellors of all public and private universities to continue their classes and hold exams, ignoring the 20-party alliance’s hartal and blockade programmes.
A recent UGC board meeting made the decision, which came in the backdrop of most universities suspending academic activities on weekdays since the BNP-led alliance started calling its series of successive hartals from the start of February.
The non-stop blockade has seriously damaged the tourism sector of Bangladesh in the last two months.
Many foreign travellers have already cancelled their tours as they are afraid to visit Bangladesh, said speakers at a roundtable arranged by the Tour Operators Association of Bangladesh (TOAB) at the National Press Club yesterday.
Every year TOAB attends at least 5-6 lakh tourists, however, in the last two months they saw only 510 tourists.
The government once again rescheduled two Secondary School Certificate examination papers and postponed another, following the enforcement of another spell of 72-hour nationwide hartal by BNP-led 20-party alliance.
Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid, addressing a press conference at his residence yesterday, said the exam originally scheduled for March 1 will be held on March 14 from 10am to 1pm, and the postponed exam, which was originally scheduled for February 12, will be held on March 13 from 9am to 12pm.
The 37-kilometre long Sylhet-Companyganj-Bholaganj road is in dire condition due to lack of maintenance and heavy usage.
The unpaved road dotted with large potholes has turned into a nightmare for thousands of passengers commuting every day. During the dry season, the road is covered in dust while the monsoon literally turns it into a mud bed.
The stretch from Khagail to Bholaganj lies in the worst situation. It causes vehicles to go slow taking hours to travel this small distance. Moreover, vehicles often fall into the ditch resulting in severe accidents.
Kabir Hossain, 30, a burn victim of BNP’s blockade around the country, died yesterday in the morning at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH). Kabir was a resident of Louhoganj under Munshiganj district.
He died while under treatment at the DMCH, said Special Branch (SB) Additional Superintendent of Police Md Jakaria.
Kabir, along with his other six coworkers, was burnt in a petrol bomb attack on their truck near Jatramura area in Rupganj, Narayanganj on Friday at around 10pm.
Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu yesterday called upon the students of Udbodhon Secondary School in Jhalakathi to boycott those who are running unpolitical activities in the name of politics.
He also convened them to stand strong against the evil forces of BNP-led 20-party alliance who have severely hampered the exam schedule of students by calling hartals repeatedly.