- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
BNP wants assurance for her safe return to Gulshan office; arrest warrant yet to reach police stationBNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia is due in court today to attend a hearing on two corruption charges. Having skipped appearing in court on several occasions, she saw a warrant for arrest issued on February 25.
The warrant, however, did not find its way to the Gulshan police station as of yesterday. State Minister for Home Affairs Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal told reporters yesterday that the police were yet to receive the warrant.
Just a day before BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s schedule to appear before the court on two graft charges, the US Ambassador in Bangladesh and some western diplomats held a meeting with the former premier yesterday.
A group of ambassadors, high commissioners and charges d’affaires of Australia, Canada, Denmark, EU, France, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Republic of Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom and United States met Khaleda to discuss current events in Bangladesh.
When Tamim Iqbal played a loose shot at the nets yesterday, on the eve of their fourth Pool A game against Scotland tomorrow, Bangladesh coach Chandika Hathurusingha quipped, “This happened because you did not play the first ball carefully. You never know what the pitch is offering you.”
Hathurusingha was of course referring to Tamim’s second-ball dismissal in their previous game against Sri Lanka, which the Tigers lost by a convincing margin of 92 runs.
Several hundred new land offices will be constructed in 61 districts by 2019 in order to improve the maintenance of land records in the country.
The Tk537.25cr project was one of seven projects, valued at Tk3,511cr, approved by the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair, at the NEC conference room yesterday.
After the meeting, Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal said it was not possible to better maintain land records because of the shabby condition of the existing land offices.
With the target of procuring one million tonnes of Boro rice in the current season, the government yesterday fixed the Boro procurement rate at Tk32 per kilogram – hiking the price by Tk1 from last year.
It also fixed the price of Boro paddy at Tk22, while 100,000 tonnes of it are expected be procured from the domestic market; the price last year was Tk20.
The government’s procurement for the national reserve will start from May 1 and continue until August 31.
A covered van driver died in an arson attack in Chapainawabganj’s Shibganj upazila yesterday.
The victim, Shipon, 35, died when the Sona Masjid land port-bound vehicle was firebombed in Kansat around 5am.
Also in front of Haripur petrol pump and at Shantir Mor area in Chapainawabganj, three trucks were torched at noon, leaving a tea seller injured.
In Noakhali, a truck was set on fire at Datterhat area at 6am and a minibus at Maijdee Natun bus stand some 30 minutes later.
State-owned Power Grid Company of Bangladesh (PGCB) will set up the country’s second 500MW back-to-back high-voltage direct-current (HVDC) sub-station at Bheramara in Kushtia to import electricity from India.
It will be set up next to the existing Bheramara HVDC sub-station. Electricity will be added to the national grid via sub-stations at Ishwardi and Khulna.
“We recently invited bids from eligible bidders for Block 2,” PGCB Managing Director Masum-Al-Beruni told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday.
A team of the Federal Bureau of Investigation will visit Dhaka this week to assist law enforcers in investigating the gruesome killing of Bangladeshi-American secular writer and blogger Avijit Roy.
The team is coming after the Bangladesh government responded positively to the offer of the US government about engaging the FBI in the sensational case.
After a brief lull in the violence amid the ongoing intermittent hartal and indefinite blockade, it has come back to square one.
Towards the end of the last month, there was a considerable decline in violence during the shutdowns and blockade.
The violence, however, suddenly flared up last Sunday with around 43 vehicles damaged or set on fire.
Even the capital, that had barely witnessed any major incidents of firebombing, too saw four persons burnt, including a reporter of the private television Channel 71 on Sunday.
The International Crisis Group has warned that if BNP chief Khaleda Zia is arrested, it could seriously escalate the ongoing political crisis.
“In Bangladesh an anti-corruption court issued an arrest warrant for BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia. If the warrant is executed, it could seriously escalate the political crisis,” the ICG said in its monthly conflict situation report CrisisWatch released on March 2.
He believed atheism is a rational concept to oppose any unscientific or irrational beliefSlain freethinker Avijit Roy was little worried about being attacked during the visit to his homeland this February. But he could not avoid it. Two books were launched in this year’s Amar Ekushey Book Fair. The US citizen also wanted to meet his parents.
Despite being under the threat of extremists for long, Avijit was also hopeful observing that there are many like-minded people around the world who would uphold the spirit of humanism and secularism. He was an advocate of atheism, science and metaphysical naturalism.
Breaking the 26-year-long tradition, lawyers of Chittagong courts agreed yesterday to participate in court activities during hartal hours from today.
The decision came after a meeting between present and former presidents and general secretaries of the Chittagong BAR Association, and different political party-supported lawyers, at the BAR association’s office in the afternoon.
The body of Abdul Gafur, Mayor of Nouhata municipality under Poba upazila of Rajshahi, was recovered yesterday from Azimpur graveyard in Dhaka. He was abducted two months back.
According to family members Abdul Gafur, a local Awami League leader, went missing on January 3 in Dhaka. Faisal Ahmed Runu, son of Abdul Gafur, said his father went to Dhaka on December 31 and his phone became unreachable from January 3.
The Detective Branch of police yesterday arrested a journalist of ETV in connection with a case over pornography filed against the private TV station’s chairman.
Deputy Commissioner Masudur Rahman of Dhaka Metropolitan Police said Kanak Sarowar, senior correspondent of ETV, was detained from the capital’s Shahbagh around 2pm based on a statement of ETV Chairman Abdus Salam.
Authorities at the Dhaka North City Corporation suspect some of its officials for allegedly misappropriating fuel fund in December last year.
An internal investigation by revealed the abnormality in the bills submitted for fuel consumption of 18 vehicles in December, which prompted the relevant department to notify the DNCC high-ups, sources said.
“The in-charge of the vehicles billed the DNCC almost double the usual amount, which is very irregular. They embezzled more than Tk6 lakh this way,” a DNCC official told the Dhaka Tribune, seeking anonymity.
Custom officials yesterday seized 42.5kg of gold in separate drives at Dhaka and Chittagong airports.
At Chittagong Shah Amanat International Airport, custom officials seized 200 gold bars and 174 cartons of banned lead, a chemical element of carbon group, from a flight of Air Arabia, reports our Chittagong correspondent.
On secret information, the officials rummaged the cargo portion of the plane which arrived at the airport from Dubai around 1:30am, Selim Reza, an assistant commissioner of Chittagong Customs House, said.
Awami League leaders of Gaibandha which is considered as the stronhold of Jamaat-Shibir, are passing days in panic as arson attacks targetting their houses have increased alarmingly.
Arson attacks and bomb explosion incidents have been going unabadatedly since the BNP-led 20-party alliance went on blockade for indefinite period on January 6.
Fearing arson attacks, many leaders of the rulling party particularly residents of Polashbari, are staying out of home as well as their relatives’ houses.
A 70% attendance in class will be enough to earn a student the right to appear in public examinations that are equivalent to the SSC or the HSC, the government has decided.
The Education Ministry issued a circular in this regard, saying even if a student fails in their test exams, which are held by schools or colleges as a qualification exam prior to the SSC or HSC exams, the 70% attendance would make them eligible to sit in the exams.
The circular was sent to schools, colleges, madrasas and technical training institutes across the country yesterday.
Local fishermen rescued a youth, whose hands and legs were tied up with ropes, in a critical condition from the Padma river in Goldangia area in Sadar upazila on Monday night.
The victim named Antarul Islam Rubel, son of Shohrab Mollah, from Aijuddin Matubbar Dangi area of the upazila, was admitted to Faridpur General Hospital around 10pm.
A Ministry of Housing and Public Works proposal to build affordable flats in the capital’s Uttara suburb will likely be placed before the Cabinet Committee on Public Purchase today.
“The proposal to construct 8,400 flats with Malaysian government help will be placed at the cabinet committee meeting for approval,” Public Works Secretary Mohammad Moinuddin Abdullah yesterday told the Dhaka Tribune.