- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
Bangladesh cricket team have created history by successfully chasing 318 runs in their World Cup match against Scotland at Sexton Oval of Nelson in New Zealand on Thursday.
This is the highest successful run chase of Bangladesh history, and the second highest for any team in World cup.
Shakib Al Hasan and Sabbir Rahman added 75 runs off just 61 balls to reach home with 11 balls and 6 wickets to spare. Shakib reached his fifty with a boundary which was also the winning shot of the match.
Stock markets extended losses amid choppy trading yesterday, as concern over the current political unrest was rising.
The market moved between negative and positive throughout the entire session but bears beat bulls at the end of the day.
The benchmark index DSEX lost over 14 points or 0.4% to close at 4,681, extending its losing streak for the fourth straight session.
The Shariah Index DSES dropped marginally 4 points 0.4% to 1,111. The comprising blue chips DS30 was down 11 points or 0.7% to 1,737.
Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal yesterday said the country’s economy was performing well despite the ongoing nation-wide political unrest.
“Pace of GDP growth in the first eight months of the current fiscal year is much better compared to the same period of a year before,” the minister told the visiting IMF team while responding to a query made by the delegation at his office in the capital.
He, however, declined to disclose the current GDP growth figure for, what he said, the sake of keeping stability in the country’s economy.
National Board of Revenue (NBR) asked the members of different chambers and trade associations to obtain e-TIN (electronic Tax Identification Number) and submit tax returns.
The revenue authorities in a press statement on Wednesday said many of the members of different chambers and trade bodies did not obtain e-TIN, despite the fact that the income tax ordinance made it mandatory for them to have one, reports BSS.
In some cases, many of the members of various chambers and trade associations do not submit their income tax returns, the NBR said.
The banks and FIs increased their lending programme to the SME sector as advised and encouraged by the central bankThe commercial banks and financial institutions (FIs) set a new record in lending to Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) disbursing Tk1,00, 910 crore in a single year.
The impressive figure for 2014 represents a phenomenal increase in lending from the full spectrum of finance providers including state-owned banks, private banks, foreign banks and non-banking financial institutions, reports BSS.
Awami League leaders yesterday reiterated their vow that no election would be held before 2019.
Ruling party presidium member Mohammed Nasim said dialogue would be held only with the Election Commission, and that too on how to conduct a fair election, but it cannot be held with the BNP.
Nasim said this while addressing a 14-party alliance rally protesting BNP-Jamaat’s nationwide violence. The Awami leader also addressed a rally at Hazaribagh in the capital yesterday evening.
Gulshan police yet to execute office search warrantA Dhaka court said yesterday BNP chief Khaleda Zia’s arrest warrants would remain in force and refused to even entertain her petitions for withdrawing the orders.
Special Judge Abu Ahmed Jamadar had issued the warrant for Khaleda’s arrest on February 25, as she had skipped several court dates. He said yesterday she had become a fugitive for not having turned up at court to surrender.
A former prime minister, Khaleda Zia is on trial for corruption in the Zia Orphanage Trust and Zia Charitable Trust at Special Judge’s Court 3 in Dhaka.
On the first day of a 10-day remand, Shafiur Rahman Farabi yesterday denied his involvement in the killing of writer-blogger Avijit Roy but welcomed the murder.
“I fully support this killing [of Avijit],” Farabi, the prime suspect in the Avijit murder case, told detectives during an interrogation.
A senior official of the Detective Branch of Police involved in the interrogation said Farabi told them that Avijit was previously known to him.
Dialogue with the BNP-led alliance very likely will not be mentioned in the government’s forthcoming response to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s letter to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
The response will say the government will not seek assistance from the UN to resolve the crisis, a senior government official said.
“We appreciate that the secretary general sent a letter to the prime minister, and we will send our response very soon,” the official said.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has written to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi informing him that she wants to cooperate with the central government to settle the Teesta and LBA issues with Bangladesh, according to Indian media.
Kolkata’s Ananda Bazar Potrika reported that Mamata wrote to Modi to let him know she was not against the Teesta deal with Bangladesh.
In a letter written after her recent Dhaka visit, Mamata described the outcome of her trip as “positive,” UNB reports.
Eight distinguished personalities of the country have been selected for the Swadhinata Padak 2015 in recognition of their outstanding contributions in their respective fields.
The parent companies of the four leading mobile operators of Bangladesh have expressed their inability to participate in the upcoming spectrum auction as some of the outstanding issues are still to be resolved.
They sent a joint letter to Finance Minister AMA Muhith on March 1 saying they are interested to acquire more spectrum for better services, but investors are not.
The Anti-Corruption Commission yesterday asked four employees of Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Limited including its managing director to submit their wealth statements.
The ACC is now carrying out an enquiry into the allegation of amassing illegal wealth by four Titas employees, said an ACC official.
The police yesterday filed a sedition case against Nagorik Oikya Convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna and BNP Vice-Chairman Sadeque Hossain Khoka with the Gulshan police station.
The case was filed after getting approval from the Home Ministry on Tuesday. Rafiqul Islam, officer-in-charge of Gulshan police station, confirmed the filing of the case.
A general diary was also filed with the police station, accusing the two politicians of conspiring against the state.
Detectives suspect that Islamist militant organisations, especially the notorious Ansarullah Bangla Team, have been using “sleeper cells” or “cut outs” for killing missions, to keep their leaders from incriminating themselves.
In this style, believed to be applied first during the murder of blogger-architect Ahmed Rajeeb Haider in 2013, the top leaders delegate responsibility of an operation to a field-level commander who picks up members to form the execution team through co-workers.
International Organization for Migration (IOM) said only 3% of migrant workers comprehend healthcare materials. The rest do not, since the materials are not produced in their native language.
IOM revealed their baseline survey and preliminary findings in the inauguration session of the “Regional Consultation of Migration Health: Strengthening government’s capacity of selected South Asian countries to address the health of migrants through a multi-sector approach” conference yesterday in Dhaka.
The arrest warrant against Khaleda Zia would be unable to restrain an uprising while the move only proved the illegal government’s bankruptcy, the BNP said yesterday.
Hinting at a Dhaka court’s decision to uphold the arrest warrant against the BNP chairperson in two graft cases, the party’s Joint Secretary General Salahuddin Ahmed said: “It is nothing but a bankruptcy of the ruling party to stop people’s spontaneous movement by issuing arrest warrant.”
The BRTC has sought Tk10 crore compensation from the prime minister, in order to repair the buses that had been vandalised or set ablaze during political violence since January 2013.
Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) recently sent a letter to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) seeking financial assistance, claiming 205 of its buses were damaged in attacks that caused losses of more than Tk10 crore.
Pickets set fire to 14 vehicles in different places of the country yesterday as the BNP-led 20-party alliance’s shutdown continued.
At least six people were injured in these incidents; an upazila land office was also attacked.
Nine vehicles were torched in Chapainawabganj, when pickets set ablaze stationed trucks at a terminal in Sonamasjid area around midnight. None were injured in the incident.
The family of a Lakshmipur Jubo League leader, whose body was recovered yesterday morning, suspected that he might have been killed because of intra-party feud.
Arifur Rahman Farhad, son of Nurul Amin of Mirikpur village under Bhangakhan union, was shot dead early in the morning, and his body was found in front of a sawmill in Mirikpur Bazar hours later.
The 35-year-old was the joint convener of Jubo League’s Bhangakhan union unit, said Mizanur Rahman Patwary, joint convener of Lakshmipur Sadar upazila Jubo League.