- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
The families of two Bangladeshi men kidnapped by Islamic State in Libya said they were in grave concern over the safety of the abductees.
Helal Uddin from Jamalpur and Mohammad Anowar Hossain from Noakhali are among the nine foreigners who were abducted by Islamic State militants from Al Ghani oil field near Sirte, about 700km south-east of Libyan capital Tripoli, on March 6.
Helal’s wife Aleya Begum said she had repeatedly phoned her husband in Libya over the past few days but nobody picked up.
Five employees of Sir Salimullah Medical College and Hospital have been sentenced to death while three others given life-term imprisonment for the killing of son of their co-worker in 1999.
Judge Ruhul Amin of the Dhaka’s Fourth Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judge’s court pronounced the order yesterday.
Ruling Awami League and the main opposition in parliament Jatiya Party have started preparations for Dhaka mayoral races even before the announcement of the election schedule.
Dhaka city polls were last held over a decade ago. The capital has since been divided into two city corporations – North and South. Chittagong’s election was last held in 2010.
Nagorik Oikya Convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna, who faces a sedition charge, is likely to run for mayor in the Dhaka City Corporation (north) election.
SM Akram, adviser to Nagorik Oikya, said he hoped that Manna would run the race because he had received a lot of responses when he launched campaign earlier.
However, Manna’s wife Meher Nigar said: “I do not do politics and I do not understand politics. It is the affair of his [Manna] party colleagues. We are concerned only about his health.”
The BNP has claimed that law enforcers picked up party’s Joint Secretary General Salahuddin Ahmed, facing a number of violence-related cases, from Uttara in Dhaka on Tuesday night.
When contacted yesterday, police and RAB officials refuted the allegation.
As party spokesperson, Salahuddin had been issuing press releases to announce hartal programmes from unknown places since the arrest of Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi on January 31.
Bangladesh spin coach Ruwan Kalpage is counting on the spinners against the Tigers’ next Pool A match against New Zealand tomorrow.
After a net session, the former Lankan off-spinner, who has 73 wickets in 86 ODIs, said he believed the pitch in Hamilton might provide some benefits for the Tigers spinners.
Following an emphatic 15-run triumph against England that confirmed their quarter-final berth last Monday, the Bangladesh cricket team yesterday reached the windy city of Hamilton in New Zealand.
Arrested and jailed in an arson case last month, Gazipur City Corporation Mayor MA Mannan was taken to Dhaka yesterday for better treatment.
“He was sent to Dhaka Central Jail for
better treatment around 5:15pm after we received his complaint of chest pain. From there, he will be taken to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University,” Faridur Reza Rubel, jailer of Dhaka Central Jail 1, Gazipur, said.
An adviser to the BNP chief, Mannan is also suffering from diabetes.
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Three suspected robbers were beaten to death by an angry mob in Payndong union of Fatikchhari upazila in Chittagong last night.
One of the victims was identified as Osman, 42, the ring leader of the robbers’ gang known as Osman Group; the identities of others could not be ascertained immediately.
Mohammed Nazrul Islam, upazila nirbahi officer of Fatikchhari, confirmed the incident but did not say anything further.
When contacted, ASP AFM Nijam Uddin of Chittagong district police told the Dhaka Tribune that he was on the way to the spot.
The government has planned to ask International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the Red Cross for help for the rescue of two Bangladeshis, who were abducted by Islamic State in Libya on March 6.
“We will seek their help in the search for the two Bangladeshi men. We will also ask for suggestions about what we should do in this situation,” said Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Khandker Mosharraf Hossain while talking to reporters at his office yesterday.
At least 52 houses, shops and godowns were gutted in several fire incidents in Gaibandha, Sylhet and Savar yesterday.
Our Gaibandha correspondent says ten shops were gutted in at Paka Matha Bazar in Sadullahpur upazila.
Witnesses said the fire had originated from an electric short-circuit at a shop of the bazar around 2:30am. The affected shop owners claimed that losses could go up to Tk70 lakh.
Our Sylhet correspondent said a fire burnt down 10 houses of a shelter project at Ashampara in Jaintapur upazila of the district.
20 hurt as Bangali group clashes with PCJSS men amid hartalAt least 20 people mostly members of indigenous group PCJSS were injured in a series of clashes with the supporters of Jago Parbatyabashi – a newly formed platform, in Bandarban town yesterday amid hartal.
Of the injured, five were admitted to Bandarban Sadar Hospital. But two of them were later shifted to Chittagong Medical College Hospital as their condition deteriorated.
Police detained a hartal supporter during the clashes. Army, BGB personnel and additional police were deployed in the town to avoid further clashes.
The Anti-Corruption Commission has appointed a new official to run its investigation against human rights body Odhikar, in connection with the organisation’s alleged involvement in money laundering and financial irregularities.
On Tuesday, the ACC appointed its Assistant Director SM Rafiqul Islam as the new inquiry official, said an official of the commission.
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A detained Jubo Dal activist has reportedly described to the police how he and a group of arsonists attacked an autorickshaw in Hathazari on March 4 – causing the deaths of two people inside the vehicle.
Following his arrest from Hathazari on Tuesday night, Emran Hossain, 27, also provided a confessional statement yesterday before the court of Chittagong Judicial Magistrate Ishrat Jahan under section 164 of the Criminal Procedure Code.
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A Jubo Dal activist who received bullet injury during a gun fight with police in Komolnagar area of Lakshmipur on March 2, died at National Institute of Traumatology and Orthopedic Rehabilitation (Nitor) in the capital yesterday morning.
Amjad Hossain, cousin of Jubo Dal activist Arfi Hossain, said he had died around 8am.
After Arif was bullet injured during a gun fight with law enforces, he was taken to Lakhsmipur Sadar Hospital. Later, he was shifted to Nitor.
Three journalists of two private television channels were injured after they were attacked by a group of Bangladesh Chhatra League men in Chittagong city’s Lal Dighi ground yesterday.
The injured journalists were Jamshedul Karim and Sajid Ahmed Sajib of private television Channel 24 and Runa Ansari of Asian TV.
Witnesses said an altercation erupted between a group of Chhatra League men and Jamshed and Sajid when they stood to live-telecast a programme of Awami League-led 14-party alliance around 5:30pm.
Forty-four students who appeared in the ongoing Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinations are worried of their results as they took the exam of Physics in wrong question papers.
The students were mistakenly given the subject’s question papers for objective part of previous year’s syllabus instead of current syllabus at Louhajang Pilot High School exam centre (Louhajang centre 206) on February 27.
Authorities of the examination centre, however, informed the authorities concerned soon after the mistake was noticed.
The authorities at Dhaka University have suspended four Bangladesh Chhatra League activists from the university for allegedly harassing a female journalist on Monday.
The public relations department of the university issued a press release in this regard yesterday evening.
The suspended students are sociology student Taslim Hasan Tuhin, criminology student Ali Abbas, peace and conflict studies student Kamrul Hasan Sumon and disaster management and vulnerability studies student Shahariar Nazim Shaon.