- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
Rescued workers said there were more than 150 people but authorities and rescuers said there were not more than 90At least seven people were killed and more than 20 injured in Mongla, Khulna when a partially-completed roof of a three-storey cement factory collapsed yesterday afternoon.
Around 60 people, including the injured, have been pulled out alive. Four were later declared dead in hospital. Three more bodies were pulled out later in the evening.
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia will address a press conference today to explain the position of her party and the 20-party alliance in the context of the latest political scenario.
This alliance of political parties has been conducting a violent anti-government campaign of blockades and general strikes calling for the government to step down and call for new elections.
“The press conference will be held at the chairperson’s Gulshan office at 4pm,” Maruf Kamal Khan, press secretary to Khaleda, said in a press release.
Confidence will be sky-high following the historic 15-run win over England and Bangladesh will be targeting to maintain their momentum when they face unbeaten New Zealand today in their final Pool A encounter at Seddon Park in Hamilton. The match will begin at 7am BST.
The Bimstec member countries are scheduled to meet in Dhaka next week to finalise a deal to set up a regional inter-grid and to trade electricity intra-regionally.
The fifth meeting of the Bimstec Task Force on Trans Power Exchange and Development will be held in Dhaka on March 16.
“Under the Bimstec framework, we have been negotiating for the inter-grid for the last five years to pave the way for electricity transfers and hope to conclude negotiations at this meeting,” said an official of the Foreign Ministry.
Reiterating her call to the BNP chief to stop the politics of destruction, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday hoped that Khaleda would surrender to the court showing respect to the law of the land as a warrant has been issued for her arrest.
“I hope she (Khaleda) would abide by the law and the court. A warrant has been issued for her (Khaleda) arrest and she would surrender before the court as a gentleman does usually,” she said.
“If she doesn’t, then the country’s people won’t spare her,” she added.
BNP Joint Secretary General Salahuddin Ahmed could not be traced as of yesterday even though over 48 hours have passed since his alleged detention by law enforcers.
While his family members claim that four to five armed people identifying themselves as DB members picked him up around 10pm on Tuesday from a house in Uttara, the law enforcers maintain that they did not arrest Salahuddin, who is facing a number of arson and blast cases.
BNP chief Khaleda Zia in a statement yesterday condemned the series of events regarding Salahuddin’s whereabouts.
A team of A-Level students from Regent College have invented a device that can sense an oncoming petrol bomb attack on a vehicle and minimise its effect.
The project, named Petrol Bomb Extinguisher, was one of the many projects that were displayed yesterday at the Third Annual Science Fair of Regent College in the capital’s Gulshan area. The project won the first prize in the competition.
A Dhaka court yesterday granted two more months of time to the CID for completing its further investigation into the death of Maj Gen Abul Manzoor.
Judge SM Saiful Islam of the First Additional District and Sessions Judge’s Court passed the order following a time petition filed by Abdul Kahar Akhand, the investigation officer of the case.
On February 27 last year, the same court had ordered for further investigation into the death of Manzoor.
A Dhaka court yesterday granted bail to Bashundhara Group Chairman Ahmed Akbar Sobhan after he surrendered in tax evasion and bribery cases. Sobhan’s wife Afroza Begun and son Shafiat Sobhan Sanvir also got bail upon surrender. Sanvir is charged in both cases while Afroza, a group director, for tax.
The Supreme Court on February 3 asked Sobhan and five others to surrender in 3 weeks in the tax case. The other accused are Sobhan’s sons Sayem Sobhan, MD of Bashundhara, and Director Sadat Sobhan.
A Dhaka court yesterday rejected Nagorik Oikya Convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna’s remand cancellation prayer.
Metropolitan Magistrate Mizanur Rahman passed the order saying that the court had not found any ground for the cancellation of the 10-day remand in a sedition case.
Manna’s counsel Abdul Mannan Khan on Wednesday also filed a bail petition.
Experts and insiders earlier said the 3D seismic survey was a waste of moneyThe state-owned gas and petroleum exploration agency, Bapex, has come under fire following the disappointing results of the exploratory drilling of an oil well in Sylhet.
At the centre of the criticism is a 3D seismic survey conducted by Bapex which was the basis of the unsuccessful drilling effort at Kailashtila Field operated by Sylhet Gas Fields Limited (SGFL), a Petrobangla subsidiary.
Bapex’s failure, after a two-year effort, to find oil at Kailashtila Well 7 generated disapproval from experts and insiders who said the survey was a waste of money.
Women’s experience of corruption is different from that of men’s and is mostly gender-based, according to a study conducted by Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB).
“It was found that the corruption that women experience at different levels of society is based on their gender identity and their overall passive role in a patriarchal society. In many cases, sexual favours are demanded in exchange of a service,” the study report said.
Police have arrested a key accused in the murder of Chittagong University student Taposh Sarkar, who was killed in a Chhatra League factional clash in December last year.
Golam Azmir Arif, a fourth year student of economics and one of the 27 accused in the case, was arrested in Patenga in the port city early yesterday.
A team from Patenga police station first tracked him down and then handed him over to Hathazari police where the murder case had been filed.
Rail communication between Dhaka and Chittagong is going to get faster as the construction of double-track rail line between Chinki Astana in Chittagong and Laksham in Comilla is complete.
Upgraded from single-track rail line, the 61km double-track line is expected to be inaugurated this month by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, said Shahidul Islam, additional chief engineer (track) at Bangladesh Railway, while talking to the Dhaka Tribune on Monday.
The first year students of MBBS course under the 2014-15 academic session of newly established Rangamati Medical College (RMC) yesterday demanded immediate start their classes.
“We have already lagged behind for about two months academically than other medical colleges owing to the ongoing political unrest centring the college. We are in tough time because of not appearing any omen to an end to the stalemate till now,” said Snehasis Chawakrobarty, a fresher of the course at a press conference in Chittagong Press Club around 11:30am.
Watermelon growers are going through much hardship as marketing and trading of the fruit being is being hampered by the non-stop blockade and general strikes.
Locals said production of watermelon was satisfactory as weather during its cultivation was suitable at the shoals of Barisal, Patuakhali and Bhola.
Generally, watermelon season begins in February and continues till May, during which time fruit markets across the country are flooded with it.
The corpse of a Juba Dal leader, shot in Laksmipur on Wednesday night, was found from Tin Rastar Mor near Deleyai Bazar of Khilpara union under Chatkhil upazila in Noakhali district yesterday morning.
In the first incident, the deceased was Md Israfil, 28, the President of Bishikpur Juba Dal ward no 9, an affiliate youth organisation of BNP. He was the son of Md Mokbul Hossain from the village Kanshipur of the Basikpur union of Lakshmipur, a neighbouring district of Noakhali.
Hasan Ali Sana, a notorious robber, was allegedly killed in a gunfight with the police in Hangsharajer Char under Koyra upazila of Khulna. Police recovered four firearms, 10 rounds of bullets and six bullet shells from the scene. Police said Hasan had been a deputy of Amir Hossain Ranga, leader of “Ranga bahini” (a robber gang named after him) who plunder the Sundarbans.
Police detained Hasan from Shyamnagar, Satkhira on Wednesday night. He was interrogated in connection with the kidnapping of a shrimp merchant from Dakop, Khulna.
A bailey bridge on Senua River near Thakurgaon town has become too hazardous due to lack of maintenance for years.
About 200,000 people of five unions of Thakurgaon risk their lives to cross the bridge everyday. Built about 20 years ago, the bridge is almost falling apart with its metal body becoming rusty and joints weak.
The local authorities put up a sign warning the commuters and urging heavy vehicles to stay away without any measure to renovate the bridge.
At least seven people, including a police constable were killed in several road accidents in Natore, Sirajganj, Chuadanga, Magura and Naogaon districts yesterday.
Our Natore correspondent reports: A schoolboy was killed in an accident at Banpara Bazar in Baraigram upazila.
Banpara Highway police outpost Officer-in-Charge Fuhad Lohani said Jahedul Islam,15, son of Lutfar Rahman of Diyarpara area under Banpara municipality died on the spot while a passenger bus rammed into his motorcycle around 10:15am, leaving him dead on the spot and another injured.