- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
Khaleda places fresh proposal for dialogue BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday announced that her party and alliance would press ahead with the ongoing blockade and shutdowns until the movement came to its logical end.
Khaleda also placed a fresh three-point proposal, which includes a dialogue to hold election under an acceptable government, to resolve the prevailing political crisis.
The 69-year-old three times former premier once again squarely blamed the ruling party men for violence during her alliance’s blockade and shutdown programmes.
The ruling Awami League slammed BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s statement to the media yesterday terming it “misleading” and “full of falsehoods.”
Immediately after the BNP chief’s press conference, Awami League Joint General Secretary Mahbub-ul Alam Hanif, the ruling party’s spokesperson, made a statement.
Bangladesh went down fighting by three wickets at Seddon Park in their last Pool A match against New Zealand to finish in fourth place in the group and set up a quarter-final showdown with defending champions India at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on March 19.
Tigers captain Shakib al Hasan insists they have nothing to fear when they tackle India for a place in the World Cup semi-finals after giving in-form New Zealand a huge scare yesterday.
Barred from entering BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s office yesterday, expelled BNP leader Major (retd) Akhtaruzzaman unleashed a tirade of abuse against some of the functionaries of his former party.
With metaphorical guns blazing, the former Army officer took aim at Khaleda’s special assistant Shamshur Rahman Shimul Biswas, calling him “Khaleda’s jailer” and claiming he was “in the pay of the government.”
Akhtar has been in the media spotlight before for making comments against the party.
Nagorik Oikya Convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna might need to stay in hospital for more two or three days, according to doctors at DMCH as they were yet to have a clear picture about his physical condition.
A six-member medical team has been supervising Manna’s treatment at DMCH.
Manna was admitted to coronary care unit (CCU) of DMCH on March 10, after he complained about chest pain during the second phase of 10 days remand in DB custody.
The search for survivors trapped under the rubble of a collapsed roof in Mongla Cement Factory was called off yesterday with the death toll standing at seven.
At least 46 others were found alive during the search for survivors, said Sena Kalyan Sangstha acting chairman Brig Gen Md Selim, who announced the end to the rescue efforts around 12:30pm yesterday as “there seemed to be no signs of survivors under the rubble.”
Detectives will seek to obtain DNA samples and fingerprints of Shafiur Rahman Farabi, the prime suspect in writer Avijit Roy’s murder, after his interrogation in 10 days’ remand failed to produce a breakthrough in the investigation.
“In addition to conducting a DNA test, we will collect Farabi’s fingerprints to match them against evidence collected from the crime scene,” Monirul Islam, joint commissioner of the Detective Branch of Police, told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday.
Detectives yesterday claimed that they have arrested the chief editorial administrator of Basherkella – the controversial Facebook page known for promoting Jamaat-e-Islami’s propaganda.
“A team of DB police arrested KM Ziauddin Fahad, who is also the Islami Chhatra Shibir’s chief publicity coordinator, from Comilla Cadet College staff building on Thursday evening and recovered a laptop and two Nokia handsets [from him],” said Monirul Islam, joint commissioner of the Detective Branch of police.
The trial of much-talked-about killing of six students at Aminbazar, on the outskirts of the capital in 2011, has been sluggish due to non-appearance of prosecution witnesses.
Earlier, the case proceedings had been stalled for more than a year since the Savar police had taken the time to file a report on the death of an accused in the case.
BNP Chairperson and former prime minister Khaleda Zia is likely to be made a defendant in a case filed against directors of Dandy Dyeing Limited for defaulting on a Tk45.49 crore loan.
Khaleda Zia’s sons Tarique Rahman and Arafat Rahman Koko, among other directors of Dandy Dyeing, are defendants in the case filed by the state-owned Sonali Bank.
Arafat Rahman Koko died at his residence in Malaysia on January 24.
Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu has asked the media to remain watchful of the most dire challenges, including religious extremism and militancy, on the way to attain a vibrant and pluralistic media environment in South Asia.
Speaking at the inauguration of a daylong workshop titled “Saarc: Opportunities and challenges in media” yesterday, the minister also urged the media to play a pivotal role in the complex scenario of the region where democracy and secularism are in a fierce battle with religion-based politics, militancy and communalism.
The Chittagong Hill Tracts Peace Accord was signed on December 2, 1997, recognising the re-establishment of the rights of the indigenous people over the CHT regionJyotirindra Bodhipriya “Santu” Larma has said people of Chittagong Hill Tracts will begin a fight for full implementation of the CHT Peace Accord on May 1 unless the government takes effective initiatives to that end by April 30.
Speaking at the 16th annual council of Pahari Chhatra Parishad’s Bandarban unit yesterday, he criticised the government for not showing any intent for implementing the peace accord and claimed that there was no progress in realising the treaty.
More than 72 hours after his disappearance, police yesterday said they still had no information about the whereabouts of BNP Joint Secretary General Salahuddin Ahmed.
A High Court bench Thursday asked law enforcers and the government to explain why they should not be directed to find Salahuddin and bring him before it on Sunday.
The BNP leader disappeared around 10pm Tuesday night when five or six people claiming to belong to the Detective Branch (DB) of Police picked him up from a house in Uttara, his family has said.
A dismembered body of a woman, found in Fakirapool area in the capital on Tuesday, has been identified by her younger brother at the Dhaka Medical College morgue.
The victim, Shimul Khatun, 23, was the wife of Nasir, a drug dealer based in Fakirapool area, who was recently arrested and sentenced to one year of imprisonment by a mobile court.
After confirming Shimul’s identity yesterday, her brother Md Mamun said: “I do not know who could have done this; she did not have any enemies.”
Awami League Advisory Committee Member Suranjit Sengupta yesterday urged the BNP to participate in the upcoming Dhaka North, Dhaka South and Chittagong city corporation polls.
The ruling party’s senior leader also hoped that BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia would announce the decision to join the polls soon.
Suranjit Sengupta made the statement while addressing a discussion programme organised by Nouka Samarthak Gosthi, a pro-AL platform, at the Institute of Diploma Engineers in the capital.
Members of two factions of Bangladesh Chhatra League ran amok in Sylhet’s Taltola over establishing dominion on Thursday night, setting off crude bombs and vandalising government offices.
Supporters of Sylhet Chhatra League President Shahriar Alam Samad clashed with those of former joint convener of Sylhet city Chhatra League Pijush Kanti Dey, creating tension in the area.
They vandalised windows of the local public works office, sub-registrar’s office and some shops. Four motorbikes, two rickshaws, a van and a bicycle were also set on fire.
About 84% coastal people are not aware of the presence of salinity in groundwater in the country’s coastal region, although salinity is affecting health of coastal inhabitants, including spread of diarrhoea, dysentery, itching, sore and other skin troubles, a study reveals.
Failing to repay loan, a local businessman of Kalighat upazila committed suicide at a rest house in Sylhet on Thursday.
Body of Rezaul Karim, 40, was recovered from Kushiara Rest House in Bandarbazar of the city.
Rezaul, hailing from Comilla’s Burichong upazila, had been living with his family in Sylhet for the last 25 years and used to run business there. He was burdened with a loan of around Tk1.5 crore for the last two years and was due to pay Tk51 lakh to two brothers – Khokon and Siddique, said Sunil Sinha, another local businessman from Kalighat.
The streets of Kotiadi Degree College and Pilot Model High School in Kotiadi upazila of Kishoreganj are flooded with obscene posters of various films.
Locals alleged that such open display of provocative posters in the school area had been having a negative impact on the students, who sometimes skip classes to go to the cinema halls.
Several hundred maunds of fishes of different species in the Korotoa River have died after the release of toxic wastes from Panchagarh Sugar Mills Ltd.
Local fishermen said untreated waste materials were released in the river after the mill was closed on March 9, turning the water black and producing a foul smell.
The toxic substances killed fishes of several sanctuaries set up in a 25km stretch from Panchagarh to Boalmari in the river.