- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
Millions of Israelis voted yesterday in a tightly fought election, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu facing an uphill battle to defeat a strong campaign by the center-left opposition to deny him a fourth term in office.
In many respects the vote has turned into a referendum on “Bibi” Netanyahu, in power for a total of nine years spread over three terms. If he wins again he would be on track to become Israel’s longest-serving prime minister.
But many of those who have been victims of vigilante justice were innocent passersby, claim relativesAround midday on February 19, machinery trader Sabbir Hossain Sayem was going home to Narinda in Old Dhaka from Karwan Bazar on a rickshaw.
When he reached the Shapla intersection in Motijheel, a hand-made bomb went off nearby. He jumped off the rickshaw and tried to run to safety but on-duty police started chasing him down, thinking he was the one who exploded the bomb, and eventually got hold of him.
When the law enforcers were taking him towards a nearby police outpost, an angry mob grabbed him and started beating him up right in front of the lawmen.
Ace all-rounder Shakib al Hasan wants Bangladesh to be fearless when they take on neighbours India in the second quarter-final of the 2015 ICC World Cup tomorrow at Melbourne Cricket Ground.
The most-talked-about topic among the Bangladeshi and Indian journalists in a press conference yesterday was Bangladesh’s historic win over India in the 2007 ICC World Cup and Shakib believes it was the fearless approach that enabled the Tigers to defeat their fierce rivals and in the process oust them from the flagship event in the first hurdle.
A high official of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation arrived in Dhaka yesterday to help investigate the killing of secular blogger-writer Avijit Roy.
A high officer of Detective Branch of Dhaka Metropolitan Police confirmed the arrival of the FBI official. The officer, who preferred not to be named, could not say when the FBI officer landed in Dhaka.
Talking to reporters at his Minto Road headquarters on Monday, Joint Commissioner of DB Monirul Islam said a high FBI official would arrive in the city very soon.
Offices of five international courier services in Chittagong Export Processing Zone (CEPZ) were gutted yesterday in a fire caused by an electrical short circuit.
The affected courier services – TNT, DHL, FedEx, Aramex and UPS – were all located in a tin-shed building located near CEPZ main gate, which used to be an office of Bepza, sources at the CEPZ said.
Monir suspect that it might be an act of sabotage by miscreantsThe authorities of Oporajeo jute bag factory in Savar which was damaged in a mysteriousre on Sunday night have decided to resume operations from Friday.
“We will begin limited-scale operations in a school building from Friday. At least 16 out of our 32 machines have totally been damaged in there,” said Kazi Monir Hossain, chief executive worker of the self-owned factory.
Promises a better and safer future for the children
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged BNP chief Khaleda Zia to stop carrying out monstrous acts in the name of politics, adding that the government does not want to see any more people including pregnant women and children being burnt to death.
Calling for creating a developed and prosperous Bangladesh, Hasina also vowed of building a better and safer future for the country’s children.
BNP leader Salahuddin Ahmed’s wife Hasina Ahmed has decided to seek help from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to get back her husband, who has been missing for the last eight days.
“These are suffocating days for my family. I do not know how my children are passing the days without their father. I will submit an application to the prime minister soon to get back my husband,” Hasina, a former lawmaker, told reporters at her residence yesterday afternoon.
“If my husband committed any crime, produce him before the court and try him.”
Health Minister Mohammad Nasim yesterday said if BNP continued with programmes like hartal and blockade, it would meet the fate of Muslim League.
Terming BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia a queen of militants and terrorists, Nasim called upon her to seek apology from the nation for killing innocent people.
Nasim was speaking at a discussion organised by Sheikh Russell Jatiya Shishu-Kishore Parishad at the National Press Club, held to mark the 95th birth anniversary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
BNP-Jamaat-backed Bangladesh Jatiyatabadi Ainjibi Oikkya Panel (JAOP) has won the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) election, bagging nine out of 14 executive posts including president and secretary for the 2015-16 term.
BNP chairperson’s Adviser and incumbent SCBA President Khandker Mahbub Hossain of JAOP has been re-elected as president. BNP Joint Secretary General and incumbent Secretary AM Mahbub Uddin Khokon was re-elected from the blue panel as the secretary general.
Amid growing Chinese dominance in the Bay of Bengal, India appears to be reasserting itself by hosting over 350 officials from 20 Indian Ocean countries to a conference on the Blue Economy.
Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque is travelling to India to attend the meeting. He is expected to meet Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar on the sidelines of the main event.
“I have been invited by the organisers and am scheduled to chair two sessions at the conference,” the foreign secretary told the Dhaka Tribune.
The Road Transport and Highways Division has drafted a new land management policy – the first of its kind – with an aim to earning revenue by leasing out 32,375 hectares of land, most of which is currently under the illegal possession of different agencies and individuals.
Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader yesterday asked party leaders and workers to remove the unapproved banners, festoons, posters and billboards containing Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s image beside the photographs of strangers.
“There’s no ideology in these days’ politics. I get hurt when I see the pictures of Bangabandhu beside that of the persons with criminal track records. I do not want to see Bangabandhu’s image beside extortionists, land grabbers and plunderers,” he said.
The Labour Ministry of Saudi Arabia will publish a blacklist of employers and recruitment offices accused of abuses in dealing with domestic workers.
The blacklisted names would be published on Musaned, the government website about licensed recruitment offices.
The move is aimed at protecting rights of the housemaids and eliminating the malpractice by recruitment agencies and citizens alike, Arab News website said yesterday quoting a media report.
Today is the 36th death anniversary of Abul Mansur Ahmad, a renowned litterateur, journalist and politician of the sub-continent.
To mark the occasion, literary magazine Kaler Dhoni has hosted a discussion in Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy today, says a press release.
Professor Emeritus Anisuzzaman will preside over the event, where Professor Emeritus Serajul Islam Choudhury, Dr Rafiqul Islam, Ahmad Rafique, Asad Chowdhury, Syed Abdul Maksud, Dr Mizanur Rahman, Golam Kuddus and Mahfuz Anam were supposed to take part.
Five people hatched a plan at a restaurant in Zinda Bazar in Sylhet city on March 10 to kidnap schoolboy Abu Sayeed, says Abdur Rakib, district Olama League Secretary, while depositing a statement before a Sylhet court yesterday.
Sylhet Metropolitan Magistrate Court 1 Judge Shahedul Karim recorded the statement from 12:30pm to 4pm.
The United Peoples Democratic Front (UPDF) yesterday demanded removal of a camp of the Bangladesh Border Guard from Dighinala area in order to keep stability in Khagrachhari.
Organising Secretary of the organisation Prodipon Khisa also demanded that the 21 families who have been evicted last year to build the BGB’s 51 battalion headquarters in Dighinala defying a High Court status quo be given their land back, says a press release.
A rape incident has allegedly been settled with money in a local arbitration in Bogadia area of Sadar upazila.
Besides, the arbitrators gobbled the money paid by alleged rapists.
Sources said the shocking heinous incident took place on Monday night, whereas Sahera Mahmud Arif Government Primary School’s Managing Committee President Anwara Khatun played the key role.
Back in 2009, just three months after he became Israel’s prime minister for the second time, Benjamin Netanyahu delivered what many called “a historic address.” In it, Netanyahu described his “vision” of peace between Israelis and Palestinians: “There are two free peoples living side by side in this small land, with good neighborly relations and mutual respect, each with its flag, anthem and government, with neither one threatening its neighbor’s security and existence.”
The first episode of “Mujib,” a graphic novel series on the life of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, was released yesterday, on the occasion of birthday of the father of the nation.