- March 18, 2018
ICC President Mustafa Kamal says he may resign if needed protesting bad umpiringInternational Cricket Council President AHM Mustafa Kamal may resign amid controversy triggered by dubious umpiring decisions leading to Bangladesh’s loss against India in the second quarter-final of the World Cup of cricket at Melbourne, Australia yesterday.
Kamal, who is also Bangladesh’s planning minister, said the ICC was not the International Cricket Council anymore. He was shown on Bangladeshi television channels saying: “It has become the Indian Cricket Council…One can be part of the ICC but not the Indian Cricket Council.”
Police last night conducted a fruitless drive in several remote shoals in the river Brahmaputra in Gaibandha in search of missing BNP leader Salahuddin Ahmed.
Personnel from Gaibandha district police ended the drive around 11:55pm yesterday.
“We have not found anything alive or dead in the shoals that may resemble Salahuddin. Now we are returning,” Mosharraf Hossain, additional superintendent of Gaibandha Police, told the Dhaka Tribune.
Nagorik Oikya Convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna was taken back to Dhaka Central Jail yesterday after his release from Dhaka Medical College Hospital around 1pm.
“Manna is now quite well, has no chest pain and his blood pressure is also under control,” said Prof Dr Abdul Wadud Chowdhury, chief of the DMCH Cardiology Department.
“We have presented his health report to the six-member medical board and as per the decision of the board we discharged him,” said Prof Wadud yesterday.
Following a two-day-long marathon negotiation at a UN conference in Japan, the
Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk
Reduction 2015-2030 was adopted on Wednesday to improve protection for people against disasters.
“We had tough negotiations and at the end we could include many of our issues the way we wanted it to appear in the framework,” said a Bangladeshi diplomat who took part in the process.
Family members and local BNP leaders alleged that Jubo Dal leader Mesbah Uddin Chontu, whose body was found yesterday, had been killed in police custody.
Chontu, 40, was also a member of Khedapara union parishad in Monirampur of the district. His body was found beside rail tracks in Shatmile Manikdihi area under Jessore sadar around 10am.
His brother Ruhul Quddus Montu claimed that Chontu had been arrested by police in Dhaka on Tuesday while the detectives in Jessore took him into custody the next morning.
Mogens Jensen, Danish minister for trade and development, yesterday met BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia at her Gulshan office.
The Danish minister, who is now in Dhaka on a three-day visit, entered Khaleda’s office, where she has been holed up since January 3, at 7:45pm. Khaleda’s special assistant Shamshur Rahman Shimul Biswas received him.
In a 40-minute meeting, Khaleda and Jensen talked about the political situation in Bangladesh, the Rana Plaza disaster and its aftermath, the state of the RMG sector and some bilateral issues.
Chittagong police filed three cases accusing more than 70 people on Wednesday night for their involvement in concealing firearms, ammunition and bomb making materials. The police had recovered the large cache from two government college campuses in Chittagong.
Police said Chittagong Metropolitan Police Detective Branch Sub-Inspector Abdul Monaf filed an arms case with Chawkbazar police station against 21 Shibir men in connection with the seizure from Chittagong Government College.
Bangladesh needs help from the developed world in order to integrate with the global system and maintain the standards associated with the global value and supply chains.
Bangladesh lacks the capacity to meet those standards and these constraints need to be addressed for enhancing productive capabilities.
Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed made the interventions at a high-level G7 consultation on “Developing Sustainable Global Supply Chain in the Context of Decent Work for All” at Germany’s Berlin last week.
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced two people to life-term imprisonment for killing Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh leader Masum in Munshiganj in 2004.
Judge Shahed Nuruddin of the Dhaka’s First Speedy Trial Tribunal handed down the verdict after examining case records and depositions of 23 prosecution witnesses.
The court also fined the lifers – Babul and fugitive Shahadat – Tk50,000 each, in default they will have to suffer one more year in jail. Babul also sentenced to eight years in prison under another charge in the case.
According to the post mortem report, Mostamsir died in an accident and police said his seat belt was not fastened. The Bangladesh Road Transport Authority report stated that the car suffered a mechanical failureYoung entrepreneur Jannati Hossain was released from the Dhaka Central jail yesterday evening, three days after securing bail from the Supreme Court.
Jannati’s family members received her at the jail gate.
She had been in jail since July last year in a murder case filed over the death of her business partner Mostamsir Ashraf in a road accident.
Several projects of Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) has come to a standstill due to an acute fund crisis caused by a significant cut in government allocation to the organisation.
Sources at the city corporation said the annual allocation for the local government body is around Tk8 crore under the current mayor’s tenure, whereas it used to be around Tk30 crore during the tenure of the preceding mayor.
Students of Barisal Nursing College continued demonstration for the second consecutive day yesterday and kept college principal in their confinement protesting a decision of turning their newly-built academic building into a female dormitory for the nearby Sher-e-Bangla Medical College. The agitating students demonstrated on both campuses demanding cancellation of the decision and making a female hostel there for them.
The second death anniversary of veteran politician and former Bangladesh president Zillur Rahman will be observed today.
Zillur Rahman, who breathed his last at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore on March 20, 2013, was the 19th president of Bangladesh.
He was also the undeclared guardian of Bangabandhu’s remaining family after the father of the nation, along with most of his family members, was assassinated on the fateful night of August 15, 1975.
Residents of Monpura and Tajumuddin, two remote shoals on a Meghna River estuary, are dreading the return of pirates with the removal of a coast guard station and Coastal Crisis Management Centre (CCMC).
The measure leaves about 200 square kilometres of Bay of Bengal, a popular fishing area during the monsoon, vulnerable to pirates who abduct and kill fishermen for ransom.
Students, teachers and guardians of Sahera Mahmud Arif Government Primary School formed a human chain on the school premises yesterday demanding arrest of rapists of a minor girl.
The agitators took part in the human chain from 10am to 11am. They urged the government to take legal actions against the people who settled the rape incident with money.
They also threatened to go on tougher movement, if exemplary steps are not taken against them.
‘Nothing can be worse than ridiculous, unfair umpiring. Sadly, Tigers were at the receiving end of such injustice in the most important match in history’Over the last decade and a half that Bangladesh have been playing serious cricket, Tiger fans have made a name as one of the game’s most passionate followers.
This report would not have existed if Rubel’s full-toss to Rohit Sharma was really above waist height; or if the television umpire – after just one view of the replay – had not ruled that Mahmudullah’s hook to the deep square leg boundary was a Dhawan catch and not a sixer.
It is the responsibility of Khaleda Zia, not the government’s, to locate the whereabouts of the BNP leaders who had gone into hiding, Awami League’s Publicity and Publication Secretary Dr Hasan Mahmud has said.
Addressing a rally in front of the capital’s National Press Club yesterday, he said many BNP leaders had voluntarily gone into hiding in recent times.
A two-day workshop on leadership in the country’s power and energy
sector begins at Bidyut Bhaban in Dhaka today.
Organised by the Power Division under the Ministry of Power, Energy
and Mineral Resources, the workshop will focus on improving leadership skills in the sector to ensure energy security.
The ministry is organising this workshop to improve the skills, efficiency and management capabilities of energy and power officials, said Dr Ahmad Kaikaus, additional secretary at the Power Division and convener of the workshop organising committee.
Bangladesh and Denmark have signed an agreement under which Denmark will assist in ensuring security for RMG workers and improving the health sector.
Secretaries of the labour ministries of the two countries inked the deal at a conference on Bangladesh’s RMG sector in Dhaka yesterday.
Danish Minister for Trade and Development Cooperation Mogens Jensen and Bangladesh Foreign Minister AH Mahmud Ali were present at the signing.
On Wednesday, a five-member delegation led by Mogens Jensen met Finance Minister AMA Muhith at his residence.
This extract is part of a series that will run until March 25, in which we reproduce Rehman Sobhan’s contemporaneous account of the events of that momentous month in Bangladeshi history. This was first published in Forum on March 13, 1971In this context, all attention is directed to Yahya who is expected any day. Lt. General Yakub left Dacca on 9th and was replaced by the governor designate Lt. General Tikka Khan. It is reported that Yakub had no stomach for killing people whose language he learnt and culture he admired, in support of a lost cause. The security forces were apparently staying within barracks avoiding confrontation. Indications are that they are marking time for Yahya’s arrival.