- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
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 20, 1971
Talks with Sheikh Mujib commenced next morning at President’s House when Mujib, flanked by his bodyguards, but otherwise alone, drove into the lion’s den. The first talks lasted two and a half hours. They met again the next morning for an hour.
Bangladesh’s Roads and Highways Department has signed an MoU with a Chinese firm for constructing the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar Economic Corridor, which is still nothing more than a concept.
The RHD and Chinese Communications Construction Company (CCCC) signed the memorandum of understanding last year on a Tk100-stamp.
A senior official of Bangladesh Foreign Ministry said it is highly unusual for a government to enter a contract with a foreign company for constructing something, which is still to be finalised.
Bangladesh’s efforts to increase the power generation capacity over the last year have failed to make a significant dent in reducing the intensity of load shedding in the peak demand-season of April-May.
Power Division officials say the power outage would be the same this year as last despite some improvement in mitigating the electricity supply shortage. This is due to a demand growth simultaneously with the improvement in supply situation.
The supply of gas, the country’s major primary energy, would stand at one-third of the country’s demand of around 6,000 mmcfd in 2030.
The supply is estimated to be around 2,000 mmcfd from the existing supply of around 2,600 mmcfd as production at the existing fields would deteriorate fast starting from 2018.
The sorry-state of the energy supply emerged from the closing ceremony of a two-day workshop on leadership in the country’s power and energy sector at Bidyut Bhaban of the capital yesterday.
Bangladesh cricket team will be accorded a hero’s welcome when they set foot in Dhaka today.
The Tigers may not have won the 2015 World Cup of cricket but they have certainly won the millions of hearts at home by means of their heroic performance.
The Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, therefore, is likely to be filled with thousands of Bangladesh supporters who will be eagerly waiting to embrace their heroes.
At least nine people sustained burn injuries when miscreants hurled a petrol bomb at a truck in Magura yesterday night.
The burn victims are Rowshan Ali, 42, Elias Hossain, 40, Matin Mia, 30, Shakil Mia, 35, Arab Ali, 35, Yadul Hossain, 30, Nazmul Hossain, 35, Faruk Mia, 35, and Imran Hossain, 25.
The arson attack on the truck took place at Moghirdhal area under Magura Sadar upazila on Magura-Jessore highway at 7:30pm.
Police said it was not clear who threw the bomb at the vehicle.
The SSC and its equivalent examinations of March 8 and 10, which were postponed due to the BNP-led alliances’ hartal, will be held on March 27 and 28 respectively.
The fresh date for the postponed Dakhil examination of March 11 will be announced later, said Subodh Chandra Dhali, deputy chief of information officer of the Education Ministry, yesterday.
He said the practical examinations will be held from March 29 to April 2.
Prime Minister and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina has directed her party colleagues to campaign for the aspirants that the party has backed for the Dhaka and Chittagong city polls.
She warned that anyone who goes against the party’s decision will be dealt with tough actions.
In the last week of February, PM Sheikh Hasina officially expressed her party’s backing for businessman and media personality Annisul Huq for Dhaka north and Sayeed Khokon, son of the capital city’s first elected mayor Mohoammad Nasim, for Dhaka south.
Bobby Hajjaj, adviser to Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad, yesterday announced that he will contest the Dhaka City Corporation (North) polls as an independent mayoral candidate.
The young politician, son of controversial businessman Musa Bin Shamsher, made the announcement at his Banani office in the capital.
“There are two reasons for contesting the polls. First, this is a non-partisan election where parties cannot directly back any candidate. Secondly, I was born in this city and I want to make Dhaka as I have dreamt,” Bobby told journalists.
Commitment from all spheres of the country can reduce the number of climate migrants displaced from the coastal areas, said speakers at a seminar titled “Climate Migrant Rights: National and International Policy Option” held yesterday.
BNP undecided over mayoral candidate while JaPa faces two aspirantsThe Awami League’s Chittagong unit has become a forerunner in preparing itself for the upcoming city poll on April 28 as two aspirants agreed to extend their support to the one nominated by the party.
HM Ershad-backed Jatiya Party and Khaleda Zia’s BNP, on the other hand, are yet to choose their candidates for the mayoral post – now occupied by BNP-backed M Manjur Alam.
A total of 94 candidates have collected nomination forms to vie for the positions of mayor, ward councillor and reserved women ward councillor in the upcoming city polls.
Of the 94, three are mayoral aspirants, said CCC polls Returning Officer Md Abdul Baten, also the divisional (electoral) election commissioner of Chittagong, yesterday.
“The three are Jatiya Party Presidium member Solaiman Alam Sheth, Bangladesh Nationalist Front’s Chittagong unit Convener Arif Moinuddin and Gazi Mohammad Alauddin,” he said.
Burn unit once again receiving new victims, 4 admitted in the last 48hrAfter a brief respite of couple of weeks, the air at the National Institute of Burn and Plastic Surgery of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) once again is getting heavy with the sufferings of new petrol bomb victims.
Of the four people admitted to the burn unit in the last 48 hours, one victim succumbed to his injuries while being treated.
The deceased, Md Yousuf, 67, a freedom fighter and a truck driver in profession, received 25% burn injuries to his face and respiratory system when his vehicle came under attack in Feni early yesterday.
Environmentalists at a discussion yesterday alleged that government organisations are least bothered about conserving groundwater, rainwater and water reservoirs as they are active on water use from underground sources.
They warned that the government would face adverse consequences in providing drinking water in the future if the trend continued.
Bangladesh Poribesh Banchao Andolon (Poba) organised the discussion at its office in the capital to mark World Water Day, which the United Nations member states will observe today.
Saying that the BNP was in political coma and the upcoming city corporation polls could rejuvenate the party, Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan urged Khaleda Zia to consider taking part in the elections.
“Participating in the city corporation elections is only the way for her to come out of the confined situation and end the political deadlock,” the minister said hoping that the BNP would take a positive decision in this regard.
Members of RAB 7 in a drive yesterday detained two from Kanchana of Satkania upazila in Chittagong for their involvement in different terrorism activities in the area.
During the drive, the RAB also seized foreign guns and bullets from their possession.
The arrestees Helal Uddin, 22, and Mohammad Khorshed, 21 would be
handed over to Satkania police and an arms case would be filed in this connection, said RAB 7 Commanding Officer Lt Colonel Mifta Uddin.
A target of Tk65.1262 crore, the port generated only Tk11.3453 crore falling short
Due to the ongoing blockade and strike, the revenue collection at Sonamasjid land port in Chapainawabganj has failed to meet its target for February.
Against a target of Tk65.1262 crore, the port generated only Tk11.3453 crore falling short by more than 80%.
Although about 300-400 trucks enter the port on a daily basis, revenue collection has been low as most of the goods are duty-free.
Tunisian authorities have arrested more than 20 suspected militants following the Bardo museum attack when gunmen killed foreign tourists, leading to a nationwide security crackdown.
Hundreds of Tunisians gathered for a mass in the cathedral in Tunis yesterday, lighting candles to remember the victims – 20 foreign tourists and three Tunisians – in a ceremony attended by government ministers. Outside, there was a heavy police presence along the capital’s central Habib Bourguiba boulevard.
The foreign ministers of South Korea, Japan and China agreed yesterday that a summit meeting of their leaders, on hold for nearly three years because of tensions over history and territory, should be held soon to mend the countries’ ties.
The ministers were meeting, also for the first time in three years, in a bid to restore what had been a regular forum to discuss cooperation until it collapsed over what Seoul and Beijing saw as Japan’s reluctance to own up to its wartime past.
About 300 people have been arrested in the Indian state of Bihar, authorities say, after reports emerged of blatant cheating in
Parents and friends of students were photographed climbing school walls to pass on answers.
Many of those arrested were parents. At least 750 students have been expelled.
An estimated 1.4m students are taking their school leaving exams in Bihar alone – tests seen as crucial for their chances of a successful career.