- February 16, 2018
Senior leaders of the ruling Awami League think that the ongoing political violence occurred during blockades and hartals enforced by the BNP-led 20-party alliance since January 6 may stop if the BNP decides to take part in the upcoming city elections.
Presidium member Tofail Ahmed yesterday said the elections could be an “exit point” for the BNP to return to fair politics shunning the path of violence and sabotage.
The BNP is making all-out preparations to contest in the upcoming Dhaka and Chittagong city polls. But they might also back out at the eleventh hour lacking a “congenial atmosphere.”
As contesting the polls is very crucial, the party has been cautiously observing the situation, especially the ruling party Awami League’s attitude towards the elections and the BNP-backed contenders.
Petrol bombs claimed three more lives yesterday.
Of them, Rawshan Biswas, 35, and Matin Biswas, 25, were injured when a truck was attacked in Magura on Saturday night while 40-year-old Khandakar Sharif’s truck came under attack in Chandpur early Thursday.
Rawshan, who was a day labourer, and Matin were among nine people burnt when their truck came under attack in Maghirdal area of Magura Sadar upazila around 8pm.
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday asked the government to return missing BNP leader Salahuddin Ahmed to his family immediately, or else face dire consequences in the future.
“There is no reason to think that politicians in power will be spared if they joke about the disappearance of a politician like Salahuddin Ahmed. I am calling upon the political leaders and activists, rights bodies, different social and conscious citizens to raise their voices,” she said.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday inaugurated the combined Warfare Exhibition of the Bangladesh Army, Navy and Air Force at the National Parade Square in the capital, marking the Independence Day and National Day-2015.
Just after the formal inauguration of the nine-day Exhibition by the PM though cutting a ribbon, releasing balloons and pigeons in the afternoon, the fighter planes of the Bangladesh Air Force fight passed over the venue while the paratroopers made successful landing on the parade square.
A Dhaka court is expected to rule on a petition today seeking summons for BNP chief Khaleda Zia, her daughter-in-law (younger son late Arafat Rahman’s wife) and two grand children in a loan default case.
Sonali Bank counsel Md Jahangir Hossain submitted a petition seeking summons against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, her daughter-in-law and two granddaughters in the Dandy Dyeing case.
The defendants, besides Khaleda, are Sharmila Rahman Sithi and her daughters Zafia Rahman and Zahia Rahman, currently in Malaysia.
Thousands of fans, waiting in eager anticipation at the Dhaka airport, erupted in unison the moment the Emirates flight, carrying the Bangladesh cricket team, touched down yesterday.
The flight was delayed by 30 minutes but it hardly mattered to the supporters, Bangladesh Cricket Board directors and officials, and the media personnel who were waiting for the Tigers at the VIP arrival lounge.
The port city’s enduring water logging problem will be a major issue for mayoral candidates contesting the Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) elections scheduled for April 28.
In a bid to attract voters, candidates are analysing the actions taken by the CCC on the issue over the last five years and unveiling their own plans to solve the problem, sources said.
CCC sources said incumbent Mayor M Manjur Alam had implemented projects worth Tk147 crore to deal with water logging.
A total of 18 mayor aspirants have so far collection nomination forms in Dhaka and Chittagong for the upcoming city corporation polls.
Yesterday, 11 mayor aspirants collected forms in Dhaka and two in Chittagong, taking the total in the two cities to 13 and five respectively.
Jatiya Party leaders Bahauddin Ahmed Babul and Bobby Hajjaj, CPB leader Abdullah Al Kafi and Helena Jahangir were among those collected papers yesterday, said Dhaka north’s election officer Nazrul Islam.
With almost a month gone and no significant headway into solving the murder of writer Avijit Roy, the police has now sought help from anyone who might have captured any picture or videos during the attack at the TSC roundabout.
“A number of people had witnessed the murder but none of them could clearly say how many men carried out the attack or what the assailants looked like,” said DB Joint Commissioner Monirul Islam yesterday.
A Dhaka court yesterday asked Criminal Investigation Department to conduct further investigations in a case filed over the Tazreen Fashions fire incident in 2012, and submit the report by April 22.
Dhaka Senior Judicial Magistrate Kazi Shahidul Islam passed the order, granting the prosecution’s no-confidence petition filed against the final investigation report submitted by CID that found the allegations against the defendants were not true.
Around a dozen and a half offices of the Land Ministry came under arson attack yesterday across the country.
Officials said the ministry had received reports from deputy commissioners of 14 districts about arson attacks on land ministry establishments amid the ongoing anti-government campaign by the BNP-led 20-alliance.
The BNP-led political opposition has been waging a violent movement since January 6 marked by arson attacks.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked the law enforcement agencies to confiscate all the land property of those to be found guilty of torching land offices across the country.
“Those who will torch land offices and burn important land documents, all of their fathers’ and grandfathers’ land property will be confiscated,” she said.
The Prime Minister said this while speaking at a function organised marking the 40th founding anniversary of the Islamic Foundation Bangladesh at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC).
The government decided to go for quick implementation of Dhaka Mass Rapid Transit Development project, better known as metro rail.
As part of the decision, all tenders for the project will be floated this year. Out of a total eight tender phases, two have been completed already.
According to the metro rail line 6 plan, the project would be completed by 2024. However, the government has fixed a new deadline for implementing the project within 2020. The first part of the project from Uttara to Farmgate will be completed by 2019.
The government yesterday transferred 15 senior police officials in a major police force reshuffle. The Ministry of Home Affairs made the changes through three separate orders signed by Joint Secretary ASM Imdadud Dastgir.
Khulna Metropolitan Police (KMP) additional commissioner M Aurangzeb Mahbub was made commandant of the Armed Police Battalion (APBN) and specialised training centre at Khagrachhari.
KMP Khulna range additional deputy inspector general Khandker Rafiqul Islam was made director of the Rapid Action Battalion.
A prime accused in a murder case filed recently over the killing of a girl in the capital’s Fakirapool area, was killed in a gunfight with Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) members in Dhaka’s Shahjahanpur.
The deceased is Mobarak Ullah Monty, 28, a local leader of the Fakirapool Jubo League unit.
The gunfight took place at Titipara Sweeper Colony around 3am yesterday.
RAB 3 Operational Officer ASP Saiful Islam told the Dhaka Tribune that Monty shot first and police returned fire.
Environmental organisations urged the government to ensure integrity in the water management including quick implementation of Bangladesh Water Act 2013.
Besides, they demanded to an end to the pollution of the rivers and water bodies.
The call appeared from a human chain hosted by Bangladesh Water Integrity Network and Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) in TSC area yesterday marking the World Water Day.
The Dhaka-Chittagong four-lane highway is facing further delays due to slow implementation in the stretch that goes through Comilla.
Although that stretch was scheduled to be completed within three years, only 70% work has been done in four years.
According to the sources, out of the 192.3 kilometre of the project, 99 kilometre lies in Comilla district stretching from Daudkandi toll plaza to Feni’s Mohammad Ali area.
So far only 55km of 99km has been upgraded and paved. All the bridges and culverts on this portion have also been completed.
Labourers, who are working in informal sectors, have to deal with lack of pure drinking water, insufficient medical and latrines facilities, fear of eviction from houses, minimum opportunity for their school-going children and unsecured life every day, speakers told a workshop yesterday.
At the workshop the speakers include rickshaw puling, construction work, tea stall, hawker, fishing and sewing in informal working sector.
Defying a High court directive, some real estate companies in collaboration with a section of local influential people have been constructing buildings near Cox’s Bazar sea beach, making a threat to the environment and ecology in the area.
Besides, the illegal establishments have been causing harm to the scenic beauty of the world’s largest sea beach.
In 2012, the High Court gave a directive asking authorities concerned not to allow construction of buildings within 500 metre distance from the water level of the sea.