- March 16, 2018
Annisul, Kabari, Pintu collect nomination papers in Dhaka; 397 more in Chittagong in five daysWith less than a week before the deadline of submission of nomination, the upcoming city corporation elections appear to gather momentum, albeit without the main political opposition BNP making any official announcements yet.
Seven mayor aspirants, including Awami League-backed businessman Annisul Huq and former AL MP and film actress Sarah Begum Kabari, collected nomination forms in Dhaka and Chittagong yesterday for the polls scheduled for April 28.
A Dhaka court yesterday ordered its staff to serve summon to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and three members of her family asking them to respond by April 12 in the Dandy Dyeing Ltd loan default case.
The three are Khaleda’s son late Arafat Rahman Koko’s wife Sharmila Rahman Sithi and his daughters Zafia Rahman and Zahia Rahman, who are now in Malaysia.
The BNP is yet to nominate mayoral candidates although the submission deadline for Dhaka and Chittagong city polls ends in less than a week.
A senior leader of the main political opposition said the BNP may request the Election Commission to modify the polls schedule to allow them more time without moving the election date. To this end, he said, a BNP delegation will soon meet with the Election Commission.
Based on interrogation of a militant commander, law enforcers reveal that militant groups are working in concert to establish a Sharia-based state with the help of international terrorist group Islamic State.
The police arrested a regional commander of banned Islamist outfit Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh yesterday and made the statement after initial questioning.
The government has for the second time extended the tenure of a secretarial committee tasked with reviewing the recommendations of the 8th National Pay and Service Commission (NPSC).
According to a Cabinet Division circular issued yesterday, the committee’s tenure has been extended from March 15 to April 15. Earlier, its tenure was extended by one month on February 15.
Detectives have arrested six persons from the capital’s Motijheel Sunday night in the Shimu Akter Sumi murder case.
The arrestees are Saidul Islam, Hanif, Ratul Ahmed, Sujan, Nurunnabi Shaon and Suman.
A Bangladeshi cowherd was shot dead by the Indian border security force near the Wahedpur border in Shibganj of the Chapainawabganj district around 2:30 am yesterday.
The casualty was identified as Tariqul Islam, 35, son of late Yusuf Ali from nearby Jamaipara village in the Paanka Union.
“Around 1 am Monday morning, five to six Bangladeshi cowherds entered India by Wahedpur border pillar 16/4-S. At that time, patrol teams from Chandni Chawk 20 BSF jawans from Maldaha, West Bengal, India, fired rounds at the cowherds.
The cricket World Cup semi-final between New Zealand and South Africa at Eden Park today has more at stake than a first final for the winner.
Both teams will hope to banish some unwanted baggage from the global showpiece that has dogged them for years.
The Proteas have long worn the tag of cricket’s ultimate chokers for repeated failures in the tournament’s knock-out rounds.
Their breakthrough quarter-final win over Sri Lanka, a first win in a knock-out match at the World Cup, will quickly be forgotten if defeated in Auckland.
The government will be redirecting the money allocated for rice and wheat under the Test Relief and Food for Work programmes, using it instead to set up solar panels and biogas plants.
Government sources said 193,000 tonnes or 51% of the total rice and wheat under the two programmes, amounting to Tk667.08 crore of a total Tk1,308 crore allocated for the 2014-15 fiscal year, would now be repurposed under the move.
RAB 2 arrested a fake journalist from the capital’s Farmgate area yesterday morning. The detained Mohammad Mahmud, 27, was conning people with offers of media jobs in exchange for money.
RAB-2 Commanding Officer Lt Col SM Masud Rana said Mahmud targeted young people interested to work in electronic and print media houses through advertisements in news dailies.
Publicity and Publication Affairs Secretary of Awami League Hassan Mahmud yesterday said the ongoing strike-blockade programme of BNP-Jamaat is a part of international terrorism.
“Khaleda Zia should be arrested for unleashing violence, hurling bombs in the name of [political] movement. It is the demand of the people to arrest her and save the country from terrorism and militancy,” said Hassan Mahmud at a discussion at the National Press Club auditorium.
AJM Nasir Uddin, the Awami League-nominated mayoral candidate for the upcoming Chittagong City Corporation polls, said he would turn the port city into a megacity and a city of dreams if he won the election.
Speaking at a discussion with journalists at the Institute of Engineers Bangladesh, Chittagong yesterday, the Awami League leader aslo talked about his plans to make Chittagong a people-friendly and modern, commercial city. The discussion was attended by other local senior Awami League leaders as well.
Contesting in the Dhaka and Chittagong city corporation elections will pave the way back to democratic politics for the BNP, said Awami League leader Suranjit Sengupta.
“It is a great opportunity for the BNP, and I hope the democratic and peaceful leaders of the party will be even able to score a win,” the veteran politician said yesterday at a press briefing on the occasion of 100th anniversary of Dirai High School in Sunamganj.
A number of development plans taken by government agencies for creating a smooth traffic system in the capital have conflicted with each other, making it difficult to implement those.
To remove the conflicts, the agencies have been directed to hold meetings.
Building flyovers and bus rapid transits are among the development plans.
The order to hold meetings came up at the board meeting of Dhaka Transport Coordination Authority (DTCA) held at its headquarters in Dhaka on Sunday.
Detectives on Sunday night detained two drug dealers and seized more than 100,000 pieces of yaba from their possession in the capital’s Demra area.
The detained were Md Ayub and Md Hossain. Detective Branch of Police Joint Commissioner Monirul Islam told reporters at a press briefing yesterday afternoon.
Monirul said the two were held during a DB drive at Amulia road near staff quarters under Demra police station.
Just over a year ago, Anowar Islam, 30, was illegally smuggled into Thailand where he picked up the tricks of the migrant smuggling trade; he was yesterday arrested on suspicion of operating a migrant smuggling business of his own.
Anowar remained in Thailand for nearly a year, learning the business of migrant smuggling and making contact with receivers of smuggled migrants before returning home to Bangladesh to set up shop for himself.
An eight day long agitation programme from nurses has come to an end since yesterday morning after Barisal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College authorities agreed to stop accommodating medical college student on the Barisal Nursing College premises.
The assurances came after SBMC academic council held a meeting with the figureheads of the agitation programme on Sunday night and informed them about the alternative accommodations arranged for the medical college students.
On Thursday morning, 16-year-old Ibrahim Ali from Chuadanga was preparing to go to work as usual when he got a call in his mobile phone.
“The caller identified himself as Monohor asked me whether I was interested to migrate to Malaysia without spending a penny,” Ibrahim said.
Three law enforcement agencies in separate drives yesterday arrested 16 alleged members of human trafficking rackets and rescued 59 Bangladeshis travelling to Malaysia and Thailand for job.
Of them, elite force Rapid Action Battalion arrested nine human traffickers from Chittagong, Tangail and the capital, and rescued 12 job seekers from Chittagong early yesterday.
Private housing projects, which have no approval from the Khulna Development Authority (KDA), have taken over the Khulna metropolitan and its adjacent areas.
About 50 companies have put up signboards in various areas under the KDA master plan and have been attracting buyers to buy their plots.
Experts opined that such unplanned development could cause serious harm to the environment if not checked right now.