- February 16, 2018
8 groups of joint forces will be deployed to catch bomb and arson attackers, and other criminalsPolice have planned a special week-long security operation they are calling “block raid” as a preparation for the upcoming polls in the two city corporations of Dhaka.
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and the Armed Police Battalion (APBn) are assisting the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) in the drive.
The DMP wanted to start the drives from yesterday, but police said last night that they did not eventually go on any such drive.
An Airbus operated by Lufthansa’s Germanwings budget airline crashed in a remote area of the French Alps on Tuesday, killing all 150 people on board including 16 schoolchildren.
Germanwings confirmed its flight 4U 9525 from Barcelona to Duesseldorf went down with 144 passengers and six crew on board.
One of the plane’s black box recorders has been found and will be examined immediately, France’s interior minister said. In Washington, the White House said the crash did not appear to have been caused by a terrorist attack.
A four-member delegation of pro-BNP professionals will go to the Election Commission today to ask the commission to create a level-playing field for all political parties to hold a free, fair and credible election.
The delegation led by former Dhaka University vice-chancellor Emajuddin Ahamed comprises Supreme Court Bar Association President Khandakar Mahbub Hossain, founder trustee of Gonosashthya Zafrullah Chowdhury and Dhaka University teacher Mahbubullah.
The Detective Branch of police yesterday interrogated Buet Associate Professor Farseem Mannan Mohammedy over the gruesome murder of writer Avijit Roy.
“Detectives questioned him for about three hours starting from 11am at the DB office,” Masudur Rahman, deputy commissioner (media and publication) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, said.
A high official of DB police, requesting anonymity said: “The investigators asked Farseem about the meeting on Amar Ekushey Book Fair premises on the day of the incident.”
All the branches of the scheduled banks located in Dhaka and Chittagong metropolitan areas will remain open on Friday and Saturday to facilitate the upcoming city polls.
Bangladesh Bank yesterday issued a circular asking the banks to keep their branches open so candidates could deposit necessary fees.
The banks have also been asked to ensure proper security measures during the banking hour.
The Election Commission has scheduled April 28 for holding the polls to the three city corporations. The deadline for submission of nomination papers is March 29.
Law enforcers have been enforcing tight security measures in Dighinala of Khagrachhari since March 15 when the indigenous people under the banner of Dighinala Land Protection Committee demonstrated against the BGB’s taking over the land of 21 hill people to construct its battalion headquarters.
International bidders for the construction of a controversial 1,320MW coal-fired power plant situated near the Sundarbans have called for a compensation mechanism to protect them from “unfortunate situations” arising from opposition to the plant.
Bidders raised concerns about the security of their investment in the proposed power plant and sought an extension to submit techno-commercial and financial bid proposals during a two-day pre-bid meeting that ended yesterday at Bidyut Bhaban in the capital.
Awami League leaders Sayeed Khokon and Haji Selim, both of whom have been in the race for the mayor of Dhaka South City Corporation, yesterday collected nomination papers.
Khokon collected the form from the returning officer of Dhaka south around 12pm and Haji Selim about an hour later.
In the last week of February, Khokon was asked by Prime Minister and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina to make preparations for the city polls.
The High Court yesterday questioned the legality of police torture on a Patuakhali journalist, issuing a ruling against the government and the police.
The bench of Justice Quazi Reza-Ul Hoque and Justice Razik Al Jalil set four weeks of time for an explanation on why inhuman physical and mental torture in police custody on ABM Mizanur Rahman, the Bauphal correspondent of Bangla daily Prothom Alo, should not be declared illegal.
An NBR member might have been mistakenly targeted by unidentified gunmen – who shot and injured 56-year-old Barrister Jahangir Hossain Howlader at Banani on Monday evening, investigators have said.
After receiving a bullet wound to his waist, surgeons operated on Jahangir and was able to bring out the bullet. Doctors said the National Board of Revenue (NBR) member was now out of danger, but was still under monitoring at the ICU of the capital’s United Hospital.
The nation will recall the “Black Night of March 25” today in commemoration of the cowardly attack on Bangalis and genocide in Dhaka city by the barbarous Pakistani occupation forces in 1971.
On the fateful night, the Pakistani military junta resorted to genocide in Dhaka, the provincial capital of the then East Pakistan, to implement their blueprint to negate the Awami League’s election mandate of 1970.
A Chittagong court yesterday ordered five-day remand for Ershad Hossain alias Mamun, the alleged Chittagong district unit commander of banned militant outfit Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) arrested on Monday.
Akbar Shah police produced him before the court of Third Metropolitan Magistrate Nur-e-Alam Bhuiyan seeking 10-day remand in a case. It was filed under the Anti-Terrorism Act and the Explosives Substance Act, CMP Additional Deputy Commissioner (prosecution) Kazi Muttaki Ibn Minan said.
The Election Commission has urged executive magistrates from the Ministry of Public Administration to deploy emergency mobile courts to prevent electoral code violations.
Yesterday the EC sent a letter to the ministry stating that large scale poll code violations were seen to be taking place prior to the city corporation polls.
Public Administration Ministry Joint Secretary (Admin) Kazi Rowshan Akter told the Dhaka Tribune: “We are ready to help the election commission for a peaceful mayoral election in Dhaka and Chittagong.”
The BNP-led 20-party alliance yesterday did not declare countrywide hartal programme today and tomorrow, despite having enforced hartals during weekdays continuously since February 1 amid a non-stop blockade.
The alliance in a press release yesterday said it would bring out protest rallies across the country today to demand the return of missing BNP leader Salahuddin Ahmed and protest the repression of opposition leaders and activists..
Barisal Government Brojo Mohun College authority expelled a student from the hostel for his alleged anti-religion comments on Facebook.
The student, Jahirul Islam Jasim, is an honours second-year student of Sociology and was a resident of Ashwini Kumar Degree Hostel of the college.
“A group of students circulated printed copies of a status from Jasim’s Facebook account alleging that Jasim is spreading anti-religion propaganda,” said BM College Principal Prof Fazlul Huq, adding that the agitated students have been staging demonstrations since Sunday.
Twenty three journalists and three media organisations have been given Brac Media Award 2015 for their contribution in raising awareness about tuberculosis (TB) in the country.
Health and Family Welfare Minister Mohammad Nasim handed over the crests and certificates among the award recipients at a function at the Brac Centre Inn in the capital yesterday, said a press release.
Under Bangla and English newspaper, and electronic media categories, the Daily Ittefaq, Daily Observer and private satellite channel NTV got the award respectively.
Investigators of the International Crimes Tribunal have found evidence against eight suspected war criminals of Jamalpur, six of who are now absconding, for their alleged involvement in crimes against humanity committed during the 1971 Liberation War in 1971.
“The accused were involved in 10 counts of crimes including killing, torture and abduction in Jamalpur during the war,” Abdul Hannan Khan, coordinator of the agency, told reporters at its Dhanmondi office yesterday.
They submitted the probe report to the prosecution after the press conference.
Medical teams are on alert at the border of Khulna to check passengers travelling from West Bengal, India, a zone where the outbreak of the deadly H1N1 virus has infected around 200 lives in the last two months.
The health department, district and divisional administration are taking measures to stop the intrusion of swine flu in the country through the three land ports and one sea port situated in six districts – Khulna, Satkhira, Bagerhat, Jessore, Meherpur and Chuadanga.
A Dhaka court has deferred again the indictment hearing of BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and 28 others of the BNP-led 20-party alliance until June 7 in the case of an explosion at the Secretariat
Judge Ruhul Amin of Dhaka Metropolitan Special Tribunal 5 passed the order yesterday as the jail authorities could not produce Mirza Fakhrul, Khandakar Mosharraf Hossain, Moazzem Hossain Alal and some others before the court. The hearing has been deferred several times before.
China wants Bangladesh to support its position on reforming the United Nations Security Council, a debate that has been continuing for over two decades.
Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh Ma Mingqiang had a meeting with Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali yesterday and briefed him about Beijing’s position on the UN Security Council reform.
“The debate has been continuing since 1993, and this year, the security council reform discussion will begin at the UN General Assembly from March 26,” said an official of the Foreign Ministry.