- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
A Dhaka court yesterday placed banned Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir leader Shafiur Rahman Farabi, the key suspect in secular writer Avijit Roy murder, on a five-day remand in a case filed last year for defaming the prime minister.
Metropolitan Magistrate Md Hasibul Haque passed the order after Sub-Inspector Abdur Rouf produced Farabi before it.
The case was filed on July 28 last year with Sher-e-Bangla Nagar police under the Information and Communication Technology Act for making derogatory remarks about Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Facebook.
Before Khorshed Alam succumbed to his injuries at the National Institute of Burn and Plastic Surgery yesterday, his last words were a plea to the Almighty asking for relief from the unbearable pain.
The 30-year-old truck helper died around 1:15pm after an eight-day struggle for life at the burn institute of Dhaka Medical College Hospital. Another arson victim named Yeadul Mollah, 25, died around 9:35am yesterday. He had been undergoing treatment for five days.
A woman reportedly attempted suicide after killing two of her children in Amtoli village in Lohagara, Chittagong early yesterday.
Police said Rehana Akhter, after killing her seven-year-old daughter Marium and two-year-old son Yasin with a knife, tried to kill herself by slitting her throat. She was in a critical condition when her husband Humayun Kabir found her around 5am.
A tribunal yesterday acquitted all the 13 accused in Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal leader Jamir Uddin murder case since the prosecution had failed to prove the charges.
The accused are all leaders and activists of radical Islami Chhatra Shibir, the student body of Jamaat-e-Islami.
None from Jamir’s family was present when Chittagong Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal Judge Reza Tarique Ahmed passed the order.
As part of a cyclone rehabilitation project, the government has constructed 136 new multi-purpose disaster shelters that also double up as primary schools during non-emergency situations, a statement from the World Bank said yesterday.
With support from the World Bank, the Emergency 2007 Cyclone Recovery and Restoration Project (ECRRP) has been going on to restore the livelihoods of people affected by the Cyclone Sidr and Cyclone Alia, which struck in 2007 and 2009 respectively, and to build long-term disaster preparedness.
A Dhaka court yesterday denied bail to BNP Vice-Chairman Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury in a case filed for an attack on Awami League lawmaker Chhabi Biswas.
Chhabi Biswas came under attack on December 24 last year during a clash between police and BNP men over Khaleda Zia’s appearance before a court in Bakshibazar.
Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge Kamrul Islam Mollah passed the order after hearing on a petition filed by his counsel Md Sanaullah Miah.
Chandgaon police in overnight raids yesterday arrested four miscreants who hurled petrol and crude bombs during blockade and hartals in exchange for money.
The arrestees – aged between 20 and 25 – are Ivan Khan Imon, Mobarak, Sohel and Idris, said Chandgaon Police Station Officer-in-Charge Sairul Islam.
He said they nabbed the four after conducting drives at Faridarpara, Hamidchar, Chasha Colony, Talukdar Bari and Manjurpara areas under their jurisdiction in the city following a tip-off.
The 3rd Convocation of United International University was held on March 24, 2015 at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in Dhaka.
Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid presided over the programme. Prof Dr Mohammed Farashuddin, chairperson of UIU’s Board of Trustees and founder vice-chancellor of East West University, was present as the convocation speaker.
Police have arrested seven robbers from the capital’s different parts, including Shiddhirganj and Keraniganj, in the past three days.
The arrested were identified as Rubel, Golam Rabbi, Abbas Ali, Rinku, Mamunur Rashid, Suman and Ridoy.
Officer-in-Charge of Paltan police station Morshed Alam said they have also recovered a foreign made pistol, two bullets, a crude bomb, Tk8,000 in cash and three mobile sets from the procession of the arrestees.
Security measures have been beefed up for putting a security blanket over the country, especially in the capital city and its suburb Savar for celebrating the Independence Day, said different law and nforcement agencies.
Police will keep close watch during the Independence day programme across the country so that the day can be observed smoothly, said Deputy Commissioner Masudur Rahman.
BNP has all but announced its participation in the upcoming city polls of Dhaka and Chittagong scheduled for April 28.
Although still pending a formal announcement, activities of citizens’ platforms closely linked with the main political opposition suggest that it will indeed be in the running for the three city corporation offices of Dhaka north and south, and Chittagong.
Flight operations of the Biman Bangladesh Airlines will resume on the Rajshahi-Dhaka route on April 6, after eight years of suspension, said Setafur Rahman, manager of Shah Makhdum Airport, Rajshahi.
“Preparations including restoration of terminal, setting up fiber furniture, extension of air borderline, renovation of runway are done,” he told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday.
People in Chapainawabganj district hardly get necessary health services at the upazila health complexes as those are beset with multifaceted problems.
Almost all the health complexes in the district, including those in Nachole, Gomostapur, Bholahat and Shibganj upazilas, are unable to provide elementary treatment to the patients for acute shortage of medical and other staff and lack of related equipment and other logistics.
Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad yesterday rejected pro-BNP professionals’ suggestion seeking an extension of the deadline for submission of nomination papers for Dhaka and Chittagong city corporation polls.
At a press briefing at the Election Commission Secretariat in the evening, the CEC said there was no reason to extend the last date for submission of nomination papers.
Police yesterday arrested the main accused in a case launched by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on charge of misappropriating about Tk13.59 crore from Sylhet regional office of state-owned Jiban Bima Corporation.
The arrested, Md Abdul Latif Chowdhury, a resident of Falgunkora village in Chauddagram upazila of Comilla, embezzled the money from 2002 to 2012 when he was manager of the regional office.
Pests have attacked boro seedlings in different upazilas of Madaripur district this season.
The farmers apprehend that a vast tract of land will remain uncultivated this season for the want of seedlings.
They are buying pesticides on their own and claim that the Agriculture Extension Office of Madaripur has not taken any initiative in this connection so far.
An insect called Majra has affected 1.5 feet long boro seedlings on the Goidi Beel, situated only around three km away from the office, they said.
Seven eminent personalities get Independence Award 2015 Reiterating her government’s firm stance against militant activities, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged all, including the country’s conscious citizens, to come up to protect the country and its people from militants.
“We do not want destruction, but development; we do not want militant acts, but peace…We want Bangladesh to become a peaceful nation in the world and continue to move ahead as a peaceful country in South Asia and that is our goal,” she said.
Sparks will fly when defending champions India take on cohosts Australia today in what could potentially be a blockbuster semi-final clash at Sydney Cricket Ground with the winners going through to Sunday’s grand finale against New Zealand at Melbourne Cricket
Following the Kiwis’ humdinger of a win against South Africa on Tuesday in Auckland, all eyes will now shift to today’s encounter between a high-flying Indian team and a pumped-up Australian side.
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia will not be attending the reception hosted by President Abdul Hamid today at Bangabhaban to celebrate the 45th Independence and National Day of Bangladesh, BNP party sources said last night.
The president invited the BNP chief yesterday to the yearly programme through a letter sent to Khaleda’s Gulshan office. BNP’s Media Wing official Shamsuddin Didar told the Dhaka Tribune that he had received the invitation letter in the afternoon.
Two Bangladeshi migrants kidnapped by Islamic State militants in Libya were released on Tuesday evening, 18 days after the abduction.
Bangladesh Ambassador to Libya, Maj Gen Shahidul Haque, said in a statement that Helal Uddin of Jamalpur and Mohammed Anowar Hossain of Noakhali were taken to a hospital in the Libyan city of Sirte for medical check-up after their release.
“The physical condition of both men is reportedly normal. On Wednesday, they are expected to be brought to the Tripoli office of the company that employed them,” the statement read.