- March 24, 2018
The day after an official BNP press statement dismissed the upcoming city corporation polls as a “mockery of elections,” the party’s Chittagong city leadership announced its mayoral candidate and claimed the BNP central command had endorsed their choice.
In a seeming about-turn on the issue, BNP Vice-Chairman Abdullah Al Noman yesterday said participating in the three city corporation polls was part of the BNP’s ongoing anti-government movement.
Blaming vested quarters for trying to defame the Rapid Action Battalion, its chief yesterday said in the future they would work relentlessly to prevent militancy and criminal activities.
“RAB has achieved trust and appraisal of the ordinary people because of efficiently combating terrorism, militancy, robbery, abduction… On the other hand, RAB has been working actively to maintain peace in the country,” recently-appointed Director General Benazir Ahmed said during its 11th anniversary programme in the city.
A man who was abducted on Monday from Munshiganj was rescued from Dhaka on Wednesday night.
Aulad Sheikh, 40, son of late Aslam Sheikh of Singairtek village under Sirajdikhan upazila of Munshiganj returned to his village from Korea five months ago.
His family members said Aulad shared enmity with the gang of a local man named Swapan over ownership of a piece of land.
On Monday around 7:30pm, Aulad started for home from the Upazila Chairman Mohiuddin Ahmed’s office located in Sirajdikhan Bazar area, however, he did not return home.
Ignoring a ban from the Maldives government, Bangladeshi expatriates in the island nation will stage a demonstration in the capital Male today protesting the murders of two Bangladeshis and attack on two others.
The government of the Maldives on the other hand threatened to cancel the visas of the protesters, reported local media.
Around 70,000 Bangladeshis are now living in the country of 3.5 lakh population, mostly without any valid documents, according to unofficial figures.
Australia set up a grand final showdown with trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand after romping to a convincing 95-run win over defending champions India in the second semi-final at Sydney Cricket Ground yesterday. The cohosts will meet this Sunday at Melbourne Cricket Ground to decide whether the Aussies seal their fifth World Cup title or the Kiwis clinch their maiden crown after six semi-final failures.
The country celebrated its 45th Independence and National Day yesterday with due solemnity and festivity.
On March 26, 1971, father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman declared Bangladesh’s independence following the crackdown on unarmed Bangalis on the midnight of March 25 by the Pakistani occupation forces.
After a nine-month bloody War of Liberation, the people of the country achieved its cherished independence on December 16, 1971.
The day was a public holiday.
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia did not go to the National Mausoleum on Independence Day yesterday to pay her respect to the martyrs of the Liberation War.
However, a delegation of BNP leaders led by the party’s Standing Committee members Mahbubur Rahman and Abdul Moyeen Khan paid tributes at the National Mausoleum in Savar.
Khaleda, who has been holed up in her office since January 3, did not clarify any reason for her absence at the National Mausoleum.
One of the convicted killers of the four national leaders, Captain (relieved) Kismat Hashem, died of heart attack in Canada early yesterday.
Kismat died at his home in Montreal around 6am, his younger brother Shawkat Hasem Shoku said. He would be buried after a janaza today.
Kismat was sentenced to life in prison for the murders in the early hours of November 3, 1975, at the Dhaka Central Jail.
The BTRC has already paid $5.6m or 20% of the cost to Intersputnik, a satellite company from Russia, as the first instalment of purchasing an orbital slotAn international tender for the Bangabandhu 1 satellite has been floated, with the government now anticipating to launch the spacecraft in late 2017.
Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) in a tender dated March 24, but published yesterday, said only satellite companies with at least 15 years of experience can compete for the contract.
Mahi B Chowdhury, joint secretary general of Bikolpo Dhara Bangladesh, collected nomination paper yesterday to vie for the mayoral post in the Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) election.
Sarwar Morshed collected the form on behalf of Mahi from Returning Officer Shah Alam.
The returning officer of the DNCC said: “Though today is March 26, a national holiday, our office has remained open so that candidates can collect their nomination papers.”
The Indian Border Security Force has returned four police officials of the Detective Branch in Comilla several hours after detaining them.
Of the four, ASI Md Sabuj and Constable Selim were returned around 11:45pm on Wednesday while ASI Md Alamgir and Constable Taposh at 12:45am yesterday.
They all were returned through Akhaura border in Brahmanbaria.
Their release followed a discussion among top BGB and BSF officials.
Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid said the country will need another 50 years to fix the damages caused to the education sector by Khaleda Zia’s thoughtless imposition of blockade and hartals.
“BNP leader Khaleda Zia is trying to destroy the lives of students without the understanding the enormity of her actions. The nation will not forgive her,” he said.
The minister made these comments when speaking as chief guest at an event organised by Biyanibazar upazila administration to honour Liberation war freedom fighters and families of martyrs.
Six people were injured in a clash between two Awami League factions in Sadullapur early yesterday.
An altercation between the factions led by upazila Awami League General Secretary Saharia Khan Biplob and Gaibandha 3 lawmaker Dr Md Eunus Ali Sarkar over who would pay tributes to a local war memorial first triggered the clash, said police.
Officer-in-Charge of Sadullapur police station Zia Latiful Islam said the wreath of the lawmaker was damaged during the scuffle.
The 45th Independence and National Day was celebrated yesterday across the country amidst much enthusiasm and festive mood.
Our Gaibandha correspondent reports: The day’s programme began through placing wreaths by district administration, police department, district Muktijodha Sangshad, district AL, BNP, Jatiya party and other political parties, BMA, educational institutions and socio-cultural organizations at the monument of the Poura Park of the town at 12.01 am.
High prices of materials, lack of capital force them to leave ancestral professionWeavers in Narsingdi are facing hurdles to maintain their families and the handloom industries are on the verge of closure due to high prices of raw materials including yarn, dyes and chemicals.
The gradual decreases of demands of their products and lack of running capital have threatened the profession and livelihood of the people depended on the industry.
Many weavers are going through hardships to maintain their families and trying to leave their ancestral profession because of low income.
Local freedom fighters in Nalitabari yesterday left an Independence Day programme after the upazila chairman in his speech described BNP founder Ziaur Rahman as the man who declared the country’s independence.
The upazila administration arranged the programme on Taraganj Pilot High School ground at 10am and upazila Chairman AKM Mokhlesur Rahman Ripon, also the district BNP’s joint convener, hoisted the national flag.
Some unidentified miscreants hurled a crude bomb at a patrolling team of local Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) on Munshipur bordering area in Damurhuda upazila yesterday.
Soon after the blast that took place around 6am, the BGB team recovered three crude bombs from the scene.
Admitting the attack, Chuadanga 6 BGB Battalion Commander SM Maniruzzaman said a team from BGB’s Munshipur BOP Camp took position near the no 92 border pillar in the morning to detain intruders.
As a frantic pilot pounded on the cockpit door and passengers screamed in panic, the Germanwings co-pilot “intentionally” sent Flight 9525 straight into the side of a mountain in the French Alps, a prosecutor said yesterday.
Tunisia police have arrested 23 people so far from the group behind the attack on the museum that killed 21, but Moroccan and Algerian suspects are still at large, said the country’s top security official yesterday.
Interior Minister Najem Gharsalli told journalists that the arrests included a woman and the group was connected to the al-Qaida-linked Oqba Ibn Nafaa brigade.
The pressure was just too much for India in the end. They put a spirited defence of their World Cup title but chasing more than 300 to beat Australia in Thursday’s semi-final was a task even beyond them.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni, India’s inspiring captain who led his country to an unforgettable World Cup win four years ago, led his team from the front again.
He top scored for his team with a run-a-ball 65 but it was all in vain as the Indians collapsed to be all out for 233 in the 47th over, chasing Australia’s daunting 328 for seven.