- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
Around 9:30pm on Thursday, Farmview Supermarket shop worker Moshiul Alam looked at his wristwatch and decided to close up shop for the day. He set off for the Farmgate overbridge as he made his way home to the capital’s Nakhalpara neighbourhood.
As he began to cross the pedestrian overbridge, the silhouettes of two people caught his eye – sitting in the middle of the bridge, they seemed intent on some action he could not quite make out.
Awami League-led alliance likely to finalise candidates on March 31BNP’s announcement of joining the April city polls has let the ruling Awami League alliance to shift to Plan B, which is primarily to ensure there is just one candidate for all posts including that of mayors.
In most of the city posts – mayor, ward councillor and female councillor – more than one Awami League leader have expressed their intention to contest. Most have already collected nomination papers as well.
Mayoral candidate Annisul Huq exchanged views with the workers and leaders of Mohammadpur, Adabar and Sher-e-Bangla Nagar thana units of the Awami League in the capital yesterday evening.
AL Presidium Member Tofail Ahmed, International Affairs Secretary Conl (retd) Faruk Khan, Joint General Secretary and local MP Jahangir Kabir Nanak introduced the ruling alliance’s candidate with the local leaders at Suchana Community Centre at Mohammadpur.
Annisul Huq has already collected the nomination paper to contest in the mayoral post of Dhaka North City Corporation.
The 2015 ICC World Cup has finally reached its climax following 42 days of drama and 48 matches filled with nerve-wracking action as co-hosts Australia and New Zealand prepare to battle it out in the grand finale under the Melbourne sky today at 9:30am.
The trans-Tasman rivals have played some extraordinary cricket right throughout the flagship event and the final could not have asked for better teams.
Focus put on decentralising densely populated megacitiesThe government is reportedly working on a new urban development policy that would look to decentralise the densely populated cities and steer away large investments from megacities.
As part of a proposed National Urban Policy 2015, the Local Government Division (LGD) wants to impose a fresh tax on the owners of land and buildings if they delay developing their work-in-progress on new establishments, sources told the Dhaka Tribune.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday emphasised on the importance of creating two new divisions in the country splitting the existing Dhaka and Chittagong divisions to make it easier for the government to serve people in a greater way.
“The country’s population has increased…it is our responsibility to serve people, we can provide services to them in a greater way by increasing the number of divisions,” she said.
Police yesterday detained seven Chhatra Shibir activists in Chittagong who were claimed to be involved in a plot to sabotage state-run fuel depots in Patenga and Chittagong port.
Fazlur Rahman alias Rubel, president of Shibir’s Patenga unit, and his six associates – Jamir Uddin, Khalid Hasan alias Rana, Abdul Karim, Mahbubur Rahman, Md Abdul Karim and AGM Ali Arif – were nabbed from different parts of the district, police said.
The life of a Bangladeshi garment factory worker is not an easy one, but the new research by the University of Washington (UW) suggests something else.
The new study indicates that access to such factory jobs improves the lives of young Bangladeshi women, motivating them to stay in school and lowering their likelihood of early marriage and childbirth.
The April 2013 collapse of a commercial garment factory building that killed more than 1,100 people thrust the industry into a harsh spotlight and brought attention and concern from human rights groups.
The BNP-led 20-party alliance will bring out protest processions across the country today.
The alliance made the announcement yesterday through a press statement signed by BNP Joint Secretary General Barkatullah Bulu, urging countrymen to observe the programme peacefully and successfully alongside the ongoing nationwide transport blockade.
The college currently has only one appointed teacher for the lone batchAcademic activities at Rangamati Medical College resumed yesterday, after more than two and a half months of closure due to resistance by indigenous groups.
As many as 43 students out of 53 of the first batch attended classes.
The institution remained closed since the prime minister inaugurated it on January 10.
More than a month has elapsed, but the mystery behind the gruesome attack on secular blogger and science writer Avijit Roy and his wife co-writer Rafida Ahmed Bonya is yet to be solved.
Until now, investigators of the Detective Branch of police have got no clue to identify the killers while globally-acclaimed US probe agency Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is yet to complete DNA tests on the evidence collected from the murder spot on Dhaka University campus.
A Narayanganj court yesterday placed Abul Bashar, a local Awami League leader and aide of Nur Hossain, on a seven-day remand in connection with the Narayanganj 7-murder case.
Besides, Raham Ali, another associate of Nur Hossain, made his confessional statement before a court.
Narayanganj Senior Judicial Magistrate KM Mohiuddin passed the remand order after police produced Abul Bashar before the court seeking a 10-day remand.
The same court recorded the confessional statement of Rahman Ali.
The BNP-led 20-party alliance yesterday officially backed immediate past mayor M Manjur Alam for the Chittagong city polls slated for April 28.
The announcement was made yesterday afternoon before local alliance leaders sat in a closed-door meeting at the residence of city unit BNP chief Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury.
“We are officially supporting Manjur. Now we will lay out a plan to ensure his victory,” said Khosru who is also the alliance’s election coordinator in Chittagong.
A total of 140 members of Bangladesh Police left Dhaka for Darfur, Sudan to join the United Nations (UN) peacekeeping missions, said a press release issued from the Police Headquarter yesterday.
The police contingent left Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport by a UN chartered plane early Saturday led by Superintendent of Police Sarwar Murshid Shamim as the chief of contingent.
Senior police officers were present at the airport to see them off. The contingent will replace existing BANFPU in South Sudan.
Professionals from different sectors urged the government to identify the sources of terrorism and militancy, considering the context of world militant activities including Middle East, and take immediate action at a convention yesterday.
The convention titled “Against Violence, Terrorism and Militancy and to Build a Secular, Democratic and Rich Bangladesh” was held at capital’s Engineers Institution auditorium in the morning.
Convener of Peoples Solidarity Movement (Gonosonhoti Andolon) Zonayed Saki yesterday collected nomination form for the Dhaka North City Corporation mayoral election.
Flanked by leftist leaders and activists, Saki bought the nomination paper around 4pm. He is also a key organaiser and central leader of the National Committee to Protect Oil Gas Mineral Resources Power and Ports. Before collecting his nomination paper, Saki resigned from his position in Gonosonhoti Andolon.
The law enforcers should prove that they had not arrested BNP leader Salahuddin Ahmed, missing since March 10, National Human Rights Commission Chairman Mizanur Rahman said yesterday.
“The police need to prove that Salahuddin was not arrested by rescuing him,” he told a discussion on International Day on the Elimination of Racism 2015 organised by the Minority Rights Forum Bangladesh in the capital.
Angry guardians and locals in Bagha upazila beat up the head teacher of a school and broke two of his teeth after a teacher caned 42 eighth-graders for refusing to pay picnic fees yesterday.
Nazrul Islam, headmaster of Chandipur High School, was assaulted when he came out of his office and tried to calm the guardians aggrieved at the beating of the students by assistant teacher Md Ali, police said.
The picnic was scheduled to be held today.
Garment workers went on a rampage and clashed with police following the death of one of their fellows in a road accident at Tipordi in Sonargoan upazila yesterday morning.
Mahbub Alam, 27, son of Keramat Ali of Kanetpur village of Barisal district and a garment worker of Chaiti Composite Limited Industry, was killed when a Dhaka-bound ‘Swadesh Paribahan’ bus hit Mahbub around 7am, reports UNB.
Ten bus passengers were also injured as the bus plunged into a roadside ditch after the incident.
She says international groups involved in passport, currency forgeryPrime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday directed the law enforcement agencies, including Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), to work with utmost sincerity to eliminate terrorism as her government will not tolerate any terrorist act on Bangladesh soul.
She also stressed talking to neighbouring countries to check passport and currency forgery as international groups are involved in the criminal acts.
The prime minister was addressing a Darbar of the elite force at its headquarters in Kurmitola in the capital marking its 11th Founding Anniversary.