- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
The three major rivers – the Jamuna, the Ganges and the Padma may grab around 2,695 hectares of land leaving 26,940 people landless and homeless this year.
A prediction report of Centre for Environmental and Geographic Information Services (CEGIS) said 336 hectares of settlement are vulnerable to erosion along these three rivers.
The erosion prediction-2015 for the Jamuna, Ganges and Padma was released yesterday at a seminar at the BRAC Centre Inn in the city.
Investigators are yet to locate the key suspect in the murder of college teacher Krishna Kaberi Biswas, the wife of a BRTA official who was killed during an attack on her family in the capital’s Mohammadpur on Monday.
Although three days have passed since the attack, the police are yet to unearth any major lead against the key suspect – KM Jahirul Islam alias Palash.
Female trainee pilot Tamanna Rahman Hridi, who died in a plane crash in Rajshahi on Wednesday, was laid to rest in Gazipur yesterday.
The 22-year-old was buried beside her grandfather’s grave in Kanaiya area. Her namaz-e-janaza was held twice – in Nikunja 2 of Dhaka at noon and on Kanaiya Madrasah premises in Gazpiur after the Asr prayer.
The trainee pilot died when the aircraft crashed while making an emergency landing at Shah Makhdum Airport.
Radical Islamist group Ansarullah Bangla Team leader Redwanul Azad Rana, suspected for masterminding the killings of secular bloggers Avijit Roy and Ahmed Rajeeb Haider, has escaped.
“According to available information and evidence we have got, Rana already left the country,” DMP Joint Commissioner Monirul Islam said but refrained from disclosing any further.
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia might appear before a Dhaka court on April 5 for hearings in two graft cases if assurances for her security are given by the authorities, her lawyer said yesterday.
The former prime minister is “keen” to appear in court, but only if “the government provides her with proper security,” Khandaker Mahbub Hossain, Khaleda’s chief counsel in the Zia Charitable Trust and Zia Orphanage Trust graft cases, said at a press conference at his office.
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday expressed no confidence in the High Court bench, which is supposed to deliver the verdict in a petition seeking scrapping of the proceedings of Barapukuria coalmine corruption case against her on April 5.
Her lawyers Khandker Mahbub Hossain, AJ Mohammad Ali, AM Mahbub Uddin Khokon and Bodruddoza Badal submitted an application to Chief Justice SK Sinha, expressing no confidence in the bench of Justice Md Moinul Islam Chowdhury and Justice JBM Hassan.
Khaleda urged the chief justice to transfer the petition to another bench.
Killers of Oyasiqur rented a house in Jatrabari for three monthsThe detained killers of blogger Oyasiqur Rahman Babu have claimed that two-three people involved in the murder of science writer Avijit Roy visited their Jatrabari den before and after the incident, detectives say.
The duo – madrasa students Zikrullah and Ariful – were trained along with three others at a mess in south Jatrabari for at least 15 days.
At least eight people died when a trawler capsized in the Buriganga River yesterday afternoon while another trawler capsize in the Meghna River in Munshiganj claimed four more lives on Wednesday night.
The victims were related despite the accidents taking place in two different places. The Buriganga victims were returning home after attending an Urs – a religious gathering – of Hazrat Solaiman Shah (R) at Beltoli in Matlab of Chandpur while those who died in the Meghna River were on their way to the same Urs.
Yemen’s Shiite rebels and their allies fought their way through the commercial centre of Aden yesterday and seized the presidential palace on a strategic hilltop in this southern coastal city, security officials said.
The capture was a major blow to the Saudi-led coalition, which has been carrying out airstrikes for a week now across Yemen, including in the capital, Sanaa, in a campaign meant to halt the advance of the Iran-backed rebels known as Houthis.
Mayoral aspirants for the two Dhaka city corporations BNP leaders Abdul Awal Mintoo and Nasir Uddin Ahmed Pintu have appealed to the Dhaka divisional commissioner challenging the cancellation of their nominations for the upcoming elections.
Mayoral contender Rezaul Karim also appealed to the commissioner to regain his candidacy.
Dhaka Divisional Commissioner Md Zillar Rahman will conduct hearings on the applications on April 4. The Divisional commissioner is the appellate authority of the Dhaka city corporation polls.
The Supreme Court yesterday finally reinstated a bail order of the High Court to Humayun Sultan Shadab, prime accused in the doctor Shamarukh Mahjabin murder case.
Humayun was also husband of Shamarukh. Through the SC order there is no bar to be freed of Humayun from the jail, sources said.
A three-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha dismissed an appeal placed by the prosecutor challenging the HC’s bail.
Students of environmental science department of Jahangirnagar University (JU) yesterday demanded that the university authorities take steps to shift their department to a newly constructed building on the campus.
They brought out a procession to place home their demand that the department be relocated from the Old Arts Faculty building as they were facing numerous problems to carry out academic activities there.
A Dhaka court yesterday deferred until May 5 the hearing on charge framing against BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and 25 others in a case filed over vandalism and torching vehicles in the capital.
Metropolitan Magistrate Muhammad Tarique Moinul Islam Bhuyan deferred the indictment hearing following a time petition filed by defence counsel Syed Zaynal Abedin Mesbah.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina would attend her office at the Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources on April 9 for the second time during her present tenure.
Hasina, who is also in-charge of the ministry, is scheduled to hold a meeting with the top officials of the ministry at 10am on the day, an official told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday.
The meeting would review the progress of the first meeting on the execution of her directives regarding the power and energy sector, said the official.
A Dhaka court yesterday deferred the recording of deposition against 89 BNP leaders and activists, including the party’s Joint Secretary General Amanullah Aman, in two vandalism and arson cases.
Dhaka Speedy Trial Tribunal Judge Nazmul Haque Shayamal passed the order because of non-appearance of prosecution witnesses in the cases. The court also fixed April 29 as the next date in the cases filed under the Speedy Trial Act with Savar police station.
On November 13 last year, the court framed charges against the 89 accused.
Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad will exchange views with mayoral and councillor candidates in Dhaka and Chittagong city polls slated for April 28.
The CEC would start holding the series of meetings after April 10 to apprise them about the election code of conduct and other rules and regulations, Election Commission Deputy Secretary Shamsul Alam told journalists yesterday.
The last date of withdrawing candidacy is April 9.
The nomination form of one Ramzan Ali in Chittagong was cancelled because he has not yet come of ageOn the last day of scrutiny yesterday, election officials in Dhaka disqualified 120 general and 12 reserved female ward councillor aspirants in the two city corporations
Of the general bidders, 32 are for the north city polls and 88 for the south. All the 12 reserved female councillor aspirants whose nomination papers were cancelled yesterday are from the north.
While preparing the list of city polls candidates having criminal cases filed against them, police have found that most of them are backed by the BNP.
The Dhaka Metropolitan Police has already sent a list of mayor candidates to the EC since on Wednesday it started scrutinising the nomination papers submitted for Dhaka north and south city corporation elections.
Two separate teams of the DMP are assisting the returning officials in the process.
Awami League’s Publicity and Publication Secretary Hasan Mahmud yesterday called for security drives to arrest arsonists and bombers.
“The BNP wants level-playing field during the elections. It is really necessary. But in the name of level-playing field, the Election Commission or the law enforcement agencies cannot allow criminals to congregate in Dhaka.
“Law enforcers should also bring the financiers to justice,” he said at a discussion in Dhaka yesterday.
The government will allow police to involve in the investigation and trial process of anti-money laundering cases, officials said.
The National Coordination Committee on Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing Terrorism has taken the decision at a meeting yesterday to involve police in the anti-money laundering cases, and make an amendment to the anti-money laundering law.