- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
The Election Commission plans to hold view exchange programmes from April 11 with the candidates and other stakeholders of the city corporation polls in Dhaka and Chittagong, Election Commissioner Md Shah Nawaz has said.
In Chittagong the discussions would be held on April 11, while for Dhaka North and Dhaka South City Corporations views would be exchanged on April 12 and April 13 respectively, the commissioner told journalists at the EC office in the capital’s Agargaon yesterday.
The harrowing story of two Bangladeshis’ 18-day ordeal as captives of Islamic State in LibyaFree at last after eighteen days in Islamic State (IS) captivity in Libya, the two Bangladeshi men who returned home on Monday recount their time in uncertain conditions under the power of the world’s most feared political movement.
On March 6, after Friday prayers, Anowar Hossain of Noakhali district and Helal Uddin of Jamalpur district were in their room at the camp of Value Added Oilfield Services (VAOS), an Austrian company running a project at al-Ghani oil field in Zalla.
Several mayoral candidates for the upcoming polls in Dhaka North and South City Corporations began official electioneering yesterday.
The candidates who did public relations at different parts of the city were mainly those affiliated with the politics of ruling Awami League and the left leaning parties.
In the port city, apart from main opposition in parliament and Awami League’s ally Jatiya Party-backed Solaiman Seth, no other leading players were seen in the streets.
The Awami League has finalised the list of lone councilor candidates from each ward in the upcoming city corporation polls in Dhaka.
Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina finalised the list after holding a meeting with the presidents and secretaries of the party’s ward-level unit at her official residence Gonobhaban last evening, sources said. The list will be published tomorrow.
However, there is still no confirmation on whether Awami League’s partners from the 14-alliance have also agreed to support these lone councillor candidates.
A total of 134 police officers have been promoted to the posts of additional deputy inspector general and additional superintendent of police yesterday.
Of them, 21 including Dhaka Metropolitan DB Joint Commissioner of police Md Monirul Islam, DB Deputy Commissioner Krisnapada Roy were promoted to Additional DIG.
Another 113 senior assistant superintendents of police were promoted to additional superintendent of police.
The Ministry of Home Affairs issued a circular undersigned by Joint Secretary of the Home Ministry ASM Imdadul Dastagir.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said BNP leader Khaleda Zia has gone back to her home with the agony of failure and defeat after staying in her office for long 92 days aiming to topple the government.
“She (Khaleda) has suffered a heavy defeat, she got back home embracing the failure and defeat,” she said.
The prime minister was speaking at a programme of leaders of Dhaka city Awami League from North and South units arranged to congratulate them on their success to resist the BNP-Jamaat evil forces from destroying the country.
The divisional commissioner of Dhaka yesterday okayed the candidature of Tabith M Awal, bidding for the mayor in the north, after hearing on a complaint against him lodged by state-run Sonali Bank.
The complaint was raised after the returning officer for the Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) polls cleared Tabith’s nomination in primary scrutiny on April 1.
Dhaka Divisional Commissioner Zillar Rahman arranged the hearing after getting the complaint that Tabith was a loan defaulter.
A Dhaka court yesterday denied bail to Nagorik Oikya Convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna in two cases – one for sedition and the other for trying to instigate revolt in the army.
Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Md Ataul Haque rejected Manna’s bail in the sedition case while Metropolitan Sessions Judge Md Kamrul Hossain Molla turned down Manna’s bail plea in the case filed for trying to incite the army.
Detectives yesterday arrested three BNP activists with handmade bombs and bomb making materials in the capital.
The arrestees were Md Abdul Hasim, 27, the bomb maker, Md Selim Chowdhury, 47, president of Khilkhet Jatiya Samajtantrik Sangstha, and Mehedi Hasan alias Suman Fakir, 34, a Jubo Dal activist.
Awami League Publicity and Publication Affairs Secretary Hasan Mahmud yesterday said the present government is determined to complete the trial of the war criminals.
“Not only those who are under trial for their alleged involvement in war crimes, trials of other war criminals will also be held,” he said.
Hasan Mahmud made the remarks while he was speaking at an anti-hartal rally organised by Bangabandhu Sangskritik Jote in front of the National Press Club in the capital.
Two people died of an unknown disease at Moheshpur upazila in Jhenaidah and some 14 other people were also affected within a week. Two medical teams have been formed to identify the disease.
The deceased are Asma Khatun, 22, daughter of Abu Hossain of Samanta village in Moheshpur, and Enamul Haque, 27, son of Nur Islam of Samanta Natunkola village of the same upazila. Locals and hospital sources said Asma Khatun was admitted to Moheshpur Upazila Health Complex on March 29 where she died the next day.
Until Wednesday afternoon, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court did not release copy of its full verdict that upheld the death penalty of Muhammad Kamaruzzaman for the crimes against humanity he had committed during the country’s liberation struggle in 1971.
The Dhaka Central Jail authorities cannot execute Kamaruzzaman until they get the copy of the verdict signed by the judges of the four-member bench headed by Chief Justice SK Sinha, said a source in the apex court, adding that the copy might be signed Wednesday.
Police yesterday submitted charge sheets against two persons including a railway official for causing the death due to negligence of four-year-old Jihad, who fell down an abandoned pipe in the capital’s Shahjahanpur colony last December.
The accused are Abdus Salam, owner of contractor firm SR House that installed the deep tube-well in the Shahjahanpur Railway Colony premises, and Jahangir Alam, senior sub-assistant engineer of Bangladesh Railway.
A revised proposal by the Road Transport and Highway Division for the under-construction four-lane Dhaka-Chittagong highway has raised the project cost by 36.14% due to additional work under Project Package Number 7, official sources said.
The project package will now cost Tk169.75 crore to construct around 20km of the highway stretching from Mohipal Bazar to Dhughat Bridge.
The High Court Division issued a contempt of court rule against two high officials of Bangladesh Shishu Academy for not handing over some Supreme Court land despite an apex court order yesterday.
The High Court bench comprised of Justice Md Ashfaqul Islam and Justice Kashefa Hussain came up with the rule following a petition against Shishu Academy Director Md Mosharraf Hossain and Secretary Tariqul Islam.
In the rule, the court asked the duo to explain in two weeks as to why contempt of court proceedings should not be brought against them for violating a SC order.
Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader yesterday ordered authorities concerned with the Moghbazar-Mouchak Flyover project to repair potholes on roads near the site area within 15 days.
The minister made the directive at an urgent meeting held at the Secretariat yesterday following which he briefed reporters about the meeting’s outcome.
He said: “I have given the project authorities a deadline and will visit the site on April 22. Hopefully, I will see progress and the repairs completed.”
In line with the theme “Food Safety”, Nestle Bangladesh celebrated World Health Day 2015 yesterday with schoolchildren in Dhaka.
Two groups of Nestle Bangladesh employees went to Maer Achol, a school for underprivileged children at Mirpur, and another school at Nayanagar area to visit the children and teach them about nutrition, health and hygiene.
The school students responded with enthusiasm when they learned about the importance of a healthy lifestyle with proper nutrition and hygiene.
Obscene shows and gambling are allegedly the main attraction of the ongoing Barisal International Trade Fair 2015, causing concern and sparking protests among the locals.
The month-long fair, organised by Barisal Chamber of Commerce and Industries (BCCI), was inaugurated by Barisal Metropolitan Police Commissioner Shoibal Kanti Chowdhury on March 19 and is taking place at Muktijoddha Park near Kirtankhola River.
Teachers and about 300 students of Nothkhola Government Primary School in Basail upazila are passing days in anxiety as the educational institution might be devoured by the Jhinai River any time.
Teachers of the institution said their school might be eroded anytime as a vast tract of land of the area had gone into the river.
A portion of Shaheed Minar of the school and a bridge adjoining the school were also eroded by the river.
Passport seekers, who have been harassed by brokers several times at Panchagargh passport office, submitted a memorandum to deputy commissioner of Panchagarh Mohamad Salahuddin seeking measures to put an end to this kinds of ill practices.
The protesters said a section of corrupt officials harass people showing different causes and forced applicants to pay bribe. Despite of paying bribe they cannot get passports in time.