- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
Transport ministers from South Asian countries are set to meet in Nepal in June to give the final nod to the much-talked-about Saarc Regional Motor Vehicle Agreement and Saarc Railway Agreement.
The meeting is scheduled to be held on June 24 in Kathmandu, while separate meetings of senior officials and expert groups will also be held on June 23 and June 22 respectively, said a senior official of the Foreign Ministry.
His lawyers to meet him at 11am today to discuss president’s mercyExecution of war criminal Mohammad Kamaruzzaman’s death sentence did not take place yesterday as the Dhaka Central Jail authorities, upon his request, gave him a day to decide whether to seek clemency to the president or not.
As the Jamaat-e-Islami leader, now kept at the jail, wanted to consult his lawyers to make the decision, the jail authorities approved his counsels’ application and asked them to meet their client at 11am today.
Two teenagers were apprehended with machetes from a procession of Gonojagoron Moncho at Shahbagh yesterday afternoon.
Moncho activists alleged that they caught the duo on suspicion since they attempted several times to get close to Imran H Sarker, the Moncho spokesperson, during the procession.
The activists found two machetes searching the bag that one of the teenagers was carrying.
Detectives have finally pressed charge sheet against 35 people including sacked chief of RAB 11 Lt Col Tareq Sayeed Mohammad and former ward councillor Nur Hossain for killing seven people after abduction and dumping the bodies in Narayanganj last year.
Sacked RAB officials – Maj Arif Hossain and Lt Commander SM Masud Rana – have also been named in the charge sheet.
The new industrial zone will be set up on the unused land belonging to different ministries including the Industries MinistryThe Industries Ministry is planning to set up a new industrial zone in the country’s northwest region, along with forming an authority that would work for ensuring better coordination and development of the existing industries.
A source at the ministry said the proposed name of the new authority would be Bangladesh Industrial Development Authority (BIDA).
Not a single one of the 13 directives Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued to the Power Division a year ago has been carried out, allegedly due to a lack of coordination.
In her role as minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources, Hasina attended her office at the ministry for the first time on February 6, 2014 and issued 13 directives – all of which remain unexecuted.
Wary that Khaleda Zia and her followers could impede the city corporation elections, Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan has urged Awami League supporters to restrict Khaleda Zia from campaigning for BNP-backed candidates in the lead up to the mayoral elections of Dhaka and Chittagong.
Other notable leaders from the Awami League also made similar statements from separate Awami League events in the capital yesterday. They also urged people to vote for competent and qualified candidates in the elections scheduled on April 28.
The ruling Awami League has finalised single councillor aspirants for each ward to contest the upcoming polls in Dhaka north and south city corporations to be held on April 28. The party also selected single councilor candidate reserved for women.
Earlier, the party had decided to back single councillor aspirants to ensure victory and the party top leaders held several meetings with AL’s City unit leaders and other leaders concerned.
The party would go tough against the councilor hopefuls who didn’t get party support and will remain in electoral race.
A Jubo League leader was shot and killed
by unidentified miscreants last night in the capital.
Md Mollah Arif, 30, was the joint secretary of Jubo League’s ward number 2 in the
Sub-Inspector Fakhrul Islam of Khilgaon police station said Arif was shot by some miscreants near Jorpukur Math area of North Goran at around 8:15pm while he was on his way to home.
Arif was brought to the Dhaka Medical College Hospital around 9:10pm, where he died a little before midnight.
A fire broke out at a footwear factory in Chittagong Export Processing Zone (CEPZ) yesterday night.
Assistant Director of Fire Service of Chittagong zone Mohammad Yahiya said the fire erupted at the Korean factory at road 3 of the EPZ around 10:15 pm.
On information, three fire-fighting units rushed in and doused the blaze after 45 minutes of frantic efforts, he said.
No casualty was reported in the incident.
The reason behind the fire could not be known immediately.
A section of teachers of the Arabic Department of Dhaka University (DU) yesterday demanded to permanently remove a teacher of the department for allegedly swindling money from students.
They also demanded exemplary punishment against the teacher.
As of yesterday he did not withdraw her nomination but Awami League has already put pressure on another DSCC mayoral contender Haji Salim to quit the raceThe Awami League-led 14-party alliance is yet to reach a consensus over common candidates for the upcoming Dhaka South and North city corporations polls.
It is now pretty clear that the ruling alliance partners are going to join the polls separately as Awami League has already field its candidates without taking any consent from the component organisations of the alliance.
A number of leaders of the 14-party alliance said they were compelled to field candidates because of Awami League’s unwillingness to take part in the polls fray jointly.
BNP is yet to finalise its mayoral candidate for the Dhaka North City Corporation but as for the Dhaka South City Corporation Mirza Abbas’s wife launched campaign for her husband yesterday.
Mirza Abbas has remained in hideout since January 3 with the BNP announcing a non-stop transport blockade across the country.
As more than a dozen of cases were filed against Abbas, he did not come out for campaigning. Instead of Abbas, his wife started campaign.
Police arrested three suspected members of a robbers’ gang on Tuesday evening from capital’s Mohammadpur, Chwakbazar and Kamrangirchar areas.
The arrestees are Md Jamal Khan alias Mamun, his wife Sonia Akhter Nishi and Md Miraj.
Police also recovered two machetes, one fake pistol, two mobile phone sets and Tk10,000 from their possession.
Both mayoral and councillor aspirants launched their door-to-door campaign two days back but they are yet to place their election manifesto before voters.
A Mohammadpur resident Arif Haque said: “It is good to see a new face as a mayor in the city corporation but it is really frustrating that no one has put forward their commitments yet.”
This correspondent talked to the people of the areas where most of the mayoral aspirants had visited to woo voters. No one could say anything about what kind of election pledges the mayoral hopefuls had made to them.
Missing BNP leader Salahuddin Ahmed’s wife Hasina Ahmed yesterday moved the High Court demanding judicial probe over the disappearance of her husband.
In the petition filed with the High Court bench of Justice Quamrul Islam Siddique and Justice Gobinda Chandra Tagore, she sought the court’s directives to form a probe committee to locate Salahuddin – who has been missing for a month.
Police detained a woman from the one stop crisis centre of Dhaka Medical College Hospital yesterday for impersonating a sub-inspector of Ashulia police station.
The detainee is Taslima Akhter Toma alias Setu, 22.
Sub-Inspector of Shahbagh police station Jahangir Alam said they detained her from DMCH around 3pm adding: “She introduced herself as a sub-inspector but the police present at the hospital became suspicious and informed Shabagh police.”
When asked the SI said she may have been seeking added favours from the hospital by impersonating.
The US defence secretary says al-Qaeda has “seized the opportunity” in Yemen amid reports that fighters from the group had stormed a border post near Saudi Arabia.
Speaking during a visit to Japan yesterday, Ashton Carter said both the Houthis and Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) were taking advantage of disorder following the collapse of Yemen’s central government.
US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter kicked off his first Asian tour yesterday with a stern warning against the militarisation of territorial rows in a region where China is at odds with several nations in the East and South China Seas.
Carter’s visit to Japan coincides with growing US concern over China’s land reclamation in the Spratly archipelago of the disputed South China Sea, where Beijing has rival claims with several countries including the Philippines and Vietnam.
City dwellers yesterday faced unexpected traffic gridlock as major thoroughfares in Mohammadpur and Mirpur areas were set off limit without any apparent reason.
Many roads had ‘diversion’ signs put up at various points and made the vehicles to ply on one specific route thus creating huge tailbacks.
Commuters alleged that their vehicles were diverted on three major roads leading to Mohammadpur from Mirpur during the rush hour of the day. They did not know why the diversion. Traffic police men also seemed to have no answer.