- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked officials to adjust electricity prices to reduce the gap between the cost of production and the price of the utility.
During a presentation yesterday, the Power Development Board Chairman Md Shahinul Islam Khan said the production cost of electricity is higher than the price consumers are charged.
“The premier said this should not happen. She asked that prices be adjusted to diminish the gap,” an official who was present at the meeting quoted the prime minister as saying.
The government is appointing a top New York-based law firm to fight the legal battle to bring back the fugitive killers of Bangabandhu and execute their death sentences.
Sources said the law firm will also work for the repatriation of the killers of the four national leaders.
The Dhaka Tribune has obtained a copy of a letter sent three days ago by the Ministry of Law to the ministries of finance and foreign affairs.
Twenty-five people, including five women and a child, died after the bus they were travelling by ploughed into a roadside tree in Bhanga upazila early yesterday.
The fatal accident, which took place at Purbasadaradi area on Dhaka-Barisal highway around 1:30am, claimed 19 lives on the scene while three succumbed to injuries at Bhanga Upazila Health Complex and another three at Faridpur Medical College Hospital.
As of last night, no authorised officials could clarify how much time death row convict war criminal Muhammad Kamaruzzaman should be given to seek presidential mercy while contradictory and unclear statements came from the state minister for home affairs and the attorney general.
Earlier, the Appellate Division judges took two days to sign the judgement they gave on Monday upholding the death penalty of the Jamaat-e-Islami leader.
On the last day of withdrawing nomination papers, seven candidates in Dhaka north and south pulled out of the mayoral race yesterday for the upcoming city polls.
Those from Dhaka north are Sarah Begum Kabari, former Awami League lawmaker and filmstar; Bobby Hajjaj, former special adviser to Jatiya Party chief HM Ershad; and Mostafa Kamal Azadi.
With their withdrawal, 16 candidates now remain in the mayoral race in the Dhaka North City Corporation elections on April 28.
The government has issued an embargo on vehicle movement during the Dhaka and Chittagong City Corporation elections.
A gazette notification published yesterday from Road Transport and Highways Division stated that movement of autorickshaw, taxi cab, micro bus, jeep, pick up, car, bus, truck and tempo will be restricted from April 27, 12am to April 28, 12am.
For motorcycles, the embargo will be effective from April 25, 12 am to April 29, 6am.
Tabith M Awal has received the nod from the BNP to replace his father Abdul Awal Mintoo as the party’s mayoral candidate in Dhaka north.
Former Dhaka University vice-chancellor Prof Dr Emajuddin Ahamed, also chief of a pro-BNP platform titled “Adarsha Dhaka Gorar Andolan,” announced around 10pm that BNP will back Tabith for the polls.
But his good news came at the expense of his father who was the party’s first choice.
With Sara Begum Kabari pulling out of the race, Awami League has now one candidate in Annisul Huq to contest the polls in Dhaka north.
The ruling party this time has ensured a rebel-free state for both parts of Dhaka.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has directed party men to throw their weight behind former FBCCI president Annisul Huq and Sayeed Khokon – her choices for mayors.
She said if anyone violated the party decision he would have to face the music. Soon, Haji Salim and Ekhlas Uddin Mollah refrained from submitting their nomination forms.
After losing his appeal in the Supreme Court Appellate Division, Abdul Awal Mintoo, BNP’s first choice for the mayor of Dhaka North City Corporation, is now out of the fray.
The Appellate Division yesterday upheld the High Court order that rejected a writ petition filed by Mintoo challenging the cancellation of his nomination by the Election Commission.
A four-member bench led by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha passed the order. The cancellation will stay put following the order, Mintoo’s lawyer AKM Ehsanur Rahman said.
On the second day of her husband’s campaign, Mirza Abbas’ wife Afroza Abbas accused that law enforcers of harassing supporters.
Mirza Abbas is the BNP-backed mayoral candidate for Dhaka South City Corporation and a former mayor of Dhaka.
Arfoza began at Shantibagh Primary School along with leaders of BNP, Jubo Dal and Chhatra Dal. She made the allegations an hour into her campaign, at the Concord Twin Towers. Law enforcers have yet to comment.
Rana’s father Abdul Khalek owned assets worth around Tk10.25 crore, while his mother Morzina owned wealth worth around Tk6.68 croreThe Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has approved filing of two cases against Rana Plaza owner Sohel Rana’s parents on charge of illegally accumulating wealth worth around Tk17 crore.
The decision came at the anti-graft body’s regular meeting at its headquarters in Segunbagicha, Dhaka yesterday, ACC Public Relations Officer Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya confirmed to the Dhaka Tribune.
Houthi fighters, backed by supporters of former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, have entered the provincial capital of the Shabwa province in eastern Yemen, despite intense Saudi-led air strikes against the group.
Residents said local tribal chiefs and security officials facilitated the entry of the Houthi forces to the city of Ataq yesterday, where they took control of the offices of the local government and security forces compounds.
China said yesterday its “huge dispute” with India over Arunachal Pradesh is an “undeniable fact” even as it echoed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s views that the two countries should create favourable conditions for a mutually-acceptable settlement of the vexed boundary issue.
Russia is so close that the F-16 fighter pilots can see it on the horizon as they swoop down over a training range in Estonia in the biggest ever show of US air power in the Baltic countries.
The simulated bombs release smoke on impact, but the M-61 cannon fires live ammunition, rattling the aircraft with a deafening tremor and shattering targets on the ground.
A Dhaka court yesterday placed two madrasa students, who confessed to the killing of blogger and online activist Oyasiqur Rahman alias Babu, on a three-day fresh remand in the case.
Metropolitan Magistrate Ataul Haque passed the order after DB Inspector Moshiur Rahman, also investigation officer of the case, produced the accused – Zikrullah and Ariful Islam – before the court seeking five-day remand.
As detectives continue their search for the killer of college teacher Kaberi Biswas, they are now reportedly being assisted by RAB teams. However, little progress have been made so far.
Seeking anonymity, a source inside the DB told the Dhaka Tribune that several RAB teams were also working to try and locate Jahirul by tracking his mobile phone.
DMP Deputy Commissioner (media and public relations) SM Jahangir Alam Sarker said investigation was still ongoing into the murder of Kaberi, the wife of BRTA Deputy Director Sitangshu Shekhar Biswas.
Jubo League leader Md Mollah Arif, who was gunned down in Khilgaon on Wednesday, was not murdered for political reasons but killed because he had refused to do something illegal demanded by his killers, the police have claimed.
Khilgaon police station Officer-in-Charge Mostafiz Bhuiyan said Arif’s death was surely not a political killing, rather an ordinary killing case. But the exact motive could only be figured out after proper investigation, he added.
The OC said no one has so far been arrested in connection with the killing.
The High Court yesterday extended the stay order by six months on the proceedings of Barapukuria coal mine graft case against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia.
The bench of Justice Md Nuruzzaman and Justice Zafar Ahmed passed the order in response to a petition filed by Khaleda’s lawyer AM Mahbub Uddin Khokon.
In 2008, the High Court stayed the case proceedings, and in a ruling asked the government and the Anti-Corruption Commission to explain why the case should not be dropped.
The High Court yesterday fixed April 15 for delivering an order on a writ petition filed over the disappearance of BNP Joint Secretary General Salahuddin Ahmed.
The bench of Justice Quamrul Islam Siddiqui and Justice Gobinda Chandra Tagore fixed the date on yesterday afternoon. In response to a time petition on Wednesday, the same bench had fixed today for hearing.
During hearing, Salahuddin’s attorneys once again requested the court to form a judicial inquiry commission to find out who had picked him up.
A Dhaka Court yesterday rejected three separate bail petitions submitted by BNP joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi in three cases.
Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge Kamrul Hossain Mollah passed the order following petitions filed by Rizvi’s counsel advocate Joynul Abedin Mejbah seeking bail for his client in the cases.
The defence sought bail of the BNP leader in three cases filed with Jatrabari and Mirpur police stations on charges of vandalism and torching vehicles in the capital.