- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
A team of pro-BNP lawyers yesterday discussed various issues centring on the upcoming city polls and the disappearance of Salahuddin Ahmed with the commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police.
The lawyers, led by Mahbubuddin Khokon, secretary of the Supreme Court Ainjibi Somity, went to DMP Commissioner Asaduzaman Mia’s office around 12pm.
The Bangladesh cricket team were accorded a grand reception at Manik Mia Avenue yesterday for their impressive performance in the 2015 ICC World Cup. The felicitation programme was arranged by the Bangladesh Cricket Board and representatives of different parts of the society.
The free-for-all ceremony started at 2:30pm with performances from renowned music bands of the country. The national cricketers arrived at around 5pm amid loud cheers from a holiday crowd of around 5,000 people.
Kamaruzzaman executed for 1971 atrocities, ending woes of hundreds of victims and their familiesCondemned war criminal Muhammad Kamaruzzaman, a key organiser of the infamous al-Badr force in Sherpur during the 1971 Liberation War, was executed at the Dhaka Central Jail last night after the completion of a five-year-long legal battle.
The Jamaat-e-Islami senior assistant secretary general was given capital punishment for the massacre at Sherpur’s Sohagpur village – widely now known as “Bidhoba Palli” or the village of widows – where at least 164 civilians had been killed and around 170 women raped on July 25, 1971.
Minutes after war criminal Muhammad Kamaruzzaman was hanged for his 1971 crimes last night, the Facebook page of Daily Naya Diganta posted a picture with a Bangla inscription that translates into English as “Bangladesh too is inviting danger.”
The Bangla inscription appears to be a cutting from a red banner headline of a newspaper. The post also carried the link to a post editorial written by Dr Rezwan Siddique and published in the Daily Naya Diganta, a pro-Jamaat-e-Islami newspaper.
Awami League-backed mayoral candidate for Dhaka South Sayeed Khokon and Afroza Abbas, on behalf of her husband Mirza Abbas, campaigned yesterday in Dhupkhola and Segunbagicha areas.
Khokon, who got ilish as his election symbol, went to Dhupkhola around 10am and campaigned in front of the Awami League office of ward no 45 and also held a rally in Old Dhaka as part of the campaign.
Seven mayoral and 250 councilor candidates for the upcoming Dhaka North and South City Corporation polls are facing criminal cases, and police are conducting drives to arrest them.
“Police will arrest them instantly no matter where they are or what they are doing,” said Monirul Islam, chief of the Detective Branch (DB) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP).
The drives began after police had finished preparing the Election Commission-requested list of candidates facing criminal charges.
Two Bangladeshi nationals were killed as the Indian Border Security Force opened fire on them on Benapole frontier in yesterday.
The deceased are Shanto, 45, son of Mohammad Hanif, and Aku Miah, 29, son of Anisur Rahman, from Putkhali area of Benapole.
Acknowledging the killing, Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) 26 Commander Lieutenant Colonel Jahangir Hossain said the BSF members opened fire on a group of some five-six cattle traders near Putkhali border area before dawn while they were returning from India, leaving Aku and Shanto injured.
Awami League-backed mayoral candidate for Dhaka North City Corporation elections Annisul Huq has promised to make Dhaka a clean, green, healthy and digital city if is elected in the polls scheduled to be held on April 28.
While unveiling his manifesto for the upcoming DNCC polls, he also vowed to free the city corporation from corruption and politics.
Dhaka North City Corporation mayoral candidate Zonayed Saki yesterday unveiled a 10-page manifesto, outlining some key changes in the capital.
Using the slogan “Aagamir Dhaka, Sokole Mile”, Saki announced the manifesto at National Press Club at noon.
“People of Bangladesh are living with many crises. There are problems regarding resources and the environment of the city. In view of this, we see the strong call for change everywhere and people want change,” he said.
BNP backed candidate Tabith M Awal went to the Korail slum yesterday to gather supporters as part of his election campaign. Tabith talked to the residents of the slum and also addressed an election rally there.
Tabith told the reporters: “I am getting good response in the campaign. I have the blessings and support of Khaleda Zia who appointed me to campaign for the youths. If the government and election commission works properly then I will win in this election.”
Detectives yesterday claimed to have solved the mystery behind the killing of a former police official’s wife and her domestic help in the capital’s Jatrabari area recently.
Detective Branch of Police Joint Commissioner Monirul Islam said they arrested Masud who is directly involved with the murder. He had an accessory who is still at large.
DB police yet to identify the suspects in Avijit Roy and Oyasiqur Babu murdersParents of bloggers Avijit Roy and Oyasiqur Rahman Babu as well as secular activists expressed frustration as detectives have made no visible progress in investigating the killings, except for preparing a list of suspects and questioning several others.
The law enforcers say they are now verifying their identities and hunting for the suspects.
Dividing into separate groups, suspended officials of law enforcement agencies such as the police and RAB are carrying out abductions, muggings and other crimes.
The Detective Branch (DB) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) has learned about the existence and operation of at least 10 such groups, which are being advised and directed by suspended law enforcers.
DMP Joint Commissioner Monirul Islam, also the chief of DB, revealed this at a briefing at the Media and Community Centre of DMP in Dhaka yesterday.
Printing presses in Chittagong now have their hands full making posters of contestants of the Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) election with election symbols being provided by the Election Commission on Friday.
After facing a slump in the last three months, the press owners are back to business with preparing different campaign materials like posters, banners, digital banners, handbills and stickers for the candidates.
Andarkillah area, the hub of printing press in the port city, was found thriving with hustle and bustle even on the weekend yesterday.
Consumers are more inclined to buy chemical-processed fish as sun-dried ones cost more Naturally dried fish in coastal areas of Cox’s Bazar are becoming hard to get in the wake of a sharp increase in the use of chemicals to dry fish.
For long, fish have been dried in the sun in the coastal areas and no chemical would be applied.
But traders are now more inclined to use chemicals to dry fish, arguing that the availability of fish in the sea has dropped but prices have gone up. They also said workers who process dried fish now demand more money.
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad yesterday said the decision to deploy the armed forces in the upcoming city corporation elections would be taken after a meeting with law enforcement agencies due on April 19.
His comment came after most of the Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) election candidates demanded that army be deployed during the polls to ensure security of voters as well was a free, fair and neutral election.
Mayoral and councillor candidates of Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) election, particularly ruling Awami League-backed AJM Nasir Uddin and BNP-backed M Manjur Alam, passed a busy day yesterday campaigning across the port city.
BNP-backed Chattagram Unnayan Andalan’s mayoral candidate Manjur conducted mass contact at different places in city, including Eid Gaon and Pahartoli areas.
Chittagong City Corporation BNP-backed mayoral candidate M Manjur Alam received a warning notice for his alleged violations of electoral code of conduct.
Returning Officer Md Abdul Baten issued the warning yesterday.
“The candidate has violated the electoral code during his campaign on Friday by bringing out motorcade rally and distributing oranges among the people,” Assistant Returning Officer Shafiqur Rahman told the Dhaka Tribune.
A contractor has allegedly been given a contract worth over Tk1.67 crore in exchange for money in Gopalganj.
Gopalganj District Council received a written complaint in this matter where it is mentioned that the government stands to lose about half a crore taka because of the fraud.
The complaint was filed with the district administrator by other tender participants Al Husain Mamun, Md Yunus Sardar, Md Sourav, Ujjal Khan and Ripon Kazi, who also demanded the tender be cancelled and a new one be held.
Hilly district Bandarban, one of the most abundantly resourceful regions of the country, is losing its biodiversity and ecology due to tobacco cultivation.
According to sources, although there is no specific calculation, experts and local authorities assumed that over 80 percent of all arable lands in the district are presently under tobacco cultivation, losing land fertility and causing serious and rapid deforestation, and public health hazards.
Bandarban Agriculture Extension Office sources said the crop had been cultivated on 2,735 acres land this year.