- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
Ensuring freshwater flow from upstream is an urgent necessity to mitigate increasing salinity in the South-west coastal region and save the Sundarbans, speakers at a discussion held in the capital said yesterday.
They also said that due to the reduction in waterflow in the Padma, that flows towards the Sundarbans through the Gorai-Rupsa-Pashur and the Bhairab-Kobadak tributaries, saline water is entering the upper areas and hampering agriculture.
Sayed Khokon, Awami League-backed mayoral candidate for the Dhaka South City Corporation elections, has promised to make the capital city free of corruption if he is elected.
He said: “I want to be a son of the city. I want to promote the use of technology in every sector. I will follow my father’s [former Dhaka mayor late Mohammad Hanif] model for a modern and digital Dhaka.”
A Dhaka court yesterday ordered court officials to publish a newspaper notice asking BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and three members of her family to appear in the Dandy Dyeing loan default case by May 17.
The three are Khaleda’s son late Arafat Rahman Koko’s wife Sharmila Rahman Sithi and her daughters Zafia Rahman and Zahia Rahman, who are now in Malaysia.
Dhaka Artha Rin Adalat 1 (money loan court) Judge Fatema Ferdous passed the order.
The court ordered to publish the notice in two Bangla dailies – Kaler Kantho and Inqilab.
An exhibition titled “Oprottashito Dhaka,” as part of a campaign titled “I am Dhaka” by Volunteer for Bangladesh, will open at Drik Gallery in Dhanmondi, Dhaka on Thursday at 6:30pm.
The aim of this exhibit is to reach out to the mayoral candidates of the upcoming city corporation elections in Dhaka and show them the real picture of the city they want to take responsibility of, according to a press release issued by the organisation.
The Supreme Court yesterday scrapped a High Court bail granted to Mahtab Uddin Minar, the prime accused of the Fulgazi’s Ekramul Haque murder case.
The Apex court also scrapped the bail of Zahid Chowdhury, a suspect in the same case, and asked him to surrender within a week.
A four-member bench led by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha passed the order after hearing two government petitions against the HC orders.
Six people died while 10 were injured in two separate road accidents in Mirzapur and Delduar upazila of Tangail yesterday.
The dead are Anisur Rahman, 52, of Ekdala village under Naogaon district, Abdul Kuddus, 28, of Konail village, Sargeant Ashraful Islam, 36, of Khamarpara Soidullahpur village under Gaibandha district, cash officer of Bangladesh Bank Bogra branch Atoar Rahman, 50, of Katoa Akkelpur village under Joypurhat district, Jamir Ali, 35, of Dagor Mora village under Savar, and a construction worker who could not be identified.
The programme will begin with a colourful ceremony welcoming Pohela Boishakh, which is popularly known as ‘Borshaboron with Rakhibondhon,’ in front of Khulna Circuit House in the morningAll preparations have been made to celebrate Pohela Boiskhakh, the first day of the Bengali month of Baishakh, across the country.
Different sociocultural organisations and educational institutions in the port city have completed all preparations to celebrate Pohela Boishakh in Chittagong.
Like previous years, Sommilito Pohela Boishakh Udyapan Parishad has ogranised a two-day programme on DC Hill in the city in a bid to bid farewell to the old year and welcome the new year.
Shahidnagar Trauma Centre in Comilla, the Tk6-crore establishment which was built to treat the injured in the accidents on Dhaka-Chittagong highway, has recently been turned into the venue of weekly kitchen market for the locals.
With just a touch over two weeks to go before the city polls in Dhaka and Chittagong, BNP-backed candidates, especially the ward councillor aspirants, have yet to start full-fledged electioneering.
Many of them are facing criminal cases and arrest warrants, and they fear harassment by law enforcers if they come out in the open.
Their fears were reinforced after the Detective Branch (DB) of police announced on Saturday that they are conducting a drive to arrest those aspirants who are facing criminal charges and have not secured bail.
Despite a bumper harvest of watermelons in Kotalipara upazila of Gopalganj this year, fruits worth several crores of taka remain unsold at the local wholesale markets, putting the future of farmers there in jeopardy.
Local traders claimed that unlike every other year, the number of wholesalers travelling to the district to buy products was slim – mostly because of the political instability and the ongoing non-stop countrywide transport blockade.
Attorney General Mahbubey Alam, the top law officer of the country, has expressed hope that several appeals moved by the convicted war criminals with the Appellate Division will be disposed of this year.
Currently, appeals of eight war criminals are pending with the Appellate Division bench led by Chief Justice SK Sinha.
Bangladesh’s growth story took a further hit yesterday as the World Bank expected the economy to grow at 5.6% this fiscal year, down from 6.2% projected after the first
Political turbulence caused substantial financial losses in three months (January-March) valued US$2.2bn, which is 1% of GDP (gross domestic product), and dampened the economic growth projection, it said.
Hillary Clinton promised to be a champion for everyday Americans on Sunday as she kicked off a long-awaited second run for the White House as the commanding Democratic front runner.
"Everyday Americans need a champion. I want to be that champion," Clinton said in a video released on the internet that announced her run.
"Americans have fought their way back from tough economic times, but the deck is still stacked in favour of those at the top," she said.
Comilla district unit of Bangladesh Chhatra League president who was injured during a factional clash on Saturday, succumbed to his injuries at a local private hospital yesterday.
The deceased was identified as Md Saiful Islam, 36, son of Kalu Mian of Gobindapur area.
Sources said a clash had ensued between two groups of BCL in Kandirpar area of the district town on Saturday afternoon following a congregation of the organisation.
Both the feuding groups blasted cocktails and opened fire, leaving five people, including Saiful, injured.
The government has initiated a move to fix a benchmark tariff for electricity that can be added to the national grid from solar-based independent power producer (IPP) plants and rooftop solar systems.
Law enforcement agencies are ready to beef up their security measures ahead of the Pahela Baishakh celebrations that would usher in the Bangla year 1422 tomorrow.
As the celebrations in the capital are focused mostly on Ramna Batamul and Rabindra Sarobar, the police have made their security strategy surrounding those areas.
DMP Commissioner Asaduzzaman Miah along with other senior DMP officials briefed the media yesterday, saying there would be eight entry points for reaching the Ramna Batamul, while arrow signs would be put up to clarify the entrances and exits.
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad has directed police authorities to not harass the city corporation polls aspirants as well as the voters.
He made the order at a view exchange programme with the mayor and councillor candidates vying in the upcoming Dhaka City Corporation polls at Krishibid Institute auditorium in Farmgate in the capital yesterday.
Finance Minister AMA Muhith has said the Grameen Bank Board of Directors is going to appoint a new managing director for the bank soon, as a case against that appointment had recently been resolved.
“We have failed to run Grameen Bank smoothly because of intervention by Professor Yunus and we have now almost cleared the obstruction to arrange an election [for the board of directors],” the finance minister told journalists after a meeting with US Ambassador Marcia Stephens Bloom Bernicat at his secretariat office yesterday.
Notable RMG sector entrepreneurs and other businesspeople yesterday urged Dhaka to vote their family member Annisul Haq for mayor of Dhaka North City Corporation.
FBCCI President Kazi Akram Uddin and BGMEA President Atiqul Islam led the call for votes while speaking at “Current situation of RMG Sector and the way forward” – a meeting to exchange views organised among the BGMEA, BKMEA and BTMA.
The filling up of Kashipur Asrayan 2 project area in the char of the Nabaganga River has stopped halfway towards the project’s completion.
More than a hundred destitute families in Lohagara upazila, who were optimistic about getting housing facilities after the project’s completion, are now living with uncertainty.