- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
World's most-used web search engine Google has created a doodle marking Pohela Boishakh, first day of the Bangla calendar.
The doodle portryas two hand-held traditional embroidered fans (Nakshi Pankha), one of the traditional symbols of the new year, with “Shubho Noboborsho” (happy New Year) written in Bangla on one of them.
Last year’s November 1 power grid collapse that caused a countrywide blackout was initiated by simultaneous trips of the Bheramara HVDC sub-station and one or more generation units, which resulted in their total loss of around 734MW generation.
The findings were revealed by Buet professor S Shahnawaz Ahmed, who came up with the results after analysing the reports of two government committees and gathering necessary data from the National Load Despatch Centre and the HVDC substation.
The nation will celebrate Pohela Boishakh, first day of the Bangla calendar, today amid fanfare and festivity.
True to the centuries-old tradition, people from all walks of life will throng different popular and historic spots at dawn in the capital and elsewhere across the country to hail the New Year 1422 with new hopes and aspirations for a better, peaceful year.
The government anticipates a celebration without any fear of terrorist activities.
BNP standing committee member Jamiruddin Sircar has said there is no strike in the country, as could be understood analysing the situation when the party and its allies now busy with city corporation polls.
“You all know that there is no strike in the country,” he told journalists, after a meeting with BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia at her residence at Gulshan in the city yesterday night.
Police’s elite force Rapid Action Battalion yesterday claimed to have traced a new militant outfit named Shahid Hamza Brigade in the port city, members of which have military training.
Each of its wings comprises seven members – all trained up as a “one man army.”
The High Court has ordered authorities to not arrest BNP-backed mayoral candidate Mirza Abbas until it settled two of his bail petitions on Wednesday. The court also asked Abbas to not take part in canvassing until then.
The bench of Justice Quamrul Islam Siqqique and Justice Gobinda Chandra Tagore yesterday ordered Attorney General (AG) Mahbubey Alam to make sure that Abbas is not arrested before that.
According to court sources, the prosecution failed to produce any witnesses in the last 15 scheduled dates for depositionAs the whole nation prepares to celebrate Pohela Boishakh today, the killers of banned militant outfit Harkat-ul-Jihad-al Islami are yet to be punished for the deadly bomb attack on commoners at Ramna Batamul of the capital 14 years ago.
A court on June 23 last year delivered the verdict in the murder case sentencing eight Huji men, including its chief Mufti Abdul Hannan, to death and life-term to six others.
However, the other case involving use of explosives has remained stuck with the Dhaka’s Speedy Trial Tribunal 1 since long.
A photography exhibition by the diplomatic community titled “Bangladesh Through Our Eyes” will begin at the Drik Gallery today.
The exhibition, which will be open for all till April 23, is meant to be a Bangla new year’s gift from the diplomatic community to the people of Bangladesh.
Organised by Drik and Embassy of the Republic of Turkey, the exhibition was inaugurated by Foreign Minister of Bangladesh Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali at the Turkish Ambassador’s residence on Sunday.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) chief Asaduzzaman Mia yesterday warned aspiring candidates of the upcoming city polls that anyone who has a criminal record, a warrant issued, or is found carrying arms will be detained and placed before the court.
The DMP boss made the statement yesterday during the view exchange meeting between mayoral and councillor candidates of Dhaka South City Corporation and Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad at the capital’s Krishibid Auditorium.
The cabinet has approved optional holidays on Chaitra 29 and Baisakh 2 of the Bangla calender for ethnic people of the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) region.
The decision came yesterday at a regular cabinet meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Mosharraf Hossain Bhuiyan told reporters.
A clash also took place between church employees and lawyers over grabbing of the pond on Saturday that left 14 people injuredThe filling up of the historical pond of Barisal Saint Peter’s Church is now being carried out hastily following Saturday’s protest by the Christians.
Upon visit, it was found that police have secured the court premises and are barring photo journalists from entering the area and taking pictures of the speedily advancing work of filling the pond.
One of the workers, on condition of anonymity, said: “We are now using pumps and dredging machines to complete the work quickly.”
Mayoral and councillor aspirants for the Dhaka city polls continued their door-to-door canvassing yesterday, seeking votes for the April 28 elections.
Awami League-backed mayoral candidate for Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC), Annisul Huq canvassed in Mohammadpur and Lalmatia, exchanging Pohela Boishakh greetings with voters in the areas.
“I have asked for five years from my family [to serve the city’s people]; besides, the country’s largest political party has extended its support to me,” he told a street rally in Mohammadpur.
A Dhaka court yesterday placed the three suspects arrested in connection to the murder of blogger Oyasiqur Rahman, alias Babu, on 3-day remand again.
Metropolitan Magistrate Shariar Mahmud Adnan passed the order after the investigation officer of the case filed under Tejgaon Industrial Area police station produced them before the court seeking a four-day remand again.
Reserved councillor candidates of Dhaka North and South have complained of gender discrimination in the allocation of their election symbols for the upcoming city corporation polls.
The Election Commission has allocated 10 symbols for the reserved women councillor candidates; these are kettle, bird cage, tissue box, glass, betel leaf, glass bottle, radish, steel almirah, grinding stone, and cane stool.
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad has expected cooperation from city corporation poll aspirants to stop the practice of using black money and muscle power in elections.
“If we find proof of such practice, we will take stern action against any candidate involved,” he said while speaking at a view-exchange meeting with mayoral and councillor candidates of Dhaka South City Corporation elections yesterday.
The meeting was held at Krishibid Institution in the capital.
The current situation in port city ahead of the April 28 election does not demand deployment of army, Returning Officer Md Abdul Baten has said.
At a meeting on law and order yesterday, Baten asked the law enforcers to gear up vigilance and drives to recover illegal arms and arrest the criminals.
“The matter of deploying army will be decided upon intelligence report. The chief election commissioner is likely to make the decision at a meeting with the law enforcers on April 19,” the returning officer said after the meeting at his office.
Students and teachers expressed dissatisfaction over slow investigation process into the killing of former Rajshahi University (RU) student Wahida Shefat who was allegedly killed by her in-laws for dowry on March 29.
Teachers of the university claimed that influential quarters were trying to influence investigation process.
Over 100 teachers and students of Mass Communication and Journalism (MCJ) department of RU formed a human chain in front of the department at 12 noon.
Students of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology put a lock on the gate of Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Md Aminul Haque Bhuyan’s office after two department heads resigned yesterday.
Sources said a dispute, which had been going on for a while among the senior teachers of the physics department and the geography and environmental science department over space allocation, led to the resignation of the two professors.
Once known as the powerhouse of Khulna, the district’s Goalpara area has been losing its many power plants one by one – allegedly because of negligence and lack of planning by the authorities concerned.
Previously, the lack of repairs had already resulted in the scrapping of a 56MW floating barge-mounted power plant, and three more diesel-powered 16MW power plants in the area.
Now, Goalpara has also lost two more PDB-run furnace-oil-based power plants – one with 110MW capacity and the other with 60MW.
Awami League Publicity and Publications Secretary Hasan Mahmud yesterday said the BNP members were trying hard to make the upcoming city corporation polls controversial after being confirmed that they would be defeated.
“In the city elections, people will show red cards to the candidates of the party that hurled petrol bombs. It is the voters who will decide whether strikes, blockade and petrol bomb attacks will continue and flags will fly in the cars of war criminals,” he said while addressing a human chain in front of National Press Club in the capital.