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- December 12, 2017
The BNP-backed leaders and activists have been attacked, harassed, kidnapped and killed during the election campaigns, Dhaka North City Corporation’s mayoral aspirant Tabith M Awal claims.
“I cannot say anything in fear of being kidnapped. Recently our activists were picked up from processions. This is not level-playing field at all,” Tabith told reporters during his campaigns in Gabtoli area yesterday morning.
He also demanded that army be deployed in both Dhaka north and south city corporation areas to ensure fair election on April 28.
University authorities and police exchange blames as culprits go unpunishedNeither the Dhaka University authorities nor the law enforcers took the persistent incidents of sexual harassment on the campus seriously. There has been no precedence of strict action taken against any culprit that could stop recurrence of attacks on the women.
The authorities’ reluctance to look into the incidents deeply and failure to bring the culprits to book together with a culture of impunity have only triggered further attacks.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) will start issuing visas for Bangladeshi domestic workers from tomorrow, the KSA labour ministry made the announcement on April 13, reported Arab News.
Starting with the domestic workers, the Kingdom will gradually issue visas for the other category of workers.
A senior official of Bangladesh Embassy in Riyadh, requesting anonymity, also confirmed the news to this reporter over phone yesterday.
The official further said the KSA government will issue work visas for Bangladeshis in 12 categories.
Minister for Liberation War Affairs AKM Mozammel Haque yesterday said the new generation would have to uphold the spirit of the Liberation War, a ministry release said.
“Without coming forward to uphold the spirit of the liberation war, freedom fighter’s children and their grand children would not get jobs under the freedom fighter’s quota,” he said while speaking as the chief guest at a Freedom Fighters Rally at Alamdanga upazila in the district.
Speakers at a programme in the capital yesterday underscored the need for an effective role of green organisations for protecting the natural resources of the country and preventing the multinational companies from looting those.
They came up with the view at a programme organised on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the environmentalist group Green Voice at the Central Shaheed Minar.
A drug addict brutally tortured his wife to realise dowry at Shesoil village in Manda upazila on Friday night.
The victim is Mahmuda Bibi, 28, wife of Jalal Hossain, from the village.
She was later admitted to Manda Upazila Health Complex.
Mahmuda told the Dhaka Tribune that she married Jalal in 2004 and her family at the time gave him Tk1.10 lakh as dowry.
Jalal after several years began torturing his wife demanding dowry, centring which
there were some arbitrations to settle his demand.
The central bank has sought the finance minister’s directives in creating a Tk1,000-crore fund for a fresh refinancing scheme to narrow milk production gap in the country.
The scheme will disburse easy loans to milk and food processing projects, farmers, and individuals at 5% interest rate, official sources said.
The Bangladesh Bank (BB) has also sought Tk10 crore in the next budget to operate the low-interest refinancing scheme.
BB Governor Atiur Rahaman has recently written to the Finance Division seeking the allocations.
Sushashoner Jonno Nagorik (Sujan), a civil society platform working for good governance, yesterday urged the Election Commission (EC) to be more stringent to check violation of electoral rules and violence ahead of city corporation polls.
The organisation also called upon the EC to deploy army few days before the elections to maintain law and order during the polls to ensure free, fair and peaceful elections to Dhaka and Chittagong city corporations.
Khulna Medical College Hospital has been facing an acute manpower crisis for years, which is preventing the facility from dispensing the desired healthcare services.
The local authorities and even ministers have repeatedly promised to address the hospital’s manpower shortage but the problem still persists.
Caretaker of the hospital, Dr Md Abdus Samad, said the crisis has been terribly hindering the smooth delivery of medical services for some eight years.
At least three suspected robbers were killed in Savar and Magura yesterday.
Our Savar correspondent reports: Two suspected robbers were killed in a mob attack at Hindu Bhakurta village in Savar, outskirts of the capital.
The identities of the deceased could not be known immediately.
Quoting the locals, Savar model police station Officer-in-Charge Motaleb Miah said: “A gang of robbers attacked the house of one Sunil around 3am and looted valuables keeping the house inmates at gunpoint.
‘The appointment of those seven schools has been suspended as per the directive of the local MP. But we will soon revive the recruitment process and start anew’Complications in the appointment of clerk-cum-guard of seven government primary schools of Khetlal upazila of Joypurhat are yet to be resolved due to the intervention of a local parliament member.
Three months after the appointment, the upazila primary education office issued a notice declaring the appointments illegal as per the directive of MP Abu Syed Al Mahmud Shopon.
In response, presidents of the managing committee of the seven schools wrote to the Upazila Primary Education Officer (UPEO) protesting the cancellation of the appointments.
Authorities closed the police officer who allegedly freed one of the assaulter caught and handed over to him by a mobBlaming the media for exaggerating the incidents, police yesterday claimed the alleged sexual assault on several women on the DU campus on Bangla new year’s day was nothing big.
A spokesperson of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) claimed they had analysed the CCTV footage from the day, and had only found evidence of minor sexual abuse; there was no major incident of tearing apart women’s dresses.
However, in a major development last night, authorities closed the police officer who allegedly freed one of the assaulters caught and handed over to him by a mob.
Terming the Dhaka University acting proctor a liar and deceiver, Bangladesh Chhatra Union yesterday demanded that he resigned immediately.
The student body claimed that Amzad Ali had been providing fabricated information about the sexual assault on the university campus on Pohela Boishakh.
It also accused Amzad of concealing information, adding that he had not properly discharged his duties and was holding others responsible for the incident to avoid his own responsibility.
At least 22 people were killed in road accidents in Dhaka, Manikganj, Sirajganj, Bogra, Chittagong, Mymensingh and Tangail districts yesterday.
Eight people, including four of a family, were killed as two buses hit a private car at Barobaria area in Savar, reports our correspondent.
The deceased were identified as Monowar Hossain, 32, his wife Farida Begum, 26, her two-year-old son Towhid and four-year-old son Toha, car driver Faruk, 29, Dilara Begum, her daughters Shami Aktar, and Ankita.
The left-leaning student bodies in Chittagong University (CU) yesterday demanded immediate arrest and exemplary punishment of the culprits who sexually assaulted women during Pohela Boishakh in the Dhaka University area.
Protesting the assault, leaders and activists of Bangladesh Chhatra Union, Bangladesh Chhatra Federation and Samajtantrik Chhatra Front brought out a procession at the CU rail station premises around noon.
The government has extended tenure of machine readable passport and visa project till December this year, said official sources.
This is to complete the works of giving MRPs to 15m Bangladeshi expatriates.
The decision of extension was announced at a home ministry review meeting on development projects with State Minister for Home Affairs Asaduzzamzn Khan recently.
Earlier, the home ministry extended the project tenure twice and the last time it was extended to June this year.
Afroza Abbas, wife of Mirza Abbas, yesterday urged the Election Commission (EC) to work impartially and neutrally during upcoming elections to Dhaka city corporations scheduled to be held on April 28.
She made the call while conducting election campaigns on behalf of her husband, the mayoral candidate for Dhaka South City Corporation, in the Gopibagh area.
“The government is repeatedly giving assurances of holding fair polls, but I cannot find such an environment in the line of assurance.”
Putting an end to speculation, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia began formal campaigns for the mayoral election of Dhaka yesterday, stirring up her party’s rank and file.
She started with Dhaka north, where she lives, and campaigned for Tabith Awal who is her adviser Abdul Awal Mintoo’s son. With Mintoo being disqualified, Tabith was endorsed by the BNP, the main political opposition at the moment.
Closed-circuit televisions (CCTVs) should be installed at every polling centres to ensure fairness in the results of upcoming elections to the country’s three city corporations scheduled to be held on April 28.
Supreme Court Bar Association President and Bangladesh Bar Council Vice Chairman Khandker Mahbub Hossain came up with the view at a meeting in Chittagong city yesterday.
Teachers and students of Jahangirnagar University (JU) yesterday formed a human chain and demonstrated on campus demanding punishment of the perpetrators who on Tuesday night sexually assaulted an indigenous female student of the university.
Under the banner of “Shikkhok-Shikkharthi Oikyomoncho”, the teachers and students also demanded removal of university Proctor Professor Tapan Kumar Saha for failing to ensure security at the campus.