- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
Yesterday, 337 Bangladeshi citizens who were evacuated from Yemen returned to the country from Kochi port in Kerala, India and 136 more are scheduled to arrive today.
After an Indian naval ship evacuated them from Yemen, the Bangladeshis were taken to the African country of Djibouti and then were brought to Kerala on Indian passenger ships on Saturday.
Early yesterday, two Biman Bangladesh Airlines flights carried them to Dhaka.
Tabith M Awal, the BNP-backed mayoral candidate for Dhaka North City Corporation, yesterday expressed his gratitude to party chief Khaleda Zia for giving his campaign a boost by canvassing for him on Saturday.
“Heartiest thanks to madam Khaleda Zia for taking part in this election campaign. Madam has immeasurable popularity and it will add a new dimension to this election.
The central leaders of Bangladesh Chhatra League – the student body of the ruling party – barred their female members from protesting against the Pohela Boishakh assault on women on Dhaka University campus.
For reasons unknown, the Dhaka University unit of the student organisation also cancelled its Saturday’s protest against the assault.
DU-based female leaders and activists of Chhatra League, along with general female students, were scheduled to hold the protest programme on the campus on Friday afternoon.
With little to report on six days of investigating the Pohela Boishakh sexual assaults on women on Dhaka University campus, police instead claimed the media were exaggerating the story.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police Commissioner Asaduzzaman Miah yesterday said: “After analysing the two-hour long CCTV footage, we did not find any acute sexual harassment at the Pohela Boishakh event. It was just a mere scuffle.”
He criticised the media for rebuking the police and holding law enforcers responsible for the incident.
Bangladesh’s portion of the Asian Highway fails to meet the standards of quality required of it, according to the transport division of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP).
A recently published report, a copy of which has been sent to the Road Transport and Highways Division, said two of the three local highways that are part of the Asian Highway network are supposed to meet international standards while the third should meet regional standards.
Demanding removal of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology Vice-Chancellor Prof Aminul Haque Bhuiyan, 43 teachers of the university would resign today at 10:30am, the acting proctor of SUST Emdadul Hoque told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday.
With their resignation, the proctorial and provost body of the university become vacant.
Kazi Farms, the leading poultry farm in the country, has sought Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s intervention to get rid of extortion by local goons and the meddling of some trade union leaders in Thakurgaon.
Despite a High Court ban on battery-run rickshaws, Awami League Publicity and Publications Secretary Dr Hasan Mahmud yesterday assured owners and drivers that the vehicles would soon return to the roads in port city.
The former environment and forests minister was addressing a rally at Wasa intersection in Chittagong city organised by Chittagong Battery-run Rickshaw Owners-Drivers League.
The authorities of Rajshahi University are facing tougher stance from both the city unit Awami League and university unit Bangladesh Chhatra League, although the vice-chancellor of the university has been verbally assaulted by some leaders of the ruling party four days back.
Teachers and students of the RU yesterday continued their agitation on campus for the third consecutive day, demanding punishment of the leaders of AL who assaulted the RU VC.
Fruit bagging technology is going to be promoted in mango orchards in Rajshahi and Chapainawabganj commercially during the forthcoming pre-harvest season to protect fruits from pest attack and facilitating the farmers to get quality yield.
The technology was first introduced primarily last year and, as it had been found effective, this year the technology has been introduced commercially, said Dr Saraf Uddin, Senior Scientific Officer of Scientists of Regional Horticulture Research Centre (RHRC) in Chapainawabganj.
Police in Kotalipara upazila have been accused of torturing a man to death.
A three-member committee headed by the additional police super has been formed to investigate Saturday’s death of 32-year-old Juel Fakir.
On Saturday noon, Juel, son of Taiyab Fakir, fell into a pond and drowned after police had allegedly chased him in Barshapara village.
Juel’s brother Sohel Fakir claimed that police had severely beaten Juel for gambling and also stamped on him, which led to his death.
About two years ago, the Department of Forest took an initiative to plant a huge number of trees at Baikka Beel to provide shelter and food for the birds and also to preserve the environment.
However the forestation effort was not met with much success due to lack of planning and monitoring.
According to Climate Resilient Ecosystems and Livelihoods (Crel), an NGO working at Baikka Beel, the forest department planted various trees during the 2012-2013 fiscal year under the climate trust fund.
Seven people have been killed and 15 others injured when nor’wester swept over Kishoreganj and Mymensingh yesterday.
The deceased are Hazrat Ali, 35, and his son Lijon, 10, Shitol Bormon, 45, Abdul Mannan and Rita Begum, 12, Abdul Karim and Jalal Uddin Bhutta.
In Kishoreganj: Five people were killed in the storm in four upazilas of the district.
Officer-in-Charge of Pakundia police station Hassan Al Mamun said Hazrat and his son Lijon were killed as a tree fell on their tin-shed house during a storm in Jangalia village around 4am Sunday.
The proposal to sign a deal on Internet bandwidth export to India’s ‘Seven Sisters’ states is going to be placed in today’s cabinet meeting and expected to be signed shortly.
The price for per Mbps is proposed at $10.Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Limited (BSCCL) already signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with its counterpart Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), India’s state-owned telecommunications company last year.
The women and the young voters, who make up a large share of constituents in both south and north parts of Dhaka, are set to play a key role in determining the next mayors of the country’s capital.
Women and young voters said when they cast their ballots on April 28, they would pick candidates who will ensure basic urban facilities or work to build a women-friendly and smarter Dhaka.
Analysts said women in Dhaka’s south are likely to play a vital role, as around 46% of the 1,870,364 voters in Dhaka South City Corporation are women.
Reopening of Saudi market will help earn higher remittance this yearRemittance inflow in Bangladesh is expected to see a record rise this year in the wake of recent reopening of labour market by Saudi Arabia and global economic recovery, says a World Bank report.
However, the country slipped one notch to eighth position, pulling US$15bn from its global migrant workers, among the top most 10 remittance-earning countries in the world, despite its 8% rise in remittances during the period, according to World Bank’s Migration and Remittances: Recent Developments and Outlook, which was released last week.
Bangladesh Supermarket Owners’ Association has requested the National Board of Revenue to ensure uniform Value Added Tax (VAT) rate for all stores by allowing them to pay VAT at a square foot-based package rate.
They said the existing VAT system is discriminatory as customers feel discouraged from buying products from superstores as there is 2% VAT on sales of super shops while other shops pay VAT at a flat rate.
The association General Secretary Md Zakir Hossain recently sent a proposal to the NBR headquarters in this regard.
Bangladesh expects that India would honour the Land Boundary Agreement-1974 and its protocol signed in 2011 and implement those in full.
“We expect that those would be implemented as agreed,” State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam told the Dhaka Tribune.
Bangladesh and India had resolved the boundary issue after having intense negotiation for years and now Dhaka wants its full implementation agreed by both the parties.
Betterment of lives of low-income group is what we all want. But due to huge gap in communication, we haven’t been able to make a big impactThe reproductive health and rights of RMG workers remain uncared for and are yet to be addressed properly in order to boost their productivity, speakers said at a seminar yesterday.
They said social barrier, inadequate treatment facility and service-providing agency, plus uncongenial working environment tell upon the reproductive health of the garment workers, particularly women,
Dhaka did not lodge any complaint with New Delhi authorities about the alleged security breach during President Abdul Hamid’s visit to India last December as was reported by several Indian and Bangladeshi newspapers.
“This is completely a false report,” State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday.
The state minister, who was a member of the president’s entourage, said Bangladesh thanked and expressed its satisfaction to the Indian government over the security arrangement.