- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
The mobile phone number police published recently for witnesses to contact regarding information on women’s sexual assault on Pohela Boishakh was found switched off yesterday with the police still claiming that no major attack took place.
The Dhaka Tribune yesterday tried to contact the chief and other members of the investigation team several times, but they neither received the calls nor replied to the text messages.
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s motorcade came under attack in Dhaka’s Karwan Bazar yesterday when she was campaigning for the upcoming city polls. Khaleda got away unhurt but several members of her entourage were injured.
According to witnesses, she was speaking at a rally standing at the door of her car near the Karwan Bazar kitchen market around 6pm, seeking votes for BNP-backed mayoral candidate for Dhaka north Tabith M Awal.
The BNP will stage countrywide demonstrations today and enforce a dawn-to-dusk shutdown tomorrow in protest of the attack on party chief Khaleda Zia’s motorcade while electioneering.
Dhaka and Chittagong cities, where campaigns for city corporations polls are in full swing, will remain outside of the purview of the hartal.
The BNP, major rival of the ruling Awami League, alleged the attack on Khaleda’s motorcade was pre-planned.
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has started staging a drama before the people of the country as the Dhaka and Chittagong city polls approach, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said yesterday.
Speaking at a party meeting on the re-election at Magura-1 constituency in Gonobhaban last night, Hasina, also president of the Awami League, said: “Khaleda is the mastermind behind all those attacks that killed so many people. How is she going to people to seek votes when she has innocent blood on her hands?”
The Bangladesh government has requested Bangladeshi businessmen in South Africa to not open their establishments until the situation normalises.
“We came to know that four or five shops owned by Bangladeshi citizens and some Bangladeshis were attacked in South Africa,” State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam said at a press conference Monday.
BNP-backed mayoral candidate Mirza Abbas has promised to provide a safe and clean Dhaka if he is elected as mayor of the Dhaka South City Corporation.
The BNP leader’s wife Afroza Abbas announced a 10-point election manifesto on behalf of Abbas in a press conference in the capital’s National Press Club.
In his manifesto, Abbas pledged of bringing the city corporation’s tax rates down from the existing 27% and making them affordable for all.
Awami League-backed mayoral candidate Annisul Huq yesterday unveiled a survey report on the city residents' sufferings, pointing out the biggest problems plaguing the country’s capital and discussing ways to solve them.
According to the report, residents of the Dhaka North City Corporation mentioned mosquitoes, road conditions, house rent, lack of sufficient drainage system and manholes, and drugs – as the main problems they faced everyday.
Awami League-backed mayoral candidate of Dhaka South City Corporation Sayeed Khokon has said the upcoming city corporation polls are as important as mid-term national polls.
“The upcoming city polls carry the same value as mid-term polls. So there are no chances of failure here,” he said at a discussion held by Sahasra Nagarik Committee, a platform of pro-Awami League professionals, at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh in the capital yesterday.
The High Court yesterday in a ruling asked the Election Commission to explain why it would not be ordered to assign party symbols or use identities in local government elections such as city corporations.
The court also ordered to explain why the electoral rules that restrict assigning party symbols or using party identities in local government polls should not be declared unconstitutional.
A Bangladeshi woman’s body was recovered from a train station in India and handed over to her family via the immigration police in Bangladesh yesterday.
Aslam Khan, officer-in-charge of immigration at Benapole checkpost, said Indian Petrapol immigration police handed the body of Nargis, 32, over to Bangladesh immigration police around 9am, who later handed the body over to her family.
The victim’s family alleged that she was abducted, raped and killed. However, police said they had yet to find any definitive proof as to how she died.
A list of the 50 leading business pioneers of all time, compiled by the UK’s Financial Times, has named Muhammad Yunus as a pioneer in the business of finance.
Although he did not invent microfinance, Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus’ name has become synonymous with it following international recognition of Grameen Bank, which he founded, James Mackintosh writes.
His advocacy for small loans to the poor – and for social business – has spread around the world.
The Election Commission has yet to come to a decision about army deployment for the upcoming city corporation polls, EC Secretary Sirajul Islam said yesterday.
In a press briefing at the EC media centre, he said: “We are still thinking about it, and will come to a final decision within a day or two.”
Speaking of re-election at Magura 1 constituency, the EC secretary said it will be held on May 30. Deadline for nomination submission is on April 30, candidacy withdrawal is on May 1, and scrutiny is on May 4, he added.
The International Crimes Tribunal is set to deliver its verdict any day in the war crimes case against Syed Hasan Ali, an alleged razakar commander from Kishoreganj.
After concluding hearing arguments yesterday, the International Crimes Tribunal 1 led by its chairman Justice M Enayetur Rahim kept the case CAV (Curia Advisari Vult), meaning the verdict could be delivered any day.
The 65-year-old absconding Hasan Ali faces six charges of crimes against humanity committed in Kishoreganj during the Liberation War.
Another BNP-backed councillor candidate BNP was arrested yesterday from the capital’s Hazaribagh area.
This is the third BNP-backed candidate arrested in the capital since the campaign of the city corporation polls began.
“Police arrested Osman Gani who is better known as Shahjahan, councillor candidate of Ward 34 of Dhaka North City Corporation from Modhu Bazar of Hazaribagh around 3pm on charges of subversive activities,” said SM Jahangir Alam Sarker, acting DMP deputy commissioner for media and public relations.
Chargesheet in a vandalising case against Gazipur City Corporation (GCC) mayor and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s adviser, MA Mannan, was submitted to a Gazipur court yesterday.
Officer in-Charge (OC) of Joydebpur police station Khandkar Rezaul Hasan Reza said the chargesheet no 369 had been signed by him on April 15 and was then sent to the office of the Superintendent of Police, who had forwarded it to Gazipur Judges’ court.
Callous remarks by the police are a way of evading responsibility for the sexual assaults that marred the Pohela Boishakh celebrations at Dhaka University, chairman of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) said yesterday.
Mizanur Rahman, the NHRC chairman, made the remarks at a press briefing at the NHRC office in the capital’s Moghbazar area. He said a culture of impunity, patriarchal mind-sets and religious fanaticism were behind the harassment.
Amid continuous protests and demands for his resignation, Dhaka University Proctor Professor Amzad Ali yesterday denied the allegations of negligence in discharging his duties and refused to step down.
“Why should I resign? I have proof that I had not shown any negligence in the situation,” the proctor said while talking to the Dhaka Tribune over phone yesterday.
“I have done whatever I could. When I was informed, I called the police and gave them directives.”
Residents of a tiny Missouri city say they have no idea why five of their six police officers and several other top officials resigned after their first black mayor was elected.
Tyrus Byrd, 40, was sworn into office in Parma last week, but her election victory was overshadowed by the departure of the majority of the police force, the city attorney, clerk and water treatment supervisor.
The officials all cited ‘safety concerns’ in their resignation letters, the outgoing
Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Pakistan on Monday to launch $46bn in projects linking the allies, a figure that would far exceed US spending in Pakistan and underscores China’s economic ambitions in Asia and beyond.
The infrastructure and energy projects are aimed at establishing a Pakistan-China Economic Corridor between Pakistan’s southern Gwadar port on the Arabian Sea and China’s western Xinjiang region.
The High Court yesterday asked law enforcers to continue their search for BNP leader Salahuddin Ahmed for the next six months and submit regular progress reports to the Home Ministry during this time.
The bench of Justice Quamrul Islam Siddique and Justice Gobinda Chandra Tagore made the ruling, also disposing a petition filed by Salahuddin’s wife Hasina Ahmed on March 12 that requested that the BNP leader be located within 24 hours.