- November 16, 2017
Chhatra Union, a left-leaning student body, yesterday submitted a memorandum to the Home Ministry advocating their six-point demand on the sexual harassment at the TSC area during the Pohela Boishakh celebration.
A six-member delegation team led by Chhatra Union Central President Hasan Tarek handed over the memorandum to State Minister for Home Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal around noon.
Seven people were killed by bank robbers and 11 injured in the Ashulia industrial area near Savar yesterday.
Another man, one of the robbers, was beaten to death by an angry mob that got hold of two of the gang. The other was rescued by police in critical condition.
Those killed by the robbers are bank manager Waliullah, 45; security guard Badrul Alam, 38; client Palash, 48, a businessman; Munir Hossain, 60, who sells snacks near the bank; Zillur Rahman, a local shopkeeper; Zamir, 38, resident of the Kuturi area, and Nur Mohammad, 35, a local rice trader.
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday claimed the shots fired during Monday’s electoral campaign for mayoral candidate Tabith M Awal at Karwan Bazar were intended to kill her.
“The shots were fired with the intention of killing me. My car still bears marks of the bullet,” Khaleda said yesterday while on the campaign trail for Mirza Abbas, the Dhaka South mayoral candidate backed by the BNP, at Chamelibagh in the capital.
Khaleda Zia was riding in the car she claims to have been hit by a bullet.
In a clear violation of public procurement rules, the government has recently bought software from a firm cancelling an open tender and depriving four other renowned developers.
Sources said the optical character recognition (OCR) software could have cost the government less had it been procured through open tendering.
State-owned Bangladesh Petroleum Exploration and Production Company Limited (Bapex) has invited expressions of interest from international oil and gas companies to jointly carry out exploration and development of several geological structures.
Bapex hopes to explore a number of well-defined four-way anticline closures – Patiya, Jaldi, Kasalong and Sitapahar – situated in Chittagong and the Chittagong Hill Tracts.
The Election Commission (EC) yesterday announced the army would be deployed from April 26 to April 29 in Dhaka and Chittagong city corporations to provide security during the polls.
The opposition BNP welcomed the EC move, but said if the army was not given magistracy powers their presence would be ineffectual.
“Following a meeting with law enforcement and intelligence agencies on April 19, we have determined that the overall law and order situation was good.
Awami League-backed mayoral aspirant for Dhaka South City Corporation Sayeed Khokon was fined Tk7,000 for breaching the polls code of conduct.
Election Commission Director (Public Relation) SM Asaduzzaman yesterday said a total of 15 aspirants for Dhaka South, Dhaka North and Chittagong were fined by a mobile court of the EC for breaching the polls code.
Responding to questions, he said Khokon was fined as his motorcade campaign hampered traffic movement in the city.
A campaigning team of BNP-backed mayoral candidate M Manjur Alam was allegedly attacked by ruling Awami League men in the city yesterday afternoon.
Chattagram Unnoyon Andolon, under whose banner the recently resigned CCC Mayor Manjur is contesting, alleged in an e-mail sent yesterday evening that followers of Awami League-backed CCC mayoral candidate AJM Nasir Uddin attacked the campaign team of Manjur, which consisted of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal men, at Chittagong Polytechnical Institute area around 5pm, leaving 10 injured.
Awami League-backed mayoral candidate Annisul Huq yesterday denounced the attack on BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s motorcade.
He said: “We who believe in democracy are all affected by this.”
Annisul was speaking to reporters in front of the Awami League office in Gulshan’s Kalachandpur area before setting out to campaign.
He demanded a proper investigation into the incident and the punishment of those involved.
“There is reason to deploy the army for this election,” he said.
The election team of Chittagong’s BNP-backed mayoral candidate has demanded that the proposed venue for the election result announcement centre is changed, citing concerns that the ruling party men might try to manipulate the counting of votes there.
Amir Khashru Mahmud Chowdhury, chief election agent of BNP-backed mayoral candidate M Manjur Alam, yesterday submitted a proposal to the returning officer to shift the venue from MA Aziz stadium’s gymnasium, which had been used to announce results of past city polls.
Prime Minister’s ICT Affairs Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy has alleged that an angry mob attacked the BNP chief’s motorcade on Monday.
“People of Dhaka are quite angry at Khaleda Zia for burning 160 people to death and injuring many others on buses and public transportation during the past three months,” Joy, also son of the premier, said in a Facebook post on Monday night
The High Court yesterday deferred the hearing on an anticipatory bail petition of BNP leader Mirza Abbas until April 27 in a case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission.
The bench of Justice Md Moinul Islam Chowdhury and Justice JBM Hassan gave the order after his lawyer Joynul Abedin prayed for adjournment. He said they were waiting for decision of the chief justice on the bail petitions of Abbas in two other cases.
The Buet authorities have expelled four leaders and activists of the university unit of Bangladesh Chhatra League for assaulting a teacher, sued for sedition last week.
Two of them – Buet unit President Shubhra Jyoti Tikader and General Secretary Abu Syed Kanak – were expelled from the university for life, Teachers’ Association General Secretary Abdul Hasib Chowdhury confirmed to the Dhaka Tribune yesterday.
Two other students – Protik Dutta and Rahat Imtiaz Ratul – were suspended for different terms, he said.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says a Saudi-led offensive in Yemen was prompted by the kingdom’s failures elsewhere, causing what he called a “mental imbalance”.
Speaking to reporters Tuesday before heading to Indonesia, Rouhani mocked Saudi Arabia by calling it a country with dashed dreams in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon.
“All the failures have accumulated and caused mental and emotional imbalance for that country,” Rouhani said.
Prosecutors blamed the Tunisian captain of a fishing boat for causing the deaths of hundreds of migrants locked below decks when his vessel capsized in the Mediterranean, in the weekend shipwreck that has shocked Europe.
Prosecutors said on Tuesday that Mohammed Ali Malek, 27, arrested under suspicion of multiple homicide, had steered his severely overloaded boat into a collision with a merchant ship that was coming to its rescue.
Mahbub Uddin Khokon says over 100 youths attacked the motorcade chanting ‘Joy Bangla’ slogan in the name of Chhatra LeagueAfter the attack on Khaleda Zia’s motorcade at Karwan Bazar on Monday, a ruling party leader filed a case alleging that the security personnel of the BNP chief had fired gunshots at them.
Biplob Kumar Sarker, deputy commissioner of police’s Tejgaon division, told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday that two separate cases were filed over the incident. “We are now investigating both the cases and hope to bring the perpetrators to book.”
Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Mursi was sentenced to 20 years in prison without parole on Tuesday on charges arising from the killing of protesters, nearly three years after he became Egypt’s first freely elected president.
Mursi stood in a cage in court as judge Ahmed Sabry Youssef read out the ruling against him and 12 other Brotherhood members, including senior figures Mohamed el-Beltagy and Essam el-Erian.
The High Court has summoned the industries secretary to appear before it on May 19 to explain the failure in relocating tanneries from the capital’s Hazaribagh in line with a previous court directive.
The bench of Justice Md Ashfaqul Islam and Justice Kashefa Hussain passed the order yesterday after hearing a petition which was moved by lawyer Manzill Murshid on behalf of Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh.
A Dhaka court yesterday fixed May 11 to start the trial in a case filed over the killing of blogger-architect Ahmed Rajeeb Haider on February 15, 2013.
The victim’s father Dr Nazimuddin, also the plaintiff of the case, was present before the court to testify as the first prosecution witness.
Judge Ruhul Amin of the Dhaka’s Fourth Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judge’s Court set the fresh date following a time petition filed by defence counsel Masud Ahmed Talukdar.
Flights are operating amid risk at the Barisal Airport due to lack of lighting on the runway and other facilities.
Biman Bangladesh Airlines resumed flights on the Dhaka-Barisal-Dhaka route on April 8 this year, eight years after the flight was suspended.
On April 12, flight BG-469 of the Biman Bangladesh Airlines landed on the airport with 74 passengers at 5:55pm and return flight BG-470 left for Dhaka with 63 passengers within 30 minutes, said Md Hanif Gazi, aerodrome officer and manager of the airport.