- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
Several RMG trade union leaders yesterday urged the government, buyers and garment owners to ensure proper compensation to the survivors and family members of the deceased in the Rana Plaza collapse.
They also demanded forming a fund with contribution from the government, buyers and the owners to bear the educational expenses of victims’ children.
Bangladesh continued to heap more misery upon Pakistan as the home side coasted to a comprehensive seven-wicket win in the lone Twenty20 international at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday.
Pakistan began the series with a defeat in the practice match and their fortunes refused to improve in the following three-match ODI series with the hosts strolling to a series sweep over their hapless opponent.
With just three days to go before the city corporation polls, many BNP-backed candidates for city council and mayor are on the run, in hiding, or behind bars.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) sources said the police are searching for at least 61 BNP-backed mayoral and councillor candidates taking part in the upcoming polls.
BNP-backed Dhaka South mayoral hopeful Mirza Abbas, who faces nearly 60 cases which he claims are politically motivated, remains in hiding. His wife Afroza Abbas has been campaigning on his behalf.
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia resumed her election campaign yesterday after a one-day pause as she could not manage to do that on Thursday due to vehicle shortage.
The BNP chief’s motorcade came under attack on three consecutive days leaving more than 20 persons injured.
Khaleda’s personal vehicle and her security personnel’s vehicles were damaged in those attacks.
Khaleda started campaign yesterday along with about a hundred BNP leaders and activists.
The BNP on Friday blamed the Election Commission (EC) for serving the purpose of the government.
The way the EC wants to deploy army has frustrated the BNP, said Moudud Ahmed, standing committee member of the party.
The EC on Tuesday said the army would be deployed for four days as a striking force and act on the request of the returning officers.
A letter was sent to the Armed Forces Division the same night to this end.
BNP-backed Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) mayoral candidate Tabith Awal was allegedly barred from entering a mosque for Jumma prayer yesterday.
Police did not allow him on the excuse that the state minister for home affairs was scheduled to say his prays there.
Joyonto Kumar Kundu, election campaign coordinator for Tabith, said: “When Tabith went to offer his prayer at Rahim Metal mosque at Tejgaon, police members present there asked him to go to another mosque as the state minister would pray there.”
Having received the benediction of the ruling party, Dhaka South mayoral hopeful Sayeed Khokon sought further blessings while soliciting for votes at Baitul Mukarram National Mosque yesterday.
But the post-prayer campaigning appears to have violated the polls code.
“No candidate or supporter of a candidate can campaign in mosques, temples, churches or others religious shrines,” reads subsection 12 of section 6 of the city corporation electoral code of conduct.
Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal mayor aspirant Md Shohidul Islam yesterday announced Awami League-backed Sayeed Khokon as the 14-party’s single mayoral candidate in Dhaka South City Corporation elections.
Shohidul, who is backed by Sammilito Nagorik Party, extended his support to Khokon after making the announcement at a press briefing at National Press Club where Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury, Abdur Razzak, Nazrul Islam Babu, Shirin Akhter and several others were present.
Two more suspected bank robbers – both with links to Islami Chhatra Shibir – have been arrested by the police in connection with Tuesday’s bank heist in Ashulia.
The news came as another victim – who was shot and stabbed by the robbers – succumbed to his injuries yesterday.
A lighterage vessel carrying 900 tonnes of coal capsized yesterday afternoon in the Bay of Bengal’s Sandwip Channel.
However, the nine crews of the vessel were rescued within couple of hours after the incident.
Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority’s Joint Director M Akkas Ali told the Dhaka Tribune that the Khulna-bound vessel, MV Master Sohag, capsized near Vashanchar area of the channel around 12:30pm after colliding head-on with a buoy due rough weather.
The Power Cell sought the Power Division’s approval to short-list three international firms for awarding contract to build the country’s first onshore liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal.
A letter has recently been sent to the Power Division in this regard.
“After approval, the short-listed firms will be requested to submit final proposal for building the terminal,” Power Cell Director General Mohammad Hossain told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday.
An experimental drug has cured monkeys infected with the Ebola virus, US-based scientists have said.
The treatment, known as TKM-Ebola-Guinea, targets the Makona strain of the virus, which caused the current deadly outbreak in West Africa.
All three monkeys receiving the treatment were healthy when the trial ended after 28 days; three untreated monkeys died within nine days.
Scientists however cautioned that the drug’s efficacy has not been proven in humans.
Armenia marked the centenary on Friday of a mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks with a simple flower-laying ceremony attended by foreign leaders as Germany became the latest country to respond to its calls for recognition that it was genocide.
Turkey denies the killing of up to 1.5 million Armenians in what is now Turkey in 1915, at the height of World War One, constitutes genocide and relations with Armenia are still blighted by the dispute.
United Nations Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura has invited Syria’s government and opposition groups for separate talks in Geneva next month in the latest bid to end the four-year-old civil war, a UN spokesman said
De Mistura, who is due to brief the UN Security Council later on Friday, plans for “low-key” talks with each of the main stakeholders over four to six weeks in the Swiss city, Ahmad Fawzi told a news briefing.
“There will be no big meeting at the end. There will be no fanfare at the conclusion,” Fawzi said.
From helping to determine the age of the universe to proving the existence of black holes, the $2.5bn Hubble Space Telescope has been a hugely powerful tool of scientific discovery.
Friday marks 25 years since the telescope was first launched.
It was not the first space telescope, but when it was launched into low Earth orbit in 1990, it carried onboard an unprecedented array of instruments: a 2.4-metre mirror and four main sensors designed to capture ultraviolet, visible, and near infrared light.
Youngster Sabbir Rahman struck a whirlwind half-century yesterday to lead Bangladesh to a convincing seven-wicket win over Pakistan in the lone Twenty20 international in Mirpur but barely basked in his glory, saying the team’s achievement is important than anything else.
Sabbir smashed 51, his maiden T20 fifty, off just 31 balls as Bangladesh chased down the modest target of 142 with seven wickets and 22 balls remaining.
Bangladesh Cricket Board yesterday announced the 14-member squad for the first of two Test matches against Pakistan. Right-arm paceman Mohammad Shahid and batsmen Liton Kumar Das and Soumya Sarkar received their maiden call-ups to the Test fold.
Five changes were made to the previous Test squad against Zimbabwe. Batsmen Shamsur Rahman, Marshal Ayub and Anamul Haque were dropped along with pacemen Shafiul Islam and Al Amin Hossain.
Prior to the solitary Twenty20 international against Pakistan in Mirpur yesterday, Bangladesh experienced mixed fortunes in the shortest format of the game. The Tigers had won 11 matches and lost 29 times and were finding it a tad difficult to execute their plans in the middle.
Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi’s assertion that their Twenty20 squad is comparatively better than their ODI unit proved to be futile as Bangladesh continued their demolition act over the opposition, this time in the lone T20 international, as the Tigers romped to a seven-wicket win in Mirpur yesterday.
Afridi’s claims were trashed by the Bangladesh cricketers as they restricted the tourists to 141/5 before cantering to their destination with seven wickets and 22 deliveries in hand.
Haitian forward Augustine Walson set the track ablaze scoring four goals against a high-flying Muktijoddha as Brothers Union continued their fairytale run with a comprehensive 5-2 win in the Manyavar Bangladesh Premier League at Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
Brothers, who defeated Mohammedan 1-0 in their previous match, bamboozled their opponents with quick counter-attacks, led by Walson, who slammed the first hat-trick of the league. He now leads the goalscorers’ list with six strikes.