- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
Bangladesh and India will negotiate transit and transshipment fees and charges on cargo movement admissible under international agreements, conventions and practices.
Both the parties reached the conclusion to negotiate at the Shipping Secretaries level meeting between the two countries held in New Delhi on April 20.
The minute of the meeting accessed by the Dhaka Tribune said both sides agreed to bring changes in the Protocol on Inland Water Transit and Trade (PIWTT), which governs transit and transshipment from one part of India to another.
Rail communications with the capital remained suspended for an hour yesterday as the gatekeepers of level crossings from Tongi to Narayanganj went on a strike in protest at the nonpayment of overdue wages.
Trains were halted at different places during the strike from 5:20pm to 6:20pm. Jamuna and Titas trains remained stuck at the Karwan Bazar crossing.
The crossing’s gatekeeper, Shahin, said gatekeepers employed on temporary basis went to the railway office at Kamalapur to demand wages and allowances due since February.
Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) will go on a large-scale eviction drive against illegal structures on footpaths and roads today.
Confirming the matter to the Dhaka Tribune yesterday, DSCC Chief Executive Officer Md Ansar Ali Khan said the drive would start at Gulistan intersection at 11am.
The decision for launching an eviction drive was taken at a meeting of the mayors and high-ups of Dhaka South and North City Corporations on May 28.
A fourth subsidence at a construction site in Dhaka’s Karwan Bazar prompted authorities to once again stop traffic on the southern half of the Panthapath road last night.
That part of the road had been closed to traffic until around 10pm, when it was reopened following the instruction of Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Mayor Sayeed Khokon.
Authorities suspended traffic on this part of the road after land subsided
for the second time on Thursday night. It remained off limits to vehicles
until yesterday afternoon.
The construction of the 12-storey NBL Twin Tower at Karwan Bazar has become uncertain at least for now as Bangladesh Bank would not approve it on apprehension of possible criticism.
The authorities concerned have already filled up the construction site with sand to avert possible disaster caused by the recent land subsidence there.
“The central bank would not approve the construction right now as it has already raised concerns,” said a senior executive of Bangladesh Bank.
Police yesterday said they had arrested the man who masterminded the April 21 heist at Bangladesh Commerce Bank Limited’s Kathgara Bazar branch in Ashulia.
The arrestee, Mahfuzul Islam Shamim alias Sumon, 35, was also claimed to be the leader of a faction of banned militant outfit Ansarullah Bangla Team.
Bangladesh should invest more to develop new crop varieties which will be climate tolerant as well as high yielding to ensure the country’s food security as the changing pattern of climate is already hampering food production, speakers said at a discussion yesterday.
The discussion was held as a parallel session at South Asia Right to Food Conference 2015 at Dhaka University’s Senate hall..
Bangladesh Chhatra League central committee has formed two new committees for its Dhaka north and south city units.
An official directive to form a six-member committee for Dhaka North and an eight-member committee for Dhaka South was signed by BCL President HM Badiuzzaman Sohag and General Secretary Siddiqui Nazmul Alam on Saturday night.
Three days of heavy rain and upstream flood have submerged around 200 hectares of paddy field in Rowmari upazila of Kurigram, posing threat to this season’s harvest.
Worried about the paddy, farmers in the area said the constant heavy torrent has caused the upstream flooding in the hills in India, flooding the low-lying areas in Boraibari, Chuliarchar, Jhaubari, Barbanda,Kalochar, Ijlamari, Bokbanda, Khewarchar, Algarchar, Lalkura and several other villages in Rowmari, inundating fields of Boro paddy and seasonal vegetables.
A court in the district yesterday sentenced a man to death and five others to life term imprisonment for killing a man in 2001.
The condemned convict was identified as Jahangir Alam while the lifers were Foyez Ahmed, Shamimuzzaman Babu, Emdadul Haque, Nazmul
Hossain and Rafiqul Islam of Elahabad village in Debidwar upazila.
The court filed the lifers Tk50,000 each, in default, they will have to suffer six months more rigorous imprisonment.
In protest of Shimulia ghat parking yard toll and illegal road permission of a transport company namely Swadheen Paribahan, Bangladesh Road Transport Workers’ Federation and Mawa Bus Owners` Association called an indefinite strike on Dhaka-Mawa route from yesterday.
The organisations called the strike, protesting Tk40 toll in Shimulia Parking Yard. Thousands of passengers got stuck in Shimulia-Mawa ghat due to the strike.
Students who recently passed the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinations in Khulna are worried for their future. Given the scarcity of seats and rampant admission business, they do not know whether they would be able to get into the good colleges.
According to the Khulna district administration, there are nine government colleges with a total of 5,100 seats. And this year some 7,400 students, who achieved the GPA-5 and GPA-4, are eligible for admission into those colleges.
A human chain was formed in the district town yesterday demanding the second time admission test scope to the public universities including Dhaka University.
A local student platform named HSC Batch-2014 arranged the event in the city’s Shaheeb Bazar Zero point from 10:30am to 11:30am and later they brought out a procession.
Around 500 students joined in the programme and many others from different educational institutions expressed solidarity with the demand.
Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has said that the Teesta water sharing agreement will not be signed during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Bangladesh.
There was no consensus so far on Teesta, as this agreement was not just a bilateral affair with Bangladesh but it involved West Bengal too, Swaraj said.
She made the remark while replying to a question at a press conference in New Delhi yesterday on the completion of one year of Indian diplomacy under the Modi government, Indian media reported.
The High Court yesterday asked the government to submit a report within four weeks on the steps it had taken to rescue its citizens adrift at sea and confined to the camps in Thailand and Malaysia.
In response to a writ petition, the court also issued a ruling upon the government to explain within that period as to why the government’s inaction to rescue the victims should not be declared illegal.
The government has decided to increase the revenue income target to keep the budget deficit within 5% of the GDP in the next fiscal year.
The target would then be increased by Tk45bn to Tk50bn to Tk2.03tn for 2015-16.
The additional amount – estimated just a few days ahead of placing the new national budget – is to meet the increased expenditure, officials said.
The next fiscal revenue earnings were earlier estimated at Tk1.76 trillion. But now it would be increased by Tk35 billion while non-tax revenue earnings will be Tk286.62 billion.
Despite massive input subsidies and increasing budgetary allocations, agricultural growth has been steadily declining.
The huge spending has not been able to ensure profit for farmers – neither by lowering costs nor by increasing prices. As a result, farmers overall have reduced production, which eventually affected growth.
The government has recently formed a 10-strong committee tasked with monitoring and analysing the market price of rice and wheat.
Detectives have unearthed the activities of a new militant group named Junud at-Tawheed Wal Khilafah, which follows the strategies of international terrorist group Islamic State to establish caliphate in the country.
They arrested alleged chief of the outfit Abdullah Al Ghalib, son of retired army officer Abdullah alias Khokon, in the capital’s Baridhara DOHS on Saturday evening, Shaikh Nazmul Alam, deputy commissioner (north) of the Detective Branch of police, said at a press conference yesterday.
Law enforcers in separate drives yesterday arrested six human traffickers and rescued two victims.
RAB arrested Wasim Akhter Nayan, 27, Jamal Sarker, 26, and Md Siddiqur Rahman, 39, from Mirpur, Pallabi and Gabtoli in the capital while Nurul Amin, Md Rubel and Md Hossain from Cox’s Bazar.
The rescued two are Rakib Khandaker, 25, and Md Habib, 26.
The International Crimes Tribunal 2 yesterday accepted four charges pressed against two siblings and another for their
alleged involvement in war crimes in Baniachong, Habiganj during the 1971 Liberation War.
The tribunal headed by its Chairman Justice Obaidul Hassan fixed July 22 for indictment hearing against Mohibur Rahman Boro Mian, 65, Mujibur Rahman Angur Mian, 60, and Abdur Razzak.
The charges pressed on May 17 include murder, rape and abduction.