- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
Tamim and Imrul rewrite record books with historic 312-run partnership
Hopes were minute. The Tigers were staring at yet another innings defeat. Sensing the negative vibe, the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium crowd started growing thin with each passing day of the first Test between Bangladesh and Pakistan.
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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy yesterday said “Joy Bangla” is not only the slogan of the Awami League, it is the slogan of our Liberation War, it is the slogan of Bangladesh.
A mass grave deep in the forests of Thailand on the Thai-Malay border, might be the last resting place of Bangladeshi and Rohingya migrants seeking a better life.
A lone survivor of what was believed to be a prison camp for illegal migrants was found near the grave site is believed to be a Bangladeshi national, AFP reported.
Bangladesh Ambassador to Thailand Saida Muna Tasneem yesterday told the Dhaka Tribune the individual’s nationality had not been confirmed.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said BNP-Jamaat alliance might have had a plot to kill people during the city corporation elections as they did during their 92-day blockade and hartals.
She came up with the observations while exchanging greetings with Buddhist religious leaders and distinguished persons of the community on the occasion of the Buddha Purnima at her official residence Ganabhaban. The programme was arranged by Buddhists Religious Welfare Trust.
Newly-elected mayor of Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC), Sayeed Khokon, yesterday took part in a drive to remove posters, banners, festoons and other campaign materials from various parts of Old Dhaka.
Khokon, who is yet to be officially sworn in as the DSCC mayor, led the clean-up drive at Nazira Bazar, Alo Bazar, Siddik Bazar and other areas in the afternoon.
“Everyone should come forward willingly to build a clean and liveable Dhaka city. We all should work together,” Khokon said.
An official of the Power Division said that the power plant is part of a plan to turn Moheshkhali into a power hubThe government has allocated Tk276.10 crore in the revised budget for the ongoing fiscal year for building the 1,200MW coal-fired Matarbari power plant, one of the “fast lane” projects.
An official of the Finance Division said that the project had been in the implementation phase when the main budget for FY2014-15 was placed. So, this time around, the fund has been allocated following a proposal from the Power Division.
The revised budget, including supplementary approvals and allocation demands, was published last week.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will formally inaugurate six power projects through video conference at her official residence Gano Bhaban today.
Of those, four plants have been built by independent power producers – 50.20MW furnace oil-based plant in Natore, 102MW in Narayanganj, 52.50MW in Munshiganj and gas-based 108MW in Narsingdi.
The plant in Natore has been operating since January 24 last year while the one in Narayanganj since June 9 of that year.
Police early yesterday intercepted 12 people at Chhanua area under Banshkhali upazila in Chittagong, while they were awaiting to be shipped to Malaysia illegally.
However, no trafficker was nabbed in this connection.
The fortune seekers were identified as Saddam, 18, Sumon Mia, 18, Jaber, 18, Mohan Mia, 18, Rezaul Karim, 18, Md Yunus, 25, Hridoy, 18, Sharafat Mia, 18, Yiahia, 18, Yusuf, 20, Jahangir, 18, and Esharon Hossain, 19, said Banshkhali police station’s Officer in-Charge (OC) Swapan Kumar Majumder.
The Awami League-backed candidates have recently triumphed in city corporation elections in Dhaka and Chittagong because the party has learned from the mistakes that led to their losses in the 2013 city polls, Health Minister Mohammad Nasim has said.
Nasim, a member of Awami League’s presidium and spokesperson of the 14-party alliance, however, did not explain what the mistakes were.
Buddha Purnima, the biggest religious festival of the Buddhist community, will be observed in the country today.
Buddha Purnima is a festival that marks Gautam Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and death. It falls on the day of the full moon in May.
On this day in 563 BC, Buddha was born as Siddhartha Gautam in Kopilabostu at the foothill of the Himalayas. He attained supreme enlightenment at the age of 35 and finally departed into ‘nirvana’ at the age of 80 in 483 BC.
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia on Friday discussed “vote fraud” with US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman and provided her with relevant documents.
The former three-time premier narrated how the Awami League had “manipulated” the polls during the meeting at her Gulshan residence, party leaders said.
Sherman went to Khaleda’s residence around 4:30pm and held a nearly 30-minute meeting before leaving Dhaka.
The two-day international event “Bengal Lights Literary Conclave” at the main campus of University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) will end today.
Organised by ULAB, the second such event explores the theme “Dissent, Reportage and Literature.”
This year’s event was attended by a distinguished panel of writers, journalists and publishers from four continents.
The historic May Day was observed across the country on Friday with a call for establishing just rights, dignity, honour, socio-economic and human rights of the working people.
In Rangpur, different political and labour organisations‚ particularly the labour wings of political parties and professional bodies, organised programmes to highlight the significance of the day, reports our correspondent.
Police detained nine members of Al-Bayenat from Shahjadpur upazila of the district yesterday while distributing leaflets protesting the government’s initiative to set up the "Rabindra University" in Shahzadpur upazila of Sirajganj.
The police detained them while they distributed the leaflets in the upazila headquarters in the afternoon, protesting the government move to name the university after nobel laurate Rabindranath Tagore, said Shihab Uddin Khalifa, officer-in-charge of Shahzadpur Police Station.
Wood smugglers are cutting down trees in Bandarban’s reserved forest areas on a grand scale, causing extensive damage to the tracts.
A section of dishonest forest officials of Bandarban Forest Division have been alleged to be working in connivance with smugglers.
From 1981 to 2012, thousands of acres of land in Bandarban Sadar, Ruma, Thanchi and Roangchhari were afforested under government plans that cost hundreds of crores of taka.
A man was allegedly abducted in broad daylight by a group of plain-clothed men in a microbus on Friday morning.
The victim, Abul Kalam Azad, 38, is an office assistant of Babuganj upazila Shishu Academy and the son of Liakat Ali from Ghataker Char of the upazila. He was abducted from the Fire Service Station crossing on Babuganj-Mohanganj road, about one kilometre from his home.
Mojammel Hossain, one of the witnesses, said some tall unidentified men in casual tee-shirts and trousers approached Abul Kalam Azad while he was walking to Khanpura at around 9:30am.
The 18th convocation of North South University was held at its own campus in the capital’s Bashundhara yesterday, says a press release.
Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid presided over the ceremony and conferred degrees to 2,034 graduates while Professor Randy L Beutler, president of Southwestern Oklahoma State University, delivered the convocation speech. Professor Dr AK Azad Chowdhury, chairman of University Grants Commission, was the special guest.
Nine Indian citizens move an environment court, seeking over Rs3,000 crore in annual compensation for the devastation caused by the barrageThe Farraka barrage has caused devastation, not only in Bangladesh, but also in India, according to a writ petition filed at the end of last year.
The plight of Bangladeshi farmers, who lived in the basin areas and suffered dislocation by the drying up of the river, is well known.
BNP Standing Committee member ASM Hannan Shah yesterday demanded that the April 28 city corporation election results be scrapped and fresh polls be held.
Terming the election farcical, he said it had revealed the true nature of the government.