- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
Modi calls Hasina, greets her and the people of BangladeshAfter Rajya Sabha, India’s lower house Lok Sabha yesterday also unanimously passed the Constitution Amendment bill to pave the way for ratifying and implementing the 1974 Land Boundary Agreement between Bangladesh and India.
The bill, piloted by Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj, was passed by a vote of 331-0 in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress leader Sonia Gandhi.
After the bill’s passage, Modi personally thanked Sonia in the Lok Sabha, Indian TV channel NDTV reported.
Internet users in Bangladesh spend over Tk7,184.018 crore in online shopping each year, with the amount expected to grow further with the increase in use of smartphones, a survey by Google has found.
A Google research paper titled “Research Insights: Emerging Trends as Bangladesh Goes Digital” found that 22% of the country’s total internet users shop online, spending Tk7,594.10 annually on an average.
Rajshahi City Corporation Mayor Mosaddek Hossain Bulbul has been suspended following the framing of charges against him in several cases, including one for the murder of police constable Siddhartha Sarker.
The Local Government Division (LGD) yesterday issued a notification regarding the suspension of the pro-BNP mayor who has been in prison for several lawsuits.
Yesterday marked the anniversary of Awami League President and present Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s return home after a ban on her return during the state of emergency in the country in 2007-2008.
The then military-backed caretaker government put the ban on Hasina’s return to Bangladesh in April 2007, when she was visiting the US for treatment, stating that her return would create disorder in the country.
Bangladesh Coast Guard, East Zone, in a drive rescued eight fortune seekers being trafficked into Malaysia, and arrested four boatmen from a fishing trawler in the outer anchorage of Chittagong Port yesterday evening.
Details of the rescued persons and the arrestees could not be ascertained immediately, said Captain Shahidul Islam, zonal commander of Bangladesh Coast Guard (East Zone).
One day after taking oath as the first mayor of Dhaka South City Corporation, Sayeed Khokon went to his office – the Nagar Bhaban – yesterday on a horse carriage.
The traditional Old Dhaka vehicle carrying Sayeed Khokon arrived at the DSCC headquarters around 11am. Soon after his arrival, city corporation staff gave their new boss a warm welcome with a bouquet and by showering flowers.
He spent the next hour or so getting acquainted and sharing ideas with his staff, leaders of labour organisations and the supporters of his party ruling Awami League.
A university professor was mugged and shot by unidentified miscreants in the capital’s Mohammadpur area in broad daylight yesterday afternoon.
Parimol Kanti Biswas, professor of Agronomy at Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University, was shot in front of Dhaka Residential Model School and College around 1pm. Tk7.7 lakh was snatched from him at that time, said Officer in-Charge of Mohammadpur police station Azizul Haque.
Six more prosecution witnesses gave depositions yesterday in a case filed over the bomb attack on a rally of the Communist Party of Bangladesh at Paltan Maidan.
Wakil Ahmed, Mrittunjoy Goldar, Sukumar Das, Shaktipad Roy, Abdur Razzak and Shunil Mandal – all activists of the CPB – testified in the explosives case.
Dhaka Metropolitan Special Sessions Judge KM Imrul Kayes recorded their depositions and fixed Sunday for the next prosecution witnesses in the case.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will formally inaugurate a 225MW combined cycle power plant in Sirajganj today.
The power plant is implemented by state-owned North-West Power Generation Company Ltd (NWPGL).
“The dual fuel- (gas and diesel) based power plant, financed by the Asian Development Bank, started its commercial generation 10 months ago. Now the PM will formally inaugurate the plant,” AM Khurshed Alam, Managing Director of NWPGL, told the Dhaka Tribune.
Police yesterday submitted a charge sheet against BNP Standing Committee member Mirza Abbas, Gayeshwar Chandra Roy and 35 other activists in a case filed over the death of a Chhatra Shibir member in 2013.
Sub-Inspector of Rampura police station Mamun-ur-Rashid, also the investigating officer of the case, submitted the charge sheet to Dhaka’s Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court.
A government-formed evaluation committee has recommended the Energy and Mineral Resources Division to go ahead with the signing of a deal with a foreign joint venture to conduct a 2D seismic marine survey of Bangladesh’s offshore areas.
“We recommended the Energy and Mineral Resources Division to sign a deal with TGS-NOPEC and Schlumberger, a Norwegian-US joint venture, to conduct a 2D seismic survey,” a member of the committee said, seeking anonymity.
After flying with relief goods for the fourth time to disaster-hit Nepal, a Bangladeshi aircraft landed in Dhaka with two women and two children yesterday.
An Inter Service Public Relations Directorate press release said the four returned in the afternoon but their identities were not disclosed.
The special flight of Bangladesh Air Force flew to Kathmandu with relief materials for Nepal’s earthquake victims earlier in the morning.
Flight C 130 returned and landed at Tejgaon Airport after 4pm.
The judge said Jahirul was a cold-blooded murderer who killed 7-year-old Sifat for moneyA Dhaka court yesterday sentenced a man to death for killing seven-year-old Sifat Ali Tonmoy after kidnapping him in 2012.
Judge Tanzina Ismail of Dhaka Women and Children Repression (Prevention) Tribunal 5 passed the verdict against Md Jahirul Islam, 30, in a packed courtroom where the convict was also present. The judge also fined Jahirul Tk1 lakh.
Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) arrested five people in connection with illegal medicine business, fake bank notes and drug abuse yesterday.
The arrestees were Moin Uddin, managing director of Dream Together Pvt Limited, Md Nur-e-Alam, 32, Ratan, 26, Babul Fakir, 28, and Sumon Badya, 25.
Among them, Nur-e-Alam and Ratan, both from Comilla, were accused of running a drug business while Babul Fakir and Sumon Baidya from Gopalganj were arrested for being allegedly involved in making fake notes.
She also asked officials to carry out an investigation to identify those who finance militancyPrime Minister Sheikh Hasina has directed law enforcement agencies to speed up investigations and submit charge sheets in the violence-related cases filed against the leaders and activists of the BNP and its allies perpetrated before and after last year’s January 5 polls.
She also asked Home Ministry officials to continue the joint force’s operation to resist “anti-people activities” with a view to keeping the law and order situation under control.
Britons voted on Thursday in the tightest election for decades; one that could cause government gridlock, push the world’s fifth-largest economy closer to leaving the European Union and stoke a second attempt by Scotland to break away.
Final opinion polls showed Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservatives and Ed Miliband’s opposition Labour Party almost in a dead heat, indicating neither will win enough seats for an outright majority in the 650-seat parliament.
However, the surveys suggested there had been some late movement toward Labour.
Police will take action against the 31 absconding accused, including BNP chief Khaleda Zia, in the Jatrabari arson attack case soon after getting arrest warrant.
“After filing charge sheet against 38 leaders and activists of the BNP-led 20-party alliance on Wednesday, also appealed to the court to issue an arrest warrant against the 31 absconding accused,” said Monirul Islam, head of the DB and spokesperson of DMP.
He was talking to reporters at his office in Minto Road in the city yesterday.
More than 50 Thai police officers have been punished over suspected links to human trafficking networks, the country’s police chief yesterday said after the prime minister ordered a probe into the discovery of trafficking camps near the Malaysian border.
Thirty-three bodies, believed to be migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh, have been found in shallow graves over the past week in the southern province of Songkhla. Some of the bodies were found at a suspected human trafficking camp hidden deep in the jungle.
Community based recycling schemes should be rolled out city-wide, so more household waste is processed responsiblyOnly around half of the waste generated in Dhaka is collected by the city’s waste collection system.
The new mayors must make it a priority to increase this amount and ensure proper treatment and recycling. Dhaka’s Integrated Municipal Solid Waste Plan has failed to make adequate progress against a backdrop which has seen waste grow by over a half in the last decade.
Dhaka needs WASA to make swifter progress on building water treatment and sewage facilities suitable for a city of its sizeIt is deeply regrettable that the third phase of the construction of the Saidabad water treatment plant is going to miss its July deadline.
Officials are citing a shortage of funds allocated by the Danish International Development Agency (Danida) which is due to fund 40% of the $500m project. Reportedly, the government is currently confused over whether this money will come as a grant or a project loan.