- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
The BNP leader says he was kidnapped by men he did not know and had no idea how he ended up in IndiaBNP leader Salahuddin Ahmed was discovered in India’s Shillong on Monday, two months after he had gone mysteriously missing from Dhaka. But the reappearance of the former underground crisis communicator of the BNP is also wrapped in equal – if not more – mystery.
Around 2:30pm yesterday, Salahuddin’s wife Hasina Ahmed told reporters in a briefing that her husband had called her up around 10am and told her that he was at a mental hospital in Shillong in the Indian state of Meghalaya.
‘After confirming his death, they chanted Allahu Akbar and escaped’When the law enforcers are yet to unearth mystery behind the killing of secular activists Avijit Roy and Oyasiqur Rahman Babu in less than three months, unidentified miscreants – believed to be members of radical Islamist groups – hacked to death another listed science writer in Sylhet yesterday.
Bangladesh and India are negotiating to finalise a number of deals expected to be signed during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Dhaka.
An inter-ministerial meeting will be held at the Foreign Ministry today regarding the visit.
Modi's visit was confirmed after the constitution amendment bill to ratify Land Boundary Agreement in Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha was passed recently. He is expected to arrive in Dhaka on a two-day visit on June 6.
Former Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh came to Dhaka in September 2011.
A Malaysia-bound trawler, carrying 116 Bangladeshi passengers – some of whom fell sick from a lack of food, was detained yesterday near Saint Martin’s Island by navy and coast guard patrol boats.
The trawler’s crew, thought to be Myanmar nationals, had abandoned the trawler yesterday morning after being spotted and chased by Bangladeshi border patrol boats, said coast guard Station Commander Dickson Chowdhury.
Talking to the AFP over phone, he said: “There were 116 illegal migrants in the fishing trawler. They are all Bangladeshis.
After BNP Joint Secretary General Salahuddin Ahmed resurfaced, the Awami League-led 14-party alliance yesterday said the BNP was a party that was used to telling lies.
They said BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia had kept telling lies soon after the disappearance of Salahuddin.
Emerging out of a 14-party meeting, Health Minister Mohammad Nasim said, according to media reports, a conversation between Salahuddin and his wife Hasina proved that BNP and also its chief Khaleda Zia told lies.
Locals informed the police about a person in pyjamas and panjabi wandering in front of the street near Shillong Golf Club early Monday. He had a blank look, as if he had been in a spell.
When the local police were informed, a patrol car was passing by around the same time. Dramatic incidents started to unfold as soon as the stranger was taken to nearby Pasteur Beat Police Station.
Bangladesh will achieve middle-income country status by 2021, according to the upcoming budget speech to be placed in parliament on June 4.
Finance Ministry officials said the speech will contain a section on the country’s imminent graduation from low-income to middle-income status, explaining how this will be achieved by 2021.
The proposed budget document will explain that to achieve middle-income country status as defined by the United Nations, Bangladesh must post a per capita income above $1,398 four years in a row.
An MoU will be signed with Delhi for rescuing trafficking victims in India and bringing them backThe government has prepared a new national action plan for 2015-17 to stop human trafficking. It is likely to be announced publicly within two weeks.
The government is thinking of strengthening some laws as part of their efforts to fight against traffickers. According to the plan, the government will finalise three regulations under the Human Trafficking Deterrence and Suppression Act, 2012, Home Ministry’s Senior Secretary Mozammel Haque Khan said.
A human trafficker was killed in a gunfight with police in Cox’s Bazar yesterday, and three were arrested by the Criminal Investigation Department in Chittagong on Monday.
The deceased, Belal Ahmed, 30, was one of the listed human traffickers at the Home Ministry, sources at Cox’s Bazar police said.
The gunfight took place in Cox’s Bazar’s Eidgaon area; police raided the area after receiving a tip-off about human trafficking, said Bakhtiar Uddin Chowdhury, OC at Cox’s Bazar Sadar Model police station.
A group of men acting as members of the Detective Branch (DB) of police abducted a garments official in broad daylight yesterday in Gazipur.
They also snatched about Tk150,000, mobile phones and other possessions before abandoning him in a jungle.
The victim is Manowar Hossain, 34, quality in-charge of Anwara Knitwear of Gazipur’s Maona area.
According to Mukul Hossain, brother of the victim, Manowar Hossain was returning home after withdrawing Tk144,000 from Maona branch of Islami Bank at around 11am.
Railway Minister Md Mujibul Haque has said 270 new coaches are going to be added to the fleet of Bangladesh Railway within six months.
The carriages would be imported from India and Indonesia.
The ministry has been working intensively to reduce commuters’ sufferings during the upcoming Eid-ul-Fitr, particularly to check ticket scalping, the minister continued.
The minister made the statement to journalists during his visit to the BR (East) workshop in the port city’s Pahartoli area yesterday.
Dredging of the Mongla-Ghashiakhali channel in Bagerhat district is nearly complete, and the channel will be fully open for river traffic on June 1, Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan said yesterday.
Speaking at a press conference in the Secretariat, the minister also said with the reopening of this channel, the water route through the Sela River will be closed down, which will be helpful for the biodiversity of the Sundarbans.
The High Court has asked the inspector general of police to submit a report by June 14 regarding the actions taken against policemen who had beaten up demonstrators near the Dhaka Metropolitan Police headquarters on Sunday.
The bench of Justice Quazi Reza-Ul Hoque and Justice Abu Taher Md Saifur Rahman came up with another ruling yesterday, asking why the action by the police would not be declared illegal.
At the COP 17 in South Africa in 2011, 194 countries agreed to establish a binding international climate action agreement The Agence Française de Développement, the Alliance Française de Dhaka and the Embassy of France in Bangladesh are going to organise a series of events on climate change next week.
The opening event on Bridging Climate Change and Development will be inaugurated by French Ambassador to Bangladesh Sophie Aubert on Saturday.
This is part of the programme on United Nations Climate Change Conference, or COP 21, which is going to be held in France in December this year, according to a press release issued by the French embassy.
The private sector was urged to come forward for improvement of the country’s disaster management initiatives at a discussion titled National Consultation Meeting held yesterday.
Citing an example of introducing crop insurance for disaster affected farmers, the private sectors including banks and financial institutions can play a vital role to reduce the impacts of natural disaster, said Dr Mahbuba Nasreen while presenting her keynote speech at the discussion.
Two separate Sylhet-bound inter-city trains in two consecutive days narrowly escaped major accidents in Moulvibazar district.
Several passengers received injuries on Monday night when they jumped off the inter-city train at Shamshernagar railway station as the train skipped its scheduled stop there.
The injured passengers however could not be identified. The incident took place after 28 hours of another inter-city train Jayantika losing its four compartments on its way to Sylhet from Dhaka.
The shuttle train service between the Chittagong University (CU) campus and the port city was suspended for four hours yesterday morning due to the countrywide student strike enforced by the left leaning Bangladesh Chhatra Union.
The strike was enforced protesting Sunday’s police attack on their activists who were demonstrating against the Pohela Boishakh sexual assault and tried to lay siege to the police headquarters.
An unstable situation is prevailing on the campus of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) over derogatory comments made by a local lawmaker against professor of computer science and engineering department of the university Muhammad Zafar Iqbal.
yesterday afternoon, a good number of teachers and students formed a human chain in front of the central library where they declared Lawmaker of Sylhet Constituency 3 and Senate Member of the SUST Mahmud Samad Chowdhury Kayes unexpected on the campus.
A total 325 gold bars weighing around 38kg and worth around Tk16.25 crore were seized by customs officials yesterday during separate drives at Chittagong’s Shah Amanat International Airport.
“Acting on a tip-off, officials recovered 260 gold bars around 7am in an abandoned condition from a toilet in the airport,” said Chittagong Customs House’s Assistant Commissioner Md Selim Reza.
Later in the day, customs officials also seized 65 more bars from two passengers who arrived in Chittagong on a Biman flight from Dubai.
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced two people to death and another to life-term imprisonment for killing an old couple in Faridpur in 2013.
The convicts are Md Sujon Bepari and Md Nazrul Islam.
Dhaka Speedy Trial Tribunal 4 Judge ABM Nizamul Haque passed the order on Tuesday afternoon.
The court also fined Tk20,000 Mir Muhammad Tanvir Rahman alias Khosru, who was handed down life term imprisonment.
Earlier, Khosru along with the other two criminals slaughtered Mir Shamsul Haque and his wife Nargis Nahar over family dispute in October 2013.