- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
Vice-principal suspended, accused staff sacked as allegations of repeated harassment emerge A vice-principal was suspended and two school employees sacked at a school in the capital, in the wake of allegations of sexual harassment against two grade-schoolers.
A Class I student was allegedly sexually assaulted on May 5 and a Class V student was sexually assaulted last year. The Class V student’s ordeal surfaced after the fresh incident on May 5.
Police have finally proposed imposing a ban on radical Islamist outfit Ansarullah Bangla Team, believed to be involved in the killing of secular activists since 2013.
“Although we are yet to learn about its organisational structure, police have requested the government to ban Ansarullah’s activities as a pro-active and preventive measure,” SM Jahangir Alam, acting deputy commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, said yesterday.
Six men, including a law student, planned the May 7 heist of Al-Arafah Islami Bank Limited’s Muradpur branch in Chittagong a month earlier, police said yesterday.
Of them, four – Arif, Gias, Sagor and Mahbubul – have been arrested but the other two – Raihan, a student of law at a private university who masterminded the crime, and Masud – are in hiding, said Chittagong Metropolitan Police Commissioner Abdul Jalil Mandal at a press conference at the CMP headquarters.
Dhaka will discuss the human trafficking issue with Kuala Lumpur to stop illegal migration to Malaysia.
Bangladesh Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali is now in Malaysia for a joint commission meeting with his Malaysian counterpart Anifah Aman where migration, trade and investment issues will also be discussed.
“The topic human trafficking will be prominently discussed in the joint commission meeting today,” Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged the country’s people to reject those involved in the politics of destruction and hand them over to law enforcers, saying the government is determined to take stern actions against these evil forces.
“I’ll request you to reject those doing the politics of destruction, say no to them, hand them over to law enforcement agencies,” she said.
The prime minister was addressing a rally at Nawabganj Government College ground.
Implementing the new pay scale for government employees and financing half a lakh new police jobs may turn out to be twin pressures on the economy in the upcoming fiscal year.
The government has already hinted that the long overdue pay hike – to cost the state coffer Tk15,000 crore annually – may be implemented in the first quarter of the upcoming FY2015-16.
Last week, the Finance Division approved a Home Ministry proposal to recruit nearly 14,000 people for police as part of plan to create 50,000 posts in the force.
More than a year into its completion, the Sheikh Russel Shishutosh Angan – a park built near Dhanmondi lake for the residents of Dhanmondi and its adjacent area – is yet to open to public.
It has become a haven for all sorts of antisocial activities due to slack security and monitoring of Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC).
The construction work of the park was completed by the 16 Engineering Construction Battalion under Bangladesh Army in April, 2014 and was handed over to DSCC in June.
Training up female health workers or nurses can be a useful way of getting rural women talk about their breast problems and thus reduce breast cancer fatalities, a Singapore-based oncology expert has said.
Dr Lo Soo Kien, senior medical oncologist at the Harley Street Heart and Cancer Centre in Singapore, said this in an interview with the Dhaka Tribune after a medical awareness seminar at the Regency Hotel in Dhaka yesterday.
At least 148 government primary schools buildings in eight upazilas of the district have long been declared abandoned owing to the poor conditions of the establishments.
Consequently the students have been taking part in classes amid great danger, particularly during rain or squally weather, as the authorities concerned are yet to take any initiative to the long-pending problems.
Forced closures seem to be a common scenario there amid fears of possible collapse of the schools during rain or strong wind.
In to order to check human trafficking, emphasis must be given on strict and effective implementation of the anti-trafficking law of the country. Law enforcing agencies can play a vital role in this regard.
Addressing a workshop organised by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on ‘Combating Human Trafficking and Repatriation of Victims: Role of Key Actors’ at Hotel Lake Castle in the capital yesterday, speakers also underscored the need for deploying mobile courts.
Fishermen in Chandpur face a dearth of river Ilish after the end of a two-month ban on catching the fish.
The shortage is believed to have been caused by unbridled river pollution, catching of jatka during the ban and a change in climate.
Because Ilish is scarce, it mostly remains beyond the affordability of people as prices are too high.
Abul Kashem, a fisherman in Haimchar, said he is disappointed at the shortage of river Ilish after the ban, which was officially lifted in May.
Professionals have stressed the need to use local residents' knowledge while taking adaptation measures to check the negative impact of climate change.
The speakers made the remarks in a discussion titled "Climate Change: Local Solutions for a Global Challenge" held in the capital’s Alliance Francaise auditorium, saying that the measures should be received on a priority basis from the locals.
At least seven people were killed in separate lightning strikes in Magura, Jhenidah and Chittagong districts yesterday.
According to reports of Chittagong correspondent, two siblings were killed in a lightning strike during storm at Napura village in Banshkhali upazila in the morning.
The deceased were identified as Mobarak Hossain, 10, son of Nurul Amin of the area and his sister Jannatul Bakia ,8.
Locals said a thunderbolt hit Mobarak and Jannatul while playing near their house around 9:15 am, leaving the siblings seriously injured.
The government has ordered law enforcement agencies to immediately arrest around 350 listed human traffickers, operating mainly in Cox’s Bazar district, with the help of locally-influential persons.
The traffickers are active mainly at 60 points along the coastal areas of Patuakhali, Barguna, Satkhira, Jhalakathi, Khulna, Chittagong and Cox’s Bazar.
A boat crammed with migrants was towed out to sea by the Thai navy and then held up by Malaysian vessels yesterday, the latest round of “maritime ping-pong” by Asian states determined not to let asylum seekers come ashore.
The United Nations has called on countries around the Andaman Sea not to push back the thousands of desperate Bangladeshis and Rohingya Muslims and to rescue them instead.
Washington raised pressure on Southeast Asia to open its ports to boat people yesterday after migrants’ shunned vessel sank off Indonesia.
Guinean striker Ismail Bangoura slammed a hat-trick to propel Mohammedan to a 5-0 thrashing over Rahmatganj in the Manyavar Bangladesh Premier League at Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
The traditional crowd-pullers tasted their first win after two consecutive draws and rose to second in the 11-team points table with 17 points from nine matches, six less than table-toppers and holders Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club who have played a game more. Rahmatganj on the other hand are seventh with eight points from nine matches.
The residential training camp of the Bangladesh football team has been pushed back by a day. The camp will now get underway tomorrow at BFF House ahead of the two upcoming Fifa international friendlies against Singapore and Afghanistan on May 30 and June 2 respectively.
Bangladesh Test captain Mushfiqur Rahim was lambasted in many quarters for his decision to field first in the second and final Test against Pakistan in Dhaka recently. Many even said Mushfiq should relinquish captaincy, citing some of his decisions in the 1-0 Test series defeat against their subcontinent rival.
Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hasan, however, defended Mushfiq saying the wicketkeeper-batsman will not only lead the side against India in the upcoming solitary Test match but also the foreseeable future.
Zimbabwe Cricket has officially confirmed it will be sending its team to Pakistan as per schedule next week, a Pakistan Cricket Board spokesman said Friday.
Agha Akbar told The Associated Press that ZC has confirmed the tour “in writing” to the PCB late Friday and the tourists will arrive in Lahore early next Tuesday for two Twenty20s and three ODIs.
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