- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
A man who jumped into the sea from a trafficking ship describes horror he experiencedAlauddin Sheikh, 28 and naked, jumped into the sea in the middle of the Bay of Bengal, no longer able to bear the severe torture his abductors were inflicting on him on the human trafficking ship he was aboard.
He, together with six others abducted nearly three months ago by human smugglers, jumped into the sea and were later rescued by a fishing boat from Myanmar. A few days ago, they reached Myanmar’s Mundu with help from the fishermen.
Law enforcers yesterday rescued a total of 13 Bangladeshis in Teknaf of Cox’s Bazar and in the Bay of Bengal near the Saint Martin’s Island.
All these people are aspiring immigrants looking to sneak into Malaysia illegally, reports our Cox’s Bazar correspondent.
Hasina Ahmed, the wife of BNP joint secretary general Salahuddin Ahmed, has been reunited with her husband who went missing March 10 and reappeared across the border in India on May 11.
After the meeting with her husband in a hospital in Shillong, in the Indian state of Meghalaya, Hasina told journalists that she wanted to take Salahuddin to a third country for medical treatment.
The thirty minute meeting between man and wife, following the BNP leader’s mysterious disappearance over two months ago, was described as an emotional reunion.
Contribution of local communities as well as the private sector is necessary along with government initiatives to make development sustainable in Bangladesh, experts agreed at a South-South Cooperation event in the capital yesterday.
Use of scientific knowledge and technologies is mandatory for developing countries to achieve sustainable development goals (SDG) and they also need to implement their own innovations, Finance Minister AMA Muhith said yesterday.
Addressing a press conference following the conclusion of the two-day International Conference on South-South Cooperation at Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel yesterday, the minister also said South-South Cooperation would pave the way to sharing such practices among the partnering countries.
Corruption watchdog Transparency International Bangladesh has said the recent elections to three city corporations cannot be called free and fair.
The Bangladesh wing of the global body made this observation public in a presentation delivered before journalists at a conference in Dhaka yesterday.
The paper presented was styled “Tracking the process of Dhaka South, Dhaka North and Chittagong City Corporation Elections 2015.”
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said her government’s aim was to create, not to destroy, and ensure peace, not to unleash confrontation, and steer the country towards development, not to degradation.
“We are running the state keeping this aim in our mind,” she said.
The prime minister was addressing a progrmamme on the occasion of the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day 2015 and observance of the 150th anniversary of International Telecommunication Union.
A freedom fighter’s mother named Komola Begum, 85, from Hatvogdiya village in Louhajong upazila of the district, along with her two sons has been allegedly evicted from their homestead.
Freedom fighter Abdul Malek Morol had died four years after the 1971 Liberation War and his father Taijuddin Morol also passed away next year.
We are discussing a number of connectivity projects including BBIN, BCIM initiative and BimstecBangladesh supports the One Belt One Road, a Chinese initiative, to revive old Silk Route through land and sea for economic development.
“We are party to it and support it,” Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque told the Dhaka Tribune.
Beijing formally approached Dhaka to join the initiative and expressed its desire to sign a memorandum of understanding to seal the deal, he said.
A group of influential people have grabbed 100 acre land of Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) illegally filled up with sand nearby Sonadanga bridge in Gopalganj district.
Sources said the influential group led by Panu Molla and Naoajish Ali Khan grabbed the land near the Baluga River in Sonadanga village.
Khulna residents are extremely disappointed seeing the end result of the Tk5 crore re-excavation of Mayur river. The river is still filled with water hyacinths and layers of silt deposits in the river have not been removed.
Near the Boira Swashan ghat (crematory) bridge on the river, the picture was not pretty. The water was unclean and black with garbage and other wastes floating like chars (river island) at the mouths of the canals connected to the river.
Some unidentified assailants killed Sylhet city unit ameer of Tabligh Jamaat in Sowdagortula area.
Police recovered body of Ibrahim Abu Khalil, 55, which was slitted by throat yesterday morning.
Police have detained his first wife and their son for interrogation.
Assistant Deputy Commissioner (media) of Sylhet Metropolitan Police Rohmot Ullah said: “He might have been murdered over family dispute. Injury marks have been noticed on his neck and stomach.
Sylhet unit Ganojagoron Moncha yesterday submitted a memorandum to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina demanding arrest and trial of the people who have killed writer and Muktomona blogger Ananta Bijoy Das a few days back.
Leaders and activists of the platform submitted the memorandum to the prime minister through Deputy Commissioner Shahidul Islam.
In the memorandum, they demanded justice for all bloggers and Ganojagoron Moncho activists who had been killed by unidentified assailants.
The authorities at Mohammadpur Preparatory Higher Secondary Girls’ School have decided to permanently sack one of its cleaners, who is accused of sexually assaulting a student on the school premises on May 5.
At a meeting of the school’s Board of Trustees yesterday, it was decided that the cleaner named Gopal who worked at the school’s elementary wing and was suspended on Saturday would now be removed permanently from the school.
Police arrested a man from Baizid Bostami area in the port city early yesterday on charges of killing his three daughters.
Acting on a tip-off, a team of police conducted a drive in the area around 12:30am and arrested Abdul Gani, a resident of Chowdhury Para area under Chakaria upazila of Cox’s Bazar district.
The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court has given eight weeks to resolve a High Court ruling over the deal between the government and the Jamuna Resorts Ltd authorities.
The four-member bench led by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha yesterday passed the order, clearing a leave-to-appeal filed by Bangladesh Bridges Authority (BBA).
The court also asked the authorities concerned to maintain the status quo.
During the hearing, barrister Rafique-Ul Huq moved for the JRL authorities while Attorney General Mahbubey Alam stood for the state.
Traffic in the capital yesterday was described “as a total collapse of the system” by residents and police alike, after a digital traffic signal system intended to replace manual control proved to be a failure.
Traffic was nearly paralysed in Farmgate, Shahbagh, Panthapath, Mohakhali, Dhanmondi, Rampura and Uttara areas during the morning rush hour.
“Generally, it takes no more than two hours to reach Uttara from Dhanmondi, but it took more than four hours – most of it spent sitting still,” Sangita Sarker, a teacher, said.
The cabinet has approved a draft proposal from the Shipping Ministry for amending the existing Protocol on Inland Water Transit and Trade (PIWTT) with India, keeping a provision to include a third country under the protocol.
The approval came from a regular cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the secretariat yesterday.
A Dhaka court yesterday gave police one more month to submit a probe report against BNP chief Khaleda Zia in a case filed for branding the Awami League as a party of atheists.
Metropolitan Magistrate Shamsul Arefin fixed June 18 as Shahbagh police failed to submit the report on the day.
According to the complainant, Bangladesh Jananetri Parishad President AB Siddique, Khaleda on October 14 last year made “false” remarks saying “secularism is Awami League’s mask and that it is a party of atheists.”
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday categorically said Bangladesh would march forward adopting all modern technologies as they come along in the future.
“The modern technologies that will emerge in the coming future, Bangladesh will step forward keeping up the tempo with those technologies,” she said.
The prime minister said this while addressing a programme centring World Telecommunication and Information Society Day 2015 and observing the 150th anniversary of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).