- Power & Energy
- February 15, 2018
The family of BNP leader Salahuddin Ahmed, who is now in police custody in India’s Shillong, wants to take him to Singapore for better treatment.
“Yesterday, Hasina Ahmed met her husband Salahuddin at the Under Trial Prisoners cell in the civil hospital of Meghalaya. They discussed various legal processes for about half an hour,” BNP’s Assistant Office Secretary Abdul Latif Jony, who is also in Shillong now, told the Dhaka Tribune over phone.
Several deals, including one for transit, will be signed between Bangladesh and India during the upcoming Dhaka visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Responding to India’s demand, Bangladesh will allow direct bus service between Kolkata and Agartala via Dhaka, which is seen as almost similar to a road transit.
Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, now visiting India, has already met his counterpart Nitin Gadhari and both have agreed on the road transit.
Detectives yesterday submitted one more charge sheet against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and 37 others in a case filed under the Special Powers Act over a petrol bomb attack on a bus in the capital’s Jatrabari in January.
Sub-Inspector Md Jahidul Hasan of the Detective Branch (DB) of police submitted the charge sheet with the Dhaka’s Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court.
The prime minister is set to sit with the cabinet members including the finance, planning and commerce ministers next weekFinance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday discussed outlines of the next budget with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
“The prime minister has suggested that the budget should allow the government to achieve long-term goals within the timeframe,” said an official who attended the meeting held at Ganabhaban.
The meeting also discussed the revenue collection target when the premier asked the officials to take all-out measures to achieve the target of Tk1.76tn for fiscal 2015-16.
Welcoming Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s statement that her government wants peace, not confrontation, the BNP yesterday urged the government to stop repressing the opposition and take initiatives for talks.
“On Monday, the honourable prime minister said they do not want confrontation; they want peace. We welcome her attitude. The BNP has always been against confrontational politics; it has favoured politics of compromise. We never allow bloodshed in politics,” Asaduzzaman Ripon, acting spokesperson of the party, said.
The government has not yet received any official report from India over reappearance of BNP leader Salahuddin Ahmed, said State Minister for Home Affairs Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal.
Asked about the government’s initiative in bringing back home the spokesperson of the BNP, the minister said: “We are yet to get any official report from India on him [Salauddin].
“We will decide on the procedure to bring him back to the country once we get it.”
The High Court yesterday directed the police chief to submit a progress report by June 28 on what steps police had taken against the sexual assaults on women and children on Dhaka University campus during the Pohela Boishakh celebrations on April 14.
The bench of Justice Quazi Reza-Ul Hoque and Justice Abu Taher Md Saifur Rahman will pass further order on the matter.
The government is planning to set up a hydro-power company in Bangladesh which will not only generate but also import this kind of pro-environment electricity from neighbouring countries.
It is likely to be named Hydro Power Generation Company Limited and will look to import electricity from the hydro-power plants in high altitude countries like Nepal and Bhutan.
No disciplinary action has been taken against the ruling party leaders, charged in former Ekramul Haque Ekram murder case, even though the police filed charge sheet in August last year.
Police have also failed to arrest around two dozen people out of the 56 accused, mostly affiliated with the Awami League.
On year into the brutal murder, Ekram’s family expresses frustration over the case’s pace and doubts they will get justice.
A war crimes tribunal is set to pronounce its verdict today in the case against former Muslim League leaders Mahidur Rahman and Afsar Hossain alias Chhutu, five months into their indictment on charges of killings, arson and loot during the Liberation War.
The International Crimes Tribunal 2 led by Chairman Obaidul Hasan fixed the date yesterday. The case was kept for verdict on April 22.
The government has decided to recruit hijras as traffic police officials from the next fiscal year, as part of an attempt to rehabilitate individuals of the gender and offer them new avenues of employment.
A meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Social Safety Net, chaired by Finance Minister AMA Muhith, reached the decision at the ministry’s auditorium yesterday.
The appointments, however, would be based not only on the gender identity, but also the educational qualifications of the hijras, the meeting also discussed.
In seperate drives, the law enforcers yesterday arrested 10 persons for extorting money by posing as officials of the Detective Branch of police in the capital.
Six of the detainees – Md Alauddin, Md Selim, Md Jahangir Alam, Md Emdad, Nikul and Masuma – were arrested in Badda, while the others – Mostafa, Mizanur Rahman Mizan, Al Amin and Sohel – in Mirpur, sources at the DB police said.
At least six government offices situated at two dilapidated buildings at Rajnagar upazila in Moulvibazar are running amid high risks as authorities concerned have declared these buildings abandoned.
Though the Public Works Department (PWD) has declared the two government buildings abandoned a few years back and asked its officials to vacate these, above mentioned six offices still using these as offices with high risk.
BNP Acting Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir was shown arrested in three arsony cases filed with Paltan police station in connection to attacks on vehicles in the capital in January.
Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) Court passed the order yesterday following petitions filed by Paltan police.
The three investigation officers of the cases also submitted petitions seeking a total of 30-day remand for interrogating Fakhrul.
There is now no bar against releasing BNP leader Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury from jail as the Supreme Court has upheld his bail which was given earlier by the High Court.
Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, chamber judge of the apex court’s Appellate Division, passed “no order” on two appeals moved by Additional Attorney General Momtaz Uddin Fakir challenging the High Court bail yesterday.
A newly married housewife was allegedly killed for dowry in Hasra area under Kalihathi upazial of the district yesterday.
The deceased was identified as Akhi Akter, wife of Abdur Rashid, expatriate in the United Arab Emirates.
Sources said Akhi, daughter of Anwar Hossain had been married of with Rashid, son of Hasan Ali in the area nine months ago. After, marriage Rashid went to Arab-Emirate keeping his wife at his father’s house.
Anwar said the father-in-law of Akhi used to torture her for dowry.
The High Court issued a ruling against the government yesterday questioning its failure to control smuggling of drugs and stop the production of counterfeit medicine.
The bench of Justice Quazi Reza-Ul Hoque and Justice Abu Taher Md Saifur Rahman passed the ruling following a writ petition filed by a non-government organisation named Organisation of Social and Environment Changes.
It also asked the government to explain why its inaction to take steps to control smuggling of drugs and surgical equipment and manufacture of fake medicine should not be declared illegal.
Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Limited cut off illegal gas connections to 11 commercial establishments in Araihajar and Rupganj upazilas of Narayanganj on May 13 and 14.
In a press release yesterday, Titas said it also fined the illegal users Tk3.93 lakh for stealing gas from the national grid.
In the last two years, over 50 people from Gangni upazila of Meherpur seeking jobs abroad have gone missing on their way to Malaysia. Their families, not knowing if they are alive or dead, are passing a dreadful time.
It is being feared that the missing job aspirants were thrown overboard or killed by the traffickers for not being able to pay for their illegal passage to Malaysia by sea. Struggling to make ends meet, the families are still waiting for their missing loved ones.
Fourteen Bangladeshis returned home yesterday after serving different terms in jail in Myanmar.
Among them, 11 were arrested while illegally heading for Malaysia.
Myanmar Immigration Department handed them over to Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) yesterday at 10am after holding a two-hour long flag meeting in Mongdu in Myanmar, said sources in BGB.