- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
A radical Islamist group, believed to be Ansarullah Bangla Team, has threatened to kill 10 eminent citizens of the country including ruling party leaders, academicians and secular activists terming them atheists and anti-Islam.
Copies of the same computer-composed letter, that had the names of the recipients and a warning message from “Alkaida A-Bangla Team:13,” were sent to the persons’ home addresses on Wednesday. The registered letters were sent by post.
The warning reads: “Must you will prepare for dead.”
The government will float two tenders this year to speed up the implementation of the Dhaka Mass Rapid Transit Development project, better known as the metro rail, an official said.
“The tender for procuring rolling stock [coach and locomotive] and equipment of a depot will be floated in October and the tender for engineering and management system in November,” said Mofazzel Hossain, director of the metro rail project.
He said this while addressing a press conference at the seminar room of Dhaka Mass Transit Company Limited (DMTCL) in Dhaka yesterday.
After the resolution of land and maritime boundary issues with the neighbouring countries, it is high time to expand mutual trade and business relations and work together for peaceful coexistence, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said yesterday.
A Dhaka court yesterday deferred until June 28 the submission of probe reports in three cases filed over the 2013 collapse of Rana Plaza in Savar.
Dhaka Judicial Magistrate Md Shahinur Rahman set the new date after Bijoy Krishna Khar, a Criminal Investigation Department officer who is investigating the three cases, failed to submit the reports yesterday.
On April 15, the court asked the CID to submit the reports by yesterday.
Awami League leader Dr Hasan Mahmud suggested that BNP policy makers should reconstitute its committee without Khaleda Zia.
He made the remark while addressing a discussion organised in Dhaka yesterday.
“Khaleda Zia and her son Tarique Rahman are the main problems in the BNP.”
Tarique is continuously placing conspiracy theories against the country. Following her son’s suggestions, Khaleda is ordering party men to attack common people, he said.
BNP Joint Secretary General Salahuddin Ahmed has been admitted to the intensive care unit of North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (Neigrihms) in India’s Shillong where he is under the supervision of a specialist.
Neigrihms Director Dr AG Ahangar told reporters Salahuddin had undergone some medical tests and the next steps in his treatment would be taken based on the reports.
The BNP has alleged that the government is hatching a conspiracy to eliminate the leadership of the opposition party.
“A conspiracy was hatched in 2008. [Now, once again] one false case after another are being filed against uncompromising leader Khaleda Zia and BNP’s Senior Vice-Chairman Tarique Rahman,” said Selima Rahman, a vice-chairperson of the party.
Investigators probing the case filed over the May 13 killings of a housewife and her uncle-in-law in a Pallabi flat have made little progress, with the criminals still remaining unidentified.
Pallabi zone’s Assistant Commissioner, Md Kamal Hossain, yesterday said police were still in dark about who killed the two.
He said the investigation was still underway and nothing could be said until it ended.
A Dhaka court yesterday granted bail to a railway official, who was charged with culpable homicide not amounting to murder in connection with the death of four-year-old Jihad, after he surrendered before it.
Metropolitan Magistrate Ashok Kumar Dutta passed the order after engineer Jahangir Alam surrendered before the court seeking bail in the case.
Earlier in the day, the plaintiff’s lawyer Jasimuddin Khan submitted an affidavit to the court saying the plaintiff had no objection to granting bail to the defendant.
The Dhaka’s Speedy Trial Tribunal 3 yesterday indicted afresh Ansarullah Bangla Team chief Mufti Jasim Uddin Rahmani and seven of his followers in Ahmed Rajeeb Haider murder case.
Jasim is mentioned in the charge sheet as an instigator, but the charge against him was not pressed under section 107 (instigating crime) of the Penal Code.
Earlier all the accused were charged with murder (section 302) with common intention (section 34).
A suspected robber was shot dead while a gang of criminals was launching an attack on a patrol police van in Dhamshonda area under Khetlal upazila in Joypurhat yesterday.
The deceased could not be identified immediately. UNO Abdullahel Baki said: “A group of robbers attacked OC Munirul Islam and six other police officials while the law enforcers were returning to the upazila after patrolling around 11pm.”
He said: “The robbers fled the scene when police opened fire. Later, police recovered the bullet-hit body of the robber from a paddy field.”
A cash crunch has hit nine state-owned jute mills in Khulna and Jessore regions, with the workers demanding that money be allocated to purchase raw jute.
But the mills’ authorities say this is the result of unsold jute products piling up at the factories and is not particularly a financial problem.
In mills where jute has not been stored, however, productions have fallen and workers have not been paid on time.
When Rumena Khatun of Nobiganj upazila in Habiganj district married sharecropper Farid Uddin a few years ago, together they shared the dreams of a better life. Soon their family got bigger and they were living happily.
But as their daughter Muslima, 7, and Musa, 4, started growing up, things began to change. They began to feel that whatever they had was probably enough for the two of them, but now that their family had got bigger, they needed much more.
If the business plan and orbital position of the Saarc satellite does not conflict with our satellite, we do not have a problemThe government is yet to decide on whether to join Saarc satellite, an Indian initiative, as it might jeopardise the business prospect of its own satellite.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Saarc Summit held in Kathmandu last November urged the member countries to join the Saarc satellite initiative.
He termed it a Saarc satellite but it will be funded, built and controlled by India.
The Indian side in the same month also sent letters to all countries to provide “principle concurrence” to join the initiative.
The Chinese navy warned a US surveillance plane flying over artificial islands that Beijing is creating in the disputed South China Sea to leave the area eight times, according to CNN, which was on board the flight on Wednesday.
At one stage, after the American pilots responded by saying the plane was flying through international airspace, a Chinese radio operator said with exasperation: “This is the Chinese navy … You go!”
Saudi shells hit an international humanitarian aid office in northern Yemen yesterday, killing five Ethiopian refugees and wounding ten, a local official said.
Artillery fire and air strikes hit the town of Maydee along Yemen’s border with Saudi Arabia in Hajja province, a stronghold of the Iran-allied Houthi militia that a Saudi-led Arab alliance has been bombing for eight weeks.
Islamic State seized full control of both ancient and modern Palmyra in central Syria yesterday, just days after it captured a provincial capital in neighboring Iraq.
The twin successes pile pressure not just on Damascus and Baghdad, but also throws doubt on US strategy to rely almost exclusively on air strikes to defeat the Sunni Muslim movement, which is an offshoot of al Qaeda.
A sustainable and healthy tourism and heritage sector is part and parcel of building a stronger economy and boosting Bangladesh’s image.We hope this weekend’s Bangladesh International Tourism Fair 2015 will draw more attention to the untapped opportunities offered by this growing sector.
According to the World Travel and Tourism Council, travel, hospitality, and tourism underpin over 1.2m jobs in Bangladesh.
The BNP needs to understand the challenges we face today and they must also look at our history if they are to restructure their party wellThe media is agog about where the BNP stands after the indefinite blockade and three city corporation elections, and what their next plans will be. Apparently, they will now buy time to reorganise their party from top to bottom before announcing their next course of action!
By 2050, climate change alone will force an unprecedented 250 million people — the size of the entire population of the US — to move out of their homesJarina Begum has a reputation for being an invincible woman. In her small village in Satkhira district, in southern Bangladesh, she has lived 35 years of her life witnessing, facing, and fighting so many floods and droughts that she has lost count.