- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
Far from the depths of the Andaman Sea and the jungles of South-east Asia, a Bangladeshi man weeps for his dead relatives.
The story of his two brothers and uncle – all now dead – gives life to the bones being discovered in Thailand and Malaysia, unearthing the perils of human trafficking and laying bare how modern-day slavers bleed their victims dry.
His story and those of others show how Bangladesh’s indigenous communities have been affected by the boatpeople crisis.
The construction of the 12-storey NBL Twin Tower at Karwan Bazar was started allegedly without necessary approval from Bangladesh Bank, according to a source of the central bank.
The country’s private commercial banks are legally required to take prior approval from the central bank in case of buying land, building office space or taking lease.
Land subsided for the second time in two days at the excavation site of an under-construction building near the Karwan Bazar intersection yesterday.
Witnesses said that around 10pm, another portion of the Bir Uttam CR Dutta Road – a few yards north of the spot where land subsided Wednesday morning – caved into the excavation site with a loud bang.
In the process, a part of a wall, several billboards and trees, a portion of the pavement and an electricity pole also fell into the excavation site.
A second year college student was stabbed by his friends in Uttara Wednesday evening and later died on the way to hospital.
The deceased is Riajul Hasan Anik, 19, a HSC 2nd year student of Adamjee Cantonment College.
Police said the incident took place around 5:30pm Wednesday in front of house 15, road 16 of sector 7 under Uttara West police station.
At least a dozen small groups of IS activists are active in the countryApart from young and educated men, detectives have found trace of at least two women interested to join with the jihadi activities of international militant outfit Islamic State (IS).
One of them is a computer engineer at a private firm in the capital and another a physician in Sylhet.
They were traced by detectives while investigating IS activities in Bangladesh. They have allegedly taken all preparation to join the IS militants in Syria and Iraq.
A Chittagong court placed the alleged rapist of a 13-year-old girl in Rangunia upazila yesterday, while another court rejected a case filed against two police officers alleged to have destroyed the evidence of the rape.
Police arrested the accused Md Shah Alam, 50, in Andarkillah area in Chittagong city on Wednesday night and produced him before the court of Senior Judicial Magistrate Kudrat-e-Elahi around 2:30pm yesterday, seeking a five-day remand. The court granted three days after hearing the case.
A Dhaka court yesterday put two alleged rapists on 10-day remand in a case filed over the gang rape of a Garo woman on a moving microbus in the capital on May 21.
Metropolitan Magistrate Amit Kumar Dey passed the order after Bhatara police OC (investigation) Md Sajjad Hossain produced them before the court.
Defence counsel Md Shahidul Islam opposed the remand petition and sought bail saying that the accused had already confessed to the crime.
In the presence of chief Khaleda Zia, well-wishers of the BNP have expressed dissatisfaction with the role that the party’s leaders played during the recent movement.
Bikalpadhara Bangladesh chief AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury suggested that the BNP leaders and activists should follow party founder Ziaur Rahman’s ideologies if they wanted to bring any change in the country.
Rakibul was not on good terms with her first wife who is also a US national. After the conjugal row, Rakibul came back to BangladeshThree days have elapsed but law enforcers are yet to arrest anyone involved in the killing of lawyer’s wife inside his house in Nikunja area of the capital.
Police recovered the body of Lima Akther Mukul, 39, wife of Bangladesh-born US expatriate lawyer Rakibul Islam, on Tuesday night from a house of Nikunja 1.
Analysing the primary autopsy report conducted by Dhaka Medical College Hospital, police said the deceased bore injury marks.
A Dhaka court yesterday set June 28 to decide whether or not it would accept three charge sheets against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and 37 others in two cases filed over the petrol bomb attack on a bus in the capital’s Jatrabari.
The 38 have been charged with the attack made on January 23 which left one person dead and 27 others injured.
Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Shamsul Arefin set the date after the hearing.
On May 6 and 19, police submitted the three charge sheets to the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court in Dhaka.
India is likely to sign three Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Bangladesh to stop human trafficking, curb fake currency circulation and prevent crimes on coastal areas during the upcoming visit of Indian prime minister to Bangladesh.
The Ministry of Home Affairs is working on it. The draft of the MoUs have been prepared in several meetings held recently between the ministries concerned, confirmed a ministry source.
Customs officials yesterday seized an illegal consignment of mobile phone worth Tk30 crore from Shahjalal International Airport, which authorities termed as the biggest haul yet.
The consignment, which might have around 6,000 mobile phones in 18 cartons, was seized right before it was being released from the airport’s cargo import section, officials said adding that the phones may have been imported falsely showing as mobile phone chargers.
Around 2,000 workers of state owned Alim Jute Mills in Khulna staged protests yesterday against the government’s plans to privatise the industry.
Sources said under the banner of Privatisation Resistance Committee, the workers staged demonstration in front of the mill in the morning.
They also brought out a protest procession and held rally.
Later, they blocked the Khulna-Jessore Highway causing serous sufferings to the commuters.
During the blockade programme several processions were seen on the highway.
Pregnancy in an early marriage, delayed and obstructed delivery, and malnutrition in expecting mothers can cause fistula, said experts at a function yesterday.
Women in the rural areas suffer from fistula due to negligence in healthcare, dependence on conventional treatment, unwillingness to be treated by male doctors and many other factors, they said.
Eviction drives will be conducted across the capital to remove illegal occupiers from the roadside areas and footpaths, Road, Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader has said.
He made the statement while presiding over the board meeting of Dhaka Transport Coordination Authority in the Dhaka South City Corporation Building (Nagar Bhaban) yesterday.
The minister said illegal billboards would also be removed from the capital. Initially the drives will be carried out at Gulistan on June 1 and at Farmgate on June 12, he said.
Medical waste continues to pose serious health hazards to Rajshahi city residents, as most hospitals, clinics and pathology labs dump waste into public bins.
Medical waste requires specialised treatment and proper safe disposal to prevent viruses from spreading over neighbouring areas.
According to the Rajshahi Civil Surgeon’s Office, there are about 45 approved private clinics and hospitals, and 41 pathology laboratories in and around the city.
At least 14 activists of the Bangladesh Chhatra League Shahjalal Science and Technology University unit were issued show cause notice yesterday for bringing out a procession on the campus defying ban of political activities.
There was a time when Teesta was a mighty river, the Patgram upazila was one of the cradles of boro cultivation.
But today, vast stretches of arable land in Lalmonirhat district, of which Patgram is a sub region, host yields of maize instead of boro paddy.
The reasons are quite simple. Since India built a barrage in 1977, the Bangladesh portion of Teesta started losing out in terms of river water share.
The Indian government has decided to issue an executive order to help religious minorities from Pakistan and Bangladesh who live in India to get residential permits, the NDTV reports.
The decision will grant relief and a semblance of dignity to thousands of Hindu and Sikh immigrants who are residing across the country but do not have any papers to support their residential status.
For those willing to avail themselves of the offer, the cut-off date is December 31 this year, sources told the TV channel.
A suspected drug peddler was claimed to have died in a gun battle with RAB in the capital’s Motijheel early yesterday.
RAB said Altaf Hossain Sagor, 38, was involved in illegal drug trade but his neighbours said they had never heard of any such allegation against him.
Dhaka Medical College Hospital morgue officials said Sagor’s body bore marks of at least 15 shots and he was shot at point-blank range.