- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
Several indigenous organisations demonstrated in the capital yesterday demanding quick trial and tougher punishment in the incidents of sexual assaults and rape of women and children.
Bangladesh Adivasi Forum organised a rally at the Central Shaheed Minar demanding exemplary punishment to the culprits who gang raped a Garo woman in the capital on May 21.
They also asked the government to ensure security of all the indigenous women and taking responsibility of the victims.
Dhaka city development authority Rajuk has suspended one official and show caused two others because of irregularities in giving permission to the construction site that saw several land subsidences since Wednesday.
In a press briefing yesterday, Md Abdur Rahman, acting chairman of Rajuk, said these officials had not informed the higher authority before approving the construction of the NBL twin towers.
However, Abdur Rahman did not disclose the names of those officials at the press briefing or when contacted.
Lawmakers demanded they be involved in the budget making procedure and to extend the duration of discussion over budget at the national parliament.
They made the demand while speaking at a discussion programme jointly organised by Development Media Limited and Democratic Budget Movement at Ministers hostel’s IPD Conference Hall in the parliament building yesterday.
Chhatra canal in Lohagara has been encroached upon by some locals, who erected many structures on and around it.
Once well-known as a rich source of fish, the waterbody has almost dried up as well because of the dam constructed at the connecting point of the Nabaganga River to the southwest of Lohagara Bazar.
It is now full of water hyacinths and wastes dumped by locals.
Dr Shah Fayez Alam, a physician who lives near the canal, said the waterbody would be deemed a river in the 1960s and was frequently used as a water transport route.
Chandpur railway is losing revenues after its Chandpur-Chittagong route’s Sagorika express train was privatised while its Meghna express train is not getting enough passengers.
Thus the railway authority is failing to pay its pensioners on due time. Many of the senior citizens under their pension scheme are having to return empty handed after waiting long hours.
An accused in a theft case was found dead in police custody in the port city yesterday morning.
The deceased, Ishaq Mia, 50, who was arrested by Kotwali police from the city’s Nandankanon area last Friday night, was found hanging in a washroom of the police station around 9am.
Chittagong Metropolitan Police Additional Deputy Commissioner (South) Mizanur Rahman said Ishaq committed suicide by hanging himself from the room’s ventilator with the sleeves of his full-shirt.
The son of a former lawmaker from the ruling Awami League has been trying to grab huge land of the country’s biggest poultry company Kazi Farms Group with the help of their musclemen, claims the company.
The company purchased the land at Dohazari in Chandanaish upazila of the district.
Local miscreants have recently repeatedly vandalised and attacked the staff of Dohazari Kazi Poultry Ltd.
Former and incumbent students of Law Faculty of Chittagong University (CU) yesterday demanded measures to halt all processes to introduce evening course at the faculty.
The Chittagong University Ain Onushuad Oitijhya Rakkha Parishad, a platform of students of the faculty, made the demand at a press conference held at Chittagong Press Club.
At the press conference, advocate Mohammed Tayeb Kiran, chief coordinator of the platform, also the former cultural secretary of Chittagong District Bar Association, read out a written statement.
Prime minister blames non-stop blockade and strikes for low pass rate this yearWith a lower pass rate compared to the previous year, the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and equivalent examinations of 2015 saw a total of 87.04% of examinees come through successfully.
The success rate has dropped 4.30% from 91.34% of last year.
The total number of highest Grade Point Average (GPA 5) also declined with 111,901 examinees securing GPA 5 this year. The number was 142,276 in 2014.
The incidence of rape and murder after rape is on the rise across the country, a women’s rights group has said.
According to Bangladesh National Woman Lawyers’ Association (BNWLA) statistics, at least 241 rape incidents were reported between January and May 23 this year.
The organisation said the incidence of rape has been rising since 2010. BNWLA statistics showed 789 rapes reported in 2014, 719 in 2013, 836 in 2012, 603 in 2011 and 411 in 2010.
Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Mayor Sayeed Khokon has urged the authorities concerned to give the monitoring power over the under construction buildings to the corporation in line with the Rajuk.
After experiencing a bitter divorce for refusing to pay dowry, Sabikunnahar returned to her father’s house, hoping to start a new life.
On Friday night, the 25-year-old was talking to her mother, Rokeya Begum, 45, in the house at Charmandalia village of Monohardi upazila in Narsingdi when someone threw acid through the window.
They both came out of the house and noticed Sabikunnahar’s former husband, Md Daulat Mia, running away along with four others.
Instead of constructing roads, the Road Transport and Highways Division looks forward to implement projects for constructing flyovers, elevated expressways and metro rails across the country.
The decision came with a view to protect agricultural lands and avoid hassles that occur while acquiring lands for constructing roads. Flyovers would rather ease traffic congestion both in the capital and surrounding districts, sources at the division told the Dhaka Tribune recently.
Restoring democracy in the country after reorganising the party is the main challenge of the BNP, said the party’s standing committee member Moudud Ahmed.
“As democracy is at stake, the challenge is to reform the party and bring back democracy. To do so we have to do clean politics following the ideology of late president Ziaur Rahman,” Moudud said this after placing wreaths at Ziaur Rahman’s grave to mark his death 34th anniversary yesterday.
The government is likely to increase the thresholds of tax-free income for individual taxpayers, women, aged people, physically challenged and wounded freedom fighters in the upcoming fiscal year, official sources said.
Individual tax-free income threshold may be raised to Tk2.5 lakh from existing Tk2.2 lakh.
Shamsul Hoque Khan School and College in the capital city’s Demra succeeded in becoming the best educational institution in the country for the first time in terms of pass rates and GPA 5 scorers in the Secondary School Certificate examinations.
Students, teachers and guardians celebrated the outstanding achievement on the school premises after the results were published.
Hotel business is back on track after a three-month-long political unrest, with losses in the first quarter now yielding to booming business.
Most five-star hotels in the capital have gained momentum towards their business and see a growing future in the upcoming months.
According to sources, five-start hotels enjoy 95% room occupancy while due to political unrest that spanned around three months the occupancy rate plummeted between 40% and 50%.
With a success rate of 94.97%, the Rajshahi Education Board has secured the top position among the eight general education boards of the country.
A total of 15,873 students secured the highest Grade Point Average (GPA-5) in this board.
Meanwhile, the Sylhet board has placed at the bottom of the ranking with a pass rate of 81.82% and a total number of 2,452 students achieving GPA-5.
Girls have consistently outperformed boys in technical education in the Secondary School Certificate examinations over the last five years, posting higher pass rates during the period.
Yesterday’s results of the technical education board showed that the pass rate of girls is 85.14% while that of boys is 82.25%.
Pass rates of girls were 83.61% in 2014, 84.42% in 2013, 81.77% in 2012 and 81.86% in 2011, greater than boys in each of the years.
The number of GPA 5 achievers as well as the average pass rate at the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinations under Chittagong board have seen a decrease this year.
The last year’s pass rate was 91.40% there while the figure dropped by 8.63% standing it at 82.77% owing to political crisis during the examinations, say the board officials concerned, adding that the newly-implemented creative method at Mathematics also worsened the situation.