- January 15, 2018
Over 1.5% people of the country live in slums across the country, says a recently released population census data.
The census on slum dwellers and floating population conducted by the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) from April 25 to May 2 last year said 2.23m people live in slums.
As per the data, the population living in slums rose by 60.43% over the last 17 years. The figure was 1.39m in 1997.
The number of floating population has, however, declined sharply. The census found 16,621 floating people during the same period.
A Dhaka court yesterday placed Awami League lawmaker Pinu Khan’s son Bakhtiar Alam Rony on a fresh two-day remand in a case filed over killing two people.
Metropolitan Magistrate Md Aminul Hoque passed the order when DB Sub-Inspector Dipak Kumar Das, also investigation officer of the case, produced Rony before it. The IO filed the remand petition on Sunday. Defence counsel Kazi Najibullah Hiru filed a petition seeking bail for Rony.
The MP’s son was earlier remanded twice, for four days each, after his arrest in the case.
On June 8, the Narcotics Control Department failed to trace cocaine inside drums full of imported sunflower oil, but the customs intelligence never gave up. And their anticipation turned out to be correct.
Based on their findings, a UK intelligence agency confirmed the presence of cocaine in the sunflower oil consignment, said an official of police’s Special Branch (SB).
On June 27, after conducting two lab tests, the customs intelligence announced there was presence of cocaine.
The government focus should reach individual level to address people’s desperateness as that forces them to leave their motherland illegally, speakers said yesterday at the launching ceremony of National Plan of Action for Combating Human Trafficking 2015-2017.
The ceremony was organised by the USAID and Winrock International at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre.
The speakers said several risk factors should be addressed to combat human trafficking; otherwise the NPA will not be effective.
Since Abdul Latif Siddique’s release on bail on Monday a number of extremist Islamist political parties and groups have been expressing anger, saying the sacked minister would have to die for defaming Islam.
The fanatics held processions and rallies, and issued press statements against the court order and demanded that Latif be arrested again and given exemplary punishment for hurting their religious sentiment.
They also criticised the government for giving shelter to the former Awami League Presidium member by granting his bail prayers.
The Jatiya Sangsad yesterday passed the Tk2,95,100 crore national budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year.
The JS also adopted by voice vote the Appropriation Bill 2015, piloted by Finance Minister AMA Muhith, seeking budgetary allocations of Tk4,15,308 crore for meeting development and non-development expenditures for the various ministries. The additional amount has been sought for meeting mainly the liabilities.
On Monday, the JS passed the Finance Bill 2015, which incorporated some revisions to the original budget placed on June 4.
The Dhaka University Day will be celebrated on the campus today with much festivity and enthusiasm, marking the 94th anniversary of the university.
This year’s celebration theme is “Higher education and sustainable development,” according to a press release. Celebration programmes for today include hoisting flags at the top of all student dormitories and main buildings of the university, bringing out procession, research exhibition, discussions, cultural sessions and a short film show.
Flood water started receding on Saturday, but flood-affected people in Cox’s Bazar are still suffering for inadequate relief specially for pure drinking water.
Last week, about 670 villages went under water due to flash floods caused by monsoon rain and rise in water levels of the major rivers.
Ajgor Ali, a resident of Nondakhali village under Sadar upazila, told the Dhaka Tribune that he was almost starving with his seven-member family.
Wheat imported from Brazil, reportedly rotten and insect infected has been rejected by the consumers in Barisal.
Amzad Hossain, Barisal regional controller of food department, said government imported two lakh metric tonnes of wheat from Brazil for implementation of TCB’s Open Market Sale (OMS) programme during Ramadan and Test Relief Project and distributed to many areas including Barisal.
He said 35,000 metric tonnes of wheat had been supplied to different districts of Barisal division.
A customer and her baby at the Rupsa Market in Khulna barely avoided fatal injuries when plasters from the ceiling came off in one of the shops and almost fell on them.
The traders of the market are infuriated by this incident. Built in 2000, all 50 of the shops in the market are in such a derelict state.
Bangladesh has signed an agreement with China to build a dual two-lane tunnel underneath the Karnaphuli River in Chittagong using the shield-driven tunnelling method.
Bridges Division Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam signed the deal on behalf of the Road Transport and Bridges Ministry while Liu Qitao, chairman of Chinese state-owned company China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) Ltd, signed on behalf of China.
Police in a drive arrested seven robbers along with sharp weapons and firearms in their possession from Central Railway Building (CRB) area in Chittagong city early yesterday.
Police recovered a light gun, two rounds of bullet, four cleavers, two toy pistols, six mobiles and a CNG-run autorickshaw from their possession, said Officer-in-Charge (OC) Jasim Uddin of Kotwali police station.
All the members belong to the notorious band of robber “Hamko Milon”; details of the arrestees could not yet be ascertained, added OC Jasim.
The High Court has asked authorities to clarify whether the wheat imported from Brazil is suitable for human consumption.
A High Court bench of Justices Quazi Reza-Ul Hoque and Taher Md Saifur Rahman passed the order yesterday in response to a writ petition.
The court asked the secretary of the Food Ministry and the director general of the food directorate to elucidate within 72 hours on the quality of the imported wheat. The bench fixed July 5 for holding further hearing.
Bandarban district administration has imposed a ban on the movement of tourists at Thanchi upazila.
Authorities took the decision at a meeting held at upazila parishad office yesterday. Local public representatives, government officials and official of law enforcement agencies attended the meeting.
Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) of Thanchi Md Anwar Hossain said the decision had been taken considering safety of tourists as water is following above danger level in the Sangu River.
Tension prevailed on the campus of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology for the ninth consecutive days yesterday as leaders and activist of the Bangladesh Chhatra League were in confronting situation with teachers who are demanding removal of Vice-Chancellor Professor Aminul Haque Bhuiyan.
The International Crimes Tribunal 1 has exempted the president and secretary of Islami Chhatra Shibir, the student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami, from charges of demeaning the tribunal over a war crimes verdict.
The tribunal, led by its Chairman M Enayetur Rahim, yesterday exonerated Abdul Jabbar and Atiqur Rahman as they apologised unconditionally for a media statement they issued following the death sentencing of Jamaat leader ATM Azharul Islam. They have also been warned to be careful, cautious and respectful while commenting over judicial proceedings in the future.
The overall situation of violence throughout the country has been worse during the first half of 2015, compared to the first half of 2014, according to a report by Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK).
The prominent legal aid and human rights organisation published a statistical report of human rights violations during the period of January-June 2015 yesterday based on the incidents reported in the dailies.
The data in the report shows that all kinds of violence has been on the rise this year.
US national Esther Jording was born Jamila in a poor family in Khulna before she was sold for Tk500 by her father at five days old.
As an infant, she was adopted and taken to the States by an American couple. She spent the next 37 years of her life there, raising three sons.
But she never gave up her quest for her roots and finally found success two years ago.
With help from friends, she found her biological parents, Nurjahan Begum and Mohan Gazi, residents the Gunari village of Dakop upazila in Khulna district.
An intensive search operation is going on braving the rough weather in the Bay of Bengal near Chittagong’s Patenga beach to find Flight Lieutenant Tahmid Rumman, who crashed into the sea with his a F-7MB 416 fighter jet on Monday morning.
Tahmid remains missing as of 8:30pm yesterday, when this report was filed.
Police recovered the body of Bristi allegedly murdered by her husband from the reserve tank of her house in Mirpu 1 early yesterday.
Meanwhile, a Dhaka court yesterday granted the prime accused in the murder case on a three-day remand.
The court also granted a one-day remand for the caretaker and a two-day remand for the rest of the family members.
Md Mostafizur Rahman, the Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate, granted the remand after police produced the accused with a seven-day prayer.