- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
A day can be a long time in politics.
On Saturday, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi hyped up expectations in a newspaper interview ahead of his first visit to Bangladesh on June 6, by comparing the settling of the Land Boundary Agreement between Bangladesh and India with the fall of the Berlin Wall.
By Sunday evening, his external affairs minister had squashed hopes that the Teesta water sharing agreement would be signed during his visit, citing a lack of internal consensus and agreement with the West Bengal government.
Sepp Blatter resigned as FIFA president on Tuesday in the face of a US-led corruption investigation that has plunged world soccer's governing body into the worst crisis in its history.
Blatter, 79, announced the decision at a news conference in Zurich, six days after the FBI raided a hotel in Zurich and arrested several FIFA officials and just four days after he was re-elected to a fifth term as president.
Blatter said an election to choose a new FIFA president would be held as soon as possible.
"FIFA needs profound restructuring," he said.
Former champion Ana Ivanovic was at her brilliant, aggressive best as the seventh seed swept aside Ukraine's Elina Svitolina 6-3 6-2 on Tuesday to storm into the French Open semi-finals.
The Serb, who lifted the Suzanne Lenglen Cup in 2008, shrugged off the windy conditions to set up a meeting with Spain's Garbine Muguruza or Czech Lucie Safarova.
Ivanovic took control early on and never allowed her 19th-seeded opponent into the contest on Court Philippe Chatrier.
The Jatiya Sangsad has unanimously adopted a thanks giving motion over the ratification of the long-standing Land Boundary Agreement (LBA) in Indian Loksabha and Rajyasabha.
Hailing the Indian people and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and also Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for the diplomatic success, the Members of Parliament (MPs) form both treasury and opposition benches unanimously expressed their heartiest gratitude.
Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institute (BSTI) authorities have declared that Nestle’s Maggi and four other brands of noodles, manufactured in Bangladesh, were not harmful.
The regulatory organisation, which monitors the quality of products and services in Bangladesh, did not detect any ingredient above harmful levels, said BSTI Director Kamal Prasad Das.
Nizam Ul Azim, a councillor from ward no 21, has been made the acting mayor of Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) following the suspension of the mayor.
RCC Public Relations Officer Amirul Karim confirmed the appointment to the Dhaka Tribune on Tuesday.
The order issued by the Local Government Ministry reached the RCC office Monday evening, despite the High Court on May 28 staying the suspension order for a month.
A Natore court Tuesday noon sent a journalist to jail in a case of Awami League-BNP clash.
Senior judicial magistrate Nadira Sultana passed the order, turning down the bail plea.
The journalist Abdul Mazid, is a district correspondent of the daily Nowroz, was accused in a case filed following the clash between local activists of Awami League and BNP-led 20 party alliance at Malonchi bazar area of Bagatipara upazila in the district on April 7, 2013.
Majid got injured among 25 that included four bullet-wounded at that time.
Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives (Local Government Division) Minister Syed Ashraful Islam has said around 97% people in the country have now come under sanitation coverage.
"The Joint Monitoring Programme (JMB) in 2014 conducted a survey across the country in 2014 and found that around 97 per cent people are receiving basic sanitation facilities," he said while replying to a question from treasury bench member Begum Wasika Ayesha Khan in the House.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina greeted all Muslims in the country and elsewhere in world on the occasion of Shab-e-Barat.
In separate messages on the holy occasion for the Muslims, they prayed for peace, progress and prosperity of all.
In his message, President Abdul Hamid said: “The holy Shab-e- Barat is here with the message of fortune and that holy Ramadan is round the corner for the mankind.
A New York-based non-profit educational, advocacy and research organisation has “relocated” Taslima Nasrin to the United States, countering immediate death threats to the writer.
The step to relocate Taslima has been taken in the wake of the murder of three secular bloggers, Avijit Roy, Washiqur Rahman, and Ananta Bijoy Das in Bangladesh, reported Times of India.
Former captain Ravi Shastri has been retained as director of the Indian cricket team for the tour of Bangladesh starting June 10.
Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Anurag Thakur said in a statement on Tuesday, reports PTI.
Shastri, who served as team director during the tour of Australia and the subsequent World Cup earlier this year, is a stop-gap arrangement for the short trip.
The newspaper circulation revenues have passed the advertising for the world’s newspapers for the first time, said a report from the trade group WAN-IFRA.
The report from the trade group was published on Monday, reported the Poynter.
The report of the trade group said the circulation generated $92bn compared to $87bn for advertising in 2014. The figures were disclosed in world press trends survey released as WAN-IFRA begins its annual World Congress meeting in Washington.
The holy Shab-e-Barat , known as the night of fortune, is being observed across the country on Tuesday night with due religious fervour and devotion.
The devout Muslims would spend the night at mosques and homes offering prayers, reciting from the holy Quran and seeking blessings from Allah for long life, peace, progress and happiness.
A Dhaka court has rejected the bail plea for BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir in three cases.
Dhaka Metropolitan Session Judge Md Kamrul Hossain Molla passed the order on Tuesday afternoon.
On May 20, the court turned down the bail petition for Fakhrul.
Later, his lawyer submitted another plea to cancel the rejection of the bail plea that was also rejected on Tuesday.
Under the next national budget, the education sector is reportedly set to receive an allocation of around Tk31,618.06 crore, which is around 10.5% of the total budget
The allocation would be an increase of Tk2,405.06 crore from the ongoing fiscal year, but would fall far short of expectations, well placed sources said.
In terms of Gross Domestic Product, Bangladesh will be spending only around 1.8% of its GDP on education; the number has hovered between 1.8% to 2.2% for the past few years.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has called on civil service officers to serve the people instead of ruling over them.
She said since Awami League was elected to form a government, it took responsibility to perform as the people's servant, not their ruler.
Hasina was speaking at the Bangladesh Civil Service Academy in the capital's Shahbagh on the occasion of a concluding ceremony for a law and administration training course of the 92nd and 93rd batches on Tuesday morning.
Thailand's military suspended a three-star general on Monday after police ordered his arrest on suspicion of human trafficking as pressure mounts on Bangkok to block the illicit trade.
Lieutenant General Manus Kongpan will be questioned by the military and could be expelled if found to have breached its code of conduct, prior to facing a criminal trial, Thai army chief General Udomdej Sitabutr told reporters.
Two people have been killed in a clash over establishing supremacy at Kutubpur union of Shibchar upazila in the district of Madaripur.
The deceased were identified as Ashek Matabbar, 35, and Shahjahan Darani, 40, said Shibchar OC Abdus Sattar.
The OC said the clash ensued between Ibrahim Sikder, AL leader of Kutubpur Union of the upazila and also former chairman of the union, and Atique Madabbar, the defeated chairman candidate of the union, over invitation of a marriage ceremony in the village.
Two RMG workers have been killed in separate road accidents in Gazipur district.
Of the deceased, one was identified as Mazharul Islam, 27, son of Nasir Uddin, of Longair village and a sewing operator at Vintage Denim Limited.
The identity of the woman killed in Konabari could not be known immediately.
Factory's Quality Department Manager Mahbubur Rahman said: “A Dhaka-bound goods-laden truck knocked down Mazharul's bicycle on Dhaka-Mymensingh highway around 7:45am Tuesday.
Two young men with five rounds of bullets of shotgun have been arrested from Sonepur village in Sonagazi, Feni for their alleged involvement in the killing of a Jubo League leader Azizul Huq on Monday night.
The arrested are Alauddin and Shiblu, also local Jubo League leaders, said OC Nabir Hossain of Sonagaji police.
He said the locals handed them over to the police with five rounds of bullets of shotgun on Tuesday morning.
The police were trying to recover the arms used in the murder through interrogating the arrestees, the OC said.