- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
Authorities in the Indian capital have banned the sale of Maggi noodles for 15 days after high levels of lead were found in batches tested in Delhi and the state of Uttar Pradesh.
The government has ordered countrywide tests of Maggi noodle samples amid a growing food-safety scare.
Several major grocery chains have already taken India's favourite noodles off the shelves.
Nestle India has denied that their noodles are unsafe or unhealthy.
The budget deficit for the next fiscal year would be 41.26% higher than that of the outgoing fiscal year, mainly due to increased expenditure for the government employees who would be entitled to get pays in accordance with the new pay scale starting from July 1 this year.
The deficit in the outgoing fiscal year was Tk613.46bn and is now expected to be Tk866.57bn in the next budget, according to the budget document obtained by the Dhaka Tribune.
Finance Minister AMA Muhith is set to present the annual budget for fiscal year 2015-16 in parliament today, aimed at stimulating battered investments amid cooling economic growth and political uncertainty.
The country has been locked in a 6% growth cycle for nearly a decade, with slow downs in manufacturing, declining agricultural growth and inflation that has risen in recent months.
Seven people sustained burns when a bus of Unique Paribahan came under arson attack near Jute Research Institute in Chandina upazila early yesterday.
The injured are Sumon Chandra Nath, 35, Imran Hossain, 25, Ranjit Sharma, 60, Anjan Kumar Dey, 50, Khokon Chakma, 35, Jahirul Islam, 30, and Lavli Akhter, 25.
They were first sent to Chandina Upazila Health Complex but were shifted to Comilla Medical College Hospital from there. Later, six of them were brought to Dhaka Medical College Hospital’s burn unit for better treatment.
As seven more noted persons including State Minister for Home Affairs Asaduzzaman Khan issued death threats on Tuesday allegedly by banned militant group Ansarullah Bangla Team, second time in two weeks, the junior minister claims that it is an act of the anti-liberation forces.
“I do not do anything that may suggest that I am an atheist. I say my prayers on time and regularly. I do not know how my name came in such a letter,” he told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday.
A child, who was at the wrong place at the wrong time, was shot dead by unidentified miscreants in the city’s Mohammadpur area on the night of Shab-e-Barat.
Ten-year-old Asadul Mia, son of the late Mokhtar Hossain of Brahmanbaria, had recently arrived in the locality to visit his uncle’s house in the Tuni Munsir Bari area.
Police said armed miscreants riding on two motorcycles arrived in the area at around 9pm on Tuesday and started shooting at a local businessman named Delwar Sheikh.
The government has decided to recognise the contribution of four people and organisations, including Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), to conservation of the wildlife.
They will be awarded with “Bangabandhu Award for Wildlife Conservation 2015” for outstanding contribution in protecting environment, forest, wildlife and biodiversity. RAB will get a “special award” under the category of institutions for promoting wildlife-related education, research and conservation.
At least 200 families lost their homes and arable lands in 10 villages of Gaibandha’s Saghata upazila in the last two weeks as water levels in the Jamuna River rose because of rains, causing erosion.
The villages include Gobindi, Munshirhat, Sathalia, Kamarpara and Banshhata.
There are also at least a thousand families who are fearing destruction as they live close to the river.
Apart from houses, erosion has also destroyed a mosque, a primary school, a temple, a field and many key structures.
An alleged robber was killed in a gunfight with police at Chakaria upazila in the district yesterday.
The deceased is Ali Ajgar, 30, son of Nurul Amin of the Dumkhali area.
Probhash Chandra Dhar, officer-in-charge of Chakaria police station said, on a tip-off, the police conducted a drive in the Khutkhali area of the upazila while a gang of robbers were preparing to commit a robbery in the area.
Sensing the presence of police, the robbers opened fire on the law enforcers, prompting them to retaliate which triggered a gun battle, he said.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to meet BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia during his visit to Bangladesh.
A senior leader seeking anonymity told the Dhaka Tribune that Modi might meet Khaleda on June 7 afternoon.
He said after finalisation of Modi’s visit to Dhaka, Khaleda Zia wrote a letter addressed to Modi expressing her desire to meet the Indian premier.
The BNP leader said Khaleda in the letter mentioned that the BNP and the BJP had very good ties. Khaleda also expressed hope that the ties would deepen in the future.
On March 9, 2003, the then Communication Ministry issued a circular to establish a committee for ensuring road safety in the cityA committee for ensuring safe roads to curb road fatalities in Sylhet is yet to see light, although the Road Communication and Bridges Ministry issued a circular in this connection 12 years ago.
On March 9, 2003, the then Communication Ministry issued a circular to establish a committee for ensuring road safety in the city. This correspondent collected the circular from BRAC Road Safety Programme, a project working for checking road accidents countrywide.
‘Maybe because it has been over six years [that is why] people have forgotten the free reign terrorists had during the BNP-Jamaat regime’Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s ICT adviser Sajeeb Wazed joy has said only the Awami League can stop militancy in Bangladesh.
Hasina’s son Joy also alleged that terrorist activities went on unabated during the tenure of the BNP-Jamaat-led government.
He said this in a status update in his official Facebook page on Monday midnight.
Councillor Nizam Ul Azim yesterday took charge as acting mayor of Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) following the suspension of mayor Mosaddek Hossain Bulbul.
Chief Executive Officer of the RCC Ajahar Ali handed over all charges to the acting mayor in the presence of staff and councillors of the city corporation in the morning.
Earlier, a letter from the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development had reached the city corporation bhaban on Monday evening, said RCC Public Relations Officer Amirul Karim.
I find comfort in the large foreign exchange reserve, next to no political threats, and the heavy investment in infrastructure building. However, I am not okay with the huge revenue earnings targetThe budget numbers are almost out. There is possibly no need for the finance minister to give a lengthy speech on the budget in parliament and end up feeling like he had the wind knocked out of him. A crisp power point presentation, along with a prefix highlighting the achievements and the vision of the ruling party is enough. The parties concerned can easily access the full text or the finance bill from the Internet or through their accounting or tax advisers.
At least six people died yesterday in separate accidents on the road and on the rail tracks in the capital; the incidents also left at least 16 people injured.
In the afternoon, a bus overturned near the Karwan Bazar intersection and claimed the life of the bus helper and injured 15 more.
Witnesses said two buses were recklessly racing each other on the Karwan Bazar street, which is one of the busiest roads in the capital – but stayed relatively empty yesterday because of the public holiday.
Bangladesh has agreed to construct $4 billion mega Ganges Barrage with India.
“It is better to develop the priority project with Indian,” Water Resources Secretary Zafar Ahmed Khan told the Dhaka Tribune.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is coming to Dhaka and after the official talks between the two prime ministers, it is expected that they would give a directive in a joint statement, he said.
“Let the two heads of governments take the political decision and the rest will be taken care of,” he said.
The Judicial Magistrate Court of Habiganj district has shifted the two cases in former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria murder to the Chief Judicial Magistrate Court for trial.
Judge Nishat Sultana on Tuesday also set June 21 for further hearing in the cases.
On January 27, 2005, five people including Kibria were killed in a grenade attack after the former finance minister had been returning from a rally in Boidyer Bazar of Habiganj.
ANM Shamsul Islam, ameer of Jamaat-e-Islami’s Chittagong wing, was arrested again at the gate of Chittagong Central Jail yesterday morning.
He was arrested around 11:30am, soon after he was released on bail, and then handed over to the district police around 2pm, Additional Deputy Commissioner SM Tanveer Arafat told the Dhaka Tribune.
Chittagong Central Jail’s Deputy Jailer Monir Hossain told the Dhaka Tribune that Shamsul was released on bail in a case filed with Panchlaish police station around 10:30am.
A Munshiganj court on Tuesday sent a man to jail who confessed to killing his daughter to implicate his rival falsely.
Police said Sadek Ali, son of late Abdur Razzak of Paniarchar village, killed his 11-year-old daughter Shyamoli Akhter with the help of two cohorts on May 23.
On Monday night, police arrested Sadek and Abul Hossain, one of the two accomplices, while the other, Abdul Khaleq, went into hiding.
Pro Vice-Chancellor of Chittagong University (CU) Professor Iftekhar Uddin Chowdhury has been appointed as the new VC of the university on Tuesday for the next four years.
CU’s Deputy Registrar (Information) Md Farhad Hossain told the Dhaka Tribune that President Abdul Hamid, also the chancellor of CU, relieved Professor Iftekhar from his duty as the Pro VC and appointed him as the 17th VC of the university.
He would take charge and replace Professor Anwarul Azif Arif from June 15, added Farhad Hossain.