- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
Four South Asian nations are a week away from inking an inter-connectivity deal that could potentially change the region forever.
Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal, the BBIN countries, are scheduled to sign a motor vehicle agreement on June 15 at a high-level meeting that will bring the countries’ transport ministers together in Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan.
The agreement will allow personal, passenger and cargo vehicles to travel across borders to each of the other signatory countries without having to face the hassles of trans-shipment.
The government has proposed to make it mandatory for guardians or parents to have electronic Taxpayers Identification Numbers (e-TIN) to educate their children in English medium schools.
The proposal was incorporated into the Finance Bill 2015, placed by Finance Minister AMA Muhith in parliament on Thursday for the fiscal year 2015-16.
The scrutiny team yesterday said it found no liquid cocaine in the sealed container brought to the port from Uruguay.
The team suspected the container was carrying liquid cocaine worth about Tk3,000 crore under the declaration of sun flower oil import, a source in the Directorate of Customs Intelligence and Investigation, told the Dhaka Tribune.
Failing to find out the existence of cocaine in preliminary test, they had collected samples from the container and sent them for further laboratory test.
Detectives dropped the names of 31 leaders of the BNP-led 20-party alliance from a case filed for an arson attack that killed a policeman near Matsya Bhaban in the capital.
Those who were dropped include BNP leaders MK Anwar, Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, Amanullal Aman and Barkatullah Bulu.
On June 4, Sub-Inspector Dipak Kumar Das of Detective Branch (DB) of police, also investigation officer (IO) of the case, submitted a charge sheet against seven BNP men and sought discharge of 31 men from the case.
A Narayanganj court yesterday fixed July 8 to pass an order on the no-confidence petition filed against the charge-sheet submitted by the detectives dropping the names of five accused in the seven-murder case.
Selina Islam, wife of one victim Narayanganj City Corporation Councillor Nazrul Islam, filed the petition with the court of Senior Judicial Magistrate HM Shafikul Islam in Narayanganj on May 11.
The BGB has brought back 150 Bangladeshis who were found adrift near the Myanmar coast last month.
Buses carrying the rescued Bangladeshi nationals entered through the Ghumdhum border around 2pm, before taking them to the Ghumdhum High School grounds for processing.
The repatriation was made following a flag meeting between the Border Guard Bangladesh and Myanmar Border Police yesterday morning near the Ghumdhum-Dhekiboniya border.
The International Crimes Tribunal will deliver its verdict today on alleged Razakar commander Syed Md Hasan Ali of Kishoreganj.
Hasan Ali – who remains on the run – faces six charges including killing, abduction and arson during the Liberation War in 1971. The tribunal 1, led by its Chairman Justice M Enayetur Rahim, yesterday fixed the date for delivering the verdict.
The 65-year-old accused, who is now politically inactive, was once involved with the anti-liberation organisation Nezam-e-Islami.
Public servants are being promised bigger pay cheques from July 1 but Finance Minister AMA Muhith said nothing about this after the announcement of the budget for fiscal year 2015-16.
Government officials have expressed frustration at this, and are worried that the National Pay Commission’s recommendations might not be implemented on time.
The High Court has allowed three colleges in Dhaka to hold admission tests in order to admit students in Class XI for the academic year 2015-16.
Responding to a writ petition, the court yesterday stayed a government decision for Notre Dame College, Holy Cross College and St Joseph College for six months that asked the college authorities to admit students on the basis of their SSC results.
The court issued a ruling upon the government to explain in four weeks why its decision regarding the admission process should not be declared illegal.
Detectives have found that a group of militants had been planning a bank heist to raise money for the so-called Bangladesh Jihadi Group, thought to be a common platform of the major outlawed outfits.
The decision to form such a platform came more than a year ago when the leaders of Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), Harkat-ul Jihad Al Islami Bangladesh (Huji-B) and the Ansarullah Bangla Team held a secret meeting inside a jail. But that decision could not be materiliased because of a shortage of fund.
The Finance Division has disbursed Tk52.75 crore for the signing of the next contract with Russian state-run nuclear power equipment and service provider Atomstroyexport for the construction of the country’s first-ever nuclear power plant in Rooppur, Pabna.
Financial Division Deputy Secretary Sadia Sharmin signed circular in this regard on Wednesday. The disbursement is the fourth instalment from the fund for the nuclear plant allocated in the budget of the outgoing fiscal year.
The Detective Branch (DB) of police arrested another member of newly formed militant outfit Junud at-Tawheed Wal Khilafah from the capital’s Banani area early yesterday.
“Based on information, a team of DB police arrested Fida Muntasir Saker from the DOHS area, says Krishna Pada Roy, acting joint commissioner of DB police. Muntasir is the son of retired Navy commander Mohammad Saker.
On the face of growing tension centring on a conference between two factions, Jatiya Party (JP) Chairman Hussain Muhammad Ershad yesterday left the city without announcing a new committee as per the party rules.
Ershad attended the biennial conference of the city unit JP in Ashwini Kumar Hall in the city as the chief guest, where he was supposed to make the declaration as usual for the unit.
The JP chairman said he would announce the committee from Dhaka after getting the whole list.
Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed has reassured that the prices of essentials will remain stable during the month of Ramadan as the commodities are sufficiently stocked to meet the increased demand.
“No one will be able to create an artificial crisis to make extra profit, as there are adequate supply of the essentials,” the minister said at a review meeting with businesspersons concerned at Export Promotion Bureau in Dhaka yesterday.
Teachers of Rajshahi University (RU), Dhaka University of Engineering and Technology (DUET), Gazipur, and Khulna University (KU) observed 2-hour work abstention yesterday demanding pay scale.
Our Rajshahi Correspondent reports: Rajshahi University Teachers Association (RUTA) observed work abstention demanding revision of 8th national pay scale including the salary structure of a senior professor or professor, equalising to senior secretariat range.
They started the programme at 11am which continued till 1pm. No class of the university was held.
Rajshahi Metropolitan Police (RMP) has taken an initiative to bring four vital zones under the surveillance of internet protocol (IP) digital cameras with a view to checking criminal activities and traffic congestion in and around the city.
Commissioner of the RMP Mohammad Shamsuddin said primarily the city’s Bindur intersection, Saheeb Bazar, Collegiate School intersection and Lakshmipur intersection would be brought under the project setting up a total 16 IP digital cameras.
Radical Islamist groups have been instigating attacks on religious minorities in Bangladesh by posting fake photos and false information on social media about the persecution of Rohingya Muslims in Buddhist-majority Myanmar.
People behind some Facebook pages and profiles, many from Bangladesh, are urging common Muslims to spread the false news and take revenge.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 36-hour visit will have a long-term impact on local politics if Bangladesh fails to realise the national interest-related benefits from India, analysts say.
Modi met the leaders of all major political parties and everyone who have talked to the Indian PM have said that the visit would help in cementing a bilateral relationship.
One more fifty in either of the innings of the Test match against India, and Mominul Haque will climb another step in the prestigious ladder. One more fifty will see his name put beside world record holder South African star AB de Villiers for scoring 12 consecutive fifties in Tests.
However, records and awards hardly matters to Mominul. The 23-year old kept his feet on the ground and answered rather smartly when he was compared to De Villiers.
‘I never begged BCB to assign me as the manager’“A recently published report in the media resulted in Khaled Mahmud’s resignation as manager of the Bangladesh cricket team” – a rumour that flashed around most of the TV channels and online news sites yesterday morning. As usual, the curiosity and hype circulating the matter made the air at Bangladesh Cricket Board premises in Mirpur heavier.