- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
Members of Bangladesh Jihadi Group, a platform of local militant groups who follow the strategies of international terrorist organisation Islamic State, were planning to kill noted persons of the country, after collecting money by robbing two banks, detectives say.
The platform was launched last year with members of banned groups – Harkat-ul Jihad Al Islami Bangladesh (HujiB), Ansarullah Bangla Team and Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) – only to dodge the eye of law enforcers and escape from the punishment under the Anti-Terrorism Act.
Farmers are selling genetically-modified brinjals in the country’s markets without labels, in violation of an obligation imposed by the National Committee on Biosafety.
Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI) also did not conduct any laboratory test by itself regarding the possible negative impacts of the controversial GM crop on land, insects, and the health of farmers and consumers.
There appears to be a will to do good among the Bangladesh cricketers whenever they face their mighty neighbours India. Ever since the Tigers’ birth in Test cricket in 2000, India have faced their rivals on just seven occasions, that too all in Bangladesh, and not more than twice at a time.
A team of RAB seized more than 2,000 passports and detained 16 people by busting the office of an illegal recruitment agency in Dhaka’s Malibagh last night.
The detainees include Md Akhter Hossain, owner of the unlicensed Golam Rabbi International Agency and Travels, located at Chowdhurypara in Malibagh in Dhaka.
RAB 3 Deputy Director Maj Kamran Kabir Uddin, on a tipoff, conducted the drive which lasted from 5:40pm to 10:30pm.
However, it could not be immediately confirmed whether the seized passports are all Bangladeshi or if any of them were fake.
The High Court yesterday ordered prison authorities to immediately admit Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, the detained acting secretary general of the BNP, to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) for treatment.
The bench of Justice Naima Haider and Justice Md Iqbal Kabir passed the order in response to a writ petition filed by Fakhrul’s wife Rahat Ara Begum.
In the afternoon of September 9, 1971, the residents of Hindu-majority Paul Para in Shemulhati village in Kishoreganj saw two boats heading towards their area, cutting through the waters of a nearby lake.
There were some 15-20 gun-weilding men in khakis in the boats. One of them was wearing a white cap.
Soon the two boats moored near the homesteads of two Hindu families – one near the house of Mothura Bhowmik Das and the other near the house of Nitish, a doctor.
A low voice whispers from the Burn and Plastic Surgery Institute at Dhaka Medical College Hospital yesterday: “Please give me some cold water.”
It is nearly 1pm and just about everybody is thirsty for water, but 4-year-old Ashfaq cannot have a sip of a cool drink because his body and hands are in bandages.
His mother Parul Begum, 35, says she feels helpless.
Sitting by his bed, she sheds tears because she cannot satisfy her only son’s little request.
The police have foiled a plot to disseminate a large amount of counterfeit money ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr, by busting a gang who were printing fake currencies of both Bangladesh and foreign countries.
Pakistan’s Foreign Office termed Modi’s statement on India’s involvement in 1971 war as ‘India’s negative role against a sovereign neighbouring state’Pakistan has slammed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s acknowledgement of India’s involvement in the Liberation War of Bangladesh.
A press statement issued by Pakistan’s Foreign Office yesterday termed Modi’s statement on India’s involvement in the 1971 war as “India’s negative role against a sovereign neighbouring state.”
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a Dhaka University event on Sunday reminded the attendees of India’s role in the Liberation War.
The Saudi government rejected a Bangladesh recommendation to raise the number hajj pilgrims by 25,000 to its fixed quota of 1,01,758, said a release of the Religious Affairs Ministry yesterday.
According to the release, the ministry is relentlessly working for increasing the quota and will inform all concerned through the mass media if the Saudi government approved the Bangladesh proposal.
The ministry believes increasing the quota of Bangladesh hajj pilgrims under the present context is absolutely impossible.
Family members of a 14-year-old girl alleged she was raped after being abducted on Sunday. A case was also filed with Mugda police station on Monday night.
The victim, who hails from the Sonargaon area of Narayanganj, was admitted to the One Stop Crisis Centre (OCC) yesterday morning. However, the victim’s father refused to speak about the incident.
The National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Port yesterday voiced its concerns against the decision to allow India the use of the Chittagong and Mongla ports, saying it went against the country’s interest.
Regarding foreign access to the country’s two sea ports, the committee said the government had made the deal without making an adequate assessment. The move went against the interest of Bangladesh, it added.
With no physician at the Akhaura railway medical centre, hundreds of railway officials and staff along with general passengers are being deprived of medical service at the station.
On top of that, the ruinous condition of the medical centre building along with various other inadequacies add to the woes of the railway staff.
According to concerned sources, at least 40-50 railway staff go for treatment at this medical centre. With no physician available, a pharmacist of the centre is treating the patients day after day.
US Ambassador to Bangladesh Marcia Stephens Bloom Bernicat said sexual harassment and gender-based violence not only happen in Bangladesh, but women in the US also become victims of sexual harassment on the streets.
Referring to a recent study, the US envoy said about 96% of women became victims of sexual harassment on the streets.
Bernicat made this observation while addressing a roundtable titled “Sexual harassment, gender-based violence and the Role of Media” at Daily Star centre in the capital yesterday.
People from all walks of life formed a human chain in Barisal city yesterday with a call to make Barisal stadium as international cricket match venue.
The human chain held in front of Ashwini Kumar hall in the morning.
The human chain was organised by Boys of Barisal (BOB), an association of cricket lovers.
The arrested top leader of newly-identified militant outfit Shahid Hamza Brigade was placed on a seven-day remand after being nabbed by Rapid Action Battalion 7 from Chittagong city early yesterday.
Acting on a tip-off, RAB nabbed Khaled Hasan alias Rakib, 22, commander of one of SHB’s military wings, White Group, from Chittagong Railway Station at around 7am.
However, no contraband was found on him, said Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Sohel Mahmud, assistant director of RAB 7.
Human Rights Watch has urged the Bangladesh government to stop its proposal to lower the age of marriage for girls to 16 from 18.
At the 2014 Girl Summit in London, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina promised to end child marriage of under-15s by 2021 and reduce by more than one-third the number of girls married between the ages of 15 and 18, with the ultimate goal of eliminating the practice by 2041. However, child marriage is still an epidemic in Bangladesh and requires the government to act on its promises to tackle the problem, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW).
The government took up a project worth nearly Tk1,000 crore to revamp 1,557km of roads around the country for better communication.
For this, the country has been divided into 10 zones namely Dhaka, Mymensingh, Chittagong, Comilla, Sylhet, Khulna, Barisal, Gopalganj, Rajshahi and Rangpur.
Under this project titled Development of District Roads, the Roads and Highways Department (RHD) will develop roads, build culverts, bridges and pavements and dig drains in various districts at a cost of Tk996 crore.
Bangladesh may not be among the strongest sides in the Test arena, but their ability has certainly grown in the past decade and the country’s Test skipper Mushfiqur Rahim is keen to display their recent improvement against India.
There is a vast gap between Bangladesh and India in Test cricket and Bangladesh head coach Chandika Hathurusingha is also aware of the fact but ruled out the claims that they will play for a draw. He made it clear that they will play for a win although he was concerned over the state of the pitch. Below are excerpts of the pre-match press conference held at Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium yesterday.
Will Bangladesh play for a draw?