- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
A meagre amount of rice and only a little water was all that Shafiqul was provided each day throughout the month he was held hostage at sea – along with 300 others – by human traffickers.
Seventeen-year-old Shafiqul Islam from Chuadanga, however, considers himself as one of the lucky ones; many other fortune-seekers like him were killed at sea by their captors.
The bank borrowing target envisaged in the national budget for the next fiscal year is expected to emerge as a blessing for the gloomy financial market of the country, apparently belying the apprehension that it would crowd out the private sector lending.
Financial analysts see the positive outlook as they thought it would help create demand for money to mop up the excess liquidity – subject to the government’s efficiency in utilising the money to be borrowed from the banking system in the new fiscal year starting July 1.
While leaders of banned militant outfits have been floating new platforms to strengthen themselves and evade prosecution, fresh recruits are kept in the dark about their top leaders and even the names of the outfits.
Only the top-level leaders and recruiters are aware of the organisational structure, financiers and the international groups that patronise them, say detectives.
A warm reception was accorded to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina as she arrived at Heathrow International Airport in London yesterday afternoon on a six-day visit to the UK.
A VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the prime minister and her entourage, which left at 10am yesterday, landed at the Heathrow International Airport at 3:47pm local time, PM’s Press Secretary AKM Shameem Chowdhuri said.
Newly appointed Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal Abu Esrar took over the command of Bangladesh Air Force yesterday, according to a press release issued by the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) Directorate.
He took over the charge from outgoing chief of air staff Air Marshal Muhammad Enamul Bari at a ceremony at the Chief of Air Staff’s Secretariat. Principal staff officers along with other senior officers were present during the occasion.
Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Raghuram Rajan expressed admiration for Bangladesh’s successes with mobile and agent banking services, saying he was eager to learn from the country’s experience.
“I want to learn more about mobile financial services from Bangladesh, especially how transactions are made easy using a simple mobile telephone set,” the RBI governor said.
India’s central bank governor yesterday said ensuring equal financial opportunity for all was the major challenge for sustainable growth in emerging economies like Bangladesh and India.
Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Raghuram Rajan said: “Capitalism is growing and the central challenge is how to ensure the opportunities of access to assets for all.”
He was speaking to reporters at a question and answer session during the opening ceremony of the SAARCFINANCE Governors’ Symposium on Financial Inclusion in the capital.
Detectives will produce Bakhtiar Alam Roni, a lawmaker’s son who has been accused of murdering two people, before a court today at the end of a four-day remand.
Police sources, however, said there was no plan at the moment to request a fresh round of remand to further interrogate Bakhtiar, whose mother Pinu Khan holds a women’s reserved seat in parliament and is the central committee general secretary of the Mahila Awami League.
Police caught 34 leaders and activists of Jamaat-Shibir with petrol bombs and anti-government leaflets on their possession during a raid at a local restaurant in Gazipur’s Shibbari area last night.
Joydebpur police station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Rezaul Hasan Reza said: “We received information that some Jamaat-Shibir men were meeting at the Euro Bangla Chinese Restaurant and raided the place around 8:30pm.
A day-long festival to welcome monsoon was observed in the capital yesterday, aiming to raise awareness among people about rain water conservation.
Organised jointly by WaterAid Bangladesh and Grey Advertising Bangladesh Ltd, the festival took place on the premises of Bangla Academy from 10am to 9pm and included singing performances, drama, poetry recitation, screening of cinemas on rain, puppet show and many other programmes, as well as an exhibition of rain water saving models by students and a policy dialogue on rain water conservation.
Of the seven people injured in an arson attack on the night of Shab-e-Barat in Comilla, one victim succumbed to his injuries early yesterday at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH).
The deceased, 60-year-old Ranjit Sharma, received severe burn injuries when miscreants torched a Rangamati-bound bus of Unique Paribahan on the Dhaka-Chittagong highway near Chandina upazila of Comilla.
Ranjit, a retired mathematics teacher of Rangamati College, died around 3am while undergoing treatment at the burn unit of DMCH.
Mass irregularities have been reported by the locals at a canal excavation project in Gopalganj’s Kotalipara.
The almost Tk2 crore project is now allegedly being completed only for Tk20 lakh with the rest of the money being misappropriated. Moreover, the changes in design is also likely to kill the canal hampering the irrigation in the upazila.
Students of Gonoman Purura Government Primary School in Hossainpur upazila, Kishoreganj have been attending classes under the open sky as their school building has turned too risky for use.
The school building has been declared abandoned by the Local Government Engineering Department one year back because of its rundown state.
But the school authorities in this period could not be able to manage alternative arrangement for students so that they can take classes smoothly.
Two suspected robbers were killed in a mob-attack at Chaura in Singra upazila on Thursday.
The deceased were identified as Momin and Sihab.
Local people said Enamul Haque withdrew Tk10 lakh from Bogra Nandigram branch of Islami Bank on Thursday afternoon.
When Enamul reached Chaura area on way to his home at Chougram village in Singra upazila, a gang of nine robbers swooped on him and snatched away the bag containing the money.
Another round of road excavation for the government’s development projects has started in different parts of Dhaka city just as monsoon has set in, adding to the miseries of the city-dwellers.
Travelling around the capital is difficult in the first place during rainy season, but digging up roads particularly in this season worsens the already bad traffic situation and makes moving around difficult, several commuters complained while talking to the Dhaka Tribune.
Community radios are failing to reach the target audience due to limited transmission area and the long distance between stations and where the audience lives.
Most of the community radio stations are located in district towns while the biggest target audience is rural people.
Besides, many community radios are imitating FM radio programmes and are thus deviating from what they are expected to broadcast.
Several indigenous women’s organisations yesterday held a protest rally in front of the National Press Club marking 19 years of the abduction of Kalpana Chakma, an indigenous leader.
They demanded immediate arrest and exemplary punishment of the perpetrators.
Hill Women’s Federation (HWF), Sajek Nari Samaj, Parbatya Chattagram Nari Sangha and Ghilachhari Nari Nirjatan Protirodh Committee (GNNPC) – all backed by the United People’s Democratic Front (UPDF) of Chittagong Hill Tracts region – organised the rally.
A mobile court of Rapid Action Battalion in a special drive jailed and fined three fake dentists and sealed off their clinics at Kawran Bazar in the capital yesterday.
The court led by Executive Magistrate Anisur Rahman jailed and fined the “dentists” Akhter Hossain, 38, Abdul Awal, 24, and GM Wahid Gaffari, 70.
With the theme ‘Making a difference with Zakat’, a two-day long zakat fair began yesterday at the National Shooting Sports Federation Complex in the capital.
Minister of Planning AHM Mostafa Kamal inaugurated the fair which is being held for the third time.
Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, the minister urged the wealthy Muslims of the country to come forward with their Zakat and Awqaf fund for poverty alleviation.
“Zakat can be effectively used to support various ongoing programmes of the government to eradicate poverty,” he said.
Vehicle sales are set to boom over the next five years as middle class spending capacity rises with the expanding economy, a study has found.
The study also attributed the pick up in used car sales in Bangladesh to the reasonable tax structure and improved communication infrastructure in the country.
According to a study of the Bangladesh automobile industry by Carmudi, an online marketplace for used and new cars, Bangladesh’s growing economy and the increased purchasing power of the middle class was driving increased spending on non-essential goods like cars.