- February 18, 2018
After India, Bangladesh is now planning to form an alliance with China to tap the marine resources in the Bay of Bengal.
“We received a Chinese proposal on Wednesday to forge an alliance on blue economy,” a senior Foreign Ministry official said, seeking anonymity.
Bangladesh and India signed a memorandum of understanding on blue economy and maritime cooperation in the Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean on June 6 in the presence of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi.
After taking office, the ruling party-backed mayors of the two city corporations strongly announced to free the capital’s footpaths and streets from illegal occupiers, a task that had never brought any result in the past.
And they have failed too to materialise what they said on May 28 after holding a meeting with Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, also a Presidium member of the Awami League.
Ahead of Ramadan and Eid-ul-Fitr, different gangs of miscreants, including ogyan party, molom party, muggers and fake note brokers have recently appeared in force across the port city and its adjoining areas.
As part of the new move, police noticed that many thugs from other districts have also started entering the city to commit crimes.
Police sources said they observe this trend usually at the start of Ramadan every year, but this year the rogues have been trying to be active about a week before the season, aiming to shun the action from law enforcing agencies.
China has approached the government with a proposal to build waste-based power plants in order to utilise what was described as the potential of the renewable energy sector in Bangladesh.
The proposal came at a conference on sustainable energy jointly organised by CMEC Renewable Energy and Solarland Bangladesh Co Ltd in association with KIPOR and Guolian Huaguang Power Engineering Co Ltd at Gulshan Club yesterday.
Former Bangladesh skipper Habibul Bashar saw his long lasting record of most runs for Bangladesh in Tests broken by Tamim Iqbal yesterday at Fatullah. Tamim, who started the match against India with just six runs behind Bashar’s 3026 runs from 50 Tests, made 19 in Bangladesh’s first innings and he is now the leading run scorer in the format with 3039 runs from 40 Tests.
Bashar, who played his last Test match in 2008, was very happy to see Tamim reach the milestone and at the same time expressed his desire to see the left-handed opener reach 10,000 Test runs.
Bangladesh and India will implement the Land Boundary Agreement (LBA) of 1974 and Protocol of 2011 in phases over the next 11 months.
Between July 31, 2015 and June 30, 2016, the entire process, including physical exchange of enclaves and land parcels in adverse possession along with boundary demarcation, will be completed according to the letters exchanged between the two Foreign Secretaries during the Indian Prime Minister’s visit here last week.
The three disappointments
As expected, the visiting Indian side declared their first innings on their overnight score of 462/6 heading into the fourth and penultimate day’s play of the solitary Test against Bangladesh yesterday at Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium in Fatullah.
BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir was admitted to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) yesterday in line with a High Court order.
The BNP leader was taken to BSMMU from Kashimpur Central Jail 2 around 2pm and admitted to its prison ward, BNP chairperson’s media wing member Sayrul Kabir Khan told UNB.
Earlier on June 9, the High Court directed the jail authorities to immediately admit Fakhrul to the BSMMU for better treatment.
Visiting India declared their first innings of the rain haunted Test in Fatullah at their overnight score of 462 for six and all eyes were on Tamim Iqbal as Bangladesh began their first innings on the fourth day.
Tamim needed just six runs to equal his former skipper Habibul Bashar’s 3026 runs, highest for Bangladesh. Though he made just 19 on the day, it was enough to see him wear the crown of Bangladesh’s highest Test run getter.
Bangladesh is trying to repatriate its boatpeople held at Belantik detention centre in Kedah of Malaysia as soon as possible, says Bangladeshi High Commissioner to Malaysia Md Shahidul Islam.
He said the first batch would be sent back, possibly next week, and was hopeful of repatriating in phases 716 people reportedly held at the centre.
Uncapped left-arm fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman and wicketkeeper-batsman Liton Kumar are the new names drafted in the 14-man Bangladesh one-day international squad for the three-match series against India starting on June 18.
Rain played spoilsport for the fourth consecutive day of the solitary Test between Bangladesh and India
at Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium in Fatullah yesterday as a draw seems to be the most likely result ahead of the fifth and final day’s play today.
The Fatullah Test, coinciding with the tropical monsoon, saw more than half of its allotted overs lost to rain. Near-perfect weather at the start of yesterday’s play proved to be nothing other than a false dawn with only 30.1 overs played in the penultimate day.
Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan, who blasted a fine 195-ball 173 in the first innings, talked with the media in the post-day press conference following the fourth and penultimate day’s play of the solitary Test against Bangladesh yesterday. Here are the excerpts:
Satisfied to have played such a fluent innings?
Shikhar Dhawan: Yes, I am very satisfied with the way I have played in this match. I haven’t been performing that well in Test matches earlier, so it felt really good scoring big runs. And I felt it came at the right time.
The students of Uttar Kattali Mostafa Hakim Degree College and locals put up a barricade on the Dhaka-Chittagong Highway in City Gate area of the district following the death of their two fellow students in a road accident yesterday.
Road communications on the highway came to a halt in the area following the violent protest of the agitated students.
The blockaders also vandalised a total 10 vehicles including goods-laden trucks, buses and minibuses in the area while the blockade stared around 11am and ended 1am, police and local sources said.
An alleged ringleader of a gang of robbers was killed during a gunfight with law enforcers at Lakshmipur village in Sadar upazila early yesterday.
The deceased is Salim Sheikh, 38.
Sources said, on a tip-off, a team of police conducted a drive in the area at around 3:30am when a gang of robbers was preparing to commit a robbery.
As the team reached the spot, the group of robbers opened fire on police forcing the law enforcers to fire back, which triggered a gunfight.
At least three people, including a local UP chairman, were injured in a clash between two rival Jubo League groups over the organisation’s council in Nikli upazila on Friday.
The injured are Fazlur Rahman, 60, chairman of Gurui union, Jubo League leader Anisul Haque Nikul and his brother Titu.
Of them, Fazlur was sent to Dhaka’s Labaid hospital in critical condition. Police also arrested Anisul and Titu yesterday after Fazlur’s son Zakir Hossain filed a case against them.
Today marks the 17th anniversary of Magurchhara tragedy. On this day in 1997, Magurchhara gas field in Kamalganj upazila of Moulvibazar exploded and caught fire while exploration was going on, causing extensive damage to a big portion of adjacent Lawachhara forest and Magurchhara Paan Punji, a betel plantation.
Biodiversity of Lawachhara forest, Dhaka-Sylhet rail links, roads, electricity and gas lines in adjacent areas also suffered massive damage. Production in nearby tea gardens was affected.
If someone takes a stroll on the footpath opposite the Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College Hospital in Dhaka’s Sher-e-Bangla Nagar, he will notice the phrase “blood bank” on almost every other signboard.
There are scores of places in the area who “provide” blood transfusion and preservation services in the locality that is dominated by hospitals and clinics.
Hundreds of people come to these hospitals everyday and blood-related services is one of the commonest things they need.
Bangladesh is set to observe “World Blood Donor Day” today, like the other countries across the globe with the theme “Thank you for saving my life”.
The day is organised to create awareness for voluntary blood donation, ensure safe blood transfusion afforable and assessible to all, and to reduce the burden of diseases through ensuring quality health service.
The country can fulfil its annual demands if only 2% of the eligible population donate blood once a year, however, the rate is only 0.04% in Bangladesh, according to estimations.
A Dhaka court yesterday sent to jail Bakhtiar Alam Rony, son of a ruling party lawmaker, accused of killing two people under the influence of alcohol, after his remand in DB custody ended.
Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Muhammad Asaduzzaman Nur passed the order after DB Sub-Inspector Dipak Kumar Das, also investigation officer of the case, produced Rony before the court in the afternoon.
The court also granted a defence petition for admitting Rony to hospital. It fixed Tuesday for hearing the bail petition filed by Rony’s lawyer.