- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
Independent lawmaker Hazi Mohammad Salim yesterday questioned the efficiency of Border Guard Bangladesh, referring to the recent detainment of a BGB member by Myanmar Border Guard Police.
“We have seen a picture that the abducted BGB member Razzak was handcuffed [by Myanmar forces]; it means 16 crore people are handcuffed,” he told the parliament.
The BGB naik was abducted by Myanmar’s BGP forces on Wednesday morning from the Naf River near Jadimura area of Teknaf border. During the incident, another BGB member, Biplob, was shot.
Railways Minister Mazibul Hoque yesterday told parliament that the government had taken initiative to implement a project to reduce the length of Dhaka-Chittagong rail track by 90km and shorten the journey between the two cities.
“An initiative has been taken to implement the project, titled “Construction of Double Track Standard-Gauge Railway Line” between Dhaka and Chittagong via Laksham, Comilla, with Chinese funding on government-to-government basis, instead of setting up the Dhaka-Comilla elevated railway,” the minister said in reply to a question.
A total of 61 private jute mills under Bangladesh Jute Mills Association and Bangladesh Jute Spinners Association were closed, rendering 56,157 workers unemployed, said Textiles and Jute Minister Emaz Uddin Pramanik.
But no state-owned jute mills under Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation is shut, he said in response to a query in parliament yesterday.
More than 150 buses of Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) are out of order, said Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader yesterday.
“Now, 158 BRTC buses are out of order. Those buses are waiting to be declared beyond repair, as the fixing work would not be economically viable,” he said in reply to a question in parliament.
The minister also said 205 BRTC buses were either torched or vandalised during the political violence. “Currently, 295 BRTC buses including the 205 damaged ones remain under repair,” he said.
The speaker of Jatiya Sangsad and some MPs hailed the Bangladesh cricket team yesterday for their historic series win over India.
Before yesterday’s session commenced, Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury hailed the cricket team amid thumping of desks by MPs.
Taking part in an unscheduled discussion, independent MP Haji M Selim said the world was now feeling the strength of Bangladesh.
Residents of Rasulpur slum, locally known as Rasulpur Colony formed a human chain yesterday in front of Ashwini Kumar Hall in Barisal city protesting notice of eviction drive.
Kazi Wahid Murad, president of Rasulpur Bastuhara League, presided over the programme where Khalilur Rahman, Naresh Chandra Das, leaders of Bastohara League, Dr Manisha Chakraborty, the district uni president of Bangladesh Samajtantrik Dal spoke.
They said more than 100 families, mostly day labourers, marginal poor and landless people, live at slum.
Mango growers and traders of Chapainawabganj, the major mango producing region of the country, are incurring huge loss in the peak season despite a bumper and chemical-free production.
Many traders, orchard owners and people associated with mango business are not even able to recover the investment let alone make any profit.
They blamed government restriction on harvesting period, weak marketing system and lack of interest from the big buyers as the main reasons for the loss.
A local canal in the district has reportedly lost its ecosystem variation as Khunla City Corporation (KCC) has been draining its waste water into it for long.
Besides, the people living on the Khuder canal vastly known as Khuder Khal have been victim of immense suffering because of coming out stinky odour from it.
The local fishermen are barely found fishes in the canal as its water already went into out of living for the species. Particularly people living in Lota-Khamarbari area suffer more to be very near to the canal.
At least 11 shop owners were fined Tk4,88,000 in the capital yesterday for selling adulterated food.
A mobile court led by Executive Megistrate Md Abdus Kuddus fined six shops for making food in unhealthy environment at Chwakbazar.
The court fined Tk1 lakh to Alauddin Sweetmeat, Tk10,000 to Bombay Sweets owner Abdul Khaleque, Tk20,000 to iftar item seller Jakir Hossain, Tk50,000 to Abdus Salam, Tk20,000 to Abdul Jalil and Tk10,000 to Sukkur Ali.
Scam-hit bank now desperately trying to get public funds to resume international trade
BASIC Bank is allegedly using political influence to get funds from the national exchequer by the outgoing fiscal year ending on June 30 to meet the capital shortfall of the scam-hit state-owned bank.
The desperate bid is to get around Tk2,000 crore – the remaining part of a recapitalisation fund of around Tk5,000 crore for state banks kept in the budget for the outgoing 2014-15 fiscal. Officials said around Tk3,000 crore was released in the last 11 months of the current fiscal.
A section of teachers of teachers of ShShahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) confined Vice-Chancellor Prof Aminul Haque Bhuiyan at his office since yesterday morning demanding his removal.
Campus sources said Prof Aminul Haque had come to join office around 8:30am after a two-month leave.
As soon as the news of his arrival spreads, a group of teachers under the banner of ‘Mohan Muktijuddher Chetonay Udbhuddo Sikkhak Forum’ gathered on the campus.
The morning yesterday was something the Bangladesh cricketers had never witnessed before. Almost all the members had gone to bed late Sunday night only to wake up with a feeling of making the impossible, possible.
Bangladesh won their first bilateral one-day international series against India with a match to spare. They had won the series by dominating the number-two-ranked ODI side in the world to make it their 10th straight win at home.
So the hangover from one of the most famous victories in their cricket history was not going to leave them that easily.
A Dhaka court yesterday issued warrants for the arrest of 33 BNP leaders and activists.
The warrants include the names of BNP Standing Committee Member Rafiqul Islam Miah and Joint General Secretary Amanullah Aman in a case filed with Mirpur Model police station for torching bus on January 25.
Dhaka Metropolitan Special Court 1 Judge Md Kamrul Hossain Mollah issued the arrest warrants after accepting the charges levelled against 33 BNP leaders and activists.
‘We expect to have flag meetings at sector commander level by this week to complete the formalities for releasing Razzak’The director general of the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) has confirmed that Myanmar’s border security force will unconditionally release the BGB member they had abducted six days ago.
This comes hours after the Myanmar Border Guard Police (BGP) told the BGB that they would release Naik Abdur Razzak on condition that Bangladesh took in the 554 boatpeople rescued off Myanmar coast last month.
An RMG worker was stabbed to death by a group of muggers in the early hours yesterday in the capital’s Sayedabad area.
Nurul Alam, 24, was waiting for a bus on the road when three muggers stabbed him in his chest and abdomen before snatching away Tk1,600 from his possession, said Mahbub Alam, sub-inspector of Jatrabari police station.
The Election Commission has imposed a fee system for the re-issuance and renewal of National Identification Card (NID), which will be effective from September 1.
The commission published a gazette notification in this regard yesterday. At present, people are receiving the NID services free of cost.
According to the gazette notification signed by EC Secretary Sirazul Islam, Tk100 has been fixed as service fee for renewing an NID card, while Tk150 for renewing it on urgent basis.
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) plans to collect around Tk5,600 crore income taxes by introducing a number of initiatives including automation, increased surveillance and monitoring.
Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) will raise its concerns over Accord activities, which are alleged to be beyond of its jurisdiction, during a scheduled meeting between the steering committee of Accord and BGMEA to be held in the city today.
During the meeting, the RMG manufacturers platform also will discuss viability of investment for the remediation of apparel factories and implementation of Corrective Action Plans (CAP) prescribed by Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh.
Bangladesh Bank has served show-cause notice to its 20 officials for joining demonstration held on Sunday in front of the governor’s building.
The demonstration was staged to thwart the contractual appointment of general manager that the central bank decided to pick up for its financial intelligence unit from outside its high-ranking officials.
The central bank in its letter asked the BB officials to explain within three days as to why punitive action will not be taken against them.
Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader has said there could be no dream solutions to the pre-Eid traffic congestion that paralyses the country every year, but things can be kept under control if everyone cooperates.
The minister made the remark at a discussion at the National Press Club in Dhaka yesterday.
“Controlling traffic congestion depends on three variables. First is engineering. I would say the highways in the country are in batter condition than ever before. So, the highways will not be the reason for congestion [this year].”