- March 16, 2018
After eight days of drama, Myanmar Border Guard Police yesterday released Border Guard Bangladesh Naik Abdur Razzak.
He was abducted by Myanmar’s BGP from the zero line on the Naf River in Cox’s Bazar on June 17 following a scuffle between the members of the two countries’ border security forces.
The chief of recently emerged Bangladesh Jihadi Group had launched the militant platform as a means of changing his financial condition by sending members to Syria and Iraq to fight for the Islamic State, detectives say.
Md Asaduzzaman alias Milon alias Milu alias Abdullah alias Anik, the suspected commander of the group arrested on Wednesday, was unable to bear the family needs with Tk100 that he used to get by assisting a lawyer.
War crimes convict Quader Mollah and Kamaruzzaman were killed in a planned way through a controversial trial, said Jamaat Nayeb-e-Ameer Mujibur Rahman at an iftar party in presence of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday.
Jamaat-e-Islami, a component in the BNP-led 20-party opposition alliance, hosted the party at Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel in the capital.
A seven-year-old boy was killed and his sister sustained serious injuries in a bomb blast inside the house in the capital’s Lalbagh area yesterday.
The boy, Miraz Rahman, and his 10-year-old sister Neha Akhter were taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital with critical injuries. Doctors declared Mirza dead around 5:30pm.
Miraz suffered splinter injuries in his abdomen, back, hands and other parts of the body, doctors said.
The blast occurred inside the tin-roofed house near Lalbagh Fort intersection around 5pm when the siblings were playing.
Part of the massive ancient wall surrounding Lalbagh Fort, built over 400 years ago when the Mughals founded Dhaka, has been demolished because the archaeological authority wants to build a car park at the cost of Tk30 lakh.
The action has drawn protests from a number of quarters, especially since the government often neglects historical restoration work on a plea of a lack of funds.
Even though seven days have passed since a train derailment leading to an oil spill in Chittagong, authorities have neither been able to salvage the submerged oil wagons nor resume the rail link between the port city and Dohajaree.
The lack of adequate salvage equipment and inclement weather have been blamed for the sluggish recovery process. However, two probe bodies formed to look into the incident have also been unable hand in their reports as of filing this report yesterday; their deadline was Tuesday.
Dhaka and Bangkok have agreed to discuss how Bangladesh and the Asean region can be connected to boost trade, services and investment.
Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque at a joint press conference with his Thai counterpart Norachit Sinhaseni yesterday said the mega connectivity had a huge potential.
The upbeat foreign secretaries talked about the mega connectivity for the first time in the four-hour-long first foreign office consultation meeting between the two countries.
A cattle trader was killed while another injured when members of the Indian Border Security Force fired rubber bullets and hurled hand bombs at them yesterday near Porsha border in Naogaon.
The deceased was Zahurul Islam, 32, and the injured is Bokul Hossain, 30, from Nimtola village in the upazila.
Lt Col Rafiqul Hasan, captain of 14 Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) Battalion deployed in Naogaon, told the Dhaka Tribune that the traders were coming back to Bangladesh with a herd of cattle from India when they were attacked.
Leaders and activists of Jahangirnagar University (JU) unit of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) allegedly beat up three students including one female on the campus yesterday.
According to witnesses, the incident occurred around 2pm at Shaheed Rafiq-Jabbar Hall of the university.
Md Shahjahan Badsha, Indrajit Bhoumik and one female student of history department – all studying master’s – were having a chat in the guest room of the hall.
The female student requested this correspondent to not publish her identity.
Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) has been declared closed for an indefinite period following the attack on its academic building. Students were asked to vacate all the dormitories by 5pm yesterday.
The decision was made at an emergency meeting held at Buet campus yesterday, said Buet Public Relations Officer Shah Alam.
A group of students, mainly of 2009 batch, besieged the offices of Buet VC and registrar on Tuesday, demanding that the terminal examinations be taken after Eid vacation instead of the scheduled June 27.
Health and Family Planning Minister Mohammad Nasim yesterday said 76.6% couples capable of procreation adopts family planning method in the country.
“Out of 2.69 crore such couples, nearly 2.12 crore have adopted family planning method across the country in April last,” he said replying to a query of a lawmaker in the parliament’s budget session discussion.
Responding to another query, the health minister said a total of 3,393 posts out of 8,340 have remained vacant in the Union and Upazila-level hospitals and medical colleges across the country.
Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor yesterday told parliament that his ministry had taken some initiatives to ensure proper Bangla pronunciation in drama.
The minister said among the initiatives, drama will be staged in district and upazila levels and the ministry would organise workshops on Bangla pronunciation and acting.
Replying to a query in the budget session of the parliament, Noor said that according to Rajdhani Unnayan Kartipakha (Rajuk), there are some 93 historic establishments in the capital.
Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Rashed Khan Menon yesterday demanded an immediate ban on the Jamaat-e-Islami.
“The Jamaat is accused of terrorism and militancy at present… I am placing our party’s demand for a ban on the Jamaat,” she told the parliament participating in the budget discussion.
Menon also said the BNP now wants to reach a political compromise especially after failing to topple the government.
Jatiya Party lawmaker Ziauddin Ahmed Bablu yesterday slammed the government and the finance minister for failing to ensure good governance and bring back smuggled money from abroad.
Some Tk10,000 crore was looted from the state-owned Sonali Bank, he said adding that the government could not recover the plundered money. It is not the government but people who are to bear the brunt of such looting, he told parliament.
The High Court yesterday fixed June 29 for passing an order on a petition filed by BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia seeking the court’s directives on the lower court to take fresh deposition of the plaintiff in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.
The bench of Justices Md Moinul Islam Chowdhury and JBM Hassan set the date after hearing on the petition yesterday afternoon.
AJ Mohammad Ali moved for Khaleda and Khurshid Alam Khan represented the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) during the hearing.
Daily life of Chittagong city’s people were hampered badly and they suffered because of waterlogging and traffic congestion as many parts of the port city went under water due to non stop downpour yesterday.
During a visit to different parts of the city, the correspondent found that low-lying areas were submerged in knee-deep water.
The government has approved a Tk1,381.45 crore project to minimise losses during natural disasters like earthquake in the four most vulnerable cities – Dhaka, Gazipur, Narayanganj and Sylhet.
Under the project titled Urban Resilience Project, Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakhha (Rajuk) will prepare a risk-prone land use plan and mark land zoning in those cities – through which it is expected to determine which areas are suitable for constructing multi-storey buildings.
A Climate Change Technology Park will be set up next year where relevant practices and technologies for tackling global warming adopted in Bangladesh will be demonstrated.
The Christian Commission for Development in Bangladesh (CCDB), an NGO, has been planning the park at Shreepur of Gazipur.
The message came from the Information Sharing and Policy Workshop yesterday at the city’s Spectra Convention Centre.
France’s interior minister called for a nationwide legal clampdown on UberPOP yesterday, siding with taxi drivers who blockaded major transport hubs in angry protests against the US online ridesharing service.
Arguing that the service represented unfair competition, cabbies blocked roads to the French capital’s Charles de Gaulle (CDG) and Orly airports, prompting operator Aeroports de Paris to warn travellers to use local train services.
Islamic State fighters launched simultaneous attacks against the Syrian government forces and Kurdish militia, moving back onto the offensive after losing ground in recent days to Kurdish-led forces near the capital of their “caliphate.”
After losses to the Kurds backed by US-led air strikes, Islamic State sought to retake the initiative with incursions into the Kurdish-held town of Kobani at the Turkish border and government-held areas of Hasaka city in the northeast.