- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
Dhaka dwellers yesterday suffered yet another traffic nightmare as heavy monsoon showers brought the city to a standstill.
The capital saw a total collapse of the traffic system due to inundated roads and heavy gridlock.
People who came out in droves to shop for the Eid-ul-Fitr had to brave the congestion and knee-deep water throughout the city.
Many shoppers had to break fast on the streets amid gridlock. They also could not get out from their vehicles as it was raining indiscriminately since morning.
Cashing in on the large-scale cash transactions ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr, the counterfeit currency note makers have become active again across the country.
At least 25 gangs, each consisting of 10-12 members, are engaged with the crime currently, among which, 15 are based in Dhaka alone, according to the Detective Branch officials.
The gangs have already started releasing fake notes and spreading them to major cities across the country through their recruited agents.
The first merit list for college admission, which could not be published yesterday due to technical glitches, is likely to be published today, Education Secretary Nazrul Islam Khan said yesterday afternoon.
“Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology [Buet] is trying to revive the ministry's website and the admission results for the academic session 2015-2016 by tomorrow [Sunday],” he said.
Earlier in the morning yesterday, the education secretary said the results would be published later in the day.
The BNP has said that the US State Department’s annual report on Human Rights Situation in Bangladesh is disrespectful.
“We do not welcome the report because negative statements such as there is no democracy and media freedom are not respectful for any country,” said Asaduzzaman Ripon, acting spokesperson of the BNP, told journalists at a briefing at Nayapaltan.
Bangladesh denounces terrorism in all its forms and reaffirms commitment to work together with KuwaitPrime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday expressed her deepest condolences and sympathies to her Kuwaiti counterpart for the heinous and cowardly suicide bomb attack on a mosque in Kuwait city leaving 27 people dead and 277 wounded.
She reiterated that Bangladesh denounces terrorism in its all forms and manifestations and reaffirm government’s commitment to work together with Kuwait and the world community to fight against this menace.
The government formulated the cyber security act 2015 to rob people of their freedom of expression, speakers at a seminar have said.
The speakers also urged the government to ensure people’s freedom to express themselves by not implementing the draft law at a seminar at the National Press Club yesterday organised by the Moulik Adhikar Shurakkha Committee, who works for preserving the fundamental rights of citizens.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina attended an iftar party hosted by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha
Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury also joined the iftar held on the Supreme Court premises.
Both the President and the PM went round different tables set for the guests and exchanged pleasantries with them.
Chittagong district administration in a drive evicted another 25 risky corrugated iron-roofed houses from hill slopes in Chittagong’s Lalkhan Bazar yesterday to ward off possible landslide casualties.
The administration’s Assistant Commissioner Abu Hasan Siddique and Executive Magistrate Ruhul Amin led the nearly four-hour drive at Tankir Pahar area around 11am.
The executive magistrate said around 25 establishments were razed to the ground in the drive.
Dhaka University and Jahangirnagar University authorities have placed their budgets for the 2015-16 fiscal year yesterday with a remarkable figure of deficit.
DU Treasurer Prof Dr Kamal Uddin tabled the budget of Tk425.50 crore in its annual senate meeting with Vice-Chancellor AAMS Arefin Siddique in the chair for the final approval. Last year’s budget was Tk 373.88 crore.
Of the amount, the university will ensure Tk39 crore from its internal sources while the University Grants Commission will give Tk 371.15 crore.
The sale of advance tickets for bus services carrying passengers in different parts of the country will begin on July 3 in order to ease the journey of holidaymakers ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr.
Bangladesh Bus-Truck Owners Association President Faruk Talukder Sohel said people would be able to buy tickets from July 3.
Sohel, also the managing director of Shohagh Paribahan, told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday the decision to sell tickets from July 3 was made at a meeting of the association members held in the capital on Friday.
Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday said the number of audit objections against 55 ministries or divisions was 853,314 involving Tk615,606 crore.
Replying to a query in the budget discussion in parliament, the minister said: “The reasons behind these audit objections are not replying to the audit objections by the executive authorities, replied without adequate information and documents, and lack of manpower at the Audit Department.”
The minister said the money of the audit objection is usually realised from the relevant person and organisation.
‘The selection board is working to select the qualified organisations. But they will need two more weeks to complete the work’The government is all set to to float pre-qualification tenders for elevated stations and viaducts of the Dhaka metro rail project this week.
The decision to float tender will be finalised at a board meeting of the Dhaka Mass Transit Company Ltd (DMTCL) at it’s office in the city today.
Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal President and Information Minister Hasanul Huq Inu yesterday said BNP chief Khaleda Zia would not be able to contest the next election in 2019.
“The fate of Begum Zia has already been fixed – you have to stay out of politics and face the court [on corruption charges]. The election will be held in 2019. The election battle will take place between two democratic forces. There is no scope of participation of people rejected by democracy,” he told parliament during the budget discussion.
An 8km railway track from Ibrahimabad station to Charbhabla area of Kalihati in Tangail is at risk of being washed out by incessant rains.
A portion of the soil under the track was damaged last year but has not yet been permanently fixed. It was only temporarily repaired.
The track runs parallel with Bangabandhu bridge approach road from Ibrahimabad station.
The area between the road and the track became waterlogged because of poor drainage system.
Journalists in Khulna yesterday demanded intervention of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for a fresh probe into the Humayun Kabir Balu killing case as all the accused were acquitted because of weak investigation and flawed charge sheet.
They also demanded a fresh trial of the case at a discussion meeting at Khulna Press Club, marking the 11th death anniversary of journalist Humayun Kabir Balu.
The authority of Jessore University of Science and Technology (JUST) yesterday suspended assistant professor of Nutrition and Food Technology Dept Syed Mahfuz Al Hasan following an allegation of violating a girl student.
The decision was taken at noon at a meeting, said public relations officer of the varsity Kazi Hayatuzzaman Mukul.
Road Transport and Bridges Minister, also in charge of the Post and Telecommunications and ICT Ministry, Obaidul Quader yesterday said the government is turning 8,500 post offices into e-centres for reaching information and communication technology service to the rural people.
Replying to a question from treasury bench member AKM Jahangir Hossein in the House, he said the government has taken a project – Post E-Centre for Rural Community – to turn 8,000 rural post offices and 500 upazila or thana post offices into e-centres across the country.
Monsoon deluge caused by the incessant heavy rain has continued to wreak havoc in the hills and in the low lying areas.
Thousands of people are stranded with no access to safe drinking water and food supplies. Moreover, flash floods and landslides are looming as constant threats for the waterlogged areas.
BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday urged political parties to get united to save the country and its people from the misrule of the current “unelected” government.
“Many top leaders of different political parties are present here. I would like to tell them, let’s sit together and get united to rid the public of the sufferings. We won’t judge who is small and who’s big as we’ll only consider the interests of the country and its people,” she said.
A Bangladesh Chhatra League college unit president was arrested for harassing a fellow female student who later committed suicide as a result.
The arrested Jahid Mahmud, 28, president of Government Bangla College unit BCL, was taken into custody from near the Kafrul police station around midnight on Friday when he went there to intimidate the victim’s family from filing a case, said the police.