- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
Members of banned militant outfit Harkat-ul Jihad al-Islami Bangladesh (HujiB) were planning to break their detained leaders out of custody by conducting attacks on prison vans as they were being transported to court from jail.
They were gathering members with a view to carrying out massive destruction after Eid-ul-Fitr to draw attention and seek support from the newly floated regional militant platform Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS).
Steep challenges are awaiting Bangladesh if the country is to elevate to the upper middle-income tier from the just achieved lower middle-income status, economists have said.
Inclusive politics and effective economic governance, which the country lacks, are crucial for the graduation although Bangladesh became a deserving candidate long ago.
They also stressed reducing income inequality between rural and urban areas which is acute now and improving transportation, education and healthcare.
Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday said Bangladesh would have to wait for three more years to be recognised as a lower-middle-income country by the United Nations.
Muhith said he was pleased with a World Bank report that acknowledged Bangladesh as a lower-middle-income country, saying: “We are satisfied with the World Bank report.”
“But there is an evaluation committee of the United Nations. They need to formally recognise us as a lower-middle-income country and for this we have to wait three years,” he said.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina joined an iftar party hosted by President Abdul Hamid at Bangabhaban yesterday.
The president hosted the iftar party in honour of the prime minister, the speaker, the chief justice, cabinet members, MPs, foreign diplomats, eminent citizens and high military and civil officials.
Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, former president HM Ershad and Opposition Leader Raushan Ershad were present.
Grameenphone’s post-paid subscribers are facing severe network problems and being surprised with ghost charges because of what the telecom operator says is a system upgradation.
The problems over the last one week or so have forced many subscribers – a good number from among GP’s huge corporate customer base – to use or consider switching to other operators’ connections.
Four officials of two banks have been found involved in assisting customers to get illegal benefits from banks in two primary inquiries launched by the Anti-Corruption Commission.
Two of the accused officials helped customers to get cash incentives worth Tk4.14 crore from Sonali Bank though they had failed to meet the requirements. Another inquiry found that two high officials of United Commercial Bank Ltd had helped a packaging factory owner to get loan worth Tk6.81 crore when the businessman has no ability to get the loan.
Rough weather in the Bay of Bengal is hindering the search for Flight Lieutenant Tahmid Rumman of Bangladesh Air Force (BAF).
The search operation has been going on for more than 72 hours, since Tahmid’s aircraft, a F-7MB 416 fighter jet, crashed into the sea near Chittagong Port’s Outer Anchorage area, around six nautical miles off Patenga beach, on Monday morning.
Bangladesh Coast Guard, Bangladesh Navy, the maritime authority and Chittagong Port Authority joined the BAF in search of Tahmid, but they have had no luck in
The country needs to formulate time-befitting policies to promote the seed sector so that farmers can get the best output as well as the private sectors can flourish in a controlled manner.
The proposed polices should contain the direction to conduct research and marketing of the seed by both public and private organisations to give the best output to the country’s agriculture sector.
‘The fair will gain momentum once the prime minister opens it formally’Exhibitors at the Jatiya Brikkho Mela 2015, the annual plant fair being held in the capital’s Agargaon area, expressed frustration over the poor turnout of visitors and customers.
The participants of the month-long fair that started on June 18 cited the lack of publicity and ongoing Ramadan for the low visitor flow.
Organisers of the fair told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday that the fair was supposed to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. But it was not possible because of her busy schedule.
The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court has set July 5 for making its ruling on the government petitions challenging BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir’s bail in three violence cases granted by the High Court.
A four-member bench headed by Chief Justice SK Sinha set the date after hearing the petitions yesterday. Fakhrul’s counsel Khandker Mahbub Hossain pleaded to the court to uphold the bail, claiming that BNP leader was not involved in any offence and there was no specific allegation against him.
The government has yet again failed to formulate Labour Law rules which were supposed to be in place on June 30.
“We have sent the draft rules to the Law Ministry for vetting and after their clearance we will publish the gazette,” Labour Ministry Secretary Mikail Shipar told the Dhaka Tribune.
The Labour Ministry sent the draft rules to the Law Ministry on June 18 and it was expected that it would take at best one month to complete all the formalities, he said.
A Dhaka court yesterday sent Bakhtiar Alam Rony, son of Awami League lawmaker Pinu Khan, to prison after rejecting his bail petition in the double murder case.
Metropolitan Magistrate Aminul Haque passed the order after Sub-Inspector Dipak Kumar Das, also the investigating officer of the case, produced Rony before the court after the end of a two-day remand in the case.
Rony in three phases was remanded for 10 days in the case filed with Ramna police station in the capital.
The Detective Branch of police early yesterday arrested two cronies of a local terrorist in the capital’s Rampura who planned to rob people of money withdrawn from banks.
The two – Md Nur Akash and Md Rasel Sharif – are members of a terrorist group led by Shahjada, who is now behind bars, said police.
The duo were detained from Balur Math area of Rampura around 1:30am and police recovered a pistol, a magazine, and three rounds of bullets from a rented room in the area during the operation.
A Chittagong court has granted a 10-day remand for three arrestees in a case regarding the recent smuggling of liquid cocaine in sunflower oil drums at Chittagong Port.
The court of Metropolitan Magistrate Farid Alam passed the order yesterday when the police produced the three men seeking a 10-day remand, said CMP Additional Deputy Commissioner (prosecution) Kazi Muttaki Ibn Minan.
River erosion has severely hit at least 26 points on the banks of different Rivers flowing through the greater Barisal district in the last two months.
Different establishments including roads, crop lands, houses, educational and religious institutions, shops, and ferry terminals are getting washed away every day, causing heavy loss to around five lakh residents of the region.
Workers of state-owned Alim Jute Mills in Khulna put up barricades at different points on the Khulna-Jessore Highway yesterday protesting against the government’s plans to privatise the industry.
This road and railway barricade programme from 10am till 11pm was a part of their ongoing movement launched under banner of under the banner of Privatisation Resistance Committee.
The barricades on the highway disrupted transport services causing immense sufferings to people.
Whenever a heavy downpour inundates the capital’s low-lying areas, it also brings forward an issue that is very familiar to Dhaka residents: utter chaos in traffic management.
Even though further heavy rain is expected during monsoon, the Dhaka Metropolitan Police are still without an effective plan to handle vehicular movement on inundated streets, where it is common for long tailbacks to occur.
Md Abdur Rahman, deputy director at the Met Office’s climate division, said spells of rain is likely to resume in the city from after July 2.
Investment to the country’s economic zones and high-tech parks is being incentivised by allowing the duty-free import of capital machinery, construction material and development equipment, according to government gazettes.
The economic zone governing board is considering a raft of other proposals to draw investors and developers, and their capital and know-how, to the country.
Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, founder and chairperson of Brac, was announced as the winner of World Food Prize 2015 on Wednesday for his outstanding contribution to enhancing food production and distribution around the world.
Ambassador Kenneth M Quinn, president of the World Food Prize Foundation, announced this year’s winner at a ceremony at the US Department of State in Washington, DC. The prize, which includes an award of $250,000, has been referred to as the Nobel prize for food and agriculture.
It is clearly in the interest of RMG employers to act to prevent the labour unrestWe welcome news that both the BGMEA and industrial police are taking steps to identify factories which may have problems paying wages and festival allowances ahead of Eid.
It is good to see efforts being undertaken this year to anticipate and address what has become a recurring cause for concern.