- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
Bangladesh Railway yesterday introduced Diesel Electric Multiple Unit (Demu) train service on Chittagong-Najirjhat route.
Railway Minister Mujibul Haque formally launched the train service at Chittagong city Railway Station in the morning.
Speaking on the occasion, the minister said the government had earlier taken a plan to introduce commuter trains on different routes of the country to make the train journey easier and more comfortable for passengers as part of its plan to implement its ‘Vision 2021’.
Water flow to the Rupnagar-Duaripara canal at Pallabi in Mirpur of Dhaka has been badly hampered by illegal structures on its bank.
Sources said the canal has become oddly narrow in some areas because of illegal occupation, resulting in water-logging in the city.
Lax monitoring and negligence of the Dhaka Wasa have only added more woe.
This correspondent yesterday found that grabbers have built makeshift houses filling up of both sides of the canal and dumped huge quantity of wastage.
In the wake of the Asian boatpeople crisis, the Dhaka Tribune’s Abid Azad travels down the migration routes along Bangladesh’s jagged coast in search of answers.
On the quayside alongside migrant smuggling boats he finds desperation and ambition in equal measure, and finds menacing eddies that portend far more trouble for the migrants than they bargained for.
Beyond the horizon, in foreign waters, a vast network of human traffickers lies in wait.
For Bangladeshis looking for a back door to a better life, a vast tide of greed and cruelty threatens to sweep away naïve hopes and whole communities with it.A certain Ruhul Amin, who came from Myanmar to Teknaf in the late 1980s, was the one who first discovered the route to bring people from Bangladesh to Malaysia through the Bay of Bengal by boat, say local inhabitants.
In 1995, the first voyage was made by a boat from the No 1 sluice gate under Jaliyapara of Teknaf.
Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha has said that the judiciary, like any other public institution, can be criticised fairly if situation demands.
A bridge which collapsed when a sand-laden vessel plying on the Kalijira River hit it at the crossing of Barisal-Jhalakati district on Friday has not yet been repaired.
The bridge connects Jagua, Magor and Amirabad areas with Nalchity upazila and Jhalakati district but road communication was disrupted after the collapse.
Locals said the dilapidated iron bridge was also damaged when hit by vessels earlier and was recently repaired temporarily by the Local Government Engineering Department (LGED).
Bangladesh are braced for a stiff challenge as they enter the second half of 2015 with South Africa arriving for a 34-day long tour. The bilateral series will kick off today with the first Twenty20 international from 1pm at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.
The series carries a different dimension for the home side, who have shown drastic improvement in all departments of the game in past months, as their versatility will be tested by the 2015 World Cup semifinalists South Africa.
A 10-member probe committee has been formed to interrogate those arrested in connection with the Chittagong cocaine haul incident.
The probe body, headed by the Deputy Commissioner of the Detective Branch of Police (DB) Kushum Dewan, was formed on Friday night, five days after the Directorate of Customs Intelligence and Investigation (CIID) formed another four-member probe body in this regard.
At least six local BNP activists got injured as some unruly activists of the ruling Awami League allegedly attacked a meeting of their opponent at Jangalia Bazaar in Mehendiganj upazila yesterday.
Of the injured, two namely Abdus Sattar Bari and Abul Kalam were admitted to Barisal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital.
A tiny five-by-ten tin-roofed shack seemed to be the centre of attention in the market.
There were more than a hundred people waiting in queue in front of Rashed Mia’s shop in the local market of Patgram upazila, about 80km from Lalmonirhat district.
The interior of the shop was a sight to behold. With hundreds of various charging devices and entangled power cables scattered across, the shop was no less than a tech-hub. There are literally several hundred mobile phone chargers of all conceivable shapes and sizes in that small shop.
Police recovered the body of a suspected murderer from near a pond at Bashati village in Nandail upazila of Mymensingh yesterday, a day after the killing of a man and his three sons in the upazila on Friday night.
The deceased was identified as Jamal Hossain, 22, son of Lal Miah, who along with his family members allegedly killed his brother and his three nephews over family feud.
Nandail police station Officer-in-Charge Syed Abdullah said local people spotted Jamal’s body lying near the pond around 7am and informed police, reports UNB.
An Awami League leader, who was allegedly hacked by a group of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists in Monohorganj upazila on June 29 last, succumbed to his injuries at a hospital in Tongi of Gazipur district yesterday.
The deceased was identified as Yakub Ali, former general secretary of Keari village unit of AL in Monohorganj upazila and son of late Bazlur Rahman of the village.
Members of Bangladesh Army arrested absconding Ansar member Rafiqul Islam from Chowdhurypara of Dighinala upazila yesterday for allegedly killing his colleague.
Dighinala police station Officer-in-Charge Shahadat Hossain Titu said an army patrol team from Dighinila zone arrested Rafiqul around 4pm while trying to go to Longdu in Rangamati.
Earlier, a joint team of police and army recovered an abandoned 3 not 3 rifle and 80 bullets from Amirbari in Alinagar around 11:30am.
The Disaster Management Ministry has asked the deputy commissioners of the districts around Dhaka to find out suitable land to shift the 33 camps of Urdu-speaking people in the city.
Officials involved with the process said that the move is meant for easing “population pressure” on the capital city. Ministry sources said that around 100,000 Urdu-speaking people live in these 33 camps in Dhaka.
Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) rescued a teenage boy after two days into his abduction and arrested eight people in this connection from different parts of the capital yesterday.
Imran Hossain, 18, son of Md Aslam, was abducted on Thursday from near his residence in Becharam Deuri, Bangshal area in Old Dhaka. He was on his way to collect soil for his garden when a man named Rony abducted him and took him to an under construction building located on Aga Sadek Road.
He confined him inside the lift room on 7th floor of the building.
A samity (co-operative society) named Deshpriti Bohumukhi Shomobay Samity misappropriated Tk2 crore of clients in Chandpur.
More than 300 people of Chadpur sadar upazila are in dire straits now who deposited their hard earned savings in the samity.
Following the incident, some members submitted both oral and written complaints to the Chandpur model police station and the district shomobay office. However, no steps have been taken in this connection yet.
A fresh five-day remand for the prime accused in housewife Bristi murder case in Mirpur 1 was granted by the Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrate court granted on Thursday.
Earlier, investigators had taken the accused husband Mohir Uddin under a three-day remand. The court also previously granted one-day remand for the caretaker of the building and two-day remand for rest of Mohir Uddin’s family members on Tuesday.
The Retail Conference 2015 of Kazi & Kazi Tea was held in Chittagong yesterday where retailers exchanged their views on how the company’s organic tea could be widely promoted in the port city.
The conference was held in a restaurant at GEC intersection area where Asmaul Roxana, senior operation manager of Kazi & Kazi Tea, was present. Around 250 tea retailers of Chittagong city attended the programme.
Despite being the second largest RMG exporters to the global market, the country’s children’s wear market depends nearly 60% on the import due to shortage of skilled fashion designers let alone quality and latest designs.
During a visit to several shopping malls in the capital, the Dhaka Tribune found that most child wears sold in posh markets are imported from China and India, and to some extent, from Malaysia and Thailand.
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) has formulated a new rule for writing off revenues to get rid of the burden from the unrecoverable revenue at the import stage.
Under the new rule, the custom commissioners can recommend the tax authorities to write off the non-collectable custom duties, value added tax and other taxes, by different public and private organisations.
The NBR on July 1 issued an official notification, signed by its Chairman Nojibur Rahman, with an immediate effect.
Winning just 12 out of 42 Twenty20 internationals certainly does not justify Bangladesh’s upsurge, but their existing form will make the difference as Tigers skipper Mashrafe bin Mortaza looks to keep up the good work when they take on South Africa in the first of the two-match series in Dhaka today.