- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
The Department of Jute has sought the Department of Environment’s help in stopping the production of polyethene or poly bags and sacks in the country as it prepares to implement the Mandatory Jute Packaging Act 2010.
“We have sent a letter at the Department of Environment authorities asking for their cooperation in stopping poly bag production, and we are going to sit in a meeting in this regard soon,” said Mohammad Kefaetulla, director at the Department of Jute.
The country celebrated Eid-ul-Fitr, the largest religious festival in the country, with fervour and festivity despite an overcast weather and rain all over the country.
People from all walks of life were seen braving the rain and appearing at their local Eidgahs – special grounds for Eid prayers – early in the morning donning new clothes to perform the special prayers. Irrespective of their social standings, they embraced each other in greetings.
A massive fire yesterday gutted more than 700 shanties in a slum in Dhaka’s Badda area, but there have been no reports of any human casualties.
Firefighters said the fire started around 1:50pm and it was brought under control at 5pm, but they could not immediately say what sparked it or the figure of damage caused. A committee has been formed to find out more about these matters.
According to weather forecast, thunderstorms are expected to play foul throughout the entire first Test between Bangladesh and South Africa at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong, starting today, but the hosts will be hardly bothered with the rain as they bid to exhibit some good cricket with the red ball.
Government officials will continue to work neutrally where they are with their merit and efficiency as Awami League does not believe in the politicisation of the administration, said the newly-appointed Public Administration Minister Syed Ashraful Islam.
“We don’t believe in the politicisation of the administration … government officials will continue to work neutrally where they are because of their merit and efficiency,” he said as he took over the charge of the Ministry of Public Administration yesterday five days after he was given its portfolio.
After two abortive movements since January 5 national election to oust the government BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia has once again threatened to launch another campaign after the party’s reshuffle.
“This time the movement will be peaceful. We will do it along with people of the country,” she said after exchanging Eid greetings with foreign diplomats, eminent citizens and party leaders at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre yesterday.
The former premier said people of the country were passing bad days as prices of daily essentials had gone up.
Finance Minister AMA Muhith has made a quick u-turn and decided to carry out an international audit of Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation as per IMF condition to take the remaining part of Extended Credit Facility fund.
Just five days ago Muhith said the government would not rather take last $280m under the $1bn ECF than meeting a condition of international audit to the country’s loan fuel oil importer.
At that time he argued that hiring an international firm to audit BPC would violate the state law.
At least five children and a woman were killed on Sunday when heavy rainfall triggered separate incidents of a landslide and a wall collapse in Chittagong city’s Bayezid and Khulshi areas.
Two arrests have already been made in connection with the landslide in Bayezid, while murder cases were filed yesterday for each of the incidents.
At around 2:30am on Sunday, a landslide on top of a hill-adjoining house at Amin Colony in Bayezid area claimed the lives of three siblings – Arafat Hossain Farid, 12, Ummay Salma, 2, and Bibi Moriam, 5.
At least 21 people were killed in accidents on roads in several districts in the last two days.
At least 16 people were killed and 60 others injured in a head-on collision between two buses on the west side of the Bangabandhu bridge on the Dhaka-Sirajganj-Rajshahi Highway early Sunday.
Our Sirajganj correspondent reported that identities of 12 of the victims, other than Minhaz Pradhan, the driver of Azad Paribahan bus, could be ascertained.
The home side will stick to its strength, whatever the condition may be, and try to cash in on their fearless brand of cricket, informed Bangladesh head coach Chandika Hathurusingha ahead of the Chittagong Test against South Africa, starting today.
Weather will be a crucial factor today as there has been frequent thunderstorms and heavy showers in the last couple of days. However, the Tigers coach hinted of following their aggressive mindset that fetched immense success in the one-day format lately.
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) yesterday announced its Chittagong University (CU) unit with Alamgir Tipu as president and HM Fazly Rabbi Sujon as general secretary.
The new President Tipu is an accused in a double murder case while General Secretary Sujon is an accused in a case filed under explosive act, said police and CU sources.
Alamgir Tipu was a student of Economics Departments for the 2006-2007 academic session while Sujon was a student of Finance Department for the 2007-2008 academic session.
The year 2015 has been a turning point for Bangladesh cricket, especially in the 50-over format, as the Tigers provided the perfect riposte for their critics and managed to shed the tag of minnows, emerging as the new powerhouse of world cricket.
A change in attitude and body language started to become evident in the 2015 ICC World Cup down under when they overcame England on their way to their maiden quarter-final appearance in the global showpiece event.
A Dhaka court has again asked Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) to submit report of further investigation in a case filed over the death of popular film actor Shahriar Chowdhury Imon, commonly known as Salman Shah.
Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Amit Kumar Day passed the order yesterday and set the submission deadline on September 15 as RAB failed to submit the probe report before the court on the scheduled date.
Police on Sunday night arrested a madrasa student from Jorarganj area of Mirsarai upazila in Chittagong for allegedly raping a 16-year-old girl.
The arrestee, Md Rasel, 18, is a student of a local madrasa and he hailed from Bariakhali area of the upazila’s Katachara union, police said.
Quoting the victim’s father, Sub-Inspector Abdul Hanif of Jorarganj police station said Rasel allegedly raped the girl in absence of her parents, behind her residence on Sunday night.
A private university student has allegedly been killed by his cousin over selecting Eid clothes in Lohagara upazila there on Sunday.
The victim Mezbah Uddin, 24, son of Jamal Uddin, from Amirabad area of the upazila, said police sources. He was a final year student from law department of BGC Trust University, says Lohagara police station OC Md Shahjahan.
Bangladesh Test skipper Mushfiqur Rahim believes they will be able to maintain their recent run of impressive cricket when the first of two Test matches against South Africa gets underway at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong today.
Here are the excerpts from yesterday’s pre-Test press conference in the port-city.
How is the atmosphere in the dressing room?
Heading into the first of two Test matches against South Africa, Bangladesh will draw a lot of inspiration from their recent success in the three-ODI series. And now that the attention has shifted to red-ball cricket, the Tigers will look to maintain their limited-over form but Proteas Test captain Hashim Amla is of the opinion that a change in format will prove to be the difference.
Atleast 12 people were killed in various incidents in different districts of the country during the Eid holidays.
In Noakhali, three siblings were beaten and hacked to death over previous enmity at Kazibari area of Kazianagar village of Sonaimuri Upazila, Noakhali around 2pm yesterday.
The victims were identified as Md Kamal 36, Md Harun 32, Md Babul, 27, sons of Maksud Ullah.
Striker Jonathan Calleri chipped a brilliant “rabona” as Boca Juniors marked Carlos Tevez’s homecoming with a 2-1 victory over Quilmes at La Bombonera to stay top of the Argentine championship.
Calleri, executing the rabona by wrapping his right leg round behind his left to chip over goalkeeper Walter Benitez, scored in the 53rd minute of Saturday’s match.
Fellow striker Sebastian Palacios had put Boca in front in the first half. Alexis Canelo pulled one back for Quilmes in the 58th minute.
Police arrested Chhatra Dal President Rajib Ahsan and five others at ferry terminal in Patuakhali on Sunday. Patuakhali Additional Police super Fayez Ahmed said: “We had information that Chhatra Dal President Rajib Ahsan, accused in several cases, left Barisal for Kuakata by a white car and was carrying narcotics.
“A team of Dumki police stopped his car at the ferry terminal around 11:30pm on Sunday and picked him up along with five other youths. The law enforcers also seized 45 pieces of yaba tablets and a bottle of wine from their possession.”