- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
He was not inclined to verbosity. He was not an orator. It was his organisational abilities which complemented the inspirational leadership of Sheikh Mujibur RahmanTajuddin Ahmad would be 90 years old today.
He was a mere 50 when he died. Yet, in those five brief decades of his life, Tajuddin Ahmad achieved a feat rare in the history of political men. He rose to the peaks of leadership in the brilliance emitted by Bangabandhu and remained there till almost the very end. In between, he managed to pull off what was certainly the most significant success for the Bengali nation, the formation of the very first Bengali government in history and the liberation of Bangladesh.
A Shillong court in the Meghalaya state of India yesterday framed charges against BNP leader Salahuddin Ahmed for trespassing.
The court of Chief Judicial Magistrate KML Nongbri accepted charges after hearing on it, Salahuddin’s lawyer SP Mahanta told UNB over phone. He said the court fixed July 30 for starting the trial of the case. Mahanta said Salahuddin was present at the court and denied the charges saying he did not intrude.
Over the last nine years, the BNP has typically dealt with its own failures by taking time to regroup and reorganise. But the much touted – and much needed – reorganisation of the party has never actually taken place. Instead, the party has experienced an unrelenting losing streak and fallen into increasing disarray. In this series, the Dhaka Tribune looks into why the party has not been able to put its house in order in nearly a decade. This is the second part of the reportWhen the BNP stepped down in 2006 after completing its third tenure, nobody would have thought that it was the closest the party was ever going to get to having state power again.
Nine years later in 2015, with no representation even in parliament because of a national election boycott in 2014, the party that ruled the country three times since 1979, now appears to be the farthest from forming a government.
Myanmar yesterday repatriated 155 Bangladeshi people including nine children, who had been rescued at sea on May 29 on their way to Malaysia illegally.
Myanmar’s immigration department and Border Guard Police (BGP) handed them over to the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) personnel after a brief flag meeting at Bekubunia BGP camp in Maungdaw.
Half-centuries from opener Tamim Iqbal and middle-order batsman Mahmudullah saw hosts Bangladesh continue their good run over the world’s number one Test side South Africa following the second day’s play of the opening five-dayer at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium yesterday.
Prior to yesterday’s start of proceedings, the Tigers were in the driving seat, thanks to the bowlers, and the batsmen ensured capitalisation of the advantage as they ended the day on 179/4, trailing the visitors’ first-innings tally by 69 runs.
A second line of credit from India worth $2bn is likely to be finalised in August, as Bangladeshi officials meet to work out the terms of the loan contract, described by some officials as “harsh.”
The Export-Import Bank of India (Exim Bank), which will extend the loan, proposes to invest in seven sectors, namely, power, railways, road transportation, information and communication technology, shipping, health and technical education.
The police have submitted two charge sheets against 58 BNP leaders and activists, including standing committee members Barrister Rafiqul Islam Miah and MK Anwar, in a case filed over an arson attack on a vehicle on January 23.
Md Muraduzzman, sub-inspector of Jatrabari police station and also the investigation officer of the case, submitted the charge sheets with the Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court yesterday.
The International Crimes Tribunal 2 has given Gonoshasthaya Kendra founder Zafrullah Chowdhury two more weeks to explain his comments on its judges.
A Magsaysay award-winner and a freedom fighter, Zafrullah was supposed to place his reply yesterday. But he sought more time appearing before the tribunal earlier in day.
Accepting his petition, the three-member tribunal led by Justice Obaidul Hassan fixed August 5 for submission of the explanation.
A Chittagong court yesterday acquitted city Mayor AJM Nasir Uddin, Feni-based Awami League lawmaker Nizam Uddin Hazari and 16 others in a case filed over the murder attempt on a Bangladesh Chhatra League leader in 1993.
Chittagong District and Sessions Judge SM Nurul Huda delivered the verdict in the morning about 22 years after of the case had been lodged, said court sources.
Alamgir Tipu, the newly-selected president of Bangladesh Chhatra League’s Chittagong University unit, has denied having any involvement with the 2013 double murder that took place in the port city’s CRB area.
“I have no involvement with the double murder incident. I even did not know about the killings before my arrest,” Chhatra League President Tipu said during a press conference at Chittagong Press Club yesterday.
The government has decided to reduce the length of Dhaka-Ashulia Elevated Expressway to 22km, saying the original design is no longer necessary.
The expressway’s original plan depicted it to be 42km long, connecting Dhaka airport with National Martyrs’ Memorial in Savar via Abdullahpur, Ashulia, Dhaka EPZ and Chandra, with four intersections at Turag, Ashulia, Baipali and Chandra, said a report by Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet), which was assigned by the Bridges Division for the project’s initial study.
The government has taken all necessary measures to extradite Kamrul Islam – one of Rajon’s killers – back to Bangladesh from Saudi Arabia, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal has said.
However, there remains some legal complications regarding his repatriation, the minister told reporters yesterday after visiting the family of Sheikh Samiul Alam Rajon, who was mercilessly beaten to death by a group of men on July 8.
The government has decided to ban CNG-run autorickshaws on the country’s highways with a view to reducing road accidents, said Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader yesterday.
Speaking at a press briefing in his office at the Secretariat, the minister further said the authorities had also decided to make it mandatory to assign at least two drivers to every long-haul bus during a trip.
He said reckless driving was the main reason behind the road accidents that claimed the lives during the Eid holidays, refuting the allegations of faulty roads.
Ten villages including Bogi, Tebereka, Gabtola, Chalitabunia, Rayenda, Bilbunia, Rajeshar,Lakurtala of Southkhali union council were flooded after breaking open the damOver 50,000 people of 20 villages at Sharonkhola upazila, Bagerhat are in danger as a dam of Water Devlopment Board (WDB) on the bank of Baleshwari River has developed serious structural weaknesses and is on the verge of collapse.
Sources said two constriction firms – Messers SS and Alam Construction – started the work of the dam in 2014-2015 fiscal year at cost of Tk32 crore donated by World Bank. They completed the work two months ago.
Locals said a large portion of the dam near 35/1 holder in Tafalbari collapsed yesterday due to high tide.
A young man was killed and 11 others were injured in a clash over the ownership of a piece of land at Mohipur village, Sadullahpur upazila Gaibandha yesterday morning.
Police have arrested eight people, including two women, over the killing of Saharul Fakir, 40, after the clash.
Officer-in-Charge of Sadullapur police station told the Dhaka Tribune that there had been a long-standing dispute between Mofiz Mia and Ramjan Ali over the ownership of a piece of land. A case remains pending in this regard.
Commuters who travel on public transport on the route especially from Rampura, Bonosri, Merul, Badda and Baridhara areas are the worst sufferersThe government is going to introduce a bus service through Hatirjheel area with a view to easing sufferings of townspeople as well as reduce traffic congestion in the capital.
Bangladesh Rural Electrification Board (REB) has given electricity connections to 238 subscribers in Mohishdanga village under Satkhira’s Ashashuni upazila including Soumya Sarkar, an allrounder and a top-order batsman of Bangladesh cricket team.
The task was done on July 14, upon the completion of construction of a two-kilometre electricity line in the area following the order of REB chairman, said a press release.
A faulty drainage system has resulted into severe waterlogging in Gazipur’s Sreepur upazila leaving more than a hundred families marooned.
Since July 10, the families in Beraiderhala village and surrounding areas under the upazila are bearing untold miseries due to the incessant rainfall.
Upon a visit, this correspondent found absence of a proper drainage and sewerage system and a number of streets and tin-shed houses almost flooded in the village.
Rainwater has entered many of the households leaving the people in dire straits.
Police found a 17-year-old girl at Lalbagh in the capital who was allegedly gang-raped in the early hours of yesterday.
Sources said the victim, a Class IX student, was visiting Lalbagh with her boyfriend Sujon and was on her way home at Mirpur when she was grabbed and taken to an under-construction building, where she was raped.
The results of the 4th and the last merit list for college admission for the academic session of 2015-16 will be published today.
The results will be available on the website www.xiclassadmission.gov.bd any time on Thursday, said Dhaka Board’s college inspector Ashfaqus Salehin.
Around 82,500 students have applied through the online and SMS system for a placement in the fourth merit list from July 13 to 21.