- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
If the Greeks want to get out of this imprisonment, they have to adopt radically different measures — fiscal, financial, economic and of course, political. They must also be prepared to leave the Eurozone voluntarilyThe Nobel laureate Jose Saramago, speaking about the Venezuelan opposition once said: “It is difficult to understand these people who democratically take part in elections and a referendum, but are then incapable of democratically accepting the will of the people.” Meanwhile, a little more than a decade later, the Greeks could not believe that not only the opposition, but their prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, who called for a referendum to challenge the Troika’s absolutism — found it difficult to accept this “will of the people.”
Study finds high amounts of harmful elements in most food items sold at city kitchen marketsMany food items sold in some of the most popular kitchen markets in the capital city have high concentration of substances that can be detrimental to human health, a study has found.
An inspector of Jalalabad police station has been closed and two sub-inspectors have been suspended after a probe committee found them to be negligent in connection with the brutal murder of 13-year-old Rajon earlier this month.
The punitive actions were taken based on the report by the SMP committee, which found that the policemen had shown negligence in dealing with the case, behaved rudely with the plaintiff, and had assisted one of the suspects to flee the country.
Bangladesh Awami Jubo League, youth wing of the ruling Awami League, has suspended one of its city unit leaders, a day after he was caught red-handed while attempting to snatch tender documents at Rajuk.
A press release signed by Office Secretary Kazi Anisur Rahman yesterday said Md Gazi Mazharul Islam Gofran alias Gazi Gofran, 51, had been suspended for violating the party charters.
Women facing sexual offences prefer not to report in most cases for lack of support mechanism for the victims, political and social influence of the offenders, and a lengthy trial process, according to intelligence reports and rights activists.
A senior intelligence official, preferring anonymity, told UNB that they have recorded some 100 rape incidents in the first half of this year, but said the actual number of incidents is much higher than the recorded ones.
The continuous heavy showers of the last few days have damaged the seedbeds of Aman paddy in nine upazilas of the Khulna.
The seedbeds are submerged as water cannot properly flow due to encroachment and filling up of the canals.
Many farmers, who have used seeds from their own stock to create the first bed of saplings, said they would not be able to make the second bed if water level did not recede. And if such situation occurs, the Aman cultivation in the region would be hampered to a great extent.
Prior to the fourth and penultimate day’s play yesterday, the ongoing first Test at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium between Bangladesh and South Africa had all the ingredients of being a fascinating affair. However, persistent rain in the port-city put paid to all the those hopes as heavy showers washed out the entire fourth day without a single ball being bowled. Including yesterday, a total of 139 overs of the Chittagong Test were lost to rain.
A man was shot to death allegedly by his rivals at Tagarpar in Fatullah of Narayanganj on Thursday night.
The deceased was identified as Ashraful Islam Babu, 36, son of Tofazzal Hossain, a resident of the area.
Locals said two rivaling groups of the area – one led by Rafiqul Islam and the other led by Shahin-uz-Zaman alias Nada Shahin – had been at loggerheads over controlling the jhut business of the area.
The two groups engaged in clash several times earlier over the issue.
Rail communications of Sirajganj with Ishwardi and Dhaka remained suspended for four and a half hours after two bogies of a train derailed at Mahmudpur near Sirajganj Bazar yesterday morning.
Meanwhile, Senior Sub-Assistant Engineer Md Ashrafuddin was suspended while Assistant Engineer Abdus Sattar transferred for negligence on duty, said Railway West Zone General Manager Khalirul Alam.
Residents of the port city of Chittagong have been enduring immense sufferings as non-stop torrential rain that began on Thursday night inundated lower parts of the city.
Though it was Friday, public holiday, the commuters had to brave knee-deep water that also disrupted traffic movements in various areas.
Most parts of the city including Halishahar, Beparipara, Sholoshahar, Muradpur, Aturar Dipo, Bibirhat, Bahaddarhat, Chawkbazar, Sulokbahar, Panchlaish, Saraipara, Pahartali, Sagarika and the lower parts of Patenga coastal zone were under water because of the rain.
Police arrested another person in connection with the killing of Dainik Samakal’s journalist Abu Sayem.
Police arrested Samajul from his residence on Thursday night. Meanwhile, another arrestee of the case Rajib Hossain was sent to jail yesterday afternoon after three-day remand.
Abu Sayem was stabbed to death at his own residence at Piaratala village in Jibannagar upazila on May 22.
Six more dialysis machines capable of providing modern and improved treatment to the kidney patients are going to be added to the Kidney Department of Rajshahi Medical College Hospital. The RMCH authorities procured three of the machines made in the USA and received three others made in Japan from the ministry of health.
Body of a newly-wed girl was found hanging from the ceiling of the bridal chamber of a residence in Singra upazila of Natore on early Friday.
The deceased was identified as Marium Khatun Hira, daughter of Humayun Ahmed of Dhakdhor village of the upazila.
Police arrested the bridegroom, Jahangir Alam, son of Akbar Ali of Gowalbatan village of the same upazila, in this connection.
Publicity and Publication Affairs Secretary of the ruling Awami League Hasan Mahmud has requested BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia to stop celebrating her birthday on the day of the anniversary of death of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, from this year.
“Though your [Khaleda] actual birthday is not on the National Mourning Day, August 15, you have been celebrating your fake birthday by cutting cakes on this day,” the former minister told a discussion at Shilpakala Academy in the capital yesterday.
Alleging that the country’s law and order situation has been on downslide, BNP yesterday said the incidents of robbery, killing, and sexual assaults on women have marked an alarming rise as during the pre-1975 period.
“Those returning from their village homes are saying killings, hooliganism, robberies have marked a sharp rise. The incidents of robbery are taken place in rural areas as happened during the pre-75 period. Alongside the robberies, women are being sexually assaulted. This is an ominous sign,” said BNP spokesman Asaduzzaman Ripon.
Jhara Moni Biswas had a world of opportunities before her when she graduated with a degree in music 2011, to build a career as musician and enjoy the serenity that comes with music.
Instead, she chose to share that serenity and hope with children – not of the privileged quarter of society, but from the rather underprivileged and often neglected one.
Around 130 get killed in accidents across the country in just a weekAt least 12 people including a policeman were killed in separate road accidents in Dhaka, Gazipur and Madaripur yesterday – just a day after the country had witnessed at least 26 people killed in accidents.
In another incident, a 25-year-old woman was killed in Kuril around 4am yesterday morning.
Victim Nasrin Akhter Nasima, daughter of Akhter Hossain of Barisal, was a garment worker and had just returned from Khulna with her brother Nasir Hossain,14.
The country is likely to experience heavy to very heavy rainfall in the next couple of days, while the Met Office has warned that the downpours might also trigger landslides in the hilly regions of Chittagong and Sylhet divisions.
In a warning yesterday, Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) said because of the active monsoon over Bangladesh, heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely occur at places over Dhaka, Khulna, Rajshahi, Barisal, Chittagong and Sylhet divisions during 24 hours from Friday 10am.
An abundance of scientific evidence shows that the people living in deltas have an increased vulnerability to sea-level rise and effects of climate change. In 2007, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reported that low-latitude and less developed areas generally face greater risk, for example in dry areas and mega-deltas. These risks increase vulnerability of specific groups such as the poor.
Senior Awami League leader Suranjit Sengupta has blamed the government for the recurrence of road accidents across the country.
The government cannot evade shouldering responsibility for the road accidents. “There can be no excuse for the deaths of 29 people on a single day [Thursday],” Suranjit, a member of the party’s Advisory Council, told a discussion at the capital’s Diploma Engineers’ Institute.