- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
The deep depression over the Northeast Bay and adjoining Bangladesh coast moved slightly north-northeastwards over the same area and intensified into a cyclonic storm, ‘Komen’.
It centred at 9pm on Wednesday about 110 kms southwest of Chittagong port, 105 kms west-northwest of Cox’s Bazar port, 170 kms southeast of Mongla port and 85 kms southeast of Payra port, said a Met Office special bulletin.
It said the storm is likely to move in a northerly direction and may cross Bangladesh coast between Barisal-Chittagong coast by Thursday noon/afternoon.
War criminal Salauddin Quader Chowdhury claimed at the International Crimes Tribunal that he had been in erstwhile West Pakistan during March 29, 1971–April 20, 1974 to dismiss all the charges brought against him by the prosecution. The three defence witnesses echoed him.
However, the tribunal in its verdict on October 1, 2013 mentioned that the defence had “miserably failed to prove its plea by documentary evidence that the accused stayed in West Pakistan during whole period of the Liberation War of Bangladesh.”
In only its second reaction since war crimes trials began in 2011, the BNP yesterday expressed disappointment after a Supreme Court verdict upheld it’s policymaker Salauddin Quader Chowdhury’s death penalty.
“The Appellate Division verdict disappointed and surprised us and also made us sad. BNP believes that Salauddin Quader Chowdhury is a victim of political vengeance. Like his lawyers, we believe that he was denied justice,” Asaduzzaman Ripon, the acting spokesperson of the party, told reporters in a briefing at the Nayapaltan office yesterday.
The residents of Hindu-dominated Kundeshwari and Jogotmollopara areas under Raozan upazila in Chittagong, where death row convict Salauddin Quader Chowdhury carried out genocide in 1971, were fearing reprisal even after the verdict yesterday.
Amid full-proof security blanket, most of the doors were kept closed from inside while the locals did not want to talk to the media.
After the final verdict, Salauddin claimed himself innocentThe country’s Apex court has confirmed death for notorious war criminal Salauddin Quader Chowdhury for committing crimes against humanity and genocide against the Hindus and freedom fighters in Chittagong during the 1971 Liberation War.
Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha pronounced the verdict on Wednesday morning upholding the death sentence given to the former minister by a war crimes tribunal two years ago on four charges of genocide and killing.
The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court has issued a rule against the Daily Janakantha for publishing an article raising question about the judges’ role in war criminal Salauddin Quader Chowdhury’s trial.
A four-member bench headed by Chief Justice SK Sinha issued the rule on its own volition yesterday morning, after upholding the death penalty of Salauddin handed down by a war tribunal in 2013.
The apex court asked the article writer, Swadesh Roy, and the Bangla newspaper’s Editor Atikullah Khan Masud to appear before it on August 3.
Several organisations of public servants will meet Finance Minister AMA Muhith today and place their demand for retaining the provisions for time scale and selection grade in the new play scale.
The government is almost decided to execute the new pay structure excluding time scale and selection grade as these provisions as there is a shortage of posts.
The National Pay and Services Commission recommended dropping these provisions as they create scope for corruption and discrimination.
Bangladesh could request International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) to extend the November 24 deadline for having machine-readable passports, Director General of the Department of Immigration and Passports NM Zeaul Alam told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday.
He said it might not be possible to provide MRPs for all Bangladeshi expatriates before the deadline as some were planning to return to Bangladesh before that date using their hand-written passports.”
Welcoming the verdict, Gonojagoron Moncho yesterday demanded the immediate execution of the verdict against Chittagong’s war-time terror, Salauddin Quader Chowdhury.
After the immediate reaction, Moncho spokesperson Imran H Sarker expressed satisfaction with the Appellate Division of Supreme Court verdict upholding the death sentence of SQ Chowdhury.
He said: “We cancelled the victory procession to show respect to the court, as it directed not to express any reaction after the verdict.”
A high-profile government meeting yesterday has resolved to call on Bangladeshi citizens staying abroad to collect their Machine Readable Passports (MRP) by November 24, 2015.
According to International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) directives, all Bangladeshi citizens must re-issue their passports within the stipulated time, replacing their handwritten passports.
Working with militant outfits is a one-way road and if anyone tries to come back to normal life, they are headed for only one destiny – death.
This is what detective police have learned from the eight JMB militants – including the banned outfit’s acting chief Abu Talha alias Fahim alias Pakhi – who had been arrested in Dhaka’s Uttara and remanded on Tuesday.
A university student was arrested yesterday by the Detective Branch (DB) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police for his alleged involvement in hacking Facebook accounts of women and blackmailing them.
The accused Mahmudul Hasan, fourth semester student of Computer Science and Engineering in East-West University, was arrested from Merul Badda area of the capital. Police also siezed his desktop computer and a mobile phone.
A Dhaka court yesterday recorded depositions of two more prosecution witnesses in a case filed over the murder of blogger Ahmed Rajeeb Haider.
Judge Sayeed Ahmed of the Dhaka’s Speedy Trial Tribunal 3 recorded depositions of prosecution witnesses Jakir Hossain and Jahirul Islam, and fixed August 5 for next hearing in the case.
Earlier, Rajeeb’s father Dr Nazimuddin, his younger brother Newaz Mortaja Haider, and cousin Kazi Galibul Islam gave depositions.
More than four million children are out of school which is 23% of the total number of children aged six to 10 years in Bangladesh, according to Unicef.
Of them, two million have never gone to school, 1.9 million got delayed admission and 0.4 million have dropped out.
Out-of-school children were found in almost all the districts, with the highest concentration in Bandarban, Sunamganj, Bhola, Netrokona and Cox’s Bazar and the lowest in Jhalokati, Barguna, Pirojpur, Feni and Jessore.
Some 70 villages in six upazilas of Feni have been inundated in heavy rains and onrush of hill water over the past few days, leaving more than 0.3 million people marooned.
Fifteen of the villages are in Fulgazi and Parshuram upazilas while 21 are in Feni Sadar upazila.
The villages were submerged after water in two rivers – Muhuri and Kuhua – flew at the danger level, leaving the river dams partially damaged. Apart from acute waterlogging, floods led to losses of crores of taka.
Two courts in Dhaka have granted eight days of remand for Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal President Rajib Ahsan for questioning in four violence cases.
Police sought to place Rajib in remand for 40 days yesterday for the cases, filed with Shahbagh, Motijheel and Paltan police stations on charges of attack on Awami League lawmaker Chhabi Biswas in December and vandalism and arson during the BNP-led 20-party alliance’s anti-government movement in the capital in January.
An abducted man was rescued and two people behind the abduction were arrested by the Detective Branch (DB) of police yesterday.
The rescued is Tarek Miah, 22, son of Jibon Miah of Brahmanbaria. The arrestees are Tarek’s cousin Masud Rana and his associate Firoz Ahmed.
Tarek’s father had accumulated Tk10 lakh to send Tarek to France for higher education. His cousin Masud came to know about the money and then planned the abduction to get that money.
How many people give Zakat? How many people receive fitra in Bangladesh, and what is the total amount? What is the size of the ‘tip economy’?Exactly how much money changed hands during Eid-ul-Fitr? A reporter friend of mine, quoting an FBCCI leader, told me it would be a minimum of Tk136,000cr. A newspaper report referring to money circulation data from Bangladesh Bank mentioned the number Tk112,000cr. We, at Brac Business School, did a brief review of the Eid-ul-Fitr spending in 2011. The preliminary numbers came out to be Tk55,000cr.
The station is supposed to have 19 researchers but currently there are only eight. And one of them is currently dispatched elsewhereThe country’s one and only Regional Horticulture Research Station (RHRS) in Chapainawabganj, dedicated for research of mangoes, is not yet up to the standard it was envisioned to be 30 years after its establishment.
According to the authority, the RHRS does not have the necessary manpower, advanced laboratory facilities; it needs proper planning and initiative to become a proper research station.
Teachers, students and staffs of Digangarh High School in the district yesterday protested the killing of Rikta Khanam, a student of the school, after rape.
They brought out a precession demanding exemplary punishment to the culprits who brutally killed the girl.
The procession rounded the streets in the town and later formed a human chain.
Among others, Shamsul Alam Siddiqi, headmaster of the school, Mahmudul Hasan, member of the managing committee, SM Emdadul Haque, Abul Kashem and Sadia Akter spoke on the occasion.