- January 17, 2018
Cyclonic storm Komen – which was on course to make landfall in Bangladesh coast yesterday but did not – has killed at least four and forced evacuation of thousands most of whom are poor village fishermen, the met office said.
Komen, which formed in the Bay of Bengal and has been advancing towards the coast, destroyed in its path dozens of homes on the Saint Martins Island in the far south of Bangladesh.
The occurrence of cyclone Komen is unusual for this time of the year, when it is the middle of monsoon in the country, experts said.
“Cyclone at this time of year is completely unusual,” Dr Saleemul Huq, director of the International Centre for Climate Change and Development, told the Dhaka Tribune.
In Bangladesh, April-May and November-December are usually considered cyclone seasons.
According to Bangladesh Meteorological Department, all of the cyclones that hit the country in the past decade occurred during those periods.
With less than 24 hours to go before Bangladesh and India close a 68-year chapter in their history by putting an end to the territorial anomalies known as chhitmahals, some exclave dwellers are saying they are being left behind Exclave residents who say they were left out of a population survey – and even forcibly barred from participating in it – are worried they will not be able to choose their nationality, a privilege conferred on them by the recently finalised Land Boundary Agreement.
Exclave residents who are on the survey list are entitled to choose whether to take either Bangladeshi or Indian citizenship. For those who are not on the list, the prospects for a future in India are slim.
Exclave residents, who have lived in a grey zone of citizenship for 68 years, will observe their independence today.
A series of programmes have been planned to observe the victory of reclaiming Bangladeshi land by local people who wish to hold Bangladeshi nationality.
The programmes include a flag rally, torch lighting ceremony, candle lighting ceremony and cultural events. There is a festive atmosphere in all of the exclaves with residents evidently enjoying the gaiety of the occasion.
Emerging from a discussion with the DCs yesterday, Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan told reporters that the district administrators had been asked to publicise the development activities taken by the government.
“We are not saying that they will have to work like party workers. No matter which party is in power, it is the DCs duty to inform people about the government’s good works,” Shajahan said.
Detectives, after getting no clues from the eight Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) leaders arrested over the July 19 killing of a former JMB leader in Gaibandha, have now begun applying psychological tricks to get the job done.
Besides, a team of Gaibandha police paired up with Detective Branch members of Dhaka Metropolitan Police for grilling the eight JMB leaders.
At least 71 poachers or pirates have been killed in shootouts with policemen during different drives to save wild animals particularly tigers in the Sundarbans in fiver years, police chief says.
Besides, so far 223 were arrested and 391 firearms and 201 rounds of bullet were recovered during the moves, and finally a total of 87 cases were registered in this incidents as well.
Inspector General of Police (IGP) AKM Shahidul Hoque informed it to a delegation of USAID Bengal Tiger Conservation Activity (Bagh) in police headquarters yesterday.
Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) raided a fake office in the capital’s Badda area and arrested six of its officials for taking money from people by fraud.
A team of RAB 1 conducted the drive at the office, located in Reazedel Tower at Pragati Sarani, early yesterday following a tip-off and arrested Nazmul Hasan Himel, 35, Masudur Rahman Sumon, 33, Habibur Rahman Daud, 54, Akbar Shaikh, 38, Amir Hossain, 30, and Shahjahan Miah, 32, said Lt Col Tuhin Mohammad Masud, commanding officer of RAB 1, during a press briefing at RAB 1 Headquarters in Uttara yesterday afternoon.
Kazi Anwarul Islam, the former Head of Personnel at British American Tobacco, breathed his last at 6:15am yesterday at his own residence after struggling with kidney-related complications. He was 81 years of age.
Islam had served Crescent Jute Mills in Khulna and British American Tobacco Company for many years.
After retirement, he was associated with Otobi Limited as a management consultant. He had also been associated with the Group of Ahsania Mission for a few years as Group Advisor.
The Criminal Investigation Department has arrested a youth for his alleged involvement in the 2013 killing of Jubo League leader Riazul Haque Khan Milky.
Tanzim Mahmud Tanim, 25, arrested on Wednesday night, was not mentioned in the previous charge sheet or even in the first information report.
A court in Dhaka yesterday put him on a two-day remand.
A non-government organisation has allegedly disappeared after collecting about Tk4.5 crore from various clients in Hajiganj upazila of Chandpur.
Al-Arafat Environment Development Foundation (AEDF), with a registration no S 584/(85)06, began its operation in 2006 on the first floor of Talukdar building in Hajiganj bazar.
A court sentenced a man to death at Sreepur in the district yesterday for killing his wife.
The court also fined the convict, Shamim Ahmed, 28, Tk10,000.
District and Sessions’ Judge AKM Enamul Haque pronounced the verdict in the morning.
According to sources, Champa Akter, daughter of Dulal Mia in Beldia village had been married off with Shamim ,son of Abdul Maid of Tek Village ferw years ago.
The court’s Inspector Rabiul Islam said Shamim used to torture his wife for dowry.
A ninth grader of Belcho High School at Haziganj upazila in the district was raped brutally on Wednesday.
The victim’s father filed a case in this connection on the day and police arrested the rapist, Jakir Hossain, 23.
According to the case statement, the 16-year-old victim took shelter at Jakir’s business outlet on her way back home from school while it was raining.
Jakir forcefully took the girl behind his shop, tied her hands with her scarf and raped her.
Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) has proposed a Tk2,085.36 crore budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year.
The budget is almost triple the size of the revised budget for the previous fiscal year, which was Tk642.87 crore, while the proposed budget for FY2014-15 was Tk1,565crore.
DSCC mayor Sayed Khokon made the announcement at Nagar Bhaban on Thursday afternoon.
Kuddus Munsi, a worker of Chittagong Port Jetty, said loading and unloading goods in Chittagong Port remained suspended due to inclement weatherAbdul Latif, 27, a day laborer hailing from Mymansing, has been passing idle time for last two days in his shanty located in Nimtala area in Chittagong city as he has no works to do due to heavy downpour.
“I am compelled to sit idle in my room as I did not get any job in last two days. I have a little amount of money to maintain my family,” he said.
Like him, a number of people who live hand to mouth have been going through hardships as torrential rain has turned into a curse for them.
Police in an overnight drive arrested a gang which abduct girls and female and later force them into prostitution.
“Police conducted drives in Chittagong city’s Bakalia and Chandgaon areas and arrested seven members of the gang,” said Mohammed Mohsin, officer-in-charge of Bakalia police station.
The arrestees are Badiul Alam alias Alam, 45, his wife, Mony Begum, 32, Omar Faruk alias Badsha, 25, Ariful Haque, 19, Abu Taleb, 55, and Baby Akhtar, 30.
Police arrested a leader of Islami Chhatra Shibir, student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami, while making explosives at a students’ mess in the capital’s Khilkhet area yesterday.
Khilkhet police conducted the drive in Namapara area and arrested Imran Hossain, 20, secretary of Islami Chhatra Shibir’s Khilkhet unit, said Khilkhet police station Officer-in-Charge Nazrul Islam.
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) is going to launch a special drive soon for identifying the business firms that are recruiting foreigners illegally.
Once identified, such companies will have to pay penalty as per new provisions incorporated in the finance bill 2015, that came into effect from July 1, said a NBR official.
Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited has finally agreed to provide funds for paying a one-month wage of around 1,300 workers of Swan Garments under the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
“The bank management has verbally informed me that they would give fund to the Swan Factory owner to pay a one-month wage under the CSR,” Inspector General of Department of Inspection for Factories and Establishments (DIFE) Syed Ahmed told the Dhaka Tribune.
ICT Affairs Adviser to Prime Minister Sajeeb Wazed Joy urged the Telecommunication Division to incorporate technology neutrality in the National Telecommunications Policy.
He made the call during his visit to the division at Secretariat yesterday.
Officials said technology neutrality would reduce mobile phone operators’ production costs and offer better services, especially in data service speed.