- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
After sixty-eight years in a nationality grey zone, the country’s newest citizens lit up the land in a celebration of lights and merriment as the clock struck the midnight hour.
Sixty-eight candles, one for each year that the so-called chhitmahals have been in existence, were lit up at the same time across all 111 new territories that passed into Bangladeshi sovereignty at 12:01am today.
For several married – and later abandoned – exclave women, it is difficult to say which country’s court, India’s or Bangladesh’s – if any – has jurisdiction to hear their complaints.
Life in the exclaves – squeezed between two sovereign states without the protection of either – has probably provided the conditions for a number of human rights violations, compounding regular offences.
Beyond all formal celebratory arrangements, the children of Dasiar Chhara, Kurigram welcomed their newly earned independence yesterday in a unique way. They lit lamps and arranged them to illuminate the word “Swadhinota” that means independence.
The children of the new Bangladesh land known as Dasiar Chhara were very much cheerful as they are going to be eligible for taking admission in schools in their own areas.
Sumaiya Akhtar Sumi, a student of class V, was admitted to the Atiabari No 2 Government Primary School in Kurigram hiding
The Awami League has chalked out a 40-day programme to observe the 40th death anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the National Mourning Day on August 15.
The programmes include bringing out a torch procession towards Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi Road 32 in the city at one minute past zero hour today, the first day of August.
In 2013, then deputy commissioner of police’s detective branch (DB) Mollah Nazrul Islam came under extensive discussions for taking a large sum of money as bribes inside a bank after detaining a business person. The total incident was captured in CCTV cameras of the bank.
Due to delays in selecting a bidder, it is uncertain whether a proposed 2D seismic marine survey of Bangladesh’s offshore areas will be held in the coming winter season.
Petrobangla received tender proposals in March this year, but has not signed a contract for the job although more than four months have passed.
“We hope that we will soon be able to sign a deal to conduct a seismic marine survey with a foreign joint venture,” Secretary of the Energy and Mineral Resources Division Abu Bakar Siddique told the Dhaka Tribune.
An Indian national daily yesterday reported that Abu Talha alias Fahim alias Pakhi, the acting chief of banned militant outfit Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) arrested last week in Dhaka by the Detective Branch of police, was no other than the mastermind of last year’s Burdwan blast.
The National Intelligence Agency (NIA) of India in its charge sheet submitted on March 30 against 21 persons including four Bangladeshi nationals had mentioned about Talha Saikh as a fugitive accused. His name is mentioned at number 19.
The authorities of Jahangirnagar University (JU) have cancelled their earlier decision of raising university teachers’ retirement age limit from 65 to 67 despite protests of the teachers’ union in the university.
A press release from the university said the university teachers’ retirement age limit was decided to be 65 in a special senate meeting under JU Vice Chancellor Prof Farzana Islam in chair. The decision is to be effective from May 3 of last year, the press release added.
The custodian of Eidgah Mosque in the capital’s Dhanmondi was found dead in the
room of the mosque’s Imam late on Thursday night.
Police recovered the body of Dulal Gazi, 50, from the room of Imam Monowar Hossain.
Investigators said after primary probe at least two people might have killed Dulal but no arrests were made.
The mosque is located on Road 6/A and Dulal, who hailed from Barisal, had been its custodian for 18 years.
A teenage working girl was reportedly gang-raped by some men, one of whom was her colleague, in the capital’s Uttara area on Thursday night.
The victim, 17, works at a chain departmental store located at Rajlakshmi Complex in Uttara’s Azampur area and lives with her family in Uttara, her brother-in-law said.
She was taken to the One-Stop Crisis Centre (OCC) at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) next morning for medical tests and treatment.
A local Jubo League (JL) member was hacked to death in a factional clash between two groups of JL in Swandip upazila in Chittagong last night.
The deceased is Monir Hossain, 28, said Swandip Police Station Officer-in-Charge (OC) HM Mosiur Rahman. Police detained Nizam following the incident, he added.
The OC said the clash occurred at Mogdhara Bazar of Shoholshar area of the upazila at around 7pm, while members of the rival group hacked Monir with sharp weapons, leaving him critically injured.
Due to the incessant heavy rain and tidal surge triggered by the cyclonic storm ‘Komen’, flood situation in various parts of the country has deteriorated in the last couple of days.
Hundreds of people are marooned as villages are inundated by the rising water of rivers. However, people in the affected areas said they were not getting relief materials properly. And those who were lucky to receive aid alleged it was inadequate.
‘The villagers are working voluntarily to cope with the situation’Thirty-five households went under the riverbed as a dam over Bhodra River in Chadgor area under Khulna’s Dumuriya upazila collapsed during downpour yesterday evening, our Khulna Correspondent reports.
Within seconds, an area spreading up to 250 ft got inundated including seven villages, said Shorafpur Union Parishad Chairman Sheikh Rabiul Islam.
Three households located just beside the dam went under river water. The 35 affected families have taken shelter on another dam built nearby by the Water Development Board (WDB).
Businessmen counting several crore taka in lossesThe country’s biggest wholesale hub of daily commodities, Khatungonj, was flooded with the tidal water yesterday because of cyclone Komen and the nonstop heavy shower.
Local businessmen and traders said they had never experienced such a sudden flooding in the area, and it would cost thousands of businessmen several crore taka losses.
Local sources said tidal and rain water flooded about 9,000 small, medium and large shops, organisations, banks, insurance companies and other trading offices at Khatungonj, Chaktai, Asadgonj, Korbanigonj and adjoining areas.
A teenage girl has been gang-raped and murdered in Narainpur village under Kanaighat upazila of Sylhet.
The alleged perpetrators including her boyfriend have been absconding since the incident.
The victim Farida Begum, 17, was abducted from her house by the gang at midnight on July 24. Her parents, Md Riyaj Ali and Renu Megum, were out of the house to attend funeral of a relative at that time, said locals.
Coastal districts in the country experienced heavy rains since early yesterday morning under the influence of depression, which was the result of cyclone Komen weakening in the morning.
Our correspondents from Bandarban, Feni, Noakhali and Chittagong reported that there had been heavy to very heavy rains in the districts till yesterday evening.
Nazma Begum, the pregnant woman who was shot in the womb last week, has yet to see her bullet-hit newborn daughter who is struggling for her life at Dhaka Medical College Hospital.
The child was shifted to the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and the doctors are not allowing anyone in. Which is why the meeting of mother and daughter did not happen.
Non-stop rain from Thursday night forced the umpires to call off the second day’s play of the second and final Test between Bangladesh and South Africa at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday.
The players remained at their hotel as the officials abandoned the day’s proceedings at 12pm.
Prior to the Dhaka Test, weather forecasts had suggested downpours throughout the entirety of the Test match so it was quite a surprise when stumps were drawn last Thursday following a full day’s play.
The kingdom of Arakan has a diverse and long-winding historyDespite the tendency to equate today’s Bangladesh with the eastern part of ancient Bengal, this vibrant and growing nation owes much to substantial parts of other ancient provinces and kingdoms of the medieval Indian sub-continent.
Sylhet, with its own distinctive history, which owes much to Assam and its tribal origins, has, perhaps, continued to be better connected to its own distinctive heritage.
Not least because so much of the often high achieving diaspora of that part of Bangladesh has achieved so much in the international community.
Before we can hope to educate our students, we need to educate our teachers
I am perplexed with why Bangladesh is following a path of destroying the merit of the growing children and soon-to-be-leaders of the country. We have embarked on a path that hands GPA 5s to too many students who don’t deserve it. This, in turn, identifies average students as bright students, gives them a right and a claim to be treated among the best students, and an expectation of, and a shot at, the best jobs.