- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
Rising price of onions has triggered an outrage among end-level consumers.
The Commerce Ministry, worried over the spiralling price, has asked wholesalers to supply the popular spice at less than Tk50 per kilogram.
This comes at a time when prices are hovering around Tk60-Tk75/kg in local kitchen markets.
The dwellers of former Indian exclaves hoisted the red and green flag at daybreak yesterday to celebrate their first day as Bangladeshis.
On behalf of the government, the local upazila nirbahi officers (UNOs) hoisted Bangladesh’s flags in the presence of the dwellers of the new land. The hoisting was accompanied by singing of the national anthem of Bangladesh.
In the wake of the historic territory exchange between Bangladesh and India, the eighth report of a series explores how the rights situation has changed in the former Indian exclavesPreviously a neglected exclave resident, Sahara Begum lost her son in a truck accident while working in a brick field in India. In mid-July, she gave birth to another son on Bangladeshi land.
She saw her son Sujon die and was denied justice only because she was an exclave resident. But now she hopes that her second son, Sumon, will get a secured life.
Sumon was born on July 10, a month after the signing of the historic Land Boundary Agreement between India and Bangladesh.
The revenue authority has asked the private universities and medical and engineering colleges to register as VAT-paying entities immediately.
These educational institutions have been told by the National Board of Revenue (NBR) to submit their monthly VAT returns to the relevant circle offices in their areas by August 15.
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia is likely to go to the United Kingdom in the second week of August to meet her elder son Tarique Rahman, who has been living in London for ‘medical treatment’ since 2008.
They are likely to discuss current political situation of the country, party insiders say.
It will be their first meeting since Khaleda’s younger son Arafat Rahman died of cardiac arrest in January this year.
A senior leader of the party said though the visit would be a personal one, it would also have a huge political implication.
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has said that the next election should be held under a neutral government, not the incumbent government.
“In the last programme, I said we want election and want to participate in the election. That election should be held under a neutral government. It is clear. But some newspapers has misinterpreted it. Our position did not change. We said clearly that people will not get the chance to cast votes under [Sheikh] Hasina. So election should be held under a neutral government and BNP will participate in that election,” she said.
The ruling Awami League has again brushed aside any scope of holding midterm election.
“No discussion was held within the party forum regarding the midterm polls. Even, the prime minister did not discuss the issue with me. The Awami League is preparing for taking part in the polls after five years [in 2019]…under Sheikh Hasina and with the participation of all,” party’s General Secretary Syed Ashraful Islam said yesterday in response to queries by reporters at Tungipara, Gopalganj.
The BNP yesterday renewed its call to the ruling party for holding talks in response to Awami League General Secretary Syed Ashraful Islam’s statement that the next general elections would be held under the incumbent government’s supervision.
Six people, including three children, were killed and another three injured in a landslide in Bandarban’s Lama upazila early yesterday.
The dead are Amena Begum, 36, her son Arafat, 14, Rozina Akhter, 25, her son Md Sazzad, 4, Bashir Ahmed, 50, and her granddaughter Fatema Akhter, 11.
The landslide occurred at Haspatal Para amid heavy rains around 2am, said police.
All the injured were admitted to Lama Upazila Health Complex.
Bangladesh National Alliance (BNA) Chairman Barrister Nazmul Huda yesterday urged BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia not to celebrate her birthday on August 15.
“I would like to request BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia not to celebrate and cut her birthday cake on August 15. You please cut cake and celebrate your birthday at any day except this day. This is a national mourning day”, he said while addressing a rally on the national mourning day, organised by Jatiya Ganatantrik League in front of Jatiya Press Club.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday categorically said the August 15 carnage was not just a strike on a family only, but its main aim was to take revenge against the establishment of a country and state through defeating Pakistani occupation forces in the Liberation War.
Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) members have seized drugs and smuggled goods worth around Tk58.68 crore during the countrywide drives in last month, says a press release.
The release, issued from the BGB headquarters yesterday, claimed that they seized 2.05 lakh pieces yaba, 47,789 bottles of phensidyl, 662kg marijuana, 24,023 bottles of foreign liquors, 180gm heroin, 15,605 pieces of stimulants, 7,996 ampoules of drug injection and 18.94 lakh intoxicating tablets.
After a 45-day vacation centring Eid-ul-Fitr, Ramadan and monsoon, the academic
activities of Chittagong University resumed yesterday.
When contacted, CU Deputy Registrar (Information and Photography) Md Farhad Hossain said the academic activities there resumed on the day after a long vacation of one and a half months.
However, presence of the students appeared thin on the opening day.
Medical students from different medical colleges have urged the government to reinstate the carry-on system in their professional examinations.
The system allows them to continue the classes in the next year despite being failed in last professional examinations. Medical students have to face three such sort of examinations to cross the MBBS benchmark.
They claimed that the withdrawal of carry-on method in professional examinations would create session jam in their academic life.
Hundreds of local people in the district has held a mass rally on the field of a local primary school protesting the initiative of setting up a carbon factory there.
The factory supposed to be set up at Aila village in Karimganj upazila of the district and a local organisation named “Poribesh Protibesh Samajik Andolon” called the programme in protest of the move.
Defying the incessant rain the protesters joined the rally held on the Aila Government Primary School premise yesterday.
Establishing a fake love affair, the colleague along with three others raped the working girl in Uttara, said the investigators yesterday.
“The 17-year-old girl came to the capital to live with her elder sister after completing the secondary school certificate (SSC) examination and recently took the job at a chain department store located at Rajlakshmi Complex in Uttara’s Azampur area,” said Biplab Kumar Shil, inspector (investigation) of Uttara west police station.
One of the main thoroughfares connecting the Sundarbans with Bagerhat, the Signboard-Bogi regional highway has become a death-trap due to its poor condition.
At least 40km stretch of the 50km highway is dotted with small and large potholes making it risky for vehicles and commuters. During the monsoon, the potholes, camouflaged by stagnant water, can cause fatal accidents.
Members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) in a drive recovered 1.40lakh yaba tablets in new Jetty Ghat area under Teknaf upazila yesterday.
On a tip-off, a team of BGB-42 challenged a boat from Myanmar carrying smugglers while crossing the Naf River in the area near the residence of MP Abdur Rahman Bodi of Cox’s Bazar-4 constituency around 8:30 am, said Lieutenant Colonel Abu Jar Al Zahid, commanding officer of BGB-42.
Sensing the presence of the BGB team, the smugglers managed to flee, leaving behind the drug kept in three packets.
Transport owners, drivers protest on Dhaka-Chittagong HighwayThe CNG-run autorickshaw owners, drivers and workers in Chittagong yesterday declared a dawn-to-dusk strike in greater Chittagong area on August 13 protesting the government’s decision to ban all three-wheelers on all highways of the country, reports our correspondent in Chittagong.
Chittagong Divisional CNG-run Autorickshaw and Tempo Shramik Union’s Chief Advisor Waziullah, also the advisor of four organisations of auto-rickshaw and tempo owners and workers in Chittagong district, confirmed the news of strike to Dhaka Tribune.
The capital and the southeastern part of the country have experienced moderate to heavy rains for the last two days as cyclone Komen hit Noakhali coast early on Friday morning.
Persistent rains have aggravated flood situations in the southern districts while some areas in Dhaka faced waterlogging problems.
Cyclone Komen, after hitting Noakhali coast, turned into a land depression and remained there since then.