- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
A jovial potato farmer whose family has tilled the fertile land on the island of Naxos for over 200 years, Stelios Vathrokilis is unfazed by all that he believes a farmer must inevitably face: God, inclement weather and natural disasters.
But mention tax hikes on farmers demanded by Greece’s creditors and Vathrokilis’ face darkens with anger.
In the wake of the land swap between Bangladesh and India that followed the implementation of the Land Boundary Agreement, some people are finding it difficult fitting in.
One man, Mofiz Uddin, has petitioned to have himself, his children and his exclave resident spouse, put on the list of those seeking Indian nationality.
Although Bangladesh has achieved food security, it is yet to ensure nutrition for all, said International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) Director General Shenggen Fan.
Still 36% of children aged under five are stunted, he said while addressing a press conference organised to mark IFPRI’s 40th founding anniversary at a hotel in the capital yesterday.
A memorial speech on the life and works of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was held yesterday at the UGC auditorium in the capital.
Terming Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman as an uncompromising leader, Emeritus Professor Dr. Rafiqul Islam said, “Bangabandhu was the leader of the nation and he dedicated his life for the liberation
of the country.
He also called all for taking lessons from the life and works of Bangabandhu.
The Supreme Court yesterday asked the attorney general to submit a concise statement in convicted war criminal Mir Quasem Ali’s appeals case within two weeks.
A four-member bench of Appellate Division headed by Chief Justice SK Sinha passed the order after Attorney General Mahbubey Alam sought time.
The defense lawyers have already submitted their concise statement to the apex court. The statement will contain the points on which the counsels will place their arguments.
Mehedi Hasan Ajibor, a prime accused in the much-talked-about case of shooting of a pregnant woman that also injured her baby, was killed after an alleged gunfight between law enforcers and his cohorts in Magura town early yesterday.
The gunfight ensued when the police were on a drive to arrest Ajibor, 35, in Doarpar area of the town around 1am, Magura Assistant Police Superintendent Shudarshan Kumar Roy said.
Arju Mia, the Hazaribagh unit president of pro-government Chhatra League, was killed in a so-called crossfire with the Rapid Action Battalion personnel early yesterday, hours after being sued as a prime accused for beating a teenager to death in the area.
RAB Assistant Director (legal and media wing) Maj Maksudul Alam said that they had arrested Arju on Monday night following a complaint lodged by the victim’s sister. The gunfight occurred when the RAB team headed towards Baroikhal area to arrest his associates.
Guava farmers in Pirojpur are apprehending that a dark future is waiting for them as they are not getting fair price of the seasonal fruit for lack of communication facilities.
The growers have also been being deprived of fair price of the fruit for the last several years for various reasons, including shortage of cold and middlemen’s manipulation.
Succeeding generations of farmers have so far cultivated guava, locally called `Apple of poor’ for its unique taste, for their livelihood.
A court in the district yesterday sent eight BCL men to jail who were accused of a case in connection with attack on students of of Bhuyapara High School under Kachua upazila in Chandpur district on August 16.
Sub-inspector Nasiruddin of Kachua police station, also the investigation officer of the case, said the accused were appeared before the court at noon praying seven days remand. The court also sent them to jail.
Police submitted a charge sheet against 23 BNP and Chhatra Dal men yesterday in connection with a case of petrol bomb attack in Magura on March 21.
Imaul Hoque, DB police inspector and investigation officer of the case, said the charge sheet was submitted accusing 23 persons including Chhatra Dal central committee president Rajib Hasan , its general secretary Ekramul Hoque , Magura district unit BNP general secretary Ali Ahmed Biswas and vice president Monoar Hossen Khan.
Bangladesh U-16 football team comes of age with Saff victory against IndiaA young, spirited and clinical Bangladesh side clinched their first ever Saff Under-16 Championship title, beating reigning champions India 4-2 in a breathtaking penalty shootout in the final at a jam-packed Sylhet District Stadium yesterday.
After the stipulated time ended 1-1 in a game largely dominated by the home side, the fearless Tigers were composed and calm-headed in the tie-breaker, leaving the holders to rue what might have been.
The first Hajj flight carrying 417 Bangladeshi pilgrims left Shah Amanat International Airport of Chittagong city for Saudi Arabia on Monday night.
The flight, BG-1015, of Biman Bangladesh Airlines departed from the airport at 9:25pm, said airport sources.
Chittagong City Corporation Mayor AJM Nasir Uddin, also the general secretary of the city unit of Awami League, and AL’s lawmaker MA Latif saw the pilgrims off at the airport.
Finance Minister AMA Muhith has said they will reconsider the exclusion of time scale and selection grade before implementing the new pay structure for government employees.
The minister told this to reporters after a meeting with a delegation of BCS officers at the Planning Commission in Dhaka’s Sher-e-Bangla Nagar yesterday.
“I had a wrong idea about time scale and selection grade. Today, the concepts have become clear to me,” he said.
A court in the district yesterday sent BNP standing committee member MK Anwar to jail rejecting his bail petition in a case filed in connection with petrol bomb attack on a bus in Chouddogram upazila under the district on February 3.
Sources said Anwar appeared before the session court-5 and pleaded for his bail.
Senior Judicial Magistrate Shahidullah Kaiser passed the order after hearing, said Anwar’s lawyer Md Harunur Rashid.
On February 3, eight people were killed in a petrol bomb attack on a bus at Chouddogram upazila.
The charge framing hearing in former Awami League minister Shah AMS Kibria murder case was not held yesterday, for the seven consecutive date since June 23, as all the accused were not produced before the court.
Speedy Trial Tribunal Judge Mokbul Ahsan deferred the date as the law enforcers had failed to produce suspended Sylhet mayor Ariful Huq. The judge set August 25 for further hearing and ordered the jail authorities to ensure appearance of Arif on that day.
Islamic leaders from 20 countries yesterday launched a climate change declaration to engage the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims on the most pressing issue of our times.
Adopted by 60 participants at the International Islamic Climate Change Symposium held in Istanbul from August 17 to 18, the declaration urged governments to signal the end of the road for fossil fuels and limit global warming above pre-industrial levels to 2, or preferably 1.5, degrees Celsius.
A ward-level leader of ruling Awami League’s youth body Jubo League was shot by unknown miscreants in front of his Hatkhola residence late last night.
Abdul Mannan, 32, general secretary of Dhaka South City Corporation’s ward number 31 unit Jubo League, was coming back home with a friend by rickshaw around 10:45pm when he was shot, his family said.
Suvra Mukherjee, wife of Indian President Pranab Mukherjee, died yesterday at 10:51am, Rashtrapati Bhavan announced.
She died at the age of 74.
The couple had been married for 58 years and had three children – Abhijit Mukherjee, Indrajit Mukherjee and Sharmistha Mukherjee.
A Rashtrapati Bhavan statement said: “It is informed with deep sorrow that First Lady Smt Suvra Mukherjee passed away this morning (August 18, 2015).”
The High Court yesterday issued a rule asking why the Election Commission’s move to collect information of minors for the updating the voter list should not be declared illegal.
The bench of Justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury and Justice Md Ashraful Kamal asked the chief election commissioner and the election commission secretary to explian as to why the decision should not be declared illegal as per section 11 of the Voter List Act 2009 and Rule 27 of the Voter List Rules 2012 within 10 days.
Police yesterday arrested an alleged stalker, two days after a schoolgirl committed suicide in Gaibandha sadar upazila. The girl has also left behind a five-page suicide note.
Amina, 15, a ninth grader at the Gaibandha Government Girls’ High School, committed suicide by hanging herself with a saree from a tree near their home in Dulaler Vita village under Kholahati union on Saturday night.
Her family alleged that arrestee Rayhan, 19, used to stalk Amina on her way to school almost everyday.