- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
More than a decade of wait for August 21 grenade attack victims
Two years ago, on the ninth anniversary of the August 21 grenade attack, the persecution said they were hopeful that trial would end before the Awami League government completed its tenure.
Until then, the court recorded the depositions of only 72 out of the 491 prosecution witnesses. Over the next one year, only 26 more witnesses testified.
Last year, on the tenth anniversary of that deadly attack on an Awami League rally in Dhaka, the prosecution again hoped that trial would end before the next anniversary, that is today.
The remand order given by a Faridpur court for veteran journalist Probir Sikdar was wrong, the law minister has said.
As he is a disabled person, the court should have granted his bail immediately in line with the constitution after the police produced him before the court, Law Minister Anisul Huq told reporters yesterday in response to a query.
“But it happened … somehow … perhaps mistakenly,” he said at his office. “I am sorry for this.”
Snap elections expected on September 20Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras resigned yesterday, hoping to strengthen his hold on power in snap elections after seven months in office in which he fought Greece’s creditors for a better bailout deal but had to cave in.
Tsipras submitted his resignation to President Prokopis Pavlopoulos and asked for the earliest possible election date.
Attorney General Mahbubey Alam yesterday said that the involvement of Supreme Court lawyers in financing militant outfits was alarming.
“It will be proved in trial whether the three lawyers are guilty or not, he told reporters at his office yesterday. “No lawyers have been held over such allegations before,” he added.
A checkup after two months will reveal whether baby Suraiya needs eye surgerySuraiya Begum, a baby who was shot while in her mother’s womb, was released from the hospital yesterday afternoon.
Her mother Nazma Begum was hit by bullets when caught in a factional clash at Doarpara of Magura sadar upazila on July 23.
The bullet went through the unborn baby’s right shoulder and damaged her right eye. She was born after a three-hour-long operation at Magura General Hospital.
She was then taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital on July 24 for better treatment.
The Supreme Court has upheld a High Court verdict that ordered the government to take back the wheat imported from Brazil if anyone wants to return it and that the government should not force the consumers to buy or consume the wheat.
A four-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha passed the order after rejecting a plea filed by the government challenging the High Court verdict.
The officers-in-charge of Khilgaon and Hazaribagh police stations in the capital were transferred on Wednesday after they drew flak over the proper execution of their duties.
Khilgaon police station OC Mustafiz Bhuiyan was transferred to the Detective Branch while Hazaribagh OC Kazi Mainul Islam succeeded Mustafiz.
Inspector Alimuzzaman was made the OC of Hazaribagh, said DMP Deputy Commissioner Muntasirul Islam.
The case of Md Ramjan, a 12-year-old child worker in Lakshmipur’s Baghbari who was beaten by his employer and died eight days later, has been settled for Tk50,000 but the family is yet to get the money.
Ramjan’s family chose not to file any case with police as the local municipal councillor, Shipon, promised to pay the money.
“We have not yet received the money and do not know when we will,” said Tazul Islam, father of Ramjan.
Shipon could not be reached for comments over the phone.
The BNP has blamed the government of using so-called gunfights to try and maintain the country’s law and order as the situation has now gone beyond their control.
The party also apprehended that opposition leaders and activists may also become future targets of extrajudicial killings.
The Bangladesh government has made limited efforts to prevent human trafficking, said a recent US report on trafficking.
The government continued to allow Bangladesh Association of International Recruiting Agencies (BAIRA) to set extremely high legal recruitment fees for overseas job-seekers, the report said.
The US State Department has recently launched the “Trafficking in Person Country Report 2015.”
Regarding awareness programmes, the report states: “The government did not fund anti-trafficking awareness campaigns.”
The Information Ministry has sought Tk10 crore from the Finance Division as seed money to start a full-blown trust for the welfare of insolvent, wounded and ailing journalists and the families of deceased media professionals.
The ministry is also thinking about reducing the minimum amount of allowance or grant to Tk10,000 from the existing Tk50,000 floor that journalists can avail from the government by applying to the ministry.
Local transport owners and workers have called an indefinite strike in the district protesting the picking up of a transport worker by unknown people in the name of law enforcers.
Chittagong Sarak Paribahan Malik Samity Secretary General Manjurul Alam Manju confirmed the strike that was started from 6pm yesterday and would continue for the indefinite period.
The Women Count, an alliance of nine non-government organisations, yesterday expressed concern over the exclusion of a large number of women in the latest voter list updated by the Election Commission.
It said a campaign to increase the number of women on the voter list was launched in the wake of what it described as an underrepresentation of women in the list.
Sacked Awami League minister Abdul Latif Siddique yesterday appealed to the apex court after the High Court rejected his previous writ petition challenging the jurisdiction of the Election Commission to hold hearing over legitimacy of his parliament membership.
Earlier in the day, the bench comprising Justice Md Emdadul Haque and Justice Muhammad Khurshid Alam Sarkar rejected the petition allowing the Election Commission to hear the dispute, Latif’s lawyer Jyotirmoy Barua said.
Chittagong’s Bakalia police early yesterday arrested two Dhaka-based drug peddlers with 3,000 pieces of yaba tablets from the port city.
The two were trying to smuggle the contraband drug into the capital from Cox’s Bazar.
The arrested Amir Khan, 32, and Saiman, 35, both hailing from Shariatpur district, operated in the capital, police said.
Flood situation across the country may deteriorate within the next 24 hours as major rivers of the country were showing rising trend as of yesterday.
“All the major river systems are in rising trend which is likely to continue in next 72 hours,” said a statement of the Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre, adding that rivers were flowing above their danger in 13 points across the country.
An unidentified man, aged about 34, was killed allegedly by Rapid Action Battalion in the district Wednesday evening while three youths were taking meal at a restaurant near Mosjid market under Chandana Intersection.
The elite force also brushed off the allegation. RAB officials also said they saved the man from several unidentified attackers and took him to a hospital where doctors declared him dead.
A local leader of BNP was killed by unidentified miscreants at Bauphal upazila in the district yesterday.
The deceased Raqibul Ahsan Shamim,45,was son of Altaf Master, hailing from Kamalapur village. He was a joint convener of Keshabpur union BNP unit.
Azam Shamsuddin, officer-in-charge of Bauphal police station, said the miscreants hacked Shamim to death near SN High School in Kamalapur area while he was going to his house.
Apparently it seems that law and order situation in the port city has deteriorated alarmingly with the killing of four people in a week, much to create worry among city dwellers.
Yesterday, an executive of a real estate firm was stabbed to death in Chittagong’s Bakalia area following a dispute over construction of a building in that area.
In the latest incident, Aftab Uddin Al Kader, 36, managing director of One Properties Ltd and son of Shafiq Ahmed, was murdered.
Krishak Sramik Janata League President Kader Siddique offered prayers in front of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s grave in Gopalganj’s Tungipara from Wednesday night to early yesterday morning.
His entourage included family members and party members, and they all reached Tungipara on Wednesday afternoon.
Kader, after paying homage to Bangabandhu upon his arrival, said he was the first person to protest after Bangabandhu and most of his family members were killed on August 15, 1975.