- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
A leader of a faction of the Awami Olama League was stabbed at the national mosque in the capital after Jumma prayers yesterday.
Ilias Hossain Bin Helali, president of one of the Awami Olama League’s factions, was stabbed twice at the southern gate of Baitul Mukarram Mosque.
Witnesses caught the attacker Mujahidul Islam, 20, and handed him over to police. In preliminary questioning, Mujahidul claimed to be a member of banned Islamist extremist outfit Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT).
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said there was no doubt that Khaleda Zia and her son were involved in the August 21, 2004 grenade attack that left 21 people dead and several hundred injured.
“As Ziaur Rahman was involved in the August 15 killing, Khaleda Zia and her son were involved in the August 21 grenade attack. There is no doubt about it,” UNB quotes the prime minister as saying.
China, which remains North Korea’s main economic backer despite diminished political clout to influence Pyongyang, said it was deeply concerned about the escalation of tension and called for calm from both sidesNorth and South Korea appeared headed towards another clash yesterday as Seoul refused to halt propaganda broadcasts and Pyongyang put its troops on a war footing, prompting China to urge both sides to take a step back.
South Korean Vice Defence Minister Baek Seung-joo said it was likely the North would fire at some of the 11 sites where Seoul has set up loudspeakers on its side of the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) separating the countries.
The South earlier refused an ultimatum that it halt anti-Pyongyang broadcasts by Saturday afternoon or face military action.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday came down heavily on the USA and Canada for giving shelter to some killers of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his family members.
“This is unfortunate…these countries are giving shelter to the killers and we’ve to listen to lectures on human rights from them,” she said.
The prime minister was speaking at a rally after placing wreaths at the memorial of martyrs of the gruesome August 21 grenade attack at Bangabandhu Avenue.
Terming the August 21 grenade attack heinous and terrorist in nature, the BNP has demanded proper trial of the masterminds of the grisly attack.
Nazrul Islam Khan, a standing committee member of the party, came up with the demand after placing wreaths at party founder Ziaur Rahman’s grave on Friday morning.
Nazrul said: “No matter who is behind the attack, we want punishment to the criminals after a proper investigation.
After a six-year pause, the government will provide new gas connections, on a limited scale, to industrial consumers starting tomorrow.
“Initially, some 355 applicants will get gas connections to run new industrial boilers or increase the existing load of their boilers, from Sunday,” State-run Oil, Gas and Mineral Resources Corporation (Petrobangla) Chairman Istiaque Ahmad told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday.
He said 193 applicants would get new gas connections and 162 applicants would be cleared to increase their existing boiler loads.
A rickshaw-van puller died after a tiger sculpture fell down on him at Karwan Bazar in the capital early yesterday.
“Md Ali, aged around 42, was sleeping when the sculpture collapsed around 3:30am, leaving him critically injured,” said fireman Md Shahid, quoting witnesses and employees of the nearby Sundarban Hotel.
“The victim was taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital where doctors pronounced him dead and the body was kept at the hospital morgue for autopsy.”
Detained Majlis-e-Sura Member of Jamaat-e-Islami and former lawmaker Maulana Abdul Khaleque Mondol was shown arrested in connection with a war crimes case yesterday.
Also the incumbent ameer of Satkhira district Jamaat, Khaleque allegedly led a group of razakars in Satkhira during the 1971 Liberation War. He was involved in the killing of at least 10 people including Rustom Ali of Shimulbaria and grabbing the land of Hindus in the locality.
A woman was found dead at her in-law’s house in Chanua area of Chittagong’s Banshkhali upazila yesterday morning.
After being informed by locals, police recovered the body of Taslima Begum, 23, a housewife, and detained the mother-in-law Rehana Begum for questioning.
Chittagong police yesterday arrested three persons from different areas of the port city in connection with a gold robbery case lodged on May 29 this year. The police recovered 16 tolas (around 186grams) of gold jewellery from their possession.
The arrestees Mizanur Rahman alias Shahed, 24, Md Karim, 23, and Md Rubel, 20, are members of a gang involved in stealing gold jewellery from different ornament shops of the city, police said. The three lived in different areas of the city and repeatedly changed their residences to escape police vigil.
Five members of a family were burned in a fire at Keraniganj, and one youth was electrocuted at Gendaria early yesterday.
The family members were burnt in a fire triggered by a short circuit early yesterday.
The injured are rickshaw puller Ripon, 45, his wife Molida, 35, their son Abdul Goni, 4, Ripa, 16, and Monir Hossain, 14.
According to locals, the fire began around 3am at the family’s house opposite Tilabari mosque at Ekuuria of Keraniganj.
While the country’s justice system recently scored a major win by handing 20-year jail sentences to six unscrupulous drug manufacturing officials, a similar case against officials of Rid Pharmaceutical Company continues to be stuck in the courtroom for years.
Court sources told the Dhaka Tribune that the trial was moving at a sluggish pace because both the defence and prosecution lawyers were repeatedly filing time petitions, while the prosecution witness had also been failing to appear on scheduled dates.
Primary education system in remote char lands, sandy lands emerged from riverbed, in the district has almost come to a halt allegedly owing to absence of teachers, poor monitoring and questionable role of the managing committees.
Consequently, not only the dropout also question has been raised about prevailing the quality education there.
Navigability crisis has badly disrupted ferry services on the Shimulia-Kawrakandi route in the past two weeks, multiplying the woes of thousands of passengers of 21 southern districts.
As four ro-ro ferries have remained out of operation for two weeks, 14 medium and small ferries transported goods and passengers during this period.
The government is planning to prohibit certain kinds of water vessels from entering the Sundarbans as a measure to curb the recent rise in poaching.
This comes after a recent census of Bengal Tigers in the world’s biggest mangrove forest indicated a drastic fall in big cat population – from 440 to just 106 in a matter of a few years – which is attributed mostly to poaching.
Residents in Dari Magura area of Magura town have come together in celebrating the homecoming of the miracle child Suraiya, who beat all odds to survive bullet wounds she received while still in her mother’s womb.
Almost a month after the eight-months-pregnant Nazma was rushed to the hospital with bullet wounds on her abdomen, she returned home on Thursday night with a healthy baby in her arms.
A former Jubo League leader has been killed in an alleged gunfight with the police in Gazipur, just a couple of days after separate incidents saw two ruling party activists being killed in similar gunfights in Dhaka and Magura.
Germany and France will press the European Union to move faster and with more unity to deal with the worsening refugee crisis, amid complaints from Germany that it is shouldering too big a burden.
Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande will meet in Berlin on Monday to discuss how to speed up relief for thousands of migrants, many of whom risk dangerous sea voyages to reach southern Europe before making their way across the continent.
Monday’s deadly explosion in Bangkok could take a toll on Thailand’s tourism, a major pillar of the country’s weakening economy that is already suffering from political turmoil persistent for more than half a decade.
At least 20 people were killed, including seven Chinese nationals, and more than 100 others injured in the tragic incident.
We welcome this week’s declaration by the International Islamic Climate Change Symposium in Istanbul urging governments to phase out fossil fuels and move towards 100% renewable energy generation by 2050.
The call by climate experts and Islamic scholars from 20 different countries is a useful step forward in engaging the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims on environmental issues.