- February 18, 2018
The Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami’s leadership says it is content to bide its time, claiming that the party continues to run a robust operation in the shadows.
The country’s oldest Islamist party, notorious for opposing independence in 1971, says it is unconcerned that its central offices have been under lock and key since September 19, 2011.
The energy regulator will sit with prime minister’s energy adviser Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury today to discuss fixing the tariffs on fuel oil, power and gas transmission charges at the bulk and consumer levels.
After six months of public hearing, finally they are sitting to discuss the issue and this comes only three days after Finance Minister AMA Muhith hinted that retail prices of oil might be revised down in about a month in line with the falling global trends.
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced seven former officials of now defunct Oriental Bank to life-term imprisonment in a case filed for embezzling Tk1.7 crore in connivance with each other.
Judge Dr Md Akhtaruzzaman of the Dhaka Special Judge’s Court 5 pronounced the verdict in absence of all the convicts, now on the run.
The court also fined them Tk1 lakh each under section 409 of the Penal Code. It gave them seven years’ jail sentence and fined Tk20,000 under section 420 of the Penal Code.
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal yesterday said that the government has no plans to reshuffle elite the force Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in the face of pressure by different quarters including the ruling party leaders.
“The RAB has been carrying out its duties smoothly to curb crime and corruption in the society. Whenever any RAB personnel is found involved in unauthorised duties, they face legal actions,” the minister told reporters at his secretariat office.
The government yesterday approved five projects, including a revision for the Hatirjheel Area Integrated Development Project, with a total estimated cost of Tk6,553 crore.
The Executive Committee of National Economic Council (Ecnec) also decided that of the total cost, the government will provide Tk3,947.64 crore from the public exchequer, the organisations concerned will give Tk17.85 crore from their own fund, and development partners will provide Tk2,587.52 crore.
A Dhaka court yesterday issued warrant for the arrest of 14 BNP-led 20-party alliance leaders including its Vice-Chairperson Selima Rahman in a case filed for an arson attack in the city’s Khilgaon area on January 30.
Metropolitan Magistrate Md Emddul Haque issued the arrest warrant after accepting the charges levelled against them.
The court issued the arrest warrant as they did not appear before the court during the yesterday’s hearing on the case filed with Khilgaon police station.
Awami League leader Mahbub-ul-Alam Hanif yesterday slammed JaSad, NAP and other leftist parties for having paved the way for the murders of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and most of his family members in 1975.
“JaSad, NAP and other leftist parties had opposed the government of Bangabandhu after the country’s liberation. I think they created the situation for creating anarchy in the country. And they made the mechanism of killing Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman,” Hanif told a discussion at Bangladesh Home Economics College in the capital yesterday.
Foreign Ministry Director General Ashud Ahmed has been appointed as the new ambassador to Qatar.
“He received approval this week from Qatar and is going to assume his duty very soon,” said a Foreign Ministry official.
Ashud is to replace Syed Masud Mahmood Khundoker, who has been recalled recently.
At present, he is serving as the head of the Southeast Asia wing of the ministry.
A career diplomat, Ashud Ahmed was a consul general of Hong Kong.
The police have confiscated the assets of two fugitives in the Rajon murder case, in accordance with recent a court order.
A team from Jalalabad police station, led by Sub-Inspector Ariful Amin, entered the house of Kamrul Islam and his brother Shamim Alam in Shekherpara yesterday and confiscated different assets including sofa, bed, refrigerator and other furniture.
Efforts were also on to confiscate the assets of another fugitive – Pavel Islam, said Jalalabad Officer-in-Charge Akhtar Hossain.
The charge sheet in Rakib murder case was filed with a Khulna court yesterday, with the police charging three people for killing the 12-year-old boy by pumping air into his stomach.
Md Sharif, his mother Beauty Begum and Mintu Miah have been named as the accused. Investigation Officer Kazi Mostaque Ahmed, also a sub-inspector at Khulna Sadar police station, submitted the charge sheet with the Khulna Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court.
A Dhaka court yesterday ordered judicial inquiry into the killing of Chhatra League’s Hazaribagh unit President Arju Mia in an alleged gunfight with elite force Rapid Action Battalion personnel on August 18.
Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Shahriar Mahmud Adnan passed the order after scrutinising the case documents filed before it by the complainant.
The court also ordered that the case documents be sent to Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sheikh Hafizur Rahman for further course of action in the case.
Although flood situation started improving with recession in water levels in the major rivers across the country, distressed people are still suffering to great extent for scarcity of relief.
According to Bangladesh Water Development Board (WDB), water level of the Brahmaputra and Jamuna Rivers marked falls following reduction in rate of onrushing water from upstream.
Despite fall in the water levels, the Brahmaputra was flowing above 8cm danger level mark at Chilmari and 26cm at Fulchhari points.
The Dhaka University authorities have recently set up a trust fund named after a former vice-chancellor who had to resign for torturing female students 13 years ago.
Several former students and teachers have lodged a protest after the matter was disclosed in the latest issue of the university newsletter, Dhaka Bishwabidyalaya Barta, published on August 15.
The newsletter also published a happy photograph of a ceremony in which a bank cheque was being handed over to the university authorities for setting up the fund.
The High Court yesterday asked the authorities concerned to rename the Khan A Sabur Road in Khulna and Shah Azizur Rahman Hall of Kushtia Islamic University as those were named after anti-liberation people.
Khan A Sabur was Ayub Khan’s communications minister during the Pakistan period while Shah Azizur Rahman was prime minister during Ziaur Rahman’s regime. Both of them were leaders of Muslim League, which opposed the birth of Bangladesh.
Locals protested yesterday tortured on Bithi, a domestic help in the house of Magistrate Nurul Islam in the district, who was repressed brutally by the inmates on August 19.
In the morning, under the banner of Sachetan Nagorik Somaj, the local people organised a protest rally in front of the Satkhira Court.
Among others, the programme was addressed by local Awami League leader Md Nazrul Islam, Saiful Karim Safu, journalist Kallayan Banerjee, Kohinoor Islam and Mostafizur Rahamn. They demanded exemplary punishment of the culprits.
At least 68 fishermen were abducted for ransom by pirates in Barguna and Noakhali districts yesterday.
Our Barguna correspondent said that the pirates abducted 50 fishermen from Pathorghata in the district around 3.50am.
Pathorghata Fishing Boat Owners Association President Golam Mostofa said more than 30 pirates attacked the fishermen while they were catching fish at Dubojahaj point in the Bay of Bengal adjacent to Sundarbans.
They looted fishes and valuables from 100 trollers and abducted 50 fishermen for ransom.
Should comedians be happy that the government and the news give us all the satire we need? Or does it make the public blasé to absurdity?Can this really be right?
“The government is concerned about local onions getting smuggled to India.”
So says the back page headline in black and white, next to reports on human trafficking and mass graves, and a plea by environmentalists for India to rethink its river-linking plans.
Bangladesh Railways (BL) authorities have suspended the running of the Chittagong University (CU) shuttle trains due to a Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) factional clash at CU yesterday evening.
The scheduled 8:30pm train yesterday was suspended for this reason, said the CU railway station Assistant Stationmaster Farhad Hossain. Until a decision is taken to end the suspension, all shuttle trains will remain suspended, said the station master.
Ferry services on Shimulia-Kawrakandi route in the Padma River remained suspended for the sixth day yesterday due to strong current and low navigability at Lauhojong point.
Ferry services were remained suspended till yesterday afternoon. Meanwhile, a joint survey started for dredging on the river route to increase depth of the river at the point.
Executive Engineer of the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority Sultan Uddin Khan said a 12-member committee had visited key points of the river route and taken decision to conduct the survey.
The High Court yesterday asked the government to explain as to why the arson victims of a Bihari camp at Kalshi in the capital’s Mirpur should not be provided with financial aid.
The bench of Justice Quazi-Reza-Ul Haque and Justice Abu Taher Md Saifur Rahman came up with the rule after hearing a writ petition filed recently by two residents of the camp – Md Sadakat Khan and Sayeed Ali Bablu.