- February 15, 2018
Jatiya Party (Z) chairman and former prime minister Kazi Zafar Ahmed passed away yesterday morning. He was 76.
He fell ill at his Gulshan residence while preparing to go to Chauddagram, Comilla around 7am. He was then taken to United Hospital where doctors declared him dead around 7:30am, said his personal secretary Golam Mostafa.
He is survived by wife, three daughters and a host of well-wishers.
Paddy procurement is reportedly severely hampered in the district this year due to interfere in the drive by ruling party men.
According to food office sources, boro paddy procurement has started in the district with a target of 750 metric tonne. The drive began on May 1 and it will continue till August 31. But the farmers could not sell any paddy in the offices till on August 27.
From the very beginning, a section of ruling party people have been trying to dominate the drive. They made force on food officer to purchase paddy from them in stead of farmers.
Starting September 1, home users will have to pay Tk200 more for using single and double gas burners and Tk0.18 more for using every unit of electricity.
The Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) yesterday announced that the monthly bill for single gas burners will be Tk600 – instead of the current Tk400 – and that of double burners Tk650 – instead of Tk450. Thus, the average price hike for this utility stands at 26.29%.
Finance Minister AMA Muhith has said he will schedule a meeting with top officials of Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission to review the price of fuel oil.
Talking to the Dhaka Tribune at his secretariat office yesterday, he said he would fix a date for a meeting to revise the fuel oil price in light of the global prices.
However, BERC Chairman AR Khan yesterday told journalists that they were not considering a reduction in the prices as many countries did not reduce jet fuel prices.
Raising gas and electricity tariffs is rational under the present context, but not a permanent solution, analysts said yesterday.
They suggested enhancing efficiency and stopping wastage at the operational level and investing in the energy sector to get good results in the long run.
Exporters say they will lose the competitive edge in the world market because of the price hike.
Analysts gave their immediate reaction to the decision to increase gas and power prices. Yesterday, average power and gas prices were raised with effect from September 1.
Two more suspected killers of blogger Niladri Chatterjee have been arrested by the Detective Branch in the capital.
In separate drives, the DB police arrested Kauser Hossain Khan, 29, and Kamal Hossain Sarder, 29 – both suspected members of the banned militant outfit Ansarullah Bangla Team.
The South Asian Regional Standard Organisation (Sarso) is planning to set up a state-of-the-art testing laboratory in Dhaka to remove non-tariff barrier in regional trade.
The Saarc region is the least integrated as far as trade is concerned as the eight member countries’ intra-trade is only 5% of their total trade.
“This initiative will help boost regional trade,” Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque told the Dhaka Tribune.
Minister, BGB chief differ over presence of separatists on Bangladesh landHome Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal yesterday said that some Myanmar separatist groups including the Arakan Army were operating inside Bangladesh border but could not confirm why the separatists had launched the attack on BGB personnel on Wednesday.
“Some separatists may have presence in the area as the adjacent areas along the border are mostly inhabited by the Rakhine people,” Kamal told the Dhaka Tribune after visiting the remote area of Barha Madok in Thanchi of Bandarban.
Over the last four and a half decades since Bangladesh’s independence, the remote hills on the border have gradually become a safe den for a number of separatist groups from neighbouring Myanmar.
Taking refuge in the deep hilly forests, these separatists have often infiltrated human settlements in Bangladesh and committed crimes such as murder, rape, extortion, looting, kidnapping and arms trading.
A Dhaka court yesterday paced three suspected members of banned militant outfit Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT) on a three-day fresh remand in the case filed over the murder of secular blogger and writer Avijit Roy.
Metropolitan Magistrate Mohammad Asaduzzaman Noor passed the order after DB Inspector Md Fazlur Rahman, also the investigation officer of the case, produced the trio before it seeking a 10-day fresh remand for interrogation.
A Dhaka court yesterday placed BNP chairperson’s Adviser Shawkat Mahmud on a one-day fresh remand in connection with an arson case filed with Lalbagh police in January this year.
Metropolitan Magistrate Md Atiqur Rahman passed the order after OC (investigation) Md Moniruzzaman of Lalbagh police produced Shawkat, also a journalist leader, before the court with a 10-day remand petition.
The Supreme Court has stayed BNP standing committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain’s bail, granted by the High Court in a money laundering case, for two weeks.
The four-member Appellate Division bench led by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha issued the order yesterday after hearing a plea by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to scrap the bail.
The court also asked the ACC to file a leave-to-appeal petition within two weeks.
“Now the BNP senior leader will not be released from jail,” said ACC lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan.
The Supreme Court yesterday scrapped a High Court order that had quashed the trial proceedings of a graft case against BNP leader Mosaddek Ali Falu.
Now there is no legal bar for the lower court to resume the trial proceedings of the case, said ACC lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan.
Police late Wednesday night arrested seven members of an abduction gang including a teenage girl.
The gang members introduce them as members of law enforcement agency and then abduct their victims.
The arrestees are Liakat Ali, Kamrul Islam, Shahidul Islam alias kamal, Nazmul Haque Didar, Ruhul Amin alias Ripon, Obayedur Rahman Batu and lone female member of the gang Meherun Nesa Keya.
Female members of the gang build a relation with men from affluent family before they abduct them.
Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) arrested a father and his son yesterday on charge of abducting and killing a three-year-old boy in July.
The victim was Manil (03), son of Shafiqul Islam of Savar, Dhaka.
The arrestees were Akram, 60, son of late Kafil Uddin and Akram’s son Bhasani, 30.
After Manik went missing on June 30 from in front of his house his father Shafiqul lodged a general diary with Savar police station.
The two arrestees in the much-talked-about liquid cocaine seizure case yesterday confessed that they knew about the consignment sent by London expatriates Bakul Mia and Fazlur.
The duo said in their confessional statements they along with some others were involved in the dispatching the consignment from Chittagong port, sources in the court said.
Three prosecution witnesses gave depositions against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and three other accused in Zia Charitable Trust graft case yesterday.
Khaleda, a three-time former premier, did not appear before the makeshift court set up at Bakshibazar in the capital due to her illness, her counsels said. She skipped the case proceedings on August 10 citing the same ground.
With reduce of water level in most of major rivers across the country flood situation has improved remarkably.
According to the Water Development Board, the major rivers have marked significant falls in their water levels following sharp reduction of onrush water from upstream and no rainfall during the period.
The improving trend will continue with further recession in water levels in the major rivers in Kurigram, Lalmonirhat, Nilphamari, Rangpur, Gaibandha, Bogra and Sirajganj soon.
The government has fixed specific points for slaughtering of sacrificing animals during Eid-ul-Azha in the capital and the port city to avoid pollution and dirtiness.
The slaughter of sacrificial animals will be limited to 513 designated spots in Dhaka North City Corporation, Dhaka South City Corporation and Chittagong City Corporation.
Muslims were requested to slaughter sacrificial animals at 493 spots in two city corporation areas, Dhaka and at 20 points in the port city during forthcoming Eid-ul-Azha.
Bangladesh is set to prepare its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) with the projection of cutting more than 5% of greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.
According to the draft INDC, the county will cut its greenhouse gas emission by 5% of the total emissions by 2030 under business-as-usual scenario without any condition.
And it could cut up to 14% of total emissions during the period, if it gets cooperation such as modern technology and finance from the developed nations.