- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
High monsoonal behaviour in the north and north-eastern regions and the Indian states of Assam and Meghalaya over the last two days have led to worsening of flood in Bangladesh.
According to the Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB)’s Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC), heavy rainfall across the region has inundated vast areas in Bangladesh’s north and north-east, damaging plantations of major cereal Aman paddy and seasonal vegetables.
The National Human Rights Commission of India has asked the federal government to give five lakh rupees as compensation to the family of Felani Khatun – the Bangladeshi teenage girl killed at the border in BSF firing four years ago.
Yesterday, the federal government of India was asked to hand over the money to the family through the Indian High Commission in Bangladesh.
Three leaders of Bangladesh Chhatra League’s Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) unit were suspended temporarily late yesterday night for their alleged involvement in the attacks carried out on teachers last Sunday.
Chhatra League central committee President Saifur Rahman Shohag confirmed the Dhaka Tribune of the suspension midnight yesterday. He, however, did not confirm the names, but said the names would be made public today.
The main political opposition BNP will celebrate its 37th founding anniversary today.
BNP, its associated bodies and front organisations have chalked out different programmes to mark the occasion.
On this very day in 1978, late president Ziaur Rahman floated the party.
The programmes include discussion meetings, hoisting party flags at its offices across the country and placing wreaths on the grave of the BNP founder.
The ruling Awami League has submitted the audited financial statement of 2014 to the Election Commission (EC) reporting income of about Tk9.5 crore against the expenditure of Tk3.44 crore.
The party’s Office Secretary Abdus Sobhan Golap placed the report to EC Secretary Sirazul Islam at the EC Secretariat yesterday. Golap told the newsmen that his party gained an earning of around Tk9.5 crore in 2014 and it spent around Tk3.44 crore as they could carry out party activities because of BNP-Jamaat hartals, blockades and petrol bomb attacks.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has instructed to “cleanse” the Awami League and its student body Bangladesh Chhatra League to build the organisations based on Bangabandhu’s ideals.
“You need to root out the weeds from these organisations [Awami League, Chhatra League] and build them as the men of ideals and principles of Bangabandhu,” the UNB reported her saying.
People from now on will have to pay Tk100-1000 for renewal or correction of their National Identity (NID) cards.
The charges come into effect from today.
People first availed the NID services free of cost from the Election Commission after its introduction in 2007.
In case of losing or damaging the card, the receiver needs to pay Tk200 and Tk300 as normal and urgent service charges respectively to get a fresh NID card for the first time while Tk300 and Tk500 for the second time and Tk500 and Tk1,000 for every next time.
The main political opposition BNP yesterday called Sheikh Hasina a helpless prime minister.
It is unfortunate that the prime minister has included people in her cabinet who once wanted to minus her from the party, Asaduzzaman Ripon, acting spokesperson of the party, said.
Hasanul Huq Inu, deputy chief of Gono Bahini, an armed wing of Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal, who acted as a catalyst for Sheikh Mujib murder, was inducted into the cabinet, he said.
The wholesale price of bandwidth, which was reduced recently by Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Ltd (BSCCL), will come into effect from today.
Monwar Hossain, managing director of BSCCL, confirmed it to the Dhaka Tribune yesterday.
The decision to reduce the price was taken at the company’s board of directors meeting on August 9.
The company’s managing director said each megabit per second (Mbps) of bandwidth has been fixed at Tk625 for International Internet Gateway (IIG) and it will cost Tk800 for the Internet Service Providers (ISPs).
The two Dhaka city corporations have decided to set up 16 makeshift cattle markets in the capital for the upcoming Eid-ul-Azha.
Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) will set up 10 cattle markets – last year, there were 11 markets in the area – while the Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) will set up six markets – last year, there were seven. Moreover, the permanent cattle market in Gabtoli will also be set up.
Speakers at a discussion in Dhaka urged the government to improve women’s empowerment in parliament by introducing an electoral procedure for women-only parliamentary seats.
To accomplish this, they recommended rearranging the electoral area for the seats.
The discussion, organised by Bangladesh Mahila Parishad, took place yesterday around 3:30pm at Sufia Kamal Bhaban Auditorium, with BMP President Ayesha Khanam presiding.
The Supreme Court has extended the bail period for six weeks to BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir in three arson and vandalism cases.
The BNP leader who is presently undergoing treatment in the United States will have to surrender before a lower court after the bail period expires. A four-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha gave the extension order yesterday in reply to a petition of Fakhrul seeking an eight-week bail extension.
Police have decided not to allow any cattle market to be set up on the streets in the capital before the upcoming Eid-ul-Azha in order to avoid unwanted traffic congestion.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia told a press briefing at Mohakhali bus terminal yesterday that the decision was also aimed at preventing crimes that generally are committed at such places.
The Supreme Court has scrapped the High Court verdict that acquitted former Awami League lawmaker Joynal Hazari in a case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).
A four-member bench of the Appellate Division, headed by Chief Justice SK Sinha, passed the order yesterday.
“The Supreme Court scrapped the High Court verdict after we filed a leave-to-appeal petition against the verdict,” said ACC lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan.
The apex court also ordered to hold further hearing on the appeal at the High Court.
The Cabinet has approved in principle the draft of Bangladesh Investment Development Authority (BIDA) Law 2015.
The decision was taken at the Cabinet’s regular meeting, presided over by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, at the Secretariat yesterday.
Cabinet Secretary M Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan briefed the reporters after the meeting. “The Privatisation Commission and the Board of Investment (BoI) will be abolished once the BIDA law is passed by parliament,” he said, because “the two institutions failed to execute their objectives.”
A Dhaka court yesterday fixed November 2 for hearing on whether to accept charge sheets against BNP chief Khaleda Zia and 37 others in a case involving petrol bomb attack.
The case was filed under the Special Powers Act with the Jatrabari police station in connection with an attack on a bus in January that left one dead and 27 others injured.
Yesterday was the scheduled date for passing order on whether BNP Chief Khaleda and others will be charged in the cases.But Metropolitan Magistrate Shariar Mahmud Adnan set the fresh date to pass the order.
Most of the footpaths around Sreepur Railway Station have been grabbed, with grabbers setting up businesses and other establishments flouting the law.
Grabbers claimed spaces they had occupied were leased to them by railway officials but their claim could not be verified.
The existing establishments cause serious traffic congestion during peak hours at the railway station area while new ones, the majority being unplanned, continue to spring up.
An alleged forest robber was killed early yesterday in a gunfight with members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in Sharankhola range of Sundarbans in Bagerhat.
Lt Col Faridul Alam, Commander of RAB-8, claimed the deceased Khalil was the second-in-command of ‘Monir Bahini’.
Alam said on a tip-off, they raided Dorjar canal area around 5:30am while Khalil with his cohorts were preparing to commit robbery.
Due to incessant rainfall, onrush of water from the upstream, flood situation in various parts of the country has deteriorated.
Thousands of people are marooned, cropland, houses and infrastructures damaged as villages are inundated by the rising water of rivers in Kurigram, Gaibandha, Naogaon, Sherpur, Faridpur and Thakurgaon.
A readymade garment factory in Joydevpur upazila here was closed for indefinite period yesterday in the face of prolonged worker unrest.
Sources at Keya Knit Composite Ltd situated in Konabari area of the upazila said the factory authorities had issued show-cause notices to some 50-60 workers about one and half months ago on charge of violation of its rules. Besides, they formed a seven-member committee to probe the allegation.