- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
Who can say that Bangladesh’s people are anything but resilient?There’s nothing I can say or do to persuade people that Gallup’s labelling of Bangladesh as the country with the “least emotional” people sounds inaccurate.
It seems a bit off to me as well.
But while I believe it is wrong to stereotype entire national populations on the basis of opinion polls, there’s no denying surveys like this have traction. Advertisers, corporations, and the authors of business best-sellers like Freakonomics mine this type of data all the time to try and sell their products.
Strong emotions are all around usWe Bangladeshis are a peculiar bunch.
When World Cup football season is here, we gleefully hoist Brazilian and Argentine flags onto our rooftops, and hit the streets when our team wins. Sometimes we even end up in street clashes over our support for countries we know very little about, and have very little in common with.
When a convicted war criminal doesn’t get the death penalty we think he deserved, we occupy the streets of Shahbagh and sloganeer day and night at the top our lungs until the ruling changes.
The long-awaited Joydebpur-Mymensingh Highway construction work has missed its deadline again.
According to a report prepared by the Roads and Highway Department (RDH), about 70% physical works of the Joydebpur-Mymensingh four-lane upgradation project has been finished. But the construction of upgradation of two-lane to four-lane was supposed to be completed by June this year.
Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (Ruet) yesterday celebrated its 12th founding anniversary with enthusiasm and festivity.
Ruet Vice-Chancellor Prof M Rafiqul Alam Beg inaugurated the programme at about 9am hoisting national and university flags.
Later, a colourful procession with banners and festoons was brought out on the campus led by the vice-chancellor.
On the occasion, all the buildings of the university were decorated with colorful lights.
The Rapid Action Battalion arrested six members of Sahadat Bahini from the capital’s Mirpur area while they were collecting extortion from a shop.
Sentu Mia Prokash alias Sentu, 24, Milon alias Shooter Suman, 24, Yameen Sarkar alias Monty, 27, Babu Ahmed, 36, Masud Rana, 27, and SM Solaiman Quader alias Pavel, 23, were arrested when they went to a shop “Lakhmipur Banijyalay” located at Mirpur 11 around 9pm on Monday night, said Commanding Officer of RAB 4 and also Additional Deputy Inspector General Khandakar Lutful Kabir in a press briefing.
Police in separate drives arrested two drug peddlers with 1,500 yaba tablets in Chittagong city yesterday.
Mohammad Moshin, officer-in-charge of Bakalia police station, said police arrested Mohammad Yusuf, 40, of Bhola district and Rahima Begum, 35, of Cox’s Bazar district.
Yusuf was arrested with 5,00 yaba tablets from a bus of S Alam Paribahan and Rahima was arrested with 1,000 tablets from a micro-bus in Shah Amanat Third Karnaphuli Bridge area, he said.
It took Sajjad Talukdar six hours – from 11am to 5pm – by bus to reach Azimpur from Uttara, a journey that does not usually take more than two hours even on a busy working day given Dhaka’s heavy traffic.
When he reached Mohakhali around 2pm, which was about halfway through the journey, the idea of getting off the bus and walking came across his mind. But he decided against it when he saw the road ahead submerged in several feet of water. Even the pavements were under water.
Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan has warned launch owners and officials to not overload the vessels during the Eid-ul-Azha rush, adding that the BIWTA would maintain strict surveillance to ensure there are no extra passengers being allowed on the roof.
“In the last Eid-ul-Fitr we had no shipping accidents, so we do not want any kind of casualties in the upcoming Eid-ul-Azha,” Shajahan told a ministry meeting on ensuring safe journey during Eid.
Chittagong Metropolitan Police yesterday foiled Bangladesh Nationalist Party’s 37th founding anniversary programme at Biplob Udyan of the port city, claiming that the party had not taken permission from the authority concerned.
BNP and local sources said police barred Chittagong BNP leaders, activists and its different associate bodies from carrying out any activities at the venue from morning until noon.
Law enforcement agencies were seen cordoning off the entire area.
The frequent spells of rain which began on Sunday night across the country, especially the northern and northeastern districts, have accelerated the flood crisis and are causing massive damage to crops.
The flood situation is expected to deteriorate over the next two days while the low-lying areas of the capital might get flooded gradually, said the Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre yesterday.
A child, abducted from Bogra eight months ago, was rescued from a cafe in Barisal city yesterday.
Shakhawat Hossain, officer-in-charge of Kotwali police station, said Talha, 4, son of Sajedur Rahman Saju, worker of Bogra Municipality, was abducted on February 10.
Later, the father of the boy filed a case in this connection with Bogra police station.
On the day, police rescued the boy from the Cafe Ammajan in Hospital Road area of Barisal.
An Awami League leader was shot dead by some unidentified assailants in Chandraganj upazila, Lakshmipur yesterday.
Quoting witnesses, police said a group of 4/5 miscreants in a CNG-run auto-rickshaw swooped on Omar Faruk, vice-president of Chandraganj union unit of Awami League and son of late Abdul Mannan of West Latifpur village in the upazila, while he was having tea at a tea stall in Mostafa shop area around 9:30am.
The attackers opened fire on the Awami League leader, leaving him critically injured. Later, he died on the way to Noakhali Sadar Hospital.
In a late night drive, Dhaka North City Corporation began demolishing illegal billboards on the road from Bijoy Sarani intersection to the Chandrima Udyan.
The advertising agencies, who own the billboards, alleged that the DNCC does not have the authority to remove them because they are placed on Air Force’s property.
The drive began around 9:45pm led by DNCC Chief Executive Officer BM Enamul Haque. Chief Waste Management Officer Bipon Kumar Saha was also present.
A number of CNG-run bus owners have already started charging passengers extra fare, even though the government has yet to make a decision in this regard.
“We are buying fuel at the new price, our cost has already increased. I have to charge extra fare now; I can’t wait for the government’s decision,” said Asadullah, driver of a CNG-run bus on Motijheel-Mirpur route.
The High Court yesterday issued a rule upon the government to explain why Section 57 of the Information Communication and Technology (ICT) Act should not be declared unconstitutional.
The bench of Justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury and Justice Md Ashraful Kamal asked the secretaries to the ministries of ICT, home and information to come up with their explanations by four weeks.
The order came in response to a writ petition moved by 11 eminent citizens including university teachers challenging the legality of the much-talk-about provision.
Expelled Awami League leader and former minister Abdul Latif Siddique yesterday tendered his resignation as a lawmaker.
He said he was doing this as per the will of his leader.
He entered the house after the Maghrib prayers yesterday – the first day of the 10th parliament’s seventh session. Prime Minister and Leader of the House Sheikh Hasina was not present at the time.
When he asked whether he would read out the resignation letter, Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury said there was no need for this.
A Dhaka court has sentenced to death two brothers and another for the kidnapping and murder of O Level student Md Ammar Shamsi of Lalbagh in 2000.
Abdur Rahim Sader, judge of the Speedy Trial Tribunal 4, pronounced the judgement yesterday in presence of the convicts. The tribunal also fined them Tk20,000 each.
The convicts are Alamgir, son of Md Idris from Shahidnagar; Md Ziaur Rahman, son of Firoj Uddin of the same area, and his brother Salahuddin. The tribunal sent them to jail after the verdict.
Myanmar has agreed to work with Bangladesh in managing the frontier to reduce border tension between the countries.
The neighbouring country is also likely to enhance security cooperation at the policy level to combat drugs and human trafficking and increase defence cooperation.
“Bangladesh proposed Myanmar to sign an instrument on security dialogue and cooperation and Myanmar has agreed to it,” said a senior official of the Foreign Ministry.
The International Crimes Tribunal 2 yesterday exempted freedom fighter and Gonoshasthaya Kendra founder Zafrullah Chowdhury from the contempt of court charges brought against him for criticising its judges.
The tribunal led by Justice Obaidul Hassan also asked Zafrullah to be cautious while making remarks about the judges and the judicial system of the country, and cautioned him heavily to not recur his behaviour in the future.
The judges also termed Zafrullah “extremely wrong-headed” for his June 10 remarks.
With more than 5 crore internet subscribers, the country’s telecom industry crossed a milestone in the month of July this year.
Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) on Tuesday officially announced that the sector crossed the landmark of 5 crore internet subscribers.
According to BTRC website, the telecommunication industry has made this achievement in July with the increased number of 5.07 crore internet users.
A total of 5.07 million subscribers used internet in the month compared to 4.83 crore at the end of June, 2015.