- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
Austria and Germany opened their borders to thousands of exhausted migrants yesterday, bussed to the Hungarian border by a right-wing government that had tried to stop them but was overwhelmed by the sheer numbers reaching Europe’s frontiers.
Left to walk the last yards into Austria, rain-soaked migrants, many of them refugees from Syria’s civil war, were whisked by train and shuttle bus to Vienna, where authorities arranged for thousands to head straight on to Germany.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has recently expressed anger over some of the remarks made by several senior leaders of the ruling party Awami League.
She will fly to the US towards the end of this month for attending the UN General Assembly, but before that she has called a meeting of the Awami Leauge Central Working Committee (ALCWC).
An insider said that the meeting is scheduled to be held on Friday September 11, at the prime minister’s official residence Ganabhaban.
A Dhaka court yesterday sent war criminal Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury’s son to jail in an attempted murder case filed with the Gulshan police station.
Humam Quader Chowdhury was arrested in their Dhanmondi residence around 10:30am yesterday, said Dhanmondi police station Office-in-Charge Nure Azam.
Police said they arrested him as a warrant had been issued in the case filed in connection with a scuffle that Human was involved with in 2008. But they could not given any further detail of the incident that led to the lawsuit.
The Power Development Board (PDB) is inviting international tenders to re-power the Ghorashal 4th unit power plant, which will see the construction on a turnkey basis of a 400MW gas-based combined cycle power plant.
Once the project is completed, an additional 230MW of power will be added to the national grid from the existing power generation capacity of 170MW. The existing Ghorashal 4th unit 210MW power plant was set up 25 years ago.
Civil servants may have to wait till December to get salaries under new pay scale as incorporation of time scale and selection grade will require major structural changes to the proposals that is time-consuming, officials said.
“If time and selection grade is incorporated in the proposed pay scale, it will need huge structural changes and time. So implementation will be delayed by four more months,” a Finance Division official told Dhaka Tribune yesterday asking not be named.
Police recovered 110 pieces of gold bars weighing around 12kg from inside a private car kept inside Bagharpara police station of Jessore on Friday night.
Bagharpara police station Officer-in-Charge Chhoyruddin Ahmed said: “Led by Jessore Additional Police Super KM Ariful Hoque, police searched the car [Dhaka Metro-Ga-13-9580] and found the gold bars inside 11 packets kept under the gear box of the car.”
Owner of the car Towhidur Rahman Khan, 46, was arrested in this connection.
A girl was physically assaulted in the capital yesterday for rejecting a love proposal.
A group of men beat her while she was on her way to provide tuition to her student in Konapara area in Old Dhaka. The victim is a student of a private university in the capital.
As she reached Chishtiya Road under the Demra police station, a man named Nek Babu along with his three to four associates blocked her way. They started bullying her and at one point started beating and molesting her leaving her injured.
Police arrested a man while trying to violate a girl at Sholdhara village in Ghior upazila early yesterday.
The arrested is Abdul Latif, 45.
Sources said Abdul Latif took a class four student to an abandoned house by instigating her and tried to rape her.
Hearing screaming of the girl, local people came out and beat up Abdul Latif.
On information police went to the spot and arrested Latif.
Ghior police station Officer-in-Charge Shawkat Alam confirmed the incident.
A court yesterday sent a teenage boy arrested on charge of sexually harassing a schoolgirl to Juvenile Correction Centre in Tongi.
Judge Aftabullah of the District Children’s Court passed the order as police produced Ruhul Amin Rahul, 16, before his court in the afternoon.
Neither Rahul’s parents nor any relative were present at the court while acting deputy director of the district office of the Department of Social Services declined to take the teenage boy under his custody for security reasons.
The Janmashtami, birth festival of Sri Krishna and one of the major festivals of the Hindu, was celebrated across the country yesterday with due religious fervour and enthusiasm.
Our correspondent reported that a procession was brought out on the occasion from the ISCKON Temple at Datterhat under Sadar upazila around 10am. Anupam Barua, Additional Deputy Magistrate, Eliash Sharif, Superintendent of Police led the programme.
Eight workers were critically injured yesterday when a gas cylinder of a scrapped ship exploded at a ship-breaking yard in Chittagong.
The explosion, believed to have been caused by a leak in the gas cylinder, took
place at the Shital Enterprise scrap yard in Sonaichhari union in Chittagong’s Sitakunda upazila.
Five workers – Al Amin, 30, Nadim, 30, Moklesul, 30, Shahjahan, 40, and Khokon 25 – were admitted to the Burn and Plastic Surgery unit at Chittagong Medical College Hospital in critical condition.
Some claimed they had failed to meet any official at the booth despite waiting for hours in queuePeople seeking to update their personal information on National Identity Card are not happy with the service at the Election Commission’s National Identity Registration Wing.
Visiting the registration wing, located at the Islamic Foundation building in the capital’s Agargaon area yesterday, applicants were seen frustrated at the slow service.
Some claimed they had failed to meet any official at the booth despite waiting for hours in queue.
Hundreds of guardians of students of Nababidhan Girls High School in Natore formed a human chain on the school premises yesterday demanding exemplary punishment to a guardian who allegedly physically assaulted the headmaster of the school on Thursday.
Bimal Gobinda Sarker, headmaster of the school, said he had received a complaint that on Wednesday class teacher of grade seven Sanzid Kumar Pramanik scolded a student named Raisa for remaining absent in the school for long.
Ongoing floods in the country’s northern and northeastern parts for the last two weeks have drastically reduced supply of vegetables, causing prices at the capital’s kitchen markets to soar.
City dwellers for a week are paying Tk15-20 more for each kilogramme of vegetables.
‘Poultry farms across the country have been flooded due to heavy rainfall, causing the egg price go up’Egg prices continue to spiral up and have now crossed Tk120 per dozen in retail market as, market insiders say, the rain for last two days exacerbated the situation further disrupting the supply chain.
Earlier in 2012 the egg price rose to Tk120 a dozen in the retail market.
Electricity price hike and rains have been blamed for the soaring prices of the protein-rich food as these factors caused
production fall as well as supply chain disruption.
Cropland continues to be inundated and damaged as the flood situation in the country’s north and north-west deteriorates.
The Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) estimates that around 250,000 hectares of cropland has been inundated in this year’s flooding.
Most of the damage has been done to the fields of Aman paddy, the country’s major cereal crop, which has little chance of recovery because the planting season is nearly over, Chaitnya Kumar Das, deputy director of the DAE, said.
The National Board of Revenue is working on introduction of dog squad unit at major airports and in customs houses for better detection of smuggled contraband items, officials said.
The customs wing under NBR will use the detective dog squads, specially trained in detection of contraband drugs, gold, and narcotics, to check illegal entry of smuggled goods inside the country.
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) has instructed its field offices to prepare a list of importers and exporters to ensure risk management in revenue collection.
As part of the budget implementation plan for the fiscal year 2015-16, field offices were asked to prepare a list of companies with
high risk and medium risks, NBR document shows.
World financial leaders will agree to calibrate and communicate monetary policy carefully to avoid triggering capital flight, but will not call an expected US rate rise a risk to growth, a draft communique showed on Friday.
Many emerging market economies are concerned that when the US Federal Reserve raises borrowing costs, investors will withdraw from other markets and buy dollar assets, weakening other currencies and creating turbulence as capital flees.
The European Central Bank cut its growth and inflation forecasts, warning of possible further trouble from China and paving the way for an expansion of its already massive 1tn euro plus asset-buying program.
The ECB, which left interest rates unchanged in a widely expected decision, said growth would suffer from fading momentum in emerging markets, particularly China, and falling oil prices could drag the 19-member euro zone back into deflation in coming months.