- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
Dope gangs have once more become active in the capital ahead of Eid-ul-Azha.
Detective Branch of Dhaka Metropolitan Police arrested 19 people from separate gangs for their alleged involvement in doping passengers and looting their belongings. Three arrestees are gang leaders.
In a press briefing at the DMP media centre, Joint Commissioner of DB Monirul Islam said DB arrested them from three different drives on Monday.
Historic and archeological importance of the majestic house of poet Quazi Kader Newaj, an icon of Bangla literature, has been lying uncared in Sreepur upazila town under Magura district, as the authorities concerned are ignoring its tourism potentials.
The splendid building still stands tall along the bank of the Kumar River beckoning the people passing by it to have a look of its grandeur and magnificence. None can resist the temptation of taking a look at the captivating old structure when one passes by it.
‘The Eighth National Pay Scale is humiliating for public university teachers, and if not revised, it would be devastating for the country’s higher education system’Academic activities came to a halt in the country’s public universities yesterday as the teachers observed work abstention in protest against the newly approved Eighth National Pay Scale.
The protest was coordinated by the Federation of Bangladesh University Teachers’ Association (FBUTA), who called for work abstention in the country’s 37 public universities rejecting the new pay scale that allegedly did not reflect their demands.
The Cabinet has okayed spending Tk15,904.24 crore to implement the Eighth National Pay Scale – significantly less than was estimated by the National Pay and Services Commission, according to a Finance Division pay scale summary submitted to the Cabinet.
The Finance Division summary was signed by Senior Finance Secretary Mahbub Ahmed and approved at Monday’s cabinet meeting.
According to the summary, the highest salary tier will be Tk78,000 and the lowest will be Tk8,250, a ratio of 1:9.45.
A Dhaka court yesterday framed charges against Awami League lawmaker from Cox’s Bazar, Abdur Rahman Bodi, in a graft case filed for amassing illegal wealth.
Judge Abu Ahmed Jamadar of Dhaka Special Judge’s Court 3 framed the charges against the lawmaker and fixed October 6 for commencing trial in the case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).
Bodi, who is now on bail, yesterday pleaded not guilty and demanded justice after the charges were read out to him.
Stressing that education is a basic right, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said children must be enrolled in class I without any written admission test.
“Whenever a child turns to the age of getting admitted to class I, he or she should have to be admitted to and there’s no need to sit for test with printed papers because this is his or her right, not a matter of test,” she said.
The prime minister made the remarks while addressing the inaugural function of the International Literacy Day 2015 held at Osmani Memorial Auditorium in the city.
Finance Minister AMA Muhtih has denounced the agitation of public university teachers against the new pay structure.
He said despite being the most educated people in the country, they are demonstrating due to their lack of knowledge. He told reporters yesterday that they were protesting the new pay scale without knowing report says.
On a different note, Muhith said the pay commission would be disbanded next year.
The International Crime Tribunal yesterday accepted war crimes charges against nine including former Jamaat MP Shakhawat Hossain.
The Tribunal also cleared three others saying there were no specific charges against them. They are Md Akram Hossain, Azihar Morhal and Moshiur Rahman. Akram and Azihar are now in jail while Moshiur is absconding.
The accused are Md Billal Hossain Biswas, Md Ibrahim Hossain, Sheikh Md Mojibur Rahman, MA Aziz Sardar, Abdul Aziz Sardar, Kazi Ohidul Islam, Md Lutfur Morhal and Md Abdul Khalek. Shakhawat and Billal are behind bars.
The Anti-Corruption Commission is all set to clear former BASIC Bank chairman Abdul Hai Bachchu of charges of allegations of embezzling Tk4,500 crore from the state-owned bank.
A four-member inquiry team yesterday submitted a report to the commission, seeking permission to file at least 54 cases against more than 100 accused, including former managing director Kazi Fakhrul Islam.
However, ACC Chairman M Bodiuzzaman said as he did not get the probe report he would not make any comment on it.
The two-week flood that inundated vast swathes of land the north and northeastern regions of the country, has finally began to ease.
Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC) said that water levels in the major river systems – Brahmaputra-Jamuna, Ganges-Padma and Surma-Kushiyara – has started falling down and this will continue over the next three days.
A Dhaka court yesterday placed 13 leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami and its student wing Islami Chhatra Shibir, including two former Jamaat MPs, on a three-day remand each in a case filed with Pallabi police station.
Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Md Lutfur Rahman Shishir passed the order when DB inspector Muhammad Mahfuzur Rahman, also the investigation officer of the case, produced them before the court seeking a 10-day remand for interrogation.
Directorate of Narcotic Control (DNC) found liquid cocaine in a drum, inscribed with the number 59, out of 107 drums in a cargo container in which the cocaine was allegedly imported under the guise of sunflower oil this year.
Confirming the matter, DNC Chief Chemist Dulal Krishna Saha yesterday said they conducted further laboratory test on drum no-59 on Monday according to a court order.
With this, DNC has found cocaine in two drums so far, he said, adding that the oil has to be removed from the drum to discover the cocaine’s quantity.
The Jatiya Sangsad yesterday passed the Nuclear Power Plant Bill 2015 aimed at forming a company to operate the first nuclear power plant in the country in Pabna.
Science and Technology Minister Yeafes Osman placed the bill in parliament which was passed in voice vote.
According to the bill, Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC) will be the owner of the plant and a company, the Nuclear Power Plant Company Bangladesh Limited, will be formed for the operation.
The High Court has once again questioned the legality of imposing 7.5% VAT on the tuition fees at private universities and private medical colleges.
In response to a writ petition filed by a teacher and two students of two private universities, the HC bench of Justice Sheikh Hassan Arif and Justice JN Deb Choudhury yesterday issued a rule upon the government to explain in four weeks why the VAT would not be declared illegal.
A mobile court yesterday afternoon fined Apollo Hospital authorities Tk1.6m after finding unauthorised medicine at its pharmacy.
RAB sources said the pharmacy is run by the hospital authorities.
RAB 1 Operation Officer Muhit Kabir Serniabat told the Dhaka Tribune: “A mobile court run by RAB 1, led by Executive Magistrate Firoz Ahmed, raided a pharmacy run by the hospital authorities.”
Bangladesh has paid dearly for the row between Dhaka and Washington over Nobel laureate Dr Md Yunus and the Grameen Bank, a former top diplomat has said.
The country failed to secure threshold funding from the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), and some believe the squabble cost Bangladesh funding for the Padma Bridge.
The two men kidnapped their neighbour and took her to the port city. They hid her in different places of the city and raped her repeatedlyA Chittagong court yesterday sentenced two people to 60 years’ jail terms each on charges of kidnapping and raping a girl – their neighbour – in 2001.
Chittagong Women and Children Oppression Prevention Tribunal 1 Judge Md Rezaul Karim also fined the accused – Md Yakub Ali and Md Mamum – Tk1.5 lakh each, said prosecutor advocate Jesmin Akhter.
The accused were sent to jail following the verdict.
Police in the district yesterday arrested two youths for violating a school girl and uploading the video footage of the incident on the internet.
The arrested were Rajon Deb, 21, son of Late Narayan Deb, a resident of Bogla Bazar of the town and Nurul Amin, 22, son of Makhan Miah of Umed Nagar.
According to the police sources, five youths including Rajon and Nurul allegedly raped the girl, a student of class VIII, at a house at PTI Road in the town.
Later, the youths themselves took the video footage of the incident.
Why is it so hard to afford a place to stay in Dhaka city?Bob Cratchit: Mr Scrooge?
Ebenezer: I'm busy.
Bob Cratchit: Well, it's about Mr Marley, sir! He's dying!
Ebenezer: Well, what do you want me to do about it? If he's dying, he's dying.
— Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
International Literacy Day-2015, was observed across the country yesterday to emphasize the importance on ‘Literacy and Sustainable Societies’.
Our correspondent reported that a colorful procession participated by students, teachers, officials and NGO- men was brought out in the morning which paraded the main streets of the town.
The procession was followed by a discussion on “Literacy and sustainable societies” was held in the conference room of the deputy commissioner.