- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
Modern-day highwaymen are striking fear into the hearts of cattle traders this Eid-ul-Azha, as reports of armed robberies come in from around the country.
In just the last 24 hours, robbers have attacked cattle trucks in Bogra and Gazipur.
Some traders claimed that paying tolls to extortionists bought safe passage for their cattle trucks – this Eid-ul-Azha extortion is widespread as it is most years – but ambushes by robbers, a new phenomenon, has cattle traders worried.
The cattle markets of the city are ready to start selling sacrificial animals from today as traders begin bringing in cattle to the capital from different districts.
Apart from the permanent Gabtoli cattle market – the biggest one in the capital, there will be 22 makeshift markets set up in the city; six of those will be under the Dhaka North City Corporation, 10 under Dhaka South City Corporation, and six more under Dhaka district administration.
At least three people were killed and 50 others injured in police firing after they blocked the Tangail-Mymensingh road demanding quick trial of a rapist.
Police said Shamim, 35, from Kalia village of Ghatail, died on the spot while Faruk, 32, of Satia village of the same upazila, succumbed to his injuries at Tangail Sadar Hospital.
“Another Nitai Chandra died when he was being taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital,” OC Md Shahidul Islam said.
More than 10 protesters sustained bullet injuries. The injured were admitted to nearby hospitals.
Saudi Arabia has warned Muslim pilgrims attending next week’s hajj in Mecca to avoid exploiting Islam’s annual gathering for political reasons, reflecting its worry that turmoil in the region may prompt attacks or damaging displays of discord.
“The security forces are ready to confront any irresponsible behaviour that might pollute the purity of hajj or endanger the lives of the guests of Allah,” Interior Minister Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef was quoted as saying by state media.
Hundreds of thousands of Indian cows are being smuggled in to Bangladesh, despite government claims that local supply can satisfy Eid demand.
There is no legal way for Indian cows to enter Bangladesh, but smugglers are not deterred from bringing in large consignments of cattle.
The Dhaka Tribune’s Mohammad Jamil Khan and Syed Samiul Basher Anik visited the north-eastern border areas used as smuggling routes and found that cattle smuggling had increased five or six times compared to last year.
India’s West Bengal government has declassified 64 files on revolutionary leader “Netaji” Subhash Chandra Bose, which contain letters suggesting that he was alive after 1945 and that his family was under government surveillance, The Statesman reports.
A digital version of the declassified files is being made available in a seven-DVD set. The original files are housed at the Calcutta Police Museum and will be accessible to the public from Monday.
Police’s elite force Rapid Action Battalion yesterday raided the University Grants Commission office in Agargaon area and arrested an assistant director for his alleged involvement in leaking question papers of medical admission and job recruitment tests.
RAB claims that Omar Shiraj, 32, was the ringleader of a gang involved in leaking admission test and job interview question papers. The two others arrested in the drive are store keeper of Judicial Service Commission Rezaul Karim, 32, and student Ihasan Imtiaz Hridoy, 22.
Police have recovered the decomposed body of Jahangir Alam, an employee of a specialised Bangla daily, from inside a suitcase yesterday, three days after he went missing.
The deceased was the circulation manager of Bangla commercial daily, Bonik Barta.
SI Abdul Jalil of Khilkhet police station said: “Smelling an odour coming from a flat on the top floor of a five-storied building in Khilkhet, locals informed the police.
Bangladesh Bank (BB) has further revised its Information and Communication Technology (ICT) security guidelines for banks and non-banking financial institutions (NBFIs).
The central bank made several changes to its guidelines on ICT security in order to tackle IT risk.
According to a BB circular issued yesterday, the revised guidelines are to be seen as the minimum safety requirement applied at the level appropriate to the technology used by financial institutions.
The third day of the National Income Tax Fair drew record number of crowds yesterday, but tax collection was around 50% less than the previous day.
With Friday being a holiday, a large number of people found time to visit the fair. At the end of the day, authorities concerned said they had served 119,873 people across the country – which was the highest for a single day since the fair started on Wednesday.
The Shahporir Dwip embankment had been in a dilapidated condition for the last three years leading around 5,000 families homeless in Sabrang union under Teknaf upazila of Cox’s Bazar.
Among 40,000 residents of the island, the families had to take shelter elsewhere because of the delay in repairing the embankment caused by the alleged corruption of the contractor firm and local influential people.
“They are intentionally delaying the process so that the government funds keep flowing in,” said Md Jasim, a resident of Shahporir Dwip.
The lack of maintenance and repair has left the Dhaka-Barisal highway in a dilapidated condition, increasing the risk of accidents.
Parts of the 24ft wide highway in Faridpur and Madaripur have developed numerous potholes, making journeys risky and multiplying the suffering of passengers as well.
There have been several accidents on the highway near Bhurghata bus stop in the last one month because of the road’s narrow width and also because there is no soil on each side.
Despite setting to eradicate child labour from the country by 2016, the government has hardly made any progress due to a general lack of willingness, experts has said.
The government formulated the National Child Labour Elimination Policy in July 2011 in a bid to diminish child labour – in all shapes and forms – by next year. But the project has failed, thanks to the authorities concerned and the lack of cooperation among them.
Two Bangladeshi nationals were killed in mortar attacks launched from Yemen around Samtah General Hospital in Jizan region of Saudi Arabia early yesterday.
State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam confirmed the death of the two Bangladeshis, the UNB reported.
The deceased – hospital cleaning staff Nuru from Tangail and Baten from Brahmanbaria – died on the spot, the state minister posted on his official Facebook page.
He also said there had been more victims of the attacks who were admitted to hospital.
Taliban gunmen killed 29 people, including 16 praying in a mosque, when they stormed a Pakistani air force base on Friday, a military spokesman said, in the deadliest Taliban attack on a military installation in the country’s history.
The 13 gunmen were also killed in the attack on Badaber air base, close to the northwestern city of Peshawar.
India is preparing a rescue package for power utilities owing tens of billions of dollars, but Prime Minister Narendra Modi must first convince states to make politically hard choices as he seeks a victory for reforms needed to galvanise the economy.
Modi has prioritised tackling a problem that is stifling bank lending needed for a revival, three senior government sources with direct knowledge of the plan said. Problematic utility debts account for a quarter of all restructured bank loans in India.
Countries that do not share European values of human empathy and solidarity cannot count on receiving money from the bloc, German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel said in an interview with the German newspaper Bild.
Renewing a threat issued this week by his cabinet colleague, Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere, Gabriel said that while Germany was opening gymnasiums, barracks and homes to refugee families, other countries were “laying barbed wire on their borders and closing the gates”.
An election campaign in Greece ends on Friday with opinion polls giving no clear winner, setting the stage for a cliffhanger vote on Sunday between the political left and right, and the near-certainty the next government will be a coalition.
Five opinion polls on Thursday and Friday underlined the tightness of Greece’s election campaign, offering different outcomes but all pointing to no outright winner when ballots are cast.
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Boosting skills is essential to make the economy more globally competitive and reap the potential of our demographic dividendAt this week’s launch of the Skills for Employment Investment project, the finance minister commented that the expenditure by businesses in Bangladesh on overseas workers to make up for shortages of skills in the local workforce is estimated to cause an outflow of $4bn a year.
It is a telling indicator of the urgent need to help make our growing workforce more widely skilled and productive. Boosting skills is absolutely essential if the economy is to become more globally competitive and take full advantage of the potential of our demographic dividend.