- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
As if highway extortion by police and influentials, high transport cost and traffic tailback were not enough, Dhaka-bound cattle traders are facing a new kind of obstacle this year.
With cattle-laden trucks starting to enter the city in large numbers ahead of the upcoming Eid-ul-Azha, reports are coming in that traders being barred from reaching their destination markets.
Rapid Action Battalion has put in place a multi-layered security measure ahead of Eid-ul-Azha, with special attention put on security of cattle markets and banks, the elite force’s chief has said.
RAB Director General Benazir Ahmed said several outposts would be set up at the capital’s exit points ahead of Eid, while patrolling would also be increased to maintain law and order and to prevent untoward incidents over the sale of cattle hide.
It has been two days since the cattle markets in Dhaka city have been allowed to operate to the full, but sellers yesterday said that trade would take a couple more days to hit the peak.
Eid-ul-Azha, one of the two biggest religious festivals of the Muslims in Bangladesh, will be observed on Friday, September 25.
On that day, and the two following days, Muslims across the country will slaughter cattle – mainly cows, buffaloes, oxes and goats – in the spirit of sacrifice and share the meat with relatives and the poor people of the society.
Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus inaugurated the Jobra Museum and Archives last Saturday at the village of Jobra where Grameen Bank was founded in 1976, said a press release from the Yunus Centre.
Most of the former staff from its first branch, as well as Professor HI Latifee who had coordinated all of Yunus’ activities in the early years, attended the inauguration.
Distinguished guests from the port city of Chittagong, Chittagong University, acting managing director of Grameen Bank ASM Mohiuddin, and senior executives also attended the event.
Due to its geography, Bangladesh is among the most vulnerable nations in the world. Millions of Bangladeshis are already facing pressing challenges from erratic weather conditions that severely damage infrastructure and farmland, threatening their livelihoodsClimate change is no longer a distant perspective for “our children and grandchildren;” it is an urgent challenge for us, here and now. Every day, somewhere in the world, violent cyclones devastate coastlines, destroying homes and schools; droughts ravage crops and cause water shortages; sea-level rise endangers coastal areas all around the world; heavy floods displace thousands and damage valuable farm land. These are not mere “changes”: they are disruptions. Disruptions of our development efforts, disruptions of democracy, stability, and security.
A number of Indian cattle traders are reportedly entering Bangladesh by illegally crossing border in Kurigram on the eve of Eid-ul-Azha this year.
Jatrapur Hut, known as the “Indian Cattle Market” situated on the bank of Brahmaputra River, is overflown with Indian cows while a corrupt group has been reportedly realising extortion money from the cattle traders.
Workers of Tenstar Apparels Ltd yesterday organised sit-in at Zilani in Savar demanding their due payment.
Rafik, Tanzila, Kaosar and Faruk of the factory said they had not got payment for two months. The owners of the factory had closed it without giving their payment ahead of Eid-ul-Azha.
They urged the factory owner to open it soon and give their payment.
Otherwise, they would go to a tougher movement, they said. When tried to contact Abdur Rahman, chairman of the factory, with cellphone, he did not response.
Suspecting a housewife of having an illicit relation, locals allegedly tortured her brutally over night tied up with rope in a school on Saturday under Sadar upazila.
Lives of people across the country came to a halt yesterday due to non-stop rain.
In the capital, residents faced immense sufferings as many parts of the capital went under water due to poor drainage system.
Many city areas, including Eskaton, Kakrail, Mouchak, Malibagh, Dhanmondi, Mirpur were submerged due to the rains that started in the early morning, slowing down vehicular movement and causing traffic jams on the streets, much to cause sufferings for city residents.
The Met Office recorded 18 millimeters of rain in Dhaka city from 6am to 3pm yesterday.
The Chunati Wildlife Sanctuary in Lohagara upazila, Chittagong is slowly regaining its life, thanks to a joint initiative taken by NGOs and the government to revive the forest.
The sanctuary, which covers 7,764 hectares of area and is a major corridor between Bangladesh and Myanmar for Asian elephants, is home to a diverse array of animals, some of which are on the verge of extinction.
The Bangladesh Association of International Recruiting Agencies (Baira) proposed minimum Tk99,250 and maximum Tk180,950 for labour migration cost to Middle East countries.
Baira submitted its proposal to the nine-member committee of the Ministry of Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment on September 7.
It also proposed Tk15,000 as its service charge per labour manpower.
The maximum cost is proposed for Libya which is Tk1,81,950 that includes visa collection fee (Tk80,000), visa fee (Tk10,000) and plane fare (Tk60,000).
The results of the medical college admission test for 2015-16 academic session have been published, with 58.4% of the aspirants scoring pass marks.
State Minister for Health Zahid Malek announced the results yesterday morning, only three days after the admission test was held amid allegations of questions being leaked.
More than 87,000 students appeared for Friday’s MBBS and BDS entrance exams; a total 48,484 of those students passed.
The foreign ministers of France and Germany arrive in Dhaka today on a joint one-day visit.
Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali said this was the first joint visit by the foreign ministers of the two countries to Bangladesh. “This is an historic visit.”
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier are scheduled to arrive at Dhaka airport in the morning where they will be received by the foreign minister.
Jagmohan Dalmiya, the BCCI president, died yesterday at BM Birla hospital in Kolkata, where he had been hospitalised since a heart attack on Thursday evening. He was 75.
Dalmiya had concerns over his health since the start of his third term as president in March.
Dalmiya was taken to hospital after complaining of chest pain on Thursday and had to have an angiography done. He was reported to be stable but remained in critical care for the next two days before passing away last night.
Mayor of Dhaka north Annisul Huq has compared the capital city with an ICU patient and himself with its doctor.
“At present, the condition of Dhaka City is like a patient in a hospital ICU [intensive care unit]. The mayor is the doctor who has never studied medical science. But the patient must be saved. The patient is dying and all we are doing is research – this cannot happen.”
The tanners may set lower prices of rawhide for collection this year compared to last year’s as global market saw a fall in prices.
According to market insiders, the global rawhide prices plunged by 33% in last six months.
“The prices will be fixed in line with the international market rate. It will surely see a cut from last year,” said M Shahin Ahmed, chairman of Bangladesh Tanners Association.
He said this after a meeting with Commerce Secretary Hedayetullah Al Mamoon yesterday.
Sixty percent people who visit the government websites once do not access them for a second time due to unavailability of information, said State Minister for Information and Communication Technology Zunaid Ahmed Palak.
He said people do not enter the government and ministries websites twice as they are not updated and do not provide necessary information.
The government is trying to make the websites of the government and the ministries dynamic and up-to-date, he added.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said Bangladesh would remain engaged with the international community to maintain its lead contributions to the United Nations’ peacekeeping operations, defeat terrorism and violent extremism at any cost.
In a message on the occasion of International Day of Peace today, the prime minister said there is perhaps no better opportunity than now to commit to such a partnership as all move closer to adopting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The World Bank has reassured Bangladesh of extending budgetary support to the government if it fully implements its reform proposals in the energy sector.
The Finance Minister said this after World Bank South Asia Vice-President Annette Dixon met him at his ERD office, reports UNB.
Muhith said the World Bank vice-president raised the issue during the meeting and added that the budgetary support may reach $500 million. “More detailed discussions in this regard would be held in the next annual meeting of the World Bank at Peru next month.”
Bullet-hit Md Rubel succumbed to his injuries yesterday at Dhaka Medical College Hospital, two days after being shot by the police on Mymensingh-Tangail road during a protest, raising the death toll to four.
Rubel died around 7am, said DMCH police outpost In-Charge Mozammel Haque.
Three other protesters – Shamim, Faruk and Nitai Chandra – died on Friday in police firing when the several thousand villagers of Ghatail and Kalihati upazilas blocked the road demanding fair probe and quick trial into the rape of a woman in front of her son on September 15.