- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
Eid should be a time of joy for all of usIt was the last Friday before Eid and I was changing the TV channels idly. A headline on a particular channel’s scroll suddenly caught my eyes. “All employees must be given September’s salary before Eid,” the government had announced. My eyes fell upon Asma Apu, the helping hand in our house who was quietly mopping the floor. Despite her hard work, she wasn’t even recognised as a laborer in our society. Would she get her salary before Eid?
Freedom of association for workers must be improved in order to fulfil the requirements of the 16-point Generalised System of Preferences Action Plan, according to US Assistant Trade Representative Michael Delaney.
At a programme at the EMK Centre in the capital yesterday, Delaney said: “There is notable progress in certain areas, particularly regarding improved workplace safety. Challenges remain, however.
The authorities have assured that people of the country will get uninterrupted power during the Eid vacation because there will be excess supply over demand as offices and factories remain closed.
“We do not see any shortfall in power generation, but there are some shortcomings at the distribution end,” said Khondakar Maqsudul Hasan, chairman of the state-run Power Development Board (PDB). He said the PDB has already taken a series of projects to overcome the distribution shortfall.
With the aim to keep streets clean during this Eid-ul-Azha, city authorities of Dhaka fixed more than 500 places in Dhaka and urged dwellers to slaughter their cattle there.
However, with just a day to go before Eid, because of serious lack of coordination and preparation, Muslims fear that this noble initiative may only end up in harassment for them and the streets will remain just as unclean as the previous years.
At least three people were killed and four others injured when a bus rammed a human haulier in Chittagong city’s Dewanhat area yesterday morning.
The dead were Md Nizam, 20, Nayeem, 25, and Joynal, 55, said police sources.
The injured Khalil, 40, Jahangir, 25, Nur Mohammed, 65, and Faruk were admitted to the causality ward of Chittagong Medical College Hospital, said the Assistant Sub-Inspector Pankaj Barua of CMCH Police Outpost.
Eid-ul-Azha, the second biggest religious festival for Muslims, will be celebrated across the country tomorrow with due solemnity and religious fervour.
Muslims across the country will offer prayers in congregations and sacrifice animals in the name of the Almighty on the occasion.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages, greeting Muslims in the country and all over the world on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha.
The Anti-Corruption Commission has not charged former chairman of BASIC Bank Abdul Hye Bachchu in any of the 56 cases it filed over the loan scam involving Tk4,500 crore.
The anti-graft body lodged 15 more cases regarding the embezzlement of Tk825.18 crore from the bank’s Gulshan and Motijheel branches against 128 accused including former managing director Kazi Fakhrul Islam.
Of those, five were filed with Motijheel, six with Paltan and four with Gulshan police stations last night, ACC’s Public Relations Officer Pranab Kumer Bhattacharya said.
Every mode of transport including bus, train and launch yesterday saw a huge rush of holidaymakers bound for village homes with a day away from Eid-ul-Azha.
People leaving Dhaka had to go through immense sufferings as it happens every year but this time their misery was compounded by intermittent rain.
The highways were not completely congested but the train and bus stations and launch terminals were crowded with home-bound people desperately trying to secure a berth to make their journey back home a bit comfortable.
A Dhaka court yesterday deferred until November 22 the hearing on charge framing against Awami League lawmaker Pinu Khan’s son Bakhtiar Alam Rony.
Dhaka’s Second Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judge Shamsunnahar passed the order responding to a time plea filed by the state lawyer.
On August 13, another Dhaka court accepted the charge sheet against Rony in a case filed over the killing of two people in Dhaka’s Dilu Road on April 13.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has left Dhaka for New York on an eight-day official visit to the US to attend the 70th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
A VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the prime minister and her entourage took off from Shahjalal International Airport in the capital at 10am yesterday, the UNB reported.
Outlawed Islamist militant outfit Ansarullah Bangla Team has issued a hit list of bloggers, writers and activists around the world, in a statement on the internet.
The list internationalises Bangladesh’s hitherto localised problem with home-grown extremists.
Nine bloggers based in the United Kingdom, seven in Germany, two in the United States, one in Canada and one in Sweden were named on the list, the UK’s Guardian reports.
Police in Habiganj have held three people on charge of threatening to kill the Habiganj 3 lawmaker and the deputy inspector general of police of Sylhet range.
Just like last year – citing falling global prices of leather as excuse once again – tanners have cut down the prices at which they are going to purchase sacrificial animals’ rawhide during this Eid-ul-Azha.
They have fixed the purchasing price of per square foot of salted cowhide at Tk50-55 in Dhaka and Tk40-45 outside Dhaka. The price of goatskin was set at Tk20-22/sq-ft, bakri goats at Tk15-17 and buffalo skin Tk35-40.
A local leader of Jubo League has allegedly set up a cattle market on the land of Narayanganj City Corporation (NCC) illegally.
According to local sources, the NCC invited tenders three times for its cattle market in Borofkal area under the city in September this year on the occasion of the upcoming Eid-ul-Azha.
Chanchal Mahmud, a local leader of Jubo League, submitted Tk10 lakh each time which was the highest amount this year.
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal yesterday said the government had taken all-out security measures ahead of Eid-ul-Azha.
He was speaking to journalists while visiting the Gabtoli cattle market yesterday afternoon.
Ensuring security for holidaymakers and for cattle buyers is the prime target of the measures taken, he said.
According to the minister, highway police, district police, city police along with Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) and Armed Police Battalion members were working hard to maintain law and order.
Cattle markets in the capital saw a rise in the number of buyers yesterday after prices were lowered by traders.
There have been complaints by customers in the past few days that cattle prices are much higher this year but most of the buyers yesterday said prices had gone down since markets officially opened on Saturday.
Both traders and customers said prices would fall further today as the nation prepares to celebrate Eid-ul-Azha tomorrow.
Hundreds of homebound passengers are suffering as ferry movement through the Goduria terminal in Bhola is taking an extra eight to ten hours more than the usual time.
After the Ilisha ferry terminal in Bhola was transferred to Goduria, ferries are not being able to reach Mojuchowdhuryhat ferry terminal in Lakshmipur on time.
Seeing no other way, hundreds of people coming from the northern zone are taking engine-run boats and trawlers to reach destinations through the mighty Meghna River.
At least 14 people were killed in separate road accidents in several districts across the counrty.
In Sunamganj, four people were killed as a truck crashed into a CNG-run auto-rickshaw at Hasnabad on the Sylhet-Chhatak highway in Chhatak upazila of Sunamganj in the morning.
Identity of the deceased could not be known immediately.
Dhaka is experiencing a worse-than-usual attack of potentially deadly dengue fever this year, the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) has said.
Four people have died from the disease and some 1,500 people were admitted to hospital around the country so far this year, according to the DGHS.
The International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B) says this is the worst attack of dengue fever in the last five years.
Police in the capital detained 20 people on Tuesday for their suspected involvement in a number of crimes, including robbery and drugs trade.
Among the detainees are 13 dope gang members, five robbers and three drug traders, said police.
The dope gang members – Ali Hossain, Sazzad Hossain, Monu Miah, Omar Faruq alias Kalu, Amir Hoissain Tukun, Rony, Sohel, Badal Miah, Selim, Liton Miah, Babu, Abul Kalam and Akbar Hossain – were detained after a tip-off, said Joint Commissioner of the Detective Branch of Dhaka Metropolitan Police Monirul Islam.