- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
Saudi authorities has provided more than 1,000 photographs of the dead to foreign diplomats from last week’s hajj stampede, high echelon of Indian and Pakistani authorities have confirmed on Tuesday, saying it’s an indication of a significantly higher death toll than previously offered by the kingdom.
Quoting Tariq Fazal Chaudhry, a lawmaker from Pakistan’s governing PML-N political party who is leading his country’s response to the disaster, news agency AP reported that Saudi officials gave diplomats “1,100 photos” of the dead.
The Detective Branch of police yesterday took over the charge of investigation into the murder of a Dhaka-based Italian aid official in the Gulshan diplomatic zone in the city.
Joint Commissioner Monirul Islam, also the DB chief, will now look after the case, as per decision of a high-powered meeting held at the Police Headquarters earlier in the day.
An investigation assistance committee was also formed with CID Special Superintendent Md Rezaul Haider. The two officials will choose the other members of the body.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has so far confirmed the death of at least 26 Bangladeshis in the Mina stampede.
The ministry issued a press release in this regard yesterday afternoon.
“According to the latest report received from Bangladesh Embassy in Saudi Arabia, 26 dead bodies have so far been identified as Bangladeshi nationals at the central mortuary in Mecca,” the statement said.
Out of the 26, names of 13 were found while the rest were still unidentified as of yesterday, the statement said.
The Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is set to be accorded a mass reception when she returns home on October 3 after ending the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
The ruling Awami League will give her the mass reception at Hazrat Shajalal International Airport in the capital for her achievement of “Champions of the Earth” award in New York, the US, in recognition of Bangladesh’s far-reaching initiatives to combat climate change affects.
Asserting that Bangladesh’s commitment to UN peacekeeping is strong and steadfast and it stands ready to go further, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged all members of the peacekeeping community to work together to ensure peace and security around the world.
“I call upon all members of the peacekeeping community to work together to ensure peace and security around the world,” she said at the Summit on Peacekeeping Operation at the UN Headquarters on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly on Monday.
Law enforcement agencies have yet to find any link of militant group Islamic State (IS) with the murder of an Italian citizen in Dhaka, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal has said.
The minister made the remark at a press conference in his Secretariat office yesterday.
On Monday, a US website informed that the IS had claimed responsibility of killing Cesare Tavella, the Italian citizen.
Claiming that the militant group does not exist in Bangladesh, Kamal said whenever anyone tried to recruit for the IS, they had been arrested.
The United States has had a strategic interest in the Bay of Bengal long before China began to become a bigger player in the region, a visiting US rear admiral told journalists yesterday.
Chevron Bangladesh has announced a three-year extension of its non-formal primary education (NFPE) programme for communities living near the company’s Bibiyana, Jalalabad and Moulvibazar gas plants.
Chevron Asia-Pacific Exploration and Production President Melody Meyer and Save the Children Country Director Elizabeth Pearce announced the extension in a press release yesterday.
The project falls under Save the Children’s SHIKHON programme, a nationwide NFPE initiative.
The International Crimes Tribunal has framed four charges against three alleged war criminals of Habiganj.
On Tuesday, the three-member tribunal, led by Justice Anwarul Haque, also fixed October 21 to start hearing. It will record the prosecution’s opening statement and deposition of witnesses on that day.
The three accused are Muhibur Rahman alias Boro Mia, 65, his younger brother Mujibur Rahman alias Angur Mia, 60, and their cousin Abdur Razzak.
Two forest bandits, including the head of the gang known as Alal Bahini, have been gunned down by the police in Shatkhira’s Shyamnagar upazila.
The gang’s chief 49-year-old Alal Gazi alias Alauddin and 30-year-old Saidul were killed when law enforcers opened fire at them around 10pm on Monday near a brick kiln in the Boro Kupot village.
Three police officials – SI Nazmul Hasan, SI Abdul Kader, and Constable Shona Miah – were also injured when they were hit by bricks thrown by the bandits.
A Chittagong court yesterday placed five suspects on a five-day remand in connection with the seizure of 2.72 crore rupee – believed to be counterfeit – that was found in a container at the port on September 20.
Metropolitan Magistrate Nowrin Akhter Kakon passed the order when the police produced the five arrestees with a 10-day remand plea, said Chittagong Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner (Prosecution) Nirmalendu Bikash Chakraborty.
BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has been granted bail in a defamation case filed for making derogatory remarks about Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Md Yunus Khan granted the bail yesterday morning after Fakhrul surrendered before the court.
Fakhrul’s counsel Md Sanaullah Mia filed a bail petition. Then, the court granted the bail upon a bond of Tk10,000.
A Jubo League leader was killed in a clash between residents of two villages in Laksham upazila, Comilla over reckless motorcycle driving on Monday.
The victim, Anwar Hossain, 40, was the president of Jubo League’s Ward 7 unit in Laksham’s Kandirpar union parishad, sources told the Dhaka Tribune.
The clash also saw at least 50 people injured, police said.
Seven more community centres will be constructed in the two city corporations of the capital soon.
“Construction work of these community centres is scheduled to be completed in 2016 and all of these 5-storey centres will have all modern facilities, including banquet hall, restaurant, gym, swimming pool, day-care centre and cybercafe,,” said Executive Engineer of the Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Khandker Mahbub Alam.
Five people, including two siblings, died in alcohol poisoning in Tazhat Biharipara area in Rangpur city yesterday.
The deceased were Manu Mian, 35, and his brother Nasim Uddin, 43, sons of late Sarif Mian, Abdul Gafur, 30, son of Shukur Ali, Azmal alias Azmeri, 40, son of Abdul Latif and Abdul Mazid, 35, son of Golam Mostafa of the same area.
A Gazipur court yesterday sentenced a man to death for killing his pregnant sister three and a half years ago to gobble up the whole of ancestral properties.
The convict is Md Jahirul Islam Kalu, 36, son of Md Nurul Islam, from Barmi village in Sreepur upazila.
Gazipur District and Session Judge AKM Enamul Hoque pronounced the death verdict in presence of Kalu in the morning and fined him Tk10,000. According to case the prosecution, nine-month pregnant Farzana Akter Nargis was taken to her father’s residence in Barmi village on March 4, 2012 for safe delivery.
The visiting Bangladesh women’s cricket team will take on hosts Pakistan today in the first of two Twenty20 internationals at Southend Club Cricket Stadium in Karachi.
Salma Khatun and her troop, who reached the conflict-racked country last Monday, will also face their Pakistani counterparts in two one-day internationals during their 10-day tour.
All the matches between the Bangladesh and Pakistan women will take place in the southern city of Karachi and the visitors have been assured of VVIP security by the Pakistan Cricket Board.
Foreign ambassadors in Bangladesh will send an official letter to the Foreign Ministry seeking an explanation from the government about the killing of Italian national Cesare Tavella.
The decision was made at a meeting of the envoys at the residence of British High Commissioner Robert Gibson.
Bangladesh Cricket Board President Nazmul Hassan yesterday said Cricket Australia had been offered top level security arrangements while Australia tours Bangladesh.
“We have told them that the cricketers will get VVIP security,” he said.
CA’s head of security Sean Carroll, Australian team manager Gavin Dovey and team security manager Frank Dimasi met Bangladesh’s top security authorities on Monday. They will brief Australia’s Test players and CA officials on their return to Melbourne.
Medical colleges admission seekers yesterday demonstrated at Dhaka Medical College (DMC) demanding enrolment be cancelled
Over a hundred students lay down in a DMC administrative building corridor at 12pm, while enrolment was in progress.
Protesters began at the Central Shaheed Minar at 10:30am, moved to the National Press Club and then moved to DMC, said Tamanna Sultana, an admission seeker and protester.
Police later dispersed the crowd.