- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
A Dhaka court sent Jesmin Jahan Nitto Shahadat, wife of national cricket player Kazi Shahadat Hossain, to jail after rejecting her bail petition in a case filed for torturing their domestic help.
Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Mohammad Yunus Khan issued the order yesterday after rejecting the bail petition filed by Nitto’s counsel Kazi Mohammad Nazibullah Hiru.
The court also rejected a remand petition for her, filed by Mirpur Model Police Station Officer-in-Charge Md Shafiqur Rahman seeking to place Nitto on a five-day remand for interrogation.
Jagannath University authorities are planning to introduce dress codes for undergraduate applicants on top of a regular set of restrictions in a bid to check cheating in admission test.
Restrictions are likely to be imposed on wearing full sleeve shirts, socks and shoes for male candidates so that they cannot conceal electronic devices, including mobile phones, in their bodies before entering exam halls.
There is no IS activity in the country, the prime minister saysThe murders of two foreign nationals in Dhaka and Rangpur last week were premeditated and are likely to be connected to BNP-Jamaat coalition, said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
The premier also refuted the claims that militant organisation the Islamic State (IS) orchestrated the murders.
The prime minister made the remarks at a press conference at her official residence Ganabhaban yesterday to brief the press about her recent visit to the US to attend the UN General Assembly.
A case was filed over the murder of Japanese citizen Kunio Hoshi in Rangpur early yesterday accusing three unidentified citizens.
Kawnia police station Officer-in-Charge Rezaul Karim filed the case and assigned the inspector (investigation) the case.
Investigators said the killers used small weapons the same way they were used in the murder of the Italian citizen in the capital.
Anti-liberation forces, enraged that war criminals are being tried, convicted and executed, are murdering foreign nationals in the country to cast the government in a bad light, according to a secret report by one of the country’s intelligence agencies.
The intelligence report submitted to the Ministry of Home Affairs yesterday said the murder of two foreigners in the last six days were not isolated incidents and that anti-liberation forces had been spurred into activity after the execution of convicted war criminals began.
Although the Special Branch of police officially estimates that there are 160,000 foreign nationals in the country – on work, study and travel visas – sources in the law enforcement agency say the actual figure is likely closer to 400,000.
There is no database maintained by any government agency on how many foreigners actually live in Bangladesh.
In light of this, the Home Ministry has decided to collect and update information on foreign nationals currently residing in Bangladesh.
BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir yesterday said the irresponsible remarks from the government’s top level over the murders of two foreigners would not only create obstacles to investigations, they would turn it difficult to identify the assailants as well.
Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College was closed for an indefinite period yesterday after clashes broke out between two rival groups of the campus Bangladesh Chhatra League.
The college authorities advised residential students to vacate their dormitories by 4pm yesterday.
Sher-e-Bangla Nagar police chief Ganesh Gopal Bishwas said at least 10 people had received minor injuries and sent to hospital.
Two groups, led by BCL college unit President Anisur Rahman and General Secretary Shahriar Hossain Shanta, were involved in the clash that left 10 students injured.
The government has decided to beef up security for foreign nationals living in Bangladesh in the wake of the murders of an Italian and a Japanese in less than a week.
The Ministry of Home Affairs has sent letters to the district police superintendents for taking necessary steps.
A decision has also been made to enforce the existing law that forbids more than two persons riding a motorbike.
A Dhaka court yesterday remanded three doctors of Asian Cardiac General Hospital in the capital for two days over Friday’s death of three newborn babies because of alleged negligence.
Metropolitan Magistrate Jahangir Hossain ordered the remand of Dr Shishir Ranjan Das, Dr Aftab Uddin and the hospital’s Managing Director Abdullah Al Ahad after Sub-Inspector Kamruzzman of Mohammadpur police station produced them in court with a five-day remand plea.
Law Minister Anisul Huq yesterday said that the government would take steps to formulate a new contempt of court law as soon as possible.
He said that the initiative would be taken as the existing Contempt of Court Act 1926 had become almost useless.
“The government will sit with the stakeholders to discuss over the fresh law very soon,” he told a workshop on judicial reporting.
Law Reporters’ Forum organised the event at the auditorium of Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) in the capital.
The UN and its partner agencies have reiterated their long-standing commitment to support the Bangladeshi government in strengthening democratic governance and sustainable development in the country.
As part of the events commemorating the International Day of Non-Violence, UNDP yesterday convened a stakeholder forum to discuss early research findings commissioned on the impact of political violence, said a press statement.
Gazi Nafis Ahmed, an artist from Bangladesh, was placed third at the international Pride Photo Award 2015 held recently in the historic Old Church in Amsterdam.
There were 3,800 entries from 60 countries around the world. Pride Photo Award is considered to be the most prestigious photography contest about gender diversity.
Nafis won under the themed category of “Stories of Love and Pride” for his series “Inner Face,” which addresses the sensitive and precarious issue of the LGBT community’s human rights.
Five state-owned power distribution companies are planning to install 13.4 million prepaid meters over the next five years, replacing most of the existing conventional meters.
At present, 91,885 of the country’s total 17.5 million power consumers already have prepaid meters.
Seven representatives of several student organisations submitted a memo to the Prime Minister’s Office yesterday, seeking support from the prime minister to grant justice to the medical admission seekers.
The protesters will continue the demonstration until their demands are met. They will assemble at the Central Shaheed Minar at 10am today. They will hold a torch rally protest tomorrow, setting out from TSC at the University of Dhaka.
Patients of Noakhali 250-bed Hospital are not only deprived of proper healthcare services but also proper meals and pure drinking water as the hospital beset by manifold problems.
According to hospital sources, the hospital has only 250 beds, but about 550 to 600 patients on average stay in the hospital every. Finding no other option, patients who stay on the floor have to arrange foods for themselves as the hospital authorities do not provide them any food due to fund crunch.
Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury said the government officials should be given training to increase their knowledge and skills so that they could serve the nation properly.
She came up with the remarks yesterday while inaugurating an orientation training course for BCS cadres in Gazipur. National Agriculture Training Academy has arranged the training session.
Md Math Hurul Hoque, director general of NATA, presided over the function while agriculture secretary Mosarraf Hossain, Md Hamidur Rahman and Dr Abu Yousuf spoke on the occasion, among others.
At least five people were killed in road accidents in Tangail, Gazipur and Chittagong districts yesterday.
Our Tangail correspondent reported that three people were killed in road accidents in Sadar and Madhupur upazilas.
The deceased were Lebu Khan, 50, son of Momrez Khan in Kakraid village of Madhupur, Yousuf, 26, son of Habibur Rahman of Dubail village under Delduar of Tangail and Md Galib, 18, son of Md Mozibor Rahman in Gazipur.
The water supply at the important district hospital there has remained cut for 19 days forcing the patients to shift elsewhere for medical services.
The authorities of the 250-bed hospital in the face of the suffocating situation
have stopped new admission and started releasing the admitted patients to tackle the condition.
The poor patients are worst victim of the adverse situation.
A madrasa student was raped allegedly by her boyfriend in Bogra on Saturday.
The alleged boyfriend named Ripon, aged around 20, sedated her and raped her twice, according to the statement of the victim’s younger sister.
The victim is currently receiving treatment at the Natore Sadar Hospital.