- January 17, 2018
Bangladesh has a severe image problemOur Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is aggrieved. She is doing very good work, but a section of people are not recognising it. Our civil society, a portion of the print media, and the opposition on the streets, not in the parliament, have been put on the dock for this. My friends are quite aggrieved as well — our beloved country has made so many achievements, but the Western media and heads of states are not recognising any of them, and the recent killings of two foreigners has made things much harder.
At least 12 protesters were injured yesterday in the capital’s Karwan Bazar as police charged truncheons on them while they were heading towards health directorate to submit a memorandum seeking cancellation of medical admission tests for question paper leak out and retake of the tests.
Progotisheel Chhatro Jote and Samrajjoabad Birodhi Chhatro Oikkya locked the main gate of Arts Faculty, Curzon Hall, Department of Sociology from 10am to 1pm as the organisations declared countrywide students’ strike. The students of different university boycotted the classes.
An armed separatist rebel group of Myanmar has demanded Tk50 lakh ransom for the two tourists and their guide who went missing in Bandarban on Saturday.
Yesterday, Passing Mro, brother of the missing guide Mangsai Mro, told the Dhaka Tribune that the local commander of the Arakan Liberation Party (ALP) had called him and asked for the ransom.
On Saturday afternoon, Munna, 35, and Zubayer, 28, both residents of Dhaka’s Mirpur, and their guide Mangsai went missing in the Raikkhong Pukur Para in Ruma upazila of the hill district.
The jail authorities have issued a high alert at all the 68 jails of the country, especially those having militant inmates, apparently in the face of murder of two foreign nationals and arrest of several militant leaders.
The officials concerned were asked to check national identity card of every visitor and not to allow anyone if they do not have blood relation with the inmates, according to sources in the Home Ministry.
The veiled girl, who boarded a Chittagong-bound aircraft of US-Bangla on Tuesday night without necessary papers, is innocent and has no militant link, according to airport staff and law enforcement agencies.
Samia Islam, 22, a second year student of computer science department at East-West University, boarded the flight after a brawl with her parents, officials said. Hailing from Comilla, she used to live with her parents in the capital.
Claiming that a vested quarter is behind the recent killing of two foreign nationals, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina affirmed that no one would be able to destabilise the country by carrying out such acts.
“Bangladesh has consolidated its position on the international stage in such a way that no one will be able to destabilise the country with such incidents,” she said while addressing the inaugural function of the newly-built academic building (Sheikh Hasina Complex) of Defence Services Command and Staff College at its auditorium in Mirpur Cantonment.
The fugitive ruling party lawmaker from Gaibandha, who hit the headlines by shooting an eight-year-old schoolboy on Friday, has been sued for vandalism and looting at a house later in the day.
Hafizur Rahman of Uttor Shahbaz village under Sundarganj upazila filed the case against MP Manjurul Islam Liton and nine others on Tuesday night. The matter came to light yesterday.
The case says the lawmaker and his men vandalised the house of Hafiz on Friday night and looted valuables.
A man hacked his wife and strangled his stepson in the Keraniganj upazila of Dhaka early yesterday.
The deceased are Shahera Begum, 35, and her 8-year-old son Foysal. Shahera’s daughter Jannatul Mawa was also injured in the attack.
Locals said Ishak Miah, 35, son of Amjad Hawlader, a resident of Noarda village in Naria upazila of Shariatpur district, used to reside at Najurganj village in South Keraniganj upazila with his wife and step-children.
Pahari Chhatra Parishad, an indigenous student organisation backed by Parbatya Chattagram Jana Samhati Samiti, yesterday observed strike at the schools and colleges of the Chittagong Hill Tracts demanding quick implementation of the 1997 Peace Accord.
The strike was enforced in Rangamati, Khagrachhari and Bandarban as part of the non-cooperation movement launched by PCJSS.
Two days after the slaughtering of a former PDB chairman and having not arrested anyone, investigators now suspect that banned militant outfit JMB might be behind the murder.
They say Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) might have targetted victim Khijir Khan, who is known as a pir or spiritual leader and for his liberal views about religion.
However, investigators, who are yet to make any major breakthrough in the murder mystery, are also trying to find out if Khijir had any personal or professional enmity with anyone.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will formally inaugurate three gas-based power plants that will add 476 MW to the national grid, via videoconference from her residence today.
The three new power plants in Ashuganj are a 51 MW unit built by an independent power producer (IPP), a 200 MW unit built by a public-private partnership (PPP) and a 225 MW unit built by a state-owned company.
The Italian Embassy has said it would receive the body of Cesare Tavella within the next few days and make necessary arrangements to carry the body back to Italy.
“The Italian Embassy informed that they will take Tavella’s body within a few days after completing all formalities regarding receiving the body,” said Mafuzul Islam, additional deputy commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police Detective Branch (North Zone).
The four members of banned militant outfit Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh detained on Monday were placed on 15-day remand yesterday in separate cases.
Metropolitan Magistrate Abdul Quader passed the order when they were produced before it, Additional Deputy Commissioner (prosecution) Kazi Muttaki Ibn Minan said.
Earlier in the day, DB Sub-Inspector Altaf Hossain lodged the three cases with Karnaphuli police under Arms Act, Explosives Act and Anti-Terrorism Act.
A magistrate court in Narayanganj has asked authorities to publish an advert asking the absconding accused of the seven-murder to surrender.
Yesterday, the court of Narayanganj Senior Judicial Magistrate HM Shafiqul Islam also rejected a bail plea from one of the prime accused Lt Col Tarek Sayeed, dismissed commander of RAB 11.
Following yesterday’s hearing, the court will resume on November 9. On that date, the authorities will have to produce a copy of the advert and then the case would be transferred to a judge’s court for beginning formal trial.
A female visitor to the Jahangirnagar University has allegedly been missing since Tuesday night after two Ansar members reportedly harassed her for entering the campus.
Her boyfriend, Kanak, said the Ansar members, Jahurul and Jamal, also attacked him and snatched his wallet and mobile phone.
The attack took place around 10:30pm on Tuesday near the university’s Selim Al Deen Amphitheatre, sources said.
Uncertainty has surfaced over Jagannath University’s (JnU’s) B Unit admission test, as the university’s teachers have decided not to participate in the exam to be held tomorrow.
The teachers held a meeting with JnU Vice Chancellor Mizanur Rahman yesterday, where the VC requested them to take part in the admission test, but they have decided otherwise.
Leaders of the ruling 14-party alliance yesterday said Khaleda Zia’s visit to London seemed to have a link to the murders of two foreign nationals.
Terming Khaleda’s visit to London mysterious they said her tour was a part of conspiracy against the government.
The ruling alliance leaders demanded BNP Chief Khaleda Zia’s London visit be investigated along with Jamaat’s link to the foreign nationals’ killings.
The marks allocated for multiple-choice questions (MCQ) will decline in the SSC and the HSC examinations from 2017, the government has decided.
Ten marks would be cut from the existing 40- or 35-mark sets of MCQ, which would then be distributed among the creative section of questions. The decision was made yesterday at a meeting, chaired by Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid.
The meeting also decided that from the SSC and HSC exams of 2016, the students would answer the MCQ before going on to the creative section.
Three scientists from Sweden, the US and Turkey won the 2015 Nobel Prize for Chemistry on Wednesday for working out how cells repair damaged DNA, providing new ammunition in the war on cancer.
Detailed understanding of DNA damage has helped drive a revolution in cancer treatment as researchers develop new drugs that target specific molecular pathways used by tumour cells to proliferate.
Police filed a case against seven people including chairman, vice-chairman and managing director of Asian Cardiac and General Hospital in connection with the deaths of three newborns at the hospital due to alleged negligence.
Sub-inspector Md Kamruzzman yesterday filed the case with Mohammadpur police station. The accused are Abul Hossain, Lutfar Rahman and Abdullah Al Ahad alias Shihab, the chairman, vice-chairman and managing director of the hospital respectively.