- January 17, 2018
Without any evaluation, research or discussion with stakeholders, the government has suddenly decided to change the law for local government elections to pave way for registered political parties to nominate candidates.
When implemented, this change in the law would mean that candidates will be able to run with party symbols in elections to all local government bodies – union councils, upazila councils, district councils, municipal corporations and city corporations.
The government yesterday revealed a list of 41 war heroines, better known as Birangonas, who from now on will be living with the status of Freedom Fighters and be entitled to all the associated facilities and benefits.
These women, all of whom were raped during the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971 either by Pakistani soldiers or their local collaborators, have been demanding this state recognition for decades.
The group that has claimed responsibility online for the murder of two expatriates recently also claimed responsibility for the slaying of several free-thinking bloggers earlier, an information technology expert who assisted in the investigations yesterday said.
The IT expert said there was evidence the tweeters had received funds from the Middle East.
The UN summit on desertification yesterday called upon the world’s nations to make the planet habitable for everybody and enable the planet itself to live and thrive.
The 12th Conference of Parties (COP 12) of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) began yesterday in Ankara as the Turkish capital emerged from the shock of twin bomb blasts on Saturday that left 86 people dead.
As the conference opened, participants from the across the globe expressed their shock and condemnation of the bombing.
The High Court has ordered Awami League lawmaker Manjurul Islam Liton to surrender before a Gaibandha court by October 18 in a case filed against him for shooting a boy.
A bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Bhishmadev Chakraborty passed the order after hearing a bail petition filed by the accused, which the bench rejected, the UNB reports. They ordered him to surrender to Gaibandha Chief Judicial Magistrate Court.
Earlier in the morning, the High Court had ordered the ruling party MP to surrender before it by 1pm yesterday.
The police have arrested five suspected JMB members for their alleged involvement with the recent murder attempt on a church priest in Pabna.
Police said detained JMB members had already admitted to trying to kill 52-year-old priest Luke Sarker in an attempt to destabilise the country and create international pressure on the government.
The government has decided to increase the entry age of senior and staff nurses to the state-run hospitals and the healthcare centres across the country.
The decision came from a regular cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the Secretariat yesterday, said Cabinet Secretary Musharraf Hussain.
He said the new entry age for the nurses is now 36 and the benchmark would be in force by December 31, 2018.
At least 103 Bangladeshi traffic victims, who were rescued by Myanmar authorities in June, have been brought back home.
The Myanmar authorities handed the traffic victims over to Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) around 1pm yesterday, following a flag meeting between the two countries at 10:30am, sources told the Dhaka Tribune.
Defence and conflict expert Alison Blake has been appointed as new British High Commissioner to Bangladesh.
She will replace Robert Gibson, who has been working in Bangladesh for the last four years, said a press release of the British Foreign Ministry.
In her career of 26 years, Alison has worked in defence related departments for about 13 years.
She joined the civil service in 1989 and her first assignment was in the Ministry of Defence.
Her assignments included assistant private secretary to secretary of state for defence.
The cabinet yesterday approved the drafts of two acts in a view to establishing two more public universities in the country.
The acts are Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Digital University Act 2015 and Rabindra Bishwabidyalay Act 2015.
The decision came from the regular cabinet meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Haisna in the chair.
A Jamaat-e-Islami leader in Khulna died on Sunday, 15 days after he was arrested in a subversion case.
Akramuzzaman Raja Mia was the ameer of Jamaat’s Labanchara thana unit and hailed from Faridpur’s Alfadanga upazila.
The 62-year-old was taken to Khulna Medical College Hospital from Khulna district jail after he fell ill at night.
Quamrul Islam, Khulna district jail super, said doctors pronounced Akramuzzaman dead around 9pm.
At least seven people were killed and three others injured when a truck carrying sacks of rice plunged into a roadside ditch on the Dhaka-Chittagong highway at Jorarganj area in Mirsarai upazila of Chittagong yesterday morning.
A Dhaka court has issued warrants for the arrest of 18 leaders of the BNP-led alliance, including BNP Joint Secretary General Barkatullah Bulu, in a case filed under the explosive substances act.
Metropolitan Sessions Court Judge Md Kamrul Hossain Molla issued the arrest warrants yesterday after accepting the charges levelled against 18 BNP and Jamaat-Shibir leaders in a case.
The court issued the arrest warrant as they did not appear before the court during yesterday’s hearing in the case.
Chhatra League’s Dhaka University unit yesterday placed a 17-point demand concerning student welfare to the university authorities.
Abid Al Hasan, president of the unit, placed the demands at a press conference at Madhur Canteen on the campus.
With the lengthy monsoon this year, Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) and Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) have not been able to bring the capital’s mosquito problem completely under control, leaving residents vulnerable to the threat of dengue and malaria.
According to data updated yesterday by the Control Room of the Directorate General for Health Services (DGHS), 2,322 patients had been infected with dengue in the capital so far this year.
Police in Chittagong say tight security measures will be put in place across the city during Durga Puja, the largest festival of the Hindus which is just a few days away.
They estimate that the festival will be celebrated at 1,503 puja mandaps, places where devotees will worship, in the district and there will be flawless security in each of those.
Mayor of Dhaka North City Corporation Annisul Huq and Mayor of Dhaka South City Corporation Mohammad Sayeed Khokon attended a programe over city management in Washington DC on Sunday.
The US Department of State and Bloomberg Philanthropies sponsored the programme entitled “Our Cities; Our Climate”.
Dr Selina Hayat Ivy, mayor of Narayanganj city, has said no conspiracy can be success against her while she was working for the people.
She came up with the remark yesterday in an inauguration function of a road in Bandar upazila of the district.
Among others councilor Rezwna Haque Sumi, Hannan Sarker, Amin Panchaet president Abdus Salam and its secretary Shahjahan spoke the function. Sultan Ahmed presided over the inauguration programme.
Defending herself against a corruption case, Ivy says that she is not involved with the incident.
The locals and all 12 members of Borail union parishad in Khetlal upazila have taken to the streets against the chairman protesting his reported corruptions and demanded his removal.
Besides, allegations of nepotism and gobbling public money were also raised against Borail UP Chairman Ashraf Ali Mandol and the UP members along with the affected locals held a human chain in the upazila town yesterday noon seeking his removal.
Earlier, the protesters as a procession paraded the thoroughfares of the town and it finally ended on the upazila administration premises.
A housewife was allegedly hacked to death at Darafpur village under Begumganj upazila yesterday. The victim was Sheuli Akter, 28, wife Abbas Uddin of the village.
Hasan, brother-in-law of Sheuli, went to her room in the morning and hacked her to death over family feud while Abbas went to his work out side of home.
Later, locals caught Hasan red handed and informed police.
Golam Farooq, officer-in-charge of Begumganj Model police station confirmed the incident.