- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
Weeks after forging President Barack Obama’s Iran deal, Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz are eager to move on to a daunting new challenge: persuading the Senate to reconsider the nuclear test ban treaty that it rejected in 1999, reported Politico.
Reviving the treaty — the first to fail in the Senate since the Treaty of Versailles after World War I — would be a huge step toward preventing the emergence of new nuclear weapons states and controlling nuclear outlaws, the two Cabinet members believe.
As the clock neared 1:50am, thousands were readying to bring out the traditional Tazia procession from Hussaini Dalan Imambara premises to mark the day of Ashura on Saturday.
Everything seemed to be in order, and no one there was ready for something that had never happened since the tradition of the Hussaini Dalan Tazia procession began in the 17th century.
The first of the three bombs exploded in front of the graveyard there, triggering chaos and sending members of the Shia community running for their lives.
The placing of arguments in the teenage boy Sheikh Samiul Alam Rajon murder case will end today.
Prosecution and defence lawyers will place arguments for and against four accused — Kamrul Islam, Moyna Miah alias Bara Moyna, Pavel Islam and Shamim Alam – on the day.
Yesterday, Judge of the Metropolitan Session’s Judge Court Akbar Hossain Mridha heard the arguments for five accused.
Defence lawyer Habibur Rahman Habib said the arguments for nine accused were completed on Sunday and Monday.
Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Dr Mizanur Rahman yesterday said there is a correlation between the killings of two foreigners and assistant sub-inspector (ASI) Ibrahim Hossain Mollah.
“Those who have killed this policeman shouldn’t be taken into account separately from those who want to create instability in the country,” he told reporters while visiting the slain Ibrahim’s ancestral home in Kachua upazila of the district.
Over 400,000 people in 65 countries celebrated the ninth Global Dignity Day this year. It is observed on the third Wednesday of October each year.
In Bangladesh, a month-long observance across three upazilas that included human chains, rallies and a boat rally on the Jamuna River, culminated in the closing ceremony yesterday.
Four members of banned militant Islamic outfit Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) were shown arrested yesterday in an arms case lodged with Sadarghat police station in Chittagong on September 23.
Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) (prosecution) Kazi Muttaki Ibn Minan told the Dhaka Tribune that the four JMB men were produced before the court of Metropolitan Magistrate Nowrin Akhtar Kakon. The court granted the arrested appeal in the arms case in response to the investigation officer (IO)’s appeal of the case.
BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami are trying to establish the bases of international terrorist and militant groups like the Islami State (IS) in Bangladesh while Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) is inciting such criminal activities by publishing controversial reports, said Awami League Joint General Secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif yesterday.
He said the TIB was trying to destroy the commoners by pushing its new formulas on different occasions.
A major earthquake struck the remote Afghan northeast on Monday, killing at least 135 people in Afghanistan and nearby northern Pakistan and sending shock waves as far as New Delhi, officials said.
The death toll could climb in coming days because communications were down in much of the rugged Hindu Kush mountain range where the quake was centred.
Eating processed meat can lead to bowel cancer in humans while red meat is a likely cause of the disease, World Health Organisation (WHO) experts said on Monday in findings that could sharpen debate over the merits of a meat-based diet.
The France-based International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), part of the WHO, put processed meat such as hot dogs and ham in its group 1 list, which already includes tobacco, asbestos and diesel fumes, for which there is “sufficient evidence” of cancer links.
The authorities of the international airports in Dhaka, Sylhet and Chittagong have beefed up security arrangements after intelligence sources reportedly alerted them about possible sabotages by a criminal group.
Alamgir Hossain Shimul, senior assistant police super of the Airport Armed Police Battalion (APBn) of Dhaka, said: “Based on an intelligence report, check posts [have been set up] and vigilance increased at the airport. Every official has been asked to perform their duty by remaining alert.”
Police say they arrested the four men on Sunday night, but the suspects’ families claim they were picked up by plainclothesmen 10-15 days agoThe four people arrested for the murder of Cesare Tavella have told investigators during interrogation that a “big brother” had paid them to kill the Italian national.
According to a source among the investigators, they had primarily learned during interrogation that the “big brother” – the alleged mastermind – is a leader of a major political party and is now abroad.
A suspected extortionist yesterday issued death threat to 15 Election Commission officials over telephone.
The extortionist demanded toll over telephone from the election commission officials and threatened to kill them or kidnap their children if his demand goes unheeded, UNB reports.
“15 officials received threats from a particular mobile phone number. The caller introduced himself as a member of criminal gang ‘Shahadat Bahini’,” election commission secretary Sirazul Islam said.
Bangladesh’s iconic development journalist Shykh Seraj has won this year’s Gusi Peace Prize for his exceptional media activism for the past three decades in reducing the country’s poverty.
Shykh, who is also the director and head of news of Impress Telefilm Limited/Channel i, will be officially awarded on November 25 this year at Philippine International Convention Centre, in Manila by the Gusi Peace Prize Foundation.
‘This is very alarming. Even pharmacies next to Chittagong Medical College Hospital were found selling government medicines on a large scale’Medicines meant for free distribution among patients at government hospitals and health centres have now flooded the pharmacies of the port city.
According to data provided by the Chittagong district administration, as many as 89 mobile courts in the city conducted drives from July 8 till October 19 this year.
The mobile courts sentenced 89 errant drugstores with Tk9,18,500. The mobiles courts also sealed off 21 pharmacies and jailed three people.
Chittagong Metropolitan Police beefed up security in all strategic points and Key Pont Installations (KPIs) of the city to prevent any possible untoward incident.
The recent security measures came in the backdrop of recent murders of two foreign nationals and bomb attack on Shia Muslim community’s Ashura observation in the capital.
The CMP also asked all police stations and check-posts to stand alert and deployed additional forces in the city to prevent any kind of subversive activities.
A fire broke out at a sweater factory in Chittagong’s Kalurghat area yesterday.
None was injured in the incident.
Chittagong Fire Service and Civil Defense Deputy Assistant Director Kamal Uddin Bhuiyan said the fire generated from an electric short circuit at Siho Fiber Ltd in Mohora industrial area in Kalurghat around 1am.
It spread through the factory burning valuables worth Tk5 lakh.
A team of fire fighters doused the blaze after two and half hours of effort, said Kamal.
Police yesterday arrested two leaders of Islami Chhatra Shibir in the city on charge of their alleged involvement with sabotage.
The arrested were Shahadur Rashid, 29, of Banshkhali upazila and Mohammad Ismail, 32, of Satkania upazila.
The police said they arrested the duo after conducting a raid at a house in Rasulbg Residential area under Bakalia police station.
More than 2,000 workers of Alim Jute Mills Ltd have to lead inhuman life as their salary has not been given for six months after its administrative power was handed over to private sector.
Md Anwarul Haque, project manager of the mill, said production had been suspended since the factory’s privatisation.
A lot of goods worth about Tk4 crore have been lying unsold in the mill due to negligence of the authorities.
The workers with their family members have to lead inhuman life as their salary has been unpaid for a long time, he says.
A United States court has rejected a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) claim that the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) is a Tier III terrorist organisation.
“In arguing that the BNP is a terrorist organisation, DHS presents two alternative theories: one, that the BNP is a terrorist organisation due to its current and past ties to terrorist organisations, and two, that the BNP is a terrorist organization on its own merits due to its members having been involved in violence,” said the US court verdict.
The Election Commission (EC) has sought a stay on a High Court order that asked it to accept the nomination of Krishak Sramik Janata League President Abdul Kader Siddique to allow him to contest the upcoming Tangail 4 by-polls.
EC panel lawyer Md Yasin Khan yesterday submitted a petition to the Supreme Court seeking the stay. He said the chamber judge might hear the petition today.
The parliamentary seat for Tangail 4 fell vacant on September 1 after sacked minister Abdul Latif Siddique, elder brother of Kader Siddique, resigned from the House.