- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
Two more prosecution witnesses yesterday gave depositions before the tribunal in the case filed over the killing of blogger Ahmed Rajeeb Haider in the capital.
Judge Syeed Ahmed of Dhaka Speedy Trial Tribunal-3 recorded the depositions of the two witnesses and fixed November 8 for next hearing.
Prosecution witnesses are Gulam Kibria and Abdur Rashid; they are residences of Pallabi area of the capital where victim Rajeeb lived.
Finance Minister AMA Muhith has brought back the official order of the Eighth Pay Scale from the Law Ministry and is now reviewing it, sources said.
The Implementation Wing of the Finance Ministry sent the order to the Law Ministry for vetting on Thursday without showing a summary to the finance minister.
The minister now wants to see for himself whether or not all his directives have been incorporated in the order.
Police yesterday arrested the main suspect in the murder attempt of a church priest in Pabna.
Rakibul Hasan, the Pabna regional commander for outlawed militant outfit JMB, was arrested in Pabna Sadar upazila’s Majidpur area, said Pabna Additional Superintendent of Police Liton Kumar Saha.
“Rakib – who also uses the aliases Tawhid or Rajon or Rafiq – was the mastermind behind the attack on priest Luke Sarker. Law enforcers are now taking Rakib with them to conduct different drives.”
Indigenous leaders have criticised the government for issuing fresh directives against the marginalised people of the country’s hills and plains alleging that such order violates the constitution.
The Housing and Public Works Ministry on August 16 issued an official order for different government institutions asking them to remain cautious while permitting the indigenous peoples to hold programmes at the state’s establishments and national historical places.
Detectives have said that not just one, but there were several “big brothers” who coordinated the various stages of planning of the murder of Italian national Cesare Tavella.
They also said that the murder planning was not an one-to-one thing between the mastermind and the killers, but rather there were financial and execution stages in the planning, which were coordinated by other big brothers.
Bangladesh is an increasingly difficult country to do business in, according to a new World Bank report.
The country’s global ranking in ease of doing business slid to 174th out of 189 countries, dropping one place from 2015’s 173rd and 59 notches from 2014’s 130th place.
‘I am being put on the spot to frame BNP’Refuting the government’s claim of masterminding Tavella’s murder, Dhaka city BNP leader MA Quayum has told Dhaka Tribune that he was being set up.
“I have not been in the country for six to seven months. I do not know anything. I am being put on the spot to frame BNP,” he told the Dhaka Tribune over phone last night.
A month after Dhaka-based Italian aid worker Cesare Tavella was murdered, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal told media yesterday that former Dhaka city ward commissioner Quayum was the mastermind.
State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid has warned that a crisis in the energy sector is imminent unless South Asian countries go for regional cooperation.
Energy prices must be made reasonable so that the wellbeing of the region’s people is ensured, the minister told a two-day long international conference organised by Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS) at its office yesterday.
Bangladesh’s Nobel laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus has been ranked ninth among the most admired personality globally, according to a new survey by the World Economic Forum (WEF).
The results of the WEF’s Global Shapers Annual Survey 2015 released on October 25 placed late South African president Nelson Mandela at the top. Out of 1,084 respondents, 3% voted for Professor Yunus while 20.1% favoured Mandela.
After Mandela, the survey found that Pope Francis is the second most admired leader.
A climate of intimidation, brought about by the murder of several bloggers and the threat of arrest under the ICT Act, has fostered self-censorship and mistrust in Bangladesh, according to a US-based democracy watchdog.
In its report, Freedom House said journalists faced legal constraints and threats in Bangladesh despite official pronouncements by the Awami League-led government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina that access to the internet and open communication were critical for development.
Rights body Amnesty International has criticised the Bangladesh government for its move to execute two opposition politicians – Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid and Salauddin Quader Chowdhury – following seriously flawed trials and appeal processes.
The country’s apex court is set to hear their review petitions on November 2. If their convictions are upheld there is no legal way to overturn their death sentences.
Police yesterday detained 22 Jamaat leaders and activists on suspicion of carrying out subversive activities during their attempt to bring out processions at different parts of the city.
However, the Jamaat claimed that it was a pre-declared programme and the processions were being brought out to demand justice for an incident that took place on October 28, 2006 where six Jamaat men died and many were injured during a clash with Awami League.
Former home minister Sahara Khatun yesterday gave deposition in two cases filed over the deadly grenade attack on an Awami League rally at Bangabandhu Avenue on August 21, 2004 that killed 24 people and injured scores of others.
The ruling party leader demanded exemplary punishment of the attackers. She told the court that the attack had been carried out to assassinate Sheikh Hasina and other top leaders with an intention to create a vacuum in the party leadership.
The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) has nominated 126 students for enrollment in different government medical and dental colleges.
The students selected were chosen from a waiting list or were transfer students from different institutions.
All the students have to complete admission formalities between October 31 and November 14, according to a notice issued yesterday and signed by Director (medical education and health human resource development) of DGHS M Abdur Rashid.
The residential areas in the port city Chittagong are losing its residential character as a huge number of commercial buildings have been built in the port city violating building construction’s rules and regulation.
Consequently, not only the house rent is soaring sky-high but also putting the overall security system of the residential zone to great risk, said townspeople.
Sources said a good number of commercial buildings are mushrooming in 28 residential areas, causing grave concern for city authorities.
The draft of the final report on the Revised Strategic Transport Plan (RSTP) has recommended setting up five new metro rail routes, two bus rapid transit routes, three ring roads and six expressways by 2035 as a possible solution to the capital’s chronic traffic congestion problem.
The draft RSTP for the capital and adjacent areas was unveiled at a workshop to invite reactions from stakeholders at Cirdap auditorium yesterday.
According to the RSTP, of the five metro rail routes, a small part of two will be built below ground.
A suspected forest robber ringleader was killed in a ‘gunfight’ with members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in Chandpai Range of the Sundarbans East Zone in Mongla upazila yesterday morning.
Lieutenant Colonel Faridul Alam, commanding officer of Barisal RAB 8, said tipped off that members of ‘Shipon Bahini’ were staying in the area, a team of the elite force carried out a drive there.
The perpetrators of the Hussaini Dalan attack scoped the place for over a month and made detailed surveillance trips to spot any security loopholes before carrying out the attack, a well-placed DB source has said.
Requesting anonymity, a senior official of Detective Branch of police told the Dhaka Tribune they have verified the identities of the attackers and were now trying to arrest the two people who hurled bombs at the crowd in Hussaini Dalan on Saturday.
A cargo vessel carrying 510 tonnes of coal capsized in the Pasur River in Mongla upazila near the Sundarbans on Tuesday night.
Sub-Inspector Md Nazrul Islam, also in-charge of Chandpai Navy police camp, said the Khulna-bound ship named "MV GR Raj" from Mongla Port capsized in Beauty Market area of the river near the Sundarbans as the keel of the ship was fractured around 9pm.
Later, locals in a trawler rescued the 10 crews of the vessel from the river.
Academic activities at two schools in Gopalpur municipality are hampered badly for long as an important road crosses its field.
Consequently, around 900 pupils of Dubail Government Primary School and Dubail Adarsha Gana High School cannot maintain proper attention in the classes in the face of sound created by the plying vehicles.