- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
Government should install at least 10 high precision automatic tidal gauge stations along the coastBangladesh has been experiencing sea-level rise by 6-20mm per year in three different coastal regions, a new study prepared after analysing 30 years’ data on tidal water states.
The study named “Assessment of Sea Level Rise and Vulnerability in the Coastal Zone of Bangladesh through Trend Analysis” found that the tidal water trend in the Ganges floodplain is 7-8 mm/year. On the other hand, the trend is 6-9 mm/year in the Meghna Estuarine floodplain and 11-20 mm/year in the Chittagong coastal plain areas.
Police yet to arrest the attackers, their accomplicesAnother victim of early Saturday’s grenade attack on the Tazia procession at Hussaini Dalan in Old Dhaka died yesterday.
Mohammad Jamal Uddin, 55, son of Mofiz Uddin of Munshiganj’s Bikrampur, succumbed to injuries at Dhaka Medical College Hospital’s intensive care unit around 9am.
His younger brother Mohammad Liton Uddin said Jamal was a small trader and was divorced.
“We live with our mother at a house on Kazi Riaz Uddin Road but now he is gone,” Liton said.
If there was any ranking system for the south Asian clubs based on their performance in the professional tournaments, Chittagong Abahani would have been at the bottom zone of the list while East Bengal would have surely featured at the summit.
Army officer-turned-diplomat-turned politician Shamsher Mubin Chowdhury has been at the centre of rumours since he came out of his eight-month stay in jail earlier this year.
What fuelled the rumours was the fact that he had not been in contact with BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia since coming out.
But yesterday, his sudden public announcement of retirement from politics citing ill health – which meant he had also stepped down as a vice-chairman of the BNP – only reinforced the speculations.
Although he has never been a parliamentarian, career diplomat-turned-politician Shamsher Mubin Chowdhury has been close to the central command of the BNP for the last few years. Yesterday he gave an exclusive interview to the Dhaka Tribune. Here are some of the highlights.
Dhaka Tribune: Why quit politics?
Shamsher Mubin Chowdhury, Bir Bikram, was born in Chittagong on May 1, 1950.
After finishing high school and college education in Dhaka, he joined the Pakistan Army in 1967 and graduated as a regular commissioned officer in 1969, with ante dated seniority of 1968.
He was posted in 1st East Bengal Regiment in Jessore in 1969. A year later, he was transferred to 8th East Bengal Regiment in Chittagong as a Lieutenant.
The leaders of Awami League-led 14-party have observed that more top-level BNP leaders would quit after vice-chairman Shamsher Mubin Chowdhury due to lack of confidence on the party’s leadership.
“Shamsher Mubin’s resignation is BNP’s internal issue. So it will not be fair to make any comment about this … However, it means that the flow of resignation has started in BNP’s top brass,” ruling alliance Spokesperson and Health Minister Mohammad Nasim said yesterday.
The Payra Port has a huge potentiality to be another vibrant port of the country in the near futureThe government has planned to establish underground railway network in the capital with the financial assistance of the World Bank for safer and faster movement of commuters.
“It will be a dream project like the Padma Bridge,” said Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal after the Ecnec meeting yesterday.
Quoting Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina who chaired the meeting, the minister said: “The premier has directed the Planning Commission to build the underground rail alongside the under-construction Metro Rail.”
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced five militants of banned Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh to 10 years rigorous imprisonment in a case filed for series bomb blast in Gopalganj on August 17, 2015.
Judge Momtaz Begum of the Dhaka’s Speedy Trial Tribunal 2 delivered the verdict. The tribunal also fined them Tk10,000 each, in default, to suffer three more months of rigorous imprisonment.
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has summoned chairmen of Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) and the United Group for questioning regarding a case of illegal handover of a state-owned land.
The anti-graft body summoned Rajuk Chairman Engineer GM Jainal Abedin Bhuiyan and United Group Chairman Hasan Mahmud Raja, along with three others, through a notice sent by ACC Deputy Director SM Rafiqul Islam yesterday.
The other three summoned are Rajuk member (estate) Abdul Hai, United Group Vice-Chairman Abul Kalam Azad and Director (Estate) Nazmus Sadat Selim.
The by-election of Moulvibazar 3 constituency, which became vacant with the recent death of social welfare minister Syed Mohsin Ali, will be held on December 8.
Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad made the announcement at a press conference in the Election Commission yesterday.
According to the schedule, the deadline for nomination paper submission is November 11, the deadline of nomination scrutiny is November 14 and the last date for nomination withdrawal is November 22.
A Dhaka court yesterday indicted the daily Amar Desh acting editor Mahmudur Rahman and eight others on charges of torching vehicles at Farmgate during shutdown on March 17, 2013.
Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Ali Mashud Sheikh rejected the discharge petition and framed the charges against the accused under sections 143, 435,427 and 109 of the Penal Code.
The court fixed February 28 to begin trial in the case.
Investigators yesterday said they had kept a number of leaders of the major opposition under close surveillance for their alleged involvement in Cesare Tavella murder.
Meanwhile, the home minister yesterday said the mastermind and big brothers would soon be uncovered.
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal yesterday at his ministry told reporters that there was no doubt about the efficiency of the police force.
The government has taken stern measures and is also keeping an eye on private coaching centres and Bangladesh Government (BG) Press to prevent leak of question papers of the upcoming Junior School Certificate (JSC) examinations, Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid said yesterday.
“Question papers could be leaked from the BG Press but with the help of law enforcement agencies, we have stepped up vigilance there,” he told a news conference at the Education Ministry’s auditorium.
Expatriate Minister Nurul Islam yesterday called upon the Saudi government to take more manpower from Bangladesh.
The call came during a meeting with Saudi Ambassador Abdullah HM Al Motairee at the minister’s office in the capital’s Eskaton area.
Sources said the meeting was held to discuss bilateral and manpower issues with the envoy before the expatriate minister’s visit to Saudi Arabia.
The admission test of Dhaka University’s Ka-unit under Science Faculty for the first year honours’ courses of 2015-2016 academic session will be held today.
The test will be held from 10am to 11:30am in 76 centres across the capital. This year, 71,350 candidates will take part in the test against 1,660 seats, a press release of DU said.
The seat plans are published in the website admission.eis.du.ac.bd
Testimonies of two prosecution witnesses in Shah AMS Kibria murder case could not be recorded yesterday due to absence of some accused and their lawyers.
Sylhet’s Speedy Trial Tribunal Judge Makbul Ahsan yesterday set November 4 and 5 for next hearing.
So far, four witnesses out of 171 have given statement in the case. New witnesses – Abdur Rouf and Erfan Ali – were produced before the court during the proceedings.
The Ant-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday approved a charge sheet against two officials of two private firms after acquitting five Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Limited (BTCL) officials in a Tk44.96 crore embezzlement case.
The two are Ipower Communication Private Limited Director Maksudul Latif Mithu and Raj Tech Limited Managing Director Hasibul Bashar.
The charge sheet was approved by the commission at its regular meeting, said ACC Public Relations Officer Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya.
China will ease family planning restrictions to allow all couples to have two children after decades of the strict one-child policy, the ruling Communist Party said on Thursday, a move aimed at alleviating demographic strains on the economy.
The policy is a major liberalisation of the country’s family planning restrictions, already eased in late 2013 when Beijing said it would allow more families to have two children when the parents met certain conditions.
The chairman of a British public inquiry into the Iraq War that has been running for seven years said on Thursday he expected to publish his report mid-2016, prompting Prime Minister David Cameron to urge him to speed up the process.
The inquiry aims to shed light on every aspect of Britain’s involvement with Iraq from 2001 to 2009, from the build-up to the US-led invasion in 2003 to the withdrawal of combat troops, and to identify lessons that can be learned.