- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
Investigators have primarily concluded that six people, divided into two groups, carried out Saturday’s attacks on publishers and bloggers.
This was done by tracking the IP addresses of the Twitter, Facebook and Google accounts that claimed responsibility for the attacks.
Seeking anonymity, an information technology (IT) expert who is assisting the investigation team, revealed this information to the Dhaka Tribune yesterday.
Jail Killing Day was observed with due solemnity yesterday commemorating the assassination of four national leaders.
On November 3, 1975, four national leaders and Liberation War heroes – Syed Nazrul Islam, Tajuddin Ahmed, Captain M Mansur Ali and AHM Kamruzzaman – were assassinated inside Dhaka Central Jail.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina arrived in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates, yesterday on her way to the Netherlands.
Bangladesh Ambassador to the UAE Mohammad Imran received her at Abu Dhabi International Airport, UNB reports.
The PM left Dhaka for Amsterdam in the morning on a three-day official visit at the invitation of her Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte.
The flight is expected to touch Amsterdam Schiphol Airport Centre at 9pm (The Netherlands time).
Md Rasel Chowdhury alias Chakki Rasel, one of the four suspected killers of Italian citizen Cesare Tavella, was placed on a fresh remand by a Dhaka court yesterday.
Metropolitan Magistrate Amit Kumar Day granted the police five days to grill Chakki Rasel after he was produced before it seeking seven-day remand.
He was earlier remanded for eight days in the case along with three other accused – Tamjid Ahmed Rubel alias Mobile Rubel alias Shooter Rubel, Minhajul Arifeen Rasel alias Vagina Rasel alias Kala Rasel and Md Shakhawat Hossain alias Sharif.
A 12-year-old girl was hacked to death and her mother and younger sister was stabbed indiscriminately by miscreants in Paterbagh of Dhaka’s Kadamtoli area last night.
Shoheli, 12, was a sixth grader and daughter of Selim, a Bangladeshi expatriat living in Italy.
Her mother Shahida Mridha, 35, and sister Shahara, 7, were also attacked by the miscreants and are currently undergoing treatment at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital.
The half-day countrywide hartal by Gonojagoron Moncho was staged yesterday without any major incident, while the pro-liberation youth platform announced further programmes demanding justice for publisher Faisal Arefin Dipan.
The platform will lead a coffin procession from Shahbagh to Home Ministry around 11am tomorrow, announced Moncho Spokesperson Imran H Sarker.
They would also stage a protest rally in the capital around 3pm Friday, demanding the arrest of Dipan’s killers.
A Dhaka magistrate yesterday sent BNP acting secretary general Mirza Islam Alamgir to jail, a day after the High Court ordered him to surrender before a trial court in three violence cases.
Metropolitan Magistrate Md Maruf Hossain passed the order after Fakhrul surrendered before the court around 3:30pm complying with Monday’s High Court order.
He also sought bail in the cases filed with Paltan police on charges of vandalising and torching vehicles in the city in January last year.
Bangladesh is determined to prevent militancy and the police have already taken every possible steps to prevent militancy from rising, the chief of Bangladesh police has said in the general assembly of Interpol in Rwanda.
A Dhaka court yesterday issued warrants for arrest of 35 leaders and activists of 20-party alliance including BNP leader Goyeshwar Chandra Roy after accepting the charge sheet in a case filed under Explosive Substances Act.
Metropolitan Sessions Judge Md Kamrul Hossain Molla issued the order as the accused did not appear before it during the hearing.
Police yesterday filed three cases against 235 people in connection with attacks on police personnel and possession of illegal arms in Chittagong University area.
Sub-Inspector of Hathazari police Manjur Ahmed filed the case mentioning name of 55 activists of the Bangladesh Chhatra League and 100 to 120 unnamed people while SI Swapan Kuman Sarkar and SI Habibur Rahman filed two arms cases naming people persons and 50 unnamed people respectively.
Admission test results of Dhaka University “Ka” unit for 2015-16 session will be published today.
The results will be announced officially by DU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr AAMS
Arefin Siddique around 1pm at the register building of DU, a university press release said.
On October 30, around 71,000 aspirants sat for the test against 1,660 seats under the Science Faculty.
The new pay scale will not mean that the selection grade benefits will be revoked for those government employees, who are already enjoying them, the finance minister has assured.
AMA Muhith told this to reporters yesterday after holding meetings with representatives from the Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission and the Institution of Diploma Engineers.
A drug trader yesterday died in Baganpara area under the district due to cardiac arrest after he ran way sensing the presence of police.
The deceased was Shahidul Islam, 45.
Sources said a team of police went to the area to arrest another accused around 11am.
Sensing the presence of police in the area, Shahidul started to run thinking that the police might have arrested him. After sometimes, he fell down on the way.
Locals rescued him and sent to local hospital where doctors on duty declared him dead.
A court in the district yesterday sentenced three persons to life-term imprisonment for killing a man in 2004.
The convicts were Sobhan Sheikh, Shahjahan Sheikh, sons of Mominuddin and Barek Sheikh, son of Monsur Sheikh of Bilbunia village under Morrelganj upazila.
According to the prosecution, miscreants killed Abdur Rahim, of the village on November,13, 2004, over establishing supremacy in the area.
The court handed down the verdict after examining the records and witnesses.
The government has decided to introduce a new affordable food assistance programme to replace the TR and VGF feeding programmes that have long been criticised for political favouritism and corruption.
Under the new programme, people would pay a token price of Tk15 for a kilogram of rice, which would allow the programme to cover more people in need than before, an official at the Finance Ministry said.
Bangladesh will start a trial run of cargo vehicles on the BBIN (Bangladesh-Bhutan-India-Nepal) route from next week.
“We will begin the trial run on November 8. A cargo truck will leave Chittagong for Kolkata via Dhaka-Benapole-Petrapole route,” said Chandan Kumar Dey, joint secretary at the Road Transport and Highways Division, yesterday.
This trial is in accordance with the BBIN agreement, the roads and highways official told the Dhaka Tribune, adding that an expert team from the division would accompany the cargo vehicle.
The High Court has ordered the authorities of Khulna City Corporation to give back Jessore Road its old name which is now named after Muslim League leader Khan A Sabur.
The High Court bench comprising justices – Quazi Reza-Ul Hoque and Abu Taher Md Saifur Rahman – gave the order yesterday after their attention was drawn to a newspaper report.
The narrowing gap between deposit rates and the rate of inflation is casting a dark cloud over the economy.
Low return on deposits discourages depositors from putting their money in the bank out of fear that high inflation will cause them to lose in real terms.
Currently, the average deposit rate is around 7% and inflation in September was 6.24%.
Ten of 30 publicly listed private commercial banks have cut their interest rates for deposit products in October, according to their websites.
Alongside the government, now the private manpower recruiters too will be able to send workers to Malaysia for different types of jobs and at a lower cost.
“The Malaysian job market is now open for all sectors,” Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Nurul Islam said yesterday after the seventh working committee meeting between officials of the two countries.
The BGB (Border Guard Bangladesh) Dog Squad was deployed yesterday at the Shah Amanat International Airport.
Members of the BGB also carried out a search operation at every nook and corner of the airport from 12pm.
Lt Col Emarat Hossain, commanding officer of BGB 28 Battalion of Chittagong, told the Dhaka Tribune that the Dog Squad was brought in to assist the regular security measures of the airport authorities.
Asked, if they fear any security threat Emarat Hossain said they deployed the Dog Squad as a precautionary measure.