- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
Police have arrested MA Matin, brother of BNP leader MA Quayum in connection with Italian citizen Cesare Tavella murder from Benapole port.
Detective Branch of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) arrested him in the wee hours of Thursday, Muntasirul Islam deputy commissioner of DMP told the Dhaka Tribune.
“Based on information, a team of DB police conducted a drive at Benapole port area in Jessore around 11.45pm and arrested Matin while he was preparing to leave the country,” Muntasirul said.
The deteriorating law and order situation in the country not only had the general public panicking, it also gave law enforcers the shivers after the murder of a constable yesterday.
On-duty police officials at many check posts across the country said no one was safe from ambush attacks in the country.
The fear gripped the police force first after miscreants killed Ibrahim Miah, assistant sub-inspector of Darus Salam police station, in the capital’s Gabtoli area on October 22.
A police constable deployed at a check post in Ashulia industrial area was killed and his colleague injured as they stopped a motorcycle for checking yesterday morning.
The dead is Mukul Hossain. Critically injured constable Nur-e-Alam was admitted to Enam Medical College Hospital at Savar.
Three other police members at the spot, who were armed, refrained from shooting at the criminals, who attacked them with machetes, and fled the scene to save their lives.
The police headquarters have instructed all its members, particularly those on duty at security check posts, to open fire in self-defence if needed.
This comes in the wake of the death of a constable of industrial police in miscreants’ attack in Ashulia near Dhaka yesterday.
A state-run intelligence agency has recently alerted the government about possible security breaches and sabotages at a total of 408 establishments across the country including the Secretariat, the court premises, jails, airports and media offices.
The government is planning to ink an agreement with the US authorities in order to be better equipped at handling militant and terrorist activities on the internet.
The plan emerged from the thought that most of the social media websites are operated from the US.
“We will be able to stop criminal activities on those websites if we can sign an agreement with the US federal government,” an official of the Telecommunications Division of the government told the Dhaka Tribune.
Police in Brahmanbaria have seized the black car from which shots were fired at a police van in Ghatura area on Tuesday night.
The car was recovered from the house of a person named Kazi Nahid in Ghatura, police said, adding that 18 bottles of phensidyl and 26 yaba tablets were found inside the vehicle.
Six men were also detained in this connection and five of them could be identified as Swapan, 20, Amir Hossain, 25, Shahin, 28, Kazi Hossain, 26, and Kazi Mosharraf Hossain, 50.
Border Guard Bangladesh yesterday deployed a dog squad at the Sylhet international airport to prevent possible subversion attempts.
A six-member BGB team was supervising the two-dog squad, deployed in the morning.
BGB 5 Battalion’s Deputy Commander Maj Lutful Karim told a news conference at the airport that BGB members would discharge routine duties at the airport.
The embattled Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta has announced the resignation of his government following large protests over a nightclub fire that killed more than 30 people last week, The Guardian reported.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, now in the Netherlands on a three-day official tour, is likely to visit France and Malta this month to attend separate programmes, Foreign Ministry sources said.
She is likely to visit Paris twice to attend “Leaders’ Forum” to be hosted by the Unesco on November 16-17 and join Climate Conference on November 30 to December 1. However, the visits are yet to be finalised.
Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid has been elected as the vice-president of Unesco’s 38th session of the General Conference.
Deputy Secretary Shubodh Chandra Dhali yesterday, said the minister would hold the post until 2017. Nahid is leading a 195-strong Bangladesh delegation at the event in Paris.
The government has fixed the maximum limit of monthly deposit to provident fund of all public servants to be 25% of their basic pay.
The decision has been taken in a bid to avert discrimination against government employees in lower positions, sources told the Dhaka Tribune.
The Finance Division issued a circular in this regard on Sunday, November 1, amending the provisions of the General Provident Fund Rules, 1979.
The new rule came into effect on Sunday. The minimum deposit limit has been set to 5% of basic pay.
The Cabinet Committee on Public Purchase yesterday approved a Bridges Division proposal to select a consultancy firm to look into the rehabilitation of buildings and other infrastructures for the construction of Dhaka Elevated Expressway.
Finance Minister AMA Muhith chaired the meeting at the Cabinet Division.
The University Grants Commission (UGC) of Bangladesh has urged the British government to increase the number of scholarships and fellowships for Bangladeshi students in UK universities.
UGC Chairman Prof Abdul Mannan made the appeal when British Deputy High Commissioner in Dhaka Mark Clayton called on him at his office yesterday.
Chittagong University authorities yesterday suspended two students in connection with Monday’s factional clash between two Bangladesh Chhatra League groups which left at least 50 people including four policemen injured.
The suspended students are Mizanur Rahman Khan, student of Management Studies department under 2012-2013 session, and Mofazzel Haidar Hosssain, student of Fine Arts department under 2012-2013 session, said a press release signed by CU Deputy Registrar (information) Farhad Hossain Khan.
Dhaka University “Gha” unit admission test of 2015-16 session will be held tomorrow.
The hour-long test will begin at 10am at 87 centers of the capital including DU campus, said a DU press release yesterday.
A total of 90,130 candidates will sit for the test against 1,465 seats under the combined unit.
Detailed seat plan is available on the university website admission.eis.du.ac.bd
Four days after publisher Faisal Arefin Dipan was murdered, his father Professor Abul Kashem Fazlul Haque yesterday said he was feeling insecure as he felt during the Liberation War.
He did not say if he had received any threat and that he would call police if needed.
However, according to his family members and relatives, Prof Haque was threatened over mobile phone and the caller demanded money from him.
Two prosecution witnesses could not testify in Shah AMS Kibria murder case yesterday as all the prosecution and defence were not present during the proceedings.
Sylhet’s Speedy Trial Tribunal Judge Makbul Ahsan set today for hearing as only five out of the 14 detained accused were brought to the court. The witnesses were earlier produced before the court on October 28 and 29, but they could not give statement due to absence of the lawyers.
The country’s law enforcers neither have the specialised technological skills nor the motivation to prevent the frequent subversive attacks on secular personalities and police officials, security analysts have said.
Even though the government and law enforcement agencies have been claiming that all the recent high-profile attacks were premeditated and connected, no one has been able to take any efficient preventative measures so far, the experts add.
Dhaka University “Ka” unit admission test results for 2015-16 session was published yesterday.
A total of 13,380 students passed the exam against 1,660 seats with a pass rate of 20.75%.
DU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr AAMS Arefin Siddique announced the results at noon.
Results are available on the Dhaka University website (www.eis.du.ac.bd). Aspirants can also get their result by sending a SMS from any operator, DU KA <roll no> to 16321.
Seventy-eight armed activists of Mro National Party (MNP) are likely to surrender their weapons today, the largest ever incident of surrender after the 1997 Peace Accord.
The MNP members are expected to hand over their weapons at a programme chaired by State Minister for CHT Affairs Bir Bahadur Ushwe Sing in Bandarban’s Alikadam upazila. Senior army officials will also be present at the surrender event.