- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
The Tigers’ dominance over the depleted Zimbabwe was clear throughout the three-ODI series. But it became more evident yesterday when Bangladesh captain Mashrafe bin Mortaza stationed eight fielders in the slip cordon in the fag end of the third and final ODI at Mirpur’s Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.
Fans wished for a “Banglawash” when the Zimbabwe ODIs got underway and the wish was fulfilled as the Tigers thumped the visitors by 61 runs yesterday. This was the 11th time Bangladesh have whitewashed an opposition in a bilateral series.
The young woman in Gazipur, who sustained 90% burn injuries after her husband set her on fire over family rows, has died in hospital after fighting for life for three days.
Tapati Rani Das, 20, wife of Sanjay Kumar Das, was attacked on Saturday night and succumbed to injuries at the burn unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital yesterday noon.
Partha Shankar Paul, resident surgeon of the hospital’s burn unit, said Tapati died around 2:30pm.
Myanmar President Thein Sein congratulated democratic champion Aung San Suu Kyi yesterday, as her party appeared to have trounced the ruling camp in the first free election in 25 years and inched towards an absolute majority in parliament.
Thein Sein reiterated that the government would accept the results of the election and agreed to Suu Kyi’s request to hold reconciliation talks soon, although the two are still to agree on the time and location of the negotiations.
The road to Dhaka is the Grand Trunk Road of profits. Money paid for illegal drugs in the city of the Mughals subverts the state but subsidises gainful employment for marginal groups in rural places forgotten by the centre.
Your Dhaka Tribune correspondents are weighed down by these thoughts as they watch a passenger with an illegal beer in hand on board the Dhaka-bound Suborna Express that departs Chittagong at 6:45am.
The government of Bangladesh yesterday handed over infamous Indian separatist leader Anup Chetia and two of his associates to the authorities of his country.
“Chetia has been in jail [in Bangladesh] for a long period. After his punishment period ended, he wished to go back to India. So, we have released him and he has already crossed the border,” Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal told the Dhaka Tribune over phone last evening.
An on-duty uniformed prison guard in Faridpur yesterday became the latest lawman to be attacked with a sharp weapon.
The injured guard, Asaduzzaman Asad, 42, survived the attack which was reportedly carried out by a single unidentified assailant.
Asad was on a motorcycle with another guard when he was attacked near the Faridpur Post Office, said Brig Gen Syed Iftekhar Uddin, the inspector general of prisons. Asad was carrying official documents at the time.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday had a telephone conversation with his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina and thanked her for the help in fighting terrorism.
The phone conversation took place hours after Bangladesh handed over Ulfa leader Anup Chetia to India.
The Indian Prime Minister also wished Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Diwali.
“[email protected] spoke to Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina. He wished PM Hasina on Diwali and thanked her for the help in fighting terrorism,” the India Prime Minister’s Office tweeted.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has reached out to Myanmar leader Aung Sun Suu Kyi as the two leaders talked over phone last evening, confirmed Bangladesh Ambassador to Mynmar Mohammad Sufiur Rahman.
The ambassador on Tuesday also handed over a congratulatory message from the PM to National League for Democracy (NLD) deputy chief U Tin Oo for the success in the election. Bangladesh is the first country to congratulate the party.
Dhaka University Professor Emeritus Dr Anisuzzaman said he was threatened with death for his support to bloggers.
“The threat was not only against me it is also against democracy, freedom and civilization,” said Anisuzzaman yesterday.
Anisuzzaman was talking to this correspondent on Bangla Academy premises in the capital.
One person was killed and another injured when a clash broke out between two local rival groups over drugs trade in the capital yesterday.
The deceased was Hafiz Shikder, 25, son of Babul Shikder of Shariatpur, while the injured was Palash, 20.
Police said the clash took place at Nabinagar’s Balurmath area around 7pm, and establishing dominance was also a reason why the clash broke out.
The government is planning to stop the usage of Viber and WhatsApp messengers temporally in the country to track down cyber criminals.
“We have a plan to halt access to Viber and WhatsApp for some days to trace the cyber crime bigwigs. The action may appear any time on need,” said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
The PM said this in reply to a question from independent lawmaker Haji Mohammad Selim in the Jatiya Sangsad yesterday.
Three more prosecution witnesses yesterday gave depositions in the case filed over the killing of Gonojagoron Moncho activist Ahmed Rajeeb Haider murder in the capital.
Judge Syeed Ahmed of Dhaka Speedy Trial Tribunal 3 recorded the deposition of Md Anower Hossain, Nur Amin and Md Al-Amin.
Defence counsels Mosharraf Hossain Kajal and Khairul Islam Liton cross-examined the witnesses. The tribunal also fixed today for the next hearing.
Special Public Prosecutor Md Mahbubur Rahman said they would have to conclude the trial in 135 working days.
The Anti-Corruption Commission has started holding public hearings against corrupt officials as a new approach to ensure transparency and accountability in government offices, the ACC chief has said.
“The commission has arranged public hearings in different government offices to ensure transparency and accountability among the public servants to provide service to the people,” ACC Chairman M Bodiuzzaman said yesterday.
European Union (EU) yesterday expressed its concern over the freedom of expression in Bangladesh, hoping that the matter will be investigated.
Acting Managing Director of the Asia and Pacific Department of the European External Action Service (EEAS) Ugo Astuto said EU is aware of reports about the recent killings of foreign nationals and bloggers.
“We are concerned over the freedom of speech, governance, democracy and human rights situations in Bangladesh,” he said at a joint press briefing after the Joint Economic Commission meeting in the city.
Five years have elapsed after the brutal murder of four-year-old Samiul Azim Wafi in the capital’s Adabar area but the trial has not yet ended.
Samiul’s mother Ayesha Humayra Esha killed her son on June 23, 2010, in the house as her illicit relationship with Md Shamsuzzaman Arif alias Bakku was exposed to the boy. Arif was an accomplice in the killing.
The case is still pending at Dhaka’s Fourth Special Judge’s Court due to non-appearance of prosecution witnesses in court for giving depositions.
The High Court is expected to deliver its judgment on three bail petitions in three cases filed against BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on November 16.
Completing the rules hearing which were issued over the petitions in three arson and vandalism cases, the High Court bench of Justice Md Rezaul Haque and Justice Md Khashruzzaman fixed the date yesterday.
Housing and Public Works Minister Engineer Mosharraf Hossain yesterday instructed the Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) to clear the basements of buildings being used for purposes other than car parking.
He came up with the instruction during a visit to the Rajuk headquarters in the capital.
The minister said many buildings are using basements commercially though those are meant only for car parking on the Rajuk approved architectural plan of the buildings.
As a result, he said, cars are being parked on roads leading to traffic congestions.
At least 199 leaders and activists of the BNP, Jamaat-Islami and Shibir were arrested from different parts of Chittagong district yesterday on charges of subversive act.
Police arrested 15 leaders and activists of the Islami Chhattra Shibir, the student front of the Jamaat-e-Islami, while they were holding a secret meeting at Abdur Rob dormitory of Chittagong University.
During the drive, three sacks of stone, a good number of Jihadi books were also recovered from the dormitory, said Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Hathazari Circle Mosiuddowla Reza.
Listed criminal Arman Hossain, 40, was hacked to death by miscreants on the Dhaka-Chittagong Highway at Sonargoan, Naraynganj yesterday.
Officer-in-Charge of Sonargaon police station Shah Mohammad Manjur Kader said a gang of unidentified assailants swooped on Arman and hacked him indiscriminately with sharp weapons in front of Afia CNG pump station when he was returning to home from Dhaka around 5pm. He died on the spot.
Israel calls it ‘shameful,’ says may affect EU peace roleThe European Union published new guidelines on Wednesday for labelling products made in Israeli settlements, a move Brussels said was technical but Israel branded “discriminatory” and damaging to peace efforts with the Palestinians.
Drawn up over three years by the European Commission, the guidelines mean Israeli producers must explicitly label farm goods and other products that come from settlements built on land occupied by Israel if they are sold in the European Union.