- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
An angry President Francois Hollande on Saturday promised a “merciless” response to a wave of attacks by gunmen and bombers that killed 129 people across Paris, describing the assault claimed by Islamic State as an act of war against France.
“France will be merciless towards these barbarians from Dae’sh,” he said, using an Arab acronym for Islamic State.
The president, prime minister and chairperson of the BNP have expressed shock and condemnation over multiple terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday night that have claimed more than 120 lives.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina strongly condemned the terrorist attacks in Paris and pledged to work with France to fight terrorism and violent extremism.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s scheduled visit to Paris to attend Leaders’ Forum by Unesco on November 16-17 remains unchanged despite the terror attacks.
“As far as I know, the visit plan is still in place,” a senior official at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs told UNB yesterday evening.
The PM is scheduled to leave Dhaka on Monday. Unesco is celebrating the the 70th anniversary of the adoption of its constitution.
This high-level event will be reserved for keynote addresses by heads of state and government of member states.
After the terror attack in Paris, police in Bangladesh are on high alert, said Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan. “We are always alert.”
He told the the Dhaka Tribune yesterday that police are vigilant, especially after the recent attacks in the country.
The Paris terror attacks caused panic around the world as well as in Bangladesh, where two foreigners were killed by miscreants, the responsibilities of which were also allegedly claimed by the Islamic State.
Dozens of people have been killed in multiple gun attacks in Paris and a hostage-taking situation. Here are some accounts from witnesses in the city.
A witness coming out of the Bataclan concert hall, where up to 60 people were taken hostage, said: “We manage to escape, there was blood everywhere.”
Two explosions were heard near the Stade de France, where Francois Hollande was watching France play Germany in an international football friendly.
Around one hour later there were reports of a shooting at the Petit Cambodge restaurant, about five miles away from the Stade de France.
French Police confirmed that at least 18 people had been killed. Meanwhile, there were also reports of shootings near the Bataclan theatre, south of the restaurant.
Facebook and Twitter have seen floods of posts with people condemning the series of attacks in Paris as brutal since Friday.
As soon as notorious terrorist group Islamic State claimed responsibilities, blame game began as some questioned whether Muslims are naturally violent while others protested such views saying the attackers just used religion as a safeguard. Many others said the IS members were pawns of the US and Israel.
The government is likely to float tender on November 25 for procuring rolling stock (coach and locomotives) and depot equipment to speed up the implementation of the Dhaka Mass Rapid Transit Development project, better known as metro rail.
A pre-qualification tender for civil works (elevated stations and viaducts) would be floated the same day, said a senior official of Dhaka Mass Transit Company (DMTC).
Bangladesh is preparing to double its capacity to import electricity from India, the country’s apex power agency announced.
The government is looking to import another 500MW of electricity on a short-term and long-term basis for 15 years and has invited tenders from Indian companies. The last date to submit tenders is December 30.
The widow of Narayanganj City Corporation panel mayor Nazrul Islam is likely to file a petition with the High Court on Tuesday seeking fresh investigation into the sensational seven-murder cases.
Nazrul’s wife Selina Islam Beauty, who filed one of the two cases, said she would file the plea as the police had not seek remand of the prime accused, Nur Hossain, on Friday and that the investigator dropped the names of five FIR-listed accused from the charge sheet submitted on April 8 this year.
Teachers of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST), who are protesting against the university’s vice-chancellor, boycotted the admission test for 2015-16 academic year which took place yesterday.
The teachers, Under the banner “Mohan Muktijuddher Chetonay Udbuddho Shikkak Forum,” boycotted the test because their demands for the VC’s resignation and proper prosecution of the August 30 attack on teachers were not met, said the forum’s spokesperson Dr Syed Shamsul Alam.
An elderly Taiwanese couple who were attacked during a burglary in the capital’s Uttara neighbourhood on November 6 have been flown to Taipei, a source close to the family said.
Businessman Wang Ming Chee, 68, and his wife 60-year-old wife Lili Hawa were flown to Taipei in an air ambulance on Thursday night after Taiwanese doctors suggested Wang be repatriated to receive better treatment for his head injury.
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal yesterday said that Narayanganj Awami League lawmaker Shamim Osman would be brought to trail if his involvement in the much-talked seven-murder was found.
“The government will show zero tolerance on this matter,” the minister said at a programme in the city.
Asked about the leaked phone conversation between MP Shamim and Nur Hossain, the prime accused in the cases, released soon after the murders, the minister said that they were looking into the matter.
Police arrested 282 more individuals, including 50 leaders and activists of Jamaat-e-Islami and its student wing Islami Chhatra Shibir, in special drives around Chittagong district yesterday.
Chittagong Additional Superintendent of Police Muhammed Naimul Hasan told the Dhaka Tribune that police arrested 39 Jamaat-Shibir activists in Lohagara upazila and 11 of them in Satkania upazila in connection with different cases of subversive activities.
The National Vitamin A+ Campaign-2015 begins across the country vowing to make it a total success to prevent all the vitamin A deficiency related disorders among babies.
In Chittagong, the campaign began in the city and the district aimed at administering 13 lakh children under six to fifty nine months of age with the vitamin.
CCC mayor AJM Nasir Uddin formally inaugurated the day-long campaign at a function at city’s National Government Primary School, Nandankanon by administering capsules to some children.
A female readymade garment worker was allegedly slaughtered by her husband in Chittagong city’s EPZ area yesterday evening.
Police recovered the dead body of Nazira Beghum, 25, originally from Baniyachang of Habiganj, in a tin-shed house in Mohammadpur area of EPZ yesterday evening, said Sub-Inspector Md Kibria of the local police station.
Her husband Al Amin went into hiding after the incident, the SI said.
A leader of Mohila Awami League in Rupganj upazila of Narayanganj district was hacked to death yesterday.
The deceased was Halima Begum Zarina, 35, daughter of Rashid Patwary. She was also a member of the governing body of Bhulta High School and local AL leader. Sources said Halima might have been killed over a conflict with her second husband Noor Mohammad.
Rashid said Halima and her husband Noor Mohammad had a brawl around 9pm on Friday as he came home with three of his friends. Rashid did not interfere in the feud considering it their personal affairs.
A drug addict son allegedly killed his father at Phulbari Bazar under Phulbari upazila of the district yesterday.
The deceased was Abul Kashem Sarder, 56, a businessman of the upazila.
Family sources said Abul Kashem Sarder was attacked by his drug addict son Shahinur Rahman Sajib Sarder, 27, at Phulbari Bazar when he was returning home from his business centre by a motorbike.
Sajib suddenly stopped his father’s motorcycle and indiscriminately hit him on the head and other parts of the body with a sharp weapon.
At least 61 BNP and Jamaat-Shibir men were arrested in Satkhira, Jhenaidah and Gaibandha districts yesterday.
Our Satkhira correspondent said law enforcers in separate drives arrested 31 people, including 13 leaders and activists of BNP, Jamaat-e-Islami and Islami Chhatra Shibir, from different parts of the district.
Bangladesh mission in Paris has established hotlines for Bangladeshis after the deadly terrorist attacks that claimed lives more than a hundred people.
The Foreign Ministry said Bangladeshi citizens can call at an embassy number +33146519033 and they can also contact TM Reza at +33 651360 22 and Wahid Var Taher at +33614497095 for further information.
Officials said they had no information until yesterday evening about any Bangladeshis affected in those attacks.