- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
Detectives have detained the former general secretary of Sitakunda upazila unit Islami Chhatra Shibir from Chittagong’s Panchlaish area for his alleged involvement in the murder of secular blogger Niladri Chatterjee Niloy.
CMP Deputy Commissioner (north) Paritosh Gosh told the Dhaka Tribune that a team of DMP’s DB police had nabbed Tarikul Alam Tarek, 36, from Panchlaish area early yesterday.
Panchlaish police Inspector (investigation) Giasuddin told the Dhaka Tribune that Tarek had been taken to the capital around 11am.
The government has decided to allow only the mayoral and chairman candidates to use party symbols in municipality, upazila parishad and union parishad elections, shifting from its previous stance to make the polls partisan for all candidates.
LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain yesterday placed a bill titled Local Government (municipal) (amendment) law, 2014 in parliament incorporating the latest changes.
Police conduct manhunt for Paris gunman believed to have escaped French police have issued an arrest warrant for a fugitive terror suspect believed to have been involved in the Paris attacks, which left 132 dead and hundreds more injured.
Forty-two victims remain in intensive care, hospital authorities told AFP.
Police Nationale have issued a wanted poster for Abdeslam Salah, believed to be one of three brothers believed to be involved in the attack. All are French nationals, two of whom lived in the Belgian capital Brussels.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has cancelled her three-day schedule trip to France.
She was supposed to fly to Paris today to attend the Unesco General Conference and a bilateral meeting with French President François Hollande.
But after considering the overall situation, she yesterday decided not to go, said sources.
Around midday yesterday, the Foreign Ministry cancelled its scheduled 3pm press briefing on the PM’s trip.
Hasina also had an unscheduled meeting with French Ambassador to Dhaka Sophie Aubert yesterday afternoon.
A female doctor was found dead in a dormitory of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) yesterday night.
Police suspect she committed suicide.
The deceased was identified as Dr Tanzila Jahan Mithila, 27, daughter of Firoz Ahmed of Kandirpar, Comilla.
The wife of DMCH department of medicine Assistant Registrar Dr Mizanur Rahman, Mithila lived with her husband in a dormitory behind the hospital’s burn unit. They were married ten months ago, her relatives said.
Hasan Azizul Huq yesterday become the second respected former university professor to get death threats in less than a week.
A celebrated fiction-writer, former professor of philosophy at Rajshahi University and a secular figure, Prof Hasan received the threat over phone around 4:30pm yesterday, said his daughter-in-law Sultana Razia.
On November 10, Dhaka University Professor Emeritus Dr Anisuzzaman, widely known for his secular writing, received a text message on his mobile phone that threatened to kill him.
The government yesterday transferred 86 officials including eight directors of the Anti-Corruption Commission, only five days after promoting 58 officials.
An order signed by ACC Secretary Abu Md Mustafa Kamal issued yesterday came into effect immediately, Public Relations Officer Pranab Kumer Bhattacharya said. Of the 86 officials, eight are directors, 16 deputy directors, 45 assistant directors and 17 deputy assistant directors. The government promoted 58 ACC officials on November 10.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged the international community to boost cooperation to alleviate poverty, while inaugurating the Bangladesh Development Forum 2015 at the Bangabandhu International Convention Center in the capital.
Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank President Jin Liqun, Vice-President of the Asian Development Bank Wencai Zhang, Finance Minister AMA Muhith and Deputy Director General of the Japanese Foreign Ministry Kingo Toyoda also addressed the meeting.
After hinting that it might participate in upcoming municipal elections, the BNP is struggling to prepare a possible candidate list because so many of its grass-roots leaders are either on the run or behind bars, party insiders said.
Continuing arrests of its grass-roots leaders and activists have cast doubt on the fairness of the coming elections, they said.
Although the party boycotted the January 5 parliamentary elections, it participated in local government elections.
MM Shahriar Rumi has become the second BNP leader to cut ties with the party in two weeks, following Shamsher Mubin Chowdhury’s footsteps.
Rumi, who is now a former member of the central executive committee of the BNP, has also expressed willingness to come back to his former tent, the Awami League.
He told the Dhaka Tribune over phone yesterday that he had sent his resignation to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, who is now in London, via courier service.
The parliament yesterday passed the Development Surcharge and Levy Bill 2015 keeping the provision for imposing 1% surcharge on services obtained by mobile phone SIMs, RUIMs and memory cards.
The bill was passed through voice vote after it was placed by Finance Minister AMA Muhith.
On September 1, the minister submitted the bill and it was sent to the standing committee on the Finance Ministry for scrutiny.
Five Grameenphone employees have filed a case against the private mobile phone operator on charges of misappropriating Tk691 crore by forgery.
The case was filed yesterday with the court of Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Md Yusuf Hossain under sections 406, 417,418,426, 477(a) and 34 of the penal code.
After recording deposition from the complainants, the court directed the officer-in-charge at Vatara police station to investigate the matter and submit a report before the court.
The Supreme Court yesterday reinstated a High Court verdict on Environment and Forest Minister Anwar Hossain Manju in a case filed on illegal wealth accumulation charges.
A four-member bench led by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha gave the order in the case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission.
Barrister Rokan Uddin Mahmud and Ahsanul Karim stood for Manju while Attorney General Mahbubey Alam and Khurshid Alam Khan represented the prosecution and the ACC respectively.
The High Court has granted bail to BNP leader Goyeshwar Chandra Roy, allowing him to be released from prison.
The High Court bench of Justice Md Rezaul Haque and Justice Md Khosruzzaman issued the order yesterday after hearing his petition in a case filed with Ramna police station on December 30, 2013, over bombing of a vehicle during the anti-government agitation by the BNP-led 20-party alliance.
The BNP leader is an accused in a total of 27 cases, and with yesterday’s ruling, he has secured bail from the High Court in all of the cases.
Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid yesterday defended his ministry’s decision to take charge of the managing committees of non-government Monthly Pay Order-listed educational institutions, saying it was in line with education policy and the prime minister’s wishes.
On November 12, several lawmakers criticised the education minister for planning to take over the authority of non-government MPO-listed educational institutions’ managing committees in teacher recruitment.
A woman, who was attacked with acid allegedly by her husband three weeks ago, died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital’s burnt unit early yesterday.
Sajeda Begum, 25, of Salisha village in Magura, lived in Ashulia with her husband Sohag Munsi and son Akash.
Sajeda sustained 25% burn, said the burn unit’s resident surgeon Dr Partha Shankar Paul.
Sohag has been absconding since the attack, police told the Dhaka Tribune.
Sajeda will be buried in her hometown in Magura. Her son Akash is currently staying with her parents.
Zimbabwe clinched a cliff-hanger and brought parity in the two-match Twenty20 international series yesterday following their three-wicket win over Bangladesh in the second and final game at Mirpur’s Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.
Player of the match Neville Madziva (28 not out) smashed a six off the penultimate delivery of their innings to chase down the modest target of 136 set by Bangladesh. He received valuable support from player of the series Malcolm Waller, who chipped in with a quickfire 27-ball 40, while Luke Jongwe more than played his part with his 38-ball 34.
The International Crimes Tribunal 1 yesterday asked the prosecution to submit the probe report against seven war crimes suspects from Netrokona by January 15 next year.
Of the suspects, only Abdur Rahman, 68, is in jail while Sheikh Md Abdul Majid, 67, Md Abdul Khaleq Talukder, 67, Kabir Khan, 70, Md Nuruddin, 70, and Salam Beg, 65, are on the run.
The other suspect, Ahmmad Ali, 72, died in October while undergoing treatment at DMCH.
Police early yesterday recovered the hanging body of a teenager from her room inside the office of a shelter home in the capital’s Mirpur area.
The victim is Khadija Khatun Sima, 15, a student of class VII. She was brought to the NGO named Association for Correction and Social Reclamation (ACSR) one and a half years back.
Both police and officials of the NGO suspected that she had committed suicide.
The body was recovered from a room on the fourth floor of the four-storey building in North Bishil area of Mirpur around 5am.
Security is a prerequisite for smooth implementation of assistance activities by development partners, which is why Bangladesh government must keep up its efforts to ensure the safety of Japanese citizens working in Bangladesh, a Japanese foreign ministry official said yesterday.
Kingo Toyoda, deputy director-general at the International Cooperation Bureau of Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said as a major development partner of Bangladesh, Japan aims to aid the acceleration of sustainable economic growth with equity in Bangladesh.