- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
The Islamic State (IS) has referred to the BNP-Jamaat alliance as a “coalition of murtaddin” – Arabic for “apostates.”
The terrorist group made the comment at an article titled “The Revival of Jihad in Bengal,” which was dedicated to their activities in Bangladesh or "Bengal" as it refers to the country.
The Labour and Employment Ministry has rejected a police request for allowing its three officials to be named in the charge sheet in a murder case filed over the deadly Rana Plaza collapse.
Though the charge sheet was pressed four months back, trial proceedings in the case could not be started due to delay in securing approval of the Labour Ministry.
The inhabitants of Raozan upazila in Chittagong have vowed to resist the burial of notorious war criminal Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, better known as Saka Chowdhury, in the locality.
They are enraged sensing that family members of the former BNP lawmaker, hailing from Gohira of Raozan, might be taking preparation to bury him at the family graveyard after the jail authorities hang him for the crimes he had committed in 1971.
Hostages held by an al-Qaeda affiliate group in a luxury hotel in Mali’s capital Bamako were freed yesterday after Malian special forces raided the hotel, bringing the eight-hour siege to an end, Malian authorities confirmed.
“All remaining hostages of the Malian siege are now safe and out of the Radisson Blu where they had been held,” Ministerial Adviser Amadou Sangho told French television station BFMTV.
“These people [the captives] have been taken under the wing of the civil authorities,” he said.
The freedom fighters and pro-liberation people of Faridpur yesterday said that they would not let Jamaat-e-Islami leader Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid to be buried in the district considering the grave crimes he had committed during the 1971 Liberation War.
Mujahid’s family members are yet to decide burial of the war criminal, who is set to be hanged as per the order of the International Crimes Tribunal. However, local Jamaat leaders said that they would bury Mujahid at the town’s Alipur graveyard.
The three-day winter tax fair will end today in seven divisions across the country, including Dhaka.
The tax fair opened on Thursday in two locations in Dhaka, Chittagong, Khulna, Rajshahi, Sylhet, Barisal and Rangpur.
Yesterday, the second day of the fair, attracted huge crowds on the Officers’ Club Dhaka premises in the capital’s Bailey Road, where the main programme has been arranged.
Condemned war criminals Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid and Salauddin Quader Chowdhury were adamant yesterday to consult with their lawyers before deciding on the mercy petition, but the jail authorities maintain that there is no such scope now.
The government explains that now the convicts may consult only with their family members, not lawyers, as they had been informed about the review verdict.
The BNP has expressed concerns about the security of its party chief and has urged the government to take proper steps to ensure her safety.
“BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia will return to Bangladesh from London tomorrow [Saturday] by an Emirates Airlines flight. Our party is concerned about the BNP chairperson’s security as the country’s law and order situation has deteriorated,” read a press release yesterday, signed by the party’s acting spokesperson Asaduzzaman Ripon.
Claiming that the BNP has failed under the leadership of Chairperson Khaleda Zia, former BNP leader and minister Nazmul Huda has announced to have formed a new political platform named “Trinomul BNP” or Grassroots BNP.
“The party [BNP] has faltered many times under a non-political leadership, as well as dilemma in taking decisions and forming elected committees in different tiers. This party has failed, and I blame the top leadership directly for this failure,” he said at a press conference in a city hotel yesterday.
Members of Border Guard of Bangladesh (BGB) arrested four African citizens, including a woman, from Bibibazar border area in Sadar upazila early yesterday for entering the country from India without valid documents.
The arrestees were identified as Thomas Oko of Kongo, Abduo Nasar, a citizen of Lesotho, Hamido Samara of Guinea and Ammira Gousang of Cameroon.
Nuclear physicist and former caretaker government adviser Dr Chowdhury Sajjadul Karim, popularly known as CS Karim, died last night.
Dr Karim, 67, a former chairman of Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission, died around 11:30pm at Bangladesh Medical College Hospital in Dhanmondi.
He was admitted to the hospital on Thursday night as he had been suffering from pneumonia. Last evening, he was given ventilator at the ICU of the hospital as his condition deteriorated, said Dr Nafis Ahmed Chowdhury, deputy director of the hospital.
A 25-year-old woman allegedly burnt her husband pouring hot water on his body while the man was in asleep at their residence in the city’s Kalyanpur in the early hours of yesterday.
Victim Raja Molla, 33, an employee of a courier service, is now undergoing treatment at the burn unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital.
Rajib Molla, brother of the victim, told the Dhaka Tribune that Raza had tied the knot with Selina Aktar 10 years back. He said the couple used to quarrel over family feud.
The Armed Forces Day, which marks the establishment of Bangladesh military during the country’s Liberation War, will be observed today with due solemnity and enthusiasm.
This day is observed every year since Bangladesh Armed Forces, comprising army, navy and air force, came into being and launched an all-out attack on the occupation forces on this day during the war in 1971.
Over 300 leaders and activists of BNP and Jatiya Party (JP) joined the ruling party Awami League (AL) at a function held at Kurigram Shaheed Minar yesterday afternoon.
The function was presided over by District Awami League president freedom fighter Aminul Islam Manju Mandol. District AL General Secretary and former MP Md Zafar Ali, Vice-President Chashi Karim and Poura AL General Secretary Kaziul Islam, among others, also addressed the event.
EU interior and justice ministers in Brussels on Friday pledged solidarity with France in the wake of the Paris attacks a week ago and agreed a series of new measures on surveillance, border checks and gun control.
French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve asked for the crisis meeting after the attack in Paris last Friday in which Islamic State radicals with ties to Syria and a planning cell based in Belgium killed 129 people across the city.
Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader yesterday said the government had no plan to arrest BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia after she come back to the country.
The minister said: “If Khaldeza is staying out of the country in fear of arrest then I have nothing to say.”
The minister said it was natural that she would return to the country from London since she was a party chief. The minister made the remark while talking to journalists after visiting an accident-prone spot in the district.
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The US House of Representatives, defying a veto threat by President Barack Obama, overwhelmingly passed Republican-backed legislation on Thursday to suspend Obama’s programme to admit 10,000 Syrian refugees in the next year and then intensify the process of screening them.
The measure, quickly drafted this week following the Islamic State attacks in Paris on Friday that killed 129 people, was approved on a vote of 289-137, with 47 of Obama’s 188 fellow Democrats breaking with the White House to support it.
Recent attacks in Paris, Beirut, Turkey and the crash of a Russian plane linked to the jihadist group Islamic State (IS) have once again brought terrorism and Islamic extremism to the forefront of international relations. Thousands of op-eds and columns had already been published speculating how these events would make the already-strained relationships between Muslims and other communities worse.