- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
The Sector Commanders’ Forum (SCF), a pro-liberation platform, yesterday condemned the Pakistan’s interference in the domestic affairs of Bangladesh.
The forum asked Bangladesh government to reconsider its diplomatic relationship with Pakistan. It termed the Pakistani interference unacceptable.
The leaders of the forum also called upon people of the country to raise their voice against the negative propaganda of Pakistan.
They made the call yesterday at a press conference held at the National Press Club in the capital.
The Supreme Court yesterday finished hearing statements of the prosecution witnesses in the appeal hearing of condemned war criminal Motiur Rahman Nizami against his death sentence awarded by the International Crimes Tribunal.
Nizami’s lawyer SM Shahjahan read out the statements before the four-member Appellate Division bench led by Chief
Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha from 9:15am to 1:15pm on the fifth day of the hearing. The court adjourned the proceedings until tomorrow.
No police stations in the capital have separate teams to assist the victims of sexual harassment, as required in line with a High Court order issued first in 2006. Even most of the police officials are not aware of the directive.
The police stations also do not have female prison cells. The women are generally kept at the duty officer’s room or temporary arrangements are made for the nights.
Police officials say that a shortage of manpower and unwillingness of high-ups are behind the absence of special teams for women victims.
The High Court yesterday granted a three-month bail to BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir in three arson and vandalism cases registered with Paltan police station.
A bench of Justice Md Rezaul Haque and Justice Md Khashruzzaman gave the verdict granted the bail on medical ground.
The BNP leader’s lawyer Sabir Hossain Leon told the Dhaka Tribune that the bail order has legally paved the way for release of his client.
A Gaibandha court yesterday granted the bail of ruling party lawmaker Manjurul Islam Liton in connection with the attempted murder case filed for shooting a child under the influence of alcohol.
The Sundarganj Cognisance Court of Senior Judicial Magistrate Moniruzzaman Sikder gave him bail until December 8.
Arrested on October 14, Liton was given bail on November 8 so that he could join the last session of the parliament. The session ended on Monday. The lawmaker yesterday filed a petition seeking permanent bail in the case.
Bangladesh is set to observe International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women today along with other countries across the globe.
Violence against women is an acute human rights violation across the country as well as the world. Around 35% of women and girls globally experience some form of physical or sexual violence in their lifetime, with up to seven in ten women facing this abuse in some countries.
UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka recently issued a statement in observance of the day.
Financial investigators have not found any trace of the fabled twelve billion US dollars that controversial Bangladeshi businessman Moosa Bin Shamsher says is lying frozen in a Swiss bank account.
The Swiss National Bank has confirmed to the Bangladesh government that there is no accounts under the name of Moosa, who leads an extravagant life and is labelled by foreign media as a top global arms dealer.
National Geographic Adventurer Wasfia Nazreen became the first ever Bangladeshi, to have completed the Seven Summits record, through the much harder “Messner” variation.
The youngest Everest summiteer of the country successfully reached the summit of Carstensz Pyramid, highest mountain of the Australasia/Oceania continent.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said Bangladesh wants to reopen the frontier roads connecting India which have remained closed since 1965 India-Pakistan War, aiming to further strengthen connectivity.
The prime minister said this when a delegation of International Centre for Gandhian Studies, University of Science and Technology, Meghalaya of India met her at her official residence Ganobhaban.
Dr Alaka Sharma, dean of the university’s School of Business, led the delegation.
Bangladesh has voiced its concerns over the formation of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a trade agreement among Pacific Rim countries, fearing it might adversely impact Bangladesh’s export to the US and other TPP countries.
Dhaka expressed the concern at the second annual council meeting of the Bangladesh-US Trade and Investment Cooperation Forum Agreement (Ticfa) held at the USTR office in Washington DC Monday.
A Dhaka court yesterday framed charges against the suspected coordinator of the Bangladesh chapter of Middle East-based terrorist outfit Islamic State and three other militants in a case filed under the Anti-Terrorism Act.
Judge Ruhul Amin of the Dhaka’s Fourth Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judge’s Court gave the order in presence of the accused.
“The court also fixed February 25 for starting the trial by recording deposition of prosecution witnesses in the case,” said AKM Bashiruddin Miah, assistant public prosecutor of the court.
Elections to 234 municipalities across the country will be held on December 30, said Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad yesterday.
The CEC announced the election schedule for 234 out of the country’s 323 municipalities from a press briefing at the Media Centre of the EC Secretariat in Dhaka.
As per schedule, the deadline for submission of nomination is December 3. Scrutiny will be held on December 5 and 6 and the last date for withdrawal of candidature is December 13.
Police yesterday said they have found the grave of a Japanese woman who had been missing for more than a month.
Five suspects were also arrested in connection with her death, the reason for which is still uncertain. The detainees claimed that the woman had died of diarrhoea.
Hiroe Miyata, 60, was first reported missing when Japanese Embassy’s Vice Consul Kosuke Matsunaga lodged a general diary with Uttara East police station on October 19 over her disappearance, said a senior DMP official on condition of anonymity.
Nestle Nutrition Institute organised the grand finale of Nutrition Nightingale, an inter-institute quiz competition at the The Westin in Dhaka.
Paramedics from five key institutes and hospitals took part in the semifinal round.
As part of the NNI’s educational initiatives the competition was aimed to evaluate and raise awareness on the knowledge level of paramedics areas of expertise.
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal yesterday said there is no existence of IS in Bangladesh.
The minister made the statement during a press conference at his office. He said whenever anyone tried to recruit members for the militant group in Bangladesh, they were arrested.
The origin of militancy in Bangladesh is rooted in Jamaat. This so called Islamist party is connected with the IS. The government will take initiative to ban Jamaat.
The minister claimed that the law and order in the country is under control.
Slamming her country’s government for showing “high passion” for war criminals Salauddin and Mujahid, Pakistan’s top rights activist Asma Jahangir said the government was only confirming the fact that two men were “political agents.”
The human rights activist was reacting to the response by the Foreign Ministry of Pakistan, expressing anguish and concern over the execution of BNP leader Salauddin Quader Chowdhry and Jamaat leader Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid.
The authorities of Khulna City Corporation yet to take any effective measure to change the name of Khan A Sabur Road to its old name Jessore Road despite a ruling of the High Court.
Drug traders launched an attack on a mobile court yesterday morning leaving two Ansar members injured.
The incident took place around 12pm when a mobile court led by Executive Magistrate Ruhul Amin conducted a drive at KC Dey Road adjacent to Hazari Lane under Kotwali police station.
The mobile court also fined two errant drugstores – Desh Medico and G1 with Tk10,000 and seized two cartons of medicines.
Authorities of Barisal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College (SBMC) have banned student politics on the campus following a clash between two factions of the ruling party student wing Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL).
Sources said supporters of Imran Hossain, BCL president and follower of lawmaker and city AL leader Jebunnessa Afroj and Mustafizur Rahman Tuhin, follower of the district unit AL president and lawmaker Abul Hasanat Abdullah, got locked in a clash on the campus yesterday night over establishing supremacy, leaving five including a police official injured.
A gang of pirates has long been desperate in the different coastal areas of Cox’s Bazar and Banshkhali of Chittagong in absence of proper monitoring by the authorities concerned.
Consequently, the fishing boats have been victim of robbery in the sea and even the pirates fatally injured some fishermen during the crimes.
On the other hand, the local administration is yet to take any meaningful measures to prevent the pirates despite having repeated call from the victims.