- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
Persons with neurodevelopmental disabilities (NDD) should be included in decision-making processes in order to get them more involved with the mainstream society, speakers said yesterday.
Speaking at a roundtable discussion in the capital yesterday, they said persons with NDD should have direct involvement in policy-level and strategic decision-making meetings where they can talk about their demands, hopes, potential and the challenges they face in day-to-day life.
Bangladesh sees the recent election in Myanmar as an opportunity to improve its relationship with the neighbouring country.
It wants to set aside the thorny issues like Rohingya crisis and give more focus on connectivity, energy and strategic cooperation to cement the ties with Myanmar.
“The government wants to give priority to connectivity, energy and strategic issues which are easy to communicate with. But, it all depends on the priority and attitude of the new Myanmar government,” said an official of the Foreign Ministry.
Blamed for the recent targeted killings, militant outfit Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) is reportedly planning to launch suicidal attacks in the country, like they did in 2005.
Detectives claim that this outlawed group has gained support recently from the former and current leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami and its radical student group Islami Chhatra Shibir, to conduct subversive activities as the anti-government party cannot demonstrate on the streets in the face of crackdown.
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal yesterday asked the Ulema society to remain alert against international conspiracy as they are trying to turn the country into a failed state.
“When any incident takes place here, the message is relayed to America via Middle East within five minutes, then another message is released through website of ‘SITE’ claiming that ‘IS’ was involved in the incident,” the Home Minister said while addressing a meeting with Imams and Ulemas in the city’s Kamrangichar.
Although there is no visible progress in implementing the core issues of the 1997 Peace Accord, indigenous leader Jyotirindra Bodhipriya Larma yesterday asked the government to announce a roadmap immediately.
Also known as Santu Larma, the president of Parbatya Chattagram Jana Samhati Samiti (PCJSS), said they would declare fresh programmes from an event in Rangamati on December 2 to materialise the accord.
Many courier companies said they could not check the envelops on ethical groundThe courier service authorities have been instructed to cross-cheek addresses of senders and receivers before taking and receiving any booking.
Police said they were fearing that explosive substances could be transported to different areas of the country under the names of different companies.
Intellectuals of the country were also threatened by using the names of some companies who later could not be identified.
Anwar and Jewel were detained on Thursday while madrasa Principal Shamsul on FridayThree people arrested by the police since Thursday over the attack on a Shia mosque at Shibganj of Bogra were put on remand yesterday through a court for questioning.
They are Molamgari Imdadul Uloom Qawmi Madrasa Principal Shamsul Alam, 60, JMB leader Anwar Hossain, 48, of Majhihotto village, and madrasa student Jewel Mia, 25, of Haripur village under Shibganj.
Senior Judicial Magistrate Shyam Sundor Roy put Shamsul on a five-day remand while seven-day remand for each of the two other detainees.
Publisher Ahmedur Rashid Tutul and poet-blogger Tareq Rahim, who were injured in an attack carried out by suspected militants on October 31, left the country a couple of days back.
The government has decided to implement a project involving the construction of 22 u-loops from Dhaka to Gazipur, aiming to reduce traffic congestion by 25-30%.
The loops will let vehicles cross intersections round the clock without creating any traffic jam.
The Innovation cell of the Prime Minister’s Office has decided to initially build a total of 22 such U-loops from the capital’s Shaatrasta intersection to the Chandona roundabout in Gazipur.
The recent terrorist attack in Paris will affect the conference, but France will stand up with other countries and work on finding out an agreement. The French Ambassador to Bangladesh Sophie Aubert shared her views on COP21 in an exclusive interview with Dhaka Tribune’s Meer Saiful Islam
What are the security measures for around 40,000 guests to be there in COP21 in the wake of the unfortunate attack on innocent people in Paris?
With just a touch over a month to go before the first ever partisan municipality elections, the Election Commission has rejected an extension plea from some of the leading political parties.
In the upcoming polls slated for December 30, political parties will for the first time be able to nominate their candidates for a local government election.
This year, the contest for municipality mayors will be partisan and this has been accompanied by a lot of debate from different quarters since the time the idea was floated a few months ago.
Former state minister for home Lutfozzaman Babar, a death-row convict in the much-talked-about 10-truck arms haul case, underwent medical checkup at Dhaka Medical College Hospital yesterday.
Sources at the DMCH said Babar was taken to the hospital around 9:45am from Kashimpur Jail in Gazipur and then sent back to the Kashimpur Jail around 12am after the medical checkup.
The Foreign Ministry is facing acute manpower and resources shortage.
The ministry has about 230 officers to maintain its headquarters and 71 missions in different parts of the world.
Out of 71 missions, 21 do not have any staff car of their own.
“We have been persuading other relevant ministries to approve more manpower and resource allocation for the last couple of years, but to no avail,” said an official of the ministry.
According to the organogram of the ministry, it can recruit 296 officers.
Police arrested six leaders of Islami Chhatra Shibir, the student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami, with hand-made bombs in their possession at a student mess in the capital’s Arambagh area early yesterday.
DMP spokesperson Deputy Commissioner Muntasirul Islam confirmed the matter to the Dhaka Tribune. A press release was also issued by the DMP.
Sources said the Shibir leaders had rented two rooms on the second floor of the building and planned subversive activities.
In recent years, the government hospital in Dacope upazila in the coastal district of Khulna have been receiving an ever-increasing number of pregnant women suffering from pre-eclampsia.
Incidentally, this place also falls under those coastal areas where farming activities have been nearly destroyed by heavy salinity in the soil.
Once happy growers of paddy, the farmers in these areas have been trying shrimp and crabs on the same land and is still left wanting for a sustainable livelihood because of excessive salt in the soil.
Foreign funds will not save Bangladesh from the negative effects of climate change if protection of the overall environment is not ensured, said Sultana Kamal, executive director of Ain o Salish Kendra, yesterday.
She said it was important to raise voice to limit carbon emission to a certain level by 2050.
Sultana was addressing a march, held as part of a global event to ensure a safe and clean Bangladesh, at Central Shaheed Minar.
Shia religious leaders in the port city have demanded proper security as extremists killed at least three people in two separate attacks – on a procession at Hussaini Dalan of Dhaka and a mosque in Bogra – in just a span of one month.
Today, the community representatives are set to meet the Chittagong Metropolitan Police commissioner to press home their demand for beefed up security measures.
Experts and stakeholders yesterday said proper enforcement of the amended tobacco control law had become indispensable to protect the young generation especially adolescents from the negative impacts of tobacco use particularly smoking.
Terming tobacco as the root cause, the experts observed that all the life-decaying drug addictions including smoking by the school-going adolescents lead to harmful consequences.
Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed yesterday said the Awami League government has rid the nation of stigma through the trials of war criminals who had carried out atrocities during the 1971 Liberation War.
Arable land losing fertility as environment laws are floutedMost brick kilns in six upazilas of Shariatpur district have been running without a valid licence or no licence for long, flouting environment laws.
Sources said a group of unscrupulous businessmen are running at least 48 brick fields in Goshairhat, Bhedarganj, Janjira, Naria, Damuddya and Sadar upazilas. Of them, 13 are running illegally and 10 have no licence permission from the Department of Environment.