- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
Fierce violence broke out in the capital’s Tejgaon yesterday as police and transport workers clashed for around an hour over an eviction drive in the area.
At least seven people, including journalists and city corporation employees, were injured during the violence, while several vehicles in the area were also vandalised.
Dhaka North City Corporation Mayor Annisul Huq, who was present with the eviction team, had to take shelter inside a workers’ union office during the violence.
The Election Commission has decided to consider the requests that the political parties have placed in connection with the first ever partisan municipality polls slated for December 30.
Yesterday, ruling Awami League requested the Election Commission (EC) to allow lawmakers to participate in electioneering.
On the other hand, main political opposition BNP, which does not have any representation in parliament now, has urged the commission not to allow that.
Climate change expert Saleemul Huq tells the Dhaka Tribune’s Meer Saiful Islam that Bangladesh has done its homework ahead of the COP21 climate change conference, saying the country’s plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is a good one What do you think about Bangladesh’s greenhouse emissions reduction plan submitted under the Intended Nationally Determined Contribution?
Saleemul: I would say Bangladesh’s INDC plan is positive. There are two sides – the LDCs, including Bangladesh – and the rest of the world.
The price formula for diesel imported from India via pipeline is to be negotiated by a four-member team from Bangladesh scheduled to visit the neighbouring country in December.
The Indo-Bangla Friendship Pipeline will allow very large scale diesel imports from India when it comes on line, with plans to import up to 1 million metric tonnes per year.
The pipeline will be implemented through a joint venture of the state-run Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) and Numaligarh Refinery Ltd (NRL), a subsidiary of India’s state-run Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd.
The much-talked climate conference, dubbed as COP21, starts here today for two weeks aimed at striking a global deal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and face the challenges of the adverse impact of climate change.
The UNFCCC 21st conference of the parties (COP21) is scheduled to be opened in presence of over 140 heads of state and government during the “Leaders Event” as expected by the host government of France.
The High Court has sought a list of all establishments and infrastructures in Khulna City Corporation (KCC) area that are named after Khan-A-Sabur, a Muslim League leader.
The bench of Justice Quazi Reza-Ul Hoque and Justice Abu Taher Md Saifur Rahman yesterday asked the Khulna mayor to submit the list within 15 days.
The order was given after the court received a report on the implementation of its November 3 order that asked the KCC authorities to change the name of Khan-A-Sabur Road back to its original Jessore Road within seven days.
Dhaka is set to host three-day exhibitions on power, solar, real estate and construction from December 3 at the International Convention City in Bashundhara.
The exhibitions – “15th Power Bangladesh,” “10th Solar Bangladesh,” “18th Con-Expo,” and “16th Real Expo” – will be organised by US-based CEMS Global and CEMS Bangladesh.
Islamisation and militarisation are the main obstacles to implementation of the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Peace Accord that was signed between Parbatya Chattagram Jana Samhati Samiti (PCJSS) and then Awami League government in 1997, speakers said at a discussion yesterday.
They said the accord was still far away from full implementation.
The discussion organised by Bangladesh Indigenous People Forum and Kapaeeng Foundation at The Daily Star seminar hall in the capital.
The government has claimed to have pinpointed 103 IP addresses, which, using the now-blocked social media platforms, took part in the planning and execution of the recent subversive activities in the country.
Interestingly, these IP addresses were used for carrying out the attacks on law enforcers, the bombing at Hussaini Dalan Shia precession preparation and the shooting in a Bogra Shia mosque – all of which took part in the last couple of months.
A sub-inspector indicted for the murder of sub-contractor Faroque Hossain Kamal in the capital’s Kafrul area escaped while being escorted to a police van shortly after the hearing at a Dhaka court.
The court framed charges yesterday against the policeman, Rezaul Karim Patuari, a former sub-inspector at Kafrul police station, together with former sub-inspector Md Nuruzzaman and local police informer Md Ratan Babu.
Dhaka Special Court 5 Judge Dr Md Aktaruzzaman framed the charges in the presence of the three accused, rejecting their latest bail petitions.
The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court yesterday upheld a High Court verdict that abolished a provision of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) act which held ACC commissioners accountable to the commission’s chairman.
A four-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha gave the order in response to a petition filed by ACC Chairman M Bodiuzzaman seeking a stay order on the High Court verdict.
Members of the minority Shia Muslim community across the country are suffering from a great sense of insecurity following the attacks on Hussaini Dalan in the capital and Shia Mosque in Bogra.
Most of the community people now do not stay out of their homes unless it is something very important.
The Shia community people are planning to submit a memorandum to the Prime Minister and Home Minister to ensure their security.
A Dhaka court yesterday framed charges against BNP Vice-Chairman and former Dhaka City Corporation mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka and three other for embezzlement Tk37 lakh.
Judge M Ataur Rahman of the Dhaka’s Divisional Judge’s Court framed the charges rejecting discharge petitions.
Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader yesterday said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina would inaugurate the main construction work on Padma Bridge on December 12.
The minister made the comment while visiting construction site of the bridge.
Later, a preparatory meeting was held at Naodoba ahead of the Prime Minister’s visit to the district for the inauguration of the bridge work.
Quader said law enforcers were working sincerely for ensuring the security of all, including foreigners, involved in the bridge construction work.
Taking advantage of absence of proper monitoring on the activities of courier service providers, drug peddlers are using parcel and courier services to carry illegal drugs such as yaba pills to different parts across the country.
Rapid Action Battalion on Saturday night seized 100,000 pieces of yaba tablets from Dhaniala branch of SA Paribahan, a parcel and courier service provider, in the port city.
The seized yaba pills worth around Tk4 crore which were concealed in a parcel of furniture was destined for Dhaka.
Drugstore owners of the port city yesterday enforced a strike keeping their businesses shut demanding release of their fellows.
The businessmen under the banner of the Bangladesh Chemists and Druggists Association enforced the strike from morning to 12 noon.
A mobile court led by Executive Magistrate Ruhul Amin came under an attack on KC Dey Road adjacent to Hazari Lane under Kotwali police station on November 24.
Fear of musclemen’s attack has griped over 5,000 farmers in char areas of Bhola as harvest of aman approaching fast.
Proshanto Kumar Saha, deputy director of Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE), said “The aman paddy has been cultivated on 87,000 hectares of land this year with a production target 80,000 tonnes.”
Local sources said the production of the paddy was satisfactory as weather was fine as well as farmers got saplings and fertiliser in time.
Four activists of the United Peoples democratic Front (UPDF) were arrested yesterday afternoon for their alleged involvement in attack on duty police and security personnel.
They arrested were identified as Nirupa Chakma, Ditiya Chakma, Bidinka Dewan and Joyshis Chakma.
Officer-in-charge of Khagrachhari Sadar police station Md Shamsuddin Bhuiyan said the UPDF men attacked on duty police and security personnel, including army, and hurled brickbats on vehicles.
A case will be lodged against them as early as possible, he added.
Awami League Presidium Member and Health and Family Welfare Minister Mohammad Nasim yesterday said the people of the country do not believe BNP.
He said this while speaking as the chief guest at a memorial meeting on late Awami League leader Rashed Musharraf at Jatiya Press Club.
Bangladesh Krishak League organised the discussion on the occasion of the 4th death anniversary of its former president Rashed Mosharraf with its president Motahar Hossain Mollah in the chair.
Having failed to raise enough money by selling low quality food grains from two social safety net programmes, the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief has requested the Finance Ministry to convert the grains into cash for setting up solar and biogas plants in rural areas.
On Thursday, Disaster Management and Relief Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya wrote a letter to Finance Minister AMA Muhith with the request.