- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
Bangla Academy, the National Academy of Arts and Letters in Bangladesh, observes its 60th anniversary today. The 60 years of its existence were eventful, and beyond the scope of words to chronicle its success.
State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid yesterday said uninterrupted power supply would be ensured for the planned 100 economic zones in the country.
Private sectors have been asked to relocate there as industries developed in an unplanned way in the country, he said while addressing a seminar organised by CEMS Global and Energy Bangla in the capital.
A Dhaka magistrate court yesterday granted a five-day remand for six suspected fake currency smugglers including a Bangladesh-born Pakistani national in a case filed with Airport police station in the capital.
Metropolitan Magistrate Kazi Kamrul Islam passed the order after Sub-inspector Tarique-uz-Zaman, also investigation officer of the case, produced them before the court seeking a 10-day remand for interrogation.
The United Nations Populations Fund globally launched this year’s State of World Population report titled “Shelter from the Storm” on Thursday.
This year, the report stated that essential health needs of women remains neglected after natural disasters and conflicts.
The technical negotiations were officially closed in Paris yesterday, with the decision to send a 38-page draft climate agreement to ministers to use as the basis for next round of negotiations.
Over the past week, the draft agreement was streamlined and featured bridging proposals which will give the ministers the basis for working through the political issues underlying the deal, providing them with common-ground options from which they can begin their talks.
At least 10 people were hurt, six critically, after miscreants blasted three improvised bombs on the Kantaji temple premises in Dinajpur early yesterday.
The bombs exploded around 1:15am when people were watching Jatra – traditional open air theatrical performance – at the “Bholanath Opera” tent organised on the occasion of the month-long Raash Mela. Festivities began on November 25 at the temple, according to witnesses and police.
Meanwhile, OC of Kaharol Abdul Mazid was withdrawn from duty last night for negligence in performing his duties.
Two people, including a woman, were killed and two others injured in a head-on collision between a CNG-run autorickshaw and a pickup van in Banskhali upazila of Chittagong yesterday morning.
The dead were identified as Morium Begum, 55, and Shripod Joldash, 38, said Officer-in-Charge Swapan Kumar Majumdar of Banshkhali police station. However, the detailed identities of the victims and the injured could not be confirmed till the filing of this report.
A Dhaka court yesterday placed a bus helper on a 3-day remand in a case filed against him on charges of verbally abusing a female student of Dhaka University on a public bus.
Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate SM Masud Zaman passed the order after sub-inspector Raihan-Uz-Zaman, also investigation officer of the case, produced bus helper Md Mamun before the court seeking 7-day remand for interrogation.
Chittagong City Corporation Mayor, AJM Nasir Uddin declared yesterday that people with disabilities would receive free healthcare service from the corporation healthcare center.
Organising by Chittagong City Corporation, on the occasion of International Day for Persons with Disabilities at Chittagong Theatre Institute, the mayor made this announcement.
As a chief guest, the mayor insisted that the persons with disabilities will not be treated with remissness.
Negotiators have compromised and come closer to an agreement on the key issue of “Loss and Damage” that meant for providing compensation to the climate vulnerable countries.
Still, there were differences among the parties holding talks on the climate issues in Paris, but it has already been adopted in the draft text of the proposed agreement, which is going forward to the ministerial discussion starting tomorrow.
Showdowns by and internal feuds among Awami League contestants and lack of enthusiasm in the BNP-Jamaat tent have been the highlights of the build up to the upcoming polls to the municipalities in Sirajganj district.
Those Awami League leaders who have not got the party ticket have been equally busy doing public relations as those who got the party’s nod.
VP Abdur Rahim for example might have not got nomination from the Awami League, but that has not prevented him from running as an independent candidate for the mayor of the Shahjadpur Municipality.
The Democracy Day will be observed in the country today, marking the fall of autocratic ruler HM Ershad in 1990.
On December 6, 1990, military dictator Ershad stepped down in the face of a mass upsurge, and handed power over to a caretaker government ending his nine years of autocratic rule which began through grabbing power in a coup on March 24, 1982.
Different political parties and socio-cultural organisations have taken various programmes to mark the day. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has issued a message greeting the countrymen on the occasion.
The incumbent mayor of Sreepur municipality in Gazipur was nominated by the Awami League for the next election slated for December 30, but a rebel candidate has become a matter of concern for the ruling party.
BNP senior leader Lt Gen (retd) Mahbubur Rahman yesterday said the December-30 municipal election is an acid test for the Election Commission to brighten its image and also get rid of its questionable and sordid past.
“There’re lots of questions about the neutrality of the Election Commission which is going to hold the municipal polls. It (EC) has been branded as a cadre force of the government. So, holding this election in a free and fair manner is an acid test for it,” he said.
The establishment of a High Court circuit bench in Chittagong was demanded by people of different walks yesterday for faster disposal of cases.
The demand was made during a view-exchange meeting jointly organised by Bangladesh Peshajibi Parishad and Chittagong unit of Bangladesh Manabadikhar Commission.
Speakers at the meeting said they would wage movement if necessary to press home their demands. They also said they would call on President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to realise their demands.
Once upon a time, the rural char areas of Tongibari upazila were in complete dark and it was impossible to travel for late night passers-by.
But now the scenario has totally changed with the installation of solar panel lights in the ares.
According to sources, the new transformation has brought a wide range of social changes by reducing thefts, robberies and mugging in one side and on the other side increased the confidence level of working people easing their homecoming journey at mid-night.
On the first day of scrutiny, the Election Commission yesterday cancelled the nomination papers of three BNP-backed mayoral aspirants, two from Jatiya Party and 12 independent candidates.
The aspirants will get the scope to appeal against the decisions by December 10.
A total of 1,223 mayoral candidates filed nomination papers across the country to contest the December 30 municipality elections. Moreover, 2,668 applications were submitted for reserved (women) councillor post and 9,798 for the general councillor positions.
Jaharul Islam, upazila nirbahi officer (UNO) of Aditmari upazila in Lalmonirhat district yesterday demolished a stage erected for obscene dance shows and burnt down a makeshift gambling tents.
Sources said the UNO eventually intervened himself at the scene while the local union parishad chairman and members accompanied him with village police. Locals said the show was underway for the past several days polluting the social atmosphere.
Several Olamas (religious preachers) in yesterday demanded immediate end to Peace TV telecasting in Bangladesh saying they were misleading the Muslims all over the world.
Meanwhile, the police chief yesterday hinted that they would collect information on those who were preaching radicalism and instigating youths to attack minority communities and bloggers.
A college girl, who received severe burn injuries after her husband and mother-in-law allegedly set her on fire by pouring kerosene five days ago, succumbed to her injuries at her father’s house in Kachua upazila yesterday.
The deceased was Sonia Akhter, 20, daughter of Mojahar Shikder of Gopalpur village in Kachua upazila and a 2nd year student of Business Administration at Shaheed Sheikh Abu Naser Women’s Degree College in the upazila.