- December 12, 2017
The Anti-Corruption Commission has acquitted Dhaka Wasa Managing Director Taksim A Khan from the charges of causing the state exchequer a loss of around Tk500 crore in the Padma (Jashaldia) Water Treatment Plant Project (Phase 1).
But the anti-graft body has recommended that the Local Government Division and the LGRD and Cooperatives Ministry take action against Taskim.
Panicked by the recent terror incidents across the country, people and organisations are now taking precautions, especially installing closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras at residences and shops for surveillance.
Surveillance equipment businessmen said many government offices, banks and mosques are also buying CCTV cameras and other such monitoring devices.
Imams at some mosques in the capital sought financial assistance from devotees to buy CCTV cameras. Such an appeal was made at the New Market mosque after the Jumma prayers last Friday.
Despite the Election Commission’s claim of neutrality and ensuring a level playing field ahead of the municipal polls, the BNP has made serious allegations of its highly partisan role.
The ruling Awami League has dismissed the allegation, saying it is a mere propaganda of its main political opposition which boycotted the last general elections in 2014.
Although electioneering is on in full swing with the election watchdog’s scrutiny having ended yesterday, political camps have resorted to mud-slinging in the battle for votes scheduled for December 30.
The bomb attack on Dinajpur’s historic Kantaji temple was not an act of terrorism by militants but the result of a business rivalry spun out of control, investigators and temple authorities said.
People associated with the Rash Mela, a profitable annual fair held on the temple grounds that was the target of the bombing, said the fair lessee’s business rivals may have been responsible for the attack.
The central bank has removed Deputy Managing Director of Islami Bank Nurul Islam for his alleged involvement with Jamaat-e-Islami, the party which opposed the birth of Bangladesh in 1971.
Bangladesh Bank issued a letter in this regard yesterday. The decision came after the Finance Ministry asked the central bank governor to take action against the financial organisations linked to Jamaat.
A top officer of the central bank confirmed to the Dhaka Tribune that Nurul Islam had been removed on the ground that he was a convict and has cases against him.
Police yesterday claimed to have seized a mobile network jammer from three JMB suspects detained in Dhaka’s Uttara on Saturday night in connection with the Hussaini Dalan blasts.
The Detective Branch (DB) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) who conducted the operation said this is the most technologically advanced equipment ever recovered from the possession of militant suspects.
The government has had a fruitful discussion with Facebook representatives and the ban on the use of the world’s most popular social media platform might be lifted soon, the home minister has said.
Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal made the statement at the Secretariat yesterday after a meeting with two visiting regional representatives of Facebook.
“We had a fruitful discussion on issues related to national security, propaganda and violence against women that had been going on in popular social networking sites in Bangladesh,” he told reporters.
The High Court will deliver its order on the revision petition filed seeking further investigation into the sensational Narayanganj seven-murder case on December 9.
The bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Amir Hossain set the date yesterday after concluding hearing on the petition. It was filed by Selina Islam Beauty, the wife of slain councillor Nazrul Islam.
Death-row convict Oishee Rahman has appealed against her sentence with the High Court.
In the appeal submitted yesterday, Oishee sought acquittal from the death sentence challenging the trial proceedings saying that she was 17 when her parents had been killed, defence lawyer Masud Rana said.
Oishee, who claimed not to be involved with the crimes, also sought bail in the case.
Police top brass yesterday said the police force’s contribution to the Liberation War had been neglected, pointing out that no policeman had ever been awarded the Bir Sreshtho gallantry award.
“Police first received the Swadhinata Padak in 2011 – 40 years after independence – and no policeman was ever made Bir Sreshtho,” Inspector General of Police (IGP) AKM Shahidul Islam said at a programme to commemorate policemen who were freedom fighters.
He said the police’s contribution had been neglected by the country’s historians.
As part of the fight against militancy, the BGB is sharing information with neighbouring countries to make sure no militant activities take place on Bangladeshi soil, the force’s chief has said.
“Our force is always alert to stop any kind of militancy and we are continuously communicating with our neighbouring countries about it,” said Maj Gen Aziz Ahmed, director general of Border Guard Bangladesh.
Police yesterday arrested the mastermind of the murder of Japanese woman Hiroe Miyata.
Zakir Patwary Ratan was arrested at the border with India, said Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal yesterday.
The minister did not say when the arrest was made but he told reporters on Saturday night that Ratan had been arrested in India and the Indian government would hand him over to Bangladesh police on Sunday (yesterday).
The arrestee, a business partner of the sexagenarian victim, is believed to have killed her over business interests.
Some of the country’s large companies took part at a business promotion fair at State University of Bangladesh yesterday.
The fair was organised as part of a festival named Business Fete 2015, which is being held at the institution, said a press release. Yesterday was the second day of the festival.
Civil society members from various countries have urged global leaders to include a reasonable way in the draft Paris Agreement to manage the future of climate-forced displaced people across the world.
They also said that the agreement should have a clear vision and directions to rehabilitate and ensure the people who are being displaced as a result of greenhouse gas emission by the industrialised countries.
Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali yesterday said Bangladesh is assessing its relationship with Pakistan.
“Our relationship with Pakistan – we are certainly assessing it and we are thinking of what needs to be done. But, the whole issue is a continuous process,” he said.
He was speaking at the 44th anniversary programme on Indian recognition to Bangladesh at WVA Auditorium at Dhanmondi.
The minister said former Pakistan president and autocrat Parvez Mosharraf did apologise for their atrocities in 1971.
A recent survey by Centre for Disability in Development showed that only 0.3% garment factories incorporate disabled people.
The statistics came out yesterday in a workshop organised by Handicap International.
The survey was conducted in 91 garment factories. Of the 91, only 18 factories employ people with disabilities.
In other statistics, it is found that over the last five years a total of 1,100 people with disabilities have joined different factories.
As election officials ended their scrutiny of municipality election nomination papers, the nominations of at least 25 mayoral hopefuls were scrapped in different districts yesterday along with a number of councillor and reserved seat aspirants.
In five municipalities of Shariatpur, the nominations of 13 mayoral hopefuls including two AL-backed candidates were scrapped, along with 16 more councillor aspirants.
Rebel candidates for mayoral posts in three municipalities in Chapainawabganj have put the Awami League, Jatiya Party and the BNP in a predicament.
Local leaders of the parties said the rebel candidates would not get votes and would also face actions for breaching discipline, but the candidates are continuing their campaigns.
The BNP is laying out a plan to speed up its activities in Chittagong using the upcoming municipality polls as an occasion.
A plan is already on to conduct full-hearted election campaign in the 10 municipalities of the district – Sandwip, Banshkhali, Chandanaish, Satkania, Mirsarai, Patiya, Raozan, Rangunia, Baryarhat and Sitakunda – that will voting on December 30.
Both ruling party and opposition leaders in the district are gobbling up the land beside the Dolia lake, the only source of pure water in Matiranga upazila, under the very nose of the authority.
Locals sources said political leaders of both ruling Awami League and opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party parties were active constructing buildings and makeshift structures around the water body making it narrower fast.
The upazila administration identified 40 land grabbers. But no action was taken as they were strongly linked with the two major parties.