- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
The problem with Waste to Energy (W2E) in Bangladesh is finding the appropriate technology, not bureaucratic red tape or financing, Energy Advisor to the Prime Minister Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury said yesterday at Power and Energy Week.
“It is true that the per unit cost of electricity from W2E is high, but considering the benefit it will bring to society, I assure you that the government will provide every sort of assistance in implementing it,” he said during a seminar held at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre.
Dr Mousumi Banerjee, a renowned Tagore artist and poet, along with performing artiste and sarod player Dr Rajeeb Chakraborty and Debjit Patitundi, an Indian Tabla player will be performing today at the Bangladesh National Museum from 4pm to 6pm, bringing forth an evening of soulful performances of poetry and songs.
Global leaders have failed to reach a common understanding on different issues including finance flow and preferential treatment for the vulnerable countries forcing them to extend the time of Conference of Parties (COP) 21 until today.
So far the leaders have agreed to contain the long-term temperature goal between 1.5°C and 2°C.
Finally, yesterday COP President Laurent Fabius declared that he would deliver the final draft of the Paris agreement at 9am today as the parties still had some issues unresolved.
Facebook announced Wednesday that it is launching new technology for its mobile app that allows users with poor mobile internet connections to access new content on their News Feed.
The move is aimed at an increasing number of people living in developing markets who are coming online using phones that rely on slower 2G connections.
A Dhaka court yesterday placed the alleged admin of Facebook-based social campaigning page "Moja losss?" on two-day remand in a case filed under section 57 of the ICT Act.
Refayat Ahmed, 35, son of Tofayel Ahmed from Kafrul area, was produced before the court of Metropolitan Magistrate Waezkuruni Khan Chowdhury by Investigation Officer of the case Abdur Rouf with a five-day remand plea.
The court also rejected his bail plea submitted by the defence counsel.
Locals in Birganj of the district yesterday caught an alleged militant with a semi-automatic rifle and handed him over to the police for his suspected link to Thursday’s attack on an Iskcon temple in Kaharole upazila.
Mozammel Huq, 28, was held around 10:30am near the house of Abdul Wahed in Singra Forest area. As the local people stopped him because of his suspicious movement, Mozammel tried to flee opening fire from his AK22 rifle injuring one Rafiqul Islam of Singra village.
Expressing their disappointment over the arrest of Refayat Ahmed, 35, the alleged admin of Moja losss?, the city people have recalled the popular Facebook page's contribution in arresting and identifying culprits.
A college student, asking not to be named, said Moja losss? had been doing a great job as activists. They touched the topics that should have been addressed by the government or the authorities concerned.
The Election Commission has declined the request of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina – also the Awami League chief – to assign her party’s Boat symbol to an independent candidate in Shariatpur.
“The commission has already sent a letter to the returning official of Shariatpur on Thursday, directing the official not to allocate party symbol to the independent candidate as municipality election law does not support it,” EC Assistant Secretary Rajib Ahsan told the Dhaka Tribune.
A woman, who suffered burn injuries in her face and the upper part of her body after her husband poured boiled water on her, succumbed to injuries at Dhaka Medical College Hospital early yesterday.
Sara Ahkter, 25, died around 4am, said Partha Shankar Paul, resident surgeon at the hospital’s burn unit.
Sara, with 20% burn, was admitted to the burn unit on Sunday after her husband Yusuf Mohan, 35, poured hot water on her over an altercation.
With a large cone-shaped bamboo basket strapped to her back, Nirmala Bhandari treks two hours every day from her village to a protected forest in the hills, heaving it back filled with enough firewood to cook food for her three children.
Despite knowing timber collection in this forest is illegal and wood stoves cause deadly indoor pollution, the 35-year-old widow says she has no choice since a shortage of cooking gas hit Nepal more than two months ago.
Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Rashed Khan Menon said land disputes in the country’s hilly region have not yet been settled as there is a ghost spirit prevailing.
He made this statement yesterday in the morning while delivering speech at a seminar organised to mark the International Mountain Day.
In association with some development organisations, the Ministry of Chittagong Hill Tracts Affairs held the seminar.
A three-day Mountain Fair was also organised on the Hill Tracts Complex premises near Baily Road on the occasion.
The September stampede during the Hajj in Saudi Arabia killed at least 2,411 pilgrims, according to a fresh count by the news agency Associated Press, three times the number of deaths acknowledged by the kingdom three months later.
With this number, the September 24 crush at Mina has been established as the deadliest in the history of the annual pilgrimage. It occurred just weeks after a fatal crane collapse in Mecca that left over 111 people dead.
A self-proclaimed anti-corruption crusader in the India’s ruling BJP has vowed to send opposition leaders Sonia and Rahul Gandhi to jail, denting already faint hopes of political compromise on a key tax reform.
Fresh developments in a three-year-old fraud case brought by Subramanian Swamy have overshadowed attempts to bridge the political divide in search of an elusive deal that would create a tax union in Asia’s third-largest economy.
Members of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) have detained three members of an international human trafficking syndicate from different areas in Dhaka.
The detainees are Al Azad, Firoz Ahmed and Krishno Gopal Dey.
CID SSP (Organised Crime) Mirza Abdullahel Baqui confirmed the matter to the Dhaka Tribune on Friday morning.
The Awami League has decided to expel any rebel candidate of the municipality polls who fails to withdraw nomination by tomorrow.
“Although we issued a 24-hour ultimatum [from a meeting on Wednesday], I am now announcing that every rebel will be expelled after December 13,” Awami League Joint General Secretary Mahbub-ul-Alam Hanif said yesterday.
Replying to a query, he said around 60% of the rebel Awami League candidates have withdrawn their nominations as of yesterday.
The Awami League-backed mayoral candidate for Chhengarchar municipality in Chandpur is expected to be elected uncontested after the deputy commissioner dismissed an appeal filed by the BNP-backed contestant against the cancellation of his nomination.
Sarwarul Abedin, who was fielded by the BNP, filed the appeal after Returning Officer Md Mafizul Islam, also the upazila nirbahi officer of Matlab (north), cancelled his nomination on December 5 for giving inconsistent information.
The only female mayoral candidate in Sirajganj, Ashanur Biswas – the wife of former fisheries minister Abdul Latif Biswas – is set to contest for the mayor’s seat in Belkuchi municipality.
Appeal applications of two nomination cancelled mayoral candidates were rejected yesterday by the Appellate Authority and deputy commissioner of Moulvibazar.
The rejected appeals were of BNP mayoral candidate Md Oliur Rahman from Moulvibazar municipality and Awami League rebel candidate Rayna Begum from Baralekha municipality.
Lawyers of the two candidates said the Appellate Authority upheld the decisions of the respective returning officers and rejected the appeal applications.
Two independent mayoral aspirants known as Awami League rebels got back their candidature in Bagerhat and Sylhet to run the December-30 municipal polls.
The Appellate Authority, Deputy Commissioners of the districts, declared their candidatures valid yesterday as they challenged cancellation of their nomination papers by the respective returning officers during the scrutiny.
The two candidates are Awami League leader Mina Hasibul Hasan Shipon in Bagerhat municipality and former joint secretary of AL upazila unit Faruk Ahmed in Jakiganj municipality of Sylhet.
The first finalist of the 2015 Bangladesh Premier League Twenty20 will be determined today when joint table-topper Comilla Victorians lock horns with Rangpur Riders in Qualifier 1 at Mirpur’s Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium. The blockbuster clash between the top teams of BPL 3 gets underway at 2pm.