- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
James Hansen, the father of climate change awareness, has called the Paris talks “a fraud.”
Speaking to the UK’s Guardian newspaper, the former Nasa scientist criticised the talks as “no action, just promises.”
“It’s a fraud really, a fake,” he says. “It’s just bullshit for them to say: ‘We’ll have a 2C warming target and then try to do a little better every five years.’ As long as fossil fuels appear to be the cheapest fuels out there, they will be continued to be burned.”
Jamaat-e-Islami, some of whose top leaders have been convicted and executed for planning and carrying out the murders of intellectuals on the eve of victory in 1971, has urged its members and workers to observe Martyred Intellectuals Day today.
Yesterday, in a very short statement – released on the party’s website – Jamaat asked all its branches to observe the day with “due respect” by arranging discussions and special prayers.
Rebel candidates continue to be a headache for the Awami League and BNP even though over a dozen renegade contenders from both camps withdrew from the race on the last day of nominations yesterday.
Some 40 Awami League rebel candidates have decided to defy party discipline and remain in the race, sources said. It is estimated that the corresponding number for the BNP is around 20 rebel contenders. The exact numbers have not yet been definitively tallied.
The Awami League has temporarily expelled all its grassroots leaders who are contesting the upcoming municipality polls as rebel candidates.
Earlier, the central command of the ruling party gave the rebel candidates 24 hours to pull out and that ultimatum ended yesterday.
The announcement came at a press conference held at Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s political office in Dhanmondi in the evening.
The alleged admin of Facebook-based social campaigning page Moja losss? will be produced before a court today on completion of two-day remand.
Sub-Inspector of Bhatara police Abdur Rouf, investigating officer of the case filed under sections 56 and 57 of the ICT Act, said that they could not make any comment on the matter until the investigation was complete.
A Supreme Court lawyer yesterday filed a writ petition with the High Court seeking a stay order on the allocation of electoral symbols and the December 30 municipality elections.
In his petition, SM Zulfiqure Ali, a Supreme Court practitioner, prayed to the court to halt the process.
He argued that there had been several errors in the provisions of the Municipality Election Rules, 2010, amened on November 23 this year.
Due to these errors, the candidates would face problems in choosing election symbols, the petitioner’s lawyer AKM Ehanur Rahman said.
The government has transferred six secretary-level civil servants to new offices in a reshuffle.
Besides, leave preparatory to retirement (LPR) of Mahbub Alam, senior secretary of the Finance Division, has been cancelled and he has got a two-year extension in the same post on contractual terms.
A gazette notification of the transfer and the extension was issued by the Public Administration Ministry yesterday.
The rector of BCS Administration Academy, Md Sohrab Hossain, has been made secretary of the Education Ministry.
Lack of information is a key challenge faced by the developing countries when adopting modern technologies, said Dr Mushfiq Mobarak, professor of economics at Yale University.
Speaking to the Dhaka Tribune following a seminar on development economics in the capital yesterday, the economics expert talked about the potential challenges in behavioural changes among the rural population when adopting new technologies.
He mentioned traditional cooking stoves that are still used in the rural areas as an example.
The High Court yesterday questioned whether the appointment of a high official at the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDRB) was legal.
The court issued the ruling after hearing a writ petition filed by two ICDDRB doctors challenging the legality of Human Resource Director Christin Denhi’s appointment.
The Awami League-backed Blue Panel teachers swept the Dhaka University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) elections held yesterday, bagging 14 seats in the 15-member executive committee.
Prof Sharif Ullah Bhuiyan, spokesperson of the polls-administrative body, announced the results at Teachers’ Club in the evening.
The remaining seat was won by a pro-BNP-Jamaat White Panel teacher.
Police in the northern district of Lalmonirhat have made special security arrangements for the local Christians after the priest of a church received death threat, allegedly from the Islamic State.
Reverend Tapan Barman, priest of the Lalmonirhat Church of God, filed a general diary (GD) with the Sadar police station on late Saturday night seeking protection.
A lawyer filed a writ petition with the High Court yesterday seeking Tk30 lakh in compensation for the family of Ismail Hossain Nirob, who died after falling in a manhole in the capital’s Shyampur on December 8.
Chairman of Children Charity Foundation Abdul Halim filed the petition and the court is likely to hear it today or tomorrow.
Five-year-old Nirob fell in the manhole in the afternoon and his body was found more than four hours later at Shyampur Bazar sluice gate.
US State Department Under-secretary designate Tom Shannon has said Bangladesh can be a leading economy in South Asia, serving as a manufacturing powerhouse and hub for the movement of goods and people in South and South East Asia.
“United States is an enthusiastic supporter of implementing the vision which we are helping to realise through our Indo-Pacific Economic Initiative,” he said.
Shannon was speaking at a seminar on Bangladesh-US relationship at the Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS) yesterday.
Investigation into the murder of Chittagong University’s first year student and Chhatra League activist Tapos Sarker is at the final stage, but the police are yet to arrest the prime accused though one year has passed since the killing.
Eight of the 30 accused were arrested by Hathazari police while the Police Bureau of Investigation officials arrested another recently. PIB took the charge of the case in August.
AFM Fazlul Kadir, director of Bangladesh Rural Electrification Board (BREB), died at the National Heart Foundation in the capital’s Mirpur on Saturday night. He was 58.
He left behind his mother, wife, a son, seven siblings and a host of admirers to mourn his death.
Fazlul Kadir accomplished his post-graduation in public administration from Dhaka University.
He started his career at the BREB as an assistant director for administration in 1985.
Fazlul Kadir was laid to rest at the family graveyard.
Former deputy editor of Bangla daily Kaler Kantho Abdullah Al-Faruk died in a road accident in the capital’s Kakrail area early yesterday.
Sub-Inspector of Ramna police station Md Mohiuddin told the Dhaka Tribune a truck hit Faruk when he was crossing a road in front of Hotel Razmoni Ishakha around 1am.
“The victim was first taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital and then to Square Hospitals where he succumbed to injuries around 5am,” he said, adding that the trucker was yet to be detained.
Some 60 members of the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) will be accorded with special awards this year in recognition of their bravery in line of duty.
These officials will be awarded the Border Guard Bangladesh Medal (BGBM) and the President Border Guard Medal (PBGM) as well as monetary rewards as a monthly instalment as per their contributions in service, said a circular issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs yesterday.
Election Commissioner Zabed Ali yesterday said the Election Commission would take action if any municipal polls candidate complained that he or she had been pressured into withdrawing nomination.
But he did not clarify what type of action would be taken.
Zabed was addressing a press briefing at the commission office at 5pm, which was the deadline for withdrawing nominations. There was a crowd of rebel candidates at the office who went to withdraw their candidacies.
Some BNP leaders were come under attack allegedly by Awami League and Jubo League men in Munshiganj district town yesterday afternoon.
The ruling party men allegedly attacked the BNP men while they were conducting campaign in Kachari Mosjid area of the district town around 12:30pm that left 10 people, including district unit BNP President and ex-member of the parliament Abdul Hye and president of Munshiganj town unit BNP and mayoral candidate AKM Iradat Manu, injured.
Voters in Gazipur’s Sreepur municipality area say they will choose who to vote for in the upcoming elections by evaluating whether candidates delivered on their past promises.
They say they want to elect contestants who have worked for the betterment of the residents in the past.
Md Shafiqul Islam, a betel vendor in Mawna, said he is interested in predicting what a contestant can do after the elections by evaluating what that person did in the past.