- February 18, 2018
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia will sit with pro-BNP professionals tonight to discuss the country’s latest political situation and work out strategies for the December 30 municipality polls.
The meeting is scheduled to start at 8:30pm at the BNP chief’s Gulshan office with Khaleda in the chair, BNP Assistant Office Secretary Shamimur Rahman Shamim told UNB yesterday.
He said the BNP chief is likely to discuss the country’s current situation and various issues relating to the municipal polls with the professionals.
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) handed over 19 Bangladeshi nationals, including three children and four women, to Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) through Benapole Check post early yesterday.
Camp commander of BGB’s Benapole international check post Nayek Subedar Nazrul Islam said members of BSF arrested them in Joyentopur border area on Thursday night for trespassing the Indian territory.
BSF handed them over to BGB around 4:30am yesterday.
Members of the same faction of banned militant outfit Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh are behind the attempt on Italian pastor Piero Parolari’s life and the attack on Iskcon temple in Dinajpur, police say.
JMB member Shariful Islam, 28, arrested over the Iskcon temple blast and shooting on December 10, in his confessional statement given before a court Thursday said that he along with two others had carried out both the attacks.
Police have yet to identify the woman centring whom the clash between the shopkeepers of Dhanmondi Hawkers Market and student activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League in Dhaka College took place on Thursday.
Meanwhile, a trader named Anwar Hossain, on behalf of the market, filed a case with New Market police yesterday, accusing 150-200 unidentified people for the clash that left around 15 people injured.
The case was filed around 10:30am. But the police had not arrested anyone yesterday, said Ruhul Amin Sagar, DMP assistant commissioner of Dhanmondi zone.
The Election Commission will sit with law enforcement agencies today to finalise security strategies for the countrywide municipal elections slated for December 30.
The meeting will be held at Bangladesh Institute of Administration and Management (BIAM) auditorium in the capital, EC Secretary Sirazul Islam told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday.
Chiefs from Police, RAB, BGB, Coast Guard, Ansar and intelligence agencies will join the meeting which will be chaired by Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad, he said.
The new pay scale also excludes the selection grade and time scale, which triggered protests Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has approved the recommendation for alternative provisions of time scale and selection grade in the eighth pay scale for teachers in public universities and colleges, sources said.
The prime minister approved the Ministry of Education’s proposal in this regard on Thursday, sources in the Finance Division told the Dhaka Tribune.
A Dhaka court yesterday sent an alleged female drug dealer to jail in a case filed against her under the Narcotics Control Act 1990.
Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Hasibul Haque sent Rubina alias Romana, 26, to the jail after investigation officer of the case Sub-Inspector Shamim Shikdar plead to the court to jail her and not grant bail since the case was still under investigation.
Rubina was arrested on Thursday afternoon from in front of Dutch Bangla Bank booth in Karwan Bazar of the capital. Police sources said she was held for suspicious behaviour.
The majority of the candidates – around 70% – for the upcoming mayoral elections in Chittagong own businesses.
A total of 24 candidates out of 34 are businessmen, according to their affidavits submitted to the Election Commission, and will contest the polls in Sandwip, Banshkhali, Chandanaish, Satkania, Mirsarai, Patiya, Raozan, Rangunia, Baryarhat and Sitakunda municipalities.
Jatiya Party MP of Lakshmipur-2 constituency Mohammad Noman was obstructed by activists of local unit of Awami League in Ramgoti municipality of the district yesterday.
Locals said a group of AL activists obstructed Noman in Alexander Bazar on his way to the municipality.
In the municipality area to attend a family programme.
However, the AL activists took it as the MP’s bid to campaign for the mayoral candidate of his party for the upcoming municipal elections.
Some 219 mayoral candidates, out of 904, are now facing criminal charges, according to an analysis by Shushashoner Jonno Nagorik (SHUJAN).
A non-government organisation, SHUJAN came up with the statistics at a press conference at Dhaka Reporters Unity (DRU) yesterday, analysing affidavits of the mayoral candidates submitted while filing nomination papers to contest the December 30 municipality elections.
At least six people were injured in a bomb attack at a mosque inside the Issa Khan Base of Bangladesh Navy at Patenga of the port city yesterday afternoon.
In a statement issued yesterday evening, the Inter Service Public Relations (ISPR) Directorate said five or six devotees had received minor injuries as two hand bombs exploded after the Jumma prayers at the Issa Khan Mosque.
The injured were released after primary treatment. A person was arrested from the spot with several unexploded explosives. He was being interrogated, the statement said.
This coming January, Bangladesh will likely be connected to Bhutan, India and Nepal through the South Asian Sub-regional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) information superhighway, which aims to facilitate bandwidth export and network sharing among the four BBIN countries.
An Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Division official said this would provide back-up connectivity for Bangladesh in case of an emergency.
Bangladesh expects to win big at the 10th World Trade Organisation Ministerial Conference in Nairobi, Kenya, where a crucial round of negotiations on agriculture have caused the closing session to be delayed by several hours.
Negotiations to reach a compromise on preferential conditions provided for under services waivrs for LDCs were still under way last night.
Aiming to minimise the losses, Bangladesh Railway is panning to raise train fare on a yearly basis.
“In order to minimise the growing losses, the railway authorities have decided to adjust the passenger fares every year, starting from the next fiscal year [2016-17],” a railway official told the Dhaka Tribune.
Expenses of Bangladesh Railway has been steadily on the rise due to increasing fuel prices as well as the maintenance costs. With the new pay scale in effect, the expenses will increase even more, sources said.
The seven members of Bimstec are negotiating to sign an extradition treaty as they are concerned about the escalation of criminal activities, both national and transnational.
They believe there is a need to establish a mechanism for the extradition of fugitive offenders to bring them to justice. But, this agreement will not be applicable if the offence is committed by a political character, officials said.
Mother Teresa, the Nobel laureate known for dedicating her life to helping the poorest of the poor, will be made a saint of the Roman Catholic Church, the Vatican said yesterday.
Pope Francis has cleared the way for sainthood by approving a decree recognising a second miracle attributed to her intercession with God – a necessary event for such a move in the church.
International Migrants Day was celebrated in several districts across the country yesterday with a call to protect the rights of migrant workers and members of their families.
Marking the day, district administration and the office of District Employment and Manpower under the directives of the Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment jointly chalked out the elaborate programmes, said our correspondent.
In Bangladesh, women whose actions fall foul of religious conventions have long been subject to punishment by fatwa. Sara Hossain hopes her trailblazing work can tip the balance back in favour of the secular legal system
Hena Akhter was 14 when she was whipped to death for allegedly having an affair with a married man. There was uproar in local and international media at the time of her death in 2011, followed by a fervent call to outlaw so-called fatwa violence in Bangladesh.
Hair processing trade centres have changed lives of 12,000 people living by the Indo-Bangladesh border at Karpashdanga union under Damurhuda upazila of Chuadanga district.
According to sources, these people earlier were involved with smuggling across the border but now they are able to maintain their families by working at the centres.
Fifteen years ago, there was only one centre in a village. Now the number has shot up to 50 in several villages of the union.
Injured Sheikh Russel KC striker Jahid Hasan Ameli missed the cut while star winger Zahid Hossain and defender Nasir Uddin Chowdhury returned to the national set-up as the Bangladesh Football Federation yesterday announced the final 20-man squad for the upcoming Saff Suzuki Cup. The 11th edition of the regional competition kicks off in Kerala, India this Wednesday.