- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
During a field visit to Bangladesh’s coastal areas, the Dhaka Tribune found many children hard at work in the physically exacting fish drying industry.
“I can barely remember when I last ate with my own hands. For months, my cracked hands have been giving off a liquid discharge because of long days spent drying fish,” 12-year-old child worker Yousuf Shaikh says.
Awami League yesterday criticised the BNP for providing misleading information to foreign diplomats in Dhaka about the role played by the Election Commission.
Awami League Joint General Secretary Mahbub-ul-Alam Hanif said such a move showed the servile and narrow mentality of the BNP’s leadership.
The year 2016 will be the year when Dhaka city will be turned into a clean, beautiful and colourful city, said Dhaka South City Corporation Mayor Mohammad Sayeed Khokon.
He announced his office’s year-round cleanliness programme during a press conference at Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel in the capital yesterday.
“Our aim is not to reform Dhaka to be a clean city overnight. We want to go step by step towards our goal. That is why we have taken up the cleanliness programme in the upcoming New Year,” he said.
Satkania area of Chittagong is considered as one of the strongholds of Bangladesh Jamat-e-Islami. However, this time Jamaat did not give any mayoral candidate for the forthcoming municipal polls slated for December 30.
Cashing in on the opportunity, the ruling party Awami League is desperately trying to break into the Jamaat stronghold through defeating BNP-nominated mayoral candidate.
BNP Standing Committee member Gayeshwar Chandra Roy yesterday said the BNP had become astonished after seeing the helpless condition of the Election Commission.
He said: “Although the Election Commission is an autonomous organisation, it has failed to protect its self-governing.”
A BNP-backed mayor candidate in Dinajpur was hospitalised after he was hacked by assailants early yesterday.
Azadul Islam Azad, mayor candidate for Birampur municipality, was attacked in Islampur while returning home by a rickshaw after electioneering in several areas.
It was not clear who attacked Azad, who was first taken to Birampur Upazila Health Complex but was later shifted to Rangpur Medical College Hospital for better treatment.
As campaign is going on in full swing for the election slated for December 30, candidates in Sreepur municipality of Gazipur district are passing busy time from morning till midnight braving shivering cold.
Be it a local train or a tea stall, drawing rooms to restaurants, market gossip to office banter, poll discussion has undoubtedly become the main topic.
The election for this time, has added a new dimension after a AL rebel candidate got nomination.
Some former student leaders also became active in the campaign.
The government’s decision to set up an economic zone on hundreds of acres of arable land in Habiganj would threaten the livelihoods of thousands of tea workers there, political parties and rights activists have warned.
Protesting the government move, the Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) and Bangladesher Samajtantrik Dal (BaSad) formed a human chain in front of the National Press Club yesterday.
The International Crimes Tribunal has fixed January 31 to begin the trial against nine people, including former Jatiya Party MP Shakhawat Hossain.
The eight other accused in the case are Md Billal Hossain Biswas, Md Ibrahim Hossain, Sheikh Md Mojibur Rahman, MA Aziz Sarder, Abdul Aziz Sarder, Kazi Ohidul Islam, Md Lutfur Morhal and Md Abdul Khalek.
Among them, only Shakhawat, Billal and Lutfar are in police custody. On September 8, the tribunal accepted charges against the nine and cleared three other suspects of the charges.
Ahead of Eid-e-Miladunabi and the Christmas Day, two holy festivals of Muslim and Christian communities scheduled for tommorrow, special security measures have been taken across the port city of Chittagong to fend off any kind of subversive activities.
This year Muslim community and Christian community are going to mark their respective holy religious programmes on the same day. On the day, several Muslim religious organisations will bring out processions named “Jusney Julush” in the city marking the Eid-e-Miladunabi.
The ringleader of a forest robber gang was killed in a reported gunfight with members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in Panir Khal area of the Sundarbans East Zone in Sarankhola upazila of Bagerhat district early yesterday.
The deceased was identified as Sagir Bhandari,35, the ringleader of forest robber gang ‘Nayan Bahini’ and son of Anwar Bhandari, a resident of Panchkaran village in Morelganj upazila of the district.
Chittagong Summit Model United Nations Conference (CSMUN) is going to begin in the port city of Chittagoing today.
Lighthouse Imperium Foundation, Bangladesh is organising the four-day long conference akin to a UN session on TECHNO-CIDER International School campus in Nasirabad area.
About 400 participants are going to take part in the conference from 78 educational institutes from home and abroad.
A housewife was beaten to death allegedly by her husband and his sister over a family feud at Ashwingri Pukuria village in Chowgacha upazila of Jessore district on Tuesday night.
The deceased was identified as Rojina Begum,26, wife of Abdullah of the village.
Khdija Khatun,13, daughter of the deceased, said Rojina and Abdullah locked in an altercation following a family feud at night.
At one stage, Abdullah and his sister Asia Khatun beat up Rojina mercilessly.
Later, they hanged Rojina with the ceiling of her room.
Luxury hotels in Dhaka are set to celebrate Christmas fanfare on December 25 – the X-mas Day – in line with offering a host of different types of foods.
As in previous years, all five star hotels have laid out a series of fun activities to mark Christmas with great warmth and style this year also.
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) has finally hiked the tariff value and imposed Value Added Tax (VAT) on the import of both raw and refined sugar for the sake of protecting the state-run sugar mills.
The import tariff value has been hiked to US$350 per tonne in case of crude sugar while it is $430 per tonne for refined sugar against the existing $320 and $400 respectively per tonne.
Bangladesh poultry industry will need an investment of Tk50-60,000 crore by 2021 to meet daily local demand of egg and meat, the entreprenuers said.
They sought cheaper funding opportunities so the sector could take up the challenge making the necessary investment.
They were speaking at a workshop titled “The challenges of animal protein demand by 2021: public-private policy planning” in Dhaka yesterday, organised by the Bangladesh Poultry Industries Coordination Committee (BPICC).
Finance Minister AMA Muhith said there would be no change in this fiscal year’s budget deficit even though the size of the annual development programme (ADP) was slashed.
“We may cut the size of ADP due to slow implementation rate. However, this won’t affect the present budget deficit, which is 5% of GDP,” he told journalists in Dhaka yesterday after making an online payment of his income tax. Muhith paid Tk55,870 as income tax for the fiscal year 2015-16.
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) is now conducting a door-to-door survey with a plan to bring half a million new taxpayers under the tax net in the fiscal year 2015-16.
The survey titled “Income Tax Survey 2015” started across the country as part of the tax authorities plan to bring at least 320,000 taxpayers under the taxation net by the end of this fiscal year.
As part of the move, the Dhaka Taxes Zone-4 yesterday organised “tax net expansion and taxpayers awareness meeting” in a local community center at Keraniganj, outskirts of Dhaka.
Stocks ended flat yesterday as risk averse investors opted for quick profit booking ahead of Monetary Policy Statement (MPS) to be announced early next month.
The benchmark index DSEX lost 5 points or 0.2% to 4,588, breaking a two-day rally.
The Shariah index DSES declined marginally almost 2 points to 1,102. The blue chip comprising index DS30 settled at 1,740, shedding nearly 4 points or 0.3%.
The Chittagong Stock Exchange Selective Category Index CSCX moved down 8 points to 8,508.
Bangladesh needs to make a work plan on future trade negotiations amidst rising multilateral trade agreements, which came to the fore in recently ended two global events—10th WTO Ministerial Conference and COP21, Centre for Policy Dialogue said yesterday.
Bypassing the universal trade system, some countries were engaged in trade talks to secure preferential deals among themselves and this development demands a new strategy for the least developed countries (LDCs), it said.