- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
Textbook Festival Day was celebrated across the country yesterday with school students receiving their sets of textbooks for their new classes in the country’s schools and madrasas on the first day of the New Year.
Nearly 333.8 million copies of textbooks were distributed among more than 44.4 million students of pre-primary, primary, ebtedayee, secondary, dakhil and technical schools for 2016 academic year, according to officials at the Ministry of Education.
In a secretive village that one cannot find on any Bangladeshi map, lies a den of vice that only those in the know and hardened addicts can easily get to.
Straddling the Bangladesh-India frontier along Comilla’s border with Tripura, the village of Ashabari nudges beyond no-man’s land to place the smallest of toeholds in Bangladeshi territory.
Once inside the village, the international border is a blur.
Every buzz and high prohibited in Bangladesh is easily acquired in Ashabari’s rustic speakeasies.
Human rights organisation Ain O Salish Kendra yesterday said the overall human rights situation in the country deteriorated last year.
It said the culture of impunity became stronger in the recent time and there was a growing tendency among people to take the law into their own hands, which led to an increase in incidents such as mob beating deaths.
The rights organisation presented its annual report on last year’s human rights situation at a press conference at the auditorium of Dhaka Reporters Unity.
Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque is expected to New Delhi in January.
“I am expected to visit New Delhi this month at the invitation of Indian Foreign Secretary (S Jaishankar) and we are working on the date,” he told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday.
This is more of a return trip by Shahidul than a regular bilateral visit as the Indian foreign secretary visited Bangladesh twice last year. But Shahidul did not undertake any return trip.
Jaishankar came to Dhaka in March, and later in June with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
A week-long theatre festival began at the Jahangirnagar University yesterday.
A faction of the Jahangirnagar Theatre – the TSC – is organising the ‘Natya Parban-2016’. The theatre was established in 1980 but split in two on January 2 the next year.
On Friday, troupe ‘Drishwapot’ staged ‘Socrates Er Jobanbondi’ (the confession of Socrates) at the Selim Al Deen Amphetheatre on the campus.
Students of KC Model School and College in the capital secured a 100% pass rate in both primary school certificate (PSC) and junior school certificate (JSC) examinations held last year.
A total of 84 students took part in the PSC exams and of them, 32 received GPA 5, 51 received A and one received A minus.
Vice-chairman of the school’s governing body, Nipa Chowdhury, congratulated and thanked the students, their guardians and the teachers for the accomplishment.
Principal Abdul Baten said he hopes to achieve better results in the future.
Police said they have solved the mystery behind the killings of four bloggers in the last one year with the completion of investigation into one case and significant progress in three other cases.
“Five bloggers were killed this year and we have successfully unearthed mystery of the killings of four bloggers – Oyasiqur Rahman Babu, Avijit Roy, Ananta Bijoy and Niladri Chatterjee,” Joint Commissioner and spokesperson of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Monirul Islam told BSS.
The Department of Environment (DoE) has vowed to go tough on the rampant use of banned polythene shopping bags.
The DoE, Chittagong Metropolitan officials said they would also take stern actions against manufacturers and distributors as the use of banned polythene shopping bags have gone up rampantly in the kitchen markets.
According to the DoE, the errant manufacturers were fined with Tk380,000 while five tonnes of polythene shopping bags was seized from August to December last year.
The police on Thursday night arrested two people when they came to exchange fake notes at Ispahani circle under Khulshi police station in the port city.
The arrestees were identified as Ismail Hossain Mahin, 22, and his wife Sanjida Akhtar Nipa, 20.
Acting on a tip-off, a team of police led by Nazmul Hasan, additional deputy commissioner, conducted a drive and arrested the duo.
‘There’s no democracy in the country. It’s not only autocracy, but also monarchy has been established now in the country as everything is happening as per one person’s will’BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday alleged that the government snatched people’s votes during Wednesday’s municipal polls by using the administration, law enforcers and presiding officers.
Addressing a discussion at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh, she also rejected the results of the municipal elections in which her party candidates only won in 22 municipalities out of 233.
At least 951 workers were killed and 907 others injured at their workplaces across the country last year as safety at workplaces were not sufficient for them.
It was revealed by a survey conducted by the Bangladesh Occupational Safety, Health and Environment Foundation (OSHE), a non-governmental organisation.
The survey was conducted based on monitoring 15 daily newspapers from January 1 to December 31, 2015. The survey, however, did not include deaths of workers outside workplaces or road accidents on the way to or return from workplaces.
A Dhaka court yesterday placed three members of outlawed militant group Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh on a four-day fresh remand.
They are M Mahsin Ali alias Rubel, Ilias alias Omar Faruk and Abu Sayeed alias Rasel alias Salman. They were arrested along with four others after a 14-hour-long drive in their den in the city’s Mirpur area on December 24. A case was filed against them under the Anti-Terrorism Act with Shah Ali police the following day. The four suspects were later released.
The year 2015 will ignominiously go down in our history as the year when freethinking and freedom of expression in the country were dealt malicious blows.
As early as February, the first anti-secularist attack claimed the life of blogger-writer Avijit Roy; by the end of the year, extremists had hacked to death five bloggers and a publisher, and injured three more.
Failing to prevent such attacks or make any headway in solving the murders, the government resorted to a controversial move: it blocked the social networking platforms in the country.
The Peninsula Chittagong, one of the leading business hotels of the port city, celebrated the year through colorful fireworks display and music programme on its rooftop restaurant.
To welcome the New Year, the whole programme was decorated in accordance with Hawaii festival theme where hotel’s chairman Mahbubur Rahman and general manager Mustak Luhar and other guests celebrated the new year along with hotel staffs.
Renowned Bangladeshi band Warfaze performed the programme.
Stressing the importance of branding Bangladeshi products in the global market, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday called for improving the quality and diversification of items to fetch more foreign exchange.
“We’ve to stress branding local products attractively,” she said while inaugurating the month-long Dhaka International Trade Fair (DITF) 2016 at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC).
Like previous years, students of primary and junior levels celebrated the first day of the year with new books across the country.
Students in Rajshahi received textbooks in festive mood. Yesterday, primary and secondary level students started getting new books in festive mood in the city and nine upazilas of the district.
According to district education office, book distribution ceremony was arranged in each of the schools to handover books among the students.
Two sisters were gang-raped by a group of youths at Noannoi village in Noakhali Sadar upazila on Thursday night.
A case has been filed against 11 identified people and 3-4 unidentified ones with Sudharam police station in this connection.
The accused include Sumon, 22, Javed, 19, Helal, 19, Akbar, 22, Sujan, 19, Lutu, 19, Bali, 19, Mamun, 20, Shakil, 19, Rashed, 20, and Riaz, 20.
Police, meanwhile, arrested prime accused Sumon on Friday, reports UNB.
Three motorcyclists were killed as a bus crashed into their bike in the city yesterday.
The deceased were Alamgir Hossain Bachchu, 55, of Sujanagar in Sadar upazila, M Adu, 52, and Ershad, 55, of Hajrapukur area in the same upazila.
Boalia police OC M Shahadat Hossain said the bus hit the motorcycle from behind near the WDB office in the city around 10:15pm, leaving the three riders dead on the spot.
Police later sent the bodies to Rajshahi Medical College Hospital for autopsy.
They said as they had failed to pay the sum, the school authorities did not provide them with textbooksTwo government primary schools in Mymensingh’s Gafargaon upazila allegedly charged students as much as Tk500 for distributing free textbooks yesterday.
Several students said they had to return home empty-handed as they failed to pay the fees.
Ashraful and Siyam, grade II students at Rouha Government Primary School alleged that their teachers had charged them Tk70 each for sports function.
They said as they had failed to pay the sum, the school authorities did not provide them with textbooks.
The Common Nordic Embassy at Bay’s Edgewater Building in the capital’s Gulshan area will be formally inaugurated this month.
The Common Nordic Embassy was established by the embassies of Denmark, Norway and Sweden in July, but it will be formally inaugurated in January, Danish Ambassador to Dhaka Hanne Fugl Eskjær told the Dhaka Tribune.
The countries have joint chancery in other places in the world, including a robust joint chancery in Berlin, Germany.