- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
A 6.7 magnitude Manipur earthquake has rattled the country in the dawn, prompting thousands of panic-stricken people to rush out into the streets from their homes.
The quake struck at 5:05am Monday.
Holding the Biswa Ijtema in four phases in a span of two years, introduced for the first time this year, would not create any confusion among the Bangladeshi devotees, according to the organisers.
The question arose as the devotees from only 32 districts would be able to perform Ijtema in the two phases this year – to be held from January 8-10 and January 15-17. People from the other districts will have to attend the congregation next year.
A Dhaka court yesterday granted 10-day remand for each of the five leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami, held on Saturday with Tk1.47 crore, in two separate cases.
Metropolitan Magistrate Md Yusuf Hossain passed the order after Md Mostafizur Rahman, officer-in-charge (investigation) of Rampura police, produced them before it seeking a 20-day remand. The court also rejected their bail petitions.
The remanded are Gias Uddin, Aminur Rahman, Osman Gani, Lutfur Rahman and Shahadatur Rahman Sohel.
A Dhaka court yesterday fixed March 3 to submit the probe report in a case filed against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and three others for the deaths of 42 people during hartal and blockade by the 20-party alliance last year.
The other accused are BNP Standing Committee Member barrister Rafiqul Islam Miah, Khaleda’s Adviser Prof Emajuddin Ahmed and former adviser Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury.
Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Md Maruf Hossain fixed the date as the OC of Gulshan police failed to submit the report yesterday.
Several departments at the Jahangirnagar University (JU) have increased their development fees by as much as Tk2,000, causing discontent among the students.
But JU authorities backed the decision saying the university could not provide adequate financial support to the departments due to fund crunch.
Admission for the 2015-16 academic session started yesterday.
Admission seekers, students and people familiar with the matter said the economics department, botany, zoology, and chemistry increased development fees by Tk2,000.
Sacked camp commander of RAB 11 Lt Col Tareque Sayeed Mohammad, one of the accused in the Narayanganj sensational seven-murder cases, was admitted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital yesterday after he fell ill.
The former RAB official was taken to the hospital from Dhaka Central Jail around 1:30pm after he complained of spinal cord pain, said Inspector Mozammel Haque, in-charge of DMCH police camp.
Tareque has been kept at the DMCH Neurosurgery unit 2 under the supervision of Dr Asid Chandra Sarker, he said.
A man was killed in what was described as a gun battle with RAB at Rupnagar in the capital’s Mirpur early yesterday.
Al-amin Jony alias Kala Jony alias Jony Sarker, 30, son of Jamal Sarker of Comilla, was a criminal and was killed in the gunfight at Eastern Housing area, said RAB.
But his family claimed that he was detained by some plainclothes men, who identified themselves as law enforcement officials, on December 28 last year.
Jony lived with his family in the area, and has a child named Nafu, 3.
The government is cracking down on illegal fishing nets to preserve aquatic resources in the Bay of Bengal.
A 15-day special drive, starting today in the coastal areas, will initially take place in Bhola, Barguna and Patuakhali, fisheries and livestock Minister Muhammed Sayedul Hoque said yesterday.
“Use of illegal fishing nets in depths below 10 metres have led to the gradual decline of marine resources,” he told a press briefing in Dhaka.
The special task force of Dhaka Power Distribution Company (DPDC) Limited yesterday unearthed massive electricity theft and tax evasion during a drive in two high-rise buildings in Narayanganj.
The buildings, one 24-storey and another 18-storey, are in Bibi Road and Nayamati areas.
In the buildings, Tk50 lakh was evaded in taxes by different dishonest means such as tampering with electricity meters to manipulate units.
The DPDC task force headed by Munir Chowdhury found out about the corruption during drives on December 31 and yesterday.
Long after international oil prices began their steep slide from dizzying highs in 2014, the finance minister hinted yesterday that local fuel prices might be reduced, but declined to say when.
Observers have been worried about a ratchet effect on local oil prices – where an upward trend in prices is thought to be irreversible – because the government has been slow to respond to declining international prices.
Bangladesh is ahead of Pakistan in all indexes, and India in several indexes, even though Britain’s The Economist has described us as one of the dirtiest countries, said Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader yesterday.
He said it was a matter of disgrace that the London-based weekly had described Bangladesh this way.
A court in Chittagong yesterday placed three members of banned outfit Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), who arrested in possession of a huge number of arms and ammunition, on a four-day remand.
Liberal Democratic Party chief Oli Ahmed yesterday said that the incumbent Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad would have face trial for failing to discharge his constitutional role properly.
“A day will come when the CEC will be tried for stripping the people of voting rights in the same manner as convicted war criminal Ghulam Azam has been tried,” said Oli.
An embankment project designed to solve the negative effects of climate change has now become a curse for the residents of Nalua union in Barisal.
Large chunks of arable land were forcefully claimed by the metal claws of excavators, locals told the Dhaka Tribune, adding that the unscrupulous contractor had acted on whim and bribery to leave out a wide area that was supposed to be protected by the 24km polder project surrounding Nalua.
The adamance of both the Awami League and the BNP about holding their own set of January 5 programmes in the capital city brings back bitter memories.
Last year, both parties announced rallies at the same venue – the historic Suhrawardy Udyan – for this day, which the BNP calls “Democracy Killing Day” and the Awami League calls “Democracy Protection Day.”
Chittagong University Teachers’ Association (Cuta) started a week-long work abstention yesterday protesting the 8th national pay scale.
They boycotted the classes and administrative activities demanding review of the 8th national pay scale what they called discriminatory for the university teachers.
Sources at the university said no class was held during the demonstration. The scheduled examinations were also held in time at the first day of the programme.
The per-scheduled examination, however, will remain out of the programme.
Iranian protesters stormed the Saudi embassy in Tehran early yesterday and Shia Muslim Iran’s top leader predicted “divine vengeance” for Saudi Arabia’s execution of a prominent Shia cleric.
Demonstrators protesting against the execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr broke into the embassy building, smashed furniture and started fires before being ejected by police.
A mobile court yesterday fined a private hospital with Tk8.10 lakh for running Intensive Care Unit (ICU) without approval, operating lab with unqualified staff and selling date-expired medicines.
Executive Magistrate of Rapid Action Battalion Sarwar Alam led the mobile court with the help of the elite force in the city. While talking to the reporters, Executive Magistrate Sarwar Alam said Metropolitan Hospital was fined with Tk8.10 lakh on different charges.
An assistant teacher of Shuktail Union High School in Sadar upazila was suspended yesterday for harassing a female student sexually.
Sources said Abdullah Al Mamun, the teacher of the school, was the tutor of the girl, an SSC candidate. She was also married.
Mamun developed illicit relation with her and recorded the footage of their relation.
When Mamun went to his village home recently at Mahanag village in Kashinai, his wife found the footage and sent it to a neighour of the girl. The neighour spread the footage among the villagers.
The ruling Awami League has announced that they will observe January 5 as “Democracy Protection Day” by carrying out rallies and processions at 18 spots of the capital including the Suhrawardy Udyan.
However, if they fail to get permission for the Suhrawardy Udyan venue, the party will carry out programmes in front of the Bangabandhu Avenue Headquarters, Joint General Secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif told reporters yesterday.