- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
In the remote south of the country, the people of Khayerhat, Gongapur and Koralia villages of Bhola are no strangers to the unforgiving wrath of Tetulia River that continues to claim many of their homes every year.
In 2013, they found a glimmer of hope when they heard that a river protection embankment has been planned for the vulnerable riverbank to save a local union, a bazaar, and a 30-bed government hospital from erosion.
The founders of Samdani Art Foundation, Rajeeb and Nadia Samdani, have been named among the founding members of the Arts Advisory Council at Harvard University’s South Asia Institute.
The Samdanis are best known for the biennial Dhaka Art Summit, hosted by their foundation.
Apart from the Bangladeshi art collector-couple, India’s Aparajita and Gaurav Jain and Poonam Bhagat Shroff, Pakistan’s Osman Khalid Waheed and Britain’s Chandrika Pathak have also been honoured as members of the council.
Re-elections in 20 municipalities will be held on January 12 including the Madhabdi Municipality, the Election Commission announced yesterday at its regular meeting.
During the municipalities election on December 30 last year, due to violence, booth capture, vote rigging polls were suspended in 39 polling centre of 18 municipalities and in Madhabdi Municipality.
EC Assistant Secretary Razib Ahsan said: “In those municipalities re-polls will be held to elect seven mayors and 72 general councillors.”
State Minister for Posts and Telecommunications Tarana Halim yesterday said the wave auction for installing the 4G (Fourth Generation) mobile service in the country will be held by 2016 where all the mobile phone operators will be able to take part.
However, the mobile phone operators have to fulfill all the conditions and requirements first to participate in the auction, she said.
The junior minister was speaking at a press briefing at the secretariat on the progress of her ministry’s activities during the last year.
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal yesterday ordered the law enforcement agencies to take stern actions against any cases of violence during today’s hartal called by Jamaat.
“Jamaat can call hartal. But any programmes that does not have general people’s support are questionable. During today’s hartal, shops will remain open and transportation on the road will be as usual,” he said at a programme in Dhaka.
Transport workers yesterday called strike for January 18 and 31 in Chittagong division.
Leaders of the Bangladesh Sarak Paribahan Sramik Federation announced the strike at a press conference held at Chittagong Press Club in the morning.
The transport operators threatened that they would refrain from plying all types of transport on the streets in greater Chittagong on January 18 from 6am till 2pm and on January 31 from dawn-to-dusk.
Incumbent Jamaat chief Motiur Rahman Nizami, who had unleashed his men on the freedom fighters and pro-liberation people terming them miscreants in 1971, has lost the last legal battle at the top court.
His petition filed challenging the death penalty handed down by a war crimes tribunal in 2014 and seeking acquittal from the charges was rejected yesterday by a four-member Appellate Division bench led by the chief justice.
There cannot be any dialogue between the Awami League and the BNP until Khaleda Zia apologises to citizens for burning so many people during last year’s post-January 5 blockade, the ruling party has said.
Disaster management experts of Indian Union Home Ministry have warned that a bigger catastrophe – earthquakes with a magnitude of 8.2 or greater on the Richter scale – may hit the already ruptured Himalayan region.
They say quakes with higher intensity than the one that struck Manipur on Monday are likely to rock the region in future, a report of Times of India says.
The BNP has said that the ruling Awami League has rejected the call for political dialogues out of a fear of losing power.
“The only intention of the government is staying in office forcibly and not giving democratic space others,” said Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, joint secretary general of the BNP, during a press briefing at the party’s Nayapaltan central office.
“Because, if they give anyone democratic space, then they will not be able to stay in office. A change in power will take place,” Rizvi said.
The counsel of condemned war criminal Motiur Rahman Nizami had prayed to the top court judges that the Jamaat-e-Islami chief gets lighter punishment.
The defence throughout the trial process also tried to establish that Nizami was not the “principal accused” but only collaborated with the Pakistani Army, and that he did not directly take part in the atrocities.
The revenue authority has sought information on bank accounts and personal and family investments of noted economist Debapriya Bhattacharya and his wife.
Central Intelligence Cell (CIC) of the National Board of Revenue (NBR) served two separate notices to the chief executive officers of all the scheduled banks and to the managing director of the Central Depository Bangladesh Limited (CDBL) seeking the information.
Dhaka Tribune has obtained copies of the two notices signed by CIC Assistant Director M Nasir Uddin.
The government is planning to revise radio frequency regulations in order for every motor vehicle to mandatorily install a new radio software.
A source in the Posts and Telecommunications Division said the plan came as per the recommendations of Private Radio Owners Association of Bangladesh (PROAB) at a meeting yesterday.
The new move will help everybody listen to radio programmes easily, added the source.
The Ministry of Roads and Highways officials also participated in the meeting.
Members of the Rapid Action Battalion seized the “biggest ever” yaba consignment from a fishing trawler at outer anchorage of Chittagong port.
Members of the elite force seized 1,000,000 yaba pills worth around Tk40 crore and arrested eight people, including a Myanmar citizen, during the drive.
The arrestees were Md Abdus Salam Mazi, 55, Md Safiq, 35, Abdur Rahim Barma, 30, Md Kamal, 42, Joynal Abedin, 25, Md Sayed Alam, 30, Md Rabiul Alam, 26, and Md Islam Mamun, 27. Of them, Kamal is a citizen of Myanmar.
A female migrant who want to work in Saudi Arabia can take one of her close male relatives with her to stay there for security reasons, said Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Nurul Islam yesterday.
He said the labour minister of Saudi Arabia had agreed to allow female migrants to take one of their close male relatives without paying any additional money when the issue of security of female workers was discussed with the minister during a recent meeting.
The yaba peddlers are frequently changing their tactics and opting for fresh methods to dodge the law enforcers.
Observing the yaba smuggling patterns over the past few years in Chittagong, it was found that whenever the vigilance by the law enforcers is intensified, the smugglers instantly change their strategies and look for other available options for smuggling the pills.
For instance, the smugglers are now choosing waterways to ship out the contraband yaba pills to avoid heightened security.
Around 400 families living in arsenic-affected Dharki village under Sadar upazila have been facing severe drinking water crisis as the sole water pump remained out of order for two years.
The sufferers are yet to see any hope despite repeated appeals, as the authorities concerned allegedly were not paying any heed to the long-pending concern.
Sources said Joypurhat Public Health Engineering directorate in 2004 set up the electric pump at a cost of Tk28 lakh and it used to pump 25,000 litre daily.
A barber (hair-dresser) poured boiling water on the body of a female garment worker, leaving her critically injured after he raped her overnight at Madhkhola village under Sripur upazila, Gazipur yesterday.
Sources said Shabuddin, 50, the barber, and his cohorts picked the female worker, 25, form her home forcefully at night and confined in a house.
Shabuddin raped her during the night and his associates guarded the house.
In the morning, a woman of the village informed the incident to the father of the worker.
A suspected drug peddler was killed in a “gunfight” between members of drug smuggling gang and police in Rajendropur area of Gazipur in the early hours of yesterday.
Monir Khan was a resident of Haldoba area, Gazipur sadar upazila.
Re-election of 10 polling centres, out of 20 at Chowmuhani Municipality in Noakhali will be held on January,12.
The centres are Uttar Nazirpur Government Primary School, Uttar Nazirpur Nurani Madrasa, Dakshin Nazirpur Government Primary School, Madhaya Karimpur Government Primary School (Uttar Bhaban), Madhaya Karimpur Government Primary School (Purba Bhaban), Ganipur Government Primary School, Begumgonj Government Pilot High School, Chowmuhani S A Government College (Old Bhaban), Chowmuhani