- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
Bangladesh’s plan to build a dam on the Ganges River to ease water shortages in the southwest coastal region hangs in the balance as India has yet to accept the plan.
Bangladesh started work on the proposed Padma Barrage Project during the tenure of the previous ruling Awami League government in the late 1990s.
The country has already completed a feasibility study and the design for the proposed 2.1-km-long dam, due to be constructed at Pangsha in Rajbari, about 100km downstream from the Farakka Barrage in India’s West Bengal state.
Ruling Awami League Joint General Secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif yesterday said that if the countrymen wanted, the politics of BNP might be declared illegal for carrying out arson attacks and sheltering international terrorist and militant groups.
A Dhaka court yesterday deferred for the eighth time the charge framing hearing against 41 leaders and activists of the BNP, including its acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, in a violence case.
Judge Ruhul Amin of Dhaka Fourth Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judge Court fixed March 30 for the hearing following time petitions from 19 accused in the case.
‘The matter has not been solved because of some bureaucrats. They want to destroy the education sector’Public university teachers observed work abstention and other programmes over pay scale grievances for the third consecutive day yesterday.
The agitating teachers said they would continue the programmes until the “pay disparities” were removed.
No classes were held at any of the major public universities as part of the indefinite strike programme yesterday. However, some important examinations and urgent academic activities were conducted under special arrangement.
More than 10,000 policemen were punished for various offences last year alone. Seventy-six of them – ranking between constables and inspectors – were penalised for criminal offences, data revealed by the police headquarters showed.
It pointed to a stark rise in policemen getting involved in crimes including rape, torture, extortion and murder. In most cases, the victims said they chose to keep silent, fearing further hassle by police. Some of them claimed the accused went scot-free as their department preferred to overlook the allegations.
The fifth convocation of Daffodil International University was held yesterday at its permanent campus in Ashulia, Dhaka.
On behalf of People’s Republic of Bangladesh President Md Abdul Hamid, also chancellor of Daffodil International University, Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid presided over the convocation ceremony and conferred the degrees.
The government has formed a nine-member cabinet committee to recommend how to implement a new pay scale for the country’s judiciary in accordance with the Bangladesh Judicial Service Report 2015.
Cabinet Division yesterday issued a circular signed by its Additional Secretary Md Mustafizar Rahman, disclosing that a nine-member cabinet committee headed by Finance Minister AMA Muhith has been formed to provide recommendations on implementation of salary, allowance and other facilities to the judicial authorities.
Trade at Satkhira’s Bhomra land port has been remaining suspend for the last two days in the wake of a disagreement between the Indian customs and the C&F Agents Welfare Association of that country over introducing the car-pass system.
The dispute occurred as the customs at India’s Ghojadanga land port announced to allow import and export of perishable items without enforcing the car-pass system till January 16, which was opposed by the C&F association.
A local court has sentenced five years in jail to the mastermind of the sensational Kishoreganj bank burglary.
Kishoreganj Senior Judicial Magistrate Md Hamidul Islam on Tuesday night handed down the verdict to Habibur Rahman alias Yusuf Munshi who is also vastly known as Sohel.
In line with the rigorous imprisonment, the court also fined the convict Tk5,000, in default, he will have to suffer five months in jail.
Trading at Comilla’s Bibir Bazar land port was suspended yesterday after traders went on an indefinite strike protesting against extortion.
The Clearing and Forwarding Agents Association (C&FAA), and the Exporter-Importer Association called for the strike.
C&FAA member Jamal Hossain claimed Tk120 was extorted on an average from a truck daily in the name of various organisations. “Drivers are beaten up if they refuse to pay. Over 50 traders were targeted by extortionists.”
Thousands of passengers at Chandpur Water Terminal who go to several areas of the country everyday by water vehicles suffer extremely due to lack of services.
Sources said the water terminal was built up in the Madrasa Road area about 20 years ago after the 200-year old terminal collapsed near the Dakatia and Meghna river point.
Everyday more than 50 water vehicles are found operating regular services in different local routes like Chandpur-Dhaka and Chandpur-Naraynganj.
Muslims planning to go on a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia under private management will have to spend Tk304,903 this year, up from Tk296,206 in 2015.
Hajj Agencies Association of Bangladesh (Haab) yesterday announced the Hajj package for 2016 at a press conference in the capital’s Nayapaltan after the cabinet approved the package on January 11.
The tentative date of this year’s Eid-ul-Azha is September 10 and a total of 113,868 pilgrims can perform Hajj. Last year, 101,758 people made the pilgrimage.
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday deferred cross-examination of controversial businessman Moosa Bin Shamsher by 10 days, responding to his plea for time extension.
Moosa had sought two months’ time on Tuesday. The ACC sent a notice to his address in Gulshan and his DATCO office in Banani informing him of its decision, the commission’s public relations official Pranab Kumer Bhattacharya said.
Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu yesterday said the Hazaribagh tanneries not yet relocated to the leather industrial park in Savar would be shut as a 72-hour ultimatum to do so ended on Tuesday.
He said the allocation of plots to the errant tannery owners in Savar would also be cancelled.
District-based Islamic scholars have started identifying the members of Jamaat-e-Islami and militants in the mosque management committees across the country.
Primarily, they have identified several dozens of such mosques in Chittagong, Sylhet, Habiganj, Dinajpur, Bogra, Satkhira and Chandpur districts. After information on all the mosques are collected, the police will scrutinise those and take further action.
The move was taken by the scholars after they sat with the police chief last month where they discussed ways to combat militant activities.
Protesting the prime minister’s recent remark that BNP is an illegal party, its acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir yesterday said if BNP was an illegitimate party so was Awami League.
“Awami League had been banned through establishing Baksal in 1975. There was no party named Awami League at that time. The BNP and Awami League were registered after late president Ziaur Rahman had initiated multiparty democracy. If BNP is illegal so is Awami League,” he said.
Lt Gen (retd) JFR Jacob, who negotiated the surrender of Pakistani troops in Dhaka after the 1971 Liberation War, has died.
The Indian army general breathed his last at the age of 92 at the R&R Military Hospital in Delhi yesterday morning after suffering from prolonged illness, reports PTI.
His family were Baghdadi Jews originally from Iraq who settled in Kolkata in the middle of the 18th century.
Jacob, motivated by reports of the Holocaust of European Jews during World War II, enlisted in the British Indian Army in 1942.
After I found out about the atrocities of the Nazis and their treatment of the Jews, I decided that I would be a military manJoining the Indian army in 1941 to put down one genocide, Lieutenant General JFR Jacob went on to wage war against another three decades later.
His role in the planning and execution of the siege of Dhaka in 1971, lost the Pakistani army its war in the east and helped liberate Bangladesh.
In 1969, Jacob was appointed chief of staff of the Eastern Command by another legend of the 1971 war, then Indian army chief of staff Sam Manekshaw.
A 16-hour full-blown international drama dropped it’s curtain without any major blowback on Wednesday after Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) released 10 detained US navy personnel, after holding them overnight on the charges of entering Iranian territorial waters illegally.
Low oil prices will devastate those nations dependent on oil revenue. Here is the second part of prediction on how biggest price fall in over a decade will impact oil-producing nations, region-wise. Today, we put Middle East and North Africa under microscopeOil traders and Wall Street analysts expect further declines in oil prices in the coming weeks. Several have predicted that prices will fall below $30 a barrel and even approach $20 a barrel.