- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
The collapse of Rana Plaza should have been an eye-opener. But the DhakaTribune has found that the country’s disaster management agencies are all ill-prepared to handle the type of devastation caused by a major earthquake. This is the first tranche of our report on Bangladesh’s earthquake preparednessMembers of the Fire Service and Civil Defence, the official rescue agency in Bangladesh, fear that they themselves may get trapped under the rubble of their office buildings if a strong earthquake hits, let alone rescuing anyone.
The force’s headquarters, located in Bangshal of Old Dhaka, was built in 1979 and has never gone through any repairing or replenishment since, resulting in severe wearing out.
An inspector of the Dhaka South City Corporation was beaten up severely by some patrol police members in plain clothes in the capital’s Dholairpar area early yesterday.
Bikash Chandra Das, 40, fell unconsciousness due to torture, and was admitted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital with the help of senior police officers including the OC of Jatrabari police, Aboni Shankar Kor.
Aboni yesterday said the incident had taken place due to a misunderstanding.
The BGMEA has rejected the TIB’s recent report on the country’s apparel sector, saying the anti-graft watchdog had prepared an ill-motivated report based only on the interviews of just 74 people.
“The TIB’s report on RMG sector about corruption is totally baseless, intentional, false and ill-motivated, and we strongly reject the findings,” president of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), Siddiqur Rahman, told reporters at a press conference in the BGMEA headquarters yesterday.
Gonojagoron Moncho yesterday threatened to lay siege to the Pakistani High Commission in Dhaka on January 20 if the government does not take any step to sever all ties with Pakistan for its audacity regarding the withdrawal of a Bangladeshi diplomat from Islamabad.
Moncho spokesperson Imran H Sarkar came up with the ultimatum at a rally at Shahbagh intersection in the city in the afternoon.
He said they will gather at Gulshan 2 roundabout at 3pm on January 20 and march towards the Pakistani High Commission
to beige it.
Hundreds of thousands of devotees from across the world thronged the banks of Turag River in Tongi yesterday to take part in the second phase of the annual Biswa Ijtema to pray and listen to Islamic scholars.
The first phase of the second largest Muslim congregation after Hajj took place last week at the same venue. It is being organised in two phases since 2011 after the number of participants increased.
Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader yesterday said the government would not make changes to the proposed metro rail route which goes through the Dhaka University.
“There’s no possibility to change the route. It was chalked out after discussions with the Dhaka University authorities,” he said at a programme in Dhaka.
DU students have been protesting against the proposed route claiming it would change the face of the campus and disrupt their studies.
The Election Commission has decided to allot new, gender-neutral symbols to female candidates in the upcoming union parishad (UP) polls.
It has also decided to scrap the electoral requirement for independent candidates to gather support of 100 voters in order to be eligible to contest the elections, sources said.
The decision introduce neutral symbols came after the EC was criticised for allotting household items as symbols to female contestants in the municipal and city corporation polls last year.
Hefazat-e-Islam chief Shah Ahmed Shafi yesterday said some quarters were spreading confusion about the real Islamic identity of the members of the organisation.
“Every Muslim should be aware of this. Sometimes, we are described as Wahabis but I would like to reiterate that there is no Wahabi in the country.
“Those who say we are the followers of Wahabism have no knowledge of Islam,” said Shafi while addressing an Islamic conference at Laldighi Maidan in Chittagong.
Rafiq Azad, one of the most prolific and versatile poets of the country, was shifted to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) yesterday from Anwar Khan Medical College Hospital in Dhanmondi of the capital for better treatment.
The poet has been kept at the intensive care unit of BSMMU and is undergoing treatment under the supervision of Professor Dr Harisul Haque.
Mufti Faizullah, secretary general of a faction of Islami Oikya Jote that cut ties with the BNP-led alliance, told Bangla Tribune recently that they aim at creating an independent course for Islamic politics through forming a larger alliance. He is also the joint secretary general of Hefazat-e-Islam. Here is the translation of the interviewWhy did you quit the BNP-led alliance?
Our convention says the IOJ has no relation with the 20-party alliance. We are maintaining this. You have to understand by yourself what we mean by this. We did not say we quit the alliance or anything like this. Our convention says the IOJ will form a platform of Islamic scholars and organisations to fulfil our mission of establishing Islam on the land of Almighty Allah and carrying it forward.
What will be the outline of this unity?
The move for inserting pictorial warning on tobacco products might not be implemented within the deadline of March 19 this year due to the unwillingness of the tobacco industries.
According to the Smoking and Tobacco Products Usage Act (Amended) 2013, tobacco products must come in the market with adequate pictorial warning so that consumers get a clear idea about the hazards of tobacco consumption.
Six International Terrestrial Cable (ITC) operators have received conditional
permission to directly buy bandwidth from Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Limited (BSCCL).
“Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has recently granted the permission on some conditions,” BSCCL Managing Director M Monwar Hossain said yesterday. The six ITC operators have been supplying bandwidth across the country for the last three years after importing it from India. They are currently supplying over 160 Gbps bandwidth, he said.
BNP Standing Committee Member Dr RA Gani was laid to rest at Banani Graveyard yesterday.
He was buried beside his late wife’s grave around 4:15pm after his third and final Namaz-e-Janaza at the Parliament’s South Plaza.
Relatives, BNP leaders and activists joined the burial of Gani, also a former state minister for science and technology.
Dr RA Gani died at Square Hospital early yesterday at the age of 89.
Twelve years have passed since Ekushey Padak winning journalist Manik Saha has been killed, but family members of the slain newsman are yet to get justice.
Manik Saha was killed in a bomb attack near Khulna Press Club in on December 16, 2004.
On the occasion, a discussion was held at Khulna Press Club yesterday with Lawmaker Mijanur Rahman Mijan in the chair. The programme was presided over by Khulna Press Club Convener Sheikh Abu Hasan.
At least 178 Indian fishermen who were arrested from the Bangladesh territory in different times for illegal entry last year went back to their country on Thursday after their release from the district jail.
Sheikh Lutfur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Mongla police station, said river police in their different drives had arrested the 178 Indian fishermen along with 14 trawlers from Fair Way Buoy in Mongla upazila while they were catching fish in the Bay of Bengal last year.
They were handed over to police and separate cases were filed against them.
Farmers of Chittagong Hill Tracts are getting interested in tobacco cultivation day by day as they earn more profit from its production.
In many cases, tobacco companies give advance money and agri-inputs, including fertiliser and seeds, to farmers to encourage them in the cultivation, said local sources.
In a historic neighbourhood so old that the mind is tricked into seeing it in sepia, workmen are busy reducing an architectural gem to rubble.
Because Kalicharan Saha Road was not listed as a protected heritage site by Rajuk in 2009, holding number 20 is being demolished by its current owner.
A hollow structure with two of its walls torn down now stands where once a building of exquisite charm stood.
The venerable street is part of Gendaria’s Kapuria Nagar, an Old Dhaka neighbourhood littered with bits of history captured in brick and mortar.
The UN and world powers are close to lifting sanctions on Iran under a historic nuclear deal struck in July between Tehran, the US, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China. The US and the European Union both took formal legal steps in October to lift sanctions on “implementation day” – the day Iran meets all conditions under the deal.
With Iran poised to resume usual business ties with the world under a historic nuclear deal, Tehran is set to target India, Asia’s fastest-growing major oil market, and old partners in Europe with hundreds of thousands of barrels of its crude.
Iran expects the UN nuclear watchdog to confirm on Friday it has curtailed its nuclear programme, paving the way for the unfreezing of billions of dollars of assets and an end to bans that have crippled its oil exports.
Seven years ago, Muhammad Bahrun Naim was quietly running an internet cafe in the small Indonesian city of Solo.
On Thursday he was identified by police as the mastermind behind the deadly attack on Jakarta claimed by Dae’sh, pulling the strings from Raqqa, the radical group’s de facto capital in Syria.
In between, Naim was arrested in 2011 for illegal arms possession and jailed for three years, and police say that since then he has emerged as a key player in militant networks that have sprouted around Solo and across Central Java.