- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
The second phase of Bishwa Ijtema, the second largest religious congregation of Muslims in the world, ended yesterday in Tongi, on the outskirts of the capital.
Eminent Indian Islamic scholar Moulana Muhammad Sa’ad conducted the 28-minute Akheri Munajat, or the final prayer, which began around 11:05am, of the 51st Bishwa Ijtema in Arabic and Urdu, reported UNB.
The gathering of devotees of all ages spilled over into the roads and areas around the Ijtema venue as the final prayer started.
Stressing the need for reducing dependence on the government, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina urged ready-made garment (RMG) factory owners to help complete the work on Garment Village at Gazaria in Munshiganj for further development of the country’s RMG industry.
State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid yesterday presided over the minister-level roundtable discussion at the 6th conference of International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in Abu Dhabi, UAE, said a press released issued by the ministry.
The two-day 6th session of the IRENA assembly started in January 16 this year.
On the second day at the assembly Nasrul presided over the discussion in which
energy ministers from 145 member states of IRENA took part and discussed the present and future prospects of renewable energy sector.
Hinting that he will soon seek relief from the prime minister’s special envoy assignment, Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad has appointed his younger brother GM Quader as the party’s co-chairman.
“I’ll meet the prime minister to seek relief from her special envoy assignment,” he said at a press conference at Jatiya Party’s
local office in Rangpur last night, reported UNB.
The five suspicious objects attached with timers that were recovered from Kunia Taragach area in Gazipur city early yesterday are not bombs, police confirmed later in the day.
That objects, which were left abandoned along with a remote control in a sand field, looked like time bombs, which is why police were notified about them, sources said.
A team of bomb experts then went to the spot and collected the items.
War criminal Delawar Hossain Sayedee has filed a plea seeking review of the Supreme Court verdict that awarded him imprisonment until death for crimes committed during the country’s Liberation War in 1971.
Masud Sayedee, son of the Jamaat-e-Islami nayeb-e-ameer, said they had filed the 90-page plea yesterday morning, seeking his acquittal on 16 grounds. Sayedee’s advocate-on-record Zainal Abedin Tuhin submitted the petition to the appeal section of the Supreme Court.
A writ petition was filed with the High Court yesterday seeking an order to arrest Masud Sikder, a sub-inspector who was suspended for torturing a Bangladesh Bank official.
The petition sought his arrest by taking victim Golam Rabbi’s written complaint as a regular case. Rabbi filed the complaint following the incident.
It also a judicial probe into the torture of Rabbi.
After primary investigation, the law enforcers have found that the killers were known to the five victims murdered at their house in Baburail area of Narayanganj on Saturday.
The investigators are now assessing records of previous enmity with the family over financial transactions and sexual harassment among other issues to unearth the mystery behind the murders.
Meanwhile, bodies of the five deceased were handed over to the family members yesterday after conducting post mortem examinations.
If Jamaat-e-Islami is banned, as looks increasingly likely, firms and organisations linked to the Islamist party – including Islami Bank and Ibn Sina Hospital – will be declared abandoned and the government will move to take over their operations.
The Law Ministry is working on amending the International Crimes (Tribunals) Act of 1973 to ban Jamaat for its role in the country’s 1971 Liberation War. Jamaat is also blamed for carrying out massive violent activities since 2013 in the name of anti-government movement.
After a week of teachers’ strike at all public universities of the country, the prime minister has invited the teachers for a meeting about their ongoing movement demanding a separate pay scale.
The meeting with Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to be held around 4:30pm today, said Farid Uddin Ahmed, the president of Federation of Bangladesh University Teachers Association (FBUTA).
He added that leaders from Dhaka University Teachers Association would also join the FBUTA Executive Council members at the meeting.
Detectives yesterday arrested two journalists in the Mymensingh city for their involvement with illegal arms trading.
Sheikh Mehedi Hasan alias Nadim, 32, managing editor of local daily Dainik Jahan, and Rasel Miah, 25, his assistant, were arrested in the Maskanda BSCIC industrial area in the city in the early hours yesterday.
In the previous percentage system, police employees were entitled to 30% of their basic salaries as risk allowanceScrapping the system of risk allowance as a percentage of gross salary, the government has recently fixed certain amounts for RAB and police employees as risk allowance.
In August 2013, the government approved 30% and 70% of gross salaries as risk allowance for RAB employees and four posts of police.
That came in the wake of the deteriorating law and order situation centring the BNP-led alliance’s countrywide violent protest to prevent the January 5, 2014 national elections.
The former convener of Jatiya Chhatra Samaj, student wing of Jatiya Party, was killed in the capital’s Rupnagar area yesterday.
The body of Syed Mizanur Rahman Himu, 36, son of late Ataur Rahman of Munshiganj, was recovered from Baroitala around 9am.
According to the police inquest report, Himu was hit in the head several times. Sign of bleeding was also found in his stomach and waist but he was not stabbed.
Himu might have been strangled to death as an injury was found in his neck, said Sub-Inspector Abdul Mannan of Rupnagar police station.
‘Many progress has been made in a number of areas but Bangladesh is yet to get its due share of water’Foreign Secretaries of Bangladesh and India will have their first bilateral meeting of the year on February 1.
Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque and his Indian Counterpart S Jaishankar will be stalk taking of the development of joint statement declared during the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Dhaka in June.
“I will be going to New Delhi on a two-day visit on the invitation of the Indian Foreign Secretary,” Shahidul said.
Activists from Asol BNP, a group claiming to be the true BNP, have again made a failed attempt to enter the party’s Nayapaltan headquarters, just weeks after a similar effort on January 2 resulted in Chhatra Dal leaders chasing away the men from Asol BNP.
Yesterday afternoon, around 20 Asol BNP men, led by their chief Kamrul Hasan Nasim, drove near the BNP central office on a pick-up van with loudspeakers playing slogans saying: “Bangabandhu is the father of our nation but we need a Ziaur Rahman.”
Stone traders of the country who import the materials from India fear the construction of the Padma Multipurpose Bridge and Ruppur Nuclear Power Plant might be delayed due to price hike of raw materials.
According to local sources, maximum bolder stones for the Padma Bridge and Ruppur power plant are imported through Sona Masjid Land Port under Chapainawbganj from Pakur, famous for stone industry, one of the important revenue-earning districts of newly created Jharkhand State in India.
Shipping Minister Shahjahan Khan yesterday said the Karnaphuli River might turn into another Buriganga River soon due to mindless dumping of wastage and illegal grabbing.
The minister said necessity steps should be taken immediately against illegal grabbers and polluters. The minister also informed newsmen that both banks of the Karnaphuli River would be marked soon.
The minister came up with the remark after attending the 30th National River Conservation Taskforce Committee’s meeting at Chittagong Circuit House.
A court in Chittagong yesterday put another accused on a three-day remand in a case filed in connection with the seizure of cocaine in Chittagong port.
Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) of Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) Kazi Muttaki Ibn Minan said: “The court of Metropolitan Magistrate Rahmat Ali granted the three-day remand prayer of Nur Mohammed, chairman of Khan Jahan Ali Limited, after the investigation officer (IO) of the case produced the accused before the court.”
Read the third instalment of a series of Dhaka Tribune reports on earthquake preparedness that have found that rescue agencies are ill-prepared to handle the type of damage a strong tremor can causeIf “the big one” that seismologists have been warning about hits Dhaka, it is unlikely that the health care system will be able to cope.
Most hospitals, including the country’s largest – the Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) – do not have emergency plans to deal with the aftermath of a major earthquake.
For instance, the DMCH has a 15-member rescue team and the capacity to treat 200 patients at a time in its emergency unit, Brig Gen Mizanur Rahman, director general (DG) of the DMCH, told the Dhaka Tribune.
The Information and Communication Technology Division is going to introduce short codes to facilitate public services soon.
“The government has planned to introduce short codes for reaching all public and emergency services to the grips of people with the blessings of cellphone technology,” State Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday.
Initially, a pilot project for services to health and security issues, repressed women and drug addicts through short codes will be undertaken.