- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
A day after Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad made his brother GM Quader party’s co-chairman, another group of the party yesterday announced his wife Raushan Ershad as the party’s acting chairman.
Party Secretary General Ziauddin Ahmed Bablu made the announcement at a press conference at Raushan’s Baridhara residence in the capital.
Bablu said the decision was made at a joint meeting of the party’s presidium and parliamentary party members.
Government set to miss its 2016 child labour elimination deadline by a big marginThe number of working children in the country has been on the rise despite a policy taken last year to eradicate child labour by this year.
Three years ago, the government identified 38 child labour-prone sectors in the country and vowed to ensure that there would not be a single child in active labour by 2016.
That vow had two parts: to eliminate child labour in hazardous jobs; and to fully eradicate the social curse.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has assured teachers of reaching a solution about their demand for a separate pay scale and asked them to return to classrooms, said Professor ASM Maksud Kamal, secretary general of the Federation of Bangladesh University Teachers’ Association (FBUTA), yesterday.
He told reporters after a meeting with the prime minister that the demands of the striking teachers had been raised at the meeting.
From now on, policemen are not allowed to carry out duties in civilian dress, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said yesterday.
“If they [policemen] are not in uniform, they will not be considered to be on official duty,” Kamal told journalists at his office.
“We know that for technical reasons, policemen have been working in plain clothes. But the ministry’s directive is that every policeman, including Detective Branch officials, must at least wear police vests,” he said.
An agreement for the development of Mongla Economic Zone (MEZ) is likely to be placed before the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs tomorrow.
According to official documents, Abul Kalam Azad, principal secretary to the Prime Minister’s Office, recently sent a proposal to Bangladesh Economic Zones Authority (BEZA) for finalising the agreement between them and PowerPac, a sister concern of Sikder Group, to develop and operate the MEZ as the country’s first-ever economic zone in public-private partnership model.
Experts and administrators alike had this to say about Dhaka’s readiness to face a major earthquake: It is not.
At a workshop jointly organised by the Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) and Plan International yesterday, there was consensus that the city, and indeed the country, have much to do to achieve a satisfactory level of earthquake disaster preparedness.
Police yesterday claimed to have made headway in their investigation into the killing of five members of a family.
“We have come across important information but we will need a little more time to crack the case,” Narayanganj police chief Khandaker Mohiduddin told reporters but declined to divulge further information.
Police on Saturday recovered bodies of Taslima, 35, her daughter Sumaiya, 7, son Shanto, 10, brother Mosharraf alias Morshed, 20, and sister-in-law Lamia, 20, from their rented flat at the sadar upazila’s Baburail.
Microsoft Bangladesh will train over 5,200 women in the country this year to create women entrepreneurs in the information and communication technology (ICT) sector.
The computer giant signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Access to Information (a2i) programme under the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) in this regard at the PMO yesterday.
Under the project, women will receive training on computer hardware and software use and troubleshooting and be linked with service centres once the training is complete.
Highly saline drinking water threatens residents of the coastal region with hypertension, participants heard at a seminar yesterday.
The country’s coastal population consumes twice as much salt – just by drinking water – than the World Health Organisation recommends, the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b) has found.
The BNP will celebrate its founder Ziaur Rahman’s 80th birth anniversary today [Tuesday].
The party will hoist its flag at its offices, placing wreaths and holding prayers at Zia’s graveside at Sher-e-Banglanagar.
BNP chief Khaleda Zia, the widow of the party founder, together with BNP leaders, will place wreaths at Zia’s grave around 10am today.
A blood donation and free medical camp will operate on the ground floor of the party’s Nayapaltan headquarters during the day.
The High Court ordered police to accept Bangladesh Bank official Golam Rabbi’s complaint against SI Masud Sikdar as FIR.
The court also observed that suspended SI Masud should be dismissed, reported the Bangla Tribune.
The bench of Justice Syed Muhammad Dastagir Hossain and Justice AKM Shahidul Haque passed the order yesterday afternoon following a writ petition.
The HC also issued a rule asking why the incident of detaining the Bangladesh Bank official and torturing him would not be declared illegal.
The Rapid Action Battalion has arrested three smugglers with a massive haul of 2.8 million yaba pills in Dhaka and Chittagong.
Assistant Superintendent of Police Amirullah, assistant director of RAB 7, told the Dhaka Tribune that this haul was the country’s biggest ever by any law enforcement agency.
One of the smugglers, Md Mohiuddin, 37, was arrested in Dhaka while the other two, Ali Ahmed, 52, and Md Hamidullah, 32, were arrested in Chittagong.
Bangladesh needs to include the private sector and research communities in the process of chalking out plans for achieving its post-2015 agenda that include sustainable development goals, reducing climate vulnerability and disaster risk, speakers at a discussion said yesterday.
Speakers at ActionAid Bangladesh’s programme titled ‘Multilogue on Post 2015 Development Framework: Demystifying the practicality in Bangladesh Context’ in Dhaka, said a better environment for businesses would expedite attainment of the middle-income country status.
A section of Dhaka University students have formed a human chain demanding a metro rail route through the university campus.
The programme comes at a time when the university students have been protesting the proposed metro rail route planned to build through the campus.
Four youths allegedly molested a garment worker at cabin of a launch while she with her boyfriend was going to their native home in Madaripur on Sunday night.
Mosharraf Hossain, in-charge of Chandpur river police station, said the woman along with her boyfriend from Amitpur of Zinzira, got into the launch around 8pm on Sunday for going to her village home.
Indigenous people in three hill districts have formed a 300 kilometre-long human chain to demand that the Chittagong Hill Tracts Accord, signed 18 years ago, be implemented in full.
Spanning the distance from Panchari’s Dudukchara in Khagrachari to Naikhyangchari’s Ghundhum in Bandarban, the protest was organised by the Chittagong Hill Tracts Citizens Committee, the Bangladesh Adivasi Forum, Kapaeeng Foundation and the CHT Headmen’s Network on Monday morning including their several students wings.
A five-year-old madrasa student sustained burn injury as teachers dragged him to an earthen oven and tightly held him very close to the burning flames in which he caught fire.
The incident took place at Char Selimpur Qweratul Quran Madrasa located at Batamara union, Muladi upazila, Barisal.
The incident came to the light after father of victim taking him on lap came to Barisal court promises in a bid to take advice from district Awami League Secretary and lawmaker Advocate Talukdar Md Yunus about lodging case against the teachers.
The Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) has resumed their drive against illegal hoardings in the port city.
As per the direction of the CCC mayor, around 92 big and small unapproved billboards and signboards were pulled down in city’s Lalkhan Bazar intersection, Sholoshahar Gate area and Tigerpass area yesterday.
A total number of 237 billboards were evicted in last five-day, said CCC’s executive magistrate Nazia Shirin.
Read the fourth installment 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 cause Even though they were warned around seven years ago, the Dhaka Wasa authorities are yet to take necessary preparation to deal with the huge task if a high magnitude earthquake hits the capital devastating water and sanitation facilities as well as transportation.
Aimed at responding effectively, the government in 2009 introduced Earthquake Contingency Plan describing the capacity of the state-run agencies including the Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (Wasa), and their role before and after the disaster that strikes without a warning.
The Germans, founders and funders of the postwar union, shut their borders to refugees in a bid for political survival by the chancellor who let in a million migrants. And then – why not? – they decide to revive the Deutschmark while they’re at it.
That is not the fantasy of diehard Eurosceptics but a real fear articulated at the highest levels in Berlin and Brussels.
Chancellor Angela Merkel, her ratings hit by crimes blamed on asylum seekers at New Year parties in Cologne, and EU chief executive Jean-Claude Juncker both said as much last week.