- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
Ekushey Boi Mela, the most prestigious book fair in the country, will see a few changes in the layout of stalls and other areas this year, aiming to be more accommodating to the visitors.
“The fair will see a fair bit of changes this year. We have decided to bring the changes to ensure the book lovers’ comfort in browsing the stalls. It will be bigger and more vibrant fair this year,” said Dr Jalal Ahmed, secretary of the book fair committee, yesterday.
The residents of Kallyanpur slums have alleged that they were unaware of the eviction drive on Thursday as their leaders, mostly linked to the ruling party, had not informed them about it beforehand.
Although the eviction stopped later following a High Court order, they claimed that the drive was conducted in a seemingly planned manner – as their leaders had been instructed by the police and the local Awami League lawmaker on Tuesday to leave the slums within two days.
Jhinuk Akter, not her real name, shares a fate similar to thousands of other underage girls in the country who are forced into marriage before the age of 18.
In 2011, a 15-year-old Jhinuk from Manikganj was married off to a man twice her age. Before she turned the legal age for marriage, she had already given birth.
The child, however, was born with physical impairments, an outcome very common in underage pregnancies.
Ayesha Begum, 45, had lost her house twice in river erosion in her home district Bhola but she did not give up. The mother of four moved to Dhaka in 2004 with her children and husband. They have been living in a room in Block 8 of Kallyanpur slum.
But fate has been cruel to Ayesha. She lost everything once again yesterday after a fire ravaged the slum. Her physically challenged husband Jamal Miah and two sons, aged between nine and 12, were unharmed as they were not home at that time. Ayesha’s daughters were also married off several years ago.
The detention on Thursday of 20 undocumented Bangladeshi migrants in the Maldives will not result in deportations by the authorities, the Bangladesh envoy in Male told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday.
On the contrary, the Maldives government plans to legalise all undocumented Bangladeshi migrants living in the island republic, Bangladesh High Commissioner to the Maldives Rear Admiral Kazi Sarwar Hossain said.
Positive will from political leaders is essential in saving planet earth from the future climate hazards as only their decision can implement the long-term goal of limiting global temperature rise to only 1.5 degree Celsius, climate expert Dr Saleemul Huq has said.
Praising global political leadership, he also said the Paris Agreement to fix temperature target between 1.5 and 2 degrees could not have been negotiated without political goodwill.
BNP senior leader Lt Gen (retd) Mahbubur Rahman yesterday said Chief Justice (CJ) SK Sinha’s recent remark on signing and writing judgements after retirement has shaken the foundation of the current government like a tremor.
“We welcome the chief justice’s comment as he spoke the truth with courage discharging the duty bestowed upon him. His remark has wobbled the government’s foundation like an earthquake,” he said.
The telecoms regulator directed the mobile phone operators to compensate the subscribers a minute’s talk time for each dropped call.
The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) sent the directive to the mobile operators on January 19. The operators yesterday wrote to the BTRC, seeking a meeting with it before implementing the decision.
“Zero call drop is not possible on any wireless connection,” said Nurul Kabir, secretary general of Association of Mobile Telecom operators of Bangladesh (AMTOB).
Science and Technology Minister Yeafesh Osman lauded the Science Olympiad for playing a significant role in encouraging students to take up science studies.
Speaking at the competition’s prize distribution ceremony at the Curzon Hall yesterday, Yeafesh dubbed the Olympiad a nurturing ground for brilliant young minds.
The Bangladesh Academy of Sciences (BAS), vernacular daily ‘Samakal’ and First Security Islami Bank organised the event where 800 school and college students from across Bangladesh participated.
Jatiya Party leader Ziauddin Ahmed Bablu yesterday claimed that his removal from the position of secretary general was part of a conspiracy.
“But the conspiracy is not going to be successful. All members of the party, including Ershad and Rowshan Ershad, are united,” he said while talking to reporters at Shah Amanat International Airport in Chittagong.
Leaders of the Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) yesterday demanded that an effective law be enacted to control unbridled house rent in order to ease the sufferings of tenants.
While addressing a rally in the capital, they said Dhaka has turned into an unlivable city where the lower-income group and middle-class people are not able to bear the growing house rent, putting their lives in difficulty.
Bangladesh Navy arrested 10 Indian fishermen and seized their trawler from Fairway Buoy area of the Bay of Bengal in Mongla upazila, Bagerhat on Thursday night for intruding into the water territory of Bangladesh.
The arrestees hail from Kakdwip area of Dakkhin 24 Pargana district in India.
Mongla police station OC M Lutfar Rahman said a patrol team of Navy detained the 10 Indian fishermen while catching fish in the Bangladesh water territory.
They were handed over to Mongla police station yesterday afternoon.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi may look to press the reset button on his leadership this spring to reinvigorate stalled economic reforms and appease critics, eyeing a mix of tried and tested allies and fresh blood, senior government sources said.
The government has overseen rapid economic growth but failed on tax and land reforms, and the euphoria that met Modi’s 2014 election triumph has given way to investor disillusionment; Indian stocks have erased all of their gains since he won power.
A flight attendant kicked four men, including two Bangladeshi nationals, off a recent Toronto-New York flight for looking “too Muslim.”
The four – Faimul Alam and another flier, whose identity could not be confirmed, are Bangladeshi Muslims, one is an Arab Muslim and Shah Anand a Sikh from India – were all ordered off the flight. However, the other two had been identified by their initials as WH and MK.
According to a new $9m federal lawsuit, the appearance of the four Brooklyn men made the captain uneasy.
Fatalities of workers at ship-breaking yards continue unabated as the employers are reluctant to train the workers properly for the hazardous job and equip them with necessary safety gears, experts and observers have alleged.
They also blame the government for lax enforcement of laws against the yard owners.
Worsening enmity between rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran is jeopardising peace prospects in Yemen where a nine-month-old war has given militants a foothold in Riyadh’s backyard.
Yemen’s principal warring factions — fighters loyal to the ousted Saudi-backed Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi who are battling the Iran-allied Houthi militia and loyalists of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh — held talks last month in Switzerland to try to end a war that has killed some 6,000 people.
Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus has been made a member of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Advocacy Group by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon for the promotion and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals
These goals were adopted last September during the UN General Assembly.
The UN chief announced the formation of the advocacy group at Open Forum Davos 2016. The group has been entrusted with the responsibility to advise the secretary-general and work with him to make sure SDGs become a household term all over the world.
State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid has asked everyone to start using renewable energy resources, as a part of the move towards sustainable development.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony of the first-ever solar-powered easy bike charging station in Keraniganj, Dhaka yesterday, he lauded the initiative of using tapped sunlight to recharge easy bikes, the three-wheelers that run on batteries.
A total of 620 patients were treated in the last 24 hours, a source said adding that it was around 50 more than the previous dayPhysicians of private clinics and hospitals in Chittagong city observed strike for the third consecutive day yesterday, demanding withdrawal of the two cases filed against three doctors over alleged negligence.
The doctors have also stopped seeing patients privately at their chambers.
Following the start of the indefinite strike on Wednesday, healthcare system in the port city have collapsed as the few hospitals providing service is struggling to keep up with the increasing influx of patients.
A national conference on National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam, jointly organised by Nazrul Institute in Dhaka and Faridpur district administration, was inaugurated at Ambica Maidan in the town yesterday.
LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Engineer Khondoker Mosharraf Hossain inaugurated the three-day conference as chief guest.
The inaugural function was chaired by eminent Nazrul exponent Professor Emeritus Dr Rafiqul Islam who gave a brief outlines on the activities of Nazrul Institute, which is working to preserve the creations of the poet and help the research on his work.