- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
The threat of terrorism in the country evoked mixed reactions when the respondents of an opinion poll were asked about their thoughts on this.
While only 13.8% believe that it is the most important issue in the country that needs immediate addressing, more than 71% agree that terrorism is a major threat for the country.
The survey was conducted at the end of January by Bangla Tribune on the completion of two years in office by the current government. A total of 4,950 people were interviewed one-to-one from across the country for the poll.
If elections were held tomorrow, survey responses suggest that it would be a tight affair, with a likely winner impossible to predict with any level of certainty, according to the just released Bangla Tribune poll.
Among those who were decided, the results favoured the Awami League with 28.3% support, with the BNP five points behind at 23.1% support.
However, a whopping 41.6% said they were undecided about who they would vote for or declined to state a voting preference, meaning that the overall electoral picture remains unclear.
Nearly 80% of the people in the country want the war crimes trials to continue, the results of an opinion poll suggest.
However, the same opinion poll – conducted by Bangla Tribune marking two years of the current government – also puts the war crimes trials as the sixth most important issue facing the country right. Only 8.6% people placed it as the government’s topmost priority.
Slightly over 20% of the respondents said the trials should not continue.
According to a Bangla Tribune opinion poll conducted last month, and the opposition BNP still retains a significant measure of support, despite the party’s implication in the deadly political violence of early 2014 and its inability to organise politically or articulate a coherent political vision since then.
Respondents who say the country is on the right path and those who say it is not are neck and neck at just under 49% each, though the dissatisfaction with the country’s trajectory does not appear to be rooted in economic issues, according to the Bangla Tribune nationwide opinion survey.
Nevertheless, the last two years have not been great in terms of perceptions of wealth.
British Immigration Minister James Brokenshire is coming to Dhaka to discuss how to send back irregular Bangladeshis living in the United Kingdom.
He will also discuss combating radicalisation and violent extremism, and security especially airport security with Bangladeshi officials.
A senior government official said he would come to Dhaka on February 14 on a two-day visit and meet Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal.
The prime accused in Keraniganj child murder case was killed in a “gunfight” with the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) members in Chitkhola area of Keraniganj in Dhaka.
The deceased is Motahar.
Jahangir Hossain Matabor, RAB-10 Commanding Officer said RAB had signaled two motorcycles to stop at a check post in Chitkhola at around 4am on Monday but they attempted to speed away.
He said the riders opened fire on the law enforcers in an attempt to flee.
BetterStories, which set up the first incubator of Bangladesh and developed the first accelerator programme in 2009, has increased their arrays of contribution to the entrepreneurial ecosystems, says a press release.
Their ventures include the BizCube, BPO Summit 2015 and Digital World 2015 to name a few. The Digital World 2015 was a day tech expo was delivered by BetterStories to the Bangladesh Government and BASIS.
A nationwide Bangla Tribune opinion poll conducted by interviewing a total of 4,950 people from across the country on the completion of two years of the current Awami League-led government has found opinion to be split roughly down the middle on the government’s performance and prospects.
In response to the question whether Bangladesh is heading in the right direction, an equal 48.6% of the respondents said yes and no, with 2.8% offering no opinion.
Of those interviewed, nearly 36% were women, among whom, however, the gap between yes and no was wider.
A sub-inspector of the capital’s Adabar police station accused of sexually assaulting a university student has been found innocent in a probe carried out by police.
The investigation report said SI Ratan Kumar Howlader was not involved in any kind of assault or harassment of the student of ASA University.
But it said SI Ratan’s conduct was not professional.
Police shot a rickshaw-puller in the leg in Dhaka’s Kalyanpur on Sunday night in what is being seen as the latest example of the law enforcers overstepping the boundary.
Victim Mohammad Saju claimed the incident was deliberate but police dubbed the whole thing a mishap, saying the bullet was discharged accidentally.
A Narayanganj court yesterday framed charges against 35 people, including the prime accused Nur Hossain and 3 former RAB officials, in two cases filed over the sensational seven murders.
Narayanganj District and Sessions Judge Enayet Hossain fixed February 25 to begin the trial in presence of 23 accused yesterday afternoon. A total of 12 accused are on the run in the cases.
Public Prosecutor Advocate Wazed Ali Khokon told the Dhaka Tribune that the counsels of the accused filed petitions seeking their acquittal.
Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal leaders and activists, who were left in the cold in the new central committee, went berserk at the BNP’s Nayapaltan headquarters yesterday.
Paltan police station OC Murshed Alam told the Dhaka Tribune that a group of deprived JCD activists entered the BNP headquarters and damaged the furniture. Police rushed to the spot and took control of the situation. Additional police personnel were deployed to avoid further escalation of tension.
No one was arrested, the OC said, adding that a general diary would be filed against the incident.
The cabinet has approved a draft for an MoU with Malaysia, paving way for 1.5 million Bangladeshis to migrate to the Southeast Asian country under the G2G Plus scheme over the next three years.
After the draft for the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) received a nod in a cabinet meeting at the secretariat yesterday, Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam told reporters that Bangladesh and Malaysia would sign the MoU this month.
Along with the government, private agencies would also be allowed to recruit labourers to Malaysia under the scheme, Shafiul said.
Based on public interest, Dhaka Metropolitan Police yesterday transferred five of its officers-in-charge, including the OC of Shah Ali station who was withdrawn following the death of Mirpur tea-seller Babul Matubbor.
Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith yesterday refused to say anything about the fate of Bangladesh’s monetary claims from Pakistan.
“I cannot say anything about this as it needs psychological change of Pakistan. But I do not know if it will be possible for a rogue country like Pakistan,” he said.
Referring to the wealth distribution between India and Pakistan after the separation in 1947, the minister said there was a referee who did not take anyone’s side.
Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith yesterday told parliament that there is no scope of publishing the list of financial institutions involved in militant financing.
The finance minister said there is a separate unit titled Bangladesh Bank Financial Intelligence Unit to stop money laundering.
That unit collects information from CTR (Cash Transaction Report) and STR (Suspicious Transaction Report) and examine those reports and submit report to the law enforcing agencies and inspect physically if needed, he said.
Islamabad has summoned Bangladesh High Commissioner to Pakistan in retaliation of summoning its envoy by Bangladesh foreign ministry early last week.
A diplomat of the Bangladesh mission in Islamabad confirmed Dhaka Tribune that the high commissioner was summoned yesterday late afternoon and handed over a note verbale.
He was summoned as retaliation measure of summoning Pakistan High Commissioner early last week, he said.
Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith yesterday told Parliament that a total of 2944.208 kg gold had been seized in the last three years.
The amount of seized gold is 784.17 kg in 2015, 1539.628 kg in 2014 while 620.41 kg in 2013, he said replying to a question.
Muhith said in the presence of all representatives concerned, the seized gold and foreign currency are measured at airports, custom houses and custom stations, and deposited in Bangladesh Bank with police protection.
Three new judges appointed to the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court took oath yesterday.
Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha administered the oath to the three new judges – Justice Mirza Hussain Haider, Justice Md Nizamul Huq, and Justice Mohammad Bazlur Rahman – at Supreme Court Judges’ Lounge at 10am.
With them, the number of Appellate Division judges is now nine. On Sunday, the Law Ministry issued a gazette notification on the promotion of the High Court division judges after President Md Abdul Hamid promoted them.