- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
Officers at Shah Ali police station in the capital extorted money from local criminals through their network of informants. In return, they cut slack for their men.
“In Babul Matabbor’s case, informant Delowar Hossain overstepped his boundaries,” Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Masud Ahmed admits.
The US intelligence chief has claimed that efforts by the Bangladesh government to undermine the political opposition would probably provide openings for transnational terrorist groups to expand their presence, the Associated Press reported on Tuesday.
Several Bangladeshi security analysts, however, refuse to accept the view, saying the statement was issued only to give political edge for someone.
The reopening of Iran, now that sanctions against the country have been eased following the signing of a nuclear deal with the world powers, could be a boon to Bangladesh’s energy sector.
The government is planning a high level meeting to determine what a proposed pipeline between Iran and India via the sea, and by-passing Pakistan, will mean for Bangladesh and to decide what to do next.
EMRD Acting Secretary Nazimuddin Chowdhury told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday: “We will sit to review the matter on February 16.”
Four years after journalist couple Sagar Sarowar and Meherun Runi were killed, investigations have returned very little.
Rapid Action Battalion has spent around Tk1 crore for investigation but has so far failed to arrest any culprits and uncover motives.
In September last year, RAB changed the investigating officer. Mohiuddin Ahmed, an assistant police super (ASP), replaced Wares Ali.
When contacted, ASP Mohiuddin said they were hopeful about a breakthrough soon.
So far, eight people have been arrested, three of whom are out on bail, he said.
The BNP yesterday fixed Bashundhara Convention Centre as the venue for its upcoming national council on March 19.
In a meeting of the party’s Standing Committee, chaired by Chairperson Khaleda Zia at her Gulshan office, 11 sub-committees were also formed to organise the national council.
BNP sources said the party’s Adviser TH Khan would act as the election commissioner for the council; if he cannot take on the role, the responsibility would be carried out by former speaker Jamiruddin Sircar.
Even after the death of a 16-month-old baby girl, authorities at the capital’s Japan Bangladesh Friendship Hospital had allegedly been keeping her lifeless body on life support at the ICU, without notifying the family about her passing.
The incident was only revealed when a mobile court, accompanied by RAB 2 and led by Executive Magistrate Helal Uddin, carried out a drive at the Jigatola hospital.
The allegation of sexual harassment of a private university student raised against Ratan Kumar Howlader, a sub-inspector of Adabor police station, is found true in a judicial inquiry.
Dhaka’s Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sheikh Hafizur Rahman yesterday sent the inquiry report to Judge Saleh Uddin Ahmed of the Dhaka’s Women and Children Repression prevention Tribunal 4.
The tribunal fixed February 16 for taking the report into cognisance in the case, Bench Assistant Forkan Miah said.
The High Court has directed the government to take necessary steps for providing emergency medical services to road accident victims at all government and private hospitals across the country.
The bench of justices Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury and Md Iqbal Kabir came up with the order yesterday, in response to a writ petition.
Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust and Syed Saifuddin Kamal, a social entrepreneur, filed the petition seeking a High Court order on the government to ensure emergency medical services to injured people at all hospitals and clinics.
The Awami League-led 14-party alliance yesterday alleged that Pakistan was plotting against Bangladesh with the connivance of the BNP and its ally Jamaat-e-Islami.
Spokesperson for the alliance Mohammed Nasim made the remark at a press conference at Awami League President Sheikh Hasina’s Dhanmondi office in the capital.
The mayor of Sreebardi municipality in Sherpur was admitted to hospital as he sustained critical injuries after a leopard attacked him yesterday.
Abu Sayeed, also a local Awami League leader, was attacked by the leopard that came down from a hill near the border with India in the morning and hid in a forest under the municipality’s Jaalkata area.
Locals later rescued the mayor from the leopard and beat it to death in the presence of hundreds of onlookers.
Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Rashed Khan Menon yesterday briefed diplomats of six embassies about the steps taken to improve security at the Shahjalal International Airport.
An official of the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh made a presentation on the steps taken, said an official who was present at the meeting.
The steps are: deployment of airport security force, renovation of cargo warehouse, restriction on outsiders’ entry to cargo warehouse area, installation of scanners and initiatives to buy new equipment.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday told parliament that most of the provisions of Chittagong Hill Tracts Peace Treaty were implemented.
“We have already implemented 48 clauses out of 72 clauses of the CHT Treaty and are working sincerely to implement the rest of the clauses,” she said replying to a query.
The premier also said 48 clauses have already been implemented fully and 15 clauses have been implemented partially and the nine are under implementation.
State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid yesterday told the parliament that the total amount of electricity bills in arrears is Tk5,381cr.
“As of October 2015, the amount of outstanding electricity bills is Tk5,381cr in the country,” he said replying to a question adding that a number of measures have already been taken to realise the bills.
Chief Justice SK Sinha yesterday expressed hopes that the incumbent and retired judges who enjoy state facilities would abide by all norms and values.
He made the comment when retired High Court judge Justice Nozrul Islam Chowdhury appeared before the Supreme Court’s Appellate Division on behalf of convicted war criminal Mir Quasem Ali.
A five-member bench of Appellate Division, headed by the chief justice, held hearing on the war criminal’s appeal against his death penalty for the second day yesterday.
A book on the contribution of then East Pakistan Rifles, which is now Border Guard Bangladesh, in the 1971 Liberation War was unveiled yesterday.
Titled Muktijuddhe EPR (Bortoman BGB), the book was unveiled by BGB Director General Major General Aziz Ahmed at the force’s headquarters in the capital’s Pilkhana, said a press release.
Top BGB officials were present at the programme.
The force has a rich history of success and bravery in carrying out numerous military operations during the war and a segment of that has been narrated in the book.
A development project for the Gulshan-Banani-Baridhara Lake in Dhaka is progressing ponderously as the capital’s development authority Rajuk has been facing fierce opposition from land grabbers.
The three-year plan, which aims to improve and beautify the lake at a cost of Tk4.10 crore, was approved by the Executive Committee of National Economic Council on July 6, 2010.
The central committee of ruling party’s student wing Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) has asked to stop all activities of the committee of Chittagong University (CU) unit BCL until further notice following clashes.
Following the clashes, the central committee also asked the CU BCL unit president Alamgir Tipu and general secretary HM Fazle Rabbi Sujon to explain about their role in the clashes.
Assailants snatched Tk3.25 lakh from the manager of a factory in the presence of police in Narayanganj yesterday.
The victim, Jahirul Haque, 32, works as the manager of Fair Textile in Rupganj’s Tarabat.
The crime was committed on the slope of Kanchpur bridge around 2pm, with witnesses saying police took no action to capture the perpetrators who sped away on two motorbike.
A local councilor of Chittagong district’s Patiya upazila has threatened the family of 17-year-old mentally challenged girl who was gang-raped in last year, to withdraw the case filed against the rapists.
Mother of the mentally-challenged girl brought the allegation against Rupak Sen, councilor of Patiya no 2 union, at a press conference held at Chittagong Press Club yesterday.
She said a group of six culprits had gang-raped her daughter storming into the house in absence of her family members on June 21, last.
The principal of a madarsa in Sonatala of Bogra district was arrested yesterday on charge of raping a female student.
Locals said Fazlul Karim, the principal of Sonatala Fazil Degree Madrasa told the girl, a second-year Alim student, to take rest in the common room of the second floor while she went to him to take the stipend money in the afternoon.