- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
The Supreme Court yesterday rejected BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia’s petition for cancellation of plaintiff testimonies in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case clearing the way for trial at the lower court.
The five-member Appellate Division bench led by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha turned down her fresh prayer upholding a High Court judgment.
Now the plaintiff will be cross-examined at the special court in Dhaka on March 3, Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) counsel Khurshid Alam told media.
The Civil Aviation and Tourism Ministry has sought the Finance Division’s advice on whether to build a third terminal at the Dhaka airport with Chinese or Jica financing.
According to sources, the Civil Aviation Ministry is in fact now in a dilemma because both the Chinese government and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) are among the biggest development partners of Bangladesh and both have shown interest in financing the project.
British Immigration Minister James Brokenshire yesterday discussed about irregular Bangladeshis living in the UK during his meetings with the policymakers in Dhaka.
Brokenshire arrived in Dhaka yesterday on a two-day visit and had technical meeting with Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque in the morning. It was followed by back-to-back courtesy calls on Foreign Minister Ah Mahmood Ali and Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal.
Diplomatic sources in different meetings said Brokenshire raised the issue of irregular Bangladeshis, whose visa or passports had expired.
Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal yesterday urged the Bangladesh Coast Guard to continue their effort to combat drug smuggling and human trafficking.
He made the call in a programme held at the Bangladesh Coast Guard headquarters to mark the 21st founding anniversary of the force.
He said: “The coast guards have to become more efficient and continue their effort to combat trafficking of humans and illegal products, specially drugs.”
The minister said the number of coast guards has increased to 3,329 from 2,225 in the last couple of years.
The government is mulling over a plan to build 12 police barracks across the country to accommodate thousands of policemen recruited over the last five years.
The Tk219.17cr project tilted Construction of 12 Barracks at Different Units of Police Department is expected to be placed at the executive committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) meeting scheduled for tomorrow.
Leaders and activists of the ruling Awami League-led 14-party alliance will form human chains at 14 points of the capital today to protest against the conspiracy of the BNP and Pakistan against the 1971 Liberation War.
The human chain will be held for an hour from 4pm at 14 points from Gabtoli to Jatrabari via Technical intersection – Kallyanpur, Shyamoli, Asad Gate, Sukrabad, Karwan Bazar intersection, Banglamotor, Shahbagh, National Press Club, Gulistan, Ittefaq intersection and Sayedabad Bus Terminal.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will lay the foundation stone for the proposed Sheikh Hasina Burn and Plastic Surgery Institute in the capital's Chankharpur area in the first week of March.
Health and Family Welfare Minister Mohammad Nasim said this at a press conference at the ministry conference hall yesterday.
He said: “Over the last few years hundreds of people have been admitted into the Dhaka Medical College Hospital's burn unit. Many of them died as the DMCH could not cope with the growing number of patients.”
The government is planning to bring the fishermen under subsidy provision as they face ban on catching mother hilsha during its peak breeding season, said Fisheries and Livestock Minister Mohammed Sayedul Haque.
“We will give the fishermen rice and cash incentives during the peak breeding season to motivate them not to catch hilsha during the period,” the minister told the parliament yesterday.
Now UCB complains to police that Tk1.26 lakh were withdrawn illegally from its ATMsOrganised criminal gangs are cloning debit cards of bank customers using special devices and withdrawing money from ATM booths.
Members of these gangs would first enter booths by showing fake identity cards and set up microchip-enabled devices with the automated teller machines (ATMs). These devices, mounted with the ATM, would copy information stored on an ATM card when a customer inserts their card into the machine.
Later, the information copied would be used to make fake debit cards and later used to withdraw money from other booths.
Bangladesh Bank has identified some 200 ATM cards of 26 banks that are running the risk of forgery.
The central bank on Saturday sent the card numbers to the respective banks, asking them to block the cards immediately.
These debit cards are believed to have been read by “skimming devices” during February 7-9, said a senior executive of the central bank.
“All the cards suspected as risky were identified from the ATM booths located in the capital as they are not protected by anti-skimming devices,” he said.
Malaysia has begun to register undocumented labourers today, including those from Bangladesh, with less than a week to go before Bangladesh and Malaysia finalise a new labour deal.
The issue of importing Bangladeshi workers has been a contentious one in Malaysia, where the government and local trades bodies have been mired in a heated exchange over the issue all week.
On February 18, Malaysia’s Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri Richard Riot will be in Dhaka to finalise an agreement to import 1.5 million Bangladeshi workers over the next three years.
Ten cases, including a sedition case, were filed against the Daily Star Editor Mahfuz Anam yesterday for carrying “confusing” and “defamatory” reports in the newspaper about Awami League President Sheikh Hasina during the 2007-08 military-backed caretaker regime.
Of the cases, nine were filed against Mahfuz Anam in Sylhet, Khulna, Patuakhali, Rangamati and Shariatpur districts while the sedition case was filed in Netrakona.
Turning down BNP’s request not to hold the Union Parishad (UP) polls along party line, Election Commissioner Shah Nawaz yesterday said the Commission has nothing to do with it.
“Parliament has enacted a law and decided to hold the UP polls under the party banner… so, we’ve nothing to do in this regard at this stage,” he told reporters at his Election Commission Secretariat office.
Marking the Valentine Day, the Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) took an exceptional programme yesterday titled ‘Love Not Hate’ by offering red roses among the people when a number of incidents came to light against police in the country.
The police also offered the symbol of love to legal aid seekers who went at 16 police stations in the city under CMP to sought legal service, said the police sources.
Communication between Bandarban district town and Thanchi upazila may suspend anytime as the main thoroughfare which connects the upazila and district headquarters lies in a sorry state.
The road at 17 spots has subsided making the communication of thousands of people risky.
In a bid to check currency forgery, the law enforcers have planned to launch a crackdown on the identified rackets across the country.
The initiative is taken by the Home Ministry after it received an intelligence report on 255 criminals involved in the illegal business.
The report submitted last week also suggests that the BGB strengthen its efforts to check cross-border smuggling of fake currency.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged affluent section of the society, particularly the former students, to help their schools in digitalisation of classrooms.
“The government alone cannot do everything. It’s a huge task to provide digital equipment to every 63,601 schools in the country,” she said urging the former students and affluent section of people to come up with the support to have multimedia, laptop and other computer accessories in their schools.
President Abdul Hamid yesterday urged the UK government to take steps so that British visa can be processed from Bangladesh.
He made the call when a delegation of Labour Friends of Bangladesh (LFB) in the UK, led by Sir Keir Starmer MP, made a courtesy call on him at Bangabhaban.
‘The accused Palash and Razzak have been issuing threats ever since the case was filed. We are worried about our security’
One person has been arrested after an eighth-grader was tied and beaten up – and the video of the assault recorded – in Rajshahi’s Paba upazila on Friday.
Jahid Hasan, a student of the local Bagsara High School, was accused of theft and beaten up by a group of men between 3pm and 10pm on Friday at Choubaria village. He is now receiving medical attention at the Paba Upazila Health Complex.
A worker at Grameenphone, who went missing on Saturday, was found dead yesterday in a river in the district.
The victim was Mamunur Rashid Manik, son of Ahshanullah Mantu, a freedom fighter, resident of Talora Garibelgharia of Dupchanchia upazila. He was a sales representative at Grameenphone Fast Distribution office in the upazila.
On Saturday morning, Manik went to Dublagari bazar for collection money, said SM Shahnewaz, managing director of the office.