- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
Curtain fell on the month-long Amar Ekushey Boi Mela 2016 with a record-breaking sale of books.
This year saw thousands of visitors thronging the fair grounds every day last month. Heightened security measures were put in place to ensure safety for the visitors, especially in light of the attack on blogger-writer Avijit Roy and his wife Rafida Ahmed Bonya last year.
The authorities of two Dhaka City Corporations have decided that businessmen will no longer be allowed to set up new commercial outlets at random in posh residential areas of the capital.
The decision came from a views-exchange meeting held in the capital’s Gulshan Club yesterday.
Bangladesh is preparing to purchase electricity on India’s open energy market in a bid to mitigate the country’s power crisis, ahead of peak demand in the summer.
According to a proposal signed by Power Division Secretary Monowar Hossain, India’s Jaiprakash Power Ventures will supply 40MW of electricity to Bangladesh across the Behrampur–Bheramara grid connection point.
The government is planning measurements to curb highway accidents based on a seven-year-old survey findings, which the surveying agency says is too old for such initiatives because changes may have occurred by this time.
If the relevant department of the government had been more sincere about taking care of these accident-prone places – black spots, as they are called in the survey – chances were high the overwhelming number of highway casualties could have been significantly lowered.
Around 20 international firms yesterday submitted expressions of interest (EoI) to implement two new land-based liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals.
The period to submit EoIs to set up LNG terminals at Moheshkhali in Cox’s Bazar and at Patuakhali’s Payra sea port expired yesterday.
“We got a major response from international firms.
Bangladesh face a major blow after fast bowling sensation Mustafizur Rahman suffered a side strain injury during the last game against Sri Lanka.
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) in a press release yesterday said dashing opener Tamim Iqbal will replace the injured fast bowler. Tamim has just returned to country after being blessed with a baby boy on Sunday in Bangkok.
The Appellate Division of Supreme Court has extended the stay on bail for lawyer Shakila Farzana until March 20, in two cases filed over financing militant organisation Shaheed Hamza Brigade.
A five-member Appellate Division bench, headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, passed the order yesterday moved by two government petitions.
Earlier on February 22, High Court granted bail to Shakila Farzana in the two cases. The next day, the government moved to the chamber judge which stayed the bail and placed it for a full bench hearing on February 29.
BNP leader Abdul Awal Mintoo, adviser to party chairperson Khaleda Zia, was granted bail yesterday in seven violence cases filed with three police stations in the capital.
Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Md Maruf Hossain granted him bail in five cases filed with Paltan police after he surrendered before the court and sought bail.
Metropolitan Magistrate Khurshid Alam also granted him bail in two other cases filed with Ramna and Shahbagh police after his surrender.
The foreign national charged in the ATM forgery scam, Piotr Szczepan Mazurek, attacked the Dhaka Tribune court correspondent Sanaul Islam Tipu around 4pm in the lower court premises yesterday.
The Polish-German national apparently became aggravated as Tipu attempted to photograph him outside the courtroom at the conclusion of the remand hearing.
The accused, with his right hand in handcuffs, hurled abuse at the reporter as he tried to carry out his professional duties, before lunging at him.
Detectives have identified two local men who helped Piotr Szczepan Mazurek withdraw money from ATM machines using cloned cards. The new suspects are under surveillance, said an investigator close to the case.
Requesting anonymity, the senior Detective Branch official told the Dhaka Tribune that two technology exper ts were present when Piotr, the prime suspect in the scam, withdrew money from a City Bank booth in the capital’s Kalshi area.
The new suspects would be arrested after a few details are verified, the official added.
Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha yesterday called upon politicians and ministers to refrain from making comments that could create a lack of trust among the people about the judiciary.
He said politicians term judiciary an organ of the government which is not correct.
“The judiciary is an organ of the state. Everybody should remain cautious about making comments to ensure that the judiciary is not undermined and its dignity is not damaged,” the chief justice said.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the conspiracy against democracy is on and the actors of the 1/11 political changeover of 2007 are still active.
“Their conspiracy is yet to come to an end. They want to come to power at any cost through undemocratic way,” she told the parliament in her valedictory speech of the 9th session of the 10th parliament.
She said army officer Chowdhury Fazlul Bari and ATM Amin tortured politicians, teachers, students and businessmen during the emergency regime of two years from January 2007.
Two children died yesterday after suffering from what their parents alleged was food poisoning caused by leftover restaurant food.
However, the exact cause of their deaths would be determined following an autopsy scheduled for today.
The deceased are 13-year-old Israt Jahan Arani, a class-five student of Viqarunnisa Noon School, and six-year-old Alvi Aman, a nursery student of a local private school.
A court in Habiganj yesterday remanded Shahed, accused of killing four children in the district’s Bahubal, for another three days.
Judge Kawsar Alam of Habiganj Senior Judicial Magistrate Court gave the order after Investigating Officer Moktadirul Alam produced Shahed before the court with a seven-day remand petition.
Shahed was put on a five-day remand on February 25 in the case.
Defence counsel advocate Trilok Kanti Chowdhury Bijon yesterday said the court remanded Shahed for three days to face police interrogation.
Almost all the mango trees in Chapainawabganj have already bloomed this year due to favourable weather, but growers are not happy as they are apprehending that they would have to incur huge losses this year like the last two years due to restriction on harvesting time.
Growers said wholesalers were not showing interest in buying mango orchards because many traders were not even able to recover the investment let alone make any profit in previous years.
A listed criminal was killed in a “gun fight” with the members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) at Kalikapur in Patuakhali early yesterday.
Deputy Director of RAB 8 in Patuakhali Assistant Superintendent of Police Fazlur Rahman said Golam Mawla Mridha, 35, an accused in 16 criminal cases, including murder, was killed in the “gun battle” between RAB members and his cohorts in Kalikapur area of Patuakhali town in the early hours of yesterday.
Any landlord who fails to submit information about their tenants within March 15 would be held responsible for any crime committed by lodgers inside their house, DMP Commissioner Asaduzzaman Miah has warned.
“If someone [landlord] does not provide information to the DMP on time, then they will be held responsible if it was later found that criminals were residing at their house without the concerned officials being informed,” the DMP boss told a press conference yesterday.
US Ambassador Marcia Bernicat has praised the hardworking Bangladeshis who are helping the country meet its nutrition demands and alleviate poverty.
During a visit to Satkhira yesterday, the diplomat observed that fish production at hatcheries and milks from farms were meeting local demand while many more become self-employed through the endeavour.
She lauded the efforts, saying Bangladeshis were hardworking, who knew how to turn the wheel of fortune. She said the US had been providing Bangladesh with food security assistance.
The government had over 300,000 jobs vacant as of December 2014, said Public Administration Minister Syed Ashraful Islam yesterday.
Replying to a query in Parliament, he said there were 302,904 vacant posts and the process of updating the list of vacancies was going on.
He added that among the vacant posts – 39,000 were first class posts, 30,422 second class, 163,417 fourth class and 69,501 were fifth class.
Replying to another query, the minister said currently there are 187 officers on special duty (OSD).
The government has imposed two-month ban on catching, selling and transportation of Ilis fry from today in the district.
Fishermen said they will have to face a tough situation this two months as they do not get sufficient help from the government.
According to Chandpur fisheries office sources, there are 41,032 registered fishermen in the district. Of them, 13,033 are in Haimchar, 7,726 in north Matlab, 3,592 in south Matlab and 16,691 in Chandpur Sadar.