- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said it will be easier to free this society from corruption by making the best use of technology.
The prime minister said this while simultaneously inaugurating the Upazila ICT Training and Resource Centres (UITRCEs) in 125 selected upazilas through a videoconference at her office.
Sheikh Hasina said it will also be easier to implement development projects quickly, strengthen monitoring and expedite the pace of development in the country by using technology.
A sex video uploaded on Facebook by the male participant has drawn an allegation of rape from the Habiganj schoolgirl in the clip who said she had been filmed without her consent.
In a rape complaint filed with Habiganj Sadar police station on Tuesday night, the schoolgirl alleged that she had been lured into having sex on a promise of marriage.
She said she was later threatened with public exposure, using the secret recording made of her, if she refused to continue having sex with her alleged rapist.
The Indian Border Security Force (BSF) has shot dead a Bangladeshi along the Chapainawabganj border.
Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) said the incident took place in Johurpur in the early hours of yesterday.
Benazir Ahmed, 25, a resident of Gaipara village, is the fifth Bangladeshi shot dead by the BSF so far this year. BGB 9 Battalion Commander Lt Col Ahmed Junayed Alam Khan said a BSF patrol from Chandnichak camp shot Benazir deadn when he was trying to cross the border around 1am.
Forensic experts’ suspicion that the two siblings from Dhaka’s Banasree might have been murdered get reinforced further as investigators yesterday said information provided by the parents and relatives did not match.
The Anti-Corruption Commission yesterday sued former Ekushey Television chairman Abdus Salam, accusing him of embezzling around Tk34 crore from the channel’s bank account through fake bill vouchers.
The case was filed by Deputy Director Shamsul Alam with the Tejgaon police station, ACC spokesman Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya said.
Case documents say during his term as the chairman of the TV channel, Salam misappropriated Tk33,34,94,286 through fake bill vouchers.
No BNP leader has chosen to challenge Khaleda Zia and her son Tarique Rahman for the party’s top two positions in the election scheduled for March 19 during the BNP’s sixth national council.
As the deadline for collecting nomination paper expired yesterday, only Khaleda and Tarique collected forms for the posts of chairperson and senior vice-chairman.
Once considered unthinkable here, the murder of children has become increasingly commonplace in Bangladesh.
In just the first two months of this year, 49 children were murdered. Over the last four years, 1,084 children were murdered, according to data from the Bangladesh Shishu Adhikar Forum (BSAF).
What is driving Bangladeshis to murder children?
The experts are not entirely sure.
The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) will finance the country’s first ever satellite Bangabandhu 1.
Thales Alenia Space, a French aerospace manufacturer and work order winner of Bangabandhu Satellite Implementation Project, has arranged this financing through a one-to-one discussion.
Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) signed a Tk2,967 crore agreement with Thales Alenia Space on November 11, 2015.
Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali yesterday met his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi and discussed various bilateral issues, including water and security.
The two ministers at the meeting, held at the office of Indian external affairs minister, discussed various issues of Bangladesh-India bilateral relations, including water resources, trade and commerce, security and border management.
The Energy and Mineral Resources Division (EMRD) will send a summary to the Prime Minister's Office to go ahead with the signing of a deal with a foreign joint venture to conduct a 2D multi-client seismic survey of the country's offshore areas.
“We will send the summary for the prime minister's approval for inking a deal with TGS-NOPEC and Schlumberger, a Norwegian-US joint venture, to carry out a 2D multi-client survey this week,” an EMRD deputy secretary told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday, requesting anonymity.
The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) will interrogate seven officials of National Housing Authority (NHA) in connection with an irregularity of plot distribution.
The national anti-graft agency yesterday sent a notice to the NHA chairman asking them to be present at the ACC head office on March 10, according to official sources.
The ACC will quiz NHA joint secretary Azaharul Haque, its director Shannewaz Chowdhury, deputy directors SM Tipu Sultan and Al Mamun, assistant director Mustafa Kamal, former chief engineer Amir Ali Mondol and Mohibur Rahman.
A Dhaka court yesterday rejected two petitions seeking bail and remand for journalist leader Shawkat Mahmud in a violence case, and directed police to interrogate him at jail gate.
Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate SM Masud Zaman gave the order after hearing the two petitions filed by police and the defence counsel.
The investigating officer, Sub-Inspector Subrata Guldarwas who was directed to grill Shawkat within three working days, filed one of the petitions seeking a 10-day remand order for the accused.
Dhaka airport's Customs officials yesterday seized 1,000 blank ATM cards imported from Hong Kong and collected by an unidentified person who could not be arrested.
Detectives said that they would investigate whether those cards were imported by the ATM forgery gang busted recently.
Customs Intelligence Joint Director Shafiur Rahman said that their officials were monitoring a person who had left the DHL counter in the airport with a bag around 11am. As they challenged him, the man fled the scene leaving the bag.
A Supreme Court lawyer yesterday served a legal notice seeking a speedy trial of the Narayanganj seven-murder case and the withdrawal of the public prosecutor who did not let journalists stay in courtroom during hearing of the case.
Lawyer Yunus Ali Akhand requested the government to establish the speedy trial tribunal within 72 hours, otherwise he would file a writ petition with the High Court seeking remedy.
In the notice, the lawyer said the seven murders were committed in Narayanganj on April 27, 2014, but the trial has not yet been concluded.
A Supreme Court lawyer yesterday served a legal notice urging to halt biometric registration for SIM cards, claiming that it violates the privacy of users.
Md Humayan Kabir Pallab, who served the notice on behalf of a resident of Segun Bagicha in the capital, said in the notice that the biometric data for SIM cards was likely to be used for criminal activities if it fell into the wrong hands.
The move will create a high risk if national and international criminal organisations, networks or syndicates get access to the database, read the notice.
The ruling Awami League will hold a grand rally at Suhrawardy Uddyan on March 7 to mark the day of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s historic call for the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971.
AL General Secretary Syed Ashraful Islam announced the rally after an internal meeting with Awami League and its affiliated bodies.
The meeting was held at the central Awami League office in the Bangbandhu Avenue of the capital yesterday evening.
There are around 2,00,000 buildings including several thousands high-rise buildings in the premier port city. However, it is alleged that most high-rise buildings do not abide by the rules.
As per Environment Conservation Act, it is mandatory to obtain Environment Clearance Certificate and Location Clearance Certificate from Department of Environment (DoE) for constructing a high-rise building.
Both the Chittagong Development Authority and the DoE could not come up with any information regarding the exact number of high-rise buildings in the city.
After being failed to realise money, some extortionists shot dead two youths at Bhagdi Moholla, Narsingdi municipality yesterday evening.
Police recovered the body of Arif Khandakar, 32, and Khokon Khandakar, 33, from the spot at night and sent those to morgue for autopsy, said Monjur Morshed, officer-in-charge of Narsingdi Sadar police station.
Quoting locals police said a group of extortionists had been demanding money from Rafique Islam, brother-in-law of Khokon, a resident of the area for long.
MA Mannan, the suspended mayor of the Gazipur City Corporation, has been released on bail.
He went home from Birdem hospital yesterday morning after securing bail from the High Court in 22 cases, his counsel Shahiduzzaman told the Dhaka Tribune.
Mannan, suffering from various ailments, was shifted to Birdem from Kashimpur jail on May 21 last year.
Several BNP leaders yesterday greeted him at the hospital gate after his release.
Maximum roads in the district have been lying in dilapidated condition due to lack of repairs and maintenance.
Sources said Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) had constructed 150 roads in four upazilas of the district few years ago.
Of them, Charmuguria-Srinodi, Bhurghata-Shashikar-Chalanbeel, Madaripur-Kalkini, Kalkini-Sahebrampur-Koira, Kalkinai-Enaetnagar-Bashgari, Kuldip-Jhaudi-Kalkini, Tekerhat-Kabirajpur, Tekerhat-Kadambari, Rajoir-Srinodi, Madaripur-Shibchar roads have been lying in deteriorating situation.