- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
A Dhaka court yesterday once more placed Mahfuza Malek Jasmine on five-day remand in a case filed over the murder of her two children in the capital’s Banasree area.
Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Alamgir Kabir Raj passed the order after DB inspector Lokman Hakim, also investigation officer (IO) of the case, produced Mahfuza before the court seeking 10-day remand for interrogation.
Mahfuza’s counsel Safayet Ali filed a bail petition with the remand rejection petition before the court.
Labelling the proposed coal power plants near the Sundarbans as “projects against national interests,” Prof Anu Muhammad, member secretary of the National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports, has again urged the government to immediately stop implementing the initiatives.
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia moved the High Court yesterday seeking the scrapping of the Zia Charitable Graft case against her.
Her counsel Mahbub Uddin Khokon filed the petition to scrap the case proceedings, citing “irregularities” in the appointment of the investigating officer (IO). The petition said while appointing the IO, the government did not comply with Section 20 (1) of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Act.
Upon completing the investigation into the much-talked-about murder of 11-year-old Abdullah, Keraniganj model police yesterday pressed a charge sheet against six accused people.
Keraniganj model police station Sub-Inspector Md Shafiqul Islam, also the investigation officer, submitted the charge sheet at Dhaka’s Chief Judicial Magistrate Court, said Court Inspector Md Asaduzzaman.
The six accused are Md Khorshed Alam, Mehedi Hasan Shamim, Mithu Akhter, Kaikobad, Nasima Begum and Zahirul Islam. Nasima and Zahirul are on the run.
A cabinet committee on public purchase has approved a decision to purchase 140MW electricity from Indian open market.
A meeting of the cabinet committee on public purchase presided over by Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday cleared the Power Division proposal to import electricity from India.
After the meeting, Additional Secretary Mustafizur Rahman told reporters the cabinet committee had approved two proposals to import electricity from India.
Speakers at a token hunger strike yesterday demanded a separate land commission for indigenous people living in plain lands.
The hunger strike was organised by Bangladesh Adivasi Forum, Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Citizens’ Committee and CHT Headman Network at the Central Shaheed Minar in the capital.
They also demanded the full implementation of the CHT accord signed between the then Awami League government and Parbatya Chattagram Jana Samhati Samiti back in 1997.
Private mobile phone operator Banglalink is laying off 468 employees today as part of a major overhaul to “build a digital organisation to carry out its digital vision.”
It announced the Voluntary Separation Scheme (VSS) last month. Sources claimed the management had told employees to apply for VSS and warned that some of them would lose jobs otherwise. Many applied, fearing they would be sacked and denied VSS benefits.
Motorcyclist Rowson Jamir was hit by an oncoming train yesterday morning when he tried to race past a rail crossing gate at Khilkhet area.
Though the gate had fallen and the speeding train was seconds away, the 39-year-old teacher of a Gazipur area school made the attempt and paid the price.
Rowson fell from the motorbike which was dragged down the tracks by the train. Locals rushed him to Kurmitola General Hospital where the doctor declared him dead.
The British authorities have informed the Bangladesh government that unless there is visible improvement in security situation by March 31, the direct flight of Biman between Dhaka and London will be banned.
British Prime Minister David Cameron in a letter to his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina stated that an improvement plan must be developed and delivered by March 31 to avoid further measure like banning of direct Biman flights from Dhaka to London.
The UK government yesterday banned direct cargo movement between Dhaka and London.
The BSCCL has the capacity to export up to 50Gbps of bandwidth
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi are scheduled to formally inaugurate Bangladesh’s bandwidth export to India on March 23.
“It would be a gala ceremony to mark the maiden export of bandwidth, in which Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Prime Minister Naredra Modi will formally inaugurate bandwidth export through video conferencing,” said Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Limited (BSCCL) Managing Director Monwar Hossain.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked the Bangladesh Hi-Tech Park Authority to build up the Kaliakoir Hi Tech Park as a complete ICT city protecting the ecological aspects of the area.
She gave the directives in the first meeting of the governing body of the Bangladesh Hi-Tech Park Authority at her office on Wednesday.
A cargo plane crashed in the Bay of Bengal yesterday, killing three crew members – all of them foreign nationals. The pilot of the aircraft survived, but remains in a critical condition.
The cargo aircraft was carrying shrimp fry when it crashed within five minutes of taking off around 9:30am from the Cox’s Bazar airport. It was supposed to fly to Jessore but crashed at the Naziratek Point of the bay, five kilometres off the resort town.
An attempt of laundering $870 million, in addition to already stolen $100m from Bangladesh Bank, was foiled in February thanks to international banks' recalling of an order to transfer the amount to local banks in the Philippines.
Just a few days ago $81m had been suspected to have been stolen from the central bank of Bangladesh and managed to enter the Philippine banks. The amount was already released to the local clients of Rizal Commercial Banking Corp (RCBC), revealed a report by Philippine daily the Inquirer yesterday.
Inspired by opening batsman Tamim Iqbal and later by the pacemen, Bangladesh started their 2016 World Twenty20 qualifying campaign on a winning note defeating a highly-motivated Netherlands side by a narrow margin of eight runs yesterday.
There is no alternative to enriching one’s knowledge than reading books. Although technology has made life easier to access and read books, the reading of books will always take precedence, said education minister Nurul Islam Nahid.
He made this statement at a reception recognising 71 authors of books published by University Grants Commission of Bangladesh (UGC) at its premises in the capital yesterday.
“The more improved our reading skills, the better we will be able to explain and communicate with others,” he added.
The Supreme Court yesterday commuted the death sentence of a member of the banned militant outfit Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) in a case filed for the bomb attack on a judge in Sylhet in 2005.
A four-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain reduced the death penalty of Akhtaruzzaman and order him to jail until death. He passed the order after hearing an appeal filed by the JMB man against his death penalty which was upheld by the High Court.
The High Court yesterday granted bail to former BNP minister Mirza Abbas in a corruption case.
The bench of Justice Md Ruhul Quddus and Justice Mahmudul Hoque granted the bail after hearing a petition.
His lawyer Sagir Hossain Leon said that Abbas, also a member of the BNP's Standing Committee, was sent to jail on January 6 after he had surrendered before it in the case. After the High Court order, there is no bar for his release from jail.
Chhatra Dal man killed, scores injured across country
Campaigning for the upcoming union parishad (UP) elections has reached its peak with stray incidents of violence across the country that left one person dead and scores injured yesterday.
In Pirojpur, a leader of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal was killed and another was injured as supporters of an Awami League candidate attacked him while he was returning home from conducting a campaign at Raghunathpur village, Nazirpur upazila early yesterday.
A court in Chittagong yesterday sentenced six persons to death on charge of killing a student of Chittagong Government High School in 2011.
The convicts are Mahmudul Islam, Sunil Das, Mizanur Rahman Chowdhury, Md Hossen alias Sagor, Nazrul Islam and Md Selim. Of them, Sunil is a relative of the victim.
Life in the capital Dhaka and elsewhere in the country was almost normal despite a nationwide hartal called by Jamaat-e-Islami, a day after the Supreme Court’s Appellate Division upheld the death penalty of their leader Mir Quasem Ali for his 1971 crimes against humanity.
Local sources said passenger buses in all routes alongside the private cars operated as usual while presence in offices and business establishments were normal in the capital and other major cities.