- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
The suspected perpetrators of the $100 million heist of Bangladesh Bank funds deposited at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York this February opened dollar-denominated accounts last May.
And then they sat and waited.
For what? A long weekend.
Members of other parties – including a former member of the current government’s Awami League – have also been tried by the tribunalThe vernacular US daily, the Washington Times, ran a thought-provoking article of Sajeeb Wazed Joy, Prime Minister’s ICT advisor, where he said that those guilty of genocide in Bangladesh’s ‘liberation war’ are called to account.
“Bangladesh’s International Crimes Tribunal’s (ICT) is sometimes a target of criticism from outsiders. But these war crimes trials are overwhelmingly popular at home,” Joy stated in his article published on Monday and visited by several thousand readers.
Beximco Communications Limited is going to launch country’s first Direct-to-Home (DTH) service on the Bengali New Year.
DTH is a method of receiving television signal directly at home from satellites via dish antennas.
The service will be launched under the brand name RealVU in different divisional headquarters including Dhaka.
Dmitry Lapitskiy, CEO of Beximco Communications, made the announcement at a press conference yesterday.
The High Court is set to deliver its verdict on May 5 in a writ petition filed challenging the legality of the 16th amendment to the constitution for restoring parliament’s authority to impeach the Supreme Court judges for misconduct and incapability.
A special bench of Justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury, Justice Quazi Reza-Ul Hoque
and Justice Md Ashraful Kamal fixed the date yesterday after completing hearing in a rule issued by the court earlier.
Attorney General Mahbubey Alam represented the state while Manzill Murshid stood for the petitioners.
Mobile phone usage has become costlier as the mobile phone operators have started to collect 1% surcharge on the amount paid by their subscribers for obtaining services using Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) and Removable User Identity Module (RUIM) cards, as well as memory cards.
The Value-Added Tax (VAT) wing of the National Board of Revenue (NBR) issued the rules on March 8 to implement the decision.
Rights activist Sultana Kamal has claimed that people grabbing land belonging to the indigenous community are using the name of pro-liberation forces.
“If the ‘Muktijuddher Pokkher Shakti’ [pro-liberation forces] is doing this then [guess] what the anti-liberation people will do!” she said at a media briefing in Dhaka yesterday before unveiling a report on land grabbing and attack on the minority in Dinajpur’s Parbatipur.
A Dhaka court yesterday placed former Ekushey Television (ETV) chairman Abdus Salam on remand for three days in a case filed over the embezzlement of around Tk34cr.
Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Khurshid Alam passed the order when Anti-Corruption Commission Deputy Director Shamsul Alam produced Salam before the court seeking a 10-day remand.
The court also rejected Salam's counsel Ehsanul Haque Shamaji plea to reject the remand sought.
A Dhaka court has handed down life imprisonment to four Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) militants for their role in the 2005 series bomb blast.
Judge Momtaz Begum of Speedy Trial Tribunal 3 yesterday also slapped a Tk20,000 fine each on Kawsar Alam Sumon, Yunus Mia Kawsar, Mehedi Habib Mohammad Rafiq, and Ashraf alias Ashraful Islam alias Sharif.
All but Sharif are in police custody. The court acquitted eight others.
The cabinet committee to resolve pay scale disparities has decided that the entry level pay for newly appointed all cadre, non cadre and directly appointed officer-level staff at different government owned organisations will be set at the ninth grade.
The cadre officers however, will receive additional payments compared to non-cadres.
A private hospital in the city accused of keeping a lifeless child in the ICU to extract money from its parents has sought time from the High Court to explain its actions.
Dr Junayed Shafique and Dr Nayeem Ahmed, respectively the chairman and the managing director of Japan Bangladesh Friendship Hospital, appeared before a High Court bench yesterday.
The court ordered them to appear again on March 27 after they sought more time.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has directed Bangladesh Army to keep a “constant vigilance” to face “internal and external threats” for safeguarding the country’s sovereignty.
The premier made the statement while addressing the flag-hoisting function of seven units including 2 Infantry Brigade of 10 Infantry Division of the army at Ramu Cantonment in Cox’s Bazar yesterday.
The ACC has sued the self-styled richest person in Bangladesh, Moosa Bin Shamsher, accusing him of providing false information regarding assets in a Swiss bank and land ownership in Savar and Gazipur.
The controversial businessman had earlier told the Anti-Corruption Commission that he had $12bn frozen in Swiss bank accounts, but later failed to prove his claim.
The Dhaka Metropolitan Police have withdrawn four of its members for alleged sexual harassment of a woman.
The accused – Sub-inspector Rafiqul Islam, assistant sub-inspectors Abdul Khalek, Murad Hossain, and Constable Asaduzzaman – were posted at Rampura police station.
Acting on a tip-off, they went to a house at Boubazar on February 29 to investigate allegations that a woman was running a prostitution ring, police sources said.
The government has appointed Iqbal Mahmud, former senior secretary of Economic Relations Division, as the chairman of Anti-Corruption Commission.
Additional secretary of Cabinet Division, Maksudur Rahman Patwari, confirmed this to the Dhaka Tribune. A gazette notification was also issued yesterday regarding the appointment.
Iqbal Mahmud will get salary, allowances, facilities and status like a judge of the Supreme Court’s Appellate Division, reads the gazette.
The Parliamentary Standing Committee of the Ministry for Expatriate Welfare and Overseas Employment yesterday recommended the formation of specialised insurance companies to ensure expatriates are insured before leaving the country.
“Our labourers become victims of many accidents abroad and many even die there. After such incidents, the victims’ families fall into trouble. If the labourers have insurance, then they will be secure, and that's why the committee recommended this,” Mahjabin Morshed, a committee member, told the Dhaka Tribune.
One of the country's leading real estate and housing company Sheltech will start its “Sheltech Anniversary Fair 2016” on March 12 and it will continue till March 31.
Sheltech Managing Director Dr Toufiq M Seraj made the announcement yesterday at a press conference held at the company's new apartment project “Bithika” at Mazar Road in the capital's Mirpur, which is also the location of the fair.
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and World Alliance have urged governments around the world to act fast in order to phase down the use of mercury-based in dental amalgam.
They emphasised the national implementation plan for successfully implementing the dental amalgam phase-down measures under the Minamata Convention on Mercury, they revealed yesterday on a side event of a UN mercury treaty meeting in Jordan, according to a press release issued yesterday.
Francophonie Festival 2016 is all set to begin today in Dhaka and Chittagong amid a festive environment.
Every year, one month after “Ekushey February,” the Francophone community celebrates and promotes worldwide the use of the French language as well as cultural and linguistic diversity.
In the framework of the 2016 edition, the Francophone diplomatic missions in Bangladesh, together with Alliances Française in Dhaka and Chittagong, are set to offer a rich programme of activities from March 11 to 20.
Four alleged members of a pirate gang, including its ringleader, were killed in a ‘gunfight’ with members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) and Bangladesh Coast Guard in the Sundarbans yesterday morning.
The month-long Chittagong International Trade Fair is going to be inaugurated today at Railway Polo Ground in the city. The Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry is organising the fair for the 24th time in the premier port city.
Commerce Minister Tofayel Ahmed will attend the inaugural ceremony as the chief guest while Housing and Public Works Minister Engr Mosharraf Hossain MP will inaugurate the fair.