- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
It was around 3am on March 9 when a homeless woman, who sleeps on the pavement in front of the Wapda Colony in Paribagh area of the capital, saw a microbus stopped nearby. A woman came down and left the scene in a hurry leaving behind something wrapped with a white cloth.
The vagrant woman became alert as soon as she heard a baby crying from inside the piece of cloth. She went closer and found a baby boy.
Direct cargo flights between Bangladesh and UK are likely to remain suspended well beyond March pending airport security requirements within March 31.
Although Civil Aviation Minister Rashed Khan Menon has repeatedly said the government will be able to complete all tasks within the stipulated deadline, it is unlikely that formalities will be complete by the month end.
Rafiq Azad, one of the most prolific and versatile poets of Bangla literature, died yesterday at the capital’s Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU). He was 73.
Azad, perhaps known to most by his incendiary poem “Bhat Dey Haramjada, Noile Manchitro Khabo,” written during the 1974 famine, was a freedom fighter who remained an embodiment of the nation’s struggle against injustice and oppression throughout his life.
About 78% of the former and current employees in the banking sector of Bangladesh are involved with the financial fraudulence, according to a new study.
Around 3% investment of the banks goes to IT security, 64% to hardware, 13% network and rest 20% to software, the study by Bangladesh Institute of Bank Management (BIMB) reveals.
The findings were disclosed by an IT expert and BIBM Associate Professor Md Mahbubur Rahman at a discussion on Cyber Security, arranged by FinExcel, an advisory firm to the financial markets, in the city yesterday.
The journey so far for Bangladesh has been a sound one in the 2016 World Twenty20. Backed by a winning momentum, they started with a narrow victory against the Netherlands, only to be rocked instantly by the suspected bowling actions of two of their key bowlers – Taskin Ahmed and Arafat Sunny. The rain then denied them of a positive result against Ireland.
Insertion of graphic health warnings on the packages of tobacco-based products will be implemented from March 19 to create awareness of the adverse effects of tobacco among users, said Health Family Welfare Minister Mohammed Nasim.
An circular in this regard will be issued before March 19 in all upazilas under all districts, said the minister at a discussion at CIRDAP auditorium in the capital yesterday afternoon.
The portion of a Gulshan road which subsided on Friday had collapsed because of negligence from Rajuk-appointed contractors working on the development of Gulshan-Banani-Baridhara Lake, locals have alleged.
Tenants and flat owners living on Road 55 in Gulshan 2, where the lake-adjacent collapsed road is located, claimed that contractors working there had failed to put up any protection fence for preventing a landslide at the work site.
Authorities concerned also admitted that there was no protective measure in place when the road collapsed.
The Malaysian government has decided to halt the recruitment of new foreign workers into the country, including the 1.5 million new Bangladeshi workers who were supposed to get employment opportunities there.
The decision comes nearly a month after Bangladesh signed a deal to send 1.5m workers to Malaysia under Government to Government Plus mechanism.
At least four people suspected to be robbers were beaten to death while two others were gravely injured by an angry mob at Chairman Ghat in Hatiya upazila, Noakhali yesterday.
Three police members were also injured in the incident, sources said.
The deceased were identified as Akbar Siddiq, 28, from Joypurhat, Ashiqur Rahman, 27, and his younger brother Saiful Islam Sujon 25, from Govindaganj in Dinajpur, and Sunam, 25, from Chapainawabganj.
The BNP charter is being amended to fix the job responsibilities of the senior vice-chairman post, currently occupied by Tarique Rahman, the party said yesterday.
“We have made Tarique Rahman inactive organisationally in the party as he was not assigned any specific duty… So, we want to fix Tarique Rahman’s job responsibility and make him more active in the party,” Goyeshwar Chandra Roy, a standing committee member of the party, told a discussion at the party’s Nayapaltan headquarters.
At least 13 people, including eight members of a family, sustained severe burn injuries in two separate gas cylinder explosions in Brahmanbaria and Dhaka city.
In Brahmanbaria's Sarail upazila, a family of eight, including three children, received burns in the explosion around 8pm yesterday.
The injured family members are Abul Kalam, 30, Shiuly Begum, 30, Jarina Begum, 30, Ekhlas Mia, 20, Ibrahim Mia, 17, Abdur Rahman Ratan, 9, Taslima, 7, and Yamin, 6.
A Dhaka court has granted investigators five days to interrogate an assistant police sub-inspector over the shooting of a cable operator in Dhaka's Khilgaon.
Metropolitan Magistrate Pronab Kumar Bhui gave the order yesterday after investigation officer Md Anwar Hossain sought court permission to question ASI Shamim Reza for 10 days in custody.
Noting that the appeal of the historic March 7 speech of Bangabandhu is an unfading one, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged the young generation to listen to it repeatedly to draw inspirations from it to build themselves as worthy citizens.
The prime minister said this while addressing a seminar at Krishibid Institution, Bangladesh, on the historic March 7 speech of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
A student of Chittagong University had his leg severed under the university-bound shuttle train on Friday night.
Amirul Islam Anik, a third year student of Bangla department, was admitted to Chittagong Medical College Hospital in critical condition, university authorities said. His right leg was severed from the ankle after falling under the train.
Dhaka district CNG-run Autorickshaw Drivers Union will enforce a 24-hour strike in the capital from 6am today to press home their demands.
The decision was taken at a meeting held at its Dhalpur office in the city with its President Md Rafique in the chair yesterday morning.
The meeting decided to enforce the strike from 6am today to 6am tomorrow to press home its seven-point demand, said Md Kamal Ahmed, general secretary of the organisation.
Green activists marching towards the Sundarbans to protest against the construction of coal-based power plants and other industrial units near the mangrove forest have vowed to continue their movement until the initiatives are scrapped.
The activists reached Khulna city from Jessore yesterday noon. They brought out a procession on Khulna-Jessore Highway and later held a rally at Hadis Park in the afternoon.
On the concluding day of the four-day event, the mass procession is set to reach Katakhali of Rampal in Bagerhat today.
Speakers at a seminar yesterday identified fear as the biggest challenge for students studying in Bangladeshi madrasas.
They said the fear of questioning and the fear of being questioned were two major fears working among madrasa students.
The observations came at a seminar at the Brac Centre yesterday, organised jointly of World Faiths Development Dialogue, Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs, and Brac University’s department of Economics and Social Sciences.
Day one of the International Conference on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific, (ICAAP) 12, organised for the first time in Bangladesh, was marked by mismanagement.
The largest international AIDS forum was inaugurated in the afternoon by President Md Abdul Hamid.
The registered foreign delegates attending the conference however complained about mismanagement on the very first day.
Bangladesh pace bowling coach Heath Streak believes there is nothing wrong with pacer Taskin Ahmed’s bowling action. Taskin, along with spinner Arafat Sunny came under the radar of the International Cricket Council after match referee Andy Pycroft reported their actions following the first round match against the Netherlands in the 2016 World Twenty20 in Dharamsala last Wednesday.
Streak informed that following the report, the Bangladesh coaching staff worked on Taskin’s visuals, trying to explore if there is anything wrong, but had failed in their pursuit.
Some 500 magistrates will be appointed to curb election violence and breaches to the polls code during the first phase balloting of the union parishad elections.
Five magistrates will conduct mobile court to punish polling irregularities for four days in each of 102 upazilas, where 736 UPs are going to polls, slated for March 22.