- November 19, 2017
Bangladesh has sought the British government’s initiative to bring back its visa office to Dhaka from New Delhi to help boost people-to-people contact and business ties between the two countries.
Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed raised the issue when British High Commissioner in Dhaka Alison Blake met him at his Secretariat office yesterday.
Indications of what is going to happen to Bangladesh Bank Governor Atiur Rahman in a follow-up to the hacking of Bangladesh Bank's reserve fund are likely to come as Finance Minister AMA Muhith holds a press conference today.
Yesterday evening Muhith held a meeting with the secretaries of the Finance and Bank divisions at his Secretariat office to finalise a four-member inquiry committee to investigate the hacking of the central bank's reserve funds, sources said.
Former Bangladesh Bank governor Mohammed Farashuddin was made the head of the inquiry committee.
Bombarded with criticisms on how he handled the country's biggest ever cyber theft, Bangladesh Bank Governor Atiur Rahman returned to Bangladesh yesterday from a three-day trip to New Delhi.
Throughout the day, speculations ran wild about the fate of the central bank chief and what would be discussed at today's scheduled emergency board meeting of the bank.
But soon after he landed in the afternoon, Atiur cancelled the meeting; he also spoke with the finance minister over phone.
A foreign security firm will be brought in to beef up the security at Hazrat Shahjajal International Airport and raise it to international standards.
The step is a part of the government's short term initiatives to meet the conditions outlined by the UK.
The decision came in the wake of the UK's suspension of direct cargo flights from here over security concerns.
Zarif Bin Newaz, the boy injured in a gas explosion in which he lost his parents on February 26, is desperately looking for his parents.
“Where is my mother? I also don’t know the condition of my brother; would you please take me to them?” he was repeatedly asking his relatives.
The 11-year-old Zarif still does not know the tragic gas explosion not only took his parents’ lives it also killed his two brothers.
He is now passing days by watching cartoon and playing games in his maternal uncle’s house.
Right activists yesterday claimed to have found evidence of negligence by investigators looking into the death of a 15-year-old female housemaid in Dhaka.
Chairman of Bangladesh Society for the Enforcement of Human Right (BSEHR) Sigma Huda accused police of showing extreme negligence from the beginning.
A dispute over the construction of a mosque at Korpora village in Noakhali’s Sonaimuri uapzila led to a clash between the villagers and local members of Hizb-ut Tawhid yesterday, resulting in the death of at least three people, two of whom were the members of the banned Islamist outfit.
The deceased were identified as Hizb-ut Tawheed members Ibrahim Khan Rubel, 27, and Md Solaiman, 24, and day labourer Mozibul Haque, 48, police sources told the Dhaka Tribune.
Philippine Securities and Exchange Commission Chairperson Teresita Herbosa, a member of that country’s Anti-Money Laundering Council, is sure that at least some of the money illegally taken from the Bangladesh Bank (BB) account at the Federal Reserve of New York will be recovered.
“I’m sure somehow, some of it will be recovered,” ABS-CBN News quoted Herbosa as saying yesterday.
Civil Aviation Secretary Khurshed Alam Chowdhury has been transferred to the Planning Commission, as the UK’s March 31 deadline for improving cargo facilities and airport security draws nearer.
Planning Commission member SM Golam Farok is replacing Khurshed.
The move came a day after Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) chairman Air Vice Marshal Sanaul Huq was replaced by Air Vice Marshal Ahsanul Goni Chowdhury.
On March 10, the UK embargoed direct cargo flights from Dhaka on aviation security grounds.
A first-year student Jahangirnagar University (JU) student fell sick due to alleged mental and physical harassment by Bangladesh Chhatra League leaders on Sunday night.
Teachers and students formed a human chain on campus yesterday protesting against freshers' harassment in the name of ragging.
A source said Md Shariful Islam of Mir Mosharrof Hossain Hall was sent to the medical centre after physical assault. BCL activists prevented journalists from approaching the victim.
The High Court yesterday issued a ruling questioning why the collection of citizen’s information through biometric registration for the purchase and use of mobile SIM cards should not be declared illegal.
The law secretary, Election Commission, the telecom secretary, the BTRC chairman and the chief executive officers of Grameenphone, Robi Axiata Ltd, Airtel Bangladesh Ltd, Teletalk Bangladesh Ltd, Pacific Bangladesh Ltd (Citycell), and Orascom Bangladesh Ltd have made respondents to the ruling.
A Dhaka court yesterday put five members of banned militant outfit Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) on a five-day remand each in a case filed with Jatrabari police station under the Anti-terrorism Act.
The five are chief of JMB’s Mymensingh unit Hujaifa Akand alias Shaheen alias Siyam, Yasin Ali alias Shafique, Mamunur Rashid, Abul Hashem and Shafiul Islam Khalid. RAB arrested the five during a raid in the capital’s Demra on Saturday.
Bangladesh has identified 16 more rivers as trans-boundary rivers between Bangladesh and India, and will soon ask India to recognise them.
Most of the newly identified common rivers are located at the north and north-east part of the country bordered with the Indian states of Assam, Meghalaya and Tripura.
Currently, among Bangladesh, India and Myanmar there are a total of 57 rivers recognised by all sides as trans-boundary rivers.
Of them, 54 are shared between Bangladesh and India and the rest with Myanmar.
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced four people to life imprisonment for killing Md Selim, a farmer, in Savar in 2004.
The convicts – Salem Uddin, 42, Kuzrat Ali, 38, Abdur Rauf, 45, and Md Waz Uddin, 45 – were also fined Tk10,000 each, and will have to serve another six months in jail for failure to pay the money.
Judge of Dhaka 5 District and Session Court Jewel Rana handed down the verdict in a packed courtroom in the presence of the four men.
Consumers Association of Bangladesh President Ghulam Rahman speaks to the Dhaka Tribune on the eve of World Consumer Rights Day about the state of consumer rights in Bangladesh. He says the right of the public to the environmental benefits of the Sundarbans, a public good, could be threatened by the Rampal plant construction. The former Energy Regulatory Commission chairman and ACC chairman says the government is not interested to reduce the prices of local petroleum products although citizens have the right to enjoy the benefits of falling prices in the international market.
A Dhaka court has accepted the supplementary charge sheet in Jubo League leader Reazul Haque Khan Milky's murder case.
Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Md Asaduzzaman Nur yesterday also issued arrest warrants against the six absconding accused in the case.
The court further ordered the police station concerned to submit a report on April 25 on the execution of the arrest warrants in the case.
The Supreme Court has stayed BNP senior leader Mirza Abbas’ bail in a graft case for a week, halting his release from prison.
A five-member bench of the Appellate Division, led by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, issued the order yesterday in response to a petition filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).
The apex court also asked the ACC to file a leave-to-appeal petition against the High Court’s bail order within a week.
On March 9, the High Court granted bail to Abbas in the graft case.
Bangladesh will start importing 100 megawatt (MW) of electricity from the Indian state of Tripura on March 23 under no-electricity, no-payment method.
Director General of Power Cell Mohammad Hossain told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday that Bangladesh will start receiving 100MW power from the 726MW gas based thermal Palatana power plant in Tripura from March 23.
“We have already fixed the per unit electricity price with the Tripura government at Tk6.43 per unit, excluding wheeling charges,” he said.
The fourth convocation of the State University of Bangladesh (SUB) will be held at the International Convention City Bashundhara in the capital tomorrow.
A total of 1,855 students of nine disciplines under School of Business and Social Studies, Faculty of Science and Technology and Faculty of Health Sciences, who graduated between Spring 2014 and Fall 2015 semesters, will be conferred their degrees at the event, according to a press release issued by the university.
Under the shelter of influential Awami League members and police, hawkers have occupied footpaths in front of Rabindra Sarobar in the capital’s Dhanmondi, which is under the jurisdiction of Dhaka South City Corporation.
Hawkers said they do business every day from morning till afternoon with the permission of local leaders of the Awami League and its associate bodies. They also said they pay bribes to police for allowing them to use footpaths for business.