- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
The 15-day countdown for war criminal Motiur Rahman Nizami started yesterday after the Supreme Court released its full verdict that upheld the death penalty for the Jamaat-e-Islami chief.
Nizami can move a review petition with the apex court in a last ditch attempt to escape the noose. Attorney General Mahbubey Alam said the countdown would start from the day of receiving a copy of the full verdict. The apex court released the 153-page judgment after its four judges concerned signed the verdict.
Bangladesh limited-over captain Mashrafe bin Mortaza yesterday said his charges can barely wait to play in the historic Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
The Tigers have only ever played at the venue once before in 1990 against Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup. But the men in red and green will get the golden opportunity of strutting their stuff at the 66,000 capacity stadium when they lock horns with sub-continent rival Pakistan today in a Group 2 encounter of the 2016 World Twenty20.
Kane Williamson’s gamble to compromise on speed and pick three specialist spinners paid off as New Zealand humbled hosts India by 47 runs in a spin-dominated Super 10 contest of the World Twenty20 yesterday.
Opting to bat first, New Zealand posted 126-7 in the Group Two contest on a prodigiously turning track at Nagpur’s VCA Stadium, seemingly a below-par total against the host nation who are famed for their proficiency against spin bowling.
In India women side’s warm-up routine before the match, Team Red, led by Harmanpreet Kaur and Veda Krishnamurthy, convincingly beat Team Blue in a game of touch rugby. However, the team in blue were the one smiling at the end of the opening match of the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 between India and Bangladesh women at the M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore yesterday.
Harmanpreet and Krishnamurthy certainly starred for India in their 72-run demolition of Bangladesh, but their other teammates in red, Mithali Raj and Vanitha VR, did their share of work too.
Poor defending and silly goalkeeping from Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club overshadowed their superb display upfront as the Bangladesh top-flight champions conceded a 4-3 defeat against FA Selangor in a thrilling AFC Cup encounter at Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
With a spectacular goal and two assists, Gambian midfielder Landing Darboe had one of his finest days but a careless blunder by custodian Shahidul Alam Sohel and a below-average display by the defenders provided him with bitter memories by the end of the day.
Bangladesh will leave here for Abu Dhabi today ahead of their upcoming 2018 Fifa World Cup second round qualifier away to Jordan, scheduled for March 24. The Bengal Tigers will depart at 9:45pm.
Before their World Cup qualifying match, Bangladesh will contest a Fifa international friendly against the UAE this Friday. The men in red and green are expected to leave for Amman, Jordan this Monday.
A highly boosted Bangladesh will begin their second phase of the ICC World Twenty20 2016 against Pakistan at Eden Gardens in Kolkata today. Bangladesh are heading into the second round of the tournament backed by wins against the Netherlands and Oman.
The last time they met Pakistan in the T20 format – in the Asia Cup T20 earlier this month – the Tigers had registered a five-wicket victory to throw the opposition out of the tournament and set up a final date with India.
Dae’sh or Islamic State group yesterday claimed that their members had killed a top Shia preacher in Jhenaidah on Monday night – a claim the authorities reject.
The latest victim, mentioned by Dae’sh as Abdul Razzaq, 45, was a homoeopathic medicine practitioner at Kaliganj of the district.
The Appellate Division yesterday adjourned hearing on a contempt of court rule against Food Minister Qamrul Islam and Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque until March 20.
The ministers tendered unconditional apology for their comments about the chief justice, the attorney general and the judiciary before filing time petitions on Monday.
A nine-member bench headed by Chief Justice SK Sinha granted the pleas and ordered them to appear before it on March 20. It issued the contempt rule on March 8.
The Bangladesh Bank authorities finally filed a case over last month’s digital heist of $101 million from its account with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York yesterday.
On behalf of the central bank, its Joint Director (accounts and budgeting department) Jubair Bin Huda filed the case against unidentified people with Motijheel police around 4pm. Later the case was transferred to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), which has an economic crime squad to deal with such issues.
Atiur Rahman, who tendered his resignation as Bangladesh Bank governor to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday, said he made the decision out of moral responsibility over the $101 million cyber-heist at the central bank.
The newly formed three-member investigation committee will try to find out why Bangladesh Bank authorities kept the $101m cyber heist a secret and also look into whether central bank officials were involved or negligent in the hacking of reserve funds.
M Aslam Alam, before being removed yesterday from the post of the secretary of Bank and Financial Institutions Division, told the Dhaka Tribune that the probe committee will also advise the government on protecting Bangladesh Bank reserve funds from further hacking.
The Rizal Commercial Banking Corp allowed the withdrawal of the bulk of the funds suspected to have been stolen by computer hackers from the Bangladesh Bank despite having received an order from its counterpart banks abroad to stop the payment.
This was revealed during the Senate investigation on the $81-million money laundering activity that has put into question the efficacy of the country’s laws to guard against the entry of dirty funds.
Fazle Kabir, a former finance secretary who has been serving as the Sonali Bank chairman, was made the new governor of Bangladesh Bank yesterday.
Bank and Financial Institutions Division Secretary Dr M Aslam Alam was made an OSD yesterday as part of actions taken in connection with the cyber-heist of $101 million from Bangladesh Bank's reserve fund.
After a pre-budget meeting yesterday, Finance Minister AMA Muhith informed reporters that Aslam Alam had been made an OSD (officer on special duty) because his division was responsible for monitoring the central bank.
An official at the Bank and Financial Institutions Division alleged that Aslam was made a scapegoat.
Businessman Kim Wong, who is among 6 traders under probe for money laundering, left Philippines even before the story on the infusion of $81 million of stolen money into the banking system broke.
Wong, according to sources at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), left on March 4 on Philippine Airlines flight PR 300 to Hong Kong. His flight left around 6pm.
Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) standing committee member ASM Hannan Shah yesterday said not only the Bangladesh Bank governor, but also the prime minister, finance minister and others involved should resign for the theft of a large money reserve from Bangladesh Bank.
He also demanded a judicial inquiry into the financial scandal to punish the culprits.
The High Court yesterday rejected the petition filed by sacked RAB official Lt Col (retd) Tarek Sayeed Mohammad for scrapping the trial against him in one of the two Narayanganj seven-murder cases.
The bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Amir Hossain passed the order. “We are not convinced to issue a rule in this regard. The petition is rejected summarily,” the court said in the order.
The court concluded the hearing on March 13 and kept yesterday for pronouncing the order.
The Tangail 4 by-poll, scheduled to be held on March 20, has been stayed by the Supreme Court.
A five-member Appellate Division bench led by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha issued the order yesterday after granting a leave-to-appeal petition filed by Krishak Sramik Janata League President Abdul Kader Siddique.
Kader Siddique filed the petition on February 25 challenging a High Court verdict that upheld the Election Commission's decision to cancel his candidacy in the by-poll.