- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
Tanvir Hassan Zoha, an IT specialist reportedly involved in the investigation into the Bangladesh Bank digital heist, has been missing since yesterday, his family says.
His wife Kamrun Nahar Chowdhury claimed that Zoha was abducted from Kachukhet area around 1am yesterday.
But Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said Zoha might have been arrested in connection with the probe into the BB heist.
Fazle Kabir, newly appointed governor of Bangladesh Bank, yesterday said his first mission would be to repair damage that central bank faced over the forex reserve heist of $101 million.
He expressed his plan to the journalists at the Dhaka airport after arriving from New York at 6:30am yesterday.
“We will first look into whether there is any need of repairing damage after the cyber disaster,” he said.
We will take measure so that such incident never repeats, he said.
Kabir came home a day before he was scheduled to return.
Until October last year, all the international transactions of Bangladesh Bank were maintained by SWIFT security system. But it was customised in October last year to introduce Real Time Gross Settlement (RTGS) system with a view to bringing all the local banks and their branches under one umbrella.
Investigators dealing with the recent $101 million digital heist suspect that the SWIFFT system was weakened due to the customisation and linking it to the RTGS system without installing a strong firewall. For this, it became easier for the criminals to hack
There is a “very low” chance that the government will be able to retrieve the $81 million stolen from the Bangladesh central bank because the money is now likely outside the country, said Filipino Senator Sergio Osmena III yesterday.
Still, Osmeña said, tracking the money from Bangladesh Bank would depend on the cooperation of casinos at the resumption today of the Senate inquiry into the money-laundering scheme.
The stolen money found its way into casinos after being withdrawn from a branch of Rizal Commercial Banking Corp. (RCBC) in Makati City.
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia last night held the final meeting of the current Standing Committee to finalise the party’s secretary general post and the job responsibility of her son, Senior Vice-Chairman Tarique Rahman.
The meeting was also set to finalise a set of proposals for the party’s charter amendment and various organisational decisions.
The high-profile meeting began at the BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office at 9:15pm with Khaleda Zia in the chair. The meeting was under way while filing of the report at 12:30am.
Detectives arrested five alleged criminals and recovered 1,400 bottles of contraband phensidyl and a pistol from Darus Salam in Dhaka on Wednesday night.
The arrestees are Mamun, Liton, Arif Hossain, Sumon and Kashem.
Tipped off, a special team of DB started searching vehicles from evening at Darus Salam.
The found 200 bottles of Phensidyl in a private car and arrested Mamun, Liton and Arif. A pistol was found on Mamun.
Based on their statement, DB team seized 1,200 bottles of phensidyl from a truck and arrested Sumon and Kashem.
The Anti-Corruption Commission is set to file a case against two top officials of a private firm for allegedly embezzling Tk10 lakh.
The commission at a recent meeting decided to file a case against them, according to an official notification posted on the ACC website on Wednesday.
ACC Deputy Director and Inquiry Officer Manzur Morshed will file the case soon against president of Rapid Finance and Commerce MCS Limited, Zainul Abedin Majumder, and its General Secretary Nazmul Haque Khan.
Bangladesh missions abroad yesterday celebrated the 97th birthday of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and National Children’s Day with elaborate programmes and due respect.
Heads of Bangladesh missions abroad paid rich tributes to Sheikh Mujibur Rahman by placing wreaths at Bangabandhu’s portrait.
The day was also celebrated through discussions, doa mahfil, cake cutting and an art competition for children.
Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury attended the celebration arranged by the Bangladesh High Commission in London.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday paid rich tributes to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Tungipara on the occasion of the 97th birthday of the great leader.
The president and the premier paid the homage by placing wreaths at the mazar of Bangabandhu yesterday morning.
President Abdul Hamid first laid a wreath at the mazar of Bangabandhu followed by the prime minister.
A clash erupted between two rival groups at Geneva Camp in the capital’s Mohammadpur yesterday.
The clash broke out in the afternoon but the reason behind it could not be known, said Assistant Commissioner (Mohammadpur zone) of police Hafiz Al Faruk.
Police arrived on the scene after they were informed and brought the situation under control.
Hafiz said the warring groups hurled bricks at police.
Meanwhile, Additional Deputy Commissioner of the zone Waheduzzaman said the clash erupted over money.
Prime Minister’s ICT Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy has said whatever conspiracy is hatched, all war criminals who committed crimes against humanity in 1971 must face trial.
“War criminals in no way can evade trial despite spending crores of dollars in lobbying to save them,” he told at a reception in Hanover, Germany, on Wednesday night, according to a press release issued yesterday.
India is sending a train carrying gasoil to Bangladesh – a move the Indian High Commission in Dhaka says is a “goodwill gesture”.
In a media statement, the high commission said Dharmendra Pradhan, India’s minister (independent charge) for petroleum and natural gas flagged off the train carrying 2,200MT gasoil yesterday from West Bengal’s Siliguri.
State Minister for Power Nasrul Hamid and Indian High Commissioner Harsh Vardhan Shringla will receive the consignment at Parbatipur tomorrow.
Government officials of four nations will hold a meeting in Dhaka by the end of this month to solve the stalemate of the BBIN Motor Vehicle Agreement.
Road Transport and Highways Division (RHTD) Joint Secretary Chandan Kumar Dey told reporters yesterday that the meeting with representatives of each country had been called at the end of this month to resolve the problems.
The deal, signed on June 15 last year among Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal (BBIN) to facilitate the movement of cargo and passenger vehicles, was scheduled to come into effect from January 2016.
The fate of the government's agreement with Malaysia on sending 1.5 million workers to that country is uncertain as Kuala Lumpur continues to issue contradictory statements.
Yesterday, just five days after Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Zahid Hamidi announced a freeze on hiring foreign workers, the Malaysian Human Resource Minister Richard Riot said the decision would not affect the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed with Bangladesh.
Employees of Dohazari Kazi Poultry Limited, who were attacked by a group of criminals on Wednesday, have been passing fearful times as the attackers reportedly continue to intimidate them by patrolling in the area.
Major (Retd) Sheikh Masumul Hasan, general manger of the Kazi Farms Group project, told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday that the group of miscreants, led by one Nasir Member, has been roaming the area and threatening the staff of carrying out another attack.
At least five people, including four activists of Jubo League, were killed when a picnic bus rammed into a human haulier in Mujibnagar upazila of Meherpur yesterday.
The deceased are Jubo League activists Tufan Khan, Nazrul Islam, Anis Hossain, and Md Jiron, and human haulier driver Tuku Sheikh.
Witnesses said the incident took place around 7pm yesterday as the activists of the ruling party's youth wing were returning home from the district town after attending a jubilant procession on the occasion of the 97th birthday of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
In three different drives, the Detective Branch (DB) of police has recently recovered yaba pills, Phensidyl bottles and firearms-ammunition and arrested 10 people in the capital’s Jatrabari and Darussalam areas.
Addressing a press briefing at Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Media Centre yesterday, DB Deputy Commissioner Mashrukur Rahman Khaled said the detectives seized 35,000 yaba pills, 1,400 Phensidyl bottles, three guns and 22 rounds of bullets, as well as two cars and a truck from the suspects’ possession.
Health Minister Mohammad Nasim yesterday urged the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) men to refrain from doing anything which tarnishes the image of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
He came up with the call while addressing a discussion marking the 97th birthday of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Hall of Dhaka University.
Nasim observed that all should remain alert as the BNP was still trying to hatch conspiracies against the government.
Different parts of the country saw clashes ahead of the upcoming union parishad polls, with election in one union stayed for three months.
Apart from clashes, a highway was blocked in a district while two officers-in-charge were transferred for their failure to maintain law and order.
Clashes, vandalism in Sirajganj
Ten people were injured when clashes erupted between the supporters of a chairman candidate and the incumbent chairman in Sirajganj’s Soydabad union yesterday, ahead of the second phase of the polls.
RAB on Wednesday night submitted the charge sheet against 11 members of Chittagong-based militant outfit Shaheed Hamza Brigade in a case filed over the recovery of explosives from the district’s Halishahar area last year.
The 11 are Faizul Haque, his younger brother Azizul Haque, sister Rahima Akhter, nephew Jayedullah, Abdul Hai, Hamza Brigade’s military wing chief Moniruzzaman alias Don, Anwar Hossain, Md Shamsuddin, Rakib Hasan, Nasir Uddin Khan and