- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
The Bhitargarh Day was observed yesterday at Bhitargarh Walled City, also known as Bhitargarh Durgonogori which is a millennium-old heritage site and also considered the largest archaeological site in the country, in Panchagarh.
The place where almost 1,400-year-old Bhitargarh, covering an area of 25 square kilometres, used to exist evolved into what is now known as Panchagarh.
Currently the main political opposition, the BNP will install a bicameral parliament with a view to increasing checks and balances in the legislature if voted to power.
BNP’s Vision 2030 states that the prime minister’s executive authority has given rise to a form of autocratic practices within the democratic system.
In order to balance the powers of the country’s chief executive, the party proposes to establish a higher chamber with intellectuals, minority representatives and different communities from across Bangladesh.
Bangladesh cricket was jolted yesterday after fast bowler Taskin Ahmed and spinner Arafat Sunny were suspended from bowling in international cricket with immediate effect. An International Cricket Council statement announced the suspension of the two bowlers, who were replaced in the squad by all-rounder Shuvagata Hom and spinner Saqlain Sajib. The duo left here for Bangalore
It would not be possible establishing the indigenous women’s rights without fulfilling the 1997 Chittagong Hill Tract Accord
The third National Indigenous Women Conference started yesterday with an aim to establishing the rights of the indigenous women across the country.
The two-day long programme was organised by Bangladesh Indigenous Women Network (BIWN) and Kapaeeng Foundation, a human rights organisation for indigenous people, and held at the capital’s Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Bangladesh Centre.
The third surgery of the Bangladeshi 'Tree Man' Abul Bajandar was successfully completed at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) yesterday.
This time the surgery was carried out on the upper side of his left hand. The previous two surgeries were successfully conducted on his right hand.
The surgery was conducted from 11am to 12.30pm yesterday led by the DMCH burn and plastic surgery department head Md Abul Kalam who is also the chief of the nine member medical board assigned for Bajandar.
Noted economist Prof Dr Abul Barakat has criticised Finance Minister AMA Muhith for his various policies and comments.
“He (Muhith) sometimes says that money is no problem and then again says that he cannot go for a big budget,” Barakat said at a seminar organised by Chittagong chapter of Bangladesh Economic Association (BEA) yesterday.
“He (Muhit) wants privatisation. However, liberalisation does not mean all-out privatisation. Let him privatise primary healthcare and primary education if he has the guts,” said Barakat.
Public Administration Minister Syed Ashraful Islam has urged the people of the country to get united under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to build a peaceful, non-communal Bangladesh.
The Awami League general secretary made the call for unity at a party discussion held at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the capital yesterday.
Ruling Awami League Joint General Secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif has dubbed BNP chief Khaleda Zia’s Vision 2030 “meaningless”.
He made the scathing remark at a press conference in Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s Dhanmondi office yesterday.
Awami League organised the media briefing to announce third phase of the party’s chairmen candidates for the Union Parishad polls scheduled for March 22.
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has found evidence of mismanagement and negligence at the Bangladesh Bank which is believed to have led to February’s digital heist.
Investigators say mismanagement at the central bank allowed hackers access into the system and got away with the money. A source familiar with the investigation said hackers needed access to several active instruments to complete transaction. The bank officials did not switch them off even though the very next day, when the heist took place, was a weekend.
The officials who have investigated the two cases filed over much-talked recovery of huge amount of Indian rupees from Chittagong Port and Shah Amanat Airport in 2015, failed to make any breakthrough.
The investigators could not find any clue behind the incidents. Even they are not confirmed that the rupees are fake or original.
IT specialist Tanvir Hassan Zoha, who is reportedly involved in the investigation into the Bangladesh Bank digital heist, remained traceless as of yesterday, 48 hours after he had gone missing.
His family is still unaware of his whereabouts.
Zoha’s wife Dr Kamrun Nahar Chowdhury appealed to the prime minister, home minister and the law enforcement agencies to find her husband.
She told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday: “It has been more than 48 hours since my husband went missing. We are very worried.
Flat owners of the Banani building, damaged in a fire suspected to have been caused by a gas leak, say they want to sit with Dhaka North City Corporation mayor and RAJUK before filing a case over the incident.
Shamsul Alam, one of the owners, said they took the decision yesterday evening. “We plan to file a case over the incident but we will take a final decision after meeting the mayor and RAJUK,” he said.
A rebel candidate of the Awami League, contesting the union parishad (UP) polls in Barisal’s Muladi upazila, was sent to prison for threatening to commit suicide yesterday while demanding for a free and fair election.
The candidate, Engineer Yusuf Ali, contesting the polls for the post of chairman in Kazirchar union parishad, dug a grave for himself in his courtyard when he threatened to kill himself, local sources said.
Bangladesh’s pioneer neurosurgeon Prof Rashiduddin Ahmad has passed away at Metropolitan Medical Centre in the capital on Saturday.
According to the information desk officials of the hospital, the renowned neurosurgeon breathed his last around 8:15pm while undergoing treatment at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the hospital.
The first namaz-e-janaza of Prof Rashid will be held at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University ground at 10am Sunday, said family members.
Clashes and unrest continued in different parts of the country ahead of the union parishad elections.
Injuries were reported but none died in those incidents.
One shot, 20 hurt in Bhola
One person sustained bullet wounds and 20 others were injured in a clash between supporters of two ward member candidates in Bhola’s Alinagar union on Friday night.
The candidates are Maqsudur Rahman and Hashem Fakir of Ward 7.
Char Muguria, a river port in Madaripur, has a long-standing tradition and its own culture. The area with numerous jute industries and surrounded by greenery, once was the living place of more than 10,000 monkeys, various birds and animals.
As there are hardly any trees left for allocating a huge population, the number of the animals is dramatically going down.
A retired Sonali Bank official was beaten to death allegedly by his wife and son at their residence in Baruda under Joydebpur of Gazipur early yesterday.
The deceased was Gias Uddin Khan, 62.
Police arrested his wife Jahanara Begum, 45, son Shahriar Khan Manik, 26, and Jahanara's sister Parveen, 38, suspecting them to have killed Gias Uddin.
Family members brought Gias Uddin to Shaheed Tajuddin Ahmad Medical College Hospital around 1am saying he had suffered a stroke, said hospital sources.
Rapid Action Battalion arrested seven members of a human trafficking syndicate over the past eight days, conducting drives in different areas of Dhaka and Bhandaria upazila of Pirojpur.
At a press briefing yesterday, RAB 3 said they started conducting the drives from March 12 which continued until yesterday.
The arrested traffickers are Abdul Qaiyum, 44, Khokon Mohammad Ajgar alias Ali, 30, Md Jahangir Alam, 30, Md Nasir Uddin, 40, Farukul Islam Rasel, 31, Md Rubel Hawlader, 29, and Md Badol Hawlader, 35.
Kazi Poultry Limited had purchased 113 acres of land from Sanwara Poultry and Hatchery Limited – owned by Minister Nurul – two years ago. Kazi poultry’s Masumul said Sanwara poultry owned 320 acres in the area but most of it had issues with documents
The man who is suspected to have led Wednesday’s attack on Kazi Farms subsidiary in Chittagong is known in his locality as a fraud who was once a professional timber thief.
Nasir Member lived in a thatched house at Chandanaish upazila’s Dohazari. But he turned the wheel of fortune almost overnight – today he owns millions of Taka, a four-storied market and a vast swathe of land, locals claim.
Bangladesh Cricket Board counsel Mustafizur Rahman Khan has said Taskin’s ban by the cricket regulating body was a miscarriage of justice and a farce.
Khan told the Dhaka Tribune that the International Cricket Council’s decision to ban the Bangladeshi fast bowler contradicted its own regulations.
The lawyer, who practices at Bangladesh Supreme Court, said that the regulations provide for a player being banned if the stock delivery is found to be flawed.
He also put these statements on a Facebook post.