- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
The BNP yesterday announced that its chairperson Khaleda Zia will soon announce the party’s full executive committee.
“Our council has given madam [Khaleda] responsibility to form a full-fledged executive committee and she will announce it soon,” said Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, acting secretary general of the party, at a press conference at the party’s Nayapaltan central office.
Australian cricket great Ian Chappell and former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar have lent their support to young Bangladesh fast bowler Taskin Ahmed whose suspension by the International Cricket Council has created a stir in world cricket.
Former captain Chappell believes the decision to suspend Taskin and spinner Arafat Sunny is a harsh one from world cricket’s governing body.
Bangladesh limited-over captain Mashrafe bin Mortaza said a few small mistakes cost them the 2016 World Twenty20 Super 10 match against Australia. Despite that, Mashrafe believes there were some positives from the game that will help them to improve in the coming days.
The Tigers were without their three main players – Taskin Ahmed, Arafat Sunny and Tamim Iqbal – yesterday at the M Chinnaswamy stadium. The men in red and green though refused to bow down and exhibited a brave display, nearly snatching a win for the Aussies’ grasp.
Bangladesh’s journey in the ongoing 2016 World Twenty20 has been anything but pleasant. Amid several blows, the Tigers were once again shaken yesterday after opening batsman Tamim Iqbal failed to make it into the playing XI against Australia due to illness.
The Tigers camp was rocked after two of their strike bowlers Taskin Ahmed and Arafat Sunny were suspended from bowling in international cricket owing to illegal actions. And even before the men in red and green could regroup, Tamim was struck down by illness.
Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) has asked all business establishments to remove illegal billboards from the city by March 31.
It has also urged all to erase pictures and all wall writings at their own initiatives by the time.
The directives were issued through a press note yesterday.
The press note said the DNCC authorities already removed all illegal billboards under its jurisdiction, but it has observed that recently some business establishments have used larger signboards than the ones approved by the city corporation.
A woman and her newborn died yesterday at a 500-bed general hospital in Dhaka’s Mugda allegedly due to negligence and ill-treatment of doctors.
The victim Fatema Akther Kona, 24, was the wife of Tarequl Hasan, a resident of the capital's Jatrabari.
Tareq filed a case with Mugda police accusing four doctors – Dr Tanzina, Dr Shumi, Dr Anis and Dr Mousumi. Police raided the hospital and sent the body for a post-mortem examination.
Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) has signed an agreement with British security firm Redline to upgrade the security management and training of personnel at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka.
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has almost completed collecting information from Bangladesh Bank in the heist investigation and will start interrogating possible suspects once they analyse the gathered information.
CID Special Superintendent Mirza Abdullahel Baqui told the Dhaka tribune yesterday that the agency had worked at the central bank the entire day.
Meanwhile, sources said the central bank had been violating a standard practice for SWIFT messaging, which may have made the system vulnerable.
Three days passed since a gas explosion damaged a six-storey building in the capital's Banani but an official investigation into the cause of the accident is yet to be carried out.
Experts said it was a mysterious incident, and primarily suspected that a leak in the gas pipeline of Titas and negligence on the part of the company had caused the explosion.
Dr Ijaz Hossain, professor of chemical engineering at Buet, told the Dhaka Tribune the explosion was possible but unexpected.
World Water Day will be observed today around the country along with the rest of the world aiming to inform, engage and act on water-related issues together for its sustenance.
The United Nations General Assembly designated March 22 as World Water Day in 1993 following a resolution taken in Rio, Brazil in 1992 when demands were made to designate a special day for water resources.
Criminals are hiding weapons and explosives inside cameras and sound amplifiers before smuggling them into areas where union parishad elections are set to be held.
Law enforcers found about the new technique being adapted by criminals when they were tapping into a recent phone conversation of a Dhaka-based listed criminal as part of their surveillance activities.
A Dhaka court yesterday issued a warrant for the arrest of three people, including Daily Janakantha Editor Mohammad Atikullah Khan Masud, for publishing a report defaming Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha on February 4.
Metropolitan Magistrate Snigdha Rani Chakrabarti issued the warrant in response to a petition filed by complainant advocate Arfan Uddin Khan.
The two other accused are Daily Janakantha Advisory Editor Towab Khan and Executive Editor Swadesh Roy.
The High Court yesterday issued two rules asking the government to explain as to why Mahmudur Rahman Manna should not be granted bail in two cases.
The politician, Convenor of the party Nagorik Oikya, has been in jail for over a year in two cases charging him of provoking the army and sedition. The government will have to come up with answers to the rule within three weeks.
The cases were filed with Gulshan Police Station on February 24 and March 5 last year.
As per the new draft, the industries sector has been divided into five categories – high-priority, priority, creative-based service, reserved, and controlled industries
The cabinet has approved the draft of the National Industrial Policy-2016 in aims to develop the country through rapid industrialisation.
Approval was given yesterday at the weekly cabinet meeting held at the Bangladesh Secretariat with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.
China is open to becoming part of a consortium to build the Paira deep sea port in Bangladesh.
“For cooperation with other countries for a deep sea port, we are open,” Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh Ma Mingqiang said at a DCAB Talk at the National Press Club yesterday.
Diplomatic Correspondents Association, Bangladesh (DCAB) organized the programme.
He said the Bangladesh government and its people would be the owners of the port.
“We are contractors only or at the maximum operators only,” he said.
Police have pressed charges in court against BNP acting Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and 33 others in a case filed last year over the torching of vehicles.
Paltan police station’s Sub-Inspector Md Mominul Haque, the investigation officer, submitted the chargesheet at Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) court yesterday.
Imran Habib Rummon and Nasiruddin Prince have been elected as the president and general secretary, respectively, of a faction of Socialist Students’ Front, the Socialist Party of Bangladesh’s student wing.
A 20-member central committee of SSF was announced yesterday at Dhaka University at the 16th National Council.
Every time there is a major disaster – cyclones, earthquakes and even building collapses like that of Rana Plaza – the volunteers of Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) play a leading role in rescue and relief efforts.
Often times, the volunteers and workers of BDRCS, the leading disaster-time humanitarian organisation in the country, have to rush to affected locations without having the time to consider their own safety and potential risks.
Manzoor Ahmed, a former captain of Kurmitola Golf Club, died at a hospital in Thailand on Saturday. He was 62.
Manzoor, son of the late Jalal Ahmed and Rowson Ara Ahmed, breathed his last at Bangkok General Hospital, family sources said.
He was buried at Banani graveyard in the city yesterday following a namaz-e-janaza at Lalmatia Block C Jame Mosque after maghrib prayers.
His qulkhawani will be held at the same mosque tomorrow after maghrib prayers.