- November 19, 2017
The government has reported its first confirmed case of the Zika virus in a 67-year old man from Chittagong.
The infected man, whose blood sample was collected almost two years ago, tested positive.
State Minister for Health and Family Welfare Zahid Malik made the disclosure at a press briefing at his office in Dhaka yesterday.
He, however, did not disclose the identity of the Zika virus victim.
Inefficient implementation of water plans and policies is the main reason why a large portion of the country’s population still do not have access to safe water, speakers said yesterday.
Moreover, the existing water laws and regulations do not sufficiently cover rights and responsibilities of users as well as the employees in the country’s water sector, they said at a seminar in the capital.
A freedom fighter, who converted to Christianity from Islam, was hacked to death by miscreants at Kurigram Sadar’s Garialpara yesterday.
Hossain Ali, 65, was walking on the road beside his house when three miscreants riding on a motorcycle hacked him with sharp weapons around 7am. Later, the miscreants fled the scene after exploding hand bombs.
Two unexploded hand bombs were recovered from the spot, said senior assistant superintendent of police, Masudur Rahman. The victim’s body has been sent to Kurigram Sadar Hospital morgue for autopsy.
Bangladesh’s journey so far in the Super 10 phase of the 2016 World Twenty20 has been a devastating one. Rocked by fitness issues and the suspensions of strike bowlers Taskin Ahmed and Arafat Sunny, the Tigers found it hard to cope with the pressure in the middle.
They have lost the first two games and when they take on hosts India today at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, the Tigers will hope to win it because anything else will bring an end to their story here with a game to spare.
At least eight people were killed in violence centring yesterday’s Union Parishad election, marred by allegations of rigging, ballot snatching and storming of polling stations.
Seven of the victims, including a woman, died in skirmishes after the polls in Pirojpur, Cox’s Bazar and Sirajganj. Sporadic clashes during the election left scores injured.
Jihadist group Dae’sh claimed responsibility for suicide bomb attacks on Brussels airport and a rush-hour metro train in the Belgian capital on Tuesday which killed at least 30 people, with police hunting a suspect who fled the air terminal.
Police issued a wanted notice for a young man in a hat who was caught on CCTV pushing a laden luggage trolley at Zaventem airport alongside two others who, investigators said, had later blown themselves up in the terminal, killing at least 10 people.
The Law Commission has completed the draft to enact a law to stop the distortion of Liberation War facts, says its Chairman Justice ABM Khairul Haque.
He said this when he met President Abdul Hamid at Bangabhaban yesterday to submit the Commission’s Annual Report 2015.
During the meeting, the president advised the Commission to help enact time-befitting laws aw well as update the existing ones.
$101m of Bangladesh Bank funds was withdrawn by hackers who broke into the SWIFT system of the bank
A Dhaka Court has approved a plea of the Criminal Investigation Department of Police for conducting the forensic examination of three hard drives which were seized from the Bangladesh Bank earlier.
A 20-member special team under the CID is investigating the sensational case filed over the cyber heist at Bangladesh’s central bank last month that netted $101 million.
The court of Metropolitan Magistrate Md Mahbubur Rahman passed the order on Tuesday, responding to a plea filed by the CID team.
The inquiry committee looking into the digital heist of Bangladesh Bank’s forex reserve account held its first meeting yesterday at the central bank headquarters.
The three-member committee, headed by former governor Mohammed Farashuddin, met with new Governor Fazle Kabir, a CID team and others involved in the investigation.
Subhankar Saha, executive director of Bangladesh Bank, said the government probe team officially started its work yesterday.
Bir Pratik Dr Major (retd) Akhtar Ahmed has died of cardiac arrest at Dhaka Combined Military Hospital.
The freedom fighter breathed his last around 2:30am Tuesday, his son Tanim Ahmed said.
Major Akhtar left behind his mother, wife, only son, three brothers, a sister and a wealth of well wishers.
He joined the army in 1970 and was posted to 4 East Bengal Regiment when the Liberation War broke out. He was among the first men to pick up arms against the Pakistanis in a rebellion led by Major Shafayat Jamil.
British company Redline Aviation Security Limited began working at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport to upgrade security from yesterday.
A Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) official told the Dhaka Tribune that Redline scrutinised the airport's security system and inspected various areas.
CAAB inked a deal with Redline on Monday to upgrade the airport's security management and training of personnel. The security firm will monitor overall security of Shahjalal airport and train security officials.
Both sides stressed to further strengthen mutual cooperation in trade, economy, education, scientific, technical and defense areas
Bangladesh and Russia have finalized the agreement on the Establishment of Intergovernmental Commission on trade, economic, scientific and technical cooperation.
Both the sides decided that this agreement would be signed during the proposed visit of Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali to Russia in June, said a press release.
The decision was taken at the foreign office consultation of the two countries in Moscow on Monday.
Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor yesterday lamented that quality books do not hit Amar Ekushey Book Fair although the number of stalls is on the rise every year.
He made the observation while addressing a programme titled ‘Role of private libraries to build knowledge-based society’ at the National Book Centre auditorium in the city.
The issue of publishing quality and standard books will be considered during stall allocation in the Amar Ekushey Book Fair from now on, the minister said.
Five days have passed, yet IT specialist Tanvir Hassan Zoha remains missing.
Human Rights Forum Bangladesh (HRFB) has expressed deep concerns about the missing man. HRFB, formed with the collaboration of 19 human rights bodies, again demanded Zoha be immediately traced.
Yesterday, HRFB convener Sultana Kamal issued a press release demanding that the culprits responsible be handed exemplary punishment.
Zoha’s family has not yet filed a case or GD with the police.
Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime Unit and the Detective Branch of police arrested four suspected militants on Monday from the capital’s Kalyanpur bus stand area.
The arrestees are Abdur Razzak Omayer, Faysal Ahmed, Ahmad Fazle Akbar and Abu Nayeem Mohammad Jakariya.
Police, in a briefing at the DMP media centre yesterday said that the four had planned to attack the book fair last month but they failed and now they were plotting to attack a HC lawyer and a religious scholar.
Bangladesh will start importing 100MW of electricity from neighbouring Tripura in India from today under a “no-electricity, no-payment” method.
“India has agreed to give us the electricity under such an arrangement as a gesture to our friendship,” Nasrul Hamid, state minister for power, energy and mineral resources, said during a press meet at the capital’s Bidyut Bhaban yesterday.
He said the prime ministers of both Bangladesh and India will inaugurate the power import through a video conference session today.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi are scheduled to formally inaugurate Bangladesh’s bandwidth export to India through video conference today.
The inaugural ceremony is scheduled to begin at the Prime Minister’s Office in Dhaka at 10:30am.
The High Court yesterday rejected a petition of sacked Rapid Action Battalion official Lt Col (retd) Tareq Sayeed that challenged trial against him in a Narayanganj seven-murder case.
The court order cleared the way for a lower court concern to continue trial against him in the case filed by Selina Hossain Beauty, widow of Narayanganj panel mayor Nazrul Islam, who is one of the victims killed after abduction in 2014.
Bangladesh Bank and IFC-World Bank Group have signed a cooperation agreement to promote financial inclusion of Bangladeshi women through increased adoption of mobile financial services (MFS).
The project will conduct a comprehensive study to provide a set of data and insights that MFS providers will optimise to pursue the women segment.
In addition, MFS providers will obtain women agent acquisition toolkit and a women focused MFS product design.
Bringing allegation of irregularities, the BNP has urged the Election Commission to cancel voting at minimum 50 union parishads.
A BNP team led by party Vice Chairman Abdullah al Noman met CEC Kazi Rakubuddin Ahmad on Tuesday afternoon and made the demand.
The party also demanded reelection to the 50 union parishads.
Noman said: “Irregularities, vote rigging and casting fake votes took place in every polling centres in at least 50 union parishads.