- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
The whole “Make in India” idea is on a high – or, rather a low – as India’s drug barons begin pumping illegal yaba tablets into Bangladesh, giving suppliers in Myanmar a run for their money.
Although regarded as lower grade than their Myanmar counterpart, the methamphetamine and caffeine pills widely enjoyed as a party drug are now being made
A total 25% professors to get first-grade salariesFollowing months of tension and protests, the cabinet committee on solving salary discrimination has recommended that 25% professors of public universities be given salaries and benefits of a first-grade public servant – equal to a secretary.
University teachers welcomed the move, saying it was the culmination of their year-long movement.
‘I know that the defeat [last Wednesday] has hurt all of you but to be honest, all the players in the team play their heart out when in the middle’Bangladesh’s one-run defeat to hosts India in the Super 10 round of the 2016 World Twenty20 in Bangalore last Wednesday has rocked the cricket-crazy nation. It was not the defeat that has taken the country by surprise but rather the way the Tigers gifted the game to the home side and ensured their way out of the flagship event. It is hard to believe that a side with two set batsmen in the middle, and one waiting in the dugout, can fail to chase two runs in three balls.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been named to Fortune’s third annual list of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders.
Ranked No 10 on the list, she deftly navigated the competing demands of Islamic tradition and women’s rights, the magazine said yesterday.
The nation will recall the “Black Night of March 25” today in commemoration of the cowardly attack on Bangalis and genocide in the Dhaka city perpetrated by the barbarous Pakistani occupation forces in 1971.
On the fateful night, the Pakistani military junta resorted to genocide in Dhaka, dubbed Operation Searchlight. They killed thousands of people indiscriminately, torched houses and properties, and looted shops and business establishments throughout East Pakistan.
Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) Director General Major Gen Aziz Ahmed yesterday said his men were forced to open fire to contain the situation in Pirojpur and Cox’s Bazar during Tuesday’s Union Parishad elections.
“The incidents were unexpected. The people were not cooperating with us, compelling us to use lethal force to bring the situation under control,” he told a programme at the BGB Headquarters in Dhaka.
He said the BGB troopers had followed the law.
The government is buying sophisticated weaponry as part of its initiative to develop a three-dimensional force.
Last week three war ships – two from China and one from the US – were inducted into the navy. Russian made combat training aircraft YAK 130 and maritime search and rescue helicopters were introduced last December. Three hundred APCs will be included in 2017-18 fiscal year.
Bangladesh has bought most of its arms from China in the past but now it is diversifying its procurement sources.
The BNP has held the Election Commission responsible for the killing of 22 people in the violence centring the first phase of union parishad (UP) polls.
“The Election Commission did not play any role in preventing the violence; rather, it avoided responsibility of the incident by making insane comments,” said Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, BNP joint secretary general, at a press briefing yesterday at the party's Nayapaltan headquarters.
The family members of death-row convict war criminal Motiur Rahman Nizami met him at the Kashimpur jail in Gazipur yesterday, only a couple of days before the deadline for filing a review petition expires.
Nizami’s wife Begum Shamsunnahar Nizami, sons Nazib Momen alias Nazibur Rahman and Naimur Rahman, and daughters-in-law Saleya and Raiyan went to the jail around noon and stayed there for around 45 minutes.
They talked about family matters and regarding filing of the review petition, Jailer Nasir Ahmed said.
A teenage girl was gang-raped in a city hotel in Rajshahi early yesterday allegedly by her boyfriend and some other people.
The girl, aged around 14, was admitted to the One Stop Crisis Centre of Rajshahi Medical College Hospital in the morning in a critical condition.
Police said the girl was brought to the hospital on a three-wheeler around 7am. The police detained the driver of the vehicle, Roni, for questioning.
Parul Rani, 60, Lakshmi Rani, 50, and Rupa Rani, 22, live in Charpata village under the Rupsha Dakkhin Union of Chandpur’s Faridganj upazila. Like other women in the locality, they did not exercise their franchise in Tuesday’s Union Parishad polls.
There are about 9,000 women voters in the union who have been staying away from polls following a fatwa by a pir.
Hundreds of people across the country took to the street yesterday protesting the killing of Sohagi Jahan Tonu, a second-year student of history department.
Some 30,000 students of Comilla Victoria Government College staged demonstration yesterday, the third consecutive days, protesting the killing and demanding punishment of the killers.
They demonstrated at Kandirpar Pubali Chattar, located at the heart of the city, from 10am to 12:30pm.
A woman was tortured and her head was shaved off by some people on charge of extramarital affairs at Ramganj upazila, Lakshmipur.
Although police arrested a person in connection with the incident, but the victim is still living with insecurity as the offenders are influential people in the locality and two of them are yet to be arrested.
One Hasina Begum, wife of Mona Miah, called upon her at her (Hasina) residence on Tuesday afternoon and accused her of making extra marital affair with her husband.
A video of several students of Thakurgaon Polytechnic Institute beating up another student has gone viral on social media, triggering widespread criticism.
The five and half minute video showed the victim – Shamim – being beaten up in a classroom of the institute by other students – including several who were later identified as Mehedi, Liton and Durjoy.
The video was originally uploaded to Youtube and was later shared widely across Facebook and other social networking sites.
Hundreds of people across the country were injured in post-poll violence yesterday.
Our Bagerhat correspondent said at least 100 people were injured in several clashes at Moralganj upazila. The injured were taken to Moralganj upazila health complex.
Police Super Nizamul Haque told the Dhaka Tribune that they were ready to tackle the post-poll violence.
According to our Panchagarh correspondent, supporters of a defeated chairman candidate vandalised the Tetulia upazila council office in the afternoon, leaving six people injured.
Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader has issued a warning against the rebel candidates of the Awami League who are contesting the union parishad (UP) polls, saying tough actions would be taken against them.
The High Court has ordered authorities to demolish illegal structures built around a grave near the Central Shaheed Minar within 72 hours.
The High Court bench of Justice Kazi Rezaul Haque and Justice Abu Taher M Saifur Rahman gave the order yesterday following the final hearing on a rule issued by the bench in 2012 over the matter.
The court also ordered the authorities to keep the grave unharmed.
The 72 hour time frame will start when the authorities get a copy of the verdict in hand.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said that Bangladesh would surely go ahead conquering all barriers and hurdles in the coming days to make its position amidst world comity as a victorious nation.
Despite different projects by the Dhaka Wasa, residents of the capital are getting foul-odoured water as they head into summer months.
As part of one its ongoing mega projects, the Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) is replacing water pipelines across the city. Once the project is completed by the end of this year, the city’s residents are supposed to get drinkable water straight out of the tap, according to Wasa officials.
Investigations into the theft of foreign currency reserves should not be used as an excuse to undermine Bangladesh Bank’s independence.
While experience varies, there is a broad consensus that independent central banks have been more effective than those subject to direct political interference in achieving long-term economic goals.
Government interference has more often than not led to at best temporary gains that turn out to prove unsustainable.