- March 21, 2018
Protesters have called a general strike at educational institutions around the country for April 3 demanding justice for murdered Comilla Victoria Government College student Sohagi Jahan Tonu.
Co-coordinator of Progotishil Chattra Jote and Bangladesh Chhatra Federation General Secretary Ashraful Alam Sohel told a media briefing at Shahbagh yesterday that HSC examinees would be out of the strike’s purview as the examinations are scheduled to begin on that day.
The family of Sohagi Jahan Tonu has expressed indignation at a court order to exhume her body, saying it showcased the investigators’ inefficiencies.
“She is being tortured even after her death,” Tonu’s uncle Alal Hossain said. “This situation could have been averted if the matter was investigated with due importance at the beginning.”
About $6.9m out of the $81m that was stolen from Bangladesh Bank in February are still at casinos in the Philippines and may still be recovered, the Philippine Senate heard in testimony yesterday.
Kam Sin Wong, a Chinese junket operator known in the Philippines as Kim Wong, told the hearing that the $81m was remitted by two casino junket agents and gamblers – Beijing resident Gao Shuhua whom he has known for eight years and a Macau resident named Ding Zhize he just met in February, reports AP.
Police have handed over the charge of investigation into the rape and murder of Comilla college student Sohagi Jahan Tonu to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID).
In a statement issued yesterday, the Police Headquarters said it handed over the investigation to the CID because of the importance of the case.
Comilla police and the Detective Branch of police will also continue their own investigations.
A specialised task force is being formed to expedite the process of recovering the $81m that was stolen from Bangladesh Bank’s foreign reserves, sources at the Bank and Financial Institutions Division said.
An official of the division, requesting anonymity, told the Dhaka Tribune that the task force would work on speeding up the recovery of the stolen funds as banking experts have cautioned that the entire process might take from three to ten years.
Bangladesh should reduce its dependency on foreign experts to ensure security for online transactions and other information technology systems, a senior government official has said.
Cyber security of local organisations, including government offices, should be controlled by local IT experts in the long-run to minimise risks, Bank and Financial Institutions Division Secretary Md Eunusur Rahman said yesterday.
The secretaries discussed the issue at the meeting of secretaries held yesterday at the Bangladesh Secretariat, he added.
A Narayanganj court yesterday sent cultural activist Rafiur Rabbi to jail in a case filed over Tk70 lakh cheque forgery.
The court of Narayanganj’s First Additional District and Sessions Judge Miazi Mohammad Shahidul Alam Chowdhury passed the order yesterday morning rejecting his bail plea.
Transparency is absent at all levels, in the governments of developing nations, donor agencies, NGOs and in developed countries which should disburse climate finance, speakers said at a climate change discussion yesterday.
An attitude of transparency should be shown at all levels, from fundraising to implementing projects that tackle the negative impacts of global warming, they said at the Integrity Dialogue on Climate Change Adaptation Finance: Transparency, Accountability and Participation.
The Federation of Bangladesh University Teachers’ Associations concluded their on-going movement for the eighth pay scale as the government accepted their demand.
ASM Maksud Kamal, Secretary General of FBUTA made the announcement at a press briefing yesterday afternoon after holding a general meeting with FBUTA members at the Dhaka University club.
On March 24, the cabinet committee decided to promote 25 percent teachers of the public universities to Grade I of the 8th national pay scale.
The government is negotiating hard with the financier Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) to launch the country's first ever satellite Bangabandhu 1 by 2017.
Under the ongoing negotiation, HSBC has offered to lend Tk3,000cr at an annual interest of 0.5% while Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) wanted it at 0.2%.
The bank also proposed to pay back the entire loan amount by 10 years while BTRC asked HSBC to extend the payment period by two years more.
The High Court stayed an expulsion order of two students of an English medium school in the capital and asked authorities to let them take part in regular academic activities.
The HC bench of Justice Syed Muhammad Dastagir Husain and Justice AKM Shahidul Huq gave the order on hearing a writ petition filed by the two siblings’ father yesterday.
Minhaj Ahmed filed the petition against a decision by Sir John Wilson School (SJWS) at Satarkul of Uttar Badda on March 24.
The final entry in Md Swadhin’s personal diary before he was killed was names and contact numbers of several of his friends, including a girl.
Police have interrogated five of his friends but are yet to make a breakthrough, sources said.
Swadhin was murdered at Dakkhin Dania in the capital’s Shanir Akhra on Monday morning. He sat for SSC examinations from Muradpur Samirun Nesa High School.
No case was filed until yesterday evening.
The BNP yesterday suggested quizzing the authorised officials of Bangladesh Bank in connection with the heist of $101 million from the central bank’s account with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York to unearth its mystery.
“The mystery behind the heist will get debunked if the authorised persons, who had the password, physical keys (dongle with certificates) and biometrics identification for making transfer order through Swift systems, are quizzed,” BNP Executive Committee member Shama Obaid said at a media briefing at party chief’s Gulshan office.
With a view to meeting growing demand for burial plots in the capital, the Dhaka North City Corporation has opened a graveyard with 80,500 burial plots.
LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Engineer Khandoker Mosharraf Hossain opened the cemetery on Friday. Chaired by Mayor of Dhaka North City Corporation Annisul Haque, the programme was attended by former minister fro home affairs Advocate Sahara Khatun, ruling party lawmaker Jahangir Kabir Nanak, and Secretary of LGD Abdul Malek.
The number of women actively participating in campaigns ahead of the Union Parishad election in Madaripur is far greater than before. But the growing number also means that they are more vulnerable to polls violence, a common feature of local elections.
Two women, campaigning for Rasti Union independent candidate Billal Hossain Molla, were allegedly beaten up by supporters of rival Awami League aspirant Raju Hawlader last week. Rojina Begum, one of the victims, was hospitalised with serious physical injuries.
Premier University in Chittagong was shut down after a student was killed in a clash between two factions of Bangladesh Chhatra League on the university’s Dampara campus yesterday afternoon.
The deceased was identified as Nasim Ahmed Sohel from Comilla. He was studying MBA at the university, sources said.
His friends claimed he was a member of Chhatra League’s Chittagong city unit.
A buffalo that got detached from its herd was found roaming on the streets of the capital for nearly three hours yesterday morning.
Locals in the Panthapath area said the buffalo got detached from its herd when cattle traders were driving them to a slaughter house. The buffalo was first seen on Panthapath around 6am.
Wary of the crowd, the buffalo ran into a nearby building complex and stayed there for nearly an hour.
A resident of the complex informed the fire service around 6:30am on seeing the animal in the grounds of the complex.
Condemned war criminal Motiur Rahman Nizami yesterday lodged a petition seeking review of the Appellate Division verdict that upheld his death sentence.
In the 70-page petition filed through his lawyer, Nizami has prayed to the Appellate Division of Supreme Court to acquit him of all the charges. The convict has cited 46 grounds, his counsel Khandker Mahbub Hossain said.
The rapid growth of mobile banking has been a great boon for people across the country.
Unfortunately, it has also seen an increasing trend of organised criminals actively targeting the many mobile banking agents who carry large sums of cash on them as part of their job.
Why not try out a system that works in the US, India, Australia, and Canada?It is quite legitimate to wonder why, during its multiple previous terms in office, the BNP ignored making the constitutional changes to state governance that it unveiled in its concluded sixth National Council.
If critics wonder about the motives behind such an about-turn, they can be forgiven. But, legitimate doubts about motives aside, at least one proposal put forward by the BNP needs to be weighed on its own intrinsic merits.