A woman committed suicide by hanging herself at Patibila village in Jessore’s Chougachha upazila allegedly after failing to repay NGO loans. The deceased is Lipi Begum, 32, wife of Iqbal Hossain. Family sources said Lipi took about Tk3lakh as loan from different NGOs. She had committed suicide by hanging herself from a beam of her house ceiling on Monday afternoon following persistent insults from the NGO workers over defaulting the loans, said Jasim Uddin, assistant sub-inspector of Chougachha police station. On information, police recovered the body in the evening and sent it to Jessore General Hospital.
The High Court has stayed for three months the contractual appointment of ASSM Zahirul Haque as secretary to law and justice division of law, justice and parliamentary affairs ministry. The bench of Justice Syed Muhammad Dastagir Husain and Justice Md Ataur Rahman Khan passed the order on Tuesday, after hearing of a writ petition filed challenging the legality of the appointment. The Supreme Court lawyer Md Ashraf-Uz-Zaman had filed the writ challenging the legality of the contractual appointment of judicial officer Zahirul as law secretary without consulting with the Supreme Court. Zahirul Haque, who took charge as the law and justice secretary in February 2015, was scheduled to retire on August 7. Zahirul had been serving as the law secretary for the past three years.
An 18mm rainfall in last 24 hours flooded roads, lanes and bylanes of different parts of Dhaka disrupting traffic and causing immense sufferings for the city dwellers. The worst affected areas include Dhanmondi 27, Kalabagan, Farmgate and Karwan Bazar kitchen market. According to the Dhaka Meteorological Department, there is a chance of moderate rain or thundershowers. Temperatures may also fall slightly.
A Bangladeshi national, who was arrested in 2016 for illegal stay in India, has died at a hospital in Mumbai. 55-year-old Mohammad Noorbani Sirajulkhan died at J J Hospital on August 16, The Indian Express said in a report published on Monday. According to the report, Noorbani was arrested in July last year for staying in India without a valid passport and visa. Noorbani suffered from paralysis during his jail term and was admitted to J J Hospital on July 21 where he later died. He added saying an accidental death case was filed regarding the matter and they were trying to contact the deceased’s family.
August 22, 2017 04:30 UTC
In a speech with few details, Trump did not specify how many more troops would be added, gave no timeline for ending the US presence in Afghanistan, and put pressure on Pakistan, India and Nato allies to step up their own commitment. A US-led coalition invaded Afghanistan and overthrew the Islamist Taliban government for harboring al Qaeda militants who plotted the Sept. 11 attacks. But US forces have remained bogged down there through the presidencies of Republican George W Bush, Democrat Barack Obama and now Trump. The Republican president overcame his own scepticism about the war that began in October 2001 after the September 11 attacks on the United States. Trump said it could be possible to have a political settlement with elements of the Taliban.
August 22, 2017 03:00 UTC
Despite the overall flood situation in the northern districts improving with the major rivers flowing below the danger mark, inadequate relief goods, especially potable water, are still reported in the affected region. With water level of the major rivers falling below, the danger of erosion started growing, posing threat to establishments on the river banks. The Flood Forecasting And Warning Centre (FFWC) on Monday said the water level of Brahmaputra, Jamuna, Padma, Teesta and Dharala, among other rivers, started to fall. However, people, who had moved to shelter centres after the flood situation worsened, have started returning to their homes. But, reduction of water level was causing river erosion, putting properties on the river banks in danger, he said, adding that 13 embankments were damaged in the ongoing flood.
In its latest move to cut jobs, Ericsson Bangladesh Ltd has terminated at least 50 employees reportedly without any prior notice. The company management served the termination letters to the 50 employees through email on Monday, sources said. Outraged by the sudden lay off, the employees staged a demonstration in front of the company’s head office in Gulshan, Dhaka. Lutfor Rahman, general secretary of Ericsson Employees’ Union, an organisation of the protesting employees, said no organisation could lay off its employees without offering any severance package. According to the company sources, the company terminated 250 permanent and temporary staff members in the last one year following a downward trend in its profits.
Rohingya families fleeing across the Naf river into Bangladesh say the Myanmar army is resorting to new tactics, including the use of civilian vigilantes, to mask a fresh crackdown on the Muslim minority in the country’s Rakhine state. The Myanmar army was heavily criticised last year after the UN said its offensive against Rohingya villages amounted to crimes against humanity. Encircling villages with heavy firepowerFrom interviews with two families, the Dhaka Tribune collected vivid descriptions of the latest tactics deployed by the Myanmar army after soldiers surrounded the village. When the Myanmar army surrounds a village, they shoot 3-4 blank rounds to announce their arrival. The Myanmar army also uses young men from the Mogh community (local Rakhine Buddhists) to raid the Rohingya houses.
The government has already revised the Strategic Transport Plan for 20 years (2015-2035) to enhance traffic speed. Officials say Dhaka’s traffic will become faster and traffic management system will improve in the coming years. However, a metro rail line between Uttara to Motijheel, a rapid bus line between Gazipur to Mohakhali will be built by 2019. Metro rail and BRTThe metro rail will carry 60,000 passengers per hour while the BRT buses will carry 20,000 people. Dhaka Transport Coordination Authority (DTCA) has already started work to introduce “rapid pass,” a digital fare collection system for commuters.
August 21, 2017 19:07 UTC
Interpol has issued international arrest warrants for 22 Bangladeshis who are wanted for rape, murder, torture, human trafficking, militancy and the trafficking of counterfeit currency. Another US issued Interpol red alert is for Mohammad Fazlul Amin Javed, 29, who is wanted for assault in the first degree and armed criminal action. Malaysia has issued red alerts for Siraj Mostafa, alias Md Lalu, 21, for human trafficking and for Mohammad Alauddin, 44, for murder. The Maldives has issued a red alert to Interpol against Hanif, 32, on charges of money embezzlement. Since joining Interpol in 1976, Bangladesh has issued red alerts against 80 individuals who have fled the country.
The prime minister expressed her disapproval, saying: “This is very disgraceful that Bangladesh has been compared to Pakistan, this is not tolerable at all,” reports UNB. Why comparison will be made with the Pakistani prime minister? During the hearing, Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha said: “The judiciary has been very patient. The Supreme Court of Pakistan removed the prime minister. The prime minister said it was unaccepted that a court in Pakistan removed their prime minister and that was used as a threat in Bangladesh.
Nadim Hossain, Savar correspondent of the Dhaka Tribune, has received death threat from the supporters of a local Awami League leader after reporting irregularities at an event organised by said leader in Ashulia, on the outskirts of Dhaka. They issued a similar threat to news portal banglanews24.com’s Ashulia correspondent Sharifuzzaman Fahim. Ashulia police station OC Abdul Awal said both Nadim and Sharifuzzaman filed separate general diaries over the incident on Monday morning. Dhaka district Awami League President and former Dhamrai MP Benzir Ahmed was the chief guest at the event. Ashulia Press Club President Mozaffar Hossain Joy and General Secretary Mahfuzur Rahman Nipu condemned the threats and demanded swift action.
A prudent course of action taken by two friends saved several hundreds of lives from a horrific train accident in Kalihati upazila, Tangail on Sunday. Risking their own lives, Balaram Rajbangshi and Nayeb Ali stopped the Dhaka-bound Nilsagor Express from getting onto a precarious rail bridge by waving a red flag. The two friends then started waving the flag to catch the train driver’s attention as they noticed the train 500m away from the bridge. Fortunately, the driver saw the flag in time and was able to stop the train before getting onto the bridge. When contacted, Nayeb Ali told this correspondent he was grateful to have been able to stop the train in time.
August 21, 2017 18:33 UTC
The prices of vegetables have skyrocketed in the city’s kitchen markets as the monsoon floods devastated large areas of farmland. Of them, the prices of onion have risen almost 100% from a month ago. The vegetable was selling at between Tk50 and Tk55 per kilogram at different city markets on Monday, up from Tk30-35 in late July. “Farmlands have been damaged by the floods in different parts, which has contributed to the surge in vegetable prices,” Tofazzal Hossain, a vegetable vendor at Karwan Bazar, told the Dhaka Tribune. The prices of some vegetables have increased by Tk10-20 per kg in last couple of days.
August 21, 2017 18:22 UTC
At least 993 pilgrims did not submit their passports to the Saudi Arabian embassy in Dhaka to get Hajj visa while the passport submission deadline expired at 12 noon On Monday. When contacted, Shahadat Hossain Taslim, secretary general of Hajj Agencies Association of Bangladesh, considering the visa appeals, said the government was responded well even after extending the visa submission deadline several times. Biman spokesperson, Shakil Meraj, said the national flag carrier will operate pre-Hajj flights until August 26. Meanwhile, aiming to carry all the pilgrims, Biman is going to increase pre-Hajj flights and has already enagaged more aircrafts for smoothen the Hajj flight operation. Until Monday, Biman was forced to cancel 24 flights owing to the continued shortage of Hajj pilgrims.
August 21, 2017 18:11 UTC