The High Court has said that Bangladesh is still not in the position to abolish the death penalty but it may consider introducing a guideline on what and how the sentencing system should be applied. About 104 countries have abolished the capital punishment until 2016, while 63 countries retained it, according to Amnesty International. The court on Sunday said that the judiciaries in many countries also discourage death penalty but Bangladesh has not been able to come to that position yet. The death penalty there is usually awarded in extreme cases, such as to the perpetrators of the 2012 Delhi gang rape case. In comparison, the High Court said that in Bangladesh the first option for sentencing in a murder case is the death penalty and then life imprisonment, and explain why the death sentence has been commuted.
October 22, 2017 19:41 UTC
The government’s emergency response to ease sufferings of flood victims by providing emergency relief, dry food and medicine has done little to allay the looming uncertainty over income. In Lalmonirhat district last week, this correspondent found a large number of flood victims working in stone crushing mills spread around Burimari upazila, a remote region on the Indian border. Anwar Kabir, a resident of Dohogram union in the upazila said that the government had done little to ease the sufferings of poor flood victims beyond some relief distribution. The government has distributed some food and bundles of tins among the flood victims but that has not reached everyone,” he said. Disaster management officials disagree, saying their support to the flood victims has continued and everybody would be brought under coverage.
October 22, 2017 19:30 UTC
The hardware includes one Mi-4 helicopter, two PT 76 tanks, 106 mm recoilless anti-tank gun, 2” mortar, rocket launcher 3.5”, 40 mm RPG anti-tank, Bren Gun Machine MK II, 7.62 mm sniper rifle, 7.62 mm 1A1 self loading rifle, rifle 7.62 mm 2A Ishapore, sten 9 mm MK II, G3P3 7.62 mm rifle, 7.62 mm rifle (Belgium), 9 mm carbine machine gun 2A and 38 calibre service revolver. The Mi-4 helicopter was the transport helicopter in service with the Indian Air Force during the war. India has presented several weapons preserved as memorabilia of the 1971 Liberation War to Bangladesh. The memorabilia is proposed to be displayed at Bangladesh National Museum, Shahbagh and Museum of Independence, Suhrawardy Udyan, Dhaka. Many of those memorabilia are on display at the Hotel Sonargoan where the Indian minister is staying.
October 22, 2017 19:07 UTC
Female Union Parishad (UP) members will soon be able to officially verify National Identity Card (NID) application forms, an authority currently exercised only by the male members of UP. To clarify the matter, we are going to issue a circular empowering women ward members as NID verifiers,” Abdul Malek said. He said the male public representatives need to change their mindset and should also help women members in performing their duties as stipulated by the Union Parishad Law, 2009. The Union Parishad Governance Project has reduced poverty as much as by 5%. Naihati Union Parishad Chairman, Kamal Hossain Bulbul said: “We primarily thought that the women ward members were only making up numbers.
October 22, 2017 18:56 UTC
PEQUANNOCK, N.J. — A young girl in New Jersey who hoped to return two dollar bills she found on a sidewalk to their rightful owner will use the money to donate a box of Girl Scout nuts to the military. Isabella King found the money on a sidewalk in Pequannock on Wednesday and her mother, Alyssa, told the Daily Record that Isabella insisted on bringing the money to the police. “I know it was only $2, but I still wanted to do the right thing and be honest,” she said. Alyssa King said that no one came forward to claim the money so they will donate a box of Girl Scout nuts to the military. “All of the support from the community has helped her realize it’s important to try to do the right thing and be honest,” Alyssa King said.
October 22, 2017 18:45 UTC
Reuters has interviewed six Myanmar officials involved with repatriation and resettlement plans. FILE PHOTO: Aerial view of a burned Rohingya village near Maungdaw, north of Rakhine state, Myanmar September 27, 2017. There is no land ownership for those who don't have citizenship," said Kyaw Lwin, agriculture minister in Rakhine state, when asked in an interview whether refugees who returned to Myanmar could reclaim land and crops. Officials have made plans to harvest, and possibly sell, thousands of acres of crops left behind by the fleeing Rohingya, according to state government documents reviewed by Reuters. Rohingya refugees who fled from Myanmar make their way after crossing the border in Palang Khali, near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh October 16, 2017.
October 22, 2017 18:45 UTC
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal has said that he would visit Myanmar on Monday to hold talks with the Myanmar government. The minister would lead an eight-member delegation including two secretaries, an additional secretary, the three chiefs of police, Border Guard Bangladesh and Coast Guard, and the additional director general of the Department of Narcotics Control. Kamal said the delegation was going to visit Myanmar on an invitation from its government. The home minister, however, said some 500,000 Rohingyas came to Bangladesh long ago and now over 500,000 more have arrived since late August. During talks with Bangladesh government representatives, he had agreed to take back over half a million of its forcibly displaced Rohingya nationals from Bangladesh.
October 22, 2017 18:22 UTC
After a young, talented girl committed suicide in Dhaka, the addictive yet fatal internet “game” called Blue Whale came to our notice. The name Blue Whale sounds innocuous — one may be forgiven for wrongfully taking this to be a game about sea creatures and oceans. Blue Whale starts like many other such challenges — asking the player to sit on the roof, walk alone outside after midnight, watch horror films, etc. In the Blue Whale game, one certain challenge is to use a sharp object to draw a whale on the arm, which, so far, has been the first factor for detecting possible players. Blue Whale is a wake- up call.
The roads are submerged, people are unable to get to work, thousands are left stranded out of their homes. Is this the kind of mega-city Dhaka is supposed to be? Much of the problem, as has been highlighted before, is due to the woeful drainage system Dhaka currently boasts. This has come about as a result of not only poor planning, but in many cases the inadequate way certain infrastructural developments have progressed. A city that is growing as rapidly as Dhaka currently is, needs to be better prepared for the future.
His friends later confirmed that he had been growing frustrated over the years for not being able to secure a job after completing the post-graduation from the most renowned public university in the country. How can we keep them up-to-date about the job situation in Bangladesh and that of abroad? Surprisingly, none of our public universities run careers services for students to enable them to develop their employability. It is amazing that students in developed countries have enormous support programs offered by their universities in preparing them for the job market, whereas students in Bangladesh merely depend on their own initiative to find a job. However, it is undeniable that careers services can work to benefit both parties.
Visiting Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has said Myanmar must take back their nationals from Bangladesh and there should be a permanent solution to the crisis. “Myanmar must take back their nationals … this is a big burden for Bangladesh. About terrorist acts in Rakhine, Sushma said terrorists can be punished. The prime minister also mentioned that Bangladesh has engagement with Myanmar and Bangladesh’s home minister will visit Myanmar shortly. During the meeting, Sushma gifted Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina some memorabilia of the Liberation War of 1971.
October 22, 2017 17:37 UTC
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, including some top party leaders, has met the Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj at Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel. “She assured us that her country had been positively considering a permanent settlement of the crisis,” the BNP secretary general added. Mirza Fakhrul, quoting Sushma, said that India, as a neighbouring democratic country, also expects a neutral election to be held in Bangladesh. The meeting was also attended by senior BNP leaders including Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury, and Riaz Rahman. Various issues including Teesta water sharing, Rohingya crisis, implementation of the development projects and next parliamentary election were discussed during the 25-min-long meeting.
October 22, 2017 17:15 UTC
Bangladesh Bank has so far retrieved $14.54 million of the $81 million stolen from its account at the New York Federal Reserve on February 5 last year. The process of recovering the remaining $66.4 million is underway, according to a press statement of the central bank. The statement, issued on Sunday, reads a Philippines court froze $29 million that was transferred to Solaire Casino, and the issue is now subjudice at the country’s apex court. The court concerned also issued an asset preservation order (APO) to the accounts of two employees of casino owner Kim Aung, where money equivalent to $1.2 million was found. Bangladesh Bank has been maintaining a regular contact with the authorities concerned in the United States to get back the stolen money and take actions against those involved.
October 22, 2017 16:30 UTC