A special tribunal in Dhaka yesterday sentenced seven out of total eight accused to death in a case lodged over horrific militant attack on the capital’s Holey Artisan Bakery in 2016 that claimed lives of 22 innocent people, including 17 foreigners. Nine Italians, seven Japanese, an Indian, a Bangladeshi-born American and two Bangladeshis along with two police officers were killed before commandoes stormed the café. One of the accused, Boro Mizan, was acquitted as charges brought against him could not be proved.
President Md. Abdul Hamid has urged the judges to take necessary steps for quick disposal of cases in an efficient manner. The Head of the State made the urge while newly appointed nine judges of the High Court Division of Bangladesh Supreme Court paid a courtesy call on him at Bangabhaban in Dhaka yesterday. The president hoped that with the help of lawyers, judges and other concerned, the trial activities will be accelerated. Noting that the information technology is now very important tool, he urged the judges to utilize the IT in trial process. Welcoming the judges, he also wished their success. Meanwhile, a delegation led by Bangladesh Chapter President of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Mahbubur Rahman met President Md. Abdul Hamid at Bangabhaban in Dhaka yesterday. The President asked the business leaders to create new entrepreneurs and explore more commerce-investment sectors. The chamber leaders informed the President that the ICC would celebrate its 100-year while 25-year of Bangladesh Chapter in a befitting manner and they invited the President to be the chief guest on the occasion.
UNESCO will jointly celebrate “Mujib Barsho” with Bangladesh next year, marking the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. UNESCO took the decision at its 40th General Assembly held at its headquarters in Paris recently. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina revealed the information this while speaking a preparatory meeting on celebration of the birth centenary of the Father of the Nation at Ganabhaban in Dhaka yesterday. Programmes on different occasions such as Bangabandhu’s Homecoming Day, Awami League’s founding anniversary, National Mourning Day and Jail Killing Day will be organised in coordination with the ‘Mujib Barsho’, the meeting informed.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has asked the authorities concerned to implement the four projects taken by the Liberation War Affairs Ministry in the quickest possible time. The Prime Minister gave the directive while witnessing a presentation on the four projects at the Prime Minister’s Office in Dhaka yesterday. The four projects are Swadhinata Stambha Construction (3rd Phase) at Suhrawardy Udyan, House Construction Project for Insolvent Freedom Fighters, Mujibnagar Independence War Memorial Complex Construction Project and 360 Degree Panorama for Bangladesh Project marking the memorial of the Liberation War.
Newly appointed French Ambassador Jean-Marin Schuh called on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her office in Dhaka yesterday. Noting that France has sustainable energy policy, Jean-Marin Schuh said they are keen to cooperate Bangladesh in energy sector. He also expressed desire to cooperate Bangladesh in launching Bangabandhu Satellite-2. Highly praising Bangladesh’s role in disaster management, the Envoy said the capacity of Bangladesh has increased in this field. In reply, Sheikh Hasina said her government was able to evacuate about 22 lakh people to the safer places during the recent cyclone “Bulbul”. The Premier recalled the contribution of France and its people during the Liberation War of Bangladesh. During the meeting, the Envoy said, his country will continue to extend support to Bangladesh on the Rohingya issue.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will leave Dhaka on December 1 to join the ‘Heads of State and Government Summit’ of the 25th annual Conference of Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to be held on December 2 in Madrid.
Foreign Minister Dr A K Abdul Momen said this at a press conference held at state guesthouse Padma in Dhaka yesterday. He said, the Prime Minister will call upon the global leaders to consider matters related to climate compensation to vulnerable countries through further strengthening mandate of ‘Warsaw International Mechanism’ for ‘Loss and Damage’.
The Foreign Minister also said, the upcoming visit of the Army Chief to Myanmar will benefit the country as it will create another 'line of negotiation' on the Rohingya repatriation between the two countries.
Over the verdict on Holey Artisan Bakery attack case, Road Transport and Bridges Minister speaking at a meeting in Jashore said, the judgement has established a peaceful future of the people in the country, claiming that the verdict as an ominous sign for those provide shelter to the militants. Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud addressing an award giving ceremony of reporters at the Sagar-Runi auditorium of Dhaka Reporters’ Unity in Dhaka yesterday said, the verdict has showed a great success in curbing militancy compared to other countries in the world. Law Minister Anisul Huq while speaking at a press briefing at his ministry in Dhaka yesterday expressed his satisfaction over the verdict and hoped that the judgment would be executed within a very short time after completion of further necessary procedures. Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen has said, Bangladesh, through the Holey Artisan verdict, has been able to recover its image tarnished following the attack. The United States in a statement received from the US embassy in Dhaka yesterday said, the verdict on terrorist attack at Holey Artisan Bakery gives some closure to the families of those who suffered from the brutal murders committed that day saying the trial represents a landmark case for Bangladesh.
A two-day conference on climate change and sustainable development kicked off at Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban of Dhaka University yesterday. Agriculture Minister Dr Md Abdur Razzaque speaking at the conference said, the Awami League government is firm in its resolution to make Bangladesh ecologically friendly for sustainable development as the country faces enormous challenges from environmental and ecological change. Environment activists, researchers, and scientists from 20 countries, including the USA, Japan, Malaysia, Austria, China, and Sweden, joined the conference.
Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Malik has said, exit points of the capital have become places for disposing garbage as if roadsides are made for dumping waste. He said this while speaking at a programme—Multisectoral Action Plan for Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases 2018–2025—at the Intercontinental Dhaka yesterday.
Chinese Company M/s. Y & F Healthcare Ltd. will invest US$ 10 million in Mongla EPZ to produce diversified products in medical sector. Member of BEPZA Zillur Rahman and Managing Director of M/s. Y & F Healthcare Ltd Feng Yiming signed the agreement on behalf of their respective organizations at BEPZA Complex in Dhaka yesterday. The company is going to establish a Surgical Products Manufacturing Industry in Mongla EPZ.
Bangladesh Bank will provide Tk 26.5 billion from the foreign reserve fund to procure two Dreamliner 787-9 aircraft for Biman Bangladesh Airlines. The fund will be provided to state-run Sonali Bank by December 5 at a rate of Tk 84.4 per dollar for a 10-year period with a 0.5 per cent interest plus the London interbank offered rate.
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