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The Bangladesh Today (10-02-2018)

The Bangladesh Today

SaTuRday Dhaka : February 10, 2018; Magh 28, 1424 BS; Jamadi-ul-awal 24, 1439 hijri; www. Regd.No.Da~2065, Vol.16; No.51; 12 Pages~Tk.8.00 InTeRnaTIOnal Hong Kong ex-cardinal warns against Vatican-China deal >Page 3 ScIence & Tech Be informed about investing in bitcoin >Page 5 SPORT Viktor Ahn (middle) won three gold medals at Sochi 2014 >Page 7 Myanmar working with BD for safe return of Rohingyas: Envoy DHAKA : Myanmar Ambassador in Dhaka Lwin Oo has said they are working actively with Bangladesh on the voluntary, safe and dignified return of Rohingyas to their homeland from Bangladesh with a good neighbourly spirit, reports UNB. "The disputes that emerge between neighbouring countries must be resolved amicably through bilateral negotiations," the envoy said. The Myanmar Ambassador was addressing a reception marking the 70th anniversary of the Independence Day of Myanmar in a city hotel on Thursday night. Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor was present as the chief guest. BNP activists demonstrate in front of central party office protesting 5 years Imprisonment of Chairperson Begum Khaleda in connection of Zia orphanage trust case. Photo: Star mail Zohr 05:22 AM 12:17 PM 04:10 PM 05:50 PM 07:07 PM 6:38 5:47 The Myanmar envoy said terrorism and extremism constitue one of the most serious threats to civilized world. "We can't condone terrorism in any form and manifestation." He claimed that men from the villages in Rakhine State were recruited to join the terrorists and militants in fighting the security forces. "Many villages had been intimidated to flee Bangladesh side by those extremists so that they can attract international attention," said the Ambassador. Ambassador Oo said Bangladesh also faced similar terror attacks by terrorists and extremists. "We welcome Bangladesh's zero tolerance policy against terrorism and militancy." BNP accuses govt of treating Khaleda as ordinary prisoner DHAKA : BNP on Friday voiced concern over the media reports that its chairperson, convicted in a graft case, has been kept in jail like an ordinary prisoner, reports UNB. "We've come to know through newspaper reports that our leader (Khaleda) has been kept like a simple prisoner. We can't be clear what's happening in the jail. We also don't know her condition is now," said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi. He aired the worry at a press briefing at BNP's Nayapaltan central office. Rizvi said the government in no way can treat Khaleda as an ordinary prisoner since she is a 'three-time' elected Prime Minister and the chief of the country's 'biggest' political party. "Why have you (govt) stooped so low in your taste?" On Thursday, a special court here convicted the Khaleda and sentenced her to five years' imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case. Five other accused in the case, including her son and BNP senior vice-chairman Tarique Rahman, were sentenced to 10 years' imprisonment each. The court also fined the five accused Tk 2.10 crore each. Rizvi asked the government when it will stop taking political revenge on their chairperson. "How long the level of brutality using the state machinery be intensified towards an elderly woman like Khaleda Zia? DHAKA : Bangladesh and India have agreed in principle to set up more border haats (markets) along the common borders of the two countries in future considering the local demand. The agreement was reached at a two-day Bangladesh-India commerce secretary level meeting that ended on Thursday at the Ministry of Commerce here, reports UNB. Commerce secretary Shubashish Bose led a 16-member Bangladesh delegation in the meeting while Indian commerce secretary Rita Teaotia led the Indian delegation. The last commerce secretary level meeting was held in New Delhi on November 15-16 in 2016. The meeting expressed satisfaction over the operations of the existing four border He said Myanmar consistently pursues a policy of good relations with all countries around the world, especially with our neighbouring countries, including Bangladesh based on five principles of co-existence. "Myanmar and Bangladesh jointly can be a bridge between South and Southeast Asia," said the Ambassador. He said air, land and sea connectivity between the two countries can play an important role in increasingly globalised world to create favourable conditions for better understanding among the people and nations in the region. "I hope that the friendly relations and cooperation between Bangladesh and Myanmar would continue to grow in the days to come," said the Ambassador. Speaking on the occasion, Minister Noor said Bangladesh and Myanmar are engaged and working together on Rohingya repatriation. He hoped that the repatriation process will be completed smoothly. The number of Rohingya arrivals from Myanmar to Bangladesh sinceAugust 25last year now stands over 688,000, indicating that Rohingyas are still coming despite a repatriation plan is in progress between the two countries. On January 16, Bangladesh and Myanmar signed a document on 'Physical Arrangement' which will facilitate return of Rohingays to their homeland from Bangladesh. The 'Physical Arrangement' stipulates that the repatriation will be completed preferablywithin two yearsfrom the commencement of the repatriation. Foreign Ministry officials in Dhaka said the verification and return of Rohingyas will be based on the family as a unit, and Bangladesh and Myanmar also finalised the 'form' for verification. Dhaka, Delhi agree to set up more border haats haats along the Bangladesh-India borders. A decision was taken in the meeting to expedite the procedure of setting up six more border haats within the next six months, said a ministry press release here. The release said the meeting was held in a very friendly and constructive environment. It said India has proposed Bangladesh to form Comprehensive Economic Partnership considering the existing situation and friendly relations persisting between the two countries. The both sides agreed to gradually ensure infrastructural development and necessary facilities of the land customs ports along the Bangladesh-India borders alongside ensuring speedy offloading of goods from those land ports. British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson calls on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday. Photo: Star mail Fast-track power plants stumble, miss operation deadline DHAKA : All the five fast-track dieselfired power plant projects in private sector failed to come into operation making the government's plan uncertain to add800 MW electricity to the national grid by February 9, reports UNB. Non-settlement of land disputes and other complexities are still holding back the project completion and these projects may not be able to start operation even by next couple of months, said officials responsible for project execution. The project sponsors are now trying to pursue the government to extend their project completion deadline and re-fix the commercial operation date (COD) with a deferred timeline. The five HSD (high speed diesel) plants are Aggreko International's 100 MW Awrahati, 100 MW Bhrammangaon, and 300 MW Pangaon, in Keraniganj near Dhaka, Bangla Trac's 100 MW Noapara in Jessore and 200 MW Daudkandi in Comilla. These five projects are among the total 17 projects undertaken as fasttrack projects to add total 2468 MW before July this year. The remaining 12 are furnace oil-fired ones with total generation capacity of 1668 MW. These were awarded to sponsors for setting upwithin nine monthsof their contracts. Khaleda’s conviction to deepen BNP's crisis, not the country’s: Quader GAZIPUR : Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Friday said Khaleda Zia's conviction in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case will deepen BNP's internal crisis not country's political crisis. The Minister came up with the remarks while visiting a BRTA project in Bhogra Bypass in the city. The present government did not file the case and interfere into it. Begum Zia would have been jailed earlier if she had appeared before the court regularly. Begum Zia and her lawyers are responsible for delaying the case proceedings, he said. Referring to BNP's decision to make Tarique Rahman as its acting chief in absence of Khaleda Zia, Quader said Tareque was sentenced to seven years jail in money laundering case and now he has been awarded 10-yr jail in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case. "Now, it is clear why BNP repealed section 7 from their charter. There is no bar for corrupted people to be leader of their party." Rohingya crisis most shocking humanitarian disaster: Boris Johnson DHAKA : British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, now in city on a two-day visit, on Friday said the plight of the Rohingya and the suffering they have had to endure is one of the most shocking humanitarian disasters of their time, reports UNB. "This is a man-made tragedy that could be resolved with the right political will, tolerance and cooperation from all those involved," he said in a statement. The British Foreign Secretary said he wants to see and hear for himself the terrible things these people have been through, and he will be talking to State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and other regional leaders about how they can work together to resolve this appalling crisis. Boris is now holding meeting with Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali at State Guest House Padma. The meeting began at 7:50pm on Friday. He began a four-day tour to Asia yesterday where he will visit Myanmar and Thailand after visiting Bangladesh. This is the first official visit by a Foreign Secretary in ten years. He met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina before coming to Padma. British High Commissioner in Dhaka Alison Blake is accompanying the British Foreign Secretary in the meeting. The Foreign Secretary will also visit a refugee camp on the Bangladesh- Burma border near Cox's Bazar on Saturday. The Foreign Secretary will see firsthand the conditions of the Rohingya who have fled Burma to refugee camps in Bangladesh and discuss with the Burmese government the steps needed to enable them to return to their homes. In Burma he will hold talks with State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and visit northern Rakhine. The Foreign Secretary will travel on to Bangkok for talks with Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and also meet the chair of the Advisory Board on the Rakhine Advisory Commission, Surakiart Sathirathai. BNP men stage demo protesting Khaleda’s imprisonment They demand her immediate release DHAKA : Several hundred BNP leaders and activists brought out a procession in the city on Friday protesting imprisonment of party Chairperson Khaleda Zia in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case and demanded her immediate release. The BNP men brought out its protest procession in front of Baitul Mukarram mosque after Jumma prayers around 2pm. Huge number of law enforcers, including police and Rab, were seen following the BNP procession from behind. BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, president of Swecchasebak Dal Shafiul Bari Babu and Juba Dal General Secretary Sultan Salauddin Tuku were leading the procession. Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal leaders and activists from Dhaka University, Jagannath University and different colleges of Dhaka city and Juba Dal leaders and activists joined the procession. However, when the demonstrators reached at Nightingale intersection near BNP's Naya Paltan central office around 2:20 pm police dispersed them. Police also detained three BNP activists from Nayapaltan area.

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