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Year-End Supplement

Down memory lane of 2017

Down memory lane of 2017
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, accompanied by senior military officials, steps inside BNS Nabajatra, one of the two China-built submarines that were commissioned at the Chittagong Naval Base, as the Bangladesh Navy entes the submarine era. PMO Photo

January

Jan. 03: Fire at DCC Market

Mysteriously a fire broke out at the two-storey DCC market and an adjacent market at Gulshan in the capital that burnt several hundred shops and left the market partially collapsed.

Jan. 07: Gulshan attack plotter Marzan killed in special police drive

Top militant of the Neo-JMB, a mastermind of the Gulshan café attack, Nurul Islam, alias Marzan, was killed in a special drive conducted by the Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crimes (CTTC) unit of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police in the capital’s Mohammadpur area.

Jan. 16: Court Delivered verdict on 7 murder case

AWAMI LEAGUE leader and former NCC councilor Nur Hossain, three former RAB officers, including sacked commanding officer of RAB-11 Lt Col Tareque Sayeed Mohammad, and 22 others were sentenced to death in the sensational Narayanganj seven-murder case.

Jan. 29: Kofi Annan’s commission members visits Rohingya camps

Three members of the Myanmar’s Advisory Commission on Rakhine State, known as Kofi Annan’s commission, visited Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar.

February

Feb. 01: World’s first ‘tree girl’ a Bangladeshi

A young girl with bark-like warts growing on her face could be the first female ever afflicted by so-called ‘tree man syndrome’, physicians studying the rare condition said. Ten-year-old Sahana Khatun has the tell-tale gnarled growths sprouting from her chin, ear and nose.

Feb. 06: Nurul Huda made new CEC

President Md Abdul Hamid appointed former secretary and freedom fighter KM Nurul Huda as the new chief election commissioner (CEC).

Feb. 28: 5 JMB men sentenced to death for Hoshi Kunio murder

A special court in Rangpur convicted five members of the banned Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) and sentenced them to death for killing Japanese citizen Hoshi Kunio in 2015.

March

Mar. 10: Malaysian labour market reopens after 8 yrs

The much-anticipated labour market for Bangladeshi workers in Malaysia officially reopened, after around eight years, putting an end to all speculation to the contrary.

Mar. 16: 4 militants killed in Chittagong special raid

Four suspected militants, including a female one, were killed during a special joint forces raid on a militant hideout at Premtala in Sitakunda upazila of Chittagong.

Mar. 17: Militant blows self up in RAB barrack

A suspected suicide bomber blew himself up at the site of a proposed RAB headquarters at Ashkona near the Hajj camp, two RAB men were injured in the explosion.

Mar. 19: Terrific Test win for Tigers

Bangladesh cricket team’s maiden test win over Sri Lanka, where Bangladesh pulled off a historic four-wicket win in the second Test in Colombo.

Mar. 24-28: Operation Twilight

The army operation codenamed Operation Twilight in Atia Mahal, a militant hideout in Shibbari area of Sylhet, conducted by army para commandos saw the successful rescue of 78 people unharmed from the building and the death of 4 militants.

Mar. 24: ‘Suicide bomber’ blows up self near Dhaka airport

A suspected suicide bomber blew him up at a police check-post in front of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport intersection in the capital, hours after the Army-led joint forces kept a suspected den of the banned militant outfit JMB in Sylhet cordoned off.

Mar. 25: 6 killed as blasts rock Sylhet

At least six people, including two policemen, were killed and more than 40 injured in two ‘powerful’ blasts outside a suspected militant den in Shibbari area of Sylhet city when army was conducting an operation.

Mar. 30: ‘Operation Hit Back’

The 22-hour-long ‘Operation Hit Back’ ended with the death of at least eight suspected militants in a hideout on the outskirts of Moulvibazar town. The joint forces found the scattered body parts of the suspected extremists when they finally entered the house.

April

Apr. 06: Mashrafe said goodbye to Twenty20

Mashrafe Bin Mortaza announced his retirement from the Twenty20 International during the first of the two-match T20 series against Sri Lanka. He had perfect send-off with a 45-run win over Sri Lanka in his farewell match.

Apr. 07: PRIME MINISTER Shekh HASINA visits India

Indian PRIME MINISTER Narendra Modi welcomed his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh HASINA when she arrived at the tarmac of the Air Force Station, Palam, New Delhi kicking off her much hyped 4-day state visit.

Apr. 10: Apu Biswas revealed her marriage with Shakib Khan

Actress Apu Biswas made revelations about her marriage with popular actor Shakib Khan and also introduced the country to their son Abraham.

 Apr. 13: Huji chief -Mufti Hannan, two aides executed

Harkat-ul-Jihad (Huji) chief Mufti Abdul Hannan and his two associates Delwar Alias Ripon and Sharif Shahedul Alam alias Bipul were hanged night for their  grenade attack on former British envoy Anwar Choudhury in Sylhet in 2004.

May

May. 03: Power goes off in 4 divisions

Power supply to vast areas under Khulna, Barisal, Rajshahi and Rangpur divisions remained suspended following the failure of two major transmission lines to the national grid.

May. 06: PM inaugurated Marine Drive

PRIME MINISTER Sheikh HASINA inaugurated and laid foundation stones of 17 development projects including the 80-km Cox’s Bazar-Teknaf Marine Drive.

May. 10: BNP unveiled ‘Vision 2030’

The former premier Begum KHALEDA Zia announced the party’s much-talked-about "Vision 2030" at a press conference at Westin Hotel in Dhaka.

May. 12: 2 Banani ‘rapists’ remanded

A Dhaka court remanded Shafat Ahmed, the main accused in the rape of two private university students at a four-star hotel in Banani, and Sadman Aqif, another accused in the case, for six days and five days in police custody respectively.

May. 13: 8 Bangladeshis killed in NY, KSA road mishaps

Eight Bangladeshi expatriates were killed in two separate road accidents in Northern State Parkway near New York City of the United States and in Umme Zamzam area in Saudi Arabi.

May. 17: Banani Rape Key accused Nayem Ashraf arrested

Nayem Ashraf, 30, one of the accused in a case filed over the alleged rape of two private university girls in a Banani hotel in the capital, was arrested from Munshiganj.

May. 18: 2 Banani rape accused confess to crime

Shafat Ahmed and Shadman Sakif, the two accused in a case filed over the rape of two private university students in a Banani hotel in the capital, confessed to their crime in their confessional statements at a Dhaka court.

May. 26: Supreme Court ‘Lady Justice’ sculpture removed

With hours left before the month-long Ramadan began, the sculpture at the Supreme Court premises, a variation of the Greek goddess Themis in a sari, was removed from its spot.

May. 28-31: Cyclone ‘Mora’ leaves 7 dead in Cox’s Bazar, Rangamati

At least seven people were killed in Cox’s Bazar and  Rangamati districts as severe cyclonic storm ‘Mora’ hit Cox’s Bazar-Chittagong coast near Kutubdia.

June

Jun. 01: National Budget for Fiscal year 2017-18 proposed

Enforcement of the Value Added Tax (VAT) and Supplementary Duty Act, 2012, from July 1 this year appears to be the main feature of the Tk. 4,00,266-crore national budget for the next fiscal year, which was unveiled by finance minister AMA MUHITH.

Jun. 02: Police find huge cache of arms, ammo in N’ganj lake

The police found a huge cache of 62 submachine guns (SMGs), rocket launchers, explosives, and ammunition in a lake in Narayanganj.

Jun. 07: Moudud evicted from posh house

Rajdhahi Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) evicted BNP leader Moudud Ahmed from his Gulshan house and took over its possession in accordance with a court order.

Jun. 09: Defiant Tigers thrash Kiwis

Cardiff proved to be the happy hunting ground for Bangladesh once again as they kept their hope to move into the semi-final of the ICC Champions Trophy alive, crushing New Zealand by five wickets from a dire strait.

Jun. 13: Catastrophic landslides kill 132

At least 132 people, including four army personnel, were killed and over 100 injured as rain triggered landslides and wrought havoc in Rangamati, Chittagong and Bandarban districts. This was the worst ever landslide in the country after June 11, 2007 catastrophe which claimed 127 lives.

Jun.28: Uniform VAT deferred for two years

In a major policy reversal, Finance Minister AMA MUHITH announced to defer the execution of the VAT (amendment) Act-2012 for the next two years keeping the existing VAT system for the period and to reduce the excise duty on bank deposits. MUHITH’s announcement followed the suggestions of PRIME MINISTER Sheikh HASINA, who advised the finance minister to do so, while taking part in the general discussion on the budget.

July

Jul. 02: 515 Bangladeshis held in Malaysia

At least 515 Bangladeshis were detained in Malaysia for not having enforcement card (e-card) or permits for temporary residence.

Jul. 03: JS loses power to remove SC judges

In a landmark verdict, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court (SC) turned down a government appeal filed against a High Court (HC) order that had declared illegal the Sixteenth Amendment to the Constitution, which had established Parliament's authority to remove Supreme Court judges for incapacity or misbehavior.

Jul. 12: Sri Lankan president visits Bangladesh

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena arrived in Dhaka on a three-day state visit to Bangladesh which is expected to 'expand ties and create new avenues of cooperation' between the two countries.

Jul. 27: Liveable Dhaka a far cry

Waterlogging, traffic chaos is a regular feature in the 1,528-square km city. Hundreds of vehicles stuck in ankle to waist-deep rainwater on major roads, and submerged alleys clogged with rickshaws and battery-run three-wheelers are the common pictures of the capital during the past few days thanks to its poor drainage system.

July. 31: Man found inside export container at Ctg port

A man was rescued from a Singapore-bound export container at the Chittagong port. The rescued man is a labourer and has been identified as Babul Tripura, 35, from Matiranga upazila of Khargachori district.

August

Aug. 04: Secretary General of OIC visits Rohingya refugee camp

Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Dr Yousef bin Ahmad Al Othaimeen listened to Rohingya people’s shocking tales of brutalities carried by Myanmar army.

Aug. 13: Annisul Huq hospitalised

Mayor of Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Annisul Huq admitted to a hospital in London after he fell sick.

Aug. 15: Operation August Bite

Officials of law enforcement agencies foiled a plot to attack people going to Dhanmondi 32 by conducting ‘Operation August Bite’ at a building in Panthapath in the capital, with a suspected militant being killed in the process. The suspect, identified as Saiful Islam, a student of Khulna BL College and a resident of Dumuria upazila of Khulna, allegedly committed suicide by blowing himself up during the raid on Room No. 301 on the fourth floor of Panthapath’s Olio Green Heaven Hotel in the morning.

Aug. 19: Flood situation worsens in central, southern regions

With the falling water level of the rivers and less rainfall, the flood situation in the northern districts was improving. However, many people are unable to return as their homes have been destroyed by the floods. The situation in the central and southern zones of the country is deteriorating. Many areas are being submerged by onrush of water flowing towards the Bay of Bengal. The flood-affected people in the northern region are facing the menace of rivers eroding their homesteads, making their rehabilitation difficult.

Aug. 21: 10 to die for plot to kill HASINA

A Dhaka court handed down the death penalty to 10 men accused of attempting to kill PRIME MINISTER Sheikh HASINA at Kotalipara, Gopalganj, in 2000.

Aug. 25: 146 Rohingyas sent back to Myanmar

Members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) have sent back 146 Rohingyas as they attempted to enter Bangladesh amid the escalating tension in Myanmar’s Rakhine state following an attack by insurgents on 24 police posts and an army base.

Aug.26: Myanmar forces ‘fire on fleeing Rohingyas’

Myanmar security forces fired mortars and machine guns at terrified Rohingya villagers fleeing northern Rakhine State for Bangladesh yesterday.

Aug. 31: Tigers tame Aussies in historic Test win

Bangladesh’s groundbreaking maiden won over mighty Australia in the first Test at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.

September

Sep. 05: Over 1.5 lakh Rohingyas enter in two weeks

Over 170,000 Rohingyas had fled to Bangladesh since violence erupted in Myanmar in August, exerting pressure on the scarce resources of aid agencies and communities helped hundreds of thousands of refugees from previous outbreaks of violence in Myanmar.

Sep. 07: Turkish first lady, FM visit Rohingya camps

Turkish first lady Emine Erdogan, wife of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and the country’s foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu will visit the Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazaar.

Sep. 12: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina visits Rohingya Camps

Describing the atrocities unleashed by the Myanmar military as 'acts against humanity and violation of human rights', Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said Rohingya refugees are Myanmar nationals and it must take its citizens back.

Sep. 16: Ronhingya influx takes toll on environment

Within a span of three weeks, over 400,000 Rohingyas had taken shelter in Cox’s Bazar and Bandarban district. The fresh arrivals were taking shelter on hill slopes by digging the earth to make the ground plain and cutting down trees. In the process, croplands were being damaged. Some are even took shelter in the reserved forest area of Balukhali.

Sep. 20: Suu Kyi rejected criticism over Rohingya crisis

Noble peace prize winner ,Aung San Suu Kyi pledged to hold rights violators to account over the Rohingya crisis but refused to blame Myanmar's army, as the UN chief demanded an end to the military campaign and a better deal for the Muslim minority.

Sep. 21: PM Sheikh Hasina urges OIC members to Resolve Rohingya crisis

At an OIC Contact Group Meeting on Rohingyas in New York, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has called upon the OIC member states to show a unity for solving the Rohingya crisis before it is too late and placed some proposals before the OIC, including full implementation of the recommendations made by the Kofi Annan Commission.

Sep. 23: PM Sheikh Hasina urges UN to end Rohingya crisis urgently

Calling upon the United Nations and the international community to take immediate and effective measures for a permanent solution to the protracted Rohingya crisis, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has placed a five-point proposal to the UN in this regard at the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

October

Oct. 02: Myanmar agrees to start Rohingya repatriation

Bangladesh and Myanmar agreed to form a joint working group to start the repatriation process of all the Rohingyas living in Bangladesh.

Oct. 03: Chief Justice leaves for cancer treatment

Law Minister Anisul Huq and Attorney General Mahbubey Alam refuted any allegation of government pressure on Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha to go for one month leave, saying that the CJ went on the leave for treatment as he was suffering from cancer and other ailments.

Oct. 15: Gfraft allegations against Chief Justice

Five Supreme Court (SC) judges expressed their dissent to sit at the same bench with Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha him as he failed to give any satisfactory clarification over the 11 allegations of corruption against him, according to a statement.

Oct. 18: Rohingya Exodus

The United Nations said, Some 582,000 Rohingya refugees had fled Myanmar for Bangladesh since late August, and warned that thousands more were still stranded at the border,

Oct. 21: Sheikh Hasina urges Guterres to put more pressure on Myanmar

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina again urged the United Nations and international community to put more pressure on Myanmar government for taking back their nationals from Bangladesh through peaceful rehabilitation in their homeland.

Oct. 22: Indian FM Sushma Swaraj visits Bangladesh

Visiting Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj said Myanmar must take back its nationals as there should be a permanent solution to the Rohingya crisis.

Oct. 23: BAPEX finds 700bcf gas reserve in Bhola

Amid the growing energy crisis, Bangladesh Petroleum Exploration and Production Company Limited (BAPEX) discovered a new gas reserve of around 700 billion cubic feet near Shahbazpur in Bhola, raising the overall gas reserve of the area to around one trillion cubic feet.

Oct. 27: Myanmar conducts ‘final phase’ of ethnic cleansing

A systematic campaign against Rohingyas, an ethnic minority in Myanmar's northern Rakhine state of Myanmar, was in its final stages with ongoing Army operations, bringing to a head a drive that commenced in 1962. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), 604,000 Rohingyas have crossed over to Bangladesh to save their lives since the recent spell of military crackdown began in August 25, following a coordinated attack on police posts by Rohingya insurgents. Local people say the number of refugees is likely to have crossed 700,000 and more are coming in as the exodus continues.

Oct. 28: Khaleda Motorcade Attacked in Feni

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s motorcade came under attack in Feni when she was on her way to Cox’s Bazar to distribute relief materials among Rohingya refugee.

November

Nov. 05: Blogger Avijit murder accused held

Members of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime unit (CTTC) arrested a most wanted accused from city's Mohammadpur area in connection with the killing of blogger and writer Avijit Roy.

Nov. 08: NSU teacher missing

An assistant professor of North South University reportedly gone missing.Dr Mubashar Hasan, a teacher of School of Humanities and Social Sciences, went missing since November 7.

Nov.09: Hathurusingha resigns

Chandika Hathurusingha resigned from the post of head coach of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB).

Nov. 10: CJ Sinha resigns

In a rare incident, the chief justice of Bangladesh, Surendra Kumar Sinha, resigned from his post as the Chief Justice, following weeks of controversy over his leave and travel abroad.

Nov. 24: Instrument singed for the repatriation of Rohingyas, between Bangladesh and Myanmar

Amidst suspicion over the intent of Myanmar, Dhaka and Naypyidaw struck an ‘instrument’ on the repatriation of the Rohingyas, who had to take shelter in Bangladesh to escape from the appalling atrocities committed by their security forces, local Buddhist mobs and people belonging to other ethnic groups, will begin within two months.

Nov. 27: HC upholds death for 139 in BDR carnage case

The High Court (HC), upheld the death sentences of 139 BDR men, commuted the sentences of eight others to life-term imprisonment, and acquitted four among 152 death-row convicts. These people were accused of killing 57 army officers deputed to BDR (now the Border Guards Bangladesh or BGB) and 17 others during the February 2009 mutiny at the BDR headquarters in Dhaka.

Nov. 28: Mayor Annisul admitted to ICU again

Ailing Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Mayor Annisul Huq was again admitted to the ICU of a London hospital after his condition deteriorated.

Nov. 30: DNCC mayor Anisul Huq dies

Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Mayor Anisul Huq died in a London hospital.

Nov. 30: Pope arrives at Dhaka

Pope Francis called for "decisive" international action on the Rohingya refugee crisis as he began a visit to Bangladesh.

December

Dec. 05: Onion price brings tears

The price of local onion rose to Tk. 90 per kg and that of the imported Indian onion to Tk. 70 in wholesale markets. The local variety is selling at Tk. 90-100 and the imported one at Tk. 80-90 per kg in retail markets.

Dec. 06: Sophia greets Prime Minister

A humanoid robot named Sophia that took the world by storm met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at Digital World Exposition at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre.

Dec. 11: Shakib regains Test captaincy    

As the speculation was doing rounds for quite some time, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) finally announced Shakib Al Hasan as the Test captain.

Dec. 12: Joy says he won’t contest next nat’l polls

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s son, Sajeeb Wazed Joy, who is also her ICT affairs adviser, made it clear that he will not contest the next general election.

Dec. 13: Rangpur Riders lift maiden BPL title

Chris Gayle smashed a marauding 69-ball 146 not out as Rangpur Riders clinched their maiden BPL T20 title with a crushing 57-run win over Dhaka Dynamites at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.

 Dec. 14: No proof of Akayed’s terror link at home

Bangladesh Police have not found any evidence of New York blast accused Akayed Ullah’s involvement in militant activities at home.

Dec. 15: Chittagong bid adieu to former mayor Mohiuddin Chowdhury

The president of the Chittagong city unit of the Awami League (AL) and a former mayor of the Chittagong City Corporation (CCC), ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury, died at a private hospital in the port city.

Dec. 18: 10 killed, 18 hurt in stampede in qul khwani of former CCC mayor

Ten people were killed and about 18 others seriously injured in a stampede at the qul khwani of ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury, former mayor of the Chittagong City Corporation.

Dec.22: Landslide victory for JP

Jatiya Party (JP) scripted a crushing defeat for its political ally Awami League in the Rangpur mayoral elections with a landslide victory.

 

 

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