Nation this week

Thursday, November 16th, 2017


Seven directors of the privately-run Social Islami Bank Limited resigned on November 14 citing “personal problems”. Four of them were independent while three others were shareholders of the bank. The changes came following a board meeting of the bank held a day earlier, the bank sources said. Besides, nine new directors — seven independent and two shareholders – have also been appointed following the meeting. Earlier on October 30, SIBL board chairman Md Rezaul Haque, its executive committee chairman Md Anisul Hoque and managing director Shahid Hossain resigned from their posts.


President Abdul Hamid accepted Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha’s resignation letter on Novemer 13. The letter was forwarded to law ministry for further action, president’s Press Secretary Mohammad Joynal Abedin told reporters. The resignation was effectuated from November 10, the date when the letter was signed. The letter reached Bangabhaban through Bangladesh High Commission in Singapore, he added. The president’s press secretary however did not know the reason behind the resignation and whether the president has taken any initiative to appoint a new chief justice.


Corruption watchdog Transparency International Bangladesh unveiled their latest study on November 13, where it showed that the National Curriculum and Textbook Board made changes in several school textbooks of this year under pressure from a communal group. Sixteen pieces were omitted from five textbooks of primary and secondary levels and they include eleven poems that were removed to meet the demand of that particular communal group, it said. “We have seen that changes have been made in school textbooks following pressure and demand of a communal group, and many of those changes go against the spirit of the Liberation War,” said TIB Executive Director Dr Iftekharuzzaman.


Head coach Chandika Hathurusingha has tendered his resignation to the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) but the reason behind the decision was not clear. The 49-year-old Sri Lankan was supposed to continue in his role as head coach of the Tigers until the 2019 World Cup in England. But as news circulated in media circles that Hathurusingha was quitting, BCB president Nazmul Hassan took the trouble of arranging a press briefing on November 13, confirming that the board had received a letter of resignation from him during the recent tour of South Africa.

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