- March 18, 2018
At least three officials of Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) were injured when an air force helicopter crash-landed and caught fire at Shah Amanat International Airport in Chittagong yesterday morning.
The helicopter, which was being used for training, crash-landed near a runway at around 11am and caught fire immediately, said Mohammad Quamruzzaman, assistant commissioner (immigration) at Chittagong Metropolitan Police who was stationed at the airport.
A woman and her uncle-in-law, who were brutally hacked to death in Dhaka’s Mirpur yesterday, might have been victims of a dispute over a business partnership.
However, the police said men from the gang of top-listed criminals Bikash and Prakash might also have reasons to kill them in connection with an un-entertained extortion demand.
Around 2pm yesterday, two unidentified men entered the Pallabi house of Sweety Khatun, 24, a businesswoman, and hacked her and her husband’s maternal uncle Aminul Islam, 44, to death.
The secretarial committee reviewing pay hike proposals for government employees has not included provisions such as timescale and selection grade in its recommendations.
This was revealed by Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday when he was talking to reporters after a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Public Purchase.
He said that no decision on the recommendations of the review committee can be made before June 4 because everyone will be busy with the placing of the budget in parliament for the upcoming fiscal.
The government is going to enact Electricity Act 2015 with a provision of exporting power.
It will replace the 105-year-old Electricity Act 1910 also to incorporate a provision of the import of electricity. Both import and export would be conducted using the country’s transmission system, now being upgraded.
The new law, however, does not clarify how many days the authorities would take to provide electricity connections to consumers after submission of applications.
There is certainly a sense of hope, optimism, and belief in Bangladesh today that the ratification of the LBA will open up a new era in Bangladesh-India relationsThe ratification of the Land Boundary Agreement of 1974 on May 7 was warmly welcomed across the political divide both in India and in Bangladesh. The Lok Sabha showed rare unanimity in passing the 119th Amendment to the Indian Constitution Bill to settle its 41-year-old border dispute with Bangladesh.
The implementation of the LBA will enable the two countries to exchange control of land in each other’s territory, known as enclaves or Chitmahal. The bill will also help in resolving the long-standing problem of the land in adverse possession.
Bangla Tribune, one of the leading online news portals of the country, celebrated its first anniversary yesterday.
Guests arrived at an elaborate star-studded gala event in the capital’s Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel, where a mobile app for the Bangla Tribune was also launched.
Failure of the law enforcers in arresting suspected accused, delay in investigation and lengthy trial procedure to punish the religious extremists are behind the repeated murders of advocates of secularism, allege experts and activists.
They blame the law enforcement agencies for negligence while some think that religious fanatics have their own men in the security forces and the government’s crucial positions. Otherwise, they think, the government could be able to uproot militancy and the murders would not have taken place.
The probe bodies formed over Sunday’s police attack on Bangladesh Chhatra Union activists and Dhaka University students started investigating the incident yesterday.
“We have already visited the spot and issued notices to a number of police officers to talk to them about the incident,” Chowdhury Abdullah Al Mamun, chief of an investigation committee, said.
The deputy inspector general (operations) of the Police Headquarters also said: “We are still in the primary stage of the investigation and should not say anything more right now.”
For the first time after taking over, new German envoy in Dhaka Thomas Prinz met Bangladesh Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali at the latter’s ministry office on Tuesday. The ambassador also met Junior Foreign Minister Md Shahriar Alam.
Minister Mahmood Ali and German Ambassador Prinz emphasised the long history of friendship between the two countries.
Khaleda Zia yesterday said the ruling party men were now rejoicing over the fact that it had been able to suppress BNP’s anti-government campaign.
Awami League leaders are relishing each and every move of the government – repression, filing cases and ruthless oppression of BNP men.
“None could draw any benefit by shunning the democratic political process earlier. I am urging the ruling party to take a lesson from history,” she said. She asked the Awami League to return to the ambience of political coexistence and fair competitiveness.
The students of Jahangirnagar University yesterday blockaded the Vice Chancellor’s office demanding immediate punishment of those who sexually assaulted an indigenous female student on the night of Pohela Boishakh (April 14).
Sources said the agitating students organised the blockade around 11am under the banner of “Nipironer Biruddhe Jahangirnagar” while JU VC Prof Farzana Islam and other administrative personnel were cordoned off at their office.
BNP leader Salahuddin Ahmed’s wife Hasina Ahmed has sought the government’s help in bringing her husband back from India where he was found on Monday, two months after going missing from Dhaka.
Meanwhile, State Minister for Home Affairs Asauduzzaman Khan has claimed that the resurfacing of Salahuddin has proved that nobody had kidnapped him and he had been hiding in India.
A war crimes tribunal yesterday ordered the government to form a monitoring committee to secure arrest of the fugitive convicts and accused.
The home secretary and the inspector general of police have been asked to form the committee within 15 days.
The committee must include representatives from the Detective Branch of police, Special Branch and Rapid Action Battalion, and the investigation agency of the tribunal. An official, not below the rank of deputy inspector general of police, will lead the committee.
Passengers of local and mail trains travelling at night are being subjected to mugging and harrassment as there are no lights on those trains.
According to Bangladesh Railway sources, Mymensingh Express 37, Bhawal Express 55, Local trains 251, 255 and 253, and Dhaleshwari Express 75 travel during the night. Without lighting systems, most of the bogies remain in darkness and are taken over by criminals.
Communications Minister Obaidul Quader has said the case of the disappearance and reappearance of BNP leader Salahuddin Ahmed is mysterious and questionable.
He made the comment at a press briefing at Padua Bazar in Comilla yesterday after visiting the work of an overpass in the area.
He said the people of the country had known from Salauddin’s wife that he had been found in a mental hospital in India’s Meghalaya.
Despite bumper Boro production, at least 600 rice mills in the district have been facing serious problems as rice imported from India flooded the locals markets.
The workers employed by the mill authorities have also been passing jobless time.
Sources at Magura rice mills owners’ association confirmed the aforesaid claim, saying 400 mills of the figure are now inoperative while the rest 200 are on the verge of closure.
Many of the state-owned hospital compounds in the capital have become the ideal place where vendors operate makeshift stalls to sell a variety of mostly household products.
Illegal drug trade is also very common inside as well as outside hospital compounds where relatives of patients have been victims of mugging and theft on many occasions.
A clash ensued between supporters of two contractors over work order at Gazipur City Corporation yesterday. During the clash, supporters of both groups vandalised several rooms and ransacked documents of the city corporation.
Although Sylhet City Corporation has taken various measures to curb snatchings in and around the city, muggings and robbery continue unabated.
Within a span of six hours, two muggings took place in the Kotwali Model police station area yesterday, creating panic among the residents of the locality.
A gang of five robbers took away a tab, laptop, mobile phone set and Tk40,000 in cash from Rumana Chowdhury, vice-principal of Scholars’ Home Preparatory School, South Surma Campus, while she was headed to her school at around 7:30pm.
When a friend asked Md Ripon, a young man from Ratankandi upazila of Sirajganj, if he was up for a beach vacation at Teknaf, Ripon happily seized the chance to enjoy a break at the popular tourist town.
But little did he know that the journey was only the beginning of a tormenting ordeal that would put him through torture and starvation at sea.
As soon as Ripon reached the coastal town of Teknaf, his friend – Md Zakir – struck a deal with local human trafficking agents and sold him to them for as little as Tk15,000.