- November 19, 2017
A strong man even in his 60s, Rahimuddin works in his crop field everyday. Although happy with his lot in life, he is worried these days. Rahim worries he is going to lose his identity.
With exchanges of territory between India and Bangladesh coming, enclave residents like Rahim are loath to choose between deeply-held ties to the land they have spent a lifetime tilling and the sort of patriotic clarity that one has when one lives in close proximity to a militarised fence.
Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will be honoured in a civic reception scheduled on May 29 to celebrate the 1974 Land Boundary Agreement (LBA) that was ratified by the Indian parliament on May 7.
The primer will be felicitated at the historic Suhrawardy Udyan in the capital around 2:30pm by Nagorik Committee.
Joint meetings of the AL-led 14-party alliance and the pro-AL professionals held across last week decided upon the programme.
Awami League-led 14-party leaders urged the government to bring BNP leader Salahuddin Ahmed back from India through legal procedures.
The ruling alliance leaders said Salahuddin went into hiding at the directive of his party chief Khaleda Zia.
The BNP planned to create a chaotic situation in the country to reap benefits from troubled waters, they said at separate programmes in and outside the capital yesterday.
Chittagong Detective Branch (DB) of police arrested four persons including a Jubo League leader on charge of killing the night guard of Al Arafah Islami Bank’s Muradpur Branch.
A gang of robbers killed the night guard as they attempted to rob the bank on the night of May 07.
The four arrestees are Gias, a Jubo League leader of the city’s Kotwali area and his cohorts Mahbub, Arif and Sagor.
In an outrageous act of brutality, a father in Cox’s Bazar’s Chakaria upazila yesterday killed his three daughters by slitting their throats over family disputes.
Abdul Gani, who lives in Chowdhury Para of Badarkhali union, killed Ayesha Siddiqa, 11, Hiru Jannat, 9, and Tafura Jannat, 2, in the house early in the morning. Locals said rickshaw puller Gani had been in an extramarital relationship for long which led to rows with his wife, Fatema Begum.
Two people died of electrocution during yesterday’s heavy downpour in the capital’s Azimpur area in the afternoon.
They were Rifat, 6, a student of Anirban Primary School, and Ruma Begum, 25.
Arman, who brought the two to Dhaka Medical College Hospital, said they were standing in front of their house near Rasulbagh School at Azimpur during the rain.
“There was no electricity when they were there but as soon as the power came back, electricity spread through the tin-shed house via a torn wire and they were electrocuted.”
Members of Rapid Action Battalion 7 (RAB) arrested four robbers with firearms and ammunition from Chittagong city’s Bandar area early yesterday.
The arrestees were Mahmudur Rahman, 23, Atikur Rahman, 23, Mostak Uddin, 24, and Mahbub Alam, 25, said a press statement of the elite force.
A foreign made pistol, a light gun, one round of bullets and two magazines were recovered from their possession, said the press release.
Chittagong University Teachers Association yesterday demanded that the salary structure of senior professors or professors be made equal to senior secretariat range and uphold the selection grade in the proposed 8th pay scale.
The teachers association (CUTA) made the demand in a press statement signed by its General Secretary Professor Khasrul Alam Chowdhury protesting abolishing of the selection grade in the upcoming pay scale.
The BSRM Group has recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the Char Livelihood Programmes (CLP) and other NGO partners for installing pure-water tube wells in the char islands in the north of Bangladesh.
These tube wells will ensure pure drinking water supply to some 1,000 households in these areas.
At BSRM’s head office in Chittagong on May 11, Alihussain Akberali, chairman of BSRM Group, signed in the MoU on behalf of his organisation.
At least 12 persons involved in Pohela Boishakh sexual assault on women on Dhaka University campus were identified but “they are not DU students”, said police.
One month into the Pohela Boishakh sexual assault on women on Dhaka University campus, that shocked the collective conscience of the nation, police are yet to arrest the molesters.
“After analysis of the video footage we have identified 12 wrongdoers but none of their identity could be ascertained yet,” said Monirul Islam, joint commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP).
Annisul Huq, the new mayor of Dhaka North City Corporation, has said he will try to remove the negative attitude city dwellers have towards the city corporation.
During his first meeting with all ward councillors and senior officials of the city corporation on Thursday, he said he would implement all the development projects mentioned in his election manifesto.
Robbers looted about Tk10 lakh from four offices in the Baitul View Market at the capital’s Paltan area on Thursday night.
The organisations robbed are Best Fly International on the sixth floor, Priyo Prangan Properties on ninth floor, Benco Finance and Securities on tenth floor, and an insurance company on the thirteenth floor of of the market building.
Locals allege they have already informed the Water Development Board office several times, but no step has been taken in this regardResidents of Moulvibazar are apprehensive that a vast tract of land might be eroded by Monu River this rainy season, as the district flood protection embankment is vulnerable.
Two men were beaten to death on suspicion of theft in Jhenaidah and Gazipur yesterday.
In Jhenaidah, locals in Kushna village tied Amirul Islam, 32, son of Nabij Uddin, to a tree and beat him up after he was suspected of stealing cattle around 4am.
Noab Ali, in-charge of Talshar police camp, said Amirul succumbed to injuries around 10am.
He said the 32-year-old had been accused of theft and mugging.
The body was sent to Jhenaidah Sadar Hospital morgue for autopsy.
The recent discovery of bodies in mass graves in a Thailand jungle has come as a shock too big to endure for the families of seven Ukhia men in Cox’s Bazar, who boarded smugglers’ boats to reach Malaysia illegally by sea one and a half years ago.
The seven – Nurul Islam, 23, Yusuf Mia, 35, Kaiser, 22, Md Manik, 25, Abu Taher, 20, Nurul Alam, 21, and Sahabu Alam, 21 – were neighbours and worked in Bangladesh as masons and day labourers.
A man and his son sustained burn injuries as a fire broke out at Sut Tala Slum in the capital’s Mohakhali early yesterday.
Abu Bakar, 55, with around 40% burn injuries and his son Kawsar, 20, with 25% burn injury were taken to Dhaka Medical College and Hospital.
Officer-in-Charge of fire service headquarters control room Enayet Hossin said fire had broken out around 5am from electric short circuit. The father and his son received burn injuries while they were in asleep.
After the fatal accident at Karwan Bazar rail crossing in the capital last year, Bangladesh Railway (BR) authorities were vigilant against illegal settlement on the sides of the rail tracks.
Frequent eviction drives were carried out from the Kamalapur rail station to the Airport station. And the authorities promised to continue such drives on a regular basis.
However, a recent visit to the rail tracks found that the situation had gone back to square one. Makeshift shops, bazars and houses are dotting the sides of the tracks.
The archaeological sites in Khulna are not being restored or maintained properly, neither are any new archaeological excavations being carried out because of fund crisis and lack of manpower at the region’s (Khulna and Barisal) Archaeology Department.
The 91 sites of Khulna region – 71 in Khulna and 20 in Barisal – are more or less in similar condition; these historic sites are at risk of being lost without proper maintenance and restoration.
The Saarc Meteorological Research Centre (SMRC) has decided to shut down most of its regional centres, including the one in Bangladesh.
The decision was taken to cut down expenses, said Md Shah Alam, director of the Bangladesh office. The Bangladesh chapter of the SMRC is expected to be closed by the end of this year.
The killing of a Chittagong woman on Thursday was a premeditated act carried out by her co-wife, police said after conducting a preliminary interrogation of the prime suspect.
Greed drove Rozi Akhter to murder her polygamist husband’s other wife, Sharmin, with help from her two brothers, police yesterday said.
During interrogation, Rozi confessed to killing Sharmin around midday Thursday over their husband’s property.
The prime suspect had earlier requested her husband to allow her co-wife to live at the flat with her family.