- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
More than 50 human traffickers who have operated in different areas of Cox’s Bazar are still at large, with local sources saying the criminals have reached a compromise with police to avoid arrest.
Rezia Akhter Revi, one of the highly notorious traffickers in Ukhia, her husband Nurul Kabir, Syed Alam of Sonaichhari village, and Abul Kalam of Chhepatkhali village are among the traffickers who have not yet been arrested.
Their names appear on the list of traffickers drawn up by the Home Ministry.
With yesterday being the last working day before Eid, the rush of outbound people finally started to gather pace at different transport terminals of the capital.
The Sadarghat terminal experienced the greatest pressure as thousands chose launches to travel to their homes in southern districts. Trains were also a popular choice as most locomotives arrived and left on time this year. Buses saw reduced number of passengers in the morning, but the number increased as the day progressed.
Eid-ul-Fitr, the largest religious festival of Muslims which also marks the end of Ramadan fasting, will be celebrated in the country tomorrow if the moon of the month of Shawwal is sighted in Bangladesh sky today.
The National Moon Sighting Committee will meet today at 7:30pm to take decision in this regard after reviewing the information of the moon sighting. The meeting will be chaired by Religious Affairs Minister Matior Rahaman, who is also the president of the committee.
If the moon is not sighted today, Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated on Sunday.
Newly-appointed Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Nurul Islam yesterday said that combating human trafficking would be a challenge for him.
“As the minister, it is my first priority to stop illegal trafficking. But it will not be possible without everyone’s cooperation,” he told reporters after exchanging views with the ministry officials on the first day at work.
The technocrat minister also warned the officials not to misguide him on any issue and ordered them to attend office in time.
Just a week into his removal from the LGRD Ministry, Syed Ashraful Islam was made Public Administration Minister yesterday.
A gazette notification was issued yesterday for the immediate effect of his appointment.
At present State Minister for the Public Administration Ministry Ismat Ara Sadek is looking after the ministry.
Ashraf was given the charge of the ministry a day after he cancelled his trip to London at Prime Minster Sheikh Hasina’s request on Tuesday night.
Ashraf could not be reached over phone for comments.
Syed Humayun Kabir became one of those rare men who truly walked the walk. He did not just profess a commitment to social welfare and social justice, he embodied itWe have all heard of Prof Muhammad Yunus and Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, and both these gentlemen deserve all the praise and plaudits that they have received over the years.
But when the history of Bangladesh’s development is written, there is another name that deserves to be mentioned alongside theirs, and that is of Syed Humayun Kabir, who passed away on July 7 at the age of 83 after a long and distinguished career in business and philanthropy.
Despite repeated electoral pledges in the last 42 years from the local parliament members, a bridge on the Haraboti River of Pachbibi upazila of Joypurhat is yet to be materialised.
Thousands of people of the upazila are literally cut off from the rest of the country during the monsoon in the absence of a bridge. Local farmers also face difficulties to market their products.
Hafizar Rahman, retired employee of the Water Development Board of the upazila, said people of the 12 villages of Kusumba and Aolai union would be benefited a lot if the bridge is built.
A housewife, also a mother of a child, was allegedly killed yesterday by her husband for dowry at Raninagar upazila in the district.
The deceased was identified as Jannatun Nayem, 22, wife of Alamgir Hossain of
Abdulla-Al-Masud, officer-in-charge of Raninagar police station said Nayem, daughter of Taleb Ali had been married off with Alamgir two
After the marriage, Alamgir used to torture Nayem for dowry.
Some local youths, supporters of ruling party, at Chaprashir Bazar assaulted the Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) of Companiganj in the district yesterday.
Sajidur Rahaman Sajid, officer-in-charge of Companiganj police station, said UNO Md Ashraful Alam along with upazila food officer was going to Char Fakira Union Parishad Office around 11.45 am to visit the distribution of VGF rice among the locals. During crossing the bazar area, they found that some construction workers of Hanif Sukani were making a building at the government place.
A multi-tier security blanket has been thrown over the country to ensure safety and security of people after and before Eid-ul-Fitr.
A large number of people visit their village homes leaving the cities almost empty during the Eid vacation when criminals find it easier to rob people of their belongings.
During this time, the three-tier security blanket will be in place to save people’s lives and property in cities, said police and RAB officials.
After a 6-year moratorium, the government has decided to approve new gas connections to industrial consumers on a limited scale after Eid.
Around 2,300 applications have been pending with the four state-run gas utility companies since July 2009. Energy and Mineral Resources Division Secretary Abu Bakar Siddique said that initially, 450 applications would be approved. “No new captive power plants would get gas connections,” he said.
A 14-day old newborn baby boy was stolen from Postnatal Ward of Chittagong Medical College Hospital on Wednesday, exposing the sorry state of security system of state-owned hospital.
Although the incident took place on Wednesday evening, it came to light yesterday morning after CMCH police and hospital authorities failed to rescue the missing infant after frantic efforts.
Members of Rapid Action Battalion, however, arrested a couple for their alleged involvement with the stealing.
At least eight people were killed in road accidents in Brahmanbaria,Sirajganj and Gazipur districts yesterday.
Our Brahmanbaria correpondent reports: Three people were killed as a CNG-run auto-rickshaw plunged into a canal after colliding with a microbus at Narayanpur under Akhaura upazila. The identities of the deceased could not be known.
Akhaura police station Officer-in-Charge Mofiz Uddin said: “The auto-rickshaw collided head-on with the microbus on Dhaka-Agartala highway and plunged into the canal at noon. Three of them died on the spot.”
On one night nearly three years ago, Yusuf went to the Dargar Chhora ghat in the Bay with his elder brother Yunus, who was about to embark a ship headed for Malaysia seeking migration illegally.
Yusuf, who could see the risks, did not quite support his brother but could not stop him either because he was the younger of the two.
A war crimes tribunal yesterday sentenced Convention Muslim League activist Forkan Mallik to death for murder, rape and deportation as crimes against humanity in Patuakhali during the 1971 Liberation War.
He was given capital punishment on two charges – gang rape and murder of Golapi Rani Saha in Subidkhali Bazar of Mirzaganj upazila, and killing of three civilians and rape upon Aleya Begum in Kakrabunia. Aleya herself testified at the tribunal.
A group of traffic policemen beat up a rickshaw passenger in the capital’s Panthapath yesterday afternoon.
The passenger is called Md Mahiful Islam, 21, originally a resident of Jamalpur who works at a carpet shop in Dhaka’s New Elephant Road.
The elite force has been criticised since its formation in 2004 for extrajudicial killings and giving the same version before the media after every incident of the so-called gunfight or crossfire
Members of the police’s elite force, Rapid Action Battalion, killed three alleged criminals including two siblings during “gunfights” in the capital and Rangpur early yesterday.
RAB and police claimed that the victims
had been charged with murder and other offences, and that they opened fire in self-defence only.
However, family members of one of the victims Yasin Sarker Rajon alleged that the RAB personnel had picked him up on July 12.
The two others are Manik, 32, and Sumon, 27, sons of Ameer Ali of Rangpur.
The Detective Branch of police has started investigating the murder of Rajon, the 13-year-old who was brutally beaten to death in Sylhet on July 8 by a group of men who falsely accused him of stealing a van.
DB Inspector Suranjit Talukdar, the new investigation officer in the case, collected the case documents from Jalalabad police yesterday, OC Akhtar Hossain told the Dhaka Tribune.
Retail sales registered a 20-30% decline in sales ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr when traders usually witness brisk business during the month of Ramadan, retailers said yesterday.
The city’s shopping centers are usually packed two weeks before Eid-ul-Fitr, the biggest religious festival for the Muslims, but this year they might have seen far less foot traffic.
However, according to city shopkeepers, the sale was not as usual this year as rising prices of some commodities, particularity non-food items in the last one year, which cut spending capacity of the people.
The Value Added Tax (VAT) reduction on small-size flats is unlikely to help mid-income people, who prefer to buy small- and medium-size flats, particularly the small ones, industry insiders said.
They said the government has halved the VAT rate by 50% for flats below 1,100 square feet, but most realtors do not construct such small flats, and so these will not help the buyers, nor the people in the sector.