- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
A 17-year old diploma student was gang raped in the Kutubkhali area of Jatrabari in Dhaka yesterday. Police have detained the three rapists from the spot where the girl was raped.
The girl came to Dhaka from her hometown Narayanganj yesterday afternoon with a friend.
When they came to the Kutubkhali area, three local men forcibly took them to the second floor of a three-storied building in the area.
They tied her friend in one of the rooms and then raped the girl in another room by turns.
Locals gave the three killers a good beating before police intervened and arrested themAnother child was viciously killed by three adults who pumped air through the child’s rectum because he had left employment at their garage and taken up a job elsewhere.
The terrible incident took place in Khulna city’s Tutpara area on Monday night – the latest in the series of children’s death from abuse that has come to light recently.
After learning of the child’s death, Tutpara locals gave the three killers a good beating before police intervened and arrested the culprits.
Law enforcers have claimed that some leaders of the BNP and its alliance partners conspired to kill after abducting the prime minister’s son and ICT Affairs Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy in the US.
Police filed a case on Monday night against the vice-president of JaSaS, BNP’s cultural wing, Mohammad Ullah Mamun and several top BNP leaders for hatching the conspiracy.
Sohel Mia, the cousin of Abul Kalam Azad – the college student who drew media attention by demonstrating in front of the prime minister’s official residence on Sunday – has no criminal record, Narayanganj police and RAB confirmed.
RAB detained Sohel on Sunday night in Sadipur of Sonargaon for alleged involvement in illegal drug business and handed him over to Sonargaon police.
The police produced him before a court on Monday but did not seek his remand since he has no case against him, Officer-in-Charge Manjur Kader said.
Leaders of private universities’ association yesterday called upon the government to review the decision of imposing 7.5% VAT on private education, saying it will hamper the expansion of private tertiary education.
The government, in one hand, has been working on the expansion of education to ensure that it reached everyone, but on the other hand, it was imposing VAT on private universities, they said adding that it was not expected.
The ruling Awami League-led 14-party alliance yesterday said there was no diplomatic pressure on the government over midterm polls.
The alliance spokesperson and Awami League Presidium Member Mohammad Nasim made the statement while briefing the media after a meeting of the ruling party-led alliance at Dhanmondi in Dhaka yesterday afternoon.
“The issue on midterm polls is a rumour which has been created by the media. No discussion is going on in Awami League and the 14-party alliance over holding any midterm polls,” Nasim said.
The government is hell-bent on imposing its ban on autorickshaws on highways with owners and workers continuing demonstrations in different parts of the country.
The demonstrations caused huge sufferings to people on the highways across the country with many requesting the government to settle the issue as early as possible.
“We will not backtrack from our decision but the problem will be solved within a short time,” said Road Transport Secretary MAN Siddique yesterday.
In addition to the usual traffic rush, Dhaka dwellers faced immense traffic jam yesterday because of a rally being organised by Dhaka South City Corporation at Suhrawardy Udyan.
Long tailbacks were created in the areas surrounding the venue of the rally. Vehicles remained stuck for hours on the streets near Matsya Bhaban, Shahbagh, Dhaka University campus, DMCH. The effect of traffic jam could also be seen for hours in Purana Paltan, Kakrail, Farmgate, Elephant Road, Kalabagan, Panthapath, and Green Road.
The father of Suraiya – the newborn who was hit by a bullet while still in her mother’s womb – has expressed his gratitude to the government after cabinet members visited his daughter at the hospital and provided financial assistance for her treatment.
Bachchu Miah, the father, also requested media to call her daughter by her name – Suraiya Begum – instead of mentioning her as the bullet-hit girl.
National Human Rights Commission Chairman Prof Dr Mizanur Rahman thinks that legal action should be taken against the three police officials who were suspended for negligence in arresting the killers of Rajon in Sylhet.
Terming the incident heinous, Prof Mizan said that only suspension of the officials was not enough. They must be tried under the CrPc (Code of Criminal Procedure).
He also said the government should work on improving police’s behavioural pattern.
Standard Chartered Bank Bangladesh recently honoured individuals and institutions with AGROW Awards for setting outstanding examples in the country’s agricultural sector.
Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury handed over the awards to the winners. Brac won in the Best Associated Organisation in Support and Execution category; Amar Desh Amar Gram won in the Best Use of Technology in Agriculture category; and Lal Teer Seed Ltd in Best Associated Organisation in Innovation and Research category.
The graduation ceremony of the month-long programme by Bangladesh Youth Leadership Centre (BYLC) titled Building Bridges Through Leadership Training Junior (BBLT-J) was held on August 3 at the BYLC headquarters in Dhaka.
A total of 41 secondary school and madrasa students representing 23 institutions were competitively selected for this international award-winning programme. The selected participants attended three weeks of classroom training and one week of service in the Pothopolli school in Dhaka.
‘Carbon is poisonous. It will destroy arable land and the environment. Our land will lose fertility and the factory, if built, will harm the villagers’Ignoring strong protests from local residents, a businessman is setting up a carbon powder factory in Karimganj of Kishoreganj without environmental clearance.
The factory named JC Charcoal Industries – the second of its kind in Bangladesh – is being set up at the Aila village. There is another smaller carbon powder factory in the Lalmonirhat district in Bangladesh’s north.
Protesters said such a factory in the middle of agricultural land will surely pose grave threat to its surroundings – the environment and the people.
Detectives on Monday night arrested three bKash agents for their alleged involvement in leaking HSC question papers.
Although they were legal agents, they opened a number of fake accounts to receive money from examinees.
The arrested are Abul Kalam Azad, Mofazzal Hossain Faruk and Hira Chowdhury.
The operation was supervised by ADC Shahjahan, and Senior ASP of the cyber crime unit Nazmul Islam led the operation.
A college in Chittagong has demanded Tk43,200 each from two newly admitted HSC students who sought transfer certificates – a fee education officials say they should not have to pay.
The students, Syed Hasnat Tanvir and Azhar Uddin, filed an official complaint with the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education Board, Chittagong on Monday afternoon in this regard, sources said.
The Dhaka Tribune acquired a copy of the written complaint yesterday.
More than 0.15 million people in 36 villages of Matarbari and Dhalghata in Moheshkhali are suffering as cyclone Komen destroyed embankments in 12km areas.
Areas such as Kutubjom, Shaplapur and Badarkhali have seen erosion and sea water enters through broken embankments.
On Sunday, the high tide crossed the usual height.
The cyclone wreaked all the embankments in Tiakati, Rangakhali, Merghona, Puran Bazar, Saraitala and Bharatghona areas while sea water has submerged the villages.
Villagers have blamed the local authorities for this.
Two people were killed and three others injured in a head-on collision between a CNG-run auto rickshaw and a covered van on the Chittagong-Cox’s Bazar Highway at Patiya upazila in Chittagong yesterday afternoon.
The deceased were identified as Moktar, 22, son of Nur Alam and Nayon, 13, son of Jahur Alam. Both of them were residents of Patiya upazila, said Chittagong Medical College Hospital police outpost’s Nayek Hamidur Rahman.
If the government does not withdraw ban, they would go for tougher movement to achieve their demandsTransport workers continued their demonstrations across the country for the fourth consecutive day yesterday, protesting a government ban on plying of three-wheelers on highways.
Transport workers staged demonstrations in different parts of the country, including Moulvibazar, Chittagong, Munshiganj, Mymensingh, Comilla, Sylhet and Barisal.
Drivers of about 38,000 CNG-run three wheelers took to the streets since the morning. They held protest rallies and brought out processions. On three-wheelers ran in and around the town much to cause sufferings for commuters.
The internet and social media, as well as newspapers and electronic media, have contributed to changing society in the global age, said Dr Wayne Wanta yesterday at a lecture commemorating the anniversary of the Dhaka University Mass Communication and Journalism Department.
“Facebook and Twitter among social media have contributed the most in changing society and running our daily lives,” he said.
Five months after being lured and illegally transported to Malaysia, Abdur Rashid’s dead body was recovered from the Belantik holding camp and sent back home.
The body arrived in Bangladesh on Monday night and was sent to his home in Bhelanagar area of Narsingdi yesterday morning. His family, after losing the sole bread earner, has demanded exeplary punishment of the accused brokers involved with human traffickers who had lured Rashid away.