- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
The Wasa authorities have been digging the streets of Dhaka during this monsoon too, in violation of the city corporation regulations, which is hampering traffic movement and increasing people’s sufferings.
As per the rules, no development work can be carried out after May and before October, said officials of Dhaka south and north city corporations.
A local Jubo League activist was killed and five others sustained bullet injuries during a clash between two groups of Awami League supporters over joining a mourning day rally in Kushtia yesterday, UNB reports.
The deceased was Sabuj, 23, son of Mobarak of Jhalupara.
The incident coincided with the National Mourning Day, which was observed across the country marking the 40th death anniversary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Five persons have been killed in a “gunfight” with the members of Bangladesh Army in Rangamati’s Baghachharhi upazila.
The army members claimed that the deceased were members of the Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (MN Larma faction), while the JSS denied the claim.
One of the deceased was identified as Rupayon Chakma, 30.
The demand raised everywhere as the country observes the National Mourning Day The 40th anniversary of death of the founding father of the nation and most members of his family was observed across the country yesterday when people of all spheres demanded that the six fugitive killers now staying abroad be brought back and executed at the soonest.
The government, ruling party Awami League and different socio-cultural, political and professional bodies organised elaborate programmes to pay their homage to the greatest Bangali of all time.
Four policemen were killed and eight others injured when a train rammed a police van at Gola Hat Colony level crossing in Saidpur upazila of the district on Friday night.
The dead were identified as Maidul Islam, 26, Shamsul Islam, 55, Shariful Islam, 36, Faruk Hossain, 39, all constables of Saidpur police station.
Tanzilur Rahman, superintendent of Railway Police, said the accident took place around 11pm when the Dhaka-bound Neel Sagar Express hit a police on the level crossing, leaving Shamsul dead on the spot and eleven others injured.
Detectives have got some names of persons suspected to be involved in the murder of secular activist Niladri Chatterjee Niloy on August 7.
They are also trying to arrest three to four militants, who are now on bail, by tracking their locations, investigators said yesterday.
Meanwhile, the Detective Branch of police yesterday quizzed Niloy’s wife Ashamoni and her sister Isratun Tani in connection with the murder. The duo went to the DB Headquarters in the afternoon, DB (east) Deputy Commissioner Mahbub Alam.
More than 48 hours after the killing of three ruling party supporters in Dhaka’s Madhya Badda, the families of two of the deceased filed a case late last night with the local police station.
Asked what took them so long, the families said although many people were present in the area when the shooting took place, none of the witnesses were ready to testify fearing retaliation.
Flanked by party leaders and activists, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday celebrated her 70th birthday by cutting a cake at her Gulshan office.
Central and Dhaka city unit BNP, Jubo Dal and Chhatra Dal brought four cakes weighing 70kg each.
The office was decorated with colourful flowers, ribbons and balloons. Hundreds of leaders and activists welcomed the BNP chief with bouquets and chanting “Happy Birthday to Khaleda Zia.”
Khaleda cut her birthday cake with senior colleagues. A doa was offered before the cake cutting programme.
Different foreign missions of Bangladesh have observed the National Mourning Day with due solemnity yesterday.
Bangladesh embassy in Warsaw hosted a programme to pay homage to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his 15 family members who had been assassinated on August 15, 1975.
The programme includes hoisting national flag half mast, discussions, special prayer and a film show on Bangabandhu’s works, says a press release.
More and more Bangladeshi mariners are being cheated in the name of jobs on board foreign vessels.
Last month, 19 Bangladeshis were cheated by a broker who took money from them and asked them to go to India to get jobs on a foreign ship.
Five other Bangladeshis contacted with the Bangladesh mission in New Delhi on Thursday with similar stories.
“This is alarming. They are not ignorant adventure-loving people but they are very bright and intelligent people. Yet they fall prey to cheaters,” said a foreign ministry official.
The state authorities have adopted an initiative to facilitate the city dwellers through an integrated transport ticketing system.
According the new system the commuters can use a digital card for paying fare of vehicle to travel in the capital and the adjacent areas. The same card will be usable for BRTC bus, metro rail, bus rapid transit and other privet transports if the private companies agree with the government.
A girl was allegedly raped by two youths in the capital’s Moghbazar area on Friday night.
The 18-year-old girl was admitted to One-stop Crisis Centre of Dhaka Medical College Hospital on Saturday afternoon.
Police were yet to arrest the youths – Shawon and Niloy – who allegedly raped her and locate the place of occurrence.
The girl completed Higher Secondary Examination from Jamalpur and came to Dhaka for university admission coaching.
She was living in a mess at Mauchak.
A man who worked as an informer to the police and Rapid Action Battalion was hacked to death in the capital’s Shah Ali area yesterday.
The dead Jasim Uddin, 35, hailed from Munshiganj.
Police recovered his body from road 6 of Gudaraghat area under Shah Ali police station around 5am.
Three persons – Alamgir, Raju and Rafique – were arrested in this connection.
Jasim’s elder brother Mohammed Wasim claimed that Zia, a local drug dealer, murdered Jasim along with associates.
Almost 5,000 people in six villages in Khulna’s Batiaghata upazila face an acute shortage of pure drinking water and food due to river erosion.
Life became miserable when the villages – Sundarmahal, Matbari, Kodla, Shambhunagar, Ruhitmari and Bararia – were inundated.
Many people lost their homes and road communications were seriously disrupted when erosion destroyed embankments.
Zahur Kha, who lives in Shambhunagar village, said he had been forced to live under the open sky as his house was submerged.
The fifth-grade students in char areas of the district have long been deprived of the secondary school as the number of high schools there is very poor than the demand.
Consequently, female students from the 269 char areas, landmass emerged from riverbed, have been compelled to victim of early marriage by guardians while the male learners enter into risky jobs like the seniors.
Moreover, the people living there are engrossed in various sort of superstitions due to being deprived from education in this stage.
A schoolgirl was killed and her mother and sister were injured by lightning in village Gomostapara under Boda upazila of Panchagarh district yesterday.
Deceased Tanya Akhter, 15, was daughter of Salekul Islam of the village and a student of class ten of nearby Chandanbari High School.
Police said the tragic incident occurred when thunderbolt stuck kitchen at their house while Tanya, her sister Sabina Yasmin, 30, and mother Lailey Begum, 50, were engaged in cooking lunch there amid inclement weather.
At least two people were arrested yesterday in connection with rape a housewife in Mastarapara Girls’ School area in Joypurhat on Friday night. The arrested were Akash Rajvar and Jibon Rajvar.
Police said the accused raped the housewife around 10pm forcefully picking her up in a field in the area while she was going to her relative’s house.
On Saturday morning, the housewife filed the case under Women and Children Repression Prevention Act accusing three people.
People across the country yesterday observed the National Mourning Day and 40th martyrdom anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman with due solemnity.
Our correspondent reports: The day was observed with a fresh vow to materialize the dreams of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to build a ‘Sonar Bangla’ and bring back the fugitive convicted killers of Bangabandhu to execute verdict of the murder case.
A month has passed since an infant was stolen from Chittagong Medical College Hospital but police are yet to find it.
On July 16, the 14-day-old baby boy was stolen from the hospital’s postnatal ward when his mother, Jesmin Akhter, 30, was undergoing treatment. Jesmin, wife of Md Safiul Islam, hails from Kadalpur of Raozan upazila in Chittagong.
‘If the government fails to phase out mercury by 2020, Bangladesh will be declared a mercury-exposed country. It will be economically disastrous for Bangladesh’Absence of quality alternatives, standardisation and certification of products and high costs are some of the barriers to shifting from the use of mercury in healthcare instruments and dental amalgam, a recent study has concluded.
Bangladesh does not yet have any specific guidelines regarding the management of mercury release into the environment or how to safely manage the use of products and equipment that contain mercury, mercury compounds or other specific chemicals, it said.