- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
The family of teenage girl Felani Khatun – killed four years ago in BSF firing at the border – has said there is no point in applying to the Indian force as it has already acquitted the alleged killer twice.
“We have seen how they [Border Security Force] have proceeded with the two trials before. We got nothing. The Indian Supreme Court has accepted our appeal [for reinvestigation]. We would therefore like to pursue the appeal instead of filing an application with them [BSF],” said Felani’s father Nurul Islam.
The Dhaka Transport Coordination Authority (DTCA) has finalised the draft Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Act, 2015, requiring service operators to be covered by compulsory passenger and vehicle insurance.
In the event of an accident, insurance claims will help cover victims’ compensations. Failure of operators to maintain insurance coverage could result in 10 year prison sentences and fines of up to Tk5 lakh.
Soil testing has begun for Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Line 3, the first of six dedicated fast bus lanes that are being planned to improve the capital’s transportation infrastructure.
Soil testing is scheduled for completion by December. Dhaka Transport Coordination Authority (DTCA) is conducting the soil tests, under the Clean Air and Sustainable Environment (CASE) project, at 16 spots from Gazipur to the airport.
“The main work of the project will start at the beginning of next year,” BRT Line 3 Project Director Anisur Rahman said.
Kurigram district public prosecutor Abraham Lincoln has been providing legal services to Felani’s family since the beginning of the trials. Dhaka Tribune’s Mohammad Jamil Khan and Syed Samiul Basher Anik have recently talked to him to get some insights into the legal technicalities.What is the current status of the case?
Lincoln: On August 14, the Indian Supreme Court accepted a petition, jointly filed by Felani’s father Nurul Islam and Kolkata-based human rights organisation Manabadhikar Suraksha Mancha (MASUM), that challenged the earlier acquittal of the BSF jawan.
BSF said they would consider a fresh trial if Felani’s family is unhappy with the acquittals. So, have to applied? If not, why?
A mobile court of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday sentenced three people of three mineral water producing factories in the city to different jail terms for producing germ-contaminated bottled water.
The convicts are: Md Mamun Miah, manager of ‘Dytal Drinking Water’ at RK Mission Road of Gupibagh, Md Harun-ur-Rashid, owner of ‘Sabrina Drinking Water’ in Gulapbagh, and Salman Rahman, owner of ‘Alpine Fresh Water’ at Begumganj Lane of Narinda area of the city.
Railway police arrested two persons and recovered 5kg of gold from their possession from Kamalapur railway station yesterday.
The arrestees are Jhutan Biswas, 21, and Rahul, 28. Kamalapur Government Railway police station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Abdul Majid said they had information about gold smuggling via the railway station.
Heavy rains and onrush of hill water over the past few days caused floods in different parts of the country that inundated houses and crop fields.
Low-lying areas in eight unions of three Gaibandha upazilas went under water while at least 35 families hit by river erosion moved elsewhere.
Water in the Brahmaputra, Jamuna and Teesta rivers increased in the past five days but was still under the danger level.
Uria union Chairman Abdul Hamid said a number of places in Kalasona, Uttar Uria and Ratanpur villages saw erosion of the Brahmaputra River.
The flood situation across the country’s northern and north-eastern parts has deteriorated in last two days, submerging vast areas of several districts in the Brahmaputra, Padma and Surma basin.
The monsoon flood occurred due to heavy rainfall in the region and some areas of upper riparian Indian states of Assam and Meghalaya in last few days.
Native fish populations at water bodies in the district have seen a sharp decline in recent years.
According to sources, the indigenous fish species, especially the small ones, are disappearing due to drying-up of major rivers and water bodies. As a result, most fishermen are either leading miserable life or switching over to other professions.
Fisheries office sources said fish had been cultivated at around 1.65 lakh hectares of land in four upazilas of the district.
Two opposite streams of opinions are emerging out of the ruling Awami League, as several of the party’s leaders and activists have fallen victim in recent times to what have come to be known as extra-judicial killings.
An alleged robber was killed in a gunfight between his cohorts and members of the Detective Branch (DB) of police at Perul on the Comilla-Laksam Road in Sadar Dakkhin upazila early yesterday.
The deceased Abdul Kader, 35, was son of Sahadat Hossain of Bharanikhanda village in Monoharganj upazila.
Shah Kamal Akanda, sub-inspector of Comilla DB police, said on a tip-off, a team of DB police conducted a drive in the area around 3:30 am while a gang of robbers was taking preparation to commit robbery.
The country’s first ever Nuclear Power Plant Company Bangladesh Ltd is set to start functioning from today through its first board meeting to develop the 2,000 MW Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant.
“The meeting of the Nuclear Company will be chaired by Science and Technology Secretary Sirajul Islam at Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC) headquarters in Agargaon,” first Managing Director of the company Mohammad Shawkat Akbar told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday.
BAEC under the Ministry of Science and Technology would own the company.
The 44th death anniversary of Shaheed Birshreshtho Flight Lieutenant M Motiur Rahman was observed at the Motiur Rahman Smriti Sangsad premises with due solemnity yesterday.
Jointly organised by Raipura Upazila Muktijoddah Sangsad and Shaheed Birshreshtho Motiur Rahman Smriti Sangsad, Speakers in the discussion said the heroic sacrifice of Flight Lt Motiur Rahman in the country’s liberation war very painful.
The militant outfits are taking advantage of the ordinary Muslims while recruiting new members. They try to convince the youths, mostly from poor families or the Rohingyas, by saying that their activities are meant for pleasing the Almighty and saving the religion from the clutches of anti-Islam quartersFollowing the recent arrest of a number of leaders and members of old, new and hybrid militant groups in Chittagong as well as across the country, investigators have found that most of those outfits are funded by foreign organisations and individuals.
In some cases, the funds come for establishing mosques and madrasas, or as aid to so-called NGOs working for the welfare of persecuted Muslims, mainly the Rohingyas living in peril in the country’s southern part, police said.
A court yesterday sent BNP chairperson’s adviser and journalists’ union leader Shawkat Mahmud to jail on the expiry of his three-day remand in an arson case filed with the city’s Ramna Police Station.
Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Md Waez Kuruni Khan Chowdhury passed the order when Shawkat Mahmud was produced before the court.
Sub-inspector Mohammad Mahmudur Rahman, also general recording officer of the court, said no bail petition was submitted for Shawkat as he had no lawyer.
Speakers yesterday at a view-exchange meeting stressed on the need for coordinated efforts and joint initiatives for all-out development for the greater Mymensingh through formulating long and short term development programmes.
They also put emphasis for setting up strong coordination among the high officials of greater Mymensingh working in different ministries and autonomous bodies to ensure the development.
Local Government Department, district administration and Zila Parisad jointly organized the meeting at the auditorium in the town.
A flurry of appointments to the top posts of state-owned power and energy companies has stirred disquiet in the country’s critically important and lucrative energy sector.
Twelve former Bangladesh Chhatra League leaders, a Mahila Awami League leader, two Real Estate and Housing Association of Bangladesh (Rehab) leaders and three businessmen with alleged political connections to the decision-makers in the ministry, have recently been appointed to the boards of the various high-level companies under the Power and Energy Ministry.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the government has a plan to create a Trust Fund for Community Clinics across the country to give those a permanent shape and ensure smooth medicare services for people.
“We would like to form in the future a Trust Fund like the PM’s Education Trust Fund for ensuring the medicare services for people,” she said.
The Prime Minister was addressing a programme arranged by the Health and Family Welfare Ministry at Osmani Memorial Auditorium to distribute Best Community Clinic Award 2014 and launch the
The government starts a feasibility study next month for building a circular railroad around Dhaka which is expected to ease traffic congestion, officials said.
A meeting at the Finance Division last week approved a human resources structure for the study. According to the Railways Ministry proposal, the rail route will enable commuters to travel from one corner of the city to the other without entering the city centre.
Local Awami League activists yesterday staged demonstrations and blocked Dhaka-Tangail highway with the body of slain Jubo League leader Rafiqul Islam demanding immediate arrest of his killers.
They put barricade on the busy highway in Kaliakoir bus stand area in Kaliakoir upazila at noon when the body reached was brought home after an autopsy. During the demonstrations the upazila Awami League called a half day hartal in the upazila.