- February 18, 2018
Environment and Forest Minister Anwar Hossain Monju yesterday told Jatiya Sangshad that the results of a tiger survey carried out in the Sundarbans, under the project title of “Strengthening Regional Cooperation for Wildlife Protection,” will be published soon.
The minister said, according to experts, there are around 100,000-150,000 deer in the single biggest mangrove forest in the world, the Sundarbans.
He also said around 200 to 250 crocodiles and some 25,000 to 30,000 monkeys live in the Sundarbans.
The ongoing flood situation in the country’s northern and north-eastern parts deteriorated as the country’s neighbouring Indian state Assam and Meghalaya had experienced heavy rainfall until yesterday.
Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre said water of Brahmaputra and Jamuna rivers is still showing the rising trend which is likely to continue for the next 72 hours.
If the saying “morning shows the day” was to be true, at least for yesterday, the residents of Dhaka were in for another day of severe water stagnation and excruciating traffic congestion.
On Tuesday, the country’s capital city saw one of the worst ever water stagnation and consequent traffic gridlock following an hour of heavy downpour around midday.
Yesterday, the heavy downpour began around 6:30am, before most people woke up. The rain came down heavily for about half an hour and inundated most of the roads and streets in the city.
The High Court yesterday summarily rejected a writ petition challenging the legality of Section 57 of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Act.
The bench of Justice Farah Mahbub and Justice Kazi Md Ejarul Haque Akondo passed the order with some observations but did not disclose the details, saying that those would be published in the full order.
Petitioners’ lawyer Shishir Manir said that they would move the Appellate Division after receiving the full judgement.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged all to not neglect those who are physically and mentally-challenged, as they could show their mettle if given scope.
“This is my fervent call to teachers of all educational institutions, to guardians, as well as people from all strata to not neglect the disabled because if scope is created for them, they could show their mettle and worthiness,” she said.
The BNP-led 20-party alliance yesterday announced they would stage demonstrations across the country on September 6 protesting the price hikes of electricity and gas.
Although the party initially called the demonstrations for September 5, they shifted the date as the country’s Hindu community would observe Janmashtami on that date.
This protest is the first programme since the opposition alliance’s three-month blockade.
A wanted criminal known Jira Suman was killed in a gunfight with police detectives in Comilla Adarsha Sadar upazila in the early hours of yesterday morning.
Detectives also arrested four of Suman’s accomplices – Jamal, Shahid, Swapan and Zakir – and recovered arms and ammo from the scene.
At least eight members of banned militant outfit Ansarullah Bangla Team were involved in the murder of secular activist Oyasiqur Rahman Babu on March 30, the Detective Branch (DB) of police said in the charge sheet submitted yesterday.
DB Inspector Moshiur Rahman, also investigation officer of the case, submitted the charge sheet to the Dhaka’s Chief Metropolitan Magistrate’s Court showing 40 people as prosecution witnesses.
Four eminent personalities including an ICT prosecutor and an Ekushey Padak-winning educationist received death threats yesterday, allegedly from the banned militant outfit Ansarullah Bangla Team.
Chittagong court’s Additional Public Prosecutors Ashok Kumar Das and Chandan Bishwas received the threat in the form of SMS text messages, which also named International Crime Tribunal’s Prosecutor Rana Dasgupta and Chittagong Premier University’s Vice-Chancellor Dr Anupam Sen as targets.
A former leader of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) and also a listed terrorist was shot dead by a band of miscreants in front of his house at Bayezid area in Chittagong city late Tuesday night.
The deceased, Mehedi Hasan Badal, 40, son of Mukhleshur Rahman, was a resident of the Shersha area of Bayezid, said police sources.
Mehedi, a terrorist registered by Bayezid Police Station, was the former president of the Chittagong Polytechnic Institute unit of BCL and leader of the local Jubo League, said police.
Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus is in India to launch a new Masters degree programme in Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Rajiv Gandhi National Institution of Youth Development (RGNIYD) in Sriperumbudur, stated a press release from Yunus Centre.
The Nobel Laureate, visiting from August 31 to September 7, was invited by the institute, located 40km from Chennai, to deliver a special lecture and launch the degree programme.
Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid said expanding education of information and communication technology was essential to face the global challenges of the twenty-first century.
The minister made the remark at a day-long international conference on digital education arranged by the Department of Development Studies, Dhaka University (DU), and BacBon Foundation jointly.
DU Vice-Chancellor Professor AAMS Arefin Siddique inaugurated the conference at the Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban in DU yesterday.
Members of Rapid Action Battalion on late Tuesday night arrested three members of a gang in connection with a robbery from Dhaka airport’s cargo complex courier unit in the early hours of August 10.
The arrested were gang leader Badrul Alam alias Shyamol and his younger brothers – Foysal Alam Alias Prince and Asifuzzaman Papon.
RAB said the three were arrested from the capital’s Benarashi Palli area in Mirpur around Tuesday midnight.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday told parliament that a journalist of the private television Channel i Zillur Rahman knows the whereabouts of Bangbanbdhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s killer Khandaker Rashid.
“Zillur Rahman, who runs Tritiyo Matra on Channel i took an interview of Colonel Rashid. It means, he knows where killer Rashid stays,” the prime minister said.
Civil Aviation Minister Rashed Khan Menon yesterday told parliament that EK Security Group’s appointment is under process in Dubai airport to stop gold smuggling and security of the plane.
“The government is not forming any cell in Dubai airport to stop gold smuggling but EK Security Group’s appointment is under process,” he said responding to a query.
Responding to another query, the minister said the quality of ground handling at the Shahjalal Airport is not up to the mark.
Two people, including a Jubo League leader, were arrested from Latifpur area in Sadar upazila early yesterday in connection with the killing of Chandraganj union unit Awami League leader Omar Faruk.
Superintendent of police Shah Mijan Safiur Rahman said on a tip-off, a team of police conducted a drive at night in the area and arrested Ismael Hossain, former joint convener of Chandraganj union unit Jubo League and Nurul Islam.
The police detained them for interrogation in connection with the AL leader murder,
the SP added.
Transport owners and workers began an indefinite strike yesterday morning protesting vandalize of buses and in demand of stop plying of easy bikes on Meherpur-Kathuli and Mehepur-Mohajonpur roads in the district.
Golam Rasul, general secretary of Bus, Minibus Owners’ Association said they held a meeting with the local administration along with the local MP Prof Farhad Hossain on Monday in the DC’s office and decided that the easy bikes would ply from Meherpur to Noorpur on Meherpur-Mohajonpur road and Meherpur to Kayemkatar Crossing on Meherpur-Kathuli road.
A 22-year-old youth abducted his teenage cousin from Feni on Monday.
On Tuesday night police rescued the boy from a market place in Ramgarh upazila under Khagrachhari district and arrested Azharul Islam Azad in this connection.
The abducted schoolboy named Ainul Islam Ashik, 13, told the Dhaka Tribune that his cousin (son of her father’s sister) Azad had come to visit their house on Monday and took him out of the house for recreation.
“Rain, rain go away
Rain, rain go away
Come again another day.
Rain, rain go away
Little Johnny wants to play.”
This September, Dhaka city, hauled to a full stop, know exactly what this rhyme means.
Flood situation marked sharp deterioration as the major rivers were flowing above danger marks yesterday at several points in Jamalpur, Moulvibazar, Gaibandha, Sunamganj,Bogra, Tangail, Khulna, Kurigram and Rangpur districts marooning over thousands of people.
Our correspondent said that the overall flood situation in the district deteriorated with continuous rising of water level in the river Jamuna.