- March 16, 2018
A former chairman of the Power Development Board (PDB) was found murdered at his home in the capital’s in Madhya Badda area last night.
Former PDB chairman Khijir Khan, 66, was a freedom fighter, the president of the Kushtia District Association and a pir or holy man who operated his own khanqa sharif – a religious meeting place. PDB officials remember him as an efficient engineer.
United States Ambassador to Bangladesh Marcia Bernicat yesterday underscored the importance of joint efforts to address violent extremism.
“Let me underscore the vital importance of our joint efforts to address violent extremism. We have everything we need to fight the emergence of ISIL [Islamic State group] in Bangladesh,” she said.
She was addressing a Diplomatic Correspondents’ Association Bangladesh (DCAB) meeting at the National Press Club yesterday.
Two tourists and their guide have been missing in Ruma upazila of Bandarban district since Saturday. Police have yet to find their trace.
The tourists were identified as Munna, 35, and Jamil, 28, but the guide had not been identified yet when this report was filed, sources at police told the Dhaka Tribune.
Locals said the tourists were from Mirpur, Dhaka and arrived in Ruma on September 28 to visit Boga Lake.
They were last seen near Raikhkhang Pukurpara area, close to Boga Lake, on Saturday afternoon, they said.
Several check-posts were set up minutes after the murder of Japanese national Hoshi Kunio, but the killers might have escaped through one of the many unguarded feeder roads of the main highway in Rangpur.
Rangpur police, who are looking into the murder that took place on Saturday, however, have yet to make any significant progress in solving the murder mystery.
But local residents alleged that police
have been slow in reacting to the news of the murder.
Speaking near the mosque next to his rented home where he recently converted to Islam, the residents of Munshipara described the 65-year-old Japanese man who was brutally gunned down on Saturday as a kindly man.
For most of the time they had known him, he had been known to his neighbours as Hita Kuchi.
The people he lived among recall a man who spoke little Bangla but nevertheless always tried to communicate with his neighbours. They recall that his broken Bangla made the children laugh.
Police are saying that reports about the Islamic State’s link to the recent murders of foreigners are nothing but “grey propaganda” from a former Mossad official, who now heads the group that made the alleged IS link claims.
In a press statement, Police Headquarters yesterday said reports of IS claiming responsibility for the murders were “grey propaganda” by Rita Katz, the co-founder of Search for International Terrorist Entities (SITE) Intelligence Group, a private firm based in Washington DC
Medical college admission seekers yesterday announced a countrywide student strike tomorrow demanding fresh exams.
Progotisheel Chhatra Jote and Samrajjobad Birodhi Chhatra Oikya yesterday brought out a procession from Dhaka University’s (DU) Modhur Canteen in support of the demands.
Over a hundred protesters congregated at the rally.
“We will continue. Several organistions have already thrown their weight behind our movement,” said a protester.
Dedicating all her awards to the country’s people, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday vowed to establish a poverty- and hunger-free liveable “Shonar Bangla” for the future generation.
She said this while addressing a civic reception arranged by Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) and Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) at the south plaza of parliament as she won the “Champions of the Earth Award” and “ICT Sustainable Development Award.”
Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) yesterday formed a three-member probe body to investigate if there was any negligence of on-duty police officials when Italian citizen Cesare Tavella was murdered.
The committee headed by Diad Ahmed, additional commissioner of the Detective Branch (DB) of police, was asked to submit the report within seven working days.
Members of Detective Branch (DB) of Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) yesterday detained five alleged Islamist militants.
Police recovered nine grenades and a huge number of ammunition from their possessions.
They were picked up from Koashnagor area under Karnaphuli Police Station in Chittagong city yesterday evening.
Police, however, could not disclose the identities of the detainees nor they said which organisation the militants belonged to.
Police in Noakhali yesterday arrested two suspected war criminals in the district.
Amir Ahmmed alias Amir Ali Razakar, 69, was arrested at his residence in Uttar Fakirpur around 1pm, while Joinal Abedin, 73, was arrested at his house in Char Matua under Noakhali sadar upazila.
The government has rescheduled the Bijoya Dashami holiday on October 22, moving it from October 23.
Cabinet Secretary M Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan told reporters yesterday that the holiday would be observed on a day earlier than the previously fixed date. The decision came from the Ministry of Public Administration.
Since Friday, after Gibandha lawmaker Manjurul Islam Liton shot and injured eight-year-old Sourov and fled the area, there has been a lot of speculations about his whereabouts.
But for the residents of Sundarganj, where the shooting took place, this has not made any difference.
The lawmaker might not be around, but his followers – who are basically professional criminals – have since made themselves very visible.
Sadar upazila BNP General Secretary Md Faysal Ahmed and the district unit Jatiyatabadi Chhtra Dal (JCD) Joint Convener Md Sirajul Islam were sent to jail yesterday.
According to sources, District and Session Judge Court led by Judge Md Shafiqul sent them to jail after appearing before the court.
They were accused of arson attack and damaging vehicles during the blocked programme of BNP led 20 parties alliance early months of this year.
The cabinet yesterday approved the drafts of Chittagong Medical University Act-2015 and Rajshahi Medical University Act-2015 for the establishment of two medical universities.
The draft acts were approved in the regular cabinet meeting held at the secretariat with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.
Briefing reporters after the meeting, Cabinet Secretary Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan said the universities would provide post-graduate level studies and bachelor degrees in nursing.
A transborder motorcade celebrating the signing of the BBIN (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal) motor vehicle agreement will be brought out on November 14.
The procession will travel four countries by crossing borders in accordance with the BBIN agreement before stopping on November 30.
The motorcade will commence its journey from the Indian state of Odisha and will end in Kolkata after travelling through Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh.
The British Council Bangladesh began celebrating its “Customer Service Week” (CSW) yesterday morning, which will run until October 9.
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hassan Papon inaugurated the CSW programme while attending as chief guest at the launch yesterday morning.
The event recognised the importance of customer service and of honouring the people who serve and support customers each day.
Papon said: “Having been a student of Marketing, I deeply appreciate the importance of customer service.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will formally inaugurate electricity connections to 2,371 residents of eight former exclaves on October 15.
The Rural Electrification Board (REB) is set to provide electricity connections to former exclaves.
Of the 111 former exclaves, 52 fall under the jurisdiction of the REB and the rest under the Power Development Board. There is no need to provide power in 20 of the 52 under the REB as no-one leaves there.
A Dhaka court yesterday sent cricketer Kazi Shahadat Hossain alias Rajib to jail after rejecting his bail petition in a case filed for torturing domestic help.
Metropolitan Magistrate Mohammad Yusuf Hossain passed the order when Shahadat surrendered before the court and sought bail in the case.
The court also set October 12 for submission of probe report. Earlier in the day, Shahadat surrendered to the court and filed the bail plea.
On Sunday, another court sent Shahadat’s wife Jesmin Jahan Nitto to jail after rejecting her bail petition in the case.
A Khulna court has framed charges against three persons for the killing of 12-year-old Rakib, who died after the alleged murderers pumped air into his stomach.
Metropolitan Session’s Court Judge Dilruba Sultana framed the charges after the accused were presented before her court yesterday.
The three – Md Sharif, his mother Beauty Begum and his so-called uncle Mintu Miah – all pleaded innocence before the court.
The judge later adjourned proceedings, fixing October 11 to start the recording of witness testimonies in the case.