- February 18, 2018
The International Mother Language Day was observed in the port city as elsewhere with due respect and solemnity.
Chittagong Central Shaheed Minar turned into a human sea shortly after zero hours with the presence of thousands of people from different walks of life.
Two men were killed by their nephews in a clash over money and land property disputes in Manikganj’s Singair upazila yesterday.
The victims – Nannu Mollah, 50, son of Dirgaj Mollah of Gobindhal village, and Aziz Mollah, 55, son of late Rahim Mollah – were paternal cousins.
Five others were also injured in the attack and were sent to hospital. One of them was said to be in a critical condition.
Twelve difficult and complicated neurosurgery procedures were held throughout the day yesterday at the National Institute of Neuro-Sciences & Hospital (NINS), with live video feeds of the operations shown to local surgeons for training.
Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, the chief of air staff of the Indian Air Force, arrived in the capital yesterday on an official visit for five days.
During his visit, Raha is scheduled to meet various dignitaries and chiefs of services as well as officials, according to a press release issued by the Indian High Commission in Dhaka.
Raha, who is also the chairman of Chiefs of Staff Committee of the Indian Defence Forces, will be visit various bases of Bangladesh Air Force around the country.
President Abdul Hamid led the nation in mourning as he placed a floral wreath at Central Shaheed Minar as the clock struck one minute past zero hour on Sunday, followed by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
After placing the wreaths, they stood in solemn silence for a moment as a mark of respect for the martyrs of the language movement.
People from all walks of life gathered at Central Shaheed Minar yesterday to pay their respects to the language martyrs of 1952 who sacrificed their lives to establish Bangla as one of the state languages of erstwhile Pakistan.
Two factions of Awami League exploded crude bombs at Government Michael Madhusudan College in Jessore over placing wreaths at Shaheed Minar of the college on the eve of Amar Ekhushey.
The rivals hurled two crude bombs targeting Shaheed Minar creating panic among people who gathered there to pay homage to language martyrs.
Police said said the explosions had taken place just after local MP Kazi Nabil Ahmed, Deputy Commissioner Humayun Kabir and Police Super Anisur Rahman, left Shaheed Minar after placing wreaths at zero hour.
Law enforcers suspect that members of banned Islamist group Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) slit the throat of the priest of a Hindu temple in Panchagarh’s Debiganj yesterday morning as part of their series of attacks on religious leaders and establishments.
Joggeshwar Roy, 50, who had no enemies and never threatened, was slaughtered with a machete on the verandah of his house, beside the Sonto Gaurio Temple, around 7am. Neighbour Gopal Chandra Roy, 35, received bullet injuries as he tried to save the priest.
After months of staying hidden in hibernation, Ansarullah Bangla Team was planning to raise its head again by killing a series of bloggers and secular personalities.
Law enforcement sources said the militants were also planning attacks on mass public gatherings such as the ones seen during the International Mother Language Day and Pohela Boishakh.
However, their intentions were foiled when a joint police team conducted a 30-hour-long drive throughout the weekend to bust an Ansarullah base in Badda and a bomb-making factory in Mohammadpur.
Though there are stories in their curriculum about the International Mother Language Day (IMLD), the students of many educational institutes are in the dark about the Bengali Language Movement, known as Bhasha Andolon, a political movement in former East Bengal advocating the recognition of the Bengali language as an official language.
Locals said the young learners have no interest to the day as they had no idea about the movement.
Three members of Bangladesh Islami Chhatra Shibir were held with firearms from Chittagong city and Satkania upazila in Chittagong yesterday.
The arrestees were identified as Md Rifat, 22, and Didarul Islam, 20.
Farid Uddin Khandakar, officer-in-charge of Satkania police station, said that the arrested duo is accused in 10 cases.
Meanwhile, locals caught a Shibir activist with locally-manufactured firearms from Chawkbazar area, Chawkbazar police station in the city.
Robi Axiata Limited has achieved TK5,000 crore revenue milestone for the first time in 2015, according to the company’s latest report published on its parent company’s, Axiata Group, website.
In the previous year, it revenue was little more than Tk4942
The second largest operator in Bangladesh in terms of revenue recorded 6.01% growth year-on-year in gross revenue to Tk5,239.50 crore last year.
The leading mobile phone operator, Grameenphone, achieved this revenue landmark earlier.
For Bangladeshis, yesterday was not only about paying respect to the brave language martyrs, but also to take a moment to realise why the martyrs sacrificed their lives, and what events led to the Language Movement of 1952.
And the Dhakaites found that one of the best places to look back at history yesterday would be Amar Ekushey Boi Mela 2016.
Needless to say, the fairgrounds were filled to the brim with visitors yesterday.
Moshtaq Ahmed, a resident of Old Dhaka, was at the fair with his wife and two children when this correspondent met him.
A gunman killed six people and wounded two in Kalamazoo County, Michigan, in random parking lot shootings, police said on Sunday.
The suspect, Jason Dalton, 45, opened fire late on Saturday outside an apartment complex, a Kia car dealership and a Cracker Barrel restaurant over a period of little more than four hours, Kalamazoo police said on their Facebook page on Sunday.
A 14-year-old girl initially reported to have been shot at the restaurant, becoming the seventh fatality, was in fact wounded and is in serious condition, a prosecutor said.
Jewel Miah has confessed his involvement in the gruesome killings of four children in the village Sundrateki under Bahubal upazila of Habiganj.
He gave confessional statement under section-164 before judicial magistrate Koushik Ahmed Khandaker on Sunday afternoon.
“Jewel confessed that he and his family members were involved in that dreadful incident. He also gave names of more people who were involved in the killings,” said Shahidul Islam, additional superintendant of Habiganj police.
The BNP yesterday alleged that its chief Khaleda Zia was obstructed several times on her way to the Central Shaheed Minar to pay her tribute to the martyrs of the Language Movement.
The party also claimed that more than 50 BN men were injured as police charged batons on them when the three-time former prime minister was placing floral wreaths.
Human Rights Watch has urged upon the state authorities to immediately withdraw all criminal charges filed against the editors of the Daily Star and Prothom Alo.
The New York-based rights organisation demanded repeal of the country's abusive criminal defamation and sedition laws, which violate international standards.
HRW made the call by a media release showed in its website yesterday.
With an aim to make the existing act on brick more pragmatic and time-worthy, the government is planning to amend the Brick Making and Brickfield Establishment (Control) Act 2013.
A proposal from the Department of Environment is to be sent to the Ministry of Law in this regard.
“The current act which was passed in the parliament in November 2013 includes some shortcomings such as the obligation to set up brick kilns in specific areas. This has made the sector vulnerable,” said Solaiman Haider, a director of the department.
Underscoring the need for further enriching Bangla, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday called for building massive awareness to avoid its distortion.
Five Bangladeshi nationals, including a couple, were killed and three others injured in two road accidents in Saudi Arabia on Saturday.
Of them, four were killed in an accident in Al Kharj city.
The deceased were identified as Abbas Ali, 45, his wife Rehana, 32, residents of Bhogti village in Keshabpur municipality of Jessore, and Sheuli Begum, 37, and their son Saim Omar, 11, of Hamdah Sheikhpara area in Jhenidah district town.
Bangladesh missions abroad observed Language Martyrs’ Day and International Mother Language Day yesterday in a befitting manner with a call for upholding the values of 1952 and 1971.
The day’s programmes started with the hoisting of the national flag at half-mast by the heads of mission in presence of the officials, foreign guests and expatriate Bangladeshis in respective countries, according to messages from various missions.