- April 22, 2018
The DB police are now waiting for DNA test reports from the FBIInvestigators have claimed to have identified two of the killers of secular blogger Avijit Roy, a Bangladeshi-American, but are still to trace their locations.
One of the investigators, who is a senior police official, told the Dhaka Tribune on condition of anonymity that one of them is Redowanul Azad Rana and the other is one of his followers.
He also said that the duo might have fled by crossing the border of a neighbouring country soon after the murder.
Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) claimed responsibility for the murder of a Bangladeshi-American secularist blogger, a number of other Bangladeshi liberal bloggers, and a well-known secularist academic, according to the SITE Intelligence Group.
In a video circulated online, AQIS leader Asim Umar said Al-Qaeda operatives murdered bloggers Avijit Roy, Oyasiqur Rahman Babu, Ahmed Rajeeb Haider and Rajshahi University teacher AKM Shafiul Islam.
Annisul Huq seems, at first, a little taciturn as we sit down to talk on Saturday. He smiles and talks about the city poll elections in Dhaka. “I would have been happier if the BNP had stayed in the race – then there would be no questions.”
I later realise he is reluctant to comment on the work ahead before he has the chance to meet his staff and survey the problems at hand. “If I say anything before I have a chance to really understand what the issues are, then I’d just be making pretty speeches.”
Following the much-hyped city corporation elections on April 28, residents in Dhaka and Chittagong are eager to see whether their new mayors would follow through or renege on their electoral pledges in the coming days.
Amid widespread allegations of vote rigging on election day, all three Awami League-backed candidates won the mayor’s chairs; Annisul Huq won in Dhaka North, Sayeed Khokon in Dhaka South, and AJM Nasir Uddin in Chittagong.
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has alleged that Nasiruddin Ahmed Pintu was killed as per Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s directions.
“Pintu was killed. Why was a court order not been followed? We know everything is operated as per the direction of Hasina. None will be spared. Pintu was taken outside upon her order. Hasina is responsible for this killing,” Khaleda claimed.
“I learned that a doctor came to Rajshahi jail but he was not allowed in. They did not allow a doctor to see a patient. Are they human beings?”
Former BNP lawmaker Nasir Uddin Ahmed Pintu, who was serving a life imprisonment for his involvement with the BDR carnage, died yesterday in Rajshahi.
Doctors at the Rajshahi Medical College Hospital, where the convict was brought from Rajshahi jail, said Pintu had died after suffering a cardiac arrest. Dr Rois Uddin, chief of RMCH cardiac department, said Pintu was pronounced dead around 12:20pm.
Dr Rois, as well as RMCH Director Brig Gen AKM Nasir Uddin, told the Dhaka Tribune that Pintu had already died before reaching the hospital around noon yesterday.
Japanese and Chinese authorities will finalise setting up several economic zones in four months as part of a bid to bolster foreign direct investment in Bangladesh.
Besides, India authorities are now conducting surveys to build a number of dedicated economic zones of their own in Bangladesh.
One person was killed while another was injured when some unidentified miscreants opened fire at them in the capital’s Badda area last night.
The deceased was Mozammel Hossain Rahin, 32, a resident of South Badda, and the injured is Manu Miah, 30.
Abdul Aziz, OC of Badda police station confirmed the incident and said they were the victims were shot inside a room of South Badda Jagarani Sangsad at Alfatunnesa School Road around 8pm. “The attackers are still identified.”
Environmental groups yesterday demanded immediate cancellation of the construction of the coal-fired Rampal power plant and Orion power plant near the Sundarbans, arguing that the forest’s ecology will be damaged by pollution caused by the use of coal.
They also suggested an independent and science-based assessment of the environmental, socio-cultural and health impacts of the two plants and other coal-based electricity generation facilities elsewhere in the country.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday rejected a plea from the Munshiganj area to reconsider the plan to construct the Bangabandhu International Airport there, saying that it will be on the other side of the Padma River.
Hasina said this while holding a videoconference with Munshiganj and other districts of the country inaugurating four power generation and two transmission projects from Ganabhaban.
Branding BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia as an educated devil, Information Minister Hasanul Haque Inu yesterday said the BNP chief has to be driven out of the country for the sake of democracy.
“Some educated devils speak for democracy but lead the fight of fire-terrorism. Khaleda is the mentor of these educated devils. Khaleda Zia has to be driven out of the country for the interest of democracy,” he said.
Ballot stuffing, intimidation of voters, capture of polling stations and clashes have undermined the credibility of the April 28 city corporation elections in Dhaka and Chittagong, said speakers at a discussion yesterday.
They said such acts had also damaged the transparency of polls.
The discussion held at WVA auditorium in the capital’s Dhanmondi focused on the city corporation polls and the sexual assault of women on Dhaka University campus during Pohela Boishakh celebrations.
Residents at Nageshwari upazila in Kurigram district have raised alarm over a pedestrian bridge on the Bhitorband-Kaliganj Road which is on the verge of collapse.
The community, which is separated for 22 miles by a swamp, has the pedestrian bridge as its only link with the district town.
The bridge was said to have been constructed in 1986.
The bridge stands on six vulnerable pillars which may collapse at any time. Cracks develop here and there, and the bricks have been stolen.
Samsung C&T Corporation of South Korea has shown interest in setting up a receiving terminal for imported regasified liquefied natural gas (LNG ), along with a gas-fired combined cycle power plant, at Moheshkhali in Cox’s Bazar.
Samsung’s GM Gwa Keun Park sent a proposal letter in this regard to State Minister for Power Nasrul Hamid on March 27 this year.
Five Chhatra League activists have already been suspendedTeachers and students of Jahangirnagar University are angered over the delay in submission of a report on sexual assault of an indigenous student that took place on Pohela Boishakh, the first day of the Bangla year.
They alleged the authorities were trying to save the accused, all leaders and activists of the ruling party's student wing Bangladesh Chhatra League's JU unit.
They said the anti-sexual harassment cell had not been cooperating with the victim, rather it continued to repeatedly harass her in the name of questioning her.
Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader said BNP had not only failed in the city polls but also in waging their movement.
Neither do they have enough activists for waging movements nor did they have agents in the recent elections, the minister made the statement while speaking as the chief guest at a rally organised by the Awami League on the Nabinagar Pilot High School field in Brahmanbaria.
The Directorate of Customs Intelligence and Investigation officials yesterday nabbed two employees of the Biman Bangladesh Airlines with 40 gold bars at Shah Amanat International Airport.
Following the detention, the Biman Bangladesh Airlines dismissed the detained employees –Traffic Helpers (temporary) Sheikh Kamal and Belal Hossain – as the authorities found their involvement with the smuggling of gold bars, said Station Manager (acting) of Biman Bangladesh Airlines Selina Akhter of Shah Amanat International Airport.
It was a gloomy day. The Himalayan sky was overcast with dark, heavy clouds.
Dr Zareen Khair, Bangladesh country manager of the Fred Hollows Foundation (FHF), decided to utilise her last day in Kathmandu and do a bit of sightseeing.
She, along with some colleagues, went to Nepal on April 19 for a regional meeting, which was held on April 20 – 24 at a resort in Dhulikhel, some 30 kilometre south-west of Kathmandu.
Akram Khan and Tamim Iqbal, the Chacha Bhatija (uncle and nephew) of Bangladesh cricket, are often the object of sarcasm. We often forget the two of them have played the two most important innings in our cricketing history.
Mushfiqur Rahim and his side returned to Dhaka yesterday following their heroic performance in the drawn first Test against Pakistan in Khulna.
After landing in Dhaka, most of the cricketers spent time with their families as there was no training scheduled for yesterday. The Tigers will begin training from tomorrow ahead of the second and final Test at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur, slated for this Wednesday. Pakistan, meanwhile, will start practising from today.