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PM again blasts anti-Rampal power plant campaigners

শনিবার, ২৮ জানুয়ারী ২০১৭

28 January 2017 Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina once again came down heavily on the quarter campaigning against the Rampal power plant, saying that they never visited the power plant site to ascertain its impact on the Sundarbans.

Defending the construction of the power plant, she also said the Rampal power plant is being set up in Rampal, not in the Sundarbans.

 

Pahela Baishakh sex attack: Lone arrestee charged

মঙ্গলবার, ২০ ডিসেম্বর ২০১৬

20 December 2016 Law enforcers today pressed charges against the lone arrestee over the Pahela Baishakh group-sexual assault of 2015, which caused a wave of uproar in Bangladesh.

Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) Inspector Abdur Razzak submitted the charge sheet, pressing charges against the only arrested Mohammad Kamal, today.

Razzak, also the investigation officer, said seven others were also identified through video footages. Their names will be included if they can be arrested in future, he said in the charge sheet.

The charges were filed at the office of Metropolitan Magistrate Debabrata Biswas this morning.

On April 14, 2015, during Bangla New Year celebrations, a group of youths sexually assaulted several women in Dhaka University area. Though there were video footages, police could not make any arrest save one.

 

 
 

SC upholds HC verdict for rehabilitating Urdu-speaking people

রবিবার, ১১ ডিসেম্বর ২০১৬

The Supreme Court today affirmed a High Court verdict that justified a government decision to evict Urdu-speaking people who live outside their designated camps, from government land.

The apex court also upheld the HC directive which ruled that those, who are living within the Geneva camp at Mohammadpur in Dhaka and registered camps at any part of the country and having national identity cards, should be rehabilitated by the government.

A four-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha passed the order after hearing two separate leave-to-appeal petitions filed by Sadakat Khan, president of Urdu Speaking Peoples Youth Rehabilitation Movement, challenging the HC verdict.

Advocate Abdul Momin Manik, a lawyer for the ministry of housing and public works, told The Daily Star that the Appellate Division of the SC has upheld the HC verdict which has also said that the government should prepare list of those Urdu speaking people who are poor and victim and should rehabilitate them.

Sadakat Khan told this correspondent that the government must rehabilitate the people who are living within the recognised camps and have national identity cards.

He said the people would suffer a lot if the government evicted them without ensuring their rehabilitation.

The HC gave the verdict after hearing nine writ petitions challenging the government’s eviction move.

Some Urdu speaking people and Odhikar, a rights organisation, filed the petitions at different times between 2001 and 2011.

Seven lakh Urdu speakers live in and outside 116 camps across the country, and approximately 90 percent of them have the national ID card, Sadakat Khan, one of the petitioners, had then told The Daily Star.

Around three lakh of them live outside the camps, said Khan, also claiming that the Urdu-speaking people owned houses and land before the Liberation War in 1971 but the government and the Red Crescent moved them to the camps after the war.

 
 

7 Nigerians held for fraud in Dhaka

মঙ্গলবার, ০৬ ডিসেম্বর ২০১৬

06 December 2016 Eight including seven Nigerian nationals were arrested from Dhaka over charges of fraudulence and cheat, law enforcers claimed today.

They were identified as Ugochukwu Alfred, Anukwu Donatus Eswealor, Chidi Ibewuike, Michael Onyedika Nneji, Obum Samuel Chukwu Dulo, Henry Esiak, Anayo Ogagba and Bangladeshi Md. Ariful Islam.

They lured people in disguise of lottery and cheat them out of big sum of money, elite force Rapid Action Battalion said in a press briefing held at their headquarters.

The Nigerians were all staying in Bangladesh illegally, Rab said.

 
 

PM to call on president today

রবিবার, ০৪ ডিসেম্বর ২০১৬

04 December 2016 Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will make a courtesy call on President Abdul Hamid at Bangabhaban in the capital this evening.

The meeting will begin at 7:00pm, according to the programme schedule of the president.

Generally, the prime minister meets the president after foreign visits.

Sheikh Hasina went to Hungary on November 28 on a four-day visit at the invitation of Hungarian President Dr Janos Ader to attend the Budapest Water Summit 2016.

She also went to Morocco on November 14 on a three-day official visit to attend two high-level segments of the Conference of the Parties (COP-22)

 
 

Dhaka will stand by Saudi to protect Makkah

বৃহস্পতিবার, ২৪ নভেম্বর ২০১৬

24 November 2016 Bangladesh will stand by the Saudi Arabian government to defend the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah at all costs, Bangladesh Ambassador Golam Moshi has said.

“The Kingdom has stood with Bangladesh in good and bad times and we have an obligation to safeguard the holy places not only as a friendly country, but also as a Muslim country to protect our Ummah,” Arab news reported quoting the envoy.

Speaking on Bangladesh Armed Forces Day yesterday, the envoy said: “The day reminds us of the unique examples of selfless sacrifices that the undaunted members of our armed forces and freedom fighters played during the war of liberation in 1971.”

He described it as a rare demonstration of the highest sense of patriotism, dedication and indomitable spirit of liberating the motherland under the dynamic leadership of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, who is fondly remembered as the Father of the Nation.

Bangladesh will continue to contribute actively to international peace by advocating for the renunciation of the use of force, and for universal and complete disarmament as enshrined in the constitution, he concluded.

Golam Moshi reminded the Saudi officials that Bangladesh’s military cooperation with the Saudi Arabia started during the Gulf War.

Bangladesh Brig Gen Mohamed Farookul Haque hosted the reception which was attended by Maj Gen Sunaid Al-Mozaini, chief of the Armed Forces Intelligence and Security Committee of Saudi, on behalf of Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, second deputy premier and minister of defense.Senior government officials, members of the diplomatic corps, and expatriates from the community attended the evening reception.

 
 

Malaysia minister in Dhaka to talk manpower trade

মঙ্গলবার, ১৫ নভেম্বর ২০১৬

15 November 2016 Malaysia’s minister for human resource Datuk Seri Richard Riot is in Bangladesh to discuss the manpower export between the two countries.

Richard Riot landed in Dhaka around 10:30am, expatriate welfare and overseas employment ministry’s Additional Secretary Javed Ahmed told The Daily Star.

He will hold a series of meetings with Bangladesh officials to talk manpower export issues, including the processing of 8,000 workers who received Malaysian work permits but are yet to go there.

Bangladeshi migrant workers are the third largest legal migrants in Malaysia with 2,37,991 people working there with proper documents and papers.

Malaysia has been a popular destination for Bangladeshi migrant workers over the last three decades but the recruitment process has always been tainted by malpractices that result in labour abuses.

Following massive irregularities during 2006 and 2008, Malaysia froze recruitment from Bangladesh in early 2009. In late 2012, the country began labour recruitment on a limited scale, but it did not work well allegedly for influence of recruitment agents having vested interests in both the countries.

Malaysia has declared that it would recruit 1.5 million Bangladeshis over the next three years through private sector, but the move got halted following a hue and cry by the trade unions and civil society in Malaysia over alleged involvement of syndicates that wanted to control the recruitment process.

 
 

Woman burnt in mysterious fire dies

রবিবার, ১৩ নভেম্বর ২০১৬

13 November 2016 A woman died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital today, a day after she was burnt in a mysterious fire near Airport Railway Station in Dhaka.

Police rescued the 40-year-old lady in critical condition from a bush near the station around 2:00am on Saturday and admitted her to Dhaka Medical College’s burn unit where she died around 9:30am today.

Before her death, the woman informed police that she was sleeping at her house in Fatullah of Narayanganj from where a genie (jinn) brought her to the spot and set her on fire, said Nur-e-Azam, officer-in-charge of the Airport Police Station.

After her admission to the hospital, the woman identified herself as the widow of one Abul Kalam Azad hailed from Kashipur in Fatullah of Narayanganj. She told reporters at the hospital that she was working as a housemaid.

Police went to the address specified by her but could not find anybody there, according to Nur-e-Azam, officer-in-charge of the Airport Police Station.

The police have not taken any case in connection with this incident, the OC to The Daily Star adding that they have not found any evidence related to the fire on the spot.

 
 

Indian criminal Daud Merchant walks out of Dhaka jail

সোমবার, ০৭ নভেম্বর ২০১৬

07 November 2016 Indian fugitive criminal Abdur Rauf Daud Merchant has walked out of jail three days after a Dhaka court cleared him of charges over suspicious movement.

Daud, a suspected associate of underworld don Daud Ibrahim, went out of Dhaka Central Jail in Keraniganj around 4:30pm yesterday, Jahangir Kabir, senior jail superintendent of the prison, confirmed The Daily Star today.

He has been released on completing of all legal procedure, he said.

Daud Merchant, a convicted killer of music baron Gulshan Kumar, was arrested in Brahmanbaria 2009 for intruding into Bangladesh.

In December 2014, he obtained bail in the case and was subsequently released from Kashimpur Central Jail in Gazipur. He, however, was rearrested from outside the jail.

Daud was then produced before a Dhaka court, which placed him on a three-day remand in the case filed under section 54 of the Code of Criminal Procedure for suspicious movement.

 
 

None to be spared over attack on Hindus: AL

মঙ্গলবার, ০১ নভেম্বর ২০১৬

01 November 2016 Ruling Awami Leauge has taken a firm stand over the incident of attack on Hindu community in Brahmanbaria’s Nasirnagar and said no culprits involved with the incident will be spared.

“The culprits will be traced and arrested,” said AL’s Organising Secretary Enamul Haq Shamim, who led a delegation of the party to visit the affected areas and victims today.

“Awami League president and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is following the developments in this matter closely. She has instructed that no culprits go spared,” he told journalists after visit.

READ MORE: Brahmanbaria Mayhem: Role of admin in question

“The communal harmony will be maintained at all costs,” he said.

Also, according to him, the ruling party will hold an emergency meeting at Gono Bhaban this evening to chalk out plans to help the victims of the Brahmanbaria hate attack.

Last Saturday, religious zealots vandalised and ransacked at least five temples and over a hundred houses of the Hindus and looted valuables over a Facebook post.

Two cases have been filed so far over the incident. Police had said they were able to detain at least 15 people in connection to the incident. Some of them were shown arrested.

 
 

BNP not going to AL council

শনিবার, ২২ অক্টোবর ২০১৬

22 October 2016 BNP backtracked from its earlier position to send a delegation to the Awami League’s 20th council today being held at the city’s Suhrawardy Udyan, party insiders said. Party sources said although the party had earlier decided to attend the council, now they are considering the negative impact on the party leaders and activists if it attends the council.

On Friday, a BNP leader told media that they are going to attend the AL council to prove that BNP is not a narrow minded political party rather it is a moderate democratic party.

“You [AL] didn't join our council. You didn't even say sorry over the phone. But ours is not a narrow-minded party like yours and you will have the proof that the BNP is a moderate and democratic political party,” said Syed Moazzem Hossain Alal, a joint secretary general of BNP yesterday.

But, talking to The Daily Star today, Alal said he does not know whether the party will attend the AL council.

READ ALSO: BNP to send delegation to AL council

Meanwhile, BNP’s Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir today told The Daily Star that he is unwell and does not know whether BNP is going to attend the council.

Many of our leaders were killed and there have been many cases of enforced disappearances during the present government rule.

“What we will say to a victim’s family if they ask us what we had said about these issues at the council,” said a joint secretary general of the party seeking anonymity.

 
 

Shujan proposes search body to reform EC

শনিবার, ১৫ অক্টোবর ২০১৬

15 October 2016 Shushasoner Jonno Nagorik (Shujan), a citizens' platform advocating good governance, today demanded formulation a search committee to reconstitute the Election Commission.

A five-member committee, to be chaired by one senior Justice of the Appellate Division nominated by Chief Justice, will comprise of four representatives one each from Awami League and BNP-led alliances, civil society and mass media.

With the demand for enacting a law, Shujan placed the proposal at a roundtable titled “Election Commission Reformation and Citizens’ Thoughts” at Jatiya Press Club in Dhaka this morning.

ALSO READ: Search for New Election Commission: AL, BNP at loggerheads

It should be ensured that civil society and mass media representatives have no nepotism or biasness to any political parties, according to the proposal.

Reading out the keynote paper, Badiul Alam Majumdar, secretary of the civil society platform said despite a constitutional obligation to formulate law, the provision has never been followed.“So law needs to be formulated to reconstitute the commission as it is mandatory in 118 Chapter of the constitution,” he said.

He further said that legality of recruitment in the commission without any specific law will be “questionable”.

The law will stipulate the qualifications, responsibilities and other activities of the commission, he added underscoring the goodwill and neutrality from political parties and concerned authorities.

Among others, former CEC ATM Shamsul Huda, former EC Brig Gen (retd) M Shakhawat Hossain, former cabinet secretary Ali Imam Majumder and Dhaka University law professor Asif Nazrul, spoke at the function, presided over by Shujan President M Hafiz Uddin Khan, also former adviser to a caretaker government.

Meanwhile, after months of calm, the country's politics could heat up again over the process of forming a new Election Commission, which would oversee the 2019 general election.

The tenure of the existing EC expires in February.

The ruling Awami League-led alliance wants the new EC to be formed by a search committee under the jurisdiction of the president, a power vested in him by the constitution.

On the other hand, the BNP-led 20-party alliance and other political parties not aligned to the AL-led 14-party alliance want dialogue with all stakeholders before formation of such a committee. They have warned the government against any move to have a “subservient election commission”.

The current EC, led by Kazi Rakib Uddin Ahmad, drew a lot of flak over how it conducted polls during its four-year tenure. It held a general election in 2014 that the BNP-led alliance boycotted. It held city corporation, municipality, and upazila parishad elections that were marred by violence and irregularities.

Its worst performance was in the union parishad elections earlier this year when 126 people died in violence.

The ongoing debate over how the EC should be formed began after Law Minister Anisul Huq had said a search committee would be set up to form the new EC.

 
 

Japan sending delegation to check on Bangladesh’s security scenario

মঙ্গলবার, ১১ অক্টোবর ২০১৬
11 October 2016 A Japanese delegation will “soon” visit Bangladesh to get a security update, a parliamentary vice-minister for foreign affairs has said.

Kiyoshi Odawara in a meeting with his Bangladesh counterpart Md Shahriar Alam in Bangkok, however, assured that Tokyo would continue to remain as “strong development partner” of Dhaka.

The meeting took place on the sidelines of the Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) that ended on Monday in Bangkok, the foreign ministry said on Tuesday.

The summit endorsed Bangladesh’s proposal to be a “co-prime mover” in the working groups on connectivity and food, water and energy security pillars under the ACD Vision for Asia Cooperation 2030.

The state minister also met Russian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Ig Murglov on the sidelines.

During his meeting with Japan vice-minister, he apprised him of the “stringent” security measures being taken by the government to ensure safety of foreign nationals.

Seven JICA consultants were among the victims of the July 1 terrorist attack at an upscale cafe in Dhaka's Gulshan.

 

The government has strengthened the security measures in and around the diplomatic zone after the attack in Holey Artisan Bakery.

Shahriar assured Odawara that the government is “fully prepared to receive the Japanese delegation and apprise (them} of the security situation.”

Bangladesh in ACD’s working groups

The state minister as a leader of Bangladesh delegation told the ACD meeting that working closely with all neighbours is a “foreign policy goal” of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

He called for not only physical connectivity but also connectivity of people, culture and idea, connectivity of trade, investment, technology, enterprises and labour force to secure an inclusive growth and sustainable development in Asia.

As the summit endorsed Bangladesh in different working groups, the state minister offered to host the first working group meeting on connectivity in Dhaka.

Heads of states or governments and foreign ministers of 34 ACD member countries attended the three-day summit.
 
 

Talk to political parties to appoint election commissioners: BNP to government

শনিবার, ২৪ সেপ্টেম্বর ২০১৬
24 September 2016 Rejecting the government's move to form a search committee to appoint new election commissioners, the BNP has pitched for an all-party dialogue to do that.

"This farce in the name of a search committee has to be stopped. We are very well aware what this committee will do," Vice Chairman Shamsuzzaman Dudu said on Saturday.

 

Shamsuzzaman Dudu. File photo

Shamsuzzaman Dudu. File photo

He said that a solution should be arrived at through discussions. "We need to arrive at a solution through discussion between Khaleda Zia (BNP chief), Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and other major opposition parties."

 

The term of the Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad-led current commission expires in February next year.

Law Minister Anisul Huq had recently hinted at forming a 'search committee' to finalise the commission's composition.

 

"Do anything, constitute anything. But a verdict that does not reflect the popular verdict will not be tolerated by the people of this country," BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has said recently.

 
 

Media reports on Farakka water ‘misleading’: India

শনিবার, ০৩ সেপ্টেম্বর ২০১৬

03 September 2016 India has termed the media reports on release of water from Farakka Barrage contributing to floods in Bangladesh as “erroneous” and “misleading”.

“The Ministry of Water Resources of India has clarified that the Gates of Farakka Barrage are operated to smoothly pass the flows of Ganga (Ganges) river. The Farakka barrage gates remain open during the monsoon for smooth passage of flows of Ganga river which is a routine and unavoidable activity,” said a statement issued by the Ministry of External Affairs, Indiayesterday.

READ ALSO: ‘India didn’t do right by opening Farakka’

Even a Bangladesh media report on August 31 has quoted the minister of water resources of Bangladesh saying that “India did not open the gates of Farakka Barrage suddenly, and there is no possibility of fresh floods in the country. All the gates of Farakka Barrage remain open during the monsoon to release water through the Farakka Barrage-it is nothing new,” the statement said.

READ ASLO: India making floods worse in Bangladesh, says Khaleda

“Further, in accordance with the standing arrangement between India and Bangladesh flood alerts during the monsoon season are communicated for Farakka and Sahibganj sites by field offices of Central Water Commission (India) to their Bangladesh counterparts,” an official spokesperson said in the statement responding to media reports on the release of water from Farakka Barrage.

“Being a routine procedure no special intimation or alert regarding opening of gates is issued. The Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre in Bangladesh has been quoted in the media stating that the latest water rise was natural and not unusual or abnormal in the month of August,” the spokesperson added in the statement.

Earlier on Aug 26, Hydrological Department of Water Development Board in Rajshahi alleged that the Padma river might cross the danger level as India started releasing water through the Farakka Barrage in full scale.

Yesterday, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia also criticised India for allegedly opening sluice gates of the Farakka Barrage, which makes floods in Bangladesh worse.

 
 

Risha’s ‘killer’ arrested in Nilphamari

বুধবার, ৩১ আগস্ট ২০১৬

31 August 2016 The alleged killer of Suraiya Akter Risha, a student of Willes Little Flower School who was stabbed to death last week, was arrested in Nilphamari today. A team of DMP along with local police arrested Obaidul Khan, 29, from a house in Domar upazila of Nilphamari around 8:00am, Masudur Rahman, deputy commissioner (media) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police told The Daily Star. Obaidul is being brought to Dhaka, the DC said.

Risha, a class-VIII student of the school, died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital on August 28, four days after she was stabbed allegedly by the stalker, Obaidul, in front of the institution at Kakrail in the capital.

As the news of her death spread, hundreds of students launched demonstration, pressing for immediate arrest of the attacker.

Later, Tania Hossain, mother of Risha, filed a case against Obaidul under the Women and Children Repression Prevention Act with Ramna Police Station.

The suspect waylaid Risha on her way back from the school and tried to talk to her the day before he stabbed her on the Kakrail footbridge near the school, family sources said.Obaidul’s arrest came after his sister Khateza, 37, and her husband Khadimul, 45, were detained in Miratongi village in Birganj upazila of Dinajpur yesterday.

 
 

Saudi job seeker’s migration cost fixed at Tk 1.65 lakh

মঙ্গলবার, ৩০ আগস্ট ২০১৬

30 August 2016 The government has fixed Tk 1,65,000 migration cost including air fare for eachBangladeshi workers seeking jobs in Saudi Arabia.
If a Saudi employee bears the air fare, then the cost will be lesser, said an office order issued in this regard by the Director General of Bureau of Manpower Employment and Training (BMET) Selim Reza yesterday. Previously, several male workers got visas through their relatives or agencies by spending Tk 5 lakh to Tk 10 lakh each.

The kingdom, Bangladesh's largest overseas labour market, in an announcement on August 10 said Bangladeshi migrant jobseekers won't have to pay private recruiting agencies to get work visas for Saudi Arabia.

On the same day, the Middle Eastern country lifted a seven-year ban on recruitment of Bangladeshi male workers.

The BMET authorities in a meeting with Bangladesh Association of International Recruiting Agencies (Baira) took the decision that no private recruiting agencies will be able take more money other than the fixed amount.

 
 

Plea seeking Tk 1cr compensation for elephant’s death rejected

রবিবার, ২৮ আগস্ট ২০১৬

28 August 2016 The High Court today rejected a writ petition seeking its directive upon the government to collect Tk 1 crore in compensation from the officials concerned who were responsible for the death of the Indian elephant.

The HC bench of Justice Obaidul Hassan and Justice Krishna Devnath passed the rejection order considering that the petition was not submitted properly.

The court said an inquiry committee has been formed to probe the cause of death of the elephant and its post mortem was conducted, petitioner’s lawyer Eunus Ali Akond told The Daily Star.

The Indian elephant, Bangabahadur, whose journey from India to Bangladesh was widely chronicled, died in Jamalpur on August 16.

Eunus Ali Akond, a Supreme Court lawyer, on August 18 filed the writ petition with the High Court.

The wild elephant fought against all odds, swam over 300km in rivers and moved frantically from one char to another in the Jamuna (Brahmaputra). He struggled to survive for 50 days. But in the end, Bangabahadur was tranquilised, chained and half buried in muddy water when he died.

 

 
 

Sudden rise in Padma water level

শনিবার, ২৭ আগস্ট ২০১৬

27 August 2016 The Padma river in Rajshahi city is likely to cross the danger level by this evening as India has begun releasing water through the Farakka barrage in full scale.

“Water level in the Padma did not rise so high in last three or four years, but there is nothing to fear as the city protection dam is much higher than the danger level,” said SM Ali Mortuza, sub-divisional engineer of Hydrological Department of Water Development Board in Rajshahi.

Moreover, water is also receding fast through the Jamuna river, which is flowing below the danger level, said Mokhlesur Rahman, WDB executive engineer in the district.

Rahman claimed that the rate of increase in the water level has already been declining. He said the rise in water level was 15 centimetres in 24 hours on Wednesday which came down to 10 centimetres in 24 hours in Thursday.

A photo of the same point on July 16. Photo: Anwar Ali

The water level in Rajshahi city was recorded at 18.2 metres in the morning and 18.3 metres at 3:00pm yesterday. The river's danger level in the city was marked at 18.5 metres as per the level of the city plain.

“If the river continues to rise at this rate and the flow upstream does not recede, the water level will cross the danger level in the city by Saturday evening. The same will happen in other districts downstream eight to 12 hours later,” said Rahman.

He added the water level is likely to remain steady at the danger level or a little higher for next three to four days before it starts to recede.

People of Rajshahi city are worried as the sudden rise in the water level of the Padma inundated vast low lying areas of the river basin from Chapainawabganj to Pabna through Rajshahi.

“I felt my heartbeats witnessing the swollen river back in the 80s. It has been a long time since I did not witness the Padma roaring. Now the situation appears to have come back,” said Ashraful Islam, a resident of Dargahpara on the riverbank.

The river was seen flowing along the city protection dam in Kumarpara, Boro Kuthi, Dargahpara and Bulonpur areas. Many of the chars which were visible even a few weeks ago could not be seen anymore.

The low-lying areas on the other side of the river have already gone under water along with standing crops including paddy and jute. Many houses and some flood shelters of Majhardiar, Khidirpur and Khanpur have been washed away, said Ibrahim Sheikh, a member of Haripur Union Parishad.

Many boatmen are also afraid of crossing the river as they are not accustomed to operating boats in such a swollen river, he added.

“We cannot say when the gates of the Farakka barrage were open, but the river water started rising since Monday,” said SM Ali Mortuza.

The water level in Rajshahi was recorded at 17.76 metres on Monday, while it was 17.94 metres on Tuesday, 18.1 metres on Wednesday and 18.17 metres on Thursday.

The Indian authorities have meanwhile decided to release about 11 lakh cusecs of water by opening up all the 100 gates of the Farakka barrage to mitigate the flood situation in Bihar.

As a result, the rise in water levels at different points of the Ganges and the Padma is likely to continue for the next four or five days, WDB Executive Engineer Mokhlesur Rahman told The Daily Star.

“We do not expect a devastating flood situation from this and the water is receding downstream accordingly,” he added.

He said the WDB is watching over the 17.2-kilometre-long Rajshahi Protection Dam round the clock.

 
 

President Md Abdul Hamid calls for religious harmony

বৃহস্পতিবার, ২৫ আগস্ট ২০১৬
25 August 2016 President Md Abdul Hamid has called on followers of all faiths to strengthen religious harmony in the country in the interest of national development.

He was speaking at a reception hosted by him at  Bangabhaban on Tuesday on the occasion of Janmastami, the birthday of Hindu God Lord Krishna.

"Bangladesh is a country of communal harmony. The people of this country have a strong belief in unity and secularism.

We have to foster the existing brotherly and friendly relations between our religious communities for achieving progress and prosperity of the country," said Hamid.

Taking a leaf out of Sri Krishna's book, the president said, Lord Krishna's incarnation was spent preaching love and in trying to eliminate hatred and injustice from society.

"He always sought ways toward the emancipation of people", the president said.

With Religious Affairs Minister Matiur Rahman beside him, the president exchanged greetings with members of the Hindu community at the reception.

 
 

Appellate Division freezes suspected militant Saker’s bail for three months

সোমবার, ২২ আগস্ট ২০১৬
22 August 2016 The Appellate Division has stayed for three months a High Court bail given earlier to Fida Muntasir Saker, son of a former navy official, who had been arrested for having suspected ties to militants.

The five-member Appellate Division bench led by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha gave the order on Monday.

The bench of High Court justices Farid Ahmed and KM Kamrul Kader had granted Saker the six-month bail on Jun 6 in two cases.

The stay order on it came after the State moved the top appeals court against the High Court order.

Additional Attorney General Md Momtaz Uddin Fakir stood for the State in court Monday, while no lawyer represented Saker.

Fakir later told reporters that the court has also ordered police to submit their reports on two cases, in which Saker had been shown arrested, within the three months.

He said Saker’s father Mohammad Saker is a former commander in Bangladesh Navy.

According to case details, Fida Muntasir Saker during questioning reportedly told police that he was the coordinator of banned militant outfit Ansarullah Bangla Team and had been recruiting new members for the Islamic State.

Police arrested him from Banani DOHS on Jun 7 last year.

The next day, police said they had seized a personal computer’s CPU, three laptops, three mobile phones, a passport and screenshots of his Facebook friend list and pages of different books on militant group Islamic State.

On Jun 18 last year, he was shown arrested in an anti-terrorism case with Uttara West police and a second one on similar charges with Cantonment police on July 12.

 
 

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