Bagerhat, Jan 22 (UNB) – The forest officials managed to recover a rare specimen of a river turtle (Batagur Baska) that is facing extinction, just as it was about to be sold at Mongla Bazar on Monday.
Azad Kabir, officer-in-charge of Karamjal Wildlife Reproduction Centre, said the 40-year-old river turtle, weighing 12.5 kg has been caught in the net of a local fisherman from Putimari canal in Mongla upazila of the Sundarbans few days ago.
Later, one Abul Hossain bought it for Tk 1,000. He is the one who took it to Mongla Bazar intending to sell it on at a profit.
Seeing an antenna-like device protruding from its back with a mobile phone number provided – the tell-tale sign of animals under study for some research project, local people called the number and informed the person who answered.
It turned out to be Abdur Rab, station manager of a Batagur Baska project, who came and took it from Abul Hossain, an exchange of Tk 1,000 between Rab and Abul a paltry detail in the grand scheme of things.
Abdur Rab then released the recovered animal at the pond of the Karamjal Wildlife Reproduction Centre.
The movement of the tortoise is being monitored through the satellite and four tortoise of this species are now alive while another one died in Barishal one month ago, said Azad.
Mohammad Mahmudul Hasan, divisional forest officer of Sundarbans East Zone, said the batagur baska species of tortoise is facing extinction. At least five males of the species were released in Sundarbans, with GPS tracker attached, as part of a research collaboration between the Vienna Zoo in Austria, a US institute, and the Forest Department of Bangladesh.
Noakhali, Jan 22 (UNB) – At least 10 people including a child received bullet injuries during a clash between local Awami League and Jubo League men over establishing supremacy in Khalifarhat area of Sadar upazila on Tuesday.
The bullet wounded Solaiman, 28, Sumon, 23, Jasim, 45, Ohid Ulla, 35, Sabuj, 23, Masud, 35, Monir Ahmed, 55, Sabuj, 23, Jaker, 30, and Shanto, 12, were admitted to the sadar hospital.
Witnesses said supporters of Sadar upazila AL leader Shipon and Jubo League leader Jahir locked into a clash over previous enmity at Khalifarhat bazar.
At one stage, the supporters of Shipon carried out an attack on Jahir’s house with firearms and sharp weapons triggering the clash followed by chase and counter chase between them.
Officer-in-charge of Sudharam Model Police Station Md Anowar Hossain said after being informed about the clash they rushed to the spot and controlled the situation.
Nilphamari, Jan 22 (UNB) - Railways Minister Advocate Nurul Islam Sujan on Tuesday said the government has plans to build a separate double-lane railway bridge beside the existing Bangabandhu Bridge.
Soon the matter will be finalized with Japanese finance, said the minister while talking to reporters during a visit to Syadpur Railway Workshop in the noon.
“Intercity and mail train services will be made available in every part of the district. As per Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s direction, the railway sector will be refurbished,” he said.
The minister also said that the government has already undertaken 45 mega projects to enhance railway services and an agreement has been signed to add 40 more locomotives to its fleet.
Additional Deputy Director Md Shamsuzzaman, West zone Railway General Manager Md Amiruzzman, Nilphamari Deputy Commissioner Nazia Shirin and Superintendent of district police Md Ashraf Hossain, among others, were present there.
Dhaka, Jan 22 (UNB) - Police on Tuesday arrested the prime accused of the case filled over the killing of Jamuna Bank ATM Booth security guard from Bashundhara residential area in the city.
Acting on a tip-off, a team of Bhatara Police Station detained Faruk around 3:00 pm, said Sub-inspector Mizanur Rahman of the police station.
The accused was shown arrested in the case filed with Bhatara Police Station.
Nazrul Islam Shamim, 24, of Fhulbari area in Kurigram district, who worked as a security guard of a private security company, was murdered while on duty at the ATM booth at Baridhara J Block on Sunday night.
Later, police recovered the body on Monday morning from inside the booth and detained three people in this connection for interrogation.
Meanwhile, family members of the victim alleged that Shamim might have been killed over a dispute centring a mobile phone, which was bought from the prime suspect Faruk for Tk 5,000.
As Shamim wanted to return back the mobile phone as it was out of order within a couple of days, a dispute ensued between them, they added.
Dhaka, Jan 22 (UNB) –The Supreme Court on Tuesday affirmed the High Court verdict that upheld a lower court judgement sentencing former Chief Conservator of Forest Osman Gani to 12 years’ imprisonment in a corruption case.
A three-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by Justice M Imaan Ali passed the order after dismissing an appeal filed by Osman Gani challenging the High Court verdict.
The High Court on December 15, 2015 upheld the lower court verdict that convicted and sentenced Osman
Gani, who have served his sentence since 2007 and got release in 2016, was arrested during the time of caretaker government when Tk 1,06,84,600 cash was seized from his home in Uttara.
Earlier on June 5, 2008, Judge AKM Arifur Rahman of the Special Court-10 sentenced Gani to 12 years' imprisonment.
Mohsin Ara, Gani’s fugitive wife, was also jailed for three years and fined Tk 10 lakh for ‘assisting’ Gani.