Dhaka, Aug 19 (UNB) –A college student died after falling off the rooftop of a building in the city’s Gendaria area on Monday.
The deceased was identified as Sabbir Hossain Rafi, 18, a first year student of BAF Shaheen College and son of Kamal Uddin of Sadar upazila in Gopalganj district.
Bacchu Mia, in-charge of Dhaka Medical College and Hospital police outpost, said Rafi went to the roof of the four-story building around 11:30 am and fell down.
Later, he was taken to Dhaka Medical College and Hospital where doctors declared him dead.
Dhaka, Aug 19 (UNB) – The Anti-Corruption Commission on Monday arrested land owner of FR Tower SMHI Faruque in a case filed over the forgery in the design of the Banani’s ill-fated building.
ACC Public Relations Officer Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya said an ACC team, led by its deputy director Abu Bakar Siddique, arrested Faruq from Gulshan area.
The commission arrested another owner Tasvir Ul Islam, also chairman of Quasem Industries Ltd , from Segunbagicha area on Sunday.
Tasvir, also President of Kurigram district unit BNP, embezzled Tk 5.65 crore from GSP Finance Company (Bangladesh) Ltd through loan, said the ACC.
The national anti-graft body earlier arrested assistant director of Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) Shah Md Badrul Alam on July 30 over the design forgery.
It had filed two cases against 23 people for their alleged involvement in illegally extending Banani’s FR Tower beyond the permitted number of floors.
The building caught fire on March 27 last that left 25 people dead and 73 others injured.
During investigation, the ACC found that the 23-storey FR Tower had no fire alarm while it has narrow exit points and staircases and the fire exits are blocked.
The authorities had legally obtained permission for a 15-storey building but they made the FR Tower a 23-storey one over time.
The ACC sued 20 and five people respectively in the two cases filed over illegal extension of FR Tower from 16th to 18th and 19th to 23rd floors.
The accused also include Liakat Ali Khan Mukul, chairman of Rupayan Housing Estate Ltd, the housing company that extended the building illegally; Muhammd Shawkat Ali, member of Bangladesh Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (BCSIR); Syed Nazmul Huda, sub-divisional engineer of Public Works Department (PWD); and Shamsur Rahman, executive engineer of PWD.
Dhaka, Aug 19 (UNB) - The Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) on Monday said the under-construction building site of the organisation where the larvae of Aedes mosquitoes was detected by DSCC has not been under its direct supervision for the past three years.
The building site was under supervision of the consulting firm and the contractor, CPD said.
Regretting the matter, CPD said it will be more alert in future to ensure cleanliness of the under-construction building.
Concerned officials of the Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) inspected CPD’s under-construction building on August 18 and found presence of larvae of Aedes mosquitoes, in view of which, a twenty thousand taka fine was imposed.
According to the agreement with the CPD, the contractor is responsible for removal of all water on a regular basis during the construction of the building, CPD said.
However, during the Eid Holidays when the construction work was temporarily stopped, the contractor did not carry out its responsibility to remove the rain water properly, it said.
Meanwhile, all necessary measures have been taken as per the advice of the DSCC team and DSCC officials have expressed satisfaction after visiting the building later on the same day, it said.
Dhaka, Aug 19 (UNB) - Indian External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar on Monday night said Bangladesh and India have many things to discuss to take the relationship between the two neighbouring countries to a higher level.
"We’ve a very good relationship. We’ve a very strong relationship. We’ve many things to discuss about taking the relationship to a higher level," he said while talking to reporters after his arrival at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.
Dr Jaishankar said he looks forward to a "very productive day" tomorrow. "I’m truly delighted to be here."
He arrived here on a three-day official visit aiming to further strengthen the relations between Bangladesh and India.
Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen received his Indian counterpart at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport upon his arrival at 9:15pm, said an official at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs here.
Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka Riva Ganguly Das was, among others, present.
Though Dr Momen described Jaishankar’s maiden visit (as minister) to Bangladesh as a “courtesy trip,” the two sides are likely to touch upon the matters relating to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's forthcoming visit to India, connectivity, water issues and Rohingya crisis during the visit.
Indian High Commission here said Dr Jaishankar is visiting Bangladesh "taking forward the high-level exchanges" between the two countries.
The Indian minister will visit Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi-32 around 9:30am on Tuesday and pay tributes to Father of the Nation Sheikh Mujibur Rahman by placing wreaths at his portrait there, an official told UNB.
He will have a bilateral meeting with his Bangladesh counterpart Dr Momen around 11am on the same day.
There will be a media briefing at 12pm after a meeting between the two Foreign Ministers at state guesthouse Jamuna.
Dr Momen will host lunch in honour of his Indian counterpart after the meeting.
The Indian Foreign Minister is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her official residence around 5 pm on Tuesday.
Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka Riva Ganguly Das will host private dinner for Jaishankar on Tuesday evening.
He will leave Dhaka for Kathmandu on Wednesday morning.
India is a leading development partner of Bangladesh as it has extended concessional lines of credit to the tune of around 8 billion US dollars.
Dr Momen said he will discuss the LOC projects, expenditures and barriers to implementation of those projects, if any, and identify reasons to expedite the implementation process.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will visit India in October next to discuss bilateral issues, including the ones related to common rivers, to take the growing relations between Bangladesh and India forward.
She will attend the India Economic Summit of the World Economic Forum with the theme ‘Innovating for India: Strengthening South Asia, Impacting the World’ to be held in New Delhi on October 3-4, a diplomatic source told UNB.
Hosted in collaboration with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), the meeting will build on its more than three decades of success and have a special focus on promoting deeper collaboration between South Asia and Asean to leverage their distinctive demographic and digital dividends to boost global growth and enhance collective future.
Key leaders from governments, private sectors, academia and civil society will address strategic issues of regional significance under four thematic pillars - the New Geopolitical Reality – Geopolitical shifts and the complexity of our global system, the New Social System – Inequality, inclusive growth, health and nutrition, the New Ecological System – Environment, pollution and climate change and the New Technological System – The Fourth Industrial Revolution, science, innovation and entrepreneurship.
Dhaka, Aug 19 (UNB) -The Supreme Court on Monday fixed Tuesday for passing an order on publication of gazette notification on the 9th wage board for journalists.
A four-member bench of the Appellate Division led by Chief Justice Mohammad Syed Mahmud Hossain fixed the date after hearing on a government petition.
Attorney General Mahbubey Alam represented the government while advocate AF Hasan Arif stood for Newspaper Owners Association of Bangladesh (Noab).
Earlier on August 14, the Chamber Judge fixed August 19 for the hearing an appeal by the state seeking a stay on the High Court Division order to maintain a status-quo for two months on publication of gazette notification of the ninth wage board for journalists.
The bench of Justice Obaidul Hassan and Justice Mohammad Ali issued the status-quo on Aug 6 after hearing a petition filed by Matiur Rahman, president of Noab on Aug 5.
Last month, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader said a gazette will be published after the Cabinet approves recommendations for implementing the 9th wage board.