Dhaka, Mar 17 (UNB) - State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam on Sunday said four Bangladesh nationals died in Friday's terror attacks in New Zealand mosques and feared that the figure may go up to six.
"The (New Zealand) authorities have confirmed the death of two persons," he told UNB adding that they are counting the dead of two more Bangladeshi nationals through collecting information from community people.
The two identified victims are former Prof of Agronomy, Bangladesh Agriculture University, Dr Abdus Samad; and Hosne Ara Ahmed, wife of Farid Ahmed hailed from Sylhet.
Two more people -- Omar Faruk (Narayanganj) and Mojammel Haque (Chandpur) -- still remained missing and they are “perhaps” dead, an official said adding that information on Zakaria Bhuiyan “is also missing”.
Zakaria, hailing from Narsingdi, went to New Zealand from Singapore as welder around 18 months ago.
Shahriar said the New Zealand government has informed Bangladesh that they will take one close relative from each of the victims' families to New Zealand and they will be able to bring the bodies back home.
"We’re urging all concerned families to communicate through our hotline numbers who are yet to communicate," he said.
Honorary Consul of Bangladesh Shafiqur Rahman could be contacted over his mobile phone (No +64 21024 65819). Two additional numbers for emergency contact are +61 424 472544, +61 450173035.
Shahriar said Dr Samad's family has decided to bury him locally and his elder son will join them from Bangladesh.
There is no decision yet whether Hosne Ara will be buried there or her body will be brought back home.
Among the injured, the condition of Lipi, wife of Masud and hailing from Kishoreganj, is critical, and she may undergo another surgery.
Mutassim, hailing from Gazipur, and Sheikh Hasan Rubel who sustained bullet wounds in their feet are out of danger, according to the State Minister.
Fifty people were killed in terror attacks on two mosques during Jum'a prayers in Christchurch on the day.
Following gruesome terrorist attacks on the two mosques in Christchurch, the Bangladesh High Commission in Canberra has intensely engaged with the New Zealand authorities for the safety of members of Bangladesh diaspora and early safe exit of Bangladesh national cricket team from New Zealand. Tigers returned home on Saturday night.
The incident had happened minutes before the Bangladesh cricket team arrived at one of the mosques.
Meanwhile, the High Commission directly and through the Honorary Consul of Bangladesh in Auckland disseminated message to the Bangladeshis and diaspora living in New Zealand in general and Christchurch in particular to remain calm, be indoors, avoid the places of congregation and obey the instructions of law enforcers.
Honorary Consul of Bangladesh Shafiqur Rahman arrived at Christchurch on Saturday morning to extend support to the Bangladeshi victims.
All the injured were learnt to have taken to hospital for treatment after the attack while all the dead bodies kept in the mosque till Saturday.
The New Zealand authorities have confirmed the total number of deaths. However, they are yet to confirm the nationalities of the victims and details of the injured. Their Justice Department is expected to declare that, according to officials.
Dinajpur, Mar 17 (UNB) – Bangladesh’s only female Nilgai which was rescued from Ranisankail upazila of Thakurgaon district last year died at Ramsagar National Park here on Saturday evening.
Abdus Salam Tuhin, a caretaker of the national park, said two endangered Nilgais – a female and a male -- were roaming inside the mini zoo of the park on Saturday. Suddenly, the female one fell down after being dashed with a bar of the fence and died on the spot.
Meanwhile, a three-member probe body was formed to unearth the reason behind the death of the endangered animal, he said.
On September 4, 2018, locals captured the female Nilgai from Ranisankail Upazila in Thakurgaon. The forest department then rescued the animal and brought it to Ramsagar. Another Nilgai, rescued from Manda upazila in Naogaon district was also shifted to the park on January 22.
Nilgai is a species of deer, usually large brown or bluish grey, native to Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Nepal.
Nilgai was declared extinct in Bangladesh by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
Dhaka, Mar 17 (UNB) - Search engine giant Google has created a Doodle to celebrate National Children's Day and the birth anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
The Doodle ‘Children's Day Bangladesh’ is being displayed on its homepage
featuring the search giant’s logo with coloured animations of flowers, plants and insects on a background where children are playing, reading and enjoying.
Doodles are a special, temporary alteration of the company’s logo, on Google's homepage, that honour notable personalities.
The day is being celebrated in Bangladesh as a tribute to the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman who was born on this day in 1920 in Tungipara of Gopalganj.
Since 2009, the day is being celebrating throughout Bangladesh by engaging youth and creating awareness about children's right on 17 March on the birthday of the Father of the Nation.
Tungipara, Mar 17 (UNB)- President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday paid rich tributes to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on the occasion of the 99th anniversary of the great leader.
The President and the Prime Minister paid their homage by placing wreaths at the mazar (mausoleum) of Bangabandhu.
President Abdul Hamid first laid a wreath at the mazar of Bangabandhu followed by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
After placing the wreaths, they stood in solemn silence for some time as a mark of profound respect to the memory of the Father of the Nation as the bugle played the last post.
A smartly turned out contingent drawn from thecBangladesh Army, Navy and Air Force gave a guard of honour on the occasion.
Abdul Hamid and Sheikh Hasina offered fateha and joined a munajat seeking eternal peace of the departed soul of Bangabandhu as well as other martyrs of the August 15 carnage.
Later, the President signed the visitor's book kept on the mazar premises.
Earlier on his arrival at the mazar premises, President Abdul Hamid was received by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, her younger sister Sheikh Rehana, AL Presidium Member Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, Abul Hasnat Abdullah, MP and Sheikh Helaluddin, MP.
Flanked by senior leaders of the party, Sheikh Hasina, also the Awami League president, placed another wreath at the mazar of Bangabandhu on behalf of AL.
The Prime Minister flew to Tungipara after placing wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu in front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi 32.
The birthday of Bangabandhu is being observed across the country as the National Children's Day. It is also a public holiday.
Jhenaidah, Mar 17 (UNB) – A house was torched while several others were vandalised in a clash over establishing supremacy between two factions of Awami League at Hatgopalpur bazar in Sadar upazila on Saturday night.
Syed Nizamul Goni Litu, chairman of Padmakor Union Parishad and former chairman of the same Parishad Bikash Biswas had been at loggerheads over establishing supremacy in the area for long, said Kanak Kumar Das, additional superintendent of Jhenaidah police.
As a sequel to the enmity, the supporters of Bikash Biswas swooped on the houses of the supporters of Litu chairman around 10 pm and vandalised five shops and ten houses in the area.
They also looted valuables from the houses and set the house of one Anar Ali afire, he said.
On information, a fire fighting unit went to the spot and extinguished the blaze after half an hour.
None was injured in the attack, according to witnesses.
Meanwhile, a tense situation was prevailing in the area following the incident.
Additional police have been deployed to avert further trouble, said the police official.