Chattogram, Feb 25 (UNB) – Passengers of the Biman Bangladesh Airlines plane which made an emergency landing at Hazrat Shah Amanat International Airport following a ‘hijack bid’, left for Dubai in the afternoon.
Shah Amanat International Airport Manager Wing Commander Sarwar-e-Zaman said the passengers of BG-147 flight left on a flight around 1:30pm on Monday.
On Sunday, members of joint forces shot dead a man who allegedly tried to hijack the plane.
Activities at the airport resumed several hours after the incident. Security has been beefed up.
Dhaka, Feb 25 (UNB) – The High Court on Monday asked the government to provide salary to primary school headmasters under grade-10.
Passing the order, the HC bench of Justice Naima Haider and Justice Khizir Ahmed Choudhury asked the government to implement it with retrospective effective from March 9, 2014.
All trained and untrained teachers will avail of the same opportunity, it said.
Advocate Salauddin Dolon who stood for the petitioner said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina elevated the job of headmasters to class-II on March 9, 2014 and the Primary and Mass Education Ministry issued a gazette notification on the same day over it.
The Education Ministry provides salary to the headmasters of primary schools under grade-11 (those trained) and grade-12 (untrained) although it gives salary to other class-II employees under garade-10.
Later, 45 teachers, including Rias Pervez, president of Bangladesh Govt Primary Headmasters’ Association, filed a writ with the High Court challenging the legality of the government decision.
Chandpur, Feb 25 (UNB) – Seven houses were damaged after a gas cylinder exploded at a house in Monoharpur village in Kachua Upazila of the district on Sunday night.
Ten people were injured during rescue efforts, said Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Nilima Afroz.
Fire fighters and locals extinguished the flame after an hour of frantic effort.
The victims claimed that had lost assets worth approximately Tk 20 lakh.
Dhaka, Feb 25 (UNB) - UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Monday called for “courage and vision” from State leaders to advance both the interests of humanity and the national interest of their own countries.
She stressed that human rights-based policies deliver better outcomes across the social and economic spectrum -- and beyond borders.
Bachelet, at the opening of the 40th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva in the presence of high-level officials from around the world, drew on the lessons she learned during her two terms as President of Chile, prior to taking up the post of UN Human Rights Chief.
“In my service as a Head of State and Head of government I learned many things, but there are two lessons that I would like to share with you this morning,” Bachelet was quoted as saying in a statement received from Geneva.
One was very simple, she said, adding that there was rarely a serious gap between the interest of humanity, and the national interest of her country.
If a policy seems in the short term to advance a narrow interest, but hurts the future of humanity, that policy is surely counter-productive, said Bachelet.
“Today, we sometimes hear human rights being dismissed as supposedly "globalist" – as opposed to the patriotic interest of a sovereign government. But how can any State's interests be advanced by policies that damage the well-being of all humans?”
“The second lesson…in my capacity as a Head of State; as a government Minister, a member of non-governmental organisations; and a refugee myself, I saw many human rights measures being debated, enacted, updated and upheld. And I watched these measures work. It can be done. I have seen it done.”
Bachelet stressed that human rights-based policies prevent grievances, conflicts, inequalities, and suffering and discrimination of all kinds.
“Policies that build social justice also help to develop stronger economies. They drive more inclusive political systems, better frameworks for education, healthcare, and other basic services. They build confidence and social harmony. They deepen trust. They build hope,” she said.
The High Commissioner emphasised that there “cannot be optimal, sustainable or inclusive development when the voices of civil society are absent”, calling on authorities to engage in respectful dialogue with civil society.
“Public policy is complex: I know this. Achieving good human rights outcomes in the real world of government requires the balancing of many issues. It is not – or very rarely – about perfection. It is about progress. And it can be done by all countries. One just needs courage, and vision,” Bachelet told the gathering of dignitaries.
Bachelet acknowledged that in the current political landscape, the will is not always there, and that in some countries, important human rights advances are being dismantled, while in other countries, States drag their feet on crucial issues like climate change.
“In today's currents, in this uncharted storm of heavy winds and rising seas, careless leadership could carry our countries into catastrophe. Or we can use fundamental principles to steer our vessels to safety in more peaceful waters,” she said.
Dhaka, Feb 25 (UNB) - At least six people were killed and 23 others were injured in separate road accidents in Dhaka, Cumilla, Dhaka, Jashore and Khulna.
In Dhaka, a transport worker was crushed in between two running buses at Janapod intersection in Jatrabari.
The deceased was identified as Swapan, 30, a line man of a bus.
In-charge of Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) Bachchu Mia said around 6 am Swapan sustained severe injuries after being crushed in between two buses.
He was rushed to DMCH and later succumbed to his injuries around 1 pm.
The body was sent to morgue for autopsy.
In Cumilla, two people were killed and 20 others injured after a bus collided head-on with a mini-bus at Baniapara area on the Dhaka-Chattogram Highway in Daudkandi Upazila.
The identities of the deceased were not available immediately.
Officer-in-Charge of Daudkandi Highway Police Station Abul Kalam Azad said a Feni-bound bus of 'Jatriseba Paribahan' hit a mini-bus, killing two people on the spot.
The injured were taken to Gouripur Hospital and Dhaka Medical College Hospital.
In Savar, an Assistant Sub-Inspector of Ashulia Police Station was killed and three others, including two constables, were injured after a rod-laden truck collided head-on with a police van in the early hours at Ghoshbagh area of Tongi-EPZ road in Ashulia.
The deceased ASI was identified as Jashim Uddin, 28, son of Moksed Chaprashi of sadar upazila of Madaripur and the injured were- police van driver Dulal Mia, constables Anik Ahmed and Nazmul Huda.
Officer-in-Charge of Ashulia Police Station Rizaul haque Dipu said four policemen were injured in the road crash. Doctors pronounced ASI Jashim dead when he was taken to hospital.
They seized the truck but its driver and his assistant managed to flee, he said.
In Jashore, a human-hauler overturned after hit a tree at Jatrapur ground area of Chaugachha Upazila around midnight, killing a schoolboy.
The deceased was identified as Abu Musa, 13, son of Muktar Ali of Hazipur village of the upazila.
Victim's father said that Musa was returning home after attending a religious gathering at Jatrapur village.
Locals rushed him to Upazila Health Complex where doctors pronounced him dead.
In Khulna, a health assistant was killed as a truck hit his motor-cycle at Narnia area of Jashore-Chuknagar road in Dumuria upazila.
The deceased was identified as Zahidul Islam, 40, health assistant of a Health Centre in Keshabpur and resident of Sufolakathi union of the upazila.
Superintendent of Police Md Anisur Rahman said Zahidul was going to Chuknagar while he lost control and collided with a truck around 11:30am.
He was killed on the spot.