Dhaka, Apr 21 (UNB)- Senior journalist Mahfuz Ullah is still on life support at a Thailand hospital, his daughter Nusrat Humaira said on Sunday amid rumours of her father’s death.
“My father is still alive but in a very critical condition,” she told UNB over phone. His condition deteriorated last night and doctors stopped giving him medicines around noon, Nusrat said.
She clarified that media reports about Mahfuz Ullah’s death are incorrect. “I’m by his side,” she said. “We’re now waiting for his peaceful departure.”
Earlier in the afternoon, BNP Vice-Chairman AZM Azad quoted family sources and said the journalist had passed away at Bumrungrad International Hospital.
BNP’s acting Chairperson Tarique Rahman, Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and a number of organisations have already issued condolence messages.
Mahfuz Ullah had been suffering from various ailments. He was flown to Thailand on April 10 for advanced treatment.
He was politically active from his student days and had taken part in the 11-point movement. He was expelled from Dhaka College for his activism.
Born in Noakhali in 1950, Mahfuz Ullah obtained MA degrees in physics and journalism from Dhaka University. He got involved in journalism when he was a student and had been associated with popular weekly ‘Bichitra’ since its inception in 1972.
He also worked at Bangladesh Deputy High Commission in Kolkata as a China expert and taught at Dhaka University’s journalism department. Mahfuz Ullah had hosted radio and television shows and been involved with leading Bangla and English dailies in Bangladesh.
He has also authored more than 50 books in Bangla and English, apart from editing a number of others.
Books edited by him include biographies of BNP founder Ziaur Rahman and Khaleda Zia, the mass uprising of 1969, insurgency in Assam, and post-independent Bangladesh.
Rajshahi, Apr 21 (UNB) – Three girls drowned in the Padma river in Bagha upazila on Sunday.
The deceased were identified as Jeam, 17, a class XI student of Mirganj College, Esha Khatun, 9, a student of Bagha Government Primary school--two daughters of Zillur Rahman and Shipra, 12, a class VI student of Mirganj Girls’ High School and daughter of Shahidul Islam.
Mohasin Ali, officer-in-charge of Bagha Police Station, said the three girls went to the Padma river for taking bath around 12:30 pm and drowned in the river.
Later, local people found the floating body of a girl and then recovered two other bodies conducting a rescue operation.
They were taken to Charghat Upazila Health Complex where doctors declared them dead.
Bandar Seri Begawan, Apr 21 (UNB)- Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was accorded a warm reception as she arrived here on a three-day official visit at the invitation of Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah.
A red carpet was rolled out in honour of Sheikh Hasina at Brunei International Airport in Bandar Seri Begawan, the capital of Brunei.
Crown Prince of Brunei Darussalam Haji Al-MuhtadeeBillah received the Bangladesh Prime Minister when a special flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying her and her entourage landed at Brunei International Airport at 2.35 pm( local time).
A smartly turned out contingent of the Royal Guard gave guard of honour to the Prime Minister.
Sheikh Hasina accompanied by the Crown Prince took salute from a decorated makeshift dais while the national anthems of the two countries were played.
Later, the Bangladesh Prime Minister inspected the guard of honour.
Bangladeshi High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam Air Vice Marshal (Retd) Mahmud Hussain was present.
After the official welcome function, a ceremonial motorcade escorted the Prime Minister to Empire Hotel and Country Club, where she is staying.
Sheikh Hasina took up the tour at the invitation of Brunei's Sultan Haji Hassanal BolkiahMu'izzaddin Waddaulah.
Six of the Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) will be signed to strengthen cooperation in the areas of agriculture, art and culture, youth and sports, fisheries, livestock and energy sectors while another MoU is yet to be finalised.
Today, she will attend a community event and join dinner to be hosted by High Commissioner of Bangladesh to Brunei at the Empire Hotel.
Dhaka, Apr 21 (UNB)— Bangladesh says two of its nationals have remained missing since blasts rocked three churches and three luxury hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday.
“Two Bangladesh nationals are unaccounted for. They went to Colombo as tourists with their family,” State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam told the media in Dhaka.
But details about their identities could not be known yet.
“We’re trying to get their details,” Alam said. “One of the missing is an adult and the other one is a child.”
The near simultaneous blasts killed at least 138 people and injured hundreds more. It is the biggest violence Sri Lanka has seen since its civil war ended a decade ago.
Alam said Bangladesh maintains zero tolerance towards any form of terrorism and is ready to extend any support to Sri Lanka.
The Bangladesh High Commission in Sri Lanka has opened a hotline (+94117399453). Bangladeshis have been requested to call the number for any information and updates related to the tragic incident.
Dhaka, Apr 21 (UNB)- Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) on Sunday demanded exemplary punishment of those responsible for the death of Feni madrasa student Nusrat Jahan Rafi.
TIB Executive Director Dr Iftekharuzzaman came up with the demand from a human chain held in front Teachers-Students centre (TSC) of Dhaka University (DU) around 11.30 am protesting Nusrat’s killing.
Addressing the human chain, Iftekharuzzaman said, "The government must ensure punishment of the culprits who are involved in Nusrat killing. If the government fails to ensure justice in this case, people will lose trust in the rule of law."
“Sometimes we see that law enforcers are giving shelter to the criminals instead of helping the victims. This should not happen in an independent country."
He urged the government to bring those directly or indirectly involved in the killing of Nusrat to book.
About one hundred protesters from different schools, colleges and universities participated the human chain.
On April 6, Nusrat was set afire at an examination centre allegedly by people loyal to the principal of her madrasa after he was arrested and subsequently suspended as she had accused him of sexually harassing her in Sonagazi upazila of Feni district.
Nusrat Jahan lost her battle for life on April 10 at Dhaka Medical College Hospital in the capital.
Nusrat’s death sparked huge a outcry across the country.