Sylhet, Mar 22 (UNB) – A Bangladesh youth was shot dead by Indian nationals at Companiganj Upazila on Friday morning.
The deceased, 19-year-old Md Babul Mia, was the son of Muslim Uddin of Turung village of the upazila.
Locals said Babul went to a nut orchard in Domdoma border near Pillar No. 1260 when some Indians opened fire on him, killing him on the spot.
Later, locals and Border Guard Bangladesh troopers recovered the body. Police sent the body to Osmani Medical College Hospital for an autopsy, said Tajul Islam, officer-in-charge of Companiganj Police Station.
Tow month ago, another Bangladeshi was killed by Indians in the bordering area, the OC said.
Dhaka, Mar 22 (UNB) - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has urged all to value water resources and ensure their inclusive management to protect and use this vital resource sustainably for the benefit of all people.
“We must encourage cooperation to tackle the global water crisis and strengthen our resilience to the effects of climate change to ensure access to water for all, especially for the most vulnerable,” he said adding that they striveto achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
In a message marking the World Water Day that falls on March 22, the UN chief said these are vital steps towards a more peaceful and prosperous future.
Guterres said water is vital for survival and, alongside sanitation, helps protect public and environmental health. “Our bodies, our cities and our industries, our agriculture and our ecosystems all depend on it.”
He said water is a human right and nobody should be denied access. “This World Water Day is about upholding this right for all, leaving no one behind.”
Today, the UN chief said, 2.1 billion people live without safe water due to factors such as economic status, gender, ethnicity, religion and age.
He said growing demands, coupled with poor management, have increased water stress in many parts of the world.
“Climate change is adding dramatically to the pressure. By 2030, an estimated 700 million people worldwide could be displaced by intense water scarcity,” said the UN chief.
Dhaka, Mar 22 (UNB) - Noted journalist M Anwarul Haq, former president of Dhaka Reporters Unity (DRU) and one of the founding members of Diplomatic Correspondents Association, Bangladesh (DCAB), passed away on Friday morning. He was 62.
Anwarul Haq suffered massive stroke at home around 5:30 am. He was taken to Labaid Hospital where doctors declared him dead at 6 am.
Anwar left behind wife, two sons, one daughter and a host of relatives, friends, colleagues and well-wishers to mourn his death, according to DRU and DCAB.
He was laid to rest at Azimpur graveyard after his first namaz-e-janaza at Sobhanbag Mosque and the second one at DRU.
He was the President of DRU in 2000 and 2001 and served as director of Public Affairs and Communications of Brac.
Prior to joining Brac in July 2007, Haq was minister (Press) at Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi, India.
In his long career as a journalist, he was also the chief reporter, city editor, diplomatic and defence correspondent of The Daily Star.
DCAB President Raheed Ejaz and General Secretary Nurul Islam Hasib, on behalf of the executive committee, expressed their deep shock at the death of its founding member.
In a condolence message, they prayed for the departed soul and expressed sympathy for his bereaved family members. They also recalled his contributions towards establishing the DCAB.
A prolific journalist, he had interviewed many world leaders and heads of states including Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter of the USA, John Major of the UK, Dr Mahathir Mohammad of Malaysia, Manmohan Singh, IK Gujral, Deve Gowda and Pranab Mukherjee of India, Fidel Ramos and Corazon Aquino of the Philippines, Fuji Mori of Peru, Nawaz Sharif and Benazir Bhutto of Pakistan, SuleymanDemerial of Turkey, Nelson Mandela of South Africa, Yasser Arafat of Palestine and former UN secretary general Kofi Annan.
Barishal, Mar 22 (UNB) – The death toll from Friday morning’s deadly road accident in the city rose to seven after a child succumbed to his injuries.
The accident took place in the city’s Tetultala after a Barishal-bound bus of ‘Durjoy Paribahan’ hit a human hauler. A woman was killed on the spot and 10 others were injured, said Yunus Ali, station officer of Barishal Fire Service.
Police identified those killed in the accident as Shila Haldar, 24, an MA student at Barishal BM College, Manik Shikdar, 40, auto-rickshaw driver Khokon, 35, Sohel 25 and Parvin Begum, 35, her son Taium, 7, of Babuganj upazila and Meherunessa, 50, of Madhabpasha.
Taium died while being taken to Dhaka for better treatment.
Police and fire service officials took the injured to Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital where five of the injured died.
Four survivors of the accident — Abdullah, 7, Sumon, 25, Tonny, 17, and Dulal Haldar, 30 — are undergoing treatment at the hospital.