Dhaka, April 16 (UNB) – The High Court on Tuesday directed Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) Chairman to dispose within 30 days a letter that sought permission for 163 Suprobhat Paribahan buses to ply on the roads.
The bench of Justice Moinul Islam Chowdhury and Justice Md Ashraful Kamal passed the order after settling a writ filed on this regard.
The route permit of Suprobhat Paribahan was cancelled by BRTA following death of Bangladesh University of Professionals (BUP) student Abrar Ahmed Chowdhury after being hit by one of its buses at Pragati Sarani on March 19.
Following the order, Suprobhat Paribahan’s Managing Director Md Ashraf Ali sent a letter to the BRTA on April 1. Later, a legal notice was served to BRTA on April 8 as it did not reply.
Being failed to get BRTA permission, Ashraf Ali filed the writ with the High Court on Monday seeking an order on BRTA to dispose of its application.
Dhaka, April 16 (UNB) – Bangladesh has sought collective efforts of the international community to save the planet.
Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal made the call at the general debate of the ECOSOC (Economic and Social Council) Forum on Financing for Development (FFD) at the UN Headquarters on Monday.
He said climate change is hugely impacting Bangladesh’s development efforts although it is not responsible for it, according to Permanent Mission of Bangladesh to the United Nations (UN).
The Finance Minister also urged the international community to revisit the policy to extend support measures to the graduating countries in the initial stages in order to help them to enjoy and maintain a smooth and sustained graduation.
Mentioning the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for achieving sustained graduation, the Finance Minister said graduation from the LDC category has been national aspiration and Bangladesh has been making fast strides to achieve sustainable development articulated in its national Vision 2021 and Vision 2041.
The Minister mentioned that the growth rate of Bangladesh has gone up from 6.5 percent in 2014 to 8.13 percent in 2018 and the per capita GNI has increased by more than 250 percent between 2006 and 2018.
He observed that Bangladesh could reduce the poverty level from 40 percent in 2006 to 21.4 percent in 2018 by adopting an inclusive and equitable development policy.
“We are a nation of 160 million people with a common dream of transforming the country into ‘Sonar Bangla’ –‘a developed nation’ by 2041 following the aspiration of our founding Father of the Nation, Bangabandu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman,” the Minister added.
Displaced Rohingyas are putting a considerable stress on Bangladesh’s development
Mentioning that the forcibly displaced Rohingya from Myanmar are putting a considerable stress on Bangladesh’s development the Minister emphasized on their sustainable repatriation to their homeland.
He also urged the international community to come forward for the permanent solution of this crisis.
The UN secretary-general, president of the General Assembly, ministers from members states, high-level officials from ministries of finance, foreign affairs and development cooperation, executive directors of the World Bank and IMF, as well as senior officials from the UN system, including the major stakeholders, and other international organizations, civil society organizations, the business sector and local authorities participated at the 4th FFD forum being held in New York.
The ECOSOC Forum on Financing for Development (FFD) follow-up is an intergovernmental process with universal participation mandated to review the implementation of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (Addis Agenda) and other financing for development outcomes and the means of implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The fourth ECOSOC Forum on Financing for Development (FFD Forum) commenced on 15 April and will end on 18 April 2019.
The Finance Minister met UNDP administrator Achim Steiner and Executive Director of Green Climate Fund Yannick Glemarec at the sideline of the event.
Feni, Apr 16 (UNB) – A team of Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) arrested another young man from Tulatoli area of Sonagazi upazila on Monday night in connection with the murder of Feni madrasa girl Nusrat Jahan Rafi.
The arrestee Md Shamim, 19, is a classmate of Nusrat, said PBI Inspector Shah Alam.
Following information given by two accused--Shahadat Hossain Shamim and Nur Uddin—in their confessional statements before the court, the team conducted a drive and arrested Shamim, he added.
Shamim was one of the five who were staying outside the building to guard the main gate as well as to keep the situation normal, said the PBI official.
With this arrest, police have so far arrested 14 people in connection with the murder.
Nusrat, a student of Feni’s Sonagazi Islamia Senior Fazil Madrasa, was set afire on April 6 allegedly for refusing to withdraw the case against the principal.
She lost her battle five days later at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital.
Chuadanga, Apr 16 (UNB) – Two workers were killed and three others injured as a chunk of mud collapsed on them at a brick field in Damurhuda upazila on Tuesday morning.
The deceased were identified as Abdul Hannan, 45, son of late Kala Chand Mandal of Keshabpur village and Babu Mandal, 50, son of late Lal Mandal of Bastopur village in the upazila.
Quoting witnesses, Sukumar Biswas, officer-in-charge of Damurhuda Model Police Station, said a big chunk of mud collapsed on some 50 workers around 8:30am at Sheikh Bricks, leaving the duo dead on the spot and three others injured.
The injured were admitted to Chuadanga Sadar Hospital, he said adding that the brick field owner went into hiding after the incident.
Meanwhile, a three-member probe committee led by the upazila nirbahi officer has been formed to investigate the incident, said Chuadanga Deputy Commissioner Gopal Chandra Das.
The committee has also been asked to submit the report within three working days, he added.
Dhaka, Apr 16 (UNB) – As part of its move to dismantle the building, Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkah (Rajuk) sealed off the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) complex at Hatirjheel canal on Tuesday.
The complex was sealed off in the evening after its occupants shifted their furniture and other valuables.
As the tenants shifted their valuables from the building by evening, Rajuk cut off the electricity connections and sealed off the main gate of the building, said Jesmin Akhter, executive magistrate of Rajuk.
Rajuk started the process in the morning to demolish the 15-storey building, constructed illegally on the Hatirjheel canal, following a court order.
It asked the tenants to shift their valuables from the BGMEA building by 5pm.
Waliur Rahman, Rajuk’s executive magistrate and director (admin), said the authorities concerned will decide on how to dismantle the building. “It’ll take about a month if the structure is pulled down manually,” he said.
Replying to a question, Jesmin said though the authorities are yet to decide about the method to demolish the building, there is very much possibility of using explosives as part of the controlled demolition method.
A Rajuk team moved to demolish the 15-storey building in the morning. The building blocks the flow of water between Hatirjheel lake and Begunbari canal.
Rajuk sent a letter to Hatirjheel project director on Monday night to take steps for demolishing the building following a 2011 High Court order that termed the structure a ‘cancer’. But last year, the top court gave BGMEA until April 12, 2019 to demolish the building.
The newly constructed BGMEA Complex in Uttara was inaugurated by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina earlier this month.