Noakhali, Jan 21 (UNB) – The case filed over the ‘gang-rape’ of a woman at Nabogram village in Kabirhat upazila has been transferred to Detective Branch (DB) of police for investigation.
Officer-in-charge of Kabirhat Police Station Mohammad Hasan said they handed over the case documents to the DB on Monday.
Meanwhile, police sought a seven-day remand for three accused – victim’s stepbrother-in-law Abdur Rob Hossain Manna, Md Selim and Harun-or-Rashid -- who were arrested on Sunday following information gleaned from prime accused Zakir Hossain.
However, the court did not pass any order on the remand pleas today.
A human chain was formed the Majidee Town Hall intersection of the district town demanding exemplary punishment of the offenders.
District unit of Nari Mukti Kendra organised the programme at noon.
In another development, the victim’s husband who was in jail in a case filed under the Explosive Substances Act was released from jail on Monday on bail.
Later, he went to Noakhali General Hospital to accompany his wife.
Talking to reporters, he sought exemplary punishment of the criminals.
Zakir along with his three accomplices broke into the victim’s house in the early hours of Saturday taking advantage of her husband's absence. They held the victim and her three children hostage and raped her in turns.
They also looted Tk 60,000 and some gold ornaments from her house, the victim said.
Soon after the incident, the victim, 36, filed a case with Kabirhat Police Station and police arrested Zakir the same day.
Cumilla, Jan 21 (UNB) – An elderly woman was hacked to death allegedly by her niece at Saharpar village in Debidwar upazila in the district early Monday.
The deceased was identified as Meher Bibi, 80, wife of late Ali Akbar of Saharpar village.
Officer-in-Charge of Debidwar Police Station Jahirul Anowar said Ruby Akhtar, 40, the victim’s niece and also the prime suspect, had been staying with Meher for the past five years as a caregiver.
Yet the circumstances under which Ruby killed ailing Meher would bring into question her true commitment to the role of caregiver. According to what the police have been able to learn as far as a motive for the murder, Ruby lost patience with her Aunt as she was constantly being called upon throughout the night to provide some form of care or the other.
Police have arrested Ruby, daughter of Abdul Aziz of Naniabad village.
Victim’s son Gias Kamal filed a murder case with Debidwar Police Station in this regard.
The body was sent to Sadar Hospital for autopsy, the OC said.
Dhaka, Jan 21 (UNB) - Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) has shown interest to improve Bangladesh’s traffic management system to help ease traffic congestions in the country, especially in the capital city.
Visiting KOICA President Lee Mi-kyung shared the idea during her meeting with Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal held on Monday evening in the city’s Sher-e-Bangla Nagar area saying this is a problem which they had too and it has a solution.
The KOICA President reiterated the commitment of Korean government to catalyse socio-economic development for the people of Bangladesh through Korean aid agency KOICA.
KOICA is supporting the government of Bangladesh to implement 7th five-year plan and achieve SDGs, focusing the priorities areas of education, transportation, public health and ICT (innovation).
The Finance Minister termed Bangladesh the best destination for foreign investment and sought increased Korean investment in the country.
He also said it is difficult to suffer losses by investing in Bangladesh as profit is a must if anyone makes investment here.
Mi-kyung also thanked Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and the people of Bangladesh for the generosity shown towards Rohingya people and assured of extending support to them.
KOICA President arrived here on Sunday to discuss development cooperation between Bangladesh and South Korea through KOICA and visit Rohingya camps in Cox's Bazar.
She is leading a nine-member high-level delegation.
It is the first-ever visit of KOICA’s President in Bangladesh after starting its programme here since 1993.
Jashore, Jan 21 (UNB) – The weeklong ‘Madhu Mela’, an annual festival marking the birth anniversary of pioneer of Bengali sonnet poet Michael Madhusudan Dutta, will begin at his birthplace in Sagardari of Keshabpur upazila on Tuesday.
State Minister of LGRD and Cooperatives Swapan Bhattacharya will inaugurate the fair as the chief guest.
To be organised marking the poet’s 195th birth anniversary that falls on January 25, the festival will feature discussions, exhibition and cultural programmes.
This year, Jatra (a form of Bengali folk-theatre) will not be displayed to observe the fair in a healthy environment.
Meanwhile, President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages marking the birth anniversary of the poet.
Widely considered as one of the greatest poets in Bangla literature and a pioneer of Bangla sonnets, Madhusudan was born at Sagardari village on January 25, 1824.
He was educated at Hindu College in Kolkata and later converted to Christianity from Hinduism. He pioneered Bangla drama. His famous Meghnadh Bodh, a seminal work in Bangla literature, is a modern rendition of the heroic epic Ramayana.
Madhusudan’s genius and appeal was in his willingness to break from the past without abandoning it. His work ushered in the modern age for Bangla literature. He used the exceptional blank verse style in Bangla poetry.
The poet passed away at Kolkata General Hospital on June 29, 1873 and was buried there at Park Street.
Dhaka, Jan 21 (UNB)- Around 40 percent doctors at 11 government hospitals in eight districts were absent on Monday, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) said.
ACC briefed reporters after conducting simultaneous drives from 9am to 2pm following more than 100 complaints from Dhaka, Rangpur, Rajshahi, Dinajpur, Tangail, Mymensingh, Kushtia and Pabna.
Eleven teams raided the hospitals at the order of ACC Director General Munir Chowdhury. “We did not find 92 doctors out of 230 at their workstations,” he said of the overall situation. “It means 40 percent of them were absent.”
The situation is worse outside Dhaka. “Only 50 doctors out of 131 were at work. The absent rate was 61.8 percent,” Munir said.
The ACC team also caught an employee of Dhaka’s Mugda General Hospital while taking bribe from a patient’s relatives. The hospital suspended him at the ACC’s suggestion.
People alleged doctors at upazila hospitals spent more time at private clinics and many senior officials at upazila health complexes skipped office throughout the month. Consultants and medical officers take advantage of the situation and remain absent.
ACC also found after verification of the daily attendance list that the employees took their payment though they remain absent the whole month.
DG Munir lamented the situation. “We will take tough stance against negligence of duty,” he said. “The health sector will be under our surveillance.”