Dhaka, Mar 10 (UNB) - Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested four suspected muggers from in front of Trauma Surgical Centre on Mirpur Road in the city on Saturday night.
The arrestees are Md Rubel, 18, Md Limon, 22, Md Tutul, 22, and Md Tousif, 18.
A gang of muggers were trying to snatch away the vanity bag of a woman in front in the area around 9:30 pm, said ASP Mohammad Saiful Islam of Rab-2.
As the woman started screaming, a team of Rab-2 went to the spot and caught the four suspected muggers while they were trying to flee, he said.
The elite force team also recovered three knives, four blades and Tk 1000 from their possession.
During preliminary interrogation, the muggers reveled that they used to snatch valuables from passangers after cutting the hood of auto-rickshaw when it stuck on severe traffic jam on the street.
Dhaka, Mar 10 (UNB) – The High Court on Sunday issued a rule seeking explanation as to why a victim who was confined at Saturia Dak-bungalow of Manikganj and raped by two police officers should not be compensated to the tune of Tk 50 lakh.
The guilty police officers were identified as sub-inspector Sekandar Hossain and assistant sub-inspector Mazharul Islam of Saturia Police Station.
A bench of Justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury and Justice Md Ashraful Kamal issued the rule after hearing a writ petition filed in the form of public interest litigation.
Children’s Charity Bangladesh Foundation and Bangladesh Legal Aid Services Trust (BLAST) filed the writ petition represented by Barrister Md Abdul Halim.
The court also sought explanation as to why it should not be directed to form a scheme and guideline to prevent sexual harassment of women and children in safe homes, rest rooms of Police Stations, Police Stations, Dak-bungalows, hotels, guest houses, motels and houses.
Secretary to the Home Ministry, Inspector General of Police (IGP), Manikganj Police Superintendent and Additional Police Superintendent, Officer-in-Charge of Saturia Police Station were asked to respond to the rule within four weeks.
By April 18, the HC also sought a probe report, a medical report and file of the case.
According to the case statement, Sekandar took the victim to the Dak-bungalow when she came to the upazila headquarters along with another woman on a Thursday afternoon. It was learnt that the purpose of her visit was actually to collect money owed to her by Sekander, who had borrowed Tk 1.5 lakh from her three years back.
But the rogue cop confined her to a room at the Dak-bungalow that night, and forced her to take Yaba.
Sekandar and Mazharul raped her in turns and released her on Friday afternoon, threatening to kill her on the pretext of ‘crossfire’ if she disclosed the matter to anyone.
Benapole, Mar 10 (UNB) – Police arrested six men on charges of gang raping two teenage girls at Putkhali village here on Sunday evening.
The arrestees are Morshed, 30, son of Shamsher, Sohel Mia, 25, son of Alam Hossain, Plabon Biswash, 24, son of Ayub Biswash, Abdullah, 22, son of Khalek, Ariful Islam, 24, son of Ajgor Ali, and Shimul Hossain, 25, son of Morshed Ali, all residents of the same village.
Sub-inspector Abdul Latif of Benapole Port Police Station said two girls of Kushtia came to visit the house of a relative of one in them from Kushtia.
The young men all together carried out a foray at the house of the host Reza in the village and abducted the girls brandishing firearms, he said.
Afterward the girls were taken to a mango orchard in the village where they violated them in turns.
Hearing screaming of the girls, farmers from nearby fields rescued the girls and caught the young men.
On information, police rushed in and arrested those, said the SI adding that the medical tests of the victims will be held on Monday.
A case was filed with the police station, the SI added.
Dhaka, Mar 10 (UNB) - All eyes are now on Dhaka University as its central students’ union, known as Ducsu, and hall unions are set to go to the much-delayed polls on Monday, breaking the 28 years’ deadlock.
The university authorities have already taken all the necessary steps to conduct the polls in a festive manner after a frantic electioneering by all the major student organisations.
A total of 43,256 DU students, including 16,292 females and 26,964 males, are eligible to exercise their right to franchise in the 6-hour voting which will begin at 8am and continue until 2pm without any break.
According to the final list published by the chief returning officer's office, a total of 229 candidates are vying for the 25 posts of Ducsu (Dhaka University Central Student's Union Ducsu).
Among them, 21 are vying for vice president while 14 for general secretary, and 13 for assistant general secretary.
Besides, 11 candidates are vying for the Liberation War secretary post, while nine each for the science and technology secretary and common room and cafeteria secretary posts, 11 for the international affairs secretary post, 8 for the literary secretary post, 12 for the cultural secretary post, 11 for the sports secretary post, 10 for the student transport secretary post, 14 for the social welfare secretary post, and 86 for aspirants for the member posts.
In the hall union elections, a total of 509 aspirants are in race for 13 positions in each of 18 residential halls of the university.
It is assumed that there will be a tough contest in the Ducsu polls between the candidates of ruling party-backed Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) and Bangladesh General Student Right Protection Council that led the quota-reform movement.
From the Chhatra League panel, Rezwanul Haque Chowdhury Shovon, Golam Rabbani, and Saddam Hussain are vying for the three vital posts of VP, GS, and AGS respectively.
In contrast, Nurul Huq Nur, Mohammad Rashed Khan, and Faruk Hussain from the panel of Bangladesh General Student Right Protection Council are contesting the polls for the pots of VP, general secretary, and assistant general secretary respectively.
On the other hand, Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal-nominated Mustafizur Rahman, Anisur Rahman, and Khorshed Alam Sohel, while the left alliance-backed Liton Nandi, Faisal Mahmud, and Sadekul Islam are also vying for the posts of VP, GS and AGS posts.
Talking to UNB, DU Proctor Prof AKM Golam Rabbani said it is a big challenge for them to hold a peaceful and participatory election since the polls are going to be held after 28 years.
“The election environment is good. We hope we’ll be able to complete the polls smoothly,” he said.
Mentioning that the classes and examinations will remain closed on the voting day, the Proctor said the university buses will run normally so that the non-residential students can easily come to the campus and cast their votes.
According to the university administration a total of 508 polling booths have been set in 18 residential dorms for the voting.
Among them, 25 polling booths have been set up at Jagannath Hall while 20 at Dr. Muhammad Shahidullah Hal, 30 at Haji Muhammad Mohsin Hall, 35 each at Shamsunnahar Hall, Salimullah Muslim Hall and Fazlul Huq Muslim Hall, 32 at Master Da Surja Sen Hall, 22 at Zahurul Haq Hall, 20 at Muktijoddha Ziaur Rahman Hall, 50 at Ruqayyah Hall, 20 each at Kabi Jasimuddin Hall, Amar Ekushey Hall and Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib Hall , 16 at AF Rahman Hall, 24 at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Hall, 19 at Bangladesh-Kuwait Maitree Hall, 45 at Kabi Sufia Kamal Hall and 40 at Bijoy Ekattar Hall.
Ducsu chief returning officer Prof SM Mahfuzur Rahma said, “We’ve completed all the formalities for holding credible elections. Ballot papers and boxes will be sent to all halls in time.”
Meanwhile, Dhaka Metropolitan Police imposed a restriction on movement of outsiders and vehicles on DU campus for 24 hours from 6 pm on Sunday ahead of the polls
No one will be allowed to enter the campus without valid identity card and no vehicle will be allowed to ply the area without DU sticker or pass, said Dhaka Metropolitan Police Commissioner Asaduzzaman Miah.
Check posts have been set up at seven entrance points of the university, while all the polling booths will be monitored by CCTV cameras, he said.
On January 23 last, DU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Md Akhtaruzzaman announced the Ducsu election schedule.
The last election to Ducsu was held on July 6, 1990. In the last 28 years, the Dhaka University students could not cast their votes for selecting their representatives as the election process was closed.
On January 17, 2018 the High Court ordered the Dhaka University authorities to take steps to organise Ducsu elections in six months.
On January 6, the Supreme Court vacated its earlier order that stayed a High court order asking the Dhaka University authorities to take necessary steps within the next six months to hold the Ducsu election.
On November 1, 2018, the DU authorities published the draft voter list for the much-sought election.
Earlier, the Dhaka University authorities announced dates for holding Ducsu election for at least seven times, but they failed to hold the polls every time.
Dhaka, Mar 10 (UNB) – Speakers at a seminar Sunday organised by the Centre for Policy Dialogue urged government to take the steps necessary towards ensuring transparency in the tendering and tariff-setting processes in the energy sector, the absence of which may even drive away investment in this vital sector.
They also suggested a long-term integrated power and energy sector master plan to help the country’s industries grow with a stable energy tariff and introducing more modern technology to improve energy efficiency.
The private sector in particular will not feel encouraged to invest in a situation where power and energy prices are felt to be unstable, and arrived at through opaque processes, they observed.
“There should be transparency in any bidding process....The biggest problem is over-costing and overpricing of infrastructure project,” said CPD Chairman Dr Rehman Sobhan, while presiding over the seminar titled: “Dialogue on Power and Energy Sector: Immediate Challenges and Issues,” at a restaurant in the city.
State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid spoke at the seminar as chief guest and along with the other speakers, including eminent energy experts Brac University’s pro-Vice Chancellor Prof Dr M Tamim, Prof Dr. Badrul Imam of Dhaka University and Consumers Association of Bangladesh (CAB) Advisor Prof Dr M Shamsul Alam, Norwegian Ambassador in Bangladesh Sidsel Bleken, Australian High Commissioner Julia Niblett, additional secretary of Power Division Siddique Zobair and Wartsila Bangladesh’s managing director Jillur Rahim made up a high-level panel.
CPD director (research) Dr Khondaker Golam Moazzem made a keynote presentation on the topic while Prof Mustafizur Rahman, now a distinguished fellow at the leading think-tank, conducted the function.
Defending the government’s different steps for bringing transparency in the power and energy sector, State Minister Nasrul Hamid claimed the system loss in power sector has come down to 11 percent from 44 percent in 2006.
He said digital technologies are being introduced to bring transparency in the sector.
“Sometimes the government becomes confused by the conflicting views from different experts in the power and energy sector,” he added.
Referring to the Power System Master Plan, he said the government has been maintaining an energy-mix with combination of use of different fuels like liquid fuel, gas, imported LNG, coal, renewable, nuclear and hydro.
“This is a part of the strategy as global energy technology is fast changing. New technologies are coming with newer options,” he said.
Nasrul Hamid said developing skilled and efficient manpower for energy and power sector has been the biggest challenge for the country.
He said the country needs $71.5 billion to generate 60,000 MW by 2040.
“But financing and technology are not a big problem for Bangladesh. Many globally-reputed companies from USA, China, Germany, India, Canada, Saudi Arabia are coming to Bangladesh to invest in energy and power sector,” he mentioned.
He said providing uninterrupted electricity at affordable cost is the government’s main priority now for the sector.
“But this is not a very easy task. A country like South Korea required 30 years to ensure uninterrupted power supply,” he observed.
Prof M Tamim of BUET, an expert on energy-related matters, said the government has been frequently shifting its policy and strategy about primary source of energy supply which cannot facilitate a stable power tariff.
“But the country needs a long-term master plan for power and energy sector to ensure a stable power tariff for the industrial sector,” he said, adding otherwise entrepreneurs will not feel safe to invest.
Prof Badrul Imam said neighbouring India and Myanmar are desperately engaging foreign and local companies to explore for hydrocarbons in their offshore areas while Bangladesh has explored the least in its maritime area.
“Most of the potentially hydrocarbon-rich areas both offshore and onshore remain unexplored,” added Prof Imam, one of the country’s foremost geologists.
Prof Shamsul Alam raised serious concerns about the government’s move for raising gas price, using the public hearing as a rubber stamp.
He alleged that BERC as a regulatory body has lost all credibility of actually serving the cause of transparency and public service through their public hearings.
Yet the regulator is going to hold another public hearing bypassing a pending case in the High Court over the gas price which is totally illegal, Prof Alam said.
He also mentioned that the gas companies have appealed to raise the gas price showing a Tk 31,000 crore deficit in their business.
Wartsila Bangladesh managing director Jillur Rahim said supply of gas to the economic zones and industries at a pressure of 150 psi (pounds per square inch) will enable near-optimum use of highly efficient modern technology for power generation.