Sherpur, Sept 27 (UNB)- A court here on Thursday sentenced three youths to death in a case over killing a minor girl after rape at Bakakura village in Jhenaigati upazila in 2016.
The condemned convicts are Amanullah, 23, Nure Alam,28 and Kalu Miah,30-all hailing from the same village. Among them, Kalu Miah was tried in absentia.
According to prosecution, with the help of Kalu Miah and Nure Alam Amanullah picked up Bina Akther, a class V student , from her house on July 9,2016.
Amanullah took the girl to different places and raped her several times. At one stage, he strangled her to death and dumped the body in a waterbody. Her body was recovered on July 21 and a murder case was filed.
After examining the records and witnesses, Child court judge Md Aktharuzzaman handed down the verdict acquitting three other accused.
Chattogram, Sep 27 (UNB) – The passengers of a Muscat-bound flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines staged demonstrations at Shah Amanat International Airport on Thursday following its flight schedule collapse.
At least 50 passengers who had been waiting at the airport since Wednesday night staged protests in the morning. Later, officials of the airport and Biman appeared there and brought the situation under control.
Faruk Mirza, a passenger of the flight said, they remained trapped inside the airport since 10 pm on Wednesday.
“The Muscat-bound flight was scheduled to fly at 10 pm but the authorities rescheduled the departure time at 5 am….they even failed to provide any flight in the morning. Now they’re saying their flight will take off at 7 pm,” he said.
The authorities are supposed to provide hotel facility to the passengers in case of flight delay for more than eight hours, but they also did not do it, said some passengers waiting at the airport.
Manager of the airport and Wing Commander Sarowar- e-Jahan said, “We tried to calm the agitated passengers down. The Biman officials managed the situation assuring them of arranging another flight as soon as possible for their journey.”
Another source said the Biman flights faced disruption due to suspension of flight operations at the airport for over four hours following emergency landing of a Cox’s Bazar-bound aircraft of US-Bangla Airlines with 164 passengers on board with its non-functional nose gear.
Dhaka, Sep 27 (UNB) – A two-day-long international conference on ‘1971: Liberation War, Genocide and the World’ will begin at Bangla Academy in the city on Friday.
Genocide-Torture and Liberation War Studies Center in association with the Ministry of Culture Affairs will organising the international conference for the second consecutive year.
The conference was organized to create awareness among national and international community about the brutal genocide that took place in Bangladesh in 1971, said Muntasir Mamun, president of ‘1971: Genocide-Torture Archive and Museum Trust’, at a press conference at Jatiya Press Club.
The conference will be inaugurated by Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor on Friday morning atAbdul Karim Sahitya Bisharad Auditorium of Bangla Academy, he said.
At least 26 researchers, journalists and experts from eight countries are scheduled to attend the conference.
He also said that Dr. Syed Anwar Husain, Bangabandhu Chair of Bangladesh University of Professionals, will present the keynote paper where several other local and foreign researchers will also present their research papers.
President of Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee Md Shahriar Kabir, among others, was also present at the press conference.
Dhaka, Sept 27 (UNB) - Heads of missions of the European Union (EU) Member States, the European Union Delegation and the heads of missions of Norway and Switzerland on Thursday reiterated their concerns around several provisions of the Digital Security Act.
In a joint statement on the recently passed ‘Digital Security Act, 2018’, they said the law unduly restricts the freedom of expression and the freedom of the media and undermine judicial procedural guarantees.
The diplomats said the law, in its current form, could be used to suppress and criminalise the legitimate exercise of these freedoms.
“We call upon the government of Bangladesh to continue consultations on this law and pursue the commitments taken during the Universal Periodic Review last May, so as to ensure that the Digital Security Act will be in accordance with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, as well as the Constitution of Bangladesh,” reads the statement.
EU Ambassador Rensje Teerink, Italian Ambassador Mario Palma, Spanish Ambassador D. Alvaro de Salas Gimenez de Azcarate, Swedish Ambassador Charlotta Schlyter, France Ambassador Marie-Annick Bourdin, German Ambassador Peter Fahrenholtz, Dutch Ambassador-designate Harry Verweij, Danish Ambassador-designate Winnie Estrup Petersen, acting British High Commissioner Kanbar Hossein-Bor, Norwegian Ambassador Sidsel Bleken and Swiss Ambassador Rene Holenstein are among the signatories to the local statement.