Shariatpur, Sept 28 (UNB) – A teenage boy was allegedly tortured to death by police in Ananda Bazar area of Zanjira upazila on Thursday night.
The deceased was identified as Pavel Sheikh, son of Abdur Rouf Sheikh of Krishnanagar Purbakajikandi village under Bibeknagar union. He passed this year’s Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examination from Bibeknagar Bangabandhu College.
Victim’s family members alleged that when Pavel along with his cousin Shanta Sheikh was standing by a road in the bazaar area, a police team approached them.
At one stage, a policeman got down from the police vehicle and started checking pockets of Pavel’s pants.
At one stage, the policeman beat Pavel and he collapsed on the ground.
The police team took the college boy to Shariatpur Sadar Hospital where doctors declared him dead.
Denying the allegation, Md Belayet Hossain, officer-in-charge of Zanjira Police Station, said police did not beat Pavel. “Pavel was an epilepsy patient which might have been the reason behind his death,” he said.
Police super of the district Abdul Momen also denied the allegation, saying police tried to check his pockets when he collapsed and died.
However, victim’s father Abdur Rouf Sheikh claimed that his son was fully fit and he never developed epilepsy.
Mymensingh, Sept 28 (UNB) – Rail communications of Mymensingh with the rest of the country was suspended following the derailment of a freight train near Mymensingh Railway Station on Friday morning.
Four wagons of the Mymensingh-bound train from Chattogram veered off the tracks near the outer signal of the station around 9am, halting train communications of Mymensingh with Bhairab, Mohanganj and Jharia, said Jahurul Haque, superintendent of Mymensingh Railway Station.
On information, a relief train from Kewatkhali reached the spot around 11am and started to clear the lines, he said.
The rail communication might be normal in the evening, said the superintendent.
Dhaka, Sept 28 (UNB) - Five people, including four admission-seekers and one guardian, were detained from different exam centres for cheating and adopting unfair means during the 'Ka’ unit admission test of Dhaka University (DU) on Friday.
“Our proctorial team and police detained them from different exam centres .Two of them were held with electronic devices at an exam centre. A guardian was also held in this connection,” said DU Proctor Prof Dr AKM Golam Rabbani.
However, he did not reveal the identities of the detainees.
The one-and-half-hour honours first year admission test of ‘Ka’ unit under Science Faculty for the 2018-19 academic session was held at 84 centres inside and outside of the campus from 10 am.
A total of 81,096 candidates registered for the admission test against 1,750 seats.
DU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Md Akhtaruzzaman, Pro VC (Administration) Prof Dr Muhammad Samad, Treasurer Prof Dr Md Kamal Uddin, Proctor Prof Dr AKM Golam Rabbani, Dean of the Science Faculty and Coordinator of ‘Ka’ unit admission test Prof Dr Abdul Aziz visited different examination halls of Curzon Hall of the university.
Dhaka, Sept 28 (UNB) - World leaders joined United Nations entities on Thursday to reaffirm their continued personal commitment to support efforts to combat sexual exploitation and abuse across the Organisation.
In 2017, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres launched a new strategy to prevent and end sexual exploitation and abuse by UN personnel.
A major element of this new approach was the creation of a ‘Circle of Leadership’ for Heads of State and Government to demonstrate resolve and commitment, at the highest political level, to eradicate the scourge.
“We at the United Nations are mobilising to tackle sexual exploitation and abuse in our ranks and ensure that the rights and dignity of victims are front and centre,” Guterres said in a recent video message on the issue.
Nearly 100 countries have signed voluntary compacts with the UN to tackle sexual exploitation and abuse.
The Secretary-General has appointed a UN Victims’ Rights Advocate and a Special Coordinator to align efforts across the system.
In addition, the UN has stepped up training for civilian, military and police personnel; improved and harmonised investigations; strengthened screening of personnel; and made sure that staff who are guilty of sexual exploitation and abuse can never find a job elsewhere in the system.
It is also improving links with communities and civil society organisations, so that victims and survivors know how to respond, reporting these crimes and finding support.
“The era of silence and taboos is over. Everyone, including our own staff, must feel confident to report allegations of abuses,” said Guterres. “Above all, we must protect those we are mandated to serve.”
As of September 26 last, 69 sitting and former heads of State and Government are members of the Circle of Leadership.
On Thursday, 49 of them along with 21 UN entities joined the Secretary-General in issuing a “Collective Statement” to reaffirm their continued personal commitment as global leaders, to support efforts to combat sexual exploitation and abuse.
“We recognise the unique responsibility of the United Nations to set the standard for preventing, responding to, and eradicating sexual exploitation and abuse within the United Nations system, address its impact effectively and humanely, and safeguard and empower victims,” UN news reported quoting them as saying.
They also recognised the shared responsibility of the UN and its Member States to protect victims and whistle-blowers and take appropriate action against perpetrators.