Sirajganj, Jul 28 (UNB) – Relentless rain and onrush of hill water resulted in an increase of water level in the Jamuna river causing erosion in five riverbank upazilas.
Over 200 houses, trees and several pieces of land have already been washed away by the river. People are rendering an inhumane state of living in affected areas.
Ariful Islam, an Executive Engineer of Water Development Board, said that due to torrential rain throughout the week and onrush of hill water has increased the water level of the Jamuna river near Sirajganj.
Furthermore, areas along the river in Shahjadpur, Enayetpur, Chouhali, Sirajganj Sadar and Kajigram have been affected by river erosion.
Especially Ariakandi of Enayetpur thana, Bamangram, Shuvagacha in Kazipur upazilla and Patgram has been affected devastatingly.
Although erosion has hit hard in these areas; repelling measures have only been taken in Patgram and Shuvagacha area, he added.
Dhaka, July 28 (UNB) - Inspector General of Police (IGP) Javed Patwari on Saturday said women cops have been performing strict duties in maintaining law and order with utmost skill and goodwill.
The IGP came up with the remark while addressing the inaugural function of the newly formed executive committee of the Bangladesh Police Women Network (BPWN) at the PSC convention hall in the city’s Mirpur area on Saturday evening.
The new 33-member committee of BPWN was formed with Additional Commissioner of Chittagong Metropolitan Police Amena Begum as its President and Special Branch (SB) Special Superintendent Farida Yasmin as the secretary for the year 2018-2020.
The top official of Bangladesh Police said that modernisation of Bangladesh Police and its capacity are being increased. “We have taken effective measures to build the police as a gender-sensitive organization,” he further said.
Women Support and Investigation Division has already been established in Dhaka Metropolitan Police while Victim Support Center was set up in Rangamati district alongside seven other Metropolitan Police Units, he added.
Besides, women help centre was set up at the offices of the Superintendent of Police (SP) at the district level, while Child Help Desk at each police station. Women and children friendly police stations are being developed across the country said the IGP.
Javed Patwari also said that eleven Armed Police Battalions (APBn) comprising women police have been performing with reputation. “They are contributing uniquely to the UN peacekeeping missions in various countries,” he further said.
At the beginning of his speech, the IGP recalled the contribution of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman with deep respect saying that the journey of women police started with only 14 of its members in 1974 under the leadership of Bangabandhu.
Today the number of women in the police is about eleven thousand, which is seven percent of the force, he said.
The police chief also said the BPWN is working to increase the professionalism and efficiency of women police. The officials of this organisation have been representing Bangladesh Police in the international organization brightening the image of the country.
He expressed his hope that the newly formed committee of the BPWN will continue to pursue the advancement of the organisation further.
The function was chaired by the newly elected president of the BPWN Ameena Begum.
Additional IGPs, chiefs of different units of police in Dhaka, senior police officials and invited guests, among others, were also present.
Narayanganj, July 28 (UNB) - Around 2400 Yaba tablets were recovered from a madrasa teacher after undergoing surgery at a local clinic in Shimrail area in Shiddhirganj upazila on Saturday.
On Friday night, members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested Abu Muslehuddin alias Idris, son of Rashid Saodagar, and a madras teacher hailing from Maheshkhali upazila in Cox’s Bazar district.
Acting on a tip-off, an elite force team conducted a drive in the area and arrested him but the team could not find the contraband consignment on him through a primary body search, according to a Rab-11 press release.
Later, he was taken to a diagnostic centre where the doctor recovered the contraband yaba pills from his abdomen after surgery. Thereafter Muslehuddin revealed how he used to regularly moonlight as a drug mule, charging Tk 13 per piece of yaba that he would carry from Cox’s Bazaar into the country’s heartland, making at least 5 trips a month. This last trip earned him Tk 31,200.
A case was filed with Siddhirganj Police Station against him, press release added.
Dhaka, July 28 (UNB) - President Abdul Hamid on Saturday urged the members of Special Security Force (SSF) to build them as skilled, smart and time-befitting security force to ensure the security of the very important persons (VIPs) of the state.
The President made the urge while addressing a celebration programme marking the 32nd founding anniversary of SSF in the city’s Bangabandhu International Conference Centre.
“You know, there is no alternative to training to gain professionalism. Every member of the SSF will have to develop professionalism as well as build you as a skilled, smart and time-befitting security force to ensure the security of the VIPs of the state. Advanced training at home and abroad, the use of security related sophisticated equipment and technology will be ensured for this purpose,” said the President.
He added that this force is going to be equipped with the latest 4th generation vehicle mounted and portable jamming systems, drone guns and anti-drone systems, drone and robotic surveillance facilities to combat the future challenges which are very significant.
Praising the SSF members’ successful journey from its inception in addressing the challenges and barriers of ever-changing security issues through improved morale, uncompromising loyalty and high professionalism, the head of the state said “I am happy to know that all the state and government leaders who have visited Bangladesh during this time, they all praised SSF's competence and professionalism. I firmly believe that in the future, the members of this force will continue to maintain their high quality of professionalism and perform the assigned responsibilities.”
Mentioning the security of the VIPs as important and significant for the political perspective, conspiracy of the anti-liberation forces, and international terrorism, Abdul Hamid added “Explosive detectors, food radiation detectors, millimeter microwave body scanners, biometric detection and intelligence face detection system will be incorporated in the fleet of the SSF and the auxiliary forces in order to prevent various types of terrorist attacks. The addition of these sophisticated technologies and equipment will not only increase the capability of SSF members, I believe they will be more self-reliant and more confident in carrying out the responsibilities.”
Underscoring the need for ensuring collective and foolproof security of the VIPs without disrupting their attachment with general people and conidering their public relations, he reminded “You have to maintain good relation, intimate contact and coordination with all agencies apart from developing a foolproof security. At the same time, issues of public relations of VIPs should be taken seriously. You should always remain alert so that people do not get hurt in your behaviour.”
President hoped that every member of the forces will be more careful about their family alongside their professional duties as family members' cooperation and moral support are very important behind each success.
Chiefs of the three services, PM's Security Adviser Major General (retired) Tariq Ahmed Siddique and SSF Director General Major General Md Shafiqur Rahman were present while secretaries concerned to Bangabhaban also attended the celebration programme.
Dhaka, July 27 (UNB) – Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali has said the perpetrators of heinous crimes against Rohingyas in Rakhine State of Myanmar must be held accountable.
Minister Ali emphasized that the international community needed to continue sustained pressure on Myanmar to ensure safe, sustainable and dignified return of Rohingyas to a religiously-tolerant and ethnically-inclusive Myanmar.
“The unprecedented role played by Bangladesh in sheltering and supporting 1.1 million forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals reflects the truly Samaritan and inclusive nature of Bangladesh,” he said at a conference ended in Washington D.C. on Thursday.
The US Department of State organised the conference on ‘Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom’ held in Washington D.C. on July 25-26 which was attended by 80 delegations, mostly led by Ministers, said Bangladesh Embassy in Washington.
Minister Ali said the influx of the Rohingyas from Myanmar is one of the gravest ethno-religious cleansing of recent times.
A good number of members of civil society including religious leaders from different countries of the world attended the conference.
The opening session was attended by US Vice President Mike Pence and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
The Secretary of State delivered the address of welcome. Vice President Mike Pence in his inaugural speech mentioned that the USA is a nation of faith and religious freedom is a top priority of its foreign policy.
Bangladesh has highlighted its commitment to maintain the legacy of a democratic, secular, open, inclusive and pluralistic social fabric in the country.
“Right to freedom of religion, thought and conscience has been unconditionally guaranteed by our Constitution,” said Mahmood Ali.
Minister Ali attended the conference at the invitation of the US Secretary of State.
The Foreign Minister commended the US government for organizing the first-ever ‘Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom’.
“We feel that such conference should also be held at regional level. Bangladesh would be ready to host such a regional Ministerial in Dhaka at a suitable time,” he said.
Minister Ali mentioned that the UN Human Rights Council Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion and Belief noted in his report in 2015 that “religious pluralism is deeply rooted in Bangladesh and the principle of secularism as laid down in the Constitution provides for a framework which accommodates religious and belief-related pluralism for everyone without discrimination”.
He informed that the government is promoting a narrative for upholding the spirit of religious freedom and tolerance by observing religious festivals together, with a slogan of ‘to each his or her religion, but, festival belongs to all’.
Ambassador Sam Brownback, Chair of the conference, praised Bangladesh for hosting such a huge number of Rohingyas in Bangladesh.
US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, thanked the Foreign Minister for attending the meeting during a lunch hosted by him.
The Foreign Minister also thanked the US Secretary of State for inviting him to the ‘Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom’ in Washington, D.C.
During a reception held in honour of the delegates attending the Ministerial, the US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, thanked Bangladesh for generous humanitarian response to the Rohingya crisis.
She also thanked Bangladesh for opening its arms and allowing international organizations to support the Rohingyas.