Dhaka, Feb 20 (UNB) – Four members of a syndicate involved in scamming people with fake question papers of various examinations were arrested by police’s Detective Branch in the city on Wednesday.
The men, arrested in a special drive from Fakirapool, were named as Md Abdullah Fahim, Md Shamim Ahmed, Md Sohel Rana, and Md Nabin Ali. A case has been filed at Motijheel Police Station against them.
Fahim was also arrested last year for question paper leak.
“Deputy Police Commissioner (DB North) Moshiur Rahman learnt during social media monitoring that members of the syndicate will meet in Dhaka,” DB Additional Commissioner Md Abdul Baten told the media.
A DB team conducted drives in parts of the city and arrested them with a laptop, smartphones and fake question papers of ongoing Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examination.
The arrestees told investigators that they sold fake question papers of various recruitment tests and public examinations. “They earned their Facebook followers’ trust by providing tips and study materials,” Baten said.
“They took huge sums of money from people for changing exam results,” he said. “They have many groups on the social media where they leak the fake question papers.”
The police officer said each of the group had between 300 and 500 members. The scammers collected the mobile phone numbers of the examinees and their parents before contacting them.
“They took between Tk500 and Tk30,000 for the fake question papers,” Baten said.
Dhaka, Feb 20 (UNB) - Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Wednesday urged Austrian businesspeople and investors to invest in Bangladesh taking advantage of the country’s demographic dividend and attractive packages that are on offer for foreign direct investment (FDI).
He also highlighted Bangladesh’s tremendous socio-economic developments, particularly during the last one decade in light of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s Vision 2021 and Vision 2041 that envisage the transformation of Bangladesh into Sonar Bangla (Golden Bengal) as dreamt by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Foreign Minister Dr Momen was speaking at a business luncheon that he hosted in honour of visiting Austrian Foreign Minister Dr Karin Kneissl and her delegation at the state guesthouse Padma.
The event was also attended by an Austrian business delegation comprising representatives of 13 leading companies from Austria and different Bangladesh public and private authorities responsible for investment and business promotion.
A few leading Bangladesh companies also took part in the event.
Chattogram, Feb 20 (UNB) – At least 13 people were injured as a Chattogram- bound train hit a picnic bus carrying students and guardians of a madrasha on a level crossing near the Eco -Park in Sitakundu upazila on Wednesday.
Eleven of the injured were identified as Daud, 45, Shirin Aktar Kamal, 45, Masuda Begum, 44, Muzahid, 10, Farzana Aktar Munni, 15, Abul Hashem, 16, Sayed Hasan, 15, Abdul Awal, 14, Faisal Ahmed, 12, Imon, 11, and Moin Uddin, 11.
Deputy Assistant Director Md Jashim Uddin of Fire Service and Civil Defence said the picnic bus carrying students and guardians of Darul Arqam Madrasha got stuck on the rail track as the gatemen lowered the bar around 2pm.
A Chattogram- bound train rammed the bus and damaged a portion of the vehicle, leaving 13 people injured..
Two teams of fire service from Kumira and Sitakundu rushed to the spot and rescued the injured.
The injured were sent to Sitakundu Upazila Health Complex. Among them, three were sent to Chattogram Medical College and Hospital as their condition deteriorated.
Dhaka, Feb 20 (UNB) - The nation is set to pay rich tributes to the martyrs of the 1952 historic Language Movement with the clock striking 00.01am on Thursday, marking 'Amar Ekushey', the Language Martyrs’ Day and International Mother Language Day.
The great Language Movement, a significant event in the nation’s history, was aimed at establishing the right of the mother tongue as well as protecting self-entity, and culture and heritage.
The theme of this year’s International Mother Language Day is “Indigenous languages matter for development, peace building and reconciliation”.
Walking barefoot to the Central Shaheed Minar with wreaths and flowers singing 'Amar bhaiyer rokte rangano Ekushey February', people will pay their respects to the heroes of the Language Movement who laid down their lives for achieving the recognition of Bangla as the state language of erstwhile Pakistan.
President Abdul Hamid will first pay tributes to the language martyrs by placing a wreath at the altar of the Central Shaheed Minar after zero hour, followed by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
The Prime Minister along with her Cabinet members, advisers, lawmakers and party leaders will place another wreath on behalf of her party.
Different political parties, their front organisations as well as sociocultural organisations have taken various programmes to pay their homage to the language martyrs all day long.
BNP leaders and activists will gather in front of Balaka Cinema Hall at Nilkhet at 6am wearing black badges the same day. Later, they will first offer fateha at the graves of Language Movement martyrs at Azimpur Graveyard and then go to the Central Shaheed Minar to pay tributes to the martyrs.
Meanwhile, law enforcement agencies have taken all-out security measures in and round the Central Shaheed Minar to ensure smooth observance of Amar Ekushey.
On February 21, 1952, students and the common people in Dhaka took to the streets in protest against the then Pakistani government's denial of Bangla as the national language and imposition of Urdu as the only official language of Pakistan.
Salam, Barkat, Rafiq, Jabbar and a few other brave sons of the soil were killed in police firings on this day in 1952 when students came out in a procession from the Dhaka University campus breaching section 144 to press home their demand for the recognition of Bangla as a state language of then Pakistan.
Being a source of ceaseless inspiration, Amar Ekushey inspired and encouraged the nation to a great extent to achieve the right to self-determination and struggle for freedom and the Liberation War.
With the bloodshed passage of Language Movement, the nation got the recognition of Bangla its mother tongue and attained its long-cherished independence under the charismatic leadership of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 1971.
Meanwhile, President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have issued separate messages on the occasion.
In his message, the President said, “I extend my warm congratulations and sincere felicitations to all multilingual people of the world along with Bangla-speaking people.”
He recalled with deep reverence the language martyrs namely Shaheed Salam, Barkat, Rafiq, Jabbar, Shafiur and so many unknown and unsung language heroes who laid down their lives for the cause of mother tongue.
The President expressed the expectation that the spirit of Amar Ekushey would be the source of incessant inspiration for the protection of own languages and culture of people. “On the occasion, let the bond of friendship among multilingual people be strengthened, world’s almost defunct languages be revived and the globe be diversified in respective societies.”
The Prime Minister, in her message, said the greatest Ekushey is the symbol of grief, strength and glory in the life of every Bangali.
“I pay my deep homage to the memories of the martyrs. I also pay my deep respect to the greatest Bangali of all time, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman who had led the language movement and all other language veterans,” she said.
“Let us build a hunger-poverty-free and happy-prosperous Sonar Bangladesh as dreamt by the Father of the Nation being imbued with the spirit of the great Ekushey,” the Prime Minister added.
Khagrachhari, Feb 20 (UNB) – The Department of Explosives has started to look into the gas cylinder blast in Khagrachhari in which seven people were injured.
A special team from the department’s Chattogram office visited the site on Wednesday.
The blast took place at a gas cylinder shop at Khobongpuria area in the Sadar Upazila on Tuesday. Four of the critically injured victims have been transferred to Chittagong Medical College Hospital.
“It’s not a normal explosion,” Explosives Inspector Md Tofazzal Hossain, who led the team, told UNB.
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“Gas accumulated in the room when a smaller cylinder was being refilled from a bigger one,” he explained. “And then, there was an electric short-circuit when a switch was turned on, which triggered the explosion.”
Tofazal said Kanton Chakma, the shop’s proprietor, only had permission to store and sell gas cylinders but he was illegally refilling smaller cylinders to line his pockets.
The blast took place during one such refill.
Tofazzal was accompanied by Assistant Explosives Inspector Md Mehedi Islam Khan and Khagrachhari Police Station’s Sub-Inspector Bayesul Islam.
Shahadat Hossain Titu, officer-in-charge of Sadar Police Station, said the team will submit its report by Sunday. “We will take further steps based on the investigators’ recommendations,” he said.