Cox’s Bazar, Feb 5 (UNB) – A man, accused in several cases, was killed in a reported gunfight between two gangs in the hilly area of Shaplar Ful Union of Maheshkhali Upazila early Tuesday.
Police identified the deceased as Shahabuddin, 25, son of Abdur Rahim, resident of Nunchhari village in Kolmarchhora Union.
A police team went to the area in the morning after learning about the gunfight and recovered the body, said Probash Chandra Dhar, officer-in-charge of Maheshkhali Police Station.
Four firearms were also recovered from the site of the gunfight, he said.
Shahabuddin was accused in a number of criminal cases, the OC added.
Natore, Feb 5 (UNB) – Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested two people with fake SSC question papers at Gurudashpur upazila on Monday night.
The arrestees were identified as Taher and Shihab, said to be members of an organised gang of criminals engaged in question paper leak.
Tracking their mobile phones, a team of Rab-5 conducted a drive in Mosinda High School area and arrested the duo, Rab sources said.
The Rab troops also seized mobile phones and some cash from their possessions.
Dhaka, Feb 5 (UNB) – Three people, including an unidentified woman, were killed in separate road accidents in Bhatara and Mouchak areas early Tuesday.
Tea-stall owner Shahin, 42, and security guard Kabir Hossain, 45, were killed on the spot after Badda-bound ‘Dewan Paribahan’ ploughed through the stall at Cocacola bus stand area, said Shihab Uddin, inspector (operation) of Bhatara Police Station.
Police later recovered the bodies and seized the bus.
Meanwhile, an unidentified woman, aged around 60, was taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital in the morning. She appeared to have been hit by a vehicle at Mouchak intersection.
DMCH police outpost Inspector Bacchu Miah said the woman was injured and unconscious when an autorickshaw driver brought her there in the morning.
She died around 8:30am.
Cox's Bazar, Feb 4 (UNB) – UNHCR special envoy and famous Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie visited the Rohingya refugee camps at Chakmarkul in Teknaf upazila of Cox's Bazar on Monday.
Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner (RRRC) M Abul Kalam said Jolie visited different camps in the area and talked with Rohingyas in the afternoon.
The UNHCR special envoy will have a meeting on Tuesday with concerned authorities and visit the Kutupalong refugee camps around 11 am.
Later she will talk with journalists, the commissioner added.
Earlier in the morning, the Tomb Raider actress arrived here to assess the humanitarian needs of the Rohingyas in her role as UNHCR special envoy.
During her three-day mission in the district, she will also assess some of the more critical challenges facing Bangladesh as a host country, according to UNHCR.
Bangladesh is now hosting nearly 1.3 million Rohingyas. The majority of Rohingyas – more than 620,000 people – live in just one area: Kutupalong, the largest refugee settlement anywhere in the world today.
The special envoy will conclude her Bangladesh visit after holding official meetings with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen as well as other senior officials in Dhaka.
During the meetings, she will discuss how UNHCR can best support the current response led by the Bangladesh government, along with the need for safe and sustainable solutions to the plight of one of the world's most persecuted minorities, UNHCR said.
Her visit comes just before the launch of a new appeal for the humanitarian situation in Bangladesh – the 2019 Joint Response Plan – which seeks to raise some $920 million to continue meeting the basic needs of Rohingyas and the communities hosting them.
Bangladesh has been heavily affected by the influx of more than 730,000 Rohingya refugees from Myanmar since August 2017 and now hosts nearly a million refugees, said the UN refugee agency.
The special envoy focuses on major forced displacement crises, representing UNHCR and the High Commissioner at the diplomatic level.
She arrived in Dhaka around 8am and reached Cox's Bazar at 10:10am. This is the special envoy’s first visit to Bangladesh.
Jolie previously met with displaced Rohingyas during a prior visit to Myanmar in July 2015 and in India in 2006.
After years of dedicated service to UNHCR and the cause of refugees, Angelina Jolie was appointed special envoy in April 2012.
In her expanded role, Jolie focuses on major crises that result in mass population displacements, undertaking advocacy and representing UNHCR and the High Commissioner at the diplomatic level.
She also engages with decision-makers on global displacement issues.
Through this work, she has helped contribute to the vital process of finding solutions for people forced to flee their homes.
Jolie previously represented UNHCR as a Goodwill Ambassador from 2001-2012.
She has worked tirelessly, carrying out nearly 60 field missions and becoming an influential advocate on refugee and displacement matters.
Dhaka, Feb 4 (UNB) - Jatiya Party Chairman and Leader of the Opposition in Parliament HM Ershad returned home from Singapore on Monday night after treatment.
The Jatiya Party chairman reached Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport around 10am on a flight of Singapore Airlines, said a party press release.
Jatiya Party Senior Cochairman Raushon Ershad, Cochairman GM Quader and Ershad’s two sons received him at the airport.
Senior party leaders Moshiur Rahman Ranga, Barrister Aminul Islam Mahmud, ABM Ruhul Amin Hawladar, Kazi Firoz Rashid, Ziauddin Ahmed Bablu and Mujibul Hoque Chunnu were, among others, present.
On Jan 20 last, Ershad went to Singapore for treatment as he was suffering from various health complications, including liver and knee problems.
On December 10 last, Ershad had gone to Singapore for receiving treatment and returned home on December 26, just three days before the national election.
Jatiya Party which joined the election as the key partner of the Grand Alliance bagged 22 seats.