Dhaka, Feb 1 (UNB) - Bangladesh filed a case against Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC) of the Philippines' over the heist of $81 million from Bangladesh Bank's account with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
The case was filed with a New York bank accusing RCBC, casinos and others involved in the heist, Abu Hena Mohammed Raji Hasan, head of Bangladesh Finance Intelligence Unit (BIFU) of the Bangladesh Bank told UNB.
He said there will be a press briefing here on Sunday over the filing of the case.
International robbers stole $101 million from the Bangladesh Bank account with the Federal Reserve Bank through fraudulent instructions against their target of about $1 billion in February 2016.
Although, some $20 million was recovered from a Sri Lankan bank, $81 million, which landed in Manila-based RCBC, could not be recovered.
Most of the money transferred to the Philippines went to four personal accounts, held by individuals.
The Federal Reserve Bank blocked the remaining 30 transactions, amounting to $850 million, due to suspicions raised by a misspelled instruction.
Bangladesh has so far recovered around $18 million of the $81 million transferred to the Philippines. It was later suspected that Dridex malware was used for the attack.
Sylhet, Feb 1 (UNB) – A trader was found dead inside his business establishment in front of Tajpur College beside Dhaka-Sylhet highway in Osmaninagar upazila on Thursday.
The deceased was identified as Yusuf Ali, 24, owner of ‘Mayer Doa’, a shop of auto-rickshaw parts and son of Riasat Ali of Golapganj upazila.
Being informed by local people, police recovered the body of Yusuf Ali from his shop in the morning and sent it to Sylhet Osmani Medcial College and Hospital morgue, said SM Al Mamun, officer-in-charge of Osmaninagar Police Station.
The head, ear and some portion of Yusuf’s face was found smashed as he was hit by a hard object, said police.
However, the motive behind the killing could not be known yet.
Dhaka, Feb 1 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the month-long Amar Ekushey Book Fair, a yearly event for booklovers and publishers, on Bangla Academy premises at 3:00 pm on Friday.
She will also unveil a book titled 'Secret Documents of Intelligence Branch on Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman' (Volume -2) at the opening ceremony.
Two foreign guests – Indian poet Shankha Ghosh and Egyptian writer and poet Mohsin Al Arishi – will grace the opening ceremony.
State Minister for Cultural Affairs K M Khalid will attend the opening ceremony as a special guest while Bangla Academy Director General poet Habibullah Siraji will deliver the welcome speech with its President Professor Emeritus Anisuzzaman in the chair.
Bangla Academy disclosed the details of the fair at a press conference at the academy on Thursday.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will also distribute the Bangla Academy Sahitya Puraskar at the opening ceremony.
Four writers and researchers won Bangla Academy Sahitya Puraskar -2018 which was announced earlier.
The award winners are – Poet Kazi Rozi for poetry, Mohit Kamal for literature, Syed Mohammad Shahed for essay and research and Afsan Chowdhury for research on Liberation War .
The winners will receive a cheque of Tk 2 lakh each at the programme.
Seminars will be held at the main stage of the fair venue at 4pm everyday from February 2 to 28 followed by cultural events.
Like the previous years, the venue of the fair has been extended to nearby Suhrawardy Udyan with huge changes.
This year, the land earmarked for the fair was expanded to 550,000 sq-ft, 37,000 sq-ft more than the previous year. A total of 770 units were allocated to the 499 organisations
The authorities have allotted a total of 150 units at the Bangla Academy ground to 104 organisatons and 620 at the Suhrawardy Udyan to 395 organisations.
Last year, the authorities allotted a total of 719 units - 136 at the Bangla Academy ground to 92 organisatons and 583 at the Suhrawardy Udyan to 363 organisations.
Besides, 24 pavilions have been allocated for 24 publishing houses, including Bangla Academy which was the same in the last number.
There will be strict security arrangements in and around the book fair venue to avert any unpleasant incident during the fair.
Publishers from across the country will come at the fair with a wide variety of books while Bangla Academy will exhibit 102 newly printed and reprinted books.
The theme for this year’s Ekushey book fair is “Bijoy: 1952 to 1971 Ebong Naboporjay,” said Dr Jalal Ahmed, member secretary of the fair organizing committee.
Visiting the fair venue, the UNB correspondent found works on the stalls and the main stage are almost finished but not fully completed.
Nirapad Media and Communication, run by actor Ilias Kanchan, will oversee the total management of the fair.
The fair will remain open from 3 pm to 9 pm (Sunday to Thursday) while it will remain open from 11 am to 9 pm on weekly holidays. On the 21st February, the fair will remain open from 8am to 8pm.
Chattogram, Feb 1 (UNB) – Tanjila Haq Chowdhury Mitu, who was detained over the apparent suicide of her husband Dr Mustafa Morshed Akash, has confessed to having extramarital affairs with others, police claimed on Friday.
She, however, kept mum about various other important issues, Chittagong Metropolitan Police’s Additional Deputy Commissioner (South) Md Mizanur Rahman said at a press briefing in the city.
“She was held over her husband’s Facebook status before killing himself and his family’s verbal complaint,” Mizanur said.
A team of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit picked Mitu up from Nandankanon on Thursday night, hours after her husband reportedly killed himself with an insulin overdose.
A court later sent her to jail when police produced her before it showing her arrested in a case filed over the incident.
Victim’s mother Jobeda Khanam filed the case against six people, including Mitu, her parents and two friends, with Chandgaon Police Station in the afternoon, said its officer-in-charge Abul Bashar.
The five other accused are Mitu’s father Anisul Haq Chowdhury, mother Shamim Shely, sister Sanjida Haq Chowdhury Alisha and two friends – Indian national Uttam Patel and Dr Mahbubul Alam.
Police said they will investigate whether any of Mitu’s friends was involved in the instigation.
CTTC unit chief Mohammad Shahidullah said they had interrogated Mitu. “She has admitted to cheating and conjugal disputes but avoided answering some other questions,” he said.
Police said they had seized the mobile phone used by Akash and the physician’s Facebook status about his wife has been deleted.
Akash, 33, a physician of Chittagong Medical College Hospital’s medicine department, reportedly killed himself over family feud in Chandgaon residential area in the city after an altercation with his wife, also a physician who used to reside in the USA, about her alleged illicit affairs.
Family members said before his apparent suicide, Akash had shared photos of his wife on his Facebook profile and wrote about her alleged extramarital affairs before announcing his decision to end the own life.
Dhaka, Feb 1 (UNB) - Damen, a very common name in global shipping industry, wants to invest in Bangladesh in a bigger way, says its top executive.
Chief Executive Officer of Damen René Berkvens expressed their investment interest to Bangladesh Ambassador to the Netherlands Sheikh Mohammed Belal during a meeting held in The Hague recently.
Bangladesh's geo-strategic position, political stability and economic growth of last 10 years are key elements to consider Bangladesh as Damen's next investment destination, said the Bangladesh Embassy in The Hague on Friday.
Ambassador Belal and Embassy officials paid a visit to Damen Shipyard at Gorinchem, The Netherlands and have seen different models of water going vessels available in the yard.
Damen's investment in Bangladesh would open up a new avenue for Bangladesh's shipping sector and accelerate economic benefit, said the Bangladesh Embassy.
With regard to investment, Damen would look for common basis of understanding and long term relation, it said.
Since the 1970s, Damen is active in shipping sector of Bangladesh. Damen has been providing dredgers to Bangladesh since long.
This leading company is having significant cooperation with BIWTA, Ministry of Water Resources, Khulna Shipyard, Chattogram Dry Dock Limited (CDDL), Bangladesh Navy and Bangladesh Coast-Guard, said the Embassy.
During the meeting, Ambassador Belal apprised the CEO of Damen about Bangladesh Delta Plan-2100 and how the Bangladesh government is taking preparations to implement the plan phase by phase.
He requested Damen to be part of this historic plan and approached him to come up with a plan of business expansion in Bangladesh.
In response to Ambassador's request, the CEO promised to visit Bangladesh in April 2019 to verify the potentials of investment in Bangladesh.
Ambassador Belal assured him all-out support to make his visit successful.
Ambassador Belal also highlighted both ongoing and upcoming mega projects in Bangladesh and urge them to be part of this development journey.
Damen, a 91-year old family owned company with a turnover of 2 billion Euro is having substantial presence in Poland, Romania, Vietnam, Dubai, China, Sharjah, Cape Town.
Under the umbrella of Damen Shipyards group, worldwide they have 52 companies (in the Netherlands 24 and international 28) which has been creating employment for 12000 employers.
They have the capacity to provide all kinds of vessels, like- tug boats, offshore vessels, high speed craft and ferries, pontoons and berges, dredging and specials, defence and security vessels and yachts.