Dhaka, April 4 (UNB) - Bangladesh and the United States will hold bilateral talks in Washington DC on April 8 to discuss ways to further strengthen relations on all fronts.
The meeting will be held between Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen and the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. They will discuss bilateral, regional and international issues.
US Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl R Miller met with the Foreign Minister at the latter’s office on Thursday and discussed the issue.
The Foreign Minister thanked the US Secretary of State for the invitation to Washington DC for bilateral talks.
The US Ambassador expressed hope that the meeting between Foreign Minister Momen and Secretary Pompeo will be very fruitful.
Foreign Minister Dr Momen noted that ties between Bangladesh and the USA are strong.
The two countries are close to one another politically, economically and commercially, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
He observed that USA has the scope to invest more in the gas, oil and energy sectors of Bangladesh.
The Foreign Minister said that Bangladesh welcomes forward looking connectivity and infrastructure projects in the region.
He also noted that maritime sector of the region can be harnessed to improve business connectivity and shared prosperity of people.
The US envoy assured that USA will stand beside Bangladesh on Rohingya issues and the US investors consider Bangladesh as an important business destination.
He noted that bilateral trade between Bangladesh and the USA has expanded in recent years. He was appreciative of Bangladesh’s socio-economic progress.
Dhaka, Apr 4 (UNB) - The High Court on Thursday directed the owner of Green Line Paribahan to pay Tk 50 lakh by April 10 to Russel Sarkar who lost his leg in an accident on April 28, last year.
A HC bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader passed the order following a petition.
The HC also warned that it would confiscate all the buses of the transport company if it fails to pay the amount within the stipulated time. “If you fail to pay, stop selling bus tickets from April 11 to avoid public sufferings,” said the court.
Russel, 23, a private car driver, lost his leg on April 28 last year as a bus of Green Line Paribahan had hit his vehicle from behind on Hanif Flyover in Dholaipar on that day. He got down from his car and signaled the bus to stop but driver Kabir Hossain drove his coach over him and fled the scene. Russel's left leg got severed from his thigh down.
Earlier in the day, the court summoned the manager of Green Line Paribahan and asked him to appear before the court by 2 pm and explain his failure to provide Tk 50 lakh to Russel Sarkar.
Following the order, general manager of the transport company Abdus Sattar appeared before the court and informed it that the owner of the company went to India for treatment on March 29 and will return on April 9.
The court also fixed April 10 to announce its verdict on the case.
Khandaker Shamsul Haq Reza stood for the petitioner while Advocate Ajiullah represented Green Line.
Earlier on March 31, the Appellate Division upheld a High Court Division order asking Green Line Paribahan to pay Tk 50 lakh to accident victim Russel Sarkar.
A four-member Appellate bench, headed led by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, issued the order rejecting an appeal by the company seeking a stay on the High Court’s order.
Later, the HC bench on March 31 asked the Green Line Paribahan authorities to submit a progressing report after providing the compensation money.
But as the Green Line Paribahan authorities failed to comply with the court order, the High Court expressed its annoyance and said the operation of Green Line Paribahan service would be suspended if they fail to provide the compensation money to the victim, if needed.
The High Court also said all the vehicles of Green Line Paribahan will be put on auction after confiscating those to provide the compensation.
Earlier on May 14 last year, the High Court asked Green Line Paribahan to explain within four weeks why Russel should not get Tk 1 crore as compensation.
On March 12 this year, the court ordered the company to pay Tk 50 lakh to Russel in two weeks as compensation and for his treatment.
Faridpur, Apr 4 (UNB) – A man was killed and 20 others injured in a clash between two factions of local Awami League (AL) over establishing supremacy at Poail village in Boalmari upazila early Thursday.
The deceased was identified as Delwar Hossain, 35, a supporter of Jamal Matubbar of the village.
Shamim Ahmed, officer-in-charge of Boalmari Police Station, said Jamal Matubbar, a convener of Chatul union unit of Jubo League and Nazimuddin, a member of ward no. 3 of Chatul union, had been at loggerheads over establishing supremacy in the area for long.
As a sequel to the enmity, an altercation was ensued among the supporters of both the groups over cantering a programme there, triggering a chase and counter chase.
At one stage, both the groups attacked each other in the night, leaving 21 people injured.
The injured were taken to Fairpdur Medical College Hospital where Delwar died early in this morning.
Dhaka, Apr 4 (UNB) – The US embassy here on Wednesday issued fresh alert for its citizen living in Bangladesh encouraging them to exercise heightened awareness of the ongoing threat posed by transnational terrorist organizations such as ISIS and al-Qa’ida.
In the statement, the embassy said, “In light of calls for revenge in the wake of the March 15 terrorist attack against two mosques in New Zealand, we encourage US citizens to exercise heightened awareness of the ongoing threat posed by transnational terrorist organizations such as ISIS and al-Qa’ida.”
Terrorist groups, their associates, and those inspired by such organizations remain intent on attacking US and Western citizens around the world, including in Bangladesh, it mentioned.
“Extremists may use conventional or non-conventional weapons to strike US interests, but many are increasingly using less sophisticated methods of attack to more effectively target crowds, including the use of edged weapons, pistols, and vehicles,” it warned.
Extremists are spreading propaganda online and calling for assaults on “soft” targets such as Western schools, businesses, and NGOs, it added.
However, in the warning the embassy mentioned that regular operations of office are normal.
It also requested its citizens to review their personal security plans as well to be aware of their surroundings.
“Stay alert in locations frequented by Westerners and monitor local media for updates,” it added.
Dhaka, Apr 4 (UNB) – Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested a man along with 442 bottles of Phensidyl from a truck on Dhaka-Chattogram highway at Dakkhin Mahadeb in Sitakunda upazila early Thursday.
The arrestee Nazrul Islam, son of Gafur Munshi of Shibchar in Madaripur district is stone trader.
Tipped off, a team of Rab-7 conducted a drive in the area and intercepted a Chattogram-bound truck around 2:30 am.
Later, the elite force recovered the contraband item worth Tk 4.42 lakh from inside the truck and arrested Nazrul while the driver and his helper managed to flee the scene, said a press release issued by Rab headquarters.