A court here on Saturday placed Daily Sangram editor Abul Asad on a three-day remand in a case filed under the Digital Security Act.
Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Court of Dhiman Chandra Mandal passed the order, said Farid Mia, sub-inspector, general reporting officer of CMM Court.
Earlier, Golam Azad, inspector of Hatirjheel Police Station and also the investigation officer of the case, sought a five-day remand for the Sangram editor.
Police detained Abul Asad as his newspaper described Abdul Quader Molla, an executed war criminal, as a ‘martyr’ in a report published on December 12.
He was later shown arrested in a case filed under the Digital Security Act with Hatirjheel Police Station by ward 36 Muktijoddha Commander Afzal Hossain.
Meanwhile, leaders of Muktijuddho Mancha vandalised the office of Jamaat-e-Islami mouthpiece ‘Daily Sangram’ following its report.
Leaders and activists of the Mancha, led by its President Aminul Islam Bulbul and Secretary Al Mamun, gathered in front of the office around 5pm and attacked it about an hour later.
They vandalised several televisions, computers and furniture.
Workers of nine state-owned jute mills in Khulna and Jashore on Saturday postponed their ongoing unto-death hunger strike for three days upon assurance of fulfilling their demands.
“The unto-death fast was postponed at 1:15am for three days,” said Shahana Pervin, CBA president of Platinum Jute Mills.
She also said the workers will go on the hunger strike again on December 17 if their demands are not met.
As soon as the strike was called off, the production in eight state-owned jute mills resumed at 10am while at Crescent Jute Mills in Khulna around 2:30pm.
Humayun Kabir, general secretary, CBA of Platinum Jute Mills, said they postponed the strike upon assurance of fulfilling their demands by State Minister for Labour and Employment Begum Monnujan Sufian.
Munnujan urged them to call the strike off on Friday night at a meeting at Khulna Divisional Labour Office and assured them of placing their 11-point demand at a meeting scheduled to be held on December 15 in Dhaka, Humayun added.
On Thursday, Abdur Sattar, 55, a worker of Platinum Jute Mills, fell sick at one stage of hunger strike and died at Khulna Medical College Hospital (KMCH).
Besides, more than 200 workers fell sick and were taken to Khulna Medical College Hospital.
Production at nine state-owned jute mills remained suspended since December 10 when the workers went on strike.
An estimated 50,000 workers of Star, Platinum, Crescent, Alim, Eastern, Daulatpur and Khalishpur jute mills in Khulna and JJI and Carpeting jute mills in Jashore joined the protest.
They tried to force the government to accept their 11-point demand that include implementation of the wage commission, payment of regular wages, cancellation of public-private ownership of mills and allotting necessary fund for jute sector.
The workers said they were not paid regularly and were forced to come out on the streets demanding improvement in the situation.
Doctors at the Forensic Medicine Department of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) on Saturday said they found no evidence of rape after the postmortem on the body of Rubaiyat Sharmin Rumpa, a private university student.
Dr Sohel Madmud, head of the Forensic Medicine Department, told UNB that they did not find any sign of rape in the autopsy.
The body of Rumpa, 22, a second-year English student of Siddheswari branch of the Stamford University, was recovered from an alley behind Ayesha Shopping Complex on Wednesday night.
On Thursday morning, police filed a murder case with Ramna Police Station in this connection.
Detectives detained Saikat, a friend of Rumpa, on December 7 and put him on a four-day remand the following day.
The ‘Bangladesh Chair’ named as ‘Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Professional Fellowship’ has been reinstated at the Heidelberg University of Germany after about 18 years.
Bangladesh Ambassador to Germany Imtiaz Ahmed and Rector of the Heidelberg University Prof Dr Bernhard Eitel signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) recently to reestablish the Bangladesh Chair ahead of global celebrations of the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Under the fellowship, one Bangladeshi teacher at the university level will join South Asia Institute (Centre of Asian and Transcultural Studies) of Heidelberg University in order to impart knowledge on social and cultural topics of Bangladesh, including politics and economics, to students from different countries of the world, said the Bangladesh Embassy in Berlin.
In accordance with the signed MoU, the government of Bangladesh will bear expenses of salary and allowances of the teacher while study materials and accommodation for the same will be offered by the South Asia Institute of Heidelberg University.
The Bangladesh Chair at the South Asia Institute of Heidelberg University had been initiated in 1999 to disseminate knowledge on history, politics and economics of Bangladesh and continued for two years at a stretch.
Two teachers from Bangladesh had joined the programme at that time and taught the students until the discontinuation in 2002.
BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Saturday said the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in India’s Assam is a threat to Bangladesh’s independence and sovereignty.
“We’ve been saying from the beginning that we’re very worried over India’s NRC. We think the NRC is a threat to our independence and sovereignty,” he said.
The BNP leader came up with the remarks while talking to reporters after placing wreaths at Martyred Intellectuals Memorial in Mirpur, marking the Martyred Intellectuals Day.
Fakhrul together with party senior leaders went to the Martyred Intellectuals Memorial around 9:30am and placed wreaths there in tributes to the martyrs.
He said the NRC will destabilise the entire region, not only Bangladesh. “It’ll also create conflict and trigger violence in this subcontinent.”
The BNP leader said the main motive behind the NRC is to establish communal politics destroying the liberal democratic and secular politics.
Fakhrul bemoaned that their party chairperson Khaleda Zia who was ‘oppressed and assaulted’ by Pakistani occupation forces during the Liberation War is now staying in jail.
He alleged that the current government has destroyed the dream of freedom fighters and the spirit of the Liberation War by obliterating democracy. “They also ruined all the achievements of the nation as we’ve lost our rights and democracy.”
The BNP leader also said an effort is on to eliminate BNP by keeping tits chairperson and several thousand leaders and activists in jail.
Fakhrul said a unity of the entire nation is now a must to foil the move to suppress the democratic parties, and ‘restore’ democracy through a movement.
He said they will intensify their movement following the path of martyred intellectuals to protect the country’s independence and sovereignty, and ‘restore’ democracy.