Chattogram, June 24 (UNB) – A police constable committed suicide at her residence under Bayazid Bostami Police Station area in the city on Monday evening.
The deceased was identified as Kabita Rani, 22, wife of Mithun Kuri, also a police constable of Armed Police Battalion Line in Chattogram, said Ataur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Bayazid Bostami Police Station.
“The mystery of the death would be cleared after investigation. The couple were both deployed constables of Armed Police Battalion Line,” the OC said.
Returning to home, victim’s husband Mithun found the door locked and no response from inside.
On information, police recovered her hanging body after breaking the door. The body was sent to Chittagong Medical College Hospital for autopsy, the OC added.
Chapainawabganj, June 24 (UNB) - Indian Border Security Force (BSF) allegedly shot dead two Bangladeshi nationals while three others went missing at Bakherali Border in Sadar upazila early Monday.
The deceased were identified as Selim Hossain and Abu Bakkar of the upazila.
Locals said around 40-50 cowherds crossed into India to bring cows through Bakherali border on Sunday night.
BSF opened fire on them when they were returning to Bangladesh with some 200 cattle, leaving the duo dead on the spot inside Indian territory, while five others sustained bullet injuries, they added.
BGB-53 battalion Commanding Officer Lt Col Sazzad Sarwar said they had only ‘learned’ about the firing incident inside India, and was unable to confirm any deaths or who was responsible. The matter would be investigated, he said.
Bogura, June 24 (UNB) – BNP candidate Golam Mohammad Siraj was unofficially declared elected in the by-election to Bogura-6 constituency on Monday.
Siraj begged 89,742 votes while his nearest rival T Zaman Niketa of Awami League polled 32,297, according to unofficial results of all the 141 centres.
Earlier, voting in the by-polls began at 9am and continued till 5pm without any break using Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs).
The constituency was declared vacant as BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, who was elected from the parliamentary seat in the December 30 general election, did not take oath as MP within the 90 days from the date of the first meeting of parliament.
Dhaka, June 24 (UNB)– The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Monday ordered its director Enamul Basir and Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of police Mizanur Rahman to appear before it on July 1 for interrogation.
A three-member ACC team, led by director Sheikh Mohammad Fanafilla, is investigating allegation brought against them.
Basir was suspended on June 10 for allegedly leaking information, a breach of job discipline.
According to a report ran by a private TV, Basir demanded Tk 40 lakh in bribe ahead of a search against DIG Mizanur.
He took Tk 25 lakh from Mizanur and sought the rest within the next week. He demanded a car to bring his son to school and disclosed important information regarding ACC.
A three-member inquiry committee was formed after the report was broadcast. After reviewing the committee’s findings, ACC suspended Basir on charges of illegally transmitting the ACC data and violating job discipline.
On May 3 last year, the ACC interrogated the DIG in connection with accumulation of illegal wealth. The commission also reportedly found his involvement in money laundering.
Dhaka, Jun 24 (UNB)— Awami League MP Abdul Matin Khasru on Monday expressed resentment over the failure of some ministries to implement the annual development programmes.
“We’re giving big allocation, but we can’t implement them. When the fiscal year nears its end, we hear that the implementation rate isn’t more than 70 percent,” he said taking part in the budget discussion in Parliament.
The Cumilla-5 MP noted that some bureaucrats often said that they are withdrawing the rest of the money.
“Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is giving you the money at the beginning of the fiscal year. We want to see that you’ve implemented the budget. You’ve to avail the capability to implement the programmes with the budget allocation,” he said.
Khasru proposed forming a parliamentary committee for supervising budget implementation. “We want to find out why we could not implement the budget,” he said.
The former law minister praised the government for increasing the allocation.
“We’ve to increase our capability in budget implementation. The capabilities of the ministries have to be increased as well as that of the National Board of Revenue,” he said, adding that the lacking of the ministries has to be identified.
He criticised the attitude of the ruling party MPs who attack the BNP and said they should instead focus on finding out how we can build our capacity and how the ministries can fully implement their budget allocations.
Khasru said that the development spree that started during the incumbent government has to be maintained and for that the tax net has to be expanded.
Treasury bench MP Saber Hossain Chowdhury urged the government to introduce “unemployment allowance” as the number of unemployment was increasing alongside the increasing GDP.
He said that 11.2 percent of the unemployed are educated.
‘Restore order in banking sector’
Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal President Hasanul Haq Inu slammed the black money whitening option as “anti-constitutional and unethical”, noting that such moves did not yield good results in the past.
“The scope to legalise undisclosed money failed to yield any benefit in the past 10 years. It has no influence on the economy,” Inu said, adding that the government should publish a list of persons who have whitened their black money.
He also demanded forming of a commission to restore order in the banking sector. “Initiative for amending laws related to banks and the merging of banks is immediately needed,” he said, suggesting quickly recovering money from big loan defaulters.
He said that Bangladesh Bank has the legal power to control banks and recommended the central bank exercise its power independently until the commission on banks is formed.
Inu demanded cancellation of additional five percent supplementary duty tax on phone calls and import duty on smartphones.
“Increasing tax at source to 10 percent from five percent on family savings certificates will have a negative impact. Imposing tax on online and ride sharing was unfortunate. These decisions should be reviewed,” he said.
‘Eligible institutions to be brought under MPO’
Education Minister Dipu Moni said that education for creating more skilled manpower will be possible with allocation for the sector in the proposed budget.
She said that Monthly Pay Order for non-government educational institutions will be provided based on criteria set up by the ministry.
“All eligible institutions who have met the criteria will be brought under the MPO system,” she added.
Dipu said everyone should work together to make the ineligible institutions eligible so that these could be brought under MPO system.
Khaleda’s release sought
Meanwhile, BNP MP Abdus Sattar Bhuiyan demanded the unconditional release of party chief Khaleda Zia.
He said that the former prime minister was a victim of the political ploy of the ruling Awami League which is barring her from getting bail.
He also demanded withdrawal of ‘ghost cases’ filed against BNP leaders and activists across the country.
Sattar noted that during a pre-poll dialogue, Prime Minister Hasina assured them that such cases would be withdrawn.
“But they still exist,” he claimed.