Moulvibazar, June 24 (UNB) – Rail communications of Sylhet with other parts of the country resumed on Monday evening, 20 hours after the suspension following the derailment of a train at Baramchal in Kulaura upazila that left four passengers dead and around 200 others injured.
Railway divisional engineer (East) Hasan Jabid said they restored the rail line around 7:30pm following daylong efforts.
Six coaches of Dhaka-bound ‘Upaban Express’ from Sylhet veered off the tracks around 11:40pm on Sunday near Baramchal Railway Station due to the breakdown of a culvert, killing four passengers and injuring over 200 others.
The accident also snapped rail communications on Sylhet-Dhaka and Sylhet-Chattogram routes.
Meanwhile, Railways Minister Md Nurul Islam Sujon told Parliament on Monday that the accident took place while train was changing the line at Baramchal Railway Station, not for breakdown of the culvert.
Dhaka, Jun 24 (UNB) – Gonoforum President Dr Kamal Hossain on Monday demanded a judicial investigation into Upaban Express train crash in Moulvibazar’s Kulaura upazila to unearth the main reason behind it.
In a statement, Dr Kamal and his party general secretary Reza Kibria also demanded the government ensure adequate compensation to the relatives of those killed and injured.
They said the judicial investigation is necessary for taking necessary steps to avert the recurrence of such accident.
The accident took place when six coaches of Dhaka-bound ‘Upaban Express’ from Sylhet veered off the tracks around 11:40pm on Sunday after a culvert over the Barochhara Canal broke down, leaving five people dead and 200 other injured.
Two of the coaches fell into the canal and one of them overturned.
The Gonoforum leaders prayed for salvation of the departed soul of those killed in the train crash, and conveyed deep sympathy to the bereaved family members.
They also wished early recovery of the injured.
Dhaka, June 24 (UNB) - The Myanmar government’s shutdown of mobile data networks in nine townships could have serious implications for human rights and humanitarian monitoring in the conflict areas of Rakhine and Chin States, a UN expert warned on Monday.
“As there’s no media access and serious restrictions on humanitarian organisations in the conflict-affected area, the entire region is in a blackout,” said Yanghee Lee, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar.
She feared for all civilians there, cut off and without the necessary means to communicate with people inside and outside the area.
Recent reports allege violations of human rights and international humanitarian law to have been committed against the civilian population by both parties to the conflict in the last six months, according to a message received here from Geneva.
On June 20, the Ministry of Transport and Communications issued an order to all mobile network providers under the Telecommunications Law 2013 to temporarily stop mobile internet services.
The ministry cited disturbances to the peace and internet services being used to coordinate illegal activities for the shutdown.
There are credible reports that on June 19, the Myanmar Military (Tatmadaw) conducted helicopter attacks in Minbya Township in central Rakhine.
The following day, the Arakan Army fired on a navy ship in Sittwe, killing and injuring several soldiers.
“I’m told that the Tatmadaw is now conducting a ‘clearance operation’, which we all know by now can be a cover for committing gross human rights violations against the civilian population,” the UN expert said.
“We must not forget that these are the same security forces that have so far avoided accountability for the atrocities committed against the Rohingya in Rakhine State less than two years ago.”
The conflict between the Arakan Army and the Tatmadaw has been ongoing since late 2018, with civilians bearing the brunt of the violence.
Over 35,000 civilians have been displaced and dozens of civilians, including children, have been killed and injured by both indiscriminate and targeted attacks. Others, mainly ethnic Rakhine men, have died while in the military’s custody.
“I call on the (Myanmar) government to reverse its decision to impose the mobile internet ban,” Lee said.
“Both parties to the conflict must ensure that civilians and civilian objects are protected at all times and uphold international humanitarian law. The restrictions on the media and humanitarian organisations must be lifted immediately.”
Dhaka, June 24 (UNB) - Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen on Monday blamed lack of consensus among permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for not taking any strong step over Rohingya issue.
"The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) is unable to take any strong step, especially any resolution, over the Rohingya issue for lack of consensus among permanent members," he said while answering a question from Awami League MP Abdul Latif in Parliament.
The minister said the access of UN bodies and other non-governmental organisations was not allowed to Northern Rakhine which is a big hurdle to creating a congenial atmosphere for the Rohingya repatriation. “As a result, Rohingyas are showing no interest to return to their homeland.”
“The repatriation of Rohingyas is yet to begin although there’re relentless efforts of the United Nations and the international community as there remain some challenges,” he said.
Dr Momen said strong diplomatic efforts are on at the UNSC, UN General Assembly and UN Human Rights Council to resolve the Rohingya crisis. “Legal action against those involved in killing and repressing Rohingyas will play a vital role in resolving the Rohingya crisis. But Myanmar has not yet taken any satisfactory action against those involved in such crimes,” he added.
He said there is no alternative to continuing bilateral discussion with Myanmar for resolving the Rohingya crisis. “From the past experience, it can be said Myanmar shows insincerity to implement bilateral arrangements in absence of pressure from the international community,” he said, adding that it is necessary to keep mounting international pressure on the country through the United Nations.
While replying to another query from Awami League MP Ishrafil Alam, the minister said any repatriation process is a ‘complex and time-consuming’ one.
He, however, said Bangladesh and the international community have been putting pressure on Myanmar to create a congenial atmosphere in Rakhine so that the Rohingya repatriation starts soon.
Dhaka, Jun 24 (UNB) – A fire broke out at a restaurant in the city’s Moghbazar area on Monday night.
The fire originated at the kitchen of Café De Taj restaurant at Moghbazar intersection around 8:20pm, said Earshad Hossain, duty officer at the Fire Service Central Control Room.
On information, three firefighting units rushed in to douse the blaze, he said.