Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) members arrested a drug trader along with 19,575 Yaba tablets in Bohoddarhat Shahamanat area in the city here on Monday.
The arrestee is Jasim Uddim Siraj, 30, of Chhitpara village in Gazipur.
Tipped off, a team of Rab conducted a drive in front of New Manila Hotel in the area and arrested Jasim when he was crossing the area riding a motorbike, said a press release of Rab-7.
After searching Jashim they recovered 19,575 Yaba tablets which were concealed in the motorbike, it said.
The Rab team handed over Jasim to Chandgaon Police Station.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday stressed the need for making the railway staff better prepared and alert to prevent train accidents, particularly during winter.
“I don’t know exactly why I see rail accidents occurring with the advent of winter, not only in our country but also throughout the world. Those who work in the railways should be made more alert while loco masters need to be provided training as well,” she said expressing deep shock at the casualties in Tuesday's Kasba train collusion.
The Prime Minister was addressing the 34th meeting of the Board of Governors of the Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority (Bepza).
Sheikh Hasina, also the Chairperson of Bepza Board of Governors, chaired the meeting held at the Prime Minister’s Office.
She said the rail communications are supposed to be the safest ones and her government is also giving importance to this sector.
Describing the accident as very shocking, she said, “We could protect ourselves from a natural disaster like Bulbul, but it’s unfortunate that an accident occurred here (at Kasba, Brahmanbaria).”
The Prime Minister said the Railways Minister has already gone to the spot and all necessary things are being done for the proper rescue operation.
She prayed for salvation of the departed souls of those who were killed and early recovery of the injured in the train collusion.
Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan, Industries Minister Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun, Textiles and Jute Minister Golam Dastagir Gazi, State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid, State Minister for Shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury and State Minister for Labour and Employment Begum Munnujan Sufian were present.
PM's Principal Secretary Md Nojibur Rahman conducted the meeting. PMO Secretary Sajjadul Hassan and PM's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim were also present.
Unidentified miscreants have stolen 19.38 kg gold from Benapole customs house after breaking its vault.
“When the office reopened after Eid-Miladunnabi vacation, the authorities found the vault broken on Monday morning and informed police,” said Belal Hossain Chowdhury, Benapole Customs Commissioner at a press briefing at 10pm on Monday.
Around 19.38 kg gold was found missing from the volt, he said.
Belal Hossain said five officials, including vault in-charge Sahabul Sardar, were suspended over the incident.
A five-member probe committee was formed with Joint Customs Commissioner Md Shahidul Islam as its head, he added.
Mamun Khan, officer-in-charge of Benapole Port Police Station, said “Thieves used alternative keys for opening customs house godown.”
Sources of Benapole Customs said DB, CID, PBI, Rab and police officials entered the volt room around 5pm on Monday in presence of Joint Customs Commissioner Shahidul Islam.
UNB Editor-in-Chief Enayetullah Khan represented Bangladesh at the 17th Organization of Asia-Pacific News Agencies (OANA) General Assembly in Seoul, highlighting the significance of a serious debate on the obligations of social media in democracy or even on ‘Net Accountability’ as the internet and social media boom is blamed for surge in fake news and misinformation.
“The rise of the Internet is helping fake news and misinformation spread faster than ever and companies like Facebook, Twitter and Google are more likely to be blamed for the surge. Social media companies are struggling with fake news but insist that they have taken steps to tackle the problem,” Enayetullah Khan said.
The traditional media across the globe is facing quite a challenge with a drastic change in the public sphere over the last decade. “Fake news, rising from the ‘ashes of the dead news’, has made people more worried nowadays,” Khan said.
Leaders of key news agencies in the Asia-Pacific region gathered at Lotte Hotel in central Seoul for the four-day OANA General Assembly that began on November 7 to discuss ways to cope with the changing media landscapes and promote mutual exchanges and partnerships.
Organised by Korean Yonhap news agency and chaired by Azertac, the General Assembly brought together heads and representatives of 32 news agencies from 28 countries. Formed in 1961 at the initiative of UNESCO to promote regional news exchanges, OANA holds its general assembly after every three years. A total of 43 news agencies, including United News of Bangladesh (UNB), from 35 Asia-Pacific countries, are its members.
The members also include South Korea's Yonhap News Agency, China's Xinhua News Agency, Japan's Kyodo News and TASS Russian News Agency. North Korea's Korean Central News Agency is also a member but did not attend this year's meeting.
“Societies now face the prospect of how we would exist without credible information though there is no lack of vibrant newspapers and brilliant journalists,” Khan said adding, “The question that has bedeviled the defenders of democracy for a long time is how can societies combat the stream of false - often fabricated - information that surge across the Internet and through social media, polluting political debates almost everywhere?”
He further said, “The roles of technology and tech accountability are clearly pressing and pose real challenges to Bangladesh, and it is precisely under such circumstances that our accountability standard is most needed. To develop an accountability principle, we need to discuss specific examples of unintended consequences of the functioning of the Net – hate speech, discrimination, cyber bullying, defamation and their manifestations.”
It is against this backdrop, Khan said, the world urgently needs a serious debate on the roles and obligations of social media in democracy or even on ‘Net Accountability’ in general”.
Talking about Bangladesh, he said the advancement of information technology has led to the mushrooming of online media that are more vibrant these days compared to traditional newspapers and television channels. But when it comes to credible journalism, the environment is worsening in Bangladesh as well, he said.
About tackling fake news, he said, “We in Bangladesh, have already proposed the creation of an “Internet Ombudsman” which may highlight the importance of developing a coherent and workable accountability standard for the tech community.”
Later, the OANA member agency heads also had a one-hour interactive session with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at Cheong WaDae, the presidential residence.
During the meeting, Moon asked OANA delegates for their continued attention and support for the Korea peace process. "Peace on the Korean Peninsula is a starting point for achieving a peace community of co-prosperity," he said.
"There’s still many hurdles to overcome, but (peace) is the way (we) must go," Moon said adding, "I believe your attention and support will be of big help."
The South Korean President also referred to an agreement signed on RCEP, the world’s largest mega free trade accord, and agreed to finally sign it next year. RCEP (Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership) is a proposed free trade agreement in the Asia-Pacific region between the ten member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam) and their five FTA partners (Australia, China, Japan, New Zealand, and South Korea.
Moon said this agreement carries crucial significance for the expansion of regional free trade and common prosperity.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday asked the local administration and public representatives to extend all-out support to the victims of Brahmanbaria train crash.
The Prime Minister also expressed deep shock and sorrow at the loss of lives and injuries to many passengers.
She expressed sympathy to the bereaved families and prayed for salvation of the departed souls.
Sheikh Hasina also prayed for the quick recovery of those injured in the accident.
At least 15 passengers were killed and over 100 others injured in a fatal collision of two trains on Dhaka-Chattogram route in Mandbagh area of Kasba upazila in Brahmanbaria.
The deadly collision between Dhaka-bound Turnanishita from Chattogram and Chattogram-bound Udayan Express from Sylhet took place around 3am.