Dhaka, Jan 23 (UNB) – The High Court on Wednesday asked the lower court concerned to dispose of the petition filed seeking bail to BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia by February 4 in a case filed over killing of eight people in an arson attack on a bus in 2015.
The HC bench of Justice Md Rezaul Haque and Justice Zafar Ahmed passed the order after hearing the petition.
Earlier on Januray 20, Khaleda’s lawyer Barrister Kayser Kamal on behalf of Khaleda filed the petition with the High Court.
Cumilla court deferred the bail petition hearing of the case for the fourth times, he said.
On January 16, Cumilla additional district and sessions judge Md Ali Akbar deferred the hearing on charge framing and bail petition of BNP chief.
It also fixed February 4 for hearing on the petition.
Eight people were killed and at least 20 others injured in a petrol bomb attack on a bus at Jogmohanpur in Chouddagram upazila on February 3, 2015 during the BNP-led alliance's movement.
Two cases were filed against Khaleda Zia in this connection.
Sirajganj, Jan 23 (UNB) – Around 400 bales of jute were gutted in the fire that broke out at National Jute Mill at Raipur in Sadar upazila on Wednesday.
The fire was ignited at the loom section of the mill around 6:30 am and spread soon, said Abdul Hamid, deputy director of Sirajganj Fire Service.
On information, five firefighting units went to the spot and extinguished the blaze after four hours of frantic effort.
However, the reason behind the incident could not be known immediately.
Dhaka, Jan 23 (UNB) - Bangladesh expects Netherlands to come forward to support it to implement the Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100, says Bangladesh Ambassador in The Hague.
Bangladesh also sought Dutch support for implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to be a partner of development through implementation of Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100, which is premised on greater attention to the grassroots through its in-built bottom-up approach.
Bangladesh Ambassador to the Netherlands Sheikh Mohammed Belal mentioned Netherlands’ vast reservoir of knowledge and technology, huge pool of water and delta related business entities and knowledge institutions as well as enormous goodwill for Bangladesh.
The delta bond between Bangladesh and the Netherlands was reassured in a seminar at the Littéraire Sociëteit De Witte in The Hague recently, said the Embassy on Wednesday.
Ambassador Belal appreciated Dutch innovation and creativity in securing their country from the scourge of floods despite large part of its being below the mean sea level, and underscored that the Dutch ingenuity in delta management would be critical in implementing Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100 as well like its technical assistance to Bangladesh in formulating the plan.
He recalled the historic visit of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to the Netherlands in November 2015 and the twin-ministerial visit from the Netherlands to Bangladesh in June 2015 towards forging institutional cooperation between the two delta countries and the Dutch assurance for the implementation of Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100 to make our delta safe and productive for the people.
Prof Dr Jaap de Heer, Team Leader and Director of the Consortium assigned to prepare the Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100, made a keynote presentation in the seminar.
He elaborated on the genesis of Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100 and explained the key features of the plan and implementation challenges.
Appreciating the government of Bangladesh for undertaking a long-term plan for sustainable deltaic Bangladesh, Professor Jaap de Heer underscored the need to mobilize required fund and appropriate institutions to implement the plan.
As the delta management in Bangladesh will largely depend upon cooperation with the Himalayan basin countries due to Bangladesh’s many trans-boundary rivers, Professor Jaap de Heer also emphasized the need to have broader regional cooperation in the water sector across the basin states.
The Ambassador and Professor Jaap de Heer responded to the questions asked by the distinguished members of the Asian Table.
The programme was moderated by Secretary of the Asian Table Ronald Staallekker.
Amongst the audience, there were former ambassadors, civil servants, politicians, consultants in different fields with experience in Asia in general and Bangladesh in particular.
Munshiganj, Jan 23 (UNB) - Around 900 meters of the much-hyped Padma bridge is visible now following the installation of another span named F-6 on the pillars no 36 and 37 on Wednesday.
The 150 meter span, weighing 3,140 tones, was installed at Jajira point around 10 am.
This is the sixth span of Padma Bridge at Jajira point, and the seventh span of the Padma Bridge overall.
The works of Padma Multipurpose Bridge became visible with the installation of 150-metre first span on the pillars no 37 and 38 on October 30, 2017. Later, the 2nd, 3rd and 4th and 5th spans were installed on the pillars no 38-39, 39-40, and 40-41 respectively in 2018.
Besides, the F-1 span (super structure) was kept on the pillar no 4 and 5 in Mawa point due to the construction works of pillar no 6 and 7.
Earlier, the span was taken to the Jajira point on Tuesday afternoon by the 3,600 ton capacity floating crane ‘Tian -E’ from the Mawa Kumarbhog Construction Ward, five kilometer away from the Jajira point.
Engineers concerned of the Padma Bridge authority, said the span was kept at near the jetty for several days as it could not be floated due to poor navigability.
The construction work on the country's largest bridge started in December in 2015.
The 6.15-km bridge will have a total of 41 spans, each 150 meters long.
According to the engineers concerned, a total of 41 spans will be installed on 42 concrete pillars.
Besides, 17 spans were ready to fix while the work for constructing 18 more in underway.
Cox’s Bazar, Jan 23 (UNB) – Police recovered the body of a minor boy, who was abducted from his residence on Monday, from inside a sack at Matamuhuri Bridge in Chakaria upazila on Tuesday.
The deceased was identified as Mohammad Al Wasia, two and half years, son of Shahab Uddin of Sabujbagh area.
Bakhtier Uddin, officer-in-charge of Chakaria Police Station, said a woman, wearing borka, took Wasia away with her alluring him of giving chips on Monday afternoon and since then he remained missing.
Later, Shahab Uddin, informed the matter to police.
Acting on secret information, police recovered the body in the afternoon from near a bridge, kept inside a sack.
Police also arrested Munni Akter for her alleged involvement in the murder.