Dhaka, Nov 4 (UNB) - Pro-BNP teachers of Dhaka University (DU) on Sunday staged a sit-in on the campus demanding release of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and withdrawal of cases filed against her.
Around 45 teachers under the banner of “White Panel Teachers of Dhaka University” took part in the programme that began at the foot of Aparajeya Bangla around 11:45am and ended around 1pm.
Describing Khaleda Zia as the ‘symbol of democracy in Bangladesh’, Prof ABM Obaidul Islam, convener of the panel, alleged that the government has imprisoned her only for ‘political reason’. “All the cases filed against Khaleda are false and politically motivated.”
Urging the government to release the BNP chief, he said, “No election without Khaleda Zia will be free, fair and acceptable. We hope the government will take steps to release her before the upcoming parliamentary elections and withdraw all the false cases against her.”
Demanding Khaleda’s immediate release, former convener of DU White Panel Teachers Prof Akhter Hossain Khan said, “The government fears Khaleda and that’s why they imprisoned her in a false case. But they don’t know that no dictator can stay for long. Today or tomorrow, people will surely give a befitting reply to the undemocratic authoritarian regime.”
Joint convener of the platform Prof Lutfur Rahman and Prof Morshed Hasan Khan, Prof Siddiqur Rahman Khan and Prof Md Abdur Rashid were present.
Dhaka, Nov 4 (UNB) - Bangladesh Railway on Sunday signed an agreement with a Chinese company to procure 200 meter gauge passenger coaches involving Tk 927.51 crore.
Project director Mrinal Kanti Bonik and vice president of CRRC Company Chen Jianpeng signed the deal at Rail Bhaban in presence of Railways Minister Md Mujibul Haque, said a PID handout.
Following the deal, the company concerned will provide the coaches by next 20 to 27 months.
This government has already added 270 rail coaches to the fleet of Bangladesh Railway during its current tenure while 200 meter gauge passenger coaches and more 50 broad gauge coaches will start arriving from Indonesia at the year-end, said the Railways Minister.
Railways secretary Md Mofazzal Hossain, Director General Kazi Md Rafiqul Alam were, among others, present.
Dhaka, Nov 4 (UNB) – Denouncing the assault on him under police custody in Rangpur, Jatiya Oikyafront chief Dr Kamal Hossain on Sunday demanded the immediate release of Barrister Mainul Hosein.
In a statement, Dr Kamal said the “rowdy workers of Awami League, Jubo League and Chhatra League” attacked and assaulted Mainul Hosein when he was taken by the government to produce before a Rangpur court.
“The attack on him in court under police custody is a nefarious and outrageous act. I strongly protest and condemn it,” he said.
Kamal also strongly demanded that the government take legal action against those involved in the attack. “I demand Mainul Hosein’s immediate release.”
Earlier in the day, a group of ruling party activists allegedly assaulted former caretaker government adviser Mainul Hosein while he was being produced before the Rangpur Chief Judicial Magistrate Court in a case filed for hurling abusive words at journalist Masuda Bhatti in a television talk-show.
Mainul, who had a role in formation of the major political alliance Jatiya Oikyafront, was arrested from JSD (Rab) President ASM Abdur Rab's Uttara residence on October 22 in the defamation case filed with a Rangpur court by human rights activist Mili Maya.
Cox’s Bazar, Nov 4 (UNB) – A local boy and a young Rohingya man sustained bullet injuries as Myanmar’s Border Guard Police (BGP) opened fire on them at bordering Rahmaterbill in Ukhiya upazila on Sunday.
The injured were identified as Zainal Abedin, 13, son of Sahab Uddin of Rahmaterbill village, and Nurul Islam, a Rohingya of Balukhali camp-1.
Locals said Nurul used to work as a cowboy of Anwar Hossain of the village.
Quoting witnesses, officer-in-charge (Investigation) of Ukhiya Police Station Khairuzzaman said a BGP team opened fire on the duo around 1pm when they were grazing cattle along the border.
As locals rushed in to rescue the injured, the Myanmar border guards also fired shots at them.
The injured were rescued after the BGP stopped firing and taken to a Red Crescent Hospital at Kutupalong in Ukhiya, Khairuzzaman said.
Commanding officer of Border Guard Bangladesh Battalion-34 Lt Col Manjurul Hasan Khan said they heard gunshots from the border. “Later, we came to know that two people suffered bullet wounds in firing by Myanmar Border Guard Police.”
Dhaka, Nov 4 (UNB) - The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) on Sunday approved 39 projects involving an overall cost of Tk 86,687 crore.
The approval came from the weekly Ecnec meeting held at NEC conference room here with Ecnec Chairperson and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.
Briefing reporters after the meeting, Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal said, "A total of 40 projects were placed in the today's Ecnec meeting. But Ecnec approved 39 projects involving an overall cost of Tk 86,686.95 crore."
Of the total estimated cost, Tk 66,466.51 crore will come from the national exchequer, while Tk 19,907.23 crore as project assistance and Tk 313.21 crore from the own funds of the organisations concerned.
The Planning Minister said Ecnec will sit in more meetings before the next general election if it does not go against the law.
He said the inflation rate came down to 5.40 percent in October from 5.43 percent in September last.
Of the 39 projects, 31 are new and the rest eight are revised ones.
In terms of project cost, the biggest three projects are 'Construction of Dual Guage Double Rail line from Joydebpur to Ishwardi of Dhaka Railway Project' involving Tk 14,250.61 crore; 'Excavation and Development of 100-foot wide Canals on both sides of Purbachal Link Road (Kuril to Boalia) (1st revised) Project' involving Tk 10,329.66 crore; and 'Construction of Multi-lane Road Tunnel under Karnafuli River Project' with Tk 9,880.40 crore.