Chattogram, Feb 28 (UNB) - A court here on Thursday granted bail to a couple who were held in a case filed over a dishonoured cheque last year.
Metropolitan Magistrates Court Judge Abu Salem Mohammad Noman passed the order and directed the couple to submit their passports to the court by Sunday.
Nazmul Huda Faisal and his wife Farzana Yasmin had been absconding in the case till Wednesday, when they were held from one of the Port City’s posher neighbourhoods, Khulshi.
The case statement said that the couple submitted a cheque of Tk 50,50,000 to (50.5 lakh, or 5.05 million) First Security Islami Bank for paying off their outstanding loans at the bank, but the cheque bounced on account of insufficient funds (dishonoured).
On November 19, 2018, FSIB filed a case with the court in this regard.
The arrest warrant against the Faisal and Farzana couple was issued on February 11.
Dhaka, Feb 28 (UNB) – Awami League candidate Atiqul Islam was unofficially declared elected in the by-election to the mayoral post of Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) on Thursday.
Atiqul won the election by a huge margin of 7,86,873 votes as he bagged 8,39,302 votes while his nearest rival Shafin Ahmed of Jatiya Party polled 52,429 in all 1,295 polling centres.
Returning Officer Abul Kashem announced the results at the result collection and announcement centre set up at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre around 1:30am on Friday.
He said the overall voter turnout in the election was 31.05 percent.
Earlier, voting in the by-election to the DNCC mayoral post and polls to councillor posts in its 18 new wards and 18 other new wards of Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) concluded on Thursday afternoon amid low voter turnout.
The balloting that began at 8am ended at 4pm.
Atiqul Islam cast his vote around 9:10 am at Nawab Habibullah Model School and College polling centre in city’s Uttara area.
Singer Shafin Ahmed cast his vote at Manarat International School centre in the city’s Gulshan area around 12:20pm.
Visiting different polling stations, it was seen that the voter turnout was poor in the morning due to rain since early morning.
However, voter presence was relatively higher in the elections to councillor posts in the new wards.
Meanwhile, Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda said the low voter turnout in the ongoing elections to the two city corporations is not the liability of the Commission.
“It's the responsibility of candidates and political parties to bring voters to polling centres,” he said while talking to reporters after casting his vote at IES School and College Polling Station in the city’s Uttara area.
In the DNCC, five candidates vied for the mayoral post, while 116 contenders for 18 general councillor posts and 45 aspirants for six reserved seats which are exclusively for women. Of them, one general councillor candidate was elected unopposed in the city.
The three other mayoral candidates are NPP’s Anisur Rahman (Mango) and PDP’s Shahin Khan (Tiger) and independent runner Abdur Rahim (Table Clock).
The mayoral post fell vacant after former mayor AnnisulHuq passed away on November 30, 2017. The last mayoral election held on April 28, 2015 saw a high-octane campaign by both Awami League’s Annisul and BNP’s TabithAwal unlike this by-election.
In the DSCC, there were 125 contestants for 18 general councillor posts and 24 women for six reserved seats.
Laxmipur, Feb 28 (UNB) – The government has imposed a two-month ban on catching, selling, hoarding and transporting of Hilsa from March 1 to April 30 to protect the mother fish and jatka.
The ban is effective on a 100km stretch of Meghna River from Ramgati’s Char Alexander to Shatnol.
From March to June, some 42,000 registered fishermen will receive 40 kilograms of food aid each.
District Fisheries Officer Md HM Mohib Ullah said the area sees an abundance of jatka during this period.
Regular drives will be conducted by fisheries office and district taskforce, police, and Coast Guard to prevent Hilsa fishing.
“Those who will violate the ban will face legal action,” the fisheries official said.
Khulna, Feb 28 (UNB) – A man and his son were among three people sentenced to life imprisonment on Thursday for killing his step-brother during a dispute over distribution of family property in Jashore.
The convicts are Md Shahjahan Molla, 50, son of Md Malek Molla, his son Md Ibrahim Molla, 20, and Md Habibar Rarkar, 50, son of late Tozam Sarkar of Purakhali village in the upazila.
Khulna Speedy Trial Tribunal Judge MA Rab Hawladar also fined the trio Tk 20,000 each or another one year jail in default.
The court also acquitted four others. All the convicts were present in the dock during the verdict’s announcement.
According to case statement, the convicts hacked Kalam Molla with a sharp weapon during a family feud at Purakhali village of Abhaynagar Upazila on May 14, 2017. Kalam, severely injured during the attack, died after being taken to hospital.
His wife later filed a case at Abhaynagar Police Station in this connection.
Chattogram, Feb 28 (UNB) – At least three student were injured in a clash between two factions of Bangladesh Chhatra League at Government Haji Mohammad Mohsin College on Thursday.
Witnesses said that the clash ensued between the A J M Nasir group and BNS supported Tinu group at noon over the annual sports programme.
Three students received minor injuries during a chase and counter-chase took place between the two groups, said witnesses.
Abul Kalam, officer-in-charge of Chawkbazar Police Station said police brought the situation under control.