Dhaka, Sept 9 (UNB) - Australia and New Zealand have said they are committed to working with Bangladesh to support those in need, particularly vulnerable women and girls, providing shelter for Rohingya people and support to the host community.
New Zealand has appreciated the government of Bangladesh for its ongoing efforts to support the Rohingya people who are living in Cox's Bazar.
The New Zealand has said it remains committed to playing its part to support those in need.
A delegation from the New Zealand High Commission, New Delhi, and the Australian High Commission, Dhaka visited Cox’s Bazar on September 4-5 to look at the humanitarian response to the Rohingya crisis.
The visit was part of a broader visit by the New Zealand High Commissioner Joanna Kempkers to Bangladesh from September 2-6, said the Australian High Commission in Dhaka on Sunday.
The joint Australia and New Zealand delegation, led by the Australian and New Zealand High Commissioners, visited a UNFPA Women’s Friendly Space and UNHCR projects.
The delegation met Australian and New Zealand humanitarian experts working with a range of agencies in the camps and with the Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner to learn how the Rohingya crisis is affecting the host community in Cox’s Bazar.
“New Zealand applauds the government of Bangladesh for its ongoing efforts to support Rohingya people,” said New Zealand High Commissioner Joanna Kempkers.
Australian High Commissioner Julia Niblett said a year on from the onset of the crisis, it is incredible to see how much work has been done to provide life-saving services for over 700,000 Rohingya in need.
"However, there is still more to be done, particularly in addressing gender-based violence and supporting women and girls. Australia remains committed to this going forward," she said.
Nilphamari, Sept 9 (UNB) – Road, Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader has expressed uncertainty over completion of the Padma Bridge construction work by the scheduled time.
“The Padma River is the most unpredictable one. Although everything is ready, I’m not still sure about its timely completion," said the minister while speaking at a press briefing at Saidpur Airport before starting his journey towards Dhaka at 10:30am on Sunday.
“It has become tough to install spans… now it has become a herculean task. The construction works are getting delayed for such uncertainty,” he added.
Turning to BNP, Quader, also Awami League general secretary, said Khaleda’s party is trying to create anarchy over the upcoming national election having failed to wage any movement against the government.
Responding to a question, he said BNP could not wage any movement in the last 10 years against the government. “People didn’t respond even when the BNP chairperson was out of jail. For avoiding the election, BNP is now trying to create chaos.”
An Awami League delegation, led by party general secretary, Obaidul Quader, left Kamalapur Railway Station in the capital for Nilphamari by a train on Saturday morning aiming to carry out electioneering in northern districts.
They held rallies at railway stations in Tangail, Pabna, Natore, Bogura, Joyurhat, Dinajpur and Nilphamari districts and directed the AL grassroots leaders to get ready for the election.
Pabna, Sept 9 (UNB) – A man was hacked to death allegedly by his son at Pirpur village in Ataikula upazila on Saturday night.
The deceased was identified as Abu Hanif Khan, 60.
Quoting family members, Kamrul Islam, inspector (investigation) of Ataikula Police Station, said when Hanif’s son Mamun Khan,24, demanded money from his father he refused to give it around 9:30 pm, leading to a scuffle between the two.
At one stage, Mamun hacked his father indiscriminately with a sharp weapon, leaving him critically injured and fled the scene.
Being rescued, he was rushed to Paban General Hospital where doctors declared him dead.
Jhenidah, Sept 9 (UNB) –Officials of the Department of Narcotics Control arrested two siblings along with drugs from Foyla village in Kaliganj upazila on Sunday morning.
The arrestee are Atiar Rahman and Matiar Rahman, sons of Tarek Ali.
Rasel Ali, an inspector of the department said, on information, a team conducted drive in the village and arrested the duo along with 102 grams hemp.
A case was filed.
Dhaka, Sept 9 (UNB) – Detective Branch (DB) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) in a drive arrested eight people, including the prime suspect, from different areas of the capital on Saturday night in connection with the murder of a teenage boy in Dakhshin Khan area.
The arrestees are prime suspect Md Saif, and his associates--Monir, Arafat, Saiful, Meherab, Appel, Sifat and Sohel.
The detectives also recovered one sluice gear from Saif’s possession.
Masudur Rahman, deputy commissioner (media) of DMP, said a team of DB (North division) conducted special drives in Uttara and Dakkhin Khan areas and arrested them.
Briefing reporters at DMP Media Centre on Sunday, DC (Media) Masudur Rahman said that during preliminary interrogation, the arrestees revealed that two rival groups—Shanta Group and Arafat Group--used to lock in altercation and clash due to various reasons, including establishing supremacy in Nogria Bari area of Dakkhin Khan Chairman Bari.
17-year-old boy Mehedi, hailing from Patuakhali, was murdered following the incidents, he said.
Teenaged groups of the area like Jim-Jiad group, Shanta Group, Arafat Group Kamal Group and Ansar Group are very much active in the area and they are involved in various crimes, including eve teasing, extortion, mugging and murder, the DC (Media) said.
Victim Mehedi, came to visit his friend’s residence in Dakkhin Khan area and they locked into an altercation with some local adolescents over a trifling matter.
Later, Mehedi was beaten dead during the clash over the issue on August 31.