Dhaka, May 20 (UNB) - Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday said the government wants to attain economic development keeping the country free from terrorism and militancy.
"It’s very much regretful that terrorism and militancy have now become a global problem. Actually, those who’re involved in militancy are just militants, they’ve no religion, country and border….They’re just militants... this is the fact. We want to keep Bangladesh free from these [menaces] and free it from poverty." she said.
The Prime Minister said this while speaking at a programme when leaders of the Buddhist community greeted her on the occasion of Buddha Purnima at her official residence Ganobhaban.
Sheikh Hasina said now she can say the country is free from hunger. "We’ve to free the country from poverty. Currently, we’ve 21 percent poverty, the rate of ultra poor is 11 percent, we want to free the country from this ultra-poor, we’ll build the country as a poverty-free one, the government is working keeping that in mind," she said.
The Prime Minister said the government wants the development of all irrespective of religions and castes. "That's our duty and that’s our political ideology."
The government believes in communal harmony, she said adding, "In Bangladesh, people celebrate together the festival of any religion," she said.
Hasina said the responsibility of the state is to make sure that the people of all religions could perform their religious rituals peacefully and independently. "That’s secularism and non-communalism."
She also said, “The Creator will decide what is good or bad, and what is right or wrong. The Almighty didn’t give that responsibility to human being."
The Prime Minister said the government will ensure so that the people of Bangladesh can perform their religious rituals with dignity and sincerity. "This tolerance and brotherhood will prevail, and that’s our aim, we’re working to that end."
She also urged all irrespective of their religious identities not to feel neglected.
Former Industries Minister Dilip Barua also spoke at the programme while special assistant to the Prime Minister Barrister Biplab Barua conducted it.
Chattogram Hill Tracts (CHT) Affairs Minister Bir Bahadur Ushwe Singh, State Minister for Religious Affairs Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah, Dipangkar Talukder MP, Bandarban Zila Parishad Chairman Kyaw Shwe Hla, Rangamati Zila Parishad Chairman Dhumketu Chakma, Khagrachhari Zila Prishad Chairman Kongjuri Marma, Bangladesh Buddha Kristi Prochar Songha President Sanghanayak Shuddhananda Mohathero, International Buddha Bihar Principal Dhormamitra Mohathero, Shakkyamoni Buddha Bihar Principal Proggyananda Mohathero, Nobo Shalbon Bihar Principal Shilvodro Mohathero, Bangladesh Buddhist Federation General Secretary Sunanda Priyo Bhikkhu and BSMMU VC Prof Dr Kanak Kanti Barua were present.
Dhaka, May 20 (UNB) –Three suspected hijackers and a drug trader were killed in reported gunfights in Dhaka, Chattogram and Cumilla early Monday.
In Dhaka,two suspected hijackers were killed in a reported gunfight with members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in HazaribaghBeribadh area of the capital early Monday.
The deceased were identified as Munir, 46, and Giasuddin, 42.
According to Rab sources, a gang of hijackers hijacked a covered van carrying nine tonnes of tea of Ishpahani Tea Ltd from Srimangal five-six days ago.
Acting on information that the hijackers would take the van to Old Dhaka, a team of Rab-2 set up a checkpost in front of Madhu City under Hazaribagh Police Station.
When the van was crossing the checkpost around 2:45am, the team challenged it.
Sensing the impending danger, the hijackers reportedly opened fire on the law enforcers, forcing them to fire back.
After a brief gunfight, the elite force recovered the bodies of van driver Munir and his helper Gias from the spot, said Superintendent MohiuddinFaruqi of Rab-2.
They also recovered a pistol from the spot.
Two Rab personnel were also injured in the gunfight.
In Chattogram, Md Monsur, 40, a listed hijacker of Chattogram Metropolitan Police and also an accused in eight cases and leader of a hijacking gang, was killed in the reported gunfight with police in Pologround area under Kotwali Police Station.
Mohammad Mohsin, officer-in-charge of Kotwali Police Station, said that a patrol team of police chased a gang of muggers when they snatched a bag of woman from a CNG-run auto rickshaw in Tigerpass area at night.
When, the auto-rickshaw carrying the hijackers reached Pologround area, they opened fire on police, forcing them to fire back, triggering the gunfight.
After the gunfight, police rescued bullet-wounded Monsur from the spot.
Later, the injured was taken to Chattogram Medical College and Hospital where doctors declared him dead.
Police recovered a pistol, five rounds of cartridges, five bullet shells and three mobile phones and the auto rickshaw from the spot.
In Cumilla, suspected drug trader Selim Miah, 45, son of Ali Ahmed, was killed in a reported gunfight with members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) at Golabari in Sadar upazila around 1am.
Lt Col Abu Mohammad Mohiuddin, commanding officer BGB-10 battalion, said that a special team of BGB conducted a drive in the border area.
Sensing the presence of the BGB team, the drug traders opened fire on them, prompting them to fire back, triggering the gunfight.
Selim received bullet wound during the gunfight and doctors declared him dead when he was taken to Comilla Medical College Hospital.
They also recovered 2000 Yaba pills which were tied up with the body.
Dhaka, May 19 (UNB) - Bangladesh Bank has raised the transaction limit of banking through mobile financial services (MFS).
According to a Bangladesh Bank circular issued on Sunday, an account holder can do cash-in on five occasions a day and the total amount of cash will be Tk 30,000 instead of existing Tk 15,000.
The total number of monthly cash-in will be 25 instead of existing 20 and the total amount will be Tk 2 lakh instead of Tk 1 lakh.
A mobile account holder can make five cash-out transactions a day instead of existing two and can withdraw Tk 25,000 instead of existing Tk 10,000 in a day while monthly total cash-out transactions could be 20 amounting to total Tk 1.5 lakh.
Earlier, the limit of daily maximum number of cash-out transactions was two with Tk 10,000 and monthly transaction limit was Tk 50,000.
An MFS account holder can have a balance of Tk 3 lakh in his/her account, the BB circular said, adding that the MFS service has been playing a very important role in e-commerce, remittance sending from abroad, and also in other businesses.
To promote such business, the BB has taken the decision to enhance the ceiling of mobile banking transactions, it said.
At present, a number of MFS services, including bKash, M-cash and U-cash, are in place through which a huge amount of money is being transacted every day.
Jashore, May 19. (UNB)- Freedom Fighter actress Maya Ghosh passed away at 9am Sunday, while undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Jashore.
Confirming the death, Dipok Ghosh, son of Maya Ghosh,
said she was sick for long time and first diagnosed with cancer in 2000 and was taken to Kolkata’s Saroj Gupta Cancer Hospital in 2001. Her health condition improved in 2009.
She went under treatment for complexities with kidney, liver and knee and diagnosed with cancer again in 2018. She was taken to Kolkata again in January this year.
Her condition kept deteriorating and her family brought her back to Jessore on April 15. She was admitted to Queen's Hospital in Jessore.
Maya Ghosh was born on December 31, 1949 at Protapkati village under Monirampur upazila in Jessore.
She and her husband Dilip Ghosh started to live in Dhaka permanently from 1984.
Maya Ghosh first appeared in Bengali cinema “patal Bijoy” in 1981. She had an influential presence in theatre, television and films.
Her last screen presence was in popular 2016 ATN Bangla daily soap named “DB.”
Chattogram, May 19 (UNB) - Customs officials detained a man along with 96 gold bars, weighing around 11.25 kg, at Shah Amanat International Airport here on Sunday.
The arrestee is identified as Shahjahan, 42, a passenger of Regent Airlines flight coming from Bangkok.
Nur Uddin Milon, assistant director of Customs Intelligence and Investigation Directorate, said being tipped off, they challenged the man while he was crossing a checkpost of the airport around 4:30pm.
Later, they recovered 96 gold bars worth Tk 4 crore from his possession.