Dhaka, Jan 29 (UNB) – The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested five members of an international drug smuggling gang from the city’s Kaula area on Monday.
The arrestees were identified as Fatema Imam Tania, 26, Afsana Mini, 23, Salma Sultana, 26, Sheikh Mohammad Badhon alias Parvez, 28 and Ruhul Amin alias Saimon, 29. Contraband yaba pills, foreign currencies and passports were seized from them.
Rab Legal and Media Wing Director Mufti Mahmud Khan made the disclosure at a press briefing at Rab Media Center on Tuesday. He said the gang operated in multiple countries.
Mahmud said Sri Lankan authorities arrested two Bangladeshis — Jamal Uddin and Rafiul Ilsam — in December 2018 with 272 kilograms of heroin and 5kg cocaine from Colombo. Several days later, Suryamoni, another Bangladeshi, was arrested with 32kg heroin.
A taskforce was formed in Bangladesh to investigate the arrests of Bangladeshis with drugs, Mahmud said. The taskforce arrested suspected drug dealer Choice Rahman on January 12. A case was later filed at Uttara West Police Station.
After investigation, five members of the international drug gang were arrested in Dhaka. The arrestees said one Arif Uddin was their leader in Bangladesh, Mahmud said.
Arif owns Al-Amin Buying House and has at least 15 to 20 people in drug trade syndicate, according to Rab.
Quoting arrestees, Mahmud said Arif himself recruited potential members for the syndicate. Rehana and Saimon also helped him with recruitments.
At first, they would involve the new recruits with official businesses but after a few days, some employees were picked for collecting and selling drugs in the country, he said.
When the employees became well acquainted with the business, they would be sent abroad to supply drugs.
This syndicate has networks in Afghanistan, Pakistan, China, Malaysia and Sri Lanka, Rab said.
Dhaka, Jan 29 (UNB) – Any policemen found involved in drug dealing, patronising or helping the traders will be given exemplary punishment, Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia said on Tuesday.
“We have taken a tough stance against drugs. If we find any drug den in the city, we will bulldoze it,” Asaduzzaman said after inaugurating a Closed-Circuit Camera control room and police service week 2019 in the city’s Aftabnagar in the morning.
He said drug dens from Karail slum and Karwan Bazar had been rooted out. “We are also looking for criminals behind the drug trade,” he said.
About CC cameras, he said they played a vital role in preventing crimes. “Crime rates in Gulshan, Banani and Baridhara came down to zero after the installation of CC cameras,” the DMP commissioner said.
One hundred CC cameras have been installed in Aftabnagar. “There will be no more crime in this area,” he hoped. “Nobody will dare to commit crime. If anyone does, he will be arrested easily.”
The DMP commissioner also urged the people to contact senior officers if they are harassed at police stations or do not get service from police. He asked policemen to serve the people, saying, “If you cannot do your duties, leave it. Others will take care of it.”
Dhaka, Jan 29 (UNB) - The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) on Tuesday approved nine projects involving an estimated cost of Tk 16,433 crore, including a Tk 8,690-crore project to bring some 1 crore people under the electricity coverage across the country.
The approval came from the 2nd Ecnec meeting of the current government, held at the NEC conference room here with Ecnec Chairperson and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.
Briefing reporters after the meeting, Planning Minister MA Mannan said a total of nine projects involving Tk 16,433.27 crore were approved in the meeting.
Of the cost, Tk 13,620.27 crore will come from government fund, while Tk 285.61 crore from the own funds of the organisations concerned and the rest Tk 2,527.39 crore as 'foreign loans', he said.
In terms of the cost, the biggest project is installation of 19.5 lakh Client Connections through Extension of Rural Electrification (1st revised) Project involving Tk 8,690.89 crore.
About the project, the minister said some 1 crore people will come under the electricity coverage across the country as some 20 lakh new connections will be installed under the project.
Bangladesh Rural Electrification Board (BREB) under the Power Division will implement the project by June 2020.
Ecnec also cleared three other power-related projects, which are Construction of Simple Cycle (HSD-based) Syedpur 150-Megawatt Power Plant with an estimated cost of Tk 1,000.99 crore, Rangpur Division Power Supply Line and Sub-station Extension and Rehabilitation Project with Tk 1,123.85 crore and Rajshahi Division Power Supply Line and Sub-station Extension and Rehabilitation Project with Tk 1,091.32 crore.
Of the three projects, the BREB will implement the first project by June 2021, while Northern Electricity Supply Company (NESCO) Ltd will implement the last two by June 2022.
Ecnec also okayed '70 Meter-Gauge (MG) Diesel Electric Locomotive Collection (1st revised) (proposed) Project' involving Tk 2,659.33 crore to procure 70 locomotives.
About the project, the Planning Minister said the improvement of railway system is in the central focus of the government.
He said the Prime Minister stressed the need for the gradual shifting to broad-gauge railway from the meter-gauge one as well as enhancing the Bangladesh Railways' capacity in repairing and producing parts of the rails.
The government will work for developing an integrated transport system with rail, bus and streamer (water vessels) in Bangladesh like European countries, Mannan quoted the Prime Minister as saying.
Talking about the use of land, the Prime Minister said the lands will have to be used carefully amid the rapid industrialisation.
Noting that a national guideline over the use of land will be formulated, she gave directives to the Land Minister for coming up with a detailed plan for the whole country over the use of lands fixing the priority areas for industry, corps cultivation and housings.
The Prime Minister said it needs austerity and cautionary exercise in the use of lands particularly arable lands.
The remaining four approved projects are Establishment of 99 Composite Brigade for Ensuring Overall Security for Project of Padma Multipurpose Bridge (Revised) Project with the cost of Tk 1,320.37 crore; Upgrading Link Road-Labony Intersection Road into Four-Lane in Cox's Bazar Project with Tk 288.69 crore; Construction of 103.43-Metre Bridge at the 6th kilometer of Aricha (Barangail)-Ghior-Daulatpur-Tangail Road Project with Tk 102.43 crore, and Development of Switching and Transmission Network for the Strengthening Digital Connectivity Project with Tk 155.38 crore.
Dhaka, Jan 29 (UNB) - Bangladesh stands the second most corrupt country in South Asia, according to Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB).
In addition, Bangladesh ranked 149 in the world, 13th from the bottom, according to the Corruption Perceptions Index 2018.
Earlier in 2017, the position was 17th in the corruption index.
TIB Executive Director Dr Iftekharuzzaman unveiled the report at a press conference in the city’s Midas Centre this morning.
The report also stated that it is embarrassing to see Bangladesh at the second lowest position in South Asia.
As per the CPI report in 2018, Denmark garnered the top spot among 180 countries being a corruption-free country while Somalia holds the lowest position.
Bhutan is in the 25th position being the least corrupted in South Asia while Afghanistan's 172nd position marked it at the peak in corruption among South Asian countries.
India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka holds the 78th, 117th and 89th positions respectively. Nepal and Maldives took 124th spot jointly.
Savar, Jan 29 (UNB) – Police recovered three bodies including a minor from different areas of the industrial zone on Tuesday morning.
Shawgatul Islam, officer-in-charge (investigation) of Savar Police Station, said that police recovered the body of five-year minor boy Monir Hossain from beneath a bridge on Bongshi river in Islampur area in the morning.
The boy went gone missing two days ago, he said.
Besides, police recovered the bodies of a young woman and a man from Noyarhat and Bypail areas in Ashulia, said the OC.
The identities of the deceased could not be known yet, he added.