Natore, Sept 17 (UNB) – A suspected drug trader was killed in a reported gunfight with members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in Katashkol Ikkhu Centre area of Boraigram upazila early Monday.
The deceased was identified as Sirajul Islam, son of Abdus Sattar of Balia Village. Sirajul was wanted in several cases, including that of drug.
Tipped off that a gang of drug traders gathered in the area, a team of Rab members conducted a drive there around 1:30am, said a Rab press release.
When the elite force asked them to surrender, the press release said, the gang members tried to flee the scene firing gunshots on them which triggered a gun battle.
After a brief gunfight, the Rab team found Sirajul lying after being hit by bullets. He was then taken to the upazila health complex where doctors declared him dead.
The Rab team recovered a foreign pistol and drugs from the spot.
Dhaka, Sept 16 (UNB) - The High Court on Sunday ordered for maintaining the status quo on earth filling and construction of structures along the Meghna and Menikhali rivers in Sonargaon of Narayanganj.
An HC bench of Justice Sheikh Hassan Arif and Justice Ahmed Sohel passed the order after hearing two separate writ petitions filed under public interest litigation.
Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh earlier on September 9 filed the writ petitions.
The court also directed the deputy commissioner of Narayanganj to form a committee to look into the matter and submit a report within 30 days mentioning the names and addresses of individuals and companies who had been occupying the rivers.
At the same time, it issued a rule asking the authorities concerned to explain in four weeks as to why their inaction to stop the encroachment on rivers should not be declared illegal, said petitioner’s lawyer Advocate Manzill Murshid.
The rule also wanted to know as to why they should not be directed to remove the earth and structures from the rivers.
Forest and environment secretary, director general of the Department of Environment, chairman of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority, deputy commissioner and superintendent of police of Narayanganj, upazila nirbahi officer (UNO) and assistant commissioner of land of Sonargaon and officer-in-charge (OC) of Sonargaon Police Station have been made respondents to the rule.
Manzill Murshid said some influential people have been constructing structures encroaching on the Meghna and Menikhali rivers violating the Environment Protection Act-1995 and Natural Water Body Protection Act-2000.
Dhaka, Sept 16 (UNB) – Mentioning that the minimum wage of Tk 8,000 was fixed for garment workers to protect the interests of both owners and workers, State Minister for Labour and Employment Mujibul Haque Chunnu on Sunday said there is nothing to be dissatisfied with it.
“We’ve announced a logical minimum wage taking into consideration the interests of both sides. We’d formally discussed with the leaders of almost all organisations concerned before announcing the wage and they all agreed with the structure,” he said.
The junior minister was talking to reporters after a function at the Secretariat to hand over BSRM’s contribution to Bangladesh Workers’ Welfare Foundation Fund.
“I think most of the garment workers will accept the minimum wage. There’s no scope of creating unrest over it as the wage was increased by 51 percent,” he added.
Replying to a query about the rejection of the minimum wage by some workers’ bodies, Chunnu said, “It’s up to them who will accept and who won’t. But this is the minimum wage. No one can pay less than it.”
Earlier on September 13, the government fixed the minimum wage for readymade garment workers at Tk 8,000, which will come into effect in December next after the publication of a gazette notification.
The basic in the new wage is Tk 4,100.
Turning down the minimum wage, some garment workers demanded raising it to Tk 16,000.
The minimum wage for garment workers was Tk 1,662.50 in 2006, Tk 3,000 in 2010 and TK 5,300 in 2013.
Dhaka, Sept 16 (UNB) – Customs Intelligence officials on Sunday seized a consignment of illegally imported medicines worth Tk 1 crore at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.
Customs Intelligence and Investigation Directorate (CIID) Director General Dr Shahidul Islam said Jamal, a passenger, arrived at the airport by a flight TK-0712 from Egypt around 5 am.
When Jamal was trying to cross the green zone of the airport, the CIID team intercepted him and recovered the medicines from the his two luggage.
The sized medicines included Duphaston-12,000 pieces, Mixtard-2000 pieces, Neoral 25 mg-15000 pieces, Neoral 50 mg-2000 pieces and Novo Rapid-250 pieces.
Later, the customs officials seized the passport of Jamal.
Dhaka, Sept 16 (UNB) – Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed on Sunday said the demands put forward by Dr Badruddoza Chowdhury and Dr Kamal Hossain-led ‘greater national unity’ are not acceptable.
The minister came up with the remark while talking to reporters regarding the demands of the ‘greater national unity’, at the secretariat.
Earlier on Saturday, Dr Badruddoza Chowdhury-led Jukta Front and Dr Kamal Hossain-led Jatiya Oikya Prokriya formally announced the journey of a 'greater national unity' to ensure 'functional democracy' in the country through holding a credible national election.
They placed some demands which include dissolving parliament before the announcement of the schedule of the upcoming national election and forming a poll-time impartial government in consultation with all the political parties, reconstituting the Election Commission with acceptable persons to ensure a free, fair and neutral election, ensuring all political parties' freedom of speech and association, withdrawing the 'false' cases filed against leaders and activists of all the political parties and students who waged the 'quota reform' and 'safe road' movements, releasing the political prisoners and not arresting any political leaders and activists until the election is over.
Negating these demands, Tofail Ahmed, however, said, “A party can join in the new alliance. We welcomed the alliance led by Dr Badruddoza Chowdhury and Dr Kamal Hossain for their initiative of forging greater national unity.”
The next election will be held as per the constitution and as per the schedule of the Election Commission under the ruling party as all countries in the world like Australia and USA.
The minister said the demands of the ‘greater national unity’ cannot be met as those go counter to the country’s constitution.
AL leader Tofail Ahmed said “Dr Kamal did not win any election before and I hope he will win in this election. People do not like those who change parties frequently.”
Referring to BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir’s visit to UN Headquarters at the invitation of its Secretary General, Tofail said “I’m astonished that Mirza Fakhrul has gone to New York at the invitation of UN secretary general. It is not true. Fakhrul has met with the assistant secretary. We do not hold meeting with a low level person and it is not prestigious.”
By making complaint to the world, no one can resist the next election of Bangladesh as it is independent and a sovereign country, he said.