Pabna, Oct 1 (UNB) - A suspected leader of extremist gang ‘Lal Potaka’ was killed in a reported gunfight with police near Dhpaghat Boro Bridge in Sadar upazila early Monday.
The deceased was identified as Md Abul Hossain alias Abu Nakshal, 55, son of late Golam Uddin of Purba Raghabpur. He is the district commander of the gang and accused in nine cases filed with Sadar Police Station.
Police Super of the district Sheikh Rafiqul Islam said police arrested Abul Hossain from Purbo Raghobpur area on Sunday.
Acting on his information, a team of police conducted a drive in the area to recover arms around 3:05am.
When the team reached the north side of Boro Bridge, his cohorts opened fire on the law enforcers, forcing them to fire back, which triggered the gunfight.
When the gang fled the scene 15 minutes after the gunfight, police spotted the bullet-hit body of Abul Hossain on the spot.
They also recovered one revolver, four bullets, six cartridge and bullet shells from the scene.
Dhaka, Sept 30 (UNB) – Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain has reconstituted five benches of the High Court as the Supreme Court reopens on Monday after a long vacation of one and a half months.
Of the reconstituted benches, two are two-member ones and the rest are one-member ones (single benches).
Meanwhile, the Chief Justice and the judges of both the Appellate Division and the High Court Division will hold a courtesy meeting with the Attorney General, Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) president and secretary and other lawyers at lane of the SC main building at 10am.
Earlier on August 14, the SC went on the autumn vacation.
However, vacation benches heard important matters at both the divisions during the period.
Dhaka, Sept 30 (UNB) – Bangladesh Army finds its first female major general in Dr Susane Giti.
With the promotion of Brigadier General Dr. Susane Giti to the rank of Major General, Bangladesh Armed Forces got for the first time in its history a female army officer in this higher rank.
Chief of Army Staff General Aziz Ahmed and Quarter Master General Lt General Md. Shamsul Haque adorned Dr. Susane Giti with the rank badge of Major General at the Army headquarters on Sunday.
Senior military officials were also present, said an Inter Service Pubic Relation (ISPR) press release.
Susane Giti , MBBS, MCPS, FCPS, MMAD, is currently serving as Head of Pathology Department of Armed Forces Medical College.
It may be mentioned that her husband Brigadier General (retired) Asadullah Md. Hossain Saad was a successful military expert physician, the ISPR release said.
The Prime Minister has initiated a breakthrough in the women empowerment. By introducing a female officer in the army as a Major General, another new horizon of that step was initiated, the ISPR release added.
Maj Gen Dr. Susane Giti obtained the MBBS degree from Rajshahi Medical College in 1985. Later, in 1986, he joined the Bangladesh Army as a physician with the rank of captain.
In 1996 she was the first woman to obtain FCPS degree in Hematology.
She also served as the expert pathologist for UN peacekeeping missions and several military hospitals.
Dhaka, Sept 30 (UNB) – Close-circuit television cameras (CCTVs) will be installed at every highways and important roads for ensuring safety on roads to lessen the number of accidents.
State Minister for Local Government, Rural Development and Co-operatives Md Mashiur Rahman Ranga said this while addressing a roundtable organized by Democracy International and Dhaka Tribune at FR Tower in the city’s Panthapath.
Four transport companies will be formed primarily to reform transport system and check drivers’ reckless driving in the capital city as well, he said.
The state minister said the ruling government has implemented ‘Safety Rapid Strategic Transport Plan-2015-2035’ to build a planned and comprehensive transport system and started initiatives to produce one lakh drivers under the project.
Dhaka, Sept 30 (UNB) – Editors' Council’s objections to nine sections of the pending ‘Digital Security Act’ and its demand for amending those will be placed before the Cabinet for discussions, said Law Minister Anisul Huq on Sunday.
He came up with the information while talking to reporters after a meeting with the Editors’ Council, a forum of newspaper editors, at the Information Ministry.
Anisul Huq, Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu, Posts, Telecommunications and IT Minister Mustafa Jabbar and Prime Minister's Media Adviser Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury held the meeting with 13 editors of different newspapers over the recently passed ‘Digital Security Bill’.
The Law Minister said, “There’s a necessity of the act and the Editors’ Council at the meeting agreed over the necessity of section 21 of the act but they demanded amendment to sections 8, 21, 25, 28, 29, 31, 32, 43 and 53.”
“I’ll place their demand at the Cabinet meeting and we’ll sit with the Editors’ Council again over the terms of reference to be given by the Cabinet,” he said.
Anisul, however, said the next Cabinet meeting scheduled to be held on October 3 will not discuss the issue as it has many agendas for discussions. “It’ll be placed before the Cabinet meeting to be held afterwards.”
Information Minister Inu said the Editors' Council expressed worries and made objections to some sections of the pending ‘Digital Security Act’.
“Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is committed to ensuring freedom of press and the security of media people. She is also firm over the expansion of the media. To make that happen, we had asked them to sit in a meeting and they responded to our call,” Inu said, adding that they made a list of the points of concern of the Editors’ Council over the new law and need to meet the editors again for more discussions.
The Daily Star Editor and Publisher Mahfuz Anam, also the Editors' Council general secretary, said, “There’re several things of concern over the act. We think it goes against the ideology and ideals of the Liberation War as well as is contradictory to the democratic rights. We think it’s also against the ethics of journalism.”
Mentioning that they published in details their concern over some sections of the recently passed Digital Security Bill, he said they postponed their scheduled human chain over the issue at the call of the Information Minister and came here for discussion.
“They (ministers) have heard our statements and agreed with us. About our objections, the Law Minister said that he would place our objections or proposals before the Cabinet meeting and then they would sit with us again,” Mahfuz Anam said, adding that the ministers assured them that they do not want to enact any law which is contradictory to democracy.
Prothom Alo Editor Matiur Rahman, Manabzamin Editor Matiur Rahman Chowdhury, News Today Editor Reazuddin Ahmed, New Age Editor Nurul Kabir, Kaler Kantho Editor Imdadul Haq Milan, Bangladesh Pratidin Editor Naem Nizam, Daily Inqilab Editor AMM Bahauddin, The Independent Editor M Shamsur Rahma, Jugantor acting Editor Saiful Alam, Bonik Barta Editor Dewan Hanif Mahmud, Dhaka Tribune Editor Zafar Sobhan and Samakal Editor Mustafiz Shafi also attended the meeting.
The much-talked-about 'The Digital Security Bill, 2018' was passed in Parliament on September 19, aiming to deal with cybercrimes, including hurting the religious sentiment, negative propaganda against the Liberation War and Bangabandhu, and illegal activities in e-transactions and spreading defamatory data.