Pabna, Aug 29 (UNB) – Police on Wednesday arrested the ex-father-in-law of female journalist Subarna Akther, who was hacked to death by unidentified miscreants, from a hospital in the town.
The arrestee was identified as Abul Hossain, a local industrialist and owner of Shimla Hospital and Diagnostic Centre.
Subarna Akhter Nodi, 32, district correspondent of private channel Ananda TV, and editor of Daily Jagroto Bangla, an online news portal, was hacked to death on Tuesday.
Abul Hossain was arrested from Shimla Hospital after Nodi’s mother filed a case with Sadar Police Station against 6-7 people, including Abul Hossain and his son Razib, over the killing, said additional police superintendent Goutam Kumar Biswas.
Victim’s relatives said Nodi got married with Razib Hossain, son of Abul Hossain, one and half years back without the consent of Razib’s family.
When Razib divorced Nodi, she filed a dowry case against Razib which is still under trial.
On Tuesday night, Nodi was hacked to death by a group of men in front of her house on her return from her workplace in the district town.
Locals took her to General Hospital where doctors declared her dead.
Meanwhile, local journalist formed a human-chain at Pabna Press Club demanding justice for their fellow.
Chattogram Journalists Union condemned the killing and demanded immediate arrest of her killers.
Chattogram, Aug 29 (UNB) – A case has been filed against 54 people in connection with the murder of two brothers in an attack reportedly by their rivals in Sitakunda upazila.
The deceased’s brother Selim Uddin filed the case with Sitakunda Police Station on Tuesday night accusing 34 identified and 20 unidentified people, said Iftekhar Hasan, officer-in-charge of the police station.
Saiful Islam, publicity and publication secretary of upazila unit Jubo League, was among the accused.
Earlier on Monday, Awami League activist Ramjan Ali Khokon and his younger brother Sijol Ali was hacked to death by some unidentified criminals in Choto Daroga Hat area of Sitakundu upazila.
Later, they were taken to Chittagong Medical College Hospital where the two duos succumbed to their injuries in the night.
Dhaka, Aug 29 (UNB) - Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said the government will take effective steps to create more specialist physicians to provide better medical services in the country.
"We’ll take steps so that specialist physicians are created in all the fields of medical services, including ophthalmology and ENT (Otorhinolaryngology)," she said.
The Prime Minister said this while inaugurating Community Vision Centres in 20 upazilas of eight districts centring Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib Eye Hospital and Training Institute in Gopalganj through a videoconference from her official residence Ganobhaban aiming to provide better ophthalmological services among the local people.
Sheikh Hasina said the government has established one medical university in Dhaka while three more will be set up in Chattogram, Rajshahi and Sylhet as its aim is to establish one medical university in all the divisional headquarters.
Besides, the Prime Minister said, her government is setting up medical colleges across the country to provide healthcare services at the door steps of people.
Hasina said the government will create expert physicians through giving them training.
She also said the government has taken an initiative to groom nurses through proper training alongside providing training to physicians as it is the duty of the government to provide services to people.
"Power is not a matter of enjoyment to me; it’s a matter of performing duty and responsibility to me. So, I want to perform my duty," she said.
Mentioning that Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman liberated the country, Hasina said. "I always keep that in my mind, so it is my first duty to serve people."
The Prime Minister announced that there will a separate fund for the Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib Eye Hospital and Training Institute in Gopalganj to provide medical services to the ultra-poor.
She announced to donate Tk 20 crore from PM's Relief and Welfare Fund in this connection. “The interest that will come from this money will be used for the eye-related treatment of the ultra-poor across the country.”
Health and Family Welfare Minister Mohammad Nasim, State Minister Zahid Maleque and former Adviser to the Prime Minister Prof Dr Syed Modasser Ali also spoke at the programme.
Dhaka, Aug 29 (UNB) - Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Wednesday interrogated eight more officials of Petrobangla in connection of the mysterious disappearance of a huge stack of coal from Barapukurua Coal Mine.
Those who faced the interrogation are- former Managing Director Habib Uddin Ahmed, two former company secretaries Abul Kashem Pradia and Mosharraf Hossain Sarker, General Manager (General Service) Masudur Rahman Hawlader, Manager (Production Management) Ashok Kumar Haldar, Manager (Maintenance and Operation) Arifur Rahman, Manager (Design, Construction and Maintenance) Jahidul Islam, and Deputy Manager (Safety Management) Ekramul Haque.
On August 13, some 32 officials of Petrobangla were asked to be present for interrogation at ACC in phases.
The third phase of the interrogation began at 9 am at the ACC office in the city, ACC's public relations officer Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya told UNB.
ACC Deputy Director Shamsul Alam, who is serving as the investigation officer, is quizzing the eight officials, he said.
He added that the remaining officials are scheduled to face interrogation on August 30 in the last phase.
The Petrobangla officials who faced the interrogation on August 28 in the second face are- General Manager (Mine Operation) Abu Taher Mohammad Nuruzzaman Choudhury, Deputy Manager A K M Khaledul Islam, Deputy Manager (Maintenance and Operation) Morsheduzzaman, Deputy Manager (Production Management) Habibur Rahman, Deputy Manager (Mine Development) Zahedur Rahman, Deputy Manager (Ventilation Management) Sattyndranath Barman, Deputy General Manager ( Mine Planning Operation) Jobayer Ali and Manager (Security) Syed Imam Hasan.
Earlier, ACC interrogated seven Petrobangla officials on August 16 in the first phase. The officials who faced the interrogation that day are – Deputy General Manager Nazmul Haque, Manager (Coal Handling Management) Shoyebur Rahman, Manager (Production Management) Syed Masud, Deputy Manager (Maintenance and Operation) Mahbub Hossain, Assistant Manager (Production Management) Moniruzzaman, Assistant Manager (Coal Handling Management) Md.Mahbud Rashid, and Manager (Store) Md, Didarul Kabir.
Barapukuria Coal-fired Thermal Power Plant had to be shut down for the mysterious disappearance of a huge volume of coal from the Barapukuria Coal Mine.
The disappearance of coal came to light on July 22, when a team from the Power Development Board visited the coal mine and found that there was no adequate reserve of coal in the yard of the mine. As per the official investigation, the stock was found to have a shortage of 148,000 tonnes of coal.
A case was filed with Parbatipur Police Station on July 24 against 19 officials. The case was later transferred to the Anti-Corruption Commission for investigation.
Dhaka, Aug 29 (UNB) – Left Democratic Alliance on Wednesday opposed the Election Commission’s (EC) planned move of employing Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) in one-third polling stations in the 11th national election.
The Alliance leaders also demanded for forming a non-party election time government.
The leaders came up with the demands while addressing a press conference held at Maitri Auditorium in the city.
Left Democratic Alliance is a combine of eight left-leaning political parties including Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB), Bangladesh Workers’ Party, and Gonosanghati Andaloan.
The Alliance leaders demanded for resignation of the incumbent government, dissolution of the parliament and reconstruction of the Election Commission before the announcement of the poll schedule.
CPB President Mujahidul Islam Selim said “We want a free and fair election under an election-time neutral caretaker government as country’s history says no election under political government was fair and free.”
He said to ensure a neutral election-time government, constitution should be amended, otherwise he feared the country would fall in deep crisis.
Selim said “Government is planning to use EC to employ EVM in one-third polling centers for manipulating the election result” and he also urged the government to drop the plan as the EVM system is not transparent and acceptable to many political parties.
The Alliance Coordinator Saiful Haq announced their future programmes including seminar, view exchange meetings, and rallies during September and October.