Dhaka, Aug 29 (UNB) - The Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) on Wednesday conducted a drive against unauthorised commercial entities in residential areas of Swamibagh and Wari in the city.
The drive, led by Rajuk Executive Magistrate Jesmin Akhter and Authorised Officer Md Nur Alam, fined the owner of an under-construction building Tk 2 lakh for not keeping open space while a rod-cement shop Tk 50,000 for running operation in a parking lot and a Well Food showroom Tk 5,000 for running in a residential building.
During the drive, several commercial entities were sealed off and some others asked to shift elsewhere in seven days.
The Rajuk is conducting the drive as part of the government’s decision to dismantle commercial structures from residential areas.
Rajuk Assistant Authorised Officer FR Ashik Ahmed and Chief Building Inspector Nipen Chandra Sindha were present.
Dhaka, Aug 29 (UNB) – Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK), a human rights body, on Wednesday urged the government to form a judicial commission immediately for guaranteeing proper trial of the incidents of involuntary disappearances.
Marking the International Day of the Disappeared, observed on August 30 each year, ASK stressed on ensuring proper investigation and trial of every incident of disappearance in the country.
ASK, in a press statement, also asked the authority to find out the disappeared persons.
Referring the media reports, the right body said at least 310 persons disappeared from 2014 to 2018 in the country. Of them, bodies of 44 people were recovered, 45 others were shown arrested while 33 returned safe later.
“In these incidents, the victims’ families mostly claimed that the disappeared ones were taken by the law enforcers but the forces, most of the time, refute it”, they said.
The right body alleged, “If the missing person is not well-known one, law enforcers are not seen to play active role to find them out.”
Terming this type of abduction as a serious violation of human rights, ASK stressed the government to sign ‘the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance’ especially convention number eight, which is about the safety of disappeared persons.
In 2011 the United Nations (UN) declared August 30 as the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances to express its deep concern about the increase in enforced or involuntary disappearances in various regions of the world.
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.