Dhaka, Aug 28 (UNB) – Information Minister Hasanul Haque Inu on Tuesday said Khaleda Zia must be eliminated from the national politics through the national election of 2018.
He dubbed the BNP chairperson as the ‘mother of razakars and militancy’ and said the unity of AL alliance led by Sheikh Hasina must be upheld for the final victory of militancy-razakar free politics.
After paying tribute to the graveyard of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Tungipara in Gopalganj in the afternoon, the minister came up with the remarks.
Inu said “In 1975 the killers of Bangabandhu brought into politics the communal evil forces, which were eliminated in 1971. That was a national disaster. With the leadership of Sheikh Hasina we are struggling again to eliminate them.”
“Jailed Khaleda Zia and BNP is the largest sponsor of razakars and militancy. To build a safe and peaceful Bangladesh, this evil forces and their sponsor should be eliminated”, he said.
“There is no scope of negotiation, those who are talking about negotiation in the name of election and democracy, they are trying to legalise killers and criminals”, he said.
Bogura, Aug 28 (UNB) - Shamim Hossain, the driver of ‘Challenger Paribahan’ bus which was responsible for the death of 15 people in a road accident in Lalpur upazila of Natore district on Saturday, was arrested here on Tuesday.
Nure Alam Siddiqui, Inspector of Bogura Detective Branch of police, said they arrested Shamim, 42, son of Abul Hossain of Khetlal upazila in Joypurhat, from in front of the District Motor Workers’ Union office at Station Road in the district town around 2:30pm.
Earlier on August 26, Bogura Sadar Police arrested Abdus Samad Kamal, 35, helper of the bus, and handed him over to Natore Banpara Police Station.
Meanwhile, police released bus owner Manju Sarker on Sunday night after he was detained from Madhya Palsa area in Bogura district over the road accident.
During interrogation, the bus owner told police that that he had bought the unfit BRTC bus in an auction and started to operate it on Kushtia-Bogura road after repairing it.
At least 15 people were killed and 15 others injured when the Bogura-bound bus of ‘Challenger Paribahan’ from Pabna hit a human-hauler carrying 15 passengers in Lalpur upazila of Natore district on Saturday.
A case was filed against seven people on Saturday night over the fatal road accident.
The accused are the president of Banpara Human Hauler (Leguna) Owners’ Association, its secretary, owners and drivers of the bus and human hauler involved in the accident, and the helper of the human hauler.
Satkhira, Aug 28 (UNB) – A case has been filed against three people over the ‘rape’ of a woman in Kaliganj upazila.
The victim filed the case with Kaliganj Police Station on Monday, said its officer-in-charge Hasan Hafizur Rahman.
The accused are rural practitioner Moniruzzaman Moni, Abdul Hannan and Firoz Hossain.
According to the case statement, Moni of Kajla village took the victim to the house of Rafiqul Islam at Ghorapota village on Sunday with a promise to give her a good job and violated her there with the help of Hannan and Firoz.
Hearing victim’s screams, locals rushed in, rescued the woman and caught Hannan while others managed to flee the scene. The angry mob gave Hannan a good thrashing before handing him over to police.
Police were trying to arrest the other accused, said the OC.
Dinajpur, Aug 28 (UNB) – A unit of Barapukuria Coal-fired Thermal Power Plant which resumed operation eight days ago to meet the demands of electricity during the Eid-ul-Azha was shut down again on Tuesday.
Executive Engineer and Manager of the power plant Mahbubur Rahman said the unit having a capacity of producing 125 MW electricity went out of operation around 3:45 pm as the reserved coal got exhausted.
The operation of the power plant will resume again depending on the availability of coal, he said.
After remaining closed for about a month, the unit-2 of the Barapukuria power plant resumed its operation on August 20.
Barapukuria Coal-fired Thermal Power Plant was shut down on July 22 for shortage of coal.
Dhaka, Aug 28 (UNB) - Bimstec leaders will give a big push to make the regional grouping more effective one during its fourth Summit in Kathmandu with a special focus on free trade agreement (FTA), officials said.
They will discuss ways how the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (Bimstec) can emerge as a distinct Bay of Bengal Community without compromising its unique role as the bridge between South Asia and South East Asia.
"Much remains unexploited despite having huge potentials though there have been some significant achievements," an official told UNB.
He said they will try to find out concrete ways to have comprehensive connectivity, boosting regional trade, cooperation in the energy sector, and a joint fight against poverty, as areas of Bimstec cooperation that can benefit the 1.5 billion-strong population.
The fourth Bimstec Summit with the participation of the Heads of State/Government of Member States will be held in Kathmandu, Nepal on August 30 and 31, foreign ministry officials said.
Nepal has assumed the Chairmanship of Bimstec after its third Summit held in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar in March 2014.
Formal opening of the summit will take place in Hotel Soaltee.
All the heads of state/government will make their opening remarks during a programme chaired by Nepalese Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli.
The Summit will review progress achieved so far in the areas of cooperation and provide guidance to the future work of the organization, officials said.
Just few days ahead of the Summit, heads of missions of member countries in New Delhi stressed on the need for early conclusion of Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations.
The Bimstec member countries are Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bhutan and Nepal.
Some13 years after the framework agreement was finalised, free trade agreement is still on negotiation table.
Officials hope that the Bimstec leaders will show some ways and give common directives to help conclusion of the FTA.
A knowledge paper prepared by core group of experts from Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) made several policy recommendations for a thorough renewal and rejuvenation of Bimstec as the premier regional grouping, committed to securing greater cooperation and integration in the next decade.
The FICCI paper states that Bimstec needs strategic thrusts in select priority sectors if it is keen to emerge as a result-oriented, effective and influential institution.
This macro goal will be achieved by concluding negotiations for FTA agreements and trade facilitation, strengthening infrastructure linkages, deepening regional transport connectivity, facilitating cross-border trade and investment, and tourism, enhancing private sector participation and competitiveness, supporting regional power trading, developing human resources through mutual cooperation, protecting environment and promoting sustainable use of shared natural resources, creating the Bay of Bengal Community (BoBC) and, promoting all-round cooperation in 'soft power' areas, the FICCI document reads.
President of Nepal Bidya Devi Bhandari will meet leaders of BIMSTEC Member States and host a luncheon in their honour on August 30.
The Prime Minister of Nepal will host a dinner with cultural program in the same evening.
The leaders will witness the signing ceremony of the legal instrument of BIMSTEC and consider the draft Kathmandu Declaration of the Summit on August 31.
On Friday, Bimstec leaders will hold an informal meeting at Hotel Soaltee. Following the event, the heads of government will participate in the closing ceremony of the summit, where the Bimstec Kathmandu Declaration will be adopted.
Meanwhile, the Nineteenth Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM) of Bimstec was held on Tuesday in Kathmandu while the Sixteenth Ministerial Meeting of Bimstec will be held on Wednesday.
Foreign secretaries from the member countries took part in the meeting chaired by Nepalese Foreign Secretary Shankar Das Bairagi.
They prepared the agenda for the 4th Bimstec Summit.
The meeting also prepared a draft for Kathmandu Declaration that will be endorsed by a ministerial-level meeting on Wednesday, said a diplomatic source.
Bimstec foreign ministers will discuss agendas including finding ways to make Bimstec effective and result-oriented.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to leave for Kathmandu on Thursday morning to attend the Summit of the 21-year-old regional grouping.
State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam will brief media about PM's participation at the Summit, said an official.
Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Syed Muazzem Ali, in a recent panel discussion organized by FICCI in New Delhi said the foreign policy initiatives of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's government are focused on building stronger regional economic and technical cooperation.
Bangladesh sees the Bimstec forum as a tool for economic development through regional integration, he said.
The envoy mentioned that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was one of the four founding leaders who had inspired the launch of the Bimstec in 1997.
"Her government attaches a high priority to transforming the Bimstec process into a more dynamic, and effective organization— and to strengthen the institutional mechanism to bring about more results," he said.