Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday morning paid rich tributes to the martyred members of the Armed Forces by placing wreath at ‘Shikha Anirban’ in Dhaka Cantonment on the occasion of the Armed Forces Day 2019.
After placing the wreath, she stood in solemn silence for some time as mark of profound respect to the martyrs, who made supreme sacrifices during the 1971 Liberation War.
A smartly-turned out contingent drawn from Army, Navy and Air Force presented a guard of honour at that time while bugle played ‘The Last Post’.
Later, Sheikh Hasina, also in-charge of the ministry of defence, signed the visitors’ book kept on the premises of Shikha Anirban.
Earlier, on her arrival at Shikha Anirban, the Prime Minister was received by the chiefs of the three services of the Principal Staff Officer of the Armed Forces Division.
After paying homage, the Prime Minister went to the Armed Forces Division where chiefs of the three services made a courtesy call on her.
On this day during the War of Liberation, the Bangladesh Armed Forces comprising Army, Navy and Air Force, came into being and launched an all-out attack on the Pakistani occupation forces which sped up the victory.
After independence, this historic day has been observed as the Armed Forces Day.
Bangladesh’s capital city was ranked third worst in the Air Quality Index (AQI) on Thursday.
Dhaka had a score of 199 at 9am, indicating that the air quality was ‘unhealthy’.
In the index, Pakistan’s Lahore, and India’s Delhi occupied the first and second positions with a score of 417 and 338 respectively.
The air quality is categorised as good when the AQI score remains between 0-50 while the air is moderate when the number is 51-100.
When the score is between 101 and 150, the air is classified as unhealthy for sensitive groups. But a score between 151 and 200 means that the air is unhealthy and when the number is between 201 and 300, the air is classified as very unhealthy.
The AQI, an index for reporting daily air quality, tells people how clean or polluted the air of a certain city is, and what associated health effects might be a concern for them.
Bangladesh’s overcrowded capital has been grappling with air pollution for a long time.
Agitating transport owners and workers withdrew their strike early Thursday after the government assured them of considering their reasonable demands.
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal made the announcement while talking to reporters in the early hours of the day after a meeting with leaders of Bangladesh Truck, Covered-van Goods Transport Owners-Workers Oikya Parishad at his Dhanmondi residence.
“We’re considering their nine-point demands. Responding to their first demand, drivers will be allowed to use their current driving licenses until June 30 next year,” said the minister. “But from then on, they’ll have to use right licences, e.g. none will be allowed to drive heavy vehicles with light vehicle driving licence.”
The authorities will also consider other demands, he said, adding that the Road Transport and Bridges Ministry will be informed about the matter.
The Oikya Parishad went on a work abstention across the country for an indefinite period protesting against implementation of the Road Transport Act, causing sufferings to passengers and dealing a heavy blow to traders.
They announced that they would abstain from work across the country from 6am on Wednesday to press home their demands, including bringing changes to the new law.
Home Minister Asaduzzaman met the Parishad leaders at 9pm on Wednesday. The meeting ended at midnight.
Convener of the Oikkya Parishad Rustam Ali Khan, Joint Convener Hazi Mugbul Ahmed, President and Member Secretary and Bangladesh Inter-district Truck Drivers’ Union Tajul Islam Taju, President of Bangladesh Truck-Covered Van Owners Association Mohammad Tofazzal Hossain Majumdar, Roads and Highways Division Secretary Nazrul Islam and official concerned of Bangladesh Road Transport Authority, among others, were present at the meeting.
The High Court on Wednesday gave the Police Bureau of Investigation sixty more days for further investigation into the much-talked-about murder case of Sagira Morshed.
A HC bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Mustafizur Rahman issued the order responding to a petition by PBI.
Sagira was killed at Siddheswari Road in the city on July 25, 1989 as she went to bring her daughter home from Viqarunnisa Noon School and College.
Riding a motorcycle, two people tried to snatch her gold bangle. At one stage, they gunned her down when she was trying to flee the spot. She, however, succumbed to her injuries on the way to hospital.
After ages of the incident, PBI recently found that it was not merely a mugging incident and sought the court’s attention in this regard.
On June 26 this year, the High Court dismissed a petition filed against the order of further inquiry into the case, allowing resumption of the trial.
On November 13, the investigating authorities found that Sagira was murdered following family feud as two relatives of the deceased – Dr Hasan, her brother-in-law and his wife Shahin Chowdhury – confessed their involvement in the killing before Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Tofazzal Hossain.
According to crimes, information and prosecution department of Police, PBI arrested Dr Hasan after he returned home recently from abroad and produced him before the magistrate’s court.
On Wednesday, the HC ordered PBI to complete a further investigation into the case within 60 days and asked the trial court to finish its judgment procedure within 90 days after the probe.
Deputy Attorney General Sarwar Hossain Bappi represented the state in the court.
The High Court on Wednesday stayed the proceedings of a case filed against actress Quazi Nawshaba Ahmed under the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Act.
The bench of Justice Md Rezaul Haque and Justice Bhishmadev Chakrabrtty passed the order after hearing an appeal seeking cancellation of the framing of charges in the case.
Jyotirmoy Barua stood for Nawshaba while Deputy Attorney General Aminur Rahman Chowhury represented the state.
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) detained the actress from Uttara area in the capital on August 4 in 2018 for ‘spreading rumours’ on Facebook overstating an attack on protesting students during the Movement for Road Safety last year.
In a Facebook live, Nawshaba claimed that the attackers killed two students and gouged out the eyes of another at Jigatala intersection.
In her post, she also requested people to get united, take to the streets to ‘protect’ the students as they were attacked by Bangladesh Chhatra League activists.